Monday, August 31, 2009

John Marty on Health Care

Here is a good article over at MinnPost with Minnesota State Senator John Marty about achieving Universal Health Care. While the Republicans always want to compare it to the DMV or the Post Office, Marty uses the good analogy of the police and fire departments as how health care should be. Money quote below.

"When you go home at night and find your home is broken into, you call 911," says Marty, chairman of the Senate Health, Housing and Family Security Committee. "The police dispatcher does not ask you, 'Do you have police insurance? Does your policy cover home burglaries?' We've addressed that problem and we ought to see health care in the same way."

Red Stag Block Party

It seems like so long ago already, but the excellent Red Stag Block Party was only last weekend. Check out some of my videos from the show HERE over at Culture Bully.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Communist Daughter Video

Video I took of local band Communist Daughter at the 501 Club from a few weeks back can be found HERE over at Culture Bully.

Friday, August 28, 2009

I am the Cosmos

When I saw that Scarlett Johansson and Pete Yorn had covered "I am the Cosmos's" by Chris Bell, I was instantly apprehensive. My worries were founded when I listened to their clunky take on the classic song from the one time Big Star member. The original is above and the butchered cover version is below.

Scarlett Johansson and Pete Yorn- I am the Cosmos (myspace)

Where the Wild Things Are

I'm a little late on this one, but here is the link for the Where the Wild Things Roam myspace with Karon O and the kids new song. "The Kids" are a backing band featuring a who's who of indie musicians. Both the soundtrack and the movie should be amazing. The original trailer, with Arcade Fire doing an acoustic take on "Wake Up," is above.

Get off yr Ass (if yr not at the state fair edition)

This is a weekly feature that takes away your lames excuse that there is "nothing going on" this weekend. So put away your sweatpants and slippers, put your Bud Light back in the fridge, take the Lost disc out of the DVD player and get off your ass and support live local music. If I missed any shows that are worth seeing, leave them in the comments. HAVE FUN!
Blind Shake + Zoo Animal- 331 9PM FREE
Blind Shake are one of my favorite live local bands and Zoo Animal are one of my favorite local bands period. Both for free? Awesome.
Motorhead + Reverend Horton Head- First Ave 9PM $35
Two legendary bands coming together for what should be raucous show at the Mainroom.
Solid Gold + Mystery Palace- Varisty Theatre $10
Two of the very best electronic popsters in the city come together for what should be a thoroughly packed show. If you are going to see Solid Gold, make sure to get there early and see the equally great Mystery Palace.
E.L.nO + Just (Radiohead Tribute) Lee' Liquor Lounge
I know, I know. Tribute band mumbo jumbo. This is different . E.L.nO are excellent and Just are covering the best band of our generation. Whether or not they do them justice is up in the air, but the fact that they are playing these great songs is cool.
Communist Daughter- Turf Club 9PM
Buzzing local act brings his ragged folk to St. Paul.
Wheat + Ice Palace + Paragraphs- 7th Street Entry 9PM
Two great local bands plus the well regarded Boston based band Wheat should equal a great show tonight at the entry.
The Evening Rig- Sauce 9PM
How will the Evening Rig's rustic, Drive By Truckers sound translate in the new, ritzy Sauce bar? You'll have to go to find out.
Fuck Knights + First Communion Afterparty- 7th Street Entry 9PM $7
Fuck Knights create excellent and abrasive garage rock while FCAP are becoming masters at mixing Brian Jonestown Massacre garage stompers with Sonic Youth esqe freak outs.
Darrin Jackson of Kid Dakota is a virtually omnipresent figure in the local scene. Tonight he highlights his dark and brooding pop outfit Kid Dakota. Opening is Joey Ryan and the Inks, fronted by the former drummer of the Alarmists.
Noisey rock and roll heaven. The Chambermaids will be celebrating the release of their EP with garage rockers FHTB and psychedelic warriors DOTS and HH. Should be loud and awesome.
Anni Rossi + Beatrix*jar- Bryant Lake Bowl 9:30 PM $12
Weird, but cool, mix of Rossi's whimsical folk and Beatrix*jar's electro rock Saturday at the Bryant Lake Bowl.
Flavor Crystals- Hexagon Bar 9PM Free
Back from their world tour with the Brian Jonestown Massacre (who handpicked them), the band will be showing off their swirling, poppy psychedelic rock for free tonight at the Hex.

