Lorna Donley
Lorna Donley Credit: Katherine Vejchoda

Gossip Wolf was honored and privileged to meet and write about Lorna Donley, who cofounded totally excellent early-­80s Chicago postpunk band Da; before she passed away suddenly in December at age 53, she was by far the raddest rock librarian at the downtown Harold Washington branch. It seems like just yesterday we were howling our lungs out at Da’s 2010 reunion shows at the Empty Bottle and Abbey Pub! Donley’s old bandmate David Thomas (also a former Reader receptionist and delivery driver) tells us he’s working on a two-hour audio documentary that will include a wealth of live Da performances, interviews, and studio outtakes, plus material from Donley’s film soundtracks and unheard cuts from her post-Da collaboration with Thomas, the Veil. In his words, it’s a “sendoff, remembrance and righteous tribute to her creative vision.” When it airs on WLUW at 10 PM on Fri 3/14, we’ll find some “dark rooms” of our own to listen.

This wolf has been jamming gnarly rap tracks from sometime Chicagoan and former noise artist the Buttress ever since O.G. Gossip Wolf pal Jessica Hopper turned us on to her a few months back—the horrific video for “Inferno” could really give you nightmares. Over the weekend the Buttress dropped her first hip-hop EP, Behind Every Great Man, produced by local beat maker Daniel Fandino (aka Critical Distance); it’s a pay-what-you-want download on Bandcamp at bit.ly/1detGAW.

Lately Gossip Wolf has been gorging on Chicago band Flesh Panthers—their new self-titled cassette on Dumpster Tapes is 15 minutes of Dead Boys lo-fi leather-­jacket scum-punk worship at its finest. Lead singer Ryan Zombotron tells us the band is also preparing a seven-inch EP for newish imprint Tall Pat Records later this spring; in the meantime, Flesh Panthers play with Thunderunderus and Jolly Korea at LiveWire Lounge on Sat 3/8.

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