- Two weeks ago, Seattle area audio engineer Tom Pfaeffle, who has worked for decades doing live and studio sound in the Northwest, was senselessly shot and killed. To celebrate his life, a memorial will held on Thursday, August 13th, at the Moore Theater. Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground, who worked closely with Tom, and others will perform. All are welcome to attend and donations will be accepted to benefit Tom Pfaeffle’s wife and family. For more info, go here.
- In more sad news, Slum Village visage Baatin, better known to friends and family as Titus Glover, was found dead Saturday morning of unknown causes in his Detroit home. Glover left Slum Village in 2003 as he battled Schizophrenia and drug-related issues but had recently rejoined the group. Glover was 35 years old.
- Anyone who came of age during the birth of high speed internet access on college campuses will always remember their frequent encounters with the groundbreaking peer-to-peer program, Napster. Anyone who came to age during the birth of bit torrent and its infinite power will always fondly remember The Pirate Bay. The once ‘evil’ Napster, now legit like Michael Vick, recently placed a $10 million bid to buy The Pirate Bay from its recent purchaser, Global Gaming Factory, which has now officially refused the offer. Much like Napster before it ‘cleaned’ up its act, The Pirate Bay has a name cache for the world’s fickle, but greedy downloaders, and who wouldn’t want to try to cash it in?
- While the layers of Devendra Banhart continue to be slowly peeled sway by fans and critics alike, the David Bowie of freak folk finds his stock continually on the rise — just ask the executives at Warner Bros. who recently secured Banhart’s services. Their first gift: What Will We Be, Banhart’s follow-up to Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon. The new LP is due in October.
- Spoon, who were wise in their infinite wisdom to begin their own festival, SpoonX3, are spreading their product even further. If you’re like me (and I hope you aren’t for your sake), you missed SpoonX3 but would love to have heard the group careen through their potent catalog. Well, you won’t have to hope for crappy bootlegs as the band is selling 256kbps MP3 and FLAC versions of their performances from all three nights of the festival. You can buy one, two, or all three shows from the band’s website store.
- Seattle’s Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band are debuting a fantastic new video for “Albatross Albatross Albatross” on Stereogum:
- Goliath Bird Eater, one of the many projects of Bobb Bruno (perhaps you read the review of Dreamt On via Agitated Atmosphere?), has the new cassette release, Blood Generation. It’s promised to be the guitar and drum duo’s heaviest sounding release to date. You can pick up through Caligulan Records.
- The on-again, off-again relationship Trent Reznor developed with thought diarrhea site Twitter is officially over. In a post on the Nine Inch Nails message boards, Reznor takes a long time to state what basically boils down to his frustration over trolls, haters, and those who would wish his recent engagement the worst. At least he’s wise to point out that it isn’t newsworthy — so this makes this post a bit ironic.
- Karl Blau readies Zebra, his latest effort for Northwestern pop outfit K due October 6th. Tours with Mount Eerie and LAKE are on the horizon, with an October 13th stop in Seattle written in the stars.
- Not a bad week for staying at home and catching your favorite bands on the late night talk shows. Gomez, Miike Snow, Arctic Monkeys are definitely not to miss, but if you didn’t catch Femi Kuti the last time he was on Tavis Smiley, you shouldn’t miss out. Also, Interpol frontman Paul Banks will perform songs from his solo project, Julian Plenti, on Friday, and Seattle represents with Fleet Foxes on SNL. Here are the week’s highlights:
Monday, August 3
Conan O’Brien: Gomez
Tuesday, August 4
Jimmy Fallon: Arctic Monkeys
Last Call: White Lies (R)
Tavis Smiley: Femi Kuti (R)
Wednesday, August 5
Last Call: Lily Allen (R)
Jimmy Kimmel: Miike Snow
Thursday, August 6
David Letterman: St. Vincent (R)
Late Late Show: Glasvegas
Last Call: Ida Maria (R)
Friday, August 7
Late Late Show: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
Jimmy Fallon: Julian Plenti
Saturday, August 8
Saturday Night Live: Fleet Foxes