Saturday, January 30, 2010

Rip Torn breaks into bank, drunk......

What a crazy world.

Ander Ponders

Check out my review of Nodes of Overtones, the debut release from local folk-weirdo Anders Ponders, over at Reviler.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Get off Yr ass (and don't your 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!


Caroline Smith & The Goodnight Sleeps + No Bird Sing + Adam Svec-Kitty Cat Klub

Adam Svec is celebrating the release of his new LP with two highly entertaining local acts out.

E.L.NO- Lee's Liquor Lounge

Life changing? No. Fun as Hell? Yep.

Mystery Palace + These Modern Socks + Two Harbors- Turf Club

A solid lineup of pop/rock from some local scene mainstays.

Hunting Club + Lazlo Supreme + The Blend- Triple Rock Social Club

Lazlo Supreme CD release show with The Blend (which they share members) and indie pop band Hunting Club.

Currents 5th B-Day Party- First Ave

What out for the frenzied masses in and around First Avenue tonight.


Private Dancer + The Dynamiters + Baby Tears + Fuck Knights- Hexagon

Private Dancer is one of my favorite live act in the cities. If you haven't seen them, this is a great chance, for free no less!

Kill To Kill + Grant Cutler & His Gorgeous Lords + IS/IS- 7th Street Entry

Grant Cutler is from Lookbook, Is/Is features members of First Communion Afterparty and Gospel Gossip. Kill to Kill feature members of Kill to Kill. All three bands are good.

Chooglin' + Awesome Snakes- Turf Club

Drink crappy beer. Rock out. Repeat.

The Arms Akimbo + Joey Ryan & The Inks- Sauce

Pop music being played in Uptown.

Love-Cars + The Evening Rig + Colder In Moscow- Triple Rock Social Club

Love-Cars play one of their not-very-often gigs with some other solid local acts. Should be a very good time.

Sleigh Bells "Crown on the Ground"

Head over to Reviler to check out the banging, raucous track "Crown on the Ground" by up and coming buzz band Sleigh Bells.

Thursday, January 28, 2010


Surfer Blood + Turbo Fruits
7th Street Entry
April 8th

Florida 90's revivalists Surfer Blood will be returning to the Twin Cities for a headlining show in April in support of their excellent Astro Coast LP. The video above is from their really strong performance opening for Art Brut last year at the Triple Rock.

Bummer, pt. 2

We found out yesterday that Howard Zinn died and today we found out that apparently J. D Salinger passed yesterday too. Bummer on top of bummer. I feel equally that Catcher in the Rye is mythicized beyond its worth but also it is taken for granted by some segments of society. I will say that I think it is a great book and that Salinger's decision to remove himself from the public eye for the majority of his life showed a man who clearly wasn't motivated by fame, which serves, at least to me, to reinforce the main currents and themes of his great book.

Woods Family Creeps

You may be familiar with the Brooklyn based noisy pop band Woods, but have you heard their weirder, more experimental side project Woods Family Creeps? I hadn't either, so when I got a new MP3 from the project, I had to post it. Check it out, in its whole 10 minute noise soundscape glory, over at Reviler.

Paragraphs You Can't Make a Ghost Without It's Sheet Review

Check out my review of the excellent debut album You Can't Make a Ghost Without It's Sheet Review by local post-rock group Paragraphs over at Reviler. They are offering a free download of the album and asking for a donation if you can to help fund their next album. I am expecting great things from this band, so it would definitely be a good investment.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

RIP Howard Zinn

The great progressive author Howard Zinn, who penned the widely influential A Peoples History of the United States, died today at 87. If you have never read his books, do yourself and set aside some time to read history from the perspective of the people who generally did not have a voice.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Yep, he's nuts...

If there was any doubt, put it to rest. Steven Tyler, the wrinkly old singer of Aerosmith, is totally insane.

