Famed 1970s roots music producer Bertram Brown, whose Freedom Sounds label issued some of the era’s most important roots music, died Monday, September 8, at the age of 58. Brown produced hits by Prince Alla, Earl Zero, Rod Taylor, Philip Frazer, Frankie Paul, and Pompidoo, and worked with Earl "Chinna" Smith’s Soul Syndicate session band, as well as with King Tubby. Several of Brown’s productions were reissued on the U.K.-based Blood & Fire label.
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Free Yr Radio is ready to wrap 2008. The campaign, which has already seen events hosted by Dave P, The Secret Machines, Dan Deacon, and Tokyo Police Club this year, will end its 2008 season with three shows hosting the likes of Jamie Lidell, The Walkmen, and King Kahn.
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The Cut Copy boys are currently engaging in friendly road rivalry with The Presets, but the Melbourne, Australia-based trio won't be taking much R&R time once the tour wraps. The boys will perform several European dates in November, including one in Paris with Hot Chip and fellow dance-rockers Late of the Pier. Prior to the European shows, Cut Copy will hit Bogota, Colombia.
11/01 Bogota, Colombia: Edificio El Condor
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Ah, nothing like riding a bike with no hands, throwing sticks in a river, and defacing public property while jazzy electronic beats and breathy vocals play in the background. The latest audiovisual offering from Chicago-based band The Sea and Cake follows a day in the life (we're assuming a Saturday or Sunday, given the song's title) of some young lads, and captures those lazy days of summer, when the most important thing was whether or not you could get away with shoplifting a candy bar from a convenient store. Read more »
School of Seven Bells found its name watching a PBS show about an alleged South American pickpocket academy, so that should give music heads an idea of what the Brooklyn-based trio is about. Ex-Secret Machines guitarist Benjamin Curtis, along with sisters Claudia and Alejandra Deheza make a brand of futuristic pop that's tough to pin into any one genre, though a just-announced tour with shoegaze master M83 seems like an apt fit. Read more »
The High Decibels old-school rock-flavored hip-hop makes you want to party, so it's fitting this video is all about crowds going wild. Suffice to say, Duke Johnson and Chief, decked out in suits, boutonnieres, and hankies, rap and dance over their bouncy beats and electric guitars, and the crowd is loving every second of it. Some good, light-hearted fun to start the week off. Read more »
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