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This Saturday, James Chance live on WMSE

James Chance, the former Milwaukeean with various monikers (his birth name is James Siegfried, but he was also known as James White), was an important figure in the genre of No Wave, adding his jazz saxophone background and experience into his music of choice, art-punk, in the late ’90s in bands such as Teenage Jesus & the… Read more »

Hip Hop Hooray for WMSE’s Holiday Programming

WMSE’s specialty programs are a great testament to our DJs’ great personal record collections and to their creative minds: Dori’s ‘W’, ‘M’, ‘S’, ‘E’ shows, Shopkeeper Ken’s ‘back to school’ themed show, Radio Drill Time’s audio collections of  Scottish pop and Alien Andre’s alphabetized programs are all well-thought out and fun ways to absorb both new and old… Read more »

It’s The Lab Partners

words by Dwellephant I really want to swear, but I can’t (rules being rules and all). I want to swear in that way where you mean nothing but the best. The way you swear when you see something amazing– like a 96-yard punt return with six seconds left on the clock in the final moments of… Read more »

Shine a Light: Mulatu Astatke

WMSE’s broad spectrum programming is renowned: folk, jazz, blues, alternative, hip hop, classical and more is what one can expect on any given day, but we at WMSE realize you can’t catch it all. That’s why we’re here to shine a light on some of the best and most intriguing new sounds that you might hear… Read more »

WMSE is On the Patch for Our One-Day Drive!

You’ve heard all about it on the WMSE airwaves — if you’re not on the patch this year, things might be a bit rough. What patch? Huh? This is one patch you don’t get from your doctor…unless he/she is a doctor of the radio variety. So, how do you find out more? The fine radio doctors at… Read more »

Stop by Hot*Pop This Friday for Hot and Fresh Local Vinyl

Release shows are naturally celebratory, but local musician Pezzettino (Margaret Stutt) knows more than anyone that all that hard work warrants a total party — especially when vinyl is involved. This Friday, Stutt releases her first wax tracks, with special attention going to her new single, “You Never Know”, of which the song (and video above), documents… Read more »

Mashing it Up With the Hood Internet

The way of the mash-up is something that Milwaukee is familiar with judging by the huge turnout for the in-the-limelight, one-man-show of Girl Talk’s 2008 election night gala. The crowd not only came and saw, they participated in Girl Talk’s high energy mixing, hovering and dancing over and around the skinny  kid in the sweatband as he… Read more »

Musical Sustenance

Happy Thanksgiving week, WMSE listeners! We hope that your holiday is filled with good times, good food and lots of good music. We’re helping take care of that last part by capably filling the airwaves with delicious sounds throughout the holiday (tune in to hear delicious tunes tomorrow from Grasscutter Andy from both 9 a.m. –… Read more »

Local Lunchbox Round-Up

Every weekday, Local Lunchbox focuses on the tasty, local audio treats, we, at WMSE have stashed on our awesome library shelves. Faux Eyes, Erin, Melissa, Dori and Buzz spin local rock, pop,  experimental, country, hip hop, metal, noise and garage tunes to keep you, the listener, on the up and up about your old favorites and new… Read more »

Tom Wanderer’s Rolling Stones Blues

The Blues Drive on WMSE features the best of the new and the cream of the crop of the old-school blues every weekday on WMSE. Some blues DJs choose to pick through the new stacks. Some find revisiting the past the best place to share the artists that turned them onto the genre years ago. Cosmo Cruz… Read more »

Brendan Benson/Cory Chisel Stop at Exclusive Co. Before Playing Turner Hall Tonight

Remember Brendan Benson? Yeah, he’s the dude from The Raconteurs, but before he traded riffs with Jack White and Co. he was penning hook-y pop songs left and right on his own, winning the affections of fans of his own with his super-catchy and big-chorded songs on his early 2000′s releases Lapalco and The Alternative to Love. Benson will be… Read more »

Jay Ryan Tonight at the Sugar Maple and Live, On WMSE Today

Chicago artist/musician [Dianogah] Jay Ryan’s silkscreen print shop The Bird Machine churns out poster magickry as though it were the most natural thing in the world.  Storybook scenes, odd animals and creatures peep out of the corners of posterboard etched with the names of notable indie bands such as Death Cab for Cutie,Andrew Bird, Mudhoney, the Sea and Cake, Low and Built to Spill make Ryan’s work both eye-catching and dream-inducing. Milwaukee… Read more »

