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by Bill Pearis

Al on 'Midnight Blue'
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A true NYC iconoclast, Al Goldstein has died. From the NY Times obit:

Al Goldstein, the scabrous publisher whose Screw magazine pushed hard-core pornography into the cultural mainstream, died on Thursday at a nursing home in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. He was 77.

The cause was believed to be renal failure, his lawyer, Charles C. DeStefano, said.

Mr. Goldstein did not invent the dirty magazine, but he was the first to present it to a wide audience without the slightest pretense of classiness or subtlety. Sex as depicted in Screw was seldom pretty, romantic or even particularly sexy. It was, primarily, a business, with consumers and suppliers like any other.

The manifesto in Screw's debut issue in 1968 was succinct. "We promise never to ink out a pubic hair or chalk out an organ," it read. "We will apologize for nothing. We will uncover the entire world of sex. We will be the Consumer Reports of sex."

Mr. Goldstein, who lived to shock and offend and was arrested more than a dozen times on obscenity charges, stuck around long enough for social mores and technology to overtake him. By the time his company went bankrupt in 2003, he was no longer a force in the $10-billion-a-year industry he pioneered. But for better or worse, his influence was undeniable.

"He clearly coarsened American sensibilities," Alan M. Dershowitz, the civil liberties advocate and Mr. Goldstein's sometime lawyer, said in 2004.

"Hefner did it with taste," Mr. Dershowitz added, referring to Hugh Hefner, the founder and publisher of Playboy, which predated Screw by 15 years. "Goldstein's contribution is to be utterly tasteless."

While I was never a Screw reader, I will admit to watching his show Midnight Blue occasionally on MNN paid access Channel 35 when I moved to NYC in the late '90s. There really wasn't anything else like it. What I remember more than the rampant sex and nudity was Al Goldstein's epic "Fuck You!" rants which he would aim at airlines, car rental agencies, restaurants, basically anyone that pissed him off. You can watch a NSFW compilation video of some of his Midnight Blue rants, below. Rest in peace, Al.

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by Bill Pearis

Chromewaves

A sad day in music blog land: one of the first, Chromewaves, called it quits today after 13 years. Which is a long time to do this. Especially when the whole time it was just one guy doing it -- Toronto resident Frank Yang, who posted almost every day for Chromewaves' entire run. Says Frank in today's final post:

This is not a decision that I've taken lightly. I've basically spent the past year waiting/hoping for the spark of musical discovery and impulse/compulsion to share to reignite, but it simply hasn't. Know that early drafts of this post were very different and very pointed - I planned wonderful rants about commodification, listification, commercialization, devaluation, trivialization, all kinds of -ations - but while therapeutic, were not the note I wanted to go out on. Music and blogging and music blogging have been very, very good to me, but I fear that were I to keep at it that gratitude would further curdle into resentment and cynicism and this thing that I've built, that has defined and directed so much of my life this past decade plus and am very proud of would suffer for it.

Already I feel the quality of what I do has diminished relative to its peak and I don't want to stay around too long, like the pro athlete who doesn't know when to quit and needs either a torn hamstring or demotion to the minors to get the message. And so I've played out this season - I think we're done with 2013 things - and am hanging it up. I am certain that I will miss many, many things about being an active and constant voice in the conversation about new music, but shouting at and over the ever-deafening din of the music hype echo chamber to fewer and fewer ears won't be one of them. The machine can't stop, won't stop, and I need to get off.

I've known Frank for a while and he's genuinely one of the nicest guys in the blogosphere (do they even say that anymore?). No doubt he'll still be listening to tons of music and going to shows, but giving his typing fingers a much-deserved rest. We'll miss you Chromewaves.

Stream the song that gave Chromewaves its name below...

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Jim Hall

Jim Hall was a guitar god, but not in the sense that he could blaze through a zillion notes a minute. He was worshipped by guitarists around the world, but you'd never know it from talking to him.

