RIP: Michael Been of The Call and father of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s Robert Been

RIP: Michael Been of The Call and father of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's Robert Been

From Ink Tank PR:

Michael Been, vocalist and guitarist of ’80s band The Call, and father of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s Robert Been, passed away today in Belgium, after suffering a heart attack backstage. Been was on tour with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, acting as their sound engineer. He was 60.

The Call erupted on the scene with a passionate sound and a strong political message, and earned numerous hits, including “The Walls Came Down,” “I Still Believe (Great Design)” and “Let the Day Begin,” which climbed to #1 on the Rock chart. Their fans included Peter Gabriel, Robbie Robertson, and Bono, all contributing to albums, and Gabriel deeming them “the future of American music.”

Been was not only the father of Robert Been but a significant part of BRMC’s development. Often referenced as their fourth member, Been spent countless hours in the studio acting in many roles from mentor and guide, to helping the now internationally revered band capture their sound to tape. He acted as co-producer and engineer on numerous BRMC albums and was their loyal sound engineer for as many years.

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Mark McGuire (Emeralds, St. Louis Cardinals) preps Living With Yourself for Editions Mego

Mark McGuire has announced that he will finally be moving past his impressive (and sometimes controversial) legacy as one of baseball’s most productive batters and will be focusing on his second passion: music. The legendary player, who finished his career playing with the St. Louis Cardinals and hit 583 homers in a 15-year career, has announced that his debut album, Living With Yourself, will be released October 1 through Editions Mego.

Recorded in 2009, Living With Yourself features both electric and acoustic guitar-playing and is sure to show a side of the slugger that many fans never knew existed. The subject matter of the album “focus[es] on [McGuire’s] family, early friendships and the problems that inevitably develop through years of knowing someone.” The album is further described as “tak[ing] McGuire’s sound even further out, and contains some his most accomplished songs to date.” Hmm, I wonder if Mark’s friendship and rivalry with fellow home-run kings Sammy Sosa and Barry Bonds will be addressed…

Oh, wait, what? This Mark McGuire is the musician and guitarist for Emeralds and not Mark McGwire the steroid-packed baseball player? THEN WHO GIVES A FUCK ABOUT THIS ALBUM?

Living With Yourself tracklist:

01. The Vast Structure of Recollection
02. Around the Old Neighbourhood
03. Clouds Rolling In
04. Brain Storm (for Erin)
05. Two Different People
06. Moving Apart
07. Clear the Cobwebs
08. Brothers (for Matt)

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FYF Fest has got a lineup, and they want YOU to know it!

The FYF Fest (which doesn’t, but should, stand for Finger Your Fury) will be returning to Los Angeles’ Historic State Park on September 4 for its glorious seven-year anniversary. Started and co-booked by 24-year-old Sean Carlson (with help over the last five years from Keith Morrison of Black Flag and Circle Jerks fame), the fest is practically bursting with talent this year, easily making it (as the press release says) “the largest truly independent music festival to take place in Los Angeles.”

The lineup so far for this year’s show is as follows: The Rapture, Panda Bear, !!!, Unbroken, The Mountain Goats, Dead Man’s Bones, Sleep, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, Man Man, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Delorean, Cold Cave, Nick Fury, 7Seconds, Thee Oh Sees, Washed Out, Dum Dum Dugan, Davilla 666, School of Seven Bells, AA Bondy, The Blow, Best Coast, Titus Andronicus, Wavves, The Soft Pack, Abe Vigoda, Warpaint, Off!, Vetiver, Ceremony, Big Freedia, Screaming Females, Magic Kids, The Growlers, Lower Dens, Let’s Wrestle, and Cults.

Tickets are available now, and if you go, don’t forget to Finger Your Fury!

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Kurt Vile and The Soft Pack co-headline North American tour; how will we know who to derisively ignore??

Like a latter-day, musical, not-in-a-relationship-or-criminally-inclined Bonnie and Clyde, The Soft Pack and Kurt Vile are teaming up this fall to cut a swathe of rock ‘n’ roll destruction across North America (okay, so basically the comparison doesn’t really hold after more than two seconds’ worth of close scrutiny, but you know what I mean), the former supporting its self-titled debut on Kemado and the latter the Square Shells EP (TMT Review) on Matador. Fresh off a fantastic Lollapalooza performance, The Soft Pack are heading out across America before picking up Kurt Vile in Atlanta. Who needs summer with a co-headlining tour that hot?

