RIP: Richard Turner of Round Trip and live trumpet player for Friendly Fires

RIP: Richard Turner of Round Trip and live trumpet player for Friendly Fires

From Friendly Fires:

On Friday we learnt of the sudden passing of Richard Turner. Rich played trumpet in our live gigs on and off for three years. He was an utterly exceptional musician and his contributions to our shows will be hugely missed.

He was also an accomplished and admired composer. Here’s some music he wrote for his own band Round Trip.

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Talking Heads to release new DVD Chronology so that you can pretend you’re at a Talking Heads reunion show

Like most of the world, you probably missed seeing Talking Heads play a show together before they broke up, and, furthermore, you (again, like the rest of the world) probably missed the Heads when they reunited in 2002. Now, I’m sure that this sad fact makes you tear up and wail like a banshee whenever you play your original pressing of Talking Heads ‘77, but on October 18 of this very year, you can partially remedy the situation by watching the new DVD of the Talking Heads, Chronology, and pretend that you’ve been a fan since 1977 and even got to watch one of the reunion shows.

The new DVD, put out by Eagle Rock Entertainment, features live performances from the early days all the way up to 2002, commentary from band members, and a 1978 interview with David Byrne where, if you look close enough, you can see Brian Eno moving Byrne around with puppet strings. Additionally, a super-mega-awesome-worth-the-extra-money-version will be available that includes a 48-page book of photos and a very cool essay originally published in 1979, written by the best writer in the history of rock music: Lester Bangs.

Once you buy the DVD, I recommend sending the kids outside, dimming the lights, putting on an oversized suit, burning down the house, doing a couple quick lines, and pretending it’s the 1980s all over again.

Chronology chapters:

01. Mic Test (1976)
02. With Our Love (1975)
03. I’m Not in Love (1975)
04. Psycho Killer (1975)
05. Intros Montage (1976)
06. The Girls Want to Be with the Girls (1976)
07. Don’t Worry About the Government (1978)
08. Dressing Room Fan Footage: Found a Job (1978)
09. Thank You for Sending Me an Angel (1978)
10. Warning Sign (1978)
11. Artists Only (1979)
12. Take Me to the River (1979)
13. Crosseyed and Painless (1980)
14. Animals (1980)
15. Love ? Building on Fire (1982)
16. Citie” (1982)
17. Burning Down the House (1983)
18. Life During Wartime (2002)

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C. Spencer Yeh’s lo-fi pop reissued on De Stijl; SF bands burn with envy

Following in the footsteps of major influence Brian Eno, C. Spencer Yeh (who is perhaps known best for his Burning Star Core project) has always involved himself in a wide array of diverse musical endeavors, from abrasive noise to atmospheric drone to free improv jazz. As of late, De Stijl Records has shown specific interest in Yeh’s rare but substantial rock/pop ventures, which are usually released under the moniker C. S. Yeh.

After recently releasing the In the Blink of an Eye B/W Condo Stress 7-inch, De Stijl is now reissuing Yeh’s formerly out-of-print one-sided LP, which is appropriately titled Songs 2002 and features Yeh’s tamer side within traditional pop structures (though featuring just as much imagination and wit as Yeh’s wilder recordings). Songs is reissued on “double A-sided cassette” and is just in time to show those San Francisco beachy fuckers how real lo-fi pop is done.

Songs 2002 tracklisting:

01. The Butter Day
02. New Ending Intruder
03. Lose Air Flip Backwards I
04. Lose Air Flip Backwards II
05. Remember

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Loch Lomond (lake? song? band?) hit the road this fall

Three definitions found for “Loch Lomond”:

1. The largest lake in Great Britain
2. A Scottish folk song
3. A six-piece chamber pop group from Portland, OR

This all means that the band, headed by lead singer/multi-instrumentalist Ritchie Young, probably sports kilts and totes bagpipes, right?

