Mark Metcalf

Andy Noble may or may not be a control freak

By - Apr 1st, 2010 04:00 am
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Maybe you know him from Lotus Land Records, which closed its brick-and-mortar shop in Riverwest recently. (They still sell online and run the label of the same name.) Maybe you know him from the Get Down. Maybe you know him from De La Buena, The Chain, or Kings Go Forth, whose first full-length release on Luaka Bop is due out April 20. In any case, you probably know Andy Noble.

As part of our continuing Milwaukee music series, Mark talks to Andy about the many kinds of music-making, dealing and selling he does, from trying to plan a tour with the 10-piece Kings Go Forth to licensing obscure Black American music from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s from producers who’ve been ripped off in the past. Mark and Andy discuss the pre-internet world of vinyl records (“It was like Bigfoot”), slinging hamburgers at Center Street Days, learning to accept his inner control freak and how you reconcile a “music scene” that includes “death metal groups in West Allis and guys putting out gospel CDs at 35th and Capitol.”

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Kings Go Forth celebrate their full length release in Milwaukee at Turner Hall on April 30. More info here.

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