The Album Bums
The Album Bums is a band that likes to change it's name often. Most of their music is improvisational. The band consistes of Peter Barrickman (drums), Andy Kaiser (bass), Didier Leplae (guitar) and Xav Leplae (vocals & youtube samples). Al Bum is their first album. The band also does a monthly live radio show on Riverwest Radio under the name "The Barbouille Hymn". The band has also gone by these names: The Thousand Year Old Eggs, Pissed Pissed Offerson, Mushroom with a View.
Experimental visceral dance band Bamm Bamm is known for making a lot of sound for a duo. Didier Leplae (quarter-tone guitar) and Makoe Seawright (drums and vocals) started playing in the mid-'90s in the basement at the Blues Oasis, a music and art club run by Seawright. Their collaboration lasted for almost ten years.
Farms In Trouble
A prolific and wildly eclectic recording project concieved by Zack Pieper & Riles Walsh, Farms In Trouble was largely active from 2007-2011, during which it produced "The Gas Station Soundtrack ('08)," "Warp & Woof ('10)" "Makeable ('09-'11)", the split EP tape "Guzzler", as well as numerous songs and sound collages that remain unreleased.
Farms In Troubles' output
includes & features other invaluable
"Activities Center" performers & collaborators including Anton Sieger, Brock Gourlie, Aaron Skufca, Ryan Miracle, & Aytan Luck.
The Trusty Knife
Ross Bachhuber (a frequent co-song writer), Annie Killelea (Competitorr, & other projects), Didier Leplae,
saxophonist Tony Scholl, & trumpet player Aytan Luck.
For over a decade, The Trusty Knife have remained an acclaimed
live act, but their scrappy & stylistically
varied recorded output remains widely undiscovered.
Peeper & Le Play
A project begun in tentatively 2014, & recorded deep in the bowels of recording artist & musician Didier Leplae's Mathwiz studios, beneath Milwaukee's pre-eminent community-powered radio station, Peeper & LePlay have emerged as a full-fledged recording & performing force, with the help of The LePlayers, these Recording-Age Troubadours sup from a strange elixer indeed, one concocted of the many conceits encrusted along the chalice of pop music glossolalia.
Based originally in Neenah, WI, DROOPE recorded over sixty songs; all of them unreleased—until now!
With a few notable exceptions, DROOPE was a recording project by Andy Positive and Didier Leplae (LaFlamme) from 1982-2003. The sudden disappearance of DROOPE in early 2004, though tragic, was not unexpected as the band lived recklessly. One spring morning, cruising on his beloved vintage '53 Cushman Eagle Scooter down a remote country road in northern Wisconsin, Andy, while dodging a mass of migrating frogs, swerved into a Jack pine. Though he never fully recovered from the accident, Andy continues to make music in the Milwaukee area with LaFlamme, and over the last several years the duo has combined with Frau Auschtelung to form Andy Positive and His Blue Riders. The latter band, which originally included The Beard on bass, has been rumored to appear as a live act, mainly at the Circle A Tavern in Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood.
Cookie * LePlay
The Paragraphs. Where to start? Well. I guess the important thing to know is that we were a live performance text-based musical act with all sorts of theatrical bits and stunts. Renato Umali—along with singing and hammering out the keys—wrote the music, and Didier of course augmented, both with his bass guitar and his contribution to the arrangements. Eilis O’Herlihy sang for a bit. Dinkledorf worked out the lyrics and a lot of the stagecraft. It was a lot of work and I think we all bonded through the experience of trying to put on a layered show while surviving chlorine poisoning in Eau Claire, WI. Good times. We dearly thank the many Milwaukeeans who contributed to our stage shows. My personal favorite was the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer event where we projected the animation, the classic 1964 short with Burl Ives, and we played behind a curtain; we performed the music live and in synch with the movie. (I cut out the audio from the movie and we timed it all perfectly!) Jennifer Geigel-Mikulay sang a bunch of those songs, on time, in key, magnificently! Good memory. And of course opening for Amy Goodman’s book tour, that’s high on the shelf too.
Demono is a pair of living corpses who channel the sounds of the dead and should-be-gone through riffing squeals and howling drudge. What invention smells like after its been buried in the backyard for 40 years. Seven drips of Bonham’s puke dribbled into a snoozing Morrison’s bathwater, shot up and down through the stitched-together veins of Janis & Jimi. What the jazz greats scrape out from under their dirty fingernails. If you’ve never heard it all before, you’ve never been born. We’re here to help.
Hi, I'm John, from From From. The What If? series was created as a vehicle for improvisation. The members of From From had never played a note of music together and met only once to discuss musical sensibilities and to identify potential boundaries. The Best Place Tavern at the old Pabst Brewery was gracious enough to host us, despite me being quite honest about never having played together before. I promised some crowd and some music and all was delivered. Thanks to Demono and Nanna for contributing to the bill that evening.
"From From: What If? Issue #1" was birthed by John Kulsick (bass), Renato Umali (keyboards), Seth Warren-Crow (drums), and Steve Wetzel (vocals). "From From: What If? Issue #2" is still pregnant and open for any combos willing to play by the rules: no having played before, no practice, and only one conversation (no time limit) on what music you want to make.
Thank you, From From, and thank you Milwaukee.
Fruits In The Nude
Since 2008, the band has come to include recording collaborator & additional band member Anton Sieger, and since the release of 2015's "Welcome To The Henry Herschel Commercial" has filled out it's riveting live set with Jen Schattschneider (Group of Altos) on baritone sax.
From an early Activites compilations' liner notes: "In '06 hastily constructed CDRs filled with scribbles of portly bakers, smiling dogs, and horned apes began to surface at Milwaukee shows. The mysterious duo known as Scrimshaw have since released an unending flow of eclectic recordings & collections, each evoking at times some demented sonic romper room where Alvin & The Chipmunks' drunken manager reclines with a ukulele & digs Renaldo & The Loaf & Tiny Tim, and other purveyors of novelty--while at other times channeling some hushed nether-region of warped americana."
A recording project containing regular "Activities Center" players
Emily Morrow, Anton Sieger, Riles Walsh, Ryan Miracle, & Aaron Skufca,
Trashcrack's sole release was a split tape with Farms In Trouble in 2009.