The Fantasy - ZibraZibra
Alright, I am a derpy Minnesotan who looks for Minnesota stuff on the internets, and I just came across this band on Amazon. They’ve been around for a few years, and have a new album coming out in a couple weeks, but … I’ve never heard of them. Information is hard to come by, but apparently they are an elctro-pop band with Minneapolis/Stockholm roots.
It took a few plays, but this song is rattling around in my head now.Played 194 times.
TIME Names Two Minneapolis Musical Artists As “Ones To Watch” In 2014.
14 Musical Acts To Watch in 2014
The bands and artists you need to hear before they get big
Minneapolis rapper/singer Lizzo’s just-released debut album, LIZZOBANGERS, is packed with impossible rhymes and serious hooks — all played out in a 40-minute frenzy. The inventive, quirky rapper — who has a slew of guest appearances under her belt — learned her chops in church and with the Twin Cities hip-hop collective The Chalice. The album features beats crafted by Doomtree Collective’s Lazerbeak — all under the watchful eye of Ryan Olson, who has worked with indie outfits like Gayngs and Poliça. An inventive and outside-the-box emcee, Lizzo is signed, fittingly, to Totally Gross National Product, a label whose roster is curated by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon.
Over the past several years. this singer-songwriter has been making memorable music that’s hasn’t made waves outside his hometown of Minneapolis — but that’s all about to change. With four albums already under his belt, Messersmith has signed to Glassnote Records, home to such artists as Mumford & Sons, Phoenix, and Childish Gambino. If any label knows how to get an ambient-folk-singer–turned–power-pop-crooner on the radio, it’s them. His new album isn’t due until early 2014, but if the first track, “Tourniquet,” is any indication, it will be filled with smart songs that show off Messersmith’s incredible voice.
Played 232 times.
via TIME Magazine
Back In The U.S.S.R. - Astronautalis
Can’t explain it, had the sudden urge for this song tonight.Played 270 times.
Reckless Ones - Dead & Gone via Justin Skaggs
Shot in a apocalyptic Minneapolis with Day of the Dead imagery, Dead & Gone is the official Stuff about Minneapolis Halloween jam.
Happy Halloween, you guys!
Lou Reed w/ Soul Asylum “Sweet Jane” via CalRocketFuel
Rest In Peace, Lou.
Lyndale Avenue User’s Manual - Atmosphere
This. Tonight. Yes.Played 202 times.
Ranking The 50 States Based On Their Contribution To Popular Music
Artists Who Were Born There: Bob Dylan, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, Paul Westerberg, Prince, Slug
Bands Formed There: Atmosphere, Eyedea & Abilities, Hüsker Dü, Low, Information Society, The Replacements, Soul Asylum, The Time, Vanity 6
What music has come out of Minnesota is generally iconic. In fact, if we were judging solely based on the impact that a state’s greatest native sons have had on American music (as opposed to taking into consideration broader, more abstract criteria like overall atmopshere, movements, scenes, etc.), there is a strong argument to be made for placing little ol’ polite, unassuming, very, very cold Minnesota right up at the very top of this list. [Ed. note: At least one person has been bold enough, or stupid enough, to do this in the past.]
First off, a young man from Hibbing named Bob Dylan is widely considered the greatest songwriter of the modern era. His legacy runs so deep that a reissue of one of his least beloved albums, 1970’s Self Portrait, recently hit stores to rave reviews—people just cannot stay mad at this guy. He got the Beatles stoned for the first time and basically taught everybody that lyrics were important. So, yeah.
Luka - Lemonheads
Evan Dando of the Lemonheads takes the stage tonight at First Avenue with Fountains Of Wayne and Soul Asylum.
They only hit until you cry.
And after that you don’t ask why.
You just don’t argue anymore.
If you care at all about the history of rock/punk/new wave music in Minneapolis, or just music history at all, you need to check out the Twin/Tone records page.
Pic 1: Babes In Toyland
Pic 2: The Suburbs
Pic 3: The Replacements