Entries tagged with: Minneapolis
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A Twin Cities-based recording engineer has revealed that his album, which was released under the name To My Bees Knees and included contributions from 100 local musicians, was almost entirely composed of songs he had plagiarized from the Iowa City band Burn Disco Burn.The article at The Current goes on to detail that the musicians encountered "line for line, note for note" plagiarism on the record. To make matters worse, the record, which received its share of local press, was funded via Kickstarter. Oof.
"It's with my greatest heartfelt apologies that I send out this letter," engineer Tom Smouse wrote yesterday, addressing the dozens of artists who contributed to his album in an email..."You donated your time and efforts to reproduce an album of material that ultimately, I passed off as my own."
...Smouse says he only wrote one of the tracks on To My Bees Knees, a hidden track called "Goodbye's Never Change"...
"We were shocked, saddened, and pissed off to discover that Tom Smouse had passed our music off as his own," the members of Burn Disco Burn said in a statement today.
by Kelly Pratt with photos by Bryan Murray
Kelly Pratt is currently on tour with St. Vincent and David Byrne, acting as co-musical director as well as one of their many band members. Since last week he's been chronocling that tour right here on BrooklynVegan. Welcome to the second installment, written last night...
End of rehearsals, Minneapolis, Milwaukee.
We finish our rehearsals at the beautiful Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, New Jersey. Two full days of running the set as many times as possible takes a toll on the brass players' lips, but tightens up the choreography and transitions between songs considerably. Annie-B Parson is the choreographer for the show with Lizzie Dement assisting. She's worked with David in the past, and her next next project is with Baryshnikov--needless to say, she has some brilliant ideas that really expand the kind of performance we are used to. This is also the first time we have played the show with lighting design, which adds another level of difficulty.
The following morning the band heads to JFK for a flight to Minneapolis where we will have a much-needed day of rest. We travel on Sun Country Air. Ever heard of it? Me neither. The trip gets interesting when Ira Glass takes the seat next to me. He is on the way to Minneapolis to do a Q&A for the premiere of his and Mike Birbiglia's new film "Sleepwalk With Me". Always the workaholic, he interviews the guy sitting next to him who (after some deduction skills and Googling) I determine to be the inventor of the KneeDefender. He invites Jon and me to the premiere of his film that evening. The movie is great and we discover that Ira is as good at talking in person as he is on the air. The theater serves bourbon, a novelty for us (in the theater, not on its own).
The first show of the tour goes better than expected. It may sound obvious, but performing in front of a live audience adds an extra level of energy and intensity. It's like we finally realize the show, in its full potential, for the first time. Afterwards, a few of us go across the street to a bar where we meet some folks from Dero, the company that manufactures the bicycle racks David designs. One of the best aspects of this tour so far has been the focus on cycling. Nearly everyone in the band bought a folding Tern bicycle before we left. There are even a couple extras for the crew. This is the first time that I have toured with a bicycle and I will never leave home without one again. It's so nice to slip away from the tour for an hour or two for a long ride. It has also allowed me to see more of the city than the few blocks near the venue. Both Minneapolis and Milwaukee are great cities for cycling with long bike paths and beautiful views.
Next we go to Chicago for a day off. It's Carter's birthday, so we may have to get him a white wine spritzer or two.
To bed, for we rise at 9:30 for 10(ish),
David Byrne & St. Vincent, Kelly Pratt & band play the Chicago Theater tonight (9/18) before continuing on their tour which includes three NYC shows. Check out some more photos from their rehearsals in NJ, a video from Minneapolis, and all tour dates, below...
Drew of Regents/Sleepytime Trio (more by BBG)
Minneapolis hardcore band Threadbare have announced their return to the stage with an NYC date at Saint Vitus on May 12th (tickets). The show, their first since 2009, will also mark the record release party for All About Friends Forever, a compilation of tracks from various hardcore-and-related bands including Botch, Coalesce, CR, Steve Brodsky, Regents/Ladder Devils with J.Robbins, Helms Alee, and many others.
Double LP limited vinyl release of 1000 (333 on colored vinyl) on silkscreened, hand-made covers (art shown is not final) with a 12 page full color booklet.That's if it ever sees the light of day.... AAFF is currently being funded via Kickstarter and is about 20% toward their full goal, which ends in two weeks.
