Interview with Enabler [PODCAST]

This one’s for all the metalheads out there. The Milwaukee-based hardcore/metal crossover band Enabler has a new album out called All Hail the Void. Take a listen to our chat with Enabler’s Jeffrey Lohrber (Vocals, Guitar).

Who: Jeff Lohrber; interviewed by Kayla Liederbach
What: Some background about Enabler, and the truth about metal music
Where: Madison, WI
When: Tuesday, May 1, 2012
How: Recorded by Kayla Liederbach

Enabler interview (audio file)


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Interview with Charlie Parr [PODCAST]

Charlie Parr, a respected country blues musician, was kind enough to give us a phone interview. Check it out below, and make sure to also check out his newest album Keep Your Hands on the Plow.

Charlie Parr Keep Your Hands on the PlowWho: Charlie Parr; interviewed by Kayla Liederbach
What: The self-taught musician: Where he comes from and where he’s going.
Where: Madison, WI
When: Monday, April 9, 2012
How: Recorded by Kayla Liederbach
File: mp3 version

Like what you heard? Browse Charlie Parr’s albums on Murfie.

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Interview with Eric Hutchinson [PODCAST]


Singer-songwriter Eric Hutchinson’s new album Moving Up Living Down is out now.

Who: Eric Hutchinson; interviewed by Kayla Liederbach
What: Get to know Eric Hutchinson: it’s all about soul
Where: Madison, WI (Call-in)
When: Thursday, March 22, 2012
How: Recorded by Kayla Liederbach
File: mp3 version


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*Photo credit to Jeff Lipsky


When I’m not at Murfie HQ, I host a radio show called U-Dub on Wednesday nights on 91.7FM WSUM-Madison. Being a reggae DJ has given me great opportunities that mean a lot to me, and I love every second of it.

This past weekend I had a particularly wonderful experience! Toots & the Maytals came to town for a show, and I was lucky enough to meet Toots Hibbert, a living legend, after the show.

Toots is widely known as the “Grandfather of Reggae.” With his 1960s hit song “Do the Reggae,” he was actually responsible for giving the genre its name! You may have heard songs like “54-46 That’s My Number” and “Pressure Drop,” among many others.

Toots was so nice! He gave me a hug right away, and he has the happiest smile you will ever see! I had a little chat with him for my radio show, and if you want you can listen in this Wednesday at 7pm Central time.

In the above photo, that’s me and Toots after the show. Fierce, right?!

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Interview with Josh Harty [PODCAST]

We’re as pleased as punch to introduce our very first podcast! Look for us to share brand new audio interviews with local musicians and bands every month. This month we chatted with Madison’s own Josh Harty, a super cool, super talented alt-country artist.

Who: Josh Harty; interviewed by Kayla Liederbach
What: Josh’s background, music influences and style, and opinion on digital music
Where: Warehouse at Murfie HQ, Madison, WI
When: Friday, January 6, 2012
How: Recorded by Jon Brumbaugh; intro music composed by Jon Brumbaugh
File: mp3 version

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My Sound

A lot of things can be broken down to what happened when you were a kid. Seriously, almost everything. When I think about things that are “the core of Kayla,” I realize that the music I listened to as a kid really shaped a lot of the beliefs I have today. Here is some of the stuff I’ve listened to throughout the years and how I think it’s shaped me in the process.

Spice Girls Grade School Girl Power, feminism, sleeping with stuffed animals is fine at any age.
Alanis Morissette Grade School Boys suck!!!
Backstreet Boys Grade School Boys are wonderful!!!
Yellowcard High School I am so alternative and no one understands me!
Wicked (The Musical) High School Be strong in the face of adversity. My differences are my strengths.
Beck High School What the heck did I used to listen to?
Sufjan Stevens High School Individuality and fairy wings rock.
The Doors College I am soooo California-bound.
Jefferson Airplane College There are some things I just can’t learn in school.
Bob Marley College No worries, Mon!
The Gladiators College Find peace through positive vibes.
King Tubby College Dub for I, forever :)

It’s interesting to me to see how people are shaped by their music choices, or if their music choices are shaped by who they are already, or maybe a little of both. It’ll sure be interesting to see what this list looks like in a few years…

5 Reasons I Love The Black Keys

(and why I know they will be rock legends forever)

1. The Look (Or Lack Thereof)
Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney don’t mess around. They aren’t caught up in projecting an image to the masses, and in doing that, they’ve created their own unique look. I give them props for rocking the beard and glasses.

2. Timelessness
Just like their look, their sound is not fake, or trying to sell anything. They sound timeless. When I first heard their bluesy riffs, I couldn’t believe they came from that year (2007). Since 2002, they’ve been putting out original blues rock music with deep roots.

3. Blakroc
Me? Listen to hip-hop? Never. Not before Blakroc, at least! Blakroc is the supreme fusion of rock and hip-hop, delivered by The Black Keys and celebrated hip-hop artists like Mos Def, Q-Tip, and Pharoahe Monch. Blakroc retains great melodies that can only come from The Black Keys, but steps them up to being more badass. I was so shocked when I heard “What You Do to Me,” with stunning vocals featuring Nicole Wray – I know you will be too if you haven’t heard it yet!

4. Consistency
The Big Come Up, Thickfreakness, Rubber Factory, Magic Potion, Attack & Release, Blakroc, Brothers, El Camino…all released in the past decade without losing their originality and momentum, and all met with positive reviews.

5. Less Is More
I’m finding this to be true for a lot of things. This guitar and drum-driven duo are strong and uncluttered à la The White Stripes. Need I say more?

With El Camino available now, I have yet another reason to gush about this awesome band!