We're devastated to hear of the loss of equipment, studio, archives, and saddest of all the cats of our friends Twig and Carly of the Baltimore outfit Nautical Almanac; their three story building caught fire while they were up here in New York last week for the No Fun Fest and the loss is great. They refurbished the building themselves some years ago and dubbed it Tarantula Hill, and it quickly became an essential cog for art, music performance, and just being a backbone for Baltimore's experimental scene and all who passed through town. They've spent years constructing and hot-wiring countless pieces of found materials and creating fantastic instruments, and I had the pleasure of seeing and hearing some of them when they performed (real audio) on my radio show last October (you can see more pictures on the playlist page). In the time that I've known them, Carly and Twig have been inspiring, tremendous individuals that have shared so much with me and WFMU out of a common love of exploring sounds, and most recently Twig continued to enlighten us all by bringing up Little Howlin' Wolf to the studio a couple of months back. While I have no doubt that they will continue to make the great art that is inside them always, they could use your help. Their email [email protected] is accepting Pay Pal donations, and those in the Baltimore area can check out a pretty solid lineup of benefit shows that will be going on in the weeks ahead. News and info can be found at the True Vine record store site.