Great Local Show

Tonight at the 331 you can catch two of my favorite local bands, Zoo Animal and Blind Shake, for free! Don't miss out.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Beach House + Celebration doing "Billie Jean"

Got this great video in my email today and thought I would share it with all of you. WHG favorites Beach House and fellow Baltimore residents Celebration ended their set from a few weeks ago with a great cover of "Billie Jean" in honor of MJ.


Great Show Announcement (Dirty Projectors)

The Cedar
Wed. Nov. 11 @ 7:30pm
$15 general admission (standing room only)
On sale Fri. 8/28 at noon

"Moon Rock" in Dutch Museum is just Petrified Wood

Don't really have much to say about this, but when a headline on your RSS feed is as sweet as this, you can't pass it up. Full story HERE.

Ted Kennedy

The news of Ted Kennedy's death was very sad yesterday and caused me to spend a lot of time watching videos and reading up on his history (I have always been more of a Bobby Kennedy fan, but now I realize I was probably wrong after seeing Ted's accomplishments laid out clearly). If you are only familiar with the surface level stuff about Kennedy, look at the list of accomplishments below that he was responsible for and you will realize how important he was not only to the progressive community, but to everyone in the Unite States. It is funny when people rip on him for being too liberal. Which of the acts below would the Republicans who want to rip on him repeal first? Letting minorities vote? Allowing women a fair chance to play organized sports? Making sure Americans with disabilities are treated fairly? Give me a break. The video above is a speech the 75 year old senator made chiding the Republicans for not allowing a vote to raise the minimum raise. A man who had more money than most of us could ever wish for getting visibly upset at his colleges on behalf of working American people. That is why he was so beloved and respected and why he will be missed so very much.

*Civil Rights Act of 1964

*Immigration Act of 1965

*1970: He submits a bill in Congress that would create a national health insurance system that would cover every American. He is also at the forefront of getting the voting age dropped from 21 to 18 years.

*Title IX Amendment of the Education Amendments

*Heads a successful movement to deregulate the airline industry and increase competition between the major carriers.

*Americans with Disabilities Act

*Works to increase minimum wage and to provide workers with greater insurance coverage when changing jobs

As he said in his most famous speech at the 1980 Democratic convention:

“For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.”

Cheap food Calories

The Daily Dish had an interesting find from Time Magazine about price of calories. Not surprisingly, it is significantly more expensive to eat healthy than it is to eat junk. While fixing our health care is very important, if we have a large percentage of young, poor kids who are fat and have diabetes because all they can afford to eat is McDonald's and all they drink is soda, even the greatest health care system in the world wouldn't be able to help.

Music Go Music

Music Go Music - Live on Face Time - Just Me from music go music on Vimeo.

Things are looking up for new band Music Go Music, who sound like a new age ABBA. Above is a video courtesy of Gorillavsbear and below is an MP3 the band sent out for preview. I just got a copy of their debut album and haven't decided which side of the fence I fall on yet. I am sure they are going to be big, but I also wouldn't be surprised if there is a pretty strong backlash. Buckle up folks, the Music Go Music stand-off is about to take off. Pick a side.

Music Go Music- Warm in the Shadows

Real Estate

My short write up of the Real Estate song "Suburban Beverage" is up over at Culture Bully. Check out the review along with an MP3 of the song HERE.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Grey Skies EP release show

Another cool local show this weekend. Grey Skies will be celebrating their new EP "New Leaf" along with multi talented Joe Werner, who plays in First Communion Afterparty and was in the late, great Bridge Club. Headlining the free show at the 501 Friday night is Bella Koshka.

That seems about right...

It is Wednesday at Noon. The week is now half over and we are now closer to the Friday than Monday. Hopefully this picture will amuse you as much as it did me.

