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Goffin

Gerry Goffin's name was not as universally known as that of his former wife and songwriting collaborator, Carole King. But the lyrics that Goffin wrote -- for such early-rock era classics as Will You Love Me Tomorrow, (You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman and Up On the Roof -- have remained in the pop canon for decades.

Goffin -- whose death Thursday at 75 was confirmed by his current wife, Michelle -- met and married King, a budding composer, while both were teenagers. Eventually, they would write more than 50 top 40 hits, among them Little Eva's The Loco-Motion, The Drifters' Some Kind of Wonderful, the Everly Brothers' Crying In the Rain and The Monkees' Pleasant Valley Sunday. - [USA Today]

Brill Building resident and co-writer (with Carol King) of some of the most well-loved songs of the early-'60s, Gerry Goffin you will be missed, but you words live on.

Some of Goffin's most famous songs below...

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Jimmy and friends (as previously posted)
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Jimmy Scott

Just heard the sad, sad news that legend Jimmy Scott has passed away, but at 88 years the influential singer with the special, special voice lived a long life and will be remembered forever. Reuters reports:

Jimmy Scott, a jazz singer whose soulful, androgynous voice won him the admiration of the likes of Ray Charles and Lou Reed before he found a wider audience later in life, has died at age 88, his wife said on Saturday.

Scott died in his sleep at home in Las Vegas on Thursday as a result of cardiac arrest following a period of illness, his wife, Jeannie Scott, said in a telephone interview.

Scott became known as a "singer's singer" who was revered by music figures such as Reed, Quincy Jones and Madonna for rendering standards from the American songbook in his distinctive high register.

His unusual voice was a result of being born with a rare genetic condition called Kallmann syndrome, which meant he never passed through puberty.

Rest in Peace, Jimmy, and say hi to Lou!

Some videos, including the trailer for a documentary on him, below...

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Casey Kasem

One of the most recognizable voices in America is now silent. Radio personality and actor Casey Kasem died today (6/15) at age 82. Born Kemal Amin Kasem in Detroit he created American Top 40 in 1970 and he counted down the hits on some form of the program till his retirement in 2009. In addition to his radio work, Casem did a lot of work in animation: he was the voice of Shaggy on Scooby Doo Where Are You?, Robin on Batman/Super Friends, plus parts on Battle of the Planets (G-Force), and the '80s Transformers series. He acted as well, mostly in the '70s -- you may see him pop up in episodes of Hawaii 5-0, Quincy, Charlie's Angels and other programs.

His catchphrase was "Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars." We'll miss you, Casey. RIP. Some clips below...

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(photo via @furoche's instagram)
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Brooklyn DJ Furoche (real name: Xochil Zack Fortune) died yesterday after being struck by a vehicle while riding his bike at Hart and Broadway in Bushwick Brooklyn. Blog Do Androids Dance offers up this Euology:

Furoche was an incredible producer, engineer, and DJ He had his hands in screen printing, cinematography, and a million other ventures. The stories that he's left behind are legendary, he was one of the most caring and kind souls that music has ever connected me to, and we lost a great artist and a staple in the New York party scene way too early. Ma-Less has had him at her Shake 'n Bass party in Orlando numerous times. He was a personal friend, and we were planning on moving to LA together. This loss is painful, and it's personal.
Furoche was scheduled to perform with Gangsta Boo of Three 6 Mafia in Denver this weekend. A memorial fund has been created to raise money for Fortune's funeral expenses if you'd like to donate. RIP, Furoche. You can listen to one of his recent mixes and a track he made with Gangsta Boo below...

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Sad news from the world of comedy. The BBC is reporting that Rik Mayall has died at age 56. He's probably best-known in America for playing Rick, the pompous, would-be anarchist and "people's poet" on The Young Ones, the "punk" sitcom that aired in The US on MTV during the network's early years. He also starred in 1991's Drop Dead Fred with Phoebe Cates, and numerous other British sitcoms. Rik, you'll be missed. Rest in peace.

Check out some Young Ones clips below...

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by Ian Chainey

Doc Neeson
Doc Neeson

Bernard "Doc" Neeson of the Australian rock group The Angels has died following a 17 month long battle with a brain tumor. He was 67.

