Saturday, October 31, 2009

Another great costume

In case you missed what he is referencing, the video is below.

Get a Life.

Making the rest of our costumes look like crap. Thanks kid.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Best Hockey Fight Ever

To be honest, this is how most "fights" I am in end up too.

New Spoon!

Pitchfork is chalk full of good news today. First I found the new Yeasayer song and now they are dropping the news that Spoon will be again delighting us with a LP. Their 7th disc will be titled Transference and will be out on January 26th. Hopefully it will be better than the Get Nuffin EP, cause that was kind of a bummer.

Kill to Kill Review

My review of the latest Kill to Kill record, Fighter, is up over at Culture Bully. The dark, female fronted rock band created a dense, brooding album that is as short (8 songs, 22 minutes) as it is powerful. Check out this rising local band if you are thinking of heading out to a show in MPLS/St. Paul.

Yeasayer "Ampling Alp"

Upon hearing the first song from Yeasayer's upcoming sophomore release Odd Blood, I had to take a step back in the realization that the band is only on their second disc. I remember hearing "2080" a few years back and freaking out and telling everyone who would listen how great they were. They were the subject of one of my first blog posts on this shit hole you are currently reading (thanks!), which seems like forever ago. I remember seeing them at the Entry opening for MGMT and completely blowing them out of the water and now seeing them grow into a pretty big band in their own right. I hope Odd Blood is as good as All Hour Cymbals and if the first song, "Ampling Alp," is any indication, it will be.


Check it out at Pitchfork HERE.

This Halloween, Make Sure the Dummy isn't a Dead Person.

(H/T: Fail Blog)

Get off Yr Ass (spooky scary 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!

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
Not gentle.

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 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.

Cool Halloween Show

Keep an eye out for the Get off Yr Ass feature this afternoon as there are many great shows happening this weekend in conjunction with the national day of getting drunk and eating candy, otherwise known as Halloween. Here is a flyer for an especially good one, with Zombie Season (who I wrote about HERE) celebrating the release of their latest LP.

Halloween Eve Humor

How To Find A Masculine Halloween Costume For Your Effeminate Son

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Uptown Bar

When I saw an article about a bar I don't like (The Uptown) written by one of the music journalists I least respect in the Twin Cities (Chris Riemenschneider), I am not sure what drew me in to read it, but I am glad I did.

After reading the quotes from people much older than me, I finally have a good sense as to why people talk so fondly of the venue. While I have seen some really cool shows there (especially Bon Iver before a crowd of about 30 a few years back), I mostly thought of it as a lame bar that somehow was talked about like it was worth something. I generally avoid the rich kid hipsters and suburban ex-pats of Uptown as much as possible, and the Uptown Bar was no exception.

Apparently at one point in time this was the place to be. Unfortunately I was about 7 years old at the time. Pavement, the Mats, Guided by Voices, first show by Lifter Puller, Jesus Lizard, Curtiss A. Shit, pretty much a wet dream of bands rolled through there, not to mention all of the cool sounding local shows and the fact that Uptown wasn't half as gentrified as it is now make me realize that when people talk about back in the day, they aren't just talking shit. At one point, Uptown wasn't just the lame extension of the bland whiteville known as St. Louis Park.

Makes me wish I had been around to see it.

Best Christmas Ever

First Bob Dylan defies all logic and makes a Christmas album and now we have THIS. Pitchfork is reporting that Norwegian electro master Lindstrom will be releasing a 40(!) minute version of winter classic "Little Drummer Boy." Should be awesome. Ho Ho Ho.

Stupid Spending

Former Timberwolves forward Antonie Walker, who made over $100 million in the last decade playing basketball, is broke. Yep, broke (actually in debt). Read more about it HERE.

Cold Cave review

My review of the excellent Cold Cave record Love Come Cloese LP is up now over at Culture Bully. Check it out HERE.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Get that kid a jersey!

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.

Health Care Reform

I'm late to the game on posting this one, but maybe if they show this to Senators Lieberman, Nelson, Lincoln and Landrieu we might get something worthwhile passed, huh?

Internet for Kidz!

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)

Shout Out Louds

The website Treble announced that the Shout Out Louds will be back with their third album, Work, in February of 2010. Good news.

Pay Attention

(H/T: Fail Blog)

Real Estate

Real Estate - Black Lake from Chocolate Bobka on Vimeo.

