Entries tagged with: RIP
Rolling Stone reports the sad news:
Runaways producer and notorious L.A. music legend Kim Fowley has died. In recent months, he had been undergoing cancer treatments, though no cause of death has been announced. He was 75.It's been 40 years since the Runaways formed and Fowley never stopped creating, as you can see on his Wikipedia page, at his official website and the Rolling Stone obituary.
Charismatic and eccentric, Fowley is best remembered as the record producer for the all-female rock group the Runaways. He introduced Joan Jett, who was 15 at the time, to teenage drummer Sandy West and helped them find frontwoman Cherie Currie, lead guitarist Lita Ford and bassist Jackie Fox. He produced the band's 1976 self-titled debut and co-wrote the band's biggest hit, the punkish "Cherry Bomb," with Jett. He also co-produced the following year's Queens of Noise and helmed the same year's Waitin' for the Night.
Maybe you listened to his SiriusXM show on Underground Garage, noticed him in Beyonce's 2014 video for "Haunted", or read the beginning of his autobiography series. Keep an eye out for the final chapter to still be released.
Rest in Peace Kim.
Watch and listen to a selection of videos and songs below...
by Bill Pearis
Sky / DIIV @ Glasslands' final show
New Year's Eve was the last-ever show for Glasslands on Kent Ave in Williamsburg. The night's secret lineup turned out to be DIIV, Sky Ferreira, Smith Westerns, and openers Beverly. Right before midnight, Glasslands/Popgun owners Rami Haykal and Jake Rosenthal took the stage to thank everyone, bring a few other staffmembers up and ring in 2015, right after which Sky and her band came out, kicking of their set with "Everything's Embarrassing."
Beverly's opening set finished with a cover of The Smiths' "I Know It's Over," which they worked up especially for the night. For the Smith Westerns, who flew in from Chicago just for this show, it was not only their last show at Glasslands, it was their final show ever. (The band decided to break up when guitarist Max Kakacek quit; frontman Cullen Omori is going solo.) DIIV played a handful of new songs alongside favorites like "How Long Have You Known" and "Sometime." Once the live music ended, the danceparty with DJs Discovery began and continued to late into the night.
With that, the once busy block has now gone quiet, musically, as Vice moves into the spaces that once were Glasslands, Death by Audio, Indiescreen, etc. RIP Kent / S. 2nd. Glasslands have said, it's "not forever," so maybe we'll see a new location (or a new club from the same folks)?
A few more cameraphone/instagrams from Glasslands' final night, below...
Singer Joe Cocker, best known for his cover of the Beatles' With A Little Help From My Friends, has died aged 70.Rest in peace to the great Joe Cocker. You'll be missed.
The singer song-writer from Sheffield had a career lasting more than 40 years with hits including You Are So Beautiful and Up Where We Belong.
His agent Barrie Marshall confirmed that he had died of an undisclosed illness. [BBC]
Watch him play "With A Little Help From My Friends" at Woodstock below...
Producer and engineer John Fry, who founded Memphis' Ardent Studios and Ardent Records and worked on all three Big Star albums, died yesterday (12/18). Fry had been diagnosed with cancer earlier this year and suffered a "cardiac event." He was 69:
It was Fry who once said that, "Your moods are affected by your surroundings. I think there is something that operates in Memphis...and at Ardent. I can't explain what it is. You come record here, something good happens to you."Rest in peace, John.
