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Hey Triple M Fans!

Have you signed up to become the official Triple M Bonnaroo Backstage Blogger yet? Bonnaroo is coming up June 11 - 14th in Manchester, Tennessee and we could send you there!

Go here and tell us about your favorite concert experience for a chance to be our official Triple M Backstage Blogger at Bonnaroo! Our Backstage Blogger will recieve the Bonnaroo grand prize access of guess passes for all four days with prime camping accommodations (plus access to premium seating and viewing areas at the main stages)!

It's a super cool experience that will get you up close and personal with the Bonnaroo artsits and the entire atmosphere. All we ask of the winner is to treat us with a few blog posts about the lead up to the shows and relay your experience back to use. We'll share it with the entire Triple M community, so we can all pretend we went too!

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World's Worst iPod:Terence Trent D'Arby "Sign Your Name"

"Sign Your Name," Terence Trent D'Arby's follow-up to "Wishing Well" was on the radio a lot in 1988...it made it up to #4 on the charts in the United States.

Its repetitive chorus is almost hypnotic, and most likely ear worm inducing (sorry.)

So you might be wondering where Mr. D'Arby is now....he's changed his name to Sananda Maitreya and has toured as recently as last year under that name.

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5 Things You Probably Didn't Know about the Late, Great B.B. King

When B.B. King passed away May 14th, he left behind a legacy that's impossible to measure, influencing everybody from John Lennon and Eric Clapton to Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Here are a few things you may not have known about the man born Riley B. King in a sharecropper's shack.

1. Before he was a famed bluesman, King was a DJ in Memphis, hosting a show called the Sepia Swing Club on radio station WDIA.

2. His songs have been sampled by many artists in varying genres, including Ice Cube and Christina Aguilera.

3. B.B. King was an FAA certified pilot, but he stopped flying at the age of 70.

4. He had a bunch of hits on the Rhythm and Blues charts, but he had a few hits that crossed over to the pop charts in the United States. "The Thrill is Gone" went to #15 in 1969.

5. He made guest appearances on many TV shows, including The Cosby Show, Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Young & The Restless, General Hospital, Sanford and Son, and Sesame Street.



Photo courtesy Getty Images.
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World's Worst iPod: Neil Sedaka "Laughter in the Rain"

Neil Sedaka had a bunch of hit singles in the 1960's, and some folks probably wished he would have stayed back in the land of Moldy Pre-Beatle Oldies. But Neil came roaring back to life in the 1970's.

Somehow, his falsetto singing voice still seemed to fit in and he had several hits--including "Laughter in the Rain" which made it all the way up to #1 on the charts in February of 1975.

One thing you can say about this song, it's not as awful as "Bad Blood."

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Discover & Download: Ryan Montbleau Band "Pacing Like Prince"

From RyanMontbleau.com
Ryan Montbleau, who has been recording and touring both as a solo act and bandleader for much of the last 15 years, moves people. A gifted songwriter, he has developed a very special history and bond to a deeply-rooted fanbase taht now stretches all over the United States and beyond. Montbleau's transcendent songcraft and powerful, uplifting voice can tackle intense topics just as easily as expressing life's simple, everyday joys. He continues to speak to a generation of fans who have been along for his rise. LIke an intesne, slow-burning wildfire, Montbleau has toured relentlessly and connected with audiences night after night, year after year.

Available until April 13
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World's Worst iPod: Billy Ocean "Get Outta My Dreams Get Into My Car"

This might be one of the most unintentionally hilarious songs of the 1980s, but it's a catchy little number and most people wanted to hear "Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car," by Billy Ocean.

It was a #1 hit for the Caribbean born singer in 1988, and was also featured in that Corey Feldman/Corey Haim movie "License to Drive."

And the car starting sound effect at the beginning of the song really gets your motor runnin'!


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Discover & Download: Good Old War "Tell Me What You Want From Me"

From Facebook:
Good Old War will release their fourth studio album and first on Nettwerk Records, Broken Into Better Shape. Produced by Jason Lehning (Mat Kearney, Dolly Parton), and featuring lead single "Tell Me What You Want From Me," it follows critically acclaimed Come Back As Rain, which debuted at #1 on Billboard's Heatseekers, and led to national TV perfornaces on Jimmy Kimmel Live! & Conan. Good Old War has earned the loyalty of an ever-expanding fan base thanks to their captivating live shows touring along side a diverse group of artists including Alison Krauss, Guster, Brandi Carlisle and Dr. Dog.

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Kitty's Picks for Madison Craft Beer Week

Madison Craft Beer week is once again upon us, and the hopheads and malt minions rejoice and say "Hallelujah!"

