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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Videos and photos of Red Pens (and more) at Jagerfest

HowWasTheShow will be playing and discussing Red Pens on the October HowWasTheShow Podcast being recorded tomorrow, but seeing as Red Pens just clinched the City Pages 2009 "Picked to Click" contest with almost twice as many votes as the also awesome first runner up Zoo Animal, I thought it would be fitting to share all the videos and photos we took this weekend when Red Pens played a killer set at Clubhouse Jager as part of the at the 3rd Annual Jagerfest.

Photos of the entire event are also available on the HowWasTheShow Flickr page. Click the photo of Red Pens' Howard Hamilton below for the full set. (Videos of Blue Sky Blackout and Astronaut Wife also playing Jagerfest are on the HowWasTheShow Youtube.)

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Reasons (title song from first album)

Cave Something

Blue Lighters

Hung Out

Baby Alligator

Street Issue

Children and the Kids

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Brianna Lane phones in from Hubbard Square

Brianna Lane had two shows tonight and a somewhat nerve-wracking ride today (Friday, September 25th.)

Played with Liz Stahler last night. Liz and Brianna will go on tour together in less than two weeks.

Tomorrow's the last day on the bikes, and Brianna is a bit sad about that. Tune in for one of the last few audio blogs as the tour wraps up.

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Brianna Lane Goes Candlepin Bowling and gushes about Peter Mulvey

Opens with strains of Peter Mulvey in rehearsal at the Lizard Lounge.

Brianna reports on Candlepin bowling and gushes about Peter Mulvey with whom she has been performing on this tour. Mulvey has a new record out called Letters from a Flying Machine. Find out more at

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Brianna Lane updates from Boston

Brianna Lane is still in Boston, calling in from at brunch at Alfresco in Davis Square. This episode features appearance by Gillian, Brianna's roommate from Minneapolis, and Nicole who is hosting Brianna while she's in Boston.

They planning a candle pin bowling expedition soon, and they play tonight at The Lizard Lounge.

Email Brianna at to let Brianna know where you are listening to this podcasts an what you think.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Brianna phones in from a hot tub in Boston

Brianna Lane audio blogs from a hot tub in Boston as she's about to get a massage in this newsy and fun report.

She reflects again on the ride in from Vermont and New Hampshire (which she mentions again is too hilly, and that there there are more up hills than down hills.)

They threw a party at the Massachusetts state line. (Photo at left of "Welcome to Massachusetts" sign.

Tomorrow they play the Lizard Lounge and Friday at Club Passim.

They are sore and loving it all. They can't believe it's winding down.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Brianna Lane biked all the way to Massachusetts

Brianna Lane reports that they made it to Massachusetts. On their bicycles! Part of New Hampshire was grueling, however.

They are almost to Boston. Their next shows aren't until Thursday and Friday so they get a day or two off. They plan to find some hot tubs and get massages.

Listen here for much more.

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Brianna Lane checks in from Saratoga Springs, NY

Brianna Lane checks in from close to Saratoga Springs at a diner they came across. She says one of the nice things about riding so far every day is they allow themselves to eat whatever they want and as much of it as they want.

Brianna says Peter Mulvey and Brianna have aptly begun covering "Bicycle" by Mark Olson & Gary Louris.

Tonight they play at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs. (

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Friday, September 18, 2009

Brianna Lane phones in from Syracuse, NY

Brianna Lane is now in Syracuse, NY after logging 64 miles by bike today.

She points out that she didn't do much training before they started, and days have been of varying degrees of difficulty, pain, hunger and sleepiness, and that today was definitely a "listen to your body" day.

She manages to seamlessly segue into a discussion of flatulence.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Wendy Rule with Kari Tauring at the Capri

[From a press release issued by Eye of Horus, Minneapolis.]

