Tunes for Tuesday, 10 Feb 2010

Yeah, so what if it’s Wednesday?

Company of Thieves, “We The Free”

Just found these folks tonight. Thanks, WMSE! Dig their singer’s voice—she’s got quite a good one at that. Their name also is significant to me, as one of my favorite coffee shops in Madison is named In the Company of Thieves. No relation, I imagine, but if it is, hey, more power to them.

Michael Franti & Spearhead, “Rock the Nation”

This is about as close to rebel music as I get. So it better be good. And this is. It’s also a slightly different version than the one I heard, but that’s all right too—it’s all good.

KMFDM, “Disobedience”

Ahh, another timeless number from German-American industrial-metal favorite KFMDM and their easy-listening album Nihil. The mid-1990s saw frontman Sasha K. reunite with founding members Pig and En Esch. (Sasha’s the man with the mohawk and the megaphone, Pig does the singing/screaming, and Esch is in the bald man who’s either in a blue shirt or shirtless. Got it?) They were @#$*@&#$ awesome at the Barrymore in Madison in 1995 or 96. Definitely on my list of top five, if not top three concerts.

So there you have it. An inadvertent Madison theme has emerged amongst my three songs. I first heard KMFDM while in Madison. There’s the coffee shop. And I discovered Michael Franti & Spearhead at about the same time, thanks to my pirate radio buddy. Good times amid bad times. Here’s to it!

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Author: Jason Haas

Jason is an elected member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, occasionally moonlights as an amateur gardener, and is a proud father of two, or three, depending on how you do the math.