RIP: Horacio “Gamexane” Villafañe of Argentine punk group Todos Tus Muertos

RIP: Horacio "Gamexane" Villafañe of Argentine punk group Todos Tus Muertos http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-11-11-gamexane.jpg

From Billboard:

Horacio “Gamexane” Villafañe, the guitarist and founder of Argentine punk band Todos Tus Muertos, passed away Nov. 23 following complications from a “digestive hemorrhage,” according to published reports. He was 48 years old. Villafañe fell ill during a tour in Mexico earlier this month and was finally flown to Argentina where he was hospitalized and eventually connected to a respirator before passing away.

• Todos Tus Muertos: http://www.ttm-oficial.com.ar

Cloud Nothings go on tour, AND THIS TIME THEY’RE BRINGING THEIR GUITARS

As far as fresh-faced indie rock bands go, Cloud Nothings are doing pretty well for themselves. Debut full-length released earlier this year? Yep! Sophomore full-length coming out in January? You already know about that! Super extensive winter tour that eventually becomes a spring tour? Well, that would be the next move. But Cloud Nothings, how will you go on tour without… guitars?

Cloud Nothings won’t, and that is precisely why they are bringing guitars. Really, I don’t know why they wouldn’t. That would be a gaffe worthy of the gaffe hall of fame, which isn’t a thing, but would be if someone made such a major gaffe. The Cleveland-based group will be hitting a ridiculous number of cities around the United States, guitars in tow. Also in tow will be Mr. Dream, who are not Mike Tyson, and A Classic Education, who are also not Mike Tyson.

12.17.11 - Muncie, IN - Center Stage
01.26.12 - New York, NY - The Studio at Webster Hall *
02.16.12 - Chattanooga, TN - JJ’s Bohemia &
02.17.12 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl %
02.18.12 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree %
02.20.12 - Orlando, FL - Backbooth %
02.21.12 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder %
02.23.12 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s %
02.24.12 - San Antonio, TX - Ten Eleven %
02.25.12 - Austin, TX - Red 7 %
02.26.12 - El Paso, TX - Lowbrow Palace %
02.28.12 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom %
02.29.12 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar %
03.01.12 - Santa Ana, CA - Constellation Room ^
03.02.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo ^
03.03.12 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill ^
03.05.12 - Portland, OR - Holocene ^
03.06.12 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile ^
03.07.12 - Vancouver, BC - The Media Club ^
03.08.12 - Boise, ID - Neurolux ^
03.09.12 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court ^
03.10.12 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge ^
03.12.12 - Kansas City, MO - The Riot Room ^
03.17.12 - McAllen, TX - Simon Sez
03.20.12 - Nashville, TX - The End %
03.21.12 - Louisville, KY - Zanzabar $
03.22.12 - Cincinnati, OH - MOTR Pub %
03.24.12 - Montreal, QC - Casa del Popolo %
03.25.12 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall %
03.26.12 - Providence, RI - Fete Lounge %
03.30.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s *%
03.31.12 - Washinton, DC - Red Palace %
04.01.12 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar %
04.02.12 - Buffalo, NY - Ninth Ward @ Babeville %
04.03.12 - Pittsburgh, PA -Brillobox %
04.04.12 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick Lounge %
04.05.12 - Cleveland Heights, OH - Grog Shop %
04.06.12 - Chicago, Il - Schubas Tavern %
04.07.12 - Columbus, OH - Outland Live %

* Reading Rainbow
& Elk Milk, Future Virgins
% A Classic Education
^ Mr. Dream
$ The Deloreans, Go Mordecai!

• Cloud Nothings: http://www.facebook.com/cloudnothings
• Mr. Dream: http://mrdreamland.us
• A Classic Education: http://www.aclassiceducation.com

[Photo: Gemma Harris]

Okkervil River’s Golden Opportunities 2 comes with the opportunity for free music

For those of us in the 99%, here’s something to be thankful for: Okkervil River has just released the follow-up to the 2007 mixtape, Golden Opportunities, for — you guessed it — FREE. And let’s face it, when’s the last time you got something legal and free? Just as the previous mixtape did, this one finds the band covering some songs by a bunch of people you can pretend to have heard of if you want to impress some hardcore music heads: Ted Lucas, Jim Sullivan, David McComb, and Bill Fay. Once you’ve committed those names to memory, go ahead and research them so you can convincingly tell your hipper-than-thou friends the twisted musicians’ tales.

