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New Music Monday

Orchestra Dim Bridges
Eyvind Kang & Tucker Martine
Conduit Records

Buy at iTunes Music Store
Free mp3download: “Horizon”

Novo Tropicalismo Errado
BCore Disc

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Free mp3 download: “Agentina 2 – . . . → Read More: New Music Monday

Shows Highlights This Week

–400 Bar – The Wandering Sons, JoAnna James
–Fine Line Music Café – Tea Cup Scandal, Jake & Dubbs, Kitchen Cinque, Nicholas Mrozinski (The Feelin’), Face First
–7th St. Entry – VOXTROT with TAPES ‘N TAPES
–Station 4 – Level-C, Seven Year Existence
–Acadia – Wallace Wylie w/ The Sleeper Pins,Dan Kaping,The Trimmed Hedges

–400 Bar – Run Like Go, Red Phone Dispatch, Low Down Hold Up
–Station 4 – Graveyard Blues Project, Ashley Rossoupolos, Mike Swenson, Salt Shaker
–Fine Line Music Café – Gordon Globe, Castle vs Castle, 300 Jones, Johnny Charon
–Turf Club – Bromance, . . . → Read More: Shows Highlights This Week

The Swarm's Battle of the Bands Contest

The deadline is this Tuesday (tomorrow!) for The Swarm’s battle of the bands contest, with prizes including 30 hours of studio time, free discs, cash and a live Swarm game performance.

Full press release…
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Animal Collective : First Avenue : 2-26-06

Tonight, at Minneapolis’ historic First Avenue , Animal Collective showed why they are the surprise “it” band of 2005 — continuing to gain popularity and rise in profile with some, yet continuing to create puzzlement and awe at just why this band is so well received among others.

After the weird yet listenable opener First Nation departed the stage, Animal Collective founding member Noah Lennox, a.k.a. Panda Bear, quickly kicked off their aural nightmare – a fierce shudder of amalgamated venom and cheer that prompted the crowd to hurl itself toward the stage for 90 minutes and then run screaming from the . . . → Read More: Animal Collective : First Avenue : 2-26-06

Enchanted Ape : Three Ring Symphony : Hat Trick, MN 2-26-06

Enchanted Ape
Three Ring Symphony

Saturday night at St. Paul’s Hat Trick Lounge, Enchanted Ape did what they’re known for – jam. The group known to some as the Phish of the Twin Cities (we’ll get into that later) just released their debut album, Three Ring Symphony — a fantastic first offering for the band, but after seeing them perform live, it’s obvious the songs are just a necessary evil to set up the almighty, rocking out jam. I’ve quickly learned genres are a tricky entity and touchy subject for some musicians, so with a surprisingly wide breadth of song writing approaches, Enchanted Ape don’t let labels pigeon-hole them.

“This band and the music we create is constantly evolving–constantly “under construction,” so to speak,” said Chris O’Brien, the group’s acoustic guitarist and lead vocalist, in an interview with Perfect Porridge. “I think that, in part, is why we’re often labeled as a jam band. That’s not to say that bands in other genres don’t evolve, but I think there’s a conscious effort on our part to reinvent songs every time we perform them.”

And with influences including Allman Bros., Rusted Root, Widespread Panic and String Cheese Incident, Enchanted Ape has quite the musical repertoire, and by recording much of the new studio album material live, the group were able to give their debut an authentic feel that carries through to a live performance.

Saturday night’s gig yielded stellar solos song after song for guitarist Alec James Knutson, including Anastasio-like wails mixed with southern Govt Mule flair and even Petrucci-like syncopation up and down the frets. Brad Danielson’s bongos and cymbal work added in all the right places and “False Flags” — a 6/8 track with audience-encouraged clapping – was a definite outstanding tune of the evening. Other highlights included: “Soulfood,” “Memphis, Trouble Free” and “Fungi Lullaby,” all which can be found on the new album.

Before the show, we sat down with Chris O’Brien to further discuss the jam band genre, setlists and how exactly Laura Ingalls Wilder used to heat her little house on the prairie…
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The Umbrella Sequence, Islero, The Gilded Age, The Nina, The Pinta

One show I left off the Show Highlights list this week is a benefit show at the Uptown Bar this Friday (2/24). The bands have a common friend whose apartment burned down, and you can be sure that every $5 bill will go to a good cause.

Some great local groups here:
the umbrella sequence
the gilded age
the nina, the pinta

Doors are at 9 p.m. and cover . . . → Read More: The Umbrella Sequence, Islero, The Gilded Age, The Nina, The Pinta

Death Cab for Cutie : Crooked Teeth

Here are some video streams of Death Cab’s “Crooked Teeth,” the second single from Death Cab for Cutie’s album Plans – REAL, Windows, Quicktime.

As described last week, the video was directed by Ace Norton and the label bills it as the finest use of claymation since Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer”.

I should note you can also find the 5th video from the Directions DVD for “I Will Follow You into the Dark” by director Monkmus (Badly Drawn Boy, Kid Koala, etc.) at the Web site.

And better yet, you will be able to catch Franz Ferdinand and Death Cab at Northrop Auditorium, Minneapolis, MN . . . → Read More: Death Cab for Cutie : Crooked Teeth

Best Buy Targets Indie Record Shops

Check out this story from Pitchfork today about companies like Best Buy discounting indie bands and the effect felt by independent music retailers:

On January 24, Best Buy announced its latest promotion: a sale on a handful of albums from “left of the dial indie heroes,” such as the Arcade Fire, Cat Power, Danger Doom, Antony & the Johnsons, Atmosphere, New Pornographers, and Broken Social Scene– all listed at the obscenely low price of $7.99. Yes, that’s cheaper than every other store on the planet, including iTunes. In fact, it’s cheaper than distribution wholesale…

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Jenny Lewis with The Watson Twins : Rabbit Fur Coat

Jenny Lewis with The Watson Twins
Rabbit Fur Coats
Label: Team Love Records

Jenny Lewis, the L.A. singer/songwriter from Rilo Kiley — the hit L.A. quartet — has released her first solo effort with a little help from some southern friends and producer Mike Mogis.

With country harmonies modelled on `white soul classics,’ Rabbit Fur Coats is patterned after a singer/songwriting marketing strategy in the 70s that worked — founded on three principals:
–let the singer sing and don’t overproduce
–let the songwriting complement the singer
–don’t overpromise anything but give the listener more than they expect.

I can appreciate the songwriting, but the real deal here is Jenny . . . → Read More: Jenny Lewis with The Watson Twins : Rabbit Fur Coat

The Lashes : Get It

The Lashes
Get It
Label: Red Int / Red Ink
Available: as of yesterday

Another “The” band the critics love to hate, The Lashes have officially hit the big time with their full-length debut, Get It. Boasting fruity pop with a side of Hot Hot Heat, Ben Clark and his band of hipsters have cut through my sister’s diary with super cheesy guitar, chorus and lyrical content.

Actually, my sister would hate the Strokes but would love the Lashes and not be able to tell you why. She’s simply programmed to like this disposable, perfectly-produced pop with a side of rock. In fact, she would buy . . . → Read More: The Lashes : Get It