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Nick Talbot, who recorded under the name Gravenhurst, has died. Both his label, Warp, and his manager gave statements:

"We are shocked and saddened to share the news that Nick Talbot aka Gravenhurst has passed away aged 37. An immensely talented singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and journalist, he will be hugely missed. Nick's family and friends request privacy at this difficult time"
- Warp Records

"I am utterly devastated to confirm that Nick Talbot, also known under the performing name Gravenhurst, has passed away aged 37. The finest, most extraordinary and inspirational songwriter, singer and performer, and a remarkable producer and journalist, Nick's work has deeply affected so many people all over the world. Outstandingly intelligent, compassionate, fascinating and witty, Nick was the dearest friend and his absence brings indescribable sorrow"
- Michelle Hilborne, Manager

Gravenhurst's music was a mix of folk, electronica and shoegaze and his most recent album was 2012's Ghost in the Daylight. Warp did just release a compilation of rare Gravenhurst recordings. Stream some of that below.

Rest in peace, Nick.

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Bobby Keys w/ Keith Richards
Bobby

Bobby Keys, the larger-than-life saxophone player who toured with the Rolling Stones for more than 45 years and played on studio classics like "Brown Sugar" and "Live With Me," has passed away. He was 70.

"If you believe in the magic of rock & roll, which I devoutly do, it isn't in the individual," Keys told Rolling Stone in 2012. "I've played in bands with A-team players around, but unless they can play together, it doesn't do any good."

"The Rolling Stones are devastated by the loss of their very dear friend and legendary saxophone player, Bobby Keys," the band said in a statement. "Bobby made a unique musical contribution to the band since the 1960s. He will be greatly missed." [Rolling Stone]

In addition to playing with The Stones, Keys collaborated with John Lennon, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, The Who, Chuck Berry, and more. Rest in peace Bobby.

Listen to "Brown Sugar" below...

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DbA's Edan Wilber crowdsurf's during Lightning Bolt / APTBS / aftermath
Death by Audio, RIP
Death by Audio, RIP
Death by Audio, RIP
Death by Audio, RIP

Brooklyn DIY showspace Death by Audio closed out its seven-year existence on Saturday (11/22) with headliners Lightning Bolt, old pals JEFF the Brotherhood, as well as A Place to Bury Strangers and Grooms. We've got a proper set of pictures from the finale on the way, but a few cameraphone shots and instagrams are in this post.

Death by Audio, you'll really be missed. More pics below...

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Mike NicholsHollywood and Broadway lost one of its most talented directors and best wits. Mike Nichols, who directed The Graduate, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Working Girl and many more, died Wednesday (11/19), at age 83:

Dryly urbane, Mr. Nichols had a gift for communicating with actors and a keen comic timing, which he honed early in his career as half of the popular sketch-comedy team Nichols and May. He accomplished what Orson Welles and Elia Kazan, but few if any other directors have: He achieved popular and artistic success in both theater and film. He was among the most decorated people in the history of show business, one of only a handful to have won an Oscar, a Tony, an Emmy and a Grammy.

His career encompassed an entire era of screen and stage entertainment. On Broadway, where he won an astonishing nine Tonys (including two as a producer), he once had four shows running simultaneously. He directed Neil Simon's early comedies "Barefoot in the Park" and "The Odd Couple" in the 1960s, the zany Monty Python musical, "Spamalot," four decades later, and nearly another decade after that, an acclaimed revival of Arthur Miller's bruising masterpiece, "Death of a Salesman."

Rest in peace, Mike. Your work lives on. Watch a couple classic Nichols/May sketches (and a documentary about them), below...

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Motown lost one of it's great voices: Jimmy Ruffin, who died at a Las Vegas hospital on Monday (11/17) at age 78.

Ruffin's most enduring hit has to be 1966's "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted," with its majestic, stately rhythm and Ruffin's deeply soulful, sorrowful vocal. He followed up that Top 10 hit with "I've Passed This Way Before" in 1967. In 1980 he enjoyed a comeback hit with "Hold on to My Love."

Ruffin was born May 7, 1936 in Collinsville, Mississippi, the older brother of singer David Ruffin. The brothers made their way north, eventually settling in Detroit, where each (separately) ended up signing with Motown Records, Jimmy as a solo artist and David as one of the Temptations. - [Detroit News]

Jimmy's brother (and Temptations member) David Ruffin died in 1991 at age 50.

Rest in peace, Jimmy. Your voice and songs live on. Check out a few songs below...

