Wednesday, September 30, 2009

More Cowbell Wednesday Series @ The Turf Club

I swear I do not work at or get paid by The Turf Club. It just so happens they book a lot of great shows. Speaking of Poor Weather Club, More Cowbell's Wednesday Series has a tasty show this evening. G-Biz, Ill Ease and Ratt Poison also throw down tonight in the Midway.

Thanks to you can print out this flyer and get in for $3.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The Urinals @ The Turf Club

320kbps mp3s are available on
FLAC files are available on The Traders' Den (utorrent is your friend)

The Urinals
The Turf Club
St. Paul, MN
Saturday September 26th 2009

Taper: empty (emptystapes AT gmail DOT com)
Location: AB, 5' LOC, 6' back, ~8' ^
Source: MBHO 603a KA200N > Silver Quad customs > UA-5 (BM2p+) > iRiver h120 (Optical @ 16bit 44.1kHz WAV)
Transfer: h120 > USB 2.0 > PC [WAV > TLH lvl 6 + Tested > FLAC]
Edit: CD Wave (tracking) Sound Forge 10 (fades)
TRT: 35:15

This Recording is for Promotional & Archival Purposes Only.

01. Hologram
02. Close Our Eyes
03. Black Hole
04. Girl Before
05. Water/Blood
06. Beautiful Again
07. Rocket To The Moon
08. Insomnia
09. Sex
10. Shut Yer Trap
11. Strip Club
12. The President & King Shake Hands
13. Unblackmailable
14. This Song Is A Virus
15. I'm A Bug
16. Ack, Ack, Ack, Ack
17. You're Gonna Miss Me |

Kevin Barrett - drums
Rob Roberge - guitar & vocals
John Talley-Jones - vocals & bass guitar

It was an honor to tape the legendary Los Angeles punk band The Urinals. I'd also like to give them a sincere thank you for the green light to share this with folks. This was the last of three shows with the mighty Killdozer. Mannequin Men (Chicago) and The Blind Shake (Minneapolis) opened. I'll try to get some tracks up from the other sets as well. Thanks to Herb, Ryan and the rest of The Turf Club staff for doing what they do.

As of Summer 2009 The Urinals have been finishing up their new 13 track album. They're working with Mike Martt (Thelonious Monster, Tex and the Horseheads) at Greenhouse in Long Beach. Keep an eye out for that.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Golden Birthdays & Tour Managers...

So if I let Thursday's tour manager know that the 29th is my "golden birthday" do you think they'll show mercy on the taping front? I'm very interested in getting a recording of the La Dispute set and was given the green light by them to do so. I've heard from people on the West coast that The Fall of Troy are cool with it as well. In all honesty if I need to pack it up before Thursday go on to accomplish this than I'm down. Taping "bigger" bands can get tricky. Even if they're cool with it they may get trumped by the management. I also haven't tried taping at The Varsity since my homie Erik's departure so things could get interesting.

Unfortunately, Young Widows have dropped off the tour but will be returning to The Triple Rock in November with Russian Circles. Their previous two shows (Triple Rock & Turf Club) are in the archives.

Besides being a gorgeous venue what's the best part about seeing shows at The Varsity? Mesa Pizza is across the street!

Benefit show for the Daniele Finley Foundation.

The Daniele Finley Foundation's mission is "to provide emergency support to young adults in the Twin Cities." Here's another snippet from the foundation's website regarding last night's event. "When Daniele died, we asked that people give memorial donations to the Animal Humane Society. We still like that idea. People also gave us a basket of cash at the funeral and in the mail. And on September 27, a benefit will be held at The Triple Rock to raise more money." If you would like to make a donation please email or call 651-644-4540.

The line-up included; The Hostages, Lusurfer, Poor Weather Club, Best Bitch In Show, and DJ Rock the Monkey. Having taped The Blackthorns at The Varsity in '07 I was particularly interested in catching Poor Weather Club (ex-Blackthorns). Unfortunately that was the only set that I taped and I'll check with the band on getting some of those tracks posted.

