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Mad Max Elliott, Westernwhere, Exploration Team, M. Martin

  • Williamson Magnetic Recording Company 1019 Williamson Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)
M. Martin. Photo by Chris Joutras.

M. Martin. Photo by Chris Joutras.

To celebrate the holidays and raise money for the Dane County Humane Society, local twee janglers Exploration Team host a festive evening of exclusively Madison projects. Songwriter Mike Noto, who can be seen singing and playing guitar in Coordinated Suicides, performs here behind his new solo album A Harvest of Ice, released as M. Martin on local label Rare Plant. While definitely a songwriting-centered project, the tape features an array of instrumentation and styles that make it essentially uncategorizable. Noto’s earnest songwriting is sometimes buried in reverb, accompanied by psyched-out organ tones, or embellished by effects. On the standout track “Catacomb Song,” colorful effects and dense guitar suggest a shade of sinister psychedelia, all the while pushed forward by a bass line that belongs just as much in a pop song as it does a classic, doomy stoner rock track. It is a jarring follow up to the spooky, spaced-out, kaleidoscopic first track, “Against My Ruins.' Westernwhere (formerly called Hippie Xmas), a project of Justin Johnson from Wood Chickens and James Runde of The Smells, and one-man rockabilly stomper Mad Max Elliot play here as well. —Emili Earhart

Earlier Event: December 16
Madison Hip Hop Awards