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MADTRACKS

MadTracks -- 'B.A.S.' by The Arge

The opening riff of "B.A.S." takes you back to a time when hairy beasts dressed up in paisley shirts and electric purple elephant bells stoked the inner mounting flame for the acid test. >More
 MadTracks -- 'Can He Forgive' by OX

Madison emcee OX weighs the possibility of redemption on the unexpectedly honest "Can He Forgive," a mid-tempo confessional track from his new album Life Support. Showcasing the gravel-voiced rapper's contemplative side, this three-and-a-half-minute rhyme asks the same basic question, again and again: Will the good lord really save a sinner like me? >More
 MadTracks -- 'Lasciatemi Morire!' by Wilhelmina Baker

Forays into opera by avant drama queen Wilhelmina Baker aren't meant for the libretto-conning cognoscenti. Instead, using electronic effects and a good measure of cabaret siren-style chutzpah, Baker gambols through well known arias with a wry smile plastered on her generously rouged lips. >More
 MadTracks -- 'Blind and Undying' by The Treats

Madison trio The Treats have been somewhat scarce on club calendars for the past couple years, but that will likely change with the release of their new album, Reservoir Tales, this week. >More
 MadTracks -- 'El Dishwashero' by Aniv de la Rev

According to their band bio, Aniv de la Rev first got together back in 2003 to "explore the possibilities of punk mixed with cumbia and new wave." Judging from the jumping beat and the antic bi-lingual vocals that animate the careening punk/cumbia experiment "El Dishwashero," they've hit on a winning hybrid. >More
 MadTracks -- 'Detroit' by The Super Eights

It's always sad when a good band calls it a day, and the Super Eights were very good indeed. "Detroit" is off their final release, Sing Songs About States, and unsurprisingly, benefits enormously from a distorting, bang-on-a-can drum track and a sweet-but-snotty vocal that repeatedly warns all listeners: "Don't go back to Detroit!" >More
 MadTracks -- 'Girls of Summer II' by The Grizzlies

Anyone who's mooned over a busted up summertime thing or felt, as Joyce does, that a once special -ex only understands "quid pro quo," will understand exactly what he's talking about. It only all warm weather affairs were this succinct. >More
 MadTracks -- 'Paul Newman Hates You' by the Home Demo Vixens

Who's even thinking about Newman these days? But, man, if this sugary bit of silliness tune doesn't brighten up a dreary day of mechanical hip-hop remixes and too-cool-for-school indie rock. >More
 MadTracks -- 'When Daniel Goodings Made It Rain' by Fever Marlene

Judging by the recorded evidence offered on their album, recorded at E Labs Multimedia in Madison, one wouldn't necessarily realize the group was a duo. Full band arrangements grace many of the album's 13 tracks thanks to multi-instrumental abilities, occasional electronic drums and loops, and a bit of outside help on string arrangements by former Downtown Brown member Shauncey Ali. >More
 MadTracks -- 'Night' by Stephanie Rearick

The melding of pop and art music by Stephanie Rearick is reminiscent of Kate Bush. But on measured, almost stately experiments like "Night," she avoids Bush-style quirkiness by emphasizing her own considerable facility on keyboard. >More
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