EPISODE 1 : DOG DREAMS
Vehicles are stopped on the Seward Highway for miles in each direction. A young couple and their newly adopted puppy leave their van and walk through the Chugach forest to investigate. A lighthearted journey turns somber when they encounter a fisherman below a bridge, radio clipped to his jacket and ask him why traffic is stopped.
“Dog Dreams” is about the passion, anxiety, and paranoia of young travelers, walking below cloud-haloed mountains asphalt still traffic-hot, like kids walking away from the show after the last firework has fizzled out.
Written and produced by Sean Williamson. Performed by Jon Mueller. Music by Justin Schmidt. Mixed and Mastered by Shane Olivo and Sean Williamson at Bobby Peru Recording.
EPISODE 2 : THE STREET LIGHTS FLICKERED
I closed the cabinet and looked into the mirror,” goes the typical passage in the 14-minute piece. “I felt like I was looking at my reflection for the first time and I couldn’t recognize it. But it blinked.” The titular flickering street lights act as a sort of omen, setting Williamson down a dark path littered with old apartments, old girlfriends, Milwaukee neighborhoods, Milwaukee tragedies, and half-forgotten nights. It’s also the story of fatherhood, of being alone, of facing your worst fears and wondering if you’ll fuck it all up. - MATT WILD, MILWAUKEE RECORD
Written and performed by Sean Williamson. Produced by Sean Williamson, Shane Olivo, Shawn Stephany and Robert Trettin. Original music by Shawn Stephany. Recorded and mixed by Shane Olivo at Bobby Peru Recording. Milwaukee, WI. 2016
EPISODE 3 : KANSAS CITY ROAD TRIP
You know when people say, “this band changed my life, man! They changed my life!”
I know what they are talking about. Because I directed the "Sing (for trouble)" video for the Group of the Altos at the start of 2012, and then soon started dating Heather, the trumpet player, then we moved in together, then we had a kid, then we moved into another place, and another place, Then I directed "Never Named" and "Coplights," then Altos broke up. Heather and I had another kid and moved to New York.
So yeah, this band changed my life. This is the story of Group of the Altos last tour to Middle of the Map fest in Kansas City.
Recorded by Sean Williamson in Kansas City. Mixed by Shane Olivo at Bobby Peru Recording.
EPISODE 4 : SHORTIES
You’re Doing What I Should Have Done is an audio short story collection about growing up in Wisconsin. From first apartments to first tragedies, from drug-outs to blackouts to drag-outs, from drunk driving classes to dreamscapes, to growing up and having kids, to watching the fade-out of a Milwaukee legend, You’re Doing What I Should Have Done opens a window to a life in motion.
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Shane Olivo at Bobby Peru Recording.
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EPISODE 5 : BUILD A BRAND NEW LET DOWN
This episode is a bonus episode. No, let's not call it bonus, let's call it extra. Because this episode is me playing a handful of songs that Shane allowed me to record in his studio, basically at any time. Really, this whole collection was possible because of the kindness of Shane Olivo.
Growing up, Shane recorded all the metal, punk and hardcore bands I would go to see. My band never recorded with him. So all these years later, i felt like I cleared some sort of milestone in my head.
The piano on "Be Still" was played by Chris DeMay, who I once watched golf with. It was not as boring as I anticipated.
EPISODE 6 : IT WAS THE FUNNIEST THING
"It Was the Funniest Thing" is a recollection of a grandfather's death on Easter, complete with ham roll-ups, drinking by the creek and a drunken fistfight between pallbearers. This story is based on the death of my own grandfather, but is also fiction, sort of a loose daydream of how I imagined things could have happened.
"It Was the Funniest Thing" was written by me and read by musician, radio host, just general beautiful human being Erin Wolf.
Music in this episode is by Chris DeMay, who once had me over and made steaks on the grill. I also made a music video for one of his songs.