Friday, July 3, 2015

ALBUM REVIEW: Filter Free Rodeo - Little Lord (Single)

On March 8th, 1921, police were summoned to Waukesha's O'Laughlin Stone Company to investigate a disturbing discovery. Found floating face-down in a flooded quarry were the remains of a young boy, who had apparently been struck about the head before being dumped in the watery grave. Despite being dressed in high-class clothing, suggesting he came from a wealthy family, a wide-reaching and well-publicized search failed to uncover his identity, leaving him known only by the macabre nickname "Little Lord Fauntleroy."

So, what does this gruesome bit of local lore have to do with "Little Lord", the new single from Milwaukee's Filter Free Rodeo? Well, aside from some ominous aquatic images mixed in among the snarling lyrics, it's a tad hard to say. Not that it matters much anyway, since the song's subject, as morbidly fascinating as it is, takes a backseat to the music it inspires, a vicious mix of punk and psych that gradually descends into noisy, bluesy depths.

Much like occasional cohorts the Rashita Joneses, with whom they put out a split cassette earlier this year, Filter Free Rodeo have distinguished themselves through short yet potent releases, and "Little Lord" is no exception, managing to leave a big impression in just five short minutes. Basically it succeeds in doing what a good single should, drawing you in and leaving you wanting more, mainly by being almost as dark and intriguing as the mystery of Little Lord Fauntleroy itself.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

PLAYLIST: Mondo Radio (07/01/15)

Here's the playlist for this week's edition of Mondo Radio, which you can download or stream here. This episode: "On the Floor", featuring classic disco and more. If you dig it, remember to also find the show on Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter!

Artist - Song - Album
Dan Hartman - Instant Replay - Instant Replay
Dan Hartman - Love Is A Natural - Instant Replay
Loleatta Holloway - Love Sensation - Love Sensation
Loleatta Holloway - Dance What 'Cha Wanna - Love Sensation
Sister Sledge - Lost In Music - We Are Family
Sister Sledge - He's The Greatest Dancer - We Are Family
Instant Funk - Don't You Wanna Party - Instant Funk
Instant Funk - I Got My Mind Made Up (12" Dance Mix) - Instant Funk
Sogblettir - Er Nema Von - Sogblettir
Amanda Lear - Fashion Pack - Never Trust A Pretty Face
Grace Jones - I Need A Man - Portfolio
Amanda Lear - Lili Marleen - Never Trust A Pretty Face
ABBA - Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) - The Definitive Collection
ABBA - Voulez-Vous (Extended Remix, 1979 US Promo) - The Definitive Collection
Donna Summer - Journey To The Centre Of Your Heart - Bad Girls
Donna Summer - Sunset People - Bad Girls
Sylvester - You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) - Step II
Sylvester - Dance (Disco Heat) - Step II
Loose Change - All Night Man - Straight From The Heart (Single)
Loose Change - Straight From The Heart - Straight From The Heart (Single)
Charanga 76 - Music Trance - Bob Blank: The Blank Generation Blank Tapes NYC 1975-1985
Musique - Keep On Jumpin' - Keep On Jumpin'
Gladys Knight - It's A Better Than Good Time (Walter Gibbons Mix) - Bob Blank: The Blank Generation Blank Tapes NYC 1975-1985
Atmosfear - Dancing In Outer Space - Dancing In Outer Space (Single)
Atmosfear - Outer Space - Dancing In Outer Space (Single)

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Monday, June 29, 2015

CONCERT REVIEW: Public Enemy (Miller Lite Oasis/Summerfest, Milwaukee)

Refusing to slow down with age, legendary rap agitators Public Enemy take over Summerfest's Miller Lite Oasis stage for a bracing, classic-packed performance. 

Read my full review here.

FEATURE: The Rashita Joneses Keep the Bangers Coming

Previously one of Milwaukee's best kept secrets, garage rockers the Rashita Joneses have quickly made a name for themselves thanks to an impressive string of releases.

Read the full piece here.

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