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John Scot Sheets commented on Bill Zink's blog post Hello Muncie
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Avant/Outsider Music Group

Avant/Outsider music is music that deconstructs, critiques, or just plain ignores standard musical forms, music which tries to be different and new. This group is for fans and practitioners of that which is somewhat out of the ordinary.See More
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"Now posted: Hoosier Pete, Field Recordings Volume Two: Spring is the Ass End of Winter."
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Jeff Chandler commented on Bill Zink's blog post A Belated Tribute to Jon Rans
"I was a bit younger so I found out about the No Bar near the end of the run (did see Dag Nasty there- my first punk show), but that place and Repeat Performance were definitely freaky oasis' in the middle of the rusting hulk of 80s…"
Jan 31, 2013
John Scot Sheets commented on Bill Zink's blog post A Belated Tribute to Jon Rans
"great tribute Bill, well put as always!"
Jan 31, 2013
Jon Rogers commented on Bill Zink's blog post A Belated Tribute to Jon Rans
"This is awesome, Bill. Thanks for posting it. Several people have asked me about Jon Rans lately, and I'm glad to learn more from one of his admirers/friends."
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A Belated Tribute to Jon Rans

I ran this at my regular site, the death of everything.  Thought I would share it here, since Jon is such an important part of the 80s/90s music scene in Indiana. The Trace of Jon Rans, and the Defiance We Owe HimJon Rans passed away November 18th, 2012.  Of course, I meant to do this much closer to the event, but when do I ever finish anything in a timely manner?…See More
Jan 14, 2013

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What Instrument(s) Do You Play
Guitar, Drums, DJ, Other
About Me
Well, most of the '80's and early '90's are a blur, but here goes: late '80's - "alternative" and jazz buyer, Karma Records; general manager, WQAX (including organizing some street dances); host of "The Real Rock -n- Roll Radio Show", "Uncle Billie's Thrill Night Review", "The Western Lands", "Radio Free Bloomington" on WQAX; produced Bloomington cassette compilation "Hoagy Picks the Hits", was on several Live From Bloomington selection committees; performed live at several Snowy Nights and Culture Shocks (live poetry skree, usually with Bob Wagner) . . . early to mid '90's - co-founded lit/rant zine "Bears On Text", manager Sam Goody's; sometime music critic for "Ryder" magazine; co-host of "Melody Unasked For" on WFHB . . .

Started with The Belgian Waffles! in 1986 and The Catkillers in 1987; left the Bloomington/Nashville area to join the other Waffles in Louisville in 1997; in Louisville continued with the Waffles! as well as joining country/blues/punk freaks Mudflap with ex-Bloomingtonians Elijah Pritchett, Matt Whitaker, and Rob Stockwell. Also formed avant/improv combo the Butchertown All Stars with Tony Woollard, Josh Metlyng, and Norman Minogue. Left TBW! after the 20th anniversary celebration to concentrate on my own projects.

Currently I am recording and performing solo as Hoosier Pete and working with various folk in a noise ensemble I call Black Kaspar. For details, see and .
What bands are you or have you been in?
The Belgian Waffles!, The Catkillers, Mudflap, the Butchertown All Stars, KARK, Black Kaspar. Hoosier Pete.
What city are you from?
Born in Anderson, college in South Bend, lived in Bloomington/Nashville area '84 - '97
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A Belated Tribute to Jon Rans

I ran this at my regular site, the death of everything.  Thought I would share it here, since Jon is such an important part of the 80s/90s music scene in Indiana.


The Trace of Jon Rans, and the Defiance We Owe Him

Jon Rans passed away…

Posted on January 12, 2013 at 1:53am — 3 Comments

The Capacity to Affront

Thought I would cross-post this little story from the death of everything, since it is relevant to this site.  Enjoy!

