Monthly Archives: October 2013

Episode #3 – Oct. 30, 2013

the-inspired-evolution-of-brilliant-beast.9305924.40New music always goes down well and this episode serves up just that from the likes of La Crosse soul/rock duo Moth Mountain, oddball multi-instrumentalist Kasey McKee’s Circular Mercury project, and the sibling-fronted Guilt Ridden Pop act Brilliant Beast. Also in this episode: live music from Madison’s The People Brothers band, as well as choice back-catalog cuts from klezmer act Maritza, bluesman Joe Price, and slow-core Duluthians Low.

Congrats again to Brilliant Beast on documenting their “inspired evolution” on the aforementioned Guilt Ridden Pop label. I used to play bass in the Beast back in their folk-rock incarnation and am blown away by this new “distorted aesthetic.” For more on their new sound, album, and leather jacket aspirations, check out THIS PIECE in City Pages.

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Episode #2 – Oct. 23, 2013

bjwallI kick off this week’s show with a “lost” recording from a very limited edition EP jointly released by Jack Norton and Ben Weaver. This show also showcases cuts from classic country devotees The Cactus Blossoms, Winona native Joe Kujawa’s freak-folk & synth pop project Breakaway, Wisconsin-based Brit-poppers Neon, Winonans Pat Costello and Annie McLoone,  Twin Cities indie-rockers Communist Daughter, and Winona progessive alt-rock act Wake Up Bedhead.

The Communist Daughter track is a lovely rendition of the song “Knuckles” by the one of the most wretched-sounding bands ever (in my opinion),  The Hold Steady. The Communist Daughter cover illuminates the problem with the Hold Steady (in my opinion) is not their songwriting, but rather their arrangements and tone deaf scream-talking.

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Episode #1 – Oct. 16, 2013

jayboneThe debut episode of All Lights Off features new music from Winona-based Americana act Jaybone Bell & Restless Light that was recorded at the Winona Arts Center, in addition to tracks from Twin Cities’ fusion act Circle of Heat, R&B songstress Caroline Smith, La Crosse engineer Brett Huus, Lanesboro raconteur J.D. Hall, rockabilly femme group L’Assassins, and shoegazers Zoo Animal.

Naturally, I ran into some technical glitches during my maiden voyage recording live in the KSMR studios, but after some agile editing you won’t notice a thing — aside from a brief comment during the outro. 🙂 It feels great to be back behind the mic!

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