Doing a write up on the upcoming, self titled Real Estate LP for Culture Bully. For now, you will have to settle for this great video from the Chocolate Bobka site from the bands show last week at CMJ fest.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Bitters (w/Woods) "Warrior"

You shouldn't underestimate how awesome this song is.


Marissa Nadler and Alela Diane Tour
11.18.09 - Minneapolis, MN
7th Street Entry

Two of the better female folky singer songwriters around right now will be rolling into Minneapolis next month for what should be a great show.

Indie Halloween

My Morning Jacket as The Ghostbusters

Following up yesterdays post about worst sexy Halloween costumes, here is something from e-music collecting "indie" rock stars and the various costumes that they have sported in the past.

Monday, October 26, 2009

People Have Too Much Time on Their Hands

Now there is a website that will sing to you whatever you type it.

(H/T: Daily Dish)

Worst Halloween Costumes

(Sexy Border Guard Costume)
In honor of Halloween and everyone scrambling to find a cool costume, the Daily Dish has a link to a site that lists the 10 worst "sexy" Halloween costumes. Ladies, if you costume is on this list, there is still time to return it for something else. Boo!

What's Good? (Monday 10/26)

If you are looking to bust out and see some good shows, here are a few that might be worth your time.

The Raveonettes + Black Angels- First Ave
Some retro rock and roll, with the Ravonettes leaning towards 60's garage rock and Black Angels leaning towards psychedelic sounds.
Floorbirds- Kitty Cat Klub
Some cool local folk music.
Powerman 5000-The Rock
Just kidding. But Seriously, did you know they were still around?
Invincible Kids- Uptown Bar
Chris from Vampire Hands with his excellent side project.

Dumb Sports Fans

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?

This is the Place

Cool remix of one of my favorite songs of all time.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Flaming Lips covering Pink Floyd

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

Are Potatoes the greatest food ever?

No less a source than Foreign Policy magazine has an article up looking back at the history of the Potato and how it has been present in many of the moments when human development took its biggest strides. Pretty interesting stuff. And you just thought they were cool because they made French Fries.

Friday, October 23, 2009

SHAHS + Whitesands/Badlands @ 7th Street Entry

(Photo of Whitesands/Badlands by Jon Behm from
Check out Jon's pics and my videos from the cool SHAHS + Whitesands/Badlands show Sunday night at the 7th Street Entry. We didn't stick around for headliners Times New Viking (seen them enough times), but both of these buzzing local bands showed why they have garnered attention and I expect you will be hearing a lot more from both in the near future.

Red Pens

I know this may be a broken record at this point, but if you haven't picked up the Red Pens debut record, Reasons, or seen them live, you need to change that. They are currently sitting high and mighty atop the list of my favorite local acts and their show last night at the Hexagon was the best I have seen them play. Their sound was tight and powerful (one guy said a few songs in "this is really loud") yet they still had a playful and fun sense about them. They were followed by another one of my favorite local bands, Gospel Gossip, who played a great set of their jammy, droning fuzz pop. The night was celebrating Kill to Kill's newest EP, Fighter, but I unfortunately tuckered out before they got on stage (which must have been close to 1am). Hexagon shows on weeknights are not tailored for people who work 8-4.
Hopefully I will catch them very soon as I really like the new disc.

Get off Yr Ass (don't forget your hat and gloves 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!

Pines(CD Release)- Cedar Cultural Center
Folky music at folky venue.
Gay Witch Abortion- Soo Visual Art Center
Loud interesting music at loud interesting center.
Lucero- Varisty Theatre
Drunk bar rock at a theatre.
Two explosive local bands.
Self Evident (CD Release) + A Whisper in the Noise- Triple Rock Social Club
Dramatic local music at Punk Club
Strangelights + Quist and the Hat + The Chord and the Fawn- Big V
Local rock bands at shit hole.
Eclectic, awesome bill at overrated club.
Legendary rapper at crappy nightclub
Charlie Parr + Fuck Knights- Palmers
Scuzzy folk and rock at dive bar.
Planned Parent Benefit- Hexagon Bar
Cool Benefit at a cool bar.
Private Dancer + Grant Hart- Turf Club
One of my fav local bands with local legend at classic club.
The Show is the Rainbow + Unicorn Basement- Uptown Bar
Weirdo rock at hospice bar.
Great Lake Swimmers + Wooden Birds- Cedar Cultural Center
SAME AS PINES (ABOVE)...but better.
Afrobeat Showcase (Saul Williams + No Bird Sing)- Varsity Theatre
Wild and Funky lineup at very un-wild and un-funky theatre.
Rustic alt-rock at horrible venue.

