RIP: Harvey Fuqua of The Moonglows

RIP: Harvey Fuqua of The Moonglows

From The Detroit News (via The Daily Swarm)

Singer, songwriter and record producer Harvey Fuqua, an early mentor of Marvin Gaye, has died. Fuqua was 80.

Ron Brewington of the Motown Alumni Association says Fuqua died of a heart attack Tuesday at a Detroit hospital. The Louisville, Ky., native founded the R&B-doo-wop group the Moonglows, which signed with disc jockey Alan Freed. Their first single was the 1954 hit “Sincerely.”

Fuqua is credited with discovering the young Gaye in Washington, D.C., taking him to Chicago and Chess Records, and then to Detroit and Motown. He later managed Gaye as well as singer Tammi Terrell, according to Detroit News archives.

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Band of Horses tour linked to shortage of plaid shirts, surplus of good times

Oh, Band of Horses. I tried for so long to play you off like you were just another indie band, one of those big touring acts that everyone in town falls over themselves for, but not me, because I’m all edgy, all “don’t believe the hype” (or whatever I’m all like). And then you release “Laredo,” the lead single from your most recent album on Columbia, Infinite Arms (TMT Review) — the video of which makes its iTunes debut on July 13 — and my heart’s all aflutter with your haunting, melancholy Southern rock harmonies.

Fortunately, my heart and yours (along with the rest of our organs, hopefully, and a plaid shirt or two, just for good measure) can flutter their way down to one of Band of Horses’ summer tour stops in the USA before the group departs for Japan, Australia, Europe and the U.K., eventually returning to the States in September.


07.12.10 - Nashville, TN - War Memorial
07.13.10 - Cincinnati, OH - Inner Circle
07.14.10 - Columbia, MO - Blue Note
07.16.10 - Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Club
07.17.10 - Minneapolis, MN - State Theater
07.22.10 - Adelaide, Australia - Governor Hindmarsh
07.24.10 - Melbourne, Australia - The Palace
07.27.10 - Melbourne, Australia - The Palace
07.29.10 - Sydney, Australia - Enmore Theatre
07.31.10 - Brisbane, Australia - Splendour in the Grass
08.07.10 - Tokyo, Japan - Summersonic
08.08.10 - Osaka, Japan - Summersonic
08.19.10 - Hasselt, Belgium - Pukkelpop Festival
08.20.10 - Holland, Netherlands - The Great Escape Festival @ Lowlands
08.22.10 - Hohenfelden, Germany - Highfields Festival
08.27.10 - Paris, France - Rock en Seine Festival
08.28.10 - Leeds, UK - Leeds Festival
08.29.10 - Reading, UK - Reading Festival
09.24.10 - Berkeley, CA - Greek Theater
09.25.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theater
09.27.10 - Las Vegas, NV - The Joint
09.28.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - In the Venue
09.29.10 - Denver, CO - Fillmore
10.01.10 - Des Moines, IA - Val Air Ballroom
10.04.10 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
10.05.10 - Columbus, OH - LC Amphitheater
10.06.10 - Louisville, KY - Brown Theater
10.10.10 - Austin, TX - Zilker Park
10.12.10 - Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom
10.13.10 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
10.14.10 - Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theater
10.17.10 - Indianapolis, IN - Egyptian Room
10.21.10 - Toronto, ON - Kool Haus
10.22.10 - Detroit, MI - Fillmore
10.30.10 - Atlanta, GA - The Fox Theater

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Hear the sledges with the bells, silver bells! School of Seven Bells announce tourdates, album out July 13

It’s about time we had some attractive twin vocalists in the limelight that aren’t Tegan & Sara. With the addition of Benjamin Curtis, sisters Alejandra and Claudia Deheza make up School of Seven Bells (one part former Secret Machines, latter two parts On!Air!Library!), the dream pop band inspired by shoegazers and Cocteau Twins and inspiring recitations everywhere of Poe’s “The Bells.” The follow-up to their 2008 debut Alpinisms (TMT Review), called Disconnect from Desire, is out July 13 from Vagrant Records/Ghostly International, and handbell choirs are ringing out the news across the country during the morning practice before church. With so many bells a-ringin’, what else could School of Seven Bells do but tour North America?


09.09.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl
09.11.10 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East Downstairs
09.12.10 - Burlington, VT - Club Metronome
09.13.10 - Montreal, QB - La Sala Rossa
09.15.10 - Toronto, ON - Mod Club
09.16.10 - Ann Arbor, MI - Bling Pig
09.17.10 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
09.18.10 - Madison, Wi - Majestic Theatre
09.19.10 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St. Entry
09.20.10 - Iowa City, IA - Blue Moose Tap House
09.21.10 - Omaha, NE - Waiting Room
09.23.10 - Kansas City, MO - Record Bar
09.24.10 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
09.25.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
09.27.10 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
09.28.10 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret
09.29.10 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
09.30.10 - San Francisco, CA - Independent
10.01.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex
10.02.10 - Costa Mesa, CA - Detroit Bar
10.03.10 - San Diego, CA - The Loft
10.05.10 - Tucson, AZ - Plush
10.06.10 - Albuquerque, NM - Launchpad
10.08.10 - Denton, TX - Hailey’s
10.09.10 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
10.10.10 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
10.11.10 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
10.12.10 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder
10.14.10 - Tampa, FL - Crowbar
10.15.10 - Orlando, FL - The Social
10.16.10 - Miami, FL - Grand Central
10.18.10 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
10.19.10 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
10.20.10 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
10.21.10 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
10.22.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brendas

(all dates with Active Child)

Check SO7B’s MySpace for July European/Australian tourdates.

