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11.11.2014 | 75 days ago | Posted at 01:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
Percussionist/composer Jon Mueller has had a banner year, releasing two absolutely visionary records with his project Death Blues as well as an ambient collaborative LP with minimalist musician Duane Pitre, all between long stretches on the road with his band Volcano Choir. Mueller will put yet more original music on display this Thursday, Nov. 13 at the Turner Hall Ballroom in conjunction with th...
09.16.2014 | 131 days ago | Posted at 03:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
Among the most remarkable qualities of the new Death Blues record Ensemble—and there are a lot of them—is that it's a uniquely visual album. That's reflected, of course, in its packaging, which pairs the LP with a hefty, photo-laden hardcover book, but also in the music itself, thanks to the cinematic accompaniments of William Ryan Fritch, a film composer by trade. It's hard to listen to these...
09.04.2014 | | Posted at 03:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
Earlier this summer Death Blues, the shape-shifting project from Milwaukee percussionist/composer Jon Mueller, released Non-Fiction, an audaciously loud, intriguingly dense manifesto of an album that, months after its release, continues to reveal new layers. With that record still fresh in our minds, next week Death blues will release another album, Ensemble, that plays like a culmination of almos...
06.02.2014 | | Posted at 02:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
Drummer Jon Mueller has spent a good chunk of the last couple of years recording, promoting and touring behind the latest Volcano Choir album, Repave, but that hasn't kept him from his many other projects. This month he'll release his latest record with Death Blues, Non Fiction, an album divided into two epic suites the length of an LP side, and today Tinymixtapes premiered the first taste of that...
11.15.2012 | | Posted at 06:30 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
Jon Mueller understands that silence can be unnerving. That simple understanding has carried through all of the drummer’s work, from his output with Collections of Colonies of Bees to his myriad collaborations with various experimental composers and even through his loud, early albums with the Pele, the most conventionally rock-minded project he’s ever worked with, and it has especially inform...