Entries tagged with: RIP
Sean Price (left) w/ Pharoahe Monch at Pete Rock's release party in Brooklyn in June
The Source reports that according to his friends and family, Brooklyn rapper Sean Price passed away in his sleep this morning. He was 43. Cause of death is currently unknown.
Sean left his mark on New York rap as one half of the influential duo Heltah Skeltah and a member of the supergroup Boot Camp Clik. Even as new trends entered the genre, Sean stayed true to his '90s-style roots, delivering uncompromising lyricism on his solo albums and as a member of the trio Random Axe. Duck Down had announced earlier this month that they'd release his next mixtape, Songs in the Key of Price, on August 21.
Rest in peace Sean P. Your music will definitely not be forgotten.
Listen to two singles from Songs in the Key of Price, with some of Sean's classic videos and tweets from fellow musicians about his passing, below...
Lynn Anderson, whose version of the song "(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden" was one of the biggest country hits of the 1970s, has died. She was 67.Country singer Lynn Anderson passed away on Thursday, almost two months after releasing her latest album, Bridges. Other musicians have paid tribute to her. Dolly Parton said "she's blooming in God's rose garden now" and Morrissey posted a tribute on his website too. The post mentioned that last month in Nashville, Morrissey covered her biggest hit. You can watch a video of that (via Stereogum) below.
Anderson died Thursday of a heart attack at Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville after being admitted for pneumonia, publicist Mark Logsdon told CNN.
Anderson was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota, in 1947, and grew up in Sacramento, California. Born to the music business -- both her parents were songwriters -- she got her start as a professional singer while still in her teens, releasing her first record, "For Better or for Worse," when she was 19.
...All told, Anderson had 18 country Top 10 hits, including five No. 1 songs. Among her other hits: "Rocky Top," the Felice and Boudleaux Bryant tune that's one of Tennessee's state songs. Anderson's version hit No. 17 on the country charts in 1970. [CNN]
Rest in peace Lynn.
Sad news from the world of wrestling -- WWE star "Rowdy" Roddy Piper died in his sleep on Thursday night from cardiac arrest. From ESPN:
"Roddy Piper was one of the most entertaining, controversial and bombastic performers ever in WWE, beloved by millions of fans around the world," said WWE chairman and CEO Vince McMahon. "I extend my deepest condolences to his family."In addition to pro wrestling, Piper also acted, most notably in John Carpenter's great 1988 darkly comic, highly subversive thriller They Live. You can watch Piper's "I came here to chew bubblegum" and famously epic fight scene with Keith David below.
Roddy Piper was added to the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005. John Shearer/WireImage for BWR Public Relations
Piper, born Roderick Toombs, joined WWE in 1984. He teamed with Paul Orndorff on March 31, 1985, to take on Hulk Hogan and Mr. T at Madison Square Garden in Wrestlemania's first main event.
Inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005, Piper was well-known for his microphone skills and often hosted the Piper's Pit segment during WWE shows. He is the second Hall of Famer to die this summer following the June death of Dusty Rhodes.
Roddy, you will be missed. Rest in peace.
Everett "Vic" Firth, founder of drumstick company Vic Firth, has passed away. A post on Vic Firth's Facebook reads:
To our dear friends around the world:Rest in peace, Vic.
We are heartbroken to share the news with you that Vic has passed away.
Vic was an inspiration to all of us. He was a visionary, a mentor, a leader and a friend. He always said he surrounded himself with the best people, but the truth is he brought out the best in all of us. His boundless passion for music and musicians drove every decision he made.
Vic's spirit and legacy will continue to live at the core of the Vic Firth Company. He will be missed beyond words.
