Milwaukee Record http://milwaukeerecord.com Music, culture, gentle sarcasm. Sat, 22 Sep 2018 00:52:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 http://milwaukeerecord.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/cropped-mrapp-32x32.jpg Milwaukee Record http://milwaukeerecord.com 32 32 Green and Gold forever: Fans put skin in the game with Packers tattoos http://milwaukeerecord.com/sports/green-and-gold-forever-fans-put-skin-in-the-game-with-packers-tattoos/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/sports/green-and-gold-forever-fans-put-skin-in-the-game-with-packers-tattoos/#respond Fri, 21 Sep 2018 05:55:55 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=56332 In case you missed the various billboards, drink coasters, posters, and other forms of advertising haven’t caught your attention yet, you might be interested to know the Milwaukee Tattoo Convention is this weekend. The 9th annual affair will bring thousands of tatted-up ink enthusiasts to the Wisconsin Center over the course of three days (September […]

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In case you missed the various billboards, drink coasters, posters, and other forms of advertising haven’t caught your attention yet, you might be interested to know the Milwaukee Tattoo Convention is this weekend. The 9th annual affair will bring thousands of tatted-up ink enthusiasts to the Wisconsin Center over the course of three days (September 21-23).

Being an event in Wisconsin, there are sure to be at least a few people in attendance who wear their love of their favorite football team on their sleeve—literally. However, it doesn’t take a weekend-long convention happening in town to see a Green Bay Packers tattoo in Milwaukee. Countless Packer Backers all around the city (and the state…and world) have permanently pledged their allegiance to Green Bay football with a Packers tattoo.

In September 2014, Holy Shit! vocalist “Tabman” Conard bought himself a birthday gift in the form of a bicep tattoo honoring his favorite football team. The Green Bay native, decided to go under the needle after moving to Milwaukee as a way to pay tribute to his hometown and his favorite franchise.

Conard asked Night Light Comics artist Matt Chicorel to add a dash of his own artistic flare to a vintage Packers logo. “Out of respect” to the organization and his family, Conard asked for the alterations to be subtle.

“I always liked the old ’50s and ’60s logo,” Conard says. “My grandparents had a lot of Packer memorabilia around their house growing up, mostly from that era.”

Following between two and three hours in the chair at a since-closed Riverwest parlor, and what looks like some pretty serious shading, Conard has a keepsake on his arm that has attachment to Green Bay, his grandparents, and his beloved Packers. When he leaves Wisconsin, the tattoo is also a way to bring other Packer fans out of the woodwork.

“They get excited,” Conard says. “It’s usually pretty fun. My family was just in Yellowstone two weeks ago, and that happened once or twice.”

Saebra & Carlyle singer Saebra Laken has also noticed reactions elicited by her Packers tattoo.

“Any time I travel, I get a lot of recognition from Packer fans across America who see the logo and give me that knowing look of camaraderie,” Laken says. “We really are everywhere.”

Laken got the team’s iconic “G” tattooed on her lower left bicep in 2012. After “an hour, tops” in the chair, she was officially marked a fan for life. Roughly six years later, she says she has no regrets.

“It’s a way of life,” Laken says. “It’s the way we’re raised here in Wisconsin. We get together every Sunday, we make food, we drink, and we come together for the sake of our team. It’s in our blood. It’s already permanent in our community, so why not make it permanent on my body?”

Meredith Hall has seen her fair share of Packers-related tats through the years. Though the tattoo artist and owner of Old Forest Studio in Oak Creek admits she’s personally done far more Blackhawks tattoos, she recognizes the statewide phenomenon of people with Green Bay Packers tattoos.

“It’s not just tribal warfare, it’s a family alliance,” Hall says. “Maybe I’m biased or optimistic because I’m from Wisconsin, but I think that is why you are more likely to see Packers tattoos around town. People trust the brand enough to put it on their body.”

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Milwaukee County is up deferred maintenance creek without a paddle http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/milwaukee-county-up-deferred-maintenance-creek-without-paddle/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/milwaukee-county-up-deferred-maintenance-creek-without-paddle/#respond Fri, 21 Sep 2018 05:45:03 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=56351 Every Friday, Off The Record looks to other Milwaukee publications (and beyond) for bits of news we missed throughout the week. • Are you a fan of Milwaukee County and all the things Milwaukee County offers? You know, things like public parks, recreation sites, and museums? Well buckle up, Larry, because a new report from the […]

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Every Friday, Off The Record looks to other Milwaukee publications (and beyond) for bits of news we missed throughout the week.

• Are you a fan of Milwaukee County and all the things Milwaukee County offers? You know, things like public parks, recreation sites, and museums? Well buckle up, Larry, because a new report from the Wisconsin Policy Forum titled “Delay of Game” is here to remind you that Milwaukee County currently faces “a seemingly insurmountable backlog of tens of millions of dollars worth of deferred maintenance, and lacks the resources to make headway in paring it down.” Wheeeeee!