Northside Arts Collective (NAC) and Eye of Horus Metaphysical present Australian Wendy Rule with cellist Rachel Samuel and Kari Tauring with Huldre for a mystical night at the recently renovated Historic Capri Theater in North Minneapolis. This is the first of the twelve part “Great Streets Concert Series” held at the Capri, sponsored through a Great Streets grant from the City of Minneapolis’ Department of Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED).

Presented by Northside Arts Collective & Eye of Horus. Tickets are $15 and available at OvationTix or by calling 866-811-4111. Eye of Horus, 2717 Lyndale Ave S. is also selling premium seat tickets in the first three rows. Call 612-872-1292 to check availability.

Australian visionary songstress Wendy Rule will bring her stirring and sensual dark cabaret to Minneapolis for one night only on Thursday September 17. Renowned for years amongst the world’s alternative spiritual communities, Wendy is now deservedly gaining a much broader following. She is about to embark on her 12th international tour. This will be a rare opportunity to experience one of Australia’s most enigmatic and prolific artists.

“Dark, sensual, sonic theatre…compelling stuff” – Rolling Stone Australia

Fiercely independent, Wendy has managed to carve a unique path through the musical mainstream, and has emerged with seven major albums and a string of side projects to her name. Her live performances demonstrate a passionate union of her incredible voice – moving from soaring heights to intimate whispers – and her beautifully dark and visionary lyrics, the album is strong, Earthy and Shamanic. More than music, Rule weaves ritual and story into a net that continues to draw an ever-growing audience into her otherworldy realm.

“Every so often Melbourne throws up a singular talent, someone previously hidden amongst the well-established musical tribes, someone possessed of a unique vision. Wendy Rule, the vocalist, songwriter and visionary behind this remarkable album, is such an artist.” – Beat Magazine, Melbourne

KariHuldre-duo-2009-0815-thumbOpening the evening will be Kari Tauring and Huldre — tonight a duo with Drew Miller of Boiled In Lead. Kari sings and tells stories from our deep Scandinavian tap root. Waving her antler feather fan, she conjures ancient spirits that hover and dance around her classically trained voice. The bone beads of her Bronze Age string skirt punctuate rune songs danced to the pols (pulse) of staff and melodic dulcimer.

Author of “The Runes: A Human Journey” (2007), Tauring’s performances draw on 20 years of research and experience. Her EP “Völva Songs” (2008) includes songs in Votic, Old Norse, Norwegian and English — in performance, her music is both sweet as a lullaby and frightening as a Valkyrie; both intensely emotional and thoroughly researched. She wakes something from deep in our bones, something simultaneously ephemeral and elemental.

Kari teaches Volva staving at Eye of Horus on the second Saturday of every month. This performance is an opportunity to see the depth and power of the use of stav in performance.

“Her shows educate as well as inspire” – David de Young,

More info.

Brianna Lane from outside Buffalo, NY

(This audio blog is a little longer than the others, but really worth the listen.)

Brianna Lane is shown in this photo relaxing on a porch outside of Buffalo, NY. In this audio blog entry she announces she is now officially a queen and waxes philosophic about coffee and the morning.

Roads in Michigan were pretty bad. They took the ferry to Canada the other day.

This is definitely Brianna's most intimate blog yet, and she really lets you share in the experience of the trip, including the music of Joe Pug that sweeps over the porch mid-blog.

Brianna pushed over her former limit of 100 miles per day by bike since she last phoned in.

Sounds like she's livin' the life.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Daredevil Christoper Wright with Caroline Smith and the Good Night Sleeps and more at the Nomad


Event: Daredevil Christopher Wright / Caroline Smith and more @ The Nomad
"5 Amazing bands!"
What: Concert
Start Time: 20 September at 17:00
End Time: 20 September at 23:00
Where: Nomad World Pub

Monday, September 14, 2009

Brianna talks to Josh Stevens

Brianna talks to Josh Stevens, who started the ride in Columbus, Ohio. Josh tells his version of the bike trip.

Josh has also seen every single show so far on the trip.

