The Disclaimer: Urban camping as art, and Spotify as the end of music
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Every Wednesday at noon, Ryan Schleicher of WMSE, Evan Rytlewski of the Shepherd Express, and Matt Wild of A.V. Club Milwaukee take to the WMSE airwaves to discuss all things Milwaukee. The half-hour fun-fest is called The Disclaimer, so titled because none of the sometimes cranky and ridiculous opinions expressed during the show represent those of the three hosts’ employers. Milwaukee music, Milwaukee art, Milwaukee events, and D.I.Y. lawn care tips are frequently discussed—and rarely agreed upon.
Back in May, a group called ArtPlace America awarded the Greater Milwaukee Committee, ART Milwaukee, and Beintween a hefty $350,000 grant. Now, it appears that some of that money will be used to stage a weekend-long “urban camping” event on Wisconsin Ave. Ryan, Evan, and Matt talk about this puzzling project, and whether or not camping—and, by extension, “placemaking”—can be considered art. Next, Evan discusses a recent essay from David Byrne in which he rails against ubiquitous music streaming service Spotify. Are artists’ livelihoods in danger because of Spotify? Who’s really making money off this new technology? And seriously, what’s up with camping on Wisconsin Ave.?
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