The 13th Floor Elevators- You’re Gonna Miss Me (1966)
Roky Erickson, musician and founding member of pioneering psychedelic rock band The 13th Floor Elevators, passed away today at the age of 71.
In 2005, You’re Gonna Miss Me, a documentary about Erickson’s life was released. It covers his music career, struggles with mental illness, and his eventual return to music after years of isolation. It was nominated for a 2007 Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary.
On November 7th, 2016 Leonard Cohen passed away at 82 years old. The New Yorker has a wonderful article on him from their October 17th issue. It also discusses his most recent album You Want It Darker, which was released three weeks before his death and received excellent reviews.
This song is from Prince’s protégé girl group Vanity 6‘s 1982 self-titled album. Denise Katrina Matthews, also known as Vanity, quit Vanity 6 after the first album and went on to record two solo albums and later contributed songs for the film Action Jackson, which she also starred in.
Vanity died on Monday at the age of 57. Prince, who she dated during the time of Vanity 6, recently paid tribute to her at his show in Australia, telling a story about their time together and dedicating the song Little Red Corvette to her.
David Bowie- Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide (from the film Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars)
This video is footage from the documentary film of Bowie’s final concert as the stage persona Ziggy Stardust at the Hammersmith Odeon in July of 1973, and was directed by Donn Alan “D.A.” Pennebaker.
It’s been almost two weeks since David Bowie died and it’s still hard to believe he’s gone. A singer, songwriter, musician, producer, actor and fashion icon- he was an exceptional artist and innovator throughout his career.
His final album Blackstar was released two days before he died and the video below for Lazarus was released less than a week before that. It’s a stunning creative work made more poignant as he was clearly aware of his impending death while making it.
David Bowie’s legacy will live on in the artists he’s influenced, and those he will continue to influence in the years to come. He was an inspiration to so many, including myself. He will be missed, but we are lucky to have so much of his work to enjoy and discover.
Stone Temple Pilots- Trippin’ On A Hole In A Paper Heart
I was originally going to post this video in the coming weeks when Scott Weiland was supposed to play in Los Angeles. Sadly he passed away a week ago today (12/3/15).
This song is off Stone Temple Pilots third album Tiny Music…Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop which was released in 1996. The lyrics were written by Weiland and he also titled his 2011 autobiography Not Dead and Not for Sale.
While looking up information for the Mad Decent Block Party, I was saddened to discover that Nicky da B had recently died on September 2, at only 24 years old. The up and coming New Orleans bounce artist had his biggest hit with Diplo, in 2012, Express Yourself, and at the time of his death was working on a full length album with him. This video, also from 2012, was created by Bob Wiesz and Casey Coleman, who also worked on Beasts of the Southern Wild.
Nearly twenty years ago, on April 5th 1994, Kurt Cobain died. He was a huge fan of The Vaselines and covered a few of their songs, including Son of a Gun, Molly’s Lips and Jesus Doesn’t Want Me for a Sunbeam. This song and Molly’s Lips were included on Nirvana’s compilation album Incesticide.