The November 2007 issue of NYLON -- a fashion, music, art, culture magazine for the indie set -- did a little digging for its annual "America Issue" to uncover some of the "best and unexpected" local music scenes across the country.
Lo and behold, its reporters ended up in Milwaukee -- or, actually, in contact with local musical jack of all trades Jason Todd (Def Harmonic, Leo Minor, Classic Slice restaurant).
Here's what he had to say to NYLON readers nationwide:
"The scene in Milwaukee has the distinction of being home to people who maintain a sense of integrity and taste, while also maintaining a high blood alcohol level. We stay busy here by creating anything we need to escape the outer-space-like climate that we endure from November through March. It's quite disturbingly awesome!"
The blurb went to list Maritime, Decibully, Leo Minor, the New Loud and Juiceboxxx as bands / artists to keep an eye on, as well as mentioning the Cactus Club, The Rave (although it reads "The Raves" in print, oops) and The Pabst Theater. Under radio stations, the mag makes mention of WMSE 91.7 and WLUM 102.1 FM.
Props to NYLON for highlighting the middle market -- it's nice to see up-and-coming Milwaukee bands placed on the same map as Against Me! and Calexico.
OnMilwaukee.com staff writer Julie Lawrence grew up in Wauwatosa and has lived her whole life in the Milwaukee area.
As any “word nerd” can attest, you never know when inspiration will strike, so from a very early age Julie has rarely been seen sans pen and little notebook. At the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee it seemed only natural that she major in journalism. When OnMilwaukee.com offered her an avenue to combine her writing and the city she knows and loves in late 2004, she knew it was meant to be. Around the office, she answers to a plethora of nicknames, including “Lar,” (short for “Larry,” which is short for “Lawrence”) as well as the mysteriously-sourced “Bill Murray.”