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1) R.I.P. EVAN FARRELL, ex- ROGUE WAVE
I am stunned and saddened to hear that another death has befallen the Rogue Wave folks. Those who have read the feature on this fantastic Oakland band and their three superb LPs in our current issue 61 know that they’ve had their share of demises in the family of late (guitarist GRAHAM LEBRON’s dad and guitarist/singer/songwriter ZACH ROGUE’s grandfather) as well as a near-death (drummer PAT SPURGEON’s life-saving kidney transplant).
Now comes word that their bandmate until recently, Evan Farrell, who we saw play with the group the last few years before his recent departure from the band, has died in a house fire apparently caused by a space heater. This is really sad. We’d gotten to know Evan a little on those Rogue Wave tours for the first two LPs (he plays on the second one), and always found him as friendly as he was talented. How absolutely tragic, and our hearts go out to the group and Evan’s friends and family, especially his two young sons (how awful, just awful). People, please be careful with those dang heaters. They’ve caused too much pain and sorrow already. He leaves behind some great memories of his playing.
Here’s a link from Billboard:
I’m also sorry to hear of the death of jazz legend OSCAR PETERSON, one of the truly greatest pianists in music history and a Canadian legend for sure. I’ve probably played that 1957 LP he made with LOUIS ARMSTRONG (_Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson_) 100 times, just one of his many treasures. (Let me go listen to “One of Those Things” again now, it’s a classic.) We were lucky to see him play in New York over the years, that’s for sure.
2) My friend HERB JUE wants me to mention two rather interesting books I am quoted in that were released last month, so let me do that now:
The Replacements: All Over But the Shouting An Oral History (Hardcover, 2007)
Author: Jim Walsh List Price: $21.95
ISBN-13: 9780760330623 Publisher: Voyageur Press
My First Time: A Collection of First Punk Show Stories
List Price: $15.95
Format: Paperback ISBN-10: 1904859178
Publisher: A K Pr Distribution
Don’t miss both of these!
3) Happy 2008 everybody and see you next year! I’ve been away from Brooklyn since September but I am looking forward to returning home. California was certainly good to us, though, and my thanks to everyone out there!
4) Just a reminder that there is a new issue of Big Takeover magazine just out! Indeed, if you want a post-holiday gift subscription for yourself with the money your relatives gave you, or your friends or family whom you think would enjoy our pages (or one of our T-shirts, or any of our back issues, or our CDs), you can still order on our secure online store at
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p.s. here’s the info on the new issue again in case you missed it or in case you still need it!:
—Big Takeover #61 with THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS’ A.C. NEWMAN began shipping, so you should see it quite soon! Below is a quick description of its contents if you missed my last post!
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Here, again, is what’s in the issue:
Interviews: NEW PORNOGRAPHERS • MAXIMO PARK • THE SHINS, pt. 2 • EMMA POLLOCK (DELGADOS) • THE CRIBS • DON MCGLASHAN (MUTTON BIRDS) pt. 2 • LITTLE STEVEN (Underground Garage/Sopranos) • THE PIPETTES • FIELDS • THE POINTED STICKS • MARY WEISS (SHANGRI-LA’S) • ROGUE WAVE • OKKERVIL RIVER • SEA WOLF • SONDRE LERCHE • SATURDAY LOOKS GOOD TO ME • WHEAT • OK GO • HAZEY JANES • ARI SHINE • GREAT NORTHERN • TOMMY WOMACK • EARWIG • THE JONESES • TUNECORE DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION
Editorials: Rick Rubin, Radiohead, “Record Men,” and the Revenue Redirect * Ackerman: On the End of Record Labels * Sommer: On Blue Oyster Cult
Live Reviews: Jon Auer • Bad Brains • Booker T & the MGs • Elvis Costello • Decemberists • John Doe (X) • Roky Erickson • Fiery Furnaces • Long Blondes • Morrissey • Only Ones • Sea and Cake • Sloan • Ralph Stanley • Stooges • Richard Thompson • Toxic Reasons • Voxtrot • Hippiefest (Zombies/Rascals/Badfinger/Mitch Ryder etc.)
Hundreds of CD Reviews: Bad Religion • Bags • Blonde Redhead • Bongos • Bon Mots • Clash • Clientele • Bo Diddley • The Eat • Editors • Effigies • Feist • Flying Burrito Brothers • For Against • Adam Franklin • House of Love • Howling Wolf • Ed Kuepper • Interpol • Junius • Len Price 3 • Libertines U.S. • Loose Salute • New Model Army • Robert Pollard • Ray Price • Radiohead • R.E.M. • Saints • Stephen Hero • Wedding Present • Wilco • Wire • and more!
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