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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Brianna Lane interviews videographer Kathy Wittman

Brianna Lane phones in from Ann Arbor as they are about to cross over into Canada. She gives a shout out to folks listening to her cross-country audio blog in Alaska and talks to Kathy Wittman who has helped gather 18 hours of footage of the bicycle journey so far which will be made into a documentary.

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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Brianna Lane on the road to Ann Arbor

Brianna Lane is having so much fun, she's not sure what day it is anymore.

They had a show in Lansing, MI last night after riding 74 miles yesterday. (Yesterday's roadkill count was 44.)

This morning they got up early and rode into the sunrise. (So far the roadkill count is only 1, but they have 40 miles to go.)

Tonight they play at The Arc in Ann Arbor (The Proclaimers play there Monday.) And tomorrow Brianna and crew leave for Canada.

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Brianna Lane reports in from Kalamazoo

Note, this podcast cuts off at the 2:57 mark.

Brianna Lane phones in a report from in a fog (we could hear you loud and clear Brianna until the line dropped.) They rode 50 miles today and have a show scheduled at 9PM.

In this audio podcast she speaks to two other riders, Andy from West VA and Heidi from Minneapolis who talk about the various counts and competitions they are running to keep themselves entertained on their cross country bike trek from Milwaukee to Boston to benefit Bolder Options. (Here's the story behind the ride in case you are just tuning in.)

Brianna is also soliciting questions to be addressed in future episodes of this audio blog. Email her at

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Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Brianna Lane audio blog from Grand Rapids

Brianna Lane checks in from the green room at the Wealthy Theater in Grand Rapids tonight. They left Milwaukee in the dark at 4 a.m. and biked 45 miles today.

They play tonight at the Wealthy Theater at 8PM.

Email Brianna at or follow her on Twitter at

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Saturday, September 05, 2009

Brianna Lane audio blog from Sheboygan

Brianna phones it in from outside a laundromat in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

She has two tips today:

1) Paradigm Coffee & Music in Sheboygan
2) Revolution Cycle in Madision

Familiar with these places? Send Brianna a note at and let her know.

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Friday, September 04, 2009

Brianna Lane's inaugural audio blog

As promised, Brianna Lane has begun her series of Audio Blogs from the road.

She left the Twin Cities two weeks ago, spent some time in Sheboygan writing songs. Tonight she checks in from Madison, from where she will leave on a cross country bicycle tour on Wednesday.

You can post comments here or contact Brianna at

The musicians Brianna speaks of in this entry can be found at the links below:

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Little Lebowski Urban Achievers new split LP due out soon

Is there an award for best song titles? On their new split LP with Divorce Force, Little Lebowski Urban Achievers would be in the running for it if there were.

It's a toss up between "Someone's too good for the dollar menu" and "Listen here, Eddie Van Halen" for my favorites.

Read on.

For immediate release: September 4, 2009:

LLUA and Divorce Force announce album details, release show

The Little Lebowski Urban Achievers and The Divorce Force have announced the tracklisting and released the cover art (attached) for their split LP due out next week. The LLUA portion of the split is titled "Get This Low Life a High Life" while The Divorce Force side is titled "Whose Land Have You Occupied?". You can hear a sneak peak at LLUA's myspace page where they have posted the track "You could be a supermodel with a mole like that".

The album will be pressed on vinyl and include a cd-r copy inside. It will also be available on iTunes in the coming weeks. LLUA will celebrate the release of the album next week where they will be performing at First Avenue for The Onion's Lebowski Fest.

Tracklisting is as follows:

LLUA "Get This Low Life a High Life"
1. What are you going to do with Rip Van Winkle over there?
2. You could be a supermodel with a mole like that
3. My tolerance is at an all-time high
4. Someone's too good for the dollar menu
5. Listen here, Eddie Van Halen

The Divorce Force "Whose Land Have You Occupied?"
1. The Creeps
2. So right, right now
3. Jon
4. Conquerors
5. Marquee
6. Grassfire