What the frick is this? First Ryan Adams disappoints even the most easily pleased Seattleites with a half-cocked show last Nov. 30, then he pulls more freaky shit on his return. If you were thinking you could make the Century Ballroom appearance March 8 because you're missing the Moore show the night before, think again, friend—the fine print in the Century's ads say that the $20 tickets are available "ONLY to people who have purchased tickets for the Moore Theatre show." Furthermore, said tickets are available "ONLY in person" at three ticket outlets (one in the Broadway Market, one in Pike Place Market, and one in Bellevue), and all purchasers "must have tickets to Moore show, or ticket confirmation number" when purchasing. So, what, if you're a true fan, you'll go to both, and if you missed out on your chance for Moore tix, tough cookies? That ain't right. . . . Never has a guy eight years gone provided us with so much fresh weekly content: The Kurt Cobain diaries saga continues, as the bidding war for the late singer's 23-volume, 800-page diaries ended on Feb. 25 with a seven-figure triumph for Riverhead Books, a division of Penguin Putnam. The works will be released in whatever form Riverhead chooses to put them (but hopefully they'll leave them fairly unexpurgated) sometime later this year. . . . If you haven't had enough of mouthy Lars after the whole Napster debacle, you'll get your chance to see more Metallica than ever before when producers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky—the guys who did Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills and Paradise Lost 2: Revelations, the story of the West Memphis Three imprisonments that eventually became a music industry cause c鬨bre—complete their documentary on the band. The filmmakers have reportedly been given unprecedented access to the band, with infighting, trips to rehab, and the making of a new record
getting the full warts-and-all treatment. Filming was not quite half done as of press time. . . . Remember how we told you Beck was in the studio with Dan the Automator? Well, now he's pulled yet another bold-faced name to man the knobs: one Nigel Godrich, who previously steered Beck's own Mutations, as well as Pavement's Terror Twilight and Radiohead's Kid A. In the meantime, he'll also be contributing to three songs on Marianne Faithfull's upcoming album (due sometime this month), which will also include collaborations with Billy Corgan and members of Blur. If you were in L.A. last week, you may have caught the Odelay-ster's performance at the Recording Artists Coalition Benefit with a Mohawked(!) Eddie Vedder—"I'll keep the Mohawk till we stop killing people abroad," says Eddie, which means, effectively, he's rooster-headed for life—and Beck hitting the stage with Social Distortion's Mike Ness (for a cover of the Rolling Stones' "Sweet Virginia") and Thom Yorke (on the Velvet Underground's "I'm Set Free"). . . . Poor Belle & Sebastian. The mopey Scots really have something to cry about, now that big mean director Todd Solondz cut most of their contributions to the soundtrack of his recently released ickfest, Storytelling. Instead, it looks like the unused songs will appear on the next B&S full-length, set for a spring release. . . . Now that every old-school hipster worth their Dickies has played their copy of Endtroducing... down to a vinyl stub, DJ Shadow is finally returning with a bona fide follow-up to his 1996 crossover masterwork. Supposedly, the material is based on samples "made by nonprofessionals in recording booths at amusement arcades," which could be ugly, but in his hands, possibly brilliant. Cross your fingers, and look for Private Press sometime around May. . . .
Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor is expanding his audience to more pale people who sit alone in dark rooms by composing the music for the Doom III video game. . . . First Limp Bizkit tours Guitar Centers looking for a new band member, and now Weezer's getting on the give-back-to-the-little-people train, too: The band allowed fans to name the new album, and they obliged—the upcoming May release will be called Maladroit, which, for those of you without a Webster's in your pocket, means "awkward and inept." Insert lame mocking of band members' skills here. As for the music, singer Rivers Cuomo has been talking an awful lot about his love for KISS and major cock-rock riffs, so don't be expecting too many "Sweater Song"s on the new one. . . . Fans of local singer-songwriter and former Goodness frontwoman Carrie Akre may be interested to know that she's now left Good-Ink Records, in which she was a partner, to, as they say, go her own way. She plans to release her second solo work on a self-created label. . . . Two deaths this week, one just sad, and one both sad and weirdly gruesome. First, Harlan Howard, the songwriter behind legendary hits like "I Fall to Pieces" and "Pick Me Up on Your Way Down," died at 74 in his adopted hometown of Nashville of relatively natural causes. Second and more disturbingly, Doreen Waddell, former vocalist for formative British dance act Soul II Soul, was killed as she ran out of a grocery store, where she had just been accused of shoplifting. Trying to make her escape over a major highway, she was hit by three cars and later had to be identified by her fingerprints. An arrest, humiliating as it may have been, would have made a much happier ending to this tragic story.
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