Legendary lyricist Hal David has died at the age of 91.

David passed away yesterday (September 1) following complications from a stroke at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, reports Rolling Stone.

David was Burt Bacharach's songwriting partner and wrote the lyrics for such classic tracks as "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head", "I'll Never Fall In Love Again", "Do You Know The Way To San Jose", "Walk On By", "What The World Needs Now Is Love", "I Say A Little Prayer" and "(There's) Always Something There To Remind Me".


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The xx's Jamie Smith has revealed that he is working on building a brand new instrument based on both an MPC sequencer and an iPad.

The producer and DJ told the Observer that he is planning on making a see-through device which will make music via "colourful graphics" and finger taps.

The band's vocalist Oliver Sim also explained that he has written a song for Beyonce. He said that he has written a track which isn't right for The xx, but which he hopes Beyonce would like to record "if he can work up the courage to ask".


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Stevie Wonder has spoken out about comments he made regarding the sexuality of soul singer Frank Ocean last week.

Speaking to the Guardian, Wonder had said that he thought Ocean – who publicly revealed that his first love had been a man earlier this year – might be 'confused'. He said: "I think honestly, some people who think they're gay, they're confused. People can misconstrue closeness for love. People can feel connected, they bond."


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Even though each artist gets at least a 45-minute slot - and everyone on the main stage gets an hour or more - there's still a lack of epic outros at End Of The Road.


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The second day of Dorset's End Of The Road is a scorcher – not bad for the first day of autumn. Van Dyke Parks must be pleasantly surprised, if he's still around.


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It's the last day of summer, as Van Dyke Parks tells us, repeatedly. He's right, of course, but it's also true that there are still two days left of End Of The Road, pretty much the last festival of 2012.


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The first set of Zappa’s mammoth series of reissues is reviewed in the new issue of Uncut, dated October 2012, and in shops now. To accompany David Cavanagh’s in-depth, three-page examination of the dozen re-releases, here’s a feature from November 2010’s Uncut (Take 162), in which members of the guitarist and composer’s various bands recall the madness and precision that went into some of his most important works. Interviews: John Lewis

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As she releases her new album, The Devil You Know, singular LA singer-songwriter Rickie Lee Jones is set to answer your questions in Uncut as part of our regular Audience With… feature.

So is there anything you’ve always wanted to ask her?

What was it like working with musicians as diverse as Dr John and Mike Watt?
Just how hard was the protracted writing and recording of Pirates?
What happened to all those berets and spandex suits?

Send your questions to us by noon, Wednesday August 29 to uncutaudiencewith@ipcmedia.com.


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Afrika Bambaataa has stated that he plans to open a museum dedicated to hip-hop.

The musical legend has said that he wants the museum to open in the Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx borough of New York City.

Vintage Vinyl News reports that Bambaataa has signed a letter-of-intent to help create the National Museum Of Hip-Hop – however, the museum's future rests on the redevelopment of the former military site with a winning bid from the Youngwood and Associates developers.


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Clinic will release their brand new album, Free Reign, on November 12.

Free Reign is the band's seventh album and has been produced in the group's hometown of Liverpool, by the band themselves alongside Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never).

The album follows their last LP, 2010's Bubblegum and will be put out by Domino on CD, LP and digital download, as well as on a limited edition UFO format, which is a glow-in-the-dark, "cosmic flying disc" which comes along with a download code for the record.


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