Friday, October 31, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
The alt-country Goddess is back for her first of two shows in the next month at First Ave. One of them (this one, I believe) is being streamed live for a webcast, so fix up and look sharp. You don't want to look frumpled for the masses out there on the interwebs.
Twin Town High CD Release Show-Turf Club 9pm
This CD celebrates the awesome Twin Town High release that every year features lots of great local music. Like the CD, the show features a diverse set of great local bands. Some of the highlights of this show will be Black Blondie, Muja Messiah and Lookbook.
The Rumble Strips/Birdmonster- 7th Street Entry 9PM
Two up and coming "indie" bands that take their genre in slightly different directions will be playing some rawk and roll for the kiddies at the Entry tonight.
Franki Valli & The Four Seasons- Orpheum Theatre
What is the opposite of kiddies? AARP members? Two
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
There was a lot of initial shock in the pairing, and I for one was not initially receptive of their debut, but it is a disc that eventually grew on me. The duo has just released two new albums, the full length Sunday at Devil Dirt, and the EP Keep Me in Mind Sweetheart. Sunday at Devil Dirt has hit me instantly as something that is a great success and a common link from the best work Lanegan has done with his solo works. The songs walk the tightrope between a breezier acoustic feel and the dark, pop-apocalypse that Lanegan does so well. Like all of his best work, the dark songs always offer a slight hint of redemption, but not too much. Lanegan brings the songs a certain level of heaviness with his cigarette and whiskey voice and somber lyrics. Belle and Sebastian were no KC and the Sunshine Band themselves, and Campbell helps with plaintive vocals that are equally beautiful and crushing on many of the songs.
The EP, Keep me in Mind Sweetheart, has a few cross over songs from the LP, but has a more laid back, old time feel. The acoustic guitars are brought to the forefront and there are more upbeat (for these two) arrangements, including some strings. Lanegan does his best folk voice and these are some of the most straightforward songs that Lanegan has ever made. The duo stated that these songs were recorded at the same time as the LP, they just worked better as a standalone album, which I agree with 100%.
Lanegan and Campbell have created some striking and beautiful music with the two releases. I personally like the Sunday at Devil Dirt album as it comes closer to recalling the great early decade solo albums that Lanegan put out, but I can see more people being receptive to the smoother edges of Keep me in Mind Sweetheart. For fans of the either artist in the duo, I would recommend both of these records. If you are unfamiliar with them, I would recommend either of these records along with any early Belle and Sebastian and Mark Lanegan’s Field Songs, which is one of favorite records of all time (thanks Ben). I will let you know if I hear any rumblings of a tour that may come our way.
This show will featuring some of the best Alt-Country/Americana/Indie bands in the cities sharing the stage for one night only. Some of the bands include Aviette, Stook!, The Glad Version and Sam Keenan.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
If you are a local (or national) band who thinks I may like your music, send me a link or a disc (or whatever form of music works best for you) fr me to check out. I will listen to every single piece of music I get and will work as hard as possible to write reviews for each one. I also would love to hear about great shows around the Twin Cities that I may be interested in going to (or at least promoting). Like the guys at SBC, I would be forever indebted to you if you have free tickets/spots on guests lists to any shows in the area.
As much as I love music, I also love paying my bills, so any music (CD’s/Shows) that gets sent to me is very helpful so that I can keep writing about all the new music out there. Big thanks to all the people who have contacted me so far and I am looking forward to hearing from lots more!
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Hope to hear from you soon.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
In the end, the show was very good. Like I said before, there were moments were the momentum sagged a bit and they were losing the audience’s attention, but this is to be expected when you have 5 different people singing songs from various bands and releases at various points of the show. That being said, the majority of the show was strong with the bands sweeping anthems being fired out by an excited live band who obviously love what they do.
Monday, October 13, 2008
I made the mistake of waiting to get tickets to their return trip (as headliners) to the 7th Street Entry, but by that time I had their great debut self-titled LP to hold me over. When I heard they were coming back, to the perfect fit tailored Cedar Cultural Center, I knew it was something I could not miss.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
One more year till you can drive, Radio K! The venerable U of M Radio Station will be hosting a party to celebrate their 15 years of bringing MPLS the most diverse music on either dial. This should be a great show with Low, Dosh, Vampire Hands and Sims of Doomtree. You won't find a more solid or wide ranging lineup very often.