Starting May 1st and running through May 10, hundreds of bars, restaurants and liqour stores are celebrating the goodness known as beer with a lot of fun (and tasty) events. You could spend hours scrolling through the events list here, or you could take my word for it and go with my picks!

Friday May 1st  3pm-9pm Wisconsin Brewing Company in Verona 
It's opening night of the brewery's "back yard," with free live music from the Stringdusters, and Triple M's Marshall Pierce broadcasting live. While you're there, try the Common Thread, which was brewed by brewers from WBC as well as Wisconsin Dells Brewery, Thirsty Pagan, Pearl Street, Capital Brewery, The Vintage, Mob Craft, Potosi, The Great Dane, Titletown, Alt, Grumpy Troll, New Glarus, Next Door and Tyranena as well as some folks from Gorst Valley Hops and the Wisconsin Brewer Guild.

Friday May 1st  Craftsman Table and Tap in Middleton 6-9pm
Remember the old Pinewood Derby? Boy Scouts would build race cars out of pine and race them. Well this is like that--only the cars are made with beer cans. Note: only American craft beer cans allowed.

Saturday May 2nd at the VFW on Highway CV  Noon-5pm
Join Triple M for the wrap party for Ale Asylum "Hummmane" beer, plus learn more about Badger Honor Flight. There will be beer to drink, brats to eat, and fun for the kids as well. Pay it forward while tipping one back!

Monday May 4  Malt House on East Washington Avenue all day
"May the Fourth Be With You" It's a day of space themed beers, with a costume contest at 9pm. Beer discounts of you are dressed as a character from a Star Wars film or "Spaceballs."

Wednesday May 6 High Noon Saloon on East Washington 8-11pm
Ignite Madison "Life With Beer"  Some of the best stories are told over a pint or two. At this event, 10 people will share a variety stories about their life with beer (and slides!)  It's a benefit for the Wisconsin River Alliance.

Friday May 8th Echo Tap on West Main Street 5-8pm
Compete in beer-related challangers and win the first Ultimate Beer Geek title!  There will be special release beers from New Belgium. Last year I tried a curry beer which was really unusual..can't wait to find out with New Belgium will have this time around.

Saturday May 9th (a variety of locations) 11:30am-4pm
Madison Brewery Bike Tour with Hope Head Brewery Tours. Start and finish at Machinery Row Bicycles and make stops at Karben 4, Next Door, and One Barrel Brewery. Bike rentals are available.

Is there another super-cool event that you think I should know about? Tell me in the comments section! Enjoy, and please drink responsibly.


 
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World's Worst iPod: Maxine Nightingale "Lead Me On"

Things got very emotional today for the World's Worst iPod, as we put up for a vote a song that is the MOST TRAGIC of her teenage years.

"Lead Me On" by Maxine in Nightingale was moving up the charts in the summer of '79 when Kitty was going through the most heartbreaking unrequited crush of her entire life, and it seemed as if this #5 hit song was talking directly to her, and shoving a dagger into her heart.

Thankfully, most listeners were on her side and did not want to hear the song this morning.

 
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Discover & Download: The Freddy Jones Band "Diamonds"

From FreddyJonesBand.com
Labeled as the "Darlings of Triple A Radio," Freddy Jones Band has a storied history in the format. With two number one hits and several top tens, the Chicago roots band has strummed its way to the forefront of the national music scene. Staying true to the breezy melodic lyrics and echo acoustic guitar they've come to be known for, the band will be releasing their new album in June of 2015. Three-time Grammy winner producter/engineer and mixer Justin Niebank (Taylor Swift, Sheryl Crow, Kid Rock, and on and on) and label partner Timm Martin have helped FJB create what Niebank says is "the best record he has worked on in over three years!" and with the myriad of number one records Niebank has worked on that says a lot! The first single, "Those Diamonds," will drop first quarter of 2015 and Niebank calls it "an undeniable hit song."

The founding members of Freddy Jones Band, Marty Lloyd and Wayne Healy, began writing and crafting the new songs along with Niebank during informal demo sessions. Marty and Wayne tested the new songs at performances across the country. Audiences were treated to novel material in vulnerable and raw acoustic performances straight from the writing sessions. Feedback was so strong tracking began immediately in Nashville alongside with Nashville's most celebrate studio musicians. All original members of FJB also participated in the final tracks. 

For all of the charting success the band has enjoyed, Freddy Jones Band may just be in its finest hour sitting on its soon-to-be most inspirational and popular work to date. 

Available until May 5, 2015.
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Kitty's Day with Badger Honor Flight

On Saturday, I was honored to take part in a Badger Honor Flight to Washington D.C. with an awesome group of veterans and volunteers.

