Saturday, May 29, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
I think I posted about this when I first watch the main part of the movie, but I finally got around to watching the last 25 minutes or so of this flick and still give it high marks. I am a big fan of movie makers who turn something that is boring on paper (The old school video game Donkey Kong) and compose a compelling narrative. Definitely worth checking out if you missed it when it came out a few years back.
Posted by YEP at 5/27/2010 11:12:00 AM
Head over to Reviler to check out No Bird Sing drummer/overall man about town Graham O'Brien as he remixes the semi soft rock of Adam Svec. He turns it into a Radiohead-esqe tripped out jam, which is pretty cool. It comes off his mostly instrumental album All Drums, which is out now.
Posted by YEP at 5/27/2010 08:50:00 AM
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
I mentioned their debut album before, but now you can check out some live videos from Buffalo Moon, one of my favorite young bands playing in the Twin Cities right now. The video above (plus a few more found over at Reviler) are from an in-store they did at the Electric Fetus a few weeks back.
Posted by YEP at 5/26/2010 12:04:00 PM
Another week, another right wing, "Pro Family" politician caught with their pants down and their doting wives nowhere to be found. (Two weeks ago it was the gay converter with the boy from Rentaboy.com, last week was Souter with his Aide who helped him push abstinence only teaching, and now it is hard line, right wing, anti-gay Nikki Haley in South Carolina who apparently had an affair with a conservative blogger) It is a subject that is frustrating to no ends, but no matter the hypocrisy, the "family values" sect never seems to quite get it. E.J Dionne Jr. from the Washington Post wrote a really good Op-Ed the other day about how he wishes people would stop trying to blame gays, abortion, the "secular left", etc on families falling apart. There are lots of real, legitimate, fixable reasons that more and more families are falling apart, but making gay marriage a bogeyman for all these problems is both ignorant and shortsighted. If these people genuinely cared about children born out of wedlock and the disintegration of two parent households, there could be adult conversations about things that could serve to negate some of these problems, but that is surely asking too much. It is much easier to just blame it on the gays.
Posted by YEP at 5/26/2010 11:19:00 AM
Check out my review of the excellent new album Sad Sour Future by Poison Control Center, one of my very favorite Midwestern bands (they're from Ames, IA). I have nothing but good things to say about the band, and they are one of my favorite live bands playing right now, local or otherwise. Check them out at the Turf Club on June 10th.
Posted by YEP at 5/26/2010 09:00:00 AM
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
I don't have nearly enough time to read books (especially novels), but I still try my best. I just got done reading Echo House by acclaimed political novelist Ward Just. I knew of Just and heard he was good, and that was reinforced with Echo House, a book about a political dynasty centered around a powerful Washington family. The thing I liked best was that they mixed the fictional characters (the Behl family) with real historical people and events. Not sure what I will read next, but I am definitely interested in checking out more of his books.
Posted by YEP at 5/25/2010 11:15:00 AM
Monday, May 24, 2010
Wow, what a horrible movie. I know some people thought the first one was crap and cheesy, but I actually liked it. All Saints Day was really terrible, almost enough to make me question whether people were right and the first one was junk too. Everything that they did right in the first one was brushed off to create a final product that was tacky, too long and one of the laziest, more uncreative movies I have ever seen.
Posted by YEP at 5/24/2010 11:27:00 AM
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
I really like the Crystal Antler live. I also really liked their debut EP. Since then, their recorded output has been a little shaky. Adding to the doubt is their latest 7", which you can grab from my post about the band over at Reviler. Can't say it is highly recommended, but if they come back through Minneapolis you should not miss their high energy show.
Posted by YEP at 5/19/2010 11:55:00 AM
I see enough shows that there is not often bands I get really excited to see anymore, but Besnard Lakes were one of those. They didn't disapoint. Check out my review + videos and Jon's photos from their stirring set at the 7th Street Entry over at Reviler. If you haven't checked out their stunning The Besnard Lake are the Roaring Night LP from early this year, you should.
Posted by YEP at 5/19/2010 09:29:00 AM
Read my review and check out Erik's awesome pics from the Yeasayer/Sleigh Bells show at First Ave a little while back over at Reviler. Yeasayer were ok, but Sleight Bells killed. Brace yourself for some serious hype surrounding this duo in the coming months.
