Thursday, January 29, 2009

P.O.S


Chris over at Culture Bully has a great review up of the amazing new P.O.S album, Never Better. I really can't say enough about how strong this album is and how much I recommend it to both fans of hip hop and non hip hop fans. His last two albums are two of my favorite hip hop albums (local or otherwise) from the last decade and he has set the bar even higher with his 3rd album. I don't see any way that this album does not sky rocket him to the popularity levels of Atmosphere or Brother Ali, a place where I feel like he should have been for years. Below is the video for one of the first singles from the album, a song titled "Drumroll." The CD is out next Tuesday, Feb 3rd, and will be available at all local record stores.....so support both this amazing local artist and some of the great local record stores we have in Minneapolis and St. Paul.



Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Really Good Show

Culture Bully is presenting a really great show Thursday night at the Acadia. We are really excited to be having Absent Arch, Suzanne Vallie and Les Ourses play at the great West Bank bar. The show is free and the music will be starting at 9, so don't miss out.

William Elliot Whitmore review

My review of the William Elliot Whitmore show last Friday at the Varisty is up over at More Cowbell. He is a great, rustic folk singer who is well worth checking out if you have not heard his stuff. He will be releasing his 6th studio album, Animals in the Dark, on Februrary 17th.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Aby Wolf Review

My review of the Aby Wolf CD release show Saturday at the Cedar is up over at Culture Bully. The show was opened by two excellent local bands, Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles and Black Blondie, and was a great showcase of some strong local talent. If nothing else, check out the story for Jon Behm's excellent photos.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Dan Deacon



Electronic madman Dan Deacon will be coming back to Minneapolis for two shows on May 2nd, an All Ages show early and a late show for the hipsters who don't have to get drunk beforehand. Deacon will be touring with a full band behind his upcoming release Bromst, due out on Carpark in March. He usually sets up his gear in the middle of the crowd and goes into one of the most entertaining shows I have ever seen....so I don't know how the whole band set up will work. Above is a video from his show at the Pitchfork festival from 2 years ago...so it is with a slightly bigger crowd, but you get the idea.

(Hat Tip: Switchblade Comb)

Zoo Animal

My review of the newest Zoo Animal disc Young Blood is up over at Culture Bully. They are a very talented group based out of MPLS fronted by Holly Hansen and, if their debut album is any indication, they have a very bright future in front of them.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Aby Wolf

CultureBully.com will be sponsoring another amazing show tonight, and if the great show from last night is an indication, you won't want to miss this show. Local singer/songwriter Aby Wolf will be celebrating the release of her well recieved debut album Sweet Prudence. Opening are equally eclectic and entertaining female fronted groups Black Blondie and Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lappels. The show is at the Cedar and music starts at 8PM and tickets are $12 at the door. See you there!

Friday, January 23, 2009

I'm Confused

Frequent readers of this blog should be warned that the hyperbole coming from me about the upcoming Handsome Furs record Face Control may reach epic proportions in the upcoming month in anticipation of their record release and show here at the 7th Street Entry. I reviewed the first single, "I'm Confused", over at Culture Bully. If you haven't heard the song, go over to CB and check it out.

Hip Hop Against Homophobia


There is a great show at the Nomad World Pub tonight that Culture Bully will be sponsoring. The show, titled "Hip Hop Against Homophobia" brings together some really great artists from the always talented Twin Cities hip hop community for a really good cause. Tickets are only $5 and go to some really great organizations, so make sure to check this out.

Gosepl Gossip

My short and sweet review of the new Gospel Gossip single "Nashville" is up over at Culture Bully. I am very excited for their new EP, Dreamland to come out this spring, and as always, they are highly recommended live.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Lesson #1 and Lesson #2

My review of Double Dee and Steinski's classic "mash up's" are now up over at Culture Bully. If you are not familiar with the pair, do yourself a favor and check out the MP3's that are posted along with the review. If nothing else, they are a boat load of fun from a criminally under appreciated group.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Ben Kweller In Store

Ben Kweller, an artist who I really liked at one point but have completly lost track of, will be doing a free in-store at the Electric Fetus on Tuesday Feb 17th @ 6pm. His new album is more along the singer/songwriter side of the tracks and shows his alt country leanings, so his acoustic in-store should be good.

Military Special LP

I just got a nice email from the folks in Military Special telling me about their upcoming full length titled Civil Union. I was impressed with both their scratchy EP and especially enamored by their infectious live show and expect a great album from the Minneapolis based group. Their sound, a tangled mess of electronic dance music, made them one of the more impressive bands I found out about last year (and I loved their EP artwork).

You can stream the album, produced by Adam Tucker of Nobot, HERE for free. Be sure to check them out live and buy the album when it comes out March 3rd....SUPPORT LOCAL MUSIC!

Animal Collective

YES!!

Animal Collective are coming back to Minneapolis in support of their latest amazing disc, Merriweather Post Pavilion, on May 20th at First Avenue. The band, who usually play newer material on tour (i.e they played MPP songs on their last tour) have said they will be focusing on the amazing songs on their new album on this tour, which is very good news. They are an amazing live band and this show has the potential to be one of the best shows of the year. Tickets will probably go fast, so I will update this post when I see when ticket sales start. Below is a video from "Brothersport", one of the best songs from the new album.

The Strange Lights

My review of the psychedelic super group Strange Lights new EP, Evius, is up over at Culture Bully. The group, mixing members of the great First Communion Afterparty and Bridge Club, have a very bright future. They have some shows coming up and are well worth checking out.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Brian Jonestown Massacre

The legendary (not always for good reasons) Brian Jonestown Massacre will be coming back to the Twin Cities Friday March 26th at the Fine Line. The tickets are $15 before the show and $17 the day of.


