Sunday, February 28, 2010

USA! USA! USA!

Should be an awesome game. Even if you aren't a hockey fan, this one has the makings of being one of those games people talk about for a very long time.

Friday, February 26, 2010

You couldn't even make it up if you tried....

Tennessee police say drunk mother runs through elementary school with sword.

Free Energy

Want a fun record to shake away your winter blues? I would humbly suggest the massively fun debut record Stuck on Nothing from Minneapolis expats Free Energy. While I still am partial to their old band Hockey Night, Stuck on Nothing is a pretty great LP. Read the review, watch a video and hear an MP3 over at Reviler.

Very Bubloz birthday show at Turf Club TONIGHT!

Looking for something to do tonight? Head over to the Turf Club to celebrate Reviler photographer Adam Bubloz's 30th birthday with some really great music. More info can be found HERE.

Who hasn't wanted to do this to a co-worker by Friday afternoon?

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Cal Clutterbuck

Even though the Wild are on their Olympic break, the front office is hard at work. Today they announced they signed popular forward Cal Clutterbuck to a three year extension, which is excellent news. Hopefully Cal is a lifelong Wild . The Wild are back in action next Wednesday, March 3rd against the Calgary Flames.

Retribution Gospel Choir + Andrew Broder

Head over to Reviler to check out Jon's awesome photos (including the one above) and some of my videos from the amazing Retribution Gospel Choir show at the Triple Rock last weekend. If you still haven't heard their sophomore album 2, do yourself a favor and check it out. It is one of my favorite records of the year so far.

Atlas Sound/Paragraphs Concert Coverage

Head over to Reviler to check out Jon's photos (including the one above) and some videos I took from the excellent Atlas Sound/Paragraphs show at the Whole last week.

Gayngs

Like Lookbook, POS, Solid Gold, Bon Iver, Mystery Palace, The Rosebuds, Megafaun, Dessa and Roma Di Luna? Wish they all would get together and make a pop album inspired by 10cc? You are in luck. The groups debut record, under the moniker Gayngs, will be out in the next few months with two release shows to follow. Check out Reviler for more info.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Local Natives

Heard of Local Natives yet? If you haven't, and you hang out in circles that listen to "indie rock," that will probably change soon. Their sound is conducive to gaining a lot of attention right now, so I will not be surprised if they blow up. Check out my review, plus a video and a MP3, over at Reviler.

Plants and Animals

I love me some Plants and Animals, so the fact that they have a new LP and are coming here on tour is very, very good news. Check out some more info about them over at Reviler.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Dr. Dog

Longtime readers will know I am a big Dr. Dog fan. Their new takes on classic rock is something that never really get old for me, and their latest work is no different. You can hear the first song, "Shadow People," from their upcoming Shame Shame LP over at Reviler.

The band will be coming back to Minneapolis on May 17th at the Fine Line. If you haven't seen them live, they are one of my favorite touring acts around right now, so they come highly recommended.

The Invention of Lying


While it ended up being a run of the mill romantic comedy, I do still like Ricky Gervais and the underhanded jokes towards organized religion were funny. Can't say I would recommend it.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Lucky Guy

The Dalai Lama, who apparently doesn't read the tabloids at the grocery store, doesn't know who Tiger Woods is. I am jealous.

Harlem "Friendly Ghost"

Check out Austin garage rockers Harlem's new track "Friendly Ghost" over at Reviler. The song comes from the bands upcoming Hippies LP, due out next month on Matador.

Besnard Lakes Review

Head over to Reviler to read my review of the amazing new Besnard Lakes album titled The Besnard Lakes are the Roaring Night.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

USA v Canada


I have only watched the Olympics casually (mainly at bars with the sound on mute, so even then it wasn't intently), but I will be tuning in tonight for the Mens Hockey game between the US and Canada. Lots of Minnesota connections of the US team, so if they pull off the upset, it will largely be on the backs of some hometown boys. The game is being shown live on MSNBC starting at 6:40 for those interested in checking it out.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Radio K


With the Current becoming less and less appealing to me, Radio K is my #1 choice when forced to listen to the radio in my car. Just today, the station began a Playlist feature on their site so you can go back and check what that great song was that you heard on 104.5 FM on your drive to/from work. Another reason to listen to this really great collage station.





Check it out HERE.

Mountain Man

Mountain Man "Mouthwings" [part 1 of 3] from Yours Truly on Vimeo.


Mountain Man is, in fact, three women. Go figure. If you like the haunted folk music seen above, head over to Reviler and check out two more videos and an MP3 from the young band. I you really like them, you can buy their debut LP starting for only $5 (they will take more if you are so inclined). Check out more info about the Vermont based band HERE.

