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  • Brümeister 11:43 pm on June 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , 89.9 WORT FM, 96.9 FOX, Andrew David Weber, Big Lo, Brady Street Fest, Craft 30 Sheboygan, Craft30, Fox Homegrown, Madison, McAuliffe's Pub, , Mitch Shiner, Newaukee Night Market, Nomad Fanzone, Nomad Nacional, november criminals, Racine, Rebel Stage, Red Dot Tosa, Sabbatic, Sheboygan Solstice, Summer Fest, , Taiyamo Denku, The November Criminals, The Periodicals, Tommy Antonic, Traveling Beer Garden, West Allis, Westallion Brewery, Whiskey of the Damned, WORT FM   

    2018: Summer of Criminals 

    WORT FM Block Party on May 20th 2018 photo courtesy of WORT FM.

    SO I realized we’ve been so busy with EVERYTHING that none of us have had time to jot anything down in the old blog section.

    Quickly I will try to recap some of what has been going on and enlighten you further on coming events as relates to your favorite #PolkaHipHop band!
    We played our first ever West Allis show back in February at Westallion Brewery where the Peanut Butter Porter is lights out! And I’m not a guy that often goes in for sweet craft beers. They also had a fine Scottish Ale and whole bunch more great things to try, they change up their brews on a seasonal basis so it is with a good deal of delight that we are returning there at the end of June!

    We had a great time playing out in April at The Red Dot opening for our friends Denku and Big Lo! These guys are touring artists and established in every sense of the word. And it was awesome to see an audience full of friends there on a Tuesday night even! Then we broke ground playing the Light Lounge in South Milwaukee and debuted our newest song The Black Hand! That’s right, we haven’t been taking it easy we have been toiling over an EP that, fingers crossed, will also include radio edits of songs from The Great War!

    COMING SOON!

    The Black Hand even made its way onto the FM dial in Madison at WORT FM where in the lead up to one of our biggest shows yet WORT gave some spins to a few of our songs, published a flattering article about us, and our good friend Helena White used a couple of our tunes off The Great War as jumping off points for a couple history lessons about The Rattlers and Jim Europe! She also has a really wonderful series called My Grandfather’s War Diary about her grandfather’s service during the Great War.
    The Madison connection went next level for us as first our friends The Periodicals came by on a Thursday night for a memorable Milwaukee debut that we were honored to share the bill with at Sabbatic. Tommy Antonic and Mitch Shiner came through in a big way with a week’s notice to open with all the skill and showmanship of two of the best young jazz musicians in the city!

     

    Tremendous line up for the Craft 30 Summer Solstice festival!

    BUT IT IS ONLY GETTING STARTED!

    Friday June 22nd it will officially be summer. Craft30 in Sheboygan has organized a party that promises be a highlight of anyone’s summer!

    They are doing it big with two stages and free admission and some of the finest craft brews in Wisconsin (and therefore the world!) And during the lead up we’ve been getting spins on 96.9 Fox courtesy of Fox Homegrown!

    Getting there isn’t a problem for Milwaukee folks as it just a short jaunt up I-43 and there are plenty of hotels and campgrounds in case you haven’t selected a Designated Driver!

    We however won’t be able to hang out too long as we are immediately in Racine the next night at McAuliffe’s Pub with the insanely talented Andrew David Weber (of Whiskey of The Damned)!

    That could be considered a tour…

     

    BUT IT DOESN’T STOP THERE!

    The following weekend we will be part of the Nomad Nacional’s World Cup Fanzone on the 29th of June followed by a return to Westallion Brewery on June 3oth.

    The show at Nomad is particularly exciting as the fan zone activities the night we play also include the Newaukee Night Market and rumor has it we will have some new shirts along with us by then!

    If we can take a moment to look at that line up…!

    What an honor to be listed on a showcase with so many great Milwaukee talents and we are blessed to call many of them friends!

    There’s no matches on the day we play so we aren’t sure what countries to represent. But we will do our best to bring them all together that night!

    Hopefully we even get a few folks to follow us to West Allis the next night!

     

    THE NEXT WEEKEND!!!

    Is a 3 day weekend! Friday we are back in West Allis at McCarty Park for the Traveling Beer Garden on July 6th, then on the 7th we are Madison with our friends from the Milwaukee Polka Riot Forro Fo Sho along with Swill at Bos Meadery! Then on the 8th we closed down the Rebel Stage at Summerfest at 8pm!

    We’ll take a breather and be back in full force in late July for Brady Street Fest!

    Look for us to be handing out flyers for this year’s Polka Riot!  Hope to see you!

    The November Criminals take Madison
    WORT FM sound check
    Photo by Kevin Christensen

     
  • Brümeister 10:56 pm on August 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Guns of August, , november criminals, , Polka Hip Hop, Riverwest Farmer's Market, Riverwest Public House, , Superior, WI   

    The Guns Of August 

     

    The November Criminals Need YOU! to come out one of these shows.

