Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Freedom

Saying Freedom, the new book by Jonathan Franzen, is great at this point is kind of like hyping the Beatles, but I don't care. It was great. Funny, sad, poignant, challenging, thoughtful. All of the above and more. Really, really, really highly recommended to any looking for a great book to read over these cold winter months.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Face Palm

Nothing warms your heart like stories about how well the financial industry is doing after strong arming our politicians into succumbing to their every wish. The money quotes, when taken together as seen below, make my blood boil:

The last two years have been the best ever for combined investment-banking and
trading revenue at Bank of America Corp., JPMorgan Chase & Co., Citigroup, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Morgan Stanley, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

The U.S. government, promising to make the system safer, buckled under many of the financial industry’s protests. Lawmakers spurned changes that would wall off
deposit-taking banks from riskier trading. They declined to limit the size of
lenders or ban any form of derivatives. Higher capital and liquidity requirements agreed to by regulators worldwide have been delayed for years to aid economic recovery.

Awesome. Read the whole story HERE.

Monday, December 27, 2010

True Grit

While it wasn't my favorite Coen Brothers film, True Grit was pretty solid, as is expected from the talented brothers. Fans going into the movie expecting the action and wild west craziness of No Country for Old Men will be disappointed, but within the right expectations (a campy, funny western) this is a movie that is highly recommended.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

DADT

Don't have much to say about DADT, the failed policy that finally was repealed this last weekend, other than it is about time. I really believe in 50 years people will look back at this hateful law and wonder how we treated people this way and listen to the arguments against letting certain human beings risk their life for our country and shake their heads in disbelief.

Captain Beefheart



We lost a true musical legend over the weekend. If you aren't familiar with the wild, crazed howls of Captain Beefheart, do yourself a favor and check him out. Above is a video of a song from his debut album Safe as Milk with his Magic Band, which proceeded his stone cold classic album Trout Mask Replica. I'm pretty sure there isn't life after death, but if there is, I want to go wherever Don Van Vliet is.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Lower Dens

Yours Truly Presents: Lower Dens "Batman" from Yours Truly on Vimeo.

Check out a video for the slept on tunes of Lower Dens and if you like it, head over to Reviler to read a full review of their debut album.

Best Albums of the Year

Head over to Reviler to see our favorite albums of the year in the last of our "year end" lists.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Reality Check


The USA Today has a story today about the letters "Santa" is getting this year. Needless to say, when kids ask for no presents and that their Mom needs a winter coat, things are rough. Luckily, in the spirit of the American Dream and being a fair society, people making over $250,000 a year will get a tax break. Thank god. If making sure the richest amongst us don't see their rates go back up 3% to their old rates while others are literally with nothing isn't the Christmas Spirit, I don't know what it.

Best Local Albums

More lists!!! HERE is our rundown of our favorite local albums of 2010.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Best Songs

Head over to Reviler for our favorite songs of 2010. Free Sample: My favorite song was "Strawberry Skies" by Games. The rest is on you.

Hercules and the Love Affair

Listen to the new house/electro jammer from former DFA (now Moshi Moshi Records) artist Hercules and the Love Affair over at Reviler.

Monday, December 13, 2010

The Streets


Listen to a new song from the upcoming (final) Streets album Computers and Blues titled "Going to Hell" over at Reviler. Not his best work, but Mike Skinner is always interesting and I hope he finds musical outlets post The Streets.

Best Local Songs


Read my list of best local songs, along with other Reviler writers, HERE. Hopefully you love year end lists as much as me, cause there are more coming as the week rolls on.

Whoops

I think the Metrodome crew gets the win for the "worst weekend ever" award. Yikes. Kind of a good analogy for the Vikings season.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Cut Copy

I loves me some Cut Copy, so I am waiting with baited breath for their third LP, Zonoscope, which is set to drop in January. Hear the first song released from the album over at Reviler.

Reading Rainbow

Read my review of the excellent new album Prism Eyes from the garage rock duo Reading Rainbow over at Reviler.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Governor Dayton!

It would have been cataclysmic if Emmer had control over two Republican chambers of the legislature, so Dayton's victory is even more important and exciting. What it means is that the next two years will be more grinding and a lot won't get done, but at least it put up a blocker to what would have been really bad for a whole lot of people.

Best Shows of 2010


Read my favorite shows of 2010 (along with other Reviler writers) as the latest part of our best of lists.

Bernie Sanders

If you didn't know why Bernie Sanders (the junior Senator from Vermont) was so great, watch the videos below.


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Gary Wilson

Weirdo pop legend Gary Wilson is back with Electric Endicott, his latest album on Western Vinyl. Check out the video above and some MP3's over at Reviler.