"I don't really have all that much technique anyway, so I try to the best with what I have you know," he said to me earlier this year.

The best he had influenced half a century of jazz musicians, earned him the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master honor and widely designated him as one of the greatest jazz guitarists of all time. It was also enough to be named one of the 25 guitarists "who shook the world," along with Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Van Halen, according to Guitar Player magazine in 1992.

Jim Hall died in his sleep early Tuesday (12/10) morning, according to an announcement from his daughter, Devra Hall Levy. His death came less than a week after celebrating his 83rd birthday. [NPR]

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

Watch a video below...

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One of the most beloved leaders of the 20th century, Nelson Mandela died Thursday at the age of 95.

Mandela, who inherited a country on the verge of civil war and torn apart by racial violence, will forever be remembered for bringing hope and reconciliation to South Africa. Controversial for much of his life, he ultimately became a beacon of optimism for people both at home and around the world.

The iconic leader -- known for his charismatic personality, soft-yet-stirring speeches and charitable work post-politics -- spent 27 years behind bars for opposing white rule in his country before becoming South Africa's first black president in 1994. - [CTV]

RIP, Nelson Mandela. The impact you had on the world remains.

The Special AKA's single "Free Nelson Mandela" is below...

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Junior Murvin

Not to be confused with Wailers guitarist Junior Marvin, Murvin is the possessor of a fabulous falsetto. (In the late '60s he did reggae covers of Curtis Mayfield tunes and was known as Junior Soul.) In 1976, after some success writing for others, he teamed with legendary producer Lee Perry and delivered "Police and Thieves," an instant classic with phenomenal impact in both Jamaica and England (it came as a timely remark on increased racial tensions in both nations). As an added intercultural bonus, the song's appropriately rebellious lyrics offered The Clash a convenient way to make an early reggae statement on their first LP. - [Trouser Press]
Reggae great Junior Murvin has died at age 67 due to complications from diabetes and hypertension, reports Billboard. His distinctive falsetto lives on through his classic recordings, though. Rest in peace, Junior.

Stream Junior Murvin's album Police and Thieves below...

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"RIP Parmegiani, timeless and endlessly inspiring music from you." - Laurel Halo

Bernard Parmegiani

Parmegiani belongs to to the same pantheon as Luc Ferrari and François Bayle - groundbreaking French composers, operating in the orbit of musique concrète figurehead Pierre Schaeffer, who helped clear the ground for the following half-century of appropriative musical practice. He passed away earlier today, age 86; a cause of death has yet to be officially confirmed.

Parmegiani began his creative life working as a sound engineer for French television (although, famously, he also spent time training as a mime artist with Jacques Lecoq) in the late 1950s. Having caught the attention of Schaeffer, he enlisted at the GRM - a notable hub of composers investigating the burgeoning field of musique concrète, and the epicentre of European electronic music practice at the time - and began working as a composer proper. [FACT]

French composer Bernard Parmegiani, who was responsible for innovations in avant-garde and electroacoustic music, passed away this week. He was 86. Cause of death has not been reported yet.

Rest in peace, Bernard. You can listen to some of his work below...

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by Wyatt Marshall

Chris Meyer

A cyclist who died in a bike accident that is being described as a possible hit and run has been identified as Christopher Meyer, a 32-year-old Greenpoint resident and an employee of Permanent Records. Meyer was allegedly struck in the northbound lane of Meeker Avenue between Frost Street and Manhattan Avenue around 3:53 a.m. Monday morning and was pronounced dead at Bellevue Hospital.

