Monday News Roundup

  • The week begins with the sad news of the death of Clarence Clemons, saxophonist for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, on Saturday the 18th. Clemons, 69, had suffered a stroke the previous Sunday, but was reportedly in stable condition following two brain surgeries. In addition to his work with the E Street Band, Clemons had performed with such musical luminaries as Aretha Franklin, Jackson Browne, Roy Orbison, and Ringo Starr. That’s him with Bruce Springsteen on the cover of the 1975 LP Born to Run. Springsteen issued the following statement after the news of Clemons’ passing:

Clarence lived a wonderful life. He carried within him a love of people that made them love him. He created a wondrous and extended family. He loved the saxophone, loved our fans and gave everything he had every night he stepped on stage. His loss is immeasurable and we are honored and thankful to have known him and had the opportunity to stand beside him for nearly forty years. He was my great friend, my partner, and with Clarence at my side, my band and I were able to tell a story far deeper than those simply contained in our music. His life, his memory, and his love will live on in that story and in our band.

  • More tragedy comes with the death of 19-year-old Andrew Graf at this past weekend’s Electric Daisy Carnival, the Dallas dance music festival that saw such acts as Diplo, Paul Van Dyk, Wolfgang Gartner, Green Velvet, and Skrillex take the stage. The cause of death is still under investigation, but as many as two dozen other attendees were hospitalized due to hydration and alcohol-related concerns. Billboard states that at least one person is in critical condition. This is the second death that has occurred at an Electric Daisy Carnival, the first being a 15-year-old girl’s overdose on ecstasy less than a year ago.
  • If you’ve been to a concert in the past few years, you’ve seen people holding up their smartphones to record video of the performance. The bothersome activity leads to dozens of shaky Youtube videos with crunchy audio and blurry video. But that may all change soon, as The Daily Mail claims that Apple has filed a patent application for technology that will block iPhone cameras from recording live events. According to the Mail, the tech uses infrared sensors placed around venues. Upon holding up your phone, the sensors will disable your camera while allowing all other apps to continue to function. This is presumably being done in response to complaints from record companies and promoters about their intellectual property being leaked to the internet, albeit in shaky, poor-quality form.
  • The Flaming Lips, hot off the release of their marijuana-flavored gummy skulls, have released the first look at their follow-up project: gummy fetuses and vaginas, complete with USB flash drives featuring new music. Frontman and diabolical mastermind Wayne Coyne has tweeted a picture of the fetuses, which will include a 3-song USB EP, and you can head here to check out a NSFW video debut of the vagina gummies in action. You don’t need a vivid imagination to know how you’re supposed to retrieve the flash drive. In addition to the gummies, Coyne has also hinted at a Nick Cave/Flaming Lips collaboration.
  • Seattle’s favorite bearded folk-rockers Fleet Foxes have announced a continuation of their tour, and this time they’re being joined by indie rock elite The Walkmen. Despite having just played in May, the two bands debut together right here in Seattle with two dates at the Paramount Theatre in September, the 6th and the 7th. Hop on over to the Fleet Foxes website for on-sale dates.
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