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Summerfest 2013: The Lineup Returns to Championship Form

Posted in Music News, News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on Thursday, April 18, 2013 by Eric Gilardi

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One of the greatest music festivals in the world recently returned as a championship contender when they released their lineup for 2013. Lately, the festival seemed to rely mainly on its prestige alone. After all, it is a festival that spans over 11 days and has more than 800 acts performing on 11 different stages. The festival is a vision of the great late mayor of Milwaukee, Henry Maier, who wanted a massively relative festival that would compare to the joyous Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. He started the tradition that became Summerfest in 1968.

The lineup has been lacking the innovative music that the youth and many more have gravitated towards in recent years. This year after they released their headliners at the Marcus Amphitheater I had mixed feelings. So I was a little skeptical when I received the E-mail that their complete lineup was out but said, “What the hell” and clicked the link. To my astonishment, I was really impressed. One thing that stuck out in my mind was that they got some major electronic, Indie rock and alternative rock acts. All whom are currently relevant in their respected industries. This list includes Pretty Lights, Diplo, Empire of the Sun, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Yeasayer and MGMT. They did this while still including a lot of the older talent (Alice Cooper, 311, Foreigner and Billy Idol) and mixing in many more talented up and comers.

Another thing you have to appreciate about Summerfest is the variety of music that they bring to the many ears attending the festival. They have done a great job blending country, pop, blue grass, electronic, rock and even a little bit of hip hop into the lineup. A few other artists that would be worth seeing are: Capital Cities, Atmosphere, Trampled by Turtles, Robert Delong, Matt & Kim, AWOLNATION, Imagine Dragons, Taliban Kweli and Cake. If you are the least bit interested after reading this head over to summerfest.com/lineup for a complete listing of this year’s lineup.

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Local Love With Talk-O-Destiny

Posted in Life Perspectives from T.S. Niebeling with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on Thursday, October 11, 2012 by sir minivan dad

 

 

In a land where musical diversity is a relative secret, a crowd of MC’s (and regional artists) have stepped out front to show what they have to offer.  Let’s take a look through some questions and answers- and have some Local Love with Roommate’s Talk-O-Destiny, as they celebrate their album Free Rent release party.

Talk-O-Destiny has been a hip-hop artist in La Crosse, WI for 3 years now…

Artistry and a passion for music comes to mind when concerned with (Brian) Talk-O-Destiny; having worked in a record store (Deaf Ear Records, of La Crosse) for 3 plus years and being a local artist himself (working with various groups of different genres, from Another Exoneration to T.U.G.G.).  He has been known to appreciate some underground greats, such as Northern Lightz, Big Zach, Kanser, and Atmosphere, some of these qualities have been conveyed on to Roommate’s new album.

Grab a listen,

You can get a sample of what they are spitting on the Free Rent here:  Roommates Official (Free Rent)

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So, in my accidental drunken stupor of last sunday afternoon, I stumbled to my phone and emailed Brian.  He hit me up with prompt punctuality and we discussed an idea for an article, question and answer style…  To get the low-down on the music scene in La Crosse, the upcoming Roommates’ album, and anything of relevance in relation to having a good time all the time.

This is what transpired…

TS:  Who is/are Roommates?

T.O.D.:  Roommates is Talk-O-Destiny, Guess Prefontaine, and coming soon to Roommates albums, P.C.P. (Pontius Co-Pilot).  (Full details of artists and album construction can be found on the Roommates Official link above.)

TS:  Firstly, La Crosse has a huge bar/music venue scene-What are the pros and cons of performing in such an environment, what are the best bars to do a show, and what is your favorite venue thus far?

T.O.D.:  JB’s, I really like… It’s a good time; the sound is good, the drinks are good.  It can be hard getting people to come to the Northside, but it works out.  The Warehouse is also a great venue, it is a really great place for the music community in La Crosse…  The listeners are more clear-minded at The Warehouse because of the lack of alcohol at the venue.  However, lack of alcohol can be a good thing for an artist and a listener, better perception of the music.

The Pros are that people are about your shit, as an artist you want to hear you did a great job, but criticism is welcomed.

