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British folk hero Bert Jansch dies at 67

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Bert Jansch, a pioneering figure in the ’60s British folk revival who was sometimes known as “The British Bob Dylan,” died this morning at a north London hospital after a long battle with lung cancer. He was 67.

A founding member of the acoustic supergroup Pentangle, the guitar virtuoso released more than 25 albums over five decades and became an inspiration to Jimmy Page, Neil Young, Paul Simon, Pete Doherty, and a host of artists in the freak folk scene, including Devendra Banhart, who collaborated with Jansch on his final album, 2006’s The Black Swan.

Guitarist Johnny Marr of the Smiths once said of Jansch, “He completely re-invented guitar playing and set a standard that is still unequalled today … without Bert Jansch, rock music as it developed in the ’60s and ’70s would have been very different. You hear him in Nick Drake, Pete Townshend, Donovan, the Beatles, Jimmy Page, and Neil Young.

A few of our favorite Jansch songs follow after the jump.


Radiohead drop woozy 'Lotus Flower' and 'Staircase' on 'SNL': What did you think?

Saturday Night Live opened up its 37th season over the weekend with guns blazing. The show trotted out record-breaking, much-beloved host Alec Baldwin, whipped off their first funny political cold open since the 2008 election, and invited Radiohead, one of the most cultishly adored bands on the planet, to stand in as the musical guest.

In case you have forgotten, Radiohead actually put out an album this year. It’s called The King of Limbs, and it was almost completely forgettable. Objectively speaking, it’s another impressive sonic accomplishment, full of rumbles and hums and womb-like soundscapes. But once upon a time, the band used to write real songs, and those are nowhere to be found on The King of Limbs.

They didn’t do much to change minds on Saturday night, as frontman Thom Yorke and his collective of bleep-bloop obsessives twitched their way through a pair of tunes: the sinister b-side “Staircase” and the sorta-single “Lotus Flower,” the latter of which you can check out below. READ FULL STORY

Lady Gaga mourns teen fan's suicide, calls on Obama to institute an anti-bullying law

Lady Gaga was so upset about the news of 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer taking his own life, she has tweeted her plans to meet with President Obama about ending bullying. READ FULL STORY

John Mayer announces medical condition, cancels two shows and delays upcoming album

Singer and guitarist John Mayer has two big gigs in the near future, but due to inflammation around his vocal chords known as a granuloma, he won’t be able to make either.

Mayer, 33, took to his Tumblr page today to say that he is “bummed to have to bow out of both the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas and an appearance with Tony Bennett in Los Angeles.”

The upcoming performances won’t be the only things slowed down by his ailment. Mayer’s forthcoming album, Born and Raised, “is complete as far as music recording, song selection, and in some cases mixing,” he says. However, there’s still more singing to do that will have to wait until he’s healthy—meaning it won’t be released in 2011 as he planned.

Though he doesn’t know when exactly he’ll be 100% again, John’s comfortable with the care he’s receiving. “I’m not sure how long or short a period of time it will be,” he writes.  “I’ve got the best doctors in the country looking after me and I will be singing and touring again as soon as I get the all clear.”

Read his full letter after the jump:


Cyndi Lauper flubs a line of 'The Star-Spangled Banner' at U.S. Open

It seems that tricky old “Star-Spangled Banner” has gotten the best of yet another pop star.

Before the semifinal match between Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki at the U.S. Open in New York City on Saturday, Cyndi Lauper sang the National Anthem, but the ’80s pop icon made a noticeable mistake during her rendition.(Paging Christina Aguilera!) Instead of the line, “O’er the ramparts we watch’d were so gallantly streaming” Lauper belted out, “O’er the ramparts, we watched as our flag was still streaming.” Listen below: READ FULL STORY

When bad relationships ruin great music -- has it happened to you, too?

Miles Davis is one of the greatest music legends of our time. A real one-in-a-million talent. And I absolutely can’t stand listening to one single damn song he ever recorded.

It didn’t start out that way, I promise. It just ended up that way, thanks to a high-school boyfriend named… well, let’s call him Evan.

Evan was a jazz musician—a trumpet player. We made each other laugh, and he looked uncannily like a young Mick Jagger. In other words, it was a pretty excellent thing we had going.

