RIP: Phil Everly of The Everly Brothers

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From the Los Angeles Times:

Phil Everly, who with his brother, Don, made up the most revered vocal duo of the rock-music era, their exquisite harmonies profoundly influencing the Beatles, the Beach Boys, the Byrds and countless younger-generation rock, folk and country singers, died Friday in Burbank of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, his wife, Patti Everly, told The Times. He was 74.

“We are absolutely heartbroken,” she said, noting that the disease was the result of a lifetime of cigarette smoking. “He fought long and hard.”

During the height of their popularity in the late 1950s and early 1960s, they charted nearly three dozen hits on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, among them “Cathy’s Clown,” “Wake Up Little Suzie,” “Bye Bye Love,” “When Will I Be Loved” and “All I Have to Do is Dream.” The Everly Brothers were among the first 10 performers inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when it got off the ground in 1986.

“They had that sibling sound,” said Linda Ronstadt, who scored one of the biggest hits of her career in 1975 with her recording of “When Will I Be Loved,” which Phil Everly wrote. “The information of your DNA is carried in your voice, and you can get a sound [with family] that you never get with someone who’s not blood related to you. And they were both such good singers–they were one of the foundations, one of the cornerstones of the new rock ‘n’ roll sound.”

• The Everly Brothers: http://everlybrothers.net

Dean Blunt uploads footage of next Hype Williams album and a Redeemer outtake, severs ties with Hippos in Tanks

Over the extended holiday season Dean Blunt has been uploading, removing, and reshuffling all types of material to the “cplnd” SoundCloud, all of it involving Joanne Robertson to some degree. On “Love Me Thru This” and “DEF freestyle” she’s a soothing background heartbeat to Blunt’s brooding synth headaches, but the real Xmas cracker is “50 CENT”’s tag-team lyrical dosey doe, apparently a “lost tape” meant for The Redeemer (TMT Review). Robertson also goes it alone on the Blunt-produced “X” single.

ALSO of interest is the just-uploaded video “[1080 HD] 2014” that again mentions A Bullet In Yr Eye, Throwin Money 2 Tha Sky, the presumed title of the next Hype Williams release:

[Update: video’s gone.]

Whoever ends up being involved in the sounds of that album (certainly feels more “Hype Williams” than his current solo output), its release will definitely not be handled by the group’s (fairly) long-time label Hippos in Tanks, as Blunt outlined in an emailed statement yesterday: “There will be no mo future Dean Blunt projects released with the label Hippos in Tanks.” No word on who did what or why.

2014! It’s a new year!

• Dean Blunt: http://www.youtube.com/user/pollyjacobsen

[Photo: Nata Moraru]

RIP: Benjamin Curtis of School of Seven Bells, Secret Machines, Tripping Daisy

From The Dallas Observer:

We here at DC9 at Night are extremely saddened to report the passing of Benjamin Curtis. Last night in New York, Curtis lost a year-long battle with cancer at the age of 35.

Though a native Oklahoman, Curtis was a Dallas resident and treasured member of the local music scene from the ’90s well into the 2000s. In the mid-’90s, Curtis and his brother Brandon were members of local rock outfit UFOFU with Joe Butcher, before Ben left to spend a few years playing drums for Tripping Daisy. In 2000, the Curtis brothers started the spacey three-piece Secret Machines. Their debut full-length project, 2004’s Now Here Is Nowhere, broke nationally to much critical acclaim. It will long be remembered as a Dallas classic. […]

• School of Seven Bells: http://www.sviib.com

RIP: Zbigniew Karkowski, noise musician

From SPIN:

Zbigniew Karkowski, a Polish experimental musician whose work amplified the boundaries of noise music — and also its volume — died today, according to his friend and collaborator Anton Lukoszevieze. He had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer just 10 weeks ago. He was 55.

Karkowki was regarded in experimental-music circles as one of noise music’s most fearlessly extreme practitioners. Stories circulate that his music once cracked a toilet at San Francisco’s Bloody Angle Compound studios; a 2001 performance at Montreal’s FCMM, playing needle-nosed sine waves tuned to the resonant frequency of the room, sparked a fire in a speaker and sent chunks of the ceiling tumbling to the floor. But he was also known as one of noise music’s most contemplative thinkers. (When a reporter asked him if he was afraid of damaging his hearing, following the FCMM performance, he replied, “Sound is like a wild animal; it will only hurt you if you are afraid of it.”)

• Zbigniew Karkowski: http://www.desk.nl/~northam/oro/zk2.htm

RIP: Akifumi Nakajima a.k.a. Aube, experimental musician

From experimental musician Eric Lanzillotta’s post on I Love Music (via The Stranger’s Line Out blog:

I have gotten the sad news that my old friend Akifumi Nakajima passed away in September. It seems the news is only just creeping out and took a while to reach everyone outside of Japan. Nakajima was probably best known for his work under the name Aube, which was one of the more prolific, and for me most interesting, noise acts from Japan in the 1990s. He had an impeccable sense of design and appreciation for the materials, taking packaging beyond just using regular old paper. His label G.R.O.S.S. presented an impressive selection of international artists and was an important part of the Anomalous Records catalog. I could really go on and on about his achievements and biography, but I think it is well documented online.

I would just like to add that I always appreciated his support and friendship, and greatly respected his honestly and commitment to quality. In 2004, I spent two weeks in Japan. Eight of those days were in Kyoto and I saw Akifumi almost every day. Seeing the temples and shrines, as well as record stores I would have never found on my own, with him gave the city much more depth than I would have found there on my own. It is heartening to know that he has left a vast recorded legacy for people to appreciate, but sad to lose such a good soul.

In memory of him, I want to share the recording of our one live performance together:
https://soundcloud.com/eric-lanzillotta/eric-lanzillotta-aube-live-at
This is a little different than the noise music some may associate with him, and I suppose points forward towards the analog electronic revival that started to appear not long after this concert.

Unfortunately, this also comes in a wave of other deaths in the experimental community as albrecht/D., Bernard Parmegiani and Sten Hanson have also left this world. All three had long and productive careers. These are just more reasons to appreciate those that are still with us!

• Aube: http://rgnz.free.fr/aube

RIP: Stan Tracey, jazz pianist and composer

From The Guardian:

Stan Tracey, the jazz pianist and composer hailed as the godfather of British jazz, has died aged 86.

Tracey was perhaps best known for Under Milk Wood, his 1968 suite based around Dylan Thomas’ radio play. His pioneering work helped British jazz forge its own sound rather than imitate the sounds coming over from the US. In particular, Tracey persuaded many British jazz musicians to move away from cover versions in favour of developing their own original material.

The news was announced on the official Stan Tracey Appreciation Facebook Page in a post that read: “It is with deepest regret that I must announce the death of Stan Tracey OBE, CBE today, at the age of 86. After a struggle with illness, he passed away having recently celebrated his 70 year professional career as a jazz pianist/composer. He is survived by a family who love him, and will miss him profoundly. His legacy is the generations of musicians young and old, past and future who have his influential example to look to. Many thanks to all those who have shown him such love and support over these many years.”

• Stan Tracey: http://www.stantracey.com

[Photo: William Ellis]

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