Archive for July, 2008

Jayme Dawicki this Friday at Turner Hall Ballroom

July 31, 2008

Normally, we wouldn’t dream of putting a clip from The Real World: Hollywood on our site. But this particular clip, from the show’s most recent season, features a song from Milwaukee songbird Jayme Dawicki‘s most recent album, Shatter Queen. The same album she released earlier this year, a few months before the song (“Paper Dolls”) made its television debut.

Not a bad way to keep an album’s momentum going.

This Friday, the WAMI Award-winning singer brings her beautiful pop songbook to Turner Hall Ballroom, opening for Illinois-born, SoCal-based supermegastar, Ferras. It’s Dawicki’s last Milwaukee show before she heads out on the road to conquer the West Coast (click here for tour dates), so if you haven’t caught her live yet, now’s your chance. Tickets are only $9.45, courtesy of 94.5 WKTI, and Dawicki takes the stage at 8 PM.

For more info on Friday’s show, visit the Turner Hall Ballroom page here. And to hear more of Dawicki’s music, visit her MySpace page.


Get All Maritime-d on the South Side of Our Great Pond Named Michigan

July 30, 2008

photo courtesy of Myspace

Local happy-go-luckiers, Maritime has good news for those of us who might like to exercise our right to travel this weekend. Straight from the lads who’ve even managed to tickle Pitchfork pink is this worthy note. Jot it down:

…”So, we are playing a sponsored event in Chicago this Friday, August 1st at Subterranean (2011 North Avenue) that is invite only BUT we are giving you a chance to get in. Email as soon as you can and ask for you and a guest to come party with us. Its first come first serve so act now. Hope to see you there.

Take care, 

Off Key + Ellagraph

July 28, 2008

I woke up this morning to the sad realization that I was no longer sleeping in a small lakeside cabin. That my day would not consist of bottled beer on a pontoon boat, in the middle of a relatively uninhabited body of water, surrounded by five very good friends.

I also woke up to this video, which is making my return to the working world a whole hell of a lot easier.

The Off Key
is the solo-project alias of Aaron Schleicher, guitarist/backing vocalist of Milwaukee’s own Juniper Tar. Ellagraph is just another nice way of saying Kat Berger– one of the best photographers around. (Luckily, she too lives here.)

The video’s for a new Off Key song, “One in the Middle” and is composed of over 5,000 photos Miss Berger shot on a recent trip with the solo songman.

To hear more of The Off Key, visit his MySpace page. And to see more of Kat’s photos, visit her Web site here.

MORE stuff to do this weekend! We ask: Can You Handle It?

July 25, 2008

According to my writer-pal Milan’s previous post, there is an absolute crapload of stuff for Milwaukeeans and non-Milwaukeeans to absorb this weekend (which incidentally, starts now for you non-working, shirk-er types).

For those who really LIKE to EAT (seeing it as more fun than functional), there are a couple opportunities to do so and listen to music simultaneously (actually more difficult than the walking and chewing gum cliche, but still manageable)…

Brady Street Festival featuring Cheesefest: Just mention the word ‘cheese’ to anyone brought up in Wisconsin, and you get a nostalgia and genuine affection reaction reserved for dear family members or childhood pets. See for yourself at the Brady Street Festival, where there will be an homage to our waxy food friend, cheese, and a final farewell to local musical phenoms, The Wildbirds.

German Fest: Dachshund racing, bratwurst, bratwurst, bratwurst, bier and random lederhosen and dirndl sightings. You like accordions? Awesome. You’re going to hear ’em in your sleep after attending this accordion-filled ethnic festival on Milwaukee’s lakefront. Visit *here* for more information, and be sure to click on the music schedule page. Every time it opens, an accordion plays for a millisecond. Impressive and strangely addictive.