Anders Ponders + Minor Kingdom Videos


I can honesty say I did not expect to hear local one man band Anders Ponders covering the song "Consequence" by Notwist when I went to the instore at the Electric Fetus last week. I was very, very pleasantly surprised. What a great song. Check out some more videos from both bands (including a cool Radiohead cover by Minor Kingdom) HERE.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The Thermals ruin Canada

Wow, I know I have had some up and down moments with the Thermals in the past, but I never thought they would get this bad. Check out their horrible ode to Canada, titled...wait for it..."Canada" over at Reviler.

Underwater Peoples Winter Review

Longtime readers probably will remember me gushing about the Underwater Peoples record label sometime last year and shouldn't be suprised that I am gushing again. They have put out another excellent collection of hazy, pretty, chill pop music and are only selling it for $5. Good, good stuff. Check out my review over at Reviler HERE.

I knew those things were trouble....


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Its a tough world....

...for short, poor men. A new study found that a 5'9" man would have to make $30,000 (!) more than a man 5'10" to attract the same attention from females.

Classy



Gotta love headlines like this one from the Star Tribune talking about where T-Paw's new budget takes aim:




Nothing like being a first class dick to people who can't fight back so you can get just enough recognition to get your ass kicked in the Republican primary. I don't think he understands that he is too boring to be President and not enough of a bomb thrower, especially in the 2012 election. Republicans smell blood and want to send someone they "believe in" out there. I have bad news for you Governor Mullet. No one believes in you. The right thinks you are not tough enough (your latest hatchet to the throat of the vulnerable will be enough to ruin lives, but isn't enough to win any tea partiers) and the left, well, hates you. That is what happens when you (illegally) use the state budget as your sermon on the mount and fuck over the weakest among us as you are walking out the door. I kind of hope he does get the nomination so we can see his dumb ass lose his home state in a national election.

Seeing that headline kind of reminded me of the famous Hubert Humphrey quote which I still think is one of my favorite political quotes of all time. Goes to show you were people priorities are, I suppose:


It was once said that the moral test of government is how that government treats
those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.

It seems to me T-Paw is the antithesis of this statement, but maybe that is his goal. Who knows, maybe that is socialism, but to me that just sounds like treating people who need our help most in a fair and humane way.

Erykah Badu

Erykah Badu is obviously an amazing singer, but her last album, chalk full of crazy P-Funk levels of wackiness, was my favorite thing she has done yet. Check out the first song from her new album over at Reviler. It much more subdued, but she upped the crazy with the video she released with Lil Wayne a few days ago. I will try to remember to post it on Reviler soon. It is like an acid trip gone bad....really wild stuff.

Is it bad....

....that I won't be cheering for the U.S in the only sport (hockey) that I might watch during the Winter Olympics? I just can't cheer for a team with Alex Burrows on it. I am going with Mikko, Antti and Backstrom. Go Fins!

Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 7

Great stuff as usual from one of my personal heroes, Larry David. I was not a fan of Seinfeld, but can imagine this was even cooler for big fans of the show (there was a "reunion" for those not familiar). I just can't get enough of the crazy stuff Larry gets himself into. Not quite our Woody Allen, but he is trying his best. I think it comes out on DVD soon. Highly Recommended (along with the other 6 seasons from this, one of the very best shows on TV).

Monday, February 15, 2010

Iranian Music Journalists

Anyone who reads this site know two of the things I am most interested in are politics and music, so this story hit close to home. Two Iranian music journalists were arrested as part of the government crackdown against members of the opposition. Check out the post at Reviler and sign the petition from Amnesty International demanding their release.

Hot Chip

Hot Chip are no longer a quirky little upstart electro/dance band they were when "Boy From School" really took off a few years back. In addition to being much more popular than they were back then, their sound has really developed and they sound less like the horny nerds of yesteryear and now sound like seasoned soul vet's. It is interesting stuff. I have a feeling they will be reaching a even bigger audience with this record. Read more and hear some stuff from their new album, One Life Stand, over at Reviler.

Twin Cities Music Venue Guide

Ever see a band playing at a certain venue and you have no idea what it is like? Is it fancy, a dump, do they charge an arm and a leg for a warm PBR? Well, Reviler is there to help. We now have a Twin Cities Music Venue Guide that says a little bit about various Twin Cities venues that you may frequent in your quest to catch some great live music. Hopefully it will help a little to get people to try out new spots and see all of the great sites we have in Minneapolis to catch live music. If you see your favorite venue not listed, shoot us an email and we will try to get it up there. It is still a work in progress, but head over and check it out and let us know what you think!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Free Advice



While I am no Walgreens shopping assistant, I can safely say that no one wants one of these.