Regents (mems Frodus, Sleepytime Trio, Thursday) is currently recording their debut LP for Lovitt Records and will play Austin as part of a string of SXSW dates that will include an appearance at the Lovitt/Slip show at Club 1808 on March 15th with the reunited Sleepytime Trio. Full details on the show are below.
Regents will also play the Shirts for a Cure 10th anniversary show at Red 7 (flyer below) with Hot Water Music, Braid, DYS, Darkest Hour, Comeback Kid, Coliseum, Tim Barry on Friday (3/16) and an official SXSW showcase with Braid, Forever The Sickest Kids, Dan Andriano In The Emergency Room, Zookeeper, and The Life and Times at Dirty Dog on Saturday (3/17).
Another band on the Lovitt/Slip/Artist Growth show is Narrows, the supergroup featuring members of Unbroken, Botch, and many others. As discussed, Narrows will play the BrooklynVegan/POTR/Thrasher/Southern Lord Official Showcase on 3/16 at Scoot Inn as well as Knitting Factory on March 9th with All Pigs Must Die (who is also on board at Scoot Inn). Narrows is also preparing to release their new LP Painted via Deathwish, and you can stream a track alongside all tour dates and details on the Slip/Lovitt/Artist Growth show below.
Har Mar Superstar & Gayngs @ The Box in NYC (photo by Lisa-Thi Beskar)
In the midst of a lawsuit releated to the loss of their tour bus in Texas,, Minneapolis soft rock supergroup Gayngs flew back to NYC in late October (the same month they played Music Hall of Williamsburg, Bowery Ballroom and Jimmy Fallon) for a post-tour, one-off, private show at The Box. Why did they do that? Because actor Josh Lucas, who met and saw them on that same episode of Fallon (he was one of the guests too), paid them to come and play his private pre-Halloween party at the Lower East Side club which he partially owns.
The cast of Gayngs that night included frontman Ryan Olson (of Marijuana Deathsquads), Ivan Rosebud on lead vocals, Channy Moon Casselle of Roma Di Luna on lead female vocals, three members of Megafaun (Brad Cook, Phil Cook, Joe Westerlund), Zak Coulter and Adam Hurlburt of Solid Gold, and.... fellow Minnesotan Har Mar Superstar who was basically filling in for Bon Iver aka Justin Vernon (who couldn't make the show probably because he was too busy chillin' with Kanye).
Gayngs have no more upcoming shows, possibly ever, but Har Mar can be found headlining venues twice in December. First you can catch him at First Avenue in hos hometown on December 15th, and then he heads back east for the New Years Eve show at Littlefield in Brooklyn (622 Degraw st.). Openers still TBA, but $25 tickets go on sale today, 11/19, at noon.
You guys ready to party?....
photos by Taylor Keahey, words by BBG
On what was a perfect day to celebrate anyone's anniversary, a sold-out crowd gathered at Grumpy's in downtown Minneapolis to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the legendary local label Amphetamine Reptile Records. It was an all-day event (on 8/28) that honored and saluted an influential and groundbreaking scene, as well a bunch of bands that perhaps never got their due back in the day. All the groups played to a large, receptive crowd that was, if not trying to turn back time a bit to see a bunch of bands that they never had a chance to, than maybe just feel younger for one day at least. Everywhere you looked there were old friends running into each other for the first time in years, and there were broad smiles plastered on everyone's faces (due in no small part to the $5 Surly's). It was a glorious commemoration of a label that still packs quite a punch and knows how to throw one hell of a party. -[City Pages]The above review comes from the second day of the AmRep Anniversary show, which featured a headlining set from Boss Hog, as well as appearances from Melvins, Vaz, White Drugs, Gay Witch Abortion, Thrown Ups (with Mudhoney's Mark Arm and Steve Turner), Today Is the Day (who play NYC Friday), Shannon Selberg (Cows) with AmRep founder Tom Hazelmyer, God Bullies, and Hammerhead (who played DBA recently). The first night featured performances from Unsane (who just played Santos) and Lollipop.
Pics of both day one and two, as well as some video, continue below.
live photos by Drew Kaiser
Channy Moon Casselle, Justin Vernon & Dessa (Gayngs) @ First Avenue on Friday
Who are Gayngs? A druggy-disco supergroup comprised of the following...