Soft yet Vile tour:

09.04.10 - Los Angeles, CA - FYF Fest *
09.10.10 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom *
09.11.10 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom *
09.17.10 - Las Vegas, NV - Neon Reverb Festival *
09.18.10 - Tempe, AZ - Clubhouse *
10.01.10 - San Francisco, CA - San Francisco State University *
10.03.10 - Costa Mesa, CA - Detroit Bar *
10.07.10 - Dallas, TX - Sons Of Herman Hall *
10.08.10 - Austin, TX- Austin City Limits Festival *
10.12.10 - Laredo, TX - Old No 2. *
10.13.10 - Houston, TX - Fitzgeralds *
10.14.10 - Frisco, TX - Lochran’s Pub *
10.16.10 - Mexico City, Mexico - Foro Sol *
10.19.10 - Little Rock, AR - Juanita’s *
10.20.10 - Oxford, MS - Proud Larry’s *
10.21.10 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
10.22.10 - Birmingham, AL - The Nick
10.23.10 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
10.26.10 - Cincinnati, OH- Mad Hatter’s
10.27.10 - Columbus, OH - Skully’s
10.28.10 - Ann Arbor, MI - Blind Pig
10.29.10 - Indianapolis, IN - White Rabbit
10.30.10 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
10.31.10 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
11.01.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club
11.04.10 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
11.05.10 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret
11.06.10 - Portland, OR - Berbatis Pan
11.09.10 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop
11.11.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex
11.13.10 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah

* Soft Pack only

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Kid Koala sunders depths of hell with insane scratches to summon Mike Patton and Jon Spencer for service on new Slew record

Unparalleled turntablist and eternal child (see pic above), Kid Koala is much more than just a man with four turntables and no microphone. He is also a remorseless rock ‘n’ roller with The Slew, his collaboration with fellow wax scratcher Dynomite D and a couple of Wolfmother expats. More Grand Funk Railroad than Funky 4+1, The Slew slayed eardrums back in 2009 with 100%, combining heavy riffage with scratches and samples galore. For their yet-to-be-titled-or-slated-for-release follow-up LP, The Slew are ditching the sampled vox and turning towards the meaty, screech-filled throats of scream demons like Faith No More’s/Tomahawk’s/everything else’s Mike Patton and John Spencer of his own Blues Explosion to flesh out the rawk. So lock up your doors and cover your daughters’ ears, cause there’s noises a-comin’ from thems that usually hip-hops!

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Riot Fest announces more bands, makes you feel really old

Without a constant stream of reunion announcements, music festivals surely would have gone out of business a long time ago. Instead, festival bookers strive each year to remind you, the aging music fan, that you are old as fuck and all the bands you liked as a youngin’ are now reuniting to a new generation of kids. Take, for example, Chicago’s Riot Fest (going down October 6-10 at venues all across the city) and its recent lineup additions of Cap’n Jazz, Pennywise, The Bronx, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine, Torche, and Kylesa. No doubt the organizers threw Cap’n Jazz on there — along with previously announced reunions of Snapcase, Articles of Faith, and Corrosion of Conformity — just to remind you that the grim grasp of death is right around the corner. In addition to the festival’s 17 shows spread across five venues, there will also be a Busted at Oz compilation album (featuring early recordings of premiere Chicago punk bands) benefit show on October 6 at the Double Door with performances by Naked Raygun, The Effigies, and The Subverts, among others. Proceeds will benefit the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. Tickets for Riot Fest are on sale now and are available here.

Previously announced lineup: Bad Religion, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Circle Jerks, Anti-Flag, Articles of Faith, Snapcase, Less Than Jake, The Lawrence Arms, Bouncing Souls, High on Fire, Corrosion of Conformity, Riverboat Gamblers, OFF! (Keith Morris of Circle Jerks), Red Oktoberfest with Propagandhi, “Busted at Oz” Reunion, Cro-Mags, FUN., Negative Approach, Smoking Popes, Bhopal Stiffs, The Meatmen, Agnostic Front, Off With Their Heads, Brendan Kelly, The Toasters, Roy Ellis a.k.a. Mr. Symarip, Righteous Fool, and Mandy Moore many more.

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