Downstate emo men Braid are getting a deluxe reissue this week, courtesy of their longtime label Polyvinyl. Frankie Welfare Boy Age Five and The Age of Octeen, both out of print for the last decade, are coming out on 180-gram white and blue vinyl in a limited edition of 700; both were remastered by John Golden. Movie Music Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, which compile their singles and compilation tracks respectively, are also being rereleased on limited-edition vinyl; Vol. 2 includes five previously unreleased tracks. Front man Bob Nanna tells Gossip Wolf that the band discussed the possibility of reuniting for some summer festivals or the Warped tour (Braid drummer Damon Atkinson is Warped's director of operations), but nothing quite came together. Nanna and guitarist Chris Broach now DJ Wednesdays at Bar DeVille, which is "the closest we'll get to a reunion . . . at least this year :)," Nanna e-mailed.
A Gossip Wolf tipster claims to have spotted self-described "God's consolation prize" Richard Hell having a drink at the Old Oak Tap last Friday. . . . Sources report that Easy Action/Laughing Hyenas front man John Brannon is "obsessed" with the MTV reality series Jersey Shore. . . . Recent XXL cover star Freddie Gibbs was in town last week shooting a video for his next release, Str8 Killa No Filla, and "mostly kept his shirt on."
Reunion Season: Arab on Radar has reunited, and Indianapolis, Montreal, and Toronto dates are already confirmed.
Breaking news: Mayor Daley has called it quits. The Pilsen sludge trio, that is.
Lawyers for Jonah Matranga (Far, Onelinedrawing) issued a cease and desist letter to Jennifer Lopez earlier this month, charging that the new logo conceived for her Love? album, which appeared on her drummer's kick during her February Saturday Night Live appearance, looks like a rip of the symbol Matranga has been using for a decade in his solo work.
Local duo My Gold Mask, who've been picked up by Neko Case's manager, Amy Lombardi, were in NY this week to hobnob with potential agents and labels as well as fashion designer Philip Lim, who used two of their tracks to open and close his fall shows. They're planning scattered midwestern dates—including an opening slot for the New Pornographers in Minneapolis—and headline the Hideout June 26.
Fallout from the eruption of Eyjafjallajokull had touring bands around the world in a holding pattern over the weekend. Local metal band Yakuza was forced to cancel an appearance at the Dutch Roadburn Festival, as were Gates of Slumber, Jesu, Shrinebuilder, and many other acts. Yakuza are releasing a new album, Of Seismic Consequence, on Profound Lore on June 8th. Lead singer/sax man Bruce Lamont told Gossip Wolf "it's become a very ironic album title since there have been something like 45 massive earthquakes since we recorded the album in November." Since discovering its uncanny effect on world events, the band has decided to release a stopgap EP, The Pope Has Finally Stopped Being a Pedophile-Enabling Douchebag.