Cool Local Show Saturday

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
Minneapolis, MN
No Cover

Way to go Al

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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

BBC News Up in Smoke

You have to love when a world renowned news organizations like the BBC have story with headlines like "US paper seeks pot correspondent."

The story, about a newspaper in Colorado looking for someone to talk about the medical marijuana clinics, is pretty funny. Surprise surprise is that they have had over 100 applications, with some people offering to "work for free."


Auto Tune the News

Still funny.

Fargo Rock City

Can't say Fargo Rock City is my favorite Chuck Klosterman book of all time, but I will admit that I am excited to see the film version, which is going to be adapted by CRAIG F'N FINN! This is one of those pairings you wouldn't think would come together in a million years, but seems so perfect.

I've got a good feeling about this.

Really awesome local show tonight

Two of my favorite local bands, Gospel Gossip & Red Pens, will be joining the Kill to Kill to help them celebrate the release of their latest disc, Fighter, tonight at the Hexagon. The show is at 9 and, like all shows at the Hex, is 100% free. Don't miss it.

Skoal Kodiak

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.

Radio K

I talked about Radio K switching over to FM a few weeks ago, but just want to revisit it because I have enjoyed listening to the U of M station so much. If you are a 89.3 Current fan, I highly suggest giving Radio K (104.5 FM) a shot. It provides an eclectic mix of music, which unfortunately The Current doesn't do very much anymore. My biggest (probably only) complaint before was that I could never get the station in with good reception, but that problem has now been solved. For anyone who feels like they hear the same songs over and over on 89.3, check out Radio K and I bet you won't be disappointed.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Equal Rights

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.

BruteHeart/The Chain @ the Hexagon

(I was planning on taking it easy Saturday night at the Hex and just hanging out with some friends, but the show was just too good to not talk about at least a little bit. Some excellent pics from the night by Jon can be found over at Culture Bully HERE.)

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.

Monsters of Folk Review

My review of the somewhat disappointing Monsters of Folk record is up over at Culture Bully. Check it out HERE.

Do-Over Vote?

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.

Kurt Vile Live Review

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.

Congratulations Captain Mikko Koivu

The Wild named Mikko Koivu their first ever permanent captain today. It was a pretty easy choice as he will be the face (and heart) of the team for the near future, hopefully for his whole career.

Now if they could just win some games.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Suck it Twitter

I had never read anything by Daniel Lyons before today, but man, he really won me over with his broadside on Twitter. A man for my heart. Here are some of my favorite lines from the article. (I have left out the whole intro paragraph where he takes the most unfunny person in the world, Dane Cook, because it is worth reading in its entirety).

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

Read the whole thing HERE.

Spoon Kill the Moonlight

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.

File Under: Can't make this crap up

If you call a friend to pick you up from jail after you get busted for a DWI, make sure they are not drunk too.

The Ultimate Salesman

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.

Snack Factor

Very interesting article about one of the main reasons that we as Americans are so fat. It isn't so much our meals (although 3,000 calorie burritos from Chipolte are not helping), but our incessant, and increasingly unhealthy, snacking. Here is the money quote (from Matthew Yglesias via Ezra Klien):
In 1977, Americans reported eating about 186 calories outside of mealtimes. By
1994, that had rocketed to 346 calories.

For the non math majors, that is double. Basically, the salad you so dutifully had for lunch loses value when you have that delicious snack in the afternoon. The candy bars, gardetto's and syrupy Mountain Dews are not helping that ever expanding tire around your waist.

Girl Talk "Night Ripper"

I added Girl Talk Night Ripper to the Best of the Decade list over at Culture Bully. To be completely honest, I don't know that I have ever actually listened to the record sober, but man, it has been the soundtrack to many a great nights.
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

The Cribs "We Were Aborted"

In addition to having such a cheery, sunny song title, the track "We Were Aborted" by English 4 piece The Cribs is also a top notch song. The band, whose new album Ignore the Ignorant features former Smiths/Modest Mouse legend Johnny Marr, came out recently in the states and while not being quite as good as their last disc, is still a strong batch of songs. I wrote a review of "We Were Aborted" for Culture Bully. Check it out, along with an MP3 of the tune, HERE.

