RIP: Dee Dee Warwick, Soul Singer

From the Associated Press:

Dee Dee Warwick, a soul singer who won recognition for both her solo work and her performances with her older sister Dionne Warwick, has died. She was 63.

Warwick died Saturday at a nursing home in Essex County, said Kevin Sasaki, a family spokesman. She had been in failing health in recent months, he said, and her sister was with her when she died.
Warwick had several hits on the soul and R&B charts in the 1960s and 70s, including "Foolish Fool," "She Didn't Know (She Kept on Talking)" and a version of "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" that was later covered by Diana Ross and The Supremes.

- Dee Dee Warwick Wikipedia entry
- YouTube video: "Dee Dee Warwick (Dionne's sister) - I'll Be Better Off..."
- YouTube video: "Dee Dee Warwick - Monday Monday"

The Long Blondes Shut It Down

British five-piece The Long Blondes have split-up. The band posted on their official website Monday, October 20 saying the reason for the split was because guitarist Dorian Cox was unsure when he would be well enough to play guitar again. In June 2008, Cox suffered a stroke resulting in several show cancellations.

The Long Blondes formed in late 2003 in Sheffield, UK and leave us with two albums, their 2006 release Someone To Drive You Home and this year's release, Couples (TMT Review). The band's breakup announcement coincides with the release of their Singles compilation.

“Big thank you to anyone who ever came to one of our shows, bought one of our records or danced to one of our songs in a club,” continued Dorian’s message. “Thank you, if it wasn't for you the whole thing would have been pointless.”

Kría Brekkan (ex-müm) is teaming up with Antony (Antony & The Johnsons) on a new 7-inch for Paw Tracks. However, the track, "Be Good To Earth This Season," was actually written and recorded by Reverend Green, Animal Collective's tour manager Brad Truax. (Yes, Brekkan and Antony didn't write the song together. You can't go through life assuming shit like that -- it's annoying.) Meanwhile, the other side of the single features Rings member Abby Portner's new project, Drawlings, with a track called "Wolfie's Christmas." (If you haven't caught on by now, this is a holiday single, something you should've assumed a long time ago. You can't go through life being so timid -- think with conviction PLEASE. THANKS.)

The 7-inch is limited to 1000 and marks the first release in Paw Tracks' Care Kacky's 45s series. It'll be released December 9 via Atlantic/Reprise/EMI/Parlophone/Capitol/Epic.

Familial ties not enough for the Animal Collective obsessive in you? Well, what do you want? A new Animal Collective album or somethin' (TMT News)??

U2 Net $19 Million in Live Nation Shares with Touring Deal, Franchise Their Band, Train Regional Bonos

Live Nation, a.k.a. “the original Buy-it-Now people,” have already done a rather fine job of making Satan himself look more like Willy Loman through their recent ultra-savvy purchases of the, umm, entire careers of Madonna, Jay-Z, Nickelback, and Shakira. Now, their most recent acquisition, the illimitable U2, has just discovered (Merry Christmas, fellas!) that the 1.56 million shares of Live Nation that they are set to receive as part of their 12-year touring and merchandising contract with the concert promotions giant will amount to roughly... $19 million! The deal’s value was revealed in a regulatory filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission made last week. I’m not sure how many Arizona state joshua trees you could adopt and save with that kind of scratch (that is what U2’s thing is, right?), but I’m sure it’s a whole damn lot.

Unlike many of Live Nation’s other manifested destinies, the U2 deal, which was signed back in March, is not an all-encompasing 360-deal and only includes the band’s tours, merchandising, and official website. In other words, Bono and the boys will continue to release music through Universal Music and collect publishing through their blandly named U2 Ltd. company. Unfortunately, both parties will have to wait to see where the stock market roller coaster decides to crash-land before learning the actual value of their deal, but if history is any guide here, everyone involved will probably be rich enough to buy that roller coaster, fix it up, and sell more tickets.

Just to give you an idea, U2’s Vertigo tour in 2005-2007 made over $400 million in revenues and was the second highest grossing tour... of all time, so touring on a new album alone (which they plan to release in early ’09, by the way) should generate more than a billion dollars in grosses over the course of the contract. Can you say “new sunglasses”?