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Big Big Hank (left) w/ Sugarhill Gang
Sugarhill Gang

Big Bank Hank (aka Hank Jackson) of The Sugarhill Gang, passed away this morning after suffering from cancer, TMZ reports. He was 57.

The Sugarhill Gang are best known for 1979's "Rapper's Delight," which is often considered the first single to popularize hip hop. The other two thirds of The Sugarhill Gang, Wonder Mike and Master Gee, told TMZ, "So sad to hear of our brother's passing. Rest in peace Big Bank."

Rest in peace, Hank. Watch the video for "Rapper's Delight" below...

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Athon (right) w/ Black Tusk @ Studio at Webster Hall (more by Keith Marlow)
Black Tusk

Jonathan Athon, bassist of Savannah, Georgia's Black Tusk died this morning (11/9) following a motorcycle accident Friday night (11/7). He was 32.

Fellow Savannah band Baroness posted a tribute on their Facebook:

Some folks shine more brightly than others. Today we lost our dear friend and brother Athon, who distinguished himself, unknowingly, by shining just a little more brightly than the rest of us.

I remember clearly the night I met Athon about 15 years ago. I was a punk rocker, new to Savannah, and I was struggling to find a group of kids who would accept me into their circle. I met Athon one night in the typically trash strewn back alley of a punk-house party on the west side of town. He was the only person there who didn't stonewall me, or seem to care that I wasn't a regular; and he immediately offered me a drink, a smoke and an told one of his many off-color jokes (as was his style). Our friendship started that night, but continued to develop over the years as we shared company at many more parties, shows, rehearsal spaces and eventually tours.

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Corey Mitchell

Austin's Housecore Horror Film Festival, the metal/horror festival founded by Pantera/Down's Phil Anselmo and author Corey Mitchell, wrapped up over the weekend and we're now saddened to learn that Corey Mitchell has passed away earlier today. The fest posted on Facebook:

Thank you all for a fantastic weekend - it is, however, with a heavy heart that we here at Housecore Horror Film Festival must announce that our friend and the father of this wicked brain-child, Corey Mitchell, passed away this morning.

Please send your thoughts and prayers to his family. He loved the festival. He loved horror. He loved metal. You damn sure know he loved you guys. Cheers, and thank for your respect during this sensitive time.

MetalSucks (to which Corey has contributed over 150 articles) added that he "reportedly suffered the heart attack at Emo's, the festival's main venue, earlier today." Corey had also been working on Phil Ansemlo's autobiography. Rest in peace, Corey.

IMAGEJack Bruce, singer, bassist and one-third of classic power trio Cream (as well as a successful solo career), died Saturday (10/25) at age 71:

His family announced the death on his website. A spokesman said the cause was liver disease; Mr. Bruce had received a liver transplant several years ago.

Mr. Bruce was well known in British rock and blues circles but virtually unknown in the United States when he teamed with the guitarist Eric Clapton and the drummer Ginger Baker to form Cream in 1966.

One of the first of the so-called power trios -- the Jimi Hendrix Experience soon followed in its wake -- Cream had its roots in the blues and became known for Mr. Clapton's long, virtuosic solos on reworked versions of blues standards like "Crossroads" and "Spoonful."

"Those original blues records had been done so well, which meant you could only ever be second best," Mr. Bruce was quoted in the booklet for a 1997 Cream compilation CD. "But if you treated those songs with a great deal of love and respect, you could remake them into your own." - [NY Times]

Rest in peace, Jack. Watch a full video of Cream's 1968 farewell performance below...

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Raphael

Raphael Ravenscroft, the man behind the saxophone on Gerry Rafferty's "Baker Street," died earlier this week, of an apparent heart attack. He was 60. Arguably the most famous saxophone riff in pop (you know it even if you think you don't), "Baker Street" was a #2 hit in 1978 and Ravenscroft was reportedly only paid £27 for it (and the check bounced). Ravenscroft has also played on records by Pink Floyd, Daft Punk, America, Kim Carnes, Mike Oldfield, Robert Plant, and others.

Rest in peace, Raphael. You "Baker Street" solo lives on. Stream it below...

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John Holt

Sad news from the reggae world: singer John Holt died yesterday (10/19) at age 69. Best known for writing "The Tide is High" while in the band The Paragons which was later made a woldwide hit by Blondie, he's the voice behind a number of reggae classics including "Ali Babba," "See Your Face," "Tonight," "Wear You to the Ball," "Police in Helicopter" and "Stick by Me."

Rest in peace, John. Stream some of his best-known songs below...