According to Gothamist, there is video of the location of the crash that shows a cyclist hitting a curb and wrecking into the street. From Gothamist:

Investigators are in possession of video footage showing a cyclist riding directly underneath the BQE before hitting a curb and falling into the northbound lane, according to Harry Rosenblum, the co-founder of The Brooklyn Kitchen, who spoke with NYPD Detective Gerard Sheehan earlier today. Rosenblum's business is located at the intersection of Frost Street and Meeker Ave, but Rosenblum said his security camera did not capture footage of a cyclist around the time of the crash.
Before working at Permanent Records, Meyer spent five years working at Sound Fix in Williamsburg, where he also contributed to the newsletter, before it closed on Record Store Day earlier this year. In various news reports, friends have described him as an avid cyclist and a lover of music with a special fondness for heavy metal.

Update: DNA Info confirms:

After the crash on Monday morning, police said a hit-and-run had occured.

But the NYPD's Collision Investigation Squad later found that Meyer fell under the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway when his bike's front tire hit a curb, throwing him to the ground, police said Tuesday evening.

Permanent Records writes:
We are absolutely devastated to have to tell you that P-Recs employee & fellow Greenpoint resident Christopher Meyer was killed in a bicycle accident on Sunday night. It's a very small & close-knit staff we have here, and we're all really struggling to put our feelings & confusion into words at this time... it's a truly huge loss for us and our entire community. We're still waiting for details on any upcoming memorial services... please let us know if you know anything and we'll pass on details when we have them. Take care of each other, friends.
Our hearts go out to Christopher Meyer's friends and family. Details are forthcoming on a memorial service to be held in Brooklyn. UPDATE: the funeral is Friday 2-4 & 7-9 @ Marinello Funeral Home (493 Middle Country Road, Coram, NY 11249).

If anyone has any information about this incident, contact the police immediately.

Danto

Arthur C. Danto, a philosopher who became one of the most widely read art critics of the Postmodern era, championing avant-garde artists like Andy Warhol and proclaiming the end of art history, died on Friday at his home in Manhattan. He was 89.

The cause was heart failure, his daughter Ginger Danto said.

The author of some 30 books including "Beyond the Brillo Box," and "After the End of Art," Mr. Danto was the art critic for The Nation magazine from 1984 to 2009 and a longtime philosophy professor at Columbia.

"His project, really, was to tell us what art is, and he did that by looking at the art of his time," said Lydia Goehr, a Columbia University philosophy professor who has written extensively about Mr. Danto. "And he loved the art of his time, for its openness, and its freedom to look any way it wanted to."

Mr. Danto was pursuing a successful career in academic philosophy when he had a life-defining moment. As he recalled in numerous essays, it happened in 1964 when he encountered a sculpture by Andy Warhol in a New York gallery. It was "Brillo Box," an object that seemed to Mr. Danto to differ in no discernible way from the real cardboard soap-pad container it copied. - [NY Times]

That's two Warhol-related deaths this weekend. Rest in peace, Arthur. Your thoughts on art are still relevant today.

You can read Danto's 2009 book on Andy Warhol in its entirety via Google Books.

Lou Reed at 2012 Tibet House Benefit (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Lou Reed

Lou Reed, one of the most important, influential, and beloved musicians of our time, has passed away today at 71 years old, reports Rolling Stone. You know him as a key member of iconic experimental rock band The Velvet Underground, a prolific solo artist, and one who has remained active for almost fifty years, having recently performed with Metric, Philip Glass, Metallica, his wife Laurie Anderson, and many more.

The cause of death is not yet known, but he did enter a hospital for a liver transplant earlier this year.

Countless musicians have had rewarding careers making music directly inspired by Lou Reed's own, and he's made fans out of countless others. Rest in peace, Lou. Your music and its impact will always be remembered.

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Marcia Wallace

Actress Marcia Wallace, the voice of Edna Krabappel on the Fox show "The Simpsons" and earlier Carol Kester, the receptionist on the 1970s sitcom "The Bob Newhart Show," has died at 70.

"I was tremendously saddened to learn this morning of the passing of the brilliant and gracious Marcia Wallace," said executive producer, Al Jean. "She was beloved by all at The Simpsons and we intend to retire her irreplaceable character."

