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11.21.2014 | 27 hours ago | Posted at 01:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
Few local bands have loomed larger of the Milwaukee music scene in recent years than Pele—which is impressive, given that the groundbreaking post-rock group hasn't played together in 10 years. Despite dissolving in 2004, Pele served as the big bang of sorts for Milwaukee's thriving post-rock scene, and in the years since the group signed off, its members have continued putting out important work...
11.11.2014 | 11 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 | 67 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 | 79 days ago | 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...
08.07.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
In a review that reads largely like a preview for the upcoming Volcano Choir album, Pitchfork's Grayson Currin gave a strong 8.0 to Milwaukee drummer Jon Mueller's Physical Changes, writing that its a rare experimental album with potential mass appeal. "It feels condescending to suggest that Physical Changes won't readily appeal to fans of Bon Iver or Volcano Choir," Currin writes. "Stra...
11.17.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
An international staple of the experimental music scene, and one of the foundation's of Milwaukee's music smaller experimental music scene, Jon Mueller's Crouton Music record label will be closing, Mueller announced in a Crouton mailing list e-mail last night. The percussionist followed up with the Shepherd, explaining he want more time to focus on music (for those keeping score, he does double du...

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