Mixed Media: A Madison-centric podcast

"I Love Madison Show" features the city
Mixed Media: A Madison-centric podcast
Neil Mathweg of "I Love Madison Show"

Podcast Boosterism

The relentlessly upbeat “I Love Madison Show” weekly podcast is a logical extension of host Neil Mathweg’s work as a Realtor. “I believe in being a media company that happens to sell real estate,” he says, adding that the podcast is intended “to help people who are new to Madison get connected.” Mathweg, once an on-air voice for Madison’s WTDY radio station, has boundless enthusiasm for the city. That goodwill has attracted 1,500 followers on the podcast’s Instagram feed since the project launched last summer. ilovemadisonshow.com

Punk Rock Homecoming

After running punk rock record label and music shop Dirtnap Records in the Pacific Northwest for years, Ken Cheppaikode returned to Madison, his hometown, last June and released “Spoil + Destroy”–a blistering feminist garage rock album by Milwaukee band Fox Face–in November. Kyle “Motor” Urban recorded the full-length album at MotorCo Studio in Madison. Cheppaikode, who grew up on Madison’s east side and was involved in the local punk scene in the 1980s, started Dirtnap in Seattle in 2000. Although much of Dirtnap is still operated in the Northwest, Cheppaikode says, “because I live in Madison and own the label, I consider this a Madison label.” dirtnaprecs.com

Rightley Solo

Madison’s Kyle Rightley–co-leader of the band Big Payback (with Jamie Kember), lead guitarist for Driveway Thriftdwellers and trombone and euphonium player for Five Points Jazz Collective–has released his first full-length solo record, solidifying his acoustic folk trajectory. The classically trained multi-instrumentalist sounds as legit in this genre as he does in jazz and country/bluegrass–categories in which his bands won Madison Area Music Awards last year. And he gets political on “Making Home,” the new 11-track solo record, singing as Gov. Scott Walker in “Don’t Talk to Me,” and lamenting American polarization in “Dumb Tragedy.” kylerightley.bandcamp.com

*Editor’s Note: Mixed Media is a monthly series featuring a variety of arts and culture happenings in the Madison area.