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Gossip Wolf: 1980 Records releases new tapes by the Clams, Magic Ian, and more

Plus: The Neon Marshmallow fest rises again, Lil Kemo gets a promotion, and more

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This wolf's been a fan of local label 1980 Records since early 2013, when head honcho Bill Tucker gave us the scoop on an imminent compilation of previously un­released T. Storm Hunter songs called Hair Mown Aftershocks. Tucker recently passed along several new 1980 cassettes, including a collection of experimental recordings by Maximum Pelt label founder Magic Ian, solo piano material by quirky singer-songwriter Miki Greenberg, and a self-titled EP by local garage weirdos the Clams. The Clams tape, with its heady mix of shoegaze and psych tinged with country, especially slays! The whole batch comes out Fri 7/18, and you can grab all of them from the label's CHIRP Record Fair table at the Pitchfork Music Festival.

It's been a hot minute since the noiseniks who organize the Neon Marshmallow fest last blazed our eardrums with an expertly curated series of experimental-music gigs—the most recent was November 2012, to be exact. More than one of Gossip Wolf's pals called Thurston Moore's set a total classic! Anyway, a bevy of noise merchants from Chicago and beyond will invade the Burlington from Thu 7/31 through Sun 8/3, including Hair Police, Telecult Powers, Locrian's Andre Foisy, Insect Ark, and Alex Barnett. Neon Marshmallow's website has the complete lineup and a link to buy $30 four-night passes.

Gossip Wolf has noticed that bop king Lil Kemo recently became King Kemo, in what appears to have been a peaceful transfer of power. Now that's what we call royalty!

Last month self-described "new wavey" rapper Kit released a nine-song EP, Lownt God Rising, that's entirely produced by Supreme Cuts. And he's already working on new material—this wolf ran into him while he was taking a break from a studio session at Foodsmart in Logan Square. Here's hoping the tracks he's working on now are just as killer as the new EP's chilly "Rise."

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