Wednesday, October 22, 2014

PLAYLIST: Mondo Radio (10/22/14)

Here's the playlist for this week's edition of Mondo Radio, which you can download or stream here. This episode: "Pressure Drop", featuring reggae and dub. If you enjoy it, remember to also follow the show on Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter!

Artist - Song - Album
Keith Blake - Musically - Joe Gibbs Scorchers From The Early Years 1967-73
Ken Parker & The Destroyers - Only Yesterday/Danger Zone - Joe Gibbs Scorchers From The Early Years 1967-73
Bob Marley And The Wailers - My Cup - Soul Rebels
Bob Marley And The Wailers - Rebel's Hop - Soul Rebels
Keith Hudson - Bad Harvest - Furnace
Keith Hudson - Furnace - Furnace
Horace Andy - Every Tongue Shall Tell - Skylarking
Horace Andy - Just Say Who - Skylarking
Toots & The Maytals - Pressure Drop - Funky Kingston
Toots & The Maytals - Funky Kingston - Funky Kingston
Desmond Dekker & The Aces - Israelites - Israelites (Single)
Jimmy Cliff - Time Will Tell - Reggae Spectacular
Jimmy Cliff - Come Into My Life - Reggae Spectacular
Desmond Dekker & The Aces - My Precious World - Israelites (Single)
Rubber Rodeo - Slippin' Away - Rubber Rodeo
Liberators - Why Can't It Be - Enemies Are Coming
Liberators - Grey Skies - Enemies Are Coming
Peter Tosh - Burial - Legalize It
Peter Tosh - Brand New Second Hand - Legalize It
U-Roy - Runaway Girl - Dread In A Babylon
U-Roy - Silver Bird - Dread In A Babylon
Wayne Wade - Doctor Bird - Evil Woman
Wayne Wade - Baby Don't Go - Evil Woman
The Congos - Can't Come In - Heart Of The Congos
The Congos - Ark Of Covenant - Heart Of The Congos
Herman Chin Loy - Heavy Duty - Aquarius Dub
Herman Chin Loy - Jungle Rock - Aquarius Dub
The Ethnic Fight Band - Out Of One Man Comes Many Dubs - Out Of One Man Comes Many Dubs
The Ethnic Fight Band - Portobello Road Dub - Out Of One Man Comes Many Dubs
King Tubby & Friends - Tubby Get Smart - Dub Like Dirt 1975-1977
King Tubby & Friends - Guidance Dub - Dub Like Dirt 1975-1977
Augustus Pablo - Jah Dread - Original Rockers
Augustus Pablo - Up Warrika Hill - Original Rockers
Lee Perry Presents The Mighty Upsetters - Hold Them Kung Fu - Heart Of The Dragon
Lee Perry Presents The Mighty Upsetters - Black Belt Jones - Heart Of The Dragon
Prince Far I - Big Fight - Under Heavy Manners
Prince Far I - You I Love And Not Another - Under Heavy Manners
African Head Charge - Family Doctoring - My Life In A Hole In The Ground
African Head Charge - Far Away Chant - My Life In A Hole In The Ground

CONCERT REVIEW: John Hodgman, Bill Corbett & Kevin Murphy (Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee)

One-of-a-kind comedian John Hodgman brings his revealing new tour to the Turner Hall Ballroom, joined by Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy of MST3K and Rifftrax fame.


Monday, October 20, 2014

CONCERT REVIEW: King Tuff, Cassie Ramone & Whips (The Cactus Club, Milwaukee)


After breaking big nationally with his 2012 self-titled sophomore effort, an absurdly catchy set of songs that was widely, and deservedly, hailed as one of the year’s best, King Tuff, known offstage as singer-guitarist Kyle Thomas, has received an enormous amount of attention, even with stiff competition from their accomplished labelmates at Sub Pop and Burger Records. They’ve earned it obviously, but more scrutiny adds no small amount of pressure when you’re following up a near-perfect album, not that it’s marred the new Black Moon Spell, which, if anything, only cements his status as one the most entertaining artists in modern garage rock. When someone of his caliber comes to town, it’s always a big deal, but at this point in his career, it’s arguably too big a deal for the Cactus Club.

