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R.I.P. Sharon Jones

Sharon Jones was the living embodiment of dancing in the face of death. I was lucky enough to see her strut her shit across the stage multiple times, but I’m so glad I was able to introduce my dad to her talent when she played with Valerie June a couple years back, as well as witness her steal the show from… Read more →

R.I.P. Tony Sly

1970 – 2012 Tony Sly, the lead singer for Bay Area punk band No Use For A Name, has passed away at the age of 41.  Details have yet to be released, but Fat Wreck Chords announced his death earlier today.  No Use For A Name were among an assortment of bands who ruled the all ages scene in California… Read more →

R.I.P. Maurice Sendak

1928 – 2012 Maurice Sendak, author of Where The Wild Things Are, died this morning due to complications of a stroke.  He was 83 years old.  Looking back on his life’s work, I realize I only knew him for Where The Wild Things Are, which serves as quite a testament to how strong of an impact that book had on… Read more →

R.I.P. Adam Yauch (MCA)

1964 – 2012 Adam Yauch has died.  He was 47 years old.  The man known as MCA was diagnosed with cancer back in 2009 and today he succumbed to the disease.  Yauch was one third of the Beastie Boys — the group who started out punk before enraging parents in suburbs all over the country with Licensed To Ill, an… Read more →

R.I.P. Air France

With only a couple EPs and a single under their belt, Swedish electronic pop duo Air France are calling it quits.  According to a tumblr announcement, they just couldn’t create anything worthy of a follow-up to 2008’s No Way Down.   Things that came easy in the past would come no more.  It’s too bad, because No Way Down held such… Read more →

R.I.P. Davy Jones

1945 – 2012 Multi-talented singer, actor and musician, Davy Jones, passed away in his sleep last night due to a massive heart attack.  He was found in bed at his home in Indiantown, Florida.  Jones was 66 years old, making him the youngest member of The Monkees.  To be honest, I probably couldn’t name more than a few Monkees songs,… Read more →

R.I.P. Napster

1999 – 2001: 2002 – 2011 In late ’99 / early ’00 I dedicated one of my computers to act as a Napster server, thereby assisting with the death of the music industry as we knew it.  So, depending on your opinion of where we are today, I can either say ‘I’m sorry’ or ‘you’re welcome’.  Napster hasn’t been a… Read more →

R.I.P. Heavy D

1967 – 2011 The self-proclaimed ‘overweight lover’ Heavy D passed away due to respiratory issues yesterday.  The rapper/actor, whose real name was Dwight Arrington Myers, was probably best known for his work with the Boyz in the late 80’s, including my personal favorite, Big Tyme — a tape I played until it broke back in 1989 — but he continued… Read more →

R.I.P. Jive Records

RCA Records has decided to close the doors on Jive, Arista and J Records, proving life really is…too short.  A quick glance over the current roster on these labels don’t reveal any reason to mourn, but there was a time when the Jive label could be found on stacks of cassette tapes and compact discs in my treasured collection.  I’m… Read more →

The Middle East cease.

The Middle East weren’t from the middle east, they were from Townsville in Queensland, Australia.  A music collective responsible for one of the best folk EP‘s in the last decade, The Recordings of the Middle East .  A band that released their debut LP, I Want That You Are Always Happy, just a few short months ago.  A group of… Read more →