Wallace, who had survived breast cancer, died at home, according to a Fox publicist, Antonia Coffman. - [Reuters/NYT]

In addition to acting, Wallace was a constant prescence on '70s and '80s game shows. Some clips from Password Plus and Match Game below. We'll miss you, Marcia. Rest in peace.

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"Utterly devastated up hear of the loss of Codie Ravioli. #restinpeacesister" - Justin Vivian Bond

"So sad to hear of the death of my neighbour, NYC legend and dog-walking chum @CodieRavioli The East Village is a wee bit less sparkly" - Alan Cumming

"RIP @CodieRavioli. Such a powerful and inspiring life." - Michael Cavadias

"Made a toast to @CodieRavioli with @garbo2000 & @DarianDarling tonight! We miss you Codie xx" - Miss Guy

"Heaven has a new Queen!!!? R I P my sweet friend. I will never forget all the trouble you and I would get into at Boy Bar!" - Chi Chi LaRue

"RIP TO AN AMAZING HUMAN BEING AND BEAUTIFUL SOUL..@CodieRavioli WE LOVE YOU. XOXO" - Patricia Field

Codie Ravioli

"The sudden passing of the legendary Codie Leone, aka Codie Ravioli, has downtown reeling. A heart attack while out for a walk did her in. She was an icon, an inspiration, who always had a kind word or something delightfully snarky to say. Maybe best known for her career with Patricia Fields" [Steven Lewis]
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Codie Leone, a prominent New York-based transgender stylist and advocate, died on October 23.

Codie Leone was a prominent figure in the transgender community of NYC for the past few decades. An influential hair stylist and makeup artist, Leone was also an integral presence in the New York club scene. After living in Las Vegas for a time, Leone moved back to New York and gained status as an important stylist; working at the famous Patricia Field Salon... [GLAAD]

Rest in Peace Codie.

Codie is featured, along with many other prominent NYC club kids and drag queens, is featured in a new Pat Fields documentary entitled "The Little House That Could". The trailer for that is below...

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Ronald Shannon Jackson

Ronald Shannon Jackson, an avant-garde drummer and composer who led an influential electric band and performed with many of the greatest names in jazz, died on Saturday at his home in Fort Worth. He was 73.

His death, from leukemia, was confirmed by his son Talkeye.

Mr. Jackson, whose distinctive look included long hair that he once braided with rivets and subway tokens, had a muscular style that set him apart from his fellow avant-garde jazz drummers, providing for a thunderous yet economical rumble infused with funk, marching-band patterns and African styles. His band, the Decoding Society, showed his knack for writing rigorous yet approachable music.

He performed over the years with Charles Mingus, Betty Carter, Jackie McLean and Joe Henderson. But his name was most closely linked with three free-jazz pioneers: the saxophonist Albert Ayler, the pianist Cecil Taylor and, foremost, the saxophonist Ornette Coleman, who also hailed from Fort Worth. [NY Times]

Rest in peace, Ronald.

Watch a video of him performing in 1999, below...

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Noel Harrison

Singer Noel Harrison has died at his home in Devon, aged 79.

The son of the actor Rex Harrison, he was best known for recording the hit song The Windmills Of Your Mind on The Thomas Crown Affair soundtrack.

It won best song at the 1968 Oscars and was later covered by artists including Dusty Springfield.

Harrison spent much of his life in America, as an actor and performer, but moved back to the UK in the last decade or so to live in South Devon.

He once said, of recording The Windmills Of Your Mind: "It didn't seem like a big deal at the time. I went to the studio one afternoon and sang it and pretty much forgot about it."

Harrison continued: "I didn't realise until later what a timeless, beautiful piece Michel LeGrand and the Bergmans had written. It turned out to be my most notable piece of work." [BBC]

British pop singer Noel Harrison, whose song "The Windmills of Your Mind" was a big hit and has been covered many times, has passed away. Rest in peace, Noel. You'll be missed.

