Most overheard phrase on Monday: "Yeah, I've been hanging out and drinking with Lemmy."
Spotted at the Cha-Cha Lounge throughout the four-day festival: Mark Eitzel, Joel R. L. Phelps, Alien Crime Syndicate's Joe Reineke (who recently bought a Jaguar), Ramones producer Daniel Ray, Mudhoney/Monkeywrench's Mark Arm, Elliott Smith, Sleater-Kinney's Janet Weiss and Quasi mate Sam Coomes, Built to Spill's Scott Plouf, the Presidents' Jason Finn, Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock, Spinanes' Rebecca Gates, Heatmiser/No. 2's Neil Gust, and those two guys from Mr. Show who love Seattle so much.
The Posies' Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow were the victims of a nasty theft while playing a show at New York's Knitting Factory. Over $4,000 in cash was taken from their dressing room--several shows' worth of money the duo had allotted to pay for agency commissions, airfares, rental cars, and copies of their acoustic live album, bought from the label to sell at their shows--leaving them in a "somewhat insolvent position." Rather than hold a benefit--in true Seattle style--to raise some emergency funds, they've come up with an idea that will give a little back to those who help out: the Posies Emergency Crime-Recovery Raffle. Jon and Ken are offering up two of their acoustic guitars as dual grand prizes: Auer's Onyx that he used in all of his solo shows and to record Every Bitter Drop, and Stringfellow's Washburn that was used for the recording of Amazing Disgrace and Success. An original test pressing of Failure will be awarded as a runner-up prize. Tickets are $40 each, and winners will be drawn on October 1 or when 100 tickets have been sold, whichever comes last. Winners will have the option of having their prizes customized with autographs, and contestants may buy as many tickets as they wish. To purchase tickets, send a check or money order payable to the Posies, c/o Barbara Mitchell, 4509 Interlake Avenue North, #201, Seattle, Wa 98103.
"Assuming it's not canceled before then," prefaced Jason Finn, his money-making band the Presidents (as they're now called) will be making an appearance on The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn on Thursday, September 14. FYI: Check out former Guns N' Roses member--and Seattle homeboy--Duff McKagan filling in on bass while Chris Ballew wings out on keyboards. Assuming the show's not canceled by then, that is.