Disney to Buy Marvel Comics for $4 Billion
Yahoo News reports that Disney will be buying Marvel Comics for an estimated $4 billion. (Ian Anderson)
NEW: No Age - "You're A Target"
*MP3: No Age - “You’re A Target” No Age’s new “Loosing Feeling” EP will be out Oct. 6 via Sub Pop. MySpace (Ian Anderson)
Rhymesayers Announces Felt 3: A Tribute to Rosie...
*MP3: Felt - “Protagonists” Via Rhymesayers (spotted at MW): B-List actresses be warned and flattered because FELT is back! Slug (Atmosphere) and Murs (Living Legends) reunite for their third release from moniker FELT. These MCs teamed up with The Grouch (Living Legends) in 2002 to release FELT’s debut album A Tribute to Christina Ricci. Collaborating with producer Ant...
Brother Ali Launches New Website
*MP3: Brother Ali - “Us” From Rhymesayers website: A place for you to talk directly to Brother Ali and him to talk with you. He created the site because one of the thing he loves most is being able to talk with people about the music and what’s going on with them and brotherali.com gives everyone that opportunity. Keep checkin back for updates and live streams where you...
Dirty Projectors Announce Fall Tour Dates
*MP3: Dirty Projectors - “Knotty Pine” Dirty Projectors have announced a slew of Fall tour dates, including 11/11 at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis. 09-09 Paris, France - Maroquinerie 09-11 Dorset, England - End Of The Road Festival 09-12 Isle Of Wight, England - Bestival 09-13 London, England - Scala 09-16 Dublin, Ireland - Whelans 09-19 Brussels, Belgium - Botanique ...
VIDEO: New "Where The Wild Things Are" Trailer
VIDEO: Queen - "Princes of the Universe"
I just really need all of you to watch this right now. Shit gets real at 1:37. (Ian Anderson)
Ryan Wasoba Leaves So Many Dynamos
So Many Dynamos guitarist and long-time friend of mine Ryan Wasoba (the cutie on the left) has left the band. Although I am very sad to report this, decisions like this are always for the best if they improve the quality and happiness of the lives involved. Read Wasoba’s full statement on the SMD blog. (Ian Anderson)
Tegan and Sara Release "Sainthood" Album Art,...
Tegan and Sara have released the album art for their upcoming LP, “Sainthood.” Click here to check out the tracklisting. (Ian Anderson)
VIDEO: Acid Girls - "The Numbers Song"
This is a great music video. (Ian Anderson)
Best New Releases for August 25, 2009
Arctic Monkeys - “Humbug” (Domino) *MP3: Arctic Monkeys - “Fire and Thud” Buy it on iTunes. Blitzen Trapper - “Black River Killer” EP (Sub Pop) *MP3: Blitzen Trapper - “Black River Killer” Buy it on iTunes. *LOCAL: Gospel Gossip - “Dreamland” EP (Guilt-Ridden Pop) *MP3: Gospel Gossip - “Dreamland” Buy it on iTunes. ...
NEW: Karen O and the Kids - "All Is Love"
“All Is Love” by Karen O and the Kids is premiering on the “Where The Wild Things Are” MySpace page. (Ian Anderson)
On the Road Mix No. 11 - In The Studio
For those of you keeping score at home, I’ve been in San Francisco at Tiny Telephone Studios making the new Team record, which has me feeling a bit disconnected from the world. So, I thought I’d make a little mix sharing what I’ve been listening to in the brief moments on the way to and from the studio. Also, the video above is a tour of the studio, guided by the delightful...
