Monday, January 31, 2011

Yuck

Check out the really great song "Rubber" from new band Yuck over at Reviler. The record (so far) hasn't lived up to this great first single, but that might be a unfair as it is a pretty epic track.

Monotonix


Listen to two new songs from Israeli rock wild men Monotonix over at Reviler, who apparently are on their last world tour. If that is the case, it is a bummer since they canceled their show this month at the Turf Club. Hopefully a date gets rescheduled so the Twin Cities can experience their antics one last time.

Unlearn

Read a review for the really good debut LP Unlearn from Brooklyn via Texas duo Fergus and Geronimo. I would try to sum up succinctly what they sound like, but that really isn't possible. Everything from indie/soul to warped acoustic ditties. Good stuff.

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest

After many failed attempts, we finally saw the last of the three Girl with the Dragon Tattoo movies. Like the other two, it was good, but deviated so far from the book it was hard not to get frustrated. They are different enough that you could actually read the books after seeing the movies and find new things. My only thought was that the Swedish movies were only OK, but I can't imagine what happens when Hollywood gets their sensationalistic hands on it.

Friday, January 28, 2011

What happened to the Wire cast?



Were you sitting around wondering what happened to the cast of the Wire? Of course you were, it was the greatest TV show of all time. Well, the good people at Slate give you a rundown. I have season 1 of David Simon's new project Treme on hold at the library, so I am hoping it is 1/10 as good as The Wire and therefore will be awesome. I will let you know.

ToneKrusher Smith

Grab a free album from local rapper ToneKrusher Smith over at Reviler.

Panda Bear

Excitement for the new Panda Bear LP Tomboy is reaching a fever pitch, and the latest song that might be on the album is "Atiba Song," which you can find over at Reviler. While I wish I wasn't swept up in the hype...I totally am. Can't wait for this record.

Best Heart Health!


In contrast to yesterdays negative map, Ezra Klein has a map of what each state does best. While ours isn't the most exciting, in the grand scheme of things it is a pretty good one to have.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Ducktails + Panda Bear

Ducktails already put out one of the best records of this year so far, and that was even before he released a song featuring Panda Bear (Noah Lennox) of Animal Collective. If you missed it, head over to Reviler to check out the awesome, breezy track "Killin the Vibe" from the two artists.

Abby Go Go

Read my review of the new, self titled album from Atlanta rockers Abby Go Go over at Reviler. I had a hard time with the review as I didn't really like the record, but I didn't really hate it either. Make for a less decisive review and one that features a lot of me thinking in the meta sense about what the hell I am even supposed to be "judging" these albums on.

Bet you can't do that again....



Pretty awesome mini golf shot. The kind of thing that can't be explained (and probably wouldn't be believed) without video evidence.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Egypt

After the (unfortunately) unsuccessful Green Revolution in Iran and the (looking like) successful Jasmine Revolution in Tunsinia, things are really starting to shake up in many countries that for centuries have been under the thumb of dictators. The latest to stir is Egypt (protests pictured above), which has lived under the rule of Hosni Mubarak for over 30 years. I can't imagine the bravery needed to march in a rally where you are pretty likely to get bashed over the head (or worse), but seeing tens of thousands of people doing just that for their freedom is pretty cool.

As with all things like this, head to the Daily Dish for exhaustive coverage.

Camden

Camden, the side project of Cole from Daughters of the Sun, just released a really cool 7" with "Price of Leather" b/w "Despair and Confusion." Head over to Reviler to check out a video from the release show at Yeti Records.

What's your state worst at?

The Economist wins again with this fascinating map that shows what each state is the worst at. I eat this stuff up...hope you all enjoy it.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Nice Purse



Above are local group Nice Purse getting down with an acoustic session. Sound like something you like? Head over to Reviler for more videos.

Sargent Shriver

I meant to mention Sargent Shriver last week, but never got around to it. If you aren't familiar with the Kennedy family in-law, you should be. He was a fascinating, humble warrior for poor and working class families and did the work without ever trying to bask in the limelight for the amazing things he did. His accomplishments include starting the Peace Corps, Job Corps, Head Start, VISTA, and much more. A really fascinating guy who will be missed. Read more about him from his biographer HERE.