Ganglians Never Mind

Ganglians - Never Mind from Chocolate Bobka on Vimeo.

Ganglians - My House (New Song) from Chocolate Bobka on Vimeo.

A couple very cool videos of the excellent band Ganglians from the always great music blog Chocolate Bobka.

Big Fans

Drunks fans fought each other after the North Dakota/Minnesota hockey game this weekend. One guy was found knocked out and is in serious condition after the game and another is in jail facing felony assault charges.

People wonder why sports fans (hick college hockey fans in particular) get a bad rap. This is why. I know that your life doesn't have much going for it, but it really isn't that big of a deal if your team wins of loses. We had a guy get visibly upset at a bar Saturday night because we had the waitress switch the TV from the Gophers game to the Wild game. He taunted us because we weren't watching the Gophers. He was a grown man...probably 40 years old. Living the dream.

Really people, get a life. If you have invested so much into a sports team that it leads to you getting so upset you would fight someone, it is time to take a step back.

Kurt Vile "Childish Prodigy"

My review of the great new Kurt Vile CD Childish Prodigy is up over at Culture Bully. The disc is a great mix of classic rock and folk with some cool lo-fi stylings that Vile really seems to enjoy. Check out the post for a couple MP3's from the disc.

Sunday, October 18, 2009


Andrew Sullivan draws attention to a site called Sometimes Acronyms Suck that collects unfortunate names for organizations.

One of the best is Iowa's Department of Aging (DOA). Ha.

Rain Machine Review

Kyp Malone, the co-frontman of TV on the Radio (the one with the really awesome beard), came to the 7th Street Entry Friday night for a show with his new side project Rain Machine (not to be confused with Malone's other side project Iran). I had only heard their debut CD a few times, but being a huge TV on the Radio fan, I figured I would give Malone a chance, especially in a intimate venue like the Entry. The dynamic of the band was much more relaxed than Malone's main outfit, but that didn't mean that it wasn't a great show. Rain Machine found Malone being backed by a four piece band, featuring guitar, bass, banjo/keyboard and drums. An interesting aspect was female backing vocals from his banjo/keyboard player. Her vocals added a cool layer to Malone's more soulful folk sound. When Malone and the other guitar player would be jamming to a TV on the Radio like ringing funk jams, she would add some low key banjo lines and her soft but commanding background vocals. The band played most of their debut LP during their excellent 50 minute set.

One of the reasons I was apprehensive about how good the show would be was because the Rain Machine CD is much less aggressive and bombastic than the TV on the Radio output I love so much. This proved to be no problem as the brooding tension and great, atmospheric sound the band was creating. Malone made the usual Purple Rain mention that every band does at First Avenue, but it was one of the few times that it was warranted. Malone's Prince like vocals were stunning throughout the set and really were allowed to stand out in the more stripped down arrangements.

While the CD is still something that has room to grow for me, Rain Machine's great show Friday night definitely made me realize how talented Kyp Malone is, whether or not it is behind the TV on the Radio moniker or not.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

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

Why? Live Review

Check out my live review of the Why? show from last week up over at Culture Bully. It was a really great show and further cemented Eskimo Snow as one of my favorite releases of 2009.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Get off Yr Ass

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!

Rain Machine- 7th Street Entry
Kyp Malone from TV on the Radio will be bringing his side project to a much smaller venue than his main band has played in quite a while.

If you like the Drive by Truckers, you will like Backyard Tire Fire.

Cecil Otter- Uptown
Another strong night in the last month that the Uptown Bar will be alive, this time featuring local rapper, and Doomtree member, Cecil Otter.

Hookers N Blow- Famous Daves
If you have never seen Hookers N Blow, Adam Levy's 70's Funk and Classic Rock cover band, do yourself a favor and check them out. They are really fun live.

Le Loup- 7th Street Entry
The last time Le Loup played the Entry it was an amazing show and I expect the same this time.

Amy Millan- Turf Club
Millan is a female singer/songwriter who is a former member of Canadian bandsBroken Social Scene and Stars.

