RIP: Gerard Smith (TV on the Radio’s bassist)

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From TV on the Radio:

We are very sad to announce the death of our beloved friend and bandmate, Gerard Smith, following a courageous fight against lung cancer. Gerard passed away the morning of April 20th, 2011. We will miss him terribly.

The following shows will be cancelled:

April 20 St. Andrew Halls, Detroit MI
April 22 Metro, Chicago IL
April 23 First Ave, Minneapolis MN
April 24 First Ave, Minneapolis MN
April 26 Ogden, Denver CO

There will be more information as it becomes available.

• TV on the Radio: http://www.tvontheradio.com

Bon Iver announces new album called Bonerizer. Naw, just kidding; it’s self-titled. [Update: it’s actually titled Bon Iver, Bon Iver]

Joke 01: Dude, I haven’t heard any new Bon Iver shit since like FOREVER AGO!

Copy 01: Following the out-of-nowhere success of 2008’s For Emma, Forever Ago (TMT Review) and 2009’s Blood Bank EP (TMT Review), Justin Vernon has kept plenty busy doing anything but releasing a Bon Iver follow-up. He’s jammed with Kanye, played with some high-school kids, launched Volcano Choir, toured with Gayngs, and hung out at some St. Vincent shows.

Joke 02-a: Vernon musta heard the new Fleet Foxes record and remembered that he had to get his folky ass in gear in time for festival season, AM I RIGHT? Hi-yo!

Copy 02-a: Finally, Vernon has confirmed a June 21 release of his new full-length album on Jagjaguwar.

Joke 02-b: The new album’s called Bon Ivver.

Copy 02-b: The new album’s called Bon Iver, Bon Iver.

Joke 03: The question on everyone’s lips now is, “exactly how chillwave is this thing gonna be?”

Copy 03: Featuring 10 new tracks, the new album sees Vernon and his companions broadening their sonic palette beyond the stark acoustic folk of For Emma into what his press release refers to as “a lush landscape of silky electric guitars, beautifully intricate keys, and subtle horn and string sections […] and densely layered vocals.” It was recorded and mixed in painstaking pieces over the past three years by Vernon and his collaborators at his own April Base Studios in Fall Creek, WI.

Joke 04: Rumor has it that Kanye West spits some HUGE verses all over this record!

Copy 04: That Colin Stetson guy plays his big saxophone on this record.

Bon Iver, Bon Iver tracklist:

01. Perth
02. Minnesota, WI
03. Holocene
04. Towers
05. Michicant
06. Hinnom, TX
07. Wash.
08. Calgary
09. Lisbon, OH
10. Beth/Rest

• Bon Iver: http://www.boniver.org
• Jagjaguwar: http://www.jagjaguwar.com
• Gayngs: http://www.gayngs.net
• Volcano Choir: http://volcanochoir.com

Grooveshark bypasses Android ban with non-Market app… just in time *wink wink*

Peace, love, and Trainwreck, my trippy travelers, on this most groooovy of holidaze… you caught me mid-rip so this news nugg should be going down hella smooth. Last we checked in, these Google cats had scooted Grooveshark on out of the Android Market after the fuzz started sniffing, and for one stupid-harsh second it looked like we might never stream Europe ‘72 again. But stay mellow, my dogs, because, like, squares will be squares and shapes shall shift, right, so Grooveshark is taking that no-party downer vibe and making lemonade.

Grooveshark — probably the dankest company since Ben & Jerry’s — took one look at that box they got kicked out of and immediately were like, “time to think outside this shit,” and the second they did they realized there was this crazy bomb universe outside the Android Market that was fuckin’ humming with life and shit, and so right away they’re like “click here to get the Grooveshark app straight-up and forget that schwag-ass Market,” and I’m like “are you seriously that dank?” Dudes are like the mobile-phone version of Timothy Leary.

So yeah, tonight’s Europe ‘72 long-distance listening party? Back on, my sugar magnolias!!!!

