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Former Supersuckers guitarist Ron ‘Rontrose’ Heathman has died | Louder

Former Supersuckers guitarist Ron ‘Rontrose’ Heathman has died.

The news was confirmed by The Supersuckers on Facebook, who simply said: “Rest in peace, brother Ron. We’ll post more once we process this.”

Heathman was part of the classic Supersuckers lineup and appeared on their first two albums: 1992’s The Smoke Of Hell and 1994’s La Mano Cornuda.

He left the band in 1995 and was replaced by Rick Sims, but returned the fold for 1997’s Must Have Been High and remained in the lineup for 1999’s The Evil Powers Of Rock’N’Roll, 2003’s Motherfuckers Be Trippin’, 2006’s Paid and Get It Together in 2008.

Following the release of Get It Together, the band went on hiatus, with Heathman replaced by Marty Chandler for their comeback album Get The Hell in 2014.

Michael Monroe guitarist Rich Jones was one of the first  to pay tribute to Heathman, saying: “Ah man, really sad to hear about the passing of Ron Heathman. We played a lot of shows with Supersuckers back in the day and Ron was always a really sweet guy and a hell of a player. RIP Rontrose.”

Photographer Harmony Gerber added: “Damn. I hate writing these posts, but this one’s too close to home. A dear friend of mine, Ron Heathman from the rock band The Supersuckers has passed away. I had an endearing relationship with this band for many, many years – and still do. This truly breaks my heart.

“In my eyes, Ron was a quiet man, but when we did get a chance to chat, he was a clever, quick-witted guy. He had so much passion for playing music, and knew everything under the sun about his guitars, motorcycles… and he could brew the best damn cup of coffee on Earth. I’ll miss you, buddy.”

No cause of death has yet been made public.

Ah man, really sad to hear about the passing of Ron Heathman. We played a lot of shows with Supersuckers back in the day and Ron was always a really sweet guy and a hell of a player. RIP RontroseAugust 19, 2020

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Groove Armada announce first album in 10 years – News – Mixmag

Groove Armada have announced their first album in 10 years.

‘Edge Of The Horizon’ will come out on October 2 via BMG and sees Groove Armada – Andy Cato and Tom Findlay – collaborate with Todd Edwards. Todd features on new single ‘Lover 4 Now’.

The ‘Superstylin” duo also team up with Australian artist Nick Littlemore and Chicago house vocalist Paris Brightledge twice on the 11-track LP.

On making the album, Andy Cato said: “During those studio days, the rest of the world shuts down. There’s an intensity, anyone looking in might say madness , that kicks in when we’re totally lost amongst the instruments , synths and records day and night. But that shared , unspoken feeling that comes when we both know we’ve got it right cuts through as clear as ever.”

‘Edge Of The Horizon’ is their first album since ‘Black Light’ which was released in 2010.

Listen to ‘Lover 4 Now’ with Todd Edwards and check out the album tracklist below. Pre-order the album here.

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Non-verbal teenager Tyler Hartfield writes music inspired by Nick Cave – ABC News

“I have no voice. But I have a lot to say.” Those are the words of Tyler Hartfield, a 16-year-old high school student who relies on a digital voice coming out of a computer app to speak.

He was born with cerebral palsy and is a non-verbal communicator.

Despite the enormous challenges in Tyler’s life, he is an inclusive member of his music class at Denmark Senior High School on WA’s south coast.

This term, Tyler has collaborated with his classmates to write and produce a powerful song titled The One You Feed.

Some days I live in a fear, So hugely vast and dark

Where the big guns blaze, Where the big hound barks

Two hands above a tablet screen covered in words.

It’s about — as Tyler puts it — “the battle inside my brain” and his friendship with education assistant Jayne Taylor, with whom he spends his days at school.

Ms Taylor said the beginning of her partnership with Tyler was very different to how it was now.

“I understand him better, and he understands me better,” she said.

“It turns out that Tyler is a very smart student. He’s very creative, very funny, and he has a very wicked sense of humour.”

It all began with poetry

Tyler’s journey into music began with writing poems in English class.

“He’s so eloquent and has a massive vocabulary,” Ms Taylor said.

“It just turned into songs.

“He was very clear that he wanted to do music and he met the music teacher, they talked and immediately hit it off.

“It was something we couldn’t dissuade him from, even if we wanted to.”

