Cap'n Jazz drummer Mike Kinsella, speaking exclusively to Gossip Wolf, reported that guitarist Victor Villareal purchased a watermelon for $4 and brought it to the band's practice this past Saturday. No one ate any of it.
The Girls Rock! Chicago rock camp completed its first session of the summer with a showcase of 17 kiddo bands at the Metro this past weekend. This is the first year that the weeklong day camp, where girls 8-16 learn about various aspects of being in a band, is running two sessions; the next one starts August 2. The Chicago camp is the fastest growing of the two dozen-ish girls' rock camps in North America: it's expanded from 16 campers to 150 since 2005, and organizers anticipate turning away as many applicants as they were able to accept for the August session. They've also added a program for girls interested in DJing. GRC is still looking for female volunteer counselors and helpers for the next session; musical knowledge helpful but not required. To find out how you can help hit girlsrockchicago.org.
On Monday night at the Empty Bottle, Velcro Lewis threw a benefit for Kill All Redneck Pricks: KARP LIVES! 1990-1998, a documentary in progress about the Olympia band directed by former Federation X front man Bill Badgley. The groups on the bill—Bible of the Devil, Sweet Cobra, and Head of Skulls—turned over what they would normally make playing the Bottle's free Monday series to the filmmaker. "KARP has been a huge influence on me and my music and probably are the first band 'my age' that I had really grasped onto as a teen," Lewis e-mailed Gossip Wolf, "so when i started Behold! the Living Corpse with Bill Roe and Sanford Parker, KARP was what we sounded like, most likely subconsciously." Brooklyn-based Badgley, who's on a tour of such benefits around the country, screened a trailer and other scenes; you can watch them at karplives.com.
Winners of the Quantazelle remix contest were announced last week by the Chicago laptop jockey herself, aka Liz McLean Knight. The idea behind the project wasn't to turn a Quantazelle track into Ibiza-grade bubble foam but to make use of odds and sods from the extensive sample library she's assembled over the years. The winners, production duo Technobears, have previously won remix contests held by Yoko Ono and the Pretenders.
In the past 28 years SoCal punk institution White Flag has played to audiences in Greenland and the Faroe Islands but never blasted ears in the good ol' midwest. On July 17 they'll make their Chicago debut at Abbey Pub with Tesco Vee's Hate Police to celebrate the release of the long-awaited tome Vee has cowritten, Touch & Go: The Complete Hardcore Punk Zine 1979-1983. The book includes interviews with members of the Fix, Negative Approach, and Necros, among many others, along with plenty of flyers and photos. It's not the only punk book Vee has contributed to lately: he also wrote the forward to Why Be Something That You're Not: Detroit Hardcore 1979-1985, an oral history Revelation Records is releasing next week. That book too includes interviews with members of the Fix, Negative Approach, and Necros, among many others, along with plenty of flyers and photos.
Former Chicagoan Wu Tsang launched a Kickstarter campaign this week to raise money for Damelo Todo, a documentary in the works about LA's Silver Platter bar, the nexus for the Latina transgender community and the place where Tsang and fellow Chicago transplant Ashland Mines hosted the legendary queer dance night Wildness. Mines (who DJs under the name Total Freedom) and Wildness fixtures/recent M.I.A. collaborators NGUZUNGUZU are offering mixes as bonuses for backers. To pledge, find Damelo Todo on kickstarter.com.
Curtis Jones aka house originator Green Velvet, aka Cajmere, aka the man behind the record labels Cajual and Relief, will play a rare light-of-day gig at the Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park this Saturday, July 3, at noon as part of the city's free Edible Audible Picnic series. Note: glowsticks don't really work in the daytime.