Silver Jews- Triple Rock Social Club 9PM $15
The Silver Jews are the legendary indie rock band spawned from poet David Berman and some of the slacker kings from Pavement. The band, which finally started touring in 2006, will be supporting their newest effort, Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea. Hopefully you will be in better shape at this show than I was when I saw them at Pitchfork a couple of years ago. Pretty much if you are upright and capable of moving, you will have me beat.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
My love and affection for Jay Reatard has been well documented on this blog, and his new record does little to dampen my enthusiasm. For the last couple of years he has been building up his indie cred one 7” single at a time, with his label collecting them for CD release. His last collection, Singles ’06-’07, was an absolute blast and was a great primer for how this young talent was growing. He had shed some of the abrasiveness of his debut, Blood Visions, and was creating unique garage rock-new wave-punk songs that were held together by his air-tight pop song writing. Not unlike Husker Du, he seems to have a desire to hide his melodies under a rough aesthetic, but like Husker Du, the songs are simply too good to be hidden and the extra layers only further how great they are. His new disc, Matador Singles ’08, keeps on with his strong track record. It combines both tongue in cheek fun and some serious song writing chops. Now if only he would tame down his live shows so that people can hear his great songs.
When I first heard the new Of Montreal album, I will admit I was a little surprised. Even for someone with a reputation like Kevin Barnes, the lyrics were pretty damn forthright. There are some lyrics on here that would make pre-Jehovah's Witness Prince blush, and they are pretty constant. They often made me think of a more horny George Clinton. Lyrics aside, this album continues in the electro pop funk vein of Hissing Fauna….., which is good news for me. Of Montreal have always been good, but I thought they really hit their stride with their new sound. The CD is not as good as Hissing Fauna, and often suffers from too many ideas being crammed into each song, but it is still a very strong release. The Streets- Everything is Borrowed
Mike Skinner is great. He may have already hit his natural peak in his record making lifespan, but he still manages to make fun and enjoyable music (to me, at least). Maybe I just love the slacker English wit and accent, but whatever, I think the Streets kick ass, end of story.
Monday, October 6, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
The show began with local commune enthusiasts First Communion Afterparty. Robyn had not seen them in over a year and noted how they had changed. Not only their personnel lineup, which has had more changes that their heroes the Brian Jonestown Massacre, but their overall sound. They have tamed down the late sixties ringing psychedelic rock and ramped up heavy droning, almost Black Sabbath like rock. They still have the swirling drones, but newish member Joe Wener really adds the thunder as they have become a more intense, focused band. I will be reviewing their debut CD soon, but like their CD, they extreme highs that are often stretched too far and lead to some repetitious moments, but when they are hitting on all cylinders, they are one of the most powerful bands in Minneapolis.
Next up were the only non-local band on the bill, Talkdemonic. Talkdemonic were a duo that combined the electronic hip hop instrumentals of RjD2 and Madlib with the pulsing orchestration of Explosions in the Sky. One member set up the samples and played crashing, propulsive drums while the other played haunting viola parts that created a very cool sound that fit in perfectly between the two great local bands.
Last up were the band that I was most excited to see, Yer Cronies. I saw them recently at the Uptown Bar, but I couldn't stay for their whole set. Shortly after that night I picked up their debut CD, When I grow up, and it blew me away (another review that is forthcoming). The band played their excellent Radiohead meets My Morning Jacket brand of quasi electronic quiet-loud swirling rock and roll. The two lead singers did an excellent job of trading off singing, switching from Thom Yorke esqe plaintive howling to more straight forward indie rock vocals. The band was all over the stage, switching instruments and keeping the crowds attention for their whole set. They seemed extra animated due to the crew that was videotaping their set and the last song melted down into jumping around stage and throwing guitars. The show was very impressive and set them up as one of my new favorite local bands and I band that I can HIGHLY recommend for music fans of all stripes. Check out their really great CD and definitely see them live the next time they are playing, you will not be disappointed.