Monthly Archives: June 2014

Episode #31 – June 25, 2014

ImaginaryJackEpisode 31 begins with a pair of tracks from a new album by MPLS-to-Chicago indie-rock project Imaginary Jack, and also features music from bluesman Nigel Egg, Electro-rock savants Apollo Cobra, breakout Madison WI chamber-pop sextet PHOX, and noise-pop songwriter & engineer Sam Keenan.

This was my last show of the year before taking a break until 2015.

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Episode #30 – June 11, 2014

shattuck_webEpisode 30 features folk-soul sounds from WI to LA transplant Nick Shattuck‘s crowdfunded EP, in addition to music from MPLS surf-punk superheroes The Sex Rays, melodic indie-pop band The Owls, punk trio Baby Guts, folk-rock quartet Reina del Cid, Duluth slowcore act Low, and disbanded blues rockers A Night in the Box.

Nick Shattuck was a regular staple in the music scene of La Crosse, WI and the surrounding area from 2006 to the fall of 2011, when he moved to the Los Angeles area. The following spring, Shattuck put out a crowd funding campaign with an ambitious $5,000 goal to fund the recording and manufacturing of a new 5-song studio EP. Drawing largely upon his friends and family back here in the Driftless, Shattuck surpassed his goal by $700 and released the Up Late, Dreaming EP publicly last summer.

Recorded in LA with producer Ben Leathers, Up Late, Dreaming is an impressive collection of brand new material that boasts fuller arrangements and a higher level of detail and production than his debut effort, 2010’s Chorus and Verse.

The song featured in this episode, Sun Burns On, is a stunning example of the growth and vision found in Shattuck’s new EP. Spacious and euphoric dual harmonies are cleverly blended with a harmonica in a section opens the song and is reprised throughout (including a chill-inducing instance without the backing tracks before the final chorus). Well-mixed percussion, tasteful electric guitar noodling, and a violin solo all make their presence felt as well. Most importantly, Shattuck’s silky smooth vocals come through with both grace and power. Throughout the EP, it is clear that Shattuck is following his heart and has found his groove.

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Episode #29 – June 4, 2014

shottoEpisode 29 features brand new music from La Crosse’s alt-country stalwarts Shot To Hell, in addition to tracks from up and coming Milwaukee honky-tonk Americana act Hugh Bob and The Hustle, MPLS indie-pop group Now, Now, Rochester blues crooner Annie Mack Band, fuzzed-out power pop trio Maudlin, indie-folk duo The Ericksons (a unique electro-pop track), and Duluth rockers Retribution Gospel Choir.

Shot to Hell’s new album Connected will be released at a show with Hugh Bob & The Hustle taking place June 20th at the Cavalier Theater in La Crosse. The album highlights a wide range of styles and emotions. Tracks shift from earnestness to tongue-in-cheek humor, raucous rock to country-fried pickin’, sensitive crooning to harsh wailing — all while maintaining a refreshing wit.

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