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photo: BB King at BB King's in 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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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.

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]

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).

Rest in peace BB. You'll be missed and won't be forgotten.

Watch a few live videos below...

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Craig Gruber

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...

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Ben E King

Ben E King, the singer best known for the hit Stand By Me, has died aged 76, according to his agent.

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]

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

Watch Ben sing "Stand By Me" in 1961 here and listen to the song below...

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Kingsmen

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.

"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]

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.

Rest in peace Jack.

Watch The Kingsmen play "Louie Louie" below...

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Bernard Stollman, founder of NYC record label ESP-Disk, has passed away at age 85. The label writes on Facebook:

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.

There will be a memorial service in NYC next month. We will pass along the details after it's arranged.

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.

Rest in peace Bernard.

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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.

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]

Rest in peace, Percy. Your music lives on. Stream his greatest hits via Rdio below...

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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."

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.

Igor from Driven By Boredom adds:
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.

Honestly, now that I think about it Jess' parties are responsible for a massive amount of my sex life.

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.

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:

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...

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Hippos In Tanks

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:

Rest in peace, Barron.

photo: Yes in NJ in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Yes

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...

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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...

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John Renbourn

Folk legend John Renbourn sadly passed away at his home in Hawick, Scotland, The Guardian reports. He was 70.

In addition to releasing a large amount of solo albums from 1965 through 2011, John was a founding member of the great British folk-jazz band Pentangle, along with Jacqui McShee, Danny Thompson, Terry Cox, and Bert Jansch (who we lost in 2011). John contributed guitar and vocals to the band, as well as other stringed instruments including sitar and banjo.

Rest in peace, John. You'll be missed and your contributions to music won't be forgotten.

Listen to Pentangle's arrangement of the traditional "Cruel Sister," the title track to their 1970 epic, below...

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Today I lost a brother. Anthony Jude Pero passed away. A.J. was the final piece in a band that would become an international sensation and one of the greatest live rock acts to ever hit the stage. His sledgehammer assault on the drums helped drive Twisted Sister and I to greatness and inspired me to rock every single show. My heart breaks knowing I will never feel the power of his beat behind me, or turn to see his face smiling broadly from the sheer joy he got from doing what he loved. I will always remember that smile. RIP my friend.

-Dee Snider

Twisted Sister drummer and Staten Island native AJ Pero died Friday, March 20 of an apparent heart attack. He was on tour with Adrenaline Mob when his bandmates unsuccessfully tried to awaken him. He was then taken to a hospital in Poughkeepsie, New York, where he was declared dead just after 11 AM. He was 55.

Rest in peace, AJ, you'll be missed. Watch a few Twisted Sister videos and read tributes from the rest of the band, below...

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Brown, center top, with The Left Banke
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Michael Brown, keyboardist for '60s-era baroque pop band The Left Banke, died Thursday morning (3/19) at age 65 -- the news was posted by bassist Tom Finn on The Left Banke's official Facebook fan page. Cause of death has not been shared. Born Michael Lookofsky, he was one of The Left Banke's founding members and wrote or co-wrote most of their best-known songs, including "Walk Away Renee," "Pretty Ballerina," "She May Call You Up Tonight," and "There's Something on My Mind" (which Jens Lekman sampled for "Black Cab"). His use of harpsichord and clavinet was also key to the band's signature sound.

Rest in peace, Michael. Your music lives on. Stream some of The Left Banke's songs below.

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Insound

Like Stereogum who is reporting the sad news, BrooklynVegan has a long history with and affection for Brooklyn-based, online music seller Insound (who became part of Warner Music Group in 2008). Really sorry to hear they're leaving us. We don't see an official announcement yet, but Stereogum says:

After 16 years of serving independent music fans and obsessives, the online music and merch retailer and venerable indie institution Insound will be shutting down at the end of the month. Founded in 1999, Insound was around for the rise of the internet and the vinyl revival, and they had a hand in distributing and promoting some of the biggest indie acts of the 2000s (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Interpol, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, etc.). They also had a lot of interesting ideas and promotions -- a record of the month club, limited edition Insound-funded Tour Support EPs...
It was a good run.