That indeed happened for scores of artists over the 40-plus years since Fry -- who died on Thursday in Memphis -- opened his doors. Ardent hosted sessions by the likes of Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, James Taylor, ZZ Top, R.E.M., Stevie Ray Vaughan, Al Green, the Allman Brothers Band, B.B. King, the White Stripes, the Replacements, Three 6 Mafia, scores of Stax Records artists, Cat Power, M.I.A. and, of course, Big Star, who Fry mentored and made three albums with, and whose members used Ardent "kind of like a school" according to the group's drummer Jody Stephens, who's now general manager of Ardent Music LLC. -[Billboard]
A motorcyclist was killed Thursday in a crash with another vehicle in downtown Los Angeles.We're very sad to learn that the victim referenced in that news story is Michael Hodges who performed and recorded power pop under the name Pop Zeus. While he'd moved to LA, he was a familiar face in the NYC/Brooklyn indie rock scene and in addition to Pop Zeus (who had records out on Burger), he also drummed on and off for The Memories and played in Boom! Burger Records posted a tribute on their Facebook today:
The crash occurred about 2:50 p.m. at the intersection of Cesar Chavez Avenue and Broadway, said Sgt. S. Bailey of the Los Angeles Police Department's Central Traffic Division.
The victim, a 29-year-old Los Angeles man, was riding on Broadway when a 78-year-old Los Angeles woman attempting to turn her vehicle left onto Cesar Chavez Avenue drove into the path of the motorcycle, Bailey said.
The man was thrown onto the street and died after being taken to a hospital, he said.
The woman stayed at the scene and cooperated investigators, Bailey said.
She was not immediately cited or arrested, but the case is under active investigation and the findings will be referred to prosecutors, he said.
- [My News LA]
So unbelievably sad to say we lost the talented and amazing Mikey Hodges aka Pop Zeus yesterday. He really and truly was one of the nicest, raddest and most welcoming dudes we've ever had the pleasure to call a friend. We released Mikey's debut cassette, Pop Zeus, a few years back after I discovered his demos while riding on a train for the holidays. I couldn't get the songs out of my head so I made a note in my book to follow up on it when I got home. So very glad I did because it gave us a reason to let this giant puppy dog of a man into our lives. He was one of a kind.You may also know Hodges from working behind the bar at both Knitting Factory and The Commodore, and for a while at record labels Partisan Records and Secretly Canadian. Rest in peace, Mikey, you'll be missed.
"Rip to the greatest hip hop producer of all times.... Larry Smith. Produced my biggest and most significant hits." - Rev Run
Hip hop producer / musician Larry Smith, the man behind the sound of Run DMC's "It's Like That" and "Sucker MCs" as well as early singles by Whodini, Kurtis Blow (he co-wrote and played bass on "The Breaks" and "Hard Times") and others, has died at age 63. He suffered a dibilitating stroke in 2007 which left him voiceless, partially paralyzed and bedridden since. Last month, Ebony published an "unsung legend" feature on Smith, interviewing Run-DMC's Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels and Kurtis "Kurtis Blow" Walker and others. Said McDaniels:
He was a musician. Even today, you have beat makers and producers who are musicians. The best producers are musicians and DJs. Anybody can make a beat. I could make a beat and then put lyrics on it and it could become a record, but I'm not a musician. Larry knew music. What separated Larry way back then and what allowed him to make all those hits was the fact he was a musician. Run and I used to tease him because he talked like a musician. The jazz, blues, and rock musicians all call each other "cats." We would use our hip-hop slang, and he would always use his musician slang. Run and I were irresponsible little kids. We would giggle when he would say "other cats." We were like, "What the hell is he talking about?" But he was a musician. He could produce blues, rock, gospel, R&B, and hip-hop.Read the rest of the feature here. Rest in peace, Larry.
Maybe Run DMC will have some sort of tribute for him at their Barclays Center show tonight (12/19). A few of Larry Smith's productions can be streamed below...
Nick Talbot, who recorded under the name Gravenhurst, has died. Both his label, Warp, and his manager gave statements:
"We are shocked and saddened to share the news that Nick Talbot aka Gravenhurst has passed away aged 37. An immensely talented singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and journalist, he will be hugely missed. Nick's family and friends request privacy at this difficult time"Gravenhurst's music was a mix of folk, electronica and shoegaze and his most recent album was 2012's Ghost in the Daylight. Warp did just release a compilation of rare Gravenhurst recordings. Stream some of that below.