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Ikey Owens

Yesterday we found out that the world lost another great musician. Ikey Owens was out on tour with Jack White in Mexico when he died, and it was Jack White's camp who announced the sad news. Today they followed it up with this statement:

The coroner has determined that Ikey Owens died from a heart attack the morning of October 14 at approximately 4 am. The only drugs found in his room were a small amount of marijuana.

Ikey, born Isaiah Randolph Owens, was a GRAMMY award-winning artist best known for his work with Jack White, the Mars Volta, De Facto and Free Moral Agents, among others. He was a beloved member of the music community as well as his hometown of Long Beach, CA.

Rest in Peace Ikey.

Ten days ago a video was posted of Ikey talking about his gear before a Jack White show at Red Rocks. Watch that below...

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Isaiah "Ikey" Owens w/ Jack White's band at GovBall 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Isaiah

Isaiah "Ikey" Owens, a member Jack White's band who was also in The Mars Volta (2001-2009), the Long Beach Dub All Stars, led his own band Free Moral Agents and contributed to records by Reel Big Fish, Sublime, Mastodon, Saul Williams, El-P, Crystal Antlers and more, passed away in Mexico while on tour with Jack White. Jack's label Third Man Records posted the following:

It is with great sadness that we tell the world of the passing of the incredible musician Isaiah "Ikey" Owens. He will be missed and loved forever by his family, friends, bandmates and fans.

Ikey Owens was an astounding keyboard player in Jack White's backing band. He also played with Mars Volta, Free Moral Agents, and many other projects.

Out of respect for Ikey, the remaining shows of the Jack White Tour in Mexico have been cancelled.

We will all miss you Ikey. You were and are an incredible artist.

Rest in peace, Isaiah. Watch a live video of Jack White's band below...

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Mark Bell

Sad news: Warp Records confirmed today that Mark Bell, one half of pioneering UK electronic act LFO, died last week due to complications after an operation. In addition to his work in LFO (not the American LFO who did "Summer Girls"), Bell collaborated frequently with Bjork, producing her 1997 album Homogenic, her most recent Biophilia, and others.

LFO's 1991 debut, Frequencies, was a landmark record in dance music and Warp Records, and their theme song "LFO" was the label's fifth release ever and first Top 20 hit. Mark, we lost you too soon. Rest in peace.

Stream Frequencies, plus a few other Bell-related streams, below...

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Hooks (left) with fellow Sweeney sister, Nora Dunn
Jan Hooks

It's been a tough year for the comedy world. We just lost another talent: Jan Hooks, who died today at age 57 after "battling a serious illness." Hooks is best known as a Saturday Night Live castmember from 1986 - 1991. She was hired at the same time as Phil Hartman, Dana Carvey, and Kevin Nealon, and the sketch show was just off of one of the most infamously bad seasons it's history (only Dennis Miller, Jon Lovitz and Nora Dunn survived the axe from that cast). That cast she was a part of would become known as one of the best SNL casts ever. She was best known for playing Tammy Faye Baker, Nancy Reagan, Sinead O'Connor... with Dunn, one half of lounge act The Sweeney Sisters. She Hartman had an especially good chemistry together. You can watch a few classic SNL sketches below (including the very touching "Love is a Dream" short with Hartman that may have you reaching for Kleenex).

After SNL, she was a castmember of Designing Women, and made regular appearances on 3rd Rock from the Sun, Primetime Glick, and 30 Rock, among other shows. She was one of the great ones. Rest in peace, Jan. I hope you're dancing with Phil somewhere.

Videos below...

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Letha and Dan
Letha

Musician and artist Letha Rodman Melchior lost her battle with cancer two weeks ago at age 55. Her husband, Dan Melchoir, wrote:

I am heartbroken to report that my dear, sweet wife Letha Rodman Melchior passed away today. She fought right up until the end. She was the bravest, most alive person I ever knew. I love you Leth.
In addition to playing bass in Dan Melchior Und Das Menace she also released her own more experimental music, like 2013's Handbook for Mortals which was released via Siltbreeze. Rest in peace, Letha.

As mentioned, Versus, The Roger Sisters and others were set to play Rough Trade on November 9 as a benefit for Letha. The show will continue as a memorial and fundraiser, also featuring Thalia Zedek Band, Antietam, Cynthia Nelson, and Tara Jane O'Neil (Rodan, Retsin, among others). Tickets are still available and proceeds go to surviving family members.

Stream a couple tracks from Handbook for Mortals, below...