UPDATE (3/19): Insound confirmed the news today:

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Daevid Allen

And so dada Ali, bert camembert, the dingo Virgin, divided alien and his other 12 selves prepare to pass up the oily way and back to the planet of love. And I rejoice and give thanks," he wrote. "Thanks to you dear dear daevid for introducing me to my family of magick brothers and mystic sisters, for revealing the mysteries, you were the master builder but now have made us all the master builders. As the eternal wheel turns we will continue your message of love and pass it around. We are all one, we are all gong. Rest well my friend, float off on our ocean of love. The gong vibration will forever sound and its vibration will always lift and enhance. You have left such a beautiful legacy and we will make sure it forever shines in our children and their children. Now is the happiest time of yr life. Blessed be.
Prog/psych legend Daevid Allen has passed away at 77 years old, as confirmed by the above message posted to his son Orlando's Facebook page (via Guardian). He announced in February that he had six months to live, after the cancer he was previously treated for spread to his lungs.

Daevid formed the Canterbury Scene prog pioneers Soft Machine in 1966 with Robert Wyatt, Kevin Ayers (who died in 2013) and Mike Ratledge, though he left before the release of their first album. Following his departure, he formed the more psych/space-leaning band Gong, which he fronted (besides intermittent breakups) up through his death. Their last album was 2014's I See You. Throughout this career he also put out numerous solo albums, and was a member of other groups including University of Errors, an early incarnation of Bill Laswell's band Material (known as New York Gong when Daevid was in it), and more.

Rest in peace Daevid. You'll be missed and your contributions to music won't be forgotten.

Listen to some Gong classics below...

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by Bill Pearis

Albert Maysles, second right, with brother David, Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts, 1969
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Mr. Maysles (pronounced MAY-zuls) departed from documentary conventions by not interviewing his films' subjects. As he explained in an interview with The New York Times in 1994, "Making a film isn't finding the answer to a question; it's trying to capture life as it is."

The Maysles brothers made several well-regarded documentaries in the 1960s, but it was "Gimme Shelter" (1970), about the Rolling Stones' 1969 American tour, that brought them widespread attention. It included a scene of a fan being stabbed to death at the group's concert in Altamont, Calif., and the critical admiration for the film was at least partly countered by concerns that it was exploiting that violence.

But the film captured and held the public's attention for decades; it was the basis of a musical of the same title, for which both Christine Ebersole and Mary Louise Wilson won Tony Awards in 2007 after it had transferred to Broadway from Playwrights Horizons. A 2009 HBO film version won six Emmy Awards, including those for best television movie and best lead actress (Jessica Lange). - [New York Times]

Filmmaker and verite pioneer Albert Maysles died Thursday night (3/5) at his home in Manhattan. He was 88. With his brother David, Maysles has made some of the best and best-known documentaries of the 50 years. If you've never seen Gimme Shelter or Grey Gardens you should rectify that immediately. Those and the Maysles Brothers' Salesman are available through the Criterion Collection and can be streamed on Hulu Plus. You can also watch Albert's documentary about "The Gates," the art project that turned much of Central Park orange in February 2005, which one of many films the Maysles made about the works of famed artists Christo & Jean-Claude.

Albert was currently finishing up work on his latest film, In Transit. David Maysles died in 1987. Rest in peace, Albert. You will be missed.

Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy, the sonorous, gaunt-faced actor who won a worshipful global following as Mr. Spock, the resolutely logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise in the television and movie juggernaut "Star Trek," died on Friday morning at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. He was 83.

His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed his death, saying the cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Mr. Nimoy announced last year that he had the disease, which he attributed to years of smoking, a habit he had given up three decades earlier. He had been hospitalized earlier in the week.

His artistic pursuits -- poetry, photography and music in addition to acting -- ranged far beyond the United Federation of Planets, but it was as Mr. Spock that Mr. Nimoy became a folk hero, bringing to life one of the most indelible characters of the last half century: a cerebral, unflappable, pointy-eared Vulcan with a signature salute and blessing: "Live long and prosper" (from the Vulcan "Dif-tor heh smusma"). [NY Times]

Well that is sad news for Trekkies, Trekkers, Federation members, Klingons, Romulans and just about everyone else. In addition to his role on Star Trek (which he reprised for JJ Abrams' reboot), Leonard Nimoy was also a castmember of Mission: Impossible, and was a memorable murderer on the 1973 Columbo episode, "A Stitch in Crime." He was also a director, having helmed Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, as well as 3 Men and a Baby. He also, like his pal William Shatner, made a few albums in the late '60s, like 1967's groovy Mr. Spock's Music From Outer Space, which you can stream -- along with a few other songs and the "video" for his song "The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins," below.

