- If you hadn’t heard already, Bob Bogle, lead guitarist of The Ventures and master of the whammy bar, died this past weekend in Tacoma. He was 75. Bogle started The Ventures in Tacoma in 1958 with fellow masonry worker Don Wilson. The group was well known for their theme to the show Hawaii Five-O and “Walk, Don’t Run” and popularized if not originated the surf rock sound. Even when their popularity dwindled in the U.S., The Ventures continued performing and became, and remained, the most popular American rock group in Japan. They finally got their due at home last year when they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Bogle, unfortunately, was unable to attend as a result of his decades-long struggle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma to which he finally succumbed last Sunday. His work as a music innovator will never be forgotten. Read more.
- Although I’m way too young to know anything about them (today is my twenty first birthday!), Os Mutantes are apparently legends of tropicalia. The group, who reunited to perform shows a few years back, has signed with Anti- and is getting ready to release their first album of new material 35 years. Now I’ll get to know how great they are.
- Jack White is non-stop, and if you still can’t get enough of him, The White Stripes are turning their 2007 Canadian Tour into a documentary. The tour had some strange stops, like a transit bus, fishing boat, and classroom, so a documentary only seems natural.
- Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, has dropped his beef with Coldplay over alleged plagiarism over the British group’s hit “Viva La Vida.” Islam still believes the group took the main melody from his song “Foreigner Suite” but forgave the group and even invited them for tea. I hope he has scones and treats for Chris Martin and Co. to crush the catfight.
- The Raveonettes are Twittering like mad in promotion of their fourth album, which hasn’t even been recorded yet! The band has been releasing studio demos of songs and encouraging fans to live chat with them about the new songs. (The next chat is today at 12PM PST.) Join in the fun at Vice Records.
- Seems like The Features‘ excellent album Some Kind of Salvation has been release several times already, but it’s apparently hitting the shelves once again as the first release of a new label (as yet unnammed) imprint co-run by Kings of Leon. According to the press release, the boys of KOL have joined up with publishing company Bug Music to sign and develop “dynamic artists that are committed as a band and writing extraordinary music.” Further details are pending.
- Devo has recruited LCD Soundsystem’s main man James Murphy for a collaboration on their new album. Yes, it’s for real. Yes, it’s that awesome.
- Bands announcing their late summer tours. Among them, Ra Ra Riot, who will be at Marymoor Park with Death Cab for Cutie in July; The Dodos whose forthcoming album, Time To Die, is due 9/15 on FrenchKiss and who will perform in Seattle on August 14 as part of KEXP’s Summer Concerts series at the Mural Ampitheater (free!); and Modest Mouse, who will be at Bumbershoot this year on September 7.
- A frugal savings message from Sigur Ros:
“Our great friends in London Fanfarlo are making their amazing debut album, ‘Reservoir’, available for $1 (USD) until Independence Day (July 4), along with 4 exclusive bonus tracks. It’s got Sigurrós and her cousin Disa on the front cover in a pic by Jónsi’s other sis Lilja (true), and we urge you all to go and get it straight away.”
If you’re unfamiliar with Fanfarlo, keep listening to KEXP as you’re bound to hear one of our many DJ’s playing it (and they were featured recently as one of our Song of the Day podcasts), but for a buck, how can you really go wrong? Download it now here.