Guided By Voices drummer auctions drum set for $55,000, gets fired from band


Last week, Guided by Voices drummer Kevin Fennell put up his drum kit for sale on eBay for a whopping $55,000. That didn’t go over too well with frontman Robert Pollard, who promptly announced Fennell’s dismissal from the band. “For the record, the band Guided By Voices has nothing to do with the sale of Kevin Fennell’s drums. He is acting on his own and is no longer in the band,” a statement read.

The auction ended today with zero bidders. However, the drama’s hardly over between Fennell and Pollard. The auction’s Facebook page has shared an e-mail thread between the ex-bandmates, because “Kevin feels that the truth of it is important.”

According to the post, Fennell “resigned,” while Pollard argues he was “already fired.” What’s more, Fennell apparently turned down two full-time job offers at Ohio State University in order to be part of the “classic lineup” reunion gigs, arguing that his finances are in trouble because “there has never really been much communication” and that he’s been “‘on call’ at the drop of a hat.”

As expected, Pollard’s response wasn’t too friendly, calling him an “amateur” and a “fool”. He adds that “most people would like to know who the fuck you think you are and who you think Guided By Voices is that you can warrant that kind of asking price for your fucking drums.”

Before Pollard’s equally damning post-script, he writes: “I owe no sense of loyalty to you whatsoever. 100% of the gratitude should come from your end. Good luck in gouging someone for your fucking drums and don’t ever fucking bother me again.”

Read the full rapport here and then grab a Fresca. Needless to say, no one’s drumming on that kit anytime soon.

Arcade Fire Put Church Studio up for Sale, Asking $325,000 [£205,000]


Converted Quebec space available for $325,000 [£205,000]

Arcade Fire, the indie rock band based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, are selling their converted church recording studio. The band has tweeted a real estate listing for Farnham, Quebec’s Petite Église, where they recorded Neon Bible and The Suburbs. The 15,751 square-foot space sports three bedrooms, a large nave, a laundry room, and a kitchen-dining room, but the recording equipment appears to have been removed.

The band revealed to Rolling Stone last October that they had relocated to a new recording studio to work on their new album after the roof of Petite Église began to collapse. The band purchased Petite Église in 2005, installing beds in the basement and mixing boards on the upper floors. They’ve also opened up the studio to Beirut, Owen Pallett and other musicians over the years.

On Friday (Jan. 18) the band tweeted the following: “Anybody want to buy a church?” The tweet also contained a link to a listing for their church studio located in Farnham, Monteregie just outside of Montreal, Quebec, which was built back in 1850.


“Very private church located on a quiet side street of village,” the listing describes the church studio as. “The entire volume of the nave is intact, kitchen and dining room adjoining the nave” are some of the details about the building, which has a “full height basement” with three bedrooms and two bathrooms that were renovated back in 2006.

“Charming church which housed a small concert hall, followed by a recording studio also offering accommodation,” the listing adds. “Its architecture makes it a perfect location for an artist’s studio, a place of worship, a cultural, community or other organization.”

The only drawback might be the fact the roof needs to be replaced at a cost estimated from $24,300 to $44,200 depending on the materials used. The building — which was assessed at $241,600 in 2012 — will also come with rods and curtains of the nave, pews, a dishwasher, stove, refrigerator, a wall air conditioning unit and alarm system.

The group, who are reportedly releasing a new studio album later this year, also took time to throw their support behind NBA player (and former Toronto Raptor) Matt Bonner and a drive to help Bonner compete in the NBA All-Star Game three-point shot competition.

“There’s so much injustice in the world that we can’t do anything about, but this is something we can change,” the band tweeted on Friday with the hashtag #LetBonnerShoot. Another tweet also included a link to the letter Matt Bonner’s brother Luke penned in order to get Matt into the competition.

In other news, the group announced last week they’ll be participating in some form at Kanpe Kanaval in Montreal next month, a celebration based on the Haitian festival. There’s no word on the event’s site if the group are actually performing but 50 VIP tickets are for sale which enable you to meet the group. They’re being offered at $400 with all proceeds going to KANPE.

Arcade Fire released their last studio album The Suburbs in 2010, which earned them a Grammy Award in 2011 for album of the year.

Their album ‘Funeral’ is included in the Rolling Stone’s 100 Best Albums of the 2000s. Loss, love, forced coming-of-age and fragile generational hope: Arcade Fire’s debut touched on all these themes as it defined the independent rock of this decade. A rich, folkie musicality, the band made symphonic rock that truly rocked, using accordions and strings as central elements rather than merely as accessories, with a rhythm section that never let up.

Watch Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs” Video

Published on Nov 22, 2010
Taken from the short film: “Scenes From The Suburbs”

Director: Spike Jonze
DP: Greig Fraser
Editor: Jeff Buchanan
Additional Video Editing: Patrick Colman
Producer: Vince Landay
Producer: Arcade Fire
Production Company: MJZ
Sound Design/Mix – T. Terressa Tate @ The Royal T Room

Amy Winehouse home for sale

Camden villa where singer died in July 2011 is listed at £2.7m after family deems it ‘inappropriate for us to live there’


Tributes left for Amy Winehouse outside her Camden Square house, which has been put up for sale. Photograph: Paul Brown/Rex Features


Amy Winehouse home for sale

Camden villa where singer died in July 2011 is listed at £2.7m after family deems it ‘inappropriate for us to live there’

Press Association Thursday 31 May 2012 00.27 EDT

The London home where Amy Winehouse lived and died has been put up for sale by her family for £2.7m.

Thousands of mourning fans flocked to the three-bedroom property in Camden and transformed the square where it sits into a shrine following the singer’s death last July.

Ten months later her relatives are placing the house on the market, saying it would be inappropriate for any of them to move in.

There had been rumours that the villa in Camden Square, north-west London, could be turned into the headquarters for the Amy Winehouse Foundation, a charity set up to support causes close to the singer’s heart.

The Sun reported a family spokesman as saying: “The Winehouses have decided to put the house on the market, with great regret. Amy loved that house but none of the family felt it appropriate that they should live in it.

“It was not practical to keep it empty while paying for its upkeep. It is a wonderful place and will be a happy family home for someone.”

The property is listed as £2,699,950 and described as a “substantial and impressive three double bedroom, three reception room semi-detached period villa with well-proportioned private front and rear gardens.”

It has changed hands once in more than 40 years and had undergone major structural and cosmetic refurbishment, according to the website House Network.

The property has retained a number of original features with modern upgrades including new electrical and heating systems, an integrated sound system and CCTV, the sales pitch adds.

The advert shows a kitchen with a black and white chequered floor. The majority of the large rooms have been painted white and have dark wooden floors and ceiling beams.

Winehouse was 27 when her body was discovered in a bed at the property after a long battle with drink and drugs. It prompted an outpouring of emotion from fans with thousands flocking to the affluent square to lay tributes outside the singer’s gated home.