RIP: Marvin Hamlisch, prolific composer for film and theater

RIP: Marvin Hamlisch, prolific composer for film and theater

From Bloomberg:

Marvin Hamlisch, the classically trained pianist who composed the music for shows including “A Chorus Line” and movies including “The Way We Were,” winning show business’s most sought-after awards by the armloads, has died. He was 68.

Hamlisch died yesterday in Los Angeles after a brief illness, the Associated Press reported, citing a family spokesman, Jason Lee.

The recipient of three Academy Awards, four Grammys, four Emmys, two Golden Globes and one Tony, Hamlisch provided the music for Barbra Streisand’s 1994 concert tour, the Neil Simon show “The Goodbye Girl” and more than 40 movies that also included “Sophie’s Choice,” “Ordinary People,” and Woody Allen’s “Bananas.”

Only Hamlisch and Richard Rodgers, the American composer who died in 1979, won at least one Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, Tony and a Pulitzer Prize. Hamlisch shared in the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for “A Chorus Line”; Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II shared a piece of the 1950 award for “South Pacific.”

“From the time I could play the piano, I remember trying to write tunes,” Hamlisch wrote in “The Way I Was,” his 1992 memoir, written with Gerald Gardner. “They were in my head, and I would just sit down and start noodling. Next thing I knew, I had written a melody.”

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Pinback exclaim, “We’re pin-BACK!” with announcement of first studio album in five years

Pinback! You didn’t think that one of the most qualitatively consistent bands in the universe was suddenly going to disappear from the music world altogether, did you? On the contrary, when the sun finally explodes, and the Earth is showered upon with mile-wide pieces of flaming meteorites, I fully expect expect Pinback to continue releasing reliably good albums. Even their latest hiatus, if that’s what you want to call it, wasn’t even totally one. They did a bit of touring, and last year, they released a couple of limited-edition singles, in honor of Record Store Day. Little did we know, those singles were the precursor to Information Retrieved, their first full-length album in five years, and their first as signatories to Temporary Residence Limited. The album is due out October 16.

Also, in case you need a memory-jog with regard to what Pinback were up to five years ago, check out our review of Autumn of the Seraphs, their last studio album.

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Bon Iver’s Bon Iver has announced “Bon Iver, Bon Iver: Stems Project,” a Bon Iver-inspired Bon Iver, Bon Iver remix contest in collaboration with Bon-Iver-Presents-Spotify and Indaba Music (sponsored by Bon Iver)!

Top Comments


skinnyluv28 - 1 hour ago
You Ignorant prick!!! Stems are the individual audiotracks that comprise a finished mix. IN CASE YOU DIDN’T KNOW. Go smoke some more weed. Bon Iver is a true artist.

StewieGriff1984 - in reply to HolceneSienna - 1 hour ago
Direct from the Secretly Canadian website, y’all:
How to participate in Bon Iver, Bon Iver: Stems Project:

1. Visit the Bon Iver, Bon Iver Stems Project remix page at Indaba Music here.

2. Create a free Indaba Music membership.

3. Select a song(s) and download the stems.

4. Remixers will have from *08/01 to 08/29* to complete their remixes and upload them for consideration.

5. Voting begins on *08/30* through Bon Iver, Spotify, and Indaba Music’s websites and social networks via Facebook (one vote per account).

Your track can be embedded into online news articles, previews and blogs using the Spotify Play
Button or embed code. More info on that over here: link

6. Winners will be announced the around the third week of September, each *Bon Iver, Bon Iver: Stems Project* remix album on Spotify and a $1,000 cash prize.


TheFaintEric - 3 hours ago
Dude! Singer Bon Iver just announced da official remix contest for us fans on the Bon Iver message board! Bon Iver is releasing all them stems and we can vote. The winners 4 each song R gonna be assembled on a new album released on Spotify!!! OMG! LUV Bon Iver. My brother is SICK at remixes and me and him R gonna win this!

4Emma44 - 4 hours ago
THAT IS SO IGNORANT AND ARROGANT. GET OFF OF THE INTERNET. Maybe you should go to church sometime and learn what CHRISTS MESSAGE isall about.