NEW: HEALTH - "We Are Water"
*MP3: HEALTH - “We Are Water” HEALTH’s new record, “Get Color,” will be out on 9/8 via Love Pump United. (Ian Anderson)
VIDEO: Stalking Cat
There is very little happening in the music world today. So here is this wonderful cat video. Be sure to check out the Red Fox Grey Fox EP Release Party at the Fineline tonight with Now, Now Every Children and the Friends of AMS. (Ian Anderson)
NEW: Atlas Sound - "Attic Lights"
Stereogum is debuting the latest from Atlas Sound, “Attic Lights.” Atlas Sound’s new album, “Logos,” will be out on 10/27 via Kranky. (Ian Anderson)
VIDEO: New "New Moon" Trailer
(Ian Anderson, duh)
NEW: Headlights - "Get Going"
*MP3: Headlights - “Get Going” The new single from Headlights has arrived. Their new album, “Wildlife,” will be out on 10/6 via Polyvinyl. MySpace (Ian Anderson)
NEW: Radiohead - "These Are My Twisted Words"
*MP3: Radiohead - “These Are My Twisted Words” Granted, we’ve all been gossiping about this since Radiohead leaked this mysterious new track, however, we didn’t want to post it until the crazy guys confirmed what truly was happening. “Wall Of Ice” will be released at some point in the near Radiohead future. (Ian Anderson/Erik Martz)
Dirty Projectors Announce Plans for New EP
*MP3: Dirty Projectors - “Useful Chamber” Dirty Projectors have announced plans to release a new four-song EP on 9/28 only in the UK (import yo!). “Temecula Sunrise” will feature two previously unreleased songs and will out via Domino Records. (Ian Anderson)
VIDEO: Tour of Tiny Telephone Studios with John...
Via One for the Team. (Ian Anderson)
VIDEO: Free Energy - "Free Energy"
Review: Vampire Hands - Hannah In The Mansion
*MP3: Vampire Hands - “Me and You Cherry Red” Vampire Hands Hannah In The Mansion (St. Ives, 2009) Grade: B+ If nothing else, neo-psychedelic quartet Vampire Hands know the value of diligent craft. As with 2008’s Me and You Cherry Red, their previous effort, Hannah In The Mansion begins with an ominous sounding, but strangely inviting track. Like “Statuette,”...
Tonight: Quist and the Hats @ Kitty Cat Klub;...
*MP3: Quist and the Hats - “Hug With Nails” Ok, so who can resist a flyer like that? Additionally, Quist and the Hats, who sound like Bob Mould if he decided that Husker Du were a shitgazer band, sent us an MP3 of song “Hugs With Nails.” It’s definitely worth your attention. Poking around on the band’s MySpace Page, I couldn’t help but notice they have...
NEW: Emiliana Torrini - "Jungle Drum"
*MP3: Emilian Torrini - “Jungle Drum” I don’t know why, but I love this song. The entire two weeks I was in Germany last month, this song could not be escaped. MySpace (Ian Anderson)
VIDEO: Paramore - "Ignorance"
Video: 1983 Minneapolis Hardcore WCCO TV report
If you follow Chicago Reader columnist Jessica Hopper on Twitter, then you’ve probably seen this already, but, if not, you’re in for a treat. This is a Twin Cities news report on the then-burgeoning hardcore punk scene, and it’s the only reported video footage of hardcore band Willful Neglect. Compare WCCO’s report on hardcore with the famous emo news segment from...
NEW: The Raveonettes - "Suicide"
*MP3: The Raveonettes - “Suicide” I’m way into this. If you’re skeptical, just wait until the chorus. MySpace (Ian Anderson)
Paramore Announces U.S. Tour Dates
*MP3: Paramore - “Ignorance” Paramore has announced a month tour dates immediately following the release of their new album, “brand new eyes,” with a stop in Minnesota at the Myth on 10/9. Sep. 29, Pomona, CA (The Fox Theater) Oct. 1, Los Angeles, CA (Hollywood Palladium) Oct. 2, San Francisco, CA (Warfield Theatre) Oct. 4, Denver, CO (The Fillmore) Oct. 6, Kansas City,...
VIDEO: One for the Team - "Garden"
Yay! I’m in a music video. Here is the latest music video from One for the Team. It’s for “Garden,” off of our latest record “Build A Garden.” MySpace (Ian Anderson)
Tonight: The Breeders at the Fine Line
*MP3: The Breeders - “London Song” The Breeders are playing tonight at the Fine Line. Doors to this 18+ show open at 7:30pm. For ticketing information, click here. MySpace (Ian Anderson)
NEW: Volcano Choir - "Island, IS"
*MP3: Volcano Choir - “Island IS” The new Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and Colony of Bees side-project Volcano Choir’s debut record, “Unmap,” will be out on 9/22 via Jagjaguwar. (Ian Anderson)
NEW: David Bazan - "Bless This Mess"
*MP3: David Bazan - “Bless This Mess” Oh this is nice. Brett, this one’s for you. (Ian Anderson)
Video: Atmosphere - "Guarantees" (Live at...
