The Nonsense Company, the Prince Myshkins' alter ego, a traveling experimental music/theater trio.
Here's an essay we wrote on art and politics for a San Diego arts journal.
Here's a film of us singing Charlie King's "The Twelve Days of Invasion" with Charlie and Karen Brandow, at an SOA Watch benefit.
Check out Andy's blogs containing his poetry and writing about poetry, and his magazine Cannot Exist.
Read a play co-written by Rick in 1992 about the first Gulf War, Los Angeles riots, Bill Clinton, and more.
a few of our favorite songwriters:
Lou and Peter Berryman
Our favorite guitar and accordion duo. Lou and Peter’s songs are mind-bogglingly good, each one a new genre unto itself. Wow. Can we say it again? Wow. If you aren’t listening to their music, you must be completely out of your mind.
Mr. Scott Free
The anchor of the Chicago queer folk scene, Scott is one of the best songwriters around. His recent album, “They Call Me Mr. Free,” is one of the most stalwart recordings we’ve heard. Among other delights, it contains better punk, hip-hop, heavy metal, and pop ballad material than just about anyone who (unlike Scott) specializes in punk, hip-hop, heavy metal, or pop ballads. He covers topics that often slip through the cracks of the mainstream singer-songwriter business: racist police brutality, homophobic violence in high school, the contradictions of religion and sexuality, and the offensive requirement that queers listen to bad dance music. He thoroughly rocks, and is also a great guy.
Charlie King and Karen Brandow
Our favorite folk duo. Their beautiful singing and wonderful personalities have brought us immense joy and inspiration for many years. Charlie’s songs deftly navigate the border between biting satirical humor and deeply moving compassion and solidarity. Both Charlie and Karen are also avid collectors and performers of some of the best songs around by other songwriters.
One of our favorite singer-songwriters for over ten years. Paul should probably be the best-known folk/pop writer around; from Whitmanesque poetry to humorous punkabilly, from entire catalogues of updated labor classics to apocalyptic ballads, Paul covers the gamut with an enviable elegance, a finely-tuned ear, and a fabulous voice.
Veteran satirist and great guy, Dave’s songs have covered a vast variety of social topics for over twenty years. His career as a staggeringly charming performer continues to thrive under the dark cloud of that of his shadow: George Shrub, the World’s Only Known Singing CIA Agent.
Myshkin’s Ruby Warblers
Myshkin (yes, the shared name is a coincidence) is one of the most unique songwriters we’ve ever heard, and one of the best singers. Her strange and constantly shifting mix of musical influences from around the world is filtered through an acute songwriting intelligence that produces some of the greatest songs about prison, love, architecture, slavery, and imperialism we can imagine.
What can we say? David’s uncompromising politics have made him a heroic figure in the world of activist singing. Besides being an excellent songwriter, he also offers some much-needed relief to all the rest of us topicalists; if there’s a sociopolitical issue we feel needs to be covered, but we just don’t have the time, odds are that David’s written ten songs about it already.
The Therapy Sisters
This alternately wacky and moving duo is nearly impossible to describe. The subjects of their songs range from the minutiae of domestic existence to large-scale political issues. They’re both fantastic singers and writers, and deserve the highest praise for their humor and compassion (plus, Lisa is one of Andy’s guitar heroes).
A breathtaking New Orleans banjo player and songwriter. Mike’s records are packed with the best songs about the south we’ve ever imagined, and some of the best and most surprising story songs you’re likely to hear.
If there’s a proper heir to Tom Lehrer, c’est Roy. Back in the ‘nineties his quartet The Foremen produced two of the great classic records of political satire, and since then Roy’s only become sharper. He’s probably the best rhymester around, with some of the best jokes, and is a fantastic performer. His hilarious songs mercilessly skewer targets ranging from the silly pop-cultural to the grimly geopolitical, with a healthy dose of self-deprecation thrown in--and people who share his general political persuasion don’t get off easily either.
AFM Local 1000
The North American Traveling Musicians Union, growing all the time, and with good reason.
School of the Americas Watch
The movement to close the SOA is growing all the time. We play at the annual demonstration as often as possible.