The Angels -- known as Angel City in America -- never quite crossed over to the worldwide market, but built a large Australian fanbase thanks to their energetic, rootsy rock that balanced a harder edge with earworm melodies. After a successful stint supporting AC/DC in the mid '70s, the band found Australian chart success with 1976's "Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again?" The song would become something of an anthem for the group, due in large part to the accompanying audience participation. The call of "Am I ever gonna see your face again?" prompted the crowd response of "No way! Get fucked! Fuck off!" But they were more than just a gimmick. Over a series of successful albums, the group displayed a wit and dexterity that moved them past other rockers of the pub variety.

The Belfast transplant Doc Neeson began as the band's bassist and eventually moved to full-time singer duties. He was known for his energetic live performances and his canny reads of catchy hooks. His voice had elasticity, able to nail both a croon and a razor-throat wail.

While American success escaped the Angels, they still made some waves in the US music scene. Guns n' Roses were known to cover "Marseilles" in concert and Great White took a stab at "Face the Day."

RIP, Doc. You can stream some representative singles from the Angels -- including a particularly spirited version of "Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again?" -- below...

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Alex

The chemical scientist who reinvented the popular party drug ecstasy has died at the age of 88 from liver cancer.

Alexander Shulgin earned his nickname, the Godfather of ecstasy, after honing a way to make the drug - and testing it out on himself to check it had worked.

A Facebook post by his wife and research partner, Ann, said he died "surrounded by family and caretakers and Buddhist meditation music".

He lived out his final years at his home in Northern California.

...During the swinging '60s, he says he made and tested hundreds of concoctions.

In 1965, he parted company with Dow, but continued his studies and began teaching classes at local universities.

Nearly a decade later, he came across a compound closely related to what we now call ecstasy or MDMA.

MDMA had been previously synthesised and patented in 1912 by the pharmaceutical company Merck, but was never fully explored within humans. [BBC]

RIP Alexander.

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I tried to copy Maya's fluid voice early on but failed miserably. But because of her I found my own... RIP Maya Angelou and thank u - @QtipTheAbstract

And we have lost our wisest woman - the maker of the most beautiful words. I couldn't love you more Dr. Maya. Thank you. Fly free. - Kimya Dawson (@mrskimyadawson)

Momentarily took the air out of me hearing you passed over. Then I smiled for you. REST IN GLORY MAYA ANGELOU. Luv! - @Nas

"I was thinking about her lately. GOD Bless the Soul of one if my heroes. Dr Maya Angelou" - @Common

"i was very fortunate to meet and have dinner with maya angelou some years back in nyc. what a remarkable woman we've lost." ― @Moby

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou, the memoirist and poet whose landmark book of 1969, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" -- which describes in lyrical, unsparing prose her childhood in the Jim Crow South -- was among the first autobiographies by a 20th-century black woman to reach a wide general readership, died on Wednesday in her home. She was 86 and lived in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Her death was confirmed by her longtime literary agent, Helen Brann. No immediate cause had been determined, but Ms. Brann said Ms. Angelou had been in frail health for some time and had had heart problems.

As well known as she was for her memoirs, which eventually filled six volumes, Ms. Angelou very likely received her widest exposure on a chilly January day in 1993, when she delivered the inaugural poem, "On the Pulse of Morning," at the swearing-in of Bill Clinton, the nation's 42nd president, who, like Ms. Angelou, had grown up poor in rural Arkansas. - [NY Times]

We lost one of America's most distintive voices today. Rest in peace, Maya Angelou. Your words live on.

Watch her read "On the Pulse of Morning" at Clinton's inauguration and read President Obama's tribute to her, below...

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by Bill Pearis

EVR

As we learned last night at a meeting for all their radio hosts (our metal blog Invisible Oranges has a show on the station), East Village Radio will be shutting down after 11 years of online programming. The online station signs off for good on Friday, May 23. EV Grieve broke the news publicly this morning. They write:

Popularity hasn't been an issue with East Village Radio, who counted more than 1 million listeners worldwide a month (this after starting as a short-lived 10-watt FM radio station in April 2003). However, under the Congressional Digital Music Copyright Act of 1998, Internet broadcasters must pay a digital performance royalty for every listener.

"We pay a higher rate for royalties and licensing than Pandora pays. We live in a world where these behemouth music-streaming services keep going in for more capital," said Peter Ferraro, the general manager/head of programming at East Village Radio. "It's almost like we are being penalized for our growth.