    The November Criminals Need YOU! to come out one of these shows.

    We have a number of shows coming up that I’d like to highlight a bit since each one will be so very different from the others.

    AUGUST 22nd at Riverwest Public House for Adam Asher’s Birthday show!

    We look forward to once again having Michael Ritter on bass and Kevin KC Christenson on drums for this show. Two amazingly talented musicians who bring spontaneity and skill to the set. Last time we played with them in March at Cactus Club it was one of the best shows the Criminals have had to date.

    The line up for the rest of show is amazing and moves back and forth between bands and poets for 6 hours of awesome! We’re going on early so we can wake up in time for …..

    AUGUST 23rd at The Tower Avenue Tavern in Superior w/ Number One Common

    We’ll be driving the day of the show 8 hours or so to get to the Northern most city in Wisconsin. We’re looking forward to playing for an entirely new audience and maybe getting a few photo ops near the big lake they call Gitche Gumee! The show is presented by Hypnotic Otter and is FREE!!!

    AUGUST 31st at The Riverwest Gardeners Market

    DJ Killa Kutz will be on the 1s & 2s with us during this set which runs from Noon until 3pm. We’re gonna work on cleaning up NTSC’s language 😉 but one thing is for sure: if you are nearby, you are going to hear something that will make you want to polka around the produce!

     
  • Brümeister 11:02 pm on May 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 88.9, Milo, , Music scenes, november criminals, Radio Milwaukee   

    Music Culture 

    Lots of thoughts lately and not lots of posts. I’m here to change that.

    You should see the chapter about the Milwaukee Music Scene!

    You should see the chapter about the Milwaukee Music Scene!

    I read a lot but I also read into things a lot. Dangerous habit on social media but I’ve also been commenting way to much on shit that I have no business commenting on. SO I figured I’ll take it to the blog. Maybe less people will read it but hopefully more people will understand me. We are what we are: A Polka Hip Hop Band. But if you step back and consider the members in the group the uniqueness of it all means so much more to us. We are an interracial music group in the most segregated metropolis in America. We are mixing genres of music and pulling it off with varying degrees of success; granted as a group we are just getting started. But all of us have been performing and writing and creating music, poetry and art for years before we ever met. And we are all scraping by. Part of it has to do with the fact that this is also one of the poorest cities in the nation.

    So then I read this interview with a rapper who is moving to LA. And hear someone making the same complaints so many have been making for so long. But here’s the thing the problem is much deeper than just a radio station not giving you play. (To my knowledge we haven’t had play on 88.9 either but then I don’t know if they have our cd. Somehow we have been played on local station 91.7  and maybe it being a college station things get circulated differently.)

    THE PROBLEM.  It’s really the culture of the city though it isn’t just the music scene. Try writing poetry and discover how fractured everything is here and then laugh because everyone knows there is no money to be made in poetry…. unless you are putting together a CV for grad school somewhere. But music, art and film? I can’t imagine how this disjointed cityscape, fractured from institutionalized racism and economic paranoia could do more then ever serve as a transfer station for raw talent.

    (It doesn’t help when promoters are focusing solely on the dollar and not on the art but that is another blog for another time.)

    I feel like that is what Milo missed a chance to say in his interview. But maybe it’s in his music and I haven’t heard that track yet (though I’m looking now). I know a few others who have had to move on to make it in music because it unsustainable here to just be a musician or a rapper. The Milwaukee Machine that Milo talks about is really more or less just a façade to keep a few people distracted from some of the larger issues. But would that message resonate with anyone outside of a few people in the community? I know he must feel it if he’s leaving for greener pastures even if he didn’t say it. The culture of a place is a reflection of that place’s reality. And if the music scene will not allow talent to thrive here then it reflects the inability of many other to thrive.

    As for the music…..would I say he is as dope as The November Criminals? No, of course not, don’t be silly. But he is talented and we wish him well.  🙂

    Personally, I am blessed to know people from the city and the region who are invested in making things happen here. From Pinkerton at Deadman’s Carnival to the painfully under played Jaems Murphy to comedy mentor and road warrior of the Hobbit Trail Brendan O’Day  and the poetic thundering of deep feelings that is Mario The Poet. The folks I’ve come across who are working to make a living at entertaining people and performing their craft for them is inspiring and in many ways sustaining.
    Catch us at Cactus Club June 6th with Tapebenders and Jaems Murphy!

     
  • NTSC 3:52 pm on November 25, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: fishpause records, november criminals, spawning grounds, Troutski   

    The Spawning Grounds 

    We want to give a huge shout-out to our man Troutski (aka Kilgore Trout) of the Brew City Banditz and Fishpause Records for helping us out with the album. We recorded some of our favorite songs at The Spawning Grounds, Trout’s home-made studio and practice space. He also produced and performed with us on the song Sausage Fest, which showcases his innate musical talent as well as his lyrical sense of humor.

    Thanks Trout!

    recording_sesh

     
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