Otto & The
Elevators is the great, lost Milwaukee album from the ’70s. On this 40th
anniversary reissue of the vinyl LP (with a CD tucked into a plastic sleeve),
the most remarkable thing—aside from the A-plus songwriting—is the
timelessness. Gary Tanin’s writing and production synthesized
With nearly all the
news filtering out of North Africa these days concerned with the anti-groove,
zero-fun Islamic extremists holding Mali’s rich tradition hostage, a new
release of sunny Afrobeat and the very first outside-of-Nigeria
Love Changes was 40 years in the making, in a
manner of speaking. In 1972 Gary Tanin, a young Milwaukee songwriter, released
an LP of hopeful melancholy called Love
Changes All. It was naked, just voice and piano, but
Gary Tanin’s name might not ring a bell with all local rock fans. But as a veteran producer, he’s worked with some of the city’s finest and best-known musicians—including the BoDeans’ Sam Llanas, the Violent Femmes’ Victor DeLorenzo and Genesis’ Daryl Stuermer.
Natural Selection gathers 18 songs from...
Gary Tanin goes back a long way in Milwaukee music. He started recording with 1960s garage bands and by the early ’70s was already ahead of the pack by releasing carefully crafted DIY albums on his own label. As the ’90s began he was collaborating with musicians from half the world away, producing CDs long...