-- TIG: The Spectacular Saturday Series kicks off at Fantagraphics this Saturday, celebrating the release of NEWAVE! The Underground Mini-Comix of the 1980. The evening includes set from local band iji at 6:30 p.m.
-- NME: Liam Gallagher says his first post-Oasis album will be out in July.
-- NYT: Jazz drummer Ed Thigpen -- famous for his work with Oscar Peterson and Ella Fitzgerland -- is dead at 79.
Ed Thigpen was one of the kindest men I ever met. Several years ago I attended the NAMM Show -- an industry trade show in Anaheim -- and was introduced to Mr. Thigpen over dinner by some mutual friends. The next day, he walked me around the floor of the show for the entire day. He introduced me to every player who walked up to get a word in with him, told me story after story, and encouraged me to pursue a low-carb diet. It was incredibly gracious of him, and I'll never forget it.
Thanks, Mr. Thigpen.