The Buskers on 414 Music

In celebration of the brand new album Spare Change, The Buskers will be my guests this afternoon at 5:30 on 414 Music. We’ll hear a couple of live songs as well as a track from the new album. For more info on the band go to http://www.thebuskersband.combuskers1


Psychedelic Sound Travels

soundtravels_logo3When people think of psychedelia, the tendency is to dwell on on altered states of mind or the drug influenced rock music of the hippified sixties. The reality of the music that we call psychedelic is that it is far more than that and can be applied to nearly any form of music. Today’s Sound Travels is an attempt to get at that.

By listening to the global grooves I have for you today, you’ll hear a whole world in love with the sound of the soul approaching the ecstasy of it’s own manifestation; departing the comfortable norms of traditional forms, psychedelic music in the sense I’m using it is closer to its truth. That truth is in the the etymology, that the word psychedelic is itself two words of classical Greek origin psyche– which means soul and delos– meaning manifest.

Music of self discovery, and the sonic theme that I was keyed in on was that the music have a characteristic grooviness, perhaps an extended jamminess, with instrumentation that would be unusual, even exotic for the culture from which it came. For example, American psychedelic music may favor the sitar whereas the Indian equivalent may favor the guitar. More than just instrumentation, the psychedelic I was searching for needed to sound more than just wierd, it needed to take you into its trance. Hear it…

Sound Travels : Global Pychedelic


Here’s a listing of what I played today…

Continue reading

Top 5 Thursday: Most Anticipated Releases of Early 2009

Thursday, as I am sure you know, has become a day of lists. Top 5’s realimages1ly. Scott Mullins and I get together on an idea and we come up with a list of artists who exemplify the idea and then present it to you as the shifts change at 2pm. Whether it be about artists that need to get back to their sonic roots or our top five protest songs, we have your Top 5. Granted, it’s just the opinion of  two self described “music heads,” but it’s always interesting…

This Thursday we looked at the upcoming year’s expected new releases and picked our most anticipated releases from artists we expect to have a breakout year, in either a commercial or artistic sense of the word ‘breakout.’ So without any further ado, here’s what we came up with.


N.A.S.A. “A Volta”: Spirit of Apollo (Feb. 17th)

Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit : self-titled (Feb. 17th)


The Black Lips “Short Fuse”: 200 Million Thousand (Feb. 24th)

Antony & The Johnsons : The Crying Light (Jan. 19th)


Lady Sovereign : Jigsaw (April 7th)

The Heartless Bastards  “The Mountain”: The Mountain (out now)


Bon Iver : Blood Bank EP (Jan. 27th)

Bruce Springsteen “My Lucky Day”: Working On A Dream


Asa “No One Knows”: Asa (Jan. 27th)

The Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears: The Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears

Join Scott Mullins and I next Thursday for another Top 5 countdown as we present our top picks for artists whose solo careers seemed doomed at the start, but worked out anyway. If you are inspired, and have a Top 5 theme for us, send it our way, Be Heard!

Traveling with Idris Muhammad

Today’s seven on clock sample is one for the dance floor. Check out the way that funk-acid jazz super stars Jamiroquai freak this Idris Muhammad song…

That break is in here… wait for it…. wait for it….

Ahh there it is!
Your seven o clock sample!

Danceworks Milwaukee’s THE BRA PROJECT

This morning we spoke with Kelly Anderson of Danceworks Inc. here in Milwaukee about her production of

For more information on this unique performance visit DANCEWORKS.
Yo can also call the box office at 414-277-8480 or email

Vote: Growing Power’s Will Allen for White House Farmer!


In response to an October 19th New York Times editorial by Michael Pollan (“In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto”) which proposed that (then) President Elect Obama hire a “White House farmer,” a blog was created with 70+ candidates for the job.  Among the candidates, Milwaukee’s Will Allen, founder of Growing Power and winner of a 2008 MacArthur “Genius” Grant.

Voting runs through Saturday, January 31st.

The top three vote-getters will be submitted for consideration to President Obama.  Currently, Allen has just under 1,300 votes, putting him in the top 10.

Vote today! Will Allen for White House Farmer!

New Music Wednesday: Neko Case, Little Jackie, The Constellations and Glasvegas


For New Music Wednesday 1/28/09, we have new music from Neko Case, Little Jackie, The Constellations, and Glasvegas. Listen to the tracks below and then let us know what you think by voting for your favorite tune. We’ll announce the winner next week.

You can also grab this week’s picks in our iTunes store!

Neko Case – “People Got a Lotta Nerve”

The Constellations – “Love is A Murder feat. Cee Lo”