Listen to "The Windmills of Your Mind" below...

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Vixen

On behalf of JSRG which includes the three original members of Vixen, Janet Gardner, Share Ross, Roxy Petrucci along with Gina Stile are heartbroken to announce the sudden passing of Vixen founder and lead guitarist, Jan Kuehnemund who lost a valiant battle with cancer on Thursday, October 10, 2013.

Much more than simply a brilliant guitarist and amazing songwriter, Jan was one of the kindest souls you could ever hope to meet. She remembered everyone's birthdays and special occasions with gifts and was one of the most gracious women on the planet.

Through her year long battle with cancer, Jan was very courageous. She never complained and never gave up. The cancer beat her body but it never broke her spirit at any moment.

-JSRG's Facebook

RIP, Jan Kuehnemund. A couple '80s Vixen videos below, along with the rest of the band's Facebook message.

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Philip Chevron w/ The Pogues at Terminal 5 in 2011 (more by Chris La Putt)
Philip Chevron

Philip Chevron, guitarist for legendary Celtic punk/folk band The Pogues, has passed away after a 6-year battle with cancer. He was 56. The Guardian reports:

Philip Chevron, who played guitar for the Pogues, has died at the age of 56. He had been treated for head and neck cancer in 2007 and was given a clean bill of health in April 2012. A new tumour appeared in August 2012, however, and was deemed inoperable. He died on Tuesday morning.

Chevron joined the Pogues following the release of their debut album, Red Roses for Me, initially on a temporary basis. He was a full-time member by the time they recorded their second album, Rum, Sodomy and the Lash. Although the Pogues' songwriting was dominated by Shane MacGowan, Chevron contributed one of the band's best-loved songs, Thousands Are Sailing.

In 1976, Chevron had founded one of Ireland's first punk bands, the Radiators from Space. Their songs were later covered by folk singers including Christy Moore and Mary Coughlan.

Rest in peace, Philip. Your contributions to Celtic punk and music in general will be remembered.

Watch some videos of The Pogues in NYC in 2011 below...

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Elbows

Goodbye Elbo.ws...

...With a heavy heart, however, we feel it's time to turn off the bot. It's not an easy decision, but a few factors have proven hard to overcome. We get more DMCA notices these days than ever before (mostly regrading photos, believe it or not) and our advertising has dried up. Google doesn't appreciate our aggregation as it once did.

At this point, we're planning on keeping the lights on until the end of November. After that, we'll probably redirect the domain elsewhere.... [Elbows Blog]

It's been real.

Mike Boone (via)
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Reports are trickling in that bassist Mike Boone of the longrunning stoner sludge band Sourvein has passed away.

Details remain scant, but multiple sources have made public mention of Boone's death. His side band S.O.L. posted the following on their Facebook:

Today we lost out brother Mike Boone. I (Keith) have known him since I was 12 and Mike Ramzi Ateyeh and I started our first band together. I love you Mike and will think of you everyday. You will be missed dearly brother."
Meanwhile, the Doom Stoner & Sludge fan page posted:
"RIP Mike Boone Bassist of SOURVEIN!"
For their part, Sourvein have not issued a formal statement regarding Boone, but they did cancel their scheduled appearance at Philly's Kung Fu Necktie last night at the last minute.

More details as they emerge.

Rest in peace, Mike. You'll be missed. Watch a video of Sourvein at Saint Vitus in 2012, below...

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a bowtied Ray Dolby in the mid-'50s
Dolby

Audio engineer Ray Dolby, who literally changed the way recorded music sounded, died at his San Francisco home on Thursday (9/12). He had been suffering from Alzheimers and was recently diagnosed with Leukemia. His contributions to music and film cannot be overstated:

"In 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind,' the sound of the spaceship knocked the audience on its rear with the emotional content," said Sidney Ganis, a film producer who is a former president of Paramount Pictures and a former president of the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. "That was created by the director, but provided by the technology that Ray Dolby invented."

