Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Paul Ryan

The great GOP plan ushered in by rising star Paul Ryan? Higher taxes on poor, less taxes on the rich and less $$ for the gov't. Seems like a great plan.

"No Rain"

Check out the awesome bands Woods and Real Estate covering the classic Blind Melon song "No Rain" a few weeks back at a live show over at Reviler.

The Soviettes

Check out my review for the new posthumous collection by the beloved Minneapolis band The Soviettes over at Reviler.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Clientele + Field Music Photos/Vids

Our new friend Zoe Prinds-Flash took some photos (including the one above) and I took some Vids for the Clientele and Field Music show a little while back at the Cedar. Check it our at Reviler HERE.


Since you can't go to Strip Clubs or get hookers, I guess you will just have to go to Iceland for their beautiful scenery.


Monday, March 29, 2010

Kool Keith selling dick towels

If you haven't seen the dick towels from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, I apologize as this will seem unfunny and probably immature. Trust me, it is hilarious. The fact that Kool Keith is involved only adds to its value. Watch the video HERE.

Neon Indian "Sleep Paralysist"

Listen to the new Neon Indian song "Sleep Paralysist" above. Read my thoughts over at Reviler.

Moonstone Review

Head over to Reviler to read my review of the debut record from local group Moonstone. I would try to describe their sound to you in a few sentences, but that is literally impossible.

The Hood Internet best of the 00's

Want to hear the most popular hip hop song mashed up with the most popular indie rock song from each year of the last decade? You are in luck, my friend. Check out the song "Decalouge: (The Hood Internet vs. The 2000's)" over at Reviler.

Sunday, March 28, 2010


A lot has been written about the current crisis surrounding the Catholic church, but leave it to Matt Taibbi to set the bar too high for others to realistically cross. His latest column, titled "The Catholic Church is a Criminal Enterprise," does his usual damage, leaving behind wreckage of the arguments certain folks are making in their defense. Read it HERE.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Health Care T-Shirts

Also, get a Joe Biden approved "This is a Big Fucking Deal" T-shirt HERE.

Real Estate "Suburban Dogs"

Watch a video for the excellent song "Suburban Dogs" by Real Estate. If you missed out on their self titled from last year....definitely check it out.

MGMT "Flash Delirium"

Listen to the boring/overblown first song from MGMT's new album Congratulations over at Reviler.

(not) Made in the USA

Newsweek has 13 things that are no longer made in the good old U S of A. The most ironic? Old Glory herself, the American Flag. Check out the whole photo slideshow HERE.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Trip through Asia

a journey through asia from ivan vania on Vimeo.

Man, I love these videos people make and splash all over the interwebs. If this doesn't give you the travel itch to see the world, not sure what will.


Emily Reo covers "Car"

Can't say I am terribly impressed with Emily Reo's cover of one of my favorite Built To Spill songs, the excellent "Car." Listen to it and read a more detailed write up over at Reviler.

Dr. Dog "Strangers"

Read my review of the new Dr. Dog song "Strangers" up now at Reviler. The band will return to Minneapolis on April 17th for what should be an excellent show.

A.R.M feat Slug "Fear of the Mundane"

Check out the MP3 over at Reviler for the song "Fear of the Mundane" from local hip hop group A.R.M, with some assistance from Slug.

Monday, March 22, 2010

I'm in love, with that song

Read a great op-ed by Paul Westerberg from the NYT about his idol, the recently passed legend Alex Chilton.

Sunday, March 21, 2010


I think people not connected to political news might not realize how gigantic tonight's vote was. Definitely a crowning day and one that makes our country better and stronger and was a long time coming.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Woods "I Was Gone"

The band Woods, if you have not had the pleasure of hearing them yet, are a band you should check out. Their unique mixture of rootsy classic rock and elements of noise make them a band that seems to scratch multiple itch's at once for me. They have the songwriting chops to write stone cold gems, but still work to make sure they are doing something outside of the box. In addition to that, their leader founded the amazing Woodsist Record Label. Check out their latest song "I Was Gone," which will be released on their upcoming Echo Lake LP over at Reviler.

The National

The National gave the world the first peek at their upcoming album when they performed the new song "Terrible Love" on the Jimmy Fallon show. Sounds good and I can't wait to hear the new record. May is seeing the release of new records from three of my favorite bands (The National, The Hold Steady and LCD Soundsystem). Should be really awesome.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Adam Svex Rarefaction Review

Read my review of singer/songwriter Adam Svec's Rarefaction album up now at Reviler.


