Thursday News Roundup

Mick Karn and Gerry Rafferty

  • Remembering Mick and Gerry: One of two significant losses in the music world this week, Mick Karn, the bassist who performed with David Sylvian and Steve Jansen in Japan and with Peter Murphy in Dalis Car, died Tuesday after a battle with cancer. Read a thoughtful remembrance here. Another loss, singer-songwriter Gerry Rafferty, perhaps best known by KEXP listeners for “Stuck in the Middle With You,” made infamous Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs, also died on Tuesday. Rafferty saw fame with that song and “Baker Street” in the 70’s, but he struggled with success and alcoholism in his later life. He succumbed to ongoing liver and kidney problems. Read more about Gerry Rafferty here.
  • Courtney Love sued for Twitter comments: Courtney Love is involved in a defamation lawsuit after posting insulting comments about designer Dawn Simorangkir on her Twitter account. Love is headed to a Los Angeles court on January 18; it’s the first high-profile lawsuit revolving around a celebrity posting unflattering comments on sites like Twitter. (via Spin)

  • Speaking of potential Twitter faux pas: Oscar and Grammy nominee Josh Groban‘s next album is all songs written from Kanye West‘s tweets? Too bad it’s just a spoof! Groban sings some of his best songs yet on Jimmy Kimmel Live:

  • Yet another reason for us to love Daytrotter: FREE MGMT SESSION! You can download the whole thing for free here.
  • Finally… new songs from Amy Winehouse?: British paper The Sun reports that Winehouse will pull out some new songs when she performs five dates in Brazil starting this Saturday.
  • “Kaputt” goes Destroyer’s crazy new video: This is one you just have to see for yourself. (via MBV Music)

  • Twin Shadow “Shooting Holes”: Enjoy this intimate Yours Truly session from Brooklyn’s Twin Shadow.

  • The Line of Best Fit interviews Phosphorescent: Read the lengthy article with frontman Matthew Houck here.
  • Nordic Music Prize shortlist unveiled: The final 12 for the first ever Nordic Music Prize has finally been revealed; that’s one from Finland, two from Denmark, two from Iceland, three from Norway and four from Sweden. Today’s featured Song of the Day podcast artist, The Radio Dept., is among the finalists, who also include Jónsi, Dungen, Serena Maneesh and Ólöf Arnalds. Read the full final list at Drowned In Sound.
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  1. DJ El Toro
    Posted January 6, 2011 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    If you listen to the 10 o’clock hour of my show from last night (Weds. Jan 5) in the streaming archive, we celebrate the life of Mick Karn right after the (brief) events calendar, showcasing songs he made while in Japan, in collaboration with Gary Numan, Midge Ure, and Peter Murphy (Dalis Car), and as a solo artist.

  2. luiz paulo
    Posted January 10, 2011 at 5:21 am | Permalink

    really unfortunate and a loss of two geniuses of music each one in his stage, now she is about courtney love for more than a Britney Spears do something relevant in an artists’ concerns and her opinion on TMZ’s playing music.

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