Spoon Transference Review

It kills me, but I really didn't like the latest Spoon LP, Transference. After I didn't really get into their last EP, Get Nuffin, I was hoping things would go back to normal, which usually involves me fawning all over anything Britt Daniel and the gang release. Unfortunately, I had to pen a not so positive review at Reviler for one of my favorite bands of the 00's.

Bowerbirds + Sharon Van Etten

Check out my vids and Jon's pics (including the one above) over at Reviler from the charming Bowerbirds and Sharon Van Etten show last week at the Varsity Theatre.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Plastic Bags

Washington D.C now charges five cents for every plastic bag you use at any store. This is the most common sense, smart idea I have heard in a very long time. I hope it spreads around the country (and world) soon, ending our stupid practice of over using bags that never, ever go away and do huge damage on our environment. It really kills me when I see people putting individual items in plastic bags at the grocery store. Lazy, greedy and ignorant. This article talks about how even five cents makes people shop more wisely.

Fight at TC Hip Hop Awards

What the hell is wrong with people? It only takes a few idiots with too much testosterone to ruin an event, not just for that night, but probably for at least a few years. Way to go guys, I am sure whatever you were fighting about was totally worth it.

Ted Leo MP3

My write up, which is technically about Teo Leo's new song from his upcoming LP, is up over at I say technically because it is mostly about how much 89.3 the Current pisses me off. Check out the post for my self absorbed rant and a MP3 of the song, which anyone who has been within earshot of a radio playing the Current in the last month has heard 6,000 times.

Gay Beast/Seawhores/Daughters of the Sun/Total Babe

The same night as Best New Bands there was a also a great show next door at the 7th Street Entry featuring Gay Beast, Seawhores, Daughters of the Sun and Total Babe . Check out Adam's pics and my videos HERE.

Grow Some Democrats...


(H/T: Daily Dish)

Sunday, January 24, 2010


...seriously, I expected to be let down like usual, but that doesn't make losing 600 fumbles any better. Really, after like the 3rd fumble, wouldn't you hold on to the ball super tight? In the NFC Championship game??? Ugh.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Man, when I was 9.....

....I wasn't getting into full on hockey brawls, but then again this is Russia. We will give these tikes a break as they were probably drunk.

Get off Yr Ass (but save some energy for Sunday night! 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!


Modern Radio 10 Year Anniversery- Turf ClubNight one of the celebration for the influential local record label, featuring sets by FT (Shadow Government), Daughters of the Sun, the Chambermaids, Double Bird and Sheridan Fox.

No Bird Sing- Depot Coffee House
One of the best new hip hop bands in the city playing a small, intimate venue.

Twin Cities Hip Hop Awards- First Ave
Lots of acts, but I know for sure Guante and I Self Divine will be there, so that is well worth the price of admission.

Zoo Animal + Grant Culter and the Gorgeous Lords- Kitty Cat Klub

ZA are WHG favorites and Grant Culter (of Lookbook) and his band the Gorgeous Lords are a new band to keep you eyes on.

Dessa + Jeremy Messersmith + Aby Wolf + Cecil Otter- Fine LineDessa has a diverse group of bands helping her celebrate the release of her new LP. Messersmith and Wolf are quiet folky types and Cecil Otter is Dessa’ Doomtree member.

City on the Make + Black Blondie + Military Special- SauceSolid bill top to bottom of strong local bands.


Modern Radio Record Label 10 Year Anniversery- Cedar Cultural Center (All Ages 5PM)
Plastic Constelations + Vampire Hands + Skoal Kodiak + STNNG. Wowza. Night two of the Modern Radio 10 year party is a beast. Should be lots of fun.

Red Pens + Zombie Season + Minor Kingdom- 501 Club
My love of the Red Pens is well known, but the two other bands on this bill are nearly as good. A good, free, option for people looking for more music after the All Ages Modern Radio show at the Cedar is over.

Claps + Gospel Gossip + Mercurial Rage- SauceLocal electro group Claps are celebrating the release of their new EP with some help from some great local bands.