"It's very difficult for an independent medium music company to survive in a world where Apple is paying $3.2 billion for Beats by Dre."

I guest hosted more than a few times for DJ Pledge's show and there was something special about having the booth on right there on 1st Ave, having passers-by peering into the tiny room. Invisible Oranges' final show on EVR will be Tuesday, May 20 from 10 PM - Midnight (you can listen to archives now).

East Village Radio is/was founded and owned by restaurant owner Frank Prisinzano (Frank, Lil Frankie's, Supper & Sauce). Frank himself held the meeting where we found out last night, at Lil Frankie's right before our 2nd to last Invisible Oranges show.

East Village Radio, you'll be missed.

by Ian Chainey

H.R. Giger on the set of 'Alien'
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Acclaimed artist and designer H.R. Giger has died. The 74 year old Swiss surrealist succumbed to injuries suffered in a fall at his home.

Born in 1940, Giger rose to art world prominence in the later '60s, early '70s, creating terrifying and thought-provoking paintings and sculptures that sought to unify the logic -- or lack there of -- of Giger's night terrors with the precise, hyper-realistic lines befitting his architectural background. His work often focused on an intermingling of machinery and humanity, exploring a duality present in modern existence. It was phallic and fetishistic, yet not exactly sexualized, playing off of taboos and asking viewers to confront perceived contradictions. Soon, the entertainment world would come calling, leading towards a number of high profile projects, including album art design, movie art direction, interior design, and various commercial commissions; an incredible feat for an artist whose work was often considered shocking and grotesque.

From Emerson, Lake & Palmer, to his design work on Alien, to the Dead Kennedys' Frankenchrist insert which launched an obscenity trial, and much more, everyone had an experience or a reaction to Giger's work. As a testament to his ubiquity, Giger's aesthetic is now so familiar, his name can easily be invoked as a descriptor or other artists' work. Fortunately, his success occurred within his lifetime. He'll be missed.

A selection of H.R. Giger's work, his familiar music commissions, and a NSFW documentary, Revealed, appears below.

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"RIP Jiwon Lee" - Liza Dye

"Sad to hear about Jiwon Lee. I hadn't seen her since high school, but her voice and mannerisms still stand out in my memory. RIP." - Nick Hurwitch

"Hard part about losing Jiwon is knowing she would have been there for anyone struggling. #jiwonlee" - Diana Saez

"Jiwon Lee ?? miss you, beautiful girl. http://instagram.com/p/nl8n5dC-Kp/" - Anya Garrett

"Here's Jiwon Lee playing "Doctor" with @peteholmes @mccarthyredhead in 2008 http://youtu.be/dpdP0t0Fd2I" - TheComicsComic

"Truly sorry to hear about Jiwon Lee. My heart is with her friends and family. Suicide truly sucks. Lost my cousin a month ago & it's tough." - Emily Cohen

"Thanks all for sharing info about #JiwonLee They found her. My thoughts are with her family. A stunner and a star. " - Abbi Crutchfield

Jiwon LeE

Comedian and dental student Jiwon Lee went missing at the beginning of April. Rumors started to circulate that she may have commited suicide. Today a body matching Jiwon's description was pulled out of the Hudson. Those close to Jiwon are telling us that it was in fact Jiwon. Tragic news. Rest in Peace Jiwon.

Services are planned for this weekend. More details to follow.

UPDATE: The family has released the following statement via the GoFundMe page they had running:

Dear Friends,
Thank you for your continued prayers, donations, and support. Unfortunately, Jiwon, beloved daughter, sister, and friend has gone on to a better place. Our family thanks you at this time for respecting our privacy. We are currently planning a memorial service to honor Jiwon and will post further details as soon as possible.
The NY Post notes: "Her cellphone was tracked to the George Washington Bridge, prompting speculation she had jumped."

by Ian Chainey

Joe Young (left) with Antiseen
Joe Young

Antiseen guitarist Joe Young has died. He was 54.

Started in 1983, Charlotte's Antiseen always wanted to stand apart from, and piss off, the reigning punk pack, going so far as to mention it right in the band name: 'anti-scene.' The group favored simple, power-chord assaults in the vein of The Stooges. Their music was aggressive, their lyrics controversially antagonistic, and their live show was confrontational, drawing their share of praise from peers owning a similar mindset. One in particular was GG Allin, who the band collaborated with on Allin's 1991 release Murder Junkies. They would also later collaborate with Hank Williams III. But, Antiseen weren't mere hired guns. They released records frequently, racking up a total currently standing at 84 according to Discogs.

