Five Essential Recordings of The Chantays' "Pipeline"

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We at the Weekly we saddened last week to hear of the passing of guitarist Brian Carman of The Chantays at age 69. With surf music capturing some of the most innovative guitar playing of its era, Carman's work on the iconic single "Pipeline" remains one of the most instantly identifiable works in the genre. Formed in high school, The Chantays' work always carried that galvanizing youthful energy that not only made surf rock such a hyperkinetic movement of pre-British Invasion rock music, but perfectly preserved the group's style, immortalizing the pulse-pounding and irresistibly emotive elements of their music as they continued to play together through today. In honor, here are five essential recordings of "Pipeline" that further cement why it's such an iconic record.

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Remembering A$AP Yams With Five Songs He Put Us On To

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A$AP Yams
We at the Weekly were saddened this past weekend to hear of the passing of A$AP Mob co-founder A$AP Yams. His official cause of death is still unknown. He was 26. A young mastermind who created the strongest movement in Harlem hip-hop this decade, as well as guided friend and protege A$AP Rocky to the number one album in the country in 2013, his contributions to hip-hop stretched far past the projects he had a hand in making.

Originally known to many as East Side Stevie, Yams changed and impacted the way rap was discussed on the internet. Frivolous as that sentence may sound, Yams' blog, originally "RealNiggaTumblr" and then his personal page, started just as a hip-hop head curating his posts around his passions. His combination of sheer zeal and vast knowledge made his online presence spread rapidly. More than just a tastemaker, Yams made having a substantial knowledge of music and thoughtful discussion of it seem cool for an entire new generation of music fans, especially young New Yorkers who've utilized the Internet to study rap music from outside the five boroughs with an interest seldom found in previous generations.

Yams shared a lot of great music with us all. It is in that tradition and in memory of one of our favorite personalities in hip-hop and fellow music writers that we present five tracks Yams put us on to from his various mixes.

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Stephen Ludwig, Key Member of OC Storefront Theater Scene, Dies in France

Dave Barton
Stephen Ludwig, in Montparnasse Cemetery, on his way to Samuel Beckett's grave
Irony is a staple of theater, so consider the irony of an indispensable member of Orange County's playrighting community, Stephen Ludwig, traveling to France for a writing vacation,only to die in the place that inspired him so much.
Yet, there is also something romantic about both dying in the place you love, and to do so while doing what you loved. Ludwig, who passed away at the age of 65 of apparently normal causes in Arles, France, May 10, was found near his laptop. He was working on a novel.

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Remembering Sherman Hemsley's Electro-Funk Legacy

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Rest in Power: The Great Sherman Hemsley

We at the Weekly were saddened yesterday to hear about the passing of the great Sherman Hemsley. While he was most known for his acting roles on television and in film, it's worth mentioning that the 74-year old actor, who died at his home in El Paso Texas, had many talents also included singing. It is with our glasses raised that we reflect on his song "Ain't That a Kick in the Head."

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We Remember Adam Yauch, MCA of Beastie Boys, Dead at 47

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By Daniel Kohn and Ned Raggett

First posted at 10:28 a.m.

Adam Yauch, better known as MCA of legendary hip-hop trio Beastie Boys, has died at 47.

For the past few years, Yauch has been battling cancer. News of his passing was reported less than an hour ago by TMZ.

Below, Ned Raggett remembers Yauch, one of hip-hop's most pivotal figures.

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Obit: Marvin Marker

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According to a story by Al Rudis in today's Press-Telegram (a paper I worked at for three years), Long Beach Junior Concert Band founder/leader Marvin Marker passed away Sunday at a Denver airport. He was 74.

Sure, the Stones have been around for what feels like forever, but Marker had them beat as he started the LBJCB in 1952. In 2007, Marker was given the title "Music Man of Long Beach" by the city council. And for 47 years, the LBJCB was part of the Hollywood Christmas Parade. The 2009 version of the event, which took place Nov. 29, airs Thursday and features--you guessed it --Marker.

The group was scheduled to rehearse tonight and Thursday and perform Saturday at the Bell Holiday Parade.

RIP Captain Lou Albano

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Captain Lou Albano passed away yesterday at the age of 76. Who's Captain Lou Albano, you ask? He was a former wrestler-turned manager best known for the rubber bands he wore in his facial hair. He was great at getting the crowd fired up and even made the leap to non-wrestling success.

Which leads me to my point. What's Albano's passing have to do with music? Click here, here and here. I'd post these videos, but Cyndi Lauper must have a killer team of lawyers because most versions of these have the embedding disabled.

RIP Jim Carroll

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Writer/musician Jim Carroll passed away Friday due to an apparent heart attack. He was 59 years old.

Most know Carroll as the man who wrote the book The Basketball Diaries, which was later turned into a shit film starring Leonardo DiCrappyo. But like every book-turned-movie, Carroll's tale was much better than Hollywood's. But in my humble opinion, 1987's Forced Entries was even better.

Carroll was a highly-respected poet and even dabbled in music. Maybe you remember this tune?

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RIP Les Paul

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Les Paul, the man behind the signature guitar of the same died, passed away today at the age of 94.

I had already been playing guitar for a few years after I realized that not only was Les Paul a real guy, but he was still alive. Somehow I think Jimmy Page, Slash, Eric Clapton, Wes Montgomery, Keith Richards, Pete Townshend and seven zillion others players more famous than I already knew that.

Along with his massive influence on six stringers, Paul is credited as the man who pioneered multi-track recording, which basically gave way to an entirely new way of putting sound on tape.

There's a whole lot to be said about Paul, but the one thing I'll remember at him is how we kept a weekly Monday night residence at the Iridium in New York from 1996 until June 2009. The man literally played regularly until he died. That's an artist.

Rest in peace, Les. We'll see ya on the other side. 

RIP Koko Taylor

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The Queen of the Blues, Koko Taylor, passed away Wednesday in Chicago due to complications following a May 19 surgery to correct a gastrointestinal bleed. She was 80 years young.

The woman born Cora Walton was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1997, was nominated for eight Grammys and one won in 1985. Her final show was May 7 in Memphis. If you've got to have a last performance, Memphis is a pretty damn good spot for that sort of thing.

I saw Taylor once. It was at the Long Beach Blues Festival in 2001. For a woman in her 70s, she was fired up. I mean, she wasn't young Mick Jagger fired up, but you know what I mean.

I have this cryptic urge to write about the passing of blues men and women because we are literally seeing the final chapter of a once great and important style of music. Yes, there are others who are younger (and whiter) who do a damn fine job of keeping the blues alive, but any new player worth checking out would tell you it's just not the same.

Services will take place Thursday and Friday in Chicago and a funeral will be held at 6 p.m. Friday.

Hey Koko, if you're reading this, get Willie Dixon and start playing that "Wang Dang Doodle" one time for me, wouldya?