Coolio- Fine Line(Insert Coolio/Gangsters Paradise joke here)

Justin Vernon is cool

I think we already know that Justin Vernon, aka Bon Iver, is an awesome guy. Anyone who wrote/record For Emma, Forever Ago is good in my books. Now word is coming out that he is hooking up his hometown of Eau Claire, WI, not known as a hotbed for indie music, with a music venue that Vernon and his brother will run. In addition to the venue, the building will have a studio and a level for seminars about music. AWESOME. With all of his friends in the local music scene, many of whom he ventures to Minneapolis to see and occasionally hop on stage with, I am guess this venue will become a frequent stop for many touring acts.

Read more about it HERE.

Franz Nicolay Leaves The Hold Steady

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Haiti Benefit Feb 6th

This has been posted just about everywhere, but it is worth being posted again. It is a benefit show at First Avenue for the victims of the Earthquake in Haiti. Tickets are $12, with 100% of the profits going to charity. That $12 will get you exciting sets from local luminaries such as Solid Gold, Mark Mallman, Zoo Animal and Peter Wolf Crier. I can attest that all four bands are great, especially live, and that this should be a really fun evening that is well worth your money.

Conan + Neil Young

Looks like Conan is getting Neil Young for his last show on Friday, which is pretty cool. While I don't watch any of the Late Night Shows, if I had to take sides, I think I would choose just about anybody over Jay Leno, who sucks pretty bad. A funny side note is that apparently Conan is blowing through NBC's money as fast as possible this last week, spending over a million bucks on a 1 minute skit the other day. Gotta love it when you get a chance to stick it to the man.

Best New Bands

Check out Adams photos and my videos for the awesome Best New Bands event at First Ave last Friday. Every year it is one of my favorite events and this year was no different. Check out the whole post (including the pic above) over at

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Bat Shit Crazy

It is often batted around that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results, but I offer up this video as a more direct version of what the word means. Really scary stuff. These two make George W Bush seem like William Buckley.

Retribution Gospel Choir 2

Check out my review of the excellent new Retribution Gospel Choir album 2 over at RGC are the side project of Low front man Alan Sparhawk and, frankly, sound nothing like Low. It is the kind of classic rock, balls to the wall music that makes people pump their fist and rock out, which I actually saw from a guy at the bar when "Working Hard" from the album was played at Grumpy's Monday night. Good times.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


Well, I would be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed that Ted Kennedy's seat is now held by a Republican, but hopefully this will be a learning lesson for the Democrats, although these things usually aren't for insulated parties in power....but I can hope. You can't assume people will vote for you no matter where you are or who you are. I saw that the Democratic Martha Coakley campaigned something like 17 events in the last week compared with 66 for the Republican Scott Brown. You simply can't be outworked like that and expect to win. While it is frustrating to lose, Democrats can take some solace in a few things, namely that they had a flawed candidate and that Brown will be up for re-election in 2 years, at which time I would be surprised to see him retain the seat.

What is even more upsetting is seeing "Democrats" already trying to distance themselves from Health Care Reform. Why would backing off now solve any problems? If people were going to attack you for it, they still will, even if it doesn't pass. The only thing that would change is that they would call you a failure in addition to being a socialist, or whatever fictitious slander the tea baggers will be using at the time. If/when Health Care is passed, people will see how beneficial it really is and it won't take long for it to become a sacred program on the scale of Medicare and Social Security. It still blows my mind that everyone agrees that the Health Care system is fucked and that have over 30 million people uninsured or getting turned down for treatment is wrong, but there are people fighting this change. What don't people understand? Are they proud to be the only Western, industrialized country in the world where people can go bankrupt and lose everything because they got sick? It is stupid. Hopefully the Democrats grow a spine and talk to the country like adults and explain to them how and why they are passing this bill. Time will be the ultimate judge of HCR, but I can't believe we are so close to doing something so fundamentally right and now it seems people are starting to turn away. It is crazy. Please, Please, Please don't let this chance slip away. The latest figure I saw was that up to 45,000 people die each year because they lack health insurance. Not in some far off country, but right here. In the United States of America.

