Episode 436: Mike and The Moonpies' 'Cheap Silver and Solid Country Gold'

Episode 436: Mike and The Moonpies' 'Cheap Silver and Solid Country Gold'

Austin, TX's Mike and The Moonpies have come a long way from playing the dancehalls of their native Texas. On their new LP, Cheap Silver and Solid Country Gold, the quintet is leaving the honky-tonk behind and exploring the sounds of smoothed out 70's Country with the help of their friends the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Recorded at the famed Abbey Road Studios, Cheap Silver is bringing countrypolitan "back" in a big way, and the results are a timeless listen that is also one of the years best.  

PLUS! Milwaukee's Buffalo Gospel is serving up the rugged and road-tested Country and Americana that fans of artists like Jason Isbell and Sturgill Simpson are sure to love.


Daughter of Swords @ Songbyrd [DC] - 8/14/2019

Daughter of Swords @ Songbyrd [DC] - 8/14/2019

Hot off a tour with Appalachian vocal trio Mountain Man (including a stop at this years Newport Folk Festival), Alexandra Sauser-Monnig didn’t waste any time hitting the road again, but this time in support of  debut album as Daughter of Swords.


Episode 435: King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard's "Infest The Rat's Nest"

Episode 435: King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard's "Infest The Rat's Nest"

For their 15th album (and 2nd this year), Australia’s King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard take yet another musical turn, this time into THRASH METAL. Infest The Rat’s Nest has everything: HUGE CRUSHING RIFFS! THUNDERING DRUMS! SCI-FI ECO-DIMENSIONAL HORROR! It even has SATAN!

But it’s that second-to-last point that’s so important. Somehow, impossibly, King Gizzard has made a metal album that not only sounds timeless but speaks to the horrors we’re all going to face as man-made climate change runs its course. Metal enthusiast Casey Rae (William Burroughs and The Cult Of Rock ‘N’ Roll, Dead To Me) joins us as we follow King Gizzard down the highway towards oblivion on an all-new episode of Discologist!


Episode 434: The Hold Steady's 'Thrashing Thru The Passion'

Episode 434: The Hold Steady's 'Thrashing Thru The Passion'

On their seventh album (and first in five years) The Hold Steady isn’t so much “We’re BACK mother****ers!” as they are “Alright. Alright. Alllllright”-ing their way back into our hearts.

Thrashing Thru The Passion finds the band sporting a slightly looser and expanded sound (horns!) and songwriter Craig Finn’s druggy, party-filled universe, a little older, a little beat down, but no less full of life. Join us as we dig into all of the good, bad, and magical highs found on the “return” of one of America’s most celebrated bands.


Rosenau & Sanborn @ Colectivo Back Room [MKE] - 8/9/19

Rosenau & Sanborn @ Colectivo Back Room [MKE] - 8/9/19

Last month the duo of Chris Rosenau (Collections Of Colonies Of Bees, Volcano Choir) and Nick Sanborn (Made Of Oak. Sylvan Esso) released Bluebird (listen to our review here), their improvised collaboration that is part studio wizardry and part magic. And on Friday night in Milwaukee they released the material into the wild in front of a live audience.

The date kicked off a short tour that stopped through Eaux Claires and Minneapolis for the first leg and will conclude in September with two stops: First at the tenth annual Hopscotch Music Festival and finally landing at the legendary Mothlight in Asheville, NC.

Check out the photos from their date in Milwaukee below, and don’t miss your chance to have this powerfully uplifting piece of music move the air around you. With any luck, we’ll be seeing more dates from them soon.


Episode 433: Sleepwalkers' 'Ages'

Episode 433: Sleepwalkers' 'Ages'

Sleepwalkers 2014 LP Greenwood Shade was, and remains, one of our favorites of the past few years. Finally five years later their follow up, Ages, is here and it was well worth the wait. While Shade wore its shagginess on its sleeve, Ages sees brothers Michael and Austin York and co-conspirator Alex DeJong polishing up the edges and delivering the power-pop masterpiece we deserve just when we need it the most. Get ready to experience a record that surprises at every turn as Kevin and Eduardo go IN on this instant classic.

 

PLUS! LA supergroup Grand Canyon has a new EP out, and fans of Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac, and [checks notes] Guns N’ Roses (?) are going to want to check them out. We’ve got their latest single “Yesterday’s News” to get you acquainted.


Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers @ Pabst Theater [MKE] - 8/7/19

Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers @ Pabst Theater [MKE] - 8/7/19

By all accounts, Bruce Hornsby is having a hell of a year. But if you've been paying attention at all, that's been pretty much every year for the legendary pianist. In the 33 years since fame first found him on 1986's The Way It Is, Hornsby has been a pop star, jazz titan, Grateful Dead member, bluegrass provocateur and more. Suffice to say, this Virginia boy "done good."

Bringing all of that history to the stage is no small feat, but at his recent stop at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee with his band The Noisemakers, Hornsby delivered a dream setlist that spanned from his latest LP Absolute Zero all the way back to his first album and back again with some Hornsby penned (but not recorded) hits thrown in for good measure.


