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RIP Brown Bird’s David Lamb

brownbird_wide-47c9642c986e4b1547dee56f8784369be8809108-s6-c30Yesterday, we learned that Dave Lamb of Providence’s beloved folk duo Brown Bird passed away after a long battle with leukemia. The singer had been in remission, but the disease recently recurred. He was 35.

The prolific Lamb, along with partner MorganEve Swain, among other Brown Bird collaborators, released several records over the course of his too-short career, with each earning increased international acclaim. Brown Bird played the Newport Folk Festival for the first time in 2011, and were known for their mesmerizing live show. After attending a 2009 performance, OurStage’s Rainy Logan wrote:

Brown Bird never ceases to give me chills. Usually, I see them perform as a three piece, but on this night they were five members, adding Maine-based Jerusha and Jeremy Robinson to the lineup. Many tracks from the brand new album The Devil Dancing made their way into the set. Sprinkled with their signature moody folk and bluegrass sound, tempo changes and thoughtful lyrics, the freshest songs also featured more polyrhythmic vocal lines than some of the older ones. David, the band’s primary vocalist, predominately interacted with MorganEve and Jerusha in complex and interesting melodies and harmonies. I also felt like they were flat out singing louder than normal. It was truly exciting.

Dave Lamb and his rare talent, and by all accounts his good nature, will be greatly missed. Listen to some of his music today, and read Swain’s statement regarding the loss below.

April 5th, 2014
Dear friends,

Over the past year, and especially this past week, I have been so overwhelmed and grateful for the amount of love that has surrounded Dave and me throughout our life and career together. You all have posted so many beautiful stories about Dave- how humble he was, how gracious, how talented…He certainly was all those things.

Four days after Dave and I met we became bandmates, lovers and business partners, and set the tone for what our life would be for the next six years. We never imagined the amount of success we would enjoy in those years, how many incredible friendships would be forged, the experiences we would share, and nothing could have prepared us for the events of this past year.

Dave entered the battle with leukemia as only Dave could- determined, steadfast, smiling and always with his mind on our future. His incredible ability to continue writing through his struggle is something I’ll forever aspire to.

This week was the toughest in the battle, as Dave’s body began to shut down under the stress of a year-long fight and a sudden and aggressive leukemic relapse.

Today, surrounded by his family and so many friends, Dave peacefully let go.

Thank you for all the love you’ve all shown us. It helped so very much to know we had an army behind us.

Love and gratitude,
MorganEve

Director Of ‘The Double’ Talks Casting J Mascis

the doubleRichard Ayoade, of The IT Crowd, and director of the upcoming film The Double, cast Dinosaur Jr. mainman J. Mascis in the new movie, which stars Jesse Eisenberg and is based on the novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky. In the film, Mascis plays a janitor whose primary affect is apathy. Ayoade told NME why he found the guitarist perfect for the role.

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Weezer’s Video Updates From The Studio

weezerWeezer is back in the studio, in between tour dates and themed cruises, hard at work on record number nine. The band has posted two videos, so far. The first is a rather well-edited teaser, while the second has more behind-the scenes action, with live tracking, studio chatter, and a few comments from the band’s stalwart webmaster, archivist, and all-around spokesman Karl Koch.

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New Drake Track, “Draft Day”

drake-5am-in-toronto-01Drake just released a new song called “Draft Day.” Straight and mellow, and built on a Lauren Hill sample, it’s chock full of Drake’s signature wordplay, with a bit of a tossed-off feel that actually serves the song nicely. He sends a shout out to Jennifer Lawrence and Hunger Games, and mentions Chance the Rapper, which some are reading as a diss, though we think it’s just a convenient reference.

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Elliott Smith Documentary Out In May

elliott-smithHeaven Adores You, a new feature-length documentary on the life and music of the late, great Elliott Smith, will be released in May 2014.

The film, which was funded in part via Kickstarter, will feature insights from Smith’s close friends, family, and collaborators, including his sister and a number of producers and engineers he recorded music with.

Director Kevin Moyer says, “This project is a love letter to Elliott and his music. And it’s a love letter to Portland really too – as well as Texas, New York, and Los Angeles which are the other places that Elliott called home. And most importantly, it’s a love letter from a whole bunch of other great people who were close to Elliott and loved him just as much too; friends and confidants who graciously trusted us with such a sensitive subject and put their own vulnerabilities aside to help us explain to the world why we all loved him.”

Watch the Kickstarter video below.