Don Joyce (second from left) with Negativland around the time of the "U2" single
Don Joyce of electronic innovators and culture satirists/critics Negativland died Wedensday at his home in Oakland, CA. He was 71. A DJ at Berkley's KPFA, he coined the term "culture jamming" and hosted his midnight sound collage show "Over the Edge" since 1981 and continued to broadcast. Negativland shared the sad news on their website:
Negativland had found its "lead vocalist" without even realizing they were looking for one. It was Don who took the idea of reshaping previously recorded words - in a pre-sampling age - and ran with it to an extent and depth never before heard, and never equalled. "Recontextualization" became his weapon, with the 1/4" tape machine and razor blade his ammunition, and the radio "cart player" - an entirely forgotten piece of broadcast history using endless-loop tape cartridges, which he used until he death - his delivery system.You can read the entirety of Negativland's tribute to Joyce here. This is the second Negativland death this year: '80-era member Ian Allen died in January from a heart attack.
When he and Negativland discovered their mutual love for "found" sounds, an intensely collaborative creative partnership was cemented. It continued non-stop for the ensuing decades, with Don endlessly scanning the airwaves of radio and television, along with his massive LP collection, for new material, day by day, week by week. There was often a TV and a radio on in his room simultaneously, cassette recorders always at the ready. And as an extremely shy and often quite reclusive person, radio was a perfect medium for Don. He could reach thousands of people each week without having to deal with very many actual humans, just as he preferred it. Creating art was not only Don's full-time pursuit, it was literally his life's work. He had made it clear to the group as recently as a few weeks ago that he was happy and satisfied with what he had been able to achieve in his life, and were he not able to continue to work, his life would feel as good as over.
Joyce was an integral part to Negativland's most acclaimed work, namely 1987's Escape from Noise and 1989's Helter Stupid. Their most famous work, though was 1991's "U2" single which set a expletive-laden blooper reel of America's Top 40 host Casey Kasem trying to read the intro to U2's first appearance on the show ("These guys are from England and who gives a shit!") over a sample the Irish band's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" and other found sounds. U2's label Island Records sued Negativland, saying that the cover art mislead U2 fans into buying the record, and over copyright infringement of the sample. It made the news and the whole debacle later got turned into the 1995 album Fair Use: The Story of the Letter U and the Numeral 2. You can stream the "U2" single below -- it's still funny.
Negativland also announced that all of Don's "Over the Edge" radio shows will be available later this year via the Internet Archive. Rest in peace, Don. You'll be missed but your work lives on.
This is Yoshimio.Rest in peace Kyoko.
I regret to inform you that my friend, Kyoko has passed away morning on July
Kyoko came from same hometown as I am . We started OOIOO together. She was
the first guitar player of OOIOO. She left the band to concentrate to cure
her illness but she came to help selling merchandise sometimes to our shows.
She started the band with Itoken who was also her longtime partner.
Kyoko was 183cm tall. She was on her own pace , optimistic and natural blur.
I loved her very much. I do not like to believe she is no longer with us
anymore. I love to see her again.
Grooveshark co-founder Josh Greenberg, a pioneer in Gainesville's student startup movement, was found dead in his bed Sunday by his girlfriend in the house they shared. He was 28.Josh Greenberg, founder of Grooveshark (which shut down in April after 8 years of existence), was found dead in his Gainesville home at age 28. Cause of death is unknown, and police found no evidence of foul play or suicide.
Lori Greenberg, his mother, said Monday he had no health problems and she was told by police who investigated Sunday night that there was no evidence of foul play, injuries or drugs.
She said her son was more relieved than depressed about the settlement that shut down Grooveshark on April 30 since it ended the lawsuit that had been hanging over his head. Several record companies had sued the online music streaming service over copyright violations.
...The medical examiner was performing an autopsy Monday morning and would know if there were obvious problems with Greenberg's heart or brain, otherwise, toxicology results would be done in two or three months, Lori Greenberg said.
"They are as baffled as I am," she said. [Gainesville.com]
Our thoughts go out to Josh's friends and family.
Weird news you may have heard already: As of today, July 15th, The L Magazine will no longer be published as a print magazine. This is neither tragic nor particularly sad nor further proof that everything is fucked. It is rather-and we realize this may seem like a line of bullshit-a decision we've made so that we can focus on and grow our sister publication, Brooklyn Magazine, which, starting in September, will go from being a quarterly publication to a monthly one. This is very exciting.The L, which continues as a website goes through each of its years of existence in print, highlighting notable events, albums, books, openings, and average asking price of an apartment in various neighborhoods. Northside Media Group continues to publish Brooklyn Magazine in print and run the Northside Festival, among other things. RIP, L Magazine print edition.
