RIP: Ravi Shankar

RIP: Ravi Shankar

From Firstpost:

Sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar, who is credited with popularising Indian classical music far beyond its borders, has passed away in a San Diego hospital at the age of 92.

The sitar maestro had been admitted at the Scripps Memorial Hospital in San Diego on 6 December due to complaints of diffculty in breathing and he passed away on Tuesday evening, the Hindu reports.

While he stormed Western culture with his collaboration with the Beatles, Shankar is perhaps the best known Indian classical musician beyond its shores.

A musician as much at ease with his own genre of music as with others, Shankar’s collaborations with legends in other genres of music and his own contributions to Indian classical music are perhaps unparalleled.

His long association with George Harrison of the Beatles led to his performances in legendary concerts like Woodstock and Concert for Bangladesh.

Apart from concerts, Shankar can composed memorable scores for films like Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi and Satyajit Ray’s Apu Trilogy.

In a decorated career spanning ten decades, Shankar has received numerous acknowledgements for his contributions to the world of music including the Bharat Ratna, Padma Vibhushan, the Music Council UNESCO award 1975, the Magsaysay Award from Manila. He has also won two Grammy’s in the past and is even nominated for this year’s awards.

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New Foot Village album details leaked, and by leaked we mean officially announced

That new Foot Village record, Make Memories, due out next March on Northern Spy Records, was announced earlier this year with much fanfare during the second annual Spy Festival. It was also announced that the band would accept pre-orders for the record as early as December 21, so that in case the Mayan calendar was correct, Foot Village could pocket the money and evade world destruction in their private space shuttle. There are also new rumors going around pre-purchasers being awarded a secret gift before they meet their untimely end (remix tracks? early listens? who knows? we’re all going to die anyway).

BUT. This week the band proved that they’re terrible at keeping secrets and started spilling the beans on new album info, including an official album trailer (below), album artwork (above), and full tracklist (below). You can find all the teaser videos and more here.

Make Memories tracklist:

01. 1600 Dolla Bill
02. This Song Is a Drug Deal
03. AIDS Sucks, Make Money
04. New Jersey
05. Warlock
06. The End of the World

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The Residents offer $100,000 box set to fans who are looking to mortgage their house

Do you have $100,000 handy? Do you really, and I mean really like The Residents? If yes, then there’s good news, as The Residents are celebrating the 40th anniversary of their first release: the 1972 “Santa Dog” 7-inch, with a 100+ piece box set.

The package is set to include first pressings of over 40 LPs, 50 CDs, a few dozen 7-inch singles, EPs, CD-ROMs, DVDs, and videos, as well as a bobble-head doll and a genuine Residents eyeball mask. Oh, and did I mention it’s all packaged in a fully functional 28 cu. ft. refrigerator? No? Well, it is.

In the infomercial below, you can see Residents “front man” “Randy” dish out the details in a rather convincing sales pitch. If you answered “no” to my opening question, “Randy” suggests selling a kidney, smashing open some penny jars, or having a bake sale to get the scratch for the set, as this is a limited time offer, there are only 10 of these sets available, and the set is going on sale on their website December 25.

In addition to that, there is also a one-of-a-kind mystery box also set to go on sale this Christmas. What’s in the box? “Randy” isn’t saying, so you better find $5 mill quick.

If you can’t afford either of these sets and are unwilling to take out a second mortgage on your house but need a Residents fix, they’ll be on tour in January so keep your eyes peeled for upcoming dates.

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Sun Kil Moon & The Album Leaf work together on new album, learn the importance of friendship

What dangers lurk in the ocean, menacing the intrepid seafarer? Well, the Bermuda Triangle, for starters — that’s a real scary one. Garbage islands: those are both disgusting and disturbing. And let’s not forget sexy mermaids who lure sailors to their death. (Sexy threats are THE WORST.) But perhaps the worst threat to our brave men and women at sea (both literally and figuratively) is the Quiet Storm. And now, in recognition of this fact, two masters of the quiet storm, Sun Kil Moon and The Album Leaf, have teamed up for a new record called, aptly, Perils from the Sea.

