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Laura Kennedy, R.I.P.

The Bush Tetras. (Laura Kennedy is on the right.)
The Bush Tetras. (Laura Kennedy is on the right.)

Laura Kennedy, a founding member of the New York No Wave band the Bush Tetras, passed away on Monday afternoon after a lengthy battle with Hepatitis C. Kennedy played bass in the Bush Tetras, and her bouncing basslines were crucial to the band's melding of funk, punk, and razor-wire guitars. A few videos from the band's body of work below.

Bush Tetras, "Too Many Creeps"
Bush Tetras, "You Can't Be Funky"
Bush Tetras, "Stand Up And Fight"

The New York label ROIR recently reissued the "Too Many Creeps" 7-inch; physical copies of the retrospective Boom In The Night are out of stock, but the collection is available on digital outlets.

Kennedy kept a blog that she started before receiving a liver transplant in late 2008; an entry from last January where she details the origins of her disease, and how she wound up in her adopted hometown Minneapolis, is particularly illuminating, if currently heartbreaking, reading.

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