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11.04.2014 | 47 days ago | Posted at 02:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
One gets the sense that Milwaukee’s Sat. Nite Duets aren’t a band that imposes a lot of rules and restrictions on themselves. Over the last couple of years the group has leaped from the grab-bag prog of 2013’s Electric Manland to the tight, bubblegummy garage-pop of this year’s Los DJs EP. The group’s next album could be a world-music rock opera for all we know. But while no sound is off...
Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010
Pavement never seemed like a band that sweated the details. With their wry, stream-of-consciousness lyrics and disjointed structures, their songs played like first drafts of songs the group never got around to cleaning up, and the band projected a devil-may-care attitude that typecast them as slackers. That lackadaisical confidence...
04.20.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
There might have been less actual record stores around to celebrate than last year, but by most accounts, this year's Record Store Day was a bigger success than last year's inaugural event, with traffic to independent retailers up around the country. Milwaukee's Exclusive Company location on Brady St. and Farwell Ave. was packed to the brim with shoppers, musicians and revelers, who were placated ...
04.18.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
It's 5 p.m. as I write this, and although Record Store Day will run for another three or four hours at least, scalpers are already selling its limited-edition releases on eBay with predictable mark-up. Leonard Cohen's 7-inch is going for $25; The Flaming Lips/Black Keys split 7-inch for $35, and Pavement's Live in Germany LP for $50. One particularly opportunistic seller is offering a buy-it-now o...
01.22.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Christmas came a good 11 and a half months early this year: Muzzle of Bees has posted a ridiculously high-quality live recording of Pavement's concert at Shank Hall from June 13, 1992�two months after Slanted and Enchanted came out. That album makes up most of the setlist, of course. The band's early singles like "Box Elder," "Forklift" and "Home" had already been excised from its set list.  Curi...
Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea (Drag City)

David Berman’s latest is an album where the sleeve art outshines the record itself. Think of your most hated prog album (is it Yes’ Topographic Oceans? I bet it’s Yes’ Topographic Oceans) and you’ll get the picture. A beautiful sepia-tone painting depicting Babar (that’s right; the beloved elephant) amidst jagged rocks . . .
Thursday, March 20, 2008

Tonight @ the Pabst Theater - 8:00 PM

Last time Stephen Malkmus stopped in Milwaukee, he gave a completely unexpected, one-off set of 18 Pavement songs played in chronological order. Fans can almost certainly expect a very different kind of show this time around. Malkmus’ newest album, Real Emotional Trash, is the least Pavement-like album he’s ever . . .
03.07.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Here�s a long-overdue concession to everyone who told me to ditch of my clunky micro-cassette player and upgrade to something more reliable, like a digital recorder: You were right. Foolishly, though, I stuck with the outdated technology, since despite the occasional tangled tape, I had never lost anything irreplaceable using it. My important interviews were always recorded without incident....

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