It's become common to sentimentalize the Brooklyn of the very recent past; it doesn't take much encouragement before people begin to wax nostalgic about the way things used to be before the condos went up, or this bar closed, or that chain store opened, or these people moved out, or these other people moved in. It's an understandable tendency, this need to reflect upon a now-broken past; we do it in order to better understand our present, and to make sense of the decisions we'll need to make to build our future.
Already filling that void is Time Out NY, which turns 20 this year and which became a free weekly back in April.
Nick Cave with his sons Arthur and Earl
Today in very sad news, Nick Cave's 15-year-old son Arthur died after falling from a cliff near Brighton on Tuesday. The Guardian reports:
His death is not being treated as suspicious. Nick Cave and his wife, Susie, paid tribute to Arthur, who also leaves behind his twin brother, Earl, in a short statement confirming his death.Really sad. Our thoughts go out to Nick and his family.
"Our son Arthur died on Tuesday evening. He was our beautiful, happy, loving boy," it read. "We ask that we be given the privacy our family needs to grieve at this difficult time."
A Sussex police spokeswoman said: [...] "Members of the public carried out first aid on the boy before he was taken to the Royal Sussex county hospital, Brighton, just after 6pm. He later died there of his injuries. The death is being dealt with by the coroner's officer."
Singh (right) playing MoMA PS 1 Warm Up last summer (via Facebook)
Indian musician Charanjit Singh passed away in his sleep on Sunday in his Mumbai home, reports The Wire. He was 75.
His 1982 album Ten Ragas to a Disco Beat, predated (and inadvertently predicted) acid house and has since been heralded as a classic. Singh, who played North American shows last year (including a few in NYC), was getting ready for a London performance as well as a recording session of Indian folk music. Rest in peace, Charanjit Singh.
Stream Ten Ragas to a Disco Beat, below...
photo: Chris Squire with Yes in NJ in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Chris Squire, the co-founder and longtime bassist of prog rock icons Yes and the only member of the group to feature on every studio album, has passed away just over a month after revealing that he was suffering from a rare form of leukemia. Squire was 67. Current Yes keyboardist Geoff Downes first tweeted the news, "Utterly devastated beyond words to have to report the sad news of the passing of my dear friend, bandmate and inspiration Chris Squire."RIP Chris. You'll be missed and your music will live on.
Yes confirmed Squire's death on their official Facebook page. "It's with the heaviest of hearts and unbearable sadness that we must inform you of the passing of our dear friend and Yes co-founder, Chris Squire. Chris peacefully passed away last night in Phoenix Arizona, in the arms of his loving wife Scotty," the band wrote in a statement. [Rolling Stone]
Yes's upcoming tour is scheduled to hit the NYC-area this August. Watch a video of Chris playing "Close To The Edge" with the band in 2013, below...
Moody was on his way to becoming a sociologist when he fell into acting. He got his first taste of show business aged 16 when he worked as a wages clerk at Elstree studios. He spent the second world war in the RAF before going on to study at the London School of Economics. Years later, he remembered: "While there, I got dragged into taking part in a student revue and ended up writing, and appearing in, a few sketches. In short, I got the stage bug."In addition to his role as Fagin, Moody appeared in many other movies and television shows and, at one point, turned down the role of Dr. Who. Rest in peace, Ron Moody. Watch his "You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two" number from Oliver! below...
He reluctantly auditioned for the role in Lionel Bart's musical that made him a star: "At first, I never wanted to do it. They told me there was this musical of Oliver Twist, so I went to see the Alec Guinness film, which I found to be so anti-semitic as to be unbearable.
"But Bart is as Jewish as I am and we both felt an obligation to get Fagin away from a viciously racial stereotype and instead make him what he really is - a crazy old Father Christmas gone wrong."
