Monday, November 30, 2009

JJ + the xx SHOW ANNOUNCEMENT

Two bands. Each with two letters. Both from outside of the US. Both put out really great debut albums this year. Both playing their fine songs at the Varsity Theatre Friday April 9th for a 18+ show.

Whoa.
(H/T: Kyle)

Best of the Decade

My latest entry into the "Best of the Decade" feature is up over at Culture Bully. Check out HERE my write upon Keep Guessin' by the late, great local alt rockers Hockey Night. If you have never heard them, head over to the post and give a listen to the MP3.

A Sunny Day in Glasgow "Ashes Grammar" Review

My review of the excellent sophomore album Ashes Grammar by A Sunny Day in Glasgow is up over at Culture Bully. The noisy pop band is fronted by a couple of sweet singing young ladies and have created a really beautiful and jarring album that just may find its way onto my top 10 albums of the year.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Long Weekend

After a nice long weekend out of town, I will be starting off the week tonight with the Fool's Gold + Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes show at the Varsity. The show, backed by ES & MZ's (surprising) hit single on the Current, is going to be packed as it has been sold out for a while.

Hopefully some people are even more tired than I am or got stuck at the airport, cause I am not a huge fan of packed to the gills Varsity shows. Gotta give them credit for packing as many people in there as will pay for a ticket, but it gets mighty hot and mighty crowded, which can make for less than ideal concert settings.

Here's hoping for the best.

If you are going, make sure to get there early for the two great opening bands, Local Natives and Fool's Gold.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Get Off Yr Ass (You didn't work, so there is no excuse for staying in 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!

FRIDAY
The Replacements Tribute- First Ave/7th street Entry
A tribute to one of the best bands to ever come from our fair city. Not all of the artists should be entrusted with Westerberg's classic material (*cough*jimwalsh*cough*), but the idea is right on.



Evening Rig + Alarmists + Arms Akimbo- Kitty Cat Klub
Some good old fashioned rock and roll in Dinkytown. The show will be celebrating the newest release from local band Arm Akimbo.


Haley Bonar + Halloween, Alaska- Cedar
Haley Bonar returns home from Portland to play a show with local shimmery pop band Halloween, Alaska. (Also on Saturday)


Free Fallin'- Famous Daves
Cause I loves me some Tom Petty.


Dante and the Lobster + FCAP + Magic Castles= Hexagon
Some of the better psychedelic, retro rock and roll bands from the area come together at the cities free music mecca.

The Pines + Kill the Vultures- Turf Club

Folk music and gritty hip hop. Together at last.

SATURDAY

Skoal Kodiak + Tender Meat- Turf Club
Skoal Kodiak is one of the most exciting local live bands right now and are headlining what should be an excellent show at the Turf.

Gospel Gossip + Red Pens + Lookbook- Sauce
This show combines three of my favorite local bands playing right now. If the unbelievably solid top to bottom lineup isn't enough, the show will be the official release of the excellent new Gospel Gossip EP Drift, which might be the bands best work yet.


Joseph Arthur- Bryant Lake Bowl
Once upon a time I really liked Joseph Arthur. I am not sure what happened. It isn't that I dislike him, he has just fallen off my radar. I would imagine that this still should be a good show.


17th Annual Jimi Hendrix Remembered Show- Cabooze
Cause I loves me some Jimi Hendrix.


SUNDAY
King Khan and the BBQ Show- Triple Rock Social Club
If they can make it here without getting caught by the fuzz again with some 'schrooms, they should deliver their greasy R&B and soul that they both do so well.

Fools Gold + Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes- Varsity Theatre
The show is sold out in part because the Current has a hard on for the one ES & MZ song, but hopefully the crowd will show up early for the set by world music aficionado's Fool's Gold, who I feel might steal the show.



Leo Kottke- State Theatre
His legendary after Thanksgiving show. He will be joined this year by some members of Devotchka, which should add a very cool twist to the show.