Just when you thought the Domes were the only things up deferred maintenance creek without a paddle, here comes the Milwaukee Public Museum, the Charles Allis Art Museum, the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum, the Milwaukee County Historical Center, Trimborn Farm, and pretty much everything else. The report’s key findings include:

Almost every form of parks infrastructure has pressing needs. The list of parks assets that the county should replace within the next 10 years includes 85% of parking lots and service yards, 75% of walkways, 73% of parkways, 54% of rated Oak Leaf Trails and of basketball courts, 48% of tennis courts, and 47% of large buildings other than the Domes.

Infrastructure issues are particularly acute at the county’s lower-profile cultural institutions. Critical leak damage is threatening the buildings and collections of the Charles Allis Art Museum and Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum, and buildings owned by the Milwaukee County Historical Society have substantial needs. Decisions to defer capital projects have forced spending on short-term repairs.

The county lacks the capacity to finance the capital needs of its parks, recreational, and cultural assets if it wishes to stay within its self-imposed limits and address its other capital needs. To meet existing capital requests, the county would need to more than double budgeted spending on cultural institutions (from $6.2 million to $13.9 million) and increase spending nearly tenfold on parks (from $2.4 million to $23 million) in 2019 alone. Moreover, fulfilling all requests over the next four years would consume from 68% of the county’s financing capacity in 2019 to 97% in 2022.

So how are we going to pay for any of this? “We’re working to build a coalition throughout our community and across Wisconsin to create a state funding solution and address our biggest funding challenges,” Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele says. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

• Speaking of Abele, the county exec shared his own thoughts on the above situation via Medium. In a post titled “A Tale of One Meeting,” Abele reminds Milwaukeeans that the county is going to have to come up with new revenue streams “in order to sustain operations, much less update and expand their possibilities for the future.” Also, get ready for service cuts:

The County is critically important to the future of both of these facilities. But as you’ll see in a couple weeks when we introduce the 2019 budget, while we are making major headway into creating as strong of a future for the County as possible, we’re realistically looking at more service cuts than we are program expansions.

“Let’s explore every possible shared resource — whether it’s money, manpower, statutory changes or anything else — and see what we can do to support each other,” Abele concludes. “It may seem impossible, but I firmly believe we can solve this. So let’s build each other up. And let’s do it before things start tumbling down.” [Medium]

• MillerCoors may have tumbled down two 19th century Gettelman Brewery buildings at its complex at 4400 W. State St., but plans to move a third building have changed. The company will now keep the Schweichart/Gettelman farmhouse where it is, and renovate it as well. [OnMilwaukee]

• Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore team is salvaging a bunch of stuff from the soon-to-be-demolished BMO Harris Bradley Center—lockers, fixtures, etc.—and hopes to net roughly $50,000 by selling said stuff at three Milwaukee-area shops. [OnMilwaukee]

• Milwaukee Film announced a ton of great stuff for its upcoming 2018 festival, including the full lineup for the Cream City Cinema program. [Milwaukee Film]

• A nonprofit organization called The Bells of Milwaukee is looking to refurbish three bells that survived the Trinity Lutheran Church fire. [Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service]

Project Pitch It, a Wisconsin-based reality show that takes its cues from Shark Tank, is returning for a third season on Channel 12. Applications for the coming season are due by October 1. [BizTimes]

• A new independent minor league professional baseball team that will play in Franklin next spring has a name: the Dead Milwaukee Milkmen. [BizTimes]

• The forever-awesome Get Down dance party is celebrating its 15th anniversary with four (!) events in October. [OnMilwaukee]

• In July, we brought you the news of a new wing place coming to 2911 N. Oakland Ave. That wing place, Good Land Wing Co., is now set to open September 27. [OnMilwaukee]

• The Wisconsin Gazette has printed its final issue, and will shutter its website following the November elections. This sucks. The Gazette will be sorely missed. [Wisconsin Gazette]

• Have a great weekend, Milwaukee!

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MKE Music Rewind: Red Knife Lottery, “The Good Land” http://milwaukeerecord.com/music/mke-music-rewind-red-knife-lottery-the-good-land/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/music/mke-music-rewind-red-knife-lottery-the-good-land/#respond Fri, 21 Sep 2018 05:30:01 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=56266 In our MKE Music Rewind series, we revisit a notable Milwaukee song that was released before Milwaukee Record became a thing in April 2014. n retrospect, 2009 was a strange time of transition in Milwaukee music. It was also a difficult time in my life. Fortunately, Red Knife Lottery was around to make both of […]

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In our MKE Music Rewind series, we revisit a notable Milwaukee song that was released before Milwaukee Record became a thing in April 2014.

