Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Check out Culture Bully for some more videos like this one from the very cool BLK JKS show last Thursday at the Cedar Cultural Center. If you haven't checked out this wild South African band before, pick up their new EP After Robots.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Tapes N Tapes very cool tour of the Twin Cities starts this Thursday with a show at the 7th Street Entry. Is it bad that I am not excited? I was a HUGE fan after their debut album and saw them many times, but Walk it Off left me cold and lately even their live show has not interested me. They have awesome openers each night, so if you are a fan or have never seen the band, these should be some really cool shows.
Tapes N Tapes + Lookbook + Mystery Palace
7th Street Entry
Tapes N Tapes + Jeremy Messersmith + The Owls
Acoustic show at the Music Box
Tapes N Tapes + Red Pens + Chooglin'
..doesn't seem so far away what you see videos like this.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Hellz yes....I am pumped for tonight show. Sounds like lots of new material, which is both good and bad. I have never seen him before, so I would love to hear the Swans, Michigan and Illinoise stuff live, but judging by the song above, the new stuff is pretty wild.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Charlie Parr- Lee's Liquor Lounge
If you are looking for rustic folk music, look no further.
The Royal Alberta Advantage- 7th Street Entry
Earnest indie pop music from this Canadian band who have been slowly building up a strong fan base. Love Language will be opening.
Pet Rock- 501 Club 1pm-2AM
Lots of great local bands (including Skoal Kodiak, FCAP and Gospel Gossip) playing an outdoor benefit show for a great local organization that helps pets get supplies. Sounds good to me. Hopefully it doesn't rain.
Another show that should be great...if it doesn't rain.
The Weakerthans- Triple Rock
Confessional pop punk music done right. They don't tour much, so if you are a big fan, don't miss this show.
Jack Penate- 7th Street
If you don't get enough music from big international artists at the Global Roots Fest at the Cedar, head over the the Entry.
The Nightinghales Musical Circus- Ritz Theatre
In what should be the most interesting show of the weekend, the Nighinghales (along with a host of other local bands) will be invading the Ritz Theatre in NE with a full on circus. Should be wild.
First Communion Afterparty + Flavor Crystals + LSD and the Search for God- Uptown
Turn on, tune in, drop out. Or something like that.
MPLS + Chicago- Hexagon
The Hex is hosting a very cool event where a group of Minneapolis bands invited some of their friends from the Windy City to play a great show at the Hex.
Son Volt- First Avenue
Jay Farrar brings his alt-country stalwarts bring their extensive back catalog to the Mainroom.
Sufjan Stevens- 400 Bar
Some unknown folk singer from Michigan will be playing a show at a shit hole dive bar in Minneapolis. Think anyone will show up?
Greg Sargent catches one of those oddities that emerge from time to time in public opinion. In this case, nearly two-thirds of those polled in the new CBS/NYT poll think the Republicans are opposing Obama on health care reform for political reasons -- but nearly two-thirds also think Democrats shouldn't pass reform without Republican support.
Radio K is thrilled to announce that October 1st at 12:01 AM the oldest
radio station in the State becomes the newest. How, you ask? By broadcasting
24/7/365 on the FM dial at 104.5 and 100.7 from the West Bank of the University
Thursday, September 24, 2009
I have seen Fogerty twice, and other than the annoying baseball bat guitar he busts out for "Centerfield," his shows are enormously fun and are 2 straight hours of songs that everyone in the building knows every word to.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
I finally got my record player and receiver up and running again last night and the first thing I put on was the Julian Lynch/Ducktails split 7" that I got from Underwater Peoples a few weeks back. I have to say that Ducktails trippy, hazy dream pop sounded great crackling out of the record player.
If you haven't heard the band before, check out the video above.
(H/T: Choclate Bobka)
I had read about her taking all kinds of drugs with her dad when she was like 12, but this blows that out of the water.
Kind of makes you re-think the Mama's and the Papa's, no?
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Following Levi Johnston's Blues, here is another video combining my two favorite things, politics and music. This one is even funnier, with a group of rappers spitting rhymes about conservative causes, most notably bringing up the "birther" argument.
This falls neatly into the "words cannot describe how crazy this is" category.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
For someone who writes a blog that puts a focus on Music and Politics, you can't really pass up a video like this. Ben Folds singing a song about Sarah Palin's almost son-in-law Levi Johnston and his foray into the public debate.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
As promised....here is Erik's much more details review from last Sunday's Japandroids show. Check it out to see some of the videos I took of the utter meltdown the band had at the end of their set, which was too bad because everything building up to it had been excellent.
Not my favorite song on the album by a long stretch, but their videos are always great, so here is "Laura" from Girls Album. My review is signed sealed and delivered and should be up over at Culture Bully in the coming week sometime.
Lucinda Williams- First Ave 9PM
Lucinda Williams always plays great shows at First Ave, which she has stated is one of her favorite venues...oh yeah, and she is getting married on stage.
Zombie Season + Bouncer Fighter- Hexagon 9PM
Zombie Season will be celebrating the release of their latest LP Our Living Funeral with some friends at this free show at the Hex.
B-Girl Be Block Party- Intermedia Arts
A yearly tradition back at Intermedia Arts celebrating women artists in Minneapolis.
Double Bird- 501 Club
Up and coming band will settle into the 501 to play their raucous rock and roll. Free as always.
