Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Turf Club vs. The Triple Rock.

Sometimes it happens...these nights where it's a difficult decision regarding which side of the River to stand on. I'm not here to tell anyone what to do (ever) as I hope both shows go well but The Turf Club wins for me this evening. Here are the details on both shows so you can make your own decision...

The Turf Club
Thursday June 30th
9pm | $6 | 21+

Maledicere (debut LP release of Leave Only What Is Fit To Burn)
Thunderbolt Pagoda
Blood Folke
Grain Belt

The Triple Rock Social Club
Thursday June 30th
8pm | $8 | 18+

The Coathangers (Atlanta)
Gospel Gossip
Kitten Forever

An Interview On Taping And The Taping Community Through Phish Eyes.

Disclaimer: I've never been to a Phish show and I can't name a song. I was inundated with Phish tapes in the dorms and it never stuck. I even had a crush on this one hippie girl from the East Coast who was super into Phish, not even she could sway me. I just can't get into The Jam. With that said many people whom I highly respect both play and record this popular genre.

Are you curious what's all involved with recording, processing and circulating shows? Are you bored at work and would just appreciate something to read? This is a really well done and extremely detailed interview with Chris Keiner from the Phish Listening Room and Lenny Stubbe one of the more active tapers amongst the Phish circuit today thanks to

Beyond the 'Boards: The Taping Tradition Lives On
Posted 3 days ago by tmwsiy

One can’t begin to discuss even the cursory history of Phish without mentioning the role of tapers and the taping community. After every show and tour, hundreds of padded envelopes criss-crossed the country and helped spread the gospel of Phish in a fashion similiar to the way bits & bytes travel the Internet now. From one to one trades, to complex trading trees, to blanks & postage offers, to taping parties, Phish tapes were constantly circulating. At the root of every chain and the beginning of every trade, was a taper who selflessley put recording the shows above all else.

Initially, it was with baited breath that people waited to receive tapes to even find out what was played last week. Likewise, with the arrival of a fresh batch of tapes it was an opportunity to hear a debut, to hear what all the buzz from a particular show was about or to hear a new cover torn to shreds the first time. As time went by, and set-lists become disseminated quicker through the internet, tapes were no longer needed to know what was played but rather as the first opportunity to listen to the magic that was happening elsewhere in the country. Though tapes have long since been replaced with digital, setlists are instantly updated live-time at or, LivePhish has the show available for download within an hour of the show ending, and you can stream the show as you leave the parking lot from the Phish app, there still exists an incredibly energized and dedicated taping community. the interview here.

Empty's Eats: Flavor Bee's on Nicollet.

Man do I love some chicken wings. I can't help it. Sometimes I feel sad when I'm eating them but I do it anyway. My trips to the suburbs are extremely limited and unfortunately this means so is my access to multiple wing sauces. I know, I know, but they opened a BWW in Dinkytown...well that's Mesa Pizza country so that's what I eat when I'm over there. What's that? A wing place on 18th & Nicollet with 21 different sauces? Wings can be ordered in "traditional" or "boneless" as well as "party wings" or "whole wings."

"Party Wings"

Small 6 pcs $3.99
Medium 10 pcs $5.99
Large 16 pcs $8.99
X Large 20 pcs $10.99
Double 30 pcs $15.99
Family 50 pcs $25.99
Party 100 pcs $49.99

"Whole Wings"

Small 3 pcs $3.99
Medium 6 pcs $5.99
Large 12 pcs $9.99
X Large $14.99
Double 30 pcs $19.99
Family 50 pcs $29.99

So far this glutton has tried; Burning Buffalo, Crazy Buffalo, Fiery BBQ, Wild Terradactyl, Spicy Yin and Yang, Jamaican Jerk and Blazin' Jamaican. That pretty much covers all of the hottest sauces. Flavor Bee's is also a combination wannabe Chicago deli/fried fish shop but they do it very well and long lines have been forming. I'll post the menu below so you can see what else they offer. To be honest I've had the wings all 10 or so times I've been there but I've seen people stop in to order all kinds of stuff of the menu. Seems like everyone is always walking out the door with a smile on their face (sorry Lauren and Co!).

How about a tour of the spicier sauces?