Ryan Olson (Digitata), Zach Coulter (Solid Gold), Adam Hurlburt (Solid Gold), Joe Westerlund, Phil Cook (Megafaun), Brad Cook (Megafaun), Michael Lewis (Happy Apple), Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Ivan Rosebud (The Rosebuds), Stefon LeRon Alexander (POS), Mike Noyce (Bon Iver), Jake Luck (Leisure Birds), James Buckley (James Bukley Trio, Mystery Palace), Nick Ryan (Leisure Birds), Shön Troth (Solid Gold), Danny Krzykowski, Chaney Moon Cassell (Roma di Luna), Katy Morley, Maggie Wander, Maggie Morrison (Lookbook, Digitata), Joe Mabbott (Passions), Grant Cutler (Lookbook), Xander.Their debut album, Relayted, came out May 11th on Jagjaguwar. Two songs from it are posted above. Start with the blissed out funk of "Faded High" or just stream the whole thing at 89.3 The Current.
Gayngs played their first ever show on Friday, May 14th at First Avenue in Minneapolis. The show was in Minneapolis, so naturally Prince showed up, and actually almost joined them onstage (there is even photo evidence of the funky one with guitar in hand). Gayngs all wore tuxedos in line with the night's theme, The Last Prom On Earth. The set of pictures in this post are from that show. They continue below with some videos.
The band will play their next live shows this September and October. Those include the just-announced ACL Festival, and a pair of NYC dates. They play Webster Hall on October 3rd and Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 4th. Tickets should be on sale this week. All dates below.
A video of the group at work/play, the video for their cover of Godley & Creme's "Cry," some porny teaser trailers (nothing says sexy like a clarinet), more pictures and some videos from their first gig, all dates, and much more, below...
Arab on Radar
Arab on Radar are a Providence, Rhode Island based noise rock band founded in the mid-1990s. They went on hiatus in 2002. Members of the band went on to form or join the bands The Chinese Stars, Athletic Automaton, Made in Mexico... Arab on Radar's early sound was typified by thickly distorted, repeated bass grooves, 4/4 drum beats, and two deafening guitars that employed contrasting melodies and near-unison chords that drew comparisons to the Contortions.Arab on Radar will reform to headline Dudefest 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana on July 9th and 10th. The band will join a stacked lineup that includes Municipal Waste (playing Knitting Factory Thursday, tix), Trap Them, Voetsek, Landmine Marathon, Weekend Nachos, Get Rad, Coffinworm, and many notable others. Full lineup for the show is below. More info is forthcoming.
It's one of two notable shows recently announced for the Midwest this summer, with the incredible 25th anniversary of Amphetamine Reptile being the second! That show goes down in Minneapolis at Grumpy's on 8/28, and features a plethora of the label's greats including Melvins, Boss Hog, Today Is The Day, God Bullies, a Hammerhead reunion, and many others. For those considering the trek to Minnesota, the label has set up group rates for a hotel. Show flyer is below. Somewhere I hope that Unsane and pre-Betty Helmet's phone is ringing....
Full dudefest lineup and AmRep flyer/more detals are below.
DOWNLOAD: Freeway - Know What I Mean (MP3)
On Feb 9th, Rhymesayers will band together a gang of notable MCs on their home turf (Minneapolis, MN at First Avenue) in honor of Rhymesayers Presents: A Benefit For Haiti. Along for the ride are Brother Ali, Sage Francis, Freeway, I Self Devine and others, with the entire event hosted by head Rhymesayer himself, Slug. Tickets are on sale.
Freeway is also on board for another charitable look at Haiti. He is one of a few notable MCs who have joined on for HipHopDX Presents... Hip Hop Helps Haiti. The mixtape features tracks from MCs like Raekwon, Skyzoo, JR Writer, Ras Kass and many others. The mixtape is free, but it's host Hip Hop DX, is accepting charitable donations towards the devastation in Haiti. Give and give big people. Cop that mixtape here.
Exactly one week after that Haiti benefit in Minneapolis (2/16), Freeway & Jake One will tear down Highline Ballroom in NYC with Joell Ortiz. Tickets are on sale. The show is one of three dates that Freeway has around the release date of his new album with Jake One, The Stimulus Package - out 2/16 on Rhymesayers. Cover art and an MP3 from the album above.
All Freeway tour dates and a few videos, including the new-ish video for the same song linked above, below....