Today is full of sad news. Here's some more from the WWE:
WWE is deeply saddened that Virgil Runnels, aka "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes -- WWE Hall of Famer, three-time NWA Champion and one of the most captivating and charismatic figures in sports entertainment history -- passed away today at the age of 69.Rest in Peace, Dusty.
Runnels became a hero to fans around the world thanks to his work ethic, his impassioned interviews and his indomitable spirit. Moreover, Runnels was a dedicated father to WWE Superstars Goldust (Dustin Runnels) and Stardust (Cody Runnels), a caring husband and a creative visionary who helped shape the landscape of WWE long after his in-ring career had ended.
WWE extends its sincerest condolences to Runnels' family, friends and colleagues.
Horror icon, occasional metal musician, and all-around cool dude Christopher Lee died on Sunday (6/7) in a London hospital. He was 93. From Billboard:
According to media reports, Lee died on Sunday morning, June 7 at Westminster Hospital in London after being admitted for respiratory problems and heart failure. The Guardian reported that his wife, former Danish model and painter Gitte Kroencke, decided to release the news days later in order to inform family members first. The couple had been married since 1961.Lee was a staple of Hammer Films' horror films, played the (thrice) titular James Bond villain in The Man with the Golden Gun, freaked audiences out in The Wicker Man, and had roles in both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, and the Star Wars prequels (as Count Dooku, he was probably the least lame thing in those). But it wasn't until late in life that his love of opera, history AND heavy metal came to the fore, working with Rhapsody of Fire and Manowar before releasing his first symphonic metal LP, Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross, in 2010. You may also remember his 2012 metal Christmas single. Rest in peace, Christopher Lee. You led a long, awesome life.
Stream Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross via Rdio and watch the video for Lee's "The Bloody Verdict of Verden," below.
photo: Ornette Coleman at Prospect Park in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
The alto saxophonist and composer Ornette Coleman, one of the most powerful and contentious innovators in the history of jazz, died on Thursday morning in Manhattan. He was 85.One of jazz's greatest and most influential saxophonists, Ornette Coleman has sadly passed away at age 85. Much of his music (like the seminal 1959 album, The Shape of Jazz to Come) broke new ground for the genre, and his reach also extended outside of jazz, influencing rock artists such as Lou Reed.
The cause was cardiac arrest, a representative of the family said.
Mr. Coleman widened the options in jazz, and helped change its course. Partly through his example in the late 1950s and early '60s, jazz became less beholden to the rules of harmony and rhythm, and gained more distance from the American songbook repertory. His own music, then and later, became a new form of highly informed folk song: deceptively simple melodies for small groups with an intuitive, collective language, and a strategy for playing without preconceived chord sequences. [NY Times]
Rest in peace Ornette. You'll be missed.
Ornette Coleman's last public appearance was the big celebration in Brooklyn's Prospect Park last year that also included Patti Smith, Thurston Moore, Flea and more. More pictures (like the one above) here. Listen to some Ornette Coleman below...
photo: BB King at BB King's in 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Riley B. King, the legendary guitarist known as B.B. King, whose velvety voice and staccato-picking style brought blues from the margins to the mainstream, died Thursday night.Blues legend BB King had been in and out of the hospital, and had not long ago cancelled a tour due to illness, but as recently as last month he was saying he was feeling better. Now, sadly, the great and forever influential guitarist has died. A post on his Facebook says he passed peacefully in his sleep at 9:40 PM last night (5/14).
He was 89.
His daughter, Patty King, said he died in Las Vegas, where he announced two weeks ago that he was in home hospice care after suffering from dehydration. [CNN]
Rest in peace BB. You'll be missed and won't be forgotten.
Watch a few live videos below...
Veteran hard rock/heavy metal bassist Craig Gruber died yesterday (5/5), after battling prostate cancer, Blabbermouth reports. He was 63.
