John Terrill

If John Terrill (aka the Mad Monk) is known outside the Bloomington/Indianapolis, Indiana music communities it's due to the groundbreaking, yet oft overlooked, music he made with the jagged, art-bent Dancing Cigarettes in the late 1970s and early 80s. Afterwards, Terrill co-lead the Rosebloods, playing the burgeoning alternative Midwest tour circuit. After the band's demise, Terrill shifted focus to the rawer punk outfit, the Walking Ruins.

Between 1988 and 1998 he recorded Frowny Frown -- an out-of-time classic that mixes honey baked orchestration, acoustic soul, and pop-psychedelia into cracked and spellbinding songs. During the mid-90s he started the pop directed Tea Cup, who played many of the songs found on Frowny Frown. While Tea Cup also disbanded, the Ruins reunite now and again. In 2006 Terrill was featured on the David Tibet curated compilation Not Alone alongside Antony, Vashti Bunyan, Shirley Collins, and others. During this decade he has begun to regularly collaborate with Bloomington's young musicians, such as Apache Dropout and others.



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    Nuvo's Top 100 Indiana albums

    April 12, 2014

    What a surprise -- though, not really, ya know? -- to see two of our albums on Nuvo's 100 top Indiana records of all time. And it's fitting that John Terrill's honey-baked classic Frowny Frown is picked alongside Apache Dropout's blasted debut. Terrill has been a heavy influence -- musically, spiritually and in libation -- to many of the Hoosier underground. As the Mad Monk, Terrill has collaborated with Apache Dropout in the past years (check out 2012's year's My Wild Life 7-inch) bringing this whole guru-teacher-student-thing full circle.

    While we gotta say there are some harsh omittance on Nuvo's list -- no Suni McGrath?!, no Sardnia?!, no Hoosier Hysteria!?!? and no Problematics?! -- we aint gonna seeth too much. 

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    Point yr compass south

    February 14, 2013

    Our best pals at Magnetic South studio/label in Bloomington released two amazing records this month, debut LP of Thee Open Sex and Circuit Des Yeux 10-inch. Outside of an Apache Dropout 45, the studio has released a ton of cassettes from Southern Indiana bands and assorted mix tapes of lost/found singles -- yet these sides are their first majorly distributed statments. Thee Open Sex somehow mash Popul Vu trance and Iggy Pop fatalism. It's a bizarre, heavy rock record that we've been playing non-stop lately. Fab cover art comes via Mad Monk and Xerox the Kid. Check 'em out.

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    Meet the Mad Monk

    August 31, 2012

    Do you know the Mad Monk? “Double Shot of Brandy” is the ripper from the upcoming collaborative Mad Monk & Apache Dropout My Wild Life 7-inch EP. This is some generational cross-coupling from the Indian underground. On the street on Oct. 16, 2012.