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Natasha Shneider Memorial Fund

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Natasha Shneider was a Russian musician, born in Moscow, and was most notably the keyboardist and vocalist in the musical group Eleven, and was the partner of bandmate Alain Johannes.

Natasha and Johannes contributed to Queens of the Stone Age’s Songs for the Deaf, and joined the band as part of their touring line-up in support of their 2005 album Lullabies to Paralyze.

https://i2.wp.com/www.earpollution.com/v2/vol5/interviews/steadman/images/natasha-alain.jpgThey also wrote, performed and produced with Chris Cornell for his 1999 solo album, Euphoria Morning, and formed part of his band for the subsequent tour. Previous band affiliations include Desert Sessions, Black Russian, and Walk the Moon.

Natasha also acted in two feature films, – 2010 (1984), and Spiker (1986) -as well as minor roles in the TV shows Miami Vice and Hill Street Blues. She also wrote and performed her own song, “Who’s in Control”, for the 2004 action flick Catwoman and contributed harpsichord to the 2008 Louis XIV track “Guilt By Association”.

Very sadly, on July 2, 2008 Natasha passed away following a battle with cancer. She was only 32.

The news broke with a message posted on the MySpace page of the band Sweethead, of which Natasha’s former band-mate Troy Van Leeuwen is a member and was a close personal friend:

“Natasha Schneider, musician extraordinaire, former actress, singer of the ground-breaking band Eleven, and one-time Queens Of The Stone Age keyboard player, died today at 11:11am of cancer. She was a brilliant, beautiful, and ballsy woman who will be missed deeply by all those who knew her. Send your loving thoughts her way in the universe. ”

—Sweethead MySpace, (2008)

The following message later replaced the main page at qotsa.com:

“ On July 2nd, at 11:11 AM, Natasha Shneider passed away. She ended her time in this Life with the style and poetry that she lived all the days previous, crossing over while held in the arms of her closest and dearest. No words can encapsulate the unwaivering strength she provided, adversities she overcome, the talents she possessed & nurtured, the sharpness of her wit nor the beautiful complexity of her intellect. We are so thankful for her influence & the gift of her friendship.

A celebration of Natasha Shneider will be held in Hollywood at the Henry Fonda Theatre on Saturday, Aug 16th. Further details will be released shortly. All proceeds of the benefit and donations made will go to the relieve the burden of Natasha’s fight against cancer. To donate, go to NatashaShneider.org

Now is all we have. May you all make the most of it.”

—Josh Homme, (2008)

A message was also posted on the Gearslutz forum, announcing the set-up of the Natasha Shneider Memorial Fund.

Proceeds from the Natasha Shneider Memorial Fund will be used to defray the costs associated with Natasha’s illness.

On August 16 2008, Queens of the Stone Age performed a concert in celebration of Natasha Shneider’s life at the Henry Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles. They were joined on stage by Alain Johannes, Jack Black and Kyle Gass, Matt Cameron, Brody Dalle, Jesse Hughes, Chris Goss and PJ Harvey, playing a variety of QOTSA and non-QOTSA songs. Proceeds from the concert went to defray the costs associated with Natasha’s illness.

A portion of the proceeds from the release of Adorata by the Gutter twins will also, very kindly, go to the Natasha Shneider Memorial Fund.

You can donate to this very worthy fund directly via http://www.natashashneider.org/

Thanks for your genorosity.

September 11, 2008 Posted by | Eleven, Natasha Shneider, Queens of the Stone Age, The Gutter Twins, _MUSIC | 2 Comments

The Gutter Twins – Adorata (2008 iTunes exclusive EP)

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The Gutter Twins – Adorata (2008)
iTunes exclusive EP
Mp3 @ 320 kbps / 68.5 MB
Released: September 2, 2008

Label: Sub Pop (SP #45932)
Recorded: 2003-2008
Genre: Alternative rock
Length: 33:03
Producer: Greg Dulli, Mark Lanegan


Man, this has set things off well for the fun filled weekend in store! Yap, The Emergency Room Gogo bar is reopening with half-price women, sorry drinks, tonight!

Almost as good as that – well, in the ballpark, but not really! – is the wonderful new EP from the Dirty Duo!

Yap, Adorata is the new iTunes exclusive EP from The Gutter Twins aka whiggy Greg Dulli and the wonderful Mark Lanegan!

On this 8-track EP, the Twins stick pretty close to the blues rock that they established with their full-length, Saturnalia, earlier this year.

IN fact, the EP was mostly recorded during sessions for Saturnalia.

We get one original Twins composition, the mellow “Belles”, and an eclectic series of covers of songs by the likes of Jose Gonzalez, Scott Walker, Primal Scream, and Vetiver.

The boys stamp their own authority on these rather excellent songs. The results are some beautifully wrenching tracks.

All in all, Adorata, is a very good EP, as strong as one would expect given the exceptional track record of Dulli and, especially, Lanegan!

Read more … Band’s Official MySpace page

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Of very significant note is the fact that a portion of the proceeds from the release of Adorata will, very kindly, go to the Natasha Shneider Memorial Fund.

Natasha, a long-time friend of the band, was the lead singer for Eleven – a band we really liked – and was also a member of Queens Of The Stone Age.

Very sadly, on July 2, 2008 Natasha passed away following a battle with cancer. She was only 32.

Proceeds from the Natasha Shneider Memorial Fund will be used to defray the costs associated with Natasha’s illness.

Therefore, please buy the original GT work.

You can donate to this very worthy fund directly by going here … http://www.natashashneider.org/

Greg Dulli, Mark Lanegan

Tracklisting

01. “Belles” 4:30 Cabic
Originally released by Vetiver in 2004 on the “Vetiver” album

02. “Down The Line” 4:10 González
Originally released by José González in 2007 on the “In Our Nature” album

03. “Deep Hit” 4:43 Gillespie, Young, Mounfield, Duffy, Innes, Mooney
Originally released by Primal Scream in 2002 on the “Evil Heat” album

04. “Flow Like A River” 4:05 Johannes, Shneider, Irons
Originally released by Eleven in 2003 on the “Howling Book” album

05. “St. James” 3:48 Traditional
Previously released by Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan in 2005 on the “Ramblin’ Man” EP

06. “Duchess” 2:40 Walker
Originally released by Scott Walker in 1969 on the “Scott 4” album

07. “Spanish Doors” 4:10 Lanegan, Dulli
Previously unreleased original The Gutter Twins song

08. “We Have Met Before” 5:01 Lanegan, Dulli
Previously unreleased original The Gutter Twins song

No links for this one, my friends. We did have a big moral qualm (I haven’t had one of those since the Vicar’s daughter blew me behind the bike shed, back in High School!) about this specific release, which we revisited on foot of a comment from a GT fan because of the kind artist donation to the Natasha Shneider Memorial Fund.

We’ve already said that a portion of the proceeds from the release of Adorata will, very kindly, go to the Natasha Shneider Memorial Fund – established to defray the costs associated with the late Natasha’s illness.

We really respect the generosity of this gesture by The Gutter Twins. Therefore, we encourage true music fans to please buy the original Adorata.

You can also donate directly to this very worthy fund via http://www.natashashneider.org/

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September 5, 2008 Posted by | Greg Dulli, Mark Lanegan, Music_Alternative, Natasha Shneider, The Gutter Twins, _MUSIC | 2 Comments