RIP: Lillian Lopez, vocalist of dance group Odyssey

RIP: Lillian Lopez, vocalist of dance group Odyssey

From Vintage Vinyl News (via The Daily Swarm):

Lillian Lopez, one of the founding members of the dance group Odyssey, passed away on Tuesday from cancer. She was 76.

Her son, Steven Andre, announced her death on the band’s Facebook tribute page:

It is with tremendous sadness that I announce the passing of my Mother, my mentor, and my very best friend, the founder and first voice of ODYSSEY, Lillian Lopez Collazo Jackson, who died peacefully in hospice on September 4th due to stage four cancer at the age of 76… She will live on in spirit through Annis, Anne, and me as we endeavour to carry on her legacy; to continue the musical journey that is, and always was, ODYSSEY… And of course, her magical voice can still be heard on practically any day, anywhere in the UK: When next you do, and if you can, TURN IT UP! She’d like that… Goodbye Ma, and Thank You…

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Mount Moriah sign to Merge, Merge reissues Mount Moriah’s debut, which is SO like them

Merge, you are our rock. And, no, I’m not talking about the numerous theories that Mac McCaughan is an advanced automaton, much like the mythical golem. Those are just theories, no matter how much evidence falls in their favor! What I’m trying to convey is that Merge remains ever-reliable in delivering the world tuneful, frequently folky indie-rock. Time and time again, Merge does their thing. Just recently, the label signed Mount Moriah, a folk group consisting of two Chapel Hill record clerks. Merge, doing their thing! Us, clapping at Merge doing their thing!

The label will reissue Mount Moriah’s self-titled debut (originally released on CD last year) on limited-edition vinyl on October 2. Listen to a stream of that very record on the group’s Bandcamp page and/or check out their video for “Plane” at Paste. In early 2013, the band plans on releasing their proper Merge debut.

But that’s not the end of the Mount Moriah/Merge Records lovefest! See, the band is set to play Merge’s CMJ Showcase at the Mercury Lounge on October 18. They’ll be joining a lineup that includes label owner/man of rock Mac McCaughan, Eleanor Friedburger, Telekinesis, and Reigning Sound. Beyond that, Mount Moriah will join Mirah for a quick run of East Coast dates in November. They will then return to the sweet, warm womb of Chapel Hill and cuddle forever in a giant bed with all their Merge labelmates.

Mount Moriah tracklist:

01. Only Way Out
02. Social Wedding Rings
03. Plane
04. Lament
05. Old Gowns
06. Reckoning
07. We Don’t Need Much
08. Hail, Lightning

LP-Exclusive Bonus Tracks:

01. Lament (Live at KCMP The Current 7/15/11)
02. Social Wedding Rings (Live at Oregon Public Broadcasting 2/23/12)
03. Only Way Out (Live at Oregon Public Broadcasting 2/23/12)
04. Reckoning (HearYa Live Session 7/11/11)
05. Honey (Live at WCBE Columbus 2/9/12)
06. Only Way Out (Live at KDHX St. Louis 2/11/12)
07. Lament (Live at KDHX St. Louis, 2/11/12)

Mount Moriah dates:

10.18.12 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge (Merge CMJ Showcase)
11.11.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool
11.12.12 - Northampton, MA - Iron Horse Music Hall
11.13.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
11.14.12 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel

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My Morning Jacket announce PORT CHESTER, NY concerts in a fevered state of PORT CHESTER, NY MANIA. Also, playing Boston, I guess.

I’ll level with you. I’m not a My Morning Jacket fan. Don’t get me wrong, they’re fine. I like “One Big Holiday.” Z is an okay album. They’re just not my thing. Jim James wears crazy space boots, which is admittedly the first thing I think when I think My Morning Jacket. But let’s say I was a different person. Let’s say I loved My Morning Jacket. Let’s say I see them every year. Let’s say I think Z is a fantastic album. Let’s say I barely think of Jim James’ crazy space boots and, when I do, I think they’re radical. And let’s say I live in Port Chester, New York.

Well, that would make me the luckiest person in the entire world.

Technically, My Morning Jacket have announced a four-date tour for the very end of the year. I say “technically” because a tour traditionally consists of shows in a minimum of two different cities. My Morning Jacket will be playing in exactly two cities at the end of the year: Port Chester, NY, and Boston. This consists of a tour, but, man oh man, My Morning Jacket are playing some serious favorites. Boston gets a measly one date, while Port Chester gets a whopping three. Jeez, guys, what’s so great about Port Chester? And what is Boston? Is it chopped liver? You are acting like it’s chopped liver.

Hold on, though. There are some good reasons for that disparity in shows. The Boston show isn’t any ordinary show: it’s a New Year’s Eve show at the Agganis Arena, with support from the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Actually, the Port Chester shows aren’t any ordinary shows either. Those three shows will take place in the city’s historic Capitol Theater, which was recently re-opened earlier in the year, as part of the venue’s Spontaneous Curation series. Perhaps I was looking at this wrong. Perhaps every My Morning Jacket show is special. Perhaps that is why Jim James wears those space boots.

My Morning Jacket dates:

12.27.12 - Port Chester, NY - The Capitol Theatre
12.28.12 - Port Chester, NY - The Capitol Theatre
12.29.12 - Port Chester, NY - The Capitol Theatre
12.31.12 - Boston, MA - Agganis Arena

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra teams with known, immortal record label Jagjaguwar for hilarious buddy comedy, shares new single and some tourdates

What can you say about a band like Unknown Mortal Orchestra? …No, I mean, really. Like, what the fuck? “Unknown mortals”? How the hell am I supposed to sell that!?

