Chris Squire, the bassist, backing vocalist, and co-founder of English prog-rock legends Yes, died this afternoon while receiving treatment for acute erythroid leukemia in his adopted hometown of Phoenix, Arizona, less than six weeks after his initial diagnosis. The news was first announced by current keyboardist Geoff Downes, who tweeted, “Utterly devastated beyond words to… More »
Yes are one of the flagship acts of progressive rock. They’re also one of rock’s weirdest bands. Their best music is intense and aggressive, incorporating influences from jazz, folk, and country, but blending them with wild synthesizer explorations, crazed art-boogie guitar shredding, bass louder than most metal bands’, crushingly complex drumming, and Jon Anderson’s unique,… More »
Electric Würms is the side-project duo of longtime Flaming Lips partners Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd, and they’ve just announced the impending release of their new EP Musik, Die Shwer Zu Twerk, set to arrive later this summer. The EP’s first single is a cover of Yes’s “Heart Of The Sunrise,” a 10-minute prog odyssey… More »
The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame has announced 16 acts eligible for induction in 2014: Nirvana, Kiss, the Replacements, Hall And Oates, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Deep Purple, Peter Gabriel, LL Cool J, N.W.A., Link Wray, the Meters, Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens, Yes, and the Zombies. In order to be eligible, it… More »
Mark Kozelek’s new collection, Like Rats, finds the Sun Kil Moon frontman reimagining songs by a host of artists whom he’s never before covered — Misfits, Godflesh, etc. — as well as a few whose work he’s already put his stamp on. Among the latter group is ’70s prog gods Yes, whose “Long Distance Runaround”… More »
John Dyer Baizley is probably best known as the frontman of Savannah, GA’s Baroness, but his visual artwork is arguably even more famous than his music. Among his other pursuits, for years now Baizley has been producing some of the most unique, intriguing, stylish, and bizarre album covers in the world (including, of course, all… More »
Two of our favorite ’05 discoveries tide over fans with under-the-radar releases, both of which include interesting takes on synth-heavy ’80s megahits.
First up: Grizzly Bear’s cover of Yes’ “Owner Of A Lonely Heart,” from the forthcoming Sorry For The Delay (The Early Recordings).
Never been a big Yes fan (though I ow… More »