Wednesday, April 27, 2016

PLAYLIST: Mondo Radio (04/27/16)

Here's the playlist for this week's edition of Mondo Radio, which you can download or stream here. This episode: "Rocking Man", featuring hard rock and proto-heavy metal. If you enjoy it, remember to also find the show on Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter!

Artist - Song - Album
MC5 - Ramblin' Rose - Kick Out The Jams
MC5 - Rocket Reducer No. 62 (Rama Lama Fa Fa Fa) - Kick Out The Jams
Crow - White Eyes - Crow Music
Crow - Evil Woman - Crow Music
Blue Cheer - Second Time Around - Vincebus Eruptum
Blue Cheer - Doctor Please - Vincebus Eruptum
Cactus - Parchman Farm (Live) - Cactology: The Cactus Collection
Cactus - One Way ... Or Another - Cactology: The Cactus Collection
The Tinklers - Mutations - Casserole
Led Zeppelin - Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin II
Led Zeppelin - Bring It On Home - Led Zeppelin II
Blues Creation - Mississippi Mountain Blues - Demon & Eleven Children
Blues Creation - Atomic Bombs Away - Demon & Eleven Children
Edgar Broughton Band - Momma's Reward (Keep Them Freaks A-Rollin') - Sing Brother Sing
Edgar Broughton Band - Old Gopher - Sing Brother Sing
Black Sabbath - N.I.B. - Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath - Warning - Black Sabbath
Deep Purple - Speed King - Deep Purple In Rock
Deep Purple - Bloodsucker - Deep Purple In Rock
Captain Beyond - Mesmerization Eclipse - Captain Beyond
Captain Beyond - Raging River Of Fear - Captain Beyond
Budgie - Whisky River - Squawk
Budgie - Rocking Man - Squawk
Buffalo - Ballad Of Irving Fink - Dead Forever ...
Buffalo - Bean Stew - Dead Forever ...
Thin Lizzy - Call The Police - Shades Of A Blue Orphanage
Thin Lizzy - Baby Face - Shades Of A Blue Orphanage
Bad Company - Rock Steady - Bad Company
Bad Company - Movin' On - Bad Company

CONCERT REVIEW: Rusty Pelicans, Indonesian Junk, Pharaoh Mac & Con Solo (Tonic Tavern, Milwaukee)

Arte Para Todos brings a full slate of killer local talent to Bay View's Tonic Tavern for a show that typified the burgeoning festival's feel-good attitude and eclectic approach.

Read my full review here.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

ALBUM REVIEW: Various Artists - Arte Para Todos 2016 Festival Compilation


Poring over the schedule of just about any worthwhile music festival, it's only a matter of time before a certain amount of indecision sets in. It's usually impossible to see everything you'd like to, and if you're looking to try something you're unfamiliar with, band names on a page don't help all that much. Thankfully however, Arte Para Todos, happening today through Sunday at various Milwaukee locations, has thoughtfully provided an audio sampler of their eclectic offerings to help you make those tough choices, and what's more it's well worth a listen even if you have no plans to attend.

Available at the fest's Bandcamp page, and also as a limited edition Gloss Records cassette, the compilation pulls together tracks by many of the most auspicious performers involved, from impossibly soulful singer Lex Allen and celebrated indie powerhouse Midnight Reruns to tough-as-nails MC Queen Tut and wonky slack-rockers Sat. Nite Duets. While most entries can naturally already be found elsewhere, there's also a smattering of new, as-of-yet exclusive cuts, such as the fresh Fatty Acids number "Strangers" and NO/NO's tantalizing "Television", which make the collection deserving of a spin even if you've already made your picks for this weekend.

Of course, as with any collection of this sort, and especially for one comprised of over 25 selections, there are the inevitable rough patches, but the hits here far outweigh the forgettable misses and, besides, it's all for an unimpeachably good cause: to help make up for the appalling shortcomings in arts funding at Milwaukee public schools. In fact, interspersed throughout the lengthy but enjoyable release are convincing testimonials from the organizers and musicians themselves, which should amply persuade you to check out something at this year's APT, no matter what it may be. Chances are you won't be disappointed.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

PLAYLIST: Mondo Radio (04/20/16)

Here's the playlist for this week's edition of Mondo Radio, which you can download or stream here. This episode: "Electricity", featuring classic synthpop and more. If you enjoy it, be sure to also follow the show on Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter!

Artist - Song - Album
Gary Numan - Me I Disconnect From You - The Complete John Peel Sessions
Gary Numan - I Nearly Married A Human - The Complete John Peel Sessions
Ultravox - Just For A Moment - Systems Of Romance
Ultravox - Maximum Acceleration - Systems Of Romance
The Human League - Seconds - Dare
The Human League - Love Action (I Believe In Love) - Dare
M - Woman Make Man - New York, London, Paris, Munich
M - Moderne Man/Satisfy Your Lust - New York, London, Paris, Munich
The Buggles - The Plastic Age - The Age Of Plastic
The Buggles - Johnny On The Monorail - The Age Of Plastic
Stargard - Starbob - What You Waitin' For
Devo - That's Pep! - Freedom Of Choice
Devo - It's Not Right - Freedom Of Choice
Silicon Teens - Chip 'N Roll - Music For Parties
Silicon Teens - State Of Shock (Pt. 2) - Music For Parties
Depeche Mode - Big Muff - Speak & Spell
Depeche Mode - Puppets - Speak & Spell
Soft Cell - Bedsitter - Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret
Soft Cell - Chips On My Shoulder - Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret
Yellow Magic Orchestra - Day Tripper - Solid State Survivor
Yellow Magic Orchestra - Behind The Mask - Solid State Survivor
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Messages - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Electricity - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
Colour Radio - Bound For Life - History In 3 Chords: Milwaukee Alternative Bands 1973-1982
Soko - At The Cinema - History In 3 Chords: Milwaukee Alternative Bands 1973-1982
Dark Facade - Fear - Losing Faith (Single)
Dark Facade - Losing Faith - Losing Faith (Single)
Yazoo - Too Pieces - Upstairs At Eric's
Yazoo - Bring Your Love Down (Didn't I) - Upstairs At Eric's
Bronski Beat - Why? - The Age Of Consent
Bronski Beat - Smalltown Boy - The Age Of Consent
Pet Shop Boys - Opportunities (Let's Make Lots Of Money) - Please
Pet Shop Boys - Opportunities (Reprise) - Please
New Order - Thieves Like Us - International
New Order - The Perfect Kiss - International

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