Happy Wednesday. Next Stop....the weekend.

Paragraphs show Friday

Cool show this Friday at the Entry pairing great local acts Paragraphs and Ice Palace along with
Boston based Wheat. Should be a great show. Doors are at 9pm for this 18 + show and tickets are $8.

Rich man Poor man

Good News. As people are getting hit harder and harder, income disparities are at their all time high (even higher than the roaring 20's before the crash!). Basically, this means that will the rich are getting richer, everyone else has incomes that are stagnent or falling.

Maybe instead of a house with a garage, the new American Dream should be to enter the top 1% of the economic stratosphere and be really fifthly rich while everyone else toils away.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

New Wild Jerseys

Not sure if anyone cares (I assume most of you don't), but here is a leaked picture of the new 3rd Wild Jersey for this upcoming season.

Frankly, I don't really care either, but it gets me excited for the hockey season, which starts in less than a month and a half.

King Khan + BBQ Show

King Khan will be returning to the Triple Rock, where he played an amazing show earlier this year, unfortunately this time will not be with his earth shattering backing band the Shrines. This time he will be back with constant partner BBQ Show, whom he has recorded and toured with in the past. In addition to being disappointed by the fact that it is not the Shrines, I was hoping the two of them would be hooking up with their friends in the Black Lips to tour behind their new partnership The Almighty Defenders (who have a CD coming out Sept. 22nd). Oh well, you can't win them all. King Khan and BBQ Show will be at the Triple Rock Nov. 29th.

(Hat Tip: Kyle)

Inglorious Bastards

Wow...what an amazing movie. I am not a movie critic by any stretch of any imagination, but wow. If you can handle the usual Tarantino violence and kitschy production, you are in for what is far and away my favorite movie of the year. Highly recommended.

St. Vincent Video

Health golden tickets

LA based electro band Health is trying to find a way to beat downloadeders, and it may have found the most creative method yet. The group is placing 66 "golden tickets" in copies of their new CD Get Color, which drops September 8th. There are many different prize levels, but the top tier is pretty sweet (the full description is below). All of the prize descriptions can be found here on Sterogum. Good luck kiddies.



Monday, August 24, 2009


That stupid diamond on your finger, the one that serves as a status symbol to show how great you are, resulted in more deaths last week. There are lots of cool things you can buy out there and I just don't understand people placing such high worth on something that is artificially valuable and only worth the price that it is because of price manipulation. People are literally being killed to control diamond mines and by purchasing them you are supporting it. Along with wearing dead animals as a jacket, the esteem we hold diamonds as part of the facade of being"rich" is something that I will never understand.

The boy in the picture? His hands were cut off by rebels fighting over a diamond mine.

Camper Bike

The Daily Dish again has an awesome post, this time with pics from a guys Camper Bike. Completely irrelevant to our crazy world, but still awesome. Like Conor from DD, I also want one of these.

Kurt Vile show announcement

Lo Fi kingpin Kurt Vile will be hitting up the Twin Cities on 10/14 to play a show at the 7th Street Entry. Vile will be touring behind his highly anticipated (at least for me) LP Childish Prodigy, which is coming out September 22nd on Matador. His recordings from last year, centering around the hazy gems Constant Hitmaker and God is Saying This to You?, showed great potential and made Childish Prodigy one of my more anticipated records of the fall.

These United States

The great Americana band These United States announced recently they will be releasing their 3rd album in 18 months in the very near future. The disc, titled Everything Touches Everything, will be out September 1st and is preceded by the single "I Want You to Keep Everything." I don't believe they have any dates coming through Minneapolis anytime soon, but hopefully they will add a date on their upcoming tour as they put on an excellent live show.

Eastbound and Down

We just got done watching Season 1 of Eastbound and Down and it was awesome. If you haven't seen it and you don't get offended easily, this is a great show. The video above is a greatest hits from the season and is totally NSFW but well worth your time.

Party of Nihilists

Joe Klein's article about the current state of the GOP, with the damning statement calling them the "Party of Nihilists," is very much worth your time checking out. The story can be found HERE.

