Posts Tagged ‘John the Savage’


December 31, 2009


photo of the Get Down from MySpace


Alright. It’s after 3 p.m. on the eve of New Year’s, and either you’ve settled in for a quality evening with the Star Wars trilogy, are preparing party snacks or are sitting on the proverbial fence of where to spend your last moments of 2009 that will be memorable, fun, slightly sane and won’t leave you with an ‘uh-oh’ empty wallet. Here are a few options for the final evening of the year that will offer all these things if you don’t have a house party to call home or a place to crash out and wait until it’s all over; because, after all, it’s just another night like any other, right?



At the Bay View Brew Haus Friday: John the Savage Joins Up With Two Heavy Hitters

November 6, 2009

flier from MySpace

Words by Erin Wolf

All musicians are natural-born storytellers, but some possess a bit more oomph than others. John the Savage is more than capable of swirling their stories energetically in a wash of chaos and cacophony, and stand up, fair enough, to seasoned veterans of the same ilk. The Milwaukee band opens up for the soulful William Elliott Whitmore and Philly’s Hoots & Hellmouth Friday at the Bay View Brew Haus.
John the Savage, “Irukandji”


John the Savage Drops an F-bomb on Milwaukee

August 12, 2009


cover art courtesy of John the Savage

cover art courtesy of John the Savage

Words by Erin Wolf

Tonight sees the release of the final remnants of the first recordings of resident caterwaulers John the Savage. From their full-length Kitchen Voodoo released last October, JTS is dishing out a few leftovers which still contain the now-defunct horn section. The band, in the spirit of moving on and picking up, are releasing these songs in a flippantly-titled EP to match their attitude on moving out with the old and on with the new: Fuck It

Fuck It will be presented in a release show at the Mad Planet tonight, transitioning them into their next recording session, sans horns, with Shane Hochstetler [Howl Street Recordings] in September. Check out a track from the EP, below, before the show tonight. The Mad Planet is located at 533 E. Center Street. 10 p.m. 21+ With Everything Now! and Casper & The Cookies.

John the Savage, “Irukandji”

Review: The Red, White and Pabst Blue Ribbon Festival

July 8, 2009

image by CJ Foeckler

image by CJ Foeckler

words by Brian Whitney

Traditional 4th of July celebrations include some combination of parades, grilled food, fireworks, sparklers, family, and the like. Occasionally, though, an event comes along that supersedes any/all of those traditional activities. For example, when a gentleman who happened to be the frontman of one of your favorite bands of all time decides to bring his new band to an outdoor stage a few blocks from your apartment, thoughts of hot dogs and apple pie tend to take a backseat.

Such was the case Saturday, as Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks (featuring former members of Sleater-Kinney and Quasi) rolled into Milwaukee on America’s 233rd birthday. I would be remiss to not discuss Malkmus’ headlining set before taking about the other aspects of the festival. The band mostly played songs off of their latest, 2008’s Real Emotional Trash, which to me was a bit of a letdown, as I much prefer the band’s work on previous efforts such as Face The Truth or Pig Lib. The songs did sound looser and more enjoyable in the live format, and many in attendance seemed to be enjoying the newer songs, so I ask that my minority opinion be viewed as such.

Setlist choices would be the whole story, except a very curious thing happened about two-thirds of the way into the set. Malkmus and bassist Joanna Bolme began discussing how to play a song, debating notes and changes for a good two or three minutes while the slightly restless audience of 2,500 (rough estimate) waited for the next song. Which turned out to be a spot-on cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Emotional Rescue”, complete with falsetto. It was the sort of thing that made the performance less of a standard rock concert and more of a unique event (something Malkmus is known for in Milwaukee, as anyone who attended their 2003 show here can attest.) The encore consisted of two more spontaneous covers: the Kinks’ “All Day and All Of The Night” and the Velvet Underground’s “What Goes On”. Ultimately what didn’t make it onto the setlist became the memorable part of the show. Adding to the greatness of the experience was my viewpoint; namely, the kitchen window of the apartment above Burnhearts, which was directly parallel from the stage. The view was probably the best possible of the proceedings, in terms of seeing the band and the people watching the band. Looking out at the sea of people gathered on Potter Street was almost like reading a Where’s Waldo book, albeit one specifically related to the time I’ve spent in Milwaukee and the people I have known here.

The main stage also featured performances from Maps and AtlasesMaritime, Rock Plaza Central and Kid Millions. Maps and Atlases, in particular, may have stolen the show a bit, as many in attendance seemed to be unfamiliar with the Chicago quartet. yet enjoyed their mix of technical prowess and melodic songwriting. The second stage (does it have to literally be a stage to count as a “stage”, in the festival sense of the word?) featured performances by local acts previously seen on this site, such as Lopan and Mike Skorcz of John the Savage.

Anyone who attended the Red, White, and PBR Fest was plied not only with excellent musical performances, but the beverage that was the festival’s namesake. The festival was stocked with 100 cases of PBR tallboys and 24 kegs; yet this seemingly insurmountable quantity of beer was wiped out by the time the headliners hit the stage. There was never a truer testament to Milwaukeeans’ ability to drink in public.

The Milwaukee Sound: John the Savage

May 26, 2009


Fan-belt collabs with our good pals Third Coast Digest to record *The Milwaukee Sound* podcast at 91.7-FM WMSE. Fan-belt editor Erin Wolf chatted with six members of John the Savage, who are leaving for a quick, three-state mini-tour later next month.