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The Meekling Review & IS A CULT by THE FUNS

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Sometimes you have to push boundaries. If you stay in your haven, you can’t test your limits, which is why we’re breaking into new ground for this week’s Book & Record pairing by featuring a literary journal to pair with a brand new album. Not just any lit journal, but our favorite new strange collection, The Meekling Review. It just so happens to fit in the company of the brand new album from former Chicagoans, THE FUNS.

The Meekling Review is the newest project from the folks at Meekling Press, which they deem, “A journal of performative literary nonsense.” This issue, No. SZQ.645π, is the first and the last, the alpha and omega.

The Meekling Review filled with meaty ads and a prose poem about the performances of self, psycomagic-inspired tarot readings, symbolic logic magic, a catalog of opening paragraphs, a series of images and their artistic analysis, studies on rat habitats, and alternative taxonomies of a distinguished literary oeuvre.

"Is A Cult" is the title of the new THE FUNS record, out today on Maximum Pelt. It's also a fact, THE FUNS is a cult. Over the past decade, no band on the underground scene has generated such cult like devotion and worship as they have. THE FUNS make raw, challenging, and emotional music that plays off rapid tempo shifts, booming, tribal rhythms, shimmering guitars, and endless buzz and fuzz. On their latest effort, THE FUNS are subdued, they are calculated, and the results are mesmerizing.

THE FUNS are Phillip Jerome Lesicko and Jessee Rose Crane, who are partners both musically and spiritually. They both play guitar, drums, and sing, trading duties as they go. They reside at Rose Raft, a studio and artist haven in an old home they rehabbed, located 45 minutes outside of St. Louis, and yet a world away from everything.

THE FUNS IS A CULT is our 8/25 from Maximum Pelt.

Book & Record Pairing

Book & Record Pairing

The Dead Wrestler Elegies by W. Todd Kaneko and Beat the Champ by the Mountain Goats

Wrestling is more than just wrestling. For some it's an escape, an outlet, and for these artists, it's a way to cope.

The Dead Wrestler Elegies covers themes of loss, love, regret, redemption, and remorse. Kaneko's poems and illustrations blend Charles Bukowski's raw-boned verse and Randy "Macho Man" Savage's devastating elbow drop to mine the history of professional wrestling and examine complex relationships between fathers and sons.

Of his songs, John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats writes, "Beat the Champ is about professional wrestling, which was an avenue of escape for me when I was a kid. Wrestling was low-budget working class entertainment back then, strictly UHF material. It was cheap theater. You had to bring your imagination to the proceedings and you got paid back double. I wrote these songs to re-immerse myself in the blood and fire of the visions that spoke to me as a child, and to see what more there might be in them now that I'm grown."