Superman Break

This week on the 7 o’clock sample, we have been exploring movie and TV theme music…

There is a laundry list of TV themes that have been sampled by Rap and Electronic acts.  Some of my favorites include the Knight Rider Theme, Inspector Gadget, Theme From BattleStar Galatica, and even the Fat Albert Theme.  But it’s not that often that A TV show’s theme song has a sample in it.  However, I found an exception to that!

Do ya Ever watch SCRUBS?

Well that funky drum break is one of the most sampled drum breaks in soul music…

The Honey Drippers “Impeach The President” Break…



Sound Travels Wednesday: Aromatic Turkish Blend

Sound Travels Wednesday Aromatic Turkish Blend



Sema “Hasret” Beyond Istanbul 2-Urban Sounds Of Turkey

Norrda “Infinite Face” Beyond Istanbul 2-Urban Sounds Of Turkey

Asik Veysel “Konusma” Beyond Istanbul 2-Urban Sounds Of Turkey

Sultana “Hümanizm” Cerkez Kizi

Orietation “Sen Gülünce” Beyond Istanbul 2-Urban Sounds Of Turkey

Gevende “Anonim” Beyond Istanbul 2-Urban Sounds Of Turkey

Selda Bagcan “Gitme” Selda

Ersen “Çakmağı Çak” Ersen

Contest | 88Nine RadioMilwaukee Tift Merritt Mixtape Contest!

Hey, What are you doing for lunch Saturday, July 31st? How about a late lunch at 88Nine studios with food, drink, and live music from Tift Merritt. 88Nine RadioMilwaukee presents an exclusive, intimate, live lunch interview with Tift Merritt at our brand NEW performance space here at 88Nine.

Tift Merritt will be performing at Shank Hall later that evening on July 31st, but we’ve got her for a lunch date at 1pm.  Want to come? In honor of her song “Mixtape, which you can hear on 88Nine, just send us 5 songs that you would include on your mixtape by filling out this form.

Just fill out the form and you will be entered in a chance to win.  We’ll draw 5 entries at random later this week for a live lunch concert this Saturday, July 31st.  To give you some inspiration, watch Tift Merritt’s video for “Mixtape” and then fill out the form. Good Luck! Don’t forget you can catch her live at Shank Hall on July 31stYou can listen to her interview and performance from yesterday’s World Cafe.

Blitzen Trapper invades Milwaukee

Five studio albums later and it’s no surprise that Blitzen Trapper is back with even more flare.

Arguably the best part about Blitzen Trapper is that they have an allegiance to their listener: to get them hyped then calm them down. All six bandmates rock hard with strong conviction, then inevitably ease up, only to do it all over again. The sequence is a pretty comforting experience and that’s what to expect when you play Destroyer of the Void.

Released in June on Sub Pop Records, the 12-track album is proof that the band is a fan of experimentation. The discography strays from the sound of their 2008 release Furr, yet retains enough elements to familiarize the listener.

All six guys have been together since 2000 and they seem to have found just the right recipe of folk and rock to uphold some evolutionary noise.

When you play the first track “Destroyer of the Void,” you might have to double check to make sure you didn’t just put on a Queen album. No, you didn’t just time travel to 1974, that’s just the organic harmonizing Blitzen Trapper lives by.

Every song is primarily orchestrated by Eric Earley’s voice, lyrics and craft. Throughout “Dragon’s Song,” for instance, Earley croons “Make your way to the beat of the drum” – a message that resonates and continues throughout the song.

A variety of topics inhabit the album, none of which monopolize an overall theme, but seem to follow their tune back to the natural world – including “Evening Star,” “Heaven and Earth” and “The Tree.” Storytelling is Earley’s specialty. Throughout the album he sings of a tailor, a hurricane and a plenty lost lovers along the way.

Here’s a clip of Blitzen Trapper performing “Dragon’s Song” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

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The sextet are playing at Milwaukee’s Turner Hall Ballroom tonight and you don’t want to miss it.

New Music Wednesday | Cosmo Jarvis, Budos Band, Bosco Delrey and Los Lobos

On this week’s New Music Wednesday, (7/27/2010), we have new music from Cosmo Jarvis, Budos Band, Bosco Delrey and Los Lobos. Listen to the tracks below and then let us know what you think by voting for your favorite tune.

New Music Wednesday is sponsored by Whiskey Bar.