While Wild Terradactyl is the spicy variation of Terradactyl they have a nice flavor without being over the top spicy.

Flavor Bee's offers 4 different levels of buffalo spiciness. Here are the Crazy Buffalo phone pic and all. I do really enjoy their buffalo sauce but I'd be hard pressed tell the difference between Burning and Crazy. At this point if I do go buffalo here I go Crazy.

The Spicy Yin and Yang are definitely tasty but I was again left wishing they were a bit spicier. I'd for sure order them again though.

The Blazin' Jamaican deliver on the heat while maintaining that traditional jerk flavor. These are nicely done and I would recommend them if you are looking for a spicy wing that's not just out to hurt you.

Here are the Fiery BBQ. Something was off with the BBQ sauce. I don't want to speak too ill of it because I've only had it the one time. Could have been an off batch but I would no doubt order BBQ wings here again...maybe switch it up with their Classic BBQ. I like to eat there and usually specify that right away. Make sure you're clear about that otherwise your wings get crammed together in a huge to-go-tin foil ball.

They're cool with mixing and matching. I'm a fan of the 5 & 5 ten piece. Note: you have to spend $5.99 to get your "Loyalty Card" punched anyways. Duh. Here we have 5 Spicy Yin & Yang and 5 Crazy Buffalo.

Bottom line is I really like this place and I hope they can make it. So many spots have been in this space but Flavor Bee's seems to have a good format going. My only two complaints are 1) I almost always call ahead but still end up sitting around for awhile no matter the time of day or night. Not a huge deal just saying. 2) Every once and a while you get that one wing where you ask yourself did they really just serve a wing this small on purpose? Again, that can happen at a lot of places so I'll give them a pass until it starts to happen more frequently. At that point I'll probably have to stop being so Midwestern about it and politely mention something. Much respect to Josh P. and Nallo.

Address: 1831 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Phone: Delivery ($12.99 minimum), Takeout, Dine in - (612)870-4444
Website: Flavor Bee's on Facebook.
Monday - Thursday 11am - 11pm
Friday & Saturday 11am - 12am
Sunday 12pm - 10pm

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Zebulon Pike (LP Release Show) @ The Triple Rock

Zebulon Pike
The Triple Rock Social Club
Minneapolis, MN
Saturday June 25th 2011

Recorded by: empty (emptystapes AT gmail DOT com)
Location: DINish, Right drink rail, 30' back, ~7.5' ^
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 mp3]
Edit: Compression (Sound Forge 10) Track indexing (CD Wave)

These Tracks Are For Promotional & Archival Purposes Only.

"Spectrum Threshold" (Live)
"And Blood Was Passion" (Live) | Facebook | Myspace

This was the release show for Zebulon Pike's new LP Space Is the Corpse of Time. The Book of Right On and Battlefields supported. How can you complain about that bill? The Book of Right On? Seen them 8-9 times and they can do no wrong in my eyes. Everyone was glad to see Battlefields back on point and Zebulon Pike of course stole the show. That comes fairly easy for them. Welcome back from another European tour Fellas. Thanks to the bands and to The Triple Rock for allowing the 1s & 0s to be documented. Heard the new Zebulon Pike yet?

ps - Where's the rest of the set you ******* ****?! They played the album from start to finish with the addition of "And Blood Was Passion." The idea of people hearing a live recording before the real thing seemed silly to both Fancy Ray and I. Lo Siento.

Empty's Eats: Lotus To Go Go's Vegetable Pho

Vegetable pho at The Lotus. Click the photo to enlarge.

I refer to it simply as The Lotus and it's my favorite place to get pho in Minneapolis. Non-pho dishes are excellent as well. The Lotus is well known in the Loring Park and surrounding neighborhoods for their quality food. Chicken pho used to be my stand by but I've been really into the vegetable pho lately. Chili oil all around. Even during the summer I like getting it once or twice a month. Yoom is the man.

Address: 113 West Grant Street, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Phone: Takeout or Dine in - (612)870-1218 Delivery - (651)204-9191
Website: (Down atm)The Lotus on Facebook.
Hours: Mon - Sat: 11:00 am - 9:30 pm

Saturday, June 25, 2011

My Disco @ The Triple Rock

A .RAR file containing this recording is available here.

