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Bill Doss in Austin (more by Tim Griffin)
Bill Doss

"Nuçi's Space is a non-profit health and music resource center in Athens, GA. The aim of the organization is to prevent suicide by providing obstacle free treatment for musicians suffering from depression and other such disorders as well as to assist in the emotional, physical and professional well-being of musicians."
The cause of Bill Doss's untimely death has not been revealed, but "In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make donations to Nuci's Space, a local musician support & resource center." That said, Athens-Clarke County coroner Sonny Wilson told an Athens paper that "No evidence of foul play or suicide is evident and Doss had no history of medical problems, Wilson said."

The note, via the band's publicist, also reads: "We ask that you please respect the privacy of the Elephant 6 family at this time. Our hearts are with them, and we will release any further details and statements as it's fit in the days to come."

A memorial is set for this Saturday, August 4 (2PM-4PM) at The Fabulous 40 Watt Club in Athens, GA.

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by Andrew Sacher

Tony Sly

it's been a while since I've dusted off my copy of No Use for a Name's ¡Leche con Carne!, but it was one of the more impressionable albums on me in my music taste forming days, which began with a whole lot of '90s pop punk. And when their video for "Soulmate" from that album (which you can watch below) appeared on Hopeless Records' video compilation Cinema Beer Goggles (along with NOFX, Vandals, Circle Jerks, Blink-182, etc) I must have watched it enough times to recite it's storyline.

We're now saddened to receive news from No Use for a Name's label Fat Wreck Chords, that the band's frontman Tony Sly, who also had a solo career and has recorded with Lagwagon frontman Joey Cape, has passed away. He was 41 years old. Fat's website reads:

It is with great sorrow that we must say goodbye to Tony Sly of No Use For A Name. We received a call earlier today of his passing, and are devastated. We have lost an incredible talent, friend, and father - one of the true greats. Fat Mike had this to say: "One of my dearest friends and favorite song writers has gone way too soon. Tony, you will be greatly missed."
RIP Tony. You'll be missed and always remembered through your music. The video for "Soulmate" is below.

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Bill Doss (Olivia Tremor Control) @ P4K Fest 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
bill Doss
Bill Doss

We really hope this news, from Athens, Georgia's Flagpole Magazine music editor Gabe Vodicka turns out to be false. UPDATE: Chunklet and others confirm. UPDATE 2: Olivia Tremor Control writes, "We are devastated by the loss of our brother Bill Doss. We are at a loss for words." Rest in Peace Bill.

As Wikipedia points out, "Bill Doss (born September 12, 1971) is among the co-founders of The Elephant 6 Recording Company, based in Athens, Georgia, and one of the key creative forces behind The Olivia Tremor Control, one of the leaders of the collective, and later, following the band's break-up, The Sunshine Fix." Olivia Tremor Control played the Pitchfork Music Festival earlier this month. The reunited band played a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg in June.

Bob Babbitt

DETROIT (AP) -- Prominent Motown studio musician and Funk Brothers member Bob Babbitt, whose bass playing pounded through the Temptations hit "Ball of Confusion" and Marvin Gaye's "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)," has died. He was 74.

Babbitt died Monday of complications from brain cancer in Nashville, Tenn., where he had lived for many years, his manager David Spero said in a statement released by Universal Music, the label in which Babbitt contributed to numerous hit records.

Well-known for decades among musicians, Babbitt laid down bass lines on Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered," along with "The Tears of a Clown" by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, "Inner City Blues" by Marvin Gaye, and Edwin Starr's "War."

"Bob was a teddy bear of a guy," former Motown engineer Ed Wolfrum told the Detroit Free Press. "And he was an extraordinary musician -- a player's player."

After leaving Motown, he recorded with Bette Midler, Jim Croce, Bonnie Raitt and Frank Sinatra.
In all, he played on more than 200 top 40 hits, including "Midnight Train to Georgia," by Gladys Knight and the Pips and "Ready to Take a Chance Again" by Barry Manilow.

