We hope you’re enjoying the holiday season (though digging out from mountains of snow is another matter!) and offer you a classic Christmas song to listen to. It’s “Carol of the Bells” as performed by Ari Herstand off the Home For The Holidays – A Minnesota Christmas album. Over a dozen local acts are included in this collection of classic and contemporary holiday tunes, and all net proceeds benefit four local non-profits: Second Harvest, Union Gospel Mission, St. Paul Parks Conservancy, and Under Construction.
Sip on some hot chocolate while you listen to this tune, and don’t forget to check Borangutan again on Monday because we’ll be unveiling a list of 40+ (!) local shows and events all happening on New Year’s Eve. So whether you’re looking for the hottest show in town (there are multiple candidates) or just a place that isn’t charging an exorbitant cover (there’s even some great free shows!), you’ll probably find exactly what you’re looking for in the list we’ve compiled.
posted December 25th, 2009 at 8:08 am
Romantica just dropped their new album last Sunday night at the Cedar Cultural Center, entitled Control Alt Country Delete. The following live performance is that of “These Things Are Too Beautiful,” filmed at the 89.3 The Current studios. That the album was recorded in a single day is impressive in and of itself, yet more impressive to me is the poeticism in music that Romantica still clearly deems valuable to songcraft. Listen as Ben Kyle sings “I have tried to understand, the way of God and the way of man.”
Lines like these are timeless, and I’d love to see what a musical cross-section of a Romantica/The Eels collaboration would look and sound like. Control Alt Country Delete may just be your ticket through a long, cold, Minnesota winter. Snag your copy HERE, and stay warm through this blizzard.
Romantica – Website / Myspace
posted December 23rd, 2009 at 4:00 pm
MN Rock, Video
There isn’t much footage of flowery fields found in this video from First Communion Afterparty, but there are plenty of cool snippets of various antics that took place (presumably) on a road trip out West. It’s a video and memento altogether, and not a bad way to spend the next four minutes of your life! Enjoy.
First Communion Afterparty will be playing New Year’s Eve at the Varsity Theater along with Mark Mallman and White Light Riot. Sounds like a fine way to usher in the new year to me.
First Communion Afterparty – Myspace
posted December 22nd, 2009 at 6:46 pm
MN Rock, Video
After a busy year that saw the release of new album Field Day and tours across the country (including a few shows opening for another one of Minnesota’s own: Owl City), Lynhurst is finally back home for an all-ages show at Station 4 on December 27th. And in the spirit of the holiday season, the band is offering a pair of free tickets to this show for anyone who downloads their new album from iTunes, Amazon, or Rhapsody.
Here’s Mari from Lynhurst with more info:
In the spirit of the season, we are giving away tickets to the show!
All you have to do is download our album “Field Day” online through either iTunes, Amazon or Rhapsody and you get two free tickets to the Station 4 show!
1.) Download the complete “Field Day” album from any of the music sites listed above
2.) Send us an e-mail to: Band@LynhurstMusic.com
3.) Please include in your e-mail:
a.) Your full name- this will be used for you to claim your tickets at Station 4 will-call
b.) A picture of you and your computer screen as you download the album. Remember to bring a photo ID to claim your two tickets.
If you already own Field Day but still want to take the band up on this great offer, you could buy the album as a gift for a friend of course. Either way, be sure to check out Lynhurst in an intimate venue while you can, as they’ve already confirmed another show supporting Owl City at The State Theatre here on May 1st. And in the (what I would consider likely) event they begin to garner even half as much attention as Owl City has gotten lately, I’d say it’s a sure bet that they’ll be headlining large venues in no time too.
Sunday, December 27th, 2009
Silent Agency, Lynhurst, and Half Demon Doll
Station 4 in St. Paul
6 PM, All Ages, $8 (Get 2 free tickets with Field Day digital purchase)
RSVP on Facebook
Lynhurst – MySpace / Facebook
posted December 22nd, 2009 at 10:20 am
Concert Announcements, MN Rock
Seein’ the Scene is a (typically) weekly photographic presentation featuring images from some of the best local rock concerts Minnesota has to offer. These images are captured through the lens of Minneapolis rock photographer Mike Minehart. We welcome comments. More images from these shows can often be viewed at www.mikeminehart.com.
The Italian Hot Drawers - The Ugly Mug in Minneapolis - 12/16/09
posted December 21st, 2009 at 11:59 am
MN Rock, Seein' the Scene
Kevin Russell of Northern Outpost filmed the following video for Palisades by Hildur Victoria. I’m pretty sure the setting is along the banks of the Mississippi River, since few rivers in Minnesota boast greater amounts of floating nastiness on their surface. I grew up calling it the “Mississloppy.”
Hildur Victoria will host a CD release tomorrow at the Kitty Cat Klub, joined by Gospel Gossip and Tarlton. Go grab yourself a glass of wine and consume the show.
Hildur Victoria – Myspace
posted December 18th, 2009 at 11:26 am
MN Rock, Video