Coordinated Chaos – Pisswater Preachers Unholy the Holy Water

Pisswater Preachers - Homebaked Methblack Magick (Octomatic Metamorph Recordings/Crass Lips Records) I don’t know what’s going on here, and I couldn’t be happier. With a lineup that includes Steve Kemple on “silence, laughter" and features Jonathan Hancock’s frenetic horn blasts (I met Hancock when playing the now-sadly defunct Rake…

Get the f**k out of here! (aka the Fuck Lungs album review)

Fuck Lungs - Honeysuckle (Already Dead Tapes & Records) Fuck Lungs' first tape came out in 2016, but both its members have kept quite busy before and since. Drummer Joe Hess continues to play in Complainer - who released one of my favorite tapes last year - as well as in numerous improvised ensembles, and Curt Oren has toured relentlessly and …

I HEARD YOU MISSED US, WE’RE BACK!

  Ruix comes and goes, but here we are, so let’s go. We’ll be posting a mix of new and archival content in the coming weeks. I know it’s March, and most of us are doing our best to distance ourselves from 2017, but I’m going to revisit some of the albums that offered comfort over a tempestuous year. Having checked out a lot of ye…

Mentoring Youth: Live Performance and Songwriting

In late 2015, members of the Dubuque Area Arts Collective developed a new program building on the organization’s mission statement to mentor and empower young artists. Project 1 was devised to encourage young musicians to work together toward learning the fundamentals of live performance and songwriting. This goal was to be achieved with assistan…