Drum ‘n’ Bass DJ/Producer Andy Skopes Dies After Cancer Battle

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UK-based drum ‘n’ bass DJ/producer Andy Williams, who DJ’ed and produced under the Andy Skopes alias, passed away on January 23. The sad news was announced on Facebook by his wife, Heidi, via Facebook.

According to the statement, Williams was diagnosed with cancer over 18 months ago. “Our lovely Andy passed away peacefully on 23rd Jan having battled cancer for over 18 months. He did so with such immense courage and positivity and was an inspiration to those he met along his journey.”

Williams’ career dated back to the ’90s. Among his many accomplishments, he released a variety of records on labels including Metalheadz, V Recordings, Fizzy Beats and Utopia Music.

A coterie of drum ‘n’ bass luminaries including Doc Scott, Bryan Gee and Tokyo Prose have extended their shock and sympathies at Williams’ passing via Twitter.

A memorial service will take place in the Sacred Heart church in Wimbledon (SW19 4LU) on February 7 at 1:20 pm.

Bandcamp Opening Physical Record Store in Oakland, CA

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Here’s some good news for fellow music junkies: Taking a page from e-tailers such as Amazon and Warby Parker, online music retailer Bandcamp will launch a brick-and-mortar record store at 1901 Broadway (steps away from the 19th Street BART station) on February 1 in Oakland, CA. Nice!

According to a post on Bandcamp Daily, the shop will “feature a selection of records that showcase the diversity and design of the more than five million albums available on Bandcamp, and we’ll soon host free, all-ages shows as part of an upcoming video series.”

Additionally, the store is planning to partner “with amazing local organizations like Oakland School for the Arts, Bay Area Girls Rock Camp, and Transgender Law Center (check out last year’s fundraiser) to throw music-focused community events.”

Bandcamp will celebrate the store’s opening with an all-age event featuring Bells Atlas, Sol Development, Queens D. Light, Jazz on the Sidewalk, and MJ’s Brass Boppers taking place at 7pm on opening day.

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Images by Richard Morgenstein via Bandcamp Daily

Highline Ballroom Closing in February, Owners Eyeing New Locale

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The rent is too damn high — especially for New York City nightclubs. After Output and Cielo announced their respective closures at the end of 2018, Manhattan venue Highline Ballroom, a small live venue which has hosted shows by Lou Reed, Paul McCartney, The Killers, Amy Winehouse, The Black Keys, Artic Monkeys, Adele, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, and The Roots, announced today that they are shuttering after a 12-year run.

According to club owner Steven Bensusan, “Our landlord has decided not to renew Highline Ballroom’s lease. For over a year we were led to believe that a renewal was imminent, however it is now clear that the landlord has other plans for the building. This is obviously a growing trend within the New York real estate market impacting various entertainment venues and businesses.”

However, owner Bensusan said that he is looking for a new locale. “We plan on reopening Highline Ballroom at a new location in the Chelsea/Meatpacking District and are currently looking at options. We hope to be able to announce our plans soon.”

The final show date and programming will be announced shortly.

Image via Highline Ballroom

New Order’s ‘Movement’ Debut to Be Released as Boxed Set

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Manchester electronic legends New Order will revisit their monumental debut album, Movement, produced by Martin Hannett and originally released by Factory Records in November 1981, with a robust boxed set due out on April 5. The groundbreaking album was recorded between April 24 and May 4, 1981 at Strawberry Studios in Stockport, England.

As music fans will know, New Order rose out of the ashes of pioneering post-punk band Joy Division, which dissolved after singer Ian Curtis committed suicide in May 1980. Curtis’s life was the subject of the 2007 biopic Control directed by famed photographer Anton Corbijn.

The multi-format Movement (Definitive Edition) will include the vinyl LP with its original iconic sleeve designed by Peter Saville, original album CD in replica mini album sleeve, a bonus CD of previously unreleased tracks, DVD of live shows and TV appearances, plus a hard backed book, all housed in a lift-off lid box. Four 12-inch singles “Ceremony (version 1),” “Ceremony (version 2),” “Everything’s Gone Green” and “Temptation” will be released in their original sleeves starting March 8.

The multi-format release will sell for $139.98. Continue Reading