Ric Ocasek Was One Of Pop’s Great Mad Scientists

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Ric-OcasekDit-dit-dit-dit-dit-dit-dit JERNK. Dit-dit-dit-dit-dit-dit-dit JERNK. That’s how the Cars introduced themselves on their very first single, the immortal 1978 banger “Just What I Needed.” That song, like so many other Cars songs, is a marvelous little machine, one that delivers tiny endorphin-rush jolts every few seconds. You could write a senior thesis about the way “Just … More »

Avicii’s father speaks on his son’s mental health journey

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Avicii‘s father Klas Bergling has opened up to CNN about his son’s mental health journey in the years leading to his untimely passing. When touching on the topic of his depression and ultimate suicide, he likened the chain of events to a “traffic jam,” rather than an extended plan. “Many things happened and came into the same station, so to say, and brought him out of his control,” Bergling explained.

He spoke about times when Avicii was younger, recalling times when he’d have “hard talks about getting out of bed.” The artist was a known introvert, and the demands of being a celebrity DJ began to chip at his well being to the point where too many things at once put him in an unstable place. Klas later mentioned the foundation he established in his son’s name to help other young people become self aware and comfortable enough to work on their internal battles early, “when the problems are still small.”

TIM, the posthumous album made in Avicii’s honor, was released in June.

H/T: Billboard

Photo credit: Sean Eriksson

Circumstances of The Prodigy singer, Keith Flint’s death ruled inconclusive by coroner

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While it’s clear epochal electronic icon, Keith Flint died by hanging in his home this past March, Essex coroner, Caroline Beasley-Murray has this week reported that his death can not be adequately ruled a suicide.

Coroner’s officer speaking on Beasley-Murray’s behalf, Linda Calder held an inquest hearing Wednesday to present Beasley-Murray’s reasoning that Flint’s death could’ve been an accident or some sort of “larking around” gone terribly wrong.

“I’ve considered suicide,” read Calder from the report. “To record that, I would have to have found that, on the balance of probabilities, Mr. Flint formed the idea and took a deliberate action knowing it would result in his death. Having regard to all the circumstances I don’t find that there’s enough evidence for that.”

However, Beasley-Murray maintained in her findings that the evidence also prevents her from decisively ruling Flint’s death accidental in nature, though his toxicology report yielded levels of cocaine, alcohol, and codeine.

“We will never quite know what was going on in his mind on that date,” Beasley-Murray offered as an open-ended conclusion.

Keith Flint, 49, was found dead by a friend in his Essex home Mar 4 of this year. The initial coroner’s report suggested no cause for suspicion or foul play. Regardless of the inconclusive nature of the most recent coroner’s report, both Flint’s indelible footprint on the music industry at large and the poignancy of his passing are clear as ever.

Suicide crisis information: The number for the US’s National Suicide Prevention lifeline is 1-800-273-8255, and the UK’s Samaritans Helpline can be reached at 116 123. A list of worldwide prevention lines can be found here.

Tom Morello enlists Whethan and Portugal. The Man to honor Chris Cornell in ‘Every Step That I Take’

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There comes a time when an artist must break out of their comfort zone and experiment in order to evolve artistically. That time has come for Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine fame, whose efforts adventuring into different musical realms has resulted in his upcoming, electronic-laced LP dubbed The Atlas Underground. It’s due for an October 12 release.

One of its singles comes from a melancholic place. “Every Step That I Take” sees him honoring his fallen Audioslave band mate and famed rocker Chris Cornell, who was reported to have taken his own life earlier in the year. Its lyrics subtly mention topics like depression, anxiety, and the struggle to “find the neon path.” Though it taps the expertise of bass sensation Whethan in producing its electro undertones, Morello and other collaborator Portugal. The Man ultimately exert a larger influence over the piece for a relatable, nuanced piece with a long guitar riff at the end that’s radio-friendly to its core. Of the record, the musician stated:

“‘Every Step That I Take’ is about how the dreams, and depression, and love and the lack of it on the emotional steps of the gallows are processed. It was a song written by myself and Matt Shultz from Cage the Elephant and Johnny [Gourley] from Portugal.The Man sings it and it’s just a beautiful song. One of my favorites on the record.”