Away from the outfit, Joe Young released an EP, Bury the Needle, in 1988. He was also politically active, running for city counsel and state house as a libertarian.

To get a feel for Antiseen and Young's contributions, you can watch the 'destructo' finale from their 20th anniversary show in 2003 and listen to the 1996 LP version of the song they released through Sub Pop's Singles Club in 1992, below...

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The comedy world just lost a big one: former Mad Magazine editor Al Feldtein, who died Tuesday (4/29) at his ranch in Paradise Valley, CA. He was 88. From the NY Times obit:

Mr. Feldstein had been a writer and illustrator of comic books when he became editor of Mad four years into its life and just a year after it had graduated from comic-book form to a full-fledged magazine.

The founding editor, Harvey Kurtzman, established its well-informed irreverence, but Mr. Feldstein gave Mad its identity as a smart-alecky, sniggering and indisputably clever spitball-shooter of a publication with a scattershot look, dominated by gifted cartoonists of wildly differing styles.

Sources disagree about Mad's circulation when Mr. Feldstein took over; estimates range from 325,000 to 750,000. But by the early 1960s, he increased it to over a million, and a decade later it had doubled.

He hired many of the writers and artists whose work became Mad trademarks. Among them were Don Martin, whose cartoons featuring bizarre human figures and distinctive sound effects -- Katoong! Sklortch! Zazik! -- immortalized the eccentric and the screwy; Antonio Prohias, whose "Spy vs. Spy" was a sendup of the international politics of the Cold War; Dave Berg, whose "The Lighter Side of ..." made gentle, arch fun of middlebrow behavior; and Mort Drucker, whose caricatures satirized movies like Woody Allen's "Hannah and Her Sisters" ("Henna and Her Sickos" in Mad's retelling).

Al Feldstein taught many of us the delights of snappy answers to stupid questions (among other things), even if our parents hated that we "wasted" our money on Mad. Rest in peace, Al.

DJ E-Z Rock

Rodney Bryce, aka DJ E-Z Rock, whose 1988 single with Rob Base, "It Takes Two," was a massive hit and has been sampled countless times, has passed away at age 46. Cause of death not yet revealed. Rob Base confirmed the news to Rolling Stone, who write:

Questlove included ["It Takes Two"] on his Top 50 Hip Hop Songs of All Time for Rolling Stone, singling out James Brown drummer John "Jabo" Starks' work for the Brown-produced "Think." "Jabo's sparse, all-on-the-one funk was more at home with conservative soul lovers, which is why it makes total sense that... Jabo was the anchor of the New Jack Swing movement," wrote the Roots drummer. "Jabo's go-to magnum opus was on the five-break-filled JB-produced 'Think (About It)' by Lyn Collins. James' holy ghost yelp almost threatens to upstage Starks' show, but it's Starks' steady glide that gave R&B music its blueprint some 15 years after its release."

The duo released two other singles from their debut album --"Joy and Pain" and "Get on the Dance Floor"--but "It Takes Two" would be the standout single off the group's debut album of the same name. The album was certified platinum in 1989 and reached No. 31 on the Billboard 200, an impressive feat for a hip-hop album at the time.

Bryce would not appear on Rob Base's 1989 follow-up The Incredible Base, but reunited with the rapper for 1994's Break of Dawn.

Rest in peace, Rodney.

Watch the video for "It Takes Two" below...

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DJ Rashad @ Pitchfork Fest 2013 (more by Cory Dewald)
Rashad

After hours of rumors circulating on Twitter, the Chicago Tribune confirms what we didn't want to hear...

Chicago footwork and juke pioneer, DJ Rashad Harden, 35, died Saturday afternoon, according to police.

Chicago police are conducting an investigation after a friend found Harden's body in an apartment on the 2100 block of West 21st Street, said Hector Alfaro, a news affairs officer at the Chicago Police Department.

Detroit's DJ Godfather initially tweeted the news. Godfather was scheduled to perform with DJ Rashad tonight.

