RIP: Devon Clifford, drummer of You Say Party! We Say Die!

RIP: Devon Clifford, drummer of You Say Party! We Say Die!

From Spinner:

You Say Party! We Say Die! drummer Devon Clifford collapsed onstage during a Friday night concert in Vancouver and passed away early Sunday morning.

After Clifford fell during the concert, lead singer Becky Ninkovic asked audience members to call 911, and soon after midnight paramedics arrived and Clifford was rushed to the emergency room. The show came at the tail end of a long North American tour and the dance-rock band, hailing from the Vancouver suburb of Abbottsford, were planning to kick off their tour of Europe on April 26.

Clifford reportedly suffered a brain hemorrhage and after having emergency neurosurgery at 3AM, he was on full life support for about a day before passing away at age 30 early Sunday.

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Oneohtrix Point Never news bonanza! New album Returnal in June, multichannel art piece, tourdates, and eternal vow to top the TMT year-end list

Last year, Oneohtrix Point Never (a.k.a. Daniel Lopatin) put out a record of (pretty awesome) futuristic synthesizer music called Zones Without People. A lot of people really liked Zones Without People; in fact, some even said it was their fourth favorite record of 2009. While honored, Lopatin feels a little slighted by the mere fourth-place finish. In a (completely fictional) interview with me (again, I’ve never talked to the man), Lopatin had the following to say (I am making this up): “Animal Collective? Shmanimal Collective! Dirty Projectors? More like Smelly Projectors That Nobody Likes Because They Smell Bad. sunn 0)))? Excuse me, I think you mean Sunn :(.” Harsh words. (Go here if you want to see actual words from the guy.)

Anyway, to take a shot at this year’s coveted Tiny Mix Tapes Crown, Lopatin’s putting out a new record called Returnal on June 18 via Editions Mego. And if you’re really pumped about the idea of new Oneohtrix Point Never, Edition Mego’s site states that pre-order copies will ship out late May, making you the first kid on your block to own Returnal. The eight-song album’s tracklist can be seen below.

Aside from making Returnal, Lopatin has evidently been quite busy as of late. The man has created a multichannel piece for Anne Hilde Neset’s Sonic Tank exhibit at Tou Scene in Stavanger, Norway. The piece is called “The Martinettis Bring Home A Desiring Machine,” which runs for about 30 minutes and is comprised completely of material from a Mac Performa infomercial. On his site, Lopatin says he’ll never actually see the thing himself and urges you, if you’re in the Stavanger area, to “be his avatar.” So, go ahead, be his avatar. While we’re on the subject of Mr. Lopatin’s recent creations, he’s also made a video for oOoOO’s song “Seaww,” which can be viewed over at EMOTION.

Lastly, Oneohtrix Point Never is going on tour over the next few months. Joining Mr. Lopatin on his synthesizer journeys will be fairly like-minded folks like Emeralds and Tomutonttu. Many of the dates for the Oneohtrix/Tomutonttu tour do not yet have a venue listed, but let it be known that, if you live in any of the cities listed, those two are playing, well, somewhere in your town. Be on the lookout.

Returnal tracklist:

01. Nil Admirari
02. Describing Bodies
03. Stress Waves
04. Returnal
05. Pelham Island Road
06. Where Does Time Go
07. Ouroboros
08. Preyouandi

Oneeohtrix Point Never dates:

04.18.10 - Madrid, Spain - La Casa Encendida &
04.22.10 - Barcelona, Spain - Obra Social Cajamadrid &
04.23.10 - Virgo, Spain - Festival Sinsal
04.24.10 - Lisbon, Portugal - ZDB &
05.27.10 - Brighton, UK - Venue pending ^
05.28.10 - Nottingham, UK - Venue pending ^
05.29.10 - Glasgow, UK - Venue pending^
05.30.10 - Leeds, UK - Venue pending ^
05.31.10 - London, UK - Cargo ^
06.02.10 - Paris, France - La Geode (Vilette Sonique Festival)

& Emeralds
^ Tomonttu

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Pandora Radio generates nearly half of all net radio royalties, snags 1% of entire radio market

I’m sure many of you already know this in your hearts, minds, and ears; Pandora is the king of the Net Radio mountain. FMQB reports that Pandora, the near-ubiquitous online radio broadcaster, accounts for almost half of all royalties (for non-interactive audio streams) collected by performance rights organization SoundExchange. That’s a staggering percentage (44 to be precise) and illustrates both the popularity of Pandora and internet-based radio in a single breath. First it’s non-interactive audio streams, next… the world! As Tim Westergren, one of Pandora’s founders points out, the web radio giant now holds “a shade over 1 percent of the overall radio marketplace.”

