The PRF faithful are pretty artful, even if their subjects may often turn profane or absurd. At Thundersnow, I drew some pictures with people on one of the back tables. Now I guess I’ve started a tradition of leaving random paper and art supplies where people will be chilling, and letting them contribute whatever crazy stuff they feel like drawing. This BBQ we got plenty of goofy crayon scribbles; but also some remarkably creepy pen work (“Ann Landers”), cartooning telling stories about the weekend, and of course an astronaut riding a penis shooting a rainbow.
Since 1983, Milwaukee’s F/i has been exploring the wide-open spaces of heavy instrumental improvisation. More of a recording project than a live performance group, F/i gigs are few and far between these days. Their latest LP, The Itinerant Lanternist is out now, limited to 300 copies pressed.