Babbitt gained wider public recognition through the 2002 film about the Funk Brothers, "Standing in the Shadows of Motown."

"He was one of the last of the breed of journeymen bass players who were total pros, could go in and crank out a hit, go to the next session and crank out another one," Allan Slutsky, the film's writer and producer, told The Detroit News. [AP]

Dude was a legend and played on so many incredible records it's mind boggling (and hip-shaking). Rest in peace, Bob. A few videos are below.

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Kitty Wells

Kitty Wells, the often proclaimed "Queen of Country Music" died Monday from complications after a stroke. She was 92.

Wells, born Ellen Muriel Deason, became the first female singer to reach No. 1 in the country music charts with her 1952 song It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels, and she spent much of the next two decades as one of the most well-known names in country.

In 1976, Wells was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and her other accolades include the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Governor's Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Recording Industry and induction into the Grammy Hall of Fame. [WSMV]

First Jon Lord, now Queen of Country Kitty Wells, whose many country hits included "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels," "Making Believe," "Searching (for Someone Like You)" and "Amigo's Guitar," all of which are streamable below. Rest in peace, Kitty.

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Jon Lord

Born in Leicester, Lord learned classical piano at an early age before being seduced by watching early rock 'n' roll star Jerry Lee Lewis and jazz organist Jimmy Smith.

He could have chosen a career as an actor after receiving a drama school scholarship, but started playing in pub bands including short-lived outfits with future Rolling Stones star Ronnie Wood and his brother Art.

He also worked as a session musician and is thought to have played piano on The Kinks' hit You Really Got Me.

After meeting guitarist Ritchie Blackmore through another project, the first incarnation of Deep Purple was born.

Lord's classical influence surfaced when Lord composed Concerto for Group and Orchestra, which the band performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall in 1969.

But the group refined their heavy rock sound and found mass success at the start of the 1970s with albums including Deep Purple in Rock and Machine Head.

In their classic years, the band also included Blackmore, singer Ian Gillan, drummer Ian Paice and bassist Roger Glover.

Lord continued to compose classical works alongside the group's output and, when they split in 1976, he joined other groups Whitesnake and Paice, Ashton and Lord. [BBC]

R.I.P. Deep Purple founding member and keyboardist Jon Lord, who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer today (7/16) at age 71. Lord's Hammond organ stylings were intrinsic to Deep Purple's sound, but were influential beyond the hard rock/heavy metal world (The Charlatans' hit "The Only One I Know" was almost a rewrite of Deep Purple's "Hush"). He also co wrote many of the band's best-known songs, including "Smoke on the Water," "Strange Kind of Woman," and "Black Night." Jon, here's hoping you have access to a perfectly maintained Leslie cabinet wherever you are now.

A few Deep Purple classics via YouTube are below.

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The Frogs, Dennis on the left

WIND LAKE -- Rescue crews recovered the body of Dennis Flemion Tuesday, July 10th. Flemion did not resurface after jumping from a pontoon boat in Wind Lake on Saturday, July 7th.

Divers recovered Flemion's body in water about 42 feet deep.

Authorities say 57-year-old Flemion was at Wind Lake for a family gathering on July 7th when he jumped off a pontoon boat and into the lake without a life-jacket on.

Authorities say Flemion was a good swimmer and knew the lake well. [6NewsNow]

R.I.P. Dennis. The Frogs were one of the strangest bands of the late '80s and '90s and anyone who saw them live will never forget it. (Check out a clip of Andy Richter describing a Frogs' show on Conan O'Brien from 1997 below.) Gerard Cosloy of Matador Records, who released their 1996's My Daughter the Broad, posted some recollections on Matablog:
While I'd hate to put too much focus on just one part of the Frogs oeuvre, the initial 'Made Up Songs' cassettes (the first couple of which constituted the bulk of 'It's Only Right & Natural' as well as the subsequent Matador LP, 'My Daughter The Broad') were probably played in my home, car, head, as much as any music recorded before or since. There was certainly a stretch of my life in the late 1980′s in which you were not leaving my apartment if you hadn't heard "I've Done Drugs (Out Of The Mist)" at least once. I suspect there's others who have similar stories. There are few "what the fuck was that?" moments in music that quite compare to someone's reaction the first time you play them The Frogs.

