From the Los Angeles Times:
Phil Everly, who with his brother, Don, made up the most revered vocal duo of the rock-music era, their exquisite harmonies profoundly influencing the Beatles, the Beach Boys, the Byrds and countless younger-generation rock, folk and country singers, died Friday in Burbank of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, his wife, Patti Everly, told The Times. He was 74.
“We are absolutely heartbroken,” she said, noting that the disease was the result of a lifetime of cigarette smoking. “He fought long and hard.”
During the height of their popularity in the late 1950s and early 1960s, they charted nearly three dozen hits on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, among them “Cathy’s Clown,” “Wake Up Little Suzie,” “Bye Bye Love,” “When Will I Be Loved” and “All I Have to Do is Dream.” The Everly Brothers were among the first 10 performers inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when it got off the ground in 1986.
“They had that sibling sound,” said Linda Ronstadt, who scored one of the biggest hits of her career in 1975 with her recording of “When Will I Be Loved,” which Phil Everly wrote. “The information of your DNA is carried in your voice, and you can get a sound [with family] that you never get with someone who’s not blood related to you. And they were both such good singers–they were one of the foundations, one of the cornerstones of the new rock ‘n’ roll sound.”
• The Everly Brothers: http://everlybrothers.net
Crouching Tiger Hidden Mykki (Blanco) continues Illuminati Prince/ss reign on new track, announces upcoming mixtape and debut full-length
What’s that rustle behind you? It’s probably nothing, right? Just the wind. WRONG. So wrong. So wrong that you’re deader than dead now. Laid low at the hands of CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN MYKKI. You probably thought to yourself, “Surely I’m safe from any run-ins during this winter holiday. I’ll just relax a little, have a drink, take some time off work…” and BAM. Now you spend your time not exactly thinking, more like floating endlessly in the cosmic void of time. What’s it like getting slain by The Illuminati Prince/ss? Wait, don’t tell me. I want it to be a surprise.
Dummy’s got the cold hard details on just how Queen Mykki took you out if you want or need a refresher. She came out booming one new track, “Booty Bamboo,” featuring some production help from Amnesia Scanner (a first time slammer with the Blanco crew). For a second you were all like, “Cool, yeah, I think I can handle this,” when CTHM kicked it up another notch and your head basically popped right off. There’s a new mixtape and debut album both scheduled for 2014. The mixtape’s a sequel, Cosmic Angel II: Let Big Sister Teach You, and the full length’s called Michael. That’s right, 2014 just got upgraded from “mostly acceptable” to “potential candidate for best year ever.”
And, in case you were unsure whether or not Blanco gave any sum of fucks about anything other than crouching, hiding, and blasting unsuspecting folks right up the sides of their heads, you should scope the note that originally accompanied “Booty Bamboo” on SoundCloud (it’s since been deleted):
Will hip hop ever accept me? Who gives a fuck. Will the gay community turn their back on me if I stop dressing in drag? Who gives a fuck. Will I get signed? Who gives a fuck. I did a world tour off the strength of soundcloud singles, a lo-fi mixtape and my first EP. I was out there, I saw the power of music and saw the power of love and now I just want to develop my music and have fun. People who fuck with Mykki Blanco fuck with Mykki Blanco no image or politics needed.
• Mykki Blanco: http://www.mykkiblancoworld.com
sunn O))) to release new 12-inch LA REH 012, in case the engines of holiday travel just weren’t the same
And so the winged creature, a biological cousin of the malevolent species inhabiting Oz, flew with intent and an air of rightful ownership as it carried a dejected-looking, massive stone head to a place of relative security. But was that the whole story? Why, no! Revealed through the cover art of the seeming sequel to Rehearsal Demo Nov 11 2011, the head was stolen through elaborate deception, as its former possessor was casually directed by its imminent thief, “Whoa, Bob! Looks like someone lost a penny!” / “What? Where? I really don’t see… ohhhhhh, that son of a bitch.” What soundtrack could possibly serve as the rightful accompaniment to such premeditated deceit?
LA REH 012 from the reliably ominous sunn O))) sees the (blinding!) light of day January 20 in a limited edition of 1500 copies — just over 100 of which are still available for preorder at the time of writing — on 180g rainbow-colored… I mean, black vinyl. Supplementing the similarities of visual artistry, both LA REH 012 and Rehearsal Demo Nov 11 2011 were recorded in Los Angeles and mixed in Paris, while the former’s audible creation succeeds the other by about a year. Rehearsals both, if we take a stab at the unabbreviated “REH,” so if drone regardless of how honed is your thing, head on over here. Or possibly here at some point. Or to the associated Bandcamp page for a digital version when the time comes.
