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Tracks: Green Sweater Society and The 4onthefloor

Author: Skelly March 31st, 2010

(Tracks is a feature on Borangutan that showcases local artists and their recent album. Many local artists generously donate their music to Borangutan writers, and part of our mission is to take that music and place it in your ears. Voila! Each feature offers a free, limited-time mp3 download (one track) from the highlighted artist’s album, and links to where you can listen to or purchase more.)

Love Songs EP: Green Sweater Society

GSS Love Songs Tracks: Green Sweater Society and The 4onthefloor

Love Songs is the second EP release by Saint Paul power pop outfit Green Sweater Society.  Their first EP, Verde, was put forth back in 2008.  We first caught word of GSS a little over a year ago at a SueCity concert, and since then have been keeping a close eye on the bands they roll with (psst… check out Machine 22 and Vaudeville if you haven’t already.)  GSS has been featured in MinnPost and we semi-regularly drop their name here, but we think it’s high time more people started paying some close attention to these guys.  Listen up!

You can connect with GSS via the band’s Myspace or Facebook page, and you can grab a copy of Love Songs from either CD Universe or iTunes.  Social media not enough?  /it never is.  Don’t forget to catch Green Sweater Society at the 400 Bar on April 24.  Now for a slice of Love Songs.

“Pain Killers” by: Green Sweater Society

4 Songs EP: The 4onthefloor

4SongsEP 450 x 450 Tracks: Green Sweater Society and The 4onthefloor

The 4onthefloor apply a literal twist to a stomping good time. Just take a look at the band’s Myspace page and check out the instruments they play. Notice anything peculiar? Your eyes aren’t deceiving you – they all play bass drum.  When was the last time you saw a bunch of guys playing their main instruments and stomping on bass drum pedals all at once? First time for everything!

The 4onthefloor create true live music, but that’s not to say one can’t stomp along in the car, in the home, or even on the city bus (careful here). Check out more tunes from the band via their Myspace page, and if you’d like to witness the bass extravaganza, follow the band on Facebook and Twitter for updates on upcoming shows. Here’s a tip – you can see the band this Sunday for free at the Kitty Cat Klub with The Alarmists, The Evening Rig, and Koo Koo Kangaroo. How sweet is that?  Want to know what’s even sweeter?  This is also the first chance for folks to buy the new EP, that means you!

“Workin’ Man Zombie” by: The 4onthefloor

posted March 31st, 2010 at 12:10 pm MN Rock, Tracks ,

“Sailor” (remix) Video – Zoo Animal

Author: Skelly March 29th, 2010

Northern Outpost just released their latest local video creation “Sailor,” originally by Minneapolis’ Zoo Animal and here remixed by local artist Mark McGee of To Kill A Petty Bourgeoisie.  This newest release seems to represent a different kind of creative approach from the NO camp.  I’d be interested to here some background info on the video concept.  I sense a little River Styx action somewhere in there.

posted March 29th, 2010 at 2:47 pm MN Rock, Video , ,

MNRock Tweets of the Week: 3/21/10-3/27/10

Author: Mike March 28th, 2010

We love to know what’s on the minds of the musicians in our local rock & roll scene, so what better way than to follow a couple hundred MN bands & musicians via a Twitter list? Here’s some of the best, funniest, most interesting, and/or most random things we’ve spotted on our list in the past week along with our own random thoughts in response. And if you want to join in on this 140 characters or less madness, you can follow our list too!

tw321 HarMarSuperstar MNRock Tweets of the Week: 3/21/10 3/27/10
tw321 danrodriguez MNRock Tweets of the Week: 3/21/10 3/27/10

That’s kind of odd…

tw321 CaseyPCarlson MNRock Tweets of the Week: 3/21/10 3/27/10

That’s kind of awesome!
tw321 markmallman MNRock Tweets of the Week: 3/21/10 3/27/10

One might argue that Mallman’s already been performing from outer space for years though.

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posted March 28th, 2010 at 1:05 pm Tweets of the Week

An Interview with Shawn Phillips of The Eighth

Author: Todd March 25th, 2010

SP3 300x225 An Interview with Shawn Phillips of The EighthWhether fronting the industrial “concept” The Eighth, playing bass in Uber Cool Kung Fu or composing ambient soundscapes for multi-media projects; Shawn Phillips is a musician who always keeps things both interesting and edgy.  I recently had the chance to catch up with Shawn and discover where the muse has been leading him.