Evan loved Miles Davis. Idolized him, even. And because Evan loved Miles Davis, I did my best to love Miles Davis too. On summer car trips, time and time again we put on Miles Smiles, and I did my best to stay awake listened intently as Evan waxed poetic about the wit and whimsy of “Orbits.”

His enthusiasm was infectious, though—and when I gave Evan a rare vinyl copy of Miles’ 1960 album Sketches of Spain as a birthday present, the look he gave me as he held it in his hands probably still ranks among the top five looks I’ve ever received from anyone.

One afternoon, however, Evan abruptly announced that we were parting ways. He sheepishly admitted that he had taken up with a petite, saucy redhead with big dark eyes like some kind of cartoon baby mammal’s, and she was now his main priority. I was stunned. For days, I wallowed in my heartbroken teenage misery; I couldn’t even eat.

Fast forward a few years, and I’m back to normal eating habits and a healthy emotional equilibrium. Evan and I have lost touch in the time between, and we’ve left our ugly breakup behind in the dusty vault of adolescent romantic blunders past.

But even now, I still can’t listen to a single Miles Davis record without wanting to dropkick a small fuzzy animal.

Miles’ music doesn’t sound like wit and whimsy to me anymore; instead, it sounds like the evil, girlish laughter of a tiny, homewrecking Jessica Rabbit. Which is why I can’t listen to Miles Davis anymore. I can’t, and I won’t.

It’s a modern tragedy we’ve all experienced: great music ruined by a relationship gone sour. Tell us your tales, Music Mix readers: What other songs have been casualties of your not-so-happy endings? And when good music is tainted by lovesick sorrows, is it ruined forever—or can its original charm be restored?


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Troubled Michael Jackson tribute concert hits new snag with Kiss's Gene Simmons

When the news first broke that a cabal of Michael Jackson’s family members (lead by Michael’s mother Katherine) were planning a tribute concert for the late King of Pop in Wales later this year, the red flags immediately went up.

After all, we’ve been through this sort of thing before (remember that concert that was supposed to take place in Vienna a few months after Jackson’s passing in 2009?), and it didn’t help that the Jacksons announced the existence of the concert without mentioning a single performer on the lineup.

Also not helpful? The fact that only hours after Michael Forever was introduced, another set of Jackson family members (including brothers Jermaine and Randy) issued a statement saying they did not endorse the show—though only because it would take place during the manslaughter trial of Jackson physician Conrad Murray, and not because it’s a terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad idea). That seemed like a good enough reason to close up shop on the whole thing, right?


Stevie Nicks rasps through 'Edge of Seventeen' on 'America's Got Talent': Watch it here

Stevie Nicks is having a pretty big week.

That episode of South Park that sets its closing montage to Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide” was on again last night, and she hit the stage with the men of Maroon 5 for a run through of “Leather and Lace” on Monday. Then she made another live appearance on Wednesday, strolling out onto the America’s Got Talent set and plowing through her undisputed classic “Edge of Seventeen.”

Since America’s Got Talent has been doing crazy ratings numbers, you probably went ahead and watched this live. But just in case you didn’t, feast your eyes on Stevie and her witchcraft after the jump: READ FULL STORY

Another year, another King of Pop tribute in jeopardy: Michael Jackson's estate, brothers won't support latest effort

After a sad, strange turn of divisive events for the Jackson family, Michael Jackson fans will likely be left waiting once again for their thriller of a tribute concert to take shape: Michael Jackson’s estate management has released a statement denying their support for an MJ tribute concert that was supposedly in the works. READ FULL STORY

Katy Perry, the latest pop diva to be sidelined by sickness, postpones two tour dates

Katy Perry has been forced to postpone two upcoming shows due to food poisoning.

Yahoo reports that Perry was under the weather last night during her performance at Milwaukee’s Summerfest festival.

Apparently it hasn’t gotten any better since and her July 8 and 9 concerts have been moved to August. Perry turned to Twitter earlier today to apologize for the switch-up and announced the new dates.

“Chicago and St. Paul—I’m so sorry to have to postpone today and tomorrow’s shows,” she writes. “But I’ll be back 8/21 (CHI) and 8/23 (St. Paul)!”

Pop starlets haven’t been doing so well in the health department as of late. Taylor Swift just canceled a show because of bronchitis, and Adele’s just getting back on her feet after being sidelined by laryngitis.

EW sends its best wishes, and recommends a personal chef, some Robitussin, and green tea, respectively, for these three ladies.

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