RIP: Mel McDaniel, country musician

RIP: Mel McDaniel, country musician

From NME:

Mel McDaniel — the country singer who was a member of the legendary Grand Ole Opry — has died at the age of 68.

The singer died from cancer on yesterday (March 31), reports

Born in Checotah, Oklahoma, McDaniel moved to Nashville and signed a deal with Capitol Records in 1976.

His 1985 hit ‘Baby’s Got Her Blue Jeans On’ went to Number One in the Billboard Hot Country singles chart and was nominated for a Grammy and a Country Music Award.

In 1996 McDaniel almost died after he fell off stage into the orchestra pit at a show in Lafayette, Louisiana.

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Sub Pop offering scholarships to high school seniors, recording contracts to just about everyone else

Apparently, Seattle indie label Sub Pop is raking in so much dough these days that they’re running out of tax write-off ideas. I guess when you start makin’ the Beach House Money, you can’t just bury it in the backyard in mason jars any more. Luckily, Sub Pop’s loss is your gain… if you happen to be a high school senior… who happens to live in the states of Washington or Oregon… who is planning on attending an accredited unversity or college as a full-time student… who is involved in the creative arts in some way.

That’s right, jaded, post-college, joe-job-working, relationship-sabotaging, King of Limbs-panning TMT reader: put down the pipe and GO AND GET YOUR LITTLE BROTHER. Sub Pop wants to give him one of three scholarships — one for $6,000, one for $4,000, and one for $3,000 — for being the talented, creative, thoughtful, ambitious, and well-spoken one in the family. As I said above, you’ve got to be from Washington or Oregon, college-bound, and an up-and-coming artiste. To apply for these scholarships, all your little bro has to do is submit a one-page essay on one or more of the following topics:

• What are you doing in the arts/music field in your community?
• How and/or why did you become interested in artistic outlets?
• How would this scholarship money help you to progress in your chosen field?
• What are your influences and/or who inspires you?
• Who are some of your favorite bands or artists?

Hey, are you still listening to me? I said put the damn pipe down! Sheesh. I’m guessing your bro isn’t exactly going to be citing YOU as an inspiriation, now is he? Anyway, $6,000, $4,000, and $3,000 checks will be made payable to the university or college of the winning applicants’ choice and applied to winning applicants’ tuition. Submissions and attachments should be sent to or mailed to:

Sub Pop Records
Attn: Scholarship
2013 4th Ave, 3rd Floor
Seattle, WA 98121

Let’s see, what else? The applicants are strongly encouraged to send links or hard copies of their artwork along with their essay… deadline’s May 15… more info over here… blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. Okay, pass that pipe this way. I’m supposed to be at work in like 20 minutes.

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Spiritualized announce some classy UK shows, so I hope that’s where you live

For a guy who seems to have devoted his entire life to researching interesting/deadly combinations of drugs, sex, and outer space gospel music, you’d think that Jason Pierce would be a little… I don’t know, “spacier?” I’ve got friends with way less on their plates than this dude, and they can’t even show up for band practice half the time because they locked themselves out of their apartments when they stepped out for a smoke.

And yet, here the man is, in all of his post-emergency room glory, scheduled to release the seventh (!) Spiritualized album this fall on new Domino Records sister label Double Six. Sure, he may take his time between these releases (it’s been three years since the release of Songs in A & E, and there was a healthy gap of five years between that one and its predecessor), but you gotta hand it to a man who willingly goes by the name “J Spaceman” for comin’ through, you know, eventually.

And speaking of coming through, if you happen to live in merry old England, jolly old Scotland, or even-tempered old Ireland, you might be lucky enough to catch Spiritualized when they come through your neck of the woods this October on the heels of the new album’s release. Tickets are on sale tomorrow morning (Friday, April 1) and will probably go pretty darn quick. So try not to oversleep or lock yourself out of your house or OD on something crazy. This shit is serious.


07.13.11 - Standon, UK - Standon Calling
10.05.11 - Leamington Spa, UK - The Assembly
10.06.11 - Edinburgh, UK - Queens Hall
10.07.11 - Dublin, Ireland - Vicar St
10.08.11 - Manchester, UK - The Academy
10.09.11 - Bristol, UK - 02 Academy
10.11.11 - London, UK - Royal Albert Hall

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The Microphones and Bishop Allen lead charge against old-timey recording equipment with 7-inch single recorded on old-timey recording equipment

Some say that mankind is in a constant struggle with emerging technology, that we must fight to balance our new digital lives with our organic ones and blah blah blah. Old argument, boring argument! Here’s a fresh battle: one between man and antiquated technology. We must subjugate our mechanical forebears by proving our complete mastery over them. Mission number one: take down the Webster Wire Recorder. To do so, the indie rock superteam consisting of The Microphones (curiously, not Mount Eerie), Golden Boots, Bishop Allen, and Paleo have come together to release a 7-inch single proving their superiority to the Webster Wire Recorder. Though they actually really came together in 2007, as that was when the single was actually recorded, but, hey, shut up.