The Cons are you don’t always get free drinks…  You aren’t always getting paid, and its like wet my whistle (you know)…  I get that the bars have to make money too…

 

TS:  What inspires you as an artist about living in La Crosse, WI?

T.O.D.:  Being around local bands gives way to creating good music.  Also, there is a local community feel; everyone is working together, people are surrounded by great artists of differing genres, and that is inspiring.  La Crosse’s music scene has a lot of talented individuals.  They don’t tour (as much, outside the area), but they have great musicianship.  A place like La Crosse, has a good music scene, people at the top are blowing minds.  There is a diverse music community, support for multiple genres, and appreciation for music here…  La Crosse has the secret.  I may not know what the secret is, but La Crosse has it.

 

TS:  Tell me about the Album (Free Rent).

T.O.D.:  It’s the first album in a series of albums from Roommates, the album took a period of about a year to accumulate most of the ideas and material, recording took about 1 month.  At the end of summer I wanted something out by October 1st, so it happened.  But it took about a year, year and a half to create.

 

TS:  On a perfect day where can we find Talk-O-Destiny performing, or just hanging out…  Eating a burrito on your couch?

T.O.D.:  One day, I would love to rock First Ave., as a goal, I would love to set foot on that stage…  But, definitely, eating a burrito on my couch…

 

End of Questions.

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To say the least, talking with Brian was enlightening; I am proud to be from a region where music is extremely diverse and positive.  Brian’s idea for creating music consists of promoting and helping others, while not hating on what’s around.  Rather, gaining from the differences, gathering material while being progressive in what you create as an artist next.  While reducing pressure and instilling an idea of just having fun Brian has inspired me to indulge in more local music from Roommates, and the La Crosse area as a whole.

The Free Rent album from Roommates is enjoyable, independently manufactured, underground, precise, and inspiring.  My head was bobbing for the most part; solid beats, diverse sound, with interesting and personal songwriting abilities are exhibited. Something new.

Good job, I can’t wait to hear more.  I would love to see Roommates live.

Next show:

Saturday, October 13 at 9:30 PM

Location: Jb’s Speakeasy
717 Rose Street, La Crosse Wisconsin

All information on Roommates (the artists and show dates and times) is within the link above.

Kaleem & Mastermind iDV (Feat. Slug) (Prod. By DJ Sidereel), “Northern Lights”

Posted in Audio, Local Love, Media with tags , , , , on Monday, July 30, 2012 by Tim Althaus

It still seems kind of weird to see Slug on Twitter, but following him definitely has its privileges; he’s funny, and he definitely shows mad support for other artists. Earlier today, Mr. Daley posted this track, and even though I’ve never heard of these two cats (I probably would if I lived in Minneapolis), I’m feeling it a great deal. Some of you listening may recognize the piano melody on this track from Fun’s hit “We Are Young”; I absolutely love the sample flip that DJ Sidereel came up with, and I think it’s the perfect feel for these cats to bust some catchy lines over.

Those who know me are aware that I love local music, and tracks like this are the perfect example. Minneapolis is such a magnificent city that is filled with unlimited musical potential, and it’s incredible to see just how deep the city’s talent runs. This is the type of stuff that Terry was talking about in his post about compassion in Hip-Hop; I know for a fact he would love to see that Slug is reaching out a helping hand to some local up-and-comers from the 612. I look forward to hearing more material from Kaleem & Mastermind iDV.

Soundset 2012 Announced!

Posted in Concert Dates, News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on Monday, March 5, 2012 by Tim Althaus

Sorry for the delay in my posting lately folks, but I’ve been swamped in my personal life. Anyways, I was at work today when I got about 3 different text messages pertaining to this year’s Soundset Festival in Shakopee, MN. Let me tell you right now, my heart dropped when I saw this lineup; it is utterly fantastic. I went to the initial reincarnation of Soundset in 2008, and it’s one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to. I also went in 2009, but I haven’t been back since because I wasn’t as enthused about the lineup as I had been in past years.

