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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Trollhaugen winter '05/'06 Schedule out - Mammy's kick off the music Friday

The Mammy Nuns
kick off a winter of concerts at Trollhaugen in the Skollhaugen Lounge this Friday.

I've never been, but I hear it's fun. If anyone has any debauched rock and roll ski weekend stories, leave them in the comments.

See the full schedule here. Directions to the Wisconsin resort can be found here.

Trollhaugen Winter 2005/2006 Music Schedule.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Tapes 'n Tapes 'n Tapes 'n Tapes 'n, well Tapes.

From Cassette Jam 05

After a hard day at work, feast your eyes on these and and you soon be rejuvenated.

Press Eject and Give Me The Tape.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Linnea Mohn - Bass Girl

HowWasTheShow just published Andrea Myers' review of Friday's Coach Said Not To appearance with Mallman and Robert Skoro at the Triple Rock. recently profiled CSNT bassist Linnea Mohn, and in their Q&A with her you'll learn as much as you ever wanted to know about how Mohn got started with that particular instrument. But I'm sad to hear that Oh! Operator is no more.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Mallman photos from Chuck

Photo by Chuck Olson

I was out of town for a couple days, so I missed Mallman's Triple Rock show Friday night. Fortunately, Mr. Chuck U. Mentary was onhand and captured some excellent photos with his new camera.

See them in Chuck's Flickr gallery.

If anyone was at the Mallman show and would care to tell me about it, kindly leave a message in the comments. We've got a couple spotters on the east coast who we're sending to see him while he's on tour, and we promise we'll catch up with Mr. Serious ourselves when he returns.

Friday, November 25, 2005

Thanksgiving Eve venue-hopping mission accomplished - 7 venues, 12 bands, 29 photos

The Hopefuls in repose pre-show at the Triple Rock
The Hopefuls (sans Darren) were in repose at the Triple Rock as my journey began.

From the Triple Rock, to the Cedar, to the 331 Club, to Lee's, to First Avenue, to the Varsity Theater, to the Hexagon and then back to the Triple Rock, seeing bits of Small Towns Burn a Little Slower, The Killing Bottle, The Hopefuls, The Grassy Knolls, Accident Clearinghouse, Randy Casey and the Detractors, Trampled By Turtles, Halloween, Alaska, The Autumn Leaves and Rogue Wave, I think that all in all it was a pretty good night.

Photos are here. Words will follow.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Thanksgiving Eve Runaround revised Itinerary and stalker guide

I realized I was overly ambitious and have revised my 12 bars down to 9 stops. The revised itinerary is below, and you can follow my progress live if you are on dodgeball. (I'm under [sic] howwasthesho, and using my david[at] email address, so you should be able to find me pretty easily.) I'll be checking in from each venue.

06:00 Triple Rock
07:30 Cedar Cultural Center
08:30 331 Club
09:30 Fine Line
10:00 First Ave and 7th Street Entry
10:45 Lee's Liquor Lounge
11:30 Varsity Theater
12:15 Hexagon
01:00 Triple Rock (again)

And I'm off!

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Thanksgiving Eve Runaround - Just try and catch all these shows!

Though the night before Thanksgiving has traditionally been a good night for music, never before do I recall seeing a calendar with so many great local shows on it in one night. Every venue that HowWasTheShow frequents is hosting a show worthy of our recommended shows list.

Instead quaking at the knees in the face of an overwhelming concert schedule, I'm going to try (note, I said "try") to go to every single show on my own list. In order to make the schedule I doubt there will even be time for a drink in each venue, but that's probably for the best considering the number of venue visits it will require. (Count 'em. I think it's 12 so far. If I make it, I'll at least double my record of 6 I think I set in 2002.)

Oh, and I'm still open to late breaking recommendations....

The list is in no particular order, though if you're going to try and attend all these shows, you are probably advised to start at the Triple Rock for the early Hopefuls show, then go to the 331 for Accident Clearinghouse as that show will likely conclude at 10PM. From that point on, your guess is as good as mine.

