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Chicago label Deep Space Objects compiles a constellation of diverse electronic tracks

Plus: Argot releases the serenely funky 90s house of Shifty Science, Lord Mantis drummer Bill Bumgardner dies at 35, and more.

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This year Anuj Girdhar, aka Chicago producer Del Dot, founded electronic label Deep Space Objects. On Saturday, October 15, the label releases its third cassette, Beta Orionis, the second in an ongoing compilation series inspired by constellations. The 15 tracks on Beta Orionis include music from Del Dot, Japanese footwork whiz Foodman, and 90s Chicago ghetto-house producer Jana Rush. At 3 PM on Saturday, Deep Space Objects hosts a release party at Saki with OB, Jon Monteverde, Jeremiah Fisher, Del Dot, and Lily (formerly Ultrademon).

In 2010 DJ and Argot label head Steve Mizek got a CD-R of 90s house tracks from little-known Chicago producer John Kardaras, who'd made them in a duo with Chris Ike called Shifty Science. Mizek recently revisited that interstellar, serenely funky music, and on Saturday, October 15, Argot drops two Shifty Science releases: the 14-track digital comp Lab Work 91-96 and the 12-inch Versions for Modern Dancefloors, which collects four remixes by Argot partners Mizek and Savile.

Since launching seven years ago, local rock 'n' roll clothier Straight to Hell has diversified from motorcycle jackets into denim, T-shirts, and varsity and souvenir jackets. On Thursday, October 13, Straight to Hell throws a free birthday bash at East Room with Baltimore mutants Ravagers, New York garage band Dirty Fences, locals Mama, and a White Mystery DJ set.

Whether you knew Lord Mantis drummer Bill Bumgardner from his bands—which also included Indian and Burning Churches—or from his jobs at the Flat Iron, the Empty Bottle, and elsewhere, you probably liked him. He was so sweet and generous that pretty much everybody who met him did! For that reason and many more, Gossip Wolf is gutted by Bumgardner's death at age 35—bandmate Will Lindsay confirms that he passed on Sunday, October 9, and bandmate Ken Sorceron says it was suicide. A memorial and visitation will be held on Thursday, October 13, at the Ferrari Funeral Chapel in Coal City, southwest of Chicago. Visitation begins at 5 PM, and the service is at 7 PM. Rest in peace, friend.   v

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