A teacher sits with a student on chairs in front of a piano

There are two worlds at war,

One dark, the other light

Who dares wins you say?

The one I feed in my mind at night.

Ben Power is the music teacher at Denmark Senior High School and said teaching a student with such specific needs was a steep learning curve.

“Now he’s just part of the class,” he said.

“He came out with this poetry, which was just the most gorgeous, deeply thoughtful stuff I have read in ages.

“One day he says he’s been listening to this bloke called Nick Cave … I thought right, we’re on here!”

Tyler shared his lyrics with the rest of the class at the start of term and from there a full ensemble piece of music inspired by Nick Cave was created.

“[Tyler] is the composer and music director — he’s the conductor essentially and the other students are his instrument, his orchestra,” Mr Power said.

A class filled with students holding musical instruments plus two adult teachers.

Composer, music director and conductor

Hannah Walker is a year 12 student and plays guitar in the music class band.

She said the whole class was able to relate to Tyler’s lyrics and they really liked the story he was trying to convey.

“We all got a feel for the song, all came into this room and started coming up with chords and collaborating,” she said.

“We would play to Tyler what we thought would be appropriate for the song and then he gave us feedback about what he liked and didn’t like.”

Hannah said the experience of creating music with Tyler had been an eye-opener.

“Anyone can write music, anyone can write a song, and we can all come together and play,” she said.

“We all wanted to tell everyone how Tyler felt and communicate for him.”

My devil sits on my shoulder every day.

I am waiting for my angel to replace him.

A teenage girl is standing in front of a mircrophone holding a guitar.

Exactly what Tyler hoped for

Communicating through his app, Tyler said the song was about how, for him, Ms Taylor had been like a prayer answered.

“Jayne helps me be an inclusive member of the school,” he said.

“The song is about how Jayne brings me into the light when I am feeling low and depressed.

“My life is difficult but I can see a future.”

Ms Taylor said they spent weeks and weeks trying to format an idea of the song and how Tyler wanted it to be produced.

“It’s exactly how he anticipated it to be,” she said.

“I’m very proud, I’ve cried a lot.

“It’s not all good, but mostly it’s good. I love working with Tyler, he’s a fabulous person.”

Playing on my heartstrings

You never pour your picky jealousy

Into my growing love for you

Help me beat my way to you

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Music venues in England can reopen this weekend – News – Mixmag

Music venues in England can reopen from Saturday.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will also greenlight the reopening of theatres and the trial of sports events with socially distanced spectators.

The news comes at the end of a week where more than 300 venues took place in protests against the government’s handling of venues and their staff over the course of the pandemic.

The reopening of venues and nightclubs has been at the bottom of the UK government’s list of priorities despite an emergency stimulus package that was recently announced.

It’s likely that social distancing and increased safety measures will have to be put in place at music venues from Saturday, much like in restaurants, pubs and other public meeting places that have been able to reopen.

In a move that seems to be foreseeing the near future of live music, the UK’s first socially distanced venue is to open in London.

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Taylor Swift’s ‘Folklore’ Holds No. 1 Spot On Billboard 200 For Third Week | ETCanada.com

Taylor Swift’s ‘Folklore’ Holds No. 1 Spot On Billboard 200 For Third Week

Taylor Swift made history with the release of her new album, Folklore.

The record debuted at number one on the Billboard Top 200, making her the only artist ever to have seven albums sell half a million copies in a week. 

Furthermore, the record’s lead single “Cardigan” has now also debuted at number one on the Billboard Top 200.

Swift is the first artist to ever debut at number one on both of these charts.

“Cardigan” sold 71,000 copies in its first week and was streamed 34 million times.

The track is Swift’s second song to debut at number one following 2014′s “Shake It Off.”

Folklore was the top selling album of 2020 with global sales of over 2 million worldwide and over half a billion total streams on audio and video in just one week.

The record is the biggest album debut by an artist since Swift released the award-winning Lover 11 months ago.

The album is her highest rated critically acclaimed record on Metacritic, currently ranked 96.5.

The Grammy winners album release came as a surprise.

“I’ll be releasing my entire brand new album of songs I’ve poured all of my whims, dreams, fears, and musings into,” she wrote on social media hours before its launch. “I wrote and recorded this music in isolation but got to collaborate with some musical heroes of mine.”

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Get Me!

