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MNRock Tweets of the Week: 4/18/10-4/24/10

Author: Mike April 25th, 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 few 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!


tw418 AutumnCompton MNRock Tweets of the Week: 4/18/10 4/24/10
Bumpity bumpity bumpity CRUNCH is about how easy it is to make a left turn at that intersection, especially during rush hour.
 
Coming to you live from the department of unintentional sexual humor is this road sign:

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tw418 HarMarSuperstar MNRock Tweets of the Week: 4/18/10 4/24/10

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posted April 25th, 2010 at 3:31 pm Tweets of the Week

An Interview with Stellar Vector

Author: Todd April 23rd, 2010

steallrvector An Interview with Stellar VectorTodd: Stellar Vector has been around for awhile.  Could you tell me a little bit about the band’s history?

Charles Sadler: Stellar Vector was birthed from my solo project [space bar].  I was going through a sort of musical soul searching, where I had an idea for a particular musical style but wasn’t sure how to execute the process.  I wrote a couple of really neat songs, but I didn’t sense that my passion was getting across in my solo efforts, so I asked Jamie Smith if he wanted to play guitar over some of the music.  As Jamie started playing out his ideas, I had decided that Jonathan should program beats for the project (even six years ago Jonathan was the best beat programmer in town).  Jonathan didn’t want to program drums though and so he started writing guitar parts as well, and then Don Carlson found me as I was putting this project together and asked me if he could play drums in something I was involved with.

We recorded a 3 song demo with Ev Olcott (formerly of 12 rods), who at the time was the guy I went to when I needed engineering work done.  When I worked with him he had miraculous balance over when to take control and when to give control, I don’t imagine that’s changed at all.  Around that same time I started to get into a fight with a band from Florida over the name Space Bar, I had no problems changing my name to Stellar Vector, especially after hearing the Florida rival’s music.  So we became Stellar Vector, submitted a song into TC Electropunk Volume II, and kind of tried to develop some more songs based on some improvements I wanted to make after coming out of the studio with the demo.

Life started to get really difficult for Jamie Smith and so I asked Geoffrey Makousky to fill-in for Jamie while he tried to sort his life out.  It quickly became apparent that Geoffrey was needed in a more permanent fashion and when Jamie came back Geoffrey took the position of bass player.  We started working on tunes, but it quickly became apparent that the band was putting a lot of strain on Jamie’s life; so as his friend I let him go.  At that time I had appointed Jonathan as producer of the band and me and him set out to find Daniel Auger.

You’re Not Included was recorded with Ev, 7 songs cut to 5.  We decided we should always walk in with more and scale back.  It’s even a principal rule in our writing style; start with a lot and cut back the fat.  It was a grueling process, and a lot of things were happening internally with the band:  My musical influences were shifting, Geoffrey’s main project – OBCT was really starting to flourish artistically, and Don was having tribulations.  After the creation of the EP, I decided that it was best for all of us that I let Geoffrey and Don go and we try to find a new rhythm section.

We did find a new rhythm section and then I tried to create a genuine business model with them – the “right” business model.  The line-up consisted of Mark Haider, Andy McClure, Daniel Auger, Jonathan and myself and – although there is a lot we don’t agree on – I think we would all agree that the business model is what crashed the line-up.  After about a year of trying to make a go of it, I pulled the plug.

Jonathan didn’t want me to give it up; he was having fun on guitar and being the producer.  So, Jonathan and I created a business model that applied support in all the areas where the previous model lacked and asked band Tasha’s Laughter if they wanted to write an album with us.  They did, we did, and that brings us to today.

“February 14th” by: Stellar Vector

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posted April 23rd, 2010 at 12:34 pm Interviews, MN Rock , , ,

Future Antiques Set To Release “Another Twisted Ending”

Author: Skelly April 21st, 2010

FutureAntiquesPic 450 x 361 Future Antiques Set To Release Another Twisted EndingSo much music, so little time.  School has really locked me down these past few weeks, and as the CD stack grows and the music folder expands, I often wonder come May what I will dread more – lots of school work, or lots of backed up music to write about.  I know, I know.  The latter isn’t such a bad problem to have. icon wink Future Antiques Set To Release Another Twisted Ending

The other day while needing some reprieve from the drudgery that has become my life (how dramatic, right?), I plucked an album off my desk to pop into the the old-school CD player, and was met with just what I was looking for!  Something for the warm weather, something for transition, something to remind me why I blog about music.

The album was Future AntiquesAnother Twisted Ending, and the song “Relapse” brought it all back together, reminding me of so many post-alt era bands from the late 90’s that carved out what being a teenager meant for me.  For me this was pure nostalgia, and I even sensed a small touch of latter days (pre-electronic) Bob Mould somewhere in the mix (Listen to the guitars.  Love it.)

Future AntiquesAnother Twisted Ending is a sentimental sounding album, just whispering to be listened to in your most comfortable environment.  You can buy the album, sure, but you can also do even better!  You can listen to “Relapse” here and then head on down to the Fine Line Music Cafe this Friday night to hear everything Another Twisted Ending has to offer live!  I’ll bet you anything your copy of Another Twisted Ending will be waiting there for you too.  I also suspect you won’t be disappointed, and to sweeten the deal, the band will be supported by Borang favorites White Light Riot, The Farewell Circuit, and Mercer.

“Relapse” by: Future Antiques


So, just to recap.

Who: Future Antiques (Who else!)
What: CD Release show for Another Twisted Ending
When: Friday, April 23, @ 9PM
Where: The Fine Line Music Cafe, Minneapolis

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posted April 21st, 2010 at 6:22 pm Concert Announcements, Reviews , , ,

“Jackalope Jesus” Video – The Goondas

Author: Mike April 21st, 2010

Taxidermic animals, late-night hijinks, shooting stuff, and The Goondas. Need we say more?

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You can check out The Goondas tomorrow night at Sauce; they’ll be opening closing.

posted April 21st, 2010 at 3:08 pm MN Rock, Video

“Rose Stained Red” Video – Ari Herstand

Author: Mike April 20th, 2010

Ari Herstand just unveiled his video for “Rose Stained Red”, off latest studio release Whispering Endearments. The video was initially only found as a bonus extra on Ari’s recent Live at the Pause DVD that was officially released at The Fineline in February, but now that it’s also finally on YouTube we’re glad to share it with you below.

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Ari is currently in the midst of a western US tour; his next show in town is at Grand Old Day in St. Paul on June 6th. And speaking of Grand Old Day and other summer music festivals, once the Taste of Minnesota lineup is announced probably next week we’ll be featuring a nifty little preview of some of the big annual outdoor events worth checking out over the next few months. Stay tuned!

posted April 20th, 2010 at 9:12 am MN Rock, Video

MNRock Tweets of the Week: 4/11/10-4/17/10

Author: Mike April 19th, 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 few 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!


tw411 unknownprophets MNRock Tweets of the Week: 4/11/10 4/17/10
The last time I did that a fight randomly broke out at Cub. Eek.
 
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Do the Kirby Dance!

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posted April 19th, 2010 at 2:42 pm Tweets of the Week