This year they have truly outdone themselves; I can’t even express how excited I am about this lineup. Some of the artists (just to name a few) include Atmosphere (as always), Aesop Rock, Evidence, Big K.R.I.T., Ghostface Killah & Raekwon, Danny Brown, DJ Premier, Kendrick Lamar, hometown heroes Audio Perm and more. Tickets will be on sale this Saturday, March 10th at 11AM, and I can assure you I will be picking up a VIP ticket stat. General admission is going to be $41, and VIP will be $90. I hope to see you all there!

My 2010 Dilla Day Mix

Posted in Audio, Downloads, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on Thursday, February 18, 2010 by Tim Althaus

I don’t know if you guys were readers last year around this time, but I did this exact same thing. I am a huge fan of J Dilla; he is a huge inspiration to me. I actually made this mix on what would have been Dilla’s 36th birthday. I took a lot of time thinking about what tracks would go smoothly together, but I also thought about what tracks of his were among my favorites. The outcome? 23 tracks of straight unadulterated Jay Dee goodness.

I figured I would post this mix here because I really want everyone to be able to have it; it’s nothing big, but if one more person starts to listen to Dilla because of it, then I’ve done my job. James Yancey really was the king of the beats, and his presence is strongly missed in the music world. All of the tracks on this mix are either produced by or featuring J Dilla (with the exception of one).

(R.I.P. J Dilla February 7th, 1974 – February 10th, 2006)

Tracklisting:

1.) Words from Ma Dukes

2.) Reality Check (Feat. Black Thought) (J Dilla)

3.) House of Flying Daggers (Raekwon) (Prod. By J Dilla)

4.) Raise it Up (Slum Village)

5.) Love Movin’ (Feat. Black Thought) (J Dilla)

6.) Stakes is High (De La Soul) (Prod. By J Dilla)

7.) Find a Way (A Tribe Called Quest) (Prod. By J Dilla)

8.) Diamonds (J Dilla)

9.) Let’s Grow (Royce Da 5’9″) (Prod. By J Dilla)

10.) It’s Dope (J Dilla)

11.) It’s Goin Down (Skillz) (Prod. By J Dilla)

12.) Gazillion Ear (DOOM) (Prod. By J Dilla)

13.) Gobstopper (J Dilla)

14.) Survival Test (Jaylib)

15.) Dynamite! (The Roots) (Prod. By J Dilla)

16.) Wild (J Dilla)

17.) Whip You With a Strap (Ghostface Killah) (Prod. By J Dilla)

18.) Nag Champa (Afrodisiac for the World) (Common) (Prod. By J Dilla)

19.) Move (Oh No) (Prod. By J Dilla)

20.) Secrets of the Sand (Jay Dee Remix) (MOOD)

21.) Game Over (Flying Lotus Remix) (Dabrye) (Feat. Phat Kat & JayDee)

22.) History (Mos Def) (Prod. By J Dilla)

23.) Paid Homage (Finale)

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Wild Style Wednesday Review: Atmosphere, God Loves Ugly

Posted in Music Reviews, Wildstyle Wednesdays with tags , , , , , on Wednesday, August 19, 2009 by Tim Althaus

god loves To sit here and tell everyone that reads this blog that God Loves Ugly is an album that didn’t influence me, is a total lie. I’m almost certain I was in 10th grade the first time that I heard the song “Godlovesugly”, all I was thinking was “Who in the fuck is this?”. When I heard that the emcee brilliantly blessing the microphone was from Minneapolis, I simply couldn’t believe it. This album introduced me to the whole world of the Rhymesayers Crew, and if it were for that reason alone I would still never forget this album. What God Loves Ugly showed me, more than anything, is that great talent is much closer to home than you may think. Yeah Slug may rap about women a little too much, and yeah his ego might come off a little bigger than it should be… but dude has mad skills on the mic. Continue reading

More footage from Atmosphere, Murs, and Aesop Rock at Red Rocks

Posted in Media, Video with tags , , , , , , on Wednesday, August 19, 2009 by Nolan Levenson

Shout out to Colby from the RSE street team for these videos. Yesterday I posted the video from the Atmosphere show in Colorado last weekend, but here are some better quality videos from the show. The one above is “Trying to Find a Balance” and then the freestyle. Follow me after the jump for some more footage from the show (including some Felt action!)

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