It’s nothing against the venue, Cactus is one of the best-sounding and most adventurously booked rooms in the city, but, being one big bottleneck, becomes a frustrating mess when it’s crowded, and tonight the place was already almost packed by the time hard-rocking local opener Whips took the stage.  Featuring members of Call Me Lightning and The Academy Is…, and fronted by wild-eyed singer Ashley Smith, their set was a bit on the long side, but made a convincing case for looking into their upcoming LP Turn It On. Next was former Vivian Girls frontwoman Cassie Ramone, who requested the audience sit on the floor for her short set of unpolished, but affective, acoustic pop, which provided an interesting vibe, but also created a minefield of tripping hazards that felled at least one victim.

After the sell-out crowd had time to mob the bar and bathrooms, Tuff, accompanied by drummer Old Gary and bassist Magic Jake, emerged to the strains of “The William Tell Overture”, humorously enjoying the pomp for a moment before ripping in to the new album’s stomping title track. The Black Moon Spell material continued, but there were throwbacks too, like “Freak When I’m Dead” from his 2008 debut Was Dead and a couple of King Tuff cuts, namely the dreamy “Anthem” and the night’s upbeat ending “Alone and Stoned”. It was a predictably fun show, but would have been even better with more room to enjoy it in; plenty of great acts have graduated from the Cactus Club to bigger spaces over the years, and it’s about time King Tuff was one of them.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

PLAYLIST: Mondo Radio (10/15/14)

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

Artist - Song - Album
James Brown - Make It Funky (Part 1) - The Singles, Vol. 7: 1970-1972
James Brown - Super Bad (Part 1 & Part 2)(Promo Version) - The Singles, Vol. 7: 1970-1972
Sly And The Family Stone - In Time - Fresh
Sly And The Family Stone - If You Want Me To Stay - Fresh
Black Heat - The Jungle - Black Heat
Black Heat - Chicken Heads - Black Heat
The Politicians Feat. McKinley Jackson - The World We Live In - Psycha-Soula-Funkadelic: The Hot Wax Sessions
The Politicians Feat. McKinley Jackson - Psycha-Soula-Funkadelic - Psycha-Soula-Funkadelic: The Hot Wax Sessions
Ann Peebles - 99 Pounds - Straight From The Heart
Ann Peebles - I Pity The Fool - Straight From The Heart
Satisfaction Unlimited - Spread Your Love Around - Think Of The Children
Satisfaction Unlimited - Somebody Else's Woman - Think Of The Children
Scott X - Space Traveler - Scott X
Norma Jean & Ray J. - Raising Hell - Raising Hell
Norma Jean & Ray J. - Right Place Wrong Time - Raising Hell
Mystic Minds - Can You Hear Me - Mind Over Matter
Mystic Minds - It's Real - Mind Over Matter
L.T.G. Exchange - Stone Broke - Susie Heartbreaker
L.T.G. Exchange - Money Mad - Susie Heartbreaker
Curtis Mayfield - Freddie's Dead - Mojo Presents: Heavy Soul
Aaron Neville - Hercules - Mojo Presents: Heavy Soul
Stevie Wonder - Have A Talk With God - Songs In The Key Of Life
Stevie Wonder - I Wish - Songs In The Key Of Life
Betty Davis - This Is It! - Nasty Gal
Betty Davis - Dedicated To The Press - Nasty Gal
The Isley Brothers - The Heat Is On (Part 1 & 2) - The Heat Is On
The Isley Brothers - Hope You Feel Better Love (Part 1 & 2) - The Heat Is On
Parliament - Handcuffs - Mothership Connection
Parliament - Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker) - Mothership Connection
Bootsy's Rubber Band - Ahh ... The Name Is Bootsy, Baby - Ahh ... The Name Is Bootsy, Baby!
Bootsy's Rubber Band - The Pinocchio Theory - Ahh ... The Name Is Bootsy, Baby!
Willie Hutch - And All Hell Broke Loose - All American Funkathon (Single)
Willie Hutch - All American Funkathon - All American Funkathon (Single)

CONCERT REVIEW: Big Freedia & Rio Turbo (Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee)

Big Freedia's exuberant Just Be Free tour takes over the Turner Hall Ballroom with a little help from an unlikely, but very appropriate, opener, Milwaukee's own Rio Turbo.

Read my full review here.

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