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.

Late last week, 88Nine Radio Milwaukee and gener8tor announced the recipients of their Backline accelerator program: Abby Jeanne, Lex Allen, Zed Kenzo, and Crystal Knives. First unveiled in March, Backline has been touted as a “grant and educational initiative designed to help Milwaukee-area musicians break out,” as well as a “12-week accelerator program, which provides intensive music-industry mentorship and $20,000 grants.” Ryan, Evan, and Matt talk about Backline, the artists that have been chosen, and their hopes for the program’s future, Next, Evan delves into Pitchfork‘s recently published list of the 200 Best Albums of the 1980s—and compares it to Pitchfork‘s 2002 list of the Top 100 Albums of the 1980s. Which artists were included this time around that weren’t included 16 years ago? Which artists have disappeared? What’s the deal with R.E.M.?

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