Firefighters = Healthcare?

Really good article at the Economist's Democracy in America blog that lots of people pointed out about peoples hyperbolic insistence that Gov't is going to shit away our health care system. It was pointed out that the Firefighters used to be a for profit industry before their inefficiencies grew too great to ignore. They were then taken over by the Gov't and now are an efficient and well respected entity. The point brought up in the article is that if this debate were to happen today, the right would be up in arms about firefighters letting your grandmother burn alive. The article is a further point about how the conversation about health care is so crazy right now that the real differences are not even being talked about.

It's hard to hold steady when half your friends are dead already...

A couple a pics I found on my camera when I was downloading some of the videos from yesterdays awesome Red Stag Block Party. These shots are from the great Hold Steady set at the Basilica Block Party about a month back.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

There is no way she is writing that...

Pretty great article over at Gawker making the argument that there is no way that Sarah Palin is writing the wonky dissertations that are popping up on her facebook page. Someone who couldn't even name a news magazine or newspaper she read is now writing policy papers with footnotes? Seems a little fishy.
(The picture has nothing to do with the article, but I thought it was too good to not post.)

Friday, August 21, 2009

Get off yr Ass (if it ever stops raining edition)

This is a weekly feature that takes away your lames excuse that there is "nothing going on" this weekend. So put away your sweatpants and slippers, put your Bud Light back in the fridge, take the Lost disc out of the DVD player and get off your ass and support live local music. If I missed any shows that are worth seeing, leave them in the comments. HAVE FUN!

Idle Hands + Communist Daughter + Two Harbors- 501 Club 9PM

Ada Jane (CD Release)-400 Bar

Root City Band- 7th Street Entry 9PM

Red Pens- Sauce 9PM

Estate + Ghost in the Water- 331 Club 9PM Free

Rock the Bells (w/Reflection Eternal + Pete Rock)- First Ave

Red Stag Block Party- 4-10PM FREE
Featuring Mark Mallman, Heirospecs, Romantica, Black Blondie, Chooglin and more..

First Communion Afterparty + Telepathos- Big V's

MC/VL + Slapping Purses + Whitesands/Badlands- 501 Club

The Mighty Mofos + 757s + Skinny Jim (CD-Release) + Grande Machine- Uptown Bar

Pitchfork Songs

I was hoping/assuming/wishing that "All my Friends" would be Pitchfork's #1 song of the decade (it probably will be my choice), but #2 isn't bad. You also can't argue too much with the greatness of Outkast either. I have a little beef with like 40 Jay Z songs on the list and lots of seemingly crap pop standards that made their way onto the list (3 of the top ten! Beyonce?), but whatever. Different Strokes for Different Folks. Check out the top 10 HERE.

Colorful Terror

Not that anyone will be surprised, but Tom Ridge (former Homeland Security Director) says in his new book that members of the Bush Administration pressured him to raise the color coded threat right before the 2004 election. The shock! The horror! Wait...why isn't anyone surprised by this?

Right from the beginning the color coded system was a joke and a demeaning way to scare people. I would say from 2000-2008 we were at a red level of being fed bullshit.

(H/T= Think Progress)

Why? Eskimo Snow

My review of the amazing new Why? LP Eskimo Snow is up over at Culture Bully. The disc is a great follow up to Alopecia (they were recorded in MPLS at the same time) and finds front man Yoni Wolf at his very best. The disc has been in constant rotation for the last month or so and is seriously giving Face Control a run as my favorite album of the year (although Face Control is still winning).

Thursday, August 20, 2009

White Denim show Announcement

White Denim
400 Bar

White Denim will be coming to our fair city for a show at the 400 Bar. The Austin, TX based band will be supporting their excellent sophmore album Fits, which I reviewed HERE for Culture Bully.

Red Stag Block Party

I think I posted about this before (I'm too lazy to look), but here is the poster for this great event that is going down Saturday in wonderful NE Minneapolis. Here's to hoping there isn't a crazy storm like last year.

No Bird Sing CD release show

Show to celebrate No Bird Sing's excellent, self titled debut album. The lineup is great and we (Culture Bully) are sponsoring it, so this should not be missed.