Police said that Harden died of a suspected drug overdose. Narcotics and drug paraphernalia were allegedly found near his body, they said. The Cook County medical examiner's office said he was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:50 p.m. An autopsy is slated for Sunday, according to the office.

Rest in peace Rashad!

DJ Rashad was scheduled to play the Pitchfork Fest again in 2014. He was just in NYC for a show at Cameo after a trip to SXSW.

Big Glo (via Chief Keef's Instagram)
Big Glo

Chicago rapper Big Glo (real name Mario Hess, formerly Blood Money) was shot and killed in his hometown of Englewood overnight, Chicago Tribune reports. He was 33.

The rapper was Chief Keef's second cousin, a member of Keef's Glory Boyz Entertainment, and recently appeared on his song "Fuck Rehab." He had also just recently signed his first major label deal with Interscope. From the Chicago Tribune article:

Glo's manager said he was trying to get the 33-year-old musician out of Englewood and the city. "It's a lot of crime and violence in Chicago, these rap guys are being targeted, so you know, just trying to get him outside the neighborhood. He's from the streets," Renaldo Reuben Hess said early Thursday morning.

"He was basically trying to just get his rap career together because that's a good opportunity," he said. "They gave him some money up front. It was a good chance for him to get himself out the hood."

Police said two shooters opened fire just south of 56th Street on Elizabeth Avenue around 9:45 p.m. Wednesday, leaving more than two-dozen shell casings in the street.

Hess was shot as many as 10 times and pronounced dead at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County. A 28-year-old man was wounded and taken to Stroger by a family member, Police News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro said. He was in serious condition.

This follows recent news that Chief Keef was questioned by police about a shooting at his manager's house, and he's been associated with gun violence in Chicago before.

Rest in peace, Big Glo. Watch the "Fuck Rehab" video below...

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Ultimate Warrior
Ultimate Warrior
Ultimate Warrior

Warrior (June 16, 1959 - April 8, 2014), born James Brian Hellwig, was an American professional wrestler, who most famously wrestled under the ring name The Ultimate Warrior, or Warrior. He was best known for his appearances in the World Wrestling Federation (now WWE) from 1987 to 1991 and again in 1992 and 1996, and in World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in 1998.

He won the WWF Championship when he pinned Hulk Hogan in the main event of WrestleMania VI. Hellwig legally changed his name to Warrior in 1993. Warrior retired from professional wrestling in 1999 and embarked on a public speaking career. On June 25, 2008, he returned to wrestle Orlando Jordan in Barcelona, Spain defeating him in a match booked by the Italian Nu-Wrestling Evolution promotion. Warrior was described by WWE as having been "the ultimate archetype of strength and intensity", and "one of the most intense and physically impressive competitors to ever appear in the WWE".[Wikipedia]

WWE CEO Triple H is reporting the sad news: "Saddened to announce the passing of the Ultimate Warrior. Icon and friend. My sympathy to his wife Dana and his daughters".

Rest in Peace Warrior.

Footage of the man on TV Monday night and more, below...

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by Bill Pearis

confetti rains at Lada Gaga's Roseland farewell, 4/7/2014 (photo by @talithaanne)
Roseland

Roseland this morning (photo via @sayitaintsosis)
Roseland

Roseland opened in New York in 1919 and hosted icons like Count Basie in the Thirties. It relocated to its 52nd Street home (a former skating rink called Gay Blades) in the late Fifties, where a display inside touted the number of couples who'd met there and married. In the Seventies and Eighties, the spot was a disco haven; in the Nineties its 3,500-capacity crowds moshed to Nirvana and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Its next occupants will be a 59-story apartment building, according to the New Yorker.

As a Manhattan native, chances are Gaga has many connections to the club, but she didn't regale the crowd with any personal stories about transformative nights on Roseland's famously springy dance floor (she earlier told a reporter about a Franz Ferdinand show there during her senior year of high school where she broke her nose in the pit). Instead, she stuck to her usual self-empowerment lectures ("Do you love you? Then scream!") and spent an outsized amount of time bidding farewell to the female dancer who slithered across the stage with her for Artpop's squelchy bisexual romp "Sexx Dreams." - [Rolling Stone]

Lada Gaga's seven-show run at Roseland came to a close last night (4/7) and with it the end of one of New York City's most famous clubs which had been in its present location since 1958.

