Posts Tagged ‘Minneapolis’

A collection of songs created in an attic.. up-and-coming Minnesota artists to introduce themselves to our audience. Today: young Minneapolis-based band Ivers, who’ve been working with producer Whistler Allen (of Hippo Campus). Henry and Ivan went to arts high school together, so they met there. Henry and I know each other through a mutual friend, so a while back, we just started playing music. Really starting in early 2020, right around when COVID hit, is when we realized that this kind of trio was a good bubble to keep ourselves in, [in regards] to people that we could see. That’s when I feel like we discovered that we work so well together, and have similar sounds [and] similar desires for what we want out of our music. I feel like with “Push,” I had kind of a few different things talking about me leaving for college. I feel like, once I got the first line of melody down to that guitar piece, it just kind of all came together very quickly, lyrically, and melody wise. That one got moving really quickly. But yeah, it’s usually off of a random idea that I have that I decided to expand into this one song.


Released March 26th, 2021

Instrumentation/Song writing by Ivan Mann, Megan Fritz, Henry Hughes
Additional instruments by Nathan Stocker

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Husker Du helped invent alternative rock as we know it with their landmark 1984 double album “Zen Arcade” and its follow up albums (1985’s “Flip Your Wig” in particular predicted what the alt-rock mainstream wound sound like a decade later), and their impact was felt on pop punk too. It’s hard to pick just one Husker Du album for any best of list, but their 1986 major label debut “Candy Apple Grey” wins because of “Don’t Want to Know If You Are Lonely,” which would’ve been a pop punk smash if it came out in 1994.

It sounds as much as like proto-Green Day as the Buzzcocks did, and Green Day didn’t try to hide their love of the song — they released a faithful cover of it. Others on this album like “I Don’t Know For Sure” and “Eiffel Tower High” found Husker Du offering up punchy punk rock and sugary pop in equal measure, and it’s easy to hear how this former hardcore band was shaping pop punk with those songs too. Husker Du broke up before they were able to enjoy the same success that Green Day, Nirvana, and their other followers enjoyed, and even though co-frontman Bob Mould’s next band Sugar went on to release an alt-rock masterpiece with their 1992 debut Copper Blue, both Husker Du and Sugar remained underdogs compared to the bands they inspired.

Five years on from Candy Apple Grey, the roster of every major label would be heaving with angry young rock & roll powered by surging electric guitars, howling vocals and non-specific angst. This, of course, was a result of the success of Nirvana’s Nevermind. However, as Nirvana themselves never shied from admitting, Nirvana’s Nevermind was, in a major way, a result of Hüsker Dü, and specifically Hüsker Dü’s Candy Apple Grey. It is probably the first major label grunge album; the Minneapolis trio had already racked up around half a dozen albums of superior and weirdly tuneful punk rock before Warners signed them. “Candy Apple Grey” wasn’t markedly different from any of its indie predecessors in terms of style–basically Bob Mould’s buzzsaw guitar and jet-engine vocal competing to be heard over a rhythm section playing with the speed and abandon of a runaway locomotive–but the songs had never been this good before.

In drummer Grant Hart’s “Don’t Want To Know If You’re Lonely” and Mould’s “Eiffel Tower High”, Hüsker Dü came up with a giddying hybrid of Black Sabbath and The Byrds. Elsewhere, Mould’s acoustic “Hardly Getting Over It” amounted to the beginning of his absurdly overlooked solo career. Candy Apple Grey was the sort of dazzling, unnerving record that made people want to form bands of their own. The fact that so many of these bands were formed in and around Seattle is a phenomenon as yet unexplained by science.

Maybe it was for the best; extreme mainstream exposure took its toll on a lot of major pop punk and alt-rock bands, but Bob Mould is still churning out great record after great record today, nearly 40 years after the first Husker Du single.

Flavor Crystals are a psychedelic shoegaze band from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Hi everybody, sorry we’ve been pretty quiet lately, but we’ve been busy working on something. It’s been quite a challenging year for most all of us, but we do have some good news in this crazy thing we call 2020…Flavor Crystals album number five has arrived!. After years of exploration and weirdness, they added bubbly liquid and jelloed into a real band, recording their debut album On Plastic as a document of the sleepy wobbly blurry dreamscape vibe they found together.


Releases November 11th, 2020

The opening riffs to Double Grave’s “Long Drive Home” sound like Kal Marks covering Dikembe’s viscous cover of “If It Makes You Happy.” That all kinda changes when Jeremy Warden’s relaxed vocals take over, steering the single in the direction of its eventual (still grungy) slacker-rock guitar solo. It’s the kind of early single that keeps you guessing as to what kind of album Goodbye, Nowhere! could possibly be.


