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Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 12/20/2010

Remembering Captain Beefheart; Paramore loses two members; R.E.M.'s new one due in March

By David Malitz

On Friday afternoon the music world lost a true original when Don Van Vliet, aka Captain Beefheart, passed away at the age of 69. On Friday we ran a Post story from 1971 previewing a local Beefheart concert; here's Matt Schudel's official obituary, along with Ben Ratliff's from the New York Times. Rolling Stone pays tribute. The Village Voice has a beginner's guide to Beefheart. Among Beefheart's 10 Commandments of Guitar Playing, No. 1 was: "Listen to the birds. That’s where all the music comes from." Popmatters pays tribute to Van Vliet's "unique magic." LA Weekly dug up a profile of Beefheart written in 1980 by Lester Bangs. The Daily Swarm gathers more memories.

- Guitarist Josh Farro and drummer Zac Farro have left pop-punk superstars Paramore.

- R.E.M. announced that its new album, "Collapse Into Now," will be released on March 8. New single "Discoverer" is available for free.

By David Malitz  | December 20, 2010; 10:20 AM ET
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Captain Beefheart, Paramore, R.E.M.  
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RIP: Don Vliet must be even closer to those "Big-Eyed Beans from Venus" now.

Posted by: tperry1 | December 21, 2010 12:36 AM | Report abuse

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