RIP: Lloyd Brevett of The Skatalites

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From Exclaim!:

Lloyd Brevett, founding bassist of legendary ska outfit the Skatalites, passed away earlier this morning (May 3) at Andrews Memorial Hospital in St. Andrew, Jamaica at the age of 80. Billboard reports that the musician had been in the hospital receiving treatment following a stroke and a series of seizures.

A recent report from the Jamaica Observer newspaper found close friend and former Columbia Records A&R person Maxine Stowe explaining that Brevett’s health had deteriorated considerably in recent months following the fatal February 26 shooting of his son Okeene near Brevett’s home in the Seaview Gardens area of St. Andrew. Okeene was returning home after accepting an award on his father’s behalf from the Jamaican recording Industry Association.

Brevett helped found the original lineup of the Skatalites in 1963, and the ten-person roster stayed together for 18 months. While they acted as a backup band on several pioneering ska recordings, the group also recorded a number of notable instrumentals on their own, including “Guns of Navarone” and “Eastern Standard Time.”

Beyond his tenure as the group’s upright bassist, Brevett also produced two Skatalites albums, 1975’s African Roots and 1976’s The Legendary Skatalites. The musician was honoured several times throughout his career, having been bestowed Jamaica’s Order of Distinction in October 2001 and the Silver Musgrave Medal for his contribution to music in October 2010.

• Lloyd Brevett: http://www.skatalites.com

Big K.R.I.T. to release Live from the Underground full-length while I continue to ride his coattails because we’re from the same state

Guys, Big K.R.I.T. is from the same state as I am! Mississippi! He’s from Meridian! I’m from Hattiesburg! We were growing up roughly 100 miles away from each other! With this information in place, we are clearly the best of friends. Sure, he’s an increasingly successful rapper/producer, while I only write news for the greatest music website in the world. That doesn’t mean we can’t hang out all the time and drink beers and have laughs. We do these things.

Last time we were hanging out, having a Beer ‘n’ Bellows™ session, Big K.R.I.T. let me know that his new album, Live from the Underground, was coming out this June through Def Jam. He also told FACT Magazine, because FACT Magazine is always butting into our buddy time, even though THEY’RE NOT OUR FRIEND. You hear that, FACT Magazine! Ugh. The worst, but I guess they’re alright. Anyway, my best friend told me that the record is “a representation of how I feel about underground vs mainstream music.” I told him that I write my Tiny Mix Tapes stories by “usually coming up with a dumb pun, then I dunno.”

• Big K.R.I.T.: http://bigkrit.com
• Def Jam: http://www.defjam.com

Beach House announce more tourdates, waterfront property values don't even budge

Ironically, if Beach House owned a beach house, they probably wouldn’t get to use it too much this summer. They’re going out on tour in like a day in support of Bloom, their follow-up to 2010’s Teen Dream (TMT Review), which is due out May 15 on Sub Pop (and May 14 in Europe on Bella Union, and May 15 in Mexico on Arts & Crafts, and May 18 in Australia on Mistletone; check out a track from it below); and they’re really only coming home for a little bit here and there before jetting off again on another tough leg of grueling nonchalance. So, if I were them, I’d probably be eschewing the beach house and using my time off the road to do important stuff like washing my laundry, rounding up all of the stray, rumpled cigarettes left over in otherwise-empty packs laying around the van and consolidating them into into one mega-pack, and cramming all those Hunger Games books before some little shit at one of my upcoming shows gave away the plot to some future movie. Those little fuckers.

As for Bloom itself, I don’t know a ton about it, but I am pretty sure it’s a concept album about this film adaptation of Ulysses from the early aughts. So, I think we’re in for “a bawdy, irreverent, lyrical, compassionate, anguished, earthy, profound and deeply humane slice of life, performed with verve and intelligence by a superb ensemble cast.” Although, you’re right, that smacks of a little bit too much effort for Beach House. I don’t know about you, but all I’m looking for is a new soundtrack to my typical Boone’s Farm and Ambien Friday afternoons. And don’t I deserve that??? My one friend who sells Popsicle sticks painted to look like celebrities on an Etsy store for a living says I do.

05.04.12 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theatre
05.05.12 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
05.06.12 - Charleston, SC - Music Farm
05.08.12 - Miami Beach, FL - The Fillmore Miami Beach
05.09.12 - Orlando, FL - Beacham Theater
05.10.12 - Jacksonville, FL - Freebird Live
05.11.12 - Birmingham, AL - The Bottletree
05.12.12 - Athens, GA - The Georgia Theatre
05.13.12 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel
05.15.12 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
05.23.12 - Brighton, UK - The Haunt
05.24.12 - London, UK - Village Underground
05.25.12 - ‪Kortrijk‬, Belgium - De Kreun
05.26.12 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg
05.27.12 - Berlin, Germany - Volksbuhne
05.29.12 - Paris, France - Maronguinerie
05.31.12 - Düdingen, Switzerland - Bad Bonn Kilbi Festival
06.02.12 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Festival (evening)
06.03.12 - Montpellier, France - Le Rockstore
06.04.12 - Bordeaux, France - Theatre Barbey
06.05.12 - Nantes, France - Stereolux
06.06.12 - Lyon, France - Epicrerie Moderne
06.07.12 - Blarritz, France - L’Atabal
06.08-09.12 - Porto, Portugal - Primavera Festival (evening)
07.01.12 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues *
07.03.12 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey *
07.06.12 - Aspen, CO - Belly Up *
07.07.12 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater *
07.09.12 - Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom *
07.10.12 - Lawrence, KS - Liberty Hall *
07.11.12 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant *
07.12.12 - Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall *
07.13.12 - Louisville, KY - Forestcastle Festival
07.15.12 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
07.17.12 - Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue *
07.18.12 - Pontiac, MI - The Crofoot Ballroom *
07.19.12 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues *
07.20.12 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall *
07.21.12 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Small’s Theatre *
07.23.12 - New York, NY - Central Park SummerStage
08.31.12 - Sussex, UK - End of the Road Festival
11.02.12 - London, UK - Roundhouse