One of the most polished local acts around will be headlining a strong local bill at the Kitty Cat Klub in Dinkytown.

Fuck Knights continue their Saturday night residency on the West Bank with local grime rappers City on the Make.

Bruteheart will release their excellent debut LP later this month, but tonight they will be sharing the stage with one of Minneapolis's best noise rock bands, Gay Beast.

Two pop bands, one in the classic sense of using guitars/bass/drums and the other using a more modern, electronic canvass.

Some of the more refined pop bands in the Twin Cities join up to celebrate the release of Mercurial Rage's latest LP.

6 Year Old Boy Floats Away In Homemade Ballon

Really? How the fuck does this happen? Maybe this will be a lesson for future people who think it is cool to have a hot air balloon hanging out in your backyard when you have inquisitive children milling around. Outside of being scared to death and never wanting to fly again, hopefully the kid escapes this OK.
Cancel that, he was in the attic. I guess we can all put our hot air balloons back out in our yards.

Neon Indian " Should Have Taken Acid With You"

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.

Minor Kingdom

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.

Best Memo Ever

The Daily Dish found this great memo sent by Matt (presumably Stone...writer of South Park). It is pretty funny stuff. One can only imagine the higher ups at some film studio reading over these one by one and discussing what can stay and what can not. That would be a great conversation to be a fly on the wall.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


Brenden Benson
Nov 17th
First Ave

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.

Lego Rock Band

If you are like me, you have spent many years wondering what David Bowie and Iggy Pop would look like if they were Lego's in a video game. Well, our time is here. Unfortunelty David Bowie (above) looks to me more like a gay Indiana Jones than an iconic rock and roll star, but that may just be me.
I am guessing if you would have told the 1972 version of Iggy and Bowie (circa Ziggy Stardust and cutting chests with glass while crowd surfing on fans hands) that they would one day sell out and allow their likeness to be turned into a toy...for a video game....they probably wouldn't have believed it.

Some. People. Are. Crazy

Gaslight Anthem Review

HERE is my review from the Gaslight Anthem show about a week and a half ago. It was a good show, and defiently more, um, spirited than I am used to. No pics, but some videos from each of the 4 bands on the bill.

Chocolate Bobka/Beach Fossils "Vacation"

Chocolate Bobka: Beach Fossils - 'Vacation' from Ray ConcepcioƱ on Vimeo.

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

Tom Waits Live Disc

Lets work through this.

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.

World's Ugliest Building

Ezra Klein scooped Travel And Leisure Magazine's "The World's 15 Ugliest Buildings" feature and posted about it yesterday. I guess I am with him, I don't think these buildings are ugly at all, in fact, most of them seem really awesome (including the Secret Intelligence Building in London, above, which apparently features a moat!). Maybe it is kind of like someone who doesn't know music liking Nickleback or someone who doesn't know cinema liking American Movie (i.e. someone talking about something they have no real knowledge about), but whatever.

I think they look cool.

Check them all out HERE.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Wild in a Hurt of Trouble

(Picture from Mike Russo of Derek Boogard and John Scott)
My beloved Wild are having a rough run of things. They are 1-3 with 3 more tough games coming up this week on the road (Ducks, Oilers and Canucks) and now comes the news the Clutterbuck will be out a few weeks (at least) and Sykora is doubtful for upcoming games. Oi Vey.


Word has it a Packers fan stabbed a Vikings fan after the Monday Night Football game last week. Watch out Nov. 1st, cause if they were mad the first time, when we beat them again it could get ugly.

Black Lips "Let it Go"

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.

Woods Daytrotter Session

Woods "Rain On" (Turf Club, St. Paul 09/12/2009) from on Vimeo.

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.


I am not an expert, but this Star Tribune headline seemed to confuse me. Wouldn't this situation define "suspicious?" Do they often find bodies in crawl spaces?

Missing Fridley man found dead in crawl space next to apartment

Police wouldn't say whether the death is suspicious.

Why is Blackmail Illegal?

Very interesting article from the Atlantic talking about blackmail in light of the David Letterman fiasco. Below is the thesis from the article.

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?

Zombie Season Review

Check out Culture Bully for my review of the latest Zombie Season LP Our Living Funeral. Check out the post to hear the MP3 of the standout track "The Reach" from the great young local group.