Roseland was also home to the annual, over-the-top gay dancefest The Black Party and The Village Voice has a cover story on it, the venue and the changing face (and location) of club culture in NYC:

Pevner scouted other venues, but the Black Party not only needs a dance floor large enough to accommodate thousands of people, but also an entire weekend to install its own soundsystem and light rigs. The Saint at Large, which has held the party at Roseland for a quarter century, had a two-year option extending through 2015. "I told my lawyer to write a letter to address that we employ a staff full-time to work on this," Pevner says, "and if you're going to renege, here's the settlement." Pevner insisted that Ginsberg keep the club open at least through the third weekend in March, the one nearest the vernal equinox, which the party celebrates. According to Pevner, "They didn't want to end with the Black Party." So Ginsberg ended up with a win-win: Gaga gets reams of publicity and the club goes out in a blaze of glory.

Still, serious dance enthusiasts will always remember the club more for its unobstructed quarter-acre dance floor than as a midsize concert venue. Everything about Roseland was outsize, right down to its 14 coat-check windows.

More than anything, Roseland's closing marks the most painful sign to date that New York City's big rooms have become an endangered species. That a luxury residential space will likely replace it confirms the main culprit: an insatiable appetite for upscale housing that has transformed Manhattan, from the financial district to Harlem and beyond -- what Fordham professor Mark Caldwell, author of New York Night: The Mystique and Its History, has called "galloping gentrification."

I saw a lot of shows at Roseland, though mostly in the '90s -- Blur, and Oasis come to mind and I got to go to the Rolling Stones show there in 2002. My last visit there was for Big Audio Dynamite in 2011. I was never crazy about seeing shows there, but I always dug the classic vibe. What shows did you see there?

Roseland, you'll be missed.

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Portishead famously played their in the late 90s. I say famous because not only was it an exciting show at the time, the show was recorded for a live album and DVD. Watch the whole thing (via someone uploading it to YouTube), below...

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Mickey
Mickey

Screen legend Mickey Rooney has died at age 93. Born in Brooklyn in 1920, Rooney grew up in show business. He was a child star in the silent era and transitioned successfully into talkies and musicals, becoming a huge star in the '30s and '40s with his "Andy Hardy" films, many of which co-starred Judy Garland. In the 1950s, he had his own television show while continuing to make movies, and kept on rolling through his autumn years -- he was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in 1979's The Black Stallion -- and had projects lined up for this year. He was one of the greats.

Watch a CNN tribute, a few numbers from his Andy Hardy pictures and other videos, below. Rest in peace, Mickey.

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Brown Bird in 2012 (photo by Mikael Kennedy)
Brown Bird

David Lamb of Providence, RI folk duo Brown Bird has passed away after a battle with leukemia. His bandmate, MorganEve Swain, posted a letter to their Facebook:

Dear friends,

Over the past year, and especially this past week, I have been so overwhelmed and grateful for the amount of love that has surrounded Dave and me throughout our life and career together. You all have posted so many beautiful stories about Dave- how humble he was, how gracious, how talented...He certainly was all those things.
Four days after Dave and I met we became bandmates, lovers and business partners, and set the tone for what our life would be for the next six years. We never imagined the amount of success we would enjoy in those years, how many incredible friendships would be forged, the experiences we would share, and nothing could have prepared us for the events of this past year.

Dave entered the battle with leukemia as only Dave could- determined, steadfast, smiling and always with his mind on our future. His incredible ability to continue writing through his struggle is something I'll forever aspire to.

This week was the toughest in the battle, as Dave's body began to shut down under the stress of a year-long fight and a sudden and aggressive leukemic relapse.

Today, surrounded by his family and so many friends, Dave peacefully let go.

Thank you for all the love you've all shown us. It helped so very much to know we had an army behind us.

Love and gratitude,
MorganEve

In celebration of his life, there will be an event held in Providence this Tuesday (4/8) with music from some of Dave's friends. Tom, the band's manager, wrote on Facebook:
Hi everyone, this is Tom, Brown Bird's manager.

We are organizing a celebration of Dave's life this Tuesday, April 8th. The event will be held at the Columbus Theatre in Providence, RI, and is free and open to the public. We asked some of Dave's friends to play - Joe Fletcher, Death Vessel, Alec K Redfearn and Last Good Tooth. Doors will open at 7:30pm, and the event will start at 8:30. Please spread the word - we want a room full of fans, friends and family!