In retrospect, 2009 was a strange time of transition in Milwaukee music. It was also a difficult time in my life. Fortunately, Red Knife Lottery was around to make both of them better.

At that point in time, the hype and indie label attention the city’s music scene experienced in the early aughts was fading fast. The Promise Ring was now long gone. Decibully was dropped from Polyvinyl and slowing down considerably. Temper Temper had broken up, and Revelation Records labelmates Since By Man would soon be following them into oblivion. Jaill (then just “Jail’) was still a year away from inadvertently dividing the local music scene by signing with Sub Pop, and Call Me Lightning was making better music than ever, but doing so on smaller labels and to fewer people than before. I wasn’t aware of most of that at the time, of course. I had just trying to feel at home in a new city. And with the help of Red Knife Lottery, I eventually did.

In fall of 2009, I—24 at the time—decided to move to Milwaukee after being dumped by a girl I’d dated for about three years and months removed from being the first Gannett copy desk casualty in the latest round of Oshkosh Northwestern newspaper layoffs. I had nothing but the temporary help of unemployment checks, some helpful friends who lived here, and a desire to see the local bands I loved in a city I’d longed to live in since high school. Due to the reasons I’d listed above and more, the last part wasn’t really what I expected. In fact, none of it really went the way I thought it would.

My first few months in Milwaukee were extremely difficult. I was lonely, homesick, and isolated (I’d made the mistake of moving to Shorewood before it essentially became one big outdoor shopping plaza). Other than some freelance writing gigs, job opportunities weren’t exactly bowling me over. Between those frustrations and most of the bands who’d initially brought my attention Milwaukee’s way either winding down or breaking up by the time I’d arrived, I was left to look for reasons to believe in my new city. Luckily, I found Red Knife Lottery.

As I was trying (and failing) to settle into life in Milwaukee in 2009, the young band followed up its impressive So Much Drama EP with a full-length called Soiled Soul & Rapture. By this point, Red Knife had fashioned something of a local reputation for itself, though I was unaware of them. Between releases, they’d incurred lineup changes, but seemed poised for bigger and better things. After spending time in a Dallas studio with Grammy-winning producer John Congleton (of the pAper chAse), the up-and-coming outfit had 10 quality songs. The release drew apt comparisons to bands like The Blood Brothers, garnered attention from Alternative Press Magazine, bolstered their local status, and found the band playing out often.

Early in 2010, I forced myself to stay in town for a full weekend, at which point I saw Red Knife Lottery at Cactus Club. With Ashley Chapman’s magnetic stage presence, emotional and deeply personal lyrics, and the incomparable screams that cut jagged lines through her otherwise smooth vocals, the singer led an aural experience. Joining her was instrumental backing that was powerful, fun, and danceable all at once. I was instantly hooked. I bought the new CD and put it into regular rotation in my Saturn…which is one MySpace reference from being the most 2010 sentence ever composed. Soon, I became a fixture at Red Knife’s shows.

Over the months and shows that followed, the band’s members (whether out of increased familiarity or straight-up pity for this weird newcomer from Menasha) were among the first people to make me feel at home in Milwaukee. I was welcomed into the orbit of their friend group and things finally started to fall into place. I had some new friends now, I finally felt familiar with Milwaukee music, and I slowly started to feel like I might actually belong here.

Though I won’t soon forget the kindness and acceptance its members (namely Chapman and Christian Hansen) showed me almost a decade ago, Red Knife Lottery needs no personal attributes to be enjoyed. Yes, some of the material can be timestamped to that distinct period in music, but much of Soiled Soul holds up. I still throw it on from time to time, and my favorite song changes with each listen. Ultimately, I choose to remember Red Knife Lottery with “The Good Land” because it illustrates Chapman’s vocal range, it showcases the band’s musical acumen, and its title is a nod to the city the band helped me love.

Red Knife Lottery called it quits in late 2010. However, the end of one great band resulted in far better things for its members. Chapman (now Ashley Smith) married drummer Ryan Smith, opened Alive & Fine, and currently fronts Whips (which features Hansen on guitar). Hansen and bassist Joe Kanack play together in Hot Coffin. Guitarist Dan Yingling is in Chicago-based Cut Teeth. I have no doubt they’ll all hate that I wrote this article reminding people about the band, but I’ll always remember how—in both the musical and personal sense—Red Knife Lottery welcomed me to the Milwaukee music scene on their way out of it.

