Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
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.
Folk music and gritty hip hop. Together at last.
SATURDAYGospel 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.
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.
The Hexagon finishes off their strong weekend with some raucous garage and blues based rock and roll.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Nothing says "Holiday Cheer" quite like the cold steel of a new weapon, right?
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.
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.
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
Saturday, November 21, 2009
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?
Friday, November 20, 2009
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.
Brother Ali- First Ave
One of the crown jewels of Minneapolis's music scene starts his two night stand at First Ave.
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.
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.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
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.
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."
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
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
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.
Monday, November 16, 2009
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.
*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.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
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
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.