As a founding member of the seminal Violent Femmes, Victor DeLorenzo has left an indelible impression on the world of music and pop culture, one that reaches far beyond the Femmes’ hometown of Milwaukee and their humble beginnings busking outside the Oriental Theatre. As an actor, solo artist, and member of jazz outfit Nineteen Thirteen, DeLorenzo continues to make his mark. On this week’s episode of On The Record, host Matt Wild sits down, chats, and drinks some wine with DeLorenzo, as well as Nineteen Thirteen cellist and frontwoman Janet Schiff. Items discussed include Milwaukee, living on the East Side (it turns out Wild used to live right across the street from DeLorenzo), the Violent Femmes, an obscure Milwaukee band called The Movies, DeLorenzo’s solo career, Nineteen Thirteen, and how Schiff is singlehandedly saving humanity as we know it. Nineteen Thirteen will be playing the Pabst Theater on Thursday, November 12, opening for actor and author Rainn Wilson. DeLorenzo will also serve as the evening’s moderator.
As always, this episode is brought to you by our friends at Ale Asylum and Mystery Room Mastering. Music in this episode comes courtesy of DeLorenzo’s excellent 2013 self-titled solo album (“Gonna Wanna,” “Carry Me”). Subscribe to On The Record via iTunes or Stitcher (for free!)