Lilmissthing31389 - in reply to CopelandCarl - 4 hours ago
UMM–What da fuck are stems anyway? sounds like some weed shit hahahaha. Fuck His Girly GURL Voice!

CopelandCarl - 5 hours ago

DeerHuntR - 5 hours ago
Hey all. Jagjaguwar here. Wanted to let you all know that each of the album’s 10 songs will have its own contest, and the resulting remixes will be up for public voting through the music-based social networking site Indaba Music. Bon Iver, with public voting results in hand, will decide the final winners. Those 10 remixes will then be assembled as a complete album and released elusively on music-streaming site Spotify for the world to hear.

CHECK OUT Bon Iver member and JagJag solo artist S. Carey’s remix for a little inspiration:

Thanks and good luck to all!

Jagjaguwar - 6 hours ago

MitchBethRest - 6 hours ago
I <3 Bon Iver, Bon Iver. Album of the year 4 SURE. Can’t wait to get my hands on the stems. I herd some songs even include previously unreleased parts that got cut from the albums final mix. And here are his tour dates for some reason!


08.08.12 - Helsinki, Finland - Flow Festival
08.10.12 - Goteborg, Sweden - Way Out West Festival
08.11.12 - Oslo, Norway - Øya Festival
09.10.12 - Ottawa, ON - Ottawa Folk Festival
09.12.12 - Providence, RI - Providence Performing Arts Center ^
09.13.12 - Boston, MA - Bank of America Pavilion ^
09.15.12 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion ^
09.16.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Mann Center for the Performing Arts ^
09.17.12 - Cooperstown, NY - Ommegang Brewery ^
09.19.12 - New York, NY - Radio City Music Hall ^
09.20.12 - New York, NY - Radio City Music Hall ^
09.21.12 - New York, NY - Radio City Music Hall
09.22.12 - New York, NY - Radio City Music Hall
10.26.12 - Lisbon, Portugal - Campo Pequeno
10.28.12 - Madrid, Spain - Palace Vistalegre
10.30.12 - Milan, Italy - Alcatraz
10.31.12 - Zürich, Switzerland - Komplex 457
11.02.12 - Antwerp, Belgium - Lotto Arena
11.04.12 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Forum
11.05.12 - Berlin, Germany - Arena
11.06.12 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Heineken Music Hall
11.08.12 - London, UK - Wembley Arena
11.09.12 - Manchester, UK - Manchester Arena
11.10.12 - Glasgow, UK - SECC
11.12.12 - Dublin, Ireland - O2

^ Anias Mitchell
* Poliça
# Sam Amidon
% Beth Orton

PerthIverMixr - 6 hours ago

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The Mountain Goats are touring this fall; let’s all huddle together and bleat

I have a story about The Mountain Goats. Or, sort of about The Mountain Goats and mostly about me. When my dad was teaching me how to drive, I insisted that he let me choose the music in the car. Not a radio station, but a carefully curated playlist. “The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton” came on as we made our way home from the grocery store one afternoon, and even though I’d heard the song tons of times, I paid more attention to John Darnielle’s voice than I did to the speed limit or stoplights. My dad yelled at me to pay attention as I slammed on the brakes and nearly rear-ended the car in front of me. As we waited for the light to turn green, the song got to the part where John Darnielle yells “HAIL SATAN. HAIL SATAN TONIGHT,” and my dad asked what the hell was going on. I told him he wouldn’t get it because he wasn’t listening to the story.