Thursday, January 15, 2009

Thursday Shows

Two really good shows tonight if you want to get out of the house into the wonderful Minnesota weather.

Gospel Gossip- Triple Rock FREE 9PM
One of my favorite local bands will bring their female fronted Jesus and the Mary Chain fuzzed out pop gems for free at this food tasting event.

Battle Royale/The Wars of 1812- 7th Street Entry 9PM $6
The Battle Royale are a local electro/folk band that initially didn't impress me but have since become a band that I really like. They don't play often, so check them out when you get the chance. Opening is local roots rock band The Wars of 1812.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Best New Bands

The annual Best New Bands showcase is going down tonight at First Avenue for all of the folks who are brave enough to venture out in the blistering cold. More Cowbell just posted the set times for the great lineup below, so bundle up and I will see you all tonight!

*Set times:

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Make my Funk the P Funk!!

Last night, despite 1st Ave doing everything possible to screw up my chance to see one of my favorite acts of all time, I at last got to see George Clinton and Parliament/Funkedelic. The show was wonderful and made me wish even more that I could have been alive to see them in their prime. My review is up over at Culture Bully. Below is a video from last year of the band performing the timeless "Flashlight."





Black Lips video contest

I got an email a while back about the upcoming Black Lips album 200 Million Thousand (which I am VERY excited about) and forgot to post about it, but now I have another reason. I was reminded about their first single, "Starting Over", and the fact that they are commissioning fans to create videos for the song. If you think you got what it takes, head over to the page, where you can also check out old videos from the great garage rock band. They will be back in MN on March 16th at the Turf Club for a show that should not be missed.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Handsome Furs

Some great news came across my computer the other day from the More Cowbell site. The wonderful Handsome Furs, led by my personal hero Dan Boeckner and his blushing bride Alexis, will be returning to our fair city on Thursday March 26th at the 7th Street Entry. Their last show, the same night as Bon Iver this fall, was amazing and has me very excited to see them again. Their new album, Face Control, which will be coming out in early March, is an amazing follow up to Plague Park and shows great growth for the band. Both the CD and the live show are highly recommended.

4 Takes on The Crying Light

A brand new 4 Takes is up over at Culture Bully, this time covering Antony and the Johnsons The Crying Light, so check it out. If you have never heard Antonys amazing voice, do yourself a favor and check them out.

A Paper Cup Band Live Review

My review of the Paper Cup Band CD release show is up over at Culture Bully. Although apparently there was some stuff going on (people subbing for other people) that I did not realize, it was a great show.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Okkervil River "Pop Lies" on Letterman



Here is a cool video of Okkervil River performting one of the many great songs from Stage Names live for Dave and his gang of merry pranksters. If you missed out on this great record from 2008, do yourself a favor and check it out.

Detroit vs Farming

My review of local band A Paper Cup Bands sophomore album Detroit vs Farming is up over at Culture Bully. They have a CD release show tonight at the Hexagon. The free show will also include Absent Arch, so it should be really good.

Tell Tale Signs

Bob Dylan's latest album that digs into his massive back catalog (called the Bootleg Series) is named Tell Tale Signs and finds him mining his later period works from 1989-2006. The disc, which is volume 8 in the series, includes outtakes, rarities and live performances from the span of albums from Oh Mercy to Modern Times. While not all of the songs are gems (like most of the Bootleg series, a good chunk of it is for die hard fans only) it is always interesting to see what songs got left behind and what versions were left by the roadside in his working process. The highlight for me is his multiple takes on "Mississippi", one of my favorite Dylan songs ever. The album is available now in both a normal 2 disc set and the criminally expensive 3 disc "collectors" set, which frankly is bullshit (c'mon Bob...$129??!?).

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Merriweather Post Pavilion

My take of the wonderful new Animal Collective album, Merriweather Post Pavilion, is up over at Culture Bully is up along with 3 other takes on it. I know it would be easy to dismiss it because of all of the rabid hyperbole being tossed around, but it really is a great album and is well worth checking out. Below is a video from last year of the band playing "My Girls," one of the first singles released from the album and one of the many great songs on this really strong release.

Milk

It has been a few weeks since I saw the movie Milk, but I didn't want to pass up on the opportunity to say how amazing this film was. I was a little skeptical about it since sometimes I Gus Van Zant movies become a little to abstract for my tastes, but he did an excellent job in making both a heartwarming and poignant film about a quirky but influential gay California politician Harvey Milk. The movie stars the great Sean Penn and has an amazing supporting cast that really brings the story, which speaks to both overt and subtle discrimination that still lingers today, to life. I would highly recommend the movie to just about everyone (hate mongers and zealous right wingers may not like it) and can safely say it was my favorite film of 2008.

Animal Collective listening party @ Fetus


Monday, January 5, 2009

Deerhunter On Platts Eyote Island

My review of the Deerhunter "Mixtape" On Platts Eyote Island is up over at Culture Bully. There is a link to the free stream of the download in the review, so check it out.

Mallman on NYE

My short but sweet review of the Mark Mallman show on New Years Eve at the Varsity is up over at Culture Bully HERE. It was the second year in a row where we saw Mallman on NYE and he has yet to disappoint us, although our level of enjoyment may have been inflated by the large number of drinks we consumed.

Mallman, whos studio output is often times underestimated because of his crazy stage antics, is offering up a free download of his Greatest Hits titled Lonliness in America HERE. It is well worth checking out...I think it may suprise some people.