Remember the scary "Obamacare" that Republicans are talking about that will be the end of our society? Well, the CBO scored the final bill today, and it will ensure that 95% of Americans are covered, make insurers stop denying people because of pre-existing conditions, stop capping peoples lifetime spending limits and reduce the deficit by over a trillion dollars over the next 20 years. That is right, we will actually save over a trillion dollars because of this.

Pretty scary stuff, right?

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Twin Sister "I Want a House"

Listen to the awesome jam "I Want a House" by Twin Sister over at Reviler.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Israel Darling "Sampson the Mason"

The song "Sampson the Mason" by Israel Darling was one that I listened to quite a bit, but just recently got around to writing about it. Check out the review over at Reviler and listen to the song, which is an excellent take on Modest Mouse style indie rock.

Pocahaunted "Save Yrself"

Listen to the wild, 8 minute song "Save Yrself" from the group Pocahaunted up now at Reviler.

Monday, March 15, 2010


The levels of hypocrisy seem to reach more dizzying heights each day. Now there is a politician (a Democrat no less) running against his opponent who supports gay rights by saying that this particular person is "destroying our way of life." The problem? This man who is defending his "way of life" where everything is rosy because everyone is heterosexual was convicted of assaulting his girlfriend last month after allegedly slashing her with a broken bottle. If that isn't family values folks, I don't know what is.

Cults "Go Outside"

It's always fun when the Internet blows it collective load a few times each year for a new band that comes out in attempts to be credited with creating the "next big thing." The latest band to ride this wave (which nearly always ends with a staggering backlash that probably renders this original attention worthless, or worse) is California based band Cults, who have only released one song, the tantalizing "Go Outside." Head over to Reviler to hear it and read what Jon Behm had to say about it before it becomes uncool to like this band, something that could literally happen any second now.

That looks pretty convincing

You know the saying "you can have your own opinion but you can't have your own facts?" I like that saying, and I like graphs because they seem to sometimes be the only way to illustrate what you are trying to say when it seems like people are doing the "hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil" routine and are stomping their feet claiming Obama is leading our country to fiscal Armageddon. The funny thing is that he is probably more conservative than either Dems or Repubs want to admit, since Dems want him to be their savior and Republicans couldn't try to demonize him so much if they admitted he actually was listening and taking their advice, even though many of his supporters (including me) think most of it is junk. The guy really can't win, which is unfortunate and speaks to the hyper polarization of our times.

Big Fan

Dark comedy's don't get too much darker than this. It was one of those movies where you literally were squirming in your seat because of how awkward Patton Oswald's character was. Pretty good stuff, but not a light movie by any stretch of the imagination.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Born in the USA

Glen Beck thinks "Born in the USA" is anti-American. Not sure about that, but I am glad that at least one right wingers realizes that it isn't a rah-rah, go America song. This song is a classic example of people humming and rocking out air guitar in the car through the verses and then singing at the top of their lungs in the chorus and assuming they know exactly what it is about.

The Seven Fields of Aphelion's Review

My review of the hazy/trippy, but ultimately really pretty, debut album Periphery from Black Moth Super Rainbow side project The Seven Fields of Aphelion's is up now at Reviler. Check it out if you are looking for a new late night/chill out album to add to your collection.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Free Energy + Foreign Born

I don't think I have already posted about this, so here it goes. Last week, there was a very awesome show at the 7th Street Entry. Two bands in particular, Minneapolis exports Free Energy and LA imports Foreign Born played a really amazing show. As I am prone to do, I wrote words about it and took some grainy, mediocre videos (including the one above) that don't nearly capture the excitement of the show, but are my best effort. As John is prone to do, he took some excellent pics. Check out my post at Reviler HERE.

Stop covering crappy songs please...

For some reason cheeky covers of Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson, etc drive me batty. I reviewed Or, the Whale covering "Toxic" over at Reviler. While I like the band, I don't think even a Panda Bear/Suicide/Pavement/Neutral Milk Hotel super group could bring me around to liking her music. Well, maybe that group could.....

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Pretty Much


If you are going to rob people and run the risk of going to jail for the long haul, make sure you get more than $6.

Solid Gold Synchronize

Local favorites Solid Gold are back with their latest EP, the slightly underwhelming Synchronize, which I reviewed over at Reviler.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010


Not Good. Neshek?

Grumpys playlist

Jon and I picked the playlist at Grumpys last Monday and have the list of songs we picked up now at Reviler. We are back the second week in April, so keep you eyes out for the exact date, as it is a fun night of local music and dirt cheap beer, which is a combination that is not to be missed.