Drummer from Maserati Passes Away at Age 34

The following article was taken from Rolling Stone and was written by Daniel Kreps. Read the article in its entirety, online at Rollingstone.com. “Gerhardt “Jerry” Fuchs, a drummer for indie-rock bands like !!!, the Juan MacLean and most recently Maserati, died early Sunday morning, November 8th, after falling down an elevator shaft. Fuchs was 34. LCD Soundsystem’s… Read more »

A WMSE/Discovery World Halloween Tradition

The aliens are coming! The aliens are coming! And, along with them, they’re bringing Milwaukee band, John the Savage. Really! Discovery World and 91.7 FM, WMSE, once again present a live recreation of Orson Welles’ and the Mercury Theater on the Air’s 1938 production of the War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells. Tune in tonight to 91.7 FM to listen to… Read more »

Halloween: Zero Hour Sums it Up

Words by WMSE DJ Andy Turner of Zero Hour Ahhhhh, Halloween, such a lovely celebration of all that is goofy and trashy. Devilish and scary, too? Sometimes.  Boozy? Yes, please. But for me, the season is most of all an excuse to play a lot of fun, twisted songs, many of which were recorded decades… Read more »

Metal Mondays: Jason of WMSE’s Team Metal Gives Us His Top Picks

words by WMSE DJ Jason Ellis of Team Metal Funebrarum – The Sleep of Morbid Dreams Angry old school worship death metal. From the US, even. They sound like they belong with the founders of the genre. A great blend of vintage Swedish and US death metal styles. Super recommended. Arckanum – ÞÞÞÞÞÞÞÞÞÞÞ Johan “Shamaatae” Lahger has been doing Arckanum… Read more »

Casino Versus Japan Tonight @ CMJ

In the final hours of the CMJ Music Marathon in NYC, Milwaukee’s (now by way of Kentucky) IDM [‘intelligent dance music’] wizard, Erik Kowalski (Casino Versus Japan) will be performing tonight at midnight at the Cameo Gallery for Carpark Records’ 10th anniversary party. Kowalski got his start sampling music from television shows as a kid and moved onto found sounds, eventually… Read more »

Happy CMJ Music Marathon Week, 2009!

Each Fall, New York is flooded with hordes of new musicians and bands, courtesy of music mavens, the College Music Journal (CMJ). CMJ’s annual music marathon, around since 1980, initially started out as a small, New York-centric showcase to introduce new, breaking artists in college radio, it quickly morphed into a multiple-venue, nearly week-long event that pulls… Read more »

WMSE’s One-Day Pre-Drive Push is Rockin’. Literally.

There are two things you need to know about today: WMSE is in the middle of our one-day, pre-drive push. RIGHT NOW! This is where all you supporters of community-powered, independent radio step in and pitch us a little help before our official Fall pledge drive hits. Help shorten the length of the drive in the easiest… Read more »

A Preview of Milwaukee’s Blank Generation: Johnny Thunders

Milwaukee’s Blank Generation: the title of the 2010 WMSE wall calendar is enough imagery in and of itself. Attitude reigned from 1979 – 1981, where Milwaukee resident and photographer Stanley Ryan Jones shot portraits of Milwaukee’s punk and New Wave club scene, hopping from the East Side to Downtown and Riverwest in search of some of the… Read more »

WMSE DJ Scott Lucey Tells Us What’s What in New Music

  WMSE DJ Scott Lucey (Wednesdays, 6 a.m. – 9 a.m.) said this, “‘If you put a shotgun to Scott Lucey’s head and told him to give you his freshest music, it’d go like this’.” So, in a nutshell, that’s what this is. Maybe you’ll find some new favorites (can’t deny the awesome weirdness of Slaraffenland!)?… Read more »

Lunchtime Lowdown

Earlier this summer, WMSE began an innovative lunchtime tradition to rival even the original innovator of the traditional brown paper bag (what else but the lunchbox, of course)? Everyone knows that it’s what’s on the inside that counts, and in our case, we’ve packed a lunchbox for our listeners full of a good balance of healthy and… Read more »

Welcome to Sonic Diet: The Blog

Welcome to the new face of Sonic Diet, which faithfully, in e-newsletter form, has been making its way into your email inboxes nearly each and every week since the Fall of 2008. We at WMSE, figured you get enough emails as it is in your collective inboxes, so why not turn over all this musical content into the proverbial… Read more »