A great year for Milwaukee music is about to get a whole lot better
As we survey the local landscape with six months behind us and another six months ahead, it looks like 2010 could go down as a watershed year for Milwaukee music. And it’s not just because several local artists—including Kings Go Forth, Jaill, Heidi Spencer, The Goodnight Loving, and Maritime—have signed deals with prominent indie labels and garnered national press. It’s also the actual music that’s been coming out this year, which has been consistently good and often great. KGF, Jonathan Burks, The Midwest Beat, Conrad Plymouth, and Juniper Tar, among others, have put out worthy releases that have found sizeable audiences in Milwaukee and beyond.
It’s fitting that such a strong year for Milwaukee music is just starting to hit its stride now, in 2010’s gooey, delectable center. The release next week of The Goodnight Loving’s The Goodnight Loving Supper Club (which will be celebrated July 17 at Linneman’s) kicks off a murderer’s row of local releases by major Milwaukee artists stretching into August. The list also includes Call Me Lightning’s awesome (and woefully belated) When I Am Gone My Blood Will Be Free, Jaill’s Sub Pop debut That's How We Burn, Melissa Czarnik’s Raspberry Jesus, and The Scarring Party’s Losing Teeth.
We’ll have a lot more to say about all of these releases once they come out, but in the meantime you’ll want to go here to hear a free stream of the Jaill record. You’ll also want to mark your calendars for The Scarring Party’s Aug. 13 CD release show Turner Hall featuring two other top-flight Milwaukee bands, The Celebrated Workingman and The Trusty Knife.