Separate but related, the collaboration between sunn O))) and Ulver, Terrestrials, will come out February 4. Here’s a track excerpt that’s been released in the interim since we last reported on the subject:
Dean Blunt uploads footage of next Hype Williams album and a Redeemer outtake, severs ties with Hippos in Tanks
Over the extended holiday season Dean Blunt has been uploading, removing, and reshuffling all types of material to the “cplnd” SoundCloud, all of it involving Joanne Robertson to some degree. On “Love Me Thru This” and “DEF freestyle” she’s a soothing background heartbeat to Blunt’s brooding synth headaches, but the real Xmas cracker is “50 CENT”’s tag-team lyrical dosey doe, apparently a “lost tape” meant for The Redeemer (TMT Review). Robertson also goes it alone on the Blunt-produced “X” single.
ALSO of interest is the just-uploaded video “[1080 HD] 2014” that again mentions A Bullet In Yr Eye, Throwin Money 2 Tha Sky, the presumed title of the next Hype Williams release:
[Update: video’s gone.]
Whoever ends up being involved in the sounds of that album (certainly feels more “Hype Williams” than his current solo output), its release will definitely not be handled by the group’s (fairly) long-time label Hippos in Tanks, as Blunt outlined in an emailed statement yesterday: “There will be no mo future Dean Blunt projects released with the label Hippos in Tanks.” No word on who did what or why.
2014! It’s a new year!
• Dean Blunt: http://www.youtube.com/user/pollyjacobsen
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From The Dallas Observer:
We here at DC9 at Night are extremely saddened to report the passing of Benjamin Curtis. Last night in New York, Curtis lost a year-long battle with cancer at the age of 35.
Though a native Oklahoman, Curtis was a Dallas resident and treasured member of the local music scene from the ’90s well into the 2000s. In the mid-’90s, Curtis and his brother Brandon were members of local rock outfit UFOFU with Joe Butcher, before Ben left to spend a few years playing drums for Tripping Daisy. In 2000, the Curtis brothers started the spacey three-piece Secret Machines. Their debut full-length project, 2004’s Now Here Is Nowhere, broke nationally to much critical acclaim. It will long be remembered as a Dallas classic. […]
• School of Seven Bells: http://www.sviib.com
Zbigniew Karkowski, a Polish experimental musician whose work amplified the boundaries of noise music — and also its volume — died today, according to his friend and collaborator Anton Lukoszevieze. He had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer just 10 weeks ago. He was 55.
Karkowki was regarded in experimental-music circles as one of noise music’s most fearlessly extreme practitioners. Stories circulate that his music once cracked a toilet at San Francisco’s Bloody Angle Compound studios; a 2001 performance at Montreal’s FCMM, playing needle-nosed sine waves tuned to the resonant frequency of the room, sparked a fire in a speaker and sent chunks of the ceiling tumbling to the floor. But he was also known as one of noise music’s most contemplative thinkers. (When a reporter asked him if he was afraid of damaging his hearing, following the FCMM performance, he replied, “Sound is like a wild animal; it will only hurt you if you are afraid of it.”)
• Zbigniew Karkowski: http://www.desk.nl/~northam/oro/zk2.htm
I have gotten the sad news that my old friend Akifumi Nakajima passed away in September. It seems the news is only just creeping out and took a while to reach everyone outside of Japan. Nakajima was probably best known for his work under the name Aube, which was one of the more prolific, and for me most interesting, noise acts from Japan in the 1990s. He had an impeccable sense of design and appreciation for the materials, taking packaging beyond just using regular old paper. His label G.R.O.S.S. presented an impressive selection of international artists and was an important part of the Anomalous Records catalog. I could really go on and on about his achievements and biography, but I think it is well documented online.
I would just like to add that I always appreciated his support and friendship, and greatly respected his honestly and commitment to quality. In 2004, I spent two weeks in Japan. Eight of those days were in Kyoto and I saw Akifumi almost every day. Seeing the temples and shrines, as well as record stores I would have never found on my own, with him gave the city much more depth than I would have found there on my own. It is heartening to know that he has left a vast recorded legacy for people to appreciate, but sad to lose such a good soul.
In memory of him, I want to share the recording of our one live performance together:
This is a little different than the noise music some may associate with him, and I suppose points forward towards the analog electronic revival that started to appear not long after this concert.
Unfortunately, this also comes in a wave of other deaths in the experimental community as albrecht/D., Bernard Parmegiani and Sten Hanson have also left this world. All three had long and productive careers. These are just more reasons to appreciate those that are still with us!
• Aube: http://rgnz.free.fr/aube
From The Guardian:
Stan Tracey, the jazz pianist and composer hailed as the godfather of British jazz, has died aged 86.
Tracey was perhaps best known for Under Milk Wood, his 1968 suite based around Dylan Thomas’ radio play. His pioneering work helped British jazz forge its own sound rather than imitate the sounds coming over from the US. In particular, Tracey persuaded many British jazz musicians to move away from cover versions in favour of developing their own original material.
