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226. Roll over Mozart
At the club tonight, I felt like apologizing all night to Wolfgang for the loud and undignified sounds rolling of the stage a few blocks from his old haunts.
227. Europe: It's so European!
John Sieger's latest adventure in Europe with the Greg Koch Band takes him to yet another scenic locale, where he plays some tunes, discovers a German flea market, eats a Matterhorn of delicious meat and strains his thesaurus to find new words for "cute" or "charming."
228. Saint behind the glass
The title of this piece is from one of my favorite Los Lobos songs. Today, in a gorgeous and strange church in Kufstein, Austria, I saw a real saint behind what I assume to be real glass.
229. "Red Neck Crazy"
Country music is in me and pretty much all I listen to. And I must say that Tyler Farr's latest single, "Red Neck Crazy," is easily my favorite song of the fall. It's catchy and, yes, crazy.
230. Strike while the ten-pins are hot
Second day jet lag, along with the adventure of getting lost on the way to the gig, had twisted my ever-fragile mood in a direction not conducive to making music. That was a while ago though and luckily, food and bowling have brought me around.
231. Q&A with Population Control
Lisa Simonson sits down to talk making music, old people candy, alcohol and, of course, metal with local band Population Control.
232. Up and down the Alps
The change from hilly Germany to mountainous Austria is not quite as sudden as encountering the Rockies in the middle of Colorado, but it is no less dramatic. It is also about as chock full of charm as any place has a right to be.
233. Let's add a "Z" to that
There is something weirdly inspirational about a long flight. I find myself smiling at everyone, and an abundance of positive vibrations for everything and everyone in God's (better capitalize that) creation. Thank you, two glasses of Delta chardonnay.
234. Cher to perform at BMO Harris Bradley Center
Cher is coming back to Milwaukee. The evil diva will play the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Friday, June 6, 2014, it was announced today.
235. Disclaimer: Did I spell that right?
The part of my personality that makes me a sloppy, typo-prone writer and wreaks havoc on my desktop or work space is related (via some weird deal with the devil) to the impulse to write songs. I'm not sure how it works, or even if it does. But, as I run around trying to get the right stuff into the right bag for a three-week excursion, I am so glad no one has ever handed me the keys to anything too important.
236. WD-40 ... Is that a German thing?
Of the five Sieger brothers, I'm the one who writes songs and always turns the screwdriver the wrong way. There are four other male sibs, two on either side, who can do things like rebuild an engine, wire a house, remodel a bathroom or make hi-tech mounts for $6 million Greek statues (that would be brother Bob, who spent time at the Getty). Me? I cry when I see tools in my hand.
237. Countdown to angsty-ness: Sieger prepares for Europe
While I'm looking forward to getting some new stories, I'm also the kind of pins-and-needles guy who can spin innocent anticipation into morbid dread with very little coaxing. This is especially true two days before I cross a fairly large and wavy ocean to drive all over Germany and many of its former conquests with Klaus, a guy Greg describes as a little crazy. I hope he's wrong.
238. Guitar Man: The song plays on
After a challenging summer dealing with difficult health issues, Dave is more determined than ever to realize his dream of playing a solo guitar concert at Linneman's Riverwest Inn for his 70th birthday.
239. A cheesehead over the Rhine
On Sept. 18, I'll be boarding Luftwaffe or Lufthansa (I still get them confused) with other members of The Greg Koch Band to fly to the Not-My-Fatherland (Germany). Italy, Austria and Denmark are also on the itinerary. There isn't a gypsy in the world would have had me believing this turn of events a year ago. What happened is two dissimilar musicians got together and wrote themselves to a new place.
240. Baroques guitarist Hutchinson passes away
Jacques Atman Hutchinson, rhythm guitarist for the '60s Milwaukee psychedelic band The Baroques, died Friday, Sept. 6 in Colorado.
241. Llanas shines on "Four/Five Live - Volume 1"
Sam Llanas recently released a new 10-song live album called "Four/Five Live - Volume 1." He also sings on the touring production of "A Day for Grace" that opens this week at Next Act Theatre.
242. Tyler and Aerosmith have still got it
Last night, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members tore through a 19-song set that spanned the band's 43-year career - from "Same Old Song and Dance" off of 1974's "Get Your Wings" to "Oh Yeah" from their 2012 release "Music From Another Dimension!"
243. My favorite review, ever: Elton John silences the Harley roar
Sitting on the 11th floor of CityCenter, our still sparkling new office, all I hear is the rumble of Harleys below. And it reminds me of the Harley 100th anniversary in 2003. I have a bunch of memories from that bash. I rented out my house to some bankers from Boston for $2,000. I got LASIK surgery that week, and spent the time recovering at my then-girlfriend-now-wife's house. But most of all, I remember "the show."
Tagged with: Elton John Harley 100
244. School of Rock crashing into Shorewood
School Of Rock will open Saturday, Oct. 12 at 4050 N. Oakland Ave. in Shorewood. The franchise, owned by "Rock" Marasco will provide lessons for young people ages 8-18 and the opportunity to perform concerts in public.
245. Fare thee well, Jason Mohr and Juniper Tar
Today I got an email from my old friend Jason Mohr, with whom I worked at Schwartz Bookshops and, briefly, at, announcing his departure from Milwaukee. The move may also signal the end of one of the best bands in town.
246. Spirit Family Reunion keeps the faith at Live @ Peck Pavilion
Homegrown American music by Spirit Family Reunion will fill the Peck Pavilion tonight in the second-to-last installment of the summer concert series.
247. Real women in songs, seen and heard
Sunday, Aug. 18, from 9 a.m. to noon, our friend Steve Palec will try to do what Tesla and Marconi really didn't care much about: match a visual to the "magic" of radio.
248. Seabrook rocks for human rights
If you are professional musician who marries a girl from Milwaukee, expect to spend more than a little of your time in her beloved hometown. That's the case for singer-songwriter Wil Seabrook, reality star, musician and human rights activist, who is returning to his wife's hometown on Aug. 8 for an intimate show at Sugar Maple.
249. My interview with Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots
In today's Kramp Cast singer Scott Weiland speaks candidly about being let go from the Stone Temple Pilots, how the band got its start, his feelings on hearing his music on the radio for the first time and his love for the pit bulls that he rescued several years ago.
250. JJ Cale was super blue
John Sieger remembers JJ Cale, who died last week at the age of 74.