Weekly Music News: Death Cab for Cutie, ?uestlove and Robin Williams, and more

August 14, 2014

photo: Death Cab for CutieChris Walla leaves Death Cab for Cutie

Chris Walla is leaving Death Cab for Cutie following 17 years as the band's guitarist and producer. Walla has been with the group since it was founded in 1997, but has decided to move on to pursue new musical projects. “I will miss being a quarter of this band, and will support whatever course Death Cab for Cutie chooses from here,” Walla wrote in a letter stating his intentions. The band recently completed its eighth studio album, which will be released early next year. [via The Guardian]

photo: ?uestlove press?uestlove of The Roots recalls meeting Robin Williams at the Grammys

Following the tragic death of actor/comedian Robin Williams this week, The Roots drummer ?uestlove shared a touching story via his Instagram account. At the 2001 Grammys, the Roots serendipitously found themselves in the same elevator with Williams. According to the drummer, Williams knew each member by name and continued: "That's right you walked on this elevator saying to yourself 'ain't no way this old white dude knows my entire history and discography!" Read the entire post via Pitchfork.

photo: St Vincent pressSt. Vincent sits in on "Late Night with Seth Meyers" house band 

Annie Clark aka St. Vincent paid a two-day visit to "Late Night with Seth Meyers" as a member of the house band 8G, which typically features "Portlandia" star Fred Armisen. Fellow guitar virtuoso Marnie Stern also lent her efforts to the group, which provides the musical interludes to the late night talk show. Watch Tuesday night's episode featuring Clark via Consequence of Sound

photo: MorrisseyMorrissey dropped by Capitol/Harvest Records

Morrissey has been dropped by his record label just three weeks after the release of his latest album "World Peace is None of Your Business." Morrissey Zine True to You reported on Aug. 9 that Capitol/Harvest Records has severed ties with the singer, and that Morrissey is now in search of a new label. The news comes after Morrissey had posted an online rant against the label for refusing to fund a new music video.

UPDATE: Pitchfork is reporting Morrissey has actually not been dropped by Capitol.