Plants and Animals Daytrotter

Plants and Animals are a band I have been advocating for to anyone who will listen since the first time I heard their amazing Parc Avenue LP. Well, the group is back with a Daytrotter session, and you should check it out.

Sheriden Fox



Check out the great song song "Ocean of Love" from local singer/songwriter Sheriden Fox, best known for his work fronting the indie blues/rock band His Mischief.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Crystal Stilts

Head over to Reviler to hear some new tracks from the upcoming sophomore album In Love with Oblivion from the underrated band Crystal Stilts. Very excited for this one.

Despicable Me

I am a sucker for good, smart animated films, and Despicable Me fell right into my wheelhouse. It wasn't as good as Wall-E, but still a pretty good movie that could be enjoyed by people across a wide age range.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Beach Fossils


Beach Fossils released one of my favorite (and in my opinion vastly underrated) records of 2010 with their self titled debut. They are back to start 2011 with a EP called What a Pleasure, which contains the song "Calyer," which you can listen to over at Reviler. Can't wait to hear the whole EP.

James Blake


Read Four Takes on the debut LP from British dubstep/soul/r&b artist James Blake over at Reviler.

MN= Thailand

Comparing the Gross Domestic Product of states in the US to various countries around the world. We are closest to Thailand. Pretty interesting stuff.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Go! Team


Read my thoughts, along with three other reviews, of the new Go! Team album Rolling Blackouts over at Reviler.

Franken's BFF?

Politico had a run of the mill story on how Rand Paul wants to destroy government and any semblance of safety nets for people and how he has become fast friends with Al Franken and .....wait, WHAT?!. Definitely wasn't expecting that. Read the whole story HERE.

Mally x The Sundance Kid

Listen to the songs "Cloud Culture" and "The Renaissance" by rapper Mally and producer The Sundance Kid over at Reviler. The tracks are part of the Mally x The Sundance Kid monthly series where they have been releasing a free new song each month. They represent December and November, respectively.

Cloud Nothings

Listen to the new song "Should Have" by dream pop band Cloud Nothing, who are currently on tour with dream pop kingpins Toro Y Moi, over at Reviler.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Ghostband


Listen to the noisy pop track "No Nutzzzz" from local electronic veterans Ghostband over at Reviler. Another win for Moon Glyph. Release party at the Entry on Jan. 26th.

Cyrus

Finally saw Cyrus this last week (I know...two movies in a week!), and it was pretty good. One of the more weirdly paced movies, it seemed to disregard formalities and really highlight some sections and breeze through others. It actually was kind of cool...not having a "they met, they fought, they got back together" plot that you saw from a mile away. While it wasn't the best thing I have seen, if you are looking for a decent, quirky comedy you could do worse.

Reviler

Reviler turned 1 years old a few weeks back, which is pretty exciting. Jon just made a new banner (above) and we will have some other exciting news in the near future. In the meantime, if you don't check out the site, give it a gander. Thanks!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Strangelights/Magic Casltes/Flavor Crystals

Check out the video above (MPLS band Strangelights) and a few more over at Reviler from a show last weekend at Cause.

Inception

Finally saw this flick last week and was pleasantly surprised. I am someone with a minuscule attention span, so I was wondering if I would lose interest and then miss things, but the story was pretty straightforward (but still interesting) and the movie moved along briskly. I am not enough of a movie person to say whether it was one of the best of the year, but I can see why it got all the hype and can say it was pretty solid as far as this genre of movie goes.