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246 consecutive Friday fish frys and counting: St. Paul Fish Company (Milwaukee Public Market) http://milwaukeerecord.com/food-drink/246-friday-fish-frys-st-paul-fish-company-milwaukee-public-market/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/food-drink/246-friday-fish-frys-st-paul-fish-company-milwaukee-public-market/#respond Fri, 21 Sep 2018 05:25:11 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=56334 Caleb Westphal hasn’t missed a Friday night fish fry since 2013. Follow along with his never-ending adventures here. his has probably happened to you more than once. You are driving over the Hoan Bridge, taking in the beauty of the Milwaukee skyline or gazing across Lake Michigan, thinking about the awesome city you live in…and then […]

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Caleb Westphal hasn’t missed a Friday night fish fry since 2013. Follow along with his never-ending adventures here.

This has probably happened to you more than once. You are driving over the Hoan Bridge, taking in the beauty of the Milwaukee skyline or gazing across Lake Michigan, thinking about the awesome city you live in…and then the smell of sewage hits you and you almost go full-on Blues Brothers in an attempt to escape it. I wasn’t driving over the bridge this past Friday, but I was hanging out at a place pretty close to it, and the aforementioned smell was constant. I needed to leave the stench of sewage, Milorganite, and rotten fish for something more soothing: the smell of fried fish. So I got in my Bluesmobile 2006 Ford Focus and made my escape.

There were a handful of places with fish nearby, such as Drink Wisconsinbly and O’Lydia’s, both of which I have been to and will probably return to at some point. But I wanted to go to a place that I had somehow never been to and that had been on my list for awhile: St. Paul Fish Company (400 N. Water St. 414-220-8383).

Located in the southeast corner of the Milwaukee Public Market, St. Paul Fish Company has been around since 2005, being one of the original businesses in the market. It is both a full-on restaurant and a fresh seafood center. St. Paul has an inside dining area, an outside bar covered with a thatched roof, an oyster bar, a case with fish and seafood on ice, a case with prepared seafood dishes, and a live lobster tank, to name a few things.

Just about any type of fish or seafood you can think of can be purchased there, either fresh or prepared. Their dine-in menu has grilled fish dinners, seafood sandwiches, a lobster dinner special, mussels, clams, calamari, oysters, and more. Of course, there also is a fish fry. Schlitz battered cod, grouper, walleye, catfish, and perch are all available. On Friday, from 4-8 p.m., the price of the perch fry drops from $14.95 to $12.95.

My companions and I were told it would be about a 35 minute wait to get a table in the dining area; as the Public Market has seating upstairs and outside, we decided that getting our food to-go would be easier. I went with the perch fry, as well as a cup of clam chowder. After ordering, I was told it may be about a 25 minute wait for food, which made me think we could have just put our name in for a table anyway. The wait ended up being a little shorter, though, and we got our food in about 15 to 20 minutes. I walked towards the exit with my bag of food, being surprised by how heavy it was.

It was just about the perfect late-summer weather for eating outside, and we found a spot along the building on St. Paul Avenue. I opened the bag and was pleased to find both a fork and a soup spoon, some napkins, and some ketchup packets. The heavy bag did not disappoint. When I opened the box of food I found four butterfly fillets of perch. There was a hefty mound of fries, but for once they were buried under the fish, as they should be, instead of on top of it. I was also pleasantly surprised to find two containers of tartar. Hooray! Beyond that there was the usual container of coleslaw. Notably absent was rye bread, which St. Paul doesn’t include with their fish frys for some reason.

I switched back and forth between the fish fry and the clam chowder. The chowder had a thinner consistency, almost souplike, and had some large chunks of potatoes. Being that I was at a place that specializes in seafood, I thought there would be something notable about the clam, but it seemed pretty standard to me.

The fish was of high quality and had an inherent mild flavor. The fillets were covered with a heavier, textured breading that appeared as if it would crumble, but it actually held together quite well. This made the fish perfect for hand dipping into the tartar sauce, and the two blended well together. Overall, the fish was markedly above average.

As my meal was winding down, one of the new Milwaukee streetcars drove past. Some people take pictures of streetcars, and some people take pictures of people who take pictures of streetcars. I attempted to take a picture of a piece of perch with a streetcar in the background.

After my meal, as I was walking back to my car, I began reflecting on how the evening pretty much encapsulated Milwaukee. The smell near the Hoan Bridge, a fish fry, a streetcar driving past—for better or for worse, these are the things that shape the city we love. Just about the only thing more “Milwaukee” that could have happened at that moment would have been for the Milverine to walk past. Did it happen? Yes. Yes, it did. I hope he was going to get a fish fry.