Pet Rock

Just saw on the 501's calender that they will be having what looks like an awesome benefit show on Sat. Sept 26th for the Pet Project, which looks like a great organization. The show will be outdoors from noon-1o (with more music indoors following) and should be great. Even if you don't like the bands (which would be crazy since there are some great bands in the lineup), try saying no to the little puppy. Just try.

Outdoor acts include (set times to be announced later 12pm-10pm):
Skoal Kodiak
First Communion Afterparty
Kill To Kill
Speeds The Name
Magic Castles
Andy Elwell

Indoor acts include (10pm-close):
Story of The Sea

God and War

The Daily Dish had some pretty troubling, although not surprising, news about W talking to former French President Jacque Chirac trying to convince Chirac to go to war with Iraq. The money quote is below.

The president of the United States, in a top-secret phone call to a major
European ally, asked for French troops to join American soldiers in attacking
Iraq as a mission from God. Now out of office, Chirac recounts that the American
leader appealed to their “common faith” (Christianity) and told him: “Gog and
Magog are at work in the Middle East…. The biblical prophecies are being
fulfilled…. This confrontation is willed by God, who wants to use this conflict
to erase his people’s enemies before a New Age begins.”

Scary Stuff. We make such a fuss about Islamic Fundamentalist having the bomb and not wanting religious extremist having control over something like that, but what is this? When people think the world is going to end or some prophecy is going to be fulfilled, it fuzzes out some of the necessary logic needed to not make decisions that will, you know, end the whole fucking world.


My short write up on the band Ganglians is up over at Culture Bully. Check it out, along with an MP3 of "Lost Worlds," HERE.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Fuck Buttons @ 7th street Entry

Friday, November 20 @ Triple Rock Social Club
9 PM

Fuck Buttons last show at the Entry was absolutely stunning, so I am very excited to see this great band again.

Gays and Abortion = Financial Crisis

If you shake the Republican crazy tree, you never know what may fall out. Here is a story from Think Progress I saw a while back that I couldn't pass up on. Oklahoma State Senator Sally Kern finally found out why our financial system went on the fritz. Thank god...I was starting to worry that we would never know. Apparently, it is because of gays and abortion. AHHHHH, of course. Silly economist thinking it was out of control bubbles that were perpetuated by unregulated banks and out of control health care costs and massive spending on multiple wars. WRONG. Here are some wisdom bombs dropped on y'all from Kern, who seems to be our very own Michelle Bachman's soul mate. After comparing Homosexuality to "toe cancer," she said it is more of a threat to our country than "terrorist or Islam." She also said that “Studies show that no society that has totally embraced homosexuality has lasted more than, you know, a few decades. So it’s the death knell of this country." My favorite paragraph from the article is below:

Kern is now pushing a “Oklahoma Citizen’s Proclamation for Morality” that blames America’s “economic woes” on “abortion, pornography, same sex marriage, sex trafficking, divorce, illegitimate births, child abuse ,and many other forms of debauchery”

Daniel Johnston

My review of last weeks Daniel Johnston show is up over at Culture Bully along with some great Jon Behm pics (including above) and a couple of live videos. Check it out HERE.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Best of the 00's

Other than the token pop songs on the list (a la Britney Spears), I am finding myself doing more nodding in agreement than disagreeing with Pitchforks top 500 songs (at least the first half). I don't know if this is a good or bad thing, but having a fairly comprehensive list (with audio no less!) is something that a music nerd like myself will always enjoy. After Gorilla VS Bear busted out of the gate with his lists of albums and songs, I expect everyone to follow the lead and post their best of the 00's list, which should lead to some great discussions and hopefully will result in people finding new bands.
For anyone who has missed it, we have been doing our Best of the 00's feature for the last few months, with more coming every day.
For someone like me who loves music lists, this is like an early Christmas. If you see a list you think I would like, feel free to email it to me.

Sand Art

Some really awesome Sand Art from The Daily Dish.

Plus, Brett Farve is playing for the Vikings! Take that Packers fans!


