Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Stephen Paul Smoker Vinyl Release Show!

Taught Abroad 
Il Tandre Neu 

Chicago, IL 
$8 | 10pm

The Facespace.

I'll admit I've never seen Stephen Paul Smoker live. They've played Minneapolis a few times and for whatever reason I've never been able to be in the same location on the same night. With that full disclosure out there, I've been anticipating Ripe Fruit more than any other album slated to be released in 2012. It means a lot to me to be able to record the vinyl release this Friday. On top of that it's going to be hanging out with friends from all over the country for 6 days in one of my favorite cities in the US. See you next week Minneapolis. 

Friday, April 20, 2012

Gastro Non Grata : Pre Earth Day Confection Carousel.

Gastro Non Grata: Pre Earth Day Confection Carousel
Friday, April 20 Doors @ 8:30, Show Starts 9:30
Tix $8 advance/ $12 door
The Triple Rock Social Club

Greetings Gastronauts. It’s time once again to celebrate separating your trash, riding your bike and winter that feels like late fall. She must be warming up to us and it’s time to say thanks to Mother Earth. Our April 20 Pre Earth Day Confection Carousel comes with a WARNING…

This is a rare Friday night show and no restaurant in their right mind would give us their chef. So we’re setting savory to the side on this one and are bringing in 3 of the most talented pastry chefs in town. So Please, make sure you eat dinner before the show because you will be receiving 3 dessert courses.

Dustan Pinlac of Levain will be the first to establish the base of your sugar rush. Christian Aldrich of Haute Dish will bring the sucrose to the second course and put your taste hairs on edge. James Beard Nominee Michelle Gayer of Salty Tart Bakery will be the one to glaze you off this candy cliff into the abyss of ethereal dulcification.

Each course will be paired with a sample of the bubbly brown stuff from Lagunitas Brewery, there’s even word that we’re going to get one of the few elusive kegs of Waldo’s Ale, an ultra rare Imperial/Double IPA that has only been available in California until now. Corey Shovein of Hohenstein Distributing will be on hand for quality control and Lagunitas craft beer dorkspeak.

The honeyed vocal styling of the Cactus Blossoms will start the night off right on the waltz tip. Heavy Deeds will be bringing their laid back grooves and harmony ambrosia on a journey between your ears to help your second course settle and Michael Gaughan will be performing as Little Dog on Top of a Big Dog to bring your saccharin soaked journey to a close with a dose of perma grin.

As always, Clancey’s Meat and Fish in Linden Hills will be providing carcass for our Dead Meat Door Prize.

Local Author Matte Resist will be on hand to answer any gardening or bike repair questions. He will also be selling and signing copies of his book How and Why : A Do It Yourself Guide.

Tickets are $8 in advance here or you can buy them at the door for $12

Gastro Non Grata is a labor of love brought to you by Craig Drehmel and Jeff Mitchell.

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Wade Boggs Wicked Boston Baked Bash.

April 20th 2012
The Turf Club
Doors: 8:17


Marijuana Deathsquads present the Boston Massacre

Michael Gaughan as "Marty O'Brien the Messenger of Violence within the Boston Irish Mafia"

Har Mar Superstar as "Weird Boggs" doing a Bostonian karaoke set

Baby Boys featuring Jake Luck play the Cheers theme

Enjoyables presents "Boston Based Trivia" w/prizes

Boston Beatdown from DJs Plain Ole Bill and Jonathan Ackerman

Free jailhouse Bruins tattoos from POS

American Cream serving Clam Chowder and Boston Baked Beans

Boston Creme Pie and Boston Tea Party shots specials

Boston themed video projection all night from Playatta and Isaac Gale

Video trailer.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

inBOIL opens for Kimya Dawson at The Cedar tonight.

inBOIL and Kimya Dawson

The Cedar
Wednesday, April 18th 2012
Doors Open: 7:00pm
Advance: $12.00
Day of show: $15.00

Well here I am sitting with gear at my feet anticipating another trip to the West Bank immediately after work. Phil is only one of the greatest song writers in all of the Midwest so a bunch of us around town are very excited that he got this gig opening for Kimya. Kimya is brilliant. I've had much respect for her for years and years.

inBOIL as a full band is excellent, however Phil was asked by Kimya's people to just show up with his guitar tonight. I'm actually even more excited that it's a solo set. Phil, a guitar, a chair and the huge Cedar stage. Not many people can make me cry these days but I've been known to shed a tear or two during an inBOIL show. Come out tonight and witness me weep!

I spoke with Phil last Thursday at The Turf Club recording this show and he informed me that a new inBOIL album has been recorded and will indeed be released soon. Check out this review of the first inBOIL album if you want to.

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Malamanya Returns To The Cedar Tonight!

The Cedar
Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:00pm
Doors Open: 7:00pm
Advance: $8.00
Day of show: $10.00
Standing show (open dance floor)

Vintage Cuban son music from Malamanya and a wide open dance floor takes the fear out of this Friday the 13th! KFAI's Radio Pocho open with a DJ set.

"Malamanya is a Minneapolis-based band that celebrates the traditional rhythms and melodies of Cuban son, salsa, samba, and the local music of Central and Latin America while adding a touch of our own ritmo to the mix with our original song writing. The acoustic driven dance rhythms draw on the organic form of days gone by. Convivial and contagious they bring "el sabor" of nostalgic times past into the present."

Adriana Rimpel-Lead Vocals
Jason Marks-Trumpet
Jesse Marks-Percussion/Bell
Luis Ortega-Percussion/Congas
Tony Schriner-Upright Bass/Guitar
Trevor May-Tres/Guitar

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Friday, April 06, 2012

The Plan.

Post-Blaisdell barbecue this evening will be spent on the West Bank recording the Bloodnstuff CD Release with STNNNG and Marijuana Deathsquads at The Triple Rock. After party at The Bargain Basement Bar in South? Eterna in Northeast?

After a good brunch somewhere I'm heading over to the Midway to record the early Heiruspecs Scholarship Fundraiser Show at The Turf Club. There's also a 21+ 9pm show as well for anyone interested. Should probably skip brunch and have an early dinner at On's Thai Kitchen.

After the saying goodbye to The Turf it's Downtown to Hell's Kitchen for Father You See Queen, Canyons of Static (West Bend, WI) and Paragraphs. Extremely excited for this bill. My first time seeing Mark's new project FYSQ, Canyons is one of my favorite bands and haven't been through town since the October 2011 Empty's Tapes Presents show at HK and I've always loved Paragraphs. First show in a long time! Cheese curds, giant pretzels with jalapeno cheese sauce and chicken & biscuit sandwiches with country gravy et cetera.

All of this will be done without a car. See you in the streets! Three shows, two days, two cities and one river.

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Cultural Equity Digitizes Over 17,400 Lomax Recordings.

"A huge treasure trove of songs and interviews recorded by the legendary folklorist Alan Lomax from the 1940s into the 1990s have been digitized and made available online for free listening. The Association for Cultural Equity, a nonprofit organization founded by Lomax in the 1980s, has posted some 17,000 recordings..."

Read the full article on Open Culture.

Respect to Cultural Equity for the digitization.