RIP: Ron Banks of The Dramatics

RIP: Ron Banks of The Dramatics

From Billboard:

Ron Banks, singer and a founding member of veteran R&B group the Dramatics, died [on March 4] at his Detroit home of a reported heart attack. He was 58.

Originally a vocal sextet known as the Dynamics in the early O60s, the group changed its name and became a quintet comprised of Banks, William Howard, Larry Demps, Willie Ford and Elbert Wilkins. The Dramatics scored its first R&B-charting single (No. 43) in 1967 on the Sport label with “All Because of You.” But it wasn’t until four years later that the Dramatics broke into national consciousness with the 1971 Stax/Volt hit “Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get,” which peaked at No. 3 R&B and No. 9 pop. The Dramatics claimed an R&B No. 1 the following year with “In the Rain.” […]

Banks, whose sweet falsetto helped give the Dramatics its signature sound, was a Detroit native who was born May 10, 1951. He is survived by his wife Sandy and six children. Banks is the fourth Dramatics member to pass away following the deaths.

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RIP: Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse

From Rolling Stone:

Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mark Linkous has committed suicide, his publicist confirms to Rolling Stone. Best known for his acclaimed work with Sparklehorse, who released four albums of imaginative ambient psych-folk, Linkous also produced Daniel Johnston’s 2003 album Fear Yourself and collaborated with Danger Mouse on Dark Night of the Soul. His exact age is unknown, but he was in his forties. “It is with great sadness that we share the news that our dear friend and family member, Mark Linkous, took his own life today,” reads a statement from his family. “We are thankful for his time with us and will hold him forever in our hearts. May his journey be peaceful, happy and free. There’s a heaven and there’s a star for you.”

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Radiohead new album titled Tehrangeles? Tracklist revealed? Nope.

03-08: Looks like we’ve confirmed our suspicions (and so has the NME): this was a hoax. Sorry if we got any of your hopes up. Like we said, don’t trust anyone on the internet!

03-07: Due to popular demand, we’ve posted the full email here. To decode the string, we converted the binary code to ASCII. The result looked like gibberish until we bumped down each letter (e.g. ‘b’ turned to ‘a,’ etc.), which resulted in the tracklist that we posted. Again, be suspicious — we ain’t believing it until we hear more from Radiohead’s camp!


In December 2009, guitarist Ed O’Brien, the most beautiful man ever to walk on earth, informed fans that Radiohead was set to return to the studio in January to record a new album. He seemed, for lack of a worse pun, “optimistic.”

The vibe in the camp is fantastic at present, and we head off into the studio in January to continue on from the work we started last summer…10 years ago we were all collectively (that’s the band) in the land of Kid A .. and although hugely proud of that record, it wasn’t a fun place to be…What’s reassuring now, is that we are most definitely a different band, which should therefore mean that the music is different too and that is the aim of the game.

After rumors last month that the album was already completed, we’ve been keeping our eyes and ears open for clues, with a staff of 50 working around the clock, refreshing websites and putting wiretaps on W.A.S.T.E. phones. Our budget nearly ran out.

But this morning, TMT woke up to a (literally) cryptic email from what appeared to be an official W.A.S.T.E. email address. Its subject line was “Radiohead would like you to know…” and was filled with what seemed like a long string of gibberish.

Until we cracked the code.

This isn’t 100% confirmed and we’re unsure of the legitimacy of the email, but here’s what we decoded nonetheless:

Album title: Tehrangeles

Tracklist (with links to live clips):

01. Nook and Cranny
02. Come to Your Senses
03. The Daily Mail
04. I Froze Up
05. Give Up The Ghost
06. Supercollider
07. Man O War
08. Cerebellar Theory
09. Lotus Flower
10. Mouse Dog Bear
11. Burn The Witch

Hardcore Radiohead fans will likely recognize many of these tracks. Thom has played “The Daily Mail,” “Give Up the Ghost,” and “Mouse Dog Bear” recently, and other tracks, like “Lotus Flower,” “Supercollider,” and “I Froze Up,” have been performed in the past too. And remember the song “Big Boots (Man O War)” from the Meeting People Is Easy documentary? Looks like it’s been titled “Man O War” and, if this is at all true, is finally seeing release. IF YOU CAN TRUST OUR DECODING.

Guess we’ll have to wait and see if/when the band makes an official announcement. There are a lot of hoaxes out there, so we wouldn’t be surprised if this was all fake. Don’t trust anyone on the internet!