Morello also joined with SAVE, an organization dedicated to suicide awareness and prevention. The Atlas Underground album will also include features by Steve Aoki, RZA, Pretty Lights, Knife Party, and more.

 

The EDM Community Rallies Around Artist After The Posting Of A Suicide Note On His Social Media

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Content Warning: The following article discusses suicide as well as self-harm. Two Feet is an up and coming producer with a style all of his own. He ability to fuse blues and funk alongside traditional electronic elements is nothing short of masterful. Today though, he gave his fan base a massive scare when he posted

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Two Feet lives on after posting disturbing tweet

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Majestic Casual alumnus Two Feet posted a Tweet that alarmed friends and fans on Tuesday, July 31. It was titled “goodbye,” and ended with the apparent intention to take his own life.

Luckily, he lives on, per a statement given to Billboard from his team and family:

“He is alive and receiving medical treatment. The family appreciates all the love and concern and request privacy at this time.”

His Tweet has amassed well over a thousand comments at the time of writing this piece, with everyone from fans, to artists like ROZES and Louis The Child posting their support and love for the artist.

Two Feet is known for his esoteric, often jazz-infused brand of bass music. He was quickly signed onto Majestic Casual upon making his entrance into the scene, and since then has been noted as a force to watch. His most recent single, “Hurt People,” described projecting one’s demons onto others.

We wish the best for Two Feet, and a speedy recovery.

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Avicii’s Death Reportedly Caused By Injuries From Broken Glass

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Avicii reportedly died from self-inflicted injuries after using broken pieces of a wine bottle to cut himself, TMZ has reported. According to multiple sources familiar with Avicii’s death say that the DJ and producer did indeed take his own life, something that his parents were alluding to in last week’s report. Tim Bergling, aka Avicii,

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Avicii’s family issues new statement hinting at late producer’s suicide

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The global dance music community is still reeling from Avicii’s untimely passing on April 20. The superstar Swedish producer was found dead in Muscat, Oman and since, a continuous outpouring of support has flooded social media, with dance and pop icons around the world all expressing their shock from the sudden loss. Avicii‘s family issued an initial statement, though now the family’s second public announcement may begin to give fans some sort of closure, as they imply the late producer, “couldn’t go on any longer.”

The full statement reads,

Stockholm, 26 April 2018

Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions. An over-achieving perfectionist who travelled and worked hard at a pace that led to extreme stress.When he stopped touring, he wanted to find a balance in life to be happy and be able to do what he loved most – music.

He really struggled with thoughts about Meaning, Life, Happiness. He could not go on any longer. He wanted to find peace.

Tim was not made for the business machine he found himself in; he was a sensitive guy who loved his fans but shunned the spotlight. Tim, you will forever be loved and sadly missed. The person you were and your music will keep your memory alive.

We love you,

Your family

The global electronic music phenomenon is still in its infancy, and Avicii undoubtedly helped build it to where it is today. The loss of one of our most important trailblazers is still fresh in our minds, but at least now perhaps one of our genre’s finest is finally at peace.

Gotcha Covered: White Light/White Heat

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Weird: The Velvet Underground’s second album doesn’t feel 50 years old. Granted, Lou Reed and Sterling Morrison are no longer with us, Mo Tucker went tea party, and John Cale… well, he’s a still-active 75. But aside from the fact that guitar-bass-drums rock bands aren’t the default for experimental pop music anymore (if they ever … More »

Watch Michael Shannon & Yo La Tengo Cover Suicide’s “Ghost Rider”

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This year, after a five-year absence, Yo La Tengo brought back their eight-night run of Hanukkah shows to the New York metro era. The shows traditionally went down at the now-defunct Hoboken club Maxwell’s, and they featured tons of special guests, random covers, and one-off collaborations. This year, the shows moved to the Bowery … More »