My Disco
The Triple Rock Social Club
Minneapolis, MN
Monday May 16th 2011

Recorded by: empty (emptystapes AT gmail DOT com)
Location: DINish, Right drink rail, 30' back, ~7.5' ^
Source: AKG 414B-xls (Hypers) > Silver Quad customs > UA-5 (BM2p+) > iRiver h120 (Optical @ 16bit 44.1kHz WAV)
Transfer: h120 > USB 2.0 > PC [WAV > RazorLame> 320kbps mp3]
Edit: Compression (Sound Forge 10) Track indexing (CD Wave)

This Recording is for Promotional & Archival Purposes Only.

01. Closer
02. Turn
03. 'unknown'
04. With Age
05. Sun Bear
06. A Turreted Berg | Myspace | Facebook | Twitter

One of Australia's finest in my book. I definitely encourage you to check them out when they come through town. Given how much they tour chances are likely the opportunity will present itself. This was the recent tour with Young Widows. The Nina The Pinta (Mpls) supported. Please support the bands by picking up the official releases. Thanks to the bands and to The Triple Rock for allowing me to record.

It's Release Night Tonight...

The Triple Rock Social Club
8$ Advance / $10 Door
9pm doors | 18+

Zebulon Pike (LP/CD Release Show)
The Book Of Right On


The 7th Street Entry
8pm doors | 18+

Junkyard Empire ("Acts of Humanity" Release Show)
City on the Make
Toki Wright


Nick and Eddie
9pm doors | 18+

New Labor (7" Record Release Show #2)
Les Deux Magots


Hey hey, nothing being released here but you're feeling like The Turf Club tonight? Wise choice...

The Turf Club
9pm | 21+

Sex Rays
Nuggets Cover Band
Ventures Cover Band
Cage III

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Grain Belt @ Heliotrope Eight

Photo by Adam Bubolz

This recording is available for download here.

Grain Belt
The Loring Theater
Heliotrope Eight
Minneapolis, MN
Saturday May 28th 2011

Recorded by: empty (emptystapes AT gmail)
Location: DFC stage lip, 5'^
Source: AKG 414B-xls (Wide Card) > Silver Quad customs > UA-5 (BM2p+) > iRiver h120 (Optical @ 16bit 44.1kHz WAV)
Transfer: h120 > USB 2.0 > PC [WAV > RazorLame> 320kbps mp3]
Edit: Compression (Sound Forge 10)

Grain Belt is on Small Doses.

It's really thanks to The Loring Theater, the Heliotrope organizers and especially the bands that any of these recordings exist. More to come. Promise. See the rest of Adam's photos on

What's that? More Grain Belt you say? You can see them supporting the Maledicere album release show with Thunderbolt Pagoda and Blood Folke. A show to end all shows. Leave Only What Is Fit To Burn.

Littlefoot - "What About Love" @ Hell's Kitchen

Hell's Kitchen
Minneapolis, MN
Friday May 27th 2011

This Track Is For Promotional & Archival Purposes Only.

"What About Love" (Heart)

Myspace | Soothing Almonds Collective

At the end of May I spent 3 nights at The Loring Theater recording Heliotrope Eight. Part of the fun of these 3 nights included running back and forth to Hell's Kitchen to record off the soundboard. Thank you Justin. Friday night was no different. I knew Littlefoot was opening for Aby Wolf and Her Claws and didn't want to miss out. I caught the first few songs but had to miss this closer getting back to Heliotrope. When I played the recording back I was happy to find that it did indeed make the set list. Thanks to Littlefoot and especially to the HK staff for tolerating my frantic short breathness (sic) as I came barreling down the stairs multiple times a night.

Tip of the day: If someone forcefully demands money from you on Nicollet Mall at 11:30pm turn that jog into a sprint and politely say "Hey, I gotta hit record. Later!"

Sunday, June 19, 2011

inBOIL @ Psychic School

"I'll give you something to cry about." - Phil

Psychic School of Dream Actualization
Minneapolis, MN
Sunday June 12th 2011

These Tracks Are For Promotional & Archival Purposes Only.

"Starin' at the Moon"

inBOIL on Myspace.

