Bobby Conn's ambitious and fruitful weekly March residency at the Hideout—which featured percussionist Michael Zerang and folks from KK Rampage, Mucca Pazza, Joan of Arc, and Cave, among others—went so well that he's decided to try to replicate the shows in sessions at his home studio! The Chicago avant-pop chameleon tells Gossip Wolf that he hopes to have a few albums' worth of "immediate and close to the edge" recordings—including Bobby originals, covers of Tuxedomoon, Roxy Music, and Os Mutantes, and tunes swiped from 60s naked-hippie musical Hair—available via Bandcamp as early as late May.
Chicago weirdo-Americana duo Eitarnora have packaged some of their past CD-Rs of droning, pastoral folk in beautiful hand-burned wooden boxes or with necklaces made of bits of deer antler. The special edition of their new LP, Tall Grasses and Black Ash, includes the album, a three-inch CD and DVD of a show in Madison, Wisconsin, and a glass vial full of dried grass and black ash—the band should have copies available for sale when they play a release show at Record Breakers, the store above Reggie's, on Sat 4/13 with Planning for Burial.
Gossip Wolf got wind of 18-year-old south-side rapper Jody Duff last week, when he released a video for his single "Unbelievable." This young and hungry MC compared himself to Rick Ross on "Duff," the lead track from his debut mixtape, 2011's What the Duff, and though he isn't at Ross's level just yet, his producer on "Unbelievable" is the Gift, a regular collaborator of Rockie Fresh, who in turn is signed to Ross's Maybach Music Group imprint. The Gift gives Duff a bit of a maximalist MMG shine on "Unbelievable"—as does the song's video, which shows the rapper and his crew chowing down on a feast fit for a king.
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