Fuck Knights + A Night in the Box- Hexagon

The Hexagon finishes off their strong weekend with some raucous garage and blues based rock and roll.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

OK, now do it a second time



You may not be as lucky as this guy, but hopefully you have something to be thankful for today.

Before you Eat

Here is an article from Wa Post scribe Ezra Klien talking about the behavioral economics of Thanksgiving and how we always eat more than we plan on, no matter what we tell ourselves beforehand.

Good reading before you sit down to stuff your face. My favorite advice from the piece? Wear a tight shirt.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

I'm booking my plane ticket now

Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann will be headlining the first ever Tea Party Convention. One can only imagine the insightful commentary that will be presented by these two.

(Kudos to the City Pages for the brilliant picture from last weeks cover story. While the story (HERE) wasn't anything new, it reinforced the cognitive dissonance needed by Bachmann and her supporters to believe in the crazy bullshit she constantly spews)

Best of the Decade

My latest entry into the Best of the Decade feature is up now and highlights the 2000 album Quality Control by rap group Jurassic 5. Check it out, along with a tune from the record, HERE.

What's Good (11/25)

It's the night before Thanksgiving. You know what that mean....party. If you are looking to have a live musical soundtrack to the copious amount of drinking going on, here are some great live shows in MPLS/St. Paul.


Big Pink + Crystal Antlers- 7th Street Entry SOLD OUT
Nothing says "night before Thanksgiving" like...a packed crowd of people who have heard one song from the headlining band on the Current.
Red Pens + Fuck Knights- Turf Club
Nothing says "night before Thanksgiving" like...two of the very best local bands melting faces in the States Capital.
Ike Riley- First Ave
Nothing says "night before Thanksgiving" like...generic bar rock from a guy who for some reason is wildly beloved by Minneapolis.
E.L. nO.- Lee's Liquor Lounge
Nothing says "night before Thanksgiving" like...watching a bunch of people in costumes covering songs from a beloved UK band.

Wesley Willis


I had been meaning to post the trailer (NSFW!) for the new Wesley Willis documentary for a while, but got reminded today when the Current blog posted not only that, but a song generator to make a Wesley Willis song! Type in some info HERE and get yourself a tune. If you aren't familiar with Willis catalog (he died a few years back), it probably isn't funny, but for fans it is a riot.

I got to see him perform once, a show shortly before he died where he played a set at the 7th Street Entry. It was kind of funny, but also kind of sad. He was a guy who suffered crushing and debilitating mental illness, but I think (and hope) that his fans were laughing with him, not at him. Live the joke lost a little bit of luster because his dire condition was front and center as he was helped onstage and struggled through his performance.

If you haven't heard his stuff, look it up on Youtube. Definitely not for everyone, but if you like it go out and buy one of his CD's, it is pretty great stuff.

Jimmy Fallon as Neil Young covering Fresh Prince



You would be hard pressed to find someone who dislikes Jimmy Fallon as much as I do, but this is pretty awesome.

(H/T: Stereogum)

Pixies perform "Hey"



Stereogum has the video of the Pixies performing my favorite song from their catalog from the Jimmy Fallon Show. They also played the amazing "Debaser," both of which are from the seminal 1989 album Doolittle, which still is one of my favorite records of all time.

Happy Birthday Mark Lanegan



One of my favorite singers of all time, Mark Lanegan, turns 45 today. If you are not familiar with his work, he was the lead singer of the Screaming Trees, sang with Queens of the Stone Age & Soulsavers and has done some really amazing solo work, including the time stopping masterpiece Field Songs. The song above, "Don't Forget Me," is one of the tracks from that great album. Another one of his albums was the namesake for this blog, so I can say clearly that I am a huge fan of Lanegan's influential body of work.

Happy Birthday Mark! Hopefully we hear your whiskey and cigarette stained vocals for another 45 years.

