- A reunited Soundgarden was spotted in Ballard on Friday evening, posing for a photo shoot, which, according to a tipster on My Ballard blog was for Spin Magazine. The band is headlining Lollapalooza in August. Could another Seattle show be in the works?
- This is not my beautiful 15-minute presentation! In fact, this lecture is the product of David Byrne. The Master of the PowerPoint’s recent talk for Technology, Entertainment, Design is now available via TED’s website mixing architecture metaphors with musical ones.
- Kid Cudi didn’t let a little thing like an arrest stop him from performing Bonnaroo this weekend. On Friday, the rapper was charged in New York City for felony criminal mischief and possession of a controlled substance. On Saturday at 2AM, he was in Tennessee telling the crowd, “I really wanted to be here tonight.” More details are sure to follow.
- You can listen to whole sets from the artists at Bonnaroo, thanks to NPR Music. Among the many sets available on demand, The Dead Weather, LCD Soundsystem, Dave Rawlings Machine, Gossip, The National, Neon Indian, The xx and too many others to list. You can find other coverage of the sweltering event at Spinner, Paste, and Yahoo! News, among others. Here’s a clip of The Temper Trap playing their U2-errific hit “Sweet Disposition”:
- Have you always thought to yourself, Bitches Brew is the most wondrous jazz album ever made but there isn’t a drink that encapsulates the adventurism and intrigue of Miles Davis‘ lynchpin album? Delaware-based microbrew Dogfish Head looks to change that with the release of their latest craft beer, named and designed after the Davis classic. Early tasters have stated you can really taste the John McLaughlin rundowns. The beer release ushers in the special editions Columbia has on the horizon in celebration of Bitches Brew‘s 40th anniversary.
- Not only can Seattle fans celebrate Christian Fennesz‘s upcoming appearance at the Decibel Festival, it’s time to celebrate the limited-to-500 release of his new cassette, Szampler. As the title implies, the material that constitutes the new Fennesz release culls his samples from years past onto tape. Pop that in your 1990 Honda and jam it as your cruise your neighbor.
- With the video gaming world kicking off their biggest week of the year at E3, preliminary news has seeped out surrounding the third edition of popular music video game, Rock Band. In addition to the promised 2,000 songs that will be available for download when the game launched during the holidays, the game itself will host tracks from Jimi Hendrix, The White Stripes, and hard rock karaoke favorite, “Sister Christian” by Night Ranger.
- Spin is celebrating 25 years of existence — and while many of them have hosted sloppy populist journalism, we can forgive the mag because there are so few left and it has proven itself a chameleon. In the spirit of survival, Spin will be throwing itself a celebration featuring the talents of The Flaming Lips, Smashing Pumpkins (clearly for the hope that Jessica Simpson might tag along), and Spiritualized performing their opus, Ladies and Gentleman We Are Floating in Space — promised to be the last time the group play the album in its entirety in a live setting. More info, including how to stream the July 26-30 events, can be found here.
- Vivian Girls’ Katy Goodman has started All Saints Day, a new project with Gregg Foreman of Delta 72 and Cat Power. The two assembled this breezy garage gem through long distance collaboration:
- It’s that time again to set your DVR’s for the week’s most interesting late night talk show appearances. Devo on the Colbert Report can’t be missed (they’re on Letterman tomorrow night too!), and Fallon has a string of great guests including The Gaslight Anthem and Portlanders Blitzen Trapper. Here are the highlights:
Monday, June 14
Craig Ferguson: Shelby Lynne
Tuesday, June 15
David Letterman: Devo
Jimmy Fallon: Broken Social Scene
Wednesday, June 16
Jimmy Fallon: The Gaslight Anthem
Carson Daly: Gossip (R)
Colbert Report: Devo
Thursday, June 17
Jimmy Kimmel: Broken Bells
Jimmy Fallon: Blitzen Trapper
Carson Daly: She & Him (R)
Friday, June 18
David Letterman: Fred Eaglesmith
Jimmy Fallon: The Roots
Carson Daly: The XX (R)