Friday, August 27, 2010

Maybe A Little Friday Rambling?

Nothing has been recorded yet this week but I did witness some good live music. On Tuesday The Funeral And The Twilight scooped me up in their righteous van. It's an old hospital van that has a lift in the band for loading/unloading gear. Of course I wasn't feeling "good" about this being the last Poor Weather Club show but it felt good to be in the room for it. I've known about and enjoyed PWC and TFATT for a bit now but the two surprises of the evening were Raccoon Raccoon and The Great Confinement. No offense intended to the other stellar bands on the bill but it was my first time seeing The Great Confinement and they kind of stole the show for me.

There were so many shows that I wanted to catch on Wednesday but running on very little sleep I decided to keep things in the neighborhood. The Balloon Fortress was hosting a show at the old Arise! Books location which will soon be home to Boneshaker Books. Caleb from Bouncer Fighter had his art up from the previous night's opening. Cole (Daughters of the Sun, Camden) opened things with his new project Suicidal Thoughts. Perhaps the set that I was most curious was next. Elliott from Sleeping in the Aviary "made party" as Tickle Torture. Phat beats. For some reason it was my first time seeing Food Pyramid and their set was one of those you wished wouldn't end. Lots of folks around town have been talking about Phantom Tails, their calendar is stacked with shows and now I know why; they take no bullshit. Wish I could have made it to the Entry.

Unfortunately I was a schmuck last night and did not attend Chibalo + Satellite Voices + Seated Heat at the Turf. Chibalo will have a presence in the Archive soon.

Tonight is looking crazy with things to do:

- SexEd Rocks: Vampire Hands, Brute Heart, Grant Cutler & the Gorgeous Lords, Mr. Hide + TBA @ The Hexagon

- Whitesand/Bandlands @ Uptown Theatre (11:45pm a screen of "Camille 2000" to follow)

- Paul Collins' Beat + The Hypstrz + Ian Olvera & The Sleepwalkers @ The Triple Rock

- Vaz + Skoal Kodiak + Paul Metzger @ The Turf Club

- Red Pens (Van Benefit) + Zombie Season + Nice Purse + Sky Lion @ Sauce

- Cold as Fuck 12" release show #2 with Mojospleens, Anneliese, Cokskar, Squidfist, Gnawed, Disthroned Agony, Obchod Na Korze @ Rathole

- Last ever BOMP @ The Bedlam

- Aaron & the Sea + Dance nineten + special friendz @ Tarnish & Gold

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

How Many Shows Can You Take?

I haven't recorded anything since The Glitch Mob at First Avenue last Friday but options are plentiful tonight:

Leisure Birds + American Lotus + Robust Worlds + Magnetic Ghost @ The Entry - 8pm $6

Total Fucking Blood + Skin of Earth + Cadette @ The Turf - 9pm $5

Marijuana Deathsquads @ Nick and Eddie - 11pm no cover

Food Pyramid + Tickle Torture (Elliott from Sleeping in the Aviary) + More TBA @ Storefront-in-a-Box (Arise!) - 7pm $5 suggested donation?

Delta Lyrae + Thunderbolt Pagoda + Flavor Crystals + Fire in the Northern Firs + The Dead Gurus @ The Bedlam Theatre - 9:30pm $5

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Poor Weather Club Is Dead.

Kitty Cat Klub (315 14th Ave SE)
August 24th
No Cover

The Funeral and the Twilight
Poor Weather Club
The Great Confinement
Raccoon Raccoon

Yes folks, word is Poor Weather Club play their last show this evening at Kitty Cat Klub in Dinkytown. There is no cover. More importantly because I missed the Nomad show with The Funeral and the Twilight a few months ago I'm happy to see them on the same bill. Facespace.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Marijuana Deathsquads @ Nick and Eddie (XXVIII)

This recording can be downloaded here.

Marijuana Deathsquads
Nick and Eddie (XXVIII)
Minneapolis, MN
Wednesday August 11th 2010

Taper: empty emptystapes AT gmail DOT com)
Location: In front of stage right. Near the "restroom passage"
Source: AKG 414B-xls (Cards or Wide Cards?) > Silver Quad customs > UA-5 (BM2p+) > iRiver h120 (Optical @ 16bit 44.1kHz WAV)
Transfer: h120 > USB 2.0 > PC [WAV > razorlame > 320kbps]

Week Twenty Eight.


T Bos
Slapping Purses

The first 120 seconds are missing because I was in the alley engaged in a discussion with Craig and Freddy. Boss usually pages me in these situations. Most people probably wouldn't have noticed had I not said anything but the anal taper discloses all details.