The Music Tapes Plans Caroling Tour… Yes, a CAROLING Tour

When the Music Tapes tour initially morphed into the Elephant Six Holiday Surprise Tour, I found the news a little bittersweet. As much as I love the E6 crew, I was really hoping for a "proper" Music Tapes tour since I'm so ridiculously obsessed with Julian Koster's latest Music Tapes album, Music Tapes for Clouds and Tornadoes (TMT Review). I HATE that I haven't seen The Music Tapes live yet.

Well, good things come to those who hate, as the lovable smurfs at Merge have just informed TMT of an upcoming Music Tapes tour! But it's far from a "proper" tour: Instead of having fans come out to see a show, Koster and the Singing Saws will be coming to the fans, caroling from house to house for three hours in each city of the tour. According to Koster, "I will carol Music Tapes songs, and the Saws will carol holiday songs for the hosts and [their] assembled guests. We will then move on to the next house."

Sounds far-fetched right? Of course it does! Obviously they won't be hitting just any ol' house, so Koster will be accepting invitations from you to play at your house (with the option of welcoming outside guests) from now up until the caroling night in your city. You can send invites by emailing or sending a written invite here:


c/o G. Stewart
175 Talmadge St. Apt 1

Athens, GA 30605

Preference will be given to written invites, as well as hosts willing to allow outside guests into their homes. Which means: if you're too shy to host a party for both your circle of friends or for people outside of your circle (pssh... yeah right, you just don't want people to know that your home consists solely of Martha Stewart furniture, loser!), you can always hit up a home welcoming outside guests. A list of these homes will be distributed via email (not published online) to anyone who wishes to attend.

This may all seem a bit confusing at first, but don't worry; The Music Tapes' official website will detail a "complete explanation of the workings of the tour and provide caroling information as the tour is under way." In the meantime, you can order Koster's The Singing Saw at Christmastime to get into the holiday spirit, and if you ain't got nuttin' going on tonight, set your GPS to Chicago's Bottom Lounge, as The E6 Holiday Surprise Tour will be starting up around 8 PM.

"Congratulations. Thank you!"

Initial Outline of The Music Tapes Caroling Tour (from 6:30-9:30 PM):

Karl Blau to Teach Home Recording Class

Damnit! Usually, living in New York gives me a leg up when it comes to super-special events in the music world. But right now, I’m feeling pretty out of the loop: the great Karl Blau, K Records’ multi-instrumentalist/producer extraordinaire, is set to school the unwashed masses in the fine art of home recording.

The class is called “Quality Home Recording: Creative, Fun, and Sonically Rich emphasis on stand alone audio recording multi-trackers.” Nice ring to it, right? For 15 smackers, Mr. Blau will be teaching anybody lucky enough to live near Anacortes, WA how to “achieve contrast in your recording” through:

- mic placement
- EQ
- strong levels
- other stuff, presumably

I’ve been pondering a move out to the Pacific-Northwest for awhile now, but this is the last straw. $15?! Karl Blau?! If you live near Anacortes and have even a cursory interest in recording, please sign up and then get yourself over to Department of Safety on Saturday November 1. Do it for me.

RIP: Rudy Ray Moore, “Godfather of Rap,” Dolemite Actor

From the LA Times:

Rudy Ray Moore, the self-proclaimed "Godfather of Rap" who influenced generations of rappers and comedians with his rhyming style, braggadocio and profanity-laced routines, has died. He was 81.

Moore, whose low-budget films were panned by critics in the 1970s but became cult classics decades later, died Sunday night in Toledo, Ohio, of complications from diabetes, his brother Gerald told the Associated Press.

Though he was little known to mainstream audiences, Moore had a significant effect on comedians and hip-hop artists.

"People think of black comedy and think of Eddie Murphy," rap artist Luther Campbell of 2 Live Crew told the Miami Herald in 1997. "They don't realize [Moore] was the first, the biggest underground comedian of them all. I listened to him and patterned myself after him."