On a side note, sorry to say that the Blackthorns recording mentioned above is trapped on a HDD that went out on me in July '07. I'm hoping to recover it when data-recovery does not cost $$$.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Killdozer, The Urinals, Mannequin Men & The Blind Shake @ The Turf

Wow. To be completely honest I was aware of Killdozer & The Urinals but I never consistently listened to them and therefore never really "got into" them. I can't think of anywhere else I would have rather been around town last night. Mannequin Men (Chicago) & The Blind Shake (Minneapolis) both killed their time on stage as well. Whoever put this line up together knew what they were doing. Truly historical. Many people missed out but that's how it goes. Thanks to The Turf Club for hosting.

So far I have permission to post a couple two or three songs from each set but I want to confirm this. I'll try to circulate full sets if possible.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Roma di Luna @ The Turf Club

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Roma di Luna (duo)
The Turf Club
St. Paul, MN
Wednesday September 9th 2009

Taper: empty (emptystapes AT gmail DOT com)
Location: AB, 5' LOC, 6' back, ~8' ^
Source: MBHO 603a KA200N > Silver Quad customs > UA-5 (BM2p+) > iRiver h120 (Optical @ 16bit 44.1kHz WAV)
Transfer: h120 > USB 2.0 > PC [WAV > TLH lvl 6 + Tested > FLAC]
Edit: CD Wave (tracking) Sound Forge 10 (normalized + fades)
TRT: 38:43

This Recording is for Promotional & Archival Purposes Only.

01. Dance Me to the End of Love #
02. Blue Moon %
03. Before I Die ^
04. Hallelujah *
05. These Tears Ain't Mine ^
06. Inside the Bells ^
07. Bring It on Home to Me +
08. In the Aeroplane over the Sea =

# Leonard Cohen
% Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart
* Jeff Buckley (L. Cohen)
+ Sam Cooke
= Neutral Milk Hotel
^ Roma di Luna

Channy Moon Casselle - vocals & violin
Alexei Moon Casselle - vocals & guitar

On this night we celebrated Steve Yasgar's birthday. Steve's lady friend Lee was caring enough to put together a special surprise bill. Communist Daughter, Ela (reunited w/ original line-up) and Building Better Bombs played as well. It was one of the most complete & solid shows from start to finish in recent memory. As you can see this was also a very unique Roma di Luna set. Not only are the duo performances rare these day but the set was full of brilliant covers...some perhaps never performed before of ever again. Have a listen, you'd be a fool to miss this one.

Please check back if you're interested in FLAC files. I also wanted to try to get some of the other sets posted. Ela is close.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Junkyard Empire "Rebellion Politik" CD Release

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And for all of the people in the know about FLAC files.

Junkyard Empire
"Rebellion Politik" CD Release Show
The Cedar Cultural Center
Minneapolis, MN
Friday September 4th 2009

Taper: empty (emptystapes AT gmail DOT com)
Location: DINish ( cm, º) FOB, DFC, 30' back, ~9' ^
Source: MBHO 603a KA200N > Silver Quad > UA-5 (BM2p+) > iRiver h120 (Optical @ 16bit 44.1kHz WAV)
Transfer: h120 > USB 2.0 > PC [WAV > TLH lvl 6 + Tested > FLAC]
Edit: CD Wave (tracking) Sound Forge 10 (fade out)
TRT: 54:54

This Recording is for Promotional & Archival Purposes Only.

01. ...Carnage's beatbox intro
02. Casualties of War
03. Original Assumption
04. Rebellion Politik
05. Snake in the Grass
06. open jam with RDM and Carnage
07. Back to the Basics feat. RDM and Carnage
08. Conflict, the History Part I
09. Catharsis
10. ...Rock el Imperio intro
11. Rock el Imperio (Rock the Empire/Alternative Energy medley)
12. intros
13. Manifest

Brihanu - Vocals
Christopher Robin Cox - Keyboard/Trombone
Bryan Berry - Guitar
Dan Choma - Bass
Graham O' Brien - Drums/Laptop |

Pick up your copy of "Rebellion Politik" today. It's available on all major online stores right now. Carnage, Guante, Samosa and Dahr Jamail supported the evening. Thank you to the bands and to The Cedar for being down with taping.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

P.O.S. @ First Avenue

I'll be in Phoenix taping WHY? but you won't want to miss this line up in the Mainroom. Get your tickets soon because it's likely to sell out fast. Leave it to Minneapolis to host a bill like this. I wish I wasn't missing it.

