RIP: Jesus “Jess” Porras of The Mixtures

RIP: Jesus "Jess" Porras of The Mixtures

From the San Diego Union-Tribune:

Jesus “Jess” Porras, longtime resident of San Diego, passed away peacefully with his family at his side on December 26, 2010. Jess was born in Oxnard, to Felipe and Dolores on November 20, 1941 and with his sister Maria and brothers Phil and Art, were raised surrounded by a large, loving extended Mexican American family.

Jess came from a lineage of professional musicians and his first love was music which he took to early, learning the violin at nine, followed by tenor and alto sax, flute, horn, guitar, and piano.

He was a member of “The Mixtures,” an R&B band, and played all the major L.A. Clubs from 1957 to 1962. Their album “Stompin at the Rainbow” is being re-released April 5.

Sleeping in the Aviary wake up to head out on tour; okay, but yesterday was Mr. Bean’s birthday!!

(Happy belated birthday Mr. Bean!)

Sleeping in the Aviary, whose website looks like if it were designed by someone on acid and hosted on GeoCities (R.I.P.), are heading out on a super-long tour, which started in fact on Mr. Bean’s birthday. Formerly of Madison, the band now lives in Minneapolis and released their third LP Great Vacation in 2010 via Madison label Science of Sound. Sleeping in the Aviary also released a new music video for their song “Y.M.C.A. (No Not That One),” which you can watch via City Pages, along with their videos for “Maria’s Ghost” and “Last Kiss on a Sinking Ship.”


01.06.11 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock
01.07.11 - Madison, WI -  High Noon Saloon
01.09.11 - Milwaukee, WI - Borg Ward
01.10.11 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
01.11.11 - Indianapolis, IN -  Radio Radio
01.12.11 - Bloomington, IN - Rachael’s Cafe
01.13.11 - Nashville, TN - Little Hamilton Collective
01.14.11 - Atlanta, GA - The 529
01.16.11 - New Orleans, LA - The Saint
01.18.11 - Houston, TX -  Jet Lounge
01.19.11 - San Antonio, TX -  The Ten Eleven
01.20.11 - San Marcos, TX - Triple Crown
01.21.11 - Austin, TX - Hole In The Wall
01.22.11 - Dallas, TX - Double Wide
01.25.11 - Albuquerque, NM - Winning Coffee Co.
01.26.11 - Tucson, AZ - The Hangart
01.27.11 - Phoenix, AZ -  Trunkspace
01.28.11 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar
01.29.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Pink House
01.30.11 - Oakland, CA - First Church Of The Buzzard
02.03.11 - Seattle, WA - Blue Moon
02.04.11 - Corvallis, OR - Corvallis DIY Co-op
02.05.11 - Portland, OR - Sea Shanty
02.11.11 - Grand Junction, CO - The Midnight Special
02.12.11 - Boulder, CO -  Astroland
02.13.11 - Denver, CO - Backforty
02.14.11 - Pueblo, CO - Red Raven
02.15.11 - Wichita, KS - Kirby’s
02.16.11 - Norman, OK - Red Room
02.17.11 - Little Rock, AR - Happy Fuckers Unite!
02.18.11 - Hot Springs, AR - The Exchange
02.20.11 - Lincoln, NE - Powerhouse
02.21.11 - Des Moines, IA - Vaudeville Mews

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• Science of Sound:

RIP: Phil Kennemore, Y&T bassist

From NME:

Y&T bassist Phil Kennemore has died.

The musician, who had been battling lung cancer, died this morning (January 7) aged 57.

He was a founding member of Y&T, who were formerly known as Yesterday And Today, and played with the hard rock band at every stage of their 36-year history, helping the band sell over four million albums in the process.

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• Y&T (MySpace):

Radiohead Haiti benefit show released as a multi-cam 2-disc DVD

Last January, Radiohead setup a last-minute benefit show in L.A. to raise money in the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake. Fourteen fans took their camcorders to the show and, after a concerted joint effort spearheaded by superfan Inez, produced a multi-cam 2-disc DVD set. With help from Radiohead, Inez and other fans are now making the 24-song set available for download here. And in the spirit of the original performance, they’ve even partnered with Oxfam to setup a special donation page. Kudos for making shit happen!

Read Colin Greenwood’s post about the DVD set here.

• Radiohead:

Lower Dens announce 2011 tourdates, release new single

Lower Dens ended 2010 on a high note with their album Twin-Hand Movement receiving great reviews and making many year-end lists. Now they are kicking off 2011 with a small tour, a new single, and a Yours Truly session, in which you can check out their new single, “Batman”. In January, the band will be hopping around the Southeast (and uh, Oklahoma) for select dates with The Walkmen and fellow Bawmorians, Wye Oak. Lower Dens will release their latest single on January 18, 2011 via Gnomonsong.

Tracklist for Lower Dens single:

01. Batman
02. Dear Betty Baby (Mayo Thompson cover)


01.12.11 - Carrboro NC - Cat’s Cradle $
01.13.11 - Atlanta GA - Variety Playhouse $
01.14.11 - Asheville NC - Grey Eagle Tavern $
01.15.11 - Nashville TN - Exit In $
03.11.11 - Washington DC - Black Cat !
03.12.11 - Chapel Hill NC - Local 506 !
03.13.11 - Atlanta GA - The EARL !
03.15.11 - Norman OK - The Opolis !

$ The Walkmen
! Wye Oak

• Lower Dens:
• Gnomonsong:

Raekwon expects to release two albums in 2011; we expect it, too

It’s hard to believe that Raekwon released Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Part 2 (TMT Review) back in September 2009. I could’ve sworn that the album was released in August 2009! Time flies. Well, I hope 2011 flies by too, because then the wait between the two expected Rae albums will only feel that much shorter.

Yep, that’s right. According to VIBE (via 2dopeboyz), The Chef expects to release not one, not three, but two albums in 2011. These include not only the much-anticipated, due-on-March-8th Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang — which was originally intended as a Wu-minus-RZA response to 8 Diagrams (TMT Review) — but also another as-yet untitled full-length that features production from the likes of Just Blaze and Kanye West, due tentatively in October. Actually, let me just copy/paste the news from VIBE:

The Chef’s got more cooking for 2011 than just his much-anticipated fifth LP, Shaolin Vs. Wu-Tang (due in March). A source close to Raekwon tells VIBE that the storytelling MC has plans for a second album before 2012 hits. The as-yet-untitled project, said to contain more “DJ-oriented” and “harmony-based” records—will feature production by the likes of Just Blaze and Kanye West, while keeping with the traditional Wu-Tang sound and aesthetic. Recorded while Rae simultaneously created the kung-fu heavy concept album Shaolin Vs. Wu-Tang, the halfway complete opus is expected to drop in October.

If you want more Rae, check out our interview with him here. If you want something with more immediacy, check this out:

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