Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Haunted House + Mute Era+ Vampire Hands- Hexagon
Great local set to celebrate the release of the new Haunted House LP.
Hopefuls- 331 Club
The Hopefuls slumming it on their "tour of NE"
Lookbook- Turf Club
Other bands are on the bill, but Lookbook are the reason for the season.
Loudon Wainwright III- Cedar
You may remember him from Undeclared or his other various TV and movie roles, but he also writes awesome songs.
Bunny Clogs + Lucy Michelle + Aby Wolf + Jeremy Messersmith- Cedar
Cools kids show at 11am and 2pm with some of the more gentle muscians on the Twin Cities music scene.
Gay Witch Abortion- 331 Club
Zombie Season (CD Release)- Kitty Cat Klub
Zombie Season are taking the devils holiday to give their excellent latest disc a proper welcoming into the world.
E.Ln.O- Lees Liquor Lounge
Every day is Halloween for these guys.
Mystery Palace + Blind Shake- 501
Great local combo for the excellent price of...wait for it...wait for it...free. Yeah.
Hot Roxx Halloween Hextravaganza-Hexagon (Invisible Boy, To Kill a Petty Bourgeoisie , Teenage Moods, Is Is)
Quite an amazing lineup at the Hex for one of the better H-ween shows the city has to offer.
Sims + Kristoff Krane- Sauce
If indie hip hop is your cup of tea, drink at Sauce Saturday night.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
The Wild should sign this kid. At least he knows how to put the puck in the net. Hopefully they can pull out a W tonight. At this pace, they are going to be 41-41 with all their wins at home and all their losses on the road.
More videos of freakishly talented kids can be found HERE and HERE, courtesy of Chris after I was awestruck by this shot and sent it to him, only to get an email back saying (and showing) that kids apparently do this fairly regularly. You learn something every day. Like the fact that there are children out there who are better at things at 9 years old than I ever will be in my life. Sigh.
HAHAHAHAHA. Man, that is classic. Those kids probably thought that they were the shit when they made that, but I bet they aren't showing that to their friends now.
(Fair warning, there are some parts that look like they are NSFW, although they really aren't, but better safe than sorry.)
(H/T: The Daily Dish)
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Following up on my post from last weekend about people who take their sports teams too serious comes this idiot who decided that because his team was going to the World Series, he could climb on someones car. Whats he going to do if the Phillies win the Series? Jump off a building?
Sunday, October 25, 2009
As you may have heard, the Flaming Lips are covering Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, which should be pretty sweet. Here is a clip of them doing album closer "Eclipse" recently, which should serve as a teaser for the upcoming album.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Self Evident (CD Release) + A Whisper in the Noise- Triple Rock Social Club
Planned Parent Benefit- Hexagon Bar
The Show is the Rainbow + Unicorn Basement- Uptown Bar
Afrobeat Showcase (Saul Williams + No Bird Sing)- Varsity Theatre
Benefit show for new Planned Parenthood program providing HIV education and testing to American Indian women and girls in Northern Minnesota
City on the Make / The Knotwells / Magic Castles / The Vignettes / SHAHS
Plus sex ed trivia and door prizes between bands!
Saturday 10/24 9:00
Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave S
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c|
Our guy Al Franken gets a cool shout out from the Daily Show on this hard to believe segment from the show. It really is a crazy world.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
News recently broke that Skoal Kodiak will be joining the Modern Radio record label. The really good news is that they are working on an LP to be released on the label in the near future. If you have never seen the band live, do yourself a favor and check them out the next time they play in the Twin Cities. Hopefully we will be hearing more about their upcoming LP soon.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
I honestly feel that people will look back 50 years from now and look at the discrimination against gay people and feel the same way that we now feel about the race debates of the 50's and 60's. Videos like this are what show that the tide is finally changing. Pretty moving stuff.
A strong contingent of the Culture Bully crew headed out to the Hexagon Saturday night to see BruteHeart, an exciting new 3 piece from Minneapolis. The bands, who were selling their excellent debut album Brass Beads for the first time Saturday night, played a really strong 40 minute set. The three piece features is composed of a viola, bass and drums, with all three ladies adding vocal harmonies. Their unique blend of avant-pop that they so wonderfully put to wax on Brass Beads came across with even more spark live. The two main singers bounced their vocals off each other and the songs had a tense, dramatic air to them that was propelled by the minimalistic arrangements. For an example of where they their eclectic tastes come from, the group covered a Brian Eno song during their set, so don’t look to BruteHeart if you like your female fronted bands to sound like a band from Lilith Fair. This band should be making some noise in the near future, so keep an eye out for them.
We went into the show thinking we were getting there for BruteHeart and local electro noise kingpins Gay Beast, but the lineup had been changed since information was given to us. As we got there we found out Gay Beast had just finished, but the headliners were a Milwaukee band called The Chain. We ran into a few friends outside the venue and they all uniformly praised the band. The group did not disappoint. Their surging, afrobeat funk was exhilarating and proved why BruteHeart said that the bands had them go last since no one wanted to follow them on stage. The packed music room at the Hex became a sweaty dance floor in no time and The Chain proved to live up to all the hype they had garnered. If you ever get the chance to see this band, you would be advised not to miss it.