Gaunte & Big Cats! An Unwelcome Guest CD + Release Show

Having had a few spins through the new Guante and Big Cats! LP An Unwelcome Guest, I can say that it lives up to the very high bar that Guante has set on his previous recordings. The semi concept album by the spoken word poet/rapper is arresting and innovative while still having a loose feel to it that doesn't ever feel like preaching. The duo will be celebrating the release of the disc in a few weeks at the Bedlam Theatre with a stacked lineup of some other great hip hop acts from our omnipresent scene. Guante and Big Cats will be backed up by a full band, which from my previous experience has been very, very awesome.

This definitely is both an album and show that should not be missed for local music fans, so mark your calenders.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Beach House "Norway"

Devotion, the excellent 2008 album by dream pop duo Beach House, has been getting a lot of spins around my place in the last few weeks, which made the release of the first song from their upcoming album Teen Dream even sweeter. Featuring the sparse percussion, the hazy guitars and Victoria's haunted, smokey voice, "Norway" is nothing less than the stunning that we have come to expect from them. Welcome Back. I have a feeling that 2010 will be a big year for this band.

Motel Motel "Coffee"

My review + an MP3 of the great alt country song "Coffee" by Motel Motel is up over at Culture Bully. The track if featured on their excellent 2008 album New Denver. Fans of the genre are highly recommended to check it out. The review and track can be found HERE.

New Soft Pack Album



Tiny Mix Tapes has the news that the California based garage rock slackers Soft Pack will be releasing their self titled debut album on Kemando Records on Feb. 2nd, 2010. Hopefully their record will be as good as their live show, which I reviewed at Culture Bully HERE. Check out the link for more videos like the one above from the show, which was opened by the great local band Red Pens.

Death Penalty


HERE is an excellent article from a while back that was posted in the New York Times Editorial section. It talks about the many reasons that the Death Penalty is not all the it is cracked up to be. I have been thinking a lot lately about how as progressives can form policy based on moral and emotional decisions, but I think to win you need to form the basis of your argument to the general public in a more pragmatic voice. I think this editorial does that by highlighting the crazy costs that come with putting someone on death row and how letting someone rot in jail for the rest of their lives for a fraction of the cost would actually be a more severe punishment.

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HERE is another interesting piece from the Daily Beast talking about how we are the only Western nation to put our citizens to death and one of only 8 in the world to put juveniles to death (the others are well known human rights bastions Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Yemen, Pakistan, Iran, China, and the Congo.) What is especially depressing is that, like the War on Drugs, these policies that are crippling our country and bankrupting us are not allowed to be discussed because our politicians are afraid of looking "weak." Maybe it is a pipe dream, but I hope that some day a person in position of power will be able to present the rational side to these arguments that will be able to counter the people who treat these problems like they are black and white or right and wrong and hurl put downs like children to people who disagree with them. I think that I might be expecting a serious conversation from a group of people who are clearly not capable of grown up discussions.

Sage Advice


Girls Live Review 7th Street Entry

My review of the so-so Girls live show from last Saturday is now up over at Culture Bully. Check it out, along with a couple video highlights, HERE.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Julian Casablancas

My review of the solo album from Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas is up over at Culture Bully. Phrazes of the Young is an interesting disc that really was a surprise to me considering how different it was than the Strokes garage rock when you take into account much influence Casablancas was said to have over the Strokes sound.

Down with Taxes, Up with Guns!

Looking to buy that special someone a new gun for the Holidays? Do you also hate taxes? Head down to South Carolina for their 2nd Annual 2nd Amendment Sale.

Nothing says "Holiday Cheer" quite like the cold steel of a new weapon, right?

The Anchor Fish and Chips


If you are looking for a good Fish and Chips place, check out the recently opened The Anchor Fish and Chips in Northeast Minneapolis. Robyn and I went there Saturday and had a really solid meal. I'm not a food critic by any stretch of the imagination, but my fish and chips and Guinness filled me up and tasted mighty fine. Robyn had a burger and fries and that also looked good for all you non fish eaters. It was pretty packed by 5:00 on Saturday, so if you are going be ready to wait.
It is right by the 331 Club for all you who know Northeast. If you aren't familiar with NE.....shame on you.