(H/T: Daily Dish)

Friday, February 12, 2010

Thank God

56% of Minnesotans are embarrassed by Michelle Bachmann. Still low for my taste, but maybe the other 44% just don't know her that well.

Dada Trash Collage Live

After repeated spins of Dada Trash Collage's Rain War EP, I finally had the chance to see the (one man) band recently at the 501 club. Check out some videos from the performance over at Reviler.

Bruce Bartlett

Reading Bruce Bartlett's excellent new book, The New American Economy: The Failure of Reaganomics and the Way Forward, I came to a few conclusions. One is that this former Regan advisor and current Republican skeptic is someone who obviously knows what he is talking about and has some hard to swallow, but realistic plans for the economy. He is ready to admit supply side economics, which he helped usher into the mainstream, simply is not working. He is also ready to admit that some forms of Keynesian economics, the scourge of Bartlett and his colleagues in the 70's and 80's, is needed during times like what we are currently facing. His solutions take form fully in neither of these thoughts, but seem to make sense to me...which may mean very little when I get to my second revelation from this book. The second thing the book made clear was that I still know very little about economics. I mean, wow, there were times where it was as if I was reading a manual written in Mandarin. If you are looking for a heady, well thought out book about the current financial mess we are in and some real world solutions, I would highly recommend this book. Just don't expect it to be a great bedtime or take to the beach book. You will probably leave with a headache (but you will be a much more well informed citizen).

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Dubai

Room with a view: Dubai timelapse tests from Atlantis hotel from Philip Bloom on Vimeo.



Not sure if other people are as amused by these stop motion videos as I am, but they really are cool to me for some reason. Granted, the over dramatic, crappy ambient electro music is always a little much, but the visuals more than make up for it. I usually just hit the trusty mute and enjoy the awesome work from the great photographers/videographers/artists that put these together.

The extra jolt for this one comes from the fact that I would really, really love to visit Dubai someday soon. It seems like a really exciting place that is worlds apart from most other places on earth. I have a feeling the current bust is going to hurt them in a way that will stall any further growth, making the coming decade their peak time as far as their lavish success and lifestyle. Would love to see this crazy place in all of its over sized glory before the money runs out.

Strange Powers


I love the Magnetic Fields and cannot wait to see this movie, a documentary about the band titled Strange Powers. Stephin Merritt is a genius with few equals as far as modern pop music goes, in my humble opinion.

Bored to Death

I try to tell anyone that will listen that being bored is the worst thing ever. I think that people should have multiple hobbies at all times and should never have to resort to sitting on the couch watching TV because they have "nothing else to do." I was always kind of joking/talking shit, so imagine my surprise when I see an article with the headline that is above. Some people much, much smarter than myself found in a new study that people who tend to be more bored are more likely to die younger. So in addition to living a boring life, you croak earlier. Seems like kind of a rotten deal. All of you out there who have ignored my advice in the past, be warned. Ignoring me can mean death!!!

Read the article HERE.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Iran and the Green Revolution

Tomorrow is the day Iran celebrates their Islamic revolution from over 30 years ago, but the opposition will be taking to the streets and using the day to fight for their freedom that was taken after last fall's fraudulent election. Knowing the fact that the regime in power is getting more desperate by the minute, the marchers already know that the security forces will be as ruthless tomorrow as they have been during previous rallies. Everyone knows there will be violence, bloodshed and more than likely many deaths among the protesters, which makes their already brave actions even more noble and heroic.

I wish the best of luck to the people standing up for their rights tomorrow under a shadow of impending violence, showing more courage and strength than I think I could ever muster up.

If you are interested in following what happens tomorrow, both The Lede blog at the New York Times and The Daily Dish have been continually excellent sources for up to the minute news.

Wish them luck.

The Mantles "Don't Lie"

Like jangly, melodic garage rock? Check out the great song "Don't Lie," by up and coming band The Mantles. My review, plus an MP3, can be found HERE.

Liars "Scissor"


Head over to Reviler to check out my short write up on the new Liars song "Scissor," which finds them returing to the more abrasive sound of their past recordings. Check it out HERE.

Vancouver


So the music on this video is worse than awful, but the video does a pretty good job of showing how amazingly beautiful the city of Vancouver is. It is my favorite city in North America and may be my favorite city in the whole world. It will be cool to see this great city hosting the Olympics in the upcoming weeks. If you have never been or seen Vancouver and want a preview, hit the old "mute" button on your computer and check out this great time lapse video.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

That is a Killer song!