A cool band from Minnesota

Performed and recorded at home by the band over the first half of 2019.
The Band:
Jeremy – guitars, vocals, songwriting
Seth – drums, engineering, mixing
Bree – bass, artwork

Released via Forged Artifacts releases August 7th, 2020

This EXCLUSIVE bundle comes with a 10″x14″ paper placemat that is a replica of the original Pleased To Meet Me promo item from 1987, a bumper sticker, a 3″ Patch and a limited edition cassette. The cassette features a previously unreleased interview with Paul Westerberg recorded just before the release of the Pleased To Meet Me album. Brief excerpts from the interview were originally included in a radio promo LP that was released in 1987 but this marks the first time that the complete interview has been made available.

Pleased To Meet Me is the critically acclaimed fifth studio album by the American rock band The Replacements. Released in 1987 by Sire RecordsPleased To Meet Me is the only album recorded by the band as a trio, after original guitarist Bob Stinson acrimoniously left the band.

Following last year’s widely acclaimed Dead Man’s Pop release, Pleased To Meet Me will be receiving a similar ‘deep dive’ treatment with a 3-CD/1-LP deluxe boxed set, which will tell the story of the album in ways not previously possible with more than 50% of the content previously unreleased

  • New remaster of the original album by Justin Perkins, who was also behind the boards for our Dead Man’s Pop regimaging
  • 1986 demo session with Bob Stinson – his last recorded Replacements performance
  • Additional 1986 demos with the band as a three-piece outfit (sans Bob)
  • Previously unreleased rough mix of the album with alternate track listing
  • Studio outtakes from the album recording sessions (Memphis, 1987)
  • Rare single mixes

The making of Pleased To Meet Me was a transformative journey for The Replacements, one that began with the combustible Minneapolis combo on the brink of collapse and culminated in one of the definitive albums of the band’s career. That transformation is chronicled in-depth on the group’s latest boxed set, Pleased To Meet Me (Deluxe Edition).

More than half of the music (29 tracks) on this Deluxe Edition set has never been released, including demos, rough mixes, and outtakes as well as Bob Stinson’s last recordings with The Replacements from 1986.

The music is presented in a 12 x 12 hardcover book loaded with dozens of rarely seen photos along with a detailed history of the Pleased To Meet Me era written by Bob Mehr, who authored The New York Times bestseller, Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements.

Pleased To Meet Me was recorded over three months at Ardent Studios in Memphis with legendary producer Jim Dickinson before it debuted in June 1987. The collection opens with a newly remastered version of the original 11-track album along with a selection of B-sides and a version of “Can’t Hardly Wait” that was remixed by Jimmy Iovine. All of the music included in this boxed set has been remastered by Justin Perkins, who remastered the band’s widely acclaimed 2019 boxed set, Dead Man’s Pop.

The second disc explores the creative process behind Pleased To Meet Me with 15 unreleased demos recorded at Blackberry Way Studios in Minneapolis during the summer of 1986. The first seven of these demos represent the last recordings made by all four original members of The Replacements. After those demo sessions stalled out, singer/guitarist Paul Westerberg, bassist Tommy Stinson and drummer Chris Mars made the painful decision to part ways with lead guitarist Bob Stinson after recording five albums together.

The disc’s remaining eight demos feature the band as a trio and include “Shooting Dirty Pool,” two versions of “Kick It In,” and “Even If It’s Cheap,” whose opening line (“Pleased to meet me/the pleasure’s all yours”) would ultimately inspire the title of the album.

The collection’s final disc features 13 previously unreleased rough mixes by studio engineer John Hampton that include the majority of the album along with non-album tracks like “Election Day” and “Birthday Gal.” These rough mixes are also featured on the 180-gram vinyl record included in the set.

Rounding out the collection are several unreleased tracks (Westerberg’s “Run For The Country” and “Learn How To Fail,” Stinson’s “Trouble On The Way”) along with a selection of outtakes (“Beer For Breakfast” and “I Don’t Know”) that debuted on the 1997 compilation, All For Nothing/Nothing For All.

The “Fresh Evidence” era was the last original album. This is one of the best soundboard album’s, Included in this work is “Minneapolis” Performance on March 20th, 1991”. It is a sound board recording outflow of those concerned. Rory had toured until January 1995, six months before his death, but the world tour lasted in 1991. This tour also included the last performance in Japan,

This is taken from the 1990/1991 tour by  Rory Gallagher. Even after 1992, tours were conducted with different members, but only in Europe. This was the last world tour to go to Japan, Australia and North America. Under such circumstances, the Minneapolis performance of his work was the concert corresponding to the last “North America” ​​leg with 11 performance’s.

While covering 5 songs from his latest release “Fresh Evidence” thickly, it covers a wide range of tracks from his solo career for over 20 years. Speaking of this period, you can listen to precious numbers such as “Fresh Evidence” the other songs “Kid Gloves” “Walkin ‘Wounded” “Heaven’s Gate”, Nighthawk “Goin’ Down to Eli’s”, Stones’ Tumbling Dice ”on the sound board.

