RIP: Eugene McDaniels, influential soul musician

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From OC Weekly:

​Songwriter, artist and producer Gene McDaniels passed away today, his friend Ann Ruckert announced on her blog.

McDaniels was famous for his 1961 hit “A Hundred Pounds of Clay,” which reached No. 3 in the charts in 1961. He also recorded “Tower of Strength,” “Chip Chip” and “Point of No Return.”

According to Ruckert, McDaniels’ composition jazz-soul protest song “Compared to What,” made famous by Les McCann and Eddie Harris in 1968, has appeared in eight major films, including Ice Storm starring Sigourney Weaver, and Casino starring Robert DiNero. It was recorded last year by John Legend with The Roots. Hardcore punk band OFF! also has a stellar cover of that song.

As a music producer, McDaniels worked with A&M, MGM, BMG, CBS Sony, Capitol, Motown and many independent labels. Ruckert said that “Roberta Flack recorded more Gene McDaniels tunes than any other artist.” In 1974, Roberta Flack reached No. 1 with “Feel Like Makin’ Love,” penned by McDaniels, which won a Grammy Award.

• Eugene McDaniels: http://genemcdaniels.com

Vinyl sales rise 55% in the UK, pretty much entirely because of The King of Limbs

Vinyl has been on the rise exponentially in the US ever since Urban Outfitters started positioning copies of Give Up next to 15-page hardcover books about having a hangover, and now it’s looking like our brothers and sisters in materialism across the pond are following suit. According to Billboard, in the first six months of this calendar year, vinyl sales in the UK have risen 55%, with 168,296 albums sold, compared to the 108,307 albums sold in the first half of 2010. Demand for vinyl has been growing steadily since 2007, at roughly the same rate as people have started to turn away from society and hole up in elaborate sound-dungeons.

Thus far, the best-selling vinyl of 2011 is The King of Limbs by a landslide of 20,000 copies, with second place going to Different Gear Still Speeding by Beady Eye (Liam Gallagher’s latest spoonful of dung) with a measly 2,374 copies. Record Store Day’s increasing popularity is also a major factor, and you can’t rule out the purchasing power of Adele-loving audiophiles that need to hear all the high end used in 21. Radiohead, for their part, seem to have picked up on this industry trend to say the least.

Back in the land of John Boehner, our mid-year vinyl sales are at 1.88 million units, and that’s not even taking into account how many were bargains and how many were $400. (NEU! have nothing against people shoplifting their box sets, right?) This number is a 41.2% increase since last year, so by 2016 we should ALL be really interesting people who care about sound quality.

Neon Indian announces new record Era Extraña, fall tour, chomps down on a HOT DOG

Who would have thought this whole HOT DOG thing would still be around in 2011? I sure didn’t! Even those most excited about HOT DOG in 2009 surely didn’t expect the HOT DOG trend to be kicking two years later. But, hey, here we are! Washed Out, Memory Tapes, Toro y Moi, and plenty of other notable acts associated with HOT DOG have all put out new records this year. Still, there’s one major hole in the HOT DOG scene, and that’s HOT DOG king Neon Indian. Never fear, HOT DOG fans, Alan Palomo’s popular HOT DOG project returns on September 13 with Era Extraña. The new record will be handled by a number of HOT DOG-friendly labels: Mr. Palomo’s Static Tongues imprint and Mom + Pop Music in North America, Transgressive Records in the UK and Europe, Pop Frenzy/Interia in Australia, and lastly, Big Nothing Records in Japan. HOT DOG around the world!

In celebration of this new release, Neon Indian will be riding that HOT DOG all around North America this fall. He’ll stop by the West Coast for some HOT DOG, he’ll drop into the East Coast for some more HOT DOG, he’ll even plunge into the Midwest for some Chicago-style HOT DOG. No land shall be untouched by the enveloping HOT DOG.

Neon Indian dates:

09.15.11 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
09.16.11 - Washington, DC - Rock n Roll Hotel
09.17.11 - Carrboro, NC - Moog Festival
09.19.11 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
09.20.11 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree *
09.21.11 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks *
09.22.11 - Houston, TX - Fitzgeralds *
09.23.11 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk
09.24.11 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
09.26.11 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
09.27.11 - San Diego, CA - Belly Up Tavern *
09.30.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour *
10.01.11 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop * ^
10.03.11 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
10.04.11 - Vancouver, BC - Venue *
10.05.11 - Seattle, WA - Crocodile Cafe *
10.07.11 - Boise, ID - Reef * ^
10.08.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge * ^
10.10.11 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater *
10.12.11 - Kansas City, MO - The Record Bar * ^
10.13.11 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry * ^
10.14.11 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall * ^
10.15.11 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop * ^
10.16.11 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick * ^
10.18.11 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace * ^
10.19.11 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa
10.20.11 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall ^
10.21.11 - New York, NY - Webster Hall ^

* Com Truise
^ Purity Ring

• Neon Indian: http://neonindian.com
• Mom + Pop Music: http://www.momandpopmusic.com

WU LYF announce North American tour after a lifetime of being told they’d never announce anything

Let’s go way back to the beginning of 2010 when you first heard about the hype surrounding around WU LYF, the four-piece band from Manchester, England who were supposedly turning old notions of indie-rock into something exciting and new. The band was immersed in mystery, which filled the hole in many people’s hearts left from the departure of the television series Lost. Where did they come from? What does WU LYF mean? Oh… well in that case, how can we join the Lucifer Youth Foundation?

