RIP: Isaac Hayes Dead at 65

From the Associated Press:

Isaac Hayes, the pioneering singer, songwriter and musician whose relentless "Theme From Shaft" won Academy and Grammy awards, died Sunday, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office said. He was 65.

A family member found Hayes unresponsive near a treadmill and he was pronounced dead about an hour later at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis, according to the sheriff's office. The cause of death was not immediately known.

- Isaac Hayes official website
- Isaac Hayes Wikipedia entry
- Issac Hayes IMDB entry
- YouTube video: Isaac Hayes - Shaft - live 1973
- Associated Press article: "Singer, songwriter Isaac Hayes dies at age 65"

Did You Know That Wire Had a New Album Out? Neither Did I! Do You Wanna Stream Their New Single For Free and Maybe See Them Live? Oh Boy, So Do I! Do You Think You’ll Want Kids Someday? Oh… I’m So Sorry I Asked

If you’re UK punk rock royalty these days, apparently the only way to gain media exposure is to be a racist douchebag who orders your crew to beat up the lead singer of Bloc Party. Well, no longer! Today, we reward the just, the unwavering faithful, the crusty punk veterans with the blood of musical combat still wet upon their pockmarked skin. You know, the ones who are still putting out relevant material.

How can such a group exist, you ask? I have but one taut word for you: Wire. The artsy-fartsy foursome has a new album out called Object 47, a Fellini-ish sort of title celebrating the 47th object in the band’s discography. The record has been available in the U.S. since July 15, leaving me to ponder why Wire have only now released the album’s single, “One of Us,” as a free stream on their website. One would guess the underexposure of this record has something to do with the lack of an online single being made available in conjunction with the album’s drop. Then again, Wire have always released material with the attitude that they were doing the public a favor, not because they needed to. I guess releasing a free single late is about the most punk rock thing a band can do these days. Whatever, it’s still more punk than hate crime.

After a few scattered festival appearances in Europe, Wire will hop over to North America and grace us with a few dates. A TMT review of the new album is forthcoming, but I can grant you at least this tiny insight on the new record: Wire have remained steadfast in their commitment never to suck.

Read and Burn:

And lo! The clouds shall part! And they shall see Tricky, descending upon North America for his first tour of the continent in over five years

You know, I consider myself to be a fairly good-natured person. But just between you, me, and however many people read this website (and who are attracted by the headline), there is one thing/person I really, really dislike. That thing/person is Nostradamus. Think about it: he has been dead over 400 years, but the things he said in his time were so damn freaky that people still talk about him. They believe that he was able to see into the future. They believe in the scary things he predicted. And that is unnerving!

Take a look at Wikipedia or the first website you find when you Google ""Nostradamus 2008'" -judas" -- you will find all kinds of disturbing events that people think he predicted. What a downer that guy must've been, am I right? But there is one momentous event that dude did not predict, and this leads me to believe that perhaps -- just perhaps -- he might not have had the awesome powers of clairvoyance that so many people attribute to him. That event, of course, is the return of the Bristol scene's mighty trip-hop triumvirate in the Year of Our Lord 2008. It's true! Everyone knows about the new Portishead album, Massive Attack's performance at Glastonbury, and now, finally, we have the coming of the new Tricky album Knowle West Boy, a record so awesome that it deserves a more in-depth mention in its very own paragraph!

Knowle West Boy has already been released in the UK and is slated for release in the United States September 9 via Domino Records. It's being hailed as Tricky's best work in years, and to celebrate, he's playing shows in Europe, the UK, Russia, Japan, South Korea, Australia and... for the first time in five years, the United States! The North American tour kicks off with an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman September 3, before descending upon selected cities. Get ready: the man's got a brand new backing band, and he's not afraid to use it!

RIP: Tasman Blizzard, The Meanies

From the Geelong Advertiser:

Founding member of The Meanies rock band Tasman Blizzard died yesterday [August 1] when his car plunged into a dam on the Bellarine Peninsula.

The Point Lonsdale identity, 37, lost control in wet conditions on Swan Bay Rd at Mannerim about 3.10pm.

Witnesses said they saw Blizzard's blue Ford station wagon spin out of control and cross the centre of the road Police praised the actions of a brave CFA worker who dived into the dam's murky waters in a vain attempt to save the trapped victim.

- The Meanies official website
- The Meanies MySpace
- The Meanies Wikipedia entry
- Geelong Advertiser article: "The Meanies founding member Tasman Blizzard dies in peninsula crash"

John Wiese to Tour; I Don’t Care Because I Just Don’t “Get” that “Noise” “Stuff”

In my day, artists wrote songs.

I’ll never forget coming home from soccer practice in the second grade and hearing Live's “Lightning Crashes” for the first time. That was the song that brought my appreciation of popular music to a new level. It made me realize that just because something was popular, consumed en masse, it didn’t have to lack integrity and could still take bold and exciting chances. Throwing Copper came out at a very particular time in popular music, a time when people were ready and hungry for something new. I don’t think it would have fared as well if it had come out at any other time in music. But it was exciting to me, at only 9 years old, to be able to turn on the radio and be stimulated through pop.

Nowadays, all I hear is a bunch of noise. Like this “John Wiese” character. Just a bunch of squeals and bleeps and bloops, this guy. Did I miss something? Jeez. I mean, helloooooo, am I right? C’moooon. Seriously? Who does this guy think he is? What’s the deal here? You know what I’m talking about.

