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When Will We Take Mercy On Ourselves

by Bob Bucko Jr

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    Edition of 50 released on Italy's Almost Halloween Time Records.
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Available on cassette in an edition of 50 from Almost Halloween Time, all featuring unique hand-drawn artwork by Luigi Falagario.

"Bob Bucko, Jr. resides and records in Dubuque, Iowa, a quarter mile from the Mississippi River. Relentlessly touring and uncompromisingly prolific, Bucko, according to Joshua Tabbia from Already Dead Records, "has spent the last several years establishing himself as a widely varied experimental artist. His output is consistently engaging and eclectic, while somehow never pulling the same punch twice."

He has released 3 LPs on Captcha Records, as well as dozens of tapes and CDs on labels large and small - including his own Personal Archives imprint - since 2011. Standing at the intersection of songform, free improvisation, and psychedelia and crossing genres with blatant disregard, each BBJr album is reflective of its own inner logic.

This is not a debut on Almost Halloween Time Records, as Bob has already contributed a couple of tunes to the Crock Rot compilation. On "When Will We Take Mercy On Ourselves," Bucko returns to his 4-track roots, using pawnshop guitars and consumer electronics to convey the fragile and often fractured pathways between thought and emotion. Recorded in the fall of 2016 on a wicked bender, and amidst budding political turmoil in America, "When Will We Take Mercy On Ourselves" lays bare personal fears and failings against the backdrop of late capitalism’s crumbling empire."


released September 5, 2018




Bob Bucko Jr Dubuque, Iowa

"All over the free-music map from jazz to drone to noise, and ruling in each area and every adjacent territory he crosses." - Rick Ele, KDVS

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