This has been a rough time but the amount of support that has been given has been beautiful and overwhelming. So many people felt a connection to Dave, and we really appreciate everyone that has shared their stories and thoughts.

Rest in peace, Dave.

Watch a Brown Bird video below...

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The Gates of Slumber at Saint Vitus in 2012 (more by Caroline Harrison)
TGoS

In incredibly sad news, it's being reported that Jason McCash, former bassist for doom greats The Gates of Slumber, has passed away. He was 37.

McCash had initially left the band this past September, and they called it quits soon after. The band write on Facebook:

My best friend died last night. There will be no reunion - no more of TGoS. It's dead beyond dead, and I've lost a brother.

Please be respectful or silent. It's a small world and I'm still alive. Remember that shit.

No cause of death has been reported at this time.

Rest in peace, Jason. You'll live on through your music.

Watch some Gates of Slumber videos below...

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Frankie

Details are scarce at this point but 5 Chicago is reporting that house music pioneer Frankie Knuckles has died at age 59, with corroboration from his [90s Def Mix Productions partner David Morales. Though born in The Bronx, it was when Frankie began DJing at The Warehouse in Chicago that a new dance music style was born. From Bob Stanley's Yeah Yeah Yeah: The Story of Modern Pop:

As disco died out completely and R&B slowed down, Frankie Knuckles started to play reel-to-reel re-edits of old disco records, extending them with the help of a Rhythm Master (the box built into most electric organs to help the suburban Reginald Dixon keep time). A local record store called Imports Etc started to label records with an 'as played at the Warehouse' sticker, which was soon pared back to 'the 'House', and a new genre had been tagged.
Sad, sad news. Frankie, you changed the sound of dance music forever and will be missed. Stream his classic 1987 single "Your Love" below...

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DOA

Reports have been coming in that Dave Gregg of legendary Vancouver hardcore band D.O.A. passed away last night (3/30). He was 54.

A cause of death hasn't been officially confirmed, but Straight.com reports that he may have suffered a heart attack after a possible aneurysm, and he is said to have died in the hospital.

Dave was in D.O.A. from 1980 to 1988 and played on their most classic albums, including their 1980 debut Something Better Change and its followup, Hardcore '81, both of which have proved influential on hardcore and punk in the decades that followed. (In fact, Fucked Up's Damian Abraham shouted them out on Twitter a day before Dave's death.)

Rest in peace, Dave. Your contributions to music won't be forgotten. Stream some classic DOA below...

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GWAR-B-Q 2013 (more by Josh Sisk)
GWAR

GWAR @ Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by Tim Griffin)
GWAR

GWAR @ Irving Plaza - Zombie Prom (more by Chris La Putt)
GWAR

Crack-a-Thon 2010 (more by Gabi Porter)
Crackathon

This week started with the sad news that GWAR frontman Dave Brockie (aka Oderus Urungus) had died. Since we first posted, GWAR's manager released another official statement:

On behalf of Dave Brockie's family, Slave Pit Inc. and GWAR, we would like to thank all the loyal fans worldwide for the outpouring of love and support shown to us over the past few days. Knowing that we have such amazing family, friends and fans is truly helping us all get through this tough time.

We are awaiting a toxicology report from the medical examiners office to confirm the cause of death. The medical examiners office has informed us that the results can take one to three months to be processed. Standard protocol exists that a toxicology procedure be performed.

We have made funeral arrangements and a private memorial has been scheduled for close friends and family.

According to local Richmond, VA station WTVR, authorities are treating the death as drug-related, though TMZ said "one law enforcement source said, "There were no drugs found, as far as I know.". TMZ also points out that Brockie was sitting in a chair when found

Just last week, GWAR announced the date for this year's GWAR-B-Q: August 16 at Hadad's Lake in Richmond, VA. (We went last year.) It will still happen as planned (ticket info TBA), and the official Brockie public memorial will take place the day before (8/15) at Hadad's Lake. More info to come.

Some of the members of GWAR -- past and present -- talked to WTVR in a memorial piece which you can watch below.

