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Let's TOS These Motherfuckers 

Lair of the Minotaur gets censored on YouTube and MySpace, outrageous Cobain-biopic casting rumors, and more

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Last week UK tabloid The Sun reported rumors that Twilight star Robert Pattinson was the front-runner to play Kurt Cobain in the forthcoming biopic, but the report was debunked a few days later by Spin, which reported that the title role has not yet been cast. Gossip Wolf did manage to confirm that the role of Nevermind producer Butch Vig has gone to eight-time Grammy Award™ winner Anita Baker.

When the folks at Death Or Glory Records realized they didn't actually have a men's room in which to host a Record Store Day Liz Phair panty viewing, they booked a show instead. Chicago garage-pop bands Tyler Jon Tyler and Maximum Wage will play free sets at the store (2557½ W. Chicago) on April 17 starting at 7 PM. (For a full rundown see our Record Store Day roundup.

Bill Callahan's sold-out weekend stopover at the Hideout raised more than $5,000 for the Chicago Children's Advocacy Center.

Flea was spotted eating solo at Chicago Diner while in town for last weekend's Atoms for Peace shows at the Aragon. . . . Malcolm Young from AC/DC was spotted shopping at the Apple Store downtown on Monday. . . . Liam Hayes was spotted Sunday night at the Lincoln Park Whole Foods; Gossip Wolf's tipster recognized him "after the usual 'Is that Bob Dylan?' moment."

Frank and John Navin of the Aluminum Group, the local pop outfit named after an Eames-designed line of furniture, recently redecorated Schwa in six days on "no budget." Local music publicist Kathryn Frazier, who's handling press for chef Michael Carlson, hooked them up after John's apartment appeared on HGTV's Small Space, Big Style. The brothers are "working on a new Aluminum Group record probably titled 'The Aluminum Group Presents Frankie & Johnny.'"

Someone doesn't want you to hear new music from Chicago power-thrash/helicopter-grind trio Lair of The Minotaur, but it sure isn't the band. This week the trio released their fourth LP, Evil Power, but their gory video for the title track was removed from YouTube the same day it was posted, and the song "Let's Kill These Motherfuckers" disappeared from their MySpace page. Evil Power is the initial release from The Grind-House Records, founded by Lair members Steven Rathbone and Chris Wozniak with Josh Diebel of the defunct Detroit metal/experimental noise label Alley Sweeper Records. The Grind-House already has a distribution deal with Lair's previous label, Southern Lord. The band begins a two-week tour in Indianapolis on April 16.

Just in time for Jewelry Store Day: Local MC Juice is back this week with a new mixtape, I Am the Gift. If Juice ever wants to move beyond his main credential as "the dude that beat Eminem in a freestyle battle at Scribble Jam in like, 1871," he should consider retailing it in places other than the Wicker Park jewelry store Silver Room. In other Juice news, a 90-second video for the track "We On" (featuring C. Rich) leaves you hanging midverse, after he disses Lil Wayne and easy target Jay-Z. Gossip Wolf concurs—the only Carter we respect these days is Dixie (RIP).

It was announced last week that Wilco will be curating the three-day "music, art, comedy, and interactivity" Solid Sound Festival at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in August. The comedy portion of the festival will be Wilco's impression of an interesting band.   

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