Perhaps that doesn’t hit you like a ton of bricks (maybe it only hits you like 1% of a ton of bricks) but 1% of the entire radio market is no small feat for an internet-exclusive service, whose survival a couple of years back seemed more precarious than the endangered giant panda. And let’s not forget that it was only because of a financially untenable increase in webcasting rates (to be collected and distributed by SoundExchange) that Pandora’s future was ever in doubt. Thanks to a much discussed webcasting royalty rate compromise, both parties (as well as musicians everywhere) are richer, happier, and able to provide over 48 million people with a free infinite mix tape in the cloud.

But even though Pandora has cemented its legitimacy as a functional model for radio in the twenty tens, the company is still pursuing new strategies to address emerging trends in the use of the service. By forging partnerships with Google, Pioneer, Ford, and Alpine, Pandora is hoping to keep us all connected at home, on the phone, in our cars… really, wherever there are speakers (or headphones) at hand.

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Oneida’s Kid Millions & Bobby Matador are People of the North, Deep Tissue due this month

Seriously, as if Rated O (TMT Review) wasn’t enough of The O to warp the eardrums for a good long while, a couple of the Oneida bros have stirred up another concoction of rock goodness. On April 27, Bobby Matador and Kid Million’s experimental outfit People of the North will release its debut, Deep Tissue.

Although People of the North is officially made up of Millions and Matador, the rest of the Oneida crew are also involved. Past PotN performances, ranging as far back as 2003, have been known to include every member of Oneida, and O bassist Showtime plays throughout Deep Tissue. So you’re more than likely asking yourself, “What’s the difference between PotN and the mighty big bro Oneida?” Who the fuck knows; probably nothing. But it doesn’t really matter, because it’s going to be awesome either way. But if you want to compare/contrast/categorize yourself, check out the album opener “Tunnels” at the Chocolate Grinder.

Deep Tissue tracklist:

01. Tunnels
02. The Vastest Island
03. Summer Leaves
04. Over Me

Hey, I have a related question: when’s the final part of the “Thank Your Parents” trilogy set for release?

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New government study suggests what Johnny Depp fans already knew: that piracy is awesome

Okay, so maybe it’s not as black and white as that, but still! A new report (via Hypebot) requested from the bi-partisan US Government Accountability Office (GAO) is suggesting some things that our good friends in the RIAA might find interesting. According to the details of the report, piracy does seem to have a negative effect on the US economy, but the data provided tends to come from a lot of industry-funded research. And, well, this research is not always based on sound finance. “Each method (of measuring) has limitations, and most experts observed that it is difficult, if not impossible, to quantify the economy-wide impacts,” the report claims. (I know that it’s shocking to think of the Recording Industry as “faulty” or “inconsistent,” but please just bear with me here.)

And that’s not really the interesting part. The neat thing is that the GAO even found some “potential positive economic effects of counterfeiting and piracy.” And even though Disney has already proved to us all that pirates are totally capable of making serious money (and having perfect teeth), sometimes you just need to hear it from the Guv’ment’s mouth, I guess. According to the study, “consumers may use pirated goods to ‘sample’ music, movies, software, or electronic games before purchasing legitimate copies,” and all of this grazing can potentially lead to “increased sales of legitimate goods” as consumers discover new things that they like.

I know what you’re saying to yourself out there: “How unlike the Record Industry to misjudge something!” Well, give them a break. There’s a first time for everything, right?

Public Enemy readjusts fundraising goal from absurd ($250,000) to chump change ($75,000)

Last year, Public Enemy started using to raise the necessary funds for a future album. Everything was going relatively okay, until Sellaband went broker than a no-handed guitar player in February. Suddenly, any plans for a future album went out the window, and to make matters worse, it turned out that PE had only received $71,000 in pledges towards their $250,000 goal.

Early this week, however, we got some encouraging news about a future Public Enemy album. According to a statement through Sellaband: “We have learned that the fan-funding model is still not fully developed and, as a result, a $250,000 fund-raising effort, while possible, will take too long to accomplish.” Consequently, the group has decided on a much more achievable goal of $75,000 and added, “We also have reached the conclusion that we will no longer include expenses for sales and marketing in our fund-raising budget and goals.”

As of this writing, Ronald Reagan’s favorite hip-hop group have officially raised $56,450 and counting.

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