Episode 432: Rosenau and Sanborn's 'Bluebird'

Episode 432: Rosenau and Sanborn's 'Bluebird'

Chris Rosenau (Collections of Colonies Of Bees, Volcano Choir) and Nick Sanborn (Sylvan Esso, Made Of Oak) have traveled in the same creative circles for years now, but it was an off-the-cuff improv set at the inaugural Eaux Claires fest that has led to one of the most powerful releases of 2019, Bluebird. The open window and doors of the small North Carolina studio that Bluebird was recorded in gives the EP a sense of place in the world, but it is the magic weaved between Rosenau’s guitar and Sanborn’s electronic wizardry that pulls the listener wholly out of time and space into a moment of creation that is unlike anything you’re likely to experience this year.


A Giant Dog @ Cactus Club [MKE] - 8/3/19

A Giant Dog @ Cactus Club [MKE] - 8/3/19

Known for their raucous live sets Austin, TX’s A Giant Dog delivered the goods at Cactus Club in Milwaukee over the weekend. Fueled by massive T. Rex sized riffs and the ferocious (and ferociously joyful) thrashings of singer Sabrina Ellis, the group, touring behind 2017’s Toy (out now on Merge Records) made it clear why they are considered by many to be one of the greatest live acts of this generation. 

Check out the shots below from this essential night of rock n’ roll at one of Milwaukee’s most essential venues.


Newport Folk Festival 2019 Recap - 7/26/2019-7/28/2019

Newport Folk Festival 2019 Recap - 7/26/2019-7/28/2019

Sixty years on, there continues to be no other festival that promises unity and unforgettable moments as well as Newport Folk Festival does.


Episode 431: Ryan Porter's 'Force For Good'

Episode 431: Ryan Porter's 'Force For Good'

On his follow up to 2018’s The Optimist, Ryan Porter and his friends the West Coast Get Down are once again swinging for the fences and bring jazz into the spotlight for a whole new generation. Rehearsed and recorded in five-hour bursts in multiple locations, Force For Good is a fearless step forward into the future of American jazz that celebrates America’s greatest art form even as it challenges what came before it. Join us as we discuss Porter’s seemingly limitless talent, the normalization of jazz in the popular culture, and much more. 


Empire of the Sun @ The Showbox [Seattle] - 6/18/2019

Empire of the Sun @ The Showbox [Seattle] - 6/18/2019

Empire of the Sun brought all the costumes, set props, and backup dancers you know and love for three-night, completely sold-out stop at The Showbox in Seattle, all in celebration of the 10th anniversary of their debut album Walking on a Dream.


Episode 430: Fruit Bats' 'Gold Past Life'

 Episode 430: Fruit Bats' 'Gold Past Life'

On his latest album as Fruit Bats, Eric Johnson is looking back at dark times almost fondness, taking joy in the even the smallest of steps towards a brighter future that awaits.

Gold Past Life — his first LP on Merge Records — signifies the start of a new era for the lauded singer/songwriter. The end of the road he started out on with 2014’s EDJ, it’s songs are overflowing with harmonies, hooks, and, most importantly, heart. A life-affirming slice of pure pop perfection, it is Johnson’s finest work to date and one of the few albums you NEED to hear in 2019.


Episode 429: Rose City Band And The Resurgence of Jam

Episode 429: Rose City Band And The Resurgence of Jam

In the modern music era, most new releases come saddled with histories we’re supposed to believe in, recycled narratives, and increasingly thirsty marketing “hooks.” Which is what makes Rose City Band’s self-titled debut such a unicorn of an album.

There are only two things that we know for sure about this band:

1) Ripley Johnson (Moon Duo, Wooden Shjips) produced it.

2) It jams.

Refreshing AF, right?

Special guest Jonathan Hart (Brokedown Pod) joins us to discuss why Rose City Band is destined to be the soundtrack of your Summer, the resurgence of “jam band” music in the mainstream, and more.


The North Country @ Dwell [DC] - 6/7/2019

The North Country @ Dwell [DC] - 6/7/2019

Through thick and thin, The North Country prevails. This fact bore out time and time again, with this particular again being the addition of Margot MacDonald to their shifting lineup. A favorite in the DC music scene and member of the (unfortunately) now defunct The El Mansouris, MacDonald’s solo music displays not just the power of her voice, but her mastery of vocal loops and effects. She is, to put it mildly, multifaceted.

In fact, the entire ensemble that leader Andrew Grossman has assembled can lay claim to such musical diversity, with most members juggling multiple musical projects (Bal Boheme, Near Northeast, California Accent, and Lotion Princess, just to name a few) outside of their residency in The North Country. They are, with no hyperbole, DC's premier indie-pop supergroup.


Episode 428: Bruce Springsteen's 'Western Stars'

Episode 428: Bruce Springsteen's 'Western Stars'

On his nineteenth album (and first in five years) rock and roll legend / Broadway star Bruce Springsteen is turning his gaze to the “West,” and the results are a totally unique, if not polarizing, new entry into his lauded body of work. Western Stars utilizes the sounds of late 60’s Capitol Records (Glen Campbell, The Wrecking Crew, Phil Spector) to color the stories of men on the frontier, not just of America, but the edges of their lives.

Is Western Stars a fine return to form for the Boss or a stylistic bridge too far? Tune in to an all-new episode of Discologist as we tackle these questions and much, much more.