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

Cosmo Jarvis – “She’s Got You”
Budos Band – ” Unbroken, Unshaven”
Bosco Delrey – “Wild One”
Los Lobos – “Burn It Down”

Event | Advance Screening of the White Stripes “Under Great White Northern Lights”

88Nine RadioMilwaukee and The Times Cinema present an advance showing of “Under Great White Northern Lights” – the White Stripes concert film – this Friday, July 30th at 9:30.  Proceeds from this Friday’s screening will benefit Radio Milwaukee.  The Screening this Friday night at 9:30 at The Times Cinema is the kick-off to next week’s regular engagement.

Immediately prior to “Under Great White Northern Lights” will be a screening of an excerpt of the new R.E.M. collection “When The Light Is Mine – The Best Of The I.R.S. Years”, and we’ll be giving away copies of this DVD and the new deluxe edition of R.E.M.’s “Fables Of The Reconstruction” after the White Stripes movie. The advance screening of “Under Great White Northern Lights” will be this Friday, July 30th at 9:30 pm at The Times Cinema at 59th and Vliet in Milwaukee – brought to you by 88 Nine, Radio Milwaukee.

Sound Travels Monday: New Music

Sultry, seductive and infused with that inimitable samba swing, the music of Luísa Maita embodies the modern spirit of Brazil. Inspired by the bustling urban life found in her native city of São Paulo, Lero-Lero has a contemporary vibe with influences from alternative pop and downtempo electronic music melded with an acoustic foundation deeply rooted in samba, bossa nova and MPB. Fans of Bebel Gilberto, Céu and Seu Jorge will find much to love in Luísa Maita’s tropical, forward-looking sound, and her sensual yet soulful voice.
Luísa Maita has been surrounded by music since birth. Her father, Amado Maita, a singer whose one debut solo album from the 1970s is a coveted vinyl collector’s item, named all three of his daughters after songs by bossa nova legend Antonio Carlos Jobim. Inspired by samba, bossa nova and other classic Brazilian styles, Luísa is also heavily influenced by the cool jazz of Billie Holiday and Chet Baker, as well as pop, funk and downtempo electronic music. Her first album as a solo artist, Lero-Lero shows these influences at play in her work and the hint of more to come…

Luisa Maita “Lero-lero” Lero-lero


The future of funk is being written right now by a pair of Parisian groove theorists named Bibi Tanga and Professeur Inlassable. Singer, bassist and bandleader Bibi Tanga bridges the divide between the arty South Bank of the Seine and the gritty suburbs, where he grew up as an immigrant from the Central African Republic. Bibi’s music is marked by slinky, sinuous basslines and a wicked falsetto that conjures up Prince and Curtis Mayfield, while producer Professeur Inlassable (“The Tireless Professor”) digs deep beneath the cobblestones of Paris to unearth the sound and spirit of another era. Together with Bibi’s band The Selenites, the duo forges a stunningly original new sound, and creates a space where Afro-futurism meets steampunk, Fela Kuti jams with Sidney Bechet, and Marcel Duchamp gets down to Chic. Though they’ve already made a stir in France, the group now teams up with Nat Geo Music (after a fortuitous spin on the Nat Geo Music TV Channel alerted the label to their sublime talent) to bring their fashion-forward funk vision to audiences worldwide.

Bibi Tanga & The Selinites “Bê Africa” Dunya


Integrating Afro-Latin traditions with modern elements of Rock, Hip-Hop, Dub, Ska and Afro-Beat, to create the hybridized sound that Cuchata is known for. The inspiration for Cuchata came from a pilgrimage to Marcelo E. Quinonez’s ancestral home of Nicaragua in 1999. Mesmerized by the musical heritage of the country, guitarist, singer, and songwriter Marcelo formed the band Cuchata.

With Cuchata’s third and newest release, Amor, Cambio, Y La Verdad we see Marcelo’s composing and writing talents focused and stripped down. The entire album showcases Marcelo’s seamless ability to jump from genre to genre and tackle everything from Cumbia, to Ska, to Hip-Hop. Pouring his heart and soul into this release. With this album Marcelo has elevated Cuchata to genre bending status, and created a record that speaks to people universally about the themes of life and love that captivate us all.

Cuchata “Asuncion” Amor, Cambio y la Verdad


Italian dancehall artist Alborosie has a new project. And while those familiar with his work won’t be surprised by that, it is remarkable that his latest is less crossover in appeal and more tribute to his roots. Known as an up-and-coming lyricist with a stark, plaintive delivery; Italian roots chanter Alborosie has, up till now recorded English-only singles. With Boo Boo Vibration we hear his flow crush it in Italian too. While a complete album seems to elude him, his singles are pure fire and every release is worth more than a listen. Hear this…

Alborosie & Boo Boo Vibration “Spaghetti Reggae” Scimmie Metropolitane