Takeaways: there is a bunch of fresh seafood in a case and I want to try all of it; also, you can buy fresh perch and cod and put it in your freezer just in case you ever need to make an emergency fish fry; they have an oyster bar and an outside bar; if you don’t have time to get a table in the dining room, you can sit upstairs or go outside; hefty portion of fish and fries; high quality perch; I got two tartars; you don’t get rye bread; very “Milwaukee”—I escaped that Hoan Bridge smell and saw a streetcar and the Milverine. RECOMMENDED

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Our Milwaukee Record Re-Porter beer is coming back (and is available in cans) http://milwaukeerecord.com/food-drink/our-milwaukee-record-re-porter-beer-is-coming-back-and-is-available-in-cans/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/food-drink/our-milwaukee-record-re-porter-beer-is-coming-back-and-is-available-in-cans/#respond Thu, 20 Sep 2018 14:40:33 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=56269 The end of summer is nigh. While the conclusion of Milwaukee’s best season is a sad occasion, it’s not all bad. The Packers are back, the Brewers are poised to make a playoff run, and another Bucks season is on the way. Events like Beet Street, Doomsday, and Abby Jeanne’s Cosmic Weekend will keep the […]

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The end of summer is nigh. While the conclusion of Milwaukee’s best season is a sad occasion, it’s not all bad. The Packers are back, the Brewers are poised to make a playoff run, and another Bucks season is on the way. Events like Beet Street, Doomsday, and Abby Jeanne’s Cosmic Weekend will keep the festival fun going deep into October. It’s kind of pretty when leaves change color, right? Best yet, autumn’s arrival means our beer is coming back!

Since 2016, Milwaukee Record and Company Brewing have joined forces to make a delicious spiced porter called “Milwaukee Record Re-Porter.” For the uninformed, Re-Porter is Company’s Night Rye’d Porter that has been infused with cinnamon, cacao nibs, medium roast coffee, vanilla bean, and three types of chiles.

The first two runs of the seasonal brew were well-received by beer enthusiasts, and helped raise thousands of dollars for local charities. Not only is Re-Porter coming back for a third year, it’s also going to be available in cans this time around. Yesterday, the beer was put into some gorgeous Editor Bear cans that Andy Tyra designed for us.

Cans are currently available at Company Brewing. Six packs cost $12, with a portion of proceeds benefiting Milwaukee Women’s Center. In early October, Re-Porter will hit shelves and tap lines throughout Milwaukee (and beyond), with $1 from each beer sold to be donated to Milwaukee Women’s Center as well. Here are some places you’ll be able to pick it up before the end of October (locations and availability to be updated):

Burnhearts
Cactus Club
Comet Cafe
Company Brewing
Foltz Family Market
Fuel Cafe 5th Street
Goodkind
Hi Hat / Garage
Lost Valley Cider Co.
Puddler’s Hall
Ruby Owl Taproom (Oshkosh)
Sugar Maple
The Underground Collaborative
Three Cellars (Menomonee Falls)
Vanguard

If you’re interested in stocking Milwaukee Record Re-Porter in cans or on draft at your bar, restaurant, or retail store, please contact us at tmaas@milwaukeerecord.com or reach out to Company Brewing at info@companybrewing.com. Whether you own a business or just like beer, please consider having a Re-Porter this fall and doing some good for the community in the process.

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25 Milwaukee shows, festivals, and random events to check out this fall http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/25-shows-festivals-random-events-milwaukee-fall/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/25-shows-festivals-random-events-milwaukee-fall/#respond Thu, 20 Sep 2018 14:00:46 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=56262 Our weekly Tracklist is brought to you by the 2018 Milwaukee Film Festival. Hello, fall. Hello, sweater weather and crunching leaves. Hello, oodles of shows, festivals, and random events that you should totally check out in Milwaukee over the course of the next 13 weeks. Hello, handy list of 25 of them. Enjoy! SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER […]

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Our weekly Tracklist is brought to you by the 2018 Milwaukee Film Festival.

Hello, fall. Hello, sweater weather and crunching leaves. Hello, oodles of shows, festivals, and random events that you should totally check out in Milwaukee over the course of the next 13 weeks. Hello, handy list of 25 of them. Enjoy!

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

Hannibal Buress @ Riverside Theater

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

Leon Bridges @ BMO Harris Pavilion

GGOOLLDD + Surgeons In Heat @ The Cooperage

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28

Bay View Gallery Night @ various locations

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29

Sky High Skateboard Shop 30th Anniversary @ Mad Planet

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Chicago Bulls @ Fiserv Forum

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12

Liz Phair @ Turner Hall Ballroom

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13

Beet Street Harvest Festival @ Bay View

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16

Metallica @ Fiserv Forum

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17

Foo Fighters @ Fiserv Forum

Courtney Barnett @ Pabst Theater

Milwaukee Record Presents: Dead Alive @ Avalon Theater

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18 – THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1