Golden Opportunities 2 was recorded live to two-track tape in a day while on break from touring for their not-free album I Am Very Far (TMT Review) on Jagjaguwar. Find both Mp3 and lossless versions of the album at Okkervil River’s site.

Golden Opportunities 2:

01. It Is So Nice to Get Stoned (Ted Lucas)
02. U.F.O. (Jim Sullivan)
03. One Soul Less on Your Fiery List (David McComb)
04. Plan D (Bill Fay)
05. Dry Bones (Traditional)

• Okkervil River: http://okkervilriver.com
• Jagjaguwar: http://www.jagjaguwar.com

RIP: Jovan Coleman a.k.a. J-1, drummer of Dâm-Funk’s Master Blazter

From Stones Throw:

Some terrible news tonight, we’ve just heard that J-1, drummer of Dam-Funk’s Master Blazter passed away yesterday. Dam released this statement on his Facebook page:

“At this time we send our most deepest condolences 2 the family & friends of J-1/Jovan Coleman, who passed in Sweden.

Details on his passing are not available at this time. Just know that our brother will be missed deeply.

*R.I.P. 2 our brother J-1 (Jovan Coleman) aka THE DEER & drummer of Master Blazter. *We love U sincerely brother & we will always rep U!!”

Matthew Shipp and Barbara Januszkiewicz start Kickstarter for avant-garde film project

Free jazz pianist, composer, and upstanding citizen Matthew Shipp has recently announced an exciting collaboration with multimedia artist and avant-garde filmmaker Barbara Januszkiewicz. Having already wowed us this year with his monumental double-disc release, The Art of the Improviser (TMT Review), Shipp has decided to further his ever-evolving craft with a new and challenging endeavor in avant-garde filmmaking and composition.

A fitting partnership between two boundary-breaking risk-takers, the film, titled The Composer, is advertised by the duet as a “unique fusion of artistic vision” and that it “can be described as witnessing creative vision, an inspirational moment with the piano. And not any piano but a Fazioli.” The film is predicted to be approximately 45 minutes in length and feature the relationship between Shipp and his instrument, the piano.

So when will you see/hear/feel/love/stick your dick in this thing? Well, that’s up to you. The artists have set up a Kickstarter page to acquire the necessary funding for the project. Pledges will fund travel expenses, equipment, post production, music, editing assistance, sound mixing, graphic design, fees for showcases work, etc. For those of you unfamiliar with Kickstarter, the web site allows artists to set up fundraisers for creative projects. The catch is, to avoid risks for both artists and benefactors, the system is all or nothing. The financial goal is met by the deadline, or no one is charged, and the project dies. It DIES. So pitch in.

The Composer: http://thecomposer.info
• Matthew Shipp: http://www.matthewshipp.com
• Barbara Januszkiewicz: http://www.barbaraj.info

Google expands “piracy” search term censorship to well-known file sharing and hosting site names

Last year, Google announced that it was making adjustments to its search algorithms to prevent generic piracy-related search terms from auto-completing or appearing during instant searches. Following this action, the number of successful Google searches for terms like “BitTorrent” and “RapidShare” decreased dramatically. Taking further action, Google announced last week that it has extended the ban to specific domain names of sites that it deems to be potential havens for piracy, including file sharing sites like The Pirate Bay and ExtraTorrent and virtual “locker” sites like FileServe. So far, Google has not disclosed how it selects terms for inclusion in the search censorship.

The timing of this expansion coincides with Google’s desire to placate rights holders as it moves into the music business. Google has deals in place with two of the three major label groups, and to stay in their good graces, it will need to demonstrate that it’s actively interested in curtailing the promotion of piracy through its other services. While this is good for their new music venture, it’s not exactly in line with their motto of not being evil. Many of the sites that Google is blocking from their auto-complete and instant search features are legitimate sites that don’t break copyright laws but are being included here because it’s assumed by rightsholders that they’re siphoning income away from their antiquated business model.

Google is starting to become something of a paradox, publicly rallying against copyright laws like the Protect IP Act (S. 968), but then taking action on its own accord to censor and police how its search service serves up content. Parties looking to find these sites using Google still can, but this adjustment is definitely a move in the wrong direction of trying to keep the internet free and open while still respecting rights and compensating artists for their work.