Please do me one small favor and consider picking up tickets at The Electric Fetus instead of Ticketmaster.

with Plain Ole Bill, Slapping Purses, Prof & St. Paul Slim and Moonstone
First Avenue
Saturday, October 24, 2009
$10.00 adv | $12.00 door

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Viruses & BBQs...

I've been dealing with a virus the past couple of weeks but today I win. Thanks to a friend I put in a new 750GB drive, copied all of my data over and reloaded Vista.

Tapes are piling up but a certain real estate deal is more important at the moment anyways. Happy grilling from the Southside where there's always something going down in the back lot whether you like it or not.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

No Bird Sing CD Release @ The Triple Rock

V0 mp3 files are available here.
Lossless FLAC files are available here.

No Bird Sing
s/t CD Release Show
The Triple Rock
Minneapolis, MN
Saturday September 12th 2009

Taper: empty (emptystapes AT gmail DOT com)
Location: DINish (cm, º), right drink rail, 25' back, ~10' ^
Source: MBHO 603a KA200N > Silver Quad customs > UA-5 (BM2p+) > iRiver h120 (Optical @ 16bit 44.1kHz WAV)
Transfer: h120 > USB 2.0 > PC [WAV > TLH lvl 6 + Tested > FLAC]
Edit: CD Wave (tracking) Sound Forge 9 (fades)
TRT: 57:25

This Recording is for Promotional & Archival Purposes Only.

01. ...Michael Larsen on the evil of corporations intro
02. Chopper
03. Dead Leaves
04. Prometheus
05. Ashen
06. Devil Trombones
07. ...thank you
08. Land Mines
09. ...please welcome Alicia Wiley & Kristoff Krane
10. Sparrows *
11. intros
12. Plastic Lines +
13. El Oh Hell
14. Legal Blood Money
15. Night at Arms
16. ars poetica?

* Kristoff Krane (voice) Alicia Wiley (keys)
+ Alicia Wiley (keys & voice)

Joe Horton - Voice/Keys
Robert Mulrennan - Guitar
Graham O'Brien - Drums/Electronics

There's a huge buzz about No Bird Sing around town and for good reason...they are the best new local band of 2009. This evening was a great time in general for being a gathering of friends in my favorite Minneapolis venue. Kristoff Krane and Black Blondie also lit the room up. Special guest DJ James Diers kept the party moving. No Bird Sing's self-titled debut album is available as a digital download on various sites (Amazon and iTunes for starters) as well as a limited CD run. The CDs were only being sold at the two release shows; Eclipse Records (9/11) and The Triple Rock (9/12). You should contact the band to inquire about remaining copies. While you're hitting the favorite online shop check out Kristoff Krane's "This Will Work For Now" and Black Blondie's "Do You Remember Who You Wanted to Be." Thanks to The Triple Rock for holding down Cedar Avenue.

This show was sponsored by 89.3 The Current and Culture Bully.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Tracks coming soon from...

So the virus that my pc contracted last week has slowed me down a bit (along with work & being a bleeding human). With that said, full sets and or individual tracks from your favorite local bands are on their way. We're talking some No Bird Sing, Junkyard Empire, Guante & Big Cats!, Samosa, Carnage, Ela (reunited w/ original members), Roma di Luna (duo), Building Better Bombs, Communist Daughter, Big Trouble, Black Blondie and Kristoff Krane.

Enjoy the weekend. See you on the West Bank.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Clapperclaw '09 Mixtape

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Clapperclaw Festival 2009
(Outdoor Stage)
Intermedia Arts
Minneapolis, MN
Saturday September 5th 2009

Taper: empty (emptystapes AT gmail DOT com)
Location: DINish (cm, º), FOB, DFC 30' back, ~9' ^
Source: MBHO 603a KA200N > Silver Quad customs > UA-5 (BM2p+) > iRiver h120 (Optical @ 16bit 44.1kHz WAV)
Transfer: h120 > USB 2.0 > PC [WAV > TLH lvl 6 + Tested > FLAC]
Edit: CD Wave (tracking) Sound Forge 9 (omitted some between the tracks 1s & 0s)

This Recording is for Promotional & Archival Purposes Only.