Sadly, your intrepid blogger didn’t have the funds/time to go to this year’s Lollapalooza, the edgy frat of destination festivals. But don’t have any pity for me, as I didn’t have to deal with near 100+ heat to see the admiteddly strong likes of Animal Collective, TV on the Radio, and, of course, one of our favorite rap duos, Atmosphere. Videos have shown up on...
VIDEO: Julian Plenti - "Games For Days"
NEW: Muse - "Uprising"
*MP3: Muse - “Uprising” New Muse, peeps. When do you think they’ll blow up for real in the states? They’ve done it everywhere else, why not here? (Ian Anderson)
Video: Brother Ali Interview w/Peter Parker on B96
No doubt you’ve seen this already on Midwest Broadcast and Nah Right, but seeing as Brother Ali drops some serious knowledge every time he’s interviewed, so its worth posting. To read more about Brother Ali’s Us, click here. Brother Ali MySpace Page (Jon Graef)
NEW: Radiohead - "Harry Patch"
*MP3: Radiohead - “Harry Patch” Quite pretty, don’t you think? I mean, Radiohead is like batting 1.000. (Ian Anderson)
VIDEO: Eyedea and Abilities - "Junk"
MTVU premiered this video yesterday from MPLS hip-hop twosome Eyedea and Abilities for a track called “Junk,” which is anything but. We’ve been getting a lot of live videos from the duo as of late, so it’s certainly novel to see a video that isn’t a straightforward performance. References to The Matrix abound, as do closeups of Eyedea’s teeth. Watch it at the...
VIDEO: P.O.S. Live at Warped Tour (8/2/09)
This was one of the best P.O.S. shows I have ever seen. (Ian Anderson)
Best New Releases for August 4, 2009
Bad Veins - “Bad Veins” (Dangerbird) *MP3: Bad Veins - “Gold And Warm” Buy it on iTunes. Japandroids - “Post-Nothing” (Polyvinyl) *MP3: Japandroids - “I Quit Girls” Buy it on iTunes. Julian Plenti - “Julian Plenti Is Skyscraper” (Matador) *MP3: Julian Plenti - “Fun That We Have” Buy it on iTunes. Lightning Dust -...
VIDEO: YACHT - "Psychic City"
Film Girl Mix #2: A Mix for the Road to NYC
This weekend, my bff Katie Curran, packed up her things and made the move from Minneapolis to New York. I thought it was only right to make her a mix to keep her company while on the road. And yes, Katie, my life would suck without you. *MP3: Voxtrot - “Start Of Something” *MP3: Camera Obscura - “Let’s Get Out Of This Country” *MP3: Jenny Lewis - “See...
Tonight: Unicorn Basement, Teenage Moods @ Kitty...
Unicorn Basement MySpace Page Teenage Moods MySpace Page (Jon Graef)
Flyer: Vampire Hands "Hannah In The Mansion" LP
Expect a review of Hannah In The Mansion around the time of the CD release party, set to take place August 14th at the Turf Club. Wrong Crowd and Velvet Davenport open. Vampire Hands MySpace Page (Jon Graef)
NEW*: Brother Ali - "Us"
*MP3: Brother Ali - “Us” After a starkly intimate acapella intro, the title track from Brother Ali’s upcoming LP segues into an uplifting track with background vocals nodding to gospel and horns tipping their hat to soul. Though “Us” doesn’t really lead the listener anywhere, the track is an intriguing curio that doubles as origin story—and, like most...
Tonight: Mally EP release show @ The Fine Line
An up-and-comer in the Minneapolis hip-hop scene has his EP release party tonight at the Fine Line. Details in the flyer above. Expect a fuller review here next week, but upon first listen, I agree with what Midwest Broadcast said about the title track: There’s an effortlessly laid-back vibe, both in the production and in Mally’s flow, that’s endlessly appealing. I’m...