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Founding OOIOO member Kyoko has passed away. Exclaim points out that her bandmate Yoshimi P-We (also of Boredoms) posted the above photo to Instagram and wrote the following:

This is Yoshimio.
I regret to inform you that my friend, Kyoko has passed away morning on July
Kyoko came from same hometown as I am . We started OOIOO together. She was
the first guitar player of OOIOO. She left the band to concentrate to cure
her illness but she came to help selling merchandise sometimes to our shows.
She started the band with Itoken who was also her longtime partner.

Kyoko was 183cm tall. She was on her own pace , optimistic and natural blur.
I loved her very much. I do not like to believe she is no longer with us
anymore. I love to see her again.

Rest in peace Kyoko.


Grooveshark co-founder Josh Greenberg, a pioneer in Gainesville's student startup movement, was found dead in his bed Sunday by his girlfriend in the house they shared. He was 28.

Lori Greenberg, his mother, said Monday he had no health problems and she was told by police who investigated Sunday night that there was no evidence of foul play, injuries or drugs.

She said her son was more relieved than depressed about the settlement that shut down Grooveshark on April 30 since it ended the lawsuit that had been hanging over his head. Several record companies had sued the online music streaming service over copyright violations.

...The medical examiner was performing an autopsy Monday morning and would know if there were obvious problems with Greenberg's heart or brain, otherwise, toxicology results would be done in two or three months, Lori Greenberg said.

"They are as baffled as I am," she said. [Gainesville.com]

Josh Greenberg, founder of Grooveshark (which shut down in April after 8 years of existence), was found dead in his Gainesville home at age 28. Cause of death is unknown, and police found no evidence of foul play or suicide.

Our thoughts go out to Josh's friends and family.

The L Magazine RIP
The L Magazine RIP

The L Magazine, the free weekly magazine that started in 2003, has ceased publishing its print edition. This week's issue was its last as the editors wrote:

Weird news you may have heard already: As of today, July 15th, The L Magazine will no longer be published as a print magazine. This is neither tragic nor particularly sad nor further proof that everything is fucked. It is rather-and we realize this may seem like a line of bullshit-a decision we've made so that we can focus on and grow our sister publication, Brooklyn Magazine, which, starting in September, will go from being a quarterly publication to a monthly one. This is very exciting.

It's become common to sentimentalize the Brooklyn of the very recent past; it doesn't take much encouragement before people begin to wax nostalgic about the way things used to be before the condos went up, or this bar closed, or that chain store opened, or these people moved out, or these other people moved in. It's an understandable tendency, this need to reflect upon a now-broken past; we do it in order to better understand our present, and to make sense of the decisions we'll need to make to build our future.

The L, which continues as a website goes through each of its years of existence in print, highlighting notable events, albums, books, openings, and average asking price of an apartment in various neighborhoods. Northside Media Group continues to publish Brooklyn Magazine in print and run the Northside Festival, among other things. RIP, L Magazine print edition.

Already filling that void is Time Out NY, which turns 20 this year and which became a free weekly back in April.

Nick Cave with his sons Arthur and Earl
Nick Cave

Today in very sad news, Nick Cave's 15-year-old son Arthur died after falling from a cliff near Brighton on Tuesday. The Guardian reports:

His death is not being treated as suspicious. Nick Cave and his wife, Susie, paid tribute to Arthur, who also leaves behind his twin brother, Earl, in a short statement confirming his death.

"Our son Arthur died on Tuesday evening. He was our beautiful, happy, loving boy," it read. "We ask that we be given the privacy our family needs to grieve at this difficult time."

A Sussex police spokeswoman said: [...] "Members of the public carried out first aid on the boy before he was taken to the Royal Sussex county hospital, Brighton, just after 6pm. He later died there of his injuries. The death is being dealt with by the coroner's officer."

Really sad. Our thoughts go out to Nick and his family.

Singh (right) playing MoMA PS 1 Warm Up last summer (via Facebook)
Charanjit Singh

Indian musician Charanjit Singh passed away in his sleep on Sunday in his Mumbai home, reports The Wire. He was 75.

His 1982 album Ten Ragas to a Disco Beat, predated (and inadvertently predicted) acid house and has since been heralded as a classic. Singh, who played North American shows last year (including a few in NYC), was getting ready for a London performance as well as a recording session of Indian folk music. Rest in peace, Charanjit Singh.

Stream Ten Ragas to a Disco Beat, below...

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

Chris Squire, the co-founder and longtime bassist of prog rock icons Yes and the only member of the group to feature on every studio album, has passed away just over a month after revealing that he was suffering from a rare form of leukemia. Squire was 67. Current Yes keyboardist Geoff Downes first tweeted the news, "Utterly devastated beyond words to have to report the sad news of the passing of my dear friend, bandmate and inspiration Chris Squire."

