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If Thanksgiving Is a Drag . . .

Head on down to the Big Tranny Hootenanny. Plus: the return of Telefon Tel Aviv, ax theft at the airport, new offerings at the Chicago School of Guitar Making, and more

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The newest installment of the DJ-Kicks dance mix series, by Berlin producer Sascha Ring (aka Apparat), features the first new music from Telefon Tel Aviv since the passing of cofounder Charlie Cooper in early 2009. The track, "Lengthening Shadows," is also featured on Sayulita, an EP Apparat released in conjunction with the mix on !K7 Records.

Since starting Specimen Products almost 25 years ago, luthier (and former guitarist for local acts Shrimp Boat and Falstaff) Ian Schneller has made a host of delicious-looking (and -sounding!) custom axes and amplifiers. Dude has pieced up Buddy Guy, Alan Sparhawk, Jeff Tweedy, and Andrew Bird, among others. In 2005 Schneller opened the Chicago School of Guitar Making, teaching his trade to interested students from across the musical-nerd landscape. Seminars last anywhere from two days to four weeks and fill up quickly. Slots are available for the Tube Amplifier Building class running December 3-5, and a host of classes—including a new acoustic guitar-building workshop—begin in January 2011. Details on pricing and enrollment at specimenproducts.com.

Arriving at O'Hare this past Sunday to do an evening with Wait Wait . . . Don't Tell Me!'s Peter Sagal, semipopular musical comedy duo Paul and Storm had a Martin DC Aura guitar ("and strap with irreplaceable buttons") stolen from the baggage claim. According to their Twitter feed, the loss will be covered by the airline, so if you know anything—don't sweat it.

Chicago metallers Novembers Doom are currently tracking their eighth album, Aphotic, at Belle City Sound in Racine for a release on The End Records for early 2011. They've been posting in-studio video on their YouTube channel, including footage of guest keyboardist Ben Johnson, from local prog-metal act Divinity Compromised, and metal-loving violinist Rachel Barton Pine, from classical music.

Thomas Comerford, of Thomas-Comerford-front-man-of-Kaspar-Hauser fame, is debuting songs from his forthcoming solo album this week. Comerford tells Gossip Wolf that it's "pretty mellow," and that he's been working on it sporadically but expects to wrap it up sometime this winter. He's posted two rough mixes on the Kaspar Hauser MySpace page, and is scheduled to mix with Jeremy Lemos and Chris Connelly before a planned December release. He plays Quenchers on November 20, backed by the quartet he's been recording with, and then performs a solo set November 26 as part of a benefit Jon Langford has organized for Pakistan flood relief at the Viaduct.

Hometown house-music legends Cajmere and Gene Farris dropped a new joint effort, the Chicago EP, on Cajual Records last week. The two-song release is digital only and exclusive to Beatport.com. They'll both also appear November 24 at Green Dolphin Street as part of Home Cookin '10, featuring seven hours of jams and 15 different acts, including Pump Boy Lee and a DJ set from dance-music outfit Hercules & Love Affair.

The Big Tranny Hootenanny couldn't be happening at a better time. For this holiday-tepid wolf, being home with the family once Thanksgiving dinner is done has our shit feeling house-arrested like Aung San Suu Kyi. Instead, we're gonna jailbreak Phil Lynott-style and hit up a veritable queerpocalypse! Join us at the Hideout on Saturday, November 27, for performances from the Homoticons, LaWhore Vagistan, regular Chances Dances DJ John Twatters, and your old friend "more." It's $12 and proceeds help pay for ovarian surgery for local activist Owen DMC; bring extra bucks for raffle tickets . . . unless you have no interest in sex toys.   

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