Gruber was a member of Elf, one of the early bands of Ronnie James Dio (who we lost in 2010), playing on their second album, 1974's Carolina County Ball, and their third and final album, 1975's Trying to Burn the Sun. That same year, he and Dio hooked up with Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore to record the first Rainbow album (then known as Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow). Gruber (and everyone else except Dio) was fired by Blackmore from Rainbow after that album, but Gruber and Dio played together again in Black Sabbath during Geezer Butler's brief departure from that band. Following that, he played in other projects including Bible Black, Ozz and more.
Rest in peace, Craig. You'll be missed.
Listen to some Elf and Rainbow songs Craig was on, below...
Ben E King, the singer best known for the hit Stand By Me, has died aged 76, according to his agent.Rest in peace, Ben. You'll be missed.
King started his career in the late 1950s with The Drifters, singing on hits including There Goes My Baby and Save The Last Dance For Me.
After going solo, he hit the US top five with Stand By Me in 1961.
The track returned to the charts in the 1980s, reaching No 1 in the UK when the song was used as the theme of the coming-of-age film of the same name starring River Phoenix and Corey Feldman.
The song entered the US Billboard 100 nine times over the years - King's version did so twice while covers by artists like John Lennon and Spyder Turner featured seven times. [The Guardian]
Watch Ben sing "Stand By Me" in 1961 here and listen to the song below...
Ely, who died Tuesday at age 71, had simply walked into a tiny Portland recording studio with his band one day in 1963 to cut an instrumental version of a song that had been a hit on Pacific Northwest jukeboxes -- one that kids could dance to.The KIngsmen's Jack Ely, who sang on their best known song -- their 1963 cover of Richard Berry's "Louie Louie" -- passed away in his home in Oregon yesterday, after a long battle with illness. He was 71.
"Right out of his mouth, my father would say, 'We were initially just going to record the song as an instrumental, and at the last minute I decided I'd sing it," Ely's son, Sean Ely, told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
When it came time to do that, however, Ely discovered the sound engineer had raised the studio's only microphone several feet above his head. Then he placed Ely in the middle of his fellow musicians, all in an effort to create a better "live feel" for the recording.
The result, Ely would say over the years, was that he had to stand on his toes, lean his head back and shout as loudly as he could just to be heard over the drums and guitars.
It might not have helped, either, that the 20-year-old musician was wearing braces at the time, although Ely maintained that the real problem was trying to sing with his head tilted back at a 45-degree angle.
In any case, the end result was that about the only words anyone could clearly understand were contained in the song's first two lines: "Louie Louie. Oh no. We gotta go." [Associated Press]
Rest in peace Jack.
Watch The Kingsmen play "Louie Louie" below...
Sad news here at ESP-Disk'. Our beloved founder, Bernard Stollman, passed away last night. Since last year he had been battling colon cancer that had spread to his spine (he hadn't wanted it announced), and had also lately had pneumonia and low blood oxygen. He was 85.The label has released albums by Albert Ayler, Pharoah Sanders, Ornette Coleman, Sun Ra, The Fugs, William Burroughs, Pearls Before Swine, The Holy Modal Rounders, Erica Pomerance and more.
There will be a memorial service in NYC next month. We will pass along the details after it's arranged.
Rest in peace Bernard.
Percy Sledge, the voice behind R&B classic "When a Man Loves a Woman" and other hits, has died at his Baton Rouge, LA home, reports Billboard. He was 73:
During the mid-sixties, Sledge worked as a hospital nurse while touring to get his music career off the ground. "When a Man Loves a Woman," his first song recorded under contract, was a massive smash and would endure as his signature song. The song was co-written by Calvin Lewis and Andrew Wright, his bandmates in a group called The Esquires Combo. It was the only song the duo wrote together, and the first Muscle Shoals single to hit No. 1 on the Hot 100.Rest in peace, Percy. Your music lives on. Stream his greatest hits via Rdio below...
