I'm not sure why Pete Yorn decided to name his new music project after a European cave dwelling aquatic salamander, but if he stops by to play us some songs in Studio M, we'll have to ask him.
The Olms is a collaboration between Pete Yorn and L.A. musician J.D. King, two guys who definitely have an old-school approach to recording. That means real instruments, real singing, recorded onto real tape...not a computer. And when they started recording, they really had no expectations, so the true inspiration shows through.
The Olms' self-titled album comes out June 4th.
If you sign up for their newsletter, you can get a FREE DOWNLOAD of their song "Wanna Feel It."
Have you heard the song "Rumble and Sway" yet on Triple M?
The singer sounds like a raspy blues dude who's definitely been around the block a few times....but surprisingly, Jamie N. Commons is only 23 years old!
He was born in England, but spent many of his formative years in Chicago, where he grew up listening to the blues. His first concert was an Allman Brothers Band show, where he says he smelled something funny in the air and a guy next to them kept hooting.
Eventually he moved back to England, went to music school, and then started making a name for himself. In March of this year, he released the EP "Rumble and Sway" in the United States.
If you go to Jamie's website and sign up for his email list, you can get a free download of the song "The Preacher."
Artist: Alchemilla Hail From: Boston Song: 'The Wheel' Album: Diamonds From The Penny Arcade Sounds Like: Hole, Pearl Jam
In Their Words: "Alchemilla had been trying to write a ballad for a little while but it wasn't happening. There was some turmoil happening in some of our lives and I tried to channel that into a song about a disintegrating relationship. I wanted to incorporate ideas of betrayal and and chaos into the lyrics, and used the car ride as a metaphor for feeling helpless, and sort of giving in to that chaos. I don't know if it's a ballad but it's one of my favorites that we've written." -- Singer Kat Burke
Katie Powderly’s music permeates the boundaries of genre, inhabiting a space somewhere between alt-country and folk, and is both vintage and current, nostalgic and prophetic. Respectful of tradition while remaining relevant, Powderly presents a promising musical hybrid in her painstakingly hand-hewn tunes. According to Adam Hajnos at Flying Rooster, "It’s folk noir with a kind of David Lynch-y dreaminess, as though Powderly is struggling to stave off a sort of encroaching darkness … But fear not-[she] is not a downer. Far from it. It just demonstrates her ability to acknowledge her demons, and maybe even dance with them a little, before casting them off into the night as she makes her first tentative steps toward dawn."
The Woodrow Wilsons has music that radiates positive feeling of warmth and empathy. They all play a wide range of instruments including cigar box guitar that the vocalist built himself, and also glockenspiel, horns and a singing saw.
The Size of My Fist is taken from the second album Devil Jonah that was released on February 17, 2012.
England's Frank Turner used to be in a band called the Millions, and according to legend, his first band was called Badgerdorito. Now here in Wisconsin we love Badgers, and Doritos are pretty awesome, but we think he might be taken a bit more seriously by using his given name.
Turner's just-released album is called "Tape Deck Heart," and you can get a free download of one of his songs, "Four Simple Words," by signing up for his email list. Click here to get the song.
If you like what you hear, you can see him live and in person in Madison. He's playing the Majestic Theatre on August 6th.
In Madison, we have a musical legend in our midst. He is none other the The Funky Drummer, Clyde Stubblefield, who drummed for James Brown, and has had his drumming sampled in more songs than any other.
An effort is underway to honor Clyde, and...
We went a little bit country for this morning's World's Worst iPod song. BJ Thomas went all the way to #1 on the pop, country and easy listening charts with the song ("Hey, would ya play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong...
The iconic Bruce Springsteen album Born to Run was released 40 years ago today. This album is an undeniable classic. Even if the title track were the only memorable song, odds are people would still be buying this record today. But "Born to...
Did you ever know that you're my hero? Bette Midler's song "Wind Beneath My WIngs" went to Number 1 in 1989. It was featured in a movie about death "Beaches," and has probably been played at countless funerals.
We tried something new today with the World's Worst iPod...pitting two really horrible songs against each other and letting the listeners pick which one gets played in its entirety.
We must thank one of our favorite listeners, who goes by...
Aside from drinking beer and checking out everybody's humorous beer-related T-shirts, one of the best parts of the Great Taste of the Midwest is all the creative names that brewers come up with for their concoctions.
This year was no...
So the internet has been flooded with drinking games in advance of teh first GOP presidential debate. (Okay I saw two). What I haven't seen yet is a drinking game for those of us who don't really want to get hammered on a Thursday night.
Lionel Richie was on fire in the 1980's with an amazing string of hits that included "Say You, Say Me," from the movie White Nights. It was number one on the charts for four weeks in 1985 and was the #2 song for the entire year.