- Warp Records
"I am utterly devastated to confirm that Nick Talbot, also known under the performing name Gravenhurst, has passed away aged 37. The finest, most extraordinary and inspirational songwriter, singer and performer, and a remarkable producer and journalist, Nick's work has deeply affected so many people all over the world. Outstandingly intelligent, compassionate, fascinating and witty, Nick was the dearest friend and his absence brings indescribable sorrow"
- Michelle Hilborne, Manager
Rest in peace, Nick.
Bobby Keys w/ Keith Richards
Bobby Keys, the larger-than-life saxophone player who toured with the Rolling Stones for more than 45 years and played on studio classics like "Brown Sugar" and "Live With Me," has passed away. He was 70.In addition to playing with The Stones, Keys collaborated with John Lennon, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, The Who, Chuck Berry, and more. Rest in peace Bobby.
"If you believe in the magic of rock & roll, which I devoutly do, it isn't in the individual," Keys told Rolling Stone in 2012. "I've played in bands with A-team players around, but unless they can play together, it doesn't do any good."
"The Rolling Stones are devastated by the loss of their very dear friend and legendary saxophone player, Bobby Keys," the band said in a statement. "Bobby made a unique musical contribution to the band since the 1960s. He will be greatly missed." [Rolling Stone]
Listen to "Brown Sugar" below...
DbA's Edan Wilber crowdsurf's during Lightning Bolt / APTBS / aftermath
Brooklyn DIY showspace Death by Audio closed out its seven-year existence on Saturday (11/22) with headliners Lightning Bolt, old pals JEFF the Brotherhood, as well as A Place to Bury Strangers and Grooms. We've got a proper set of pictures from the finale on the way, but a few cameraphone shots and instagrams are in this post.
Death by Audio, you'll really be missed. More pics below...
Hollywood and Broadway lost one of its most talented directors and best wits. Mike Nichols, who directed The Graduate, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Working Girl and many more, died Wednesday (11/19), at age 83:
Dryly urbane, Mr. Nichols had a gift for communicating with actors and a keen comic timing, which he honed early in his career as half of the popular sketch-comedy team Nichols and May. He accomplished what Orson Welles and Elia Kazan, but few if any other directors have: He achieved popular and artistic success in both theater and film. He was among the most decorated people in the history of show business, one of only a handful to have won an Oscar, a Tony, an Emmy and a Grammy.Rest in peace, Mike. Your work lives on. Watch a couple classic Nichols/May sketches (and a documentary about them), below...
His career encompassed an entire era of screen and stage entertainment. On Broadway, where he won an astonishing nine Tonys (including two as a producer), he once had four shows running simultaneously. He directed Neil Simon's early comedies "Barefoot in the Park" and "The Odd Couple" in the 1960s, the zany Monty Python musical, "Spamalot," four decades later, and nearly another decade after that, an acclaimed revival of Arthur Miller's bruising masterpiece, "Death of a Salesman."
Motown lost one of it's great voices: Jimmy Ruffin, who died at a Las Vegas hospital on Monday (11/17) at age 78.
Ruffin's most enduring hit has to be 1966's "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted," with its majestic, stately rhythm and Ruffin's deeply soulful, sorrowful vocal. He followed up that Top 10 hit with "I've Passed This Way Before" in 1967. In 1980 he enjoyed a comeback hit with "Hold on to My Love."Jimmy's brother (and Temptations member) David Ruffin died in 1991 at age 50.
Ruffin was born May 7, 1936 in Collinsville, Mississippi, the older brother of singer David Ruffin. The brothers made their way north, eventually settling in Detroit, where each (separately) ended up signing with Motown Records, Jimmy as a solo artist and David as one of the Temptations. - [Detroit News]
Rest in peace, Jimmy. Your voice and songs live on. Check out a few songs below...
Big Big Hank (left) w/ Sugarhill Gang
Big Bank Hank (aka Hank Jackson) of The Sugarhill Gang, passed away this morning after suffering from cancer, TMZ reports. He was 57.