His follow-up, "Warm and Tender Love," reached No. 17 on the Hot 100, and he continued to score Hot 100 hits as the '60s came to a close. - [Billboard]
Sad news from the NYC nightlife world: DJ Jess (aka Jess Marquis aka Jesse Immler), who organized, promoted, and DJ'd at parties like TRASH!, Motherfucker, MisShapes, Rated X, Tiswas and more, died earlier this week. From Next Magazine:
"He was always very upbeat and positive, and gave a lot of people their first breaks at Trash," DJ Mikey Pop says. "He literally gave me my first nightlife gig. People start in dive bars or shitty clubs. I started at Webster Hall. I'm forever grateful for that."Igor from Driven By Boredom adds:
The L Magazine and Citysearch.com dubbed Marquis the city's "Best DJ" for three years strong, and Paper Magazine, The Village Voice, The L Magazine, and more have named his events "Best Party."
"His parties were alternative crowds, infused with gay, straight, lesbian, burlesque, male and female go-gos, drag queens, drag kings... He brought literally every walk of nightlife together in one party," Pop continues.
Jess' legendary party Trash was my favorite party in New York of all time. It was one of the first parties I went to and when it was at Rififi it was as good as any weekly party could ever get. Jess also threw Rated X which was probably the most insanely fun and debaucherous party outside of Motherfucker which of course Jess also DJd. His Thursday night party "in the seedy basement of Lit", NC-17, was one of the best placls to get people naked.His parties were also responsible for lots of Last Night's Party and Cobra Snake content. Jess also dabbled in nightlife photography himself, and was in the band We Are Americana. Before that he was in Smiths cover band The Salford Lads, as Andy Shaw points out in another moving tribute.
Honestly, now that I think about it Jess' parties are responsible for a massive amount of my sex life.
DJ Jess was also a resident DJ at Webster Hall and did a lot of remix work recently. His last release was a reworked Smashing Pumpkins' "Bullet with Butterfly Wings" which you can stream below.
His last, non-promotional tweet happened on April 6th. Here it is:
What's this from? "Death is our business. Business is good."— Jess Marquis (@djjessmarquis) April 6, 2015
Rest in peace, Jess. NYC won't be the same without you.
UPDATE: Jess's life will be celebrated at Webster Hall on 4/16. Flyer for the tribute, below...
Barron Machat, co-founder and CEO of experimental music label Hippos In Tanks, has sadly passed away. He was 27.
Tri Angle Records broke the news this morning on Twitter, writing "I hate twitter RIPs in general, but Barron Machat's passing has really upset me beyond words. We came up together." Several artists with releases on Hippos In Tanks, including Arca, Laurel Halo and Autre Ne Veut have tweeted about him too:
head hung low, just found out......... Barron Machat RIP; one of the gentlest souls I'd ever met. can't believe this.— Arca (@arca1000000) April 9, 2015
Woke up by a phone call from a friend about the news of Barron's passing. He was a passionate and kind person. In shock, too young to go.— LAUREL HALO (@LaurelHalo) April 9, 2015
Been in shock since I woke up about this. You with the insatiable heart, B.— Autre Ne Veut (@AutreNV) April 9, 2015
Rest in peace, Barron.
photo: Yes in NJ in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Prog legends Yes are teaming up with pop rockers Toto for a summer tour of the US that runs from early August through mid-September.
The tour kicks off on August 7 in Connecticut, and then comes NYC-area venue New Jersey PAC on August 8 in Newark, Atlantic City's Borgata on August 9, and Brooklyn's Barclays Center on August 11. Tickets go on sale Friday (4/10) at 10 AM.
In sadder news, earlier this year Toto bassist Mike Porcaro (who played in the band from the mid-'80s to the late '00s) passed away, following a battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease).
List of all Yes/Toto dates below...
You may remember the web series Breakfast at Sulimay's where senior citizens critiqued current bands. Stereogum reports the sad news that Joe Walker, who provided many of the show's best zingers, died on March 22 at age 90. Joe was a WWII veteran (who fought in the Battle of the Bulge) who later worked for the City of Philadelphia and was an actor as well. Joe, you'll be missed.
Watch a Scrapple TV tribute to Joe and a few classic Breakfast at Sulimay's, below...