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Tangerine Dream Founder Edgar Froese Dead at 70

Ralf Roletschek via Wikimedia Commons.

Ralf Roletschek via Wikimedia Commons.

Daniel Kreps writes at Rolling Stone:

Edgar Froese, founding member and keyboardist of the long-running band Tangerine Dream and an electronic music pioneer, passed away after suffering a pulmonary embolism on January 20th. Froese was 70.

“This is a message to you we are very sorry for… On January 20th, Tuesday afternoon, Edgar Froese suddenly and unexpectedly passed away from the effects of a pulmonary embolism in Vienna,” the band posted on Facebook Friday afternoon. “The sadness in our hearts is immensely. Edgar once said: ‘There is no death, there is just a change of our cosmic address.’ Edgar, this is a little comfort to us.”

Formed in 1967 in West Berlin and born out of the same Krautrock scene that produced Kraftwerk, Cluster, Neu! and Can, Tangerine Dream’s 1970 debut LP Electronic Meditation, which featured fellow electronic music giant Klaus Schulz, shared many of the same musical qualities as their German peers.

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Theme Song For The Apocalypse

Perhaps reflecting the zeitgeist, the BBC has been searching for a song to broadcast should the end of the world, or apocalypse, be upon us:

Earlier this month we covered the revelation that Ted Turner, founder of the news channel CNN, ordered a sign-off video ready to air in case the apocalypse were nigh.

His pick? Rather pedestrian footage of a US Army band playing Nearer My God to Thee.

Convinced there were better choices out there, we asked readers what they would select as a farewell song for the BBC, which (as far as we know) doesn’t have anything cued up in case of imminent doomsday.

God-Save-Queen

Our suggestion, God Save the Queen, was one of the more popular choices, for obvious reasons, although the particular version sparked a bit of divergence. Dylan M Clayton from Kentucky prefers Brian May’s electric guitar rendition, while several other readers chose the more subversive Sex Pistols classic by the same name.

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The Mystic Tunes Of Motopony

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Let’s face it, there is a lot of bad music available these days. So it is very refreshing when you find a band that not only lays itself there but does so in such a beautiful way. Daniel Blue’s voice shimmers with the sincerity of a young Dylan. Having been recorded at Abbey Road, this little EP turns and squeezes all the parts of your being that seem to only come to Life through the inexpressible and elusive elixir of music and yields the solace of a still life image.

Download their EP free here.

Watch Motopony’s New video here:

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Musicians Who Died in 2014

Joe Cocker and the Grease Band performing at Woodstock.  Photo by Derek Redmond and Paul Campbell - Own work (own picture) (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Joe Cocker and the Grease Band performing at Woodstock.
Photo by Derek Redmond and Paul Campbell – Own work (own picture) (CC BY-SA 3.0)

via Ranker:

This list of famous musicians who have died in 2014 is a complete list of singers, songwriters, and performers who have gone to the great gig in the sky in 2014.

34. Joe Cocker
33. Ian McLagan
32. Bobby Keys
31. Jimmy Ruffin
30. Big Bank Hank
29. Wayne Static
28. Jack Bruce
27. Tyson Stevens
26. Joanne Borgella
25. Isaiah "Ikey" Owens
24. Mark Bell
23. Paul Revere
22. Robert Throb Young
21. Simone Battle
20. Michael Johns
19. Dick Wagner
18. Tommy Ramone
17. Johnny Winter
16. Bobby Womack
15. DJ E-Z Rock
14. DJ Rashad
13. Shane Gibson
12. Jesse Winchester
11. Big Glo
10. Jason McCash
9. Frankie Knuckles
8. Tim Wilson
7. Paco de Lucía
6. Franny Beecher
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Psychoactive Soundscapes: The Trippiest Albums of 2014

darksideofthesun2The idea that the multiverse is more akin to an art project than a science experiment (or an art experiment if you’re so inclined) is one of those Occult themes that typically gets dismissed by both overly scientific and religious types alike. Even though it quite inarguably resonates now more than ever. One of the stranger aspects of human psychology that we essentially avoid touching in typical academic or spiritual discourse involves the fact that your average person now consumes roughly a hundred thousand times more art in a given year than they did even a mere century ago. We used to rely on mediums like galleries, plays, symphonies, and libraries to dispense our art, most of which weren’t super accessible to people who weren’t wealthy or close to an urban center. Now the fact that the Internet and cable television beam recreational distractions into our homes 24/7 seems almost like a trivial afterthought.… Read the rest

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Joe Cocker, impassioned voice of ’60s rock and blues, dead at 70

via Mashable:

Joe Cocker, the British singer whose impassioned, gravel-voiced covers of popular rock and blues songs were an indelible sound of 1960s counterculture, has died at age 70 after a battle with lung cancer.

Cocker died Monday at his home in Colorado, first reported by U.K. websites The Yorkshire Post and ITV News, and later confirmed by the BBC.

Cocker lent his voice to the songs of many fellow rock artists, but perhaps none more memorably than The Beatles’ “With a Little Help From My Friends” which, despite being released on Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band just the year before, was his breakthrough, hitting No. 1 in the U.K. in 1968.

Twenty years later it would become the theme song to The Wonder Years, though nothing will top Cocker’s performance at Woodstock in ’69:

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