Fanfarlo



My review of the excellent Fanfarlo show from last week is up over at Culture Bully with some videos from the show. The video above is from the bands Black Cab Session from a while back. Their debut CD, Reservoir, might finds a post in my top 10 of the year and I expect really great things from this young band.

Neutral Milk Hotel



Merge Records is celebrating their 20th year with lots of cool stuff. One of the things they did last week was release some live videos of Jeff Mangum performing some of his songs, most notably the tracks from the life affirming In An Aeroplane Over the Sea, which to this day remains my favorite album of all time. Above is his stunning take on "Two Headed Boy," which is one of the many highlights from the album. Check out more videos HERE.

Sarah Palin Overload



Above is a video that shows the type of people who support Sarah Palin and the levels of delusion that is needed to convince yourself that she isn't an ignorant and a complete hack. I suppose that if you are going to support a politician who makes things up as she goes along, you probably should be able to run fast and loose with "facts." To see how well you know her crazy statements, take a quiz about ridiculous things she has said in the past HERE.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Where the Wild Things Are

Finally saw this movie yesterday and came away a little disappointed. It was a good (and very sad) movie, but I guess it just didn't live up to what I had hoped for. The aesthetics were great and the movie was visually stimulating, but as far as the story went, it became pretty clear that Spike Jonze was trying to stretch a 20 page book into an hour and a half movie.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

The Wire



The Wire is far and away my favorite show of all time. If you haven't seen the show (shame!), this video won't amount to much for you, but if you have, it is a cool trip back through the 5 crazy seasons that made everyone who has seen it look at TV shows differently.

Will there ever be a show as good as the Wire again?

Be Careful as you party



This is a great example of how you should really be careful, even as you rock out like Tom Cruise in the 1980's.

Friday, November 20, 2009

People are Idiots



Grown men and women fighting over a hockey stick. Maybe it wouldn't be so bad if the world ended in 2012.

The video is funny but also a depressingly realistic look at how idiotic and immature people(specifically the sports fans who can afford front row seats) really are.

Get off yr Ass ( and bring on the three day week 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!


FRIDAY
Brother Ali- First Ave
One of the crown jewels of Minneapolis's music scene starts his two night stand at First Ave.

Nomo- Cedar
This funky, afro beat bead (from Michigan, no less!) will be bringing the funk with the Brass Messangers to the warm confines of the Cedar.

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit- Turf Club
The last time this former Drive By Trucker played in St. Paul at the Turf it was a spirited and raucous set that lasted nearly 3 hours. That was a weekday. I can only imagine the rocking set he will throw down on a Friday.

Birthday Suits- 7th Street Entry
One of the most entertaining live acts in the Minneapolis scene will be headlining a solid bill of local artists.

The Nightingales + Communist Daughter- Hexagon Bar
Communist Daughter are hard at work on their debut LP. Check them out with classic rockers The Nightingales and others at the Hex for a solid night of free music.

SATURDAY
A Sunny Day in Glasgow + Brute Heart + Whitesands/Badlands + The Bombay Sweets- Eclipse Records
ASDIG are a great young noise pop band who will be supporting their excellent sophomore album Ashes Grammar. Opening will be three great local bands who will make this one of the most exciting top to bottom lineups I have seen in a while.

Brother Ali- First Ave
See Above. The only difference is that this show is for the youngsters and starts at 6pm.

Falcon Arrow + Kill to Kill- Hexagon Bar
Falcon Arrow are a heavy two piece on record who bring others into the mix in the live setting. They will be celebrating the release of their new EP with another great scuzzy rock band who recently released a EP, local band Kill to Kill.

6th Annual Anti- Columbus Day Show- 7th Street Entry
Because Columbus Day is a joke.

New Panda Bear!

Just heard from PR guy that Panda Bear's follow up to his amazing 2007 album Person Pitch will be coming in 2010!!

