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Producer Rick Parashar, Who Worked With Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, Blind Melon, and More, Dies at Age 50

Rick Parashar

Famed producer Rick Parashar has died away at the age of 50. Northwest Music Scene reports that Parashar died Thursday, August 14, 2014 due to a pulmonary embolism during which a blood clot moved from his leg to his heart.

Parasher was the co-founder of Seattle’s London Bridge Studio and produced classic albums including Pearl Jam‘s Ten, Temple of the Dog’s self-titled album, Alice In ChainsSap EP, and Blind Melon‘s self-titled debut album. Parashar also performed multiple instruments on the Pearl Jam tracks “Black” and “Jeremy,” as well as several Temple of the Dog songs. Following his success with grunge-era mega-stars, Parashar produced Nickelback’s Silver Side Up and 3 Doors Down’s Away From the Sun.

(via Loudwire)

Listen: CJ Ramone “Understand Me?”

CJ Ramone "Understand Me?"

CJ Ramone has signed to Fat Wreck Chords who will release the seven-inch single “Understand Me?” on September 30, 2014.

Backing Ramone on the single (and the upcoming full-length Last Chance To Dance) are the same players who appeared on his 2012 solo debut: Dan Root and Steve Soto from The Adolescents, and David Hidalgo Jr. of Social Distortion. The single’s B-side is a cover of Black Flag‘s “Rise Above,” featuring guitar and background vocals by Dez Cadena of Black Flag and the Misfits.

Stream “Understand Me?” below.



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Robin Williams Dead at Age 63

Robin Wiliams

From Gawker:

Actor Robin Williams, 63, was found dead from an apparent suicide in his Tiburon, California home earlier today.

From the Marin County Sheriff’s Department:

On August 11, 2014, at approximately 11:55 am, Marin County Communicationsreceived a 9-1-1 telephone call reporting a male adult had been located unconscious and not breathing inside his residence in unincorporated Tiburon, CA. The Sheriff’s Office, as well as the Tiburon Fire Department and Southern Marin Fire Protection District were dispatched to the incident with emergency personnel arriving on scene at 12:00 pm. The male subject, pronounced deceased at 12:02 pm has been identified as Robin McLaurin Williams, a 63 year old resident of unincorporated Tiburon, CA.

An investigation into the cause, manner, and circumstances of the death is currentlyunderway by the Investigations and Coroner Divisions of the Sheriff’s Office.Preliminary information developed during the investigation indicates Mr. Williams waslast seen alive at his residence, where he resides with his wife, at approximately 10:00pm on August 10, 2014. Mr. Williams was located this morning shortly before the 9-1-1call was placed to Marin County Communications. At this time, the Sheriff’s Office Coroner Division suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia, but a comprehensive investigation must be completed before a final determination is made. A forensic examination is currently scheduled for August 12, 2014 with subsequent toxicology testing to be conducted.

Williams battled depression and substance abuse throughout his career; last month, he checked into rehab facility.

Williams’ publicist released a statement this afternoon:

“Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”

His wife, Susan Schneider, also confirmed the news:

“This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”

Dischord Records to Release First Fugazi Demo Record

Fugazi ca. 1988, courtesy of Dischord Records

Dischord Records will be releasing Fugazi’s first demo, simply entitled First Demo. After playing only 10 shows, the band recorded the 11 demo tracks in January 1988 at Inner Ear Studios. The tracks include the unreleased “Turn Off Your Guns” and the cut “In Defense Of Humans,” which appeared on the State of the Union compilation in 1989, the only track from the sessions to ever be released officially.

The release, due later in 2014, will end the first phase of the Fugazi Live Series, in which the band has uploaded recordings of more than 900 of the shows they played when they were still active band. First Demo will be available in CD, vinyl, and MP3 formats. (via DischordStereogum)


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“Arrested Development” Is Coming Back for Season Five, According to Netflix

Arrested Development

After coming back for a fourth season in 2013 on Netflix to mixed reviews, the hit comedy show “Arrested Development” is now slated for a fifth season.

Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos is “positive” a fifth season will happen. Though the timing of the show is unclear, “It’s just a matter of when,” reports USA Today.

Sarandos added that getting a schedule that works for everyone may be the biggest challenge, and criticism over the amount of time the cast spent on screen together in the latest season was “fair.”

Will Arnett later confirmed reports.

“We are going to do more ‘Arrested Development’,” Arnett said. “Ted Sarandos and Netflix kind of let the cat out of the bag on that one. It’s something we all want to do so we’re excited.”

(via HuffPo, Mashable)

Marilyn Burns, Star of “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre,” Dies at Age 64

Marilyn Burns in "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" (1974)

Actress and “scream queen” Marilyn Burns, who starred as Sally Hardesty in the original The Texas Chain Saw Massacre film, died Tuesday, August 5, 2014, her manager said. She was 64.

Burns was found unresponsive by a family member” in her Houston-area home, and her representative tells TMZ.com that an autopsy will be conducted to determine the official cause of death.

Her other horror movie roles include Tobe Hooper’s Eaten Alive (1977), Caution: Children at Play (1981), Kiss Daddy Goodbye (1981), and Future-Kill (1985).

Though she had a few cameo roles in recent years — primarily in Texas Chain Saw Massacre sequels and remakes — her later career focused on stage productions in Texas.


Click here for 10 Horror Movies Based on True Stories


(via Toronto Sun, CNN)

Song Premiere: Black Trip “Goin’ Under”

 Black Trip

Swedish metal band Black Trip consists of former members of bands such as Entombed, Dismember, and Nifelheim, and though the group dates all the way back to 2004, they have just released their debut full-length, Goin’ Under, in Europe. Since its early July 2014 overseas release, Goin’ Under has cracked the Swedish Top 20, with eight heavy tracks that recreate the sounds of the classic NWOBHM bands that influence Black Trip.

