Geez, the rain hasn't even started dumping and already more Northwest music scenesters are joining the eastward migration in search of drier ground. Portlander J.J. Gonson, whose Undercover label released compilations that included Seattle bands like Faster Tiger and Mars Accelerator, has reportedly closed up shop and relocated to the Northeast. The move comes shortly after Gonson did a stint in LA working for Virgin, the major that used Undercover to test the waters for singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur, he of the Baltic Room residency a few months back. Also setting proverbial sail for the other coast is Sub Pop publicity gal Cece Stelljes, who's decided that New York City's a-callin'. Bucking the trend is Marc Yevlove, the New Yawka who will soon settle in as booking agent/promoter for Seattle's two new clubs, I~spy and Graceland. He's not a complete foreigner, however; Yevlove used to manage Seattle band the Lemons. Also involved in the Northwest-Northeast exchange is the Weekly's own columnist and bon vivant, Kurt B. Reighley, who returns from a summer-long Brooklyn sojourn just in time to soak up some of Seattle's lovely autumn atmosphere.
But enough about comings and goings, because everybody's wondering: Where the party people at? Thursday the scene centered on Sit & Spin, the site of Deluxxe Media maven Barbara Mitchell's first annual Cure tribute and birthday bash. At her invitation, local acts performed Robert Smith compositions of their choice, which surprisingly led to a buttload of versions of "A Forest"—the Gnome guesses that the easy three-chord progression had something to do with it. Stealing the show was Five Gears in Reverse, which reproduced the slinky "Six Different Ways" note for note. Their fellow former Bellingham-sters in Death Cab for Cutie dressed in black tie and red shirts to reimagine the Cure as Kraftwerk, straight down to the all-synth arrangements. Others paying tribute included Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer—fresh off their sneak Posies reunion a night earlier—as well as Josh White, Braden from Super Deluxe, Alien Crime Syndicate, Marc Olsen, an amalgam of Polecat and Faster Tiger, and another Weekly-ite, Mark Driver, who turned in a room-clearing, sludge-metal version of "10:15 Saturday Night."
Some more celebratin' took place on Sunday, when local record emporium Sonic Boom threw a fete for its second anniversary. It seems that even in these cyber-shopping times, folks still love their neighborhood record shops.
Last and least, what the hell happened to Pete Krebs Saturday night? Neither he nor his Gossamer Wings showed up for his Breakroom gig. Next time, give a call if you ain't comin'. You betcha!
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