The Dolby name became synonymous with high fidelity. For his pioneering contributions to audio engineering, Dr. Dolby received an Oscar, several Emmy Awards and a Grammy. He was also awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation by President Bill Clinton and was appointed a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.

Trained in engineering and physics, Dr. Dolby started Dolby Laboratories in London in 1965 and soon after introduced technology that produced cleaner, crisper sound by electronically reducing the hiss generated by analog tape recording.

Decca Records was the first customer to buy the Dolby System. The noise-reduction technology quickly became a staple of major record labels. - [NY Times]

Rest in peace, Mr Dolby.

Check out a Dolby Labs memorial video below...

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Josh Burdette

Josh Burdette, [Washington, DC's} 9:30 Club's manager and perhaps the most recognizable presence in all of Washington nightlife, has died. He was 36.

With his large ear gauges, facial piercings, tattooed forearms and imposing physique, Burdette was not someone a fake ID-holder ever wanted to encounter. A fixture at the club since 1997, the man known as "Big Josh" or "That Guy at the 9:30 Club" resisted being called a bouncer. "A bouncer is looking to bounce people. It's a reactive way of doing things," Burdette told The Post's Chris Richards in 2006. "We're the face of the club, and we have to do our best to be as friendly, polite and accessible as we can. Some of us look big and scary, but we're just people, too. We're just working our jobs."
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9:30 Club co-owner Seth Hurwitz issued the following statement:

"Josh was one of the wisest people you would ever meet. When you talked to him, you hoped you would be lucky enough to retain some of that wisdom, but you had to make the effort as he never forced it on you. But every word he spoke was from one of the kindest, most thoughtful and well-centered folks you could hope to have in your life.

And then there was the fantastic joke that people that didn't know him fell for every time. Here was this scary looking dude that was a complete contradiction of his appearance. I think everyone felt a little ashamed and learned from that.

We were all so proud to have him as our ambassador to the world. He was as 9:30 as 9:30 gets.

I'm pretty good at moving on but this one's gonna be tough. There will be no getting over it, sorry."

[Washington Post]
Rest in peace, Josh.

Adam Fischer

Though we don't have many details, we are sad to report that the music industry is today mourning the loss of Adam Fisher, a sound engineer and tour manager who has worked for Bowery Presents, Knitting Factory, The Polyphonic Spree, Crocodiles, and many more. Those who knew him, loved him, like the Dum Dum Girls who already Instagrammed the above picture with the caption "love you adam", and tweeted, "Very grateful for the time we spent touring the world with Adam Fisher. Please take care of yourselves everyone. <3". Young Prisms and NOTHING have also acknowledged the great loss. Rest in Peace Adam.

UPDATES:
* read a tribute to Adam by Mishka Shubaly
* Yeasayer tweeted, "RIP Adam Fisher Yeasayer Tour Manager 2010. So many crazy memories. "
* Memorial being planned at the Well

Caspian

Dear Friends,

We write to you today with heavy hearts and indescribable sadness to tell you that our bass player, Chris Friedrich, died unexpectedly Sunday afternoon. We have lost a close friend, a true brother, and a presence that can never be replaced in any of our lives. Chris epitomized the heart and soul of Caspian, and in our own ways -- both individually and collectively -- dedicate ourselves to honoring his memory. We ask for privacy. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

We will be paying tribute this Saturday (8/31) to Chris by performing at The Engine Room in Manchester, NH. This is a benefit show for a friend of Chris's who is seeking funding for a lung transplant. Chris was instrumental in putting this show together, and is the only way we know how to honor his memory at this time. You can find more information in our events section for this performance.

We love you all so very much.

Beverly, MA post-rock band Caspian posted the above message to their Facebook page, reporting the unfortunate passing of their bassist, Chris Friedrich. As mentioned on the note, the band will play a tribute show for him in NH this Saturday (8/31).