As always, Ezra Klien from the Washington Post had calming, even headed and unfailingly smart commentary on tonight. The point that stuck with me most was his quote from Ted Kennedy in 1980 after he lost the Democratic nomination for President, which I think rings as true today as it did 30 years ago.

"If the Democrats run for cover, if we become pale carbon copies of the opposition, we will lose--and deserve to lose," he said. "The last thing
this country needs is two Republican parties

Youth In Revolt

I saw more movies in the last week than I had in the month previous, the latest being the new Michael Cera movie Youth in Revolt. I don't really have much to say about it. If you have seen a movie starring Michael Cera, you have seen Youth in Revolt. That doesn't make it a bad movie or less funny, I'm just saying. If you have liked his previous work, check out this movie. If his shtick is running thin for you, this movie will probably irritate more than entertain.

In the Loop

I like these things, in no particular order.

-British Humor
If you also like these things, I would highly recommend the movie In the Loop. If you don't, you should probably save your money and time, as this movie lays on all three pretty heavily.

Yeasayer Odd Blood Revview

My review of the new Yeasayer album, Odd Blood, is now up over at Check it out HERE.


As always, this looks awesome. Anyone want to buy me a ticket?

Monday, January 18, 2010


Like last month, a couple of us will be spinning local music tonight at Grumpys for their weekly "Minnesota Monday" series. This Monday, in addition to hearing some great local music, we will be using it as a chance to celebrate the launch of Come down between 7-9PM and say hi and have some great Minnesota beer's (Summit, Surly and Grain Belt) at dirt cheap prices.

Hope to see you there!

Eels "End Times" Review

Check out my review of the crushing new Eels album End Times over at The somber disc, which was written by E in the shadows of his divorce, is the bands best effort in many years, maybe dating back to their classic Electro Shock Blues record.

Since Culture Bully is now 6 feet under ground, a few of us are back with a site we believe will be every bit as interesting, informative and engaging as Culture Bully. We are also hoping it will be as successful. That will hopefully start with you, since you are already reading some of the stuff I like, I hope you will give us a chance to win you over with our new site. It will be where all of my music related content will go from now on. I will plan on cross posting those posts here and continuing my usual rants about any and everything, so hopefully you will find a few minutes in your day to check out both.

Thank you very much again for reading and hopefully you will check out and enjoy Reviler, which can be found HERE.

Hurt Locker

Wow, rarely have I seen a movie that has so much tension and ominous undertones. Really a great movie and well deserving of all the praise.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Leno v Kimmel

Old news, I know, but I couldn't not post something this amazingly awkwardly.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Funny Letter to the Strib

Dear Pat Robertson,

I know that you know that all press is good press, so I appreciate the shout-out. And you make God look like a big mean bully who kicks people when they are down, so I'm all over that action. But when you say that Haiti has made a pact with me, it is totally humiliating. I may be evil incarnate, but I'm no welcher. The way you put it, making a deal with me leaves folks desperate and impoverished. Sure, in the afterlife, but when I strike bargains with people, they first get something here on earth -- glamour, beauty, talent, wealth, fame, glory, a golden fiddle. Those Haitians have nothing, and I mean nothing. And that was before the earthquake. Haven't you seen "Crossroads"? Or "Damn Yankees"? If I had a thing going with Haiti, there'd be lots of banks, skyscrapers, SUVs, exclusive night clubs, Botox -- that kind of thing. An 80
percent poverty rate is so not my style. Nothing against it -- I'm just saying: Not how I roll. You're doing great work, Pat, and I don't want to clip your wings -- just, come on, you're making me look bad. And not the good kind of bad. Keep blaming God. That's working. But leave me out of it, please. Or we may need to renegotiate your own contract.

