providence, ri garbage-artisan russian tsarlag aka carlos gonzales needs no introduction at this point – he’s been trucking his moldy fruit cart of sewage-pop and bad acid storytelling across the american wasteland since longer than most people have had an email account.
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as a kid, i was always kind of freaked out," says ryan martin. the 31-year-old carrboro resident and musician issues eclectic outsider music on his hot releases label and creates his own as secret boyfriend. right now, sitting under an oak tree outside the looking glass cafe, he's trying to explain its origins and the childhood of paranormal experiences that have shaped his aesthetic.
jeffrey alexander has a long, meandering career in the subterranean depths of the new weird america, where free/freak folk, post-rock, and experimental electronics intersect. from the iditarod (who quietly released a posthumous odds and ends compilation on morc last year) to his recent dire wolves project and his shepherding of the now defunct secret eye label, alexander has remained a stalwart practitioner on the outer fringes.