Junkyard Empire CD release show

Here is a promo video for the EP release show for local hip hop artist Junkyard Empire. Opening the show are WHG favorites Guante and will also feature what should be a fascinating speech from journalist Dahr Jamail who will be reporting on his views from Iraq "beyond the green zone."

Should be a really great night. It all goes down September 4th at the Cedar Cultural Center.

Tiny Vipers "Dreamer"

Tiny Vipers "Dreamer" from Left Right Hand on Vimeo.

Gorgeous video of Tiny Vipers doing the plaintive song "Dreamer" under a bridge.

CYHSY Best of 00's

Another of my contributions to the Culture Bully Best of the 00's is now up. This time it is a write up on the excellent debut album from Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. Check it out HERE.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Please god, don't make that call....

Michelle Bachmann says she would run for president if "god calls her to do it."

I don't know whether to laugh or cry.

Mt St. Helens Vietnam Band video

Here is a video for the song "Albatross Albatross Albatross" by the Mt St. Helens Vietnam Band. The group will be opening for Japandroids along with Gospel Gossip in what should be an insanely good show on September 13th at the Turf Club.

dumb public

Great story from Matthew Yglesias over at Think Progress about how American people thing about domestic policy. We want more services but don't want to pay for them. I wish I could ask some of these people how they think they things that they take for granted get payed for. Everybody loves the gov't when it fixes stuff for us but never wants to pay the bill when it comes. That's socialism, right?

Just a mom

Here is a great story about the "mom" who went to a town hall meeting. She said she was just a normal mom from the district, but a little reporting found out later that she not only didn't live in the district but she was a former Republican party official. For some more craziness, check out the nut-jobs in the video above. These people are dictating the conversation right now about health care in the most powerful country in the world.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Bright Eyes I'm Wide Awake it's Morning

My write up for Bright Eyes I'm Wide Awake It's Morning album is up over at Culture Bully. I put forward the disc as part of the best of 00's series. Check it out HERE.

Pray for Health

People who refuse to give their children adequate medical attention because of their faith should be locked up in jail for the rest of their lives. This crazy couple said their daughter's sickness was a "test of faith" and that they prayed for her to get healthy. Their 11 year old daughter died. To me, that is an mind blowing combination of ignorance, neglect and murder. The daughter had diabetes, which affects millions of people and is fairly easily treated by any doctor. The Mom said during her court case that "her anxiety attacks and allergies both were healed by God." As her daughter lay dieing in their home, the women said this about the situation

"What sounds came out, I don't remember. She was making noises. ... My focus definitely was to pray." When people are so thoroughly brainwashed that they will let a family member die for their beliefs, it is further proof we need to take a realistic look at how out of control some of these groups have gotten. This type of blind ignorance should not happen in 2009 and when people realize that irrefutable harm that ignorant dogma (of every religion) continues to cause, the world will be a better place.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Left Handed Catchers = Dinosaurs

Did you know that there hasn't been a left handed catcher in Major League Baseball in 20 years? Me either. Pretty interesting articles in the New York Times talking with Benny Distefano, who in 1989 was the last lefty to play the position. Check out the story HERE.

Like A Rolling Stone

A crazy looking old guy, who happened to be Bob Dylan, was picked up by the cops for wandering around a shady New Jersey neighbourhood yesterday. Dylan, who identified himself to the 20 something cops (they had never heard oh him..sigh) was taken back to his hotel since he didn't have ID and was vouched for by his staff.

Another story you can't make up.

The Almighty Defenders review

The Almighty Defenders, a new band comprised of the Black Lips, King Khan and BBQ Show, have recently released the first couple of songs from their upcoming self titled LP. As suspected, they are awesome. Check out my review along with the MP3's over at Culture Bully. Please god let them tour here.

Fergus & Geronimo “Harder Than It’s Ever Been”

My review of the awesome single “Harder Than It’s Ever Been” by Fergus & Geronimo is up over at Culture Bully. The garage rockers, recently signed to the awesome Woodist record label, will hopefully be releasing a full length LP soon.