Best, Satan

(H/T: Time)


This guy seems pretty cool. I think the thing that keeps me so deeply interested in politics is moments like this, when it genuinely seems like this guy is pissed off and speaking for a large swath of people. It must be at least somewhat gratifying to berate these selfish assholes, even if in the end it won't change a thing. At least somebody is saying something.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Rural Alberta Advantage

If you were left in the cold wanting to get into the RAA show at the Cedar but didn't score tickets, here is your chance. Free In Store tonight at 6PM at the Electric Fetus.

Get off Yr Ass (and see some local music)

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!

Best New Bands- First Avenue
Red Pens, No Bird Sing, Slapping Purses, Moonstone, Peter Wolf Crier, Twilight Hours and Leisure Bird. One of my favorite events of the year is this event, which brings together some of the best new bands each year for a great night of local music.

Cash Only Tribute- Cabooze
All Johnny Cash, which is always a good thing.

Rural Alberta Advantage- Cedar Cultural Advantage SOLD OUT
I am still surprised how big these guys are around here. They sold out the Entry last time, this show at the Cedar has been sold out for a while. If you don't have tickets, check out their free in-store performance later today at the Fetus.

Gay Beast + Seawhores + Total Babe + Daughters of the Sun- 7th Street Entry
First Ave has a wealth of good music tonight. In addition to the 6 bands playing in the Main Room, there are 4 really, really great bands playing together right next door at the entry.

Zoo Animal + Whitesands/Badlands + Velvet Davenport- Sauce
Any other night I would be at this show no questions. ZA are a WHG favorite and W/B are a really great live act. Another testament to the great strength and scope of our local scene.

Private Dancer- Turf Club
One of my favorite local bands, both live and on record, playing a all too rare live appearance in the cities.

Low- Varsity Theatre SOLD OUT
This show, the first ever in the Varsity's new "Quiet, Please" series starts out with about the best possible band for the series, Minnesota's very own legendary Low.

Prgphs + To Kill a Petty Bourgiouse- 501 Club
Prgphs are celebrating the release of the excellent new EP with a show with another great buzzing electronic band for what should be a really great free show.

France Has the Bomb + Bombay Sweets + Invisible Boy- 7th Street Entry
Rock. and. Roll.

Gospel Gossip + Red Pens + Chambermaids + Flavor Crystals- Sauce
GG and RP, two of the very best young Minneapolis based bands, will be joined by retro rockers Chambermaids and Flavor Crystals for a really great top to bottom lineup at this still fairly new Uptown club.

First Communion Afterparty + Telepathos-Kitty Cat Klub
Psychedelic rock and roll.

Rockford Mules + Dragons Power Up!- 331 Club
331 gets some high energy rock and roll to bring in people on Saturday night.

Fuck Knights + Is Is + Strangelights- Kitty Cat Klub
Got Monday off from work? Want to celebrate the Vikings big playoff win with some scuzzy psychedelic rock and roll? KCK is the place to be.

Good News


Thursday, January 14, 2010


You can't really ignore a headline like this:

That should be a motivator, no?

Fetus In-store

The Electric Fetus will be hosting their monthly MinnEconomy event, which always features sets by local bands. This month is a more folky affair, with Caroline Smith at 7PM and Romantica at 7:45. Like always, this event is completely free!


Obviously the situation in Haiti is awful, so if you can help, the State Department has set up a system where you can:

text "HAITI" to "90999" and a donation of $10 will be given automatically to
the Red Cross to help with relief efforts, charged to your cell phone bill;

I know times are tough, but if there is ever a time to put in perspective on how good/bad you have it, this is it. Help out if you can.

Shout Out Louds Video + Tour

Shout Out Louds - Fall Hard from Merge Records on Vimeo.