• Grooveshark: http://listen.grooveshark.com

RIP: Ray Smith, owner of Ray’s Jazz Shop

From The Wire:

Ray Smith, founder of Ray’s Jazz in London, died of cancer on 17 April aged 76. The funeral will be held at the Golders Green Crematorium on 27 April at 12pm, followed by a gathering at the Spice Of Life, on Moor Street, Soho.

Smith started out working for Collet’s bookshop at 21, where he occupied the basement selling jazz records and playing drums, sometimes hosting impromptu performances. He has a cameo appearance dancing the Twist in Ken Russell’s 1962 documentary Pop Goes The Easel, and played cricket in a team comprised of faces from the London jazz scene at the time, including Wally Fawkes, Mick Mulligan, and Frank Parr.

Smith started the Shaftesbury Avenue iteration of Ray’s Jazz in 1975. He eventually caved to increasing rents and sold up in 2002, after which he retired to watch test cricket. Ray’s Jazz is now a part of the Foyles flagship store on Charing Cross Road.

• Ray Smith (Guardian obituary): http://tinyurl.com/5vlgfh9

Watch Sonic Youth and Nirvana tour together in 1991 film The Year Punk Broke, not on YouTube, but on DVD!

You’ve got an original pressing of Sonic Youth’s Sister, your CD of The Priest They Called Him with Nirvana and William S. Burroughs is all scratched up — you love the early 90s, and you love Sonic Youth and Nirvana. Which means you probably love — or want to love, if only you had a copy of it — the 1991 documentary The Year Punk Broke. For those that aren’t such big fans of the aforementioned, this out-of-print, VHS-only film covers the Sonic Youth tour of Europe, with a little opening band called Nirvana — just before “Smells Like Teen Spirit” hit mainstream radio and changed the music world, yadda, yadda, yadda. Well, superfans, according to director Dave Markey, the infamous doc will at long last be released on DVD this fall, from Universal Music. [expletive deleted]!

In addition to awesome footage of Sonic Youth and Nirvana on-stage and off, the DVD features Dinosaur Jr., The Ramones, Babes in Toyland, and Gumball, plus commentary from Thurston Moore and Dave Markey and a 2003 panel discussion with Moore, Markey, Lee Ranaldo, and J Mascis. This isn’t just some 15-minute-long video about kids extolling their favorite band in a parking lot, though. The DVD also includes a new 42-minute “bonus movie” entitled “(This is Known As) The Blues Scale”, with unreleased performances and material: an often hilarious peek into the on-camera but off-stage life of Sonic Youth and Nirvana throughout the tour. Check out three of the outtakes added to The Year Punk Broke here, and keep your ears open for a release date!

Thanks to Spin for pointing out that the entire original version of The Year Punk Broke is up on Google Video until April 29. Watch those obnoxious opening credits while you can!

• We Got Power Films: http://wegotpowerfilms.com
• Sonic Youth: http://www.sonicyouth.com

The Village Voice really wants you to hang out with them over the summer at their new music festival provided you wear a bathing suit

The Village Voice already has one music festival — Siren Music Festival at Coney Island — that they’ve been successfully putting together for 10 years; now that they’ve got a handle on how to make a fest work, they’ve announced the inaugural edition of their new extravaganza: 4 Knots.

“We’re extremely excited about the launch of the 4 Knots Music Festival this summer,” says Village Voice mouthpiece Josh Fromson. “Music fans from all five boroughs and all over the world have circled the date of our summer music event on their calendars each year.”

Mr. Fromson also added that he hopes all of his friends will be coming and that he doesn’t think it’s silly to assume everyone is already making plans to attend because: “We’re the Village fucking Voice, no one in the world is stupid enough to not come, and anyone who doesn’t is really a loser and a prick.”*

Named after the speed of New York’s legendary East River (and not after a tricky Boy Scout challenge as I assumed), the new festival takes place July 16 at the South Side Seaport. While a lineup of bands has yet to be reported (but you can bet we will when it becomes available), I can tell you that the one-day event is totally free, all-ages, held rain or shine, and will be sponsored by every sorority girl’s favorite beer, Bud Light, so expect to see plenty of drunk people going home with strangers.

* not a real quote

The Village Voice: http://www.villagevoice.com

  

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