Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
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Tuesday, December 29, 2009
There's a train wreck about to happen and consumer groups say YOU will be the
victim - if the two most powerful corporate interests in the live concert business get their way. But you can help stop the merger of Ticketmaster and Live Nation. The government needs to hear from music fans now. Tell the Department of Justice that you're against these monopolies amassing illegal power over consumers, before it's too late. firstname.lastname@example.org As a concertgoer you have already felt the pain, and if Ticketmaster and Live Nation get their way, it'll get worse. In the last 12 years, since Live Nation and its predecessor started its widespread take over of the concert industry, concert tickets have shot up 82% while the consumer price index has gone up just 17%*. We are concerned that if the two concert industry behemoths, Live Nation and Ticketmaster, were permitted to merge, the variety and quality of artists coming to local venues would be affected, and your prices could rise further and faster.
Monday, December 28, 2009
Sunday, December 27, 2009
The Iranian protests following the corrupt election has been one of the most engaging and fascinating stories this year. After the death of a pro-reform cleric this last week, a new wave of protests has begun in the streets. Both the New York Times blog the Lede and Andrew Sullivan and the gang over at The Daily Dish have been keeping a close eye on the events and sharing videos, photos and stories that they are receiving. It really is remarkable stuff. I can't imagine how terrifying it must be to take to the street to fight for what you know is right knowing that beatings and death are very realistic possibility. Best of luck to these brave people. No matter how volatile our political landscape can be, be thankful that we have a bedrock of democratic freedoms and don't have to risk our lives to have the freedoms we often take for granted.
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah frontman Alec Ounsworth will be coming to the Twin Cities for a show in support of his two solo albums released this year. Not sure if he will bust out any CYHSY jams, but I am guessing he will play one or two.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
While I am a little skeptical that it is an animated series, I am happy to hear Ricky Gervais, the genius behind the BBC Office and Extras, will be making his return to TV. The show, cleverly titled "The Ricky Gervais Show," will debut on HBO on Feb 19th.
(H/T: The Daily Beast)
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
The start of 2010 is going to be pretty ridiculous with all of the great new music that is set to drop, but one band that is so far flying under the radar is scuzzy female fronted garage rockers Dum Dum Girls, who will be releasing their debut record I Will Be on Sub Pop in March. Above is a video from GvB of one of the prospective songs from the disc, with another below in MP3 form. I have a feeling you will be hearing their name a lot more as the year progresses.
Dum Dum Girls- Baby Don't Go Mp3 (from Gorilla Vs Bear)
Monday, December 21, 2009
Pitchfork reports that John Frusciante has left the Red Hot Chili Peppers, which is a bummer. He definitely was my favorite member of a band that has slowly faded over the years and the one member that always made me think that they still could put out new, great material. If you haven't heard Frusciante's solo work, especially the really great To Record only Water for 10 Days, go back and check it out.
The video above is Frusciante performing To Record Only Water for 10 Days standout "Fallout."
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Dosh + Skoal Kodiak- Cedar Cultural Center
Dosh's yearly amazing show this year is even better as local weirdo rockers Skoal Kodiak will really shake up the Cedar with their great music.
Legal Aid Benefit- 7th Street Entry
Little Man, Kill the Vultures, Alicia Wiley, Ada Jane and the Alpha Centauri. Great organization gets support from some really great local bands.
Great Holiday Cover-Up- First Ave
Belfast Cowboys playing Van Morrison, E.L.n'O playing, well, E.L.O and Big Trouble playing Beatles.
Joey Ryan & the Inks + Yer Cronies- TRSC
Four solid local bands (headlined by the two above) provide the soundtrack at the Triple Rock tonight. It also serves as the CD Release show for Joey Ryan and the Inks.
Teenage Moods + Daughters of the Sun- Turf Club
More great local music, this time more scuzzy and psychedelic rock and roll.
The Evening Rig + Birds of Virgina + Cars and Trucks- Sauce
Even more local music, this time featuring the alt country side of the rock and roll coin.
Learning Curve Records X-Mas Party- Triple Rock (Late)
The always great LC records label is throwing a Christmas party. I have a strong feeling that it won't be a sing along by the fire. Bands playing include Gay Witch Abortion, The Blind Shake, Seawhores (in the old bar) and the Deaf.
Mason Jennings + The Pines- First Ave
Formerly local singer songwriter will be supporting his return to form CD with help from rising folksters The Pines.
Retribution Gospel Choir + Whitesands/Badlands- 501 Club
Alan Sparhawk brings his non-Low group back home for a free show at the 501. Opening are the great WS/BS, whose atmospheric music swells and pulses live and will serve as really great openers.
