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Once, Twice, Three Times the New, Local Releases

Total WMSE Music Department mailbox score X three today: new, local stuff from Drugs Dragons (7″), the Can’t Stop Knowing CD from The New Loud and Kings Go Forth’s Don’t Take My Shadow remix LP, freshly-pressed from Luaka Bop. It’s always nice to have the new, local stuff mixed in with ‘mainstreamers’ such as Alligator, Nacional, Matador and the like. The video for KGF’s single… Read more »

HBO is Cable’s Best Jukebox

words by Dwellephant Though I haven’t seen this show yet (How To Make It In America), I’m high-fiving HBO for once again reaching past the mainstream musical muck to find something great to accompany a series of theirs. Not that I’m surprised. They had Tom Waits and The Five Blind Boys of Alabama each do the opening theme for The… Read more »

Fat Tuesday’s Most Appropriate New Album

words by Dwellephant Of the many celebrations happening this coming Fat Tuesday, none is more compact and portable (and for a good cause) than the one the Preservation Hall Jazz Band are throwing: Preservation: An album to benefit Preservation Hall & the Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program Incredibly long subtitle, sure. But it saved me from having… Read more »

Emo-Core, No More: Joe & Pete’s Last Show

    What do the dynamic duo of endless trivia and alacritic wit have up their sleeves for their final hurrah? Pete has mused on devoting his entire hour and a half to the Pixies, and undoubtedly, Joe has thought about the same rock-block format (only Joe leans more towards stuff like the Sword). How can one… Read more »

Hot Chip Makes Our [Happy] Monday

WMSE knows that Milwaukee likes Hot Chip, the Grammy-accoladed electropop band from London — the band made it to our city twice in 2006, their last performance a sweaty,  but fun dance party at Stonefly. These boys have been kicking it around since 2000, releasing scores of catchy and tweak-y pop singles such as “Over and Over”, (Just… Read more »

Casual Victim Pile: the Sound of Austin

Part of the fun of working in college radio is that you get a whole lotta awesome stuff in the mail — lookee what Matador Records gifted us with: a very cool compilation of Austin’s music scene. Casual Victim Pile: Austin 2010 features nuggets from the 2008-now Austin music circle, with contributions from Woven Bones, Wild America, the Golden Boys and Lost Controls…. Read more »

Jay Reatard Found Dead at Age 29

Sad news today for fans of garage rocker, Jay Reatard. Earlier this morning, Jay Reatard (born Jimmy Lee Lindsey Jr.) was found dead at about 3:30 a.m. in his bed in Memphis. Authorities say he passed away in his sleep. Goner Records says, “It is with great sadness that we report the passing of our good friend… Read more »

Elvis, the ‘King’ that Would Have Been 75

The one, the only Elvis Aaron Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi seventy-five years ago, today, and as far as the history of rock & roll goes, Presley left his musical peers some pretty big footprints to follow. Presley didn’t get his start in the spotlight, though. In fact, he preferred stay away from it — as an abnormally… Read more »

Vampire Weekend’s Contra Listening Party

Well, the votes are in, and critics are loving Vampire Weekend’s release, Contra, set for release on January 12th. The NYC band that has fashioned pop catchiness from mining the earlier wrought African lines drawn by Paul Simon, released their first, self-titled disc just shy of two years ago, and critics, college radio and mainstream radio has fallen… Read more »