Dennis was without question, one of the funniest persons I've ever encountered. Painfully so. It would not be an exaggeration to say there were several times in which his verbal evisceration chops were almost impossible to keep up with (those who've attended Frogs shows over the years know exactly what I'm talking about).

There's a couple of new Frogs albums that came out last week on iTunes ; 'Squirrel Bunny Juniper Deluxe' and 'Count Yer Blessingz'. The Dennis that we saw onstage would've recognized this tragic event as a huge opportunity to plug some new recordings. Sans wig, drum sticks, etc. he might've preferred I'd not even mention it. The fantastic output and fleeting moments of near-fame aside, I hope he's remembered as a really sweet guy first, and a hugely talented artist second. Our thoughts go out to Jimmy, the rest of the Flemion family, their friends and everyone who was lucky enough to know Dennis. Simply saying, "he'll be missed" doesn't come close to covering it.

You can stream the 'Made Up Songs' cassettes via Spotify widgets below.

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Griffith died this morning.

Former UNC President Bill Friday says The Andy Griffith Show and Matlock actor died at his home in Dare County, North Carolina around 7 a.m.

Friday, who is a close friend of the actor, confirmed the news to WITN News.

Emergency medical crews responded to Griffith's home this morning, Dare County Sheriff J.D. Doughtie told WAVY.com.

Griffith, who was born in Mt. Airy, N.C., was launched to fame as Sheriff Andy Taylor in The Andy Griffith Show for the CBS from 1960-1968. On the show, Ron Howard played his son, Opie. He starred on other shows and in films, but found his greatest success again with legal drama Matlock, from 1986 to 1995. He played the title character, Ben Matlock.

In 2000, Griffith underwent quadruple heart-bypass surgery and in 2007 had hip surgery after a fall. [USA Today]

Rest in Peace Andy.

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Bird's eye view of the scene
Stage Collapse in Toronto

Rest in peace to Drum Tech Scott Johnson of South Yorkshire in the UK, who passed away at the age of 33 due to injuries sutained at the recent stage collapse in Toronto.

A relative confirmed the death of Mr Johnson, from Doncaster, who worked for other British bands, including Keane.

Police in Toronto said the stage was being set up on Saturday when the top part of it collapsed on top of him.

The Foreign Office confirmed that Mr Johnson's family had been notified.

Three other people were injured, one seriously, in the incident at Downsview Park, medical officials said.

The band, from Oxfordshire, south-east England, were not on stage at the time and the sell-out concert was cancelled. A message on the band's website said the gig had been cancelled due to "unforeseen circumstances". -[BBC]

Our hearts go out to Johnson's family.

Tim Mooney

I knew Tim Mooney for over 20 years. As many Red House Painters' fans may know, American Music Club was very helpful in giving us our start. Later on, Tim played drums on my first solo album, Rock'n' Roll Singer, and then on Sun Kil Moon's Ghosts Of The Great Highway. We shared many long days and hours together. Tim was a peaceful, patient, and incredibly talented person. The last time I saw Tim was in 2009, in Petaluma, he was having ice cream with his daughter. He was as happy and content as ever... I've been overwhelmed with memories of Tim since learning of the news yesterday [June 14th]. My heart goes out to his family, his many friends, and to the members of AMC. -[Mark Kozelek]
Rest in Peace to Tim Mooney, member of Sun Kil Moon, Sleepers, American Music Club, Negative Trend and others. If you'd like to donate to the Tim Mooney fund, you can do so via Paypal or you can mail a check directly. Details on the address to send a check, as well as some videos are below. Tim Mooney, you will be missed.