He lived long and prospered. Leonard Nimoy, you will be missed. RIP.

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Bruce Sinofsky

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Bruce Sinofsky, whose series on the "West Memphis Three" cast doubt on the murder convictions of three Arkansas teenagers, catalyzing a movement that led to their release, died Saturday, longtime collaborator Joe Berlinger said. [CNN]
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Metallica recently celebrated the 10-year anniversary of their groundbreaking documentary Some Kind of Monster and sadly, not long after, they are now mourning the death of one of the movie's directors -- Bruce Sinofsky. [LoudWire]
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Bruce Sinofsky, the Montclair-based filmmaker, died at home on Saturday from complications of diabates. He was 58.

He was a very good filmmaker. He was also, much more importantly, a good guy, one I interviewed a number of times over the last 20 years or so, and - although I can't pretend to close friendship - one I am still very sad to lose.

Sinofsky, who was born in Boston, studied filmmaking at NYU, then got a job working for the revered documentarians Albert and David Maysles. [NJ.com}

Rest in Peace Bruce.

Watch/listen to some interviews with Bruce, below...

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Harris Wittels on 'Parks & Rec'
Harris

Sad news from the comedy world. Harris Wittels, who was a writer, producer and occasional actor on Parks and Recreation, was found dead Thursday (2/19) in his Los Angeles apartment of a suspected drug overdose. Wittels, who also worked on East Bound & Down, Comedy Bang Bang, The Sarah Silverman Show and coined the term "humblebrag," was open about his struggles with addiction. Parks and Recreation star Amy Pohler said a few words last night while at a Variety-sponsored charity event:

Today, I lost a friend. I lost a dear, young friend in my life who was struggling with addiction. I'm sharing it with you because life and death live so close together, and we walk that fine line everyday. So, I don't really feel like telling any jokes. I'm kind of sad, and it's really great to be here tonight and listen to all of you, and listen to the great work that you do and be reminded why we live in this bizarre planet called 'Hollywood.' It's very strange.
Harris, you'll be missed. Rest in peace.

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Sixties pop star Lesley Gore died this morning (2/16) at age 68 after a battle with lung cancer. Discovered by Quincy Jones, the Brooklyn-born singer scored a #1 hit with her first single "It's My Party," and made it into the Top 10 with her next three singles. Lesley, you'll be missed. Rest in peace.

Watch Gore's performance on classic '60s concert film The T.A.M.I Show, below...

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New Romantic icon and former Visage singer Steve Strange died Thursday (2/12), suffering a heart attack while on holiday in Egypt. He was 55. In addition to Visage, Strange was known for running the door at late-'70s/early-'80s London clubs Billy's, Blitz and the Camden Palace:

"Steve's door policy was fantastic," recalls Midge Ure, who played alongside Strange in Visage. "He wouldn't let in anyone he didn't like the look of.

"So he famously turned away Mick Jagger because he thought he was too rock and roll. But when David Bowie turned up, all these cool kids suddenly went into turmoil and meltdown because the king had appeared."

Strange told The Independent in 2000: "I remember David Bowie coming to the club because he had heard how bizarre it was. I would stand on the door and I was so strict.

"If people turned up in a wetsuit with their face painted black and white I would say: 'Sorry you can't come in.' It wasn't about that.

"It was about showing your creative side, and about showing that you'd taken time and effort in what you had created. It was about classic style and being outrageous, but done with an element of taste.'' - [BBC]

Midge Ure, who was in Visage with Strange, offered his sympathies:
As co founders of electronic band Visage, Rusty Egan and I are devastated to hear of Steve's untimely passing. He epitomised the vibrancy and flair of the eighties and will always be remembered for being one of the instigators of the Blitz Club and figurehead of the Blitz Kids.
One of the most famous "Blitz Kids" was Boy George who ran the coat check and would go on to form Culture Club. He tweeted, "Heartbroken about the death of my friend Steve Strange. So bloody sad. Such a big part of my life!." Meanwhile, onetime Soft Cell singer Marc Almond had this to say:
Steve Strange was a person who made the World a more colourful and wonderfully mad place, was always so sweet to me from way back in 81 at Molly Parkin's parties, The Camden Palace, Club for Heroes to recent '80s-related appearances. He WAS the New Romantic! Sad loss. And even when I was a provincial Northerner with all the wrong clothes he was such a nice Guy. A light goes out.
You can read more about him and the days of the Blitz club in a nice peice at The Guardian. Steve, you'll be missed. Rest in peace.