WU LYF have garnered attention by releasing Go Tell Fire to the Mountain independently on their own L Y F Recordings label, due for physical release on September 6, and also by giving the press little information. But the time for answers is now! WU LYF will embark on a US tour, answering burning questions from fans, such as, “Will they wear button-down shirts, t-shirts, or wife-beaters?” No matter your question, I challenge you (the reader) to see WU LYF live and discover the truest answer — whether or not they’re just another over-hyped band or really something special.

In the meantime, Go Tell Fire to the Mountain is available for digital release through their website and other digital vendors. Or is it? Yeah, it is.

WU LYF dates:

07.30.11 - Naeba, Japan - Fuji Rock
08.12.11 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Way Out West
08.13.11 - Oslo, Norway - Oya Festival
08.19.11 - Kiewit Hasselt, Belgium - Pukkelpop Festival
08.27.11 - Paris, France - Rock En Seine
10.17.11 - Newcastle, UK - The Other Rooms
10.18.11 - Birmingham, UK - Temple Rooms
10.19.11 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
10.21.11 - Nottingham, UK - Rescue Rooms
10.22.11 - Liverpool, UK - Kazimier
10.25.11 - Bristol, UK - Thekla
10.26.11 - London, UK - Sheperd’s Bush Empire
10.27.11 - Brighton, UK - Coalition
11.02.11 - Paris, France - Les Inrocks Festival
11.05.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Voyeur
11.06.11 - Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel
11.08.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
11.10.11 - Boston, MA - Middle East
11.11.11 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
11.12.11 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
11.14.11 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
11.15.11 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
11.18.11 - Vancouver, BC - Electric Owl
11.19.11 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
11.21.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
11.22.11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Troubadour

• WU LYF: http://www.wulyf.org

Dan Deacon gets interrupted repeatedly by Francis Ford Coppola at Comic-Con, plans to reissue two old LPs on Carpark

At the very beginning of the year, word got out that legendary Baltimore electro-fantastico magician Dan Deacon would be working on the score for a new flick by Francis Ford Coppola, the equally legendary director of little blockbusters like The Godfather trilogy and Bram Stoker’s Dracula. It sounded crazy then, it sounds crazy now, but on July 23, Coppola, Deacon, and leading star Val Kilmer sat together at a panel at the San Diego Comic-Con to unleash the official trailer from Twixt (watch footage of the presentation at Stereogum, or check out plot info here).

I’ve always believed that once you’re on a first-name basis with “Francis,” your life is changed forever. However, even with this unexpected step in Dan’s career, Wham City fans can rest assured that he’s still true to his music — even that old stuff he wrote in college. Deacon recently announced, for example, that two early albums, Meetle Mice and Silly Hat vs. Eagle Hat — both of which are now and have been up on his website as free downloads since forever — will be reissued together as a double LP. As optimum reassurance, he’s not moving up to some big fancy label for the reissue, either: the package comes out September 13 from old friends at Carpark Records. Vinyl reissues of Spiderman of the Rings and Bromst are forthcoming too, so I’m sure Francis Ford Coppola is asking himself when he’ll ever get to reissue an album.

• Dan Deacon: http://dandeacon.com
• Carpark: http://www.carparkrecords.com

Avant-garde music journal Source gets anthology published in book form, which is a step up convenience-wise from its old format of being written out in I Ching sticks

Here at Tiny Mix Tapes, we’re all about stressing how next-level our tastes are in such areas as music, film, visual art, Fabergé, maple syrup, and serial commas. But when it comes to books? Eh. Let’s just say reading isn’t exactly compatible with the office Wii. We read about as often as you don’t dress like an idiot… which is why this writer was surprised to learn (upon completion of his standard TMT brunch of Fabergé eggs covered in Grade A Vermont medium amber syrup) that his assignment for today was to cover the release of a new anthology published by The University of California Press this month. I was dubious at first, but then Squeo assured me that it was artsy, and I was all over it.

So, here we go. The anthology, entitled Source: Music of the Avant-Garde, 1966-1973, collects interviews, scores, essays, artwork, poetry, photos, and maple syrup fudge recipes that were originally printed in the avant-garde music journal Source. Printed semi-annually in relatively small runs of 2000 between 1966 and 1973, Source dished with some pretty heavy-hitting artists and musicians, including Morton “Subotnick” Feldman, Robert “Wilson” Ashley, John “Lennon” Cage, Pauline “McCartney” Oliveros, David “Fats” Tudor, Harry “Not Patch” Partch, Steve “Philip Glass” Reich, Anthony “Unbreak My Heart” Braxton, and many others with nicknames too ridiculous to recount here. And talk about your “right place, right time” luck: Source was there to document all the crazy changes in performance practice, live electronics, computer music, notation, installations, politics, technology, and social conceptions of art-music that we’re always trying to one-up one another in our purported “vast knowledge of” here in the TMT office. Score.

The anthology was edited by founder Larry Austin, along with Douglas Kahn, and includes almost 400 pages of content from all 11 issues of Source. And it even includes a handy-dandy index of every article that ever appeared in the thing. If you can stomach a little more reading for the day, head to the University of California Press site to read the introduction by Larry Austin and for ordering info.

• University of California Press: http://www.ucpress.edu