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Brain aliens basting your backyard! Acid Mothers Temple tour the USA and Canada!

Excuse me, but were you using your mind? You were? Gee whiz, we’re all just real sorry that we had to go and explode it like that. Here, let me give you our contact information. That’s Acid Mothers Temple via PO Box 55542 on the Melting Paraiso UFO, The Cosmos. Yeah, I know, “snail mail” and all that, but we just can’t seem to get a decent broadband connection out on the interstellar fringe of psychedelic understanding. Actually, if you don’t have money for the postage, next month we’ll be adapting human forms and traveling Earth’s “North America” for a series of what your kind calls “live concerts.” You can catch us then if you want, but unless you want your mind blown all over again, you’d better leave your head at home. Wait a minute, you can’t safely dislodge your skull from your spine like normal cosmic explorers? Jesus, what are humans good for, anyway?

03.20.10 - Monterrey, Mexico - Mtymx Music Fest *
03.21.10 - Tucson, AZ - Plush
03.22.10 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
03.23.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Spaceland
03.24.10 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
03.26.10 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
03.27.10 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret
03.28.10 - Seattle, WA - Sunset Tavern
03.31.10 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
04.01.10 - Iowa City, IA - The Picador
04.02.10 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
04.03.10 - Pontiac, MI - Crofoot Ballroom (Pike Room)
04.04.10 - Toronto, ON - El Mocambo
04.05.10 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa
04.06.10 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East Upstairs
04.07.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory
04.08.10 - Washington, DC - DC9
04.09.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
04.10.10 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
04.11.10 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
04.12.10 - Knoxville, TN - Pilot Light
04.13.10 - Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle Tavern
04.14.10 - Lexington, KY - Cosmic Charlie’s
04.15.10 - Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone Cafe
04.16.10 - Dallas, TX - The Loft
04.17.10 - Austin, TX - Emo’s

* Thanks “goleech”!

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[Photo: Andynew]

Torche sludges across America with Coheed and Cambria (who will be shrieking across America)

Torche, those detuned panhandlers who were conceived from the aborted fetus of Floor, leave in April to tour in support of their split 12-inch with Boris from 2009 on Hydra Head. The tour (with Coheed and Cambria) begins April 22 in Charlotte, giving the real North Carolinian stonermetalheads two days to come down before getting blasted again before the Torche show.

Check out a live version of “King Beef” from the aforementioned split here.

“Freedom comes to those who fuck all.” - Torche, “Holy Roar”

Tourin’ with C&C:

04.22.10 - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore Charlotte
04.23.10 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle
04.24.10 - Lake Buena Vista, FL - House of Blues (Orlando)
04.25.10 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Revolution
04.27.10 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
04.28.10 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s BBQ
04.29.10 - Dallas, TX - Palladium Ballroom
04.30.10 - Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom
05.01.10 - Oklahoma City, OK - Diamond Ballroom
05.03.10 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
05.04.10 - Pomona, CA - The Fox Theatre
05.05.10 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield
05.07.10 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
05.08.10 - Seattle, WA - Showbox SoDo
05.10.10 - Murray, UT - Murray Theater
05.11.10 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
05.13.10 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
05.14.10 - Chicago, IL - Congress Theatre
05.15.10 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre
05.17.10 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
05.18.10 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
05.19.10 - Toronto, ON - The Sound Academy
05.22.10 - Philadelphia, PA - The Electric Factory
05.26.10 - New York, NY - Rumsey Playfield
05.27.10 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
05.28.10 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
07.31.10 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean

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The Doors documentary to surface in April, high school kids who really “get it” swoon in anticipation

Ah, just what we need… another classic rock doc. I guess this is what happens when Cocksucker Blues grows another layer of dust on it or something… or people get tired of digging up Rapidshare links to it.

In any case, the first feature-length Doors documentary is on the horizon, offering an insider’s look at the short years between The Doors’ formation and Jim Morrison’s demise. The documentary, titled When You’re Strange and written and directed by Tom DiCillo, will see its theatrical release on April 9 and has already screened at Sundance, Berlin, Deauville, and San Sebastian film festivals. But wait! There’s more! When You’re Strange has an accompanying soundtrack to be released on March 30, and will include 13 songs from the Doors’ six albums, in addition to vintage recordings from The Ed Sullivan Show.

Well, I’d better go and find my best Morrison t-shirt. I think I left it somewhere in my sophomore year of high school’s dresser drawer… hmmm.

When You’re Strange:
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