The Sugarhill Gang are best known for 1979's "Rapper's Delight," which is often considered the first single to popularize hip hop. The other two thirds of The Sugarhill Gang, Wonder Mike and Master Gee, told TMZ, "So sad to hear of our brother's passing. Rest in peace Big Bank."
Rest in peace, Hank. Watch the video for "Rapper's Delight" below...
Athon (right) w/ Black Tusk @ Studio at Webster Hall (more by Keith Marlow)
Jonathan Athon, bassist of Savannah, Georgia's Black Tusk died this morning (11/9) following a motorcycle accident Friday night (11/7). He was 32.
Fellow Savannah band Baroness posted a tribute on their Facebook:
Some folks shine more brightly than others. Today we lost our dear friend and brother Athon, who distinguished himself, unknowingly, by shining just a little more brightly than the rest of us.Read the rest below...
I remember clearly the night I met Athon about 15 years ago. I was a punk rocker, new to Savannah, and I was struggling to find a group of kids who would accept me into their circle. I met Athon one night in the typically trash strewn back alley of a punk-house party on the west side of town. He was the only person there who didn't stonewall me, or seem to care that I wasn't a regular; and he immediately offered me a drink, a smoke and an told one of his many off-color jokes (as was his style). Our friendship started that night, but continued to develop over the years as we shared company at many more parties, shows, rehearsal spaces and eventually tours.
photo via Twitter
Austin's Housecore Horror Film Festival, the metal/horror festival founded by Pantera/Down's Phil Anselmo and author Corey Mitchell, wrapped up over the weekend and we're now saddened to learn that Corey Mitchell has passed away earlier today. The fest posted on Facebook:
Thank you all for a fantastic weekend - it is, however, with a heavy heart that we here at Housecore Horror Film Festival must announce that our friend and the father of this wicked brain-child, Corey Mitchell, passed away this morning.MetalSucks (to which Corey has contributed over 150 articles) added that he "reportedly suffered the heart attack at Emo's, the festival's main venue, earlier today." Corey had also been working on Phil Ansemlo's autobiography. Rest in peace, Corey.
Please send your thoughts and prayers to his family. He loved the festival. He loved horror. He loved metal. You damn sure know he loved you guys. Cheers, and thank for your respect during this sensitive time.
Jack Bruce, singer, bassist and one-third of classic power trio Cream (as well as a successful solo career), died Saturday (10/25) at age 71:
His family announced the death on his website. A spokesman said the cause was liver disease; Mr. Bruce had received a liver transplant several years ago.Rest in peace, Jack. Watch a full video of Cream's 1968 farewell performance below...
Mr. Bruce was well known in British rock and blues circles but virtually unknown in the United States when he teamed with the guitarist Eric Clapton and the drummer Ginger Baker to form Cream in 1966.
One of the first of the so-called power trios -- the Jimi Hendrix Experience soon followed in its wake -- Cream had its roots in the blues and became known for Mr. Clapton's long, virtuosic solos on reworked versions of blues standards like "Crossroads" and "Spoonful."
"Those original blues records had been done so well, which meant you could only ever be second best," Mr. Bruce was quoted in the booklet for a 1997 Cream compilation CD. "But if you treated those songs with a great deal of love and respect, you could remake them into your own." - [NY Times]
Raphael Ravenscroft, the man behind the saxophone on Gerry Rafferty's "Baker Street," died earlier this week, of an apparent heart attack. He was 60. Arguably the most famous saxophone riff in pop (you know it even if you think you don't), "Baker Street" was a #2 hit in 1978 and Ravenscroft was reportedly only paid £27 for it (and the check bounced). Ravenscroft has also played on records by Pink Floyd, Daft Punk, America, Kim Carnes, Mike Oldfield, Robert Plant, and others.
Rest in peace, Raphael. You "Baker Street" solo lives on. Stream it below...
