Legendary musician Buddy Miles died on February 26 at the age of 60. Miles is probably best known to rock fans for his work drumming with Jimi Hendrix, both on the Jimi Hendrix Experience's Electric Ladyland LP (1968) and with the short-lived Band of Gypsies.
Miles was also a singer, a songwriter, and a producer, who worked with stars such as Carlos Santana, Stevie Wonder, and David Bowie. Oh, and he was also the lead singer of the California Raisins.
Here's a clip of Miles performing his signature song, "Them Changes", on Playboy After Dark in 1971 (apologies for the poor quality):
By the way, the hirsute dude playing the bass in this video is Sky Saxon of legendary 1960s garage-rawk band the Seeds.
This is not a joke, although I suspect fowl play. Thanks to a popular vote, a puppet named Dustin the Turkey has been chosen to represent Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest. Here's the country's official entry, "Irelande Douze Pointe":
The Eurovision Song Contest takes place in Belgrade, Serbia, starting May 20, with the final scheduled for May 24.
If Dustin wins, it will be the best thing to happen to Eurovision since Finland's Lordi won in 2006:
Legendary jazz producer Teo Macero died on Tuesday at the age of 82. Macero is best known for helping to shape Miles Davis's fusion explorations in the 1960s and '70s, but his credits also include classic albums by Dave Brubeck and Charles Mingus.
Okay, can we just impose a moratorium on cover versions of "Umbrella" now? It was kind of fun when Mandy Moore did it, but by the time the Manic Street Preachers got around to it, the whole thing was just sad, sad, sad. On the other hand, if anyone has a right to reinvent "Umbrella", it's Rihanna herself. She did exactly that when she performed it with Klaxons at the recent Brit Awards.
That was cool! Why, it was almost good enough to make me want to hear the song again!
There's been some debate as to exactly what this song is about. Feel free to post your thoughts below.
Since 1995, U.S.–based magazine No Depression has covered roots, country, and various genres tagged with the prefix "alt"; basically anything and everything that falls under the broad category of Americana. When the magazine publishes its 75th issue in May, it will say farewell to its readers.
In a note in the March-April issue (also posted on the ND Web site), publishers Grant Alden, Peter Blackstock, and Kyla Fairchild outline the reasons for their decision to quit publishing. In a nutshell, it comes down to money. Record labels make up the bulk of No Depression's advertisers, and with the music industry in an ongoing sales slump, the labels can no longer afford to advertise.
TVT Records, home to a range of artists including Lil Jon, the Ying Yang Twins, Ambulance Ltd, and the Polyphonic Spree, has fired most of its employees and, according to Billboard, is expected to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this week.
New Yorker Steve Gottlieb founded the label in 1985, and had early success with industrial and rock acts such as Nine Inch Nails, KMFDM, Psychic TV, and VNV Nation. In more recent years, TVT has become known as a leading hip-hop label, but has been embroiled in various legal battles.
Nardwuar the Human Serviette, MuchMusic journalist and Evaporators vocalist, has added former prime minister Jean Chrétien to the list of Canadian politicians who have joined the Hip Flip club, the Straight has been told.
The Straight last spoke with the Canadian pop icon in November 2007, when John Lucas shared a breakfast with Nardwuar at the Tomahawk. Lucas used a paper napkin during his meal, as opposed to the human variety.