Halloween, Alaska w/ DJ Abilities and Dosh - Varsity Theater

Ike Reilly w/ Trampled By Turtles and Little Man - First Avenue 8PM $13/15

The Hopefuls / Small Towns Burn a Little Slower / Killing Bottle / One for the Team - Triple Rock 5PM $8

Rogue Wave / The Hopefuls / Kubla Kahn - Triple Rock 9PM

Kraig Johnson & The Program featuring Special Guests - 400 Bar $10

Transmission - 1 year anniverary at the Hex party! featuring musical guests, The Autumn Leaves - Hexagon Bar $0

Melismatics / Monarques / X-Ray Hip / Stall - 7th Street 8PM $6

Accident Clearinghouse w/ Olaf and The Organ Donors (A.C. plays every Wednesday from Nov. 16th through Dec. 28th) - 8 PM to 10 PM - The 331 Club - Free

Faux Jean / Ouiji Radio / Dander - Uptown Bar 10PM

The Koalas w/ Kwang - Club Underground (Spring Street Bar & Grill Basement) 9PM

Randy Casey and the DeTractors - Lee's Liquor Lounge 9PM

Rock for Brain Injury A Benefit for Restart featuring James Diers, Marlee MacLeod, JoAnna James, Grassy Knolls, The Owls and Tim O'Reagan - Cedar Cultural Center 7:30PM

Bands for Brain Injury benefit is one of many great live music events Thanksgiving Eve

Bands for Brain Injury is a benefit concert designed to raise funds for Restart Inc's programs and raise awareness about brain injury. Restart is non-profit organization that has been providing Supportive Housing for brain injured people since 1986. Their mission is to empower and support these people in achieving the highest possible level of independence.

The event takes place Wednesday November 23, 2005 at The Cedar Cultural Center and features performances by James Diers, Marlee MacLeod, JoAnna James, The Grassy Knolls, The Owls and Tim O'Reagan. It is sponsored by 89.3, The Current and will be hosted by Minnesota Public Radio's Chris Roberts.

Details: 7:30 pm / $10 advance / $12 day of show / all ages. Seniors (65 or older) and children ages 5 to 12 are 1/2 price

DJ Jake Rudh celebrates one year at the Hex

DJ Jake Rudh
DJ Jake Rudh (Photo by David de Young)

The night before Thanksgiving, Mr. Jake Rudh, winner of the 2005 MMA for best club DJ, celebrates one full year of Transmission at the Hexagon Bar.

Oddly enough, Jake's song of the week is my official "all time favorite song," "Age of Consent" by New Order. His website of the week is appropriately,

The Autumn Leaves are the not so secret live band which will play amidst the recorded dance tunes, and Rudh promises a cameo singing appearance with the band backing him up. He will also be doing a 25 CD giveaway pack, all at once. Collectible stuff, he adds.

In his weekly Transmission newsletter, Rudh says, "friends in local bands intentionally didn't book gigs this night so they can hit Transmission." However, Jake must admit there are a lot of bands playing this night. (All the top venues are brimming with quality local music that same night. Look for a post of the top 10 recommended Thanksgiving Eve live shows coming soon.) But as far as your non-live alternative, Rudh says, "Bring your square sister who flew in from Boston."

Mental Contagion Announces new blog

In announcing the new Mental Contagion MySpace account and blog, proprieter Karen Kopacz said, "I feel a little dirty, but it was worth every second." She went on to add, "MplsArt made me do it! :)"

I should mention it's Mental Contagion's 5 Year Anniversary this year. The November issue, marks the online writing and visual arts magazines 62nd monthly update.

Check out the main site at, or the new MySpace sites at:

Kopacz's design company, Design for The Arts is responsible for the Flash that powers

Monday, November 21, 2005

Coverville beams Divorcee's S.O.S. to Denmark

Another music website for you today...

All covers, all the time, Coverville does podcasts 3 times a week. October 27th in issue 141, Minneapolis' own Divorcee was featured for their cover of ABBA's "S.O.S."

Listen to the podcast of issue #141 here.

I found the link after receiving an email from a music fan in Risskov, Denmark who was seeking more info on the band after finding a couple of HowWasTheShow reviews like this one from June.

A freebie for you - Animal Collective new album "Feels" streams commercial free at Radio-Indie-Pop this month

There are other reasons to check out Radio-Indie-Pop (http:///, but this month they are doing a free, (and commericial-free) un-interrupted high-fi stream of New York freak folkers Animal Collective's newest album, Feels. (Fat Cat Records, October 18th, 2005.)

If you like Modest Mouse, Mercury Rev, Flaming Lips, etc. I think you're gonna like it. Go to the site, click on album of the month and veg out for a bit. I haven't heard weird sound so pretty in a while.

Friday, November 18, 2005

First Avenue "Bootlegs" CD Release Party

First Avenue and DEMO (the organization formerly known as DAMF) is releasing a CD called "The Bootlegs - Celebrating 35 Years at First Avenue." The CD will be in stores November 22nd at Best Buy, and local music stores including the Electric Fetus, CD Warehouse, Down in The Valley, Cheapo and others.

Listen to the podcast for the disc here.

The CD Release Party for the disc takes place Wednesday, December 14th at First Avenue.

