Every Wednesday at noon, Ryan Schleicher, Evan Rytlewski, and Matt Wild take to the WMSE airwaves to discuss all things Milwaukee. This half-hour fun-fest is called The Disclaimer, so named because none of the oft-ridiculous views expressed on the show necessarily reflect the views of the hosts’ employers. Milwaukee music, Milwaukee art, Milwaukee events, and D.I.Y. lawn care tips are frequently discussed—and rarely agreed upon. The Disclaimer: talk radio for the sane.
Beginning this August, in an effort to combat music piracy, all records will be released on Fridays. This bucks a long-standing tradition (in the United States, at least) of records being released on Tuesdays. But will the new standard do more harm than good—especially to the remaining brick-and-mortar independent record stores across the country? Ryan, Evan, and Matt examine this potentially crippling move, and touch on things like restocking headaches, Record Store Day, and reassuring High Fidelity-esque stereotypes.
Next, a recent blog post from former Journal Sentinel film critic Duane Dudek has the group wondering what role—if any—a local film critic has in today’s online, crowd-sourced world. Is the Journal‘s decision to axe locally written film reviews an inevitable byproduct of the digital age, or a self-fulfilling prophesy that will leave readers without a familiar byline?