Tonight: She's A Busy One.

I don't think I've made it to bed before 2am since last week at Nick & Eddie but don't worry 'ma, the 40 hour grind is still in full swing. I think I'll be able to sleep a little bit Saturday morning/afternoon.

Please join Robyn at Nick & Eddie tonight as she celebrates turning 26. There's a facespace invite. Tonight's entertainment includes Marijuana Deathsquads, Spyder Baybie Raw Dog 3k and 2% Muck and DJ Matt St. Germain aka Makr.

So if you're not joining us down by the park maybe you're heading to The Turf Club for Aunt Dracula (Philly), Haunted House, Hands, New Labor and Camden (Cole of Daughters of the Sun). That's $5 at 9pm Midway style.

And if for some crazy reason neither of those events appeal to you This Will Destroy You and Autolux are playing the Varsity Theater tonight. $13 with 8pm doors. The 07/11/07 This Will Destroy set at Station 4 was one of the best sets of the summer without question. Unfortunately I don't think I'm going to make it to Dinkytown tonight. I'll be watching over my shoulder for disgruntled Greg Edwards fans with an axe to grind.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Whitesand/Badlands @ The Turf Club

Download a .RAR file containing this recording here.

The Turf Club
St. Paul, MN
Saturday July 17th 2010

Taper: J.D. & B.B.
Source: DFC, ceiling mounted Rhode NT4 > SBD > 1/4" outs > iRiver h120 (Line-In @ 16bit 44.1kHz WAV)
Transfer: h120 > USB 2.0 > PC [WAV > RazorLame> 320kbps mp3]
Edit: CD Wave (tracking) Sound Forge 10 (compression)

This Recording is for Promotional & Archival Purposes Only.

01. Witch Hunting
02. Humans, #1
03. Brandspeakeasy
04. Sunburn
05. Magician's Hat

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This past July Whitesand/Badlands released the 2x LP "Seeding The Clouds" through Magnetic Ghost. The album can be purchased directly through the band via their website or through one of various local record stores including; Treehouse, Electric Fetus, Extreme Noise and Cheapo. A high quality digital download is available on the band's site as well.

Whitesand/Badlands, Skoal Kodiak and Haunted House (Lesh Is More CD Release) supported Clipd Beaks. This was Clipd Beaks first show "back home" in almost 3 years and one of their only shows outside of California so far this year. Unfortunately I was out of town for this stellar line up. Enter my homie and fellow live music archiving comrade Jon Davis (he's no slouch of a musician either; ghostband, Haunted House, Black Audience & Poop Smeared Mirror to name a few). The night before I flew out of town Jon was playing the Lightning Bolt show with PSM. Since I was recording this show it was the perfect opportunity to float him the gear needed to record at The Turf. With the help of the legendary B. Batson we were able to secure tapes of all 4 sets. So in short, without the help of J.D. and B.B. these sick recordings would not exist. Cheers fellas.

Pretty Boy Thorson & the Falling Angels (Reunion) @ The Triple Rock

Having recorded Pretty Boy Thorson & the Falling Angels at The Triple Rock in January 2007 and playing the hell out of that tape well into the Summer you could be sure I was going to be in the room for this Reunion/Farewell show. If I were a beating man I'd beat they aren't dead yet but in the meantime you should catch The Slow Death on their upcoming 24 date tour beginning August 24th at Ronny's in Chicago. On this eve The Falling Angels were supported by The Gleam, The Annandale Cardinals and Nato Coles & the Blue Diamond Band. Since this recording may or may not be officially released I'm only going to post one track for the time being. Please enjoy the following power ballad:

Pretty Boy Thorson & the Falling Angels - "The Best Part About Getting Dumped Is That You Get to Write a Power Ballad" Live at The Triple Rock

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Sometimes You Just Have To Take It All In And Smile

Yesterday was one of those days where it just felt great to be alive. It's amazing how much ground you can cover when you're not responsible for a bunch of expensive gear. Let's do this in chronological order as to not forget anyone;

Thanks to friends in The Funeral And The Twilight and their comfortable couch. Thanks Cinco De Mayo Mercado. Thanks Luce. Thanks City on the Make. Thanks Totally Gross National Product. Thanks Nick and Eddie and all the bands who played. Thanks The Nomad. Thanks inBOIL. Thanks DJ Shannon Blowtorch. Thanks The Triple Rock. Thanks the West Bank. Thanks Grumpy's Downtown. Thanks 24/7 Car Service.

