Pushmi-Pullyu Releases New Single

Pushmi-Pullyu - In The Bleak Midwinter

“In The Bleak Midwinter” is a new single from Pushmi-Pullyu’s first full-band album, Never Love A Stranger. Originally arranged for a live performance on WYOU, “In The Bleak Midwinter” is the band’s take on a classic carol with words by the English poet Christina Rossetti (circa 1872).

Never Love A Stranger documents Pushmi-Pullyu’s shift from electronic ambient pop to completely instrumented textural rock.

Recorded at House Arrest studios in Madison, WI by Brian Nolan (of American Hi-Fi). Cover photo by Nikki Gibson. Cover design by John Praw.


Part II: Ben Schapiro’s 617-797-5411 Updated

For those of you who haven’t already checked out Ben Schapiro’s excellent album “617-797-5411” (stream it above or click below for more info), we’ve got another great reason to check it out.  This incredibly intimate album has recently been updated to include Part II, which adds five new songs recorded this summer since the original release of the album.  The album also updates a few earlier recordings.  Physical copies coming soon.

“617-797-5411” is an intimate glimpse into the soul and psyche of Ben Schapiro, one of Madison’s best-loved underground musicians.  Before leaving Madison for parts unknown, Ben was a staple of Madison’s house show scene, often as part of the band Dirty Jive.  The album shows Ben’s skill and craftsmanship on the acoustic guitar without ever abandoning the delicacy and honesty of his poetry.


William Z. Villain Post First Acoustic Demos

William Z. Villain, the first endeavor for Madison-based multi-instrumentalist Benjamin Cameron since the 2010 separation of the band Fishhooks, has just released their first acoustic demos.  Calling them the “Hideout Demos,” the release consists of four solo acoustic versions of songs normally performed as a full band.

Stream the demos above for free, or purchase them directly from the band.

New Distro Items – Cribshitter & National Beekeepers Society

Methlehem (2012, Medicated G Records) $10

“Methlehem” is the newest full-length album from Madison-based bizarro-rock band, Cribshitter. As always, the band walks the line between comedy and respect. It’s brilliantly confusing.

Cry a Little Rainbow (2008, Medicated G Records) $10

“…30 tracks of hilarious musical debauchery and mayhem.” ~ Maximum Ink. Cribshitter’s 2008 debut, “Cry a Little Rainbow” puts you in a weird place. Pop, rock, electronic – it’s all made fun of in the most serious way.

National Beekeepers Society
Pawn Shop Etiquette (2008, Self-Released) $10

“Pawn Shop Etiquette” is the 2nd full-length album from National Beekeepers Society, out of Madison, WI. Released in 2008, this album serves as additional reading for fans of Icarus Himself, which is where you’ll find Nick Whetro and Karl Christenson these days.

Buzz: Six-Gun Rhythm’s debut reviewed

The pinnacle interest of the album, however, is Palmer’s wailing drunken slur; equal parts Gerard Way, Julian Casablancas, and Dolly Parton.

~ Jimmy Roxy, Mezzic

Head over to the music blog Mezzic, where they’ve given Six-Gun Rhythm’s debut self-titled release some love.  They gave it an 8.3/10.  You can also stream or purchase “Six-Gun Rhythm” here.

New Release: Lovely Socialite – Brachiosaurus Boogie Single

Lovely Socialite Mrs. Thomas W. Phipps is one of Madison’s tightest new jazz bands, focusing on heavy rocks balanced with plenty of experimental moments. As the band gears up for the release of their upcoming album, Lovely Socialite Registers Her Delight, they’ve decided to give away one of their coolest tracks for free.  Also included is an alternate take of Rock it, Science from the band’s recording sessions.

Help the band fund their album by backing the Kickstarter campaign HERE!