Infected / Art of Death
First off you're getting 2 full lengths on 1 disc with this "Best Of" compilation (Infected + The Art Of Death). That in itself is a helluva deal.
Next you're getting grade A, high quality death metal/grindcore.
Thanks to reader G who told us that Atrocity’s drummer Jeff White (not to be confused with alt-country folk singer) has died on 27 Nov 2016. Like you, I was confusing this US-based band with Germany’s Atrocity. Doing a quick check, I can tell you that this Torrington, CT, band started a full three years before the German band with a demo tape in 1985. Subsequently releasing Infected in 1990 and The Art of Death! in 1992. The US band broke up in 1993, but reformed in 2006 and released Let War Rage in 2009 via Mad Lion Records.
G also mentioned that founding band member Jeff White died at his home and was only 54.
Yesterday (11.27.16) we lost an all around great. First and foremost a caring father and husband. Secondly a great friend and lastly a passionate member of the underground metal scene of the early 1980's forward. Jeff was a founding member of Atrocity (US) and played on every release. Another great gone too soon. RIP Jeff White and we will meet again
Opening up the show was Nashville’s Jonny P (not to be confused with Chicago’s Johnny P of Do Or Die). The soul singer promised that he’ll have a full band when he comes back “in the fall”.
Thanks to reader Phil B who told us that Ray Columbus has died today (29 Nov 2016). The New Zealand singer is best known for Ray Columbus & the Invaders’s ‘She’s A Mod’ (a cover of The Senator).
The short-lived band (1964 to 1966) was part of the new surf music craze and was the first New Zealand band to land a #1 in another country (Australia) with that cover song.
After the band broke up, Columbus moved to the US and founded a California psychedelic band, Newcastle Five, which he renamed as The Art Collection.
After leaving America in 1968, he returned to New Zealand and ended up in television, hosting various television pop shows including Ray Columbus presents New Faces and That's Country.
Columbus died at his Snells Beach, North Auckland residence after a “a long illness”, according to a family friend.
Also, Chicago’s Johnny P of Do Or Die has... died. We previously mentioned him because of a similar Nashville artist called Jonny P (note: no “h”). The singer’s death was confirmed by Johnny’s eldest daughter earlier this week (November 27th).
The cancer thing came up in 2014, when we heard that Jones was taking a break from touring and re-emerged with a hairless head from radiation treatment. Seeing her doing so many promo appearance, we wrote in January 2014 that “I can tell you that the disease has not slowed down this power-house soul singer.”
We caught Jones on tour for their last album Give The People What They Want (Daptone Records), at the
State Theatre and noted her heroic fight: “There is perhaps no greater recent testament to the healing power of music, than the plight and eventual triumph of the Queen of Nu-Soul, Sharon Jones... Last June’s diagnosis of Stage II pancreatic cancer and subsequent surgeries to remove a gall bladder and other organs, followed by preventative chemotherapy would have understandably sidelined most, but not Jones. With current album, Give The People What They Want (Daptone Records) already in the can, the scrappy 57 year-old [now 60] admirably fought her way back, appearing on a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day float, before finishing chemo on New Year’s Eve, then returning to the stage regularly, soon after.”
The best of Sugarloaf would be the double CD "Sugarloaf/Spaceship Earth." This collection seems to favor their post-Liberty work, which was not as good to me. They seemed to be
Rapper Shawty Lo (real name Carlos Walker, from D4L) died on early Wednesday (September 21st) morning from a car crash with two trees in Atlanta. He was reportedly ejected from his 2016 Audi. He was 40.
What made Lo’s death so tragic was that his father died just recently (September 6th) to a sudden heart attack.
Sugarloaf’s singer Jerry Corbetta died on September 16th as a result of Pick’s disease, according to ultimateclassicrock.com. He was 68.
The Pick’s disease is similar to Alzheimer’s disease, which lowly destroys the nerve cells in the brain.
Also Trisco Pearson from the 80s group Force MD’s (formerly known as Force MC’s) died on September 16 to Stage 4 cancer. The group was known for their mid-80s hit ‘Tender Love’ and ‘Love Is a House’ via Tommy Boy Records.
Chinese singer-turned-actor Qiao “Kimi” Renliang committed suicide at his home at the age of 28 on September 13th. He struggled with depression for many years. With 24 films under his belt (within 8 years and a new one Days of Our Own set to open weeks within his death), he was a successful actor with consistent work. More details at cpoplove.com.
The night started with two opening bands- The Carnegies featuring the Mars brothers (Royce on drums, and Roman on bass) and Taylor Tolle on the guitar who played retro-fueled blues/psych rock
Taylor Tolle, the singer and guitarist of The Carnegies, was killed (with his passenger Anjuli Kerlin) in a single-car crash on Interstate 90 in eastern South Dakota, according to startribune.com.
