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.
In the waning hours of November 8, as it became clear that Donald Trump—Donald Trump—would be the next President of the United States, a common refrain was heard on social media: Oh well, at least music/art/etc. will be good/relevant/pissed-off again. Moments later, in true internet fashion, a counter refrain was heard: Who the fuck cares about that we’re all going to die. Now, weeks removed from the batshit election, Ryan, Evan, and Matt wonder what role protest music will play during the Trump presidency. Will it age poorly, a la political music from the George W. Bush years? Is it even possible to have a unifying rallying call in an increasingly fragmented music landscape? Or, as music critic Jessica Hopper argues, will any questions about protest music be rendered moot when certain artists feel unsafe?