- Rudy Ray Moore official website
- Rudy Ray Moore Wikipedia entry
- Rudy Ray Moore IMDB entry
- Dolemite official website
- YouTube video: "Interview With The Great Rudy Ray Moore"
- YouTube video: "Rudy Ray Moore meets The Ubangis!"
- YouTube video: "The Badassery of Rudy Ray Moore"

A Very Ween Christmas: Limited-Edition Coloring Book and Live CD/DVD Combo in Time for the Holidays

Quirky experimental rockers Ween have announced releases catering to two important demographics in their following: longtime fans and people who like to color. As previously reported (TMT News), Chocodog Records, a label created by founding Ween members in 2001, plans to release a live CD and bonus DVD November 11. At the Cat's Cradle 1992 boasts 22 tracks performed at the Chapel Hill, NC venue back in December ’92, when Dean and Gene Wean were playing as a duo.

The tracklisting mostly consists of songs from GodWeenSatan: The Oneness and Pure Guava, but fans also get a chance to hear what "Buckingham Green" sounded like five years before The Mollusk came out. The accompanying bonus DVD contains clips of the band on their first tour of Holland, as well as clips of a show in Columbus, OH.

Ween's website suggests that the At the Cat's Cradle 1992 combo is a great gift for the Ween fan in your family, but not if you are a SUPER Ween fan like Thea Wolfe -- in which case, you can make your own Ween merchandise: After following Ween on their La Cucaracha tour, artist Wolfe created a coloring book as a fan-made gift. "The Ween Coloring Book was not made with the intention of being merchandise," Wolfe says on her website. "It was meant as a love letter and an elaborate expression of appreciation and gratitude to the greatest band on God's good earth."

But Wolfe's efforts have been rewarded nonetheless: Chocodog will be releasing the limited-edition book for sale as Ween merchandise in time for the holidays. The book is available for preview here.

Ween - At the Cat's Cradle 1992 CD tracklist:

The Good News: The Meat Puppets Are Touring! The Bad News: They’re Opening for Stone Temple Pilots

The Meat Puppets have always depended on the kindness of big-named strangers. On the unforgettable MTV Unplugged with Nirvana, the SST-alums were introduced to the teenybopping world looking like a pack of deadbeats who Kurt Cobain only put on the show to pay off a drug debt. Following their mainstream break, The Meat Puppets began the first of several tours opening for those elegant bachelors, Stone Temple Pilots, a tradition the ‘Pups will continue next week when they join STP on the last leg of their U.S. tour.

For five magical Midwestern nights, The Meat Puppets will perform in a series of oversized, acoustically unaccommodating venues for sweaty masses of social trainwrecks who will probably write-in Ron Paul this November. And then STP goes on stage! Blech! Luckily, in December The Meat Puppets will play two club shows in New York. That’s good news for all you city-slickin’ Big Appleites, but for all us Midwest rubes stuck in corn country, I guess we gotta get our Meat Puppet fix with STP in tow or not get it at all. Rats. I guess I’ll just prepare myself for an hour-long lecture from this guy about changing America’s currency system to the gold standard.

Wal-Mart Reverses Decision to Cut DRM Support, Wal-Mart Customers Continue to Not Know What That Means Exactly

Hey Mom! Just thought you and Dad might want to know what a good job I’ve been doing down here at Tiny Mix Tapes. Remember that story that I wrote the other week about Wal-Mart’s decision to ditch its DRM servers and screw all the people who purchased all these bugged tracks from Wal-Mart’s online store (TMT News)? You know, the one that riffed pretty darn cleverly on the economic crisis and all of that? Dad really liked it, remember? Well, anyway, you’ll never guess what happened! It looks like I’m a better reporter that I thought, because Wal-mart recently announced that they are reversing that decision and guaranteeing continued support of all of their DRM music! No, seriously, they are. You don’t even have to believe me, just check out this email that they sent out to music buyers:

What this means to you is that our existing service continues and there is no action required on your part. Our customer service team will continue to assist with DRM issues for protected windows media audio (WMA) files purchased from

So yeah, all of those Reba McEntire and Josh Groban tracks that I helped you download onto your eMachine? They’re all good. Anyway, just thought you’d want to know. Tell Aunty Dianne that I said good luck recovering from that knee surgery.



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