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Paul Revere

Paul Revere, leader of '60s-era garage rock band Paul Revere & the Raiders, whose classic material was an influence on early punk and later on the garage rock revival, has passed away at 76. Rolling Stone reports:

Paul Revere, organist and ringleader of the long-running rock band the Raiders, passed away October 4th at his home in Idaho, the band's official website revealed. Revere was 76. No cause of death was revealed, but TMZ reports that Revere (born Paul Revere Dick) battled with cancer over the past year. Thanks to his colorful clothing and infectious stage persona, Revere earned a reputation as "the madman of rock & roll." He and his Raiders scored a handful of hits throughout their five decades together, including their anti-drug smash "Kicks."

Known for their Revolutionary War-style attire - like something the real Paul Revere or the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band would wear - and their memorable organ riffs, Paul Revere and the Raiders got their start in 1963 with a cover of Richard Berry's "Louie, Louie," which they recorded the same year as the Kingsmen, who had much more success with the single. However, Revere and his Raiders scored four Top Ten singles in the Sixties with "Kicks," "Hungry," "Good Thing" and "Him or Me, What's It Gonna Be." Their biggest triumph came in 1971 with "Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian)." A cover of a John D. Loudermilk-penned track, the Raiders' rendition became an unlikely smash, hitting Number One on the Billboard chart in July 1971 and selling over a million copies.

Rest in peace Paul. Your legendary music will live on.

Watch a video of them playing "Kicks" below...

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Spaceape

The Spaceape (real name Stephen Samuel Gordon), who you may know as the vocalist on Hyperdub founder Kode9's influential 2006 album Memories of the Future and its 2011 followup Black Sun, has sadly passed away after battling cancer. Hyperdub posted the following to Facebook:

We are devastated to announce that on Thursday 2nd October, Stephen Samuel Gordon aka The Spaceape, vocalist, poet and live performer, passed away peacefully after a 5 year struggle with a rare form of cancer.
He leaves behind his wife Luciana and 6 year old daughter, Cleo. His first release was the 1st release on Hyperdub, 'Sine of the Dub' in 2004 with Kode9, with whom he also released 2 albums, Memories of the Future (2006) and Black Sun (2011).

In 2012 he also self-released the Xorcism EP, appeared on the track 'Spaceape' on Burial's debut album in 2006, and also collaborated with The Bug, Martyn, Jerry Dammers, Redshape, Dub Gabriel, the Echologist and more. Last Monday he released his new EP with Kode9, 'Killing Season' including the video 'Devil is a Liar' which was filmed in July 2014.

Our sincere condolences go out to his family and friends, and all who have been touched by his writings and performances. His Hyperdub family will always miss him.

Rest in peace Stephen. Watch the "Devil Is A Liar" video below...

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East Village / St. Marks institution Yaffa Cafe, which served veggie-friendly food "all nite" to drunk NYU students and others, officially closed yesterday after Department of Health problems and losing the permit for their backyard garden earlier this year. (Via EV Grieve.) The place, which opened in 1982, announced in September they were closing for three months for renovations. For those who loved their hummus, fries, salads, breakfast and other affordable fare, their recipes have been passed over to the Simone Martini Bar next door (same owners).

Mike Skinner

Mike Skinner, who played with Kevin Devine in the Goddamn Band and Miracle of 86, has sadly passed away. Kevin wrote on Tumblr:

Broken-hearted, shocked.

Mike Skinner of the Goddamn Band & Miracle of 86 passed away this weekend.

Mike played on, toured on, and/or co-produced "Make The Clocks Move", "Split The Country, Split The Street", "Put Your Ghost To Rest" & "Brother's Blood", as well as Miracle's "Every Famous Last Word" & "Last Gasp".

Mike was my friend. He was charismatic, generous, tasteful, singular, brilliant, hilarious; he was a whirlwind, a magnet.

It's impossible to overstate his contribution to the development of Miracle & KD+GDB, but, in short, he made us better, more interesting. More than almost any other person, he encouraged me to push myself, to be confident, to take my talent seriously, because he did.

Mike was dynamic, complex, and beautiful. My life's richer & a lot more more colorful for the 12 years I got to have him in it. He loved to play for you guys and took a lot of pride in the records we made & tours we did.

He leaves a wonderful family. Keep them in your thoughts.

(I think Emily Driskill took this picture a long time ago, at Stubb's in Austin.)

Rest in peace Mike.

Peter Gutteridge @ Palisades 9/1/2014 (via @brooklynvegan instagram)
Gutteridge

We are greatly saddened to learn of the passing of Peter Gutteridge today.