Meanwhile, other tributes have been flooding in from all over. Jon Stewart, who used to bartend at NJ club City Gardens where GWAR often played (watch an entire 1988 concert shot there below), mentioned Brockie's death when interviewing Gibby Haynes earlier this week on The Daily Show; TOOL dedicated their show on Monday (8/24) in Cedar Park, TX to Brockie; FOX News show Red Eye, on which Oderus appeared many times, paid tribute on Tuesday (watch below); and Williamsburg's Vinnie's Pizza in Brooklyn has GWAR specials today on their well-known specials board:

The specials menu @ Vinnie's in Brooklyn today (3/28)
Vinnies

Over at Invisible Oranges, Scab Casserole penned a funny, moving tribute to Oderus:

Too often, we take metal too seriously. There's a reason for that -- many of us were lost before we found metal, so to laugh at the thing that made us complete seems like blasphemy. For many, the best metal is defined by how true-ness, by stern beliefs and hard limits held by musicians concerning everything from politics to production values. On top of that, good metal is created through hard work by ultra-dedicated musicians, which is no joke if your music of choice is incredibly technical and atmospheric. But metal is also gross. The majority of us are boozy, eczema-riddled, semi-literate jackasses, even those legendary figures we like to idolize. Cliff Burton took rank shits and Euronymous jacked off on his mother's sheets. GWAR were honest about all that, even under a hundred pounds of foam rubber. They were the KISS of the '90s, when things like KISS had been recognized as totally silly, even if they were also totally awesome. GWAR expressed their politics by beheading Ronald Reagan onstage. They didn't invite you into the GWAR Army, they threw you into the Slave Pit or fed you to the alien. Their songs contained traces of grunge, funk, alternative, and even hip-hop, because why not? Nothing is sacred, everything is awful, let's have fun.
Read the whole thing -- and we highly suggest you do, it's great -- over at Invisible Oranges.

Though we think "Scumdogs of the Universe" is a true classic, GWAR are probably the ultimate "must see live" band and there's really no better tribute to Brockie than to watch footage of his endless creativity and humor, onstage as Oderus. We've got lots of clips -- as well as some infamous TV appearances (Joan Rivers, Jerry Springer) and their Empire Records cameo -- below....

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Christo Buffam (via Facebook)
Christo

NYC musician Christo Buffam, who played in Brooklyn shoegazers Dead Leaf Echo, The Vandelles and other bands, has sadly passed away. As Vanyaland reports, no cause of death has been reported yet.

Dead Leaf Echo posted an RIP to their Facebook, and The Vandelles also posted a long tribute:

It is with incredible grief and heartbreak that we write our dear friend and creative collaborator Christo Buffam has passed on from our tangible world. The day we met in Boston we knew he was an incredible person - after all he took us to IHop for breakfast where his dry wit and grey bandana won our hearts - he was effortlessly cool. In less than a year he would come to take on a huge role in both our lives as an immensely thoughtful friend and the course of The Vandelles as a designer, screen printer, and songwriter. I remember spending countless hours at our space in Danbro working on his song Nocturnal until one day he played me Miles Away and I was blown away by his ability to capture what he was feeling in his lyrics. Christo was a bright star of creative conviction who was always the one putting in tons of hours making posters, going to every show under the sun, or introducing new friends to old ones and visa versa. When he truly believed in something or someone he was behind them one hundred percent, and he would go to great lengths sometimes at his own expense to help in any way he could. Christo, we will miss your smile, we will miss your wit, we will miss your scowl, and above all we will miss you. Forever in our thoughts and hearts.

Anyone looking for info on what we know so far or upcoming plans for the wake/funeral should get in touch with Jasno Swarez here on facebook. In the coming weeks a get together will be planed for us all to get together and celebrate Christo's artwork, music, and life. We will post all info when we have it. Thank you everyone for your condolences, and please extend your sympathy to Christo's family and friends.

Fellow NYC musician Twin Shadow also instagrammed a tribute:
Very sad to hear about the talented and brilliant Christo Buffam. He was a friend. I hadn't see him in a while and was out drinking with friends a month ago and looked up behind the bar. There he was, and my face lit up to see him. He poured shots for us all. I'm glad I had a toast with him before he died. Rest In Peace, I wish we had time to get closer.
Both The Vandelles and Dead Leaf Echo were set to open for Bauhaus' David J at Pianos in April. No word if those bands will still play as planned.

Rest in peace Christo, you'll be missed.

Watch some Vandelles and Dead Leaf Echo videos below...

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