Saturday, May 26, 2012

Fanfaronage Album Release Party!


Kristoff Krane

The Triple Rock Social Club

$10 In Advance/$14 Day of Show and At The Door!

18+ | 9:00 PM | $14.00

I've know this Chris since 2005 and his talent never ceases to amaze me. He fosters a wisdom and intellect that far surpasses many 20 somethings you're going to run across today. I haven't even started talking about the music he releases which  is why you should stop through The Triple Rock this evening. He's always such a busy musician that I didn't even want to bother with calling him to see who the surprise guests are. I have some amazingly sure bets that I'm not going to mention and I know that we'll have a brother looking on from some place much happier than this here planet earth.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Pop. 1280 and STNNNG @ Memory Lanes Tonight!

Kether @ 10:10pm
Claps @ 10:40pm
Pop. 1280 @ 11:30pm
STNNNG @ 12:15am

Memory Lanes
2520 26th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55406

Well I was just at Memory Lanes yesterday for some Sunday bowling and hanging out but it looks like I might be there again this evening!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Ritual @ Art-A-Whirl.

"Ritual is a collaborative performance art piece between painter Caitlin Karolczak and multidisciplinary artist Jaime Carrera. It will mark their first artistic endeavor together and both artists will be performing the piece.

It's an endurance performance that takes place at The Bottling House (79 13th Avenue NE Minneapolis) on Friday, May 18th (from 8-10pm) & Saturday, May 19th (from 1-4pm) during Art-A-Whirl. It will be 5 hours long total.

The piece will consist of a set created from a placement of two identical, antique beds. Both are hand-painted with religious folk art imagery. They will anchor the action in which the piece takes place.

The performance itself will involve several menial tasks, such as slipping in & out of costume, entering & leaving the beds, small choreographed movement, painting & sound. As well as moments of complete stillness to evoke the tableau.

The core ideas behind Ritual are about devotion & surrender. The two characters in the piece are manifesting throughout the performance their struggles with self-deprivation, tolerance & release. Another major thread in the work will be the consternation of the flesh, as well as the complexities of the androgynous soul.

Ritual is about the beauty of consecration & the conflicts of desire."


West Bank: Mannequin Men and SAC Showcase.

Redd Kross
(OGs with a new album out on Merge Records August 2012)
Mannequin Men
(members of Soviettes, Gay Witch abortion)

The Triple Rock Social Club 
Friday May 18th
18+ | 9:00 PM | $15.00

Mannequin Men from Chicago definitely made a lasting impression on me when I recorded them at The Turf Club in 2009.

Soothing Almonds Collective Showcase

Dylan Ettinger

(Not on SAC but new release on Moon Glyph)
Mr. Hide
Larry Wish and His Guys
Cage III

Palmer's Bar 
Friday May 18th
21+ | 10:00 PM | $5

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Perish: Kill The Runt and Diva 93

Kill The Runt
Diva 93

DJ Guilt Feet and DJ Tomb Raider (II)

Kitty Cat Klub
10pm. 5/17.
Free | RSVP

Perish. Every Third Thursday of the Month.

Dreamland Faces @ Painter Park Tonight!

"We'll be playing with Julie Sweet & Josef Evans on
the wheeled stage.

Outdoors, free, 7-9 pm, Lyndale & 34th.

Difficult modern composition played in the park!
Should be pretty different from our Heliotrope set." | Soundcloud


Heidi Barton Stink: A Charming Gut CD Release Tonight!

Heidi Barton Stink
See More Perspective
With DJ Ganzo Bean

Hell's Kitchen

Thursday May 17th
10pm 18+ $5


Heidi Barton Stink is a transgender community organizer, activist and hip hop artist based in Minneapolis. While it’s true that those words don’t often go together, Heidi is developing a career around the idea that there can be both beauty and power in breaking molds, blazing trails and not being afraid to stand out. Whether rapping about queer liberation, music industry politics or the importance of love (or just engaging in some good old-fashioned raw, mic-ripping hip hop) her work is explicitly political, deeply personal,
often hilarious and always sincere."

Monday, May 14, 2012

Need Sleep.

I have a bit of a reputation for eating a lot and eating well. Besides music it's probably number two in my heart so even though I'm far from rich I make sure funds are available. I wanted to attempt to start the weekend off healthy so I went to Goda Cafe on 34th & Nicollet for their rice & vegetables plate. They have a number of goat, beef and chicken dishes as well but when I'm in the mood for lots of rice and vegetables I go here. The owner and all of the staff have always been extremely nice. Be sure to take them up on the complimentary cup of soup before your meal. Delicious. $8.70 for a gigantic and very satisfying meal. It's actually two meals a lot of the time.