We got on the plane bright and early (actually dark and early) and took off at 7am for Washington, and then made stops at Arlington National Cemetery, The Marine Memorial (Iwo Jima Memorial), the World War II, Korean, Vietnam, and Lincoln Memorials, and finally the Air Force Memorial. We didn't get back until around 10pm. It was a long day, but well worth it.

I went there in honor of my dad, who served in WWII and passed away 11 years ago. Saturday would have been his 96th birthday. I didn't realize how sad this trip would make me. I was proud and happy to represent my dad, but didn't realize how much it would make me miss him. Everywhere we went, the vets were greeted with so much love and respect, and my father deserved to experience that as well.

In addition to the veterans, I would like to salute the volunteers that put this project together.I can't even imagine how much hard work went into making everything come together without a hitch. From snacks on the bus, a tour guide to point out Washington D.C. sites as we went from place to place, to lunch and snacks and a really cool surprise that happened on the flight home, everything was covered! They even had doctors and other medical personnel along to help, just in case.

One thing they didn't plan was the lucky surprise encounter with Badger basketball star Frank Kaminsky. That was just a happy coincidence..for me and many of the veterans who thanked him for a great season, much as everyone else was thanking them for their service. (Pictured below).

If you know someone who is a veteran of either the Korean War or World War II, you really should let them know about this amazing opportunity. There are three more coming up this year. More information here.




 
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World's Worst iPod: Baltimora "Tarzan Boy"

If ever there was a song that screamed "'80s" this is it.

There was a whole lotta love expressed for "Tarzan Boy" by Baltimora, even though a lot of people just remembered it as the Oh-oh-oh song! Baltimora was a band from Italy, and this song was a worldwide hit, reaching number 13 on the charts in the United States in 1986.

It was also used in a Listerine commercial and in the movie "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III."

And if this song gets stuck in your head, we apologize with utmost sincerity. Or half-a**ed sincerity. One of those.



And here's that Listerine ad from 1993:

 
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Discover & Download: Kodaline "Ready"




From Kodaline.com:

That Kodaline are ready to release their second album has still to sink in with the men who made it. The Dublin quartet didn't plan to follow up last year's 350,000 selling 'In A Perfect World' so promptly. In fact, they didn't plan at all. Sparked by an experiment that inspired them to shake up their sound, the band started recording and couldn't stop. Just eight weeks later, 'Coming Up for Air' was complete.

'Coming Up for Air' may be a sonic step on, but at its core remains Kodaline's ability to connect instantly with an audience, to share the emotions in their songs and to pull the listener in to their world. It's a smart, sharp, sophisticated album, by a band only just discovering what they're capable of. 

Available until April 29, 2015
 
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Local Musician Needs Our Help--Sunday Benefit for Robert J's family

What are you doing this Sunday (April 19th)? Head over to the High Noon Saloon to hear some great live music, and at the same time help a local musician.

Robert J. Conaway, who usually just goes by Robert J., has been a friend to 105.5 Triple M for a long time. The first time I met him he filled in for another artist who canceled on us last minute at the Taste of Madison. Since then, he's been a guest on Jonathan & KItty in the Morning numerous times, as a solo act and with the Moon Gypsies.

Robert's family is going through a rough patch. Earlier this year, his 12-year-old son Jacy became very ill and was diagnosed with a bacterial brain infection. He recovered, but has a long road ahead of him.

Robert J's buddy and bandmate Chris Wagoner has put together a stellar lineup for a benefit to help defray medical costs for the family. The show gets going at 6pm this Sunday at the High Noon Saloon. The suggested donation is $10 to see the Stellanovas, the Lucas Cates Band, the Beth Kille Band, Boys Town featuring the O'Bros, and the Moon Gypsies with special guests.

You can get tickets for the show here, or at the show this Sunday.

Check it out! I found a video of the Robert J. and the Moon Gypsies playing for us in the Triple M studio a few years ago!


 
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World's Worst iPod:Frank Mills "Music Box Dancer"

This instrumental was actually written in 1974, released to radio in in 1978, and then a year later it went all the way to #3 on the Billboard chart.

Frank Mills is a Canadian piano player who started taking lessons at age 3.  He apparently practiced more than a lot of us did back in the day.

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Kitty's Record Store Day Picks.

Record Store Day is this Saturday and it's kind of a big deal, especially if you love vinyl.

Independent record stores all across the country will be offering some pretty cool stuff created especially for that day--or available for the first time on Record Store Day.

Here in Madison, record stores taking part include Ear Wax, B-Side Records, Strictly Discs, Mad City Music and Sugar Shack.

The Record Store Day website lists all the releases--but here's my list of picks for Record Store Day 2015. You might want to call your favorite record store ahead of time to make sure they'll have a copy of what you're looking for.