So does Chicago (and the other Cities) feel dumb to know that they lost an Olympic bid (and the 2014 World Cup for those who wanted that) to a city that is still plagued with enough violence that drug gangs shot down a police helicopter? That's some serious business.
Head on over to Culture Bully to check out my live review of the Kurt Vile show from last week. As I said in my record review, I really have been digging the stuff Vile has been putting out, and his live show was pretty solid as well. I was able to write some words, take some videos (including the one above) and even capture some (not totally horrible) photos for the review. Check out my hat trick HERE.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Twitter has become a playground for imbeciles, skeevy marketers, D-list celebrity half-wits, and pathetic attention seekers
Then again, look at TV: fat people dancing, talentless people singing, Glenn Beck slinging lunatic conspiracy theories. Stupid stuff sells. The genius of Twitter is that it manages to be even stupider than TV. It's so stupid that it's brilliant. No person with an IQ above 100 could possibly care what Ashton Kutcher or Ashlee Simpson has to say about anything
My latest entry to the ongoing Best of the Decade feature is Spoon's 2002 Kill the Moonlight. As I mentioned in the review, I could have honestly chosen any of the releases Spoon has put out this decade, but settled on the one that I find myself coming back to most often. Check it out HERE.
Classic cheesy salesman pretending like the Wii Remote he wants you to buy from him is supposed to fly off and destroy your TV. Not my favorite of all time, which still has to be the calm and collected swords salesman who steps in after his partner gets stabbed in the stomach by a defective sword they are hocking. Check it out below.
In 1977, Americans reported eating about 186 calories outside of mealtimes. By
1994, that had rocketed to 346 calories.
For the record, my favorite song that Girl Talk has ever done is one of his more straightforward tracks and never appeared on any of his albums. It is Grizzly Bear and the Clipse remix of the song "Knife," which is featured below.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Just got done watching Season 4 of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, with the last episode being the amazing Dayman musical. I have been meaning to write for a long time making sure that everyone has seen these first 4 seasons (season 5 is currently running), but I always seem to forget. Like all TV show, I am behind the curve because, well, I don't really watch TV, but luckily Netflix allows me to catch up in a hurry once shows hit DVD. Above is the band Of Montreal doing a short version of "Dayman" at their Halloween show last year. Pretty awesome stuff.
In related news, I just saw that It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia will be releasing a Christmas Special DVD this year. The disc, titled "A Very Sunny Christmas" can be bought HERE. Watch out Christmas Story, there may be a new holiday standard taking your place each December.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
While I liked Memory Cassette and have really liked the Washed Out cassette, I still haven't been completely sold on Neon Indian. A little too abrasive. I like the more soothing sounds of the Underwater Peoples bands more I suppose. If something is going to be electronic and abstract, I want it to be soothing and something I can fall asleep to, not grating and prickly. All that being said, I gotta give credit on a pretty sweet song title.
My review of the Minor Kingdom LP, My Back Will Bend, along with some thoughts about the CD release show that was held at the Kitty Cat Klub, are up over at Culture Bully. Check it out HERE to see some more videos from the show and read the review.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Brenden Benson, who is best known for his work with the Raconteurs, will be coming to First Avenue for a show supporting his solo material. If you haven't heard his solo work, do yourself a favor and check it out...he is one of the better power pop songwriters around right now.
Not only do the hard working bloggers over at Chocolate Bobka keep people up to date on the young bands they are listening to, they often provide awesome, visually stimulating live videos of said bands. Above is a perfect example in which they bring to us the sights and sounds of New York with the music of Beach Fossil playing the song "Vacation."
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
1)Tom Waits has a new Live CD coming out.
2)The first disc has songs he performed on his recent Glitter and Doom tour. (which skipped Minnesota...Booo)
3)There is a second disc devoted entirely to Wait's stage banter. If you have never read an interview or heard him ramble, do yourself a favor and check it out. The guy is a character.
Sounds simple enough to me. The disc will drop on -Anti on Novemeber 24th.
Warpaint are a band that are new to my radar, but seem to be pretty solid. They are opening up tonight for School of Seven Bells at the 7th Street Entry. Should be a pretty, hazy, mind melting show. Check out Warpaint's song "Stars" above to get a feel for their sound and check them out tonight if it sounds like something you would like.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Sometimes it is easy to forget that the Black Lips write really great garage rock and roll, you know, with all of their fights and getting chased out of foreign countries and all. In case you forgot, here is a video for "Let it Grow" from their excellent 200 Million Thousand.
Check out a new Daytrotter session featuring the great NY band Woods. The video above is from when they came to St. Paul and played a great show at the Turf Club.
Missing Fridley man found dead in crawl space next to apartment
Police wouldn't say whether the death is suspicious.
After all, it's ok to go to the press with an embarrassing story. And it's ok to be paid to keep a story quiet. And it's ok to sue over something embarrassing, but then drop the suit after a multi-million settlement from the accused.So why isn't it okay to blackmail? There are a couple problems with a blackmail free market, Weisenthal acknowledges. With no guarantee of compliance on the part of the person paid off, the system wouldn't really work. But the question remains: is there something inconsistent in the current laws surrounding the crime?