GM Guest Mix #133 comes from new comer Mxshi Mo (AKA Nkanyiso Shoba). Hailing from Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, he highlights his unique take on The Gqom and Sghubu sounds with a mix of all his own tracks, including new and unreleased material. His most recent EP was released by the prolific More Time label and he continues to create at a feverish pace.

Track listing :

1. Mxshi Mo – Washa
2. Mxshi Mo – Cyber Kidz
3. Mxshi Mo – Slum Boy
4. Mxshi Mo – Sumerian
5. Mxshi Mo – Ghetto Trance
6. Mxshi Mo – Tech Wars
7. Mxshi Mo – Space Zulu
8. Mxshi Mo – Deda feat. Sykes
9. Mxshi Mo – Atonal Atmospheres

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Fat Joe Says That Drake Is “The Michael Jackson Of His Time” During Conversation With Rick Ross

Roommates, while everyone is entitled to their own opinions and critiques, Fat Joe’s recent comments about Drake in comparison to the iconic Michael Jackson are definitely not sitting well with many music fans. During a recent conversation with Rick Ross on Instagram live, Fat Joe confidently stated that Drake is the new Michael Jackson.

We know there is only one King of Pop—but if you ask Fat Joe, Drake is now capable of going by the title that is reserved for Michael Jackson. Following the latest Verzuz battle with 2 Chainz and Rick Ross, Fat Joe recently had an IG conversation with Rozay and his frequent collaborations with Drake came up.

That discussion eventually evolved into Fat Joe proudly proclaiming that Drake is “the Michael Jackson of his time.” His full comments were as follows:

“What’s this relationship between you and Drake? Lemme finish… Drake is possibly the hardest person to get in touch with and let’s be clear, every song he does goes No. 1 and he’s just like, the Michael Jackson of this time.”

As expected and right on cue, Michael Jackson fans were absolutely not having it and took to social media to slam Fat Joe’s comments. Many referred to his comments as “disrespectful,” “delusional” and “reaching.”

This is not the first time that music fans have called foul when an entertainer is called the new Michael Jackson—the same thing happened just a few months ago with comparisons involving Chris Brown.

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Trini Lopez, singer and actor in ‘The Dirty Dozen,’ dead of COVID-19 at 83

Trini Lopez, a singer and guitarist who gained fame for his versions of “Lemon Tree” and “If I Had a Hammer” in the 1960s and took his talents to Hollywood, died Tuesday. He was 83.

Filmmaker P. David Ebersole, who just finished shooting a documentary on Lopez with Todd Hughes, confirmed that Lopez died from complications of COVID-19 at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, California.

Mentored by Buddy Holly and Frank Sinatra, Lopez became an international star while performing in English and Spanish. Unlike Mexican American singers such as Ritchie Valens, Lopez rejected advice to change his name and openly embraced his Mexican American heritage despite warnings it would hurt his career.

“I insisted on keeping my name Lopez,” he told The Dallas Morning News in 2017. “I’m proud to be a Lopez. I’m proud to be a Mexicano.”

Sinatra signed Lopez to his Reprise Records label after seeing him perform at a West Hollywood nightclub. They became friends and were spotted together regularly in social circles in Las Vegas and Palm Springs, California.

Lopez also appeared in the film classic “The Dirty Dozen” and the comedy “The Phynx.”

Born Trinidad Lopez III to immigrants from Guanajuato, Mexico, Lopez grew up in Dallas’ poor Little Mexico neighborhood. The family’s dire economic situation forced Lopez to drop out of high school and work.

His life changed after his father bought him a $12 black Gibson acoustic guitar from a pawn shop. His father taught him how to play the instrument, which led the young Lopez to perform at Dallas nightclubs that didn’t allow Mexican American patrons.

Buddy Holly saw Lopez at a small nightclub in Wichita Falls, Texas, and introduced him to Norman Petty, his record producer in Clovis, New Mexico. Holly died in a plane crash six months later, and Lopez briefly replaced him as lead singer of The Crickets.

Lopez moved to Southern California and got a regular gig at P.J.’s Night Club in West Hollywood. Sinatra saw him perform and offered him a contract with his new record label, Reprise, where Lopez got his first major hit with “If I Had A Hammer.” It went to No. 1 in nearly 40 countries.

He later helped develop a string of original Gibson Trini Lopez signature guitars from 1964 to 1971.

Ebersole and Hughes recently finished shooting a documentary on Lopez called “My Name is Lopez.”

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