Jean-Jacques Perrey, French composer and electronic music pioneer, died Friday at his home in Switzerland following a bout with lung cancer. He was 87. His daughter, Patricia Leroy, confirmed the musician’s death to Rolling Stone. “As the owner of indie label Oglio Records, I have had the pleasure of encountering hundreds of artists but I rarely have the opportunity to work with legends,” Oglio Records owner Carl Caprioglio, a friend of Perrey’s who released his 2006 album The Happy Electropop Music Machine, tells Rolling Stone. “Jean-Jacques Perrey is a legend and I am thankful I had the chance to help share his beautiful and uplifting music with the world. My heart goes out to his daughter Patricia, his recent musical collaborator Dana Countryman and to all of his many fans worldwide.” Perrey’s career in music started in the Fifties when he left medical school to craft musique concrete compositions. During this period, Perrey became … [Read more...] about Jean-Jacques Perrey, Electronic Music Pioneer, Dead at 87
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When Claire Boucher, 27, who writes, records, and produces music as Grimes, decided to show off her unshaved armpits in a recent round of press photos, her PR team went into crisis mode. This was not the image they had in mind; they wanted her quirky but groomed, wild but not too wild, more feminine than feral. Boucher saw it another way. “I was like, armpit hair! Yes!” she says, sitting cross-legged on a couch in the Los Angeles headquarters of her record label, 4AD. She is wearing an oversized black T-shirt bearing the name of Ronda Rousey and fresh white sneakers, with her long hair, brown at the roots and magenta below, twisted into two braids. She looks like Wednesday Addams headed to a rave. “Everyone else on my team was like, no way, no armpit hair, absolutely not,” she says. “So in the end we sent the shots to Big Jay.”Big Jay is Jay Z, who signed Boucher to his RocNation management company in 2013, shortly after her 2012 album, Visions, made … [Read more...] about Grimes: The Triumph of a Self-Made Oddball
For its fifth edition in North Carolina – and first since moving into the technology-centric Research Triangle – Moogfest promised another year of “Future Sound” and “Future Thought.” Durham’s hotels, theaters, pubs, open-air spaces and YMCA cages were crackling with circuitry. There were electronic-infused musical acts like Gary Numan, Odesza and Oneohtrix Point Never; thinkers like artist/”cyborg activist” Neil Harbisson, who could be spotted walking around with a color-sensing robotic eye sprouting from his head; and even installations like the Burt’s Bees observational beehive turned into a relaxing-to-dystopic sound machine. Could this convergence of musicians, scientists, futurists, relentlessly optimistic tech types and the brands that love them actually reveal the future of music itself? The short answer is “probably not.” Though it was certainly entertaining to watch Shimon, the improvising jazz … [Read more...] about Moogfest 2016: Was It Actually the Future of Music?
Last month John Frusciante confirmed he’s no longer a member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Now Josh Klinghoffer, who previously toured with the Peppers and was rumored to be Frusciante’s replacement, has revealed that he has officially joined the band, Music Radar reports. No official announcement has yet been made via the Peppers’ reps. The band is still scheduled to return to the stage later this month during Grammy weekend in Los Angeles when they take part in the 2010 MusiCares Person of the Year gala dedicated to Neil Young. Journey back to the Chili Peppers’ early days in our RHCPs photo gallery. As Rolling Stone previously reported, Frusciante revealed in a MySpace post that he actually left RHCP a year ago during the band’s hiatus, but his departure didn’t become publicly known until the band recently reentered the studio without him. Frusciante’s exit marks the second time he’s left the Peppers; after recording 1989’s … [Read more...] about Josh Klinghoffer Confirms He’s Red Hot Chili Peppers’ New Guitarist
Three years after the success of her 2012 breakout, Visions, Grimes has finalized the details of her new LP, Art Angels. The Montreal “cyborg-pop” artist released a video for two new, uncharacteristically guitar-driven tracks: “Flesh Without Blood” and “Life in the Vivid Dream.” After the video was leaked earlier on Vimeo, Grimes officially premiered the clip on Vevo. Written, directed and edited by the artist herself (and filmed by her brother, Mac Boucher), the video is split into two acts: “Act I. Flesh, Without Blood” and “Act II. Life in the Vivid Dream,” in which Grimes assumes a variety of cartoonish characters. In the first act — a biting, punk-pop breakup jam — she meanders about a basketball court decked in frilly, Rococo finery, reemerges as a dreamy, murderous angel in a pink cowboy hat and morphs into a slinky mob boss feasting on plate of … [Read more...] about Grimes Drops New, Self-Directed Video ‘Flesh Without Blood/Life in the Vivid Dream’