The much-renowned and very influential singer, songwriter and bandleader Tabu Ley Rochereau
, the legendary pioneer of soukous, has died
. His music was characterized by his sweet, mellow voice, smoothly beautiful and quintessentially African vocal harmonies, and chiming, smooth-as-silk interwoven guitar melodies. Not to mention a steady, infectious beat that kept people moving on dance floors all across Africa for the past five decades. Here is but a small sampling, spanning from his very fruitful, prolific musical career: Mokolo Nakokufa
, Kaful Mayay
, Bania Irene
... and since the man is said to have written as many as 3000 songs, there's plenty more out there to discover. RIP Tabu Ley Rochereau.
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Nov 30, 2013 -
Marcia Wallace, the Emmy-winning voice of Edna Krabappel on “The Simpsons” and earlier Carol Kester, the receptionist on the 1970s sitcom “The Bob Newhart Show,” has died at 70
LAT [more inside]
posted by girlmightlive
on Oct 27, 2013 -
- "singer, writer, composer, punk rocker, poet, Radiator, Pogue"
- passed away from esophageal cancer on October 8th, far too young at only 56. He was most widely known as the Pogues’ rhythm guitarist, who penned
"Thousands Are Sailing
", a haunting ballad about Irish immigration to the USA that quickly became a live favourite (in later shows usually sung by Phil himself
). [more inside]
posted by Skybly
on Oct 18, 2013 -
Noted science fiction author
, and SFWA Grand Master Frederik Pohl
has died. His granddaughter announced the news via her twitter account
. Pohl was born in 1919 (the same year stainless steel was patented and a year before the first commercially licensed radio station in the US) and after nearly a century of imagining the near and far future, and sharing that with the world, he was still updating his blog [previously]
on a regular basis until his death.
posted by rmd1023
on Sep 2, 2013 -
Cory Monteith, star of Glee, was found dead yesterday
in a Vancouver hotel room.
Although it will take some time for the autopsy results to become available, the police do not suspect foul play, and most media outlets have been referring to Monteith's history of substance abuse as a likely cause of his unexpected death. Unlike many other young stars, his struggle with addiction began long before fame hit, as he first recounted to Parade Magazine in 2011
. This past March, he voluntarily checked into rehab for a second stint
. After the release of the article, he spoke with George Stroumboupoulos
to discuss his reasons for disclosing his past mistakes in such a public way.
Early during the show's first season, Monteith recorded a video diary of his first trip to New York City
posted by a fiendish thingy
on Jul 15, 2013 -
It's time to say farewell to one of the great and legendary voices of American music. Mr Bobby 'Blue' Bland has died
. With the perfect combination of muscle and tenderness, grit and sweetness, he gave us so many stellar performances over his long career. Here are but a few: Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City
, The Way You Treated Me
, Stormy Monday
, Further Up the Road
, St. James Infirmary
, I'll Take Care of You
, I Stand Accused
, That's the Way Love Is
, Ain't Nothing You Can Do
... and the list goes on. Thanks for the music, Bobby Bland.
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Jun 23, 2013 -
Did you know you can pay to have the obituary for a non-famous loved one put in the New York Times? The family of Antonia W. "Toni" Larroux of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi did.
"Waffle House lost a loyal customer on April 30, 2013. Antonia W. "Toni" Larroux died after a battle with multiple illnesses: lupus, rickets, scurvy, kidney disease and feline leukemia."
The obituary goes on to make fun of four generations of family (from her father to her grandchildren), the Hancock County Library Foundation and the clergyman presiding at her memorial service, closing with the statement that "Anyone wearing black will not be admitted to the memorial."via Miss Cellania of Neatorama
posted by oneswellfoop
on May 5, 2013 -
On Thursday, February 21st, influential British animator Bob Godfrey
passed away at the age of 91. (Guardian
, and yes, even the Daily Mail. [more inside]
posted by louche mustachio
on Feb 23, 2013 -
, American author, journalist, critic and expert on Japan, dies at 88.
Smilingly excluded here in Japan, politely stigmatised, I can from my angle attempt only objectivity, since my subjective self will not fit the space I am allotted . . . how fortunate I am to occupy this niche with its lateral view. In America I would be denied this place. I would live on the flat surface of a plain. In Japan, from where I am sitting, the light falls just right – I can see the peaks and valleys, the crags and crevasses.
-- from The Japan Journals, 1947-2004 [more inside]
posted by Ice Cream Socialist
on Feb 19, 2013 -
In 1974, Leon Leyson was one of a group of Jews who greeted Oskar Schindler when he visited Los Angeles. It was the first time the two had seen each other since the war. He began to introduce himself, but Schindler interrupted: "I know who you are," Schindler said, grinning at the middle-aged man before him. "You're Little Leyson." On Sunday, the youngest name on Schindler's List passed away at the age of 83.
"The truth is, I did not live my life in the shadow of the Holocaust," he told the Portland Oregonian in 1997. "I did not give my children a legacy of fear. I gave them a legacy of freedom." [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Jan 14, 2013 -
Aaron Swartz, web technologist, has committed suicide.
First mentioned on Metafilter for his involvement in the standardization of RSS in 2001 as a ninth-grader
, most of Swartz's 26 years were devoted to leaving a lasting impact on the web. Swartz co-founded Infogami
, which merged with the internet aggregator Reddit
, and also founded the Internet activist organization Demand Progress
which fought against the SOPA/PIPA
legislation. His framework for web servers, web.py
, was first released in 2006 when Reddit switched from Lisp to Python and continues to be actively used and updated
. In a 2008 attempt to make a public version of the contents of the PACER public court records database, Swartz angered government officials
when they learned he had downloaded 20 million articles, which he subsequently made freely available
. In 2011 he was indicted for data theft
for downloading large amounts from the academic article repository JSTOR. Despite JSTOR's statement indicating "no interest in this becoming an ongoing legal matter
," the US case continued with additional charges
, to which Aaron pled innocent in September of 2012. [more inside]
posted by Llama-Lime
on Jan 12, 2013 -
The poet Jayne Cortez passed away this past December 28th
in New York City (New York Times obituary
). She started publishing her poems in the late 1960s and in the 70s began performing her poetry backed by music, first
with bassist Richard Davis, and then backed by her own band The Firespitters. Some of their tracks have found their way to YouTube: I See Chano Pozo
, If the Drum Is a Woman
, There It Is
, Maintain Control & Economic Love Song I
, Everybody Wants to Be Somebody
, Takin' the Blues Back Home
, Talk to Me (for Don Cherry)
, I've Been Searching
, You Can Be
and Endangered Species List Blues
. Just two years ago she performed solo with her son by Ornette Coleman, drummer Denardo Coleman: Find Your Own Voice
, I'm Gonna Shake
and She Got He Got
. In 1997 she was featured on University of California television network in the series Artists on the Cutting Edge
where she read poems and discussed her work. Finally, here's a brief clip
from the 1982 documentary Poetry in Motion, where she was interviewed.
posted by Kattullus
on Jan 5, 2013 -