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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Strange Land (Barsuk Records)

Yellow Ostrich singer-guitarist Alex Schaaf, who recorded 2011's The Mistress alone in his Appleton bedroom, is the kind of guy who once relied only on his boyish voice and a drum machine to make one EP (Fade Cave) and drew lyrics exclusively...
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008

From the Reach (Landfall)

Incendiary slide-master Sonny Landreth cut his teeth and forged his way among John Hiatt's backing group The Goners in the late 1980s and '90s. And now, close on the heels of his former frontman's back-looking Same OldMan, Landreth offers one of his own reflective works of middle-aged pondering. Unlike Hiatt's effort, though, From the Reach borrows the guitarist's native post-Katrina sadness ("Blue Tarp Blues"), offers a number of superstar...
Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008

Nest of Storms (Crimsonic)

Racinebassist William Kopecky may be spending time in France these days, but he left behind Nest of Storms, the second release from Yeti Rain, a dark and ambient duo that Kopecky formed with wind-synthesizer wiz Roger Ebner. At times almost orchestral in nature . . .
Monday, March 31, 2008

Merengue Tipico (Smithsonian Folkways)

La India Canela is a young woman who plays accordion at supersonic speed, leaving the fastest hardcore band or bebop player in the dust. She hails from the Dominican Republic and works within the tradition called tipico, a style of music born in the 19th century and bred from the marriage of European...
Monday, March 31, 2008

Real Emotional Trash (Matador)

Three years ago, in reviewing Malkmus’ Face the Truth, I compared it to a bad Woody Allen film—if you’re already a fan, you’d find something to like. If that album was, say, Jade Scorpion, and Malkmus’ work with Pavement was Annie Hall, then Real Emotional Trash is The Purple Rose of Cairo. Some will love it.
Monday, March 31, 2008

Kay (Necessary Arts)

Inspired by Eugene Chadbourne's experiments with thrift shop guitars, Milwaukee visual artist and composer/improviser Thomas Gaudynski took his own warped, secondhand acoustic ax through some unconventional maneuvers on Kay.
Monday, March 31, 2008

Still (He & He/Oarfin)

It could be argued that the BoDeans have reached their greatest recording potential on the albums produced by T-Bone Burnett. That greatness continues with Burnett's third time in the studio deck with the nearly 25-year-old band from Waukesha.
Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007

Ben Funk - Waukesha

I read your article regarding the importance of buying local and how it affects our local economy. I personally have worked for local businesses for the last four-and-a-half years now, and I really don’t see myself going back to a large corporation any time soon.