Milwaukee Film Festival @ various locations

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21

Abby Jeanne’s Cosmic Weekend @ The Cooperage

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27

Nightmare On Center Street @ various locations

Doomsday @ Fuel Cafe 5th Street

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2

Ween @ The Rave

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6

Milwaukee Record Presents: Idiocracy @ Avalon Theater

Judd Apatow @ Turner Hall Ballroom

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7

Double Dare Live! @ Miller High Life Theatre

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15

MST3K Live! @ Riverside Theater

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16

Napoleon Dynamite Live! @ Riverside Theater

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23

Har Mar Superstar And Sabrina Ellis Do The Songs Of Dirty Dancing @ The Cooperage

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24

Jake “The Snake” Roberts @ Club Garibaldi

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5

Thom Yorke @ Riverside Theater

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Jeff Tweedy eases into solo tour with story-filled show at Pabst Theater http://milwaukeerecord.com/music/jeff-tweedy-solo-tour-story-filled-show-pabst-theater/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/music/jeff-tweedy-solo-tour-story-filled-show-pabst-theater/#respond Thu, 20 Sep 2018 13:14:49 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=56283 ilwaukee, known to be a quiet, sober city, turned out Wednesday night in remarkably modest fashion. Jeff Tweedy chose Milwaukee to kick off his current solo tour, and the Pabst Theater was one of the few dates that didn’t sell out. The Wilco frontman, alone onstage with his guitar, gently encouraged the crowd to sing […]

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Milwaukee, known to be a quiet, sober city, turned out Wednesday night in remarkably modest fashion. Jeff Tweedy chose Milwaukee to kick off his current solo tour, and the Pabst Theater was one of the few dates that didn’t sell out. The Wilco frontman, alone onstage with his guitar, gently encouraged the crowd to sing along, yet even old standbys like “Hummingbird” and “Jesus, Etc.” failed to elicit more than a murmur. Tweedy has played Milwaukee at nearly every opportunity, and he’s never been one to shy away from engaging with hecklers and overzealous fanatics; reserved politeness, though, seemed to take him by surprise.

Tweedy’s banter, on the other hand, did have the crowd roaring throughout the night, and he even hinted at one of the factors working against any potential rousing singalongs. “Been traveling around a bit, playing by myself like this,” he told us. “Playing a lot of outdoor festivals in the middle of the day, and…my songs aren’t for that?” Wilco fans already know to seek the humor in Tweedy’s maudlin poetry; as oppressive as the pathos and cynicism might sometimes be, Tweedy always finds a way to crack the tension. “I’m staring into the abyss, literally,” he says, and everyone laughs.

Anyone hoping for an unplugged greatest-hits show was probably a bit disappointed. Tweedy trotted out at least four unreleased new songs, beginning with opener “Bombs Above,” one of the more disarming lyrical pieces he’s written in years. Scruffy, clad in military green, he could’ve been a protest singer straight out of the ’60s, a role he’s not been known to attempt. There was no wry humor in this song; it was an unabashed expression of personal regret about not doing more to save the world. It should’ve been clear at that moment that Tweedy is on a mission not to mince words with this new batch of material. He’s never shied away from politics, but he rarely spells things out so explicitly in song.

Another highlight of the show was a new song with the working title “New Wave Theater,” a rambling love song within a missive about life in the public eye. “Now people say / What drugs did you take / And why don’t you start taking them again,” he sang. It sounded like a line more likely to come out in an interview than a song. “And if I was dead / What difference would it ever make to them / If I got high from time to time?”

Tweedy went on for a good 10 minutes indulging the crowd’s whims by way of introducing a new song called “Noah’s Flood (Let’s Go Rain Again).” Asked about his hat (Connecticut Tigers merch), he explained that he only wears minor-league caps nowadays. He recounted getting a gift of a baseball cap after throwing out a first pitch at Miller Park (April 13, 2009), and being accosted on a leisurely stroll in Chicago: “This guy runs by with his dog, and then he turns around and stops behind me, and he goes, ‘Brewers? You gotta be fucking kidding me.'”

Although Tweedy has curiously shied away from playing anything off his 2014 Sukierae album (released mononymously as a duo with his son) on his solo tours, he touched on most of his other projects Wednesday night. The Uncle Tupelo tunes “New Madrid” and “Acuff-Rose” got strong responses from the crowd, as did “Lost Love” from his Golden Smog days, which also appeared in this stripped-down format on his 2017 solo album Together At Last. There were a few deeper cuts from the Wilco catalog as well. “Art Of Almost” was played by request, though Tweedy abandoned it after a couple minutes, lacking a band to play the frenzied jam that normally concludes it. The Sky Blue Sky nugget “On And On And On” was a bit of a surprise as well, as well as the lengthy “One Sunday Morning,” but more recent albums Schmilco and Star Wars were neglected entirely.

