"I'm not so excited to take responsibility for forcing the local Owatonna children to choose between an Owl City show or trick-or-treating this year." So said Adam Young via e-mail this week, apologizing for a show that the good people of Owatonna are actually embracing. On Sunday night, the No. 1 charting electro-pop star who records as Owl City -- and still resides in Owatonna, where he's making a new album at home -- will perform his first-ever hometown concert in his old high-school gym. The timing was coincidental but the site was deliberate: The show doubles as a fundraiser for the O.H.S. music program. Tickets sold out quickly in person at the Owatonna's People Press office and via a Ticketmaster pre-sale where the password was Huskies (the high school's mascot). So it should be a locals-only kind of affair. At press time, a few tickets were available on Craigslist, all shockingly at the $25-$30 face value instead of inflated scalper prices. You see? They really are good folks down there.
CHRIS RIEMENSCHNEIDERTaylor + Adam = 'Haunted'?
Young may also figure on Taylor Swift's new album. Apparently the song "Haunted" is about her unrequited crush on Mr. Owl City. Last year Swift and Young e-mailed each other, then met at a New York club; apparently she was kind of interested but he didn't follow through (we think he's still with his longtime girlfriend). According to Yahoo Music's Chris Willman, Swift put clues in the lyrics printed inside her album jacket. In this case, capital letters spell out A-D-A-M. If true, it puts Young in the good company of other "Speak Now" subjects John Mayer, Joe Jonas, Taylor Lautner and Kanye West.
Of all the people psyched to see members of LCD Soundystem and Hot Chip spin records for the "Too Much Love" dance party at First Avenue following their Roy Wilkins concert last Saturday, the most excited person might have been resident DJ Sovietpanda. The real-life Peter Lansky credits LCD frontman James Murphy and his record label DFA for turning him into a dance-music nut, and that nuttiness played a role in landing Murphy & Co. as guest DJs previously in 2007. "I actually started the first DFA fan message board," Lansky claimed. "I was a total nerd, but I think they appreciated that and were repaying it." Lansky said "Too Much Love" was even based on a conversation he had with Murphy about starting his own party. This time around, Murphy showed up a little after 12:30 a.m. along with LCD's Gavin Rossum, Hot Chip's Felix Martin and both bands' Al Doyle, and they spun past 2. "I pride myself on keeping up with everything, but James always plays stuff that blows me away," Lansky gushed. Once a nut, always a nut.
CHRIS RIEMENSCHNEIDERWhich one's Pink?
The rumored sightings of David Gilmour in town with former bandmate Roger Waters may go down as one of the greatest hallucinations ever affiliated with Pink Floyd, but unlike an acid trip they refuse to wear off -- even after a Floyd publicist denied them. Gilmour has promised to make an unannounced appearance at one date on Waters' tour of "The Wall," staged Wednesday at Xcel Energy Center -- without Gilmour. A guy in town on business from New Jersey called Wednesday to corroborate local scenester Chuck Terhark's account of the two ex-bandmates dining together at Bar La Grassa on Monday. KQRS' morning crew also talked on the air with an anonymous fella who claimed to work at the St. Paul hotel where both Floyd men were staying. I.W. confirmed that Waters indeed dined at La Grassa on Monday and stayed in town for several nights, flying straight to and from Tuesday's concert in Omaha. We can also say for sure that the rumors helped ticket scalpers clean up, and you can bet your inflatable pig that these sightings will be in the air for all future dates on the tour until Gilmour finally shows up.
Patrons who see the play "Gee's Bend" at Park Square Theatre can get a sample of the real thing in the theater lobby. Barbara Portnoy, a Minneapolis woman, owns several quilts that were made by Gee's Bend stitchers and she's displayed them for the run of the show. Each piece has its own little story -- such as the one in which the quilter said she used pieces of her husband's dress suits. Others have classic quilt patterns and great colors. Portnoy is a collector who read about the Gee's Bend quilts and has become friends with the women, traveling to the isolated Alabama hamlet several times.