First question of import: what exactly is a Webster Wire Recorder? Glad you asked! It happens to be a piece of recording equipment from the 1940s, one that preceded the use of magnetic tape. The device recorded to steel wire, causing more sound distortions than you can shake a stick at. I can shake a stick at many things! Second question of import: what would one title a 7-inch single in which The Microphones, Golden Boots, Bishop Allen, and Paleo collaborate with a 1940s Wire Recorder? Well, one would probably cut to the chase and title it Microphones, Golden Boots, Bishop Allen and Paleo Collaborate with a 1940’s Wire Recorder.

As for the single’s release date, there is no release date. Well, I mean, there is, but it has already passed. The record is out now. And it is out in a myriad of forms. A threefold myriad, that is — the smallest myriad known to man. See, the record’s release is the product of a collaboration between People in a Position to Know Records, Lost Sound Tapes, and Alt. Vinyl. Each label has put out 200 copies of the 7-inch, each with a different cover. Collect them all and Microphones/Mount Eerie king Phil Elverum will thank you for your support in the ongoing war against antiquated machinery.

Microphones, Golden Boots, Bishop Allen and Paleo Collaborate With a 1940’s Wire Recorder tracklist:

A1. The Microphones - “I Lost My Wind”
A2. Golden Boots - “Marie”
B1. Bishop Allen - “Ghost”
B2. Paleo - “Jessica’s Wedding”

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RIP: Don Hill, legendary NY club owner

From BrooklynVegan:

As tweeted by Moby and many other notable club veterans, and confirmed to me via a call to Don Hill’s who said there is a memorial tonight (3/31) at the club (toast at midnight), nightclub legend Don Hill has sadly passed away. Though details are scarce at the moment, some on Twitter are saying he was “found dead in his apartment” “this morning”.

Murray Hill calls it the end of an era. Miss Guy says he was the nicest person in nightlife. Justine D agrees. I didn’t know him personally, but I always liked seeing him hanging around the club named after him.

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Record Store Day full release list now available! Impress your friends: memorize and adapt it into a song!

All right, you can stop calling your local record store. The full and finalized list of special releases for this year’s Record Store Day (April 16!) is online and ready for your perusal. You can check out the whole list here, or download the PDF to cover in highlighter and bring dog-eared into the store. Word on the street is that there are 300 titles this year (I didn’t count the list, but you can if you want). Just remember that knowing what’ll be at your store doesn’t mean you can get anything held or set aside for you in advance, so start saving your pennies and get a good night’s sleep on the 15th.

Here’s a little list of some of the more notable, non-Santana releases:

Akron/Family - Bmbz 2xLP (Dead Oceans)
The Black Angels - Phosgene Nightmare 10-inch and Another Nice Pair reissue LP (Light in the Attic)
Blitzen Trapper - “Maybe Baby b/w Soul Singer” 7-inch (Sub Pop)
Built to Spill - “Ripple (Grateful Dead cover)” 7-inch (Warner Bros.)
The Decemberists - Live at Bull Moose CD (Capitol)
Deerhunter - “Memory Boy b/w Nosebleed” 7-inch (4AD)
John Fahey - Requia (and Other Compositions for Guitar Solo) LP reissue (Vanguard)
The Flaming Lips - Heady Nuggs: The First 5 Warner Bros. Records 1992-2002 box set (Warner Bros.)
Fleet Foxes - “Helplessness Blues b/w Grown Ocean” 7-inch (Sub Pop)
Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma Alt Takes LP (Warp)
Fucked Up - Town Comp LP (Matador)
Lower Dens - “Deer Knives b/w Tangiers” 7-inch (Sub Pop)
Mastodon - Live at the Aragon 2xLP+DVD (Warner Bros.)
My Morning Jacket - 2xLP reissues of most albums (ATO)
Nirvana - Hormoaning 1992 EP reissue
of Montreal - The Past Is a Grotesque Animal 12-inch (Polyvinyl)
Panda Bear - Tomboy LP+T-shirt (Paw Tracks)
Phish - Two Soundchecks 7-inch (Jemp)
Prurient - “Many Jewels Surround the Crown b/w demo version” (Hydra Head)
Radiohead - “The Butcher b/w Supercollider” 12-inch
The Red Krayola - “Hurricane Fighter Plane (Sonic Boom remix) b/w Pink Stainless Tail” 7-inch (Snapper Music)
Sonic Youth - Whores Moaning 1993 EP reissue
Steve Gunn / Ilyas Ahmed - split 7-inch (Immune)
Vivian Girls - “I Heard You Say b/w I Won’t Be Long” 7-inch (Polyvinyl)
Wavves - “Thorns b/w TV Luv Song” 7-inch (Ghost Ramp/Trash Talk)
The White Stripes - “Let’s Shake Hands b/w Look Me Over Closely” and “Lafayette Blues b/w Sugar Never Tasted So Good” reissue 7-inches (Third Man)
Wild Flag - “Future Crimes b/w Glass Tambourine” 7-inch (Merge)
V/A - Kill Rock Stars 1991 LP reissue (Kill Rock Stars)
V/A - Mute Vorwärts LP/CD (Mute)
V/A - Sacred Bones Presents: Todo Muere Vol. 1 LP (Sacred Bones)

If you remember nothing else, know this: the Radiohead 12-inch is UK-only, and that Phish 7-inch won’t last for long!

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