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Bob Welch

Nashville police are reporting that Bob Welch, former Fleetwood Mac guitarist and solo artist, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 65. Welch was in Fleetwood Mac from 1971 to 1974 and his exit made way for Lindsey Buckingham, shepherding in the band's hitmaking era.

But Welch went on to be a successful solo artist, scoring big hits with soft rock staples "Sentimental Lady" and "Ebony Eyes" in 1978. RIP, Bob.

Videos for both those hits are below.

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George Marino

George Marino, an engineer who mastered such classic albums as Stevie Wonder's Innervisions, John Lennon & Yoko Ono's Double Fantasy and Guns N' Roses' Appetite for Destruction, died Monday after a yearlong bout with lung cancer. His age was not immediately available.

A three-time Grammy winner, Marino joined Sterling Sound in 1973 and worked at the New York mastering facility ever since.

"Sterling Sound and the music industry as a whole has suffered a tremendous loss," the company said in a statement. "Words cannot express the sorrow we feel. George was family to us all, and we will miss him dearly."

Marino mastered an untold number of albums - AC/DC's Highway to Hell, Bon Jovi's Slippery When Wet, Metallica's 1991 eponymous release, Coldplay's A Rush of Blood to the Head, Whitney Houston's Whitney and Arcade Fire's The Suburbs, which won the 2011 Grammy for album of the year, were among the highlights. He also mastered some of the annual Grammy nominee CDs for the Recording Academy. [Billboard]

RIP George Marino. Check out some videos of tracks from those albums he mastered below...

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Pete Cosey

This morning, according to the private Facebook page of fellow guitarist and collaborator Vernon Reid, Chicago's own Pete Cosey died at 68... [Pete Cosey] was a classic musician's musician; he's not especially well-known, though he played on tons of classic records... Cosey was a key session musician at Chess Records in the 60s, appearing on sides by Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, the Rotary Connection, and Etta James, and he worked with the great Phil Cohran in the latter's Artistic Heritage Ensemble. He's probably most famous, though (to the extent that he's famous at all), for his mind-melting work with Miles Davis in the early 70s: he played on the trumpeter's heaviest, most electric albums, including Agharta, Pangaea, and Get Up With It. After Davis broke up the band in 1975 and went into semi-retirement, Cosey was never able to build the solo career he so richly deserved. He used his guitar like an abstract expressionist painter, creating thick, richly textured solos with fierce rhythmic power, dazzling colors, and nonchalant violence. He continued to appear on records here and there, including Herbie Hancock's Future Shock and an album with Japanese saxophonist Akira Sakata, but he always seemed to be planning his own next project, which never quite materialized. -[Chicago Reader]
R.I.P. to guitarist Pete Cosey. Check out a few videos of him playing live with the great Miles Davis below.

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docwatson

Doc Watson, the guitarist and folk singer whose flat-picking style elevated the acoustic guitar to solo status in bluegrass and country music, and whose interpretations of traditional American music profoundly influenced generations of folk and rock guitarists, died on Tuesday in Winston-Salem, N.C. He was 89.

Mr. Watson, who had been blind since he was a baby, died in a hospital after recently undergoing abdominal surgery, The Associated Press quoted a hospital spokesman as saying. On Thursday his daughter, Nancy Ellen Watson, said he had been hospitalized after falling at his home in Deep Gap, N.C., adding that he did not break any bones but was very ill. [NY Times]

Folk legend Doc Watson, influential guitarist and a figurehead of the 1960s folk revival, passed away yesterday (5/29) at the age of 89. RIP Doc, your influence and legacy will always be remembered.

Check out some videos of Doc Watson below...

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The Bee-Gees (Robin Gibb left)
Robin Gibb

Robin Gibb, one of three brothers who made up the disco group the Bee Gees behind "Saturday Night Fever" and other now-iconic sounds from the 1970s, died on Sunday, according to a statement on his website.

He was 62.

Gibb "passed away today following his long battle with cancer and intestinal surgery," said the statement, which was attributed to his family. He died in England at 10:47 a.m. (5:47 a.m. ET), according to a post on his official Twitter feed. [CNN]

Robin Gibb and Donna Summer days apart. It's a sad week and a sad week for disco. Fuck cancer. RIP Robin. Check out some videos below...