The pairing’s debut collaboration came about when Mark Kozelek of Sun Kil Moon asked multi-instrumentalist Jimmy LaValle of The Album Leaf to write a song together. That track blossomed into “What Happened to My Brother,” and the duo was like, “Whoa, this working together thing is cool. Let’s create a whole album together! We learned so much about sharing today, didn’t we, boys and girls?” “Yes,” said Kozelek. “We sure did,” said LaValle, “buddy.” Then they hugged. The learning experience that is Sun Kil Moon and The Album Leaf will play their first concert together at Holland’s UE Festival on May 11, before journeying over to merry olde England for a May 13 date at Shepherd’s Bush Empire. Perils from the Sea washes into stores on May 14 via Caldo Verde Records.

Perils from the Sea tracklisting:

01. What Happened to My Brother
02. 1936
03. Gustavo
04. You Missed My Heart
05. Caroline
06. Baby in Death Can I Rest Next to Your Grave
07. By the Time That I Awoke
08. Ceiling Gazing
09. Here Come More Perils from the Sea
10. He Always Felt Like Dancing
11. Somehow the Wonder of Life Prevails


05.11.13 - Dordecht, Holland - UE Festival
05.13.13 - London, UK - Shepherd’s Bush Empire

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SoundCloud “Next” upgrade leaves Beta behind, giving us something to write December music news about!

Hey! Stop paying attention to all of those holiday Apple ads and spicy cookie smells and invitations to slack off at work and all that stuff and LISTEN TO ME tell you about some intangible tech thing that’s happening.

Did that work? Is anyone here? Just you and me? Well fuck, I dunno. You might care about this sort of thing, right? So okay, here we go. As Hypebot reports, the newly redesigned and majorly upgraded “Next SoundCloud” officially launched yesterday (December 6, 2012, Gregorian Jesus Calendar), leaving behind its cozy, private beta-version shelter for the wide, cruel world of all ignorant “device” users at large. That’s right, DJ-ToWhomItMayConcern, it’s now the one and only platform for all SoundCloud users! And, oh shit, you’ll never guess what? This re-engineered platform shit “increases engagement more than 30% over the previous version,” allowing users to enjoy such impressive-sounding predicate nominatives as “reposts,” “updated mobile search,” and “UX updates on both iOS and Android.” So you’d better damn well enjoy them, whatever they mean! Oh. Wait. Shut up. Here’s what they mean:

— A new “Explore” page, improved search, related sounds suggestions, a “Continuous Play” feature, enhanced Facebook integration stuff, a feature called “Sets” that allows you curate sounds you like into one single waveform, reposts for more obnoxious sharing, and real-time notifications of all that obnoxious sharing.

Wow. Hey, are you still here? Arg. Probably not. Well, whatever. I’m late for my train to the airport anyway. Umm, here’s some last minute facts before I’m out the door for the year: SoundCloud creators now post 10+ hours of music and audio every single minute! Holy shit! Also, they now reach over 180 million people — 8% of the entire internet population — every single month! (Even December, maybe! So long, reader…)

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RIP: Sarah Kirsch, formerly known as Mike Kirsch, of Pinhead Gunpowder (with Billie Joe Armstrong), Fuel

From Green Day:

Sarah Kirsch, was an important figure and driving force in the ’90s Bay Area punk scene and beyond. She continues to be an important part of our community, our culture, our music scene, and many of our lives.

Even if you don’t recognize this name, you probably know Sarah. She has been a huge part of the punk/radical community for decades as Mike Kirsch (Fuel,Sawhorse, Pinhead Gunpowder, John Henry West,Torches To Rome, Bread And Circuits, Please Inform The Captain This Is A Hijack, Baader Brains,Mothercountry Motherfuckers, etc.). She not too long ago came out as a proud trans-woman, and almost immediately was confronted with these terrible health problems

Sadly, Sarah passed away on December 5th.

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