Who says the holidays are over? Not Seattle's rock-lovin' masses, who still have a couple of big, shiny presents sitting under the tree, if information serves us right. They probably won't get to rip off the big bows for another few months, but it should be worth the wait: We're talking two spanking new music venues on Capitol Hill. Nebulous rumors claim that the once-glorious Breakroom, now fallen on less flush times, has been purchased by a pair of smart, capable locals ready to rejuvenate the punk-heavy space, but the other story's for sure. Gibson's alum Brian Foss and partners will be taking over the Four Angels Coffee House on 14th, and plan to open it as a full-on rock club somewhere around March or April. We have nothing but the highest hopes for both. . . . Parting is such sweet sorrow, ain't it? This was best evidenced recently at humongously talented multi-instrumentalist Ken Jarvey's last show with Aveo, Dec. 22 at the Crocodile. After the rest of the band finished their set and exited stage right, frontman William Wilson took a sedate solo turn on the mike. Strumming the careful notes of the Velvet Underground's "After Hours 1-2-3," and gently singing the lines, "If we close the door/the night can last forever," Wilson was quickly rejoined by Jarvey, who took Jeff McIsaac's place behind the drums and finished the song with his good friend. Jarvey is leaving Aveo just as the local band prepares for a slew of West Coast dates, some of which will be with Death Cab for Cutie; seems he'd rather stay close to home than hit the road. And yes, as you may have read, there are more lineup switcheroos to report from this camp: Drummer McIsaac will be adding Carissa's Wierd's shows to his itinerary; the wiry and hard-hitting rhythm man will henceforth be pulling double duty. . . . Strange circumstances kept us from Elliot Smith's reportedly erratic Showbox
performance last week, but a man on the scene tells us that contrary to what the current rumormongers say, Elliot's actually clean and sober now, just not taking it so well. "He was playing very nervouslike- and forgetting the words—but for the most part he was playing a lot of good shit, and a lot of it was older material," says our friend. If that's the case, we congratulate Mr. Smith, who in our eyes deserves sainthood simply for giving the world the exquisite Either/Or, and wish him the best of luck and health. . . . Remember the Supersuckers' 1997 country release Must've Been High? We surprised our non-Suckers-fan selves by getting completely hooked by it (then again, maybe it was the Marlboro Man we were dating at the time). Anyway, fans of the record can look forward to the March 12 release of Must've Been Live, featuring live versions of many of that album's tracks, plus guest appearances from Willie offspring Amy Nelson and guitarist Audley Freed of the Black Crowes. . . . Sure, that Creed record's selling like Cipro, but it's not all the kids are into these days. The recent setup of the Web site www.leaveitall.com will offer an outlet for indie, emo, hardcore and punk bands to freely promote their music, browse through a database of tour contacts, review records, and scout for other pertinent info. Though there's not much on it as of press time—and we imagine some truly insufferable fanboy exchanges when it's fully up and running—we applaud the DIY spirit of it all, and encourage both established and aspiring bands to check it out. . . . On that note, we're signing off a little short this week, but sweet Jesus, people, you try writing 1,000 words worth of gossipy tidbits when everyone else is still home nursing their champagne hangovers. Better luck next week.
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