RIP: Ms. Melodie of Boogie Down Productions

RIP: Ms. Melodie of Boogie Down Productions

From MTV:

Ms. Melodie, member of the legendary Boogie Down Productions crew and ex-wife of BDP founder KRS-ONE has reportedly passed away.

The Brooklyn native born Ramona Parker was signed to Jive Records where she released her debut album Diva back in 1989. Ms Melodie carved a name for herself in the hip-hop circuit thanks to memorable songs such as “Hype According To Ms. Melodie” and “Live On Stage.” One of Melodie’s latter appearances took place in the classic BDP led “Stop The Violence” video for the song “Self Destruction.” “I’m Ms. Melodie and aim a born again rebel” the raptress spit over the funky tune.

According to reports no cause of death has been revealed.

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The Power of the Riff Festival (West Coast Division) adds more power, a little sunn 0))) to lineup

The Power of the Riff festival — West Coast division — has announced that six new acts have been added to the lineup for the “event that honors extreme music fans and musicians of all ages,” and gives a place for metal fans to congregate and not get laughed at.

In addition to previously announced bands OFF!, Dr. Know, Repulsion, Noothgrush, Xibalba, Eagle Twin, Power Trip, Ancestors, Alpha & Omega, Gaza, DNF, Retox, The Love Below, Avon Ladies, Cops, and Hordes, the one-day festival emanating from Los Angeles’ Echo/Echoplex on August 11 and co-curated by Southern Lord Records will now also include sunn 0))) (making their first West Coast appearance in three years), Nausea, Despise You, Hoax, Bio-Crisis, and Xaphan.

This year’s event marks the third anniversary of the festival and will also include a record swap/meet of local stores and pop-up stores by indie record labels, DJ sets, and a food-truck food-court featuring plenty of fried food, at least a couple versions of hamburgers, and for the more adventurous type, fish tacos.

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AU go on tour, announce Deerhoof remix, think about how much they like Deerhoof

Like many of us, AU have a friend in Deerhoof. The Portland-based experimenters put out a new record called Both Lights earlier this year. Unfortunately, the record did not have a Deerhoof remix on it. This is a problem, but it’s a problem with a solution. The solution is that AU is putting out a limited edition leather-bound vinyl split with Pure Bathing Culture. “WHAT! THAT’S NO SOLUTION!” That’s what you’re yelling out, because you’re insufferable. See, it’s absolutely a solution because this very release features a Deerhoof remix of AU’s “Solid Gold.” We’ll be seeing that solution later this month when Portland bar Dig A Pony puts out the single.

Until then! And after then! AU are going on tour! They’ll be touring throughout the summer, primarily with fellow Portland act Tu Fawning. Once that summer’s over, they’ll do more touring in the fall, primarily with Zammuto. ZAMMUTO IS NOT FROM PORTLAND. Zammuto is from New York. Somewhere in between, AU’s Luke Wyland will be doing a solo performance. And who else will be there? Deerhoof. Ah, finally.


07.20.12 - Portland, OR - PDX POP NOW FEST @ RefugePDXoutdoor
07.25.12 - Fargo, ND - The Aquarium (Dempsey’s Upstairs)
07.26.12 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry *
07.27.12 - Madison, WI - Terrace Club @ UW MAdison *
07.28.12 - Chicago, IL - Schubas *
07.30.12 - Toronto, ON - The Drake Hotel *
07.31.12 - Montreal, QC - Divan Orange *
08.01.12 - Boston, MA - Great Scott *
08.02.12 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge *
08.03.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands *
08.04.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s *
08.05.12 - Washington, DC - Black Cat *
08.06.12 - Columbus, OH - Tree Bar *
08.07.12 - St Louis, MO - The Gramophone *
08.08.12 - Kansas City, MO - The Record Bar*
08.09.12 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge *
08.11.12 - Boise, ID - Red Room *
09.08.12 - Portland, OR - Musicfest Northwest @ Pioneer Courthouse Square ^
09.27.12 - Garden City, ID - Visual Arts Collective (Luke Wyland Solo Show) $
10.29.12 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom #
10.30.12 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar #
10.31.12 - Santa Barbara, CA - Muddy Waters #
11.01.12 - Los Angelesa, CA - Troubadour #
11.02.12 - Santa Cruz, CA - Crepe Place #
11.03.12 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent #
11.05.12 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge #
11.06.12 - Seattle, WA - Barboza #
11.07.12 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret #

* Tu Fawning
^ Girl Talk
$ Deerhoof, Buke and Gase, Raleigh Moncrief
# Zammuto

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S.S. Coachella to set sail in December with Grimes, Pulp, Cloud Nothings, and more in the cargo hold. Only your money can free them!

For years it was the festival organizer’s Higgs boson: how can we keep this swelling, sun-stroked mass of humanity and sound profitable while simultaneously converting it into a floating prison? Many said it couldn’t be done. But yesterday, the brains behind Coachella proved the doubters wrong and unveiled the existence of their God particle — the S.S. Coachella. For one shining week in December (over the course of two voyages), cash-enabled music fans can cruise the Caribbean enjoying headliners like Pulp, Girl Talk, Grimes, Yeasayer, Hot Chip, LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy, Sleigh Bells, Cloud Nothings, and more without ever having to worry about being less than two minutes away from the nearest buffet.