Videos

If you don't check Reviler on the weekend, we generally post some pretty great videos from the previous week. Some examples are below, so if you are bored this weekend, swing by Reviler.org.


READING RAINBOW always on my mind from amanda finn on Vimeo.

Sleeping in the Aviary


Check out my review of the new LP Great Vacation! by local group Sleeping in the Aviary over at Reviler.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Smart Shopper?


If you are someone who cares about where you are spending your money, check out this website and put in your favorite companies. You might be discouraged to see where the money is going.

Nic Cage Losing It



Happy Monday

Overrated/Underrated Year End Lists

Check out Reviler's year end list of the most underrated and overrated artists/albums/events/trends of 2010. More lists to come this week!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Year End Lists!!!

You know what makes December the most wonderful time of the year? If you guessed Year End Best of Lists....you are right! Reviler will have 8 separate lists, and we started yesterday with the acts we expect big things from in 2011. Find it HERE and keep your eyes peeled over the next week leading up to our albums of the year!

Food Pyramid

Check out my review of the excellent new tape from Food Pyramid called II (following up on I) over at Reviler. Expecting big things from these guys in 2011.

What the Fuck has Obama done so far?

Andrew Sullivan tipped me off to this funny website. Beneath all the soudn and fury on the right and the hand wringing on the left, it is easy to forget all of the great stuff he has done.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Girls 4 Takes

Head over to Reviler to read our Four Takes on the new EP Broken Dreams Club by Girls.

Destroyer

Dan Bajar from Destroyer is back, with his new release Kaputt. The first song released is "Chinatown," which you can hear over at Reviler.

Powederhorn Park Rally

There is a rally tonight to bring people together after the events in Powderhorn Park this last weekend. The women who was assaulted is calling for people to come out and support the neighborhood, which is a pretty courageous thing to do. Read more at MPR and if you live in the Twin Cities come out and show your support for our great parks and our great city.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Camden

Check out the new song "Bloodloss" from Daughters of the Sun side project Camden over at Reviler. The whole tape is good and available at Moon Glyph.

Big Troubles

Read my review of the excellent new album Worry by Big Troubles over at Reviler. A late addition, but still probably will be on my 2010 best of list.

seems fair, right?


Monday, November 29, 2010

Concretes

If you like the above video for "All Day" from the Concretes, grab the MP3 and some info about their upcoming Minneapolis tour date over at Reviler.

Kurt Vile


Listen to the great new pysch-folk jam "In My Time" from Kurt Vile over at Reviler.

Whitesand/Bandland

Great new video for "Blank Czech" from local band Whitesand/Badland from their latest 7" of the same name.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Is/Is

City of Music: Is/Is from MPLS.TV on Vimeo.

If you enjoy the video above from local trio Is/Is, head over to Reviler to grab a mp3 and read a little more about the group.

10.0!

Well, Pitchfork gave the new Kanye West album a 10.0, which is pretty nutty. I personally don't think it is either a) the best hip hop album of the year or b)the best album in Kanye West's catalog. Either way, it is still pretty great, as is expected from Mr. West. Read the Reviler Four Takes HERE.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Awesome Mix

Head over to Reviler to check out a really, really great mix from the True Panther Record Label that celebrates their hometown San Francisco Giants recent World Series win. It is free to stream and costs $1 to download, with the money going towards a group advocating for homeless causes (more info in the post).

Bodies of Water cover Magnetic Fields

Check out the sunny pop group Bodies of Water covering the classic Magnetic Fields song "I Don't Believe in the Sun" over at Reviler.

Yuck

Remember when Minnesota was known for being a progressive known for producing such great people as Humphrey, Wellstone and McCarthy? Well, now when the New York Times writes a story about MN politics, it is about Michelle Bachmann....

Depressing.

Movember

Movember, the annual fundraiser for men's cancer awareness, is hitting full stride. If you haven't found someone to support, may I suggest my friend John, whose child scaring mustache is above? It is for a really great cause, so if you are able to help, head over to John's page and give what you can. And by all means, men and women alike, grow a mustache for Movember!

UPDATE---LINK

Friday, November 19, 2010

London Sessions

An argument could be made that LCD Soundsystem are perhaps my favorite band of the last decade. While their albums are amazing, they really bring it live, and now we have proof with their live in-studio sessions album titled London Sessions. Read my review over at Reviler and get the album on Itunes.

Gauntlet Hair

Check out the new song from the buzzing Gauntlet Hair titled "Out, Don't..." over at Reviler. Like their other work, it is really great. Big things from this band in the future I suspect.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Live Review



Read my live review of the solid Fresh and Onlys/Clinic show (and watch some more videos) from the Entry last week over at Reviler.

