Nice weather is finally here in Milwaukee and I hope all of you around the world enjoy this road trip playlist as you endure many adventures this summer!
As mentioned in the Transmission, this month I wanted you to have the opportunity to put this playlist on in your car and just blast it without interruption. I am including additional notes I wanted to make about each song below.
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As mentioned, Frank Turner is just a genuine musician. His words proudly stamp a vulnerability and truth. It’s easy to feel like you know where he’s been and also find relation to his story. His book The Road Beneath My Feet is an absolute necessity for anyone interested
in reading about someone who worked really hard at their craft.
Purchase Positive Songs For Negative People and his other albums below.
Frank is currently on tour with a few dates in the US.
I absolutely love this band. They are constantly evolving in sound from heavy sludgy rock to what you hear here. As I mentioned, this album was recorded in a cabin in the Catskill Mountains and the results just permeate an organic live sound that makes for a truly interesting recording.
Hailing from Barcelona, Mujeres put a fun, surfy spin on garage rock that stand-out amongst most of the current fascination with the genre. They have an excellent sense for writing melody and produce quick, potent ear worms. Just a fun band all around.
No Coast came as a pleasant surprise to someone who holds Frame and Canvas close to their chest. This album rivals the aforementioned as one of my favorite Braid albums.
There’s a great maturity in the song writing and
the title track itself is a brilliant penchant for a midwestern anthem without being too on the nose.
In my head I proudly plant my midwestern flag every time this song comes on.
I can’t say enough good things about this album. It’s probably the best Wisconsin album you’ve never heard. Every track has a huge sense of scale that changes in dynamic. As the person behind the mixing board, Alex Smolinski really provided a ton of cool elements in each song; every time I listen to this record I hear something new. The songs provide lovely storytelling and even a sense of shared nostalgia for anyone growing up near or around this state. This album is highly recommended for all road trips.
I met Sam Cohen (Yellowbirds was more or less his moniker) after writing him about the beautiful stop motion video he made for the track The Rest Of My Life.
After discussing technique, we struck a shared interest in the type of music he was producing. I truly admire Sam’s ability to reign in his retro sound (especially on bass) and also explore a lot of texture with noise and loose guitar player. He’s a great guy and a talented song-writer.
SVPER completely blew my mind with I first heard this track. There is a cool reference to Krautrock but also hints of noise exploration and shoegaze. Also from Barcelona, SVPER formed originally as PEGASVS, named after the constellation that was in the sky every night they wrote the songs that would make up their first album. Their analog sound is beautiful to listen to and they have a really neat setup with reel-to-reel drums.
Singer and songwriter, Josh Hensley would probably be embarrassed to know that my first the Rutabega show was when he was lost in song play “Turn On The Summer” and fell off the stage at The Cactus Club. However, oddly enough, that moment and his recovery also became a weird metaphor for me and sums up how genuine of a person he is. He gets lost in his art, you can hear real emotion through his songs (which is terribly hard to achieve in recording) and he is one of the nicest guys I have ever met. Paired with an equally awesome person and talented drummer, Garth Mason, they make a fantastic duo. I highly recommend picking up everything they’ve put out.
Pre-order the rutabaga’s new album, “Unreliable Narrator” HERE.
Marrying my lovely wife also opened a whole new door for me with an appreciation for pop music. We have seen Robyn probably more times than any other show I have been too. She is brilliant. Robyn writes all of her own music, collaborates with really interesting people and challenges tropes of current pop music. With Everyhearbeat was blasted in my car as
the two of us drove home from visiting my brother in Indiana one summer
and it was a beautifully chill moment that I will always associate this song with.
She is also another example of why Sweden is producing some solid music.
The sound of this band is incredible. It’s so dense with a lot of layers. Ricky Ganiere writes some wonderful lyrics and hooks that again draw on a sense of shared nostalgia. As mentioned Ryan Elliot really knocked this album out of the park with the mixes, given the long timeline of the recording process and that this was primarily (if not entirely) a home recording. Certainly one of my favorite Milwaukee bands and one of the best to have on you in the car.