Woo Woo!
Not to put any pressure on Noah or anything, but I am expecting an album as good or better than the LP that as of right now is my favorite album of the 00's.

Alec Ounsworth "Mo Beauty" review

My review of the Clap Your Hands Say Yeah frontman Alec Ounsworth first solo album, Mo Beauty, is up over at Culture Bully. The CD had all the makings of being something different than his CYHSY sound (new, jazzy band in tow and freed from the CYHSY moniker), but really sounds quite similar to what he has done in the past. Check out the review + MP3 HERE.

Casual Friday

Too Far?

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Aaron Voros



I know what Wild fans are probably thinking when they see a that there is a video above of Aaron Voros fighting from the other night. The worlds most spirited punching bag got beat like a mule again, right? Well, I am happy to report that is not correct in this case, as Voros actually inflicted some serious damage on Matt Bradley of the Washington Capitals (who to his credit came back and scored the game winning goal).

While he was frustrating at times, I like Aaron Voros simply because I always felt like he at least gave a damn, which I can't say is the case with the squad the Wild have put on the ice so far this year.

Gophers Basketball

We're going to check out the Gophers Men's basketball team tonight as they face off against the mightyUtah Valley Wolverines, a well known college basketball powerhouse.

That is assuming all of the players have not been arrested and/or kicked off the team before tonight's tip off.

Ski-U-Mah.

That perfect gift for that special someone

So I know you have been thinking a lot lately about what that perfect gift is that you can give to Uncle Sam, right? Like everyone else, they loves them some cold hard cash.

Reuters has a story about how the gov't accepts money from people who are worried about the debt and want to help out. The crazy part is that they actually got money last year, to the tune of $3 million!!

Here We Go Magic Videos



Here We Go Magic will be following up their under appreciated self titled debut LP with a new record for Secretly Canadian sometime in the spring of 2010, which is really great news. If you missed the band, above is a video from their song "Tunnelvision," and HERE is their Black Cab Session featuring their song "Fangela."

Liam the Younger Review

My review of the excellent "Clear Skies Over Black River" album is up over at Culture Bully. The bruised folky is part of the excellent Underwater Peoples record label but doesn't sound much like the rest of the bands on the label. It is a really a striking record and Liam is giving the LP for free, which is very awesome.

fERGUS aND gERONIMO Video

Cut From A Different Fur - Fergus & Geronimo "Powerful Lovin'" from Yours Truly on Vimeo.



Cool Video from Denton, TX band Fergus and Geronimo. If you have missed this great young band, check them out for some infectious garage rock and roll.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Good Question

(H/T: Fail Blog)

How Old?

The New York Times has an interesting article about juvenile criminals and why certain ages can be put away for life and others can't. They offer up some thought provoking points around the fact that we don't think kids can make proper decisions to drive until 16, vote until 18, rent a car until 25, but when it comes to making decisions about crimes, suddenly 16 year olds are expected to have made rational decisions. The Supreme Court is looking at non-murder cases to see if it is fair to put a kid away for the rest of their lives if they committed the crime when they were still a "child."

Especially locally after those idiot kids taped themselves jumping bikers and walkers, it provokes an interesting discussion about whether kids (whom everyone can attest make consistently stupid decisions) should be punished long term for mistakes made as a kid.

It is honestly something that I could be convinced of from either side, but I don't land strongly on either side. Could make for an interesting development.
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UPDATE
Found some more articles about this from the Atlantic. If this subject interests you, check out more HERE.

Bob Dylan is crazy

Rolling Stone has the new video from Bob Dylan which shows the depth of his bizzaro world. If him releasing a Christmas album didn't throw you off enough, let this video soak in for a few minutes and you will never look at Dylan, Christmas or music in the same way.

Enjoy.

Modern Radio Record Label 10 Year Bash

Kyle postd the lineup for the awesome Modern Radio 10 year anniversary shows that will be happening early next year. Saturday in particular looks pretty amazing.

