Scotland Yard Gospel Choir-er and noted local tortoise owner Mary Ralph was sitting down for an Abe Lincoln tattoo at the Hard Rock Hotel's Lollapalooza hospitality lounge when Kesha was ushered in ahead of her (though Ralph reports that the singer ultimately chickened out). Ralph adds: "They locked down the place, perhaps so we wouldn't notice she was dressed in scraps barely covering her private regions." SCANDY!
Male celebutante Har Mar Superstar (aka Sean Tillmann) has been back in the midwest, appearing at parties at Debonair Social Club throughout Lolla weekend and making an extended visit to his old home base of Minneapolis to work on projects new and old. He tells Gossip Wolf he's joined supergroup Gayngs as a keyboardist for their European tour; his recorded debut with the band will be a forthcoming single that also features Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. Tillmann's also been practicing with his post-high school band, Calvin Krime, for their upcoming appearance alongside the Melvins at the Amphetamine Reptile 25th-anniversary blowout August 28 and has a new project called George with Krime guitarist/popular Minneapolis hairdresser Jon Kelson. After all that, Tillmann will return to Los Angeles and continue work on Stitch 'n' Bitch, the HBO series he's writing—and will star in—with Ellen Page and Alia Shawkat.
Chicago DJ and electronica artist Beau Wanzer appears on the first new UK eight-track release in more than 20 years. The compilation, 8 Track Remind, is being issued in a very limited edition of 23 copies later this month by Digital Vomit Records. It also features tracks from Chicago performance artist Sarah Weis and total weirdos PFFR, who include two creators of the short-lived MTV2 series Wonder Showzen. To order a copy of the eight-track, go to DigitalVomit.com. To order a functional eight-track player, go back to 1978.
Local experimental drone duo White/Light (one half of which, in the interest of full disclosure, is the fiance of one half of Gossip Wolf), building on their run of shows as part of a "12x12" installation at the MCA in March, will curate a seven-month performance series for the museum starting in October entitled "Face the Strange." The band insists that's a Bowie reference, not a joke about NSA Craigslist hookups.
Severely slo-core buzz trio Salem released a new mix tape on the Internet this week. Gossip Wolf wishes we could tell you what exactly was on the tape apart from a brutally chopped and screwed cover of "Femme Fatale," but the crew, based partly in Chicago, released it with nary a track listing to be found. We can report, however, that the Walgreens near Damen and Cermak in Pilsen had sold out of cough syrup within minutes of the tape's release.
The underground Logan Square performance space known as the Mopery is celebrating its last show on August 28 with performances by Running, Loose Dudes, and Paper Mice. Bummer! They've had some real good ones! Last May Gossip Wolf saw the naked drummer of one local band—an opener for Screaming Females—take a shameless whiz on the floor right in front of the merch table in full view of all present. Midstream some poor dude dutifully started mopping it up. Now that's DIY.