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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Bride of Frankenskate and Post-bout bash

The North Star Roller Girls kick off the first bout of their second season Saturday night, October 27th at 6:30 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. As Napalmer told us in this month's HowWasTheShow podcast, the most terrifying batch of women on eight wheels this side of the Mississippi outgrew their digs at the Cheapskate in Coon Rapids, where they skated for the 2006-2007 season, and have moved on up to the larger facility for season number two.

Doors for the bout, dubbed "Bride of Frankenskate," are at 6:30. The bout is at 7:30. Tickets are $10 advance, $12 at the door. (Buy your tickets in advance from Indie Tickets.) Halftime show music by Stockcar Named Desire. Bout DJs by Radio K.

Afterwards, come on over to Stasiu's in Northeast Minneapolis, where the girls will be winding down with Rank Strangers, The Slats, Action Versus Action, and The Revamps at a pre-Halloween party sponsored by HowWasTheShow.

When I wrote the press release for this party, I said this would be an out of hand event. Believe me, I was not exaggerating. Truly, I'm a little bit scared. But by all means, come on down!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Dan Israel and Stook! performance and Interview

For your listening pleasure, here is the third HowWasTheShow Artists Series Podcast. This month we feature Dan Israel and Stook!, who stopped by the HowWasTheShow studios recently to play some songs and talk about their upcoming CD Release Party at the Varsity Theater on Friday, October 26th, 2007.

This hilarious 34 minute audio interview includes live performances by both singer/songwriters.

MP3 File

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Elvis Perkins plays the Mad Ripple Hootenany

As I mentioned yesterday, Elvis Perkins has been in town since Thursday. Friday evening he played the first of the second season of Mad Ripple Hootenanys (or is it Hootenanies?) at Java Jacks in South Minneapolis. Perkins played 4 songs, including the haunting "Doomsday," (first-come, first-served link to live recording of that song) which the songwriter said had been born of trouble he has remembering names, "Emile's Vietnam in the Sky," "Shampoo" and "While You Were Sleeping."

Also helping to kick off the first hoot were Jenny Dalton (who releases a new CD of remixes of songs from her last album Fleur de Lily at the Kitty Cat Klub on Friday, October 26th, Peter Lochner, guitarist from Stook's band The Jukes (Stook & The Jukes also release their new disc When the Needle Hits the Wax at the Varsity Theater, October 26th), and local singer/songwriter Carl Franzen. Of course, the Hoot was again headed up by it's instigator, Jim Walsh.

I had made a resolution to get to the Hoot earlier this year and made it in time tonight to get a front row seat, and it was literally a row of comfy theater chairs right by the stage, which made for a prime vantage point for a few photos.

View a slideshow of my Hoot pictures here, or view the set at the link below:

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Elvis Perkins in Minneapolis

There are some people out there who still don't know who Elvis Perkins is. And I've talked to some people who had heard he is the son of Anthony Perkins (true) but weren't aware of what a truly awesome songwriter and performer he is in his own right, all ties to familial fame aside. Elvis Perkins is the real deal.

Perkin's debut album, Ash Wednesday, has been out since early 2007 on XL Recordings and it's one of my favorite national releases this year. Fans of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen will surely enjoy him, but I think it's fair to say he really found his own distinct voice early in his career, and I hope there's a lot more to come.

Elvis Perkins is in Minneapolis tonight and tomorrow for shows at the Fine Line (tonight) and 400 Bar tomorrow. You will kick yourself later if you missing seeing him.

I caught up with Elvis Perkins at the Borderline in London this summer (see above photo) and in case my photo set got buried in the rest of my travel images, I provide this link to that set here:

Note in my photo Elvis is playing a guitar called "Kid Harpoon." Where it came from, no one seemed to know. It just turned up on stage after Perkins started having technical difficulties with his pickup early in the set. Here's to Kid!

Also on that London bill was an up and coming band called The Wallbirds, who provided a perfectly complimentary yet distinct set and who are selling out shows all over England now after an appearance at the Reading/Leeds Festival in August.