RIP Donna Summer:

Dancefloor singer/songwriter goddess Donna Summer lost a battle to lung cancer today, reports the AP. She was 63-years-young. Not to be contained by the trappings of disco, Summer broke it large in 1975 after her worldwide smash, “Love to Love You Baby,” dripping with sultry class no one could touch for years. She went on to dominate the charts with two influential producer weapons Georgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte. But her masterpiece came in 1977 with “I Feel Love,” that borrowed from krautrock and gospel to create what iconic producer Bran Eno dubbed “the future of music.” Pulsating with the same sultry undertones of yore with a simple “heaven knows I feel love” chorus, it was a minimalist pillar of the new demand for progression in a genre stale with cheese.

There Is A Town In North Ontario:

Neil Young is mounting an impending rock sprint through 2012, what with the release of Americana on June 5, a few grand festival headlining slots in San Francisco  (Outside Lands) and New Orleans (Voodoo Fest) with Crazy Horse and an autobiography, all backboned around the news of a paralleling film by Jonathan Demme (Philadelphia, Silence of the Lambs). A director known to show his affinity for Young in the past via 2006’s Heart of Gold and 2009’s Neil Young Trunk Show, Demme’s third portrayal of the rock icon, Neil Young Journeys, will drop later this year, following Young from his North Ontario home to a gig at Toronto’s Massey Hall – the same venue he cut a timeless show back in 1971. Dig on the trailer here.

Their Bloody Tour:

Following Kevin Shields’ carrot-dangling news that his influential crusading band of indie rock loud is readying a follow up to their 1991 landmark Loveless, Dublin-based My Bloody Valentine have consequently dropped the news of a Japanese tour come February 2013, reports Time Out Japan, of which will also mark the band’s first tour in roughly 20 years. In the interim, let us collectively cue “Only Shallow” and “sleep like a pillow” with dreams of said new record and an American tour (via Pitchfork).

Spin The Mag Circle:

Here’s the difference between Jack White and everybody else – now that vinyl is all the rage, you’d be quick to be labeled a fool if you didn’t see corporate adverts sinking their teeth into said coolness. Except while Anheuser-Busch InBev – the world’s largest beverage company – decides to play, they rehash the format’s glory days of promoting singles via magazines, while White is launching records via balloon and filling them with blue liquid. Not that White’s necessarily an advertising visionary, but not only are and ad agency Agencia Africa Sao Paula promoting new single “Great Times” via mag as revolutionary, but there’s no b-side flip. Wich leaves the matter of your thoughts on the new tune?


Jimmie “The Father of Country” Rodgers began his last studio session on this day in 1933 before his death a week and a half later at 35-years-young, losing a battle to tuberculosis. He recorded three songs that day, so downtrodden from TB, he had to rest on a cot between takes. One of the three was “Blue Yodel No. 12,” the second to last ballad in a series he began in 1927 that revolutionized the shape of country with a combination of sweet sadness, 12-bar blues and of course Rodgers’ trademark yodel. And, for better or worse, the country lost-my-whatever cliche was born:

Since my mamma’s gone I’ve got acting heart disease
It works just like cancer, It’s goin’ to kill me by degrees