Wanna know who nabbed that autographed pic of Wilco front man Jeff Tweedy at the Girls Rock! Chicago Autumn Auction? Rock ‘n’ roll politico and First Ward alderman Proco “Joe” Moreno. The Girls Rock! camp is in his ward, and as a Wild Flag fan he surely agrees with Tweedy’s note on the photo: “Girls Rock . . . of course.” Last Thursday’s event raised more than $10,000, which will go toward scholarships for next summer’s crop of rock campers—say that three times fast!
Did you know that the first cassette Gossip Wolf ever bought, back in 1984, was the Ghostbusters soundtrack? Ray Parker Jr. forever! Chicago electro-funk duo Ghosthouse display a deep understanding of jams that hit the charts in ’84, and they’ve spliced together a footloose Frankenstein style from that year’s pop sounds: Van Halen synth swagger, Purple Rain-era Prince melodic sensibility, and serious Zapp bounce. Last week singer Chuck New and producer Jimmy Con released their self-titled debut via Bandcamp, and it even has a song called “Private Dancer.” You can catch Ghosthouse opening for Har Mar Superstar at Double Door on Thu 11/10.
Baltimore label Fan Death just put out The Clearing, which is something like the 38th release this year from Chicago power-ambient group Locrian . . . and Pitchfork even noticed! This Wolf just hopes that a 7.4 from the Great Satan doesn’t hurt the band’s cred with elitist noise nerds.
This Wolf used to make hay wearing patchouli and putting moves on girls at the Summer Camp festival with mix tapes full of Phish and Barenaked Ladies. Gossip Wolf has moved on (how many lanyards can one Wolf make?), but the folky folks at the Chicago Roots Collective Festival are keeping the dream alive. Fri 11/18 and Sat 11/19 at the Elbo Room, more than 25 local acts will play the third annual CRC fest; 25 percent of the proceeds will benefit the Old Town School of Folk Music. All power to the people, and to the electric mandolins!
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