Late night Friday hanging out with a friend on West Lake. It was the first time in a long time that I had witnessed the carnage of a weekend evening in Yuptown without just passing through in a car or on a bike. I don't tend to be easily rattled but some of those people scared me. Don't get me wrong, I'm no better than anyone else but a few different times I found myself wondering where they come from. Then again I graduated from college in 2004 so I'm probably just getting old. While taking a number one in the facilities on Lake & Bryant I took note that a fan of the Greatest Punk Band in Minneapolis had also previously visited. Seems they got a couple of letters flipped though.  

Stopped into Muddy Waters for a couple of bloody mary's before heading home to charge batteries for a "Rock n Roll Yardsale"  hosted by Regal Treats. The yogurt parfait was especially comforting in my already sleep deprived state. Cab call #1 of the day to 24/7 so I could get over to the Venture Village neighborhood in time to record.

Solid looking line up right? Solo Hyperslob sets are somewhat rare these days and not to be missed. Taylor is one of the best songwriters in Minneapolis be it with a band or solo. Apparently something had happened to his acoustic guitar but he kept everyone's attention just fine playing punk songs on this here ukulele. I can't wait for people to hear at least some of this recording.

If you've been stopping by Empty's Tapes in the past year and a half of so you know that I am a big proponent of Phil's songwriting and his InBOIL catalog. Phil did mention to me that he didn't feel right singing such sad songs on such a nice & sunny day when he just wanted to hang out with friends. He did a bang up job nonetheless.

Made it inside in time to catch Regal Treats (members of Teenage Moods, Cadette, The Miami Dolphins and Unicorn Basement) for the first time. Damn they are GOOD! I think they've only played a few songs but definitely keep an eye out for them this summer. Unfortunately I couldn't stay for Hollow Boys. My batteries were running low and I needed to head home to charge them for HK. Call #2 of the day to 24/7.

OK friends, time for the main attraction of the night. Empty's Tapes Presents: HK Underground V.

I never give Mr. Downs any input on what I'm looking for in a show poster. He's a highly skilled and creative person so I give him complete reign and he always comes up with amazing posters be it for my shows or anyone else. I'm sure my roman catholic family members love this one.

This was the first ever show Dreamless has ever played with current line up. Three of the members had previously recorded & played as The Kafka Dreams. I for one am very impressed with the tracks on their bandcamp which is why I wanted them to play a show behind Hell's Kitchens stellar PA system. Everyone I spoke to at the show about this set were also extremely into it. SVOBODA has quickly become my favorite metal band in Minneapolis and if you ever get the chance to see them you'll understand why. They're actually playing tonight at Memory Lanes and again on June 7th. The set at HK was beyond excellent. It felt great to look around the room and see so many people enjoying themselves so I could image how good it felt to be playing the music on stage. Myrrh has been one of my favorite local bands ever since I found out about them a couple of years ago. They have no official recordings online or even a website but there are sometimes cassettes available at the shows. There's also a couple of live recordings available on Empty's Tapes. Myrrh began as a duo with Jackie from Brute Heart on viola and Andie from Mother of Fire on drums but added one of the fellas from the late great Lighted on lap steel guitar. This was the 2nd time ever that they Myrrh trio had ever performed. Damn, what a way to end an evening!

Booking shows is not one of my favorite things to do and even though I only do it bi-monthly it can be pretty stressful. I do try to book bands that A) I love and B) people may not be as familiar with so others have a chance to check them out. If you know me you know I'm a pretty humble guy but it is a good feeling when you get asked several times a night "Who is this band? How can I find out more about this band?" Thanks to Mike and to Hell's Kitchen for allowing these shows to happen in the first place.

Apparently one of the guys from this band ended up staying for all 3 sets and was so impressed that he insisted that I come back to one of their three 6 figure tour buses to talk about music. Very hospitable guys in the mood to party. They were living large on the bus but after a while I placed my 3rd call of the day to 24/7 to head home.

Sunday afternoon was round two at TFATT house for the 38th annual May Day celebration and parade that was "rained out" last weekend.  So many friends, familiar faces and new introductions. Ended up making it to a few different houses to say hello. A personal highlight was being able to sit down with some true Minneapolis OGs for a bratwurst and some beverages. I've always greatly enjoyed people able to hear stories of what was going on in the Minneapolis music community back in '79-'85 when I was either not born yet, just born or 5 years old. A huge thanks to all of those guys for allowing me to sit in the circle for a few.