The excellent Sweedish pop group Shout Out Louds are back with their new LP, Work, which is going to hit the streets on Feb 23rd. The band will be touring in support of the album, including a stop in Minneapolis at the Varsity Theatre on May 11th. The video above is one of the songs from the LP, titled "Fall Hard."


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Jay Reatard

Like I said earlier, Jay Reatard is dead at the way too young age of 29. I feel like he might finally get some of the attention he deserved, but that really is a hollow prize for losing such a talented guy in the prime of his life. Above are a few of the videos to some of my favorite songs he has done. Like I said, he always seemed to keep his really natural pop songwriting talent at bay, either with noise/dissonance or weirdo videos. When I saw him live a few years back I couldn't help but feel a little disappointed that he pummeled through his really great songs with such ferocity and speed that I didn't feel like they were done justice. I always felt like he was in his Husker Du (i.e fast and angry) mode and was going to turn into this highly respected rock songwriter a la Bob Mould. I feel like he would have mellowed slightly with age (a good thing) and would have really been a songwriting machine. He had so much talent and was doing such interesting things, it really is a shame to not have him around anymore. The weird thing is that he is now going to become this legend, like all artists who die young. He will become something in death that he probably would never had become in life.

While losing such a talented musician is a sad thing, my thoughts are really with his friends/family, who lost someone dear to them at a criminally young age. Hopefully they know how talented and respected that he was and how he will be missed, even by people who never had the pleasure of actually meeting him.

RIP Jay Reatard

Sad News. Musician Jay Reatard was found dead last night at the too young age of 29. He has been one of the most consistently rewarding artists of the last few years, starting with his pummeling Blood Visions and followed up with his two amazing collections of singles and last years highly underrated Watch Me Fall. His simple music and punk ethos often seemed like a self imposed veil hiding his really, really great songwriting ability and natural knack for melody.

I will write more later and post some of my favorite videos + MP3's.

Joanna Newsom "Have One On Me"

So apparently we were supposed to infer from the weird cartoon above that Joanna Newsom will be following up her amazing Ys album with a new one titled Have One On Me. The album, which will be released on Drag City, is due out Feb 23rd. Sweet.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Show Announcement

Shearwater w/ Wye Oak
400 Bar
April 6th

I have only seen Shearwater once, when they were opening for the amazing Clinic at the 7th Street Entry a few years back, but have always enjoyed their work. Haven't heard their latest yet, but pair with Wye Oak should make for a great evening of music.


Spoon + Deerhunter
April 2nd/April 3rd
First Ave

Two bands that have been consistently great for the last few years (Spoon for the last whole decade) will be joining up for what should be a great set of shows at the First Ave Mainroom. Both shows are $23, with the Friday show being 18+ and the Sat show being all ages.

Highly Recommended.


Passion Pit "Sleepyhead" (Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis 08/07/2009) from on Vimeo.

Passion Pit
April 4th
First Ave

I can't remember if I already posted this, so just in case....

They were great at the Triple Rock last year(I shot the video above at the show), but they unfortunately are playing the same night as Beach House at the Cedar, so I will have to miss out.

New Plants and Animals!

One of the most criminally overlooked bands of the last few years were the excellent Canadian 3 piece Plants and Animals. Their amazing debut album, Parc Avenue, made my top albums of the decade list and I have been waiting patiently for their follow up since. They played a great set at the 7th Street Entry a few years back to literally 25 people and played a great set to a much bigger crowd at the Pitchfork Festival this summer. I am expecting big things from this great band.

Their sophomore album will be called La La Land and you can here the first song from the album, the driving "Tom Cruz," HERE. Fingers crossed for a tour coming here something soon.

Monday, January 11, 2010


Beach House
The Cedar
April 4th

The band behind one of my favorite releases of 2010 so far, the amazing Teen Dream, will be gracing our fair city with what should be a really amazing show in February. I have seen them twice and their hazy, dreamy pop music translate really, really well in the live setting, so this show is highly recommended.

