Owning a small, local record label is a labor of love. Even with hard work, determination, funding, press and a great product, the response can still be frustratingly underwhelming. Success requires quite a bit of luck, as well. For the last 12 years, Latest Flame Records has persevered against all odds and with little luck, put out excellent albums from great bands like Police Teeth, IfIHadAHiFi, Testa Rosa, Nervous Curtains, We Are Hex, Heavy Hand and TROPY WIVES. The label filled a giant gap in Milwaukee music, a space between straight-forward punk rock and glistening power pop. The bands on Latest Flame often found their way in the middle—rough around the edges but smooth at the center.
Alas, financial pressures finally got to owner, Dan Hanke, who announced this summer that the label would cease to release any more physical media and stick to digital-only releases—if the bands still preferred that method. This weekend the Latest Flame goes out with a bright flash rather than a flicker, as 15 bands pay thanks to the label with two farewell shows at Club Garibaldi. All remaining inventory will be available for bottom shelf prices. Tickets to the Friday and Saturday shows are $10 each, although, weekend passes are also available for $15. The complete line-up and farewell party compilations are below:
Friday, Oct. 23 @ Club Garibaldi, 7:30 p.m.
- We Are Hex
- Nervous Curtains
- Go Go Slow w/Karl J. Palouček, play the songs of FUCKFACE
- System and Station/Last Giant
- The Response
- Body Futures
Saturday, Oct. 24 @ Club Garibaldi, 4:30 p.m.
- Troubled Hubble
- The Gunshy
- Police Teeth
- Heavy Hand
- TROPHY WIVES
- Testa Rosa
- Karl J. Palouček
Video of the Week
It’s new release week for Midnight Reruns, who are putting our their second full-length, Force of Nature, on Dusty Medical Records this Friday. In the meantime, check out their music video for “Canadian Summer,” a celebration of dads and basements. After a two-week tour, the band plays its proper Milwaukee release party at Cactus Club on Nov. 14.
A Positive Jam
While The Hold Steady continually was referenced as the world’s best bar band, the band quickly played themselves out of those small rooms and into bigger theaters. Your chance to see them in a cramped dingy space may have passed, but this Friday Craig Finn (lead singer of the Hold Steady and formerly Lifter Puller) stops by Cactus Club, 2496 S. Wentworth Ave., to give you the next best thing. His second solo album, Faith in the Future, is filled with the character-driven narratives that listeners have come to expect in a Hold Steady record, but there’s a more mature slant in these songs from the 44-year-old singer.
This Week in Live Music
Tuesday, October 20: Youth Lagoon with Moon King at Turner Hall Ballroom, 8 p.m. ($14) – (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)
Thursday, October 22: Lucero at Turner Hall Ballroom, 8 p.m. ($20) – (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)
Friday, October 23: Arlo Guthrie at The Pabst Theater, 8 p.m. ($45) – (144 E. Wells St., PabstTheater.org)
Saturday, October 24: Protomartyr with Amanda X and Dirty Dancing at Cactus Club, 9:30 p.m. ($10) – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)
Also: Danzig with Superjoint, Veil Of Maya, Prong and Witch Mountain at The Rave, 7 p.m. ($31.50-$119) – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)
And: Ladders (album release) with Mooner and Marielle Allschwang at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, 9 p.m. ($5) – (1001 E. Locust St., Linnemans.com)