Sad news from the reggae world: singer John Holt died yesterday (10/19) at age 69. Best known for writing "The Tide is High" while in the band The Paragons which was later made a woldwide hit by Blondie, he's the voice behind a number of reggae classics including "Ali Babba," "See Your Face," "Tonight," "Wear You to the Ball," "Police in Helicopter" and "Stick by Me."
Rest in peace, John. Stream some of his best-known songs below...
Yesterday we found out that the world lost another great musician. Ikey Owens was out on tour with Jack White in Mexico when he died, and it was Jack White's camp who announced the sad news. Today they followed it up with this statement:
The coroner has determined that Ikey Owens died from a heart attack the morning of October 14 at approximately 4 am. The only drugs found in his room were a small amount of marijuana.Rest in Peace Ikey.
Ikey, born Isaiah Randolph Owens, was a GRAMMY award-winning artist best known for his work with Jack White, the Mars Volta, De Facto and Free Moral Agents, among others. He was a beloved member of the music community as well as his hometown of Long Beach, CA.
Ten days ago a video was posted of Ikey talking about his gear before a Jack White show at Red Rocks. Watch that below...
Isaiah "Ikey" Owens w/ Jack White's band at GovBall 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Isaiah "Ikey" Owens, a member Jack White's band who was also in The Mars Volta (2001-2009), the Long Beach Dub All Stars, led his own band Free Moral Agents and contributed to records by Reel Big Fish, Sublime, Mastodon, Saul Williams, El-P, Crystal Antlers and more, passed away in Mexico while on tour with Jack White. Jack's label Third Man Records posted the following:
It is with great sadness that we tell the world of the passing of the incredible musician Isaiah "Ikey" Owens. He will be missed and loved forever by his family, friends, bandmates and fans.Rest in peace, Isaiah. Watch a live video of Jack White's band below...
Ikey Owens was an astounding keyboard player in Jack White's backing band. He also played with Mars Volta, Free Moral Agents, and many other projects.
Out of respect for Ikey, the remaining shows of the Jack White Tour in Mexico have been cancelled.
We will all miss you Ikey. You were and are an incredible artist.
Sad news: Warp Records confirmed today that Mark Bell, one half of pioneering UK electronic act LFO, died last week due to complications after an operation. In addition to his work in LFO (not the American LFO who did "Summer Girls"), Bell collaborated frequently with Bjork, producing her 1997 album Homogenic, her most recent Biophilia, and others.
LFO's 1991 debut, Frequencies, was a landmark record in dance music and Warp Records, and their theme song "LFO" was the label's fifth release ever and first Top 20 hit. Mark, we lost you too soon. Rest in peace.
Stream Frequencies, plus a few other Bell-related streams, below...
by Bill Pearis
Hooks (left) with fellow Sweeney sister, Nora Dunn
It's been a tough year for the comedy world. We just lost another talent: Jan Hooks, who died today at age 57 after "battling a serious illness." Hooks is best known as a Saturday Night Live castmember from 1986 - 1991. She was hired at the same time as Phil Hartman, Dana Carvey, and Kevin Nealon, and the sketch show was just off of one of the most infamously bad seasons it's history (only Dennis Miller, Jon Lovitz and Nora Dunn survived the axe from that cast). That cast she was a part of would become known as one of the best SNL casts ever. She was best known for playing Tammy Faye Baker, Nancy Reagan, Sinead O'Connor... with Dunn, one half of lounge act The Sweeney Sisters. She Hartman had an especially good chemistry together. You can watch a few classic SNL sketches below (including the very touching "Love is a Dream" short with Hartman that may have you reaching for Kleenex).
After SNL, she was a castmember of Designing Women, and made regular appearances on 3rd Rock from the Sun, Primetime Glick, and 30 Rock, among other shows. She was one of the great ones. Rest in peace, Jan. I hope you're dancing with Phil somewhere.
