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12/29/2015
Britta Plyler
photo via The Specials' twitter
  • John Bradbury, drummer of the English 2 Tone band The Specials, has passed away at the age of 62. The band made the announcement on their twitter: "It is with deep regret that we say goodbye to our great friend, the world's greatest drummer, our beloved Brad. RIP." Bradbury joined the band in 1979 and he stayed with the reinvented group, The Special AKA, until they released their final album in 1984. In 2008, The Specials reunited for their 30th anniversary and Bradbury remained with the band until his death. Listen to the band's hit "Ghost Town" below (and pay special attention to those amazing percussions). [Pitchfork]

  • Next week, the new season of Austin City Limits will premiere on PBS. Alabama Shakes will kick off Season 41 with their soulful grace and Brittany Howard's powerhouse vocals. Watch their unbelievable performances of "Gimmie All Your Love" and "Don't Wanna Fight" below. The 14 episode series will also have appearances by Leon Bridges, Kendrick Lamar, and many more. [Stereogum]

  • Producer Hudson Mohawke, a.k.a. Ross Birchard, has reimagined the theme song from John Carpenter's 1981 film, Escape from New York. The song will be featured a part of LuckyMe Records' 7th annual advent calendar which will eventually stream on Spotify. [CoS]

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