- On July 11, Marymoor Park will host the inaugural No Depression Festival. Along with bigger name acts like Iron & Wine, Gillian Welch and Drive-By Truckers’ Patterson Hood, are KEXP favorites like Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter, Justin Townes Earle, and Jessica Lea Mayfield, as well as a Seattle roots “super group” including Star Anna, Sera Cahoone, Mark Pickerel, Kristen Ward, and members of the Maldives and North Twin, among others. KEXP is offering a pre-sale for the festival today until 10PM. Just use “KEXP” as the password.
- Flaming Lips‘ frontman Wayne Coyne has announced the late summer release of a double album. Speaking about the album’s direction, Coyne told Billboard,
I think with this there was an element of accidentally stumbling upon more spontaneous sort of freak-out stuff.Much of the recording is scheduled for completion prior to the band heading out on tour next month.
- Amanda Palmer recently collaborated with her high school alma mater on a musical derived from Neutral Milk Hotel‘s In the Aeroplane Over the Sea. With the Needle That Sings In Her Heart is viewable, in its entirety, here.
- Jesse Sandoval, former drummer for The Shins, is taking his greater amount of free time in stride. Starting next week, on the corner of 3rd and SW Stark in Portland, you can find Sandoval manning Nuevo Mexico, a New Mexican food cart. He may not rake it in like James Mercer, but I’m betting his first week of sales will beat those of most indie bands.
- The folks at Continuum have finalized their 2010/11 book list for the 33 1/3 Series. There was a lot of bickering following the release of the shortlist, but I for one would love to read a short book about any of the these albums:
Portishead’s Dummy, by RJ Wheaton
Johnny Cash’s American Recordings, by Tony Tost
Television’s Marquee Moon, by Bryan Waterman
Liz Phair’s Exile in Guyville, by Gina Arnold
AC/DC’s Highway to Hell, by Joe Bonomo
Ween’s Chocolate and Cheese, by Hank Shteamer
Radiohead’s Kid A, by Marvin Lin
Dinosaur Jr.’s You’re Living All Over Me, by Nick Attfield
Aretha Franklin’s Amazing Grace, by Aaron Cohen
Slint’s Spiderland, by Scott Tennent
The Rolling Stones’ Some Girls, by Cyrus Patell
- The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Annex NYC opened a new exhibit on Tuesday titled “John Lennon: The New York City Years.” The exhibit features a lot of expected rock memorabilia like clothing items, lyrics and photos but one item falls far from the expected -- a paper bag filled with Lennon’s bloody clothes from the night of his murder. Yoko Ono collaborated on the production of the exhibit, which will remain open through the fall.
- Finally, David Byrne is offering a live EP on his website with proceeds to benefit Amnesty International. The songs were all recorded during his current tour, which comes back through Seattle on June 24th, at the Paramount Theatre.