Looking west along Nicollet Avenue from Twelfth Street South, Minneapolis. (1939) via Minnesota Historical Society
Members of Hold Steady, Spoon Bring Minneapolis to Manhattan Avenue
What do a bunch of band dudes from the Midwest, who now live in Greenpoint, do when not making music together? Easy: they open a bar. Bobby Drake (The Hold Steady, w/o.), Frank Bevan (w/o.), Rob Pope (Spoon), Eric Odness (The Wanted, Primitive Weapons) named Lake Street after a major thoroughfare in Minneapolis, and they want it to be reminiscent of the bars they used to hang out at back home – “kind of old-man divey but cool bars, you know, where they could be sketchy, but not really,” Drake told Bedford + Bowery during a chat at the nearly finished space at 706 Manhattan Avenue, near Norman.
“We kind of just tried to build the bar we want to hang out in,” said Bevan.
To that end, there will be Midwestern beers (natch), hot dogs, brats, and five TVs. “It’s definitely not a sports bar,” said Bevan, “but we will curate [games] a little bit so that it represents where we’re from.”
The room contains design touches like church pews for seating and a bar top made from an old bowling lane, but Bevan knows he and his partners aren’t reinventing the wheel. “We’re musicians and we’re from the Midwest,” he said. “Are we that different [from other bars]? Slightly because of that, but not wholly. People have done all this shit before.”
via Bedford + Bowery
Achin’ to be Understood - Paul Westerberg
With my friends, I always felt a little out of place. I like sports and stuff, but I never quite. … [trails off] Everybody I knew liked to go swimming and fishing and hunting and to football games. I didn’t fit that. I never remember feeling truly comfortable with any of my friends. There was stuff I wanted to tell them that they would laugh at when I tried to explain it. They’d say, ‘Guys don’t talk that way.’ And I was afraid of girls, which is another thing guys aren’t supposed to talk about. So I wrote songs instead.
via New York Times
I have not been to a comedy club in the Twin Cities in years. Don’t get me wrong, I like to laugh, just haven’t gone to a club in a long time. But here are three clubs I know people can go to…
Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy at Mall of America
Comedy Corner Underground on 15th & Washington
And of course, the (Dudley Riggs) Brave New Workshop on 8th & Hennepin
Whoa, lots of question there, we’ll start with the first one…
#1 I actually collect old Minneapolis “artifacts” (postcards/hotel keys/newspapers/etc) and have done so for almost ten years. I have some items that date back to the mid 1800’s.
#2 I was born and raised in northeast Minneapolis, although I grew up in “Nordeast” when it was the lower middle class, industrial, white trash part of the city, not the cool/hip place that it is now.
#2 (part two) I started this blog to share my old “stuff” about Minneapolis (see what I did there?) and while I still do that, this tumblr has also become a cheerleader for the Twin Cities, which is something our Midwest sensibilities wouldn’t let us do in the past, lest we seem to prideful.
#3 No. I have not contacted any producers/directors regarding movies made in the area.
This is from the city of Minneapolis website…
In Minneapolis, you can lock your bike to racks and street poles. Do not lock your bike anywhere else (i.e. street lamps, garbage cans, trees, benches, hand railings). If a bike is locked illegally, the City has the right to place a warning on the bicycle for 24 hours and then impound the bicycle.
Catching up on “Asks” tonight, pretty sure you are asking about this post. That would be the Foshay Tower, which was built in 1929, and was modeled after the Washington Monument.
Meet the New Vegas: The 10 Most Sinful Cities in America
Move over, Las Vegas, NV—there’s a new capital of sin in America. Oh, you’re still pretty bad, but it turns out that St. Louis, MO has you beat when it comes to the big seven: Pride, lust, greed, wrath, envy, gluttony, and sloth.
So, in order to make this ranking, we had to translate the sins into some criteria that makes sense for modern city living. That’s how we came up with the seven we ended up using:
Strip clubs per capita (Lust)
Cosmetic surgeons per capita (Pride)
Violent crime per year per 1,000 residents (Wrath)
Theft per year per 1,000 residents (Envy)
Percentage of disposable income given to charity each year (Greed)
Percentage of obese residents (Gluttony)
Percentage of physically inactive residents (Sloth)
We’ve already told you which one claimed the tarnished crown; here’s the full list of the 10 most sinful cities in America:
1. St. Louis, MO
2. Orlando, FL
3. Minneapolis, MN
This city ranked in the top 10 for adult entertainment, aka lust. Something tells us that doesn’t mean karaoke.
4. Pittsburgh, PA
5. Milwaukee, WI
6. Cincinnati, OH
7. Miami, FL
8. Buffalo, NY
9. Detroit, MI
10. Las Vegas, NV
(the handsome guy with the mullet is Jake Nyberg of Three Volts)
BREAKING NEWS: REPLACEMENTS REUNION CONCERTS CONFIRMED
Here you go Riot Festonians, we are honored, excited and all together amazed to announce that THE REPLACEMENTS are headlining RIOT FEST Chicago, Denver and Toronto. Seriously guys, THE REPLACEMENTS. I’m going to do a shot, cry a little, and get ready for a ridiculous summer.