Yes confirmed Squire's death on their official Facebook page. "It's with the heaviest of hearts and unbearable sadness that we must inform you of the passing of our dear friend and Yes co-founder, Chris Squire. Chris peacefully passed away last night in Phoenix Arizona, in the arms of his loving wife Scotty," the band wrote in a statement. [Rolling Stone]

RIP Chris. You'll be missed and your music will live on.

Yes's upcoming tour is scheduled to hit the NYC-area this August. Watch a video of Chris playing "Close To The Edge" with the band in 2013, below...

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Ron Moody Oliver Fagin RIP died

We've already said goodbye to a lot of people today, and here's more sad news. Ron Moody, best known for playing Fagin in Oliver!, died today (6/11) in London. He was 91. From The Guardian:

Moody was on his way to becoming a sociologist when he fell into acting. He got his first taste of show business aged 16 when he worked as a wages clerk at Elstree studios. He spent the second world war in the RAF before going on to study at the London School of Economics. Years later, he remembered: "While there, I got dragged into taking part in a student revue and ended up writing, and appearing in, a few sketches. In short, I got the stage bug."

He reluctantly auditioned for the role in Lionel Bart's musical that made him a star: "At first, I never wanted to do it. They told me there was this musical of Oliver Twist, so I went to see the Alec Guinness film, which I found to be so anti-semitic as to be unbearable.

"But Bart is as Jewish as I am and we both felt an obligation to get Fagin away from a viciously racial stereotype and instead make him what he really is - a crazy old Father Christmas gone wrong."

In addition to his role as Fagin, Moody appeared in many other movies and television shows and, at one point, turned down the role of Dr. Who. Rest in peace, Ron Moody. Watch his "You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two" number from Oliver! below...

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Dusty Rhodes

Today is full of sad news. Here's some more from the WWE:

WWE is deeply saddened that Virgil Runnels, aka "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes -- WWE Hall of Famer, three-time NWA Champion and one of the most captivating and charismatic figures in sports entertainment history -- passed away today at the age of 69.

Runnels became a hero to fans around the world thanks to his work ethic, his impassioned interviews and his indomitable spirit. Moreover, Runnels was a dedicated father to WWE Superstars Goldust (Dustin Runnels) and Stardust (Cody Runnels), a caring husband and a creative visionary who helped shape the landscape of WWE long after his in-ring career had ended.

WWE extends its sincerest condolences to Runnels' family, friends and colleagues.

Rest in Peace, Dusty.

Today we also learned of the passing of Christopher Lee and Ornette Coleman

Christopher Lee, RIP

Horror icon, occasional metal musician, and all-around cool dude Christopher Lee died on Sunday (6/7) in a London hospital. He was 93. From Billboard:

According to media reports, Lee died on Sunday morning, June 7 at Westminster Hospital in London after being admitted for respiratory problems and heart failure. The Guardian reported that his wife, former Danish model and painter Gitte Kroencke, decided to release the news days later in order to inform family members first. The couple had been married since 1961.
Lee was a staple of Hammer Films' horror films, played the (thrice) titular James Bond villain in The Man with the Golden Gun, freaked audiences out in The Wicker Man, and had roles in both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, and the Star Wars prequels (as Count Dooku, he was probably the least lame thing in those). But it wasn't until late in life that his love of opera, history AND heavy metal came to the fore, working with Rhapsody of Fire and Manowar before releasing his first symphonic metal LP, Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross, in 2010. You may also remember his 2012 metal Christmas single. Rest in peace, Christopher Lee. You led a long, awesome life.

Stream Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross via Rdio and watch the video for Lee's "The Bloody Verdict of Verden," below.

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photo: Ornette Coleman at Prospect Park in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
Ornette Coleman

The alto saxophonist and composer Ornette Coleman, one of the most powerful and contentious innovators in the history of jazz, died on Thursday morning in Manhattan. He was 85.

The cause was cardiac arrest, a representative of the family said.

Mr. Coleman widened the options in jazz, and helped change its course. Partly through his example in the late 1950s and early '60s, jazz became less beholden to the rules of harmony and rhythm, and gained more distance from the American songbook repertory. His own music, then and later, became a new form of highly informed folk song: deceptively simple melodies for small groups with an intuitive, collective language, and a strategy for playing without preconceived chord sequences. [NY Times]

One of jazz's greatest and most influential saxophonists, Ornette Coleman has sadly passed away at age 85. Much of his music (like the seminal 1959 album, The Shape of Jazz to Come) broke new ground for the genre, and his reach also extended outside of jazz, influencing rock artists such as Lou Reed.

Rest in peace Ornette. You'll be missed.

Ornette Coleman's last public appearance was the big celebration in Brooklyn's Prospect Park last year that also included Patti Smith, Thurston Moore, Flea and more. More pictures (like the one above) here. Listen to some Ornette Coleman below...

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

Riley B. King, the legendary guitarist known as B.B. King, whose velvety voice and staccato-picking style brought blues from the margins to the mainstream, died Thursday night.

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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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.


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)

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

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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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:


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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