Authorities have not explained why Tolle’s car rolled over, but it seemed like they were in a hurry to get to Sturgis, South Dakota, and wanted to “to make it there by sundown” according to Kerlin’s comment on Facebook.
We caught the band earlier in May 2016, and wrote, “The Carnegies featuring the Mars brothers (Royce on drums, and Roman on bass) and Taylor Tolle on the guitar who played retro-fueled blues/psych rock...”
The major headliners are pretty popular (George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic, Michael Franti and Spearhead & The Neville Brothers), but it
June is almost over, and the celebrity/musician deaths are skyrocketing... And speaking of rockets, we were pretty shocked to find out that young actor Anton Yelchin, famous for portraying Pavel Chekov in Star Trek, was killed by his car! From what everyone is saying, his Jeep Grand Cherokee had a faulty shift, so he thought he put it in park - when, in fact, it was in neutral. The car slammed into an unsuspecting Yelchin at the bottom of the hill at the gate.
Before Yelchin became a star, he sang and played guitar in a punk band called The Hammerheads, aka The Hammerheads Hollywood (not to be confused with Minneapolis’ noise band Hammerhead or late 80s band The Hammerheads). The band was active from 2008 to 2011, when Yelchin confirmed that the band broke up in 2011.
The Hammerheads punk rock music is primarily written by singer, songwriter, guitarist and accomplished actor Anton Yelchin. Darian Campbell, son of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell, plays lead guitar. Dave Glowacki, from the LA based rock band Romeo Delta, plays bass and vocals. Ryan Dean is an award winning drummer and graduate of CSUN's Jazz program.
The bands influences are The Cramps, Rancid, Blind Willie McTell, John Lee Hooker, and Iggy Pop. They are currently working on their first EP featuring a rocking single called “Girl (not yet) a Woman”.
The EP is actually called The Hammerheads Sh*** On Your Face.
Also dead: Parliament-Funkadelic’s keyboardist Bernie Worrell passed away at the age of 72 on June 24th.
The Stanley Brothers’ Ralph Stanley died at the age of 89 to skin cancer on June 23rd.
Enya's father Leo Brennan died at the age of 90 on June 22nd.
Pakistani Taliban assassinated Amjad Sabri on June 22nd. He was 45.
The Mar-Keys’ Wayne Jackson passed away at the age of 74 to congestive heart failure on June 21st.
ZZ Top’s manager Bill Ham died at the age of 79 on June 18th.
The Mexican The Voice star Alejandro Jano Fuentes was murdered at the age of 45 on June 18th. This is disturbing, considering that The Voice’s star Christina Grimmie was also murdered some weeks ago.
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The Voice star and YouTube sensation 22-year-old singer Christina Grimmie was murdered last night, during an autograph signing at The Plaza Live in Orlando, Florida.
Grimmie’s brother Mark Grimmie (from the band Before You Exit) immediately tackled the unidentified gunman, who then shot and killed himself during the struggle.
We previously caught Grimmie as opener to Selena Gomez in 2013.
Although young 19 years old at the time, we wrote that she knew “know how to perform and work the crowd, particularly getting the audience to help her with ‘Absolutely Final Goodbye.’”
A gofundme.com was setup by her management team to give to the family during this trying time.
The Tragically Hip are the quintessential Canadian rock band, and this album is the quintessential offering from them. From the hard-driving FM classics "Blow at High Dough"
So you know, we keep a running 2016 Musician Deathlist. This year has been really bad for musicians, and typically, we’re often surprised when we found out an artist has died - for example, the shocking news when we learned that Princed died.
We’ve just heard that singer Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip was brave enough to come out and announced his terminal health condition.
The press conference took place earlier today (11am) at Vaughan Estate, where Sunnybrook’s Dr. James Perry, neuro-oncologist treating Downie, was available to discuss the condition and his care team’s approach to treating the terminal brain cancer.
The band’s statement:
Hello friends. We have some very tough news to share with you today, and we wish it wasn’t so.
A few months ago, in December, Gord Downie was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.
Since then, obviously, he’s endured a lot of difficult times, and he has been fighting hard. In privacy along with his family, and through all of this, we've been standing by him.
So after 30-some years together as The Tragically Hip, thousands of shows, and hundreds of tours…We’ve decided to do another one.
This feels like the right thing to do now, for Gord, and for all of us.
What we in The Hip receive, each time we play together, is a connection; with each other; with music and it’s magic; and during the shows, a special connection with all of you, our incredible fans.
So, we’re going to dig deep, and try to make this our best tour yet.
We hope you can come out and join us this summer - details and dates will be coming this week.
And we sincerely thank all of you, for your continued love and support,
Paul, GordD, Johnny, Rob, GordS
The Tragically Hip’s 14th studio album, Man Machine Poem, will be released June 17. There will be one last tour with Gord Downie.