RIP: Marvin Isley of The Isley Brothers

RIP: Marvin Isley of The Isley Brothers

From the New York Daily News:

Marvin Isley, whose muscular bass lines propelled the hits of his classic sibling band The Isley Brothers, died Monday in Chicago at age 56.

The cause of death has not yet been announced, though Isley suffered from diabetes severe enough to have caused him to leave the band in 1997. Later, his condition led to the amputation of both legs.

Isley will be remembered for the resilience and power of his bass work, which, for one thing, formed a crucial hook in the undulating ’70s hit “Fight The Power.” The bassist also played on the smash “Who’s That Lady,” as well as on prominent songs like “For The Love Of You” and “Harvest For The World.”

• The Isley Brothers:

Wye Oak reach into the heavens and crush our skulls with the beauty of their new EP and a Kinks cover!

Awww yeah! Get ready, geeks and nerds, because the mighty titans of Wye Oak are back. On a clear summer’s night, the night of June 8 to be exact, the Baltimore slowcore warriors will raise their enchanted hammers high and let out an ear-splitting cry to the heavens above. As the mystical wail reverberates around the earth, a new Wye Oak EP, My Neighbor/My Creator, will descend, a gift from the celestial bodies that overlook our pitiful world. The EP will then fall into the hands of record merchants, be they of the physical or online worlds, for us puny mortals to purchase.

When they’re not challenging the gods to epic battles, Wye Oak are usually busy doing things like covering The Kinks’ “Strangers” for earthly publication The AV Club. In an act of astounding kindness for godlike beings, Wye Oak extended an offer to Shearwater’s Johnathan Meiburg, who is but a mere mortal. Or so they think! Turns out Meiburg was bitten by a god at a young age, making him a weregod! Shock! Gasp! Ridiculous!

My Neighbor/My Creator tracklist:

01. My Neighbor
02. Emmylou
03. My Creator
04. I Hope You Die
05. That I Do (Mickey Free Remix)

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• Merge:

Slumberland release debut from Neverever; “what pop should sound like in 2010” says their publicist

You can usually be sure that Slumberland Records will provide today’s cardigan-wearing kids with excellent garage/twee pop and bands with cute names. New signee Neverever follow in similar stride, and their debut album Angelic Swells, which was released on CD May 25, is slated for a vinyl release tomorrow, June 8.

According to their press release, Angelic Swells is a sprawling timeline that “takes in 50s rock ‘n’ roll, 60s girl-group sounds, and the 70s glam heyday of Slade and Suzi Quatro and 80s power-pop on its way to creating a bang-up-to-date idea of what pop should sound like in 2010.” (Where’s the 90s? Everybody knows that the prototype for today’s best bands on Slumberland is Black Tambourine — unless you don’t like The Pains of Being Pure at Heart.) Members Jihae and Wallace Meek, originally from Glasgow, recorded the album in Los Angeles, backed by Jackson Baugh, Jessica Espeleta, and Mickey LaFranchi. Listen to tracks “Blue Genes” (originally released as a single under former name The Champagne Socialists, consisting of the Meeks, LaFranchi, and Devon Williams) and “Young and Dumb” here.

06.09.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Spaceland
06.12.10 - Hollywood, CA - The Kibitz Room at Canter’s
06.14.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Synchronicity Gallery
06.18.10 - Oxnard, CA - Fresh and Fabulous Cafe


01. Here is Always Somewhere Else
02. Blue Genes
03. Coconut Shampoo
04. Now
05. Young Runaways
06. Cowboys and Indians
07. 16th Wonder
08. Bitch Boys
09. Teardrop Tattoo
10. Young and Dumb
11. Underwater Ballet

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• Slumberland Records:

Bloody Beetroots remix Refused to celebrate reissue of The Shape of Punk to Come

Italian electronica duo The Bloody Beetroots do a lot of remixes. Eventually, everything that makes logical sense to remix runs out, so it’s on to remixing “New Noise” by Swedish hardcore legends Refused. Considering both Refused’s more experimental nature (at least in comparison to most hardcore) and the track in question’s quick detour into electronica, it’s not an entirely implausible choice. Now, if I hear that Alan Braxe is working on a series of Earth Crisis remixes, then I’ll know the world is ending. Anyway, you can hear the “New Noise” remix here (via Discobelle) and the imaginary Earth Crisis remixes in my nightmares.

