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10.23.2014 | 6 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...
02.20.2014 | | Posted at 02:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
This week on The Disclaimer, WMSE's weekly roundtable with Ryan Schleicher, Matt Wild and I, Matt is in fine form as his offers two takes on Milwaukee's much-hyped new driver service Uber. The first his initial response to some of the hyperbolic excitement surrounding the service, and the second is a reluctant embrace after testing the service and realizing it's actually pretty alright. Is that en...
02.18.2014 | | Posted at 05:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
For as long as I’ve been a music editor—almost 10 years now, including my eight years here at the Shepherd and two that I spent at a weekly in Madison—artists have been emailing me asking for coverage, and I've had to email many of them back telling them “no.” Disappointing somebody (anybody, even a stranger) with rejection is one of the hardest parts of any job, yet I’ve been doing it...
08.15.2013 | | Posted at 02:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
This Week on The Disclaimer, WMSE's weekly crosstalk with station promotions director Ryan Schleicher, A.V. Club Milwaukee editor Matt Wild and I, we examine the state of critics. Newspapers around the globe (including one close to home) have scaled back their review coverage and cut name writers. Does it matter? Have bloggers replaced the role of the traditional, authoritative newspaper critic? A...
Tuesday, July 10, 2012

New biography tries to write the Boss's history

Marc Dolan is a professor of English and American Studies and, as with so many who are writing about their rock music heroes these days, is a long-time fan who knows nothing about music...
01.06.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Early praise for Animal Collective�s latest album, Merriweather Post Pavilion, has been piercing, unanimous and, often, hilariously over the top. Comb the entire Internet, and you won�t find a negative review of the thing (at least not yet). The closest you�ll come is Rolling Stone�s requisite 3-� star deferral. Spin offers a level-headed 4/5, but Uncut better captures the consensus with a 5/5 r...

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