Boarding passes start at $500 for a bunk in a four-person stateroom and climb all the way up to $1,500 for a “sunset veranda room.” Actually, that’s just the highest-priced room that can be automatically reserved online. According to The New York Times, a “sky suite” with a veranda runs for a cool $9,000. But seriously, do you think Gregg Gillis is gonna have the after party in your bullshit $850 oceanview stateroom? Dude don’t bang it ‘til the break of dawn for anything less than a veranda and a full-sized shitter. So if you’ve got money to blow and you aren’t already going on the Weezer cruise, the R. Kelly cruise, or this fucking atrocity, book yourself a cabin and shove off either on December 16 (three-day voyage to the Bahamas) or on December 19 (four-day voyage to Jamaica). Or you know, pay five bucks to see a basement show on dry land and bring your own beer. That’s what the rest of us will be doing.

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Flying Lotus album details (ft. Thom Yorke + Jonny Greenwood), fall tour, book club, quilting circle

You may have heard about Flying Lotus’ upcoming record and featured collaboration with Thom Yorke, but that was just a teaser to the deluge of information that was subsequently released regarding the L.A.-based producer’s upcoming effort. Consequence of Sound confirms that the record, titled Until the Quiet Comes will be released October 2 courtesy of Warp Records, and will include a track, “Electric Candyman,” featuring Thom Yorke.

New to the mix are Erykah Badu, Niki Randa, and Thundercat, along with frequent Flying Lotus collaborator Laura Darlington. Mr. Ellison also mentioned today that Jonny Greenwood will show up at some point. With a lineup like that, I don’t think the quiet will ever come [rimshot]! Given Badu’s recent collaboration with The Flaming Lips, here’s hoping this outing will deliver similarly awesome goods (and not result in a subsequent public falling out).

Flying Lotus has also announced fall tour dates, with a few stops in major metropolitan areas (and Salt Lake City) on this side of the pond followed by a trek through Western Europe. While it’s unlikely that Yorke or Badu sightings will take place at these shows, Flying Lotus’ unique brand of glitch-hop and overall DJ skillz should be motivation enough to check him out live.

Until the Quiet Comes tracklist:

01. All In

02. Getting There (feat. Niki Randa)

03. Until the Colours Come

04. Heave(n)

05. Tiny Tortures

06. All the Secrets

07. Sultans Request.

08. Putty Boy Strut

09. See Thru to U (feat. Erykah Badu)

10. Until the Quiet Comes

11. DMT Song (feat. Thundercat)

12. The Nightcaller

13. Only if You Wanna

14. Electric Candyman (feat. Thom Yorke)

15. Hunger (feat. Niki Randa)

16. Phantasm (feat. Laura Darlington)

17. me Yesterday//Corded

18. Dream to Me


09.23.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl

10.07.12 - New York, NY - Terminal 5

10.15.12 - Toronto, ON - The Hoxton

10.16.12 - Chicago, IL - Metro

10.18.12 - Denver, CO - Odgen

10.19.12 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge

10.22.12 - Vancouver, BC - Fortune

10.23.12 - Seattle, WA - Neptune

10.25.12 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theatre

11.03.12 - London, UK - Brixton Academy

11.04.12 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso

11.05.12 - Leipzig, Germany - Conne Island

11.06.12 - Paris, France - La Machine du Moulin Rouge

11.07.12 - Fribourg, Switzerland - Fri-Son

11.08.12 - Berlin, Germany - Gretchen

11.09.12 - Manchester, UK - Warehouse Project

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[Photo: Roger Kisby]

Dead Oceans launches subscription service, because you ain’t cool unless you launch a subscription service

Ah, another day, another record label decides to offer a subscription service through As we reported here and here, Ghostly International and Domino recently began their own subscription services, and now, Bloomington, IN/Austin, TX-based label Dead Oceans is joining in on the trend — drawn to it in a manner similar to how a primary school student might be peer pressured into huffing glue for the first time. Who knows what kind of damage it’ll do in the long term, but it sure gives the brain a pleasurable tingle initially.

Just in case you’re unfamiliar with Dead Oceans, their roster includes or has included fairly well-known outfits such as Akron/Family, The Tallest Man on Earth, A Place to Bury Strangers, Frog Eyes, and Califone. The details of their subscription service (Dead Oceans Sounds) are as follows: for 15 bucks a month, you’ll receive every new Dead Oceans release, either as a part of, or in addition to, the at least two albums (new or old) that they send you every month. The music is delivered straight to your email inbox in both WAV and 320 kbps MP3 formats. Upon subscribing, fans will “immediately” receive three full-length albums: The Tallest Man on Earth’s There’s No Leaving Now and A Place to Bury Strangers’ Worship, both of which were released last month, and Gauntlet Hair’s self-titled debut from last year.

Additionally, the folks at Dead Oceans promise a whole bunch of non-digital surprises, such as spots on the guest list for shows, vinyl, CDs, posters, and t-shirts “delivered straight to your door.” And speaking of t-shirts, the first 50 subscribers will be entered to win a “free” Dead Oceans t-shirt; only, it’s not actually free, since you’re still paying for the subscription, but that’s just me being a rational stick-in-the-mud. I’m deeply curious to see if this whole subscription model will still be around a year from now.

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