Wednesday, December 29, 2010


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


Don't have much to say about DADT, the failed policy that finally was repealed this last weekend, other than it is about time.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.


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.


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

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 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.


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.