Oh Boy

The woman who rants and raves about people using teleprompters gets caught writing notes on her hand before a panel discussion. Her comeback? God did it too. I bet you didn't see that one coming.

Dante and the Lobsters

I usually just put my reviews from Reviler up on WHG, but I wanted to give a shout out to the excellent Minneapolis band Dante and the Lobster, whom Jon reviewed HERE for Reviler. The group has a classic garage rock sound that hits like a 10,000 volts and are easily one of my favorite new local bands. Their next show is March 20th at Nick and Eddies in Minneapolis with another of my favorite local bands Private Dancer. Needless to say, this show should not be missed.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Unchopping a tree

Maya Lin - Unchopping a Tree from What is Missing? Foundation on Vimeo.

In addition to having a message that is very important, this is simply a visually stunning video. Really amazing/depressing/eye-opening stuff.

(h/t: The Daily Dish)

More Bars Than Grocery Stores

The areas in red have more bars than grocery stores. Way to go Wisconsin, your state is pretty much solid Badger red.

Titus Andronicus "The Monitor"

Check out my review of the excellent Titus Andronicus album The Monitor up now at Reviler. The group will be playing at the 7th Street Entry on April 4th for what should be a can't miss show.

Saturday, March 6, 2010 SXSW Send Off Set Times


In the Entry:
6 p.m. Hunting Club
7 p.m. Bight Club
8 p.m. Joey Ryan & The Inks
9 p.m. The Moon Goons

In the Mainroom:
5:30 p.m. City on the Make
6:15 p.m. Romantica
7 p.m. The Pines
7:45 p.m. Jeremy Messersmith
8:30 p.m. Peter Wolf Crier
9:15 p.m. "Are You Local?" contest winner
9:45 p.m. Lookbook

Friday, March 5, 2010

"Why Do You Hate Poor People"

Our esteemed Gov was asked today on his radio program. Excellent question.

More P-Fork Bands

More bands. Getting pretty pumped for this.
Broken Social Scene
Panda Bear
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Titus Andronicus
The Smith Westerns
Sleigh Bells

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Japandroids "Art Czars"

Want to hear a really, really awesome song? Head over to Reviler to hear the new single "Art Czars" from Canadian rockers Japandroids, which picks up where their amazing debut Post-Nothing left off. They will be back on April 10th for what should be a very entertaining show.

Shout Out Louds

I was a little disappointed with the latest Shout Out Loud album, their 3rd album, the more morose and downbeat Work. Check out a video, MP3 and my review over at Reviler.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Nap Time

Always have been a big fan of the afternoon nap, so I love it when I see these studies that show the immense benefits that come from catching a few winks in the middle of the day. Read more at the Daily Dish HERE.

Alec Ounsworth Live Review

Check out my review, plus some videos, from the Alec Ounsworth show last week at the 400 Bar. The review over at Reviler can be found HERE.

Trade Deadline

I know most of you don't care, but today is a pretty exciting day for hockey fans. Some sports (basketball + hockey + baseball) have very active trade deadlines that are newsworthy in that many players switch teams in a very short period of time. Hopefully our Minnesota Wild will make smart moves. Whether that means bringing in players or dumping players, I don't know, but that is why I am a casual fan and they get paid the big bucks.
The Canadian sports site TSN.CA is the best resource for all news with the Stribs Michael Russo being the kingpin for local media, which I will be glued to all day. The deadline is 2pm Central time, but trades are often completed right up until then and not announced until the hour or so after. Exciting stuff.

Go Wild!

Taxes...woo hoo?!

Think the Timberwolves are bad? For the non basketball fans, it may be hard to believe that there is a worse team in the NBA, but there is. Their name is the New Jersey Nets, and they are pretty desperate for fans. So desperate that they are offering Free state tax prep for fans coming to their games. Kind of a weird attraction, but desperate times bring desperate measures, right?

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Grumpys playlist

Didn't make it to Grumpys last night to hear Jon and I spin local music (shame on you!)? You can check out the songs that you missed in a new post up over at Reviler.

Ruby Suns Fight Softly Review

Head over to Reviler to check out what myself and 3 other people thought of the new album Fight Softly from The Ruby Suns.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Taken By Trees + El Perro Del Mar

Check out Jon's pics (including above) and my videos from last weeks Taken By Trees and El Perro Del Mar at the Cedar Cultural Center up now at Reviler.

jj n° 3 Review

Head over to Reviler to read my review of the new album from the excellent Swedish pop group jj. jj n° 3 is much darker than their previous work and is one of the more somber albums I have gotten into this year. Really good stuff. The group will be here on April 9th with The xx at the Varsity Theatre.