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Donna Summer

Donna Summer (born LaDonna Adrian Gaines) was an American singer/songwriter who gained prominence during the disco era of the 1970s. She has a mezzo-soprano vocal range, and is a five-time Grammy Award winner. Summer was the first artist to have three consecutive double albums reach number one on the US Billboard chart, and she also charted four number-one singles in the United States within a thirteen-month period. -[Wiki]
Donna Summer lost her long battle with cancer this morning, according to TMZ. She was 63 years old and is survived by her husband, three daughters, and four grandchildren.

Donna Summer's megahits included songs like "Love to Love You Baby," "Bad Girls,","Hot Stuff," "She Works Hard For The Money," and "Last Dance," many of which she recorded with legendary Italian producer Giorgio Moroder. Her singles still get tons of play today whether on dancefloors or at weddings around the world. Its a true testament to the timelessness of her work.

Donna Summers's last US tour was in 2008 to celebrate Crayons, her first set of new and original material since 1991.

RIP to an icon of disco and soul music. It's been a rough couple weeks for music. A few videos of Donna Summer's classic songs are below.

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by BBG

Chuck Brown

Pioneer of the musical artform known as go-go music, Chuck Brown passed on at Johns Hopkins University Medical Center in Baltimore today according to The Washington Post. The DC native was hospitalized due to pnuemonia contracted after an operation to remove a blood clot, and reportedly was been under hospital care since.

A saturday night in Washington DC wouldnt be the same if it wasn't for the omnipresent blast of go-go music heard over the airwaves and out of most of the cars in downtown DC. Thank Chuck Brown for that.

Like a DJ blending records, Mr. Brown used nonstop percussion to stitch songs together and keep the crowd on the dance floor, resulting in marathon performances that went deep into the night. Mr. Brown said the style got its name because "the music just goes and goes."

In addition to being go-go's principal architect, Mr. Brown remained the genre's most charismatic figure. On stage, his spirited call-and-response routines became a hallmark of the music, reinforcing a sense of community that allowed the scene to thrive. As go-go became a point of pride for black Washingtonians, Mr. Brown became one of the city's most recognizable figures. [-The Washington Post]

RIP Chuck Brown. Your legacy will live on in the music.

Check out some videos below.

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Lee Scratch Perry doll

Dub pioneer, living legend and genuine eccentric, Lee "Scratch" Perry is currently on a US tour that will stop at NYC's Gramercy Theater on Thursday (5/17) with openers Subatomic Sound System. Tickets for that show are still available. All Lee Perry dates are listed below.

If you're unfamiliar with his extensive canon of work, you might want to check out Perry documentary, The Upsetter, which was released on DVD earlier this year. Perry's seminal album Blackboard Jungle Dub just came out as a cool 10" box, one of the hottest Record Store Day releases this year. And for the real fan, you can now get the Lee "Scratch" Perry vinyl figure which is pictured above.

Perry makes a short but memorable appearance in the recently-released documentary Marley which is still in theaters (like NYC's Sunshine Cinema). Marley is also streaming now via various sources and comes to DVD August 9.

In other reggae news, August marks the 50th anniversary of Jamaica's independence from British colonial rule and there will be a celebration at Summerstage in Central Park on August 19 with a free show featuring Inner Circle, Israel Vibration, The Mighty Diamonds and DJ Carter Van Pelt.

In other news from the island, we were sad to read that Skatalites bassist and founding member Lloyd Brevett died last week at age 80. RIP Lloyd.

You can watch videos of the Skatallites and Lee "Scratch" Perry in action, plus the trailer for The Upsetter and a list of all Perry tour dates below...

