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Studio Milwaukee Session (Lilliput Records edition): Phosphorescent

Jen Ellis

Is a Studio Milwaukee Session still a Studio Milwaukee Session if it doesn’t happen at Studio Milwaukee? Since it’s our show, yes — and that frees us up to do fun stuff like take the show on the road (2.5 miles down the road, to be precise) for a fantastic session/shopping crossover with Lilliput Records.

You may have noticed the shop co-owned by Tanner Musgrove and Brian Kirk has a new presence at Radio Milwaukee HQ, courtesy of a handsome record wall at Discourse Coffee. On Wednesday evening, we took our connection a step further by mixing our members with some of Lilliput’s die-hard supporters for an in-store Studio Milwaukee Session with Matthew Houck of Phosphorescent.

The crossover couldn’t have gone better if we were the Flintstones and the Jetsons.

A line snaked out the door as 88Nine morning show host (and session emcee) Dori Zori greeted each and every person. Folks flocked to the stage at the back of the store and welcomed Houck with raucous applause that returned throughout the performance. And Houck himself couldn’t have been a more gracious, giving guest.

The man behind Phosphorescent is no stranger to Studio Milwaukee Sessions, having played our space back in December of 2018. His return to our city came just a few weeks before the release of new album Revelator and included a solo acoustic performance of a few songs from the project.

On top of listening to a musical craftsman at work, the crowd on hand got a very game conversationalist in Houck, who chatted up the audience and was more than happy to trade Q’s and A’s with Dori. Their back-and-forth included a rare chance for DZ to lay a trap for the guest and compare his “childhood smell” answer to the one he gave us in 2018.

Did Houck pass? Use the player on this page to hear the full session and find out.