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Joe Johnson's looking for acts to play the Ancient Mariner. - KEVIN SHIRAMIZU
  • Kevin Shiramizu
  • Joe Johnson's looking for acts to play the Ancient Mariner.

In typography, as in life, there are characters. And then, of course, there are special characters. You know, like the leering bald guy who dances around shirtless at the Triple Nickel while snapping his towel at people. Or, in the case of font fetishes, all those umlaut-laden metal bands.

The most notable of the latter was when Prince suffered a '90s identity crisis and began insisting all journalists use a customized male/female alchemy symbol when referring to him in print. (He actually copyrighted the icon under the name Love Symbol #2. To this day, no one's certain what Love Symbol #1 was.)

Compared to all that, Animus Invidious is pretty normal. You probably know him best for his DJing skills, which placed him among the winners in our Indy Music Awards. But you may also know him as a recording artist of the "organic and electronic genre-bending improvisational" variety — I stole that from his LinkedIn profile — and as the janitor at the Ancient Mariner. (Or as he puts it in the same profile: " You stupid f***ing drunks / Remember this, remember this / I clean up your piss / When you miss, when you miss.")

"What does all this have to do with symbols?" you may ask. Turns out that Animus is about to launch ...

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The good news is that, unlike Prince's ostensibly unpronounceable pseudonym, it's pronounced thwOnk. The idea is to create a monthly showcase for more experimental local musicians, and the inaugural lineup definitely sounds interesting: Mobdividual (aka ambient shoegazer Brian Elyo), Valoma, Moocah King and Gaia Experiment, and the debut of aNiMuLO, a new collaborative project that pairs Animus with jazz/funk/hip-hop/whatever bass player Charlie Milo. It'll all take place Jan. 20 at Heart of Art, the newly opened performance space at 2502 W. Colorado Ave. (Details at on.fb.me/xLMZvw.)

Getting back to the Ancient Mariner, Joe Johnson tells us he's going to start helping out with the club's booking. Interested acts should be advised that they're only looking for original music or, you know, really good Justin Bieber impersonators. You can message Joe at on.fb.me/zBw9tf, or just head over to the Black Sheep this Saturday, where he and his Thunder Duo will be opening for Split Lip Rayfield.

Also, this weekend, look for We Are Not a Glum Lot, d.u.g.o.u.t. c.a.n.o.e. and, yes, Mobdividual at Zodiac on Friday, and/or Conjugal Visits, the Melismatics and Cat Color down the street at the Triple Nickel Tavern. That same night, upstart bands Better Than Tim and the Blatants make their move from house parties to the Black Sheep, where I'm told they'll be offering up a mix of ska, punk, surf rock, crunchy riffs and questionable lyrics.

Then on Saturday, the Mighty LoCasters are throwing a birthday bash for frontman Adam Lopez at Zodiac. Talented "rebel troubadour" Brian Parton will also be performing, as he did for Chris Mandile's birthday party at the same venue a couple weeks ago. (What, nobody books magicians or clowns anymore?)

And finally, one last bit of great news: Ishhod Collins tells us his band the Heart-less is back together. They'll be playing V Bar's Kiowa Sessions event this Sunday with BLEACHEDBLONDE and Mike Stephens' Men of Deep Throat.

Send news, photos and music to reverb@csindy.com; follow our updates at tinyurl.com/indyreverb.

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