Here are a few numbers from the last Sunday's inBOIL set at The Psychic School of Dream Actualization. Phil doesn't really care about things like "the internet" or "moving units" but if you would like a copy of the debut inBOIL album Mouthful of Guns try the myspace page or get in touch with me and I'll give him a ring for you. It is highly recommended. This recording is good and raw but sometimes music doesn't need a PA to be legit.

INBOIL - I MISS THE WAR from Monica Anderson on Vimeo.

Hand Over Fist @ The Triple Rock

Hand Over Fist
The Triple Rock
Minneapolis, MN
Thursday June 9th 2011

These Tracks Are For Promotional & Archival Purposes Only.

"Head Fuller"
"LA Raiders Hat"

Hand Over Fist - "Prizefight" (Official Video)

The Hand Over Fist album can be purchased along with many other Doomtree releases through the Doomtree Store.

Tickets and additional information on the following shows are available here.

07.08.11 Cecil Otter in Minneapolis, MN Guthrie Theatre (in the Dowling Studio)
06.30.11 Doomtree in Boulder, CO Fox Theatre
07.01.11 Doomtree in Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
07.03.11 Doomtree in Helena, Mt Lewis & Clark Fairgrounds
07.04.11 Doomtree in Helena, Mt Lewis & Clark Fairgrounds
07.05.11 Doomtree in Jackson, WY Q Roadhouse
07.06.11 Doomtree in Casper, Wyoming The Venue
07.07.11 Doomtree in Rapid City, SD Dublin Square
07.15.11 Sims in Minneapolis, MN University of Minnesota – Northrop Plaza
08.06.11 Doomtree in Sioux Falls, SD 605 Summer Classic
07.31.11 Mike Mictlan in Minneapolis, MN Red Stag Supper club
08.13.11 P.O.S in Minneapolis, MN Pizza Luce Block Party
08.19.11 Sims in Somerset, WI SoundTown Music & Camping Festival at Somerset Amphitheater

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Photo by Manny Castro (my favorite Castro): 1st Annual East Lake Taquería Crawl.

A huge thank you to Chris Polley and all of MPLS.TV for giving me the opportunity to talk a bit about this whole recording live music jawn. You can read the article here if you feel like it.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Camden @ The Entry

Moon Glyph Records Showcase
The Entry
Minneapolis, MN
Saturday June 11th 2011

This Recording is for Promotional & Archival Purposes Only.

320kbps | FLAC

Camden opened the Moon Glyph Records Showcase which also included sets from Larry Wish and His Guys, Buffalo Moon, Velvet Davenport and Food Pyramid. Buy Camden releases through Moon Glyph, Modern Radio, Yeti Records and other places around town to I'm sure. Thanks to the bands and to The Entry for the uniquely great night of music.

How about a lovely video of the set with audio from some guy?

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Brute Heart Album Release Show @ The Turf Club

(320kbp3 mp3) | (Check back for a FLAC copy)

Brute Heart
Lonely Hunter Release Show
The Turf Club
St. Paul, MN
Saturday May 14th 2011

Recorded by: empty (emptystapes AT gmail DOT com)
Location: AB, left stack, 10' back, ~7.5' ^
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 mp3]
Edit: Pro Tools magic. Track indexing in CD Wave.

This Recording is for Promotional & Archival Purposes Only.

01. Eclipse
02. Blindfolded
03. No Darkness
04. Satellite
05. Open Window
06. Evil Eye
07. Hunter

Crystal Brinkman (drums and vocals)
Jackie Beckey (viola and vocals)
Crystal Myslajek (bass and vocals)

Facebook | Myspace

Brute Heart's new album Lonely Hunter can be purchased through Soft Abuse Records in a variety of formats. It's also available on Amazon and iTunes. Have you seen the excellent video done by MPLS.TV for the City of Music series? Tender Meat, Jerusalem and the Star Baskets (Columbia, MO), Lighted and Patches supported. Thanks to Brute Heart and The Turf Club for allowing me to record. Thanks to J. Miller for his patience in post. Catch Brute Heart on their westward tour at the below dates and hold a copy of Lonely Hunter in your hands.