Bunny Clogs/ The Honeydogs- Cedar Cultural Center
Adam Levy does double duty at the Cedar. At 11 in the morning he will play for the kiddies under his Bunny Clogs moniker while that evening he plays a set for the grown ups with his always great Honeydogs band backing him up.
A Night in the Box + We All Have Hooks for Hands + Total Babe- Triple Rock (Early Show)
The early show at the Triple Rock again shows the wealth of local music we have in the Twin Cities. WAHHFH may not be from Minnesota per say, but they are like Poison Control Center in that they have somehow become absorbed into the scene.
First Communion Afterparty + Red Pens- Turf Club
The current biggest buzz band (Red Pens) playing with a buzz band from years gone past (FCAP) for about the 27th great local show this weekend. Really, there is no excuse to not see great music this weekend.
The Magnolias + Tisdales- 7th Street Entry
Alt country mainstays bringing the noise to the entry on a Saturday night. Might be a little different clientele than Too Much Love draws next door.
Still don't like Jimmy Fallon much, but I'll be damned if the Roots don't drop musical gems at least a couple times a week. Hearing them back Raekwon on this song from Only Built for the Cuban Linx II with an extra verse by Black Thought is very awesome.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Ruby Suns + Tora Y Moi
Two world influenced bands will be playing together this spring at the Turf Club for what should be a great show. I have enjoyed the Ruby Suns both times I have seen them (the last time being opening for the Dodo's) and I am really digging Tora Y Moi's debut disc, so definitely mark this one down on your calender.
"What would have happened if Mother Mary had been covered by Obamacare? What if that young, poor and uninsured teenage woman had been provided the federal funds (via Obamacare) and facilities (via Planned Parenthood, etc.) to avoid the ridicule, ostracizing, persecution and possible stoning because of her
out-of-wedlock pregnancy? Imagine all the great souls who could have been erased
from history and the influence of mankind if their parents had been as
progressive as Washington¹s wise men and women! Will Obamacare morph into
Herodcare for the unborn?," -Chuck Norris, Human Events.
5 p.m. — March and Silent Vigil starts at the Hennepin County Government Center at Third Avenue and Fifth Street in downtown Minneapolis. The march follows Fifth Street west to Nicollet Avenue and proceeds south to 28th Street.
6:30 p.m. — Service of Remembrance at Simpson United Methodist Church, 2740 First Ave. S., with speaker Monica Nilsson, director of outreach for St. Stephen's Human Services, president of the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless and longtime advocate for the homeless community.
7:30 p.m. — Community Meal at Simpson Shelter in the basement of Simpson Church.
In 1984 alone, in quick succession, the hungry cognoscenti got Double Nickels on the Dime by the Minutemen, Meat Puppets II, Husker Du's Zen Arcade, the Smiths' debut album, and R.E.M.'s Reckoning.
Let It Be is arguably the finest of the lot, and also the decade.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Here is a video of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi being hit in the face with a statue that someone threw at him after a political rally this weekend. It broke his nose and busted a few of his teeth. Pretty crazy stuff.
My review of the striking and powerful Minneapolis live debut of London based 3 piece The xx is up over at Culture Bully. The review, plus a few more videos like the one above, can be found HERE. If you have still not checked out the young bands debut, self titled LP released earlier this year, you should.
As mentioned before, they will be back as part of an amazing double bill with jj this spring at the Varsity. Should be a great show.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
I wasn't won over by the Big Pink live a few weeks back (I left a few songs in), but I seemed to be in the minority of the sold out crowd. The video above is the bands intro song from that performance at the said Entry show. The group will be back at the much large Mainroom on Thursday March 18th with noisy rockers A Place to Bury Strangers, which should provide another excellent opening set for the Big Pink (Crystal Antlers killed opening for them at the Entry).
Not sure if this will sell out..I guess it all depends on if the Current keeps playing them to death.
Crystal Antlers absolutely killed a few weeks back when they opened for Big Pink. The band, who also were awesome in a headlining slot a while back at the Triple Rock, are a truly incendiary live act, even if their debut LP didn't live up to the hype that their scathing EP created. If/When they roll back into town again, check out these manic garage rockers, you won't be disappointed.
Friday, December 11, 2009
Tora Y Moi- Blessa MP3
Local Natives recently opened for the Fool's Gold/Edward Sharpe show and put on a solid set of indie-world music that really started the show off well (including the video above). Their debut album, Gorilla Manor, will be out on French Kiss Records on February 16th and will be followed by a world tour. I will update if/when the first single is released.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
My poor RSS feed, constantly neglected, only to hold gems like this video from Stereogum when I dig into my backlog. If you haven't seen this video yet, this is the Roots joining the Dirty Projectors on their stunning jam "Stillness is the Move" last month in New York City.