R.I.P. Gerard Smith. >> Song of the Day: TV on the Radio – “Wolf Like Me”


After only being diagnosed with lung cancer last month, TV on the Radio bass player Gerard Smith has passed away this week at the age of 36. This came as a shock to the entire indie world. The band was more than hopeful that Smith would beat the diagnosis. Just releasing their latest record Nine Types of Light
last week, it is the last TVOTR album he recorded with the band. Smith was unable to tour with the group this time around due to treatment and recovery. TV on the Radio has canceled five upcoming dates on the tour so far this week so head to their website for more information.

Trish Keenan, of Broadcast, Passes Away


This morning at 9 a.m. Broadcast signer Trish Keenan passed away from complications of pneumonia. After battling the illness for two weeks in the hospital, Keenan has lost her fight. Warp Records, the band’s label, released this statement earlier today:

“It is with great sadness we announce that Trish Keenan from Broadcast passed away at 9am this morning in hospital. She died from complications with pneumonia after battling the illness for two weeks in intensive care. Our thoughts go out to James, Martin, her friends and her family and we request that the public respect their wishes for privacy at this time. This is an untimely tragic loss and we will miss Trish dearly – a unique voice, an extraordinary talent and a beautiful human being. Rest in Peace.”

You Say Party! We Say Die! Drummer, Devon Clifford, Passes Away

photo by matthew j vandevente

Heartbreaking news came this morning that You Say Party! We Say Die! drummer, Devon Clifford, has passed away at the age of 30 years old.

The talented musician collapsed on stage last night, April 18th, at the Richshaw Theatre in Vancouver, Canada during the middle of the band’s set.

Reports came early this morning that “”Devon had a brain hemorrhage during YSP’s performance last night and underwent subsequent neurosurgery around 3 AM at Vancouver General Hospital. He is currently in the ICU and is on full life support as of this morning. We are hoping for a miracle, knowing that the prognosis is poor.”

At around 8:30am Pacific time today, Devon Clifford had passed away at the hospital. Family, friends and fans are shocked by the untimely, sudden death of the amazing musician.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family during this tragic time.

You Say Party! We Say Die! “Laura Palmer’s Prom” by modernmysteryblog

Modern Mystery Holiday Party Part Four

In this edition of our holiday party, we have a few of our Modern Mystery favorites entering the party. The lovely and charming boys of The Spinto Band, and the wonderful Ben Trokan from Robbers on High Street. Nothing says the holidays like great indie bands sharing some of their cheer with us. Enjoy reading!

Robbers on High Street @ Bell House, CMJ 2009 by ModernMystery. //  
Ben Trokan- Robbers on High Street

King Khan and the Shrines – What Is?
Death – For the Whole World to See
Reigning Sound – Love and Curses
Yura Yura Teikoku – Hollow Me/Beautiful
Chocolate Watch Band – The Inner Mystique
Budos Band 12″ EP
Life on Earth! – A Space Water Loop
PW and The Ghost Gloves Cat Wing Joy Boys EP
The Breakaways – Walking Out on Love
The Soft Pack 12″ EP

Craziest Thing that Happened to You This Year

I went to India.  Yeah, fucking India!

What do you love about the holidays?

Jingle All The Way.  “Put that cookie down!”

The Spinto Band Year End List

top 11 records:

Generationals- Con Law
Alvin Band- Mantis Preying
Mos Def – The Ecstatic
Neko Case- Middle Cyclone
MF Doom – Born Like This
Cryptacize – Mythomania
Sw!ms- Itemlord
Franklin Bruno: Local Currency: Solo 1992 – 1998
Drug Rug: Paint The Fence Invisible
Half-handed Cloud – Cut Me Down and Count The Rings
Nellie Mckay – Normal as Blueberry Pie

Crazy thing:
One wild thing that occurred was we found a chicken coop in Delaware and built a recording studio inside it.  The construction and decorating has taken up much of the year for us, but as always a close second to crazy things that happened this year would be discovering new places and playing rock music inside those places.  We hit up a bunch of new cities where we have never been and met a bunch of new people who we can now call friends.

Holiday faves:

Eggnog availability and acceptability. 
Christmas lights getting more and more elaborate.  Big ups to LEDs

Tom Hughes-The Spinto Band

Top 10 in Alphabetical Order:

Alvin Band: Mantis Preying
Broadcast and the Focus Group: Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio Age
Franklin Bruno: Local Currency: Solo 1992 – 1998
Circulatory System: Signal Morning
Cryptacize: Mythomania
Drug Rug: Paint The Fence Invisible
Generationals: Con Law
Half-handed Cloud: Cut Me Down and Count The Rings
Nellie Mckay: Normal as Blueberry Pie
The Sw!ms: Itemlord

Craziest Thing(s) That Happened To Me This Year:

1. We set up our own recording studio which has been a decade long dream come true.
2. Our tour of Europe at the beginning of this year was the best tour we’ve ever done. The most incredible crowds, sights, food and overall experiences I’ve had in a long time.

Favorite Thing About the Holidays:

The smell of fireplaces, both during and the morning after when it’s soaked into your sweater.