Thursday, December 01, 2005

Everybody blog

In case you didn't know, Madison singer, songwriter and #1 dad extraordinaire Aaron Scholz is blogging. Check him out at

Praise the Lord.
"Hoot" 4-ever

As Rich Albertoni reports in the issue of Isthmus hitting the streets today, Madison radio hero Dr. Dave Zero is wrapping up the "Hootenanny," his long-running music show on the community radio station WORT 89.9 FM. Only a few broadcasts remain, and then Madison listeners will have to find a new weekly source of exciting rock 'n' roll, alt-country and everything else in local and national indie music.

Who am I kidding? Zero's irreplaceable, and I am forever in his debt for the many times he welcomed me on to the airwaves to shmooze and croon. For Madison musicians, doing real-live broadcast promotion has been as easy as calling Dave and asking, "Dave, can I be on the radio?" Every single time I asked -- a dozen? two dozen? -- the answer came back: "Sure." Whoever replaces Dave, I hope he or she is as committed to the local scene as our Dave.

But here's a nod to those who pine for podcasting on Back With Interest: a clip of the Junkers performing the classic Tex Ritter tune "High Noon" on Dr. Dave's "Hootenanny." That was back on Oct. 6, 2000. The inimitable Aaron Scholz engineered the session.

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

No, Senator

Nothing warms the holiday cockles quite like the familiar sight of a lineup of gray-suited middle-aged corporate Caucasian fatcats seemingly lying to Congress through their teeth.
Just added

Hey music lovers -- some very exciting shows coming up, all of which are listed over there to the right.

Next Tuesday, Dec. 6, I'll join Blixie, Screamin' Cyn-Cyn and the Pons, the up-and-coming emcee Jon Henry, El Guante and the Gilbert Fifthers at Cafe Montmartre for a show benefiting the National Voting Rights Museum in Selma. Showtime is 8 pm, and the cost is just $5 to help this worthy cause.

And look for the World's Greatest Lovers to chase your winter blues away at the Shamrock Bar -- we're booked there Jan. 26, Feb. 16 and March 23. All shows are at 10 pm, and they're free. Come on down! You might meet someone interesting.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Fa la la

The winter holidays are a time of reflection, and after I received a big dose of Christmas music in a restaurant at lunch today, I reflected again on the fact that only Peggy Lee can sing "Deck the Halls" and make it sound sad.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Good word

"According to a new survey one out of five New Yorkers is obese. As a result New York is thinking of changing its name to Wisconsin."

-- Conan O'Brien