Philly Takeover of RadioMilwaukee!!!!??

Well, the Brewers lost and it’s time to make good on our friendly wager with the fine folks at WXPN in Philadelphia. In addition to the Usinger’s brats and Sprecher root beer we are sending their way, we are also giving up an hour of our air-time. WXPN Afternoon Drive Host will join our own Scott Mullins on Wednesday at 5:00pm with a batch of Philadelphia-centric music. Given the deep, rich musical heritage of that great city, we are in for a musical treat. Tune in for music from McFadden & Whitehead, Marah, The Dead Milkmen, The Roots, Jotto and more. We certainly wish the Brewers had won….but losing never sounded so sweet.

Here is the playlist from WXPN:

“Point Breeze” – Marah
“Worst Trip” – Dr. Dog
Something produced by Gamble and Huff (“Love Train” would be nice)
Shackamaxon – Slo-Mo
Fall in Philadelphia – Hall & Oates
Expressway into Your Heart – The Soul Survivors
Wake Up Everybody – Harold Melvin And The Blue Notes
Ain’t No Stopping Us Now – McFadden & Whitehead
Punk Rock Girl – The Dead Milkmen
Into Philadelphia – Ike
Blood and Peanut Butter/Suffer For Two – BC Camplight
Weak Man – Good Old War
A Love Supreme – John Coltrane


New Music Wednesday begins on July 23rd

New music is a big deal at RadioMilwaukee.  We bring new music to the air every single week.  Making sure 88Nine listeners like you can Be Heard is a big deal, too.

Starting Wednesday, July 23, we’re bringing our commitment to new music to a whole new level.

Tune in next Wednesday at 7am, 11, 4pm and 8 and be the very first to hear all the week’s new music.  And once you hear it, get on the phone or hit the Soundboard at and let us know what you think of it.  And listen at 9pm when Tarik plays a couple of brand new tracks we’re digging — you tell us which one sounds the best coming out of your speakers.

We spend our days scouring the planet for the very best new music. You hear new music every day. Just another way things are different at 88Nine.

Be heard on 88Nine RadioMilwaukee.

Amp Fiddler and Tortured Soul in Chicago


My first blog!! Last weekend we took a little adventure; Rock Dee, Tarik Moody and I headed to Chicago to enjoy an evening at Double Door in Wicker Park, neighborhood of Real World Chi City. The sounds of Julius the Mad Thinker kicked it off, and let me tell you, he set the tone for a fabulous night of absorbing positive, feel good music. Amp Fiddler, Tortured Soul and bandmates captivated the attention, and energy of a friendly, packed house.

I captured a few photos, click to view. Toodles!

Sarah Fierek

The Scarring Party on this week’s 414 Music

scarring party

Tune in this Friday, March 14th at 5:30pm, Scott will have The Scarring Party live in our studios.

Milwaukee quartet the Scarring Party perform tuba, accordion and banjo driven end time music that draws on the influence of 20’s and 30’s music hall, Lomax folkways recordings and 70’s punk. In two years, the four-piece have attracted a growing following and shared a stage with a diverse range of acts, including Daniel Johnston, Tilly & the Wall, the Ditty Bops, Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s, and Southern Culture on the Skids.

scarring party flyer

The Scarring Party will have a cd release party for their new cd “Come Away from the Light” at Turner Hall Saturday March 15th.

The Scarring Party – “Follow it Down”

The Scarring Party – “No More Room”

Happy 1 Year Anniversary RadioMilwaukee


88Nine is celebrating it’s 1st anniversary by celebrating Milwaukee Music. Please tune in on Tuesday, February 26th, at 4 pm, as we honor some of the bands and musicians that make up Milwaukee’s burgeoning music scene with the first annual Milwaukee Music Awards.“Help us pick a few of the winners — click the link below to cast your ballot for the Milwaukee Music Listener Choice Awards.” Here are the categories:- Artist of the Year (Urban and Rock/Pop)- Club DJ of the Year- Live Performer of the Year (Urban and Rock/Pop)* The polls are open now unitl 5 pm (cst) on Monday, February 25th.

Vote Now!

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Testa Rosa on This Week’s 414 Music

Testa Rosa

Tune into this Friday’s 414 Music at 5:30pm with Scott Mullins. He will have Testa Rosa live in our studios.

In the marvelously abundant world of music blogs, it is rare occasion when a new artist that is worthwhile has yet to be exposed. I have found over the years that there remains thousands of writers like myself who find satisfaction in exposing these artists to a broader audience, recognizing quality through a means of personal taste and quality musicianship. When I first listened to Testa Rosa, I was almost positive that other music blogs were already buzzing with excitement over the trio from Milwaukee. Not only does the music of Testa Rosa allow for a remarkably delightful experience, but their stylistic fervor is an exceptional blending of various styles that results in a sound all too rich to be ignored. From 60s Motown to synth-infused post-punk, Testa Rosa has created an experience that no other band will even come close to rivaling this year. Lead singer/songwriter Betty Blexrud-Strigens is an absolute driving force; a talent of a rare caliber to behold. -From Obscure Sound

Testa Rosa – Ollie & Delilah

Saturday Music Video – Fat Freddy’s Drop

I just played some Fat Freddy’s Drop on RadioMilwaukee today.  So I decided to share this cool video from the New Zealand group Fat Freddy’s Drop. This group made my top 10 list of 2006.Vodpod videos no longer available.