Biggie Smalls

It is sometimes strange when you think of the mega attention paid to the Biggie and Tupac murders and then realize that these two super famous people were gunned down by people who never have been apprehended. It feels like a movie, but they were two human beings with kids and families and they were shot to death, with so far no one being reprimanded for it. In slightly good news, Salon reports that there is some progress being made with new leads in the Biggie murder, but I don't think anyone is holding their breath.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Mark McGuire Living with Myself

I'll leave you for the week with a link to my Reviler review of the amazing album Living with Yourself by Mark Mcguire. McGuire is the guitarist for space-kraut mainstays Emeralds, but his first "real" full length (after countless self released) is as powerful of an album as I have heard in a while. The songs are instrumental monsters, sans some audio that he found that his Dad had recorded of him and his siblings as a child. As you can expect, the sweet and innocent audio recordings are matched by epic, swelling instrumentals to great results. Highest recommendation.

Smith Westerns

I was a little surprised the Smith Westerns didn't get more attention based off their debut LP, but will be even more surprised if their sophomore effort Dye it Blonde doesn't find them increasing their audience (especially since it features the knockout between album single "Imagine pt. III"). The first single, "All Die Young," sums up the fun, well made record (hear it HERE). It sounds like the best of fuzz garage pop and glam mixed together by some sexed up kids, which by all accounts it is.

Keith Ellison Event


In a cool move, Keith Ellison will be having a Congress on Your Corner event tonight from 5-7PM at the Midtown Global Market. The event is both a tribute to the Congresswomen Gifford and an example that people like Keith won't be afraid to continue doing what they are meant to do, which is to reach out and help people who live in their district. I don't have anything to ask him, but I am planning on stopping by to show my support. Hell, even if you don't say hi to the Congressman, there are worse places to be than the Midtown Global Market on a Friday night around dinner time.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Lower Dens

Head over to Reviler to listen to the new jam "Dear Betty Baby" (Mayo Thompson Cover) by Jana Hunter and her band Lower Dens. Good stuff.

Reviler Video Vault



Check out more videos like the one above over at Reviler as part of our Sunday video dump of live shows we have seen.

5 Reasons not to worry

Michelle Bachmann says she may be running for President, which is enough to keep anyone awake at night, but the AV Club gives us 5 reasons not to worry. While some are actual, real reasons that would invoke an adult discussion, I still like #3 the best.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Sleeping in the Aviary

Above is video from Sleeping in the Aviary at the Triple Rock Social Club last week. Follow this link to Reviler to see a few music videos from the band, along with other videos from the show last week from Buffalo Moon and Phantom Tails.

The Dirtbombs



The Dirtbombs cut their teeth covering Detroit soul and R & B, and now they are returning to material created from their city, but this time it is the cities famous techno/house scene from the 80's. The video above is the first single and you can find out more over at Reviler.

Sims

Above video is for the new Sims track "Burn it Down," which you can find out more about (and pre-order) over at Reviler.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Tom Delay (Felon-TX)

Man, hopefully the 2000's were good for you Tom Delay (aka The Hammer), cause the 2010's are going to be pretty rough. Delay, the former Speaker of the House and W's tough guy on the Hill, was charged with laundering money from political donations, which apparently is a felony (who knew?!). While I am sure he will go to a country club prison and write a best selling book upon his release, at least there is a little bit of justice for maniacs like Delay.

Ducktails III

Head over to Reviler to check out my review of the excellent new album Ducktails III: Arcade Dynamics from Real Estate guitarist Matthew Mondanile, who records his chilled out pysch pop under the nom de plume Ducktails. It is a great record and only has me more excited for the forthcoming Real Estate LP that is dropping later this year.

guns, guns, guns

Since the tragic events of this last weekend, both side of the political spectrum have been guilty of saying some crazy stuff. While this article by Matt Yglesias isn't saying that we should ban all guns (I am closer to that position than he is), he points out how crazy it is to say that more guns (literally everyone being armed) would cause less violence. Because selling a semi automatic gun to a kid who acted so strangely that he was a recluse from society and was kicked out of his community college worked out so well.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Local Dubstep

Check out a new local dubstep artist named Bogtrotter over at Reviler with his new track "Meltdown."

How the recession changed us

Interesting charts from the Economist about how these last few years have changed us.

Free X Mas Albums

Head over to Reviler to check out some free albums/live shows/mixtapes that bands released during the holiday season.