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Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Presenters Announced

Rock-and-Roll-Hall-of-Fame-LogoWe already knew the artists who will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for 2014, but now we know who will be inducting them.

Michael Stipe will induct Nirvana. Makes sense. Kurt Cobain expressed his deep admiration for close friend Stipe on more than one occasion.

Bruce Springsteen will induct his E Street Band. The Boss is already in the Hall solo. No-brainer.

Tom Morello will induct KISS, because someone has to do it.

Chris Martin will consciously couple the Hall of Fame with Peter Gabriel. OK?

Glenn Frey will induct Linda Ronstadt. That’s a good one – the Eagles started out as her backing band.

Questlove will induct Hall and Oates, which is pretty cool. The Roots’ mainman and walking music encyclopedia will hopefully shine a nice light on the often overlooked rock and soul duo.

Peter Asher, of ’60s duo Peter and Gordon, as well as a noted producer (of James Taylor, among others), will induct Beatles manager Brian Epstein and Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham.

Salman Rushdie will induct Cat Stevens. No, I’m kidding, no word yet on who has that honor.

The ceremony will take place on April 10th and will be aired on HBO on May 31st. (h/t CoS)

Catch Chris Pureka Live in April

pureka3Recent OurStage Artist of the Week Chris Pureka is hitting the road once again, this time covering the Northeast U.S. Though her hard touring schedule makes it seem like she may never call it quits, you never know, so catch her if and when you can. For fans of Americana, a la Josh Ritter and Gillian Welch. See dates below, and watch this video of Pureka performing “Landlocked” at KEXP’s studio.

04.02.2014 The Oak and The Ax – Biddeford ME *Nicole Reynolds opens
04.03.2014 Luna’s at the Fatt Squirrel – Providence, RI *Nicole Reynolds opens
04.04.2014 The Monkey House – Burlington, VT *Nicole Reynolds opens
04.05.2014 The Parlor Room – Northampton, MA *Nicole Reynolds opens (SOLD OUT)
04.06.2014 The Bug Jar – Rochester, NY
04.08.2014 Club Café – Pittsburgh, PA
04.09.2014 The Brown Hotel – Indiana, PA

More Flaming Lips / Pink Floyd Action

the-Flaming-Lips[UPDATED BELOW]
Not content with their start-to-finish cover of Pink Floyd‘s landmark LP Dark Side Of The Moon from a few years ago, The Flaming Lips have now recorded and released a “companion” piece to that record, intended to be played simultaneously. It is called Flaming Side of the Moon.

I know what I’m doing today.

Dark Side is an album rife with its own mythology, which includes the details behind the making of the record, the subject matter of the songs, the mysterious audio snippets buried throughout, and, of course, the supposed connection to The Wizard of Oz (which is certainly coincidental at best, though the Lips say this release does indeed sync up). So it is a prime target for further creative explorations by sonic adventurers The Flaming Lips, who are no strangers to this kind of multidimensional, puzzle-piece recording, having created their own Zaireeka, an album released in 1997 on four different discs, also intended to be played simultaneously.

[UPDATE: The Flaming Lips report this was an April Fool's Day joke. So, everything above, and it's all real, and they did it, but... just kidding?]

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Pixies Want YOU To Design A Poster

The PixiesWith the release of Indie City, their first studio album in over 20 years, Pixies (officially Black Francis, Joey Santiago, and David Lovering) are tapping their fan base for some creative contributions. Specifically, the revered alt rock pioneers are looking for a poster design, measuring 11×17 and including the Pixies logo and the album title. One design will be selected by the band to be used as “a limited-edition, commemorative lithograph print that will be offered as a bonus item with the purchase of the band’s new album at independent music stores.” The winner will get $500 and an autographed copy of the poster.

Get your design in by April 10th. Look here.

Indie City will be out in time for Record Store Day on April 19th (official release date is a week later) and compiles material from two recent EPs plus three new songs.

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Porcupine’s New EP, ‘I See Sound’

I SEE SOUNDWisconsin’s Porcupine makes  positively mesmerizing guitar rock. There is a bit of a throwback element to their sound, with nods to ’90s pioneers like Built To Spill and Swervedriver. They veer away from getting too shoegazy, with just the right amount of hazy fuzz, in favor of driving syncopation and angular melodies and changes. And now they’ve released a brand new EP entitled I See Sound, via Riot House Records. Watch this studio video for “Worst Case Scenario:”

 


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