AND Congratulations Trevor!!!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Martin Devaney: "The West End" LP plus download!

Good people of the Twin Cities your favorite Devaney has a new record out. Here's a note from Martin to us...

Dear Friends,

We recently finished recording and mixing my fifth record with my good friend and producer Mark Stockert (Brian Setzer, Danny Michel, Mark Olson) in Minneapolis. It was done in two major bursts of recording, albeit several months apart. The twelve songs were recorded to two-inch analog tape and mixed down to quarter-inch tape, using beautiful vintage tube microphones. We narrowed the tunes down to a ten song album and I think it's the best collection of songs I've put together in my ten year (ahem) career. I also believe that the best way to get to hear them would be on a beautiful, new slab o' vinyl.

Please understand that this is uncharted waters for yours truly. I've released four CDs in the past and worked hard throughout the whole process: mix and master the album, send it to the pressing company, get your boxes of CDs back, play and tour your ass off, and generally hope for the best. This time out, however, it's a different world. CD sales are crashing and digital sales/file sharing are how many people are hearing music. Some even suggest that the album as art form is dead.

I don't believe it. There are still music fans, myself included, who want to hear a complete piece of work, as conceived by the (ahem again) artist. I believe we've made that record. And so what better way to do so than on an LP?


Loring Alley Party Set Times...

Meet me in the beautiful cobblestone alley behind Nick & Eddie on the north end of Loring Park.

12:00 New Power Generators
1:00 Batmen
1:30 Baby Pizza
2:00 To Kill a Petty Bourgeoisie
2:40 Baby Pizza
3:00 Falcon Crest
3:30 Mike 2600
4:00 Spyder Baby Raw Dawg & 2% Muck
4:30 TJ Pubert
5:00 Book of Right On
5:30 717 Boys
6:00 Tender Meat
6:30 Food Team
7:00 Poop Smeared Mirror
7:30 Wes Winship
8:00 Total Fucking Blood
8:30 Plain Ole Bill
9:00 Voyager
9:30 Slapping Purses
10:00-close Marijuana Deathsquads

Friday, August 13, 2010

The Somethin' Else #3 Freaky Friday Mult-Eye-Media)

The Somethin' Else #3 is going down tonight at the Rogue Buddha Gallery in Northeast. Facespace invite.

The Somethin' Else #3
Freaky Friday Mult-Eye-Media
An Electronic Music Potluck

Danny Sigelman
Hot Tony
Speakerthorne Vs. Visionquest
DJ Derek Haglund
Additional visuals by Visionquest

Friday, August 13th
Rogue Buddha Gallery
357 13th Avenue Northeast
Minneapolis, MN
All Ages
$5 (optional with potluck contribution)

Hammerhead Recording Update...

So Mr. Davis swung by the Triple Rock to grab "the stuff" needed to document the Hammerhead reunion. Later that night I got a text from JD letting me know that our good friend and engineer extraordinaire H3rb was indeed multi-tracking at the Turf. Anyways, I'm happy to report that both shows were recorded last night, i.e. we get things done up here.

- empty

Thursday, August 12, 2010

How To Lose Your "Hard Rock Cred" Step One:

Many (I mean MANY) friends and close associates will be attending the Hammerhead show at The Turf Club this evening. Top shelf support in the form of STNNNG and Seawhores will bring people inside from the sweaty Pleasure Garden. Hammerhead played Death By Audio in NYC this past June and will also be playing the SOLD OUT AmRep 25th Anniversary show on August 28th. With that said, tonight's show will be the first and only time the local crowd has seen them in 14 some years.

Friends and associates, I hope the Turf is a blast but I have to catch up with Lytle and Burtch at The Triple Rock. See, they have this new band, Admiral Radley with Aaron Espinoza and Ariana Murray from Earlimart. I've been asked for the past couple of weeks if I was going to record Hammerhead. As much as I would like to I can't always be in "the spot" to record "the show" but hopefully someone comes through. I'm sure there will be a video camera in the room. Video is where it's at.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Marijuana Deathsquads @ Nick and Eddie (XXVII)

Download a .RAR file containing this recording here.

Marijuana Deathsquads
Nick and Eddie (XXVII)
Minneapolis, MN
Wednesday August 4th 2010

Taper: empty emptystapes AT gmail DOT com)
Location: dfc, stage lip with the stage facing the alley, 5' ^
Source: AKG 414B-xls (Cards) > Silver Quad customs > UA-5 (BM2p+) > iRiver h120 (Optical @ 16bit 44.1kHz WAV)
Transfer: h120 > USB 2.0 > PC [WAV > razorlame > 320kbps]

Week Twenty Seven:


Travis Bos
Ryan Chermack (guitar)

I'll check to see if I'm missing anyone. My apologies. See you in a few hours.