Yesterday, we also mentioned the occurrence of the PBR Street Party and The Secret Chiefs 3 with The Demix and Wooden Robot. If that wasn’t enough musical entertainment to make you get out a pencil out and write stuff down, here are a few more local-ers that are playing out that are scribble-worthy: The Trusty Knife with Big Fun and Crappy Dracula at The Cactus Club tonight, The Nice Outfit at Linneman’s on Saturday, and the lineup of The Goodnight Loving, Uptown Savages, Sugar Stems, Sharapova and The Get Drunk DJ’s at Liquor Sweets (3000 South 13th St.) for the Second Annual MS Benefit Show and Silent Auction, where the proceeds will go to benefit the MS 150 Bike Ride from Waukesha to Whitewater to Madison coming up August 2 and 3. Help out your community and support your local bands by being an attendee.

Looking at your list (which I’m very sure you’ve got in your hand right now), it’s obvious that Milwaukee is going to be an overwhelmingly entertaining place to be this weekend, so, why not stay put and enjoy the local goings-on? There will be other times to visit your second cousin, twice-removed, go white-water rafting, have a John Hughes marathon or try your hand at canning vegetables. This is not the weekend. Although, I wouldn’t begrudge anyone going up to West Bend for the Washington County Fair. Did you see the lineup? It’s your choice. Happy weekend, Milwaukee!

The post where I talk about stuff I’m missing this weekend

July 24, 2008

No matter where in time you put the origins of our species, it’s fair to say we’ve had a LOT of time to figure things out, explore, develop, evolve, and enhance our way of life. In the naive 1950s, we believed our evolution would eventually lead to flying cars. In 1989, after seeing Back II the Future II, we believed it would lead to weird Nikes and hover boards. (The former is actually, officially happening.) And today, I’m really wishing that, over the course of the last few thousand years, we would have figured out how to either rearrange time, or be in two places at once.

This weekend, I’m taking a booked-in-advance trip out of town. Nothing fancy. Doesn’t even qualify as a vacation by the standards of those who actually, regularly take vacations. But it will be three days away from the computer and drawing table.

Unfortunately, it will also be three days away from Milwaukee, where apparently, everything I’d really like to see is happening. Most notably (for me anyway), The PBR Street Party, and our own Wooden Robot and The Demix opening for Secret Chiefs 3 at Turner Hall this Saturday.

Musically speaking, the former proves yet again that the smaller festivals are the ones with the better music line-ups. And frankly, this one’s frickin’ impeccable. There’s not a skippable act playing (also: I can’t see John the Savage enough), and the whole thing’s Master-of-Ceremonied by DJ Mad Hatter! It’s near one of the best bars in Milwaukee, the beer is cheap, AND IT’S FREE.

The latter, however, is not. But you should never complain about paying to see live music. Especially local acts. And especially local acts as good as Wooden Robot and The Demix.

Turner Hall’s been commendably good about making sure local bands aren’t excluded from the stage, and are even better about pairing them appropriately with the traveling acts coming through. With this particular show, they outdid themselves. Wooden Robot and The Demix each represent very different limbs of their headliner’s overall body of sound. But the biggest thing they have in common with the Secret Chiefs is not sound aesthetic, so much as individuality.

The Demix is a one-man crew that builds through destruction. On his MySpace page, he claims his music sounds like “a nightmare,” but I only wish my nightmares had this good a soundtrack. It’s proof positive that sampling is an artform in the hands of the right person, and will probably sound amazing at the volume playing Turner Hall allows.

Wooden Robot, on the other hand, is a multi-member crew that doesn’t build through destruction. They do, however, make their own kind of music. It’s not one particular thing, or even a mash-up of a few things. It just sounds natural and different and genuine. Which is all you need to make a good anything. For me, the best thing about them is how each song sounds like it has a history to it, the same way that, when you listen to old folk songs from other cultures, you know they’ve been around for hundreds of years.

There’s an excellent piece in this week’s Shepherd Express about them, which includes information about their forthcoming album. (Can I get a collective “hooray?”)

Initially, I hoped to end this post with video clips of Wooden Robot and The Demix. Sadly, Wooden Robot removed theirs from their MySpace page, and The Demix clips don’t have the best sound quality. Perhaps this should be motivation for someone to videotape the both of them. If not for the benefit of all mankind, then for me, since I won’t be able to catch any of it in person.

For more information on the PBR Street party, click here. And for more information on the Secret Chiefs 3 show featuring Wooden Robot and The Demix, click here.