Friday, January 22nd at the Turf Club
FT (The Shadow Government)
Daughters of the Sun
The Chambermaids
Double Bird
Sheridan Fox (His Mischief)
21+, doors at 9PM – $7

Saturday, January 23rd at the Cedar Cultural Center
The Plastic Constellations
Skoal Kodiak
Vampire Hands
STNNNG
and more!
All Ages, doors at 4:30PM – $10

Warpaint Review

LA based spaced out folksters Warpaint have recently released their impressive debut EP Exquisite Corpse and I reviewed it over at Culture Bully. Check it out for the review + MP3 + video HERE.

A Very Sunny Christmas (part duex)

So A Very Sunny Christmas is pretty funny, but it seems a little outrageous that they are charging $20 ($15 this week) for a movie that is 43 minutes long. There have been episodes of Always Sunny that have been that long in the past, so I am not sure how they justify in their heads that this movie should cost so much for what is essentially two episodes. To their credit, Danny Devito does get naked in the movie, so that is worth at least a few bucks, but the price still seems pretty steep to me.

Capitalism and Christmas, hand in hand like usual.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

A Very Sunny Christmas

Just got my copy of The Always Sunny In Philadelphia Christmas movie A Very Sunny Christmas. My expectations are very high, so here is hoping it is awesome.

I will let you know.

New BJM


Anton and the gang (whomever that may be these days) in Brian Jonestown Massacre will (supposedly) be releasing a new disc titled Who Killed Sgt. Pepper? this January, according to the Tiny Mix Tapes blog. Check out some YouTube videos of the new songs HERE.

While his output is uneven to say the least, I still am always excited to hear new music from the BJM and usually at least mildly surprised that Anton is still alive.

If you have never seen the documentary DIG!, do yourself a favor and check it out. It is one of my favorite movies and a really entertaining look at some really off the wall people.

Damnit

I hate it when I plan on reviewing an album and then I put it off and P-Fork gives them Best New Music. Any review after that makes you look like a follower. Damnit. I wrote a month and a half back about writing about the debut Real Estate album, which of course I have about half written during that span in time. Now P-Fork gives them BNM and my review is a johnny come lately.

Oh well. Keep looking for my write up on the excellent album, which should be done in the next year or so. Fingers crossed.


Flaming Lips do more crazy stuff

Have you ever sat around listening to "Do You Realize" and wonder what Wayne Coyne looks like in all his glory? Well, here is your answer. Check out the latest, so unbelievably NSFW Flaming Lips video "Watching the Planets," in which Wayne recruited dozens of dedicated fans to bike naked around in the woods. I will venture to bet this is unlike any other video you have ever seen. Leave it to the Flaming Lips, after all these years, to keep surprising me.

Best of the Decade

My latest addition to the Best of the Decade series over at Culture Bully is up now, with this post looking back at TV on the Radio's excellent Dear Science, LP. Check it out HERE.

Defense Spending

I have wondered on this site a lot lately about how certain people can justify spending close to a Trillion dollars each year on wars and defense and not spend that amount over 10 years to make sure our civilians have the basic levels of health security. We outspent the rest of the world on defense to a ridiculous proportion. We could trim huge portions of our defense budget and still be the best and most funded armed forces in the world by a large margin. Matt Yglesias wonders what would happen if we spend as much on our own infrastructure as we do on wars (for one he thinks we could built a high speed rail system connecting the country in 10 years). He found the chart above and talked about how much one years defense budget could get us. He mentions hearing from a gov't official who heard it said that from the Chinese that “over the past decade you’ve spent $1 trillion on Iraq and Afghanistan, we’ve spent $1 trillion building the future of China.” Pretty striking stuff.
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Andrew Sullivan found a site that wonders if people would be so gung-ho about military spending if they saw how much it was costing them each paycheck. He makes the valid point that some people would want more $$ going to wars, but I think a lot of people would really have their eyes opened to how much of our money is being directed to fighting/sustaining wars.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Great Science Projects




These budding young scholars ask such intriguing questions as"Do my Farts Smell," "Is Ham Tasty" and the question that has plagued man for all time, "Is it safe to eat Elmer's glue and play doh."
Check out more projects HERE.

