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Podcast: Dan Kaufman on growing up in Madison in the '80s

Podcast: Dan Kaufman on growing up in Madison in the '80s

The musician and writer shares his memories of soaking up Midwestern post-punk as a teenager. (Photo by Gabrielle Plucknette.)

Dan Kaufman was a teenager in Madison during the Midwest's fertile early-'80s boom of post-punk and noise-rock. He spent a lot of his formative years admiring bands like Tar Babies, Killdozer, Die Kreuzen, and, most dear to him, Appliances-SFB, whose singer, Tom Laskin, died last week.

Like Laskin, Kaufman went on to become both a musician and a respected journalist. He plays guitar in Barbez—an excellent band whose interests span from Eastern European folk music to the avant-garde—and writes for publications including The New York Times and The New Yorker. Though based in New York City, he's still maintained deep ties with Madison and Wisconsin—his best-known Times stories have examined environmental and labor issues in the age of Scott Walker.

Kaufman was back in Madison this week and joined me for a conversation about the Appliances, the process of musical discovery, and what Barbez is up to next. Give our conversation a listen here. Kaufman also spoke with me in 2013 about Barbez's last album, Bella Ciao.

Don't forget to subscribe to our podcast on iTunes and catch WORT-FM's weeknight local news show, which partners with us to produce these. Thanks to Dylan Brogan for producing this interview.

Massive Kate Bush video reenactment coming to James Madison Park

Massive Kate Bush video reenactment coming to James Madison Park

Curator's notes: Sissy Spacek, Grave Texture, and TrashSquirt

Curator's notes: Sissy Spacek, Grave Texture, and TrashSquirt

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