Saturday, April 27, 2013

R.I.P. - George Jones

American music lost one of its true giants with the passing of George Jones. I'll have some thoughts on Jones, one of my favorite artists regardless of genre, in a few days.

Scott Miller Family Memorial Fund

Jozef Becker, former Loud Family bandmate of Scott Miller, has set up a Memorial Fund for Scott's family. If you are a fan of Scott's music, please consider a donation:

We lost a dear friend and the world lost a brilliant and talented musician suddenly on April 15, 2013. Scott Miller left behind his beautiful wife Kristine and daughters Valerie (age 10) and Julianne (age 7). In addition to his musical gifts, Scott was also a valued, talented and dedicated engineer with Mark Logic in San Carlos, California. Scott was the sole provider and dedicated father and husband to his girls and Kristine.
Scott's family and friends are bereft and grieving, but many dear friends have expressed their concern, commitment and dedication to providing some financial support for the educational future of Valerie and Julianne, and in honor of Scott.
Whatever gift or donation you can make is sincerely appreciated. If you are unable to donate, just hold the love for this man and his family in your hearts; it means a lot to all of us.
In love and peace,
Jozef Becker and Kate Flynn Becker and Nan Becker

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Record Store Day 2013: In Your Ear Records, Warren, RI

I'll be spinning some tunes this Record Store Day, Saturday April 20th at 5:00PM, at In Your Ear Records, 462 Main Street, Warren, Rhode Island. If you've followed this blog for long, you know I will probably play a fairly eclectic mix of music. If you're local to the area, stop in and say hi.

Some band called the Feelies will play an acoustic set at 2:00 PM at What Cheer Antiques on Angell Street in Providence, RI in advance of their show at the Met in Pawtucket that evening. That might be worth checking out too...

R.I.P. - Scott Miller (Game Theory/Loud Family)

It's really hard for me to write at the moment, because my own father just passed and I'm taking some time to take stock of things, think about life, mourn, etc. My Dad was one of the most important people in my life, I love him and miss him terribly, and it feels weird for me to write about anything else, especially another person's passing. But I could not let the death of Scott Miller--of Game Theory and Loud Family fame--go without mention. 

Bands like Game Theory were a big part of my original impetus for starting this blog; my primary focus has always been great acts that never got the attention they deserved during their lifetime but made music that should not be forgotten. I'd put the music of Scott Miller near the top of that list. His music was catchy, beautiful, thoughtful and smart--but somehow, inexplicably--never popular. He's often labelled a "power pop" artist, but the tag does not do him justice because his music always had an experimental/arty side that was far more sophisticated than generic power pop. Here is something I wrote about Game Theory way back in 2006 when I first started this blog.

This is really sad news, at 53, Scott was way too young to leave us. I was just thinking the other day that with all the 80s indie acts reuniting that Game Theory should really get back together. Apparently Scott was planning on recording a new Game Theory album this summer. What a shame that won't happen. I'm sure I would have eagerly covered it here.

One of the best shows I ever saw was Game Theory with Yo La Tengo and Peter Holsapple/Chris Stamey at Maxwell's in Hoboken in October of 1988. I talked to Scott after the show and he was really sweet and gracious.
(Looking through the "Ask Scott" archives on the Loud Family website, apparently that was one of Scott's favorite shows ever as well). 

The Loud Family website has made every Game Theory album (more or less) available for free download so you don't have to pay rip off prices for the long out-of-print CDs.

Scott was a brilliant musician and writer who left us far too soon, and whose genius never got the recognition it deserved during his lifetime. Sad.