RIP: Poly Styrene, X-Ray Spex frontwoman

RIP:  Poly Styrene, X-Ray Spex frontwoman

From Digital Spy:

Poly Styrene has died at the age of 53.

The singer-songwriter, whose real name was Marianne Joan Elliott-Said, revealed earlier this year that she had undergone treatment for breast cancer.

A post on her official Twitter feed read: “We can confirm that the beautiful Poly Styrene, who has been a true fighter, won her battle on Monday evening to go to higher places.”

An official statement continued: “We are sad to report that Marianne Elliot (aka Poly Styrene) lost her battle with cancer last night, 25th April 2011.

“Poly Styrene was a punk amongst punks. A groundbreaking presence that left an unrepeatable mark on the musical landscape, she made history the moment she uttered,’Some people think little girls should be seen and not heard but I think oh bondage up yours!’

“Poly Styrene never stopped exciting us with her incisive world-view, amazing wit, and her adventurous sound. It is impossible to imagine what modern music would be like without her incalculable contributions but it’s probably not worth imagining a world that never had Poly Styrene in it.”

• Poly Styrene:
• Future Noise:

Marnie Stern announces Midwest gigs; Marnie Stern fans in Midwest demand the return of her kissing booth

Marnie Stern is the type of woman that most teenage males in the Midwest dream about: pretty, blond, and able to shred a guitar like Malmsteen on crack. Because of this unexplainable attraction to women who seem vaguely viking-like, the Midwest loves Marnie Stern; they love her beautiful face, her pretty hands, her oldest demo on Dog Daze Tapes and her newest album on Kill Rock Stars, Marnie Stern (TMT Review). Most of all, they love that she lets them kiss her on occasion.

Now that Marnie’s announced a new tour of the Midwest, her Midwest fans are screaming, yelling, and demanding that Marnie bring back the kissing booth. The fans have even begun burning down buildings and are refusing to kiss their own significant others until Marnie announces that her fans can kiss her if they have the cash to do so.

If you have an interest in seeing angry Midwest men (and women!) demanding to smooch their idol-goddess, or just want to watch some bitchin’ guitar playing, then check out the dates below and don’t forget that Stern has already announced a European tour and a gig at ATP’s Nightmare Before Christmas in the UK. And for all you Chicagoans (go Bulls!), yes, the dates below are correct, Marnie Stern is playing with The Flaming Lips and I AM SO FUCKING EXCITED!

Marnie Stern possible kissing booth dates:

05.10.11 - London, UK - XOYO Upset the Rhythm
05.11.11 - Birmingham, UK - Sound Bar
05.12.11 - Brighton, UK - Pavillion Theater
05.14.11 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Small Vega
05.16.11 - Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser
05.17.11 - Helsinki, Finland - Kuudes Linja
05.19.11 - Oslo, Norway - Blaa
05.20.11 - Malmo, Sweden - TBA
05.21.11 - Aarhus, Denmark - Train
06.03.11 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
06.04.11 - Iowa City, IA - The Mill
06.05.11 - Kansas City, MO - The Record Bar
06.06.11 - St Louis, MO - Firebird
06.07.11 - Chicago, IL - Aragon Ballroom $
06.08.11 - Chicago, IL - Aragon Ballroom $
12.09.11 - Minehead, UK - ATP Nightmare Before Christmas

$ The Flaming Lips

• Marnie Stern:
• Kill Rock Stars:
• Dog Daze Tapes:

Washed Out returns with a new label (Sub Pop), new record (Within and Without), and new look (beachier)

His Royal Highness the Duke of Chillwavetonia Ernest Greene has plans to release more nostalgia-tinged, end-of-summer beach jams under his moniker Washed Out this summer. Sub Pop has announced that they’ll be co-releasing Washed Out’s debut full-length, Within and Without, with Weird World, a new Domino-connected, London-based partner label that’s putting out music by the likes of Smith Westerns.

The new album is being touted as a progression from Greene’s ultra-successful Life of Leisure EP, which was met with general fanfare upon release back in 2009. Begone, nostalgia! Fare thee well, lingering feelings! Within is all about THE NOW! At least, that’s what the press release says, and with production by superstar studio guy Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Deerhunter, Gnarls Barkley), it makes sense. Greene’s new band also contributes to the happenin’ feeling of the new record, and they’ll be showcasing said feeling at select European dates this summer. Within is due for a July 12 release in the US, July 11 in the UK.

Within and Without tracklisting:

01. Eyes Be Closed
02. Echoes
03. Amor Fati
04. Soft
05. Far Away
06. Before
07. You and I
08. Within and Without
09. A Dedication


07.15.11 - London, UK - Lovebox Weekender
07.16.11 - Hultsfred, Sweden – Hultsfred Festival
07.17.11 - Nijmegen, Netherlands - Festival De Affaire
08.04.11 - Berlin, Germany - Festaal Kreuzberg
08.07.11 - Paris, France - Nouveau Casino
08.08.11 - Manchester, UK - Deaf Institute
08.09.11 - London, UK - Scala

• Washed Out:
• Sub Pop:
• Weird World:

Holy bundles of money, Batman! iTunes made $1.4 billion this quarter!

I know that you think you really hauled in the cash the last couple months with your new lemonade and crystal meth stand down by the library, but you are poor, dude, way poor compared to what Apple made in the first quarter of 2011: 1.4 billion, in American dollar bills. That’s a shit-ton of cash! I could pay off half my student loans with that!

This record-breaking bounty is up an astonishing 27 percent from last year’s earnings of 1.1 billion. Apple’s Steve Jobs had this to say: “We’re loaded, absolutely loaded, and I’m gonna buy Iceland. We’re planning on bringing it back from complete financial ruin and renaming it iLand so that I can finally have a place to store all of my turtleneck sweaters. Buy our stuff, buy our stuff, buy our stuff or all your friends will hate you. Thanks.”

So, can I borrow a couple bucks to feed my family tonight? Oh… okay… you need it, I understand. I understand.

• Apple:

RIP: Max Mathews, computer music pioneer

From Create Digital Music (via The Daily Swarm):

Max Mathews, the man who literally first gave voice to computer music, died [Thursday] at age 84. I can only offer my heartfelt condolences to Max’s friends and family.

Max was the man present at the moment when the very subject matter of this site was born. An IBM 704 playing his 17-second composition marked the first genuinely digital synthesis of music on a computer.

[Photo: Kevin]

Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV pushed back to June; Young Money promises free Lil Wayne pog with every copy

Lil Wayne has spent a little bit of time relaxing and regrouping himself (a.k.a. prison time), but he’s been a free man for a while and is back to doing what he does best: making music that helps me feel connected to modern culture. However, I’ll have to wait a little longer to feel like I’m hip, as Lil Wayne’s new album Tha Carter IV, originally scheduled for release May 16 through Young Money, has had its ‘drop’ date pushed back to June 21.

The album, which is more anticipated than the second coming of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ, is seeing delays for Wayne’s perfectionism. “[Wayne’s] still perfecting a few things, he’s a perfectionist… changing a few lines,”explains Mack Maine, head of Young Money, “We have a little studio time and it should be done probably by Monday.”

According to an interview with MTV’s news and tanning department, Maine also lets us in on the fact that the new album’s fancy contributors are holding back progress as well. Maine tells us that tracks from top-draw rappers came in too late and “if you calculate all of that, by the time we would’ve finished mixing, we wouldn’t have met the [original] due date to turn in the album. So we had to push it back.” Don’t worry though, Lil Wayne is still coming back and he loves all of you, even if he won’t be showing up on any Pogs.

• Lil Wayne:
• Young Money:



  • Recent
  • Popular