- Spend August basking in the awesomeness of Carrie Brownstein! Not only will the musician/critic be delivering a writing workshop at 826 Seattle on Tuesday evening, she’ll be a part of the Toronto International Film Festival as she scored the soundtrack for the upcoming feminist art documentary, Women Art Revolution.
- There’s a new festival in town starting this fall. City Arts Magazine, which absorbed the previous Sound Magazine last year, is debuting its City Arts Festival and they’re not starting small. The stellar lineup includes Belle and Sebastian, She and Him, Blue Scholars, The Vaselines, Foals, Big Boi, Gogol Bordello and many others. Regular wristbands and all-access VIP wristbands are available now.
- Titus Andronicus invaded “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” this week with a performance of “A More Perfect Union.”
- I believe we have what you call an amicable split. Tyondai Braxton and Battles have decided to go their separate ways; Braxton to focus on his solo material and Battles to finish the follow-up to Mirrored.
- Think that musicians should get paid for their work? So do most people even in these days of illegal downloading and “free” online music. This fascinating article in the New York Times takes you behind the scenes with performing rights organization B.M.I.
- This is likely the first you’ve read of Fat Worm of Error but if the band has their druthers, 2010 will be their year. Four years after releasing their hilariously titled and kitchen sink vessel, Pregnant Babies Pregnant with Pregnant Babies, the group has three releases lined up for the last third of the year: Broods comes later this month via Ecstatic Peace, Ambivalence and the Beaker follows in September on Resipiscent, and a tour-only cassette available as the band traverses the nation. They hit Seattle Friday (Aug. 13th) at the Black Lodge.
- Lollapalooza happened this past weekend. For a rediculous amount of coverage, go here.
- Looking for a way to spend your hard earned money on some great music? Perhaps you should consider the benefits of the subscription. Not Not Fun is readying the fourth edition of their Bored Fortress 7-inch service, which will house contributions from new favorites Ducktails, No Age, and Peaking Lights along with 9 other awesome artists—all for $45. Likewise, Social Music Records begins its life cycle with a $99 buy in for the label’s first ten records. Featuring releases from Sir Richard Bishop, Grouper, and Woven Bones, the newly minted label begins shipping its first batch at the end of the month. For the frugal minds, Social Music also offers a $49 subscription base to nab their first ten releases on cassette.
- Our recent guests Menomena are going to be performing live with Jimmy Fallon tonight. Later in the week, Kimmel has Joanna Newsom, John Stewart has Arcade Fire, and Leno has Alejandro Escovedo. And those are just a few of the highlights on this week’s late night talk shows:
Monday, August 9
David Letterman: Bettye LaVette (R)
Craig Ferguson: Vampire Weekend
Jimmy Fallon: Menomena
Tuesday, August 10
Carson Daly: Surfer Blood (R)
Wednesday, August 11
Jay Leno: Los Lobos
Jimmy Kimmel: Joanna Newsom
Tavis Smiley: Carolina Chocolate Drops
Thursday, August 12
David Letterman: The Dead Weather (R)
Jay Leno: The Whigs
Jimmy Fallon: The Walkmen
Daily Show: Arcade Fire
Friday, August 13
Jay Leno: Alejandro Escovedo