Goin’ Under will be seeing its release in North America via Prosthetic Records on August 15, 2014. Also, the band will appear live on Saturday, August 9th, at Sweden’s Getaway Rock Festival, headlined by Slayer, Dimmu Borgir, and Volbeat.

Below, you can stream the North American premiere of their title track, “Goin’ Under,” and check out the album’s track listing.

Goin’ Under Track Listing:
1. Voodoo Queen
2. Radar
3. Putting Out The Fire
4. No Tomorrow
5. Tvar Dabla
6. The Bells
7. Thirst
8. Goin’ Under

Thurston Moore Forms New Band With Debbie Googe of My Bloody Valentine and Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth

Thurston Moore

Thurston Moore has reunited with Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley — as well as James Sedwards and My Bloody Valentine bassist Debbie Googe — to form The Thurston Moore Band. Their first performance together is set for August 19, 2014 at Ocii in Amsterdam.

Later this year, Moore will release a new solo album, The Best Day, via Matador Records. Moore released his last solo album, Demolished Thoughts, in 2011. He also released an album with metal super-group Twilight in 2012, as well as a self-titled album with his band Chelsea Light Moving in 2013.

Below, listen to his latest single and see the upcoming tour dates of The Thurston Moore Band.

Thurston Moore on Tour
8/19 Amsterdam, NL @ Ocii
8/21 Paredes De Coura, PT @ Paredes De Coura Festival
8/23 Lausanne, CH @ For Noise Festival
8/24 Paris, FR @ Rock en Seine
8/29 Mirminham, UK @ Moseley Folk Fest
9/05 Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Music Festival
9/07 Toronto, ON @ Riot Fest Toronto
9/12 Victoria, BC @ Rifflandia Festival
9/14 Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest Chicago

(via CoS)

“Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair” Coming to Theaters In 2015, According to Quentin Tarantino

Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair

Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair is a longer cut of Quentin Tarantino‘s two-part epic, originally released in 2003 and 2004. The most notable inclusion in the extended cut is a 30-minute anime sequence.

In 2011, The Whole Bloody Affair screened at the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles; however, it was never shown again.

But that may change. At Comic-Con 2014, Tarantino teased the possibility that it may finally be coming to theaters in a year. From Slashfilm, here is Tarantino’s monologue on the film:

What’s going on with that is originally back when Kill Bill was going to be one movie, I wrote an even longer anime sequence. So you see in the movie [O-Ren] kill her boss but then there was that long hair guy… The big sequence was her fighting that guy. I.G. [The Japanese Anime Studio] who did Ghost in the Shell said we can’t do that and finish it in time for your thing. And [plus] you can’t have a thirty-minute piece in your movie. I said okay. It was my favorite part but it was the part you could drop. So we dropped it and then later when I.G. heard we were talking about doing Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair — they still had the script so without even being commissioned, they just did it and paid for it themselves. It’s really terrific. Anyway, The Weinstein Company and myself were talking about actually coming out with it sometime, not before the year is out, but within the next year with limited theatrical engagement as well.

Pussy Riot Members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina Sue Russian Government

Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova

Punknews reports that Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina of Pussy Riot have filed lawsuits against the Russian government. The claims were not filed in Russian court, but filed in the European Court of Human Rights. The basis of the lawsuit alleges human rights violations which occurred during their year-long imprisonment for a demonstration in a Russian church.

Each woman is asking for a judgment in the amount of €120,000 for compensation and €10,000 in court fees. The women allege that the Russian government violated four articles of the European Convention on Human Rights, including those that guarantee freedom of expression, liberty, security and a fair trial, and those that prohibit torture. They are also asking the court to overturn their criminal conviction in Russia.

Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina stated that if they win, they’ll transfer compensation to human rights organizations, including their own prisoners’ rights NGO, Zona Prava.

The two were freed from prison in December 2013.

Check Out The Nostalgia Machine for the Ultimate Time-Waste

The Nostalgia Machine

Is this age of nostalgia and procrastination? Well, you’re reading this, so…

If you’re looking to kill some time with some of the top jams from your childhood, this site will take you back to the days when MTV actually played music videos. Pick a year from 1960 to the present, and you’re presented with a page full of the year’s top hits. Thanks to The Nostalgia Machine. C+C Music Factory and 95 South will live on.


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Kurt Cobain Biopic Could Be Coming Soon – Courtney Love Discusses Casting

Courtney and Kurt

In an interview with the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Courtney Love mentioned that production on a Kurt Cobain biopic could begin within the next year. She says she and daughter Frances Bean Cobain will be involved with the casting and production processes, but it’s not up to her to decide who will land the leading role.

“I don’t want to be the person who makes that decision,” she stated. “Some beautiful blond, tragic, gorgeous actor boy is hitting on me, and why? He wants to play Kurt. So I am moving that over to the agency side. I am not Cecil B. DeMille or anything like that.”

Whether it will actually happen is up for debate — Love has been teasing a Cobain biopic since 2007, when she said the movie was in an “embryonic stage.” (via Spin)


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“Ghostbusters” 30th Anniversary Theatrical Re-release to Take Place Labor Day Weekend 2014 – Watch the New Trailer

Ghostbusters 30th anniversary

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the 1984 classic Ghostbusters, a restored and remastered version of the film will be released in theaters on August 29, 2014 for Labor Day weekend, and for one week only. Sony Pictures has released a 30th anniversary version of the trailer, which you can watch below (as well as the original trailer).

2014 30th Anniversary Trailer

1984 Original Trailer

Ghostbusters 30th anniversary release poster 2014

(via EW)