Music News: Moby selling every record he owns, for charity


Moby performs on 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert'
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and guest Moby during Monday's March 19, 2018 show. c 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. (Scott Kowalchyk/CBS)

Hosting a vinyl DJ night? Don't call Moby. He's selling every record he owns — from rare 12" singles to his personal copies of his own records — with 100% of the proceeds going to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, an organization that promotes a vegan diet and medical treatments that don't involve animal testing.

"I would rather you have them then me, because if you have them, you'll play them, you'll love them," says Moby, "and the money will go to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. So everybody wins. Well, except me, because now I don't have any records." The online sale launches this Thursday. (Consequence of Sound)

Former BoDeans member accused of molestation

Kurt Neumann, leader of the BoDeans, and his stepdaughter Tessa Neumann have accused a former band member of molesting the stepdaughter for years. Tessa Neumann says that BoDeans cofounder Sam Llanas, who left the band in 2011, behaved inappropriately towards her backstage, in hotel rooms, and elsewhere starting in 2001 when she was nine years old and continuing into her teenage years. "That is a huge, incredible weight to put on a kid," said Kurt Neumann, who says he didn't learn of the abuse until after Llanas left the band.

Llanas, who is also engaged in a dispute with Kurt Neumann over royalties, calls the allegations "terrible" and "untrue." (USA Today)

Remembering Jon Hiseman

Drummer Jon Hiseman has died of complications for surgery to treat a brain tumor, at age 73. A British prog-rock great, Hiseman brought a jazzy sensibility to the groups Colosseum and Tempest. "Don't play the drums, play the band," said the performer and composer. "If you play the band, the drums will play themselves." (New York Times)

Suburban World could become music venue

A new potential buyer wants to turn the Suburban World Theater in Uptown Minneapolis into an event space and concert venue. Developer Doug Hoskin wants to buy the 1927 theater, which has sat empty for the past half-decade, and turn it into a flexible space that could accommodate concert audiences of 450. As the Star Tribune notes,

The Suburban World Theater's auditorium, which is the only surviving example of an atmospheric auditorium in the city and one of the last remaining in the state, was designed to look like the viewers were watching a movie outside under the stars with artificial trees and a curved midnight blue ceiling with twinkling star lights and projected clouds. Originally, there has also been a moon that rose and set during a movie screening.

The Minneapolis heritage preservation commission will consider Hoskin's proposal next week.

Best Coast announce children's album

Best Coast have announced that their next album will come out a week from Friday...and it'll be a kids' album. "Cats and Dogs" is the first track to be released from Best Kids, which will comprise a mix of original songs and covers like "Rainbow Connection."

"I wanted to make a kid's album not just for kids but also for the parents with cool music taste that might be tired of listening to the same songs off the Frozen soundtrack 200 times in a row," says Best Coast leader Bethany Cosentino. (Rolling Stone)

Minnesota festivalgoer gets head stuck in tailpipe

At this past weekend's Winstock Country Music Festival in Winsted, Minnesota, a concertgoer stuck her head into the tailpipe of a truck for reasons that remain unclear — and couldn't get it out again. A short video of the incident has gone viral; KARE 11 and other news sources are declining to identify the woman, who was freed with the use of a power saw and cited for underage drinking, "but she did out herself on Facebook, with a post proclaiming 'Yes, I'm the tail pipe girl, whatchu know about it?'"

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