Anyway, I’m just trying to tell you that The Mountain Goats are touring in the fall. John Darnielle will probably tell some stories. They’ll be playing a covers and rarities set at Hopscotch Festival, maybe including “The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton” (just hazarding a guess, because really I have no idea). They’ll be playing most of those shows with Matthew E. White, who wrote the horn arrangements for The Mountain Goats’ new albumTranscendental Youth, which will be out October 2 on Merge. I bet you’ll hear some stories there too, and in the meantime, you can hear the album’s first single, “Cry for Judas” via Merge’s SoundCloud below:


09.01.12 - Livermore, CA - Wente Vineyards Estate Winery %
09.07.12 - Raleigh, NC - Fletcher Opera Theatre (Hopscotch Music Festival)
10.06.12 - Durham, NC - Reynolds Industries Theatre #
10.09.12 - Richmond, VA - The National*
10.10.12 - Baltimore, MD - The Ottobar*
10.11.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts*
10.14.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg*
10.15.12 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom*
10.18.12 - Boston, MA - House of Blues*
10.19.12 - Ithaca, NY - The Haunt*
10.20.12 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre*
10.22.12 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Ladies Literary Club*
10.23.12 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theatre*
10.24.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theatre*
10.26.12 - Iowa City, IA - The Blue Moose TapHouse*
10.27.12 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre*

% The Dodos
# Anonymous 4
* Matthew E. White

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Alleged Wisconsin shooter fronted shitty neo-Nazi band End Apathy

In case you were preoccupied with the Mars landing or busy expressing grief over NBC’s finite coverage of the Olympics, there’s been a severe tragedy on American soil once again. Yes, while Bob Costas was reading some interesting tweets from our athletes and asking the gymnasts about their Bieberfever, many innocent citizens were once again prey to a deranged shooter in yet another mass murder. Just days after the Colorado shooting at a Dark Knight Rises premiere screening, a peaceful Sikh gurdwara was infiltrated by a non-member, who proceeded to open fire on the occupants of the temple. A total of six members were killed, others injured, including the police officer that took down the son of a bitch.

Now the details about this fuckstick keep trickling in. First, we learned he was a bald guy with a 9/11 tattoo. Perfect. That led many to believe that the shooting wasn’t a random act of insanity, but indeed a misdirected hate crime. Sikhs have been victim to numerous attacks post-9/11, because racists can’t tell them apart from Muslims. So the cops are investigating the matter as “domestic terrorism.”

This morning we also learned that the suspect was an army vet, discharged in 1998 for “patterns of misconduct.” So this shitfuck was already an asshole before 9/11, which has caused many uneducated middle-Americans to have a general disliking to brown skin.

But now we have a little bit more info to add to this charming portrait: the alleged shooter, Wade Michael Page, age 40, was a member of the neo-Nazi band End Apathy based out of Northern Carolina, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Jesus Christ. Here’s their fucking Myspace page. Needless to say, his band sucks ass. Sounds like when sitcoms try to put a metal/punk band in an episode. You should try to remember your Myspace log-in and leave nasty comments. Just a suggestion.

The band’s ass shit has been around since 2005, released on Label 56, who were informed in an interview with Page that he has been part of the White Power scene since 2000. I guess they were cool with that.

Now readers, don’t be as reactionary as Page, going and assuming that all shitty bands are murderers. But skinheads in hardcore bands who have been dishonorably discharged from the army and own a plethora of semiautomatic weapons may have some predispositions that lead them to wrongfully attack one of the most peaceful and inclusive religions practiced in America.

Tomahawk announce a fall tour and a 7-inch called Waratorium out November 23, also make sure everyone knows that raisins do not count as Halloween candy

Tomahawk haven’t played any shows since 2003. Maybe they’ve been watching Jeopardy reruns or perfecting a pancake recipe or teaching cats to ride bikes. Maybe they released an album or something.

Regardless, once October rolls around, Tomahawk be performing again, playing just a handful of shows down South. The Faith No More/Jesus Lizard/Helmet/Mr. Bungle/Melvins/etc. supergroup has an album called Oddfellows coming out next January, and they’re releasing “Waratorium,” a 7-inch single, as part of Record Store Day’s Black Friday event on November 23. Guitarist Duane Denison recently told Rolling Stone that Oddfellows will sound like “really heavy Beach Boys.” They’re dressing up as the Beach Boys for Halloween too!


10.27.12 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In
10.28.12 - New Orleans, LA - Voodoo Music Experience
10.29.12 - Memphis, TN - New Daisy Theatre
10.31.12 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theatre
11.01.12 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s
11.02-04.12 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest

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