RIP: Solomon Burke, the King of Rock & Soul

RIP: Solomon Burke, the King of Rock & Soul

From the the BBC:

US soul singer Solomon Burke, who wrote the classic song Everybody Needs Somebody to Love, has died at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport aged 70.

The former preacher turned singer had been due to perform at a well-known club in the city on Tuesday.

The self-proclaimed King of Rock & Soul was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001 and won a Grammy in 2003.

Burke leaves behind 21 children and 90 grandchildren.

Dutch national broadcaster NOS said he died on a plane early on Sunday after arriving on a flight from Los Angeles.

The cause of death has not yet been announced.

• Solomon Burke:

Deerhoof announce new album, sign to Polyvinyl Records, and promise to help Headlights and Owen grow some balls

In a somewhat shocking move, Deerhoof announced today that they have left longtime label Kill Rock Stars for the peppy indie-pop pastures of Polyvinyl, who will release their new album, Deerhoof vs. Evil, on January 25, 2011. According to Polyvinyl’s website, Deerhoof recorded, mixed, and mastered the album in “practice spaces and basements with no engineers or outside input.” Way to keep it DIY, dudes! You can listen to their first single, “The Merry Barracks,” over at the Chocolate Grinder. Deerhoof foreshadowed the label jump when they announced last month a collaborative 7-inch with Busdriver on Polyvinyl.

Deerhoof vs. Evil is available for pre-order now from Polyvinyl, where you can purchase it on CD if you still live in 1996 or pressed on black or pink 180-gram vinyl, with a gatefold jacket for all you vinyl nerds. Keep in mind that the pink version is limited to 2000 copies! Meanwhile, Joyful Noise is releasing a tiny mix tape version, which is limited to only 500.

Deerhoof vs. Evil tracklist:

01. Qui Dorm, Només Somia
02. Behold a Marvel in the Darkness
03. The Merry Barracks
04. No One Asked to Dance
05. Let’s Dance the Jet
06. Super Duper Rescue Heads!
07. Must Fight Current
08. Secret Mobilization
09. Hey I Can
10. C’Moon
11. I Did Crimes for You
12. Almost Everyone, Almost Always

Remaining tourdates:

10.08.10 - Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place #
10.09.10 - Northampton, MA - Pearl Street #
10.10.10 - Boston, MA - Paramount #
10.11.10 - Portland, ME - Space Gallery #
10.12.10 - Milford, CT - Daniel Street #
10.13.10 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge
12.03-05.10 - Minehead, UK - All Tomorrow’s Parties

# Xiu Xiu

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Black Francis unleashes The Golem rock album (and DVD) on the masses

16th century: Legend has it (or an expressionist German film, if you wanna get into particulars) that a rabbi in Prague created a golem to protect the Jewish people from persecution. This being the era before the publication of Frankenstein, before malevolent sentient computers were even a twinkle in unborn sci-fi nerds’ unborn eyes, the rabbi was, of course, toooootally not expecting his creation to go all wacko punk rock and try to DESTROY EVERYTHING.

1920: The aforementioned film comes out in Germany, with cinematography by Metropolis mastermind, Karl Freund.

1921-2007: Film forgotten. Golem sad. It’s hard out there for a mud man.

2008: The San Francisco International Film Festival revives (ugh, sorry: total dad joke) the film and recruits Black Francis to create a live score, which he later records at Hyde Street Studios.

2010: The Golem “rock album” is released onto an unsuspecting populace! (Dad jokes and golems just go hand in mud-hand, don’t they? Sorry.) The album features a one-hour ‘rock opera’ assembled from material from an earlier, limited-edition version of the album that was sold exclusively through the Black Francis web store, as well as a DVD. This new version will be available November 16 from Amazon and… the Black Francis web store.

The Golem tracklisting:

01. Miriam and Florian theme (version 2)
02. Makanujo
03. Bad News
04. The Flower Song
05. (Oh How I Wish I Could) Stay
06. The Word
07. Astaroth
08. The Obedient Servant
09. The Maharal
10. Little Stars Theme
11. Miriam and Florian
12. The Conjuring
13. Meet Me at the Ghetto Gates
14. Stars
15. Custom All the Way
16. You’re Gonna Pay
17. The Word (reprise)
18. The Maharal (reprise)

• Black Francis:

Broken Social Scene & The Sea and Cake make beautiful music together on new 7-inch — at least we hope it’ll be beautiful

Every once in a while, an intrepid duo comes together to make history. What would penguins be without seals? Nothing more than lonely tuxedoed Antarctic dwellers, without a cuddly (and possibly salivating… seals kinda eat penguins in the real, non-adorable world) swimming buddy to toss back a cold one and laugh it up over Bazooka Joe gum jokes. And in turn, where would Broken Social Scene be without The Sea and Cake? Without a brand-new split 7-inch, I’ll tell ya that much.