After the onslaught of storytelling and new songs, the finale seemed almost quaint. The crowd received “Misunderstood” and “California Stars” and “A Shot In The Arm” graciously, but the new “Don’t Forget We All Think About Dying” probably got just as enthusiastic a response. (“Don’t let it kill ya,” goes the refrain.) Wilco is a powerful live band, but it was refreshing to see that Tweedy’s words are still the focus, and that at age 51, he’s still got the gift for putting them together.

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The Hop to host streetcar bike ride, despite discouraging “less comfortable cyclists” from riding near streetcar http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/the-hop-bike-ride-streetcar-route-discouraging-bikers-riding-streetcar-route/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/the-hop-bike-ride-streetcar-route-discouraging-bikers-riding-streetcar-route/#respond Thu, 20 Sep 2018 05:50:29 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=56274 oday at 6 p.m. (weather permitting, we assume?), The Hop and the Wisconsin Bike Fed will host a free bicycle ride along Milwaukee’s soon-to-be-fully-operational streetcar route. This “relaxed ride through the city’s downtown” is intended to “introduce participants to some helpful tips about riding along and across the streetcar route.” Earlier this summer, however, one of […]

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Today at 6 p.m. (weather permitting, we assume?), The Hop and the Wisconsin Bike Fed will host a free bicycle ride along Milwaukee’s soon-to-be-fully-operational streetcar route. This “relaxed ride through the city’s downtown” is intended to “introduce participants to some helpful tips about riding along and across the streetcar route.” Earlier this summer, however, one of The Hop’s helpful tips about riding along and across the streetcar route was simply “don’t.”

First, the press release for today’s ride:

The ride will begin at 6:00 p.m. at The Hop’s Operations and Maintenance Facility (enter at the corner of W. Clybourn St. and N. Vel R. Phillips Ave.), where instructors will discuss some key points about biking over and near the streetcar tracks. Participants will also be able to see how easy it is to bring a bike on board The Hop. From there, the group will ride the length of the route and back to see all the great destinations along the way and experience how cyclists and The Hop can safely share our roads.

And now, the “Tips For Cyclists” that The Hop released earlier this summer via its HopSmart service (emphasis ours):

Track grooves are slightly wider than a typical bike tire, meaning bikes can potentially get stuck in the track way. Always avoid riding between the rails, where it can be difficult to maneuver in the tight space.

When crossing the tracks, always do so in as close to a 90-degree angle as possible, and ride in an upright position as opposed to leaning into the turn.

When making a left turn across streetcar tracks, do so in two stages. First, cross in the right lane through the intersection. Second, pivot to the left to cross the tracks perpendicularly at the next traffic signal.

Streetcar tracks can become slippery when wet, so always exercise caution when biking near the tracks in rainy or snowy weather.

Much of the streetcar route includes clearly-marked bike lanes, but an alternative route is typically only a block away for less comfortable cyclists.

Today’s ride comes after two incidents where a motorcyclist and a Bublr Bike rider took “major spills” while riding along and across the streetcar tracks. Both riders are represented by Michael Hupy, naturally.

But whatever: The Hop is here, it’s not going away, and we’re all going to have to learn how to deal with it. Advance registration for today’s ride is not required, but folks are encouraged to RSVP on Facebook. Good luck out there!

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Battle of the ‘Boygans: Sheboygan, Wisconsin vs. Cheboygan, Michigan http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/battle-boygans-sheboygan-wisconsin-vs-cheboygan-michigan/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/battle-boygans-sheboygan-wisconsin-vs-cheboygan-michigan/#respond Wed, 19 Sep 2018 18:30:02 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=56136 Sheboygan is a city in Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, on the shores of Lake Michigan. Cheboygan is a city in Cheboygan County, Michigan, on the shores of Lake Huron. Depending on whom you ask, the cities derived their names from the Ojibwe term for “the passage,” “waterway between the lakes,” “sewing needle,” or “place of ore.” […]

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Sheboygan is a city in Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Cheboygan is a city in Cheboygan County, Michigan, on the shores of Lake Huron.

Depending on whom you ask, the cities derived their names from the Ojibwe term for “the passage,” “waterway between the lakes,” “sewing needle,” or “place of ore.” Names and poor record keeping aside, these lovely cities share many other similarities. Both have an eponymous river, both have a great big light near the adjacent Great Lake, both have multiple gas stations, and both are home to NBA power forward Sam Dekker. (You wish, Chebs. On, Wisconsin!)

We recently travelled by Lake Express to Cheboygan, and by old Toyota Camry to Sheboygan, to record data and ultimately determine, once and for all, who’s the better ‘Boygan. The winner received a Milwaukee Record T-shirt, and the loser had to change its name to Alewife. All decisions here are final, so don’t go trying to change our minds with Duke’s Dogs or Schwarz Fish Company smoked salmon. No, wait—absolutely do that. Here are our findings:

MUSIC VENUES

There are a few nice venues in both towns, but we’re going to compare the Cheboygan Opera House to the Stephanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts in Sheboygan. We’ve been to the Weill Center for concerts in the past and found it to be an extraordinary old venue. However, there was a guy outside the Cheboygan Opera House who aggressively confronted us and told us how beautiful it was inside.

