Local rapper LUPE FIASCO has asked audiences on his forthcoming "Steppin' Laser" tour to wear uniforms: black shirts, shoes, shades, and camo pants. The closest he gets to Chicago is Peoria, which makes Gossip Wolf suspect a summer festival appearance. Our money's on Pitchfork . . . since the Lollapalooza lineup was announced Monday sans Lupe. Incidentally, Perry Farrell, who's in charge of the Lolla dress code, is said to be entertaining a "Gellin' Like Magellan" theme.
Twee superstars Belle and Sebastian arrived in LA on Sunday to start work on their eighth studio album. Nils Bernstein, the band's publicist, confirmed that it's being produced by Tony Hoffer, best known for his work with Beck and Air; he was also behind the boards on the band's most recent album, 2006's The Life Pursuit. The album is tentatively slated for a September release on Matador.
Lakeshore Theater, home in the last few years to occasional indie rock gigs like Tegan and Sara and Daniel Johnston, is closing this week. The Arie Crown Theater is temporarily shutting its doors to the public in September as part of cost-cutting at McCormick Place.
Erykah Badu may catch a case over disrobing at the site of Kennedy's assassination for her "Window Seat" video, but Gossip Wolf will reserve its outrage for when Nicki Minaj gets buck at Ford's Theatre.
After last week's show at Logan Square Auditorium, troubled youths the Black Lips took over Longman & Eagle, where the Get Drunk DJs set up an impromptu DJ booth behind the bar for a midnight dance party. Front man Jared Swilley solicitously showed his wienis to some local married ladies; a Gossip Wolf tipster reports that it looked like "a penis."
Permanent Records, the in-house label of the record store of the same name, will celebrate Record Store Day (April 17) with a split seven-inch featuring hyped electro-drone unit Moon Duo and locals/Cave side project Bitchin Bajas, limited to 750 copies. Co-owner Lance Barresi tells Gossip Wolf the label has several choice projects coming down the pike before fall, including long players from locals Cacaw, Black Math, and Brain Idea.
Hot Water Music's contribution to Record Store Day will be "Live in Chicago," a seven-inch on No Idea with four songs from the Gainesville band's February 2008 Metro show.
Newbie Humboldt Park vinyl-only store Death or Glory purportedly plans to celebrate Record Store Day by showing off a pair of Liz Phair's panties in the men's room for $5.
R. Kelly's latest video, which "leaked" this week, is entitled "Be My #2." The jokes we would like to make about this are so stupid we cannot even bear to write them.
V103's Herb Kent, the Cool Gent, was recently recognized by Guinness World Records: his 65 years on air represent the world's longest career as a radio presenter/DJ. And WLS's Dick Biondi, aka the "Wild I-Tralian," has been spinning Elvis records since before your grandma had pubes. On Saturday, April 10, the two radio legends will appear together at Columbia College (7:30 PM, 1104 S. Wabash, 8th floor) to discuss their epic careers with Bob Sirott. Admission is free.
Nihilist Records' Andy Ortmann is curating the Chicago edition of the International Noise Conference 2010 tour. Show up at Mortville April 15 to catch any or all of the 15-minute sets from the 21 bands on the bill, who range from Cocaine Swastika and Shattered Hymen to local folks with inoffensive names like Kendra Calhoun and Alex Barnett. Rumors of an all-star Kathy McGinty tribute, "My Muff Has Tusks," could not be confirmed.