Squarewave will perform for the first time since 2019 at The Bur Oak on Friday, August 6. Squarewave will be celebrating the release of “Hazy.” The Bur Oak is located at 2262 Winnebago Street. Doors open at 6:30.
Hazy, their fifth album, has been released on audiophile vinyl, CD and lossless download. Squarewave is comprised of Jeff Jagielo and Pat Connaughty and are joined on this record by Biff Blumfumgagnage (Biff, Robert Fripp's guitar tech and a multi-instrumentalist, plays violin and viola on the record).
Renown music producer Butch Vig calls "Squarewave one of the best bands in rock that not enough people know about but need to hear."
A Brand New Day introduces a new band, the ghost particles, with a new song and new video to honor the inauguration of President Joe Biden and a fresh start for the United States. The band, founded in Madison, WI, will donate all proceeds from the sales of the single to Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin. Artisanal Records will match dollar for dollar all donations up to $250.
The Ghost Particles are comprised of long-time Madison musicians, some of whom who have been active on the local music scene since the mid ‘70s. Bassist Joel Tappero (Spooner), keyboardist Don Irwin (The Rousers), guitarist, harmony vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Dave Benton (Spooner, The Rousers, The Waterdogs) and lead singer, songwriter and guitarist Phil Davis (Buzz Gunderson, Fire Town, The Emperors of Wyoming) came together in the fall of 2019, planning to record an EP of originals and start playing live shows. But the global pandemic of 2020 changed all that, shutting down live performances worldwide. Fortunately, the band members had extensive recording experience, and moved effortlessly into a new and vital phase—arranging and recording a debut album of Davis originals in their respective personal studios. Working with Minneapolis producer, drummer and mixer extraordinaire Jeremy Tappero, who is also bassist for Twin Cities luminaries, Soul Asylum, the new Ghost Particles record is already 75 percent completed, built on a highly collaborative, guitar-based foundation that synthesizes a panoply of the band’s deep pop and rock musical influences. The band plans to release single tracks from the album periodically until they are once again able to safely gather together in the same room and play music.