Local gossip columnist Jessica Hopper and her budding lawyer baby daddy Matt Clark welcomed a son on Tuesday, July 20, so Hopper has temporarily turned over her Gossip Wolf duties to staff writer Miles Raymer. Hopper was experiencing the pangs of false labor the prior Saturday afternoon at Pitchfork; numerous tipsters have told Gossip Wolf that the only people laboring harder with less to show for it at the fest were Panda Bear and Michael Showalter.
Rock Island-based Daytrotter is coming to Chicago next week, looking to do a special series of live-in-studio sessions with local bands. People with space suitable for a daylong recording session and bands interested in taking part are encouraged to get in touch through Daytrotter.com.
According to his Twitter account, Smashing Pumpkins front man Billy Corgan suffered a “good bruise” after a fall during the band’s gig at the Ritz in Tampa’s Ybor City neighborhood on July 21, where they were being supported by Chicago glam-dustrialists Kill Hannah. Corgan wrote: “And for those that saw me fall last night during Bullet, that wasn’t a stage move or clumsiness, that was me blacking out and wiping out.” After scrambling to his feet Corgan gamely continued his rendition of “Bullet With Butterfly Wings,” having played through worse, including the cranial swelling that accompanied the creation of Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.
Prolific rapper/producer/transgressionist Emanuel Vinson just released a full-length album, his first since his April profile in Sharp Darts and his seventh in a span of two years. Heaventeen, Greateen, Fineteen, available as a free download at emanuelvinson.bandcamp.com, includes the summertime car banger “Harold’s Chicken Shack.”
Chicago art-metal trio Russian Circles is touring the U.S. in support of the much adored Japanese psych-doom band Boris. They’ll play Metro August 13.
Apparently pigeons have joined the majority of the world’s music critics in taking a crap on Kings of Leon whenever they feel like it. The rocking Followills canceled their show at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Saint Louis on July 23 after bassist Jared caught some avian ejecta in his mouth three songs into the show. Despite threats on the bird’s Twitter stream, @KOLPigeon (Location: The Sky), Kings of Leon played a pigeon-free show in Chicago the next night at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre.
Steven Adler, former drummer of Guns n’ Roses and cast member of VH1’s Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew (and its spin-off, Sober House), has written an addiction memoir, My Appetite for Destruction: Sex & Drugs & Guns n’ Roses, which hit bookstores this week. Like the band, the memoir peaks early, with a scene where an industrious groupie gets Adler and G n’ R guitarist Izzy Stradlin to max simultaneously. “She swallowed Izzy’s load at the moment I came, and I shot all over her face . . . shit like that happened all the time.” Talk about band unity!
Local dub rocker Ralph Darden, aka DJ Major Taylor, spent last weekend in San Diego for Comic-Con for both business and pleasure. The self-described comics nerd spun a party for publisher Image Comics and the podcast Nerd City, but he says the highlights of his trip were seeing Evil Dead star Bruce Campbell “hollerin’ at some chicks outside a club,” scoring a couple of original pieces by legendary artist Jack Kirby, and possibly being hit on by the lady who played Thelma on Good Times.