In 2009, eleven years after the dissolution of Harry Pussy, Orcutt returned to music with a self-released acoustic album, A New Way To Pay Old Debts. Since then, he's released a slew of 7" singles, a one-sided LP titled Way Down South, and another full-length LP How the Thing Sings. He surprisingly maintains a bit of sonic continuity between Harry Pussy and this new solo material. He still plays with four strings on an acoustic guitar — to be specific, a busted Kay he's owned since college that won't stay in tune. According to a review by NPR of 2011's How the Thing Sings: "No one is playing acoustic guitar like Bill Orcutt right now. No one." It's true. Having already destroyed music as we know it (cf. Harry Pussy's What Was Music?), Orcutt has emerged from the rubble to begin reconstructing it, piece by piece, the only way he knows how.
On Wednesday night, fans of John Fahey and noise rock should head over to Prairie Fire (a coffeehouse in Union South), to enjoy a free acoustic performance by Orcutt. To get a taste of his unique sound, check out his rendition of the Star Spangled Banner:
Also performing is Jon Mueller, a blistering avant-garde percussionist from Milwaukee. He just digitally released a new album Death Blues — which features him on drums, hammered acoustic guitar, and vocals — and it's actually incredible.
November 28th. Union South. 1308 W. Dayton Street. 9:30pm. Free. All ages.
Plenty of recordings and videos from Orcutt and Mueller after the jump.