Myster Palace + Estate + Military Special- Kitty Cat Klub
Three great electronic bands play at the KCK. MP are more song oriented while Estate and MS will make you dance.
Seawhores + Red Pens- Triple Rock Social Club
The Red Pens, who recently re-released their amazing debut album Reasons, will share the bill will the more unhinged Seawhores for what should be a loud, and exciting, show.
Slapping Purses + Moonstone +Digitata- 7th Street Entry
Slapping Purses and Moonstone are two of the cities best (and nosiest) electronic bands going right now. Digitata are a little smoother around the edges, but this bill (which features 5 bands in all) should be a great testament to the growing electro-noise scene in the city.
His Mischief + Arms Akimbo + the Invincible Kids- Sauce
Classic Rock bitches. No electro-noise here. Just solid riffs and good times.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
I figure it is my blogging duty to breathlessly talk about the Pavement Reunion, right?
Well, I am pretty f'ing excited, so it isn't too hard.
PAVEMENT IS GETTING BACK TOGETHER!!!!
I was about 10 when the band was in their prime, so needless to say I have never seen them live before. Hopefully that will change with their 2010 tour. Although I hope it isn't so, I am putting my money on a show at Roy Wilkins Auditorium (that is assuming they don't pull a Radiohead and skip over us).
Frankly, they could play in a outhouse or the Target Center and I would go, so it doesn't matter much to me.
Check their site for more updates.
Minneapolis Fetus Tent SaleFriday, Sept. 18th - Sunday, Sept. 20th Due to damages from the Aug. 19th tornado our Minneapolis store has lost 3,000 square of sales floor space. This means we need to clear out lots of inventory that we currently don't have room for. Much of this includes gifts and clothing, but there will also be tons of music on sale as well.* Gifts and Clothing: Items marked down 25%, 50%, and 75%!At least 50% of all of these items are being marked down 50%.* Muic: 1000s of cheap CDs and LPs - literally almost nothing marked over $3.00.* Other: Select discounts in the store ranging from 15% to 20% off. Come on down and get the last great deals of summer!
Too tired to listen to it tonight, but I am looking forward to checking it out ASAP.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Really funny video the Why? guys put out to promote their amazing new album, Eskimo Snow. It reminds me of the Clell Tickle video from Tapes N Tapes. You got to like it when bands you really admire seem to have a good sense of humor. The video above is NSFW.
SEIU is calling attention to the fact
that the health insurance industry considers domestic violence to be a
“pre-existing condition” in some states. “Under the cold logic of the insurance
industry, it makes perfect sense: If you are in a marriage with someone who has
beaten you in the past, you’re more likely to get beaten again than the average
person and are therefore more expensive to
The cat is finally out of the bag. The long known news that Phoenix will be playing an instore at the Electric Fetus was finally released on the bands website.
If you buy their CD from the Fetus, you can be one of the lucky 200 to catch the band at Noon the day of their very sold out show at First Ave.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Look for a much more detailed review on Culture Bully from Erik, along with some videos I took, including the final, painful moments of the otherwise great night.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Some videos I took from Brother Ali's live performance at the State Fair earlier this week that were originally posted over at Culture Bully.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Benefit for Rosie- Hexagon 9PM FREE
Benefit show for the wonderful staff member at the Hex featuring local bands Gleam, Tisdales and the Bill Patton Trio.
Regina Spektor- State Theatre
Quirky folk pop that was originally going to be at the Myth before they, you know, got $15 million in debt. The excellent Little Joy will be opening the show.
No Bird Sing- Eclipse Records
The great No Bird Sing will be celebrating the release of their debut album with two shows. The first show is an all ages show at Eclipse Records for the youngins.
Cave Singers- 400 Bar
The last time the Cave Singers were here, the played an amazing set opening for Dr. Dog. They will have a full set tonight and it should be great.
Solid Gold- Turf Club $10 9PM
The rising local band will play what will probably be a packed show Friday night.
Guystorm + Van Gobots + Pictures of Then + Camal of the Sea- Uptown Bar 9PM
A solid lineup of local bands, with the main focus on Van Gobots, who will be celebrating the release of their latest album.
Caroline Smith and the Goodnight Sleeps- 7th Street Entry
One of the best local bands around will be opening for My Serene Republic at the Entry.
Woods + Vampire Hands + Leisure Birds + Daughters of the Sun- Turf Club $7
One of the strongest, deepest lineups for a show I have seen in a while. 3 amazing local bands sharing the stage with Brooklyn based Woods, one of the leading bands in the current fuzzy, lo-fi movement.
Amazing Baby- 7th Street 9PM
Saw them open for Glasvegas when they played a pretty strong set of scuzzy rock and roll. Should fit in well in the Entry.
No Bird Sing- Triple Rock Social Club 9PM
Night two of No Bird Sing celebration, this time for the older (drunker) crowd at the Triple Rock.
Japandroids + Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band + Gospel Gossip- Turf Club $7
After an amazing lineup on Saturday night, the Turf is back again with an equally amazing lineup Sunday night. All three bands are great and it should be an excellent night of music.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Cool story from the Strib about the upcoming Lucina Williams show. The singer, who always puts on great shows and has a deep affection for First Avenue, will be stepping up the theatrics for her September 18th show.
She is getting married onstage.
Her future husband is from Minneapolis, so it makes a little sense, but it is still pretty wild.