Night Gallery, a side project of Aaron David Ross of Gatekeeper and Adam Griffin of Golden Birthday, is releasing a four-song album-teaser cassette on Rainbow Body records this week. Each side features two songs from their forthcoming album, Constant Struggle, due in July. Limited to 100 copies, it's available through rainbowbodyrecords.com or at Reckless, Permanent Records, Golden Age, and No Coast.
Circus-y Pilsen electro act Pure Magical Love, the solo jawn of Heather Lynn (formerly of the Capricorns), is finishing up work on a debut LP, Shapeshifter. Lynn told Gossip Wolf that while it's mostly a homemade, self-produced effort, she's gotten assistance from Josh Fox of Clique Talk and ex-Cough Jon Ziemba. The next Pure Magical Love show, which Lynn admits will be heavy on the theatrics ("my show usually involves anywhere from 3-15 people dancing with me, and I am the sole costume and mask designer"), will be the June 25 installment of the roving series Garbage World—check PML's MySpace for details.
Tireless hip-hop hustler Sharkula tells Gossip Wolf he's branching out to offer "spiritual advice" in addition to impromptu live performances and break-dance lessons. So if you really want to know where he got those cheeseburger earmuffs we saw him rocking in Ukranian Village a few months back, dial the SharkLine, anytime: 773-508-6654.
Three years after their debut, The 1900s have wrapped their new record and shipped it off to be mastered, according to the band's main tambourine banger, Jeanine O'Toole. The working title is Return of the Century; it's slated for a fall release on Parasol.
Local hip-hop producer Maker has just dropped a beat tape of sorts, Maker vs. Now-Again, culled exclusively from releases on Stones Throw reissues offshoot Now Again, to promote the label's catalog. Limited to 1,000 copies, it's available exclusively through stonesthrow.com.
Bros Icing Bros fever has hit the offices of local booking megalith the Windish Agency. According to photographic evidence on yougoticed.tumblr.com—which chronicles the Icing exploits of various indie rock industry folks and bands—agents Tom Windish, Sam Hunt, and Cartel Adams have Iced and been Iced as recently as this past week.
Singer-songwriter David Singer, VP of the Intonation Music Workshop and composer for August: Osage County, has finished a new full-length, Arrows. Recorded at Engine Studios with Neil Strauch (Bonnie Prince Billy, Margot & the Nuclear So & So's), the record will be available as an LP or download via iTunes, emusic, and Amazon on July 20.
Mittens on Strings' EP release show June 14 at Subterranean will be one of the band's last, as their bassist, Jonny "Two Eyes" Schenke, is moving to New York City to work on the IFC show Food Party. The EP, tentatively entitled "To Joong Boo, Thanks for the Grass, Mittens on Strings," is limited to 100 lovingly handcrafted (airbrushed!) real-world copies, but MP3s will be available via the band's online label, Soungs (soungs.org); pay what you will.
On Netherfriends's blog and in Facebook status updates, Shawn Rosenblatt is bitterly chronicling his mostly solo "50 Songs 50 States" tour, portraying it as a swift journey into ever-deeper obscurity. "Imagine working at your job for two days and getting no pay. Touring can be a real bummer sometimes. Portland, Maine tonight," reads one recent update, which was preceded by "Day off in NYC . . . not by choice." A May 23 post at netherfriends.blogspot.com, which features a portrait of the artist looking miserable next to a sleeping cat, reads: "NYC. Why do you hate me? Seriously!? WHY!?" Netherfriends returns home in time to play Pitchfork July 17.