Wednesday, November 19, 2014

PLAYLIST: Mondo Radio (11/19/14)

Here's the playlist for this week's edition of Mondo Radio, which you can download or stream here. This episode: "Transparent Radiation", featuring shoegaze and neo-psychedelia. If you dig it, remember to also follow the show on Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter!

Artist - Song - Album
Loop - Soundhead - Heaven's End
Loop - Straight To Your Heart - Heaven's End
Spacemen 3 - Starship - Transparent Radiation
Spacemen 3 - Transparent Radiation (Flashback) - Transparent Radiation
Love And Rockets - The Telephone Is Empty - Earth, Sun, Moon
Love And Rockets - Mirror People - Earth, Sun, Moon
The Jesus And Mary Chain - Taste The Floor - Psychocandy
The Jesus And Mary Chain - Something's Wrong - Psychocandy
Mike Elliott - Lothlorien - Diffusion
My Bloody Valentine - Sometimes - Loveless
My Bloody Valentine - Soon - Loveless
Slowdive - Waves - Just For A Day
Slowdive - Spanish Air - Just For A Day
Pale Saints - Sea Of Sound - The Comforts Of Madness
Pale Saints - Sight Of You - The Comforts Of Madness
Chapterhouse - Breather - Whirlpool
Chapterhouse - Treasure - Whirlpool
Ride - Polar Bear - Nowhere
Ride - Seagull - Nowhere
The Stone Roses - I Wanna Be Adored - The Stone Roses
The Stone Roses - I Am The Resurrection - The Stone Roses
Inspiral Carpets - She Comes In The Fall - Life
Inspiral Carpets - Sackville - Life

CONCERT REVIEW: W. Kamau Bell, Zach Sherwin & Greg Bach (Shank Hall, Milwaukee)

San Francisco-based comedian W. Kamau Bell delivers a prolonged, engaging set of his sharp-edged socio-political standup to a disappointingly small crowd at Shank Hall.

Read my full review here.

CONCERT REVIEW: Interpol & Hundred Waters (The Pabst Theatre, Milwaukee)

Once again back in the good graces of critics and the public alike, Interpol justifies the recently renewed hyped with a strong, sold-out show at the Pabst Theatre.

Read my full review here.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

PLAYLIST: Mondo Radio (11/12/14)

Here's the playlist for this week's pledge drive edition of Mondo Radio, which you can download or stream here. This episode: "Real Hot Stuff", featuring recent local music and more. If you enjoy it, please consider making your financial contribution to WMSE and, as always, be sure to find the show on Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter!

Artist - Song - Album
Ramma Lamma - Hot Stuff - Ice Cream
Ramma Lamma - Street Trash - Ice Cream
Platinum Boys - Candy - Candy (Single)
Midnight Reruns - Stop Lyin' Down - Midnight Reruns
Midnight Reruns - Summer Smoker - Midnight Reruns
The Hussy - Wrong Right (E. React Mix) - Way With Words EP
The Hussy - Yr Stupid - Way With Words EP
Dogs In Ecstasy - Celeb Friends - Dat Cruel God
Dogs In Ecstasy - My Brain Is Killing Me - Dat Cruel God
Appleseeds - Leavin' Town - Appleseeds
Appleseeds - Free Time - Appleseeds
Soup Moat - Candy Shoppe - Inspirations
Soup Moat - Glossy Nautical Cat Magazine - Inspirations
Holy Shit! - I Hate Banks (Live) - Live On WMSE
Holy Shit! - Put A Bandaid On It (Live) - Live On WMSE
Get Rad - Word Is Bond - Get Rad/Sweet Cobra Split 7"
Get Rad - Who Can You Trust? - Get Rad/Sweet Cobra Split 7"
Drugs Dragons - Waiting Around To Die - Drugs Dragons/Static Eyes Split 7"
Drugs Dragons - Fester/Breed/Scatter - Drugs Dragons/Static Eyes Split 7"
Strange Matter - WWYD - Ennui Actuation Dissolver EP
Strange Matter - Ennui Actuation Dissolver - Ennui Actuation Dissolver EP
Trūc Of America - Clone Love - Outa Control
The Delphines - Careless - Hush
The Delphines - Hush - Hush
NO/NO - Crooked Faith - Drag EP
NO/NO - Mistakes - Drag EP
Space Raft - Rescue Mission - Space Raft
Space Raft - Anything Is Possible - Space Raft
Sleepcomesdown - Float Like An Echo - Cured By The Blur
Sleepcomesdown - In Fever Dreams - Cured By The Blur
Catacombz - Transactive Memory - Mother Tongue 2
Catacombz - Pony's Paradox - Mother Tongue 2
Daycones - Holy Commodity - Timescape Psalm
Daycones - Pickpocket Queen - Timescape Psalm
Sat. Nite Duets - Personal Day - Los DJs
Sat. Nite Duets - Band On The Rocks - Los DJs
The Fatty Acids - Interlude - Boléro
The Fatty Acids - Human Tetris Bodies - Boléro
Faux Fir - Compact Disco - Fashionable Life
Faux Fir - The Windings - Fashionable Life
Juiceboxxx - Let's Go (Andy Petr Remix) - Let's Go EP
Rio Turbo - Beach Boss - KISS FM
Rio Turbo - Still Style - KISS FM
Chants - I Feel Like I Feel It - I Feel Like I Feel It
Chants - Way Awake - I Feel Like I Feel It
Cyberchump - Flutter And Flow - Flutter And Flow
Cyberchump - Dark Machine Language - Flutter And Flow
Stacian - Escapist - Songs For Cadets
Stacian - Anatomy Of Guides - Songs For Cadets

Saturday, November 8, 2014

ALBUM REVIEW: Mechanimal - Secret Science


It's generally pretty easy to discover specialized record labels that consistently release good music yet restrict themselves to a specific genre, likewise those that put out a wide variety of material while being lax when it comes to quality control, but it's rarer to encounter one that's both eclectic and reliable, which makes independent Greek imprint Inner Ear Records well worth checking out. Covering everything from folk to electronic, the music they issue is usually as intriguing as it is adventurous, and Secret Science, the new sophomore album from Athens-based trio Mechanimal, is a nice addition to that expansive catalog.

Formed by Greek musician/journalist Giannis Papaioannou and American photographer Freddie Faulkenberry, the band members themselves describe their music as "drone 'n' roll", although that's an incomplete (and oddly inaccurate) description of the sounds found on Secret Science, the follow up to their 2012 self-titled debut. In fact, the album bounces between a number of styles, be it the upbeat synthpop of "We Come Alive", the subtly dubby, trip hop feel of "Cut Communications" or the dark, throbbing techno found on the record's muscular closer "Down in the Basement", all of which come with a tasteful amount of Joy Division worship.

Those influences, as well as Secret Science's forays into industrial and more conventional alt-rock, aren't exactly wildly divergent, but the deftness with which the appropriately, hilariously named Mechanimal navigates the transitions from one to the other makes even the occasional misstep, such as the title track, where the clenched-jaw vocals and some overwrought lyrics conspire to push the song into goth cliché, seem less pronounced, even on repeat listens. Altogether it's a cohesive set of songs, but offers its share of surprises, making it more than deserving of a few spins and yet another solid release from Inner Ear Records.
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