Hey, just kiddin' -- love this guy!

Solo Dates:

Sissy Spacek Dates:
08.15.08 - San Francisco, CA - Bay Area 51
10.06.08 - Las Vegas, NV - TBA

LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy plans DJ tour to showcase vintage disco; LSD Soundsystem to make people freak out and think they’re tasting music

LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy and Pat Mahoney have announced a three-month international tour that will find them playing DJ sets of classic underground disco.

The inspiration for the tour comes from the other side of the original disco era, the one that favored house parties, The Loft, and Manu Dibango over Studio 54 and “The Hustle.” Murphy says he wants to take away the associations of bell-bottoms and parties like those on That ’70s Show. The disco of his fancy is what he describes as “real liberation music for people who know where to go.”

“With [this tour] I can keep experimenting with remixes that we’re working on, I can keeping playing new stuff, and I can keep finding old records.”

Calling themselves Special Disco Version, Murphy and Mahoney think the time is now for a second disco revolution. The name stems from how labels used to mark dance mixes of pop songs. In other words, what we futurepeople call a “re-mix”.


* Pat only

% James only

# featuring Tim Sweeney, Beats In Space and other special guests

RIP: Erik Darling of The Weavers

From the Associated Press:

Erik Darling, the reedy-voiced guitarist and banjo player who deftly stepped in when Pete Seeger left the pioneering folk music group The Weavers, has died after battling lymphoma. He was 74.

He died Sunday in Chapel Hill, not far from Raleigh.

Darling was perhaps best known for his hit "Walk Right In" and for his arrangement of the iconic Southern true-crime ballad "Tom Dooley," which inspired The Kingston Trio's recording of the song that topped the charts in 1958. He was a member of the Tarriers, known for its version of "The Banana Boat Song (Day-O)" — the signature tune of Harry Belafonte.

- Erik Darling official website
- The Weavers Wikipedia entry
- Associated Press article: "'60s songwriter Erik Darling dies at 74"

Wolfmother Experience Empty Nest Syndrome When Members Depart

Dude, I know, Wolfmother fan. The worst has happened, right? Keyboardist/bassist Chris Ross and drummer Myles Heskett have exited your second favorite campy-ass Australian MOR-Hard Rock act (right after Jet, but still well ahead of The Vines) due to what they only describe as "longstanding frictions." Yeah, I mean... this is rough news. You should definitely take a minute, man.

Okay. Ready to go on? Here we go: "Please understand that in spite of their best efforts over a long period of time, they just could not find a harmonious way to work together," reads a statement about the band from Universal Music Australia. Following extensive touring in support of their breakout self-titled album in 2006 (I know, you still have that disc poised in one of the most prime slots of your Jetta’s visor CD organizer! Just try to say with me!), Wolfmother officially went on hiatus late last year, emerging in April to road-test their new material. But alas and alack, band member tensions remained, and following an appearance at the Australia's Splendour in the Grass festival, the painful decision was reached to split up.

But don’t despair too much, dude-who-likes-Wolfmother. There’s some silver-lining to report. Frontman Andrew Stockdale has stated that he will continue the blatant influence-aping that you have come to love and respect so much with new members -- meaning that you certainly haven’t heard the last of that man’s obnoxious voice. And Ross and Heskett have also announced their plans to bring a new project together soon. But yeah, I hear you; it probably won’t be the same, will it? A Wolfmother divided against itself just cannot stand in your eyes. I mean, who are you supposed to cite as your second favorite Australian rock band now??? Nick fucking Cave?!?! I don’t think so.


RIP: Robert Hazard, New Wave musician and songwriter


Robert Hazard, 59, the Philadelphia-bred rock troubadour who wrote the pop anthem "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," died yesterday after cancer surgery in Boston, his widow, Susan, confirmed today.

Mr. Hazard, who lived with his wife and two teenage sons in the Adirondacks and in Vero Beach, Fla., last month had canceled a planned fall tour without explanation.

- Robert Hazard official website/MySpace
- Robert Hazard Wikipedia entry
- article: "Robert Hazard, Philly rocker, dies at 59"
- YouTube video: Robert Hazard and The Heroes

Goddamn, You Fake-Japanese Tourmates! Weezer to Play with Tokyo Police Club… Who Are Actually Canadian

Seems Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo’s Japanese fetish doesn’t just apply to cello-players, wives, sumo-wrestlers, meditation, and fragile stationary. For the first time since 2005’s Foozer, America’s favorite eponym addicts are out of the black-walled apartment and back on the road with some super friends to promote their latest self-titled, Weezer (The Red Album) (TMT Review).

But this time around, the tour support doesn’t come from a compatible act like Dave Grohl & Co. Weezer’s enlisted the show-opening help of premature eject-ulators Tokyo Police Club, whose last two whiny releases (TMT Review) both clocked in under 30 minutes. Ticket holders will also have to sit through Blink-182 spin-off Angels and Airwaves. Do not want!

C’mon, Cuomo; if you’re going to indulge a passion, why not do it right? You’re telling me Geffen couldn’t get you Yuka Honda? OLIVIA? Not even the Harajuku Girls? That shit is bananas. B-a-n-a-n-a-s.