No Health care!! Wait....no health care?

You know those Republicans who are fighting tooth and nail to overturn the health care law that helps to make more Americans insured because it is "socialist" and not needed because of the magical "invisible hand" of the free market? Funny thing is, they apparently like having health insurance. When incoming GOP Rep. Andy Harris of Maryland (who, you guess it, is against "Obamacare"), found out there would be a month where he didn't have health insurance before he got his gold plated government health insurance, he was none too happy. He asked the speakers at an orientations how he was supposed to live for 28 days without insurance while it was processing, apparently upset at this window without protection, which is rich coming from a guy who wants to deny insurance to people FOREVER. Read the whole stomach turning story HERE.

Congrats Gardy

While there are moments that he frustrated us (*cough* letting Punto play *cough*), I will say that Gardy has been a great manager and deserves his great honor of being named AL Manager of the Year. The caveat is that the award is for managing in the regular season, as Gardy hasn't quite, um, lived up to expectations in the post season, but now isn't the time for that. Congratulations!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Can you cut the deficit?

Ezra Klein has links to four different calculators that are out there that allow people to see how they would cut the deficit. While everyone screamed until their faces went blue about how this is so important before the election...SURPRISE!, now the Republicans (and Democrats) are finding it hard to tell us exactly what they would change. The most famous of the four is the New York Times calculator, which was featured in the Sunday paper and I completed the other day. Obviously much easier on the inter webs than in real life, but still a good conversation starter.

Happy Hump Day



Watch a teacher giving lessons on how to sweat in english. Great stuff, but def NSFW.

Happy Third Birthday Switchblade Comb!


Our friends at Switchblade Comb are having a party to celebrate their third birthday this Saturday...you should go!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Ariel Pink Ticket Giveaway


Head over to Reviler to sign up for a chance to win a pair of tickets to see Ariel Pink (with Os Mutantes) this Saturday at the Cedar. The contest closes at noon on Thursday, so don't sleep on this!

Give to the Max Day


Today is "Give to the Max" day, so if you have a favorite charity or non-profit, give what you can today to help support them.

Girl Talk

Head over to Reviler to grab the link to get the new Girl Talk album, All Day, for the suburb price of free. Awesome.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Warmy Girls

Warmy Girls, the first LP from local pysch-pop explorers Velvet Davenport after multiple shorter tape releases, is finally out tomorrow (Nov. 16th). It is really good. Check out the Reviler review HERE. Big things are coming for these guys, as all the right people in all the right places are falling in line behind them, so expect to be hearing more from them in the near future.

Games

From their EP That We Can Play, which I reviewed HERE and is one of my favorite records of the year.

Bummer

Hope your Monday isn't like this...

Friday, November 12, 2010

Things I wouldn't do....

Wow.

(H/T)

The Report Vol. II

Check out two songs from MPLS bands (Velvet Davenport and Buffalo Moon) from the upcoming Report Vol. II over at Reviler. If you ordered one, they will be in the mail soon, which is exciting.

Live Review



Check out my review of the Marnie Stern, Food Pyramid and Gay Beast show from earlier this week, including videos like above, over at Reviler.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Cal Clutterbuck



The goal above is why I a)like hockey and b)really like Cal Clutterbuck. After a few day layoff, the team is back tonight versus Atlanta at 6pm.

Dent (May) Sweat "I Don't Mind"

Dent May is back with his alter ego Dent Sweat and a great song "I Don't Mind," which you can check out over at Reviler.

Girls- Heartbreaker

Check out my write up about the further disappointment that SF band Girls are causing me with their latest mope-fest titled "Heartbreaker" off of their Broken Dreams Club EP.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Shahs at Yeti Records

Above is a video of (formerly) local band Shahs performing the first ever In store performance at the new Yeti Records. Find others HERE. Looking forward to even more In stores and if you haven't checked out the new record store, on 35th and Nicollet and run by Jake Luck from Leisure Birds/Gayngs and his wife, head over and support local, independent music!

Defending Big Government

Interesting article from The New Republic's Jonathan Cohn on why Obama shouldn't be afraid to argue that big government is a good thing. Read it HERE and see if he convinces you.

Red Pens Limitations Review

Read my review of the new Red Pens EP Limitations over at Reviler. Another big win for the local duo, who continue to be one of my favorite bands in the local scene right now.

Boogeyman Scores!

Yeah! Can't wait to see him next Saturday when the NY Rangers come to town!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Soft Pack + Kurt Vile Live

Read my review of the Soft Pack, Kurt Vile and Purling Hiss show from last week at the Triple Rock Social Club over at Reviler.