In preparation for the event, DEMO (The Diverse Emerging Music Organization) is soliciting fans to contribute great First Avenue or 7th Street Entry band photos they may have taken over the years. If you've been dabbling in photography, but have never exhibited your photos, here is your chance to show off your best shots.

Join other music fans, amateur and professional, and display your photos and memorabilia in the VIP Room.

If you want to contribute photos, contact Heidi:

Presented by First Avenue and the
Diverse Emerging Music Organization (DEMO)

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Atmosphere at First Avenue

Slug. Photo by Andrea Myers

The last of 3 sold out Atmosphere shows wrapped up last night at First Avenue.

HowWasTheShow contributor Andrea Myers was there Tuesday and Wednesday nights and posted this review of Tuesday's show in her Music Blog MinneapolitanMusic.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

And speaking of Flickr and photos...

The Minnesota Music photo group I founded on Flickr a few months ago has grown to nearly 20 members. If you are a Flickr member, consider adding your Minnesota Music related photos to this group.

You'll see some HowWasTheShow photos in the archives there, but also dozens from other members. The group prefers shots of Minnesota bands, but other music shots with a local focus are also welcome.

Stickers and Tom Vek at the 7th Street Entry

We've all stared at this mess so many times. Kenneth Durril thought to take a photo of it Monday night at the Tom Vek show. And posted it to Flickr.

He also grabbed a shot of London, England'ss one-man-band, Tom Vek himself.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Lindsay reviews White Light Riot in the Ascot Room

We saw a lot of shows last week, but one of several we missed was the White Light Riot (not to be confused with Fort Wilson Riot) CD Release Party Saturday night for their EP The Dark Is Light Enough at the Ascot Room. Fortunately, our friend Lindsay Thomas over at the City Pages was there and filed this report. When Lindsay says to catch these guys "before the word spreads," we believe her and we will definitely be following in her footsteps as soon as possible with a live review. We love what we hear streaming on their website.

So, are these guys a hooky cross between Melodious Owl and Franz Ferdinand or what? You'll also hear the funkier elements of Coldplay (and xylophone) in "Bitter Beginning." Just one listen to the first cut "Out Of Sight" should be enough to get you out to a show if you have any sense at all.

White Light Riot's next show is Thursday, December 22nd at the Turf Club.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

89.3 The Current to re-broadcast First Avenue Arcade Fire Show

Miss the fabulous sold out Arcade Fire show at First Ave September 29th? The Current 89.3 will broadcast "The Arcade Fire: Live at First Ave" on Sunday December 4th at 6pm. Mary Lucia will host the broadcast, which features live performances of "Wake Up" and "Neighborhood 3: (Power Out)" from The Arcade Fire's critically acclaimed disc "Funeral," as well as a cover of David Bowie's "Five Years." Tune in!

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Bauhaus at the State Theatre

Bauhaus played the State Theatre in Minneapolis tonight (11/7/05.) I'd seen Peter Murphy at First Avenue in 2002, but I had never seen Bauhaus live before (though I danced and drank aplenty to their recorded music in the early to mid 80's.)

Peter Murphy is a theatrical ham. Always has been, I suppose. But I almost sense a little envy of Daniel Ash's rock star power in the reformed ensemble. Ash singing "Slice of Life" as the first encore was a set highlight.

Seeing the full Bauhaus lineup for the first time made me wish I'd made the effort to see Love and Rockets back in the day.

"Bela Lugosi's Dead" was the predictable and proper final encore, but I'm probably not the only tired old rock fan who was secretly wishing for "Ball of Confusion."

A full review of the show may follow on the main site. Or not.

Here's the set list:

1. Burning From the Inside [I didn't recognize this one right off.]
2. In the Flat Field
3. God In An Alcove
4. In Fear of Fear
5. Terror Couple Kill Colonel
6. Swing the Heartache
7. She's in Parties
8. The Passion of Lovers
9. Silent Hedges
10. Kick In The Eye
11. Hollow Hills
12. Rose Garden Funeral of Sores (John Cale)
13. Stigmata Martyr
14. Hair of the Dog
15. Dark Entries

1. Slice of Life
2. Telegram Sam (T-Rex)
3. Ziggy Stardust (Bowie) [During this song, the guitar player from a well known local punkband was ejected for crowd surfing. Crowd surfing at the State? Strange, but true. Actually, it was more like "row surfing," and pretty much harmless, and she should have just been returned to her seat to enjoy the encore.]
4. Bela Lugosi's Dead [I think Peter misread the memo that said "Wear the batrobe" and wore a "bathrobe."]

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