* According to Consequence of Sound, an early White Stripes single just fetched an obscene amount of money from an anonymous buyer. How obscene? How does 18-large sound? Third Man Records’ site reports that the single — a 45 of “Lafayette Blues” b/w “Sugar Never Tasted So Good” — was initially pressed and hand-painted by Italy Records head Dave Buick. The single was going for $6 at the release show at Detroit’s Gold Dollar back in ’98, and now some collector dropped $18,000 for it. No big deal. Just a 300,000-percent price increase over 12 years. Guesses as to who this anonymous buyer is? Jim Jarmusch? Jimmy Page? Jack White himself? Hey, wouldn’t be a bad way to drive up the price of the other existing copies.
* So we at the Scene have been co-sponsoring/co-hosting these Musicians Corner events in Centennial Park. Want to tell us what you think? There’s a survey right here, where you can let us know what you liked, what you hated, and what you’d like to see. C'mon. Let us know.
* Remember that upcoming wacky Circuit Benders’ Ball Haruch told you about? You know, it’s the thing where a bunch of awesomely tech-y dudes are going to get together at Open Lot on Oct. 23 to show each other how to rig the shit out of crazy gear, and even do some performing? Well event organizer Tony Youngblood has posted the lineup of performers on his site, and it includes Ben Marcantel, Thriftstore Boratorium, Tim Kaiser and much more. Number 5 is alive!