Have you heard of Sparkydog & Friends? Unless you’re from Fort Lauderdale, FL, chances are your answer is “no.” That was my answer too; but now that I’ve made their acquaintance, I won’t soon forget them! Sparkydog & Friends is an ambitious little project that may just outgrow their britches, and they seem to have the vision and drive to make it happen.
In addition to writing strong songs, the group has teamed up with UK producer Mick Glossop (PiL, Van Morrison, Frank Zappa, et al.) and artistic wizards WETA Workshop (Avatar, Lord of the Rings) to put together what seems to be an impending masterpiece. Sound exciting? We’re going to keep a close eye on this one, and you should too. For now the band has only released a two song disc leading up to a full LP that will presumably appear sometime later this year.
“People of the World” by: Sparkydog & Friends
Sparkydog & Friends – Website / Facebook / iTunes
posted June 30th, 2010 at 12:43 pm
I’m not too sure what constitutes a “fake place,” but if I had to place a bet on where to find one, I might choose the place that band members Joe Winterer and Garrett Neal met – (duh, duh, duh, duhhhhh) the internet’s Craigslist. It might not be the most storied place to meet (how has your personal ad performed there?), but that doesn’t mean grand things can’t spring from it. Case in point: Minneapolis synth poppers Fake Places’ new album This Vision is a Trick.
This Vision is a Trick is a collection of synth songs that remind me of the first time I heard an OMD album. Half the songs instantly gratifying, half instantly underwhelming – but after every listen each song matured like fine wine and somehow, in some inexplicable way, intuitively made a lot more sense. I’ve been digging into Fake Places for about a week now, and you betcha, I’m well into the maturation stage. Fair warning for you OMD fans before you rush out to grab Fake Places: this band embraces softer maneuvers. Think of OMD covering The Jesus and Mary Chains‘ Stone and Dethroned and you might be on the right track.
But as always, you needn’t listen to me, this is the 21st century! Just listen for yourself.
“Infinity Writer” by: Fake Places
This Vision is a Trick Tracklist
1. This Vision
2. English Channels
3. Infinity Writer
4. Ode To Ramaty
5. House In Thought
6. The Pedestrian
7. Rooms Filled With Smoke
8. Blacking Out
9. On Your Way Down
Fake Places- Website / Myspace
As an aside, if Craigslist constitutes a “fake place” by virtue of being on the internet, then what does that make this site? Hmmm… “Borangutan – your fake place on the internet since 2009″! Love it.
posted June 29th, 2010 at 11:50 am
MN Rock, Reviews
Nothing quite like digging an old record out of a cellar wall, eh? This new video by Minneapolis’ self-evident is an interesting storyline beginning to end… or is it end to beginning? I don’t know – just watch and decide for yourself.
“The Past” is another video brought to us by our friends over at Northern Outpost. Next up for self-evident? July 8 at the Hexagon Bar. Don’t miss it!
self-evident – Website / Myspace
posted June 23rd, 2010 at 3:56 pm
MN Rock, Video
Our Friends over at MPLS.TV are being busy, busy little media artists! They just released a video of live footage captured at the Lookbook concert last Friday night, and it’s not your ordinary run-of-the-mill reel. In addition to Lookbook performing their song “My Darkness,” there are short takes of Zoo Animal, Bight Club, and Slapping Purses.
For those of you familiar with these groups, indeed, they are perhaps oddly paired bed-mates (Bight Club confuses me in more ways than one), but the greater difference here is the artistic stop motion segments of the video. Small as it may seem, these creative snippets really transform a video like this, changing it from a simple filming of live concert footage into something more of a production! We the people demand ever changing forms of entertainment in our social media, right? MPLS.TV delivers.
posted June 22nd, 2010 at 12:57 pm
Happy Saturday all! A couple righteous news interviews came out this last week with two of the Twin Cities best bands: Communist Daughter and The Melismatics. We just thought we’d share.
Communist Daughter just got voted MetroMix‘s “best band in the Twin Cities,” hence, the coverage. The interview with the Melismatic’s Ryan Smith was shot at Grand Old Days a couple weeks back, courtesy of Mpls.TV.
posted June 19th, 2010 at 1:58 pm
The first time I saw Buffalo Moon, Preston “Danger” Holm was naked from the waist up playing a clarinet and gyrating dangerously close to a keyboard.
This wouldn’t be worth mentioning except that this band is so rad that it actually took me a couple songs in to their set at their CD release at the Bedlam to realize this.
Buffalo Moon released Wetsuit earlier this spring and will take their bossa nova meets 1960s psychedelic pop crazy train to the Kitty Cat Klub Saturday night, June 19. Black Blondie will assist.
Here Buffalo Moon wows the crowd at the Electric Fetus:
Buffalo Moon – Website / Myspace
posted June 19th, 2010 at 1:14 am
Concert Announcements, MN Rock, Uncategorized