Roma di Luna Release Third LP: Then the Morning Came

On Saturday October 2nd Roma di Luna will release Then the Morning Came in the Mainroom at First Avenue.

"Mythologist Joseph Campbell once wrote, “Love is a friendship set to music.” For Alexei & Channy Casselle, husband and wife who began playing as Roma di Luna five years ago, that love is too big not to share. What started as a simple yet profound folk-singing duo on the 2006 EP Face of My Friends and 2007's Find Your Way Home began to develop as a band on 2008’s Casting the Bones. Now with full-time band members in the dynamic rhythm section of Ben Durrant, James Everest and Ryan Lovan, as well as vocalist Jessi Prusha, Roma di Luna has come into it’s own on the forthcoming full-length Then The Morning Came."

"Then The Morning Came weaves together influences of roots, bluegrass, gospel, psychedelia and soul, arrangements the band members brought to the structures supplied by Channy & Alexei. Channy's evocative voice remains front and center, surrounded by a magnificent array of sounds and textures inspired by the collaborative and adventurous approach the whole band took to producing the album. Recorded from April of 2009 to July 2010 at Crazy Beast Studio (Dosh, Andrew Bird) the process of Then The Morning Came was surrounded by births and deaths, often beset by a chaos and confusion that almost stopped the music-making altogether. Rising from challenges, the new life of the four babies who were born to the band members during recording was a source of comfort and strength. Channy wrote of the time, “Most of these songs were written and recorded with my newborn daughter in my arms. They are a reflection of the life and death surrounding her first year on this earth, the love and the madness I found in myself and the friendship of all my fears.” In that compass of Roma di Luna’s personal joys and struggles they made a record that builds on the traditions of the band and the cornerstones of American music, but contains its own entrancing power that is wholly and passionately their own."

Roma di Luna - "Hey Lover"

Upcoming Shows:

August 27th - Minnesota ZOO Amphitheater w/ Carolina Chocolate Drops, 7pm

September 5th & 6th - MN State Fair: Heritage Stage, 6pm

October 2nd - First Avenue Mainroom, w/ Dark Dark Dark (also their CD release show), Caroline Smith & the Good Night Sleeps, DJ Anatomy, Minneapolis, MN 6pm


So hopefully when I get back from work today my ISP will have come though. It's been kind of a nice break but thank you for checking back. In case you haven't heard the Marijuana Deathsquads set and screening of Fargo as part of the "4 Nights in Loring" series has been postponed to Tuesday August 31st due to the torrential rains last night. City on the Make did play Nick & Eddie last night. I hope everyone had a great time. Unfortunately this guy doesn't believe in automobiles and gear or no gear I didn't have the sand to walk a half dozen city blocks through that craziness.

Monday, August 09, 2010

Marijuana Deathsquads & City On The Make Take Loring Park.

This heat is death so it's a good thing there will be plenty of shade provided by Loring Park and Nick & Eddie tomorrow. At 7pm a sonic cleansing will rain down onto 55403 thanks to the MDS crew. Afterwords those in attendance will be treated to a screening of the Coen Brothers' Fargo. The afterparty place to be is across the street at Nick and Eddie for the Southside's City on the Make. These gentlemen come highly recommended so be sure to catch their N & E debut. It's going to be a long night and I hope I see you there. Special thanks to Andrea Swensson and Gimme Noise for keeping the tradition alive.

Tuesday August 10th:

Four Nights In Loring Park (Week Two)
Marijuana Deathsquads - 7pm
Fargo - screening at dusk

Nick and Eddie
City on the Make - 11:30pm

Photo by Erik Hess

Friday, August 06, 2010

Marching Band + The Craziest Show Ever: Tonight At 1419 Space

The following information is being lifted from my friend Dan:

"Jackie from Brute Heart is organizing a marching band to play during a parade from Riverside park to Curry Park (by The Bedlam) at 9pm. There will be stilt walkers, glow stick capes, and critical fierceness. Parade lands around 10pm in curry park and then people will migrate to the 1419 space (1419 washington ave across the street from the southern theater) and music begins at 11pm.

Gay Beast
Mother of Fire
No Babies (SF)
Orange Coax (Denton, TX)
Brute Heart

I'm decorating the stages w/ balloon blankets and cre paper

Should be amazing."

Sponsored by Red76 Collective and The Flatpak House

Dan's Gimme Noise interview regarding the show.