I was laying in bed last night reading the Sunday New York Times, listening to the hazy, trippy new Ruby Suns record when I came across this story, which told about how in the karaoke crazed Philippines, people refuse to sing "My Way" by Frank Sinatra because too many people have been killed after singing it. I had to rub my tired eyes and re-read the story since it seemed so strange, but it was just as crazy this morning. I will let you read the story as to why (there really isn't a definitive answer), but it is a strange, fascinating read none the less. Really, you can't make it up.

Are Criminals more likely to be Fat and Ugly??

I think it is a fair question. And these people found that, yes, in fact they are. Who would have thunk?

Frog Eyes

Head over to Reviler to check out the first song, "A Flower in a Glove," from Frog Eye's upcoming Paul's Tomb: A Triumph LP, due out this spring.

Amazing Article

If you are interested in music, education, or both, you should read this really great article about a new teacher to New Orleans and his experience with the students and their love for Lil Wayne.

Check it out HERE.

Monday, February 8, 2010

If only this would happen in real life...



I never watched The West Wing, but this clip kind of makes me wish I did.

Zombieland

Not half bad. Even if it was a little predicable, it was still funny. I will say that you shouldn't be eating lunch when watching this. There is something about zombies graphically eating other human beings, with muscles and tendons being pulled from limbs like thick noodles, that really spoils your meal. Just saying.

Alex Bleeker "Oh Boy"

Head on over to Reviler to check out my write up about Underwater Peoples classic rockers Alex Bleeker and Mountain Man covering an unreleased Girls song "Oh Boy," both in MP3 and video format. Good stuff.

Soft Pack

My review of the excellent, self titled debut record from The Soft Pack is up now over at Reviler. They are a really great poppy, garage rock band that I think are poised to be heard by a much bigger audience in the very near future soon. Check out the review and listen to a song HERE.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Drinking in Europe


Pretty awesome map showing the favorite kind of alcohol that people drink in Europe. Red is Wine, Brownish is Beer, Blue is hard liquor. My experience says that this is pretty much right on. I wonder what this would look like for America?
(H/T: Daily Dish)

Friday, February 5, 2010

It's Just You Democrats


One of my favorite political bloggers, Ezra Klein at the Washington Post, wrote a really great article about the Democrats responsibility to step up and pass this health care bill on his blog yesterday. The whole article is worth reading (HERE), but the part below, talking about the costs of doing nothing, really stood out to me as what people who believe in this bill need to stress over and over again.

Those are big numbers. So big, in fact, that they obscure millions of small
tragedies. Children attending funerals that never needed to happen. Families
losing homes they could've kept. People suffering chronic pain that we could've eased. Strained businesses turning to layoffs that didn't need to happen. Doctors
diagnosing late-stage cancers that could have been caught while still curable.


P-Fork Initial Lineup


Wow, I am ready and willing to pay $90 just to see Pavement and LCD Soundsystem.

Sweet.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Al Franken


As Amy Klobuchar becomes closer and closer to becoming a full on "blue dog" Democrat, it is nice to see stories like this that show why I am so happy to have Al Franken as a Senator. I have seen a few like it, articles saying he isn't "playing by the rules" and that he is getting in people's faces and saying that the status quo in the Senate is bullshit, which could not make me happier. Really, why do people have to glad hand and sit quietly in the back if they passionately believe in something? He stands up for what he believes in (and what he told his supporters he would fight for) and people act like he is setting kittens on fire or something. Reading this article about Frankin stepping up, to his Democratic colleges none the less, and saying that health care can not be cast aside made me very proud to have worked towards getting him elected and very proud to have him as my senator.

Suprise, Suprise


I bet you are shocked that the guy pictured above (famed intellectual scholar Ted Nugent) doesn't like Barack Obama. Choice quotes from his statements from the Tea Party convention, from Ben Smith over at Politico, include these thoughtful nuggets:
I think that Barack Hussein Obama should be put in jail. It is clear that Barack Hussein Obama is a communist. Mao Tse Tung lives and his name is Barack Hussein Obama. This country should be ashamed. I wanna throw up.
Nice. That is a good stuff and a great precursor to a civil debate. I can't wait to see what future Republican nominee Sarah Palin has to say this weekend at the same event.

Dada Trash Collage

I love it when I find new really great local bands. In addition to finding new good music (which I love), it seems even a little bit better when they are a product of our local scene. The latest local band to catch my attention is the Animal Collective sounding Dada Trash Collage, who recently released their latest EP, Rain War. Check out my full review, along with a MP3 to sample, over at Reviler.