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by BBG

Donald "Duck" Dunn in Blues Brothers
DOnald Duck Dunn

Today I lost my best friend, the World has lost the best guy and bass player to ever live. Duck Dunn died in his sleep Sunday morning May 13 in Tokyo Japan after finishing 2 shows at the Blue Note Night Club. -[Steve Cropper of Booker T & The MGs]
Donald "Duck" Dunn of the legendary Booker T & The MG's passed away while on tour at the age of 70. He is survived by his wife June, his son and a grandson.

Booker T & The MG's, besides being an influential funk/soul group in their own right, was the house band for the Stax Records which means that Dunn's funky low-end can be heard on tracks from Sam & Dave, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Isaac Hayes, Mitch Ryder, Mavis Staples, Herbie Mann, Albert King, and countless others. Younger folks may remember him as a member of the original Blues Brothers, and Dunn also shared the stage and the sound booth with names like Joan Baez, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Jimmy Buffet, Stevie Nicks, Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, Joe Walsh and countless others, not to mention the hip hop artists that sampled his work.

Donald "Duck" Dunn you will be missed. Check out some of his musical contributions below in video form, and peruse his considerable discography.

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Maurice Sendak

Roundly praised, intermittently censored and occasionally eaten, Mr. Sendak's books were essential ingredients of childhood for the generation born after 1960 or thereabouts, and in turn for their children. He was known in particular for more than a dozen picture books he wrote and illustrated himself, most famously "Where the Wild Things Are," which was simultaneously genre-breaking and career-making when it was published by Harper & Row in 1963.

Among the other titles he wrote and illustrated, all from Harper & Row, are "In the Night Kitchen" (1970) and "Outside Over There" (1981), which together with "Where the Wild Things Are" form a trilogy; "The Sign on Rosie's Door" (1960); "Higglety Pigglety Pop!" (1967); and "The Nutshell Library" (1962), a boxed set of four tiny volumes comprising "Alligators All Around," "Chicken Soup With Rice," "One Was Johnny" and "Pierre." -[NYTimes]

Rest in peace to Maurice Sendak, one of the greatest children's book authors of the last century. Sendak passed away today (5/8) in Danbury, Connecticut at the age of 83 due to complications following a stroke, according to sources.

Sendak's classic "Where The Wild Things Are" was of course turned into a film by Spike Jonze which was soundtracked by a gaggle of indie artists.

Adam Yauch

It is with great sadness that we confirm that musician, rapper, activist and director Adam "MCA" Yauch, founding member of Beastie Boys and also of the Milarepa Foundation that produced the Tibetan Freedom Concert benefits, and film production and distribution company Oscilloscope Laboratories, passed away in his native New York City this morning after a near-three-year battle with cancer. He was 47 years old.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Yauch taught himself to play bass in high school, forming a band for his 17th birthday party that would later become known the world over as Beastie Boys.

With fellow members Michael "Mike D" Diamond and Adam "Adrock" Horovitz, Beastie Boys would go on to sell over 40 million records, release four #1 albums-including the first hip hop album ever to top the Billboard 200, the band's 1986 debut full length, Licensed To Ill-win three Grammys, and the MTV Video Vanguard Lifetime Achievement award. Last month Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, with Diamond and Horovitz reading an acceptance speech on behalf of Yauch, who was unable to attend.

In addition to his hand in creating such historic Beastie Boys albums as Paul's Boutique, Check Your Head, Ill Communication, Hello Nasty and more, Yauch was a founder of the Milarepa Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness and activism regarding the injustices perpetrated on native Tibetans by Chinese occupational government and military forces. In 1996, Milarepa produced the first Tibetan Freedom Concert in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, which was attended by 100,000 people, making it the biggest benefit concert on U.S. soil since 1985's Live Aid. The Tibetan Freedom Concert series would continue to stage some of the most significant benefit shows in the world for nearly a decade following in New York City, Washington DC, Tokyo, Sydney, Amsterdam, Taipei and other cities.

In the wake of September 11, 2001, Milarepa organized New Yorkers Against Violence, a benefit headlined by Beastie Boys at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom, with net proceeds disbursed to the New York Women's Foundation Disaster Relief Fund and the New York Association for New Americans (NYANA) September 11th Fund for New Americans-each chosen for their efforts on behalf of 9/11 victims least likely to receive help from other sources.