I mean, so what if that band just signed with Jagjaguar and is preparing a new full-length album for 2013? And so what if they have a bunch of North American dates coming up in the meantime, including an East Coast jaunt with Grizzly Bear? And so what if they’re celebrating the new album and tour by releasing the album’s first taste — a song called “Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark)” and B-side “Waves of Confidence” — as a limited-edition, tour-only 7-inch?? I mean, if I’m going to see an orchestra play (which, I’ll tell you right now, I’m not doing, because that shit sounds B-O-R-I-N-G!), then there had better be a bunch of famous-ass motherfuckers playing in it. Rich, good looking, charismatic, captivating motherfuckers, too; not just, like, politicians or something. And actually, the instruments they’re playing had better be OTHER famous-ass motherfuckers too! Ooh, ooh, and they should be immortal for real! I want to see George Clooney playing the spine of Zombie Thomas Jefferson like a xylophone. Yeah. That’s what I want. Don’t question it.

7-inch tracklist:

A: Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark)
B: Waves of Confidence


09.20.12 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *
09.21.12 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *
09.22.12 - Boston, MA - Orpheum Theater *
09.23.12 - Montreal, QC - Olympia de Montreal *
09.24.12 - New York, NY - Radio City Music Hall *
09.26.12 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall *
09.28.12 - Cincinnati, OH - Midpoint Music Festival
09.29.12 - Champaign, IL- Pygmalion Music Festival
09.30.12 - Milwaukee, WI - The Pabst Theater ^
10.01.12 - Grand Rapids, MI - Pyramid Scheme
10.02.12 - Akron, OH - Annabell’s Bar and Lounge
10.03.12 - Annapolis, MD - Metropolitan Kitchen
10.05.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Taix
10.12.12 - Cholula, Mexico - Campestre Don Juan
10.13.12 - Mexico City, Mexico - Corona Capital Festival
12.28.12 - Christchurch, NZ - Rhythm and Alps Festival
12.30.12 - Phillip Island, Australia - Pyramid Rock Festival
12.31.12 - Peats Ridge, Australia - Peats Ridge Sustainable Arts & Music Festival

* Grizzly Bear
^ Dirty Projectors

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Creative Audio Archive crowdfunding 15-year archive of Chicago’s underground music scene

The Wire is spreading the news about a new crowdfunding initiative to help preserve 15 years worth of sound archives documenting the Chicago underground music scene from 1981 to 1996. Diligently compiled by Malachi Ritscher, a fixture at Chicago shows until his death by self-immolation in 2006 in protest to the war in Iraq, the archives span the breadth of the burgeoning experimental underground in the post-rock haven, from the straight-up noise of Kevin Drumm to the avant-jazz of Ken Vandermark and everything in between. Ritscher was said to have attended an average of five shows a week, a number that makes my knees and ears hurt just thinking about it, recording the shows with a level of quality that lead some of the musicians that he documented to release his recordings as official albums.

Those instances were very rare, though, and that’s why Chicago’s Creative Audio Archive is looking to the people (that’s you) to help raise $5,000 to digitally preserve and archive the most vulnerable of the Ritscher recordings. Donors will get special opportunities to listen to and own the oft-unheard recordings, while the general public will get their opportunity to hear them once the project is complete and a tour of listening stations is set up around the city.

In the general spirit of overzealous online communities contributing way more money than a project needs, let’s all open our wallets so that the Creative Audio Archive has the funds to not only digitally capture some of these recordings, but to convert all of the recordings and to create an online community where they can be listened to and shared, in the spirit of the John Peel archives. The 15 years documented through Ritscher’s recordings represent an incredibly important time and place in American music, and it’d be a shame if the recordings continue to go unheard. Head over to Kickstarter to donate now!

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Lefse releases new Twin Peaks-esque LP by gloom pop dude Cemeteries this October

Imagine the bastard love child of Julee Cruise and The Smiths (yes, all of them), growing up and watching Muppet Babies alongside contemporary gloom pop acts Minks and Violens, everybody smiling through their suburban sadness and learning how to share together. That bastard love child would grow up into Buffalo native Kyle J. Reigle, or as he’s known on the “sad teens taping tracks off the college radio” circuit, Cemeteries. (Let’s just all pretend teens still do this, okay? It was once like, an essential rite of passage for sad teens everywhere.)

Fortunately, Lefse Records is around to do the fancied-up version of taping songs off the radio, i.e. “releasing records.” And so it is that Cemeteries’ new album, The Wilderness, shall be brought into the world mere days away from Halloween, on October 23, and that Mr. Reigle will gloriously join the ranks of Lefse artists like How to Dress Well and Youth Lagoon. Inspired by classic horror films and the music of frequent David Lynch collaborator Angelo Badalamenti, The Wilderness is the product of six months spent recording in Reigle’s spare room. Fans eager for an end-of-summer dose of Twin Peaks-ian dreamy angst can get listening to the first single, also called “The Wilderness,” on SoundCloud.

The Wilderness tracklisting:

01. Young Blood
02. The Wilderness
03. What Did You See
04. Summer Smoke
05. In the Trees
06. Roosting Towns
07. Leland
08. Brighter Colors
09. A Real Gust of Wind

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