The remix celebrates the upcoming deluxe edition of 1998’s classic The Shape of Punk to Come, coming out via Epitaph on June 9. What makes it so darn deluxe? The inclusion of an unreleased live album and the previously released Refused is Fucking Dead DVD — that’s what makes it so darn deluxe.

• The Bloody Beetroots:

Gayngs announce fall dates, Prince changes his schedule

I have a bone to pick with Gayngs. They’re a fine band and all, but their disrespect for conventional spelling? Hate it. Some of us were spelling bee champs, Gayngs. Some of us still think that means something. Maybe I’ll go make a mockery of weirdo soft-rock/R&B pastiche. See how you like that.

To put aside my spelling quibbles for a second, I should tell you that Gayngs are going on tour this fall. Participating in the guest-based group’s tour will be indie-folk heartthrob Justin Vernon (a.k.a. Bon Iver), along with members of Megafaun, Solid Gold, and The Rosebuds, and others. Prince was at the First Ave show in Minneapolis, so who knows who else we can expect.

Listen to “Faded High” here and read our review of Relayted here.

Gayngs toredaytes:

09.29.10 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall
09.30.10 - Chicago, IL - Metro
10.01.10 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Theatre
10.02.10 - Boston, MA - Paradise
10.03.10 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
10.04.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
10.05.10 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
10.07.10 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
10.10.10 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Festival

• Gayngs:
• Jagjaguwar:

EFF fights for your right to resell CDs in a hearing today

Back in the wonder years of 2007, Seattle resident Troy Augusto enjoyed shopping at used music stores and second-hand shops, where he would buy shitty music for cheap prices and then turn around to sell the items on eBay. Nothing wrong with that, right? I’m sure you’ve all bought some used CDs on eBay.

Well, Universal Music Group (UMG) thinks otherwise, and it especially takes offense to Augusto’s practice of reselling promotional CDs (the type with that annoying “promotional use only, not for sale” label on the front). UMG believes that those labels have higher legal standing and outweigh Augusto’s (or any US citizen’s) “first sale” rights, and thus promptly sued Augusto.

Let’s take an educational detour and learn a little bit about “first sale” legality. According to an excellent and riveting piece of writing found in section 109 of The Copyright Act, the law states that once you legally own a lawfully-made piece of media (CD, book, or DVD), you can sell it, give it away, lend it to a friend, or even do nothing with it, and you never have to ask for permission from the copyright holder. In other words: You buy it, you own it — it’s yours, dude.

Of course, a giant conglomerate like UMG doesn’t like pinko-commie bullshit like that, because then all the NEW product it releases has to compete with all the OLD product being sold for reasonable prices at local shops or sold online without disgruntled record/book store types grumbling at your idiot selections. So it sues people instead.

The good news? Mr. Augusto won (YAY!). But then UMG was all “not yet you commie-pinko jerk” and appealed the ruling. Damn appeals! Why can’t it just help the common man and reformed criminals! Accordingly, the 9th Circuit of the US Court of Appeals will be listening to oral arguments this Monday, the 7th of June.

This is where the EFF comes in. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, an organization of lawyer types dedicated to “champion(ing) the public interest in every critical battle affecting digital rights,” has taken on the case in support of Mr. Augusto. The EFF, alongside legal-counsel Joseph C. Gratz of the San Francisco law firm Durie Tangri LLP, will argue the case with the goal of, according to the EFF, “urging the court to uphold the ‘first sale’ principle against self-serving ‘not for resale’ labels on compact discs.”

Good luck you pinko-commie heroes!

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