Red Pens

Red Pens "Hung Out" (Electic Fetus, Minneapolis 09/10/2009) from on Vimeo.

I was already going to write something about the Red Pens since I was quoted in the MPR story about them last week (found HERE) when I saw this morning that they got a solid 7 and a nice write up on Pitchfork for their song "Weekdays."

Regular readers will know that they were my favorite find of 2009 are currently my favorite local band playing, so it is great to see them getting so much great publicity.

If you haven't seen them live yet or heard their debut LP Reasons......well, you know what I am going to say here, so go out and do it!

Aziz interviews Animal Collective

Go HERE to see a completely irreverent, but still entertaining, interview from Fader magazine between the comedian Aziz Ansari and the band Animal Collective. It is well worth it, if for nothing else than the fact that there is a really sweet youtube video of the Ultimate Warrior on the Arsenio Hall Show.

Ice Cube

Something funny for your Monday morning.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Vampire Hands

Vampire Hands @ Turf Club, St. Paul 08/14/2009 02 from on Vimeo.

I talked about this show in the Get off yr ass post yesterday, but I would be remiss if I didn't give it a shout out of its own. If you have never seen the full lineup of Vampire Hands, you really should get to the Turf Club tonight. Drummer Colin Johnson is back and playing with the band and seeing live shows with the full band are becoming something of a rare occurrence, with rumblings that they may end altogether sometime in the near future. This would suck. Vampire Hands are one of the very best bands from the local scenes in the last few years and should not be missed. In addition to the seeing this great band, both Birthday Suits and The Blind Shake are amazingly powerful live acts that should be seen by all local music fans.

Really, if you are a local music fan and don't have plans tonight. Grab $6 and head to the Turf Club, you won't regret it.

Islands + Micheal Cera

You could see Micheal Cera in that movie (forgot its name) that he is staring in this could watch this sweet video from the vastly underrated indie weirdo pop masters Islands. I think you know the correct answer.

Julian Lynch

Julian Lynch - Rancher from Chocolate Bobka on Vimeo.

Going back to the well again, but it is hard to resist when the good folks at Chocolate Bobka keep posting awesome stuff. This time it is a stunning video of east coast dream pop "group" Julian Lynch playing a show from a few weeks back. Really great music and some really great video work.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Get off Yr Ass (it's 2010 Bitches!)

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!

High on Stress + Slim Dunlap + the Tisdales- Sauce $5
Some good old fashioned rock and roll at a not so old fashioned club.

Gay Witch Abortion + Double Bird + Arcwelder- Turf Club $6

Rock. and Roll. If you are looking for some heaviness on your Friday night, the Turf Club is the place to be.

Elvis's 75th B-Day- Lee's Liquor Lounge $6

The King has left the building, but that doesn't mean you can't celebrate his birthday tonight.

The Alarmists + Arms Akimbo + The Evening Rig- 7th Street Entry $6

Some solid local bands taking over the entry.

Vampire Hands + Birthday Suits + The Blind Shake- Turf Club $6

Wowza. Three of the very best live bands in the city sharing one stage? Yes Please. Vampire Hands will be hitting the stage with their reunited original lineup (drummer/singer Colin Johnson is back from Montana for a short while). If you are looking for something to do and want to see some of the best, most high energy music this city has to offer, head over the St. Paul for this great show.

Red Pens + Sharp Teeth- 501 Club Free

The glow from the Red Pens is still shining bright. If you haven't seen this excellent band, this is a great opportunity to see them for free at the 501.

Lucy Michelle- Dakota $5

Lucy fits in just fine in the Dakota Jazz club for what should be a low key and entertaining show from the ukulele wielding singer/songwriter.

Tribute to Big Pink- Cabooze $12

As a big fan of the band, and especially their amazing live DVD The Last Waltz, it is a travesty I have never seen this show. I went one year and drove around for about 20 minutes looking for parking before giving up, so be warned that this even is very popular.