Back to TFATT house to grab gear for recording Sorry OK in Powderhorn Park. As I got down to the park I noticed that Edwin S. was playing in a new Cuban Son influenced band either containing members or Malamanya or perhaps they were just sitting in for that set. Would have arrived early to record that but had no idea it was happening. Edwin scribbled the address of a house party they were playing later that night onto my forearm but I never made it. Sorry OK brought it to the park. Two words: energy & energy but I still have to play back the recording to see how it turned out.

On my way out of the park Ben texted me about The Shakin' Babies playing at a house nearby so I stopped to check it out. They were indeed as good as everyone had been telling me they were around town and I was glad I stopped. It was time to say goodbye to Powderhorn for now and call 24/7 for a lift to Psychic School. Kitten Forever were going to play followed by Phil doing another solo InBOIL set. 4th show recorded in 2 days. More great music, more great friends. The End.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

3500 Harriet Fire Benefit Show @ The Turf

This information comes from Ms. Laura of Cadette but most of us already know about this tragic situation. 

Last month, Cadette and Musk Assault drummer Beth Cullen lost her home, belongings, and friend to a tragic house fire. This show is a benefit to help her and her roommates Joe, Dave, and Sadie get back on their feet as they begin the tremendous task of starting over.

Musk Assault
Regal Treats (New dream poprock group featuring Gordon of Teenage Moods, Ronnie of Miami Dolphins, Jon of Protector the War Pony, Laura of Cadette, and Deanna of Unicorn Basement)

At The Turf Club 05/10/12! $6

Also happening at this show- the "SHOULD MANNY CUT OFF HIS POMPADOUR?" saga will come to an end- the votes with the most dollars decides!

Still feeling generous? Can't make it to the show? Donate anything you can via paypal to

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Heliotrope 9 @ The Lab Theater

 "Flaneur Productions are once again proud to be presenting Heliotrope, an annual three-day festival featuring some of the area's most interesting and exciting underground music, for the ninth year running. Last year's stint at the beautiful Loring Theatre brought a wonderful change of venue, and while the closing of the Loring naturally saddens us, this situation gave Heliotrope an opportunity to move things to the warehouse district and take advantage of the posh confines of The Lab theatre on North First Street. Not only will this change allow the musicians to experience a new theatre, but the long-suffering merchandise table crew will finally get a chance to be inside the theatre on the mezzanine, rather than out in the lobby the entire time. We are very excited to be working with the fine people at The Lab.

This year's event will naturally see the return of some perennial mainstays (International Novelty Gamelan, Milo Fine, Thunderbolt Pagoda and Take Acre, to name a few), but will also feature a very large portion of new acts including the debut performance of Test Weapon (Jesse Petersen and Tim Glenn) black metal act Maledicere, minimal synth/coldwave acts CLAPS and The Night, industrial percussion merchants Prostate and a much-anticipated performance by the seminal St Paul power trio TVBC, featuring Paul Metzger on guitar, Freddy Votel of Skoal Kodiak on drums and the inhumanly skilled Adam Linz on bass."

Admission is $12.00 per day or $24.00 for a three-day pass. All ages welcome. Thursday/Friday/Saturday, 24-26 May 2012, 6:00PM-12:00 midnight each day. RSVP if you'd like.

The Lab Theater
700 N 1st St Minneapolis, MN


Thunderbolt Pagoda
Noise Quean Ant
Take Acre
Test Weapon
Eclectic Ensemble
Dreamland Faces
Rana May


International Novelty Gamelan
Flavor Crystals
The Night
Food Pyramid
Arp of the Covenant
Brute Heart
Squid Fist & George Cartwright
Milo Fine/Scott Newell/John O'Brien/Viv Corringham/
Philip Mann/Ryan Reber/Rick Ness/Elaine Evans/Erkki Huovinen


Tips for Twat
Fortified Five
The Funeral And The Twilight
Unhappy Virgin Damage
Rana May

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Black Dice, Marijuana Deathsquads, Hasps @ The Cedar

Black Dice
Marijuana Deathsquads
DJ Matt St. Germain

The Cedar Cultural Center
Doors 7 PM, Music 7:30 PM All Ages
Tickets: $10 Advance
$12 Day of Show — Discount w/ Student ID at the door!

RSVP on a Social Networking website.

Friday, May 04, 2012

Mother of Fire and More Tonight at Palmer's!

Mother of Fire
Food Pyramid
Leisure Birds
Anthony Janas (Chicago)

Palmer's Bar
Friday  May 4th 2012
$5 | 9pm?

(Be kind to Big John)

Calendar Updated.

Got back into town the other day and even though much fun was had with friends in Chicago I'm happy to be back. Thank you to Stephen & Bethany Smoker, Grace Kulp and Oonie Raba for the splendid hospitality! Let's do that again sometime.

Added some shows to the calendar. Going to record some shows this weekend. That is all for now.