Archive for December, 2011

Jim Sherwood, Original Mother of Invention, Dies at 69

December 28th, 2011
The original madcap woodwind player of Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention Jim Sherwood passed away on December 25th at age 69 Cause of death is not yet determined Sherwood an adept and classically trained multi-instrumentalist played baritone and tenor saxophone percussion and vocals to the Mothers of Inventions' landmark first psychedelic...

Free Download: Thievery Corporation and Mr. Lif Unite for Occupy Anthem

December 28th, 2011
Click to listen to Thievery Corporation's 'Unified Tribes' (feat Mr Lif) Thievery Corporation have reunited with their old collaborator Mr Lif for "Unified Tribes" a new single inspired by the Occupy movement "Occupiers have come together in an attempt to bring about better conditions for the many as opposed to the...

Week in Rock History: James Brown Dies

December 28th, 2011
This week in rock history the Rolling Stones send out cheeky holiday wishes Peter Tork bought himself out of the Monkees two pairs of young rock celebrities tied the knot and James Brown and Dennis Wilson passed away December 26 1964 The Rolling Stones take out an ad in NME wishing...

Viacom Ordered to Pay $383M to Makers of Rock Band

December 28th, 2011
Viacom Inc has been ordered by a private arbitrator to fork over $383 million to Harmonix the manufacturers of the Rock Band video game The money is in addition to $150 million Viacom has already paid the former shareholders of Harmonix Viacom which bought the company in 2006 in an attempt...

Woody Guthrie Archive Planned for Tulsa

December 28th, 2011
The city of Tulsa Okla will mark the centennial of the birth of native son Woody Guthrie with a kickoff event in March for a planned archive and museum dedicated to the late folk singer According to the New York Times the George Kaiser Family Foundation plans to announce this week...

Jazz Artist Sam Rivers Dead at 88

December 28th, 2011
Sam Rivers a widely respected jazz saxophonist and composer who played with Miles Davis Herbie Hancock and many other giants died Monday in Orlando Fla The cause of death was pneumonia; he was 88 Born in Oklahoma Rivers studied at the Boston Conservatory before beginning his career during the bebop era...

Heavy D Died of Pulmonary Embolism

December 27th, 2011
An autopsy performed on Heavy D has revealed his cause of death to be a pulmonary embolism The Los Angeles County coroner's office found that the rapper died of a blood clot in his lung and also suffered from a deep leg vein thrombosis and heart disease at the time...

John Legend Engaged to Supermodel

December 27th, 2011
R&B star John Legend is engaged to marry supermodel Chrissy Teigen The couple "got engaged over the holidays while vacationing in the Maldives" the singer's representative told Us Weekly Legend and Teigen have been dating since 2007Teigen 26 has starred on the game show Deal or No Deal and has...

Free Download: Atmosphere Team Up With Tour Mates for ‘Somebody, MN’

December 27th, 2011
Click to listen to Atmosphere's 'Somebody MN f Kill The Vultures Big Quarters & MaLLy' Minneapolis rap institution Atmosphere teamed up with their Welcome to Minnesota tour mates Kill the Vultures Big Quarters and MaLLy for "Somebody MN" a new cut that Atmosphere emcee Slug says was made to "celebrate the...

Sinead O’Connor Ends 18-Day Marriage

December 27th, 2011
Sinead O'Connor has ended her marriage to Barry Herridge after only 18 days The singer announced the split on her website yesterday in a post explaining that "within three hours of the ceremony being over the marriage was kyboshed by the behavior of certain people in my husband's life"Issues with...