ROCKPALAST was a five-person group with a keyboard’s, but here  it is the same four-person line-up as the performance in Japan. At the core is a trio with allied friend Gerry McAvoy and his friend Brendan O’Neill from his school days, with Mark Feltmann’s  participating.
This recorded show is just among the best sound board recordings available. The show has been known for a long time, but this is from a new master leaked from a different party. Although it is clear that it is a new master because it is about 4 minutes longer, The important thing is the quality that goes through the whole set. I’m especially happy that the guitar is pretty intense. The balance that the guitar came out in front of the rhythm team may not be ideal as an ensemble for the whole band, but the main attraction is Rory’s guitar. Both hot and delicious phrases are directly connected. Although not as much as the guitar, the focus is on Rory’s vocals too. Although it is a level that can be called “official” in terms of audio quality, it is a sound board album that is more vivid than that existence of the experienced white bluesman. From the hard British hard rock to the deep blues like Chicago, it is the culmination of Rory. The late Rory was not able to deepen the ensemble with the new band due to the deterioration of the physical condition, but here he listens to a passionate performance that can be said to be the end of 20 years of solo career with McAvoy. A masterpiece of a live album where you can enjoy the full show

Rory Gallagher was one of the greatest rock/blues guitarist who ever graced this earth and the likes we will never see again with a profoundly beautiful heart and soul. Everything about this show was perfection. Rory’s guitar playing and his singing, Gerry’s bass playing, Brendan’s drumming and Mark Feltham’s harp playing. They were really having a good time that night. They were super tight.

Rory Gallagher – guitar / vocals
Gerry McAvoy – bass
Brendan O’Neil – drums
Mark Feltham – harmonica

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When Poliça’s Channy Leaneagh fell off her roof while clearing ice in early 2018, she smashed her L1 vertebrae and battered her spine, leaving her in a brace with limited mobility for months. Yet Poliça’s fourth album, “When We Stay Alive”, is not about one debilitating accident. It’s about the redemptive power of rewriting your story in order to heal, and reclaiming your identity as a result.

While recovering, Leaneagh’s doctor told her to focus not only on physical healing, but to meditate on the mental act of healing as well – working to erase the anger, regrets, and fear she felt about her fall. To do so, he suggested she rewrite the story she told herself about what happened on February 28th. Left alone with her thoughts and her back fully braced, Leaneagh would visualize herself slipping and falling not onto cement, but instead onto a cloud, landing safely before breaking into a sprint over snow melting to reveal tall blades of green grass. As she felt the positive effects of this mental exercise, she set about doing the same for other injuries and pains that she gripped onto from her past.

Prior to Leaneagh’s accident, she had been setting music aside as she raised her children and worked to make ends meet as a nursing assistant. Now in the still silence of healing, she found that a multitude of feelings were becoming very loud. Leaneagh realized her self-identity had become attached to her experiences of physical and mental trauma, and she began to consider what it would be like to live without the past as a burden. “I felt there were many things I could look at and say, ‘This happened to me but I’m okay now. It’s not happening anymore and I got the care I needed for it. Now it’s time to rewrite the story I tell about myself and to myself,’”


Released January 31st, 2020

The trio hails from Minneapolis, a city already well known for its connection to noise rock. They stand alongside other Gilead Media bands Couch Slut and Kowloon Walled City as a select group of artists masterfully harnessing overdriven, rhythmic, and noisy riffs.

Threading the needle between the Euro-freakouts of Girl Band and the bleak fatalism of Daughters, Buildings is notably a very not-black-metal band signed to a very black-metal label. On their second release for Gilead Media, the trio builds upon the Jesus Lizard aggression of 2017’s You Are Not One of Us while also venturing into a handful of other heavy-rock influences—including metal on the headbangable second track, “Sit With It.” Comprised of nearly doom-paced guitar and heavy-hitting percussion, “Sit” is…well, pretty bleakly fatalist (“What does this world have left for me?”) and pretty freaked out the sense of doom, like any track on Negative Sound, is fully their own.

Buildings is:
Brian Lake: Guitar and Vocals
Mike Baillie: Bass Guitar
Travis Kuhlman: Drums and percussion

Official music video for “Sit With It” from the Buildings album “Negative Sound”. Out November 22nd, 2019 on Gilead Media (US) and Antena Krzyku (EU).

Sass live up to their name, but they use sarcasm and cheekiness as a deflection tactic against a looming darkness. The songs on their debut album, “Chew Toy”, are about heavy shit, and Stephanie Murck never undersells the very serious topics she’s singing about. But the gnarled and fuzzy towers of attitude that Sass build up around that are stunning — frustrated bursts of pure release.

released May 31st, 2019