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Gossip Wolf: The Punks Are in Bloom

For White Mystery, springtime is new album time. Plus: Tim Kinsella’s Pitchfork problem, Rollin Hunt’s outre leanings, and more.

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Shakespeare once referred to April as "proud-pied." This Wolf doesn't know what that fucking means, but it seems like spring is the time for new vinyl pies from White Mystery, the local sibling garage-rock duo of Alex and Francis White. After all, it was last March that their self-titled, self-released debut LP sprang into the world like flowers from the ground or some other Shakespearean shit. Well, it's happening again! Following a spate of tour dates in the south and midwest this spring, the flame-haired group will drop their second album, Blood & Venom, on April 20. You can grab a slice the same day at Logan Square venue Pancho's, which is hosting the band's record-release show.

Hip-hop producer Void Pedal (ne Chad Schneider) is dropping his debut instrumental album, Omni Colour, on Tuesday. Jazz Record Mart employee David Humphries is releasing it on his fledgling label, Fieldwerk, and it'll be available as an LP/CD/DL. (What, no CS?) The album is all manner of party jams and heavy on the sampling. By the time you read this, Mr. Pedal will be gone—he's on the road opening for indie-rap sensations Busdriver and Dark Time Sunshine. The tour hits the Abbey Pub on March 14, sans Busdriver, and in the meantime you can download Void Pedal's latest single, "Looking Glass," for free at bit.ly/void-pedal-single.

If you saw Miles Raymer's Critic's Choice two weeks ago, you already know there's a new Joan of Arc record—tracked in 2005, Oh Brother features mastermind Tim Kinsella working with the long-dormant Friend/Enemy (which includes Hella drummer Zach Hill), Robert A. Lowe (aka Lichens), jazz drummer Frank Rosaly, and others. But after sniffing around the yurt in the garden behind the Wicker Park Senior Apartments, where Kinsella is rumored to live, this Wolf can report an extra wrinkle: Oh Brother probably won't be getting a Pitchfork review. Last week, Pitchfork founder and former Chicagoan Ryan Schreiber told WFMU's Seven Second Delay that five or six years ago Kinsella got upset about the site's reviews of his records and threatened to punch him. Kinsella tells us that he did threaten to fight the entire Pitchfork staff during an interview with Chicago Public Radio, but the only time he remembers meeting Schreiber was when they both were drunk backstage at a Man Man show. "I thought that we hit it off well and were both laughing and having a fine time," he says. "Then the next morning our publicist and label both called in a panic by the time I woke up saying, 'What've you done? You got yourself blacklisted from Pitchfork!' So I don't actually know what happened."

Numero Group didn't win a Grammy, but Eminem did. This Wolf thinks it's a sign that America is effed!

We just got our wooly mitts on the new "Criminal" b/w "Castle of Nothing" seven-inch by Chicago weirdo-pop maven Rollin Hunt, which local label Moniker Records will release March 29. His bewitching sense of melody and severely outre arrangements remind us of Phil Spector and/or Jandek, albeit really leaned-out on dextromethorphan. We find it righteously woozy. Blog doofs will probably refer to Mr. Hunt as chillwave, but this Wolf prefers "leanwave." Having already dropped a couple CD-Rs, Hunt is readying his first proper full-length, The Phony, which comes out July 12.

Remember Scalding Lucy, the local electro-glam duo that specializes in creepy mashup cover songs? This Wolf didn't either! Last year, Gossip Wolf chided them for their grind of Berlin and the Police, "Every Breath You Take (Take My Breath Away)," which gave us a flashback boner for Kelly McGillis in Top Gun. Anyway, Scalding Lucy's B.J. Cox (not a porn name) dropped his debut solo EP, Tongue in Cheek, on Valentine's Day. Pink Floyd engineer Andrew Jackson mastered Tongue, which includes a pleasingly warped cover of Divinyls' "I Touch Myself." It'd make a great belated VD present!

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