1. The Animals "We're Gonna Howl Tonight" LP This is a mono recording of live performances of the Animals that were broadcast in 1964. This was their first successful year and I bet they sound amazing doing old blues classics.

2. The Decemberists "Picaresque."  This is a LP on red vinyl marking the album's tenth anniversary.

3. Brian Eno "My Squelchy Life" LP. This is a legendary "lost album" from 1991. I just like it because of the word "squelchy."

4. Foo Fighters "Songs from the Laundry Room" 10 inch. Reportedly recorded in Dave Grohl's laundry room this includes four songs--two demos, a cover, and a previously unreleased song.

5. Garbage "The Chemicals" 10 inch record with 2 original tracks. On flourescent orange vinyl!

6. Gram Parsons/The Lemonheads "Brass Buttons" 7 ".  There are several Record Store releases that feature two very different bands or artists playing the same song. Gram really brings the melancholy to this song. I'm curious what the Lemonheads will do with it.

7. Paul McCartney "The Family Way Soundtrack."  When Paul was still in the Beatles, in 1967, he and George Martin did the musical score for this movie staring Hayley Mills and her dad John Mills.  It's all instrumentals and probably only for the Beatles completionist.

8. Mumford & Sons "Believe/The Wolf" 7'. This is the first chance to get a physical copy of these two songs from the album "Wilder Mind" which comes out next month.

9. St. Paul and The Broken Bones "Live from Alabama, Tennessee." Two songs on a transparent crimson record shaped like the state of Albama!  How cool is that?

10. Violent Femmes "Happy New Year" 12" EP.  Four new songs from the revamped Femmes. The Milwaukee band is on tour this summer with Colin Hay (of Men at Work), and Barenaked Ladies.

 

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World's Worst iPod:After the Fire "Der Kommissar"

The English group After the Fire took "Der Kommissar" to #5 in 1983. Interestingly, there were not the original ones to record this song. It was co-written and recorded a couple years earlier by Falco (yeah, the "Rock Me Amadeus" guy). That version was entirely in German.
After the Fire made up some English lyrics and wa-la! A #5 hit and an MTV staple. If you watch the video, I believe you will detect the symbolism of the tarantula that shows up in several spots.  Or not.


 

And here's the all-German version by Falco.

 
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Discover & Download: Delta Rae "Scared"



Delta Rae is an American folk rock band formed in Durhman, North Carolina. The band consists of threesiblings Ian Holljes, Eric Holljes and Brittany Holljes, as well as Elizabeth Hopkins, Mike McKee and Grant Emerson. (Wikipedia)

Available until April 8, 2015
 
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5 Things You Probably Didn't Know about Eric Clapton

There's a lot about Eric Clapton this is pretty much an open book. He stole George Harrison's wife. He's battled many demons, including drugs and alcohol. He got the name Slow Hand because he was terribly slow at changing broken guitar strings.

But as the guitar icon turns 70, I thought I'd share some other tidbits that you may not have heard before.

1. Eric Clapton went to school to study stained glass art before he took up music full-time.

2. He's not too cool to wear shorts on stage. I witnessed this in person at the Crossroads Guitar Festival in 2010. It was a very hot day and he was not about to be a slave to rock star fashion.

3. Clapton collects Ferraris.  He says he loves the "music" made by a 12 cylinder engine.

4. He has a minor planet named for him.  You'll need a telescope to spot 4305 Clapton  between Mars and Jupiter.

5. In one of his more bizarre charity gigs, Clapton dressed as a clown and got a pie in the face. He also hit Shirley MacLaine in the face with a pie as well.  And the proof is on youtube!

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Summerfest and Lolla announce headliners

There may be snow on the ground again in Madison--but it's time to start thinking about the summer festival season!

Both Summerfest and Lollapalooza have announced headliners.

Headliners at Summerfest will include Kings of Leon, Ed Sheeran, Kongs, Phillip Phillips, Sheryl Crow, Bastille, the Flaming Lips, and Walk the Moon. Classic rock fans will get their retro fix with the Doobie Brothers, Sammy Hagar, Pat Benatar, and Kansas. Jam band fans can enjoy music from Trampled by Turtles, Keller Williams, and Dark Star Orchestra.  We're not sure why, but for some reason Paris Hilton will be a headliner as well!  Summerfest starts June 24th in Milwaukee. More info here.

Lollapalooza happens July 31-August 2 in Chicago, with headliners Paul McCartney, Metallica, and Florence and the  Machine. Other acts include TV on the Radio, Tame Impala, Sam Smith, Alabama Shakes, and Gary Clark, Jr. More info here.

 

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