Under the alias of Nathanial Hörnblowér, Yauch directed iconic Beastie Boys videos including "So Whatcha Want," "Intergalactic," "Body Movin" and "Ch-Check It Out." Under his own name, Yauch directed last year's Fight For Your Right Revisited, an extended video for "Make Some Noise" from Beastie Boys' Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, starring Elijah Wood, Danny McBride and Seth Rogen as the 1986 Beastie Boys, making their way through a half hour of cameo-studded misadventures before squaring off against Jack Black, Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly as Beastie Boys of the future.

Yauch's passion and talent for filmmaking led to his founding of Oscilloscope Laboratories, which in 2008 released his directorial film debut, the basketball documentary Gunnin' For That #1 Spot and has since become a major force in independent video distribution, amassing a catalogue of such acclaimed titles as Kelly Reichardt's Wendy and Lucy, Oren Moverman's The Messenger, Banksy's Exit Through The Gift Shop, Lance Bangs and Spike Jonze's Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait Of Maurice Sendak, and many more.

Yauch is survived by his wife Dechen and his daughter Tenzin Losel, as well as his parents Frances and Noel Yauch.

RIP MCA

by BBG

MCA

The first two hip hop records that I ever heard in full were nothing less than classics. I'll always remember having the cassette-dubs of the harder-than-hard leather-clad Run DMC, whose Raising Hell was the pinnacle of hip hop badassery. On the other side of the coin was the boyish, obnoxious, beer-soaked young lads responsible for the oh-so-fun Licensed to Ill. It was the perfect yin-and-yang, but I latched onto the Beastie Boys more, partly due to their cartoonish antics and over-the-top videos.

As Beasties evolved musically, so did I. They started going the cut-and-paste way of Hank Shocklee and the Bomb Squad when they teamed up with Dust Brothers for Paul's Boutique. They, along with Stetsasonic, used real instruments (shock!) on a hip hop record for Check Your Head, and even got back to their roots in punk on the same record. Their willingness to experiment and do what was right for them was an important lesson for my young mind; do what you like and the rest will follow.

MCA, thank you for providing the soundtrack to my youth. The world will miss you. Check out some of my favorite songs by the Beastie Boys below.

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MCA

The rumors appear to be confirmed. We've lost one of our generation's musical legends and one of my personal heroes. As many are reporting and tweeting (including Russell Simmons, Questlove, TMZ and Pitchfork), Adam Yauch aka MCA of the Beastie Boys, who has been fighting cancer for a few years, passed away today at the way too young age of 47.

UPDATE: Beastie Boys issue official statement.

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Kates Joint

I told you I didn't make it there very often anymore. Thanks PP for sending in the above, but extremely sad picture which first fully brought to my attention the current state of legendary NYC vegetarian restaurant Kate's Joint which was apparently seized by the marshal about 10 days ago (the exact day I was last asking about it actually), after a multi-month, unsuccessful struggle to make things work. R.I.P. Kate's

(let's not let Cake Shop be next!)

Levon Helm (photo by Chris La Putt)
Levon Helm

Two days ago Levon's family announced that he was in the "final stages" of a battle with cancer. Today the Times Herald-Record very, very sadly reports:

Levon Helm, Woodstock resident and drummer, the former leader of The Band, has died at age 71.

Helm died at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

"We lost Levon at 1:30 today surrounded by friends and family and his musicians have visited him," said Larry Campbell, Helm's longtime guitarist and band leader. "As sad as this was, it was very peaceful."

Campbell, who has played with everyone from Bob Dylan to BB King, said his greatest honor was not only helping lead Helm's band, but knowing him.

"What I'm most proud of is he called me his partner," Campbell said. "For me to arrive at a place like that with a great man like him is the ultimate."

A true great is gone. He rocked right up until the very end. Rest in Peace Levon.

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