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riz ortolani

Cinema lost a soundtrack great yesterday as Italian composer Riz Ortolani died yesterday (1/26) in Rome at age 87:

Born on March 25, 1926, as Riziero Ortolani, in Pesaro, Italy, the prolific composer started his career in his early twenties working as a musical arranger for the orchestra of Italian pubcaster RAI, before forming his own orchestra. During the 1950s he and his Riz Ortolani orchestra wound up in Los Angeles and worked at famed night club Ciro's on the Sunset Strip.

Ortolani's career in movie soundtracks started in 1962 with Gualtiero Jacopetti's seminal creepy exploitation docu "Mondo Cane," which screened at Cannes.

The "Mondo Cane" theme "More" won a Grammy, was nominated for an Oscar, and over the years has been covered by everyone from Frank Sinatra to Judy Garland to Herb Alpert. - [Variety]

In addition to Mondo Cane, he composed scores for countless genre films, from giallos to spaghetti westerns to horror films (Cannibal Holocaust is particularly good). His scores have also been appropriated by Quentin Tarantino in Kill Bill and Django Unchained, as well as Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive. RIP, Riz.

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by Wyatt Marshall

Withoft

Sad news for the metal world: Bilboard reports that Oliver Withöft, co-owner of German metal label Century Media, has died at the age of 49. Withöft, who joined the label a year or so after it's founding in 1988, had withdrawn from daily operations at Century Media due to an undisclosed heart condition some time last year, according to Metal Injection. Various industry professionals and musicians, including Nachtmystium's Blake Judd, have expressed their condolences. Øystein G. Brun of Norweigan black metal band Borknagar, who are signed to Century Media, offered the following on behalf of the band on their Facebook page:

"We have just received the very sad news that co-founder and CEO of Century Media Records, Oliver Withöft, passed away at an age of 49.

This is a utterly sad day for everyone associated to the Century Family and it is a day of great loss for the music business in general.

But first and foremost we want to express our deepest condolences to his closest family!

A great man has fallen!"

Century Media is and has been home to many important metal acts, including Celtic Frost, Pentagram, Eyehategod, Blind Guardian, Deicide, Behemoth, Satyricon, Ulver, Emperor, Taake, Opeth, Immolation, Arch Enemy and many, many more, as well as hardcore acts like Earth Crisis, Sick of it All and Cro-Mags.

Rest in peace, Oliver.

by Bill Pearis

Phil and Don Everly
Everly

Rock n' Roll lost one its original greats today, Phil Everly, one half of legendary duo The Everly Brothers, who died of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 74. He and his brother Don created a distinctive close harmony style with '50s staples like "Bye Bye Love," "Wake Up Little Susie," "All I Have to Do Is Dream." All three of those hits were penned by another duo -- Boudleaux and Felice Bryant -- but Phil and Don could write too, like on what is arguably their greatest song, "Cathy's Clown."

The Everly Brothers were also one of the few of rock n' roll's first wave to continue successfully into '60s, and stuck together till 1973 at which time Phil released his first solo album, Star Spangled Springer. They patched things up a decade later and continued to play together since. Their influence is hard to overestimate. Rest in peace, Phil.

Some streams and videos of Everly Brothers classics below...

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Benjamin w/ School of Seven Bells at LPR in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Benjamin Curtis

School of Seven Bells member Benjamin Curtis, who was diagnosed with T-cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma earlier this year, has unfortunately lost his battle with cancer, reports Dallas Observer. He died last night in New York at the age of 35.

Benjamin was a member of UFOFU in the '90s with his brother Brandon, and after that he drummed in Tripping Daisy, formed Secret Machines with his brothers, and then formed School of Seven Bells with Alejandra Deheza of On! Air! Library! in 2007. The band was active up until this year, playing shows and releasing music, most recently 2012's Ghostory LP.

Many artists played tribute shows for Benjamin over the course of this past year, including Blood Orange, Exitmusic, Rewards, Paul Banks, Albert Hammond Jr. and others.

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

Read an official statement from School of Seven Bells along with a video below...

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Bowie

Queen and David Bowie producer David Richards passed away on Friday (December 20) after suffering a long, undisclosed illness.

Richards began working at London's Chappell Studios in 1973 before moving to Montreux, Switzerland where he found work at the then just-opened Mountain Studios. By the time he turned 21, he had already risen to chief engineer at the studio that he would later come to own.

He co-produced Queen's final four albums, 'A Kind Of Magic', 'The Miracle', 'Innuendo', 'Made In Heaven', along with Iggy Pop's 'Blah Blah Blah' and David Bowie's 'Never Let Me Down', 'The Buddha Of Suburbia' and 'Outside'. The producer also won a Juno award in 1978 for Best Jazz Recording and being one of Billboard Magazine's Producers Of The Month in 1994. [NME]

The NME article also points out that The Cribs have posted a tribute to him on their Facebook that reads:
We are very sad to have today received the news that our friend David Richards has passed away in Montreux.

David was a producer that The Cribs always had a deep admiration for, having produced many of our favourite Queen records back in the 1980's/90's. We had the honour of recording with him back in the late summer of 2012, while working on preliminary sessions for 'In The Belly of The Brazen Bull'.

Rest in peace, David.

You can stream some songs he produced below...

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Lord Infamous

"He had a heart attack in his sleep," [DJ] Paul says during an exclusive interview with HipHopDX. "His mother found him dead this morning. He had been dead, the doctors say, for about five hours. And she came home, he was sitting at the kitchen table with his head down on his arms. He had told his girlfriend that he was sleeping and he wanted to go to sleep. His girlfriend left and was like, 'You going to be fine?' And he was like, 'Yeah, I'm going to be good.' And she was like, 'You sure?' and he was like, 'Yeah, yeah, I'm positive, I just want to get some sleep.' So he laid his head in his arms at the kitchen table and he went to sleep and then when his momma came home, he was sitting at the kitchen table passed away."

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"When I woke up this morning, they was telling me that this had happened," DJ Paul continued. "I didn't believe it at first, they was like, 'Ricky died,' and I'm like, 'Ricky who?' and I was like, 'Get the fuck outta here.' I couldn't believe it even though I was kind of preparing for it just because one day he was talking kind of crazy a couple of weeks ago and he was like, 'I think I've got four months to live,' and this and that and I was like, 'No you don't, get outta here.' He was telling the same thing to his momma last week." [HipHopDX]

Lord Infamous (born Ricky Dunigan), who founded Memphis rap group Three 6 Mafia in the '90s with his half brother DJ Paul (with whom the above interview is with), Juicy J and Koopsta Knicca, passed away in his sleep over the weekend. He was 40.

Lord Infamous released nine studio albums with Three 6 Mafia during their career in addition to multiple solo releases, including this year's Scarecrow Tha Terrible, Pt. Two. And while Juicy J focused on his solo career, Lord Infamous regrouped with Paul, Koopsta Knicca and other Three 6 Mafia members Crunchy Black and Gangsta Boo to form the spinoff Da Mafia 6ix who released their 6ix Commandements mixtape this year. From that HipHopDX article:

"He got a chance to see all his dreams come true," DJ Paul said when asked about Lord Infamous' role on 6ix Commandments. "Me and [Gangsta] Boo and everybody back in the studio, like he always wanted to see that 'cause we all grew up together. We was 14, 15 when it started so he was happy to see that."
Rest in peace, Ricky. You'll be missed.

Stream some classic Three 6 Mafia below...

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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.