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What Is/Is What is This Happening?

Author: Skelly November 19th, 2010

IsIs What Is/Is What is This Happening?

What is happening around Borangutan?  Things have been pretty slow around here over the last few months, and chances are, you haven’t noticed (except for maybe a few of you).  A little inactivity has revealed some things about this music blog.  Some of these might elicit a “duh,” while others are perhaps not so obvious.  They are in no particular order:

  1. If a site is SEO’d well and in the good graces of the search engines that be, search traffic is static regardless of whether you publish or not (at least in a short-term / 3-month period).
  2. Referral traffic drops when no publishing occurs.
  3. Referral traffic rises exponentially when publishing does occur.
  4. Direct traffic comprises only a small fraction of overall traffic.
  5. Search traffic comprises the lion’s share of traffic (except during publishing days).
  6. People really like to see news and blog updates via Twitter and Facebook, and if they don’t see them there, then they tend to never visit.

“So Long” – Is/Is

None of this comes as too much of a surprise to me.  With special emphasis on point 6, everyone (loosely) is using social media and social networks these days, and frankly, no one has time to follow a website anymore, let alone 50!  Instead people expect that if you want their attention you had better go to them with what you got, because they’re not coming to you.  From my perspective, it’s nothing to kick and scream about, it just is.

For all you time stressed bloggers out there, there is one profoundly positive aspect to all of this.  If you, like me, receive your highest value readers from social networks, then chances are you needn’t feel so stressed about the lack of time you sometimes invest in your blog.  Search traffic is transient, but once kind folks on social networks decide to give you the time of day, they’re willing to do it often… provided you let them know, and so long as your blogging is passingly decent (I’m proof that not all audiences have super high standards!).  They’ll come twenty times a month for twenty articles, or they’ll come once a month for one article, and if you feel as if you’re slacking, they’ll probably cut you some slack.

That, or in all likelihood, they just won’t notice.

In my unique position, however, there is a particular kind of person who may not cut me some slack who almost certainly notices when I’m inactive.  These are the local artists who are generous enough to send me their music and materials.  The generosity is not in the giving so much as it is in the inclusion.   These people think well enough of me to send a package that likewise is sent to people who move and shake far more things in this local scene than I do.  On occasion I feel that I fail these artists, becoming too caught up trying make ends meet, and having no time to share their work with others.

What I resort to is that old adage “better late than never.”  I actually believe in this statement quite strongly and apply it to the work of others (contextually, of course) as well as to my own.  In the case of Borangutan “better late than never” takes on more potency since A) most people in the Twin Cities really don’t much of anything about the local music scene, and B) there are few who actually do who can keep up with it all anyway.

The result?  Music that is one month, three months, six months, or even two years old is still new to most people, and that being so, still well worth writing about.  The irony is that to be effective as a music blogger writing isn’t even that necessary.  Just post a picture, a video, or a song.  Create a link for the artist and let people know you like the music.  Then call it good.  It’ll be short, sweet, and minus all the boorish and nonsensical embellishments of pop music journalism.  (Hmm… well that was uncharacteristically anti-establishment sounding.)

By the way, did I mention Is/Is’ new EP This Happening is a good listen?  Check this band out at Cause Spirits and Soundbar tonight!

Links

Is/Is – Myspace / Purchase This Happening

posted November 19th, 2010 at 5:42 pm Concert Announcements, MN Rock ,

Ma, Will Someone Break The Rockford Mules?

Author: Skelly November 11th, 2010

rockfordmules4 Ma, Will Someone Break The Rockford Mules?

On Saturday night The Rockford Mules will officially drop their new album on the Twin Cities in what is sure to be a crushing blow at Cause Spirits and Sound Bar in Minneapolis.  The title of the new Rockford Mules album, Ma They Broke Me, sounds sort of like an ironic non-reality that would be if only someone, somewhere out there possessed the power to take a great band and elevate them to greatness.  This band is that good, and judging by the sound, look, and lyrical tone of Ma They Broke Me, I’d put my bet on their mothers being the first to know if they did, in fact, break!

I’m not saying The Rockford Mules are a bunch of momma’s boys (in truth, to say so would likