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10.23.2014 | 56 days ago | Posted at 04:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
This week on The Disclaimer, WMSE's weekly rap session with Ryan Schleicher, Matt Wild and I, we're taking a look at the state of album reviews. Many major labels are doing away with the long-standing practice of sending out early review copies of albums to critics. Is that a sign that they no longer view album reviews as an effective promotional strategy? And how do readers engage with record rev...
10.30.2014 | 49 days ago | Posted at 12:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
This week on The Disclaimer, WMSE's weekly crossfire with Ryan Schleicher, Matt Wild and I, we're joined by Jordan Lee (AKA DJ Madhatter), who previews what he explains on paper should be the most boring event you've ever attended: the Miltown Beat Down. Of course, in execution the event is anything but boring. Over the last nine-years the producer battle series has hyped crowds while helping to b...
10.09.2014 | 70 days ago | Posted at 02:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
This week on The Disclaimer, WMSE's weekly half hour of opinions with Ryan Schleicher, Matt Wild and I, we examine the state of film making in Milwaukee. The city produces plenty of short films (usually of the experimental variety), but what's holding it back from producing more feature films? And while we're on the subject of film, Matt ponders how (or if) the Milwaukee Film Festival could improv...
09.19.2014 | 91 days ago | Posted at 05:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
This week on The Disclaimer, WMSE's weekly panel with Ryan Schleicher, Matt Wild and I, Ryan once again feels like the only sane person in the room as we discuss public funding for sports arenas. We launch the conversation by examining a wonderfully detailed piece from Milwaukee Magazine's Matt Hrodey about how county tax dollars are being spent (with very little scrutiny) to keep Miller Park stat...
08.28.2014 | 112 days ago | Posted at 09:00 AM

Also: Har Mar Superstar, Taylor Swift and racial sensitivity in pop music

By Evan Rytlewski
Milwaukee's Yellow Phone Music Conference returns for another lineup of panel discussions and local-music showcases next weekend, so this week on The Disclaimer—WMSE's weekly panel with Ryan Schleicher, Matt Wild and I—we consider Yellow Phone's mission and efficacy. Has the conference succeeded in helping bands navigate a changing music economy? Is it worth the money for aspiring career music...
08.22.2014 | 118 days ago | Posted at 09:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Earlier this month, Milwaukee was surprised by the news that Journal Communications plans to merge with Cincinnati-based E.W. Scripps, then essentially split off into two separate entities, with newspaper operations remaining here in Milwaukee and broadcast operations moving to Cincinnati. The deal was spun as a win-win that would strengthen the Journal Sentinel in the long run, but is it? This we...
08.14.2014 | 126 days ago | Posted at 02:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
This week on The Disclaimer, WMSE's weekly panel with Ryan Schleicher, Matt Wild and I, we dedicate an entire hour to a topic we often touch on peripherally: placemaking. Inspired by Mary Louise Schumacher's excellent big-picture look back at some of the "successes and missteps" of recent Milwaukee placemaking endeavors, we ponder the definition of placemaking, try to decode the sometimes dubious ...
08.07.2014 | 133 days ago | Posted at 11:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
With aims of empowering young women, last year Milwaukeeans Valerie Lucks and Ashley Smith, along with a team of volunteers, organized the first-ever Girls Rock Milwaukee, a week-long music camp. Clearly it struck a chord: The camp doubled its enrollment this year. This week on The Disclaimer, WMSE's weekly culture panel, Lucks and Smith took a quick break from their hectic camp schedule to chat w...

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