The Samps


Check out the track "Where You From" from cut and paste funk dudes The Samps, who are part of Ariel Pinks Haunted Graffiti, over at Reviler.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Woodsman

Read my review of the awesome new album Rare Forms by Denver based pysch warriors Woodsman. The record drops on Jan 25th on Fire Talk records and has made a beeline to the top of my (admittedly very short) list of favorite records of 2011 so far.

Too Stupid

Michelle Bachmann has a stump speech talking about how she was a Democrat (even campaigning for Carter) and how she "saw the light" and become a right wing nut job. That story often involves reading a Gore Vidal book, which has changed a few times, but most recently has been his fictional biography "Burr" about one of the Founding Father Alexander Burr. When asked by Salon what he thought of that, his response was :


"She is too stupid to deserve an answer."

Nicely said.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Ty Segall

Check out the a link for the awesome Ty Segall Daytrotter session over at Reviler. If you missed his LP Melted from 2010, you should check it out.

Fat Nation


That gets fatter in the South. That's right folks, over 1/3 of the population of Mississippi is obese. The whole traditional "South" is pretty beefy, but really, Minnesota's 25% is nothing to write home about.

(H/T)

Winter Solstice Lunar Eclipse

Winter Solstice Lunar Eclipse from William Castleman on Vimeo.

In case you missed the lunar eclipse a little while back by selfishly sleeping at 4am, you can now watch it, in crystal clear HD, on your computer. Take that mother nature.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

President Bachmann?

Ugh. The same day Michelle Bachmann is proposing to repeal the Wall Street Reform bill, because, you know, big bad government should stop being mean to the hard working every men at Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan, we hear she is seriously considering a run for President in 2012. If Bachmann and Palin are in the Republican primary to face Obama, one can only imagine the craziness that will ensue in their quest to prove their "conservative credentials." It will make 1964 look like a coffee shop debate and will only make life easier for Obama (and all other down ticket Dems) to shine a light on the garbage that the Republicans are peddling. "We Love the Constitution (but not the separation of church and state)"...."We work for middle American (by cutting taxes for the mega wealthy and opening loopholes for giant corporations)"..."We have to stop the debt (after more tax cuts and out of control defense spending)"...etc, etc, etc. The best part of the Palin/Bachmann Tea Party clique is they are so delusional and full of hubris that I think they truly believe people will believe their farce and put them in power, while either of them being the nominee would only open the door for a Democrat landslide. One can only hope.

Bert Blyleven

We'll find out soon if Twins announcer/former pitcher Bert Blyleven is elected to the baseball hall of fame, as he should be. Go Bert!

Craziness

The picture above was taken by a Filipino politician right before he was shot (in front of his family on New Years Eve). Luckily the photo helped capture the shooter, but wow, how amazing (and awful) is this? read the whole story HERE.

Fox News

I know I was shocked...SHOCKED...when I saw that on basic questions about what is happening in the news, Fox News viewers were found to be more misinformed about what is going than the general public. Before you conjure up your "it was reported on by the hateful liberals (the NYT!) in the lamestream media," I actually first saw it while checking out the Conservative site Frum Forum, which is the site started by former Bush staff member David Frum.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

drugs v booze


Salon dives into the contentious question on whether....gasp...our beloved alcohol might be worse than many of the big, bad drugs that we so vehemently hate and keep illegal. No matter what the final outcome, I think the world will be a saner place when people will at least acknowledge the hypocrisy of the War on Drugs when mirrored against our culture that promotes alcohol and cigarettes as cool and integral parts of society. Something has to give, either the former list isn't so bad or the latter is worse than we want to admit, but it would be silly and ignorant to try to reconcile the two.

British tunes

This dude plays all the "hits" from England from the last 50 years. Can't say all the songs are my favorites, but it is pretty impressive, especially the transitions from songs to songs.

Cost per Murder


Interesting article from Slate talking about the cost society faces for each murder (and crime in general). The headline stated 17 million dollars, which is on the high end, but it is a good reminder how much our court system costs, especially compared with what it would cost to do early childhood education, community based programs, etc, etc.