Check out a few Visage videos below.

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Joseph Grado, founder of Brooklyn's high fidelity Grado Labs, died on Saturday at age 90. Grado, who was a master watchmaker, started the company in 1953 in the space that once housed the family fruit store in Sunset Park. Grado Labs began by making phono cartridges, and when Joseph's nephew John took over the company in 1990 the focus shifted to their great headphones. (They still make cartridges, though.) The Grado family offered up these words on their website:

The Grado family holds Uncle Joe in the highest regard, and without him, not only would we still be working in a fruit store, but we would have never started making headphones.
Joseph Grado, you made music sound better. Rest in peace.

Watch a video tour of Grado's Brooklyn labs, plus a 2003 Girlmore Girls clip where Dave Rygalski (Adam Brody) talks Grados, below...

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photo: Petal at Golden Tea House in 2014 (via Ryan Balduuin)
Petal

Bummer news for the Philly show scene. First The Church closed ("kind of"), and now beloved DIY spot Golden Tea House has come to an end as well. The venue writes on Facebook:

hey lovelies,
golden tea house is no more. everything we've got booked right now will be moving elsewhere, and we won't be doing any more shows. the why and how aren't really important but suffice it to say it was one of the more predictable inevitable causes. this whole thing has been an absolute pleasure, and we've done so much more than i ever would have predicted. so many absurd, beautiful, brilliant, fun, stupid stupid shows. i can't help but get sappy and sentimental about something that's consumed most of my free time for so long, but we want to most of all say thank you to everyone who ever lived here, booked shows here, played here, helped out, or just came out to support what we were doing. I don't think we did anything that great, and we fucked up more times than i can count, but it was fucking magical nonetheless, and hopefully some of you feel the same. we love you all. keep in touch, we'll be around.
xoxo
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A handful of bands and other venue regulars have posted tributes on Twitter:

Watch The Menzingers, Frankie Cosmos, Tenement, Radiator Hospital, and Diarrhea Planet play Golden Tea House, below...

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photo: Dust La Rock in Brooklyn in 2011 (more by Brook Bobbins)
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Sad news from Fool's Gold Records. They write:

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of original Fool's Gold co-founder and art director Joshua Prince, aka Dust La Rock. His singular talent and uncompromising vision set a foundation for our label as a beacon for artists. He will be missed dearly by the Fool's Gold family and the creative community at large.
He was 38. Cause of death is currently unknown.

Dust La Rock founded the label along with DJs A-Trak and Nick Catchdubs, and has created album artwork for A-Trak, as well as Danny Brown, Action Bronson and others.

A-Trak wrote, "Lost one of my dearest friends today. RIP Joshua Prince aka Dust La Rock, original Fool's Gold co-founder... Art director for myself, Fool's Gold and Duck Sauce. You helped define so much of what I stand for. Love you man. Still can't believe this." Danny Brown also added, "You inspired me so much!!! .. So shocked at this news .. Can't fucking believe this!!!!"

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

Edgar Froese

Dear Friends,

This is a message to you we are very sorry for...

On January 20th, Tuesday afternoon, Edgar Froese suddenly and unexpectedly passed away from the effects of a pulmonary embolism in Vienna.

The sadness in our hearts is immensely.

Edgar once said: "There is no death, there is just a change of our cosmic address."

Edgar, this is a little comfort to us.

Yours,
TANGERINE DREAM TEAM

The above message was sadly posted to ambient/prog/electronic legends Tangerine Dream's Facebook page, announcing the death of founder Edgar Froese. He was 70.

Rest in peace Edgar. Your contributions to music won't be forgotten.

Listen to their classic 1975 album, Rubycon, below...

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