30 Essential Noise Rock Tracks

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Grind. Skronk. Pigfuck. Seemingly every word associated with noise rock sounds incredibly unflattering out of context, and even in context doesn’t fare much better. Before noise rock had a name, rock critics such as Lester Bangs and Robert Christgau came up with their own suitably unpleasant ways of describing the tortured sounds of music oozing … More »

The Residents’ Hardy Fox Dead At 73

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The ResidentsHardy Fox, the primary composer for the avant-garde musical collective known as the Residents, has died. According to a post on the Residents’ website, Fox “succumbed to a brief illness” after “a series of recent health problems.” A banner atop Fox’s website elaborates that brain cancer was his ultimate cause of … More »

RIP: Hardy Fox, co-founder and primary composer of The Residents

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Hardy Fox, co-founder and primary composer of The Residents, has died at 73. From The Residents:

It is with with great sorrow and regret that The Cryptic Corporation announces the passing of longtime associate, Hardy Fox. As president of the corporation from 1982-2016, the company benefited from Hardy’s instinct for leadership and direction, but his true value came from his longtime association with The Residents. As the group’s producer, engineer, as well as collaborator on much of their material, Fox’s influence on The Residents was indelible; despite any formal training, his musicality was nevertheless unique, highly refined and prolific. Blessed with a vital sense of aesthetics, a keen ear, and an exquisite love of the absurd, Hardy’s smiling face was a constant source of joy to those around him. He will be missed.

After a series of recent health problems, Hardy succumbed to a brief illness. He is survived by his husband, Steven Kloman.