"I created 'Murky Love' with The Invisible's Dave Okumu for our brand new TRAUMTAPE, Sam este tells Rolling Stone. "The tape is a physical mixtape made up of new exclusive and collaborative material by a number of talented artists."
Artist: Cloud Room (Facebook) Song: "Mrs. Marquis de Sade" Album: You Be My Heart
"I had a been in a bit of a songwriting lull around the time I penned this song, and if I remember correctly, it was The Killers' 'Read My Mind' which prompted me to pick the pen back up again," Devon Reed tells Rolling Stone. "That song just turned into one of those earmites I couldn't get rid of, and sometimes I find the only way to get a song unstuck from my head is to put together some sort of musical response to it. I was thrilled when The Cloud Room opted to record the song, since I'd been a fan of theirs for a while and thought they were a perfect fit for it."
Artist: Jamie Kent (Facebook) Song: "Broke, Not Broken" Album: Embers & Ashes
"I would be lying if I said 'Broke, Not Broken' wasn't inspired a bit by my life," Jamie Kent tells Rolling Stone. "That said, I wrote this as sort of an anthem to anyone chasing down their dream every day. I wanted to let people know that there's plenty of us out there, and we can all help each other take things to the next level."
Artist: Those Darlins (Facebook) Song: "In the Wilderness" Album:Blur the Line
"I started writing this song with Jessi in the woods of Kentucky in 2010. I was on quite a roller coaster then, dealing with the ups, and downs, and trying to make sense of the relationships I was in," Nikki Kvarnes tells Rolling Stone. "I seriously broke my arm shortly after and was left with a lot of time to reflect. 'In the Wilderness' is about the desire to embrace the mystery of the intangible."
Artist: Mansions (Facebook) Song: "Flowers in My Teeth" Album:Doom Loop
"'Flowers in My Teeth' is probably the closest I'll ever come to writing a song about being happy and having fun," Christopher Browder tells Rolling Stone. "It was the last song written for the record, which meant we were up for anything. Whisper vocals, bonehead synth bass, and a nature sound breakdown suddenly felt like good ideas. All that wirdness somehow led to it being my favorite song on the record."
"I wanted to record a Halloween song but didn't want to do something too obvious," Kimmy Drake tells Rolling Stone. "Our drummer is mildly obsessed with horror garage music icon Screaming Lord Sutch, and when I cound footage of Joe Meek and Sutch actually recording 'Dracula's Daughter,' we both became enthralled with the idea of covering the song."
Artist: Shonna Tucker & Eye Candy (Facebook) Song: "Since Jimmy Came" Album:A Tell All
"We recorded 'Since Jimmy Came' with Kyle Spence in Athens, GA," Shonna Tucker tells Rolling Stone. I think with my Southern drawl, we kep the "country" without trying to hard. The vocal harmonies were fun to work out. And who doesn't love a singing drummer? This is the most fun song to play live for me."
"It's a weird roller coaster, this job," Matt Pryor (of The Get Up Kids) tells Rolling Stone. "When you're onstage its a dizzying high, and when you're in your hotel, thousands of miles away from your family, reading negative tweets, it's the pits. So, consequently, you feel like an asshole if you complain about your job. That's what the song is about. It's a very personal and honest self-reflection in which I give myself permission to be burnt out."
"This song really resonates with us," Sydney Sierota tells Rolling Stone. "It's an outside perspective on a relationship, and a reminder to never forget to let the person you really love know that. We all need a reminder sometimes."
Artist: Parade of Lights Song: "We're The Kids" Album:We're The Kids (Single)
“We’re The Kids is a song about being young, and the carefree feeling that comes along with it." Even if you aren’t a kid anymore, you can still feel like you did when you were 15. You just have to let yourself."
Song: "Your Hotel" Album:This Could Be A Bridge (EP)
"While writing we caught sight of a book called Social Causes of Illness by Richard Totman," Stephanie Davin tells Rolling Stone. "This is the origin of the words shouted in the middle of the song: 'You have faith in your bones when you go, 'cause your illness is socially caused in your hotel.' It’s everyone’s favorite to play live."
Artist: Aaron Williams & The Hoodoo Song: "Boom Boom" Album: Live Loud Harmony
Kicking off the 2013/14 season of MadCity Sessions is the GRAMMY-nominated local blues group Aaron Williams & The Hoodoo. Formed in 2008, this powerhouse trio, who play a unique fusion of blues, roots, and rock music, received second-round GRAMMY nominations in 2011 for "Blues Album of the Year" and "Best New Artist," have been featured on several national TV broadcasts, were named the 2012 WAMI Blues Artist of the Year, were voted a Madison Favorite by Isthmus Newspaper readers for the last six years straight, and have taken home 6 MAMA awards since 2010 (including the coveted Artist of the Year award).
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...