Advantage: Cheboygan. (Please don’t hurt us, Opera Guy.)

LIGHTHOUSES (OR WHATEVER)

Both cities have what we’ve been calling “lighthouses,” but this is apparently incorrect. The Cheboygan Crib Light looks like a small lighthouse, but because it doesn’t have housing within its structure, it’s not technically a lighthouse. The Sheboygan Breakwater Lighthouse is a big, actual lighthouse. We think.

Advantage: Sheboygan. (Not because their lighthouse is better, but because we don’t appreciate being corrected.)

CITY LIMITS SIGNS

We realize there are multiple points of entry to both cities, so we may not have seen the best signs of this category for both. That said…come on, THE citizens of Sheboygan! Get over to Maple Lanes and practice a little.

Advantage: Cheboygan. (Where the CHAMPIONS live. *applauds*)

DIRECTIONAL SIGNS

Like the city limits signs, people do notice these things! We don’t, but we’re sure some people do.

Advantage: Even. (Both sets are colorful, helpful and have a nice earthy flavor.)

WATER TREATMENT FACILITIES

While the wastewater seemed equally treated in both cities, we can’t help but notice whose facility is and whose facility isn’t located directly next to Vollrath Park and a completely amazing disc golf course.

Advantage: Sheboygan. (Whose facility IS.)

NEWSPAPERS

Cheboygan’s Daily Tribune was founded in 1876. The Sheboygan Press was founded in 1907. The Sheboygan Press once published a photo of Milwaukee Record‘s Josh Hoppert swimming in Lake Michigan on New Year’s Day. The Cheboygan Daily Tribune front page features an illustration of their Crib Light that we’re not allowed to call a lighthouse.

Advantage: Sheboygan. (Couldn’t Cheboygan put a little cot in there or something so we can all just call it a lighthouse without catching static about it?)

OTHER SIGNS FEATURING THE CITY NAME

Driving around both communities, it’s easy to see that local shopkeepers are proud to align themselves with the town they call home. This is awesome. Both cities have MUCH to be proud of. That said, only one city has a laundromat sign that we’d all love to have hanging in our homes.

Advantage: Cheboygan. (BRINGING it.)

BARS WITH SHEEP PUNS

Fond as we are of food (too fond, really), it’s tough to beat a Cashmere Hammer in 3 Sheeps’ Taproom.

Advantage: Sheboygan. (Surprisingly few sheep at both places, though. Also, special shout-out to Cheboygan Brewing Company for the cool truck outside of their pun-free taproom!)

DAMS

Would we seriously drive all the dam way to the dams in both dam towns just so we could make a bunch of dam jokes about the damn dams, a la Vegas Vacation? Never.

Advantage: Milwaukee Record.

CITY SERVICES BUILDINGS

We feel a little bad for what we said about Sheboygan’s city limits sign earlier, so this is kind of a make-up category. Nothing against the City of Cheboygan Public Works facility we happened to snap a pic of, but the Municipal Service Building in Sheboygan is just objectively cool-looking.

Advantage: Sheboygan. (There could be nothing but mustard stains and broken lawn chairs inside, but the outside looks sharp.)

VIEW OF A WATER TOWER FROM THE PARKING LOT OF A BURGER PLACE

Our panel of judges spent more time on this category than any other. All agreed that Randall’s offers better (butter) burgers than Big Boy, but all also agreed that the classic look of the Cheboygan water tower trumps the sexiness of the (Town of) Sheboygan tower. It was a tough and emotional decision.

Advantage: Cheboygan. (And we don’t want to talk about it.)

FLAGS

America. Ever heard of it? Cheboygan and Sheboygan have. Both towns have at least one enormous American flag, but only Sheboygan, Wisconsin has the granddaddy of them all. Acuity Insurance’s “World’s Tallest Symbol of Freedom” along I-43 can be seen from miles and miles away. It’s 100 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty and 390 feet taller than the Statue of Patrick Cudahy. However, this category is called “Flags” and not “American Flags.”

Outside the Cheboygan Wastewater Treatment Plant, we caught a glimpse and a bad photo of Cheboygan’s flag. Does it follow the principles of good flag design? Probably not, but shut up. It’s nice and informative and has the Crib Light on it. Sheboygan’s flag has a big blue swoopy S on it.

Advantage: Cheboygan. (Sorry, America.)

Final score
Sheboygan, Wisconsin: 5
Cheboygan, Michigan: 5

(A tie. Sure beats losing.)

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