In their disheveled attic studio, the members of Gay Beast don't talk mathematics. Early on, they don't talk much at all. Today, singer and keyboardist Dan Luedtke is busy screen-printing the inserts for the vinyl version of the band's latest spazz-rock collection, Second Wave. The process, it seems, is nearly as painstaking as creating an actual Gay Beast tune, minus the eyeballs-on-fire jitters their adrenal scores provoke...The noisy Minneapolis band kicks off a three night stay in in NYC, tonight (6/3), with a show at the Silent Barn featuring Satanized, Joe Lentini and Hot Guts. They'll be at Bruar Falls June 4th with Talk Normal and Body Type[s], and at the Market Hotel on June 5th with Titan, Child Abuse, NYMPH and Liturgy.
Luedtke: Our friends in AIDS Wolf are on the label. We were looking for a label, putting together demo packages, trying to do it differently this time, trying to be more proactive. They were going to sign two bands for '09. The label owner lives in Vienna, so there was a bit of a courting period, talking to each other on the phone.
Explain the new record's title, Second Wave.
Luedtke: Second Wave relates to second-wave feminism, and the songs include portraits of different feminists. Before this record, we did a split 7-inch about Donna Harroway. There's a song about Andrea Dworkin. For me there's an interest because I feel it intersects with queer politics a lot. We can look at what feminists worked on as a way to talk about personal politics and strategies for changing things. There is a lot of interest with the second-wave feminist era because there was a lot of idea creation happening. Modern, radical ideas, some of which were far-fetched and impractical. People wanted something so badly they'd make up new means for accomplishing it.
Gay Beast's Second Wave LP came out a few weeks ago, at the end of May on Skin Graft Records. Check them out for yourself. There's a video of Gay Beast at NYC's Cake Shop in 2006, with all tour dates, below...
Beastie Boys m- Get out the Vote Tour - Milwaukee, WI (eytonz)
When the song ended and both audience and artists caught their breath, Mixmaster Mike donned a cheesy Uncle Sam Hat and the "Get Out And Vote" logo flashed on the video screens. An energetic (and skinny) Mike D. shed his green button-down sweater and addressed the fans, thanking them for coming out and encouraging them to vote this Tuesday.AFTER YOU VOTE: places to watch the results in NYC
"We're doing big things on this stage," he said with conviction and to applause, adding that the tour's been fun -- unlike the last 8 years of politics. "I voted absentee at home and personally, I voted for Barack Obama." Then they asked the audience to throw their hands up in the shape of 'O' for Obama, kicking off a set of tracks from Ill Communication with "Flute Loop," "Alright Hear This" and an amazing live version of "Sure Shot," Ad Rock's robust energy carrying the set. [Minneapolis City Pages]
THEN (3 of them, tonight @ Irving Plaza)
NOW (tonight @ Bowery Ballroom)
Tapes n Tapes replaced their bassist (Shawn Neary) with a new bassist (Erik Appelwick) back in April of 2006.
Shawn (who also plays trombone) went on to join Cloud Cult in 2007. Cloud Cult is constantly changing their lineup, but Sean still plays with them to this day. I guess my point is just that I hope Tapes n Tapes don't accidentally stumble across a drunk and ready-to-rumble Cloud Cult (known in Minneapolis for giving severe beatdowns) tonight on the Lower East Side.
01. Parenthetical Girls - If it's a time for Christmas (2:46)
02. Ween - Silent Night (1:40)
03. Andrew Dost (Anathallo) - Yeah, I Know, It's Christmastime (2:04)
04. The National Splits - Let's Wrap Each Other (2:15)
05. Louis Armstrong - Santa Claus Blues (2:51)
06. Scott Allen (Thunderbirds are Now) - Winters Wonderland (3:50)
07. The Knife - Christmas Reindeer (7:11)
08. Melt Banana - White Christmas (1:42)
09. Thick Pigeon - Jingle Bell Rock (1:30)
10. Steven Garvey - Dreidle, Dreidle, Dreidle (1:11)
11. nullsleep - silent night (2:25)
12. Wild Billy Childish & The Musicians of the British Empire - Santa Claus (3:26)
13. Holly Golightly - Christmas Tree's On Fire (2:54)
14. Deerhoof - xmas tree (2:30)
15. Palace Songs (Will Oldham) - Christmastime in the Mountains (1:30)
16. Woody Guthrie - Hanukkah Dance [Alternate Take] (1:24)
I know it's too early for this, but inspiration hit, so I went with it. Download, support the artists, enjoy, and happy holidays (Thanksgiving or whatever).