01. No Bird Sing - Land Mines
02. No Bird Sing - Night at Arms
03. No Bird Sing - ars poetica?
04. Guante - The Hero
05. Guante - One of These Mornings
06. City on the Make - Massive Project Engineering
07. City on the Make - You Got The Juice Now
08. City on the Make - Money Is My Friend
09. City on the Make - Chicks on Bikes
10. Kristoff Krane - Proud To Be An American > BeMeTooConfused
11. Kristoff Krane - Little Willy
12. Kristoff Krane - This Will Work For Now
13. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin 1
14. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin 2
15. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin 3
16. Free Energy 1 *
17. Free Energy 2 *

* sbd

A huge thank you to Matt Perkins and much respect to ALL of the people who help to put Clapperclaw together and keep it going year after year. Unfortunately this compilation does not include any of the music from the electronic stage. It does include tracks from; No Bird Sing, Guante, City on the Make, Kristoff Krane, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin and Free Energy. Please support the artists by purchasing the official releases. Please support Clapperclaw by coming out next year. The weather was perfect. It was one of the best Saturdays of the summer.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Dahr Jamail @ The Cedar

I have several recordings from the weekend to put out there but something that I'm most excited about is Dahr Jamail's reading from the Junkyard Empire EP Release show at The Cedar on Friday night. Dahr Jamail is an American journalist who has reported extensively on the Iraq War. Between 2003 and 2005 Jamail spent 8 months in Iraq publishing first hand accounts on his website, Dahr Jamail's Mideast Dispatches. As clichéd as this typically sounds over the interwebs it was a true honor to be able to meet this man and to hear him speak. A sincere thank you to Junkyard Empire and The Cedar for giving him a venue with which to address the Twin Cities. Jamail's new book, "The Will to Resist - Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan" is available now. It can be purchased locally at Mayday Books on the West Bank.

Please check out what Dahr had to share with us. Here's a 320kbps mp3. (Right Click > "Save Link As")

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Attracted to Gods CD Release

I had intended on documenting the Attracted to Gods CD Release at The Triple Rock Saturday the 29th. Batteries were charged & gear was ready to go but after back to back nights in the Entry I started feeling lazy after work. A back lot BBQ with the neighbors ensued and I unfortunately never made it out of Longfellow.

Never mind my procrastination! Attracted to Gods released their new album "Sinners and Saints" on Blue Worm Records. Prairie Sons, Truck Stops Across America and Phil Little opened.

ATG were taped August '08 @ The Triple Rock.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Ice Palace @ The Entry

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Ice Palace
The Entry
Minneapolis, MN
Friday August 28th 2009

Taper: empty (emptystapes AT gmail DOT com)
Location: AB (cm, º), left drink rail, 20' back, ~8' ^
Source: SP-C4 Cards > Silver Quad customs > UA-5 (BM2p+) > iRiver h120 (Optical @ 16bit 44.1kHz WAV)
Transfer: h120 > USB 2.0 > PC [WAV > TLH lvl 6 + Tested > FLAC]
Edit: CD Wave (tracking) Sound Forge 9.0 (fade out)

This Recording is for Promotional & Archival Purposes Only.

01. Pirate By Thirty
02. Lily
03. Coliseum
04. Phonebook Pillow
05. Slow Motion Fall
06. Corner of My Eye
07. Devil's Tower
08. Nuance and Spark
09. Track 9
10. Thoughts/Facts

Adam Sorensen
Jacob Grun
Amy Hager
Jacob Mullis
Joe Gaskill |

Yes, I've been taping Ice Palace a lot lately. Have a listen. Wanted to have this out a few days ago but my pc has been sick. The title of Track 9 escapes me at the moment. Ice Palace is on tour now!

Paragraphs & Ice Palace opened for Wheat. Much respect to Ron.

Aug 28 7th st. entry Minneapolis
Aug 29 Schubas Chicago,Illinois
Aug 30 Vaudeville Mews Des Moines, Iowa
Sep 01 Hi Dive Denver, Colorado
Sep 02 Waiting Room Omaha, Nebraska
Sep 03 Picador Iowa city, Iowa
Sep 04 The House Cafe Dekalb, Illinois
Sep 05 Frankies Toledo, Ohio
Sep 06 Garfield Artworks Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Sep 07 The Fire Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Sep 08 The Wonderbar Asbury Park, New Jersey
Sep 09 Union Hall Brooklyn, New York
Sep 11 Melody Inn Indianapolis, Indiana
Sep 12 The Terrace Madison, Wisconsin