RIP: Gregory Isaacs, Jamaican reggae musician

RIP: Gregory Isaacs, Jamaican reggae musician

From the BBC:

Reggae star Gregory Isaacs has died at the age of 59 at his London home following a long illness, his manager has confirmed.

The Jamaican singer died on Monday morning surrounded by his family.

His 1982 album Night Nurse, recorded at Bob Marley’s Tuff Gong studio, reached number 32 in the UK.

A cover version of the album’s title track, by Sly and Robbie featuring Simply Red, reached number 13 in the UK in September 1997.

Isaacs, who was diagnosed with lung cancer a year ago, had been travelling around Jamaica before returning home to London this summer to spend time with his wife, Linda, and his family.

“Gregory was well-loved by everyone, his fans and his family, and he worked really hard to make sure he delivered the music they loved and enjoyed,” his wife said.

“He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.”

• Gregory Isaacs:

Crystal Castles announce spring tour, deny being spring chickens despite no one accusing them of being spring chickens

Ahh, winter. A time to bunker down with some mulled wine, one of those high-powered magic lamps that prevents you from getting S.A.D., and all the Netflix movies you didn’t watch when it was summer and life was all lemonade and beach parties. But don’t despair because of the upcoming change of seasons, for as we move onward into this time of family holidays and scraping ice off everything, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. That light, of course, is digitized and angry. That light comes from a distant, shadowy land to the North (Canada). That light… is a Crystal Castles tour.

Crystal Castles dates:

03.02.11 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
03.03.11 - Pomona, CA - Fox Theatre
03.04.11 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield Theatre
03.06.11 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
03.07.11 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
03.08.11 - Seattle, WA - Showbox at the Market
03.11.11 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
03.12.11 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
03.13.11 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Hall
03.15.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Theater of Living Arts
03.16.11 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
03.18.11 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
03.19.11 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
03.26.11 - Miami, FL - Ultra Music Festival
04.02.11 - Toronto, ON - Sound Academy

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• Fiction:

Some things take a long time to make: Seefeel announce first album in 14 years

It’s been awhile since we last heard from British, multi-hyphenated, electronic-dream-pop rockers Seefeel, but at least they’ve come back with good news. It seems that the band, whose last album was CH-VOX in 1996, have finished work on a new, self-titled album set for release on February 7 through Warp.

The new album was inspired after the reaction to their “incendiary performance” at the Warp20 anniversary concert in Paris last year, where Seefeel made their return to live performance. Steve Beckett, Warp Records co-founder, elaborates on what happened after the Warp20 performance: “[Seefeel] came back six months later — not just with a record, but a great record. This band needs to be heard, they need to be seen so that’s why we got involved again. Family members might leave for a long time but they always come home.”

Awww, nothing like a family reunion to warm my cynical heart. Pre-order the album now and get the Faults EP free (TMT News).

Seefeel tracklist:

01. O-On One
02. Dead Guitars
03. Step Up
04. Faults
05. Gzaug
06. Rip-Run
07. Making
08. Step Down
09. Airless
10. Aug30
11. Sway

• Warp Records:

Billy Corgan decides the world still needs more music from The Smashing Pumpkins, announces new EP

Here at TMT, we’ve started taking bets as to when Billy Corgan will realize that it’s time for The Smashing Pumpkins to call it quits already. I have $150 on 2025. In the meantime, The Smashing Pumpkins will continue releasing music with their new EP, The Solstice Bare, due November 23. This is the second EP from their ongoing 44-song album called Teargarden of Kaleidyscope, which is a one-song-at-a-time, free digital release project. The EP will feature the free song, in addition to four previously unreleased tracks.

In other news, The Smashing Pumpkins will hit the road next month, making stops all over South America.

11.18.10 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Luna Park
11.20.10 - Sao Paulo, Brazil - Planeta Terra Festival
11.23.10 - Santiago, Chile - Arena Movistar
11.25.10 - Lima, Peru - Lima Hot Festival
11.27.10 - Bogota, Columbia - Coliseo El Campín

• The Smashing Pumpkins:

Wow! A new EP from Massive Attack! Atlas Air! November 22! Wow!

At this point, Massive Attack are pretty much the Willy Wonka of electronic music, constantly passing out treats and dazzling people with their fancy light show and its “ever changing array of images and slogans pertaining to the world’s current events.” (Kids LOVE current events!) One such treat is the forthcoming release of the group’s Atlas Air EP on Virgin Records. Slated for a November 22 release, the new EP will be available digitally and as a limited-edition 12-inch. Atlas Air features remixes of two tracks from the duo’s most recent full-length, Heligoland (TMT Review), and benefits refugee charity organization War Child, Massive Attack’s charity of choice. The group is currently on tour in the United States.

Atlas Air EP tracklisting:

01. Atlas Air (Jneiro Jarel’s Lavender remix)
02. Redlight (Clark remix)
03. Atlas Air (Goldsworthy remix)
04. Atlas Air (video)

Massive Attack tourdates:

10.22.10 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre
10.23.10 - Atlantic City, NJ - Borgata
10.26.10 - Miami, FL - Bayfront Park Amphitheater
10.27.10 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live
10.29.10 - Atlanta, GA - Fox Theater
10.30.10 - Asheville, NC - MOOG Festival
11.01.10 - Dallas, TX - Palladium Ballroom
11.04.10 - San Diego, CA - RIMAC Arena
11.05.10 - Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl
11.06.10 - San Francisco, CA - The Greek
11.07.10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Gibson

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• Virgin:

U2 working on new album with Danger Mouse; this one goes out to the 36.7% of you who are interested

Tiny Mix Tapes is a lot of fun, but there’s a business side to this place, too. We’ve got teams of scientists and statisticians working around the clock to figure out the most efficient ways to bring you the music news you crave down in your very gut. Charts and graphs and raw data are all toiled over to determine how to best serve you, the customer of sorts. Here’s a sample of that raw data: 36.7% of the Tiny Mix Tapes readership would be interested in a story about how U2 are working on a new record with producer Danger Mouse. So, this next one goes out to that 36.7% of you out there.

Indeed, U2 are working with famed producer Danger Mouse on a new record. According to comments Bono made to The Age, the band has worked on about 12 songs with Mr. Mouse. Also, the new record should be out early next year, because they’re evidently working real quickly. There, 36.7% of you should be filled with feelings of mild satisfaction about now.

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