Rest in peace Chris. Your contributions to this powerhouse live band will always be remembered.

Some videos below...

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Eyehategod at Saint Vitus in November 2012 (more by Lukas Hodge)
Eyehategod

As reported at Invisible Oranges, legendary Eyehategod / Outlaw Order drummer Joey LaCaze passed away on Friday (8/23) according to reports. Circumstances are unknown at this point. LaCaze was 42 years old and leaves behind a wife and daughter.

The drummer had just returned from a stint in Europe and was gearing up to play a series of 25th anniversary shows scheduled for September.

RIP Joey LaCaze. Though the music of Eyehategod will live forever.

Video and audio from Eyehategod are below...

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Cedar Walton

Sad news from the jazz world: Hard-Bop pianist Cedar Walton has passed on at the age of 79 in Brooklyn.

Walton grew up in Dallas, Texas. His mother was an aspiring concert pianist, and was Walton's initial teacher. She also took him to jazz performances around Dallas. Walton cites Nat King Cole, Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk and Art Tatum as his major influences on piano. He began emulating recordings of these artists from an early age. He attended the University of Denver as a composition major originally, but was encouraged to switch to a music education program targeted to set up a career in the local public school system. This switch later proved extremely useful since Walton learned to play and arrange for various instruments, a talent he would hone with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers -[Wiki].
Warren, a prolific solo artist as well, also collaborated with some major names of the era, including Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt, Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Jimmy Heath, Pat Martino, Donald Byrd, Freddie Hubbard and many many more. RIP Cedar Wilson, your recordings will live on.

Allen Lanier at Best Buy Theater last year (more by Jim Conaboy)
Allen Lanier

My great friend Allen Lanier has passed. I'll miss the guy even though we hadn't spoken in awhile. He was so talented as a musician and a thinker. He read voraciously, all kinds of things, especially comparative religion. We drove for years together, shared rooms in the early days. We partied, laughed, played. All BOC fans and band members will mourn his death. Ultimately smoking finally got to him. He had been hospitalized with C.O.P.D. It was Allen who heard some old college band tapes of mine and suggested I get a shot as the singer in 1968. A lot of great memories, over 40 years worth. Maybe he's playing a tune with Jim Carroll right now.
The above quote was posted to Blue Oyster Cult lead singer/guitarist Eric Bloom's Facebook page. Though Lanier retired from the band in 2006, he still made an appearance as late as last fall during the band's 40th anniversary celebration. Allen Lanier was partially responsible for the unique sound of the band, writing material across their output and even contributing music to Patti Smith, The Dictators and The Clash and others. He is survived by his wife Dory, mother Martha and sister Mary Anne.

RIP Allen Lanier. Your riffs and music will live on forever.

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Jason Rosenthal (L) w/ Chris Enriquez at the OTMOP show at Saint Vitus last year
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RIP to Jason Rosenthal, guitarist/vocalist of On the Might of Princes, Vehicles and The Brass, who passed away yesterday. He was only 35 years old. OTMOP posted their eulogy last night:

it is with insane sadness that i have to write and say that jason rosenthal, singer/guitarist for On the Might of Princes, passed away last night. i don't know what to say. of course he and i have had many differences, but at the heart of what we did and what we shared, is an overwhelming amount of passion for the beauty and struggle of a long on/off friendship and trying to keep a sinking musical ship afloat. he gave so much of himself through his music, and touched so many hearts... helping us along through our hardships and loves. i'm not going to post any particular song right now, but encourage you to find the song that hit with you the most, and blast the fucking shit out of it. goodbyes like this are not good, but the flame unique people like him leave behind will warm us until we join him somewhere. be strong and hug the people you love everyday.

with love and never forgotten feedback,
-tommy

OTMOP called it quits for good officially in middle June, cancelling a set of shows in the process due to personal issues.

Jason Rosenthal, you will be missed. Streams and live footage of On The Might of Princes below...

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