RIP: Maryanne Amacher, experimental composer

From Pitchfork:

Arts Journal's Post Classic blog reports that the experimental composer Maryanne Amacher has died, possibly after suffering a stroke. According to Post Classic, she was 66 years old.

Amacher was known for her installations, which caused listeners to question the nature of sound and the effects it has on the brain. She studied with Karlheinz Stockhausen and worked with the likes of John Cage and Alvin Curran. She was the first Rosekrans Artist in Residence at Mills College, and more recently she taught electronic music at Bard.

- Maryanne Amacher Wikipedia entry

New iPhone App Promises to Save You the Trouble of Going to the Record Store to Find Out What’s Cool in Music This Week; It’s Almost As If They Haven’t Heard of Tiny Mix Tapes Before… Except That’s Impossible

Okay, here we go again. Despite our on-the-pulse news delivery, next-level graphic design, “don’t go there, girl”-style record reviews, easy-to-use interface, up-to-the-minute commentary, a crack team of writers, a self-proclaimed “highly sexual” team of editors, and all of the references you could ever want to this one band called Zazen Boys (?), some of you out there still insist on allowing Expert Listening Services (ELS's) other than Tiny Mix Tapes (TMT) to soullessly manufacture the pop culture-related sections of your Social Networking Site (SNS) profiles from the, uh... you know, “ground up.”

So fine. We can handle this. Now, iTunes is getting in on our racket? We say “let them come.”

Panel is a new app in the, you know, App Store founded by L.A. producer Darius Fong that aims to provide music lovers (read: “the opposite of music lovers”) with recommendations from a so-called panel of music industry experts who will stream two albums per week in various iTunes-centric categories (rock, pop, alternative, indie, jazz, hip-hop, etc.) and then, basically, tell you what they like about these albums. It’s kinda like when you go into a good record store and they always have those little handwritten descriptions stickered onto the CDs in the New Releases rack. Except that you’ll also be able to stream the albums (er, that’s the eventual plan, it seems, anyway).

As of now, confirmed panelists include Mark and Wendy Redfern, founders of Under the Radar magazine, Jason Hughes, owner of Seattle's iconic Sonic Boom Records, popular music blogger Justin Gage of Aquarium Drunkard, producer/musician Matt Bayles, and Peter Harper -- sculptor and... wait for it... Ben Harper's brother. Again, each of these cats will offer interviews, album descriptions, etc. for two albums each week. Of course, Panel offers users that dangerous, dangerous one-touch access to the iTunes store where they can be the first to eagerly swipe up The Next Pavement (TNP), carry it over to the digital counter, purchase with their creased and crumpled digital tip money from their analog jobs, tear off the digital shrink-wrap, affix that digital sticker-label thing proudly to the digital trashcan outside where everyone sticks their digital sticker-label things like badges of consumerist valor, run to their digital cars, throw the thing into the digital tray, and mmm-mmm-mmhmmm: savor the sweet, sweet sound of that compressed, downsampled Wowie Digital Zowie (WDZ).

Well, shit. I guess that’s pretty much it for us here at TMT, then. Good luck in the new decade, folks. Mr P, could you hand me that gas can over there? P??? Yeah... the gas can. No... it’s... yeah, over there, it’s back there. Okay cool... thanks.

RIP: Liam Maher of Flowered Up

From NME:

Liam Maher the frontman of Flowered Up has died.

Little is known at this point about the singers death, but reports from the band's record label have emerged to confirm the news.

Maher fronted the baggy band Flowered Up in the early 90's who for most, were London's equivalent to bands like Happy Mondays and Inspiral Carpets.

Most notably known for their number 20 single ‘Weekender’, the 12 minute 55 second track was Flowered Up's highest charting single.

- Flowered Up Wikipedia entry

Google to Launch Music Service as Early as Next Week, The Details of Which are Left to Our Imaginations

Once upon a time, creativity could be packaged, marketed, and distributed to loving music fans across the world. CDs were a new technology, and a successful source of revenue. Record Executives and musicians alike became prosperous and all was peaceful in the land. Until the fallow years came. Plucky college students began a quest to not only be music's consumers, but to become its distributors, too. Using the immortal powers of the internet, music could now be shared between internet users and CDs quickly became all but irrelevant.

In a terminally ill industry, music execs felt the burn of their losses. "Help us, oh Lord!!" they cried. And the Lord heard their prayers. The clouds parted and God said… "let there be streaming music services sponsored by select media outlets." Google heard the command and said "how far we have come from being but a lonely search engine! We have satellites and iPhone apps, calendars and Gchat, but let us expand once more! We will create a streaming music service!"

That's right, kids. Google wants a piece of the streaming music pie. They're keeping mum regarding the details of their service, which is rumored to be called either "Google Music," "Google Audio," or "OneBox," but we do know that the service has the cooperation of major labels. A simple Google Music search will supposedly give you a streaming link taken directly from LaLa or iLike. Plenty more details will leak out over the next few days, but it's also reported that the service is launching as soon as next Wednesday.

…And God saw that it was good, etc.

Mika Miko Decide to Break Up

After playing together for six years, Los Angeles’ Mika Miko have decided to call it quits, due to new projects, jobs, relationships, and school. In an interview with The Los Angeles Times, guitarist Michelle Suarez spoke at length about the breakup: “There's no bad blood at all, we're all still really good friends,” said Suarez. “We've just been a band since high school and all of us are ready to move onto different things. We started the band for fun and wanted to end on a positive note.” Mika Miko’s 2009 album, We Be Xuxa (TMT Review), will be their final release.

If you’re still hoping to catch Mika Miko live before they say goodbye forever, they are playing Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Fest November 8, and a final farewell show at The Smell is being planned as well. Suarez also revealed that the group plans on releasing one more 7-inch before they call it a day.

RIP: Vic Mizzy, TV and film composer

From the NY Daily News:

Brooklyn-born songwriter Vic Mizzy, who had a string of No. 1 pop hits and penned the memorable theme songs for the 1960s sitcoms "Green Acres" and "The Addams Family," died Saturday. He was 93.

Mizzy's popular hits included "Pretty Kitty Blue Eyes" and "The Whole World Is Singing My Song," as well as novelty hits like "With a Hey and a Hi and a Ho-Ho-Ho."

Mizzy said he didn't mind if people remember him only for the finger snaps at the start of the "The Addams Family" theme song, according to a statement from his publicist. After all, he said, "Two snaps got me a mansion in Bel Air."

- Vic Mizzy official website
- Vic Mizzy Wikipedia entry

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