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Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012
Waxing nostalgic is inevitable with any reunion, and Dan Didier, drummer for lauded Milwaukee band The Promise Ring, has more than good reason to do so. “There was a...
02.21.2012 | | Posted at 06:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
Atomic is back in business, but probably not the Atomic you were hoping for. The East Locust Street storefront that once hosted Atomic Records, Milwaukee's most storied independent music store now houses a pipe and paraphernalia shop called Atomic Glass. Atomic owner—Atomic Records owner, that is—Rich Menning apparently wasn't too thrilled to learn that his 25-year-old brand is now in the ...
03.14.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
A great exchange overheard at Atomic Records on Saturday: College kid (holding vinyl): I don�t have a record player; what should I do with this? Atomic employee: Uh, don�t buy it because you won�t be able to play it. On its second-to-last day, Atomic was as busy as I�ve ever seen it outside of live in-stores and midnight release parties. The staff posed for a couple of qu...
03.13.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Atomic Records closes shop for good Sunday, so if you've been putting off that last visit, you're running out of time. Everything in the store is 30% off today, 40% off tomorrow and 50% off Sunday; hours are noon to six. The store was well stocked with goodies from the basement when I went last went a couple weeks ago. This weekend I'm hoping to score that Mr. T Experience fly swatter the Atomic ...
Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Analog music for a digital age

Remember records? Those 12- or 7-inch vinyl discs we used to spin at 33 or 45 rpms? They're back, and their popularity is increasing faster than the price of oil during a hurricane. According to Rich Menning, whose independent store Atomic Records will soon close due to the decline in CD purchases, vinyl sales have increased 10% over the last few years. "There has always been a romance to vinyl," he says. "The size-particularly the artwork-is so much more tangible than a...
02.15.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Members of 1980s hardcore boundary pushers Die Kreuzen reunited briefly last night for a surprise performance as part of a benefit concert for Atomic Records, the iconic independent record store which will close next month. With no introduction and little ceremony, playing two lesser-known songs from the group's later period (covers of Aerosmith and Wire songs) as well as a Cheap Trick cover, warm...
01.29.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Twenty years ago Atomic Records released an album that remains an essential listen for any student of Milwaukee music history�Badger A Go-Go, a compilation that testified to the city's vibrant late-'80s college-rock scene. The bands featured remain some of Milwaukee's most storied: power-poppers Liquid Pink, psychedelia enthusiasts Plasticland, industrial pioneers Boy Dirt Car, punk icons Die Kr...
02.12.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Although Sometime Sweet Susan are little remembered beyond the Milwaukee audiences that witnessed them first hand, the trio's albums hold-up as prime examples of the region's early-'90s underground rock. Their mercurial noise-pop was shaped the tuneful fuzz of Dinosaur Jr., Sonic Youth and many of the same SST acts that laid the foundation for Nirvana, yet marked by a biting, emotional edge that w...
Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009

Concert Preview

Atomic Records wasn't just a passive observer of the Milwaukee music scene, explains Damian Strigens. It actively shaped the scene, fostering local bands and, sometimes, even birthing them. Strigens, a one-time Atomic employee who now plays with Testa Rosa, was in one of those bands, The Mustn'ts, which he formed with another Atomic alum...
01.18.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Circuit City's 60-day liquidation of its remaining stores was supposed to begin yesterday, but when I visited the chain's South 76th Street location yesterday hoping to score some discounted CDs I didn't find any actual deals. The store was filled with likeminded bargain hunters who saw plenty of "All Sales Final" signs, but no actual sales. I suppose it's still early, but the dearth of ...

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