* Wild Nothing

• Beach House: http://www.myspace.com/beachhousemusic
• Sub Pop: http://www.subpop.com

Don Preston, synth whiz and Mother of Invention, honored with collection of solo works; Jimmy Carl Black not so lucky

Our dear friends at The Wire report that keyboardist/FOF (Friend of Frank) Don Preston is set to be honored with a collection of electronic compositions. Preston, an original member of Zappa’s psychedelic, traveling road show that was the Mothers of Invention was a confidant of Zappa’s and a core member of The Mothers until his departure in 1974. Preston played on nearly every “essential” Zappa LP and was best known for his ridiculously sublime Moog solo on 1972’s “Waka/Jawaka” off the LP of the same name, which even knocked Bob Moog himself flat on his ass.

Preston would later play with both jazz and rock heavies alike (and find the time to appear in a string of wildly silly B-movies including 1976’s Sinister Flesh) but this is the first collection of his original, electronic compositions. Entitled Filters, Oscillators and Envelopes 1967-1982, the collection was spearheaded by Sub Rosa and features Preston playing an instrument he designed and constructed himself, “a homemade synthesizer with a series of oscillators and filters.” Preston, who still regularly tours, writes, and records, released his latest LP in October, Escape From 2012 a collaboration on Ictus with minimalist composer Andrea Centazzo. Filters, Oscillators and Envelopes 1967-1982 is available from Sub Rosa now.

Filters, Oscillators and Envelopes 1967-1982 tracklist:

01. Electronic Music
02. Analog Heaven #1
03. Analog Heaven #2
04. Analog Heaven #3
05. Analog Heaven #4
06. Analog Heaven #5
07. Analog Heaven #6
08. Analog Heaven #7
09. Fred & Me (CD bonus track only)

• Don Preston: http://www.united-mutations.com/p/don_preston.htm
• Sub Rosa: http://subrosa.itcmedia.net/en.html

John Peel’s virtual record collection springs to life, debuts first weekly batch of 100 LPs, flexes in the mirror

We drooled over it earlier this year, and now the John Peel Archive is alive on the internet, all tarted up and decreasing productivity in some of the most soul-crushing sectors of our global workforce. From May to October, the faceless BBC/Arts Council archivists will upload 100 albums each week from the massive 25,000 LP/40,000 single collection, so right now you’ll only be able to co-opt Peel’s tastes up to Adam & The Ants. Still, with one click, each album can be streamed in full via Spotify, so 100 separate album spins a week (plus ads!) should keep most people busy.

Though still in its infancy, it’s already very clear that the Archive is a serious venture, with a fantastic interface (I’m giggling just running the cursor along the spines of the records!) and professionally produced extras, such as documentary-style “featured artist” videos — where underappreciated sing-song weirdos of yesteryear smile into the camera sporting enormous white beards and brag about how John Peel liked them. Along with the record collection itself, you can roam around Peel’s room and check out photos, radio shows, and streamable Peel Sessions by a million bands. It’s sorta like that Gorillaz online world, but instead of driving a jeep with Dan the Automator and unlocking hi-res Damon Albarn images, you just take your shoes off in John Peel’s room and mess around with whatever you want!

• John Peel Archive: http://thespace.org/content/s000004u/index.html

Oops, someone’s suing Google again: artist’s images of Hendrix, Coltrane = alleged copyright infringement

Oops they did it again! It’s 2000, everybody’s scared of Y2K, and Google’s all dressed up like a sexually provocative over-tanned schoolgirl!! Nah, j/k guys, I’m talking about Google getting sued for copyright infringement. That’s what’s happening again. It’s definitely not that other stuff. But this time, Billboard reports, the case has a lil’ somethin’ somethin’ different going on. This time the lawyers are all up in arms about the company’s Google Music service, which launched in late 2011 and tiptoed out onto some shifting legal sands when it showcased artwork by Thiery “Mr. Brainwash” Guetta, who appropriated photos of Jimi Hendrix and John Coltrane to make a newer, Googlier, more sueable piece of art.

If you saw the Banksy doc Exit Through the Gift Shop, you might recognize Guetta as a practitioner of “appropriation art,” in which photocopied images of another’s work get the “yo, I made this a different color” or “hey I stuck some more things in this picture of this one thing” treatment. And now Guetta has raised the ire of the estate of influential rock photog Jim Marshall by using his images of Hendrix and Coltrane. And since Google Music used Guetta’s art as a backdrop to announce their new service last year and allowed others to photograph said backdrop, thereby getting those images all up over the internet, the suits are pissed. The Marshall estate says all they want is to put a stop to willful copyright infringement and get their rightful profits back. It’s a tale as old as time, people; if we’ve learned nothing from late-90s anorexic shitfest Ally McBeal it’s that lawyers, music, and art… they do not mix.

• Google Music: https://play.google.com/music

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