Not exactly, but the tunes on their latest album, Little Me Will Start a Storm (released February 22 on Tender Loving Empire), lilt and flow and expand in a way that might make them sound as though they belong in the Scottish countryside. Young’s voice soars over and slips between a wild collection of instruments that includes vibraphone, piano, glockenspiel, and violin, just to name a few. They’re taking their pastoral sound on the road for a string of West Coast dates in September.


09.10.11 - Portland, OR - MusicFest NW at Rontom’s
09.14.11 - Bellingham, WA - The Green Frog
09.15.11 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
09.16.11 - Cottage Grove, OR - The Axe & Fiddle
09.17.11 - Davis, CA - Sophia’s Thai Kitchen
09.18.11 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Crepe Place
09.22.11 - Goleta, CA - Mercury Lounge
09.23.11 - Visalia, CA - The Cellar Door
09.24.11 - Big Sure, CA - Fernwood
09.25.11 - San Francisco, CA - Hotel Utah

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RIP: Nick Ashford of Motown duo Ashford & Simpson

From Billboard:

Nick Ashford, one-half of the legendary Motown songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson that penned elegant, soulful classics for the likes of Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye and funk hits for Chaka Khan and others, died Monday at age 70, his former publicist said.

Ashford, who along with wife Valerie Simpson wrote some of Motown’s biggest hits, died in a New York City hospital, said publicist Liz Rosenberg, who was Ashford’s longtime friend. He had been suffering from throat cancer and had undergone radiation treatment, she told The Associated Press.

Though they had some of their greatest success at Motown with classics like “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “Reach Out And Touch Somebody’s Hand” by Ross and “You’re All I Need To Get By” by Gaye and Tammi Terrell, Ashford & Simpson also created anthems for others, like “I’m Every Woman” by Khan (and later remade by Whitney Houston). Ashford & Simpson also had success writing for themselves: Perhaps the best-known song they sang was the 1980s hit “Solid As A Rock.”

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Study finds larger ISPs profiting from BitTorrent traffic; could Comcast be any more likable?

The legality of BitTorrent use and the moral dilemma that comes hand in hand with media pirating is as pertinent an issue as gay rights or abortion laws (well, at least on the internet it is), and being the radical audiophile anarchists we at Tiny Mix Tapes are, we can’t help but root for the little guys who are doing their part to deliver the coup de grâce to the rapidly diminishing music industry. Never before has such a revolution been spearheaded by millions of frugal basement dwellers sitting on their asses and collectively deciding to stick it to the man. However, a recent study conducted by Northwestern University and Telefónica Research has revealed information suggesting that, with the growing amount of data being downloaded by BitTorrent users, ISPs such as Comcast (who are well known for capping their bandwidth in order to stagnate BitTorrent traffic) are actually profiting from the increased use of bandwidth (and here you were sitting in your Cheeto-dust-stained Che Guevara t-shirt, thinking you were taking chunks out of capitalistic society).

According to Torrent Freak, over a test period of two years, researchers monitored a sample of 500,000 people in 169 different countries and found some interesting conclusions. For example, between November 2009 and November 2010, the average download volume per user per hour had increased by 25% (a change of 110 MB/hour to 139 MB/hour), while the number of unique users dropped 10%. In total, the absolute increase in BitTorrent traffic increased by more than 12% between 2009 and 2010. Another facet of these findings is that a large percentage of BitTorrent traffic never leaves the country, and instead stays local (32%) while another 41% travels to just one other country.

So what does this all mean? Simply put, large ISPs who own the infrastructure (i.e., wires), such as Comcast, Virgin Media, and France Telecom, are attracting heavy downloaders who wish to spend more on their internet services for an increase in bandwidth. And since a large percent of BitTorrent traffic is local (or shared on these ISPs’ networks) it doesn’t cost them anything. Don’t fret though, there’s still a downside for smaller ISPs (such as Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint) who rent bandwidth and infrastructure from larger ISPs. Since they pay rent to the larger ISPs, any increased moving in data costs them, even if it’s local. And so, while the garroting of corporate profits marches on, we all must remember that corporations are people too (people with megalomaniac complexes, a disproportionate amount of control over political, economic, and social developments, and the power to suck you dry and make you love every second of it).