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[Photo: Abbey Drucker]

Lemme in your house: The Music Tapes offer bedside lullabies in your home… literally

This is a weird bit of promo work. The Music Tapes, a.k.a. Julian Koster, recently announced that in August, he will serenade sleepy fans at their personal bedsides in Boston, New York, and Philadelphia. These are purportedly much better than the cutesy ditties you wish your mom sang to you as a kid before she turned off the light; The Music Tapes will perform bedtime-appropriate songs from Music Tapes for Clouds and Tornadoes (TMT Review), The 1st Imaginary Symphony for Nomad, and a few new songs.

But let’s break this down for a second — you write to to request a visit and a time slot, should you be so lucky. Some strange people who you’ve never met come to your house and sit in your bedroom as you lie in bed, presumably already in pajamas and with your teeth brushed. You’ve never met these people before, but appreciate a hopeful snuggle with sort-of celebrities. Actually, do you even know what Julian Koster looks like? Do you know for sure he’s not someone who will break in your house and steal your LP collection, turntable, and important electronics? (Note: I’m assuming he’s not.)

And though Julian Koster did this sort of thing once before (for the last two Christmases, he offered his services as a caroler house-to-house in the Midwest and the Eastern seaboard — TMT News), does he really want to risk entering a stranger’s house, letting himself be encircled by said stranger and his/her friends and family, and simply trust that his warm milk will be unadulterated and that the door will remain unlocked from the outside?

Okay, so Julian Koster isn’t exactly G.G. Allin and his fans probably don’t tend towards violence, but somebody’s got to think of these things. Can’t you just request to sip Sleepytime tea in a well-lit coffee shop, surrounded by people, right after rush hour but before dark?

Anyway, the same people who emailed will receive information about a secret location and time to play “St. Nikolai the Wonder Worker’s Wishing Game of Candles” (sort of like freeze-tag, with foot-tall candles) the night after The Music Tapes’ nocturnal visitations. So go ahead and shoot ‘em an email; you can’t lose any sleep over it.

Lullabye Delivery Tour:

08.04.10 - Boston/Cambridge area, MA - bedside lullabies
08.05.10 - Cambridge, MA - St. Nikolai the Wonder Worker’s Wishing Game of Candles
08.07.10 - New York City area, NY - bedside lullabies
08.08.10 - New York City, NY - St. Nikolai the Wonder Worker’s Wishing Game of Candles
08.09.10 - Philadelphia, PA area - bedside lullabies
08.10.10 - Philadelphia, PA - St. Nikolai the Wonder Worker’s Wishing Game of Candles

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Swans new album set to be released September 21, 2010, the greatest September 21 ever

In the grand tradition of Serge and his then-adolescent daughter Charlotte Gainsbourg’s duet on “Lemon Incest” comes another potentially controversial father-daughter rock pairing. This time it involves Michael Gira’s three-year-old daughter, Saoirse, sharing vocal duties with freak-folk weirdy Devendra Banhart on a little number called “You Fucking People Make Me Sick.” The track is part of the upcoming album My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky, from Gira’s newly ‘reactivated’ Swans (TMT News). Okay, in reality the only possibly controversial thing about the Swans song is whether it will be ‘pretty awesome’ or just ‘kinda awesome.’

Gira has assembled some good people for this non-“dumb-ass nostalgia act” album. (He says, “THIS IS NOT A REUNION. It’s not some dumb-ass nostalgia act. It is not repeating the past. After 5 Angels Of Light albums, I needed a way to move FORWARD, in a new direction, and it just so happens that revivifying the idea of Swans is allowing me to do that.”) Swans members from the first incarnation(s) Norman Westberg, Bill Rieflin, Christoph Hahn, and Phil Puleo; new members Chris Pravdica (Flux Information Sciences/Services) and Thor Harris (Shearwater); and guest Grasshopper of Mercury Rev all make an appearance, along with Mr. Barnhart and Ms. Saoirse. The album was financed through sales of the limited edition acoustic Swans album I Am Not Insane earlier this year (TMT News).

The new album comes out September 21 on Gira’s own Young God Records, and a tour is planned for the fall. *

* Pleeeeeeeeeeeeease come to Minneapolis!


01. No Words/No Thoughts
02. Reeling The Liars In
03. Jim
04. My Birth
05. You Fucking People Make Me Sick
06. Inside Madeline
07. Eden Prison
08. Little Mouth

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Black Dice’s Eric Copeland gets Strange on new LP; otherwise, he’s a pretty normal dude

Strange Days indeed. Well, at least chameleonesque Black Dice member Eric Copeland seems to think so. With the summoning of his follow-up LP to Alien in a Garbage Dump (TMT Review) on No Age member Dean Spunt’s Post Present Medium label, he has captured (according to the fine folks over at One Thirty BPM) a vomit-crazed collage of psych-induced samples and field recordings spread oh so delicately over two tracks.

Copeland is no stranger to the concept of accompanying spastic art with his releases. If you got the LP copy of Black Dice’s Repo, you know what I’m talking about. So in due form, he’s got the white LP all wrapped up in a silk-screened jacket that I’m just gonna assume is designed by the man himself. As Copeland would have it, Strange Days is being printed in a limited quantity of 600. Keep it strange and head over to PPM and get yourself a copy, pronto.

Strange Days tracklisting:

01. Side A
02. Side B

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