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Getting back to it

In Microtones, our newsletter-first column.

In Microtones, our newsletter-first column. (Photo by John McCracken.)

Welcome to Tone Madison’s weekly email newsletter. Get our Microtones column and other extras in your inbox on Thursdays by signing up:

In our last email newsletter, we announced that we’d be slowing things down this summer in order to work on some behind-the-scenes matters. Over the past month we’ve been extremely grateful for your words of support and for people who’ve come forward offering to help us out in various ways. We’ve also published a few things here and there just to make sure things don’t get rusty (think of this email as a light misting of digital WD40).

Most importantly, we did some serious thinking about how to make a small, locally focused, intensely independent arts publication work. How to organize our publishing and events, how to fund our work in a sustainable way, how to make sure we’re avoiding burnout. I can’t say we have it all figured out, but we’ve made a great deal of progress and I for one feel refreshed and reinvigorated, ready to keep pushing on.

Over the next couple of months we’ll have some news about exciting partnerships and initiatives that will put Tone Madison on a solid path toward long-term success. We’ll also be asking for your help, because we can’t make it happen without a supportive community of readers. You can become a Tone Madison Sustainer today, if you haven’t already, and help us make 2018 our best year yet.


Photo by Molly Wallace.

Photo by Molly Wallace.

While we’ve been (kind of) away:

On the podcast Henry Solo and Scott Gordon discussed recent releases from Ra’Shaun, Ruin Dweller, and other Madison-based artists.

Reid Kurkerewicz explained the threat to UW-Madison’s libraries and why we should all value browsing physical collections.

Veteran experimental musician and WORT DJ Gregory Taylor discussed his beautiful new ambient recordRandstad.

We premiered a new song from Madison’s own Asumaya.

Grant Phipps reported on the emergence of a new vegan festival in Madison.

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Local stand-up Nick Hart made his late-night debut.[https://www.tonemadison.com/articles/no-say-scallions-madisons-nick-hart-does-stand-up-on-conan]

Madison native Dan Kaufman spoke with us about his new bookThe Fall Of Wisconsin.

Elsewhere on the Madison internet: Paul Soglin will not seek another term as mayor. Two employees and Patrick Rothfuss are taking over at beloved Madison bookstore A Room of One’s Own. Tone Madison contributor Chali Pittman spoke with punk legend Alice Bag for WORT. The Madison Arts Commission experiments with “musician loading zones.”

This week’s Madison calendar: Footwork luminary DJ Earl plays the Terrace. Madison power-pop charmers Proud Parents celebrate a new album at the Crystal Corner Bar. New music/arts space Communication marks its grand openingAnd more.

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