Rock or Knock: Mayer Hawthorne,”Just Ain’t Gonna Work Out”

Last night in Madison, Stones Throw DJ Tour stopped through (yo, Stones Throw you got to come through Milwaukee!!!).  The tour featured an up and coming artist by the name of Mayer Hawthorne. When you hear this kid’s music, you swear it is some cat from the 60’s. Just check out his video for “Just Ain’t Gonna Work Out”.  Let me know what you think. Rock or Knock?  I say right now, he gets a big ROCK from me.

While you at it check out this piece from BBC with Mr. Hawthorne. (downoad)


The Weekly Top 5: Songs for the Working (Wo)Man

Today’s Top Five Countdown works with the knowledge that May Day is upon us, so Scott and I thought we’d get into some songs that honor working men and women(or at least relate to work itself) a good list with abundant possibilities to choose from. Rush’s “Working Man,” John Lennon’s “Working Class Hero,” Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5” and  CCR’s “Proud Mary” just name a few of those possibilities, though they did not make the cut. What did make it then?


Elvis Costello “Welcome to the Work Week”


Junior Delahaye “Working Hard for the Rent Man”


The Rolling Stones “Salt Of The Earth”


Howard Tate “8 Days On The Road”


Tennessee Ernie Ford “16 Tons”

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Tune in next week when Scott and I get at another Top 5 Countdown; the best rock/rap poets. Any ideas? Let us know.

Hey Milwaukee, Do You Want to be in a Music Video?

In honor of their 5 year anniversary, No Request Sound will be filming a music video for one of their songs this Saturday, May 2nd at the Jackalope Lounj in the 3rd Ward.  Party begins at 10pm (spotted at Fan-Belt)

Chester French On Jimmy Fallon! (video)

I forgot to blog about this, but check out Chester French which 1/2 of the band (D.A. Wallach) is from and lives in Milwaukee. They will be at the Rave with Lady Sovereign and Hollywood Holt on May 15th.

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A Little Taste of Down Under from Colin Hay


We just had special visitor from Down Under. Colin Hay who was the former frontman of the Australian group Men at Work stopped by for an interview and performance with 88Nine’s Scott Mullins.  He has recently worked with the show Scrubs and on the soundtrack Garden State (great movie).  Listen and download the interview and performance with Colin Hay.  He is performing tonight at Turner Hall Ballroom.

Colin Hay Interview and Performance (Right Click and Save As to Download)

Sound Travels Wednesday: Global Beat Box

soundtravels_logoHip hop is the order of the week on Sound Travels, with another day devoted to this worldly stuff. A set that had a bit of mellow to it with the sombre beats of a Japanese producer who goes under the name Woodblue, his excellent “Sara Wo…” has something churchical to it, and starts the set with a vibe. That follows with Mr. D an artist out of Tanzania, rapping here in his native tongue of Swahili, and leads one to believe that African languages are born for hip hop, word flow like water.

And water is necessary for life to happen, and given my liberal use of music from Leeroy’s last couple of albums, might just be the equivalent of water given my valence and the bond I’ve formed with this tremendously creative artist. The cut I brought today is from his album Bollywood Trip. Ricky General show us that there is definite;y a fertile middle ground between hip hop and Jamaican dancehall music with the choice “Skettle Dub” and that serves to bridge into some work from Turkish diva-turned-rapper Sultana. Her tune “Humanizm,” is all about the powerful value of real leadership.

Which leads us to the slightly randy-sounding crew that comprises the French based crew TTC, who have already blown up once, and will probly continue to astound with their intricate Gallic wordplay, and savoir faire. And speaking of which, had a very unique MC to end the set, Brooklynite Y-Love, who is African-American by birth and Jewish by choice, having converted to the religion later in life. His faith informs this work I have here, but it is the intelligence that he was born with that allows him to excell not only in terms of the freshness of his raps, but also the quality and clarity of mind that expreses his themes with a unique and clever style big enogh to fit four languages into his flow. That’s rap! And a wrap o this entry, if you missed the set, here it is for a re-listen.  

Sound Travels Wednesday : Global Beat Box


Tracklisting & Media:

1. Woodblue : “Sara Wo…”

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New Music Wednesday: KHB, Richie Spice, St. Vincent and Phoenix


For New Music Wednesday 4/29/09, we have new music Milwaukee’s KHB, Richie Spice, St. Vincent and Phoenix. 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!

King Hell Bastard (KHB) – “Danger”

Richie Spice – “Time So Rough”

St. Vincent – “Actor Out Of Work

Phoenix – “1901”