Posted by YEP at 5/19/2010 09:24:00 AM
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Read my thoughts, along with four other people (including Eric from No Bird Sing and Alexi from Kill the Vulture/Roma Di Luna) about the new record Brothers from the Black Keys. Short version: it is good, as is expected. Check it out over at Reviler.
Posted by YEP at 5/18/2010 12:07:00 PM
Monday, May 17, 2010
Wow, what a weekend. I think I am still recovering from the sun, fresh air, biking, live music overload and beer, but it was worth it. One of my favorite weekends of the year lived up to all my expectations and was so much fun. Lots of friends, old and new, lots of great live local music and lots of great local beer (big shout out to Fulton Beer, which was really great). I also snuck in seeing the late Gayngs show Friday night, the Mill City Farmers market Saturday morning, late night beers at Grumpys Saturday night and biking by the river after Art A Whirl Sunday. Best weekend ever? Maybe so.
Posted by YEP at 5/17/2010 11:41:00 PM
Check out my review of the really awesome new album Latin from Canadian electro rabble rousers Holy Fuck. In addition to making great albums, they also are an excellent live band that you should check out on June 3rd when they play a show at the Turf Club. While you are getting sweaty dancing to their great music, I will be reeling from getting my wisdom teeth torn from my unsuspecting mouth that afternoon. Joy.
Posted by YEP at 5/17/2010 08:56:00 AM
Friday, May 14, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
The buzzing single "No Summer" from No Joy really jumped out at me amongst the plethora of songs I have heard lately. Not sure if they will end up being a buzz band that fades away or a band that really puts out more good material, but "No Summer" will do just fine for right now. Listen to it over at Reviler.
Posted by YEP at 5/12/2010 02:40:00 PM
The Internet can be a suckhole of useless crap, but when I see something like this, I realize that it also can be a place for a guy with a kind of strange hobby to show the world his absolutely amazing talents. Really, if you are cynical about how can a guy with Lego's do something that cool...check out his site and tell me it isn't wildly impressive.
Posted by YEP at 5/12/2010 01:37:00 PM
Pretty short but informative video about the oil spill, although I did think that a robot claw and a giant dome sounded pretty fucking amateur, but that's just me. I feel like I would have suggested "get a giant robot sub with arms" if they had asked me, so I expect something a little bit more, I don't know, scientific from a multi national oil company that has hundreds of billions in profits each year, but maybe I am overestimating them.
Posted by YEP at 5/12/2010 11:24:00 AM
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Longtime readers of this site know how much I love LCD Soundsytem, so one would expect that I would gush praise for their new album This is Happening, but I can promise that it actually is good. I swear! While there are no songs that top "All my Friends" from his last disc (that might be an unrealistic expectation as it was my favorite song of the 00's), it is another solid front to back disc from one of my favorite bands going right now. Can't wait to see them again at Pitchfork. Read the review over at Reviler.
Posted by YEP at 5/11/2010 11:21:00 AM
So begins the brain melting essay world renowned intellectual Ted Nugent wrote in Time Magazine, yep Time Magazine, about Sarah Palin, who was voted one of the 2010 Time 100. There is literally too much wrong with that sentence to dissect, but I will only use this as an instance to show why these news weeklies shouldn't be surprised when people don't respect (or, frankly, purchase) their product.
Posted by YEP at 5/11/2010 10:41:00 AM
Monday, May 10, 2010
Read my Reviler review of the excellent debut album Wetsuit by Buffalo Moon. The world beat pop music from the part Minneapolis/part Ecuadorian group is different than most anything going on in the scene right now and is a perfect soundtrack for a sunny summer. Check out the group live this Thursday at the Electric Fetus at 7pm for their Minneseries.
Posted by YEP at 5/10/2010 11:24:00 AM
Check out my review of the awesome new album At Echo Lake by folky classic rockers Woods. The group is a great mix of newer, more ambient sounds and a straight up Crosby, Still and Nash vibe, which is something I haven't seen from any other band. Don't sleep on these guys....
Posted by YEP at 5/10/2010 08:06:00 AM
Friday, May 7, 2010
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Read my take, plus three others, on the Reviler 4 Takes for the upcoming Gayngs album Relayted that is up now. The local supergroup will be performing for the first time together (24 strong!) on Friday May 14th for both a all ages (5PM) and 21+ (10PM) shows at First Avenue. Should be pretty awesome.
Posted by YEP at 5/05/2010 09:28:00 AM