EX-GODHEADSILO BASSIST MIKE KUNKA'S GEAR STOLEN, TO THE TUNE OF $20,000
Earlier this year, electronic musician Rafael Anton Irisarri suffered the loss of his entire record collection and recording equipment, as well as his masters, when thieves drove off with his moving truck. Last week, a similar tragedy struck another Northwest musician, Mike Kunka, former bassist for the great and super-heavy Kill Rock Stars/Sub Pop band godheadSilo and other groups. Assholes plundered gear, masters, and records from his Port Angeles storage unit. Kunka estimates the loss to be worth around $20,000. Among the items lifted that you should keep an eye out for are a black Japanese-made Fender jazz bass, a Sunn concert lead amp that Buzz Osborne used on the first two Melvins records, and master tapes of nearly every record Kunka appeared on from 1990 through 2000.
According to Kunka's friend Kerri Harrop, who tipped off The Stranger about the incident, "Thieves broke into a vacant unit next door to [Kunka's], ripped out a section of the wall, jammed the door shut, and loaded everything out through the vacant unit. There was no indication from the exterior that they had been robbed. So you can imagine his shock when he opened the storage unit." Harrop noted that the storage unit, on Tumwater Truck Route, has no security camera system, but the suspect(s) left a time-stamped Safeway receipt that included a Club Card number, and police are viewing Safeway's video for clues. You can view a list of Kunka's stolen goods at tabithasays.tumblr.com.
BRUCE PAVITT'S "PROPHETIC" '80s WRITINGS COLLECTED IN SUB POP USA
Before he became co-owner of Sub Pop Records with Jonathan Poneman in 1986, Bruce Pavitt was a prolific music critic/essayist, with a special focus on the Northwest. During the '80s, he published nine issues of the Subterranean Popzine and for six years wrote a monthly column for Seattle's Rocketnewspaper, displaying an impressive diversity of coverage. Pavitt's writing from this time is being collected in a book titled Sub Pop USA: The Subterranean Pop Music Anthology, 1980–1988 (out November 15 via Bazillion Points). Fantagraphics Bookstore will host a release party November 29, with music by K Records' Calvin Johnson and Fantagraphics Bookstore manager Larry Reid, both of whom wrote essays for Pavitt's book.
"May I humbly suggest that the book is the broadest and deepest index of '80s indie music available, with over 1,000 artists of all genres referenced," Pavitt modestly stated in an interview. "Perhaps because I was so focused on digging up the latest US regional recordings, I was able to call it on a number of artists before they established their iconic status in the indie community (Sonic Youth, Black Flag, Run DMC, Beat Happening, Hüsker Dü, Replacements, Beastie Boys, Dinosaur Jr, Minor Threat, Pussy Galore, Butthole Surfers, etc.)... Could I accurately be referred to as a prophet? Only false humility would claim otherwise."