Logan Square native Bill “Brenmar” Salas dropped his latest dance mix, 24k, this week, just before his Brooklyn-based band, These Are Powers, headed out on a European tour. The 20-track continuous mix features three Brenmar remixes/edits and two original tracks, including a collaboration with Nguzunguzu. It can be streamed or downloaded at soundcloud.com/brenmar.
A little bird tells Gossip Wolf that this past weekend at the T in the Park Festival in Scotland, Eminem had the entire backstage area locked down just so he could take a shit. Said our source: “Gotta give him props for even using that thing—it was nasty.”
Gossip Wolf exclusive! Mary Ralph, guitarist for Scotland Yard Gospel Choir—which recently returned to playing as a full band after a serious van accident last year—reports that her tortoise, Justin Townes Turtle, has “started renovating his aquarium home during the night. When I get up to feed him, there are huge holes he dug in the cedar chips, his log is askew, and he has spilled his water dish & is camped out underneath it.” Ralph is currently trying to suss out a way to bring Justin on tour.
DMX, released from a four-month stint in an Arizona prison for a parole violation July 6, has apparently lost no time in getting back to work. Footage of the Ruff Ryding rapper chopping it up on the mic at Saltmine Studios in Phoenix has already hit the hip-hop blogs. After his notoriously unsuccessful attempt to impersonate a federal officer, it’s nice to see he’s back to impersonating a rapper.
In case you aren’t heading out to Pitchfork, or its multitudinous afterparties, or the Cap’n Jazz reunion shows, or Lilith Fair, there’s the 25th annual Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival, July 17 and 18 in Dawes Park, at 1700 Sheridan Rd. The lineup includes bhangra/funk-brass party band Red Baraat, western Kenyan ensemble Kenge Kenge (probably best known for their song “Obama for Change”), a dozen other acts, and a “mini powwow.” Admission is free. More info on page 57 and at myspace.com/noyesculturalarts.
Chicago prog rockers Mass Shivers released their third—and final—album, Contoured Heat, July 1 on their own Licking River label. Distributed nationally by Drag City, the record is currently vinyl-only. According to the band’s MySpace page there will be “no CD. Fuck ’em, right?” Former Shivers guitarist-vocalist Brett Sova performs solo as Axis:sovA, and has plans to release a full-length by early 2011.
The downstate “boutique” music festival Pygmalion has announced the rest of its 2010 lineup. Big names include Of Montreal, Janelle Monae, and Cut Chemist, who join previously announced headliners like Roky Erickson, Built to Spill, and Ted Leo + Pharmacists. The fest runs September 22-25 across 14 venues in Champaign-Urbana; ticket and travel info at 2010.pygmalionmusicfestival.com.
In case you aren’t heading out to Pitchfork, or its multitudinous afterparties, or the Cap’n Jazz reunion shows, or Lilith Fair, or the Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival, you could follow Gossip Wolf’s lead and go see Pat Benatar and REO Speedwagon July 18 at the Charter One Pavilion. Lifelong REO fan Mayor Daley, inspired by the “Don’t Look Back” sets at All Tomorrow’s Parties and previous Pitchforks, has requested that the band play its occasionally remembered 1978 album You Can Tune a Piano But You Can’t Tuna Fish in its entirety.