Monday Mix: Miller Brothers, Far Leys, The Nuts, Cedar Bend, Djangophonique, Bob Sweet Quartet, Pink Marlena


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The Monday Mix is an occasional roundup of compilations, live recordings, videos, podcasts, and more by Washtenaw County-associated artists, DJs, radio stations, and record labels.

This edition features sights and sounds from the Miller brothers, Far Leys, The Nuts, Cedar Bend, Grant Johnson, Djangophonique, Bob Sweet Quartet, and Pink Marlena.


Roger Miller on the Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico podcast
Benjamin Miller on the Errant Space podcast
Benjamin Miller, Laurence Miller, Roger Miller, M3 album reissue

First, there's a big piece on the Miller brothers in Psychedelic Baby that covers all of their multifaceted musical careers, from their early family history and forming Sproton Layer while students at Ann Arbor High School (now Pioneer), right up to their modern projects.

Roger was on the Blowing Smoke podcast a few months ago to discuss his roots in Ann Arbor and Mission of Burma. Following his early 2024 appearance on the Inner Views podcast, Benjamin spent 40 minutes talking and performing on the Errant Space podcast recently about his multiphonic guitar explorations. 

Finally, M3 brought all the bros together for a 1993 album that was released on New Alliance Records, the punk-oriented label started by D. Boon and Mike Watt of The Minutemen and later sold to SST Records, where it became a sublabel focusing on experimental recordings of all sorts. M3 flits between songs chockful of percussive clanging that recalls Can and Captain Beefheart mixed with instrumental tracks that revel in strange and spooky tones.


Far Leys, "Hypnopompic" video
I wrote about the Far Leys' lovely Dream of a White Bird album back in February, and now the Ann Arbor folk-psych band has released a video for one of the songs, "Hypnopompic," which was filmed at The Arb.


The Nuts, "All I Can" video
I raved about The Nuts' single "All I Can" when it came out in May. Now the Ann Arbor indie-gaze quartet has a video for it, filmed at the New York Pizza Depot on East Williams.


Cedar Bend, "Roots" video
This is another Ann Arbor band whose single I praised many months ago, and now the chamber-rock group has put visuals to this terrific song.


Djangophonique, "Undecided, live at Urban Beat in Lansing
Ann Arbor's Djangophonique routinely uploads performance videos on its YouTube channel, and bandleader Andrew Brown posted this clip to the indispensable Lifting Up A2 Jazz group on Facebook, highlighting the group's rendition of "Undecided," recorded at the Urban Beat in Lansing.


Bob Sweet Quartet, "Funky Emperor," live at Blue LLama Jazz Club in Ann Arbor, September 21, 2023
Lifting Up A2 Jazz also highlighted "Funky Emperor" from a September 2023 performance by the Bob Sweet Quartet at the Blue LLama Jazz Club, featuring locals Andrew Bishop (sax), Kurt Krahnke (bass), Jordan Rattner (guitar), and the leader on drums. Three other songs from the date are on Sweet's YouTube page: "Smart Set," "Four in One," and "Deluge."


Pink Marlena, live on WCBN, June 5, 2024
A few of weeks ago I discovered Pink Marlena's studio EP and a live recording at Ziggy's in Ypsi, but I missed the Ann Arbor experimental jazz-groove trio's recent appearance on WCBN's Local Music Show.

Christopher Porter is a library technician and the editor of Pulp.