Letha and Dan
Musician and artist Letha Rodman Melchior lost her battle with cancer two weeks ago at age 55. Her husband, Dan Melchoir, wrote:
I am heartbroken to report that my dear, sweet wife Letha Rodman Melchior passed away today. She fought right up until the end. She was the bravest, most alive person I ever knew. I love you Leth.In addition to playing bass in Dan Melchior Und Das Menace she also released her own more experimental music, like 2013's Handbook for Mortals which was released via Siltbreeze. Rest in peace, Letha.
As mentioned, Versus, The Roger Sisters and others were set to play Rough Trade on November 9 as a benefit for Letha. The show will continue as a memorial and fundraiser, also featuring Thalia Zedek Band, Antietam, Cynthia Nelson, and Tara Jane O'Neil (Rodan, Retsin, among others). Tickets are still available and proceeds go to surviving family members.
Stream a couple tracks from Handbook for Mortals, below...
Paul Revere, leader of '60s-era garage rock band Paul Revere & the Raiders, whose classic material was an influence on early punk and later on the garage rock revival, has passed away at 76. Rolling Stone reports:
Paul Revere, organist and ringleader of the long-running rock band the Raiders, passed away October 4th at his home in Idaho, the band's official website revealed. Revere was 76. No cause of death was revealed, but TMZ reports that Revere (born Paul Revere Dick) battled with cancer over the past year. Thanks to his colorful clothing and infectious stage persona, Revere earned a reputation as "the madman of rock & roll." He and his Raiders scored a handful of hits throughout their five decades together, including their anti-drug smash "Kicks."Rest in peace Paul. Your legendary music will live on.
Known for their Revolutionary War-style attire - like something the real Paul Revere or the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band would wear - and their memorable organ riffs, Paul Revere and the Raiders got their start in 1963 with a cover of Richard Berry's "Louie, Louie," which they recorded the same year as the Kingsmen, who had much more success with the single. However, Revere and his Raiders scored four Top Ten singles in the Sixties with "Kicks," "Hungry," "Good Thing" and "Him or Me, What's It Gonna Be." Their biggest triumph came in 1971 with "Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian)." A cover of a John D. Loudermilk-penned track, the Raiders' rendition became an unlikely smash, hitting Number One on the Billboard chart in July 1971 and selling over a million copies.
Watch a video of them playing "Kicks" below...
The Spaceape (real name Stephen Samuel Gordon), who you may know as the vocalist on Hyperdub founder Kode9's influential 2006 album Memories of the Future and its 2011 followup Black Sun, has sadly passed away after battling cancer. Hyperdub posted the following to Facebook:
We are devastated to announce that on Thursday 2nd October, Stephen Samuel Gordon aka The Spaceape, vocalist, poet and live performer, passed away peacefully after a 5 year struggle with a rare form of cancer.Rest in peace Stephen. Watch the "Devil Is A Liar" video below...
He leaves behind his wife Luciana and 6 year old daughter, Cleo. His first release was the 1st release on Hyperdub, 'Sine of the Dub' in 2004 with Kode9, with whom he also released 2 albums, Memories of the Future (2006) and Black Sun (2011).
In 2012 he also self-released the Xorcism EP, appeared on the track 'Spaceape' on Burial's debut album in 2006, and also collaborated with The Bug, Martyn, Jerry Dammers, Redshape, Dub Gabriel, the Echologist and more. Last Monday he released his new EP with Kode9, 'Killing Season' including the video 'Devil is a Liar' which was filmed in July 2014.
Our sincere condolences go out to his family and friends, and all who have been touched by his writings and performances. His Hyperdub family will always miss him.
(photo via Yaffa Cafe)
East Village / St. Marks institution Yaffa Cafe, which served veggie-friendly food "all nite" to drunk NYU students and others, officially closed yesterday after Department of Health problems and losing the permit for their backyard garden earlier this year. (Via EV Grieve.) The place, which opened in 1982, announced in September they were closing for three months for renovations. For those who loved their hummus, fries, salads, breakfast and other affordable fare, their recipes have been passed over to the Simone Martini Bar next door (same owners).