I'm not an innocent when it comes to this.  The very first time I stepped onto a stage with a guitar in my hands, at Bloomington's Second Story back in '86, the primary goal was to send a few shock waves through the crowd.  We had…


Posted on December 9, 2011 at 1:00am — 13 Comments

Drag City Re-issuing the Social Climbers LP?


Or has this been out a while?

Posted on June 23, 2011 at 12:25am — 1 Comment

The "American Idolization" of Popular Vocal Styles

I have no problem with American Idol.  I watched a couple seasons, got bored with the concept, then stopped watching.  No big deal.  I think it has exactly as much to do with music as the Guitar Hero or Rock Band video games do.  Furthermore, I think it's clear that the show itself understands it isn't about music, given that the show's only real judge, Simon Cowell, critiques performances exclusively in the light of commerce (see…

Posted on December 31, 2010 at 1:40am — 24 Comments

The Death of Punk Rock; or, They Finally Pulled the Plug on the Old B****

I have this thing where I try to focus on an anticipated event in the future with such concentration and detail that it's the next best thing to time traveling. And then, for fun, when the actual event arrives, I try to remember with all possible clarity the past time when I imagined the moment I am currently living. In this way, I will myself unstuck in time.

Back when punk rock meant a lot to me, I tried to imagine the point at which culture will completely consume and digest my… Continue

Posted on August 20, 2009 at 11:59pm — 62 Comments

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At 2:04am on February 3, 2011, Mark Andrew McWhirter said…
Well thank you so much! I'm always glad to hear that anyone has listened to my music. My favorite album is my first one, "Dr. Ray". The song "cos" is my favorite song I've ever made (on a good set of speakers). I also like the album "Porch" a lot. I always arrange my albums so that the ones I want listened to the most are first. "Nip Yeh" contains a Sonics cover, the song "Arab" from the album "Savage Young Sonics", I'm especially proud of it because I think it sounds a lot like the original (besides the end).. Non of my albums really have what I would consider much of a good flow (besides maybe "Dr. Ray"). I'm working on it. By the way, funny you said to listen to "Human Fly". It was the first song I heard by the Cramps, and I liked it. That's why I downloaded their discography, which disappointed me.
At 3:53pm on February 8, 2010, Michael Eugene Henry said…
The riverboat guy was John Hartford. Whybark found him.
At 5:58pm on November 8, 2009, Ed said…
Am listening to Hoosier Pete on MFT right now at the office while I work over the weekend... Smooth and cool.
At 9:07pm on August 25, 2009, Jeb Banner said…
Thanks for posting that Blog in Punk etc.
Seems to have inspired some good conversation!
Hope it inspires you to write some more.
At 2:43pm on January 26, 2009, jennifer johnson said…
It's the same as traffic school, yeah. At the end I said, "Congratulations on having your violations dismissed--now everybody can go celebrate with a beer!" The kid next to me started laughing.
Whatever you do, don't sit in the front; those people are the trying to be the shining stars of traffic school, and you will want to kill one of them. There is no homicide school...
At 7:23am on January 25, 2009, John Scot Sheets said…
Hey Bill, Really enjoyed your blog about car music and traffic. I have been working on a blog about cassettes for a while and hope to have it up soon, or maybe a group for cassette fiends. Wanna help?
At 11:34pm on January 18, 2009, Jeff Weiss said…
Wow, I didn't know the Dead C were still active! There are at least 3 albums I don't own. Bad Politics baby.
At 9:24pm on January 14, 2009, Ed said…
Just enjoyed the "Hoosier Pete Sound"--kinda gives me nice Leo Kottke feelings...
At 5:05pm on December 2, 2008, Gabe Saavedra said…
Nice pic, I would not think twice about buying an appliance from you
At 5:19pm on November 27, 2008, David Whittemore said…
I added the 1987 Spud Zero Waffles gig to my playlist (& The N.I.D.S.). It ends with a pleasing audience free-for-all. If I knew how to embed the link to the audio directly here, I'd do it.

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