Interview with Dennis Graham of LAUNCH PAD

This morning we invited Dennis Graham, founder and director of Launch Pad Wisconsin.

Welcome to the spotlight

Launchpad is a music competition for high school students who are in bands formed outside of school, you’ll compete against your peers in a regional concert extravaganza. The top three finalists from each region then compete in Madison for the grand prize: free studio recording time in Madison, a Summerfest appearance and the Les Paul Launchpad Award.

Dennis began the competition 6 years ago, with the intention of giving some of our state’s most talented, and under recognized musicians, the chance to shine.

Take a listen to what Dennis had to say…

and be sure to visit www.launchpadwisconsin.org for more information.

Introducing Gayngs | A Midwestern Indie Supergroup (Mostly)

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The music supergroup is either a hit or a miss, and given it’s overall record, it is usually a miss.  Last year it was N.A.S.A. Probably the most successful supergroup is the Gorillaz who have an album due out in March. I don’t think anything can compare to the newest supergroup of Gayngs.  What in the hell is Gayngs? Think of it as a Midwestern supergroup comprising mostly of Minnesota and Wisconsin artists.  Gayngs features Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and Mike Noyce, P.O.S and Dessa from Doomtree, Minneapolis Solid Gold,Ivan Howard of The Rosebuds, Lookbook of Milwaukee’s Listening Party Records, Andrew Bird’s touring band, jazz-saxophonist Michael Lewis of Minneapolis Happy Apple, Megafaun from North Carolina, and others. The album will be called Relayted and will be released on May 11, 2010 on Jagjaguwar.  Just read the one sheet to get an idea of the whole project:

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You know what you got to do!

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For more resources on where to vote and information about all the candidates click here! And if you live in Wisconsin, it is not too late to register.

Breaking News: We just won Best Radio Station of the Year!

Best Radio Station of 2008

A big THANK YOU goes out to the Wisconsin Area Music Industry folks…they just awarded our station 88Nine RadioMilwaukee a WAMI award for “Best Radio Station of 2008”!

Listen for yourself here.

Juiceboxxx Interview

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Milwaukee’s Juiceboxxx is blowing up all over. Opening up for artists such as Bonde Do Role and playing at this year’s South by Southwest with former Urb Cover Girl Roxy Cottontail . The great Wisconsin music blog, ‘Muzzle of Bees’ did an interview of the man.

Here is an excerpt:

Juiceboxxx—you are awesome. How long have you been busting out the madness of your beats?

I’VE WROTE A LOT OF SONGS AND LIVED SOME LIFE. BEEN DOIN JUICEBOXXX SINCE I WAS 15.

I’m sure you’ve received the Bright Eyes comparison, pulling off the whole DIY music gig since your mid-teens. Does this comparison annoy you, flatter you? How old were you when you realized you had to work at it yourself to get a foot in the music industry?

I’VE NEVER BEEN COMPARED TO BRIGHT EYES BEFORE. JUICEBOXXX GROWS AT THE RATE I WANT IT TO GROW. I’M ALWAYS ON THE GRIND IN SOME WAY OR ANOTHER.

The first time I heard of you, it was my college newspaper music editor raving you up and down. He described you as “this skinny, white high school kid from the suburbs of Milwaukee that spits lyrics fierce.” I told him I’d believe it when I saw it. Well, I saw you and I believed it. Did you ever find it difficult for people to take your music seriously?

YEA, IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN A STRUGGLE. BUT A STRUGGLE I ENJOY. THE AUDIENCE OWES ME NOTHING. I WANT TO PUT ON THE BEST SHOW POSSIBLE AND MAKE EXCITING RECORDS.

Along with myself, you’ve won over the hearts and iPod spaces of many fans with your live shows—there’s no question that your performances capture your fan base. Your enthusiasm on stage is comparable to the likes of Dan Deacon and Girl Talk—is there much preparation prior to taking the stage, music you listen to that gets you pumped up?

PUTTING ON A COMPELLING LIVE SHOW IS VERY IMPORTANT TO ME, AND IS SOMETHING I TAKE SERIOUSLY. SOMETIMES I WILL PLAY “BORN TO RUN” BY THE BOSS BEFORE I TAKE THE STAGE. IT IS MY FAVORITE SONG AND IT PRETTY MUCH SUMS UP MY TOTAL TUDE.

Juiceboxxx & Dre Skull – Center Stage (Curses! Remix)

South Carolina Democratic Party You Suck

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I am officially ashamed I have lived in South Carolina. I wasted a part of my childhood. Why you ask? The South Carolina Democratic Party has decided not to allow my candidate, Stephen Colbert on the ballot. Is this a democracy or dictatorship? You know what I think? I think they are scared if Mr. Colbert gets on the ballot. The rest of the candidates would have to step up their game and be honest with the people. What candidate wants to be honest with the people?

Mr. Colbert, I invite you to run as an independent in Wisconsin. I would be honored if you got on the ballot here. If anyone in Wisconsin would like to pursue Wisconsin for Colbert, please contact me or leave a comment. I am serious. I want to give a wake-up call to the political landscape.

Carol Fowler (chairman of the South Carolina Democratic party) I hope you get a lump of coal and a Mitt Romney bobble head.

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Wisconsin for Colbert

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From Meet the Press

As some of you know, I am now backing Stephen Colbert for president; however, he is only running in South Carolina. This poll and this report got me thinking. Why does South Carolina get all the fun? Let’s get Stephen Colbert on the Ballot in Wisconsin. Anyway it is easier to get on the ballot in Wisconsin than South Carolina. Plus the deadline is not until Sept 2008. Colbert will only need 2000 signatures of registered Wisconsin Voters.

Why do I want to do this? Is to give these real comedians who call themselves politicians a wake-up call. These candidates only care about money not the real issues in this country (Republican or Democrat). They use canned speeches and cliches when they talk to us. I bet none of them can have a true honest discussion from the heart. If Stephen Colbert, can get higher in polls, maybe the politicians might change.

So Mr. Colbert please consider to be on the ballot in Wisconsin (it is easier). Hey if Arnold and Jesse can do it, anything possible.