06/03 - Minneapolis, MN - Club Med (with Mother of Fire, Mattie Mozelle)
06/08 - Missoula, MT - BSMT (with Shahs)
06/10 - Seattle, WA - Comet Tavern
06/12 - Portland, OR - Valentine's
06/13 - Portland, OR - In Other Words
06/14 - Olympia, WA - Le Voyeur
06/15 - Weed, CA - Black Butte Center for Railroad Culture
06/16 - Oakland, CA - The Church (with Cacaw, Rrind)
06/17 - San Francisco, CA - Hemlock Tavern (with Horrid Red, Burial Hex)
06/18 - Santa Cruz, CA - TBA (with Horrid Red, Burial Hex)
06/19 - Los Angeles, CA - Origami Records in-store
06/19 - Los Angeles, CA - Public Figure (with Metal Rouge)
06/21 - Denver, CO - The Hi-Dive
06/22 - Lawrence, KS / Kansas City, MO - TBA

Monday, June 06, 2011

Been A While: 6 Shows In 6 Nights.

Tuesday 6/7
Nick & Eddie

House of Low Culture, Mamiffer, Pentacene & Dimanche

House of Low Culture playing Minneapolis? That's right. Saw and enjoyed Pentacene at Heliotrope. Something tells me that Mamiffer or Dimanche or both are going to be a nice surprise.

Wednesday 6/8
Hymie's 6pm

Whitey Morgan and the 78s

I'm always down to support Hymie's. Look for more in-stores there last this summer. Have to remember to bring gear to work Wednesday.

Thursday 6/9
The Triple Rock

Hand Over Fist

Beak greenlighted recording Hand Over Fist on Thursday. Sorry TGC, see you at the album release show.

Friday 6/10
Nick & Eddie Werehaus

Skoal Kodiak, Cacaw (Chicago), Tinsel Teeth (Providence)

The people need more Skoal Kodiak. Cacaw is back? Thank you. First time seeing Tinsel Teeth but I think (hope) I've been properly prepared.

Saturday 6/11
The Entry

Moon Glyph Showcase w/ Food Pyramid, Velvet Davenport, Buffalo Moon, Larry Wish & His Guys, Camden

Okay, this is post-The 2011 East Lake Street Taquería Crawl. Would someone please meet me at The Entry with some pepto and a cold wash cloth?

Sunday 6/12
Psychic School of Dream Actualization

inBoil, Animal Magnetism, Sorry OK, Kitty Rhombus

No offense intended to the other bands but I'm mostly going just so Phil can rip my heart out. Top sets all night I'm sure.

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Nomia @ Heliotrope Eight

Photo by Jon Behm

FLAC | 320kbps mp3

May 26, 2011
Heliotrope 8, Loring Theater
Minneapolis, MN

Taper: pjp
Source1: Schoeps MK4 > Nbox > Edirol R44 @ 24/48
Source2: SBD > Edirol R44 @ 24/48
Location: Clamped onto front of balcony, above and left of SBD
Transfer: R44 > USB > Audition > CDwav > .flac
Editing: Mixed and resampled to 16/44.1 with Adobe Audition
Total Running Time: 35:53

This Recording is for Promotional & Archival Purposes Only.

01. Perseus
02. Red Wing
03. Mustache and a Cigarette
04. Untitled

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For the first two nights of Heliotrope I was down front and PJ was in the balcony running 4 tracks into the R44. This is his mix of Nomia from night one. It's definitely one of my personal favorite sets from the entire festival. Thank you to the bands, Heliotrope and The Loring Theater for allowing us to record.

Thursday, June 02, 2011

7.5 Gigs of Heliotrope.

People have been asking what was recorded at Heliotrope Eight. 7.5 gigs of audio is sitting on a hard drive at an undisclosed location in South Minneapolis. I recorded everything but the Milo Fine & Charles Gillett set per Milo's request. Albert's set is good to go but I'm not sure when others will be posted. Right now I'm enjoying the summer and not spending as much time inside behind a computer. Would anyone like to hear the Joe McPhee & Chris Corsano set on vinyl? That may or may not happen. A Live Heliotrope 8 Compilation to accompany the complication put out by the Festival? That will happen. Please check back for further updates.


Sarah Johnson
Tender Meat
Daughters of the Sun
Miami Dolphins
DJ Using

10pm | $5

First Sarah Johnson show since October. Last 'til autumn, at least.
Last Daughters of the Sun show for a long time since Nick now lives in Austin.