Todd: Starting out, could you tell me a little bit about your history in the Twin Cities’ music scene?  You’re originally from North Dakota, correct?

Shawn Phillips: North Dakota, the secret I can’t seem to keep under wraps. I grew up there in a town where the only original live music could be found in the basements of rented banquet rooms and VFWs, where the bands were usually still in high school and played either punk or nu-metal. I started out in 1993 playing coffee shops on the acoustic guitar, playing bass in a punk band, and co-running a live poetry performance night, eventually moving on to what I’d call “Ghetto DJ’ing” with a CD player, a keyboard and a 4-track cassette recorder. Around 1999 I started Chairman Mao, the band I became known for there. We got labeled by promoters as “darkwave industrial”, which I found pretty funny but rolled with it anyway. We were for all intents and purposes the only electronically-oriented band for 300 miles. I also ended up playing guitar and writing material in a prog metal band (cutting a demo at Music Tech, before it became McNally Smith). In 2002 I moved to Red Wing, MN to study Band Instrument Repair (clarinets, trumpets, etc). I’m a self-taught guitarist and was the only person out of forty students who wasn’t a band geek and couldn’t read sheet music!

“Wasted Heartbeats” by: The Eighth

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posted March 25th, 2010 at 6:00 pm Interviews, MN Rock , ,

In Memoriam: Jim Marshall 1936-2010

Author: Skelly March 24th, 2010

Iconic rock photographer Jim Marshall passed away last night, and we here at Borangutan thought it worth the while to point out, in his memory, the man behind the images that we’ve all become so accustomed to over the years.  Below is a short documentary shot in 2007 on Mr. Marshall highlighting some of his best and most well known photographs.  There are some good stories in there too.  No doubt the man will live on through his photos just as the artists he photographed have.

0 In Memoriam: Jim Marshall 1936 2010



posted March 24th, 2010 at 4:04 pm Music News

SueCity Talks Gear and Their New EP High Heels

Author: Skelly March 23rd, 2010

SueCity may soon be one of Minnesota’s most conspicuous stage blazing bands, with a combustible live show that puts most firework displays to shame.  In preparation for the release of their new EP (High Heels) this Saturday evening at the 400 Bar, we snagged a second to bounce several choice questions off SueCity guitarist Justin Peterson and singer Symon Polley.

SueCity front cover 450 x 450 SueCity Talks Gear and Their New EP High Heels

Skelly: This is SueCity’s second EP release in the last year or so. Any plans on getting into the studio to produce an LP, or are EP’s where it’s at?

Symon Polley: Great question, we have no plans to do a full length anytime in the near future. With the rise in digital music it’s apparent that people no longer buy full albums. They are usually more likely to buy individual songs or even a small number of songs at one time. We found it easier to sell a few songs to someone who has never heard you for a few dollars than a whole album for more. We also like the idea of generating constant buzz. I certainly don’t like having to wait a year or more to hear the next album from a band I like, and sometimes I even forget about them until then. The idea is to keep content flowing (less songs more often) so we can keep fans interested and hopefully build up a local following. For now EP’s seem to be the way to go.

Skelly:  One thing that I think sets SueCity apart from a lot of other bands in Minnesota are the monster sounding guitars in the band. What kinds of gear do you guys use to create this sound?

Justin Peterson: The guitar tone (both live and on the new record) comes from 15 watt Orange Tiny Terrors. I use a matching Orange 2×12 closed back cabinet with Celestion Vintage 30’s and an ESP/LTD EC-1000 with Seymour Duncan JB/59 pickups. Orange amps have a very unique sound to them. They’re a bit darker than a Marshall or something in that range, but I think that’s what really sets them apart. The beauty of the Tiny Terror is that I can still turn up at least halfway every live show without having to worry about the sound guy using the “suck button” because my amp is drowning out the rest of the band.

“High Heels” by: SueCity

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posted March 23rd, 2010 at 9:51 pm Concert Announcements, Interviews, MN Rock