The two bands have been touring together, and The Sea and Cake’s John McEntire produced BSS’ latest album, Forgiveness Rock Record (TMT Review). Now, The Sea and Cake (whose Sam Prekop just released the Eureka!-worthy Old Punch Card [TMT Review]) are contributing a little number called “Skies” to go along with Broken Social Scene’s “Curse Your Fail.” You and your BFF (penguin/human/otherwise) can become the proud owners of both brand-spankin’-new tracks when Arts&Crafts releases the 7-inch on October 26. Preorder it here.

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• Arts&Crafts:

Pillow fight!! The Music Tapes wanna play your slumber party this winter

Break out the Mall Madness and horse movies: it’s time for a slumber party! But this isn’t just any slumber party, no. Where before there were pillow fights and “light as a feather, stiff as a board,” now there are performances by The Music Tapes, who are bringing their dreamy tunes to over 200 homes across the United States and Canada.

Julian Koster and friends have previously gallivanted away on caroling and lullaby tours, which guarantees them to be pretty much some of the coolest people ever. (Especially if they wore Victorian CAPES while caroling. Yes, everyone should wear a cape whilst caroling.) And now they want you to host a sleepover. To ask them over, send an invitation to or send a letter to:

The Minister of Lullabies
450 N. Harris St.
Athens, GA 30601

Letters must be received by October 20. Make sure you get all your contact info listed correctly! Invitations with the “greatest warmth” in each area will be selected in the order in which they are received. (Hints: they probably like glitter. Nothing says “warmth” like glitter. You’ll also get extra points if you’re willing to let other area fans come to your house to see the band.) The Music Tapes plan to visit several homes per night.

Your special evening will include songs from the group’s forthcoming 2011 album, plus the Eureka!‘d Music Tapes for Clouds and Tornadoes (TMT Review), The 1st Imaginary Symphony for Nomad, and The Singing Saw at Christmastime. Also promised: special games and stories! (I really hope they are not scary stories.)

Proposed path and dates:

11.02.10-11.04.10 - Alabama, Tennessee, Florida Panhandle, Southeastern Louisiana
11.05.10-11.07.10 - Western Louisiana, Texas
11.08.10-11.10.10 - New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada
11.11.10-11.13.10 - Southern and Central California
11.14.10-11.16.10 - Central California, Oregon
11.17.10-11.19.10 - Washington, British Columbia
11.20.10-11.23.10 - Idaho, Utah, Colorado
11.24.10-11.26.10 - Denver, Colorado, Nebraska, Minnesota
11.27.10-11.29.10 - Illinois, Michigan, Northern Ohio
11.30.10-12.02.10 - Western Pennsylvania, Western New York, Toronto
12.03.10-12.05.10 - Montreal, Vermont, Western Massachusetts
12.06.10-12.08.10 - Upstate New York, New York City
12.09.10-12.11.10 - Maryland, Washington, DC, Virginia, Delaware
12.12.10-12.15.10 - Asheville, NC, Atlanta, GA, Athens, GA

• The Music Tapes:

[Photo: Megan Galante]

Glee beats Beatles’ US singles chart record; only six more signs of the apocalypse to go!

Dear John Lennon,

How are you, dude? How is everything going up there in the afterlife? Guess you were a little off base when you imagined “no heaven,” huh? Hahaha. Oh well, nobody’s perfect. Say, speaking of heaven, I hope you gave J.D. Salinger a good kick in the ass when he got up there last year. LOL! (Oh, that means “laughing out loud,” by the way. It’s kind of a recent thing down here.) Anyway, I just wanted to wish you a happy 70th birthday, man. Congrats for sure. Unfortunately, in lieu of a present, I’ve got some bad news for you:

According to the BBC, the cast of the US TV show Glee (a show about the tribulations of a geeky high school choir… seriously) just beat your band’s long-ass-standing record for the most appearances in the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart by a non-solo act. Only your idol Elvis Presley and that James Brown guy have scored more US hits, with 108 and 91, respectively.

See, the way it works is that songs that the kids sing on the show are released digitally (don’t ask, John; you don’t want to know) after each episode is broadcast. Six new entries this week brings their total to 75 chart entries, compared with your guys’ 71. Of those six entries, five were covers of Britney Spears songs (again, probably best not to ask). Among them was a version of the singer’s mega-hit “Toxic,” which landed at 16, making it the show’s highest new entry to date. In fact, that track sold 109,000 downloads (copies) in its first week of release. And all together, Glee has moved 2.8 million albums and 11.5 million downloads, according to the Nielsen SoundScan numbers.

And to make that wound a little saltier, your 71 songs with The Beatles charted between 1964 and 1996, while Glee’s hit parade only got started last June! Yeah, I know. Sorry. But hey, on the plus side, only 14 of Glee’s hits have stayed in the chart for more than one week, giving them a cumulative total of 105 weeks on the Hot 100, whereas you’ve hung around that particular chart for a commutative total of 617 weeks. That’s pretty damn impressive, John. Still, I can see how this news can be kind of irksome on your birthday. I hope you’re not still a jealous guy?

Peace and Love,

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