The news was announced on the official Stan Tracey Appreciation Facebook Page in a post that read: “It is with deepest regret that I must announce the death of Stan Tracey OBE, CBE today, at the age of 86. After a struggle with illness, he passed away having recently celebrated his 70 year professional career as a jazz pianist/composer. He is survived by a family who love him, and will miss him profoundly. His legacy is the generations of musicians young and old, past and future who have his influential example to look to. Many thanks to all those who have shown him such love and support over these many years.”
• Stan Tracey: http://www.stantracey.com
[Photo: William Ellis]
Mutual Benefit announce January 2014 tour, but, by then the stores won’t even be selling egg nog, so who cares?
Everything great ends. The Roman Empire? Gone. Stanley Kubrick? Deader than dead. KISS? Still around, but listen here: they ain’t nothing without the Space Ace. Currently, though, we are living in a golden age. Grocery stores are selling egg nog. If you have two American dollar bills, you can be enjoying egg nog this very evening. By January, that kind of deal will be nothing but a fond memory. By January, egg nog will be gone and love will be dead. At least folk-pop outfit Mutual Benefit will be going on tour that month. For some, that will ease the blow. For others, nothing will.
Earlier this season, the season of nog, Mutual Benefit put out their debut album Love’s Crushing Diamond through Soft Eyes. Now, that album has been re-released by Other Music this week — prime nog time. Once the nog is gone (and along with it, the country’s soul), that same album will get a vinyl release from Other Music. Specifically, the vinyl will come out on January 7, but by then, will anyone even feel feelings? Write your congress person. Make nog yearlong.
Mutual Benefit dates:
12.14.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Converse Rubber Tracks (The Pitchfork Review launch party)
01.13.14 - Boston, MA - Great Scott
01.14.14 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
01.15.14 - Toronto, ON - Drake Underground
01.16.14 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Bird House
01.17.14 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
01.18.14 - Minneapolis, MN - Turf Club
01.21.14 - Vancouver, BC - The Cobalt
01.22.14 - Seattle, WA - Barboza
01.23.14 - Portland, OR - Bunk Bar
01.25.14 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop
01.26.14 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar
01.28.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Centre for the Arts - Eagle Rock
01.29.14 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room
01.31.14 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
02.01.14 - Houston, TX - Fitzgeralds
02.03.14 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
02.04.14 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
02.05.14 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
02.06.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle
02.07.14 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
02.08.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade
Guardian Alien had a Spiritual Emergency; we’re just grateful Thrill Jockey was there to put them in the astral ambulance
Spiritual Emergency, which sounds an awful lot like something someone in a Woody Allen movie would have when they had to miss a meeting with their analyst in order to visit their estranged lover in upstate New York, is now also the name of a Guardian Alien album. That’s why I put it in italics at the beginning of the paragraph. It’s called foreshadowing, reader. You learn something new every day, am I right? Pay attention, and you might learn a thing or two more. Like, oh, I don’t know, when the album is coming out (January 28, 2014). Or maybe even what record label it’s out on (Thrill Jockey). Or wait, maybe you don’t even know what a “Guardian Alien” actually is outside of its literal interpretation of an alien that stands watch over some ancient treasure? Well friend, it’s a rock & roll band from Brooklyn. You honestly couldn’t sort that one out for yourself given the fact that I was talking about albums and record labels and this is a music site? In that case, when we’re done here, I’ve got a bridge to sell you in Florida’s swampland.
Before we get to the bridge transaction, though, more on the album and the band. Spiritual Emergency is the follow up to Guardian Alien’s 2012 release See the World Given to a One Love Entity (TMT Review). Guardian Alien is led by drummer Greg Fox (ZS, Liturgy, etc.), and on Spiritual Emergency he’s joined by Alexandra Drewchin, Bernard Gann, Turner Williams, and Eli Winograd. The album was also mixed live by Wharton Tiers (an engineer who has worked with the likes of Sonic Youth and Glenn Branca) so it would sound more like an actual spiritual “emergency” instead of just a spiritual “let’s see what it looks like in the morning and then decide if we want to go to the general practitioner” type of thing. Describing themselves as “anti-genre explorers,” the band sought out and decapitated the last person who tried to put them inside a genre box, so I’m just going to go ahead and say that they play “music.” Pre-order the album here, and catch the band on tour with Pontiak throughout December. In fact, if you’re in Florida and still interested in the bridge deal I mentioned, we could hang out after you sign the papers later tonight at Look Alive Fest and see Guardian Alien alongside the likes of Wolf Eyes and Chronic Youth.
Spiritual Emergency tracklisting:
05. Spiritual Emergency
12.06.13 - Miami, FL - Churchills (Look Alive Festival)
12.07.13 - Tampa, FL - Crowbar
12.08.13 - Orlando, FL - Will’s Pub *
12.09.13 - Gainesville, FL - The Atlantic *
12.10.13 - Atlanta, GA - 529 *
12.11.13 - Asheville, NC - The Mothlight
12.12.13 - Charlottesville, VA - Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar #
12.13.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
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