This weekend Logan Hardware hosts a release party for last month's Tompkins Square reissue of Opus III, a 1972 private-press LP of solo acoustic guitar by Chicagoan John Hulburt. Hulburt had played second lead with garage rockers the Knaves, who scored a local hit with their only single, 1966's jangly "Leave Me Alone," but Opus III has more in common with John Fahey. Guitar wunderkind Ryley Walker found an original copy of the LP at Val's Halla Records in Oak Park, then produced the reissue. Hulburt died in 2012, but his family, friends, and fellow Knaves will attend the release party, which starts at noon on Saturday, September 12. Walker's duo partner Bill MacKay will play Hulburt's tunes.
For a year or so, former Mahjongg members Hunter Husar and Josh Johannpeter have been playing and recording as Hujo. Husar calls the project "Chicago's hardest-edged, most globally influenced electronic music duo." They recently returned from a tour of eastern European raves on abandoned Soviet military bases; on Friday, September 11, they bring "a mosaic of organic and digital tactics" (code for "live drumming, not just programming") to a local DIY venue, with support from Windbreaker. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
After 12 years out of town, including a brief stint at Bay Area punk bible Maximum Rocknroll, Autonomy guitarist Ray Martinez (aka Ray Suburbia) is back—with a new DIY print zine called No Friends! Last week he dropped the 96-page debut issue at local shops; it includes interviews with Los Crudos singer Martin Sorrondeguy and The Best Show's Tom Scharpling, plus a split flexi with Lumpy & the Dumpers and Ausmuteants. You can download a free preview PDF at nofriendszine.com. v
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