Kid Dakota- Kitty Cat Klub $5

Underrated local band led by Darren Jackson (also of the Hopefuls) plays one of their semi regular gigs for the kids in Dinkytown.

Japandroids on Fallon

Cool video of Japandroids playing on the Jimmy Fallon show. In case you forgot, the rambunctious duo will be returning to the Twin Cities for a show on April 10th at the 7th Street Entry.


Andrew Sullivan over at the Daily Dish frames the Gay Marriage argument in a pretty interesting light. I would ask the people who say allowing gays in committed relationships to marry would destroy the sanctity of marriage and lead to a slippery slope of incest, bestiality, ect whether they believe marriage between first cousins(!) is or is not incest, cause where I come from, that just isn't cool.
I am just glad I live in a state that isn't highlighted on the bottom chart (I'm looking at you Wisconsin...)

Yoni Wolf

Readers of this site saw over the last year that I am a huge Why? fan and was loving everying Yoni Wolf and the gang did last year. They released my 2nd favorite album of 2009, Eskimo Snow, and played a stunning show at the Triple Rock Social Club.

Wolf is starting 2010 on a good note with another great Daytrotter Session, which you can find HERE. The session features 3 of the best songs from Eskimo Snow and a cool Bob Dylan cover, which is as awesome as you would expect.

Thursday, January 7, 2010


Miles Kurosky
400 Bar

I didn't recognize the name on the email for this show announcement, but low and behold he was the front man for the late, great Elephant 6 band Beulah. April 2nd is turning out to be the craziest show day in a while.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Mountain Man

Mountain Man from Ray ConcepcioƱ on Vimeo.

The excellent folks over at Chocolate Bobka have a video from their Church show from a few weeks back of buzzing girl group Mountain Man. Pretty great stuff. Expect to hear a lot from these young ladies in 2010.

The Audacity to Win

Even if you aren't a political junkie, Obama campaign manager David Plouffe's excellent memoir about the campaign, The Audacity to Win, is well worth your time.

The whole experience is still kind of hard to wrap your head around, but Plouffe does a good job of pulling back the curtains and showing why they made a lot of the big decisions that ended up being the important factors in securing Obama's long shot win.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


7th Street Entry
April 1oth

Japandroids played one of the most exhilarating set I saw last year (at P-Fork) and one of the most full on meltdowns I have ever seen in my life at the Turf Club later in the year. Their album, Post-Nothing, still sounds great and I think they will fit in very nicely in the snug confines of the Entry. Hopefully they can stay sober long enough on their second visit to the Twin Cities show local fans how great they can be live.

Vampire Weekend

Get ready for round two of Vampire Weekend mania. Their new album, Contra, is streaming over at their myspace page and they will be making their second trip to the Twin Cities for a show at the First Ave Mainroom on March 22nd. Buckle up.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Too Bad

Sounds like it was fun while it lasted.

Sharon Van Etten

Here is a video of the very talented Sharon Van Etten performing on a beautiful day in Central Park in New York. If you can get past wistfully looking at the unfrozen water and trees bursting with life, check out this great young artist. She is new to my radar, but I have really liked what I have heard so far. She will be visiting Minneapolis on January 19th opening for the great Bowerbirds at the Varsity Theatre.

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I don't like Mondays

Especially when they come at the tail end of days off from work bonanzas and are the lead up to 3 months of little to no time off and freezing temps. Boo. Saw this song highlighted on VH1's top 1 hit wonders of the 80's while spending time with the family and thought it was appropriate. Pretty interesting back story to the tune, much deeper than the normal "case of the Mondays." Read the true background of it HERE and good luck making it through the week. Only 5 more months till Memorial Day!

Friday, January 1, 2010

In the New Year

In case you haven't heard this is my #1 all time favorite New Years jam. Hope you had a fun and safe NYE and I hope 2010 brings all of you many great things. Thanks for reading my blog this last year and look for many exciting things in 2010.