Peter was a Flying Nun original, a founding member of The Clean, The Chills and of course his own brilliant band Snapper. A great talent, he was also member of the Great Unwashed, involved in many Dunedin bands and went on to release beautiful solo material across the years.

All of us, and so many people around the world, have been touched and affected by his music, whether it be the swirling fuzz of the guitar or haunting piano melodies, Peter was a true hero of New Zealand music, and will be deeply missed.

Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family and friends at this very sad time.

Thank you Peter for all the music, may you rest in peace.

-Flying Nun Records

Very sad news indeed. Gutteridge just played his first-ever US show two weeks ago at Palisades in Brooklyn. Rest in peace, Peter.

photo via Oasis' Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs
Throb

Robert "Throb" Young, who was a member of Primal Scream from their early days in the '80s through 2006, has passed away. He was 49. The Guardian reports, that he "was found dead at his flat at 3.30pm on Tuesday 9 September. His death is not being treated as suspicious." The article also mentions Primal Scream members Bobby Gillespie and Andrew Innes issued a statement:

We have lost our comrade and brother Robert Young. A beautiful and deeply soulful man. He was an irreplaceable talent, much admired amongst his peers, In the words of Johnny Marr "Throb with a gold top Les Paul - unbeatable"'

He was a true rock and roller. He walked the walk. He had "Heart & Soul" tattooed on his arm and i¹m sure on his heart too. He once said to me "when we go onstage it's a war between us and the audience." He never let go of that attitude.

Our love and thoughts are with his sons Brandon and Miles and their mother Jane, his wife Rachel, and his immediate family.

Rest in peace, Robert. You'll be missed.

Watch a live video of Primal Scream from 2000, below...

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After today's Apple keynote in Cupertino, CA where they announced the new iPhone 6, Apple Watch and the new U2 album, the online store was immediately updated. One long-running Apple product is no longer there: the clickwheel iPod Classic, which has been discontinued, reports Engadget.

The iPod debuted on October 23, 2001 with a then-enormous 5-gig hard drive. By 2007, its storage grew to up to 160 gigs, and also saw the release of the smaller Nano and the super-tiny Shuffle.  By that time, the iPhone had been released and people started to realize maybe they didn't need a separate device for their music. The shuffle remains available, but the iPods that Apple sells now are basically iPhones without cell service.

iPod Classic, rest well in clickwheel heaven. Check out the very first iPod commercial, and some of the 'Silhouette" series, below...

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Raunchy, gravelly-voiced and self-deprecating comedian Joan Rivers, who rose from Greenwich Village standup to occasional host of "The Tonight Show" and star of TV's "Fashion Police," died Thursday after going into cardiac arrest during a medical procedure on Sept. 3. She was 81.

"She passed peacefully at 1:17pm surrounded by family and close friends," her daughter, Melissa, said in a statement. "My mother's greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although that is
difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon."

Rivers had been admitted to New York's Mt. Sinai hospital after she stopped breathing during a procedure on her vocal cords at a New York Clinic, and was placed in a medically-induced coma to assess her condition. - [Variety]

It's been a tough couple weeks for comedy, having lost Robin Williams in August. Joan, you were a real pistol and will be missed dearly. If you only know her from the red carpet, you should definitely check out 2010 documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, it's terrific. RIP, Joan Rivers.

A few classic Joan clips are below...

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Nicky Da B at House of Vans in 2012 (more by Courtney Dudley)
Nicky

New Orleans bounce artist Nicky Da B (real name Nickesse Toney) has sadly passed away. His death was reportedly the result of an illness. He was 24.

During Nicky's short career, he appeared on Sufjan's Christmas rap mixtape, Diplo's "Express Yourself," and more. He came from the same scene that birthed Big Freedia, who he's opened for in NYC. We were also lucky enough to see him in NYC with King Khan and with Tilly and the Wall.

Nicky's DJ and manager Rusty Lazer confirmed the news on Facebook, writing:

There are no words to express the loss all of us who knew Nicky Da B are feeling right now. Thank you all for the kind messages and thoughts. Though his death is tragic he would love nothing more than to be remembered for having brought smiles and joy to people he worked with, performed for and called his friends. He was well loved and one of the brightest artists I've ever known. Keep his family in your thoughts as we make plans to honor his life and make sure his legacy is meaningful and fitting for a talent like his. Thank you all so much. I loved that kid, and the world is a little darker without him.
Rest in peace Nicky.

Some videos below...

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