Surfer Blood Review

Sufer Blood "Swim" @ Triple Rock Social Club 11/9/09 from CultureBully.com on Vimeo.



My review of the Surfer Blood live show from last week can be found HERE. The young Florida band opened for Art Brut and played a strong, spirited show (unlike the boring Art Brut show). If you missed it, you can see my review of Surfer Bloods debut LP Astro Coast HERE. Rumor has it that the band will be back the first few months on 2010, so keep an eye out for this rising band.

Progressive

MinnPost has an interesting article up talking about how all 10 people running for the DFL nominations support Gay Marriage. Not civil unions, but the full deal. The article wonders whether this will make the 2010 Governors election the latest referendum on gay marriage. Iowa has already decided that they are going to be ahead of the curve and not discriminate and I am confident that Minnesota will show why we are well known as a progressive bastion and support candidates that are for equality for all people.

FREE MP3's

Some cool news in my inbox this morning from the folks over at Insound.com. They are offering 50 free MP'3 from their best selling albums from 2009, including some of my favorite discs from this year. As far as I can tell, there are no strings attached. Artists include:

*Grizzly Bear *Cymbals Eat Guitars *The Pains of Being Pure At Heart *Japandroids *Sonic Youth *Phoenix *Antlers *Beirut *Deerhunter *Fever Ray *Washed Out *Yo La Tengo
*Tallest Man on Earth *Blank Dogs *Thee Oh Sees *Woods *etc

It is a great chance to check out some songs from a great list of awesome bands.

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U2

If U2 is your type of thing, you are probably pretty excited about the news leaked last week that the band will be the first to play a show at the new TCF Stadium.

While I don't really dig U2 these days, it is cool that the stadium will be getting some shows in the future. Hopefully we can now catch some of the outdoor summer tours that have skipped us in the past with both TCF Stadium and Target Field now in the mix.

Best of the Decade

My latest edition to the Best of Decade feature is the Hold Steady's amazing debut album, ...Almost Killed Me, which started a string of records that helped make the Hold Steady one of my favorite bands of the decade. Check out the write up + and MP3 HERE.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Summit Brewery


My sister got a group of us together yesterday to tour the Summit Brewery. If you have never been, the free tour is well worth your time. The tour only takes about 30 minutes and you get 3 free beers at the end, which is always a good thing. The brewery is located in St. Paul and the tours are free, but you are supposed to register in advance. Check out more HERE and support our great local companies!

Matinee Show at 501


The 501 Club has started a new series where they have two bands play Sunday nights from 8-10 pm for a matinee show. Tonight features local heavyweights STNNG playing along with Pittsburgh band Microwaves for the early show. As always, the show has no cover.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Girls live tonight



Check out Girls tonight on their first trip to Minneapolis for a show at the 7th Street Entry. Above is a live footage for "Lust for Life," which also has a XXX video you can see HERE(with the dude singing into the other dude's dick). Should be a great show with opening act Dominant Legs starting out the show.

Check out a cool story HERE about a newspaper writer trying to find out if the stories about Girls (growing up in cults, crazy families, etc) are true. As far as he can find, they all check out.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Up in Smoke

Who in their right mind would organize an event that is centered around burning effigies of their political enemies? How could you possibly think that is going to gain you support? The Virginia Tea Baggers will be burning Rep. Tom Perriello and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in effigy because they took part in making sure all Americans have health insurance.

Ohhhhh....now it makes sense.

How long before Bachmann tries to one up them and is throwing Molotov Cocktails through Democrats windows?

Ola Podrida "Belly of the Lion" Review


My review of the new Ola Podrida LP Belly of the Lion is up now at Culture Bully. It is a really beautiful album that is recommended to any fans of mellow, well orchestrated folk music.