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A Gossip Wolf tipster spotted burgeoning country singer Gwyneth Paltrow—her Country Strong duet with Tim McGraw, “Me and Tennessee,” is a big hit on the UK indie charts, people!—at exclusive foodie fave Schwa last Tuesday. Paltrow, who’s in town filming Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion, was apparently trying to shuck off her yoga-mom rep, tossing back the booze like it was kefir. When chef and proprietor Michael Carlson called out, “Who wants shots of Jameson?,” she responded by raising her hand and yelling, “Meeeeeeeeee!” This Wolf can’t wait to read about the restorative powers of the water of life in her next GOOP newsletter!

Kinsella Watch™: Joan of Arc front dude Tim Kinsella has a deal with local indie press Feather­proof Books to release his debut novel, The Karaoke Singer’s Guide to Self-Defense, in September. According to Feather­proof copublisher Zach Dodson, the book isn’t what you’d expect from the often obtuse singer: “It’s got a straight narrative,” he says. “Sorta like a noir for the midwest without any romance, heroism, or adventure.” Local online journal Monsters and Dust has published an excerpt at

Last week Gossip Wolf got word that Neon Marshmallow organizers Matt Kimmel and Dan Smith are releasing a fund-raising compilation for the three-day experimental-music festival. The 80-­minute cassette collection features un­released jams from festival acts like LA duo Lucky Dragons, local beat maker Beau Wanzer, and drone-o-riffic Portland dude White Rainbow. It’s $6 and proceeds help pay the 20-plus artistes playing June 10-12 at the Empty Bottle; get your paws on one at the Neon Marshmallow site. In other neon-colored, marshmallow-flavored news, Smith confirms the rumor that electronic-­music pioneer and festival headliner Morton Subotnick will perform his set on the notoriously odd and complex synthesizers made by his old comrade Don Buchla. Good thing Gossip Wolf has already staked out a ripe Dumpster close to the Bottle!

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