Tuesday, August 03, 2010

"Offline" For A Week.

I'm just about done moving and will not have net access at the new place until hopefully this Saturday 8/7. Will try to get some recordings get posted Saturday or Sunday. After a couple of different residences over the course of 5 plus years I'm a bit sad to be leaving the lovely Longfellow neighborhood. Things should work out just fine though because I didn't realize how many pals I had in the Lyndale neighborhood until I moved there. See you down the road Longfellow, you were always the best.

I got a call from Mr. Miller about stopping down to NPRS this week. Therefore hitting the Art of This show tonight is still up in the air. Unfortunately I won't make it to Communist Daughter in Loring Park or the 2nd Annual National Night Out Block Party House Show Extravaganza.

What a great week to be alive eh?

08-04 - MDS @ Nick & Eddie
08-04 - Audio Perm @ Eclipse
08-05 - mewithoutyou + Murder By Death @ Station 4
08-05 - Max Ether + Teen Eagle + Cadette @ The Entry
08-06 - Luke Redfield + Kristoff Krane + Red Pens @ The Entry
08-06 - Gay Beast + Mother of Fire + No Babies + Orange Coax + Brute Heart @ 1419
08-07 - Red Pens + Zoo Animal + First Communion Afterparty @ Triple Rock
08-07 - Haunted House + Velvet Davenport + Voytek + Camden + Come Fizzy Dolphin @ Turf Club

Tuesday Series @ Art of This Gallery

Every other Tuesday night @ 3506 Nicollet Ave S. Mpls, MN – 8 pm


Aerosol Pike
Philip Mann (alto & tenor saxes, bass clarinet, percussion); Ryan Reber (soprano sax, cello); Rick Ness (alto sax, B flat clarinet, multi-toned tenor bugle, percussion)

Charles Gillett & Mike Hallenbeck

Bryce Beverlin & Jacob Felix Heule

"Jacob Felix Heule is a drummer and electronic musician whose music directly expresses sonic texture and timbre through the discipline of free improvisation. Spanning extremes of physicality and intensity, stasis and restraint, his music follows from the traditions of electro-acoustic improv and noise.

In 2004 he founded the acoustic grind duo, Ettrick, with both members playing both drums and saxophones in a style often described as a hybrid of free jazz and black metal.

Heule has worked extensively with double bassist Tony Dryer since 2006, exploring heavy electronics as Basshaters since 2008. Their textural acoustic improv trio with clarinetist Jacob Lindsay released its debut album, Idea of West, on Creative Sources in 2008. Heule and Dryer also have a trio CD with saxophonist Jack Wright, and have performed live with diverse musicians such as Michel Doneda, C Spencer Yeh, Gino Robair, and Damon Smith."

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Voytek @ The Turf Club (07/10)

Congratulations to Dusty and Jess on their vows. This is the first day of the rest of your lives. We'll all pulling for you to do the right things and make us proud!

Didn't stick around late enough to catch The Hold Steady? Well hopefully you showed up early enough for Voytek.

Voytek - "Too Many Girls" (Live)

Voytek - "Cuttin' School" (Live)

Bird Sounds @ The Turf Club

Download a .RAR file containing this recording here.

Bird Sounds
The Turf Club
St. Paul, MN
Thursday July 22nd 2010

Taper: empty (emptystapes AT gmail DOT com)
Location: AB, left stack spot, ~8' ^
Source: AKG 414B-xls (Cards) > Silver Quad customs > UA-5 (BM2p+) > iRiver h120 (Optical @ 16bit 44.1kHz WAV)
Transfer: h120 > USB 2.0 > PC [WAV > RazorLame> 320kbps mp3]
Edit: CD Wave (tracking) Sound Forge 10 (compression)

This Recording is for Promotional & Archival Purposes Only.

01. Country
02. Money and Bones
03. Time
04. Fortune
05. Mrs. Sippy
06. Ms. Treater
07. Seen It Coming
08. No Confetti
09. Rot
10. Been Frank

Matt Semke: Vocals / Guitar
Jason Zaborowski: Bass / Vocals
Charlie Smyrk: Drums

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Bird Sounds, Puppies & Trains and Voytek supported the Double Bird tour kickoff show. It was a fine evening of musics at The Turf Club and this is one of my all time favorite fliers. Bird Sounds shows are rare and this is why you should consider attending when the chance is there. These are men of higher education and word is there may possibly be one more show in August before the school session starts back up. See you there.

Download the Bird Sounds - "Girl Sounds" EP here.