This appears to be a banner week for getting public input on labels and monikers. First the UWEC mascot stuff, and now, the Eau Claire Children’s Theatre’s recently completed performance space. They say they can't go on calling it "the new building" forever, so they need your help in choosing a new name. They've done several informal surveys, and have narrowed it down to their top seven choices. You can weigh in by taking a super fast survey, so please do. But we also thought it’d be fun just poll you guys right here. Check it out:
JAGJAGUWAR is all set to release “Relayted” on May 11, an album that brings together the talents of over 25 musicians from various scenes around the country. They call themselves GAYNGS. It's got a ton of former locals – and one fairly notable current local – on board. The roster includes Ryan Olson (Mel Gibson and the Pants), the men of Megafaun (Joe Westerlund, Brad Cook, and Phil Cook), Bon Iver buddies Justin Vernon and Mike Noyce, and Maggie Morrison (Lookbook, Digitata). The songs were recorded in Minneapolis and Wisconsin. From the press release:
So get ready for that. (Crazy-ass watercolor above by Michael Gaughan.)
Buckle up for some huge news from UW-Eau Claire! A highly-skilled committee charged with selecting an official mascot for the University has narrowed its options to three: an ox, a voyageur , and ... no mascot.
What kind of boring school doesn’t want a mascot?
Artwork and a narrative supporting each concept will be emailed out tomorrow to thousands of alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends of the university. The e-mail will ask recipients to rate each idea and offer comments on the concepts. Here’s what we got:
I don’t know about you, but that raging bull up there looks a lot more formidable than Frenchy McFringePants. Plus, the ox artist – Mallory Prucha Rishoi – is half of the duo behind this awesomeness, so that’s cool.
So besides organic farming and television references to midwestern towns, Wisconsin is a national leader in ... anyone? Anyone? Yep, you guessed it – high end pool cue production. It may have to do with Wisconsin's massive population of woodworkers, trees, and/or bars with a pool table (not sure), but we have a lot small shops churning out gorgeous cues for hundreds, thousands, and even tens of thousands of dollars apiece. JSOnline tells us ...
Check out the article for a photo gallery of cue production. Awesome/interesting quotation from a cue maker: "Some customers look at you in a different light if you make too many cues. "They want you to be carving them with a jackknife in a garage."
Cool. Half of the Eau Claire duo Farms – drummer Andy Todryk – got a track review on Pitchfork’s “Forkcast” blog. The track’s called “Hemp Scented Body Lotion” and it’s from Andy’s side project Vacation Dad (full-length album forthcoming). Says reviewer Chris Bosman ...