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.
I was up in Wausau for the Big Bull Falls Blues Fest, and had a great time watching all the great live music.
The big surprise of the day was the guy who played at 3pm. He's just 15 years old and is a good friend of Buddy Guy, and even got to play...
Kitty apppeared to be all alone on her dislike of this song, which made it to #7 on the charts in 1989.
Rolling Stone described the song this way: "a G-rated funk-bomb integral to hip-hop's eventual mainstream acceptance."
The G-rating probably...
If you get a chance to head out to Pope Farm Conservancy in the next couple of days--I highly recommend it!
Pope Farm Conservancy is 105 acres that sits on top of three recessional moraines in the Town of Middleton, where three different watersheds...
Teen idol Rex Smith made it all the way up to #10 on the Billboard charts in 1979 with this song, which was actually featured in a TV movie called "Sooner or Later."
Smith had a bit of an acting career and appeared in "Grease" and "Pirates of...
You could call it Madison Craft Beer Week, part two!
The week leading up to the Great Taste of the Midwest Beer Festival August 9th is chock full of tasty beer offerings all over southern Wisconsin, with plenty of tap takeovers, beer pairings, and...
Hall & Oates had a lot of great hits in the 1970s and 1980s, and if you believe a lot of folks, this is NOT one of them!
This song with its amazing spelling lesson hook made it all the way to #5 on the charts in February of 1985.
Eric Clapton definitely has retirement in mind. He hinted to Rolling Stone recently that he may quit touring and recording, and only play for family and friends.
We can look forward to at least one more new Clapton record before he hangs up his Strat...
Olivia Newton-John was all over the radio in the 1970s, with hits that included "Have You Never Been Mellow," "If You Love Me (Let Me Know)" and of course those songs from the movie "Grease."
But not a lot of people...