Freedy Johnston had this to say about the performances by Go-Go's member Jane Wiedlin and Madison's Whore du Jour at the 2008 Steel Bridge Songfest: "Man, did they rock. You can tell they've been rehearsing. They're really tight." Wiedlin and Whore du Jour joined forces at last year's Songfest and have been collaborating ever since.
Another Billboard number-one album has song credits at Madison's Smart Studios. Narrow Stairs by Death Cab for Cutie debuted in the top spot on the Billboard 200 in May. The third track, "No Sunlight," was mixed by Death Cab guitarist Chris Walla at the East Washington Avenue recording studio.
Darwin Sampson's new club, the Frequency, may have the best local music jukebox this town has ever seen. You'll see Madison music old and new from Crustacean Records and artists like the Treats, El Guante and Stephanie Rearick. Bring along your laundry quarters.