Mingering Mike - contender for the greatest outsider musician of all time. Shooby Taylor, Jandek, Yahowha.... Mingering is up there with the best of them. A couple of dudes were shopping in a Goodwill when they stumbled on a whole collection of extraordinary hand-drawn record covers including hand-drawn bar codes, liner notes, fake record labels, the whole nine yards. They turned out to be by this chap Mingering Mike. They finally tracked him down and obtained some records, his story and even some recordings. There's a website at http://www.mingeringmike.com/home.html - if features some record covers and information. Here's one of his recordings and it is both curiously odd and awesome as hell.
Oly was going to come and play at Blim here in Vancouver, a wonderful spot that was unfortunately shut down. So I never did get the opportunity to see Oly but I did check out her MP3's and they are absolutely wonderfully wonderful electronic pop perfection from Miami/Chicago. Like Six Cents & Natalie meets Boards of Canada.