Posts Tagged ‘Jon Mueller’

list: 2010 Year in Music, 01-10

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

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live: Hopscotch Music Festival 2010

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

At the center of my recent Aquarelle tour with All Tiny Creatures was an inaugural festival in Raleigh, North Carolina: Hopscotch 2010.  So many great bands, artists, and friends: it was impossible to take it all in.  Below are photographs of the acts I did manage to see and nearly all of them blew me away.  Thanks to Grayson Currin and all at Hopscotch.

One of two Collections of Colonies of Bees shows I saw. Beautiful and invigorating.

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of note: Jon Mueller leaves Collections of Colonies of Bees

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Despite first hearing this disheartening several weeks ago, reading Jon Mueller’s official post on his website about his departure from Collections of Colonies of Bees still leaves me in a state of dismay.  His work with the band spans 12 years during which the outfit shifted personnel, styles, approaches, and labels several times over.  Creative peaks include:

  • The criminally underrated album ‘Customer’ which folded electronic elements into an array of acoustic strums and unorthodox percussion to form something that’s truly original and experimental while being entirely approachable.
  • ‘Six Guitars,’ a one-sided 12″ that features just what the title states.  Guitars are bowed, plucked, and hammered into minimalist patterns that recall the best of the genre (Reich, Part, Palestine, et cetera).
  • The iconic Table of the Elements label released only a single Bees album, but it was a memorable one as the band, originally a duo, expanded to six members.  ‘Birds’ is comprehensive in documenting this change as the album is fully arranged, extremely articulate, and extensively composed in its translation of Arnold Dreyblatt and post-rock motifs.

One more album will surely be added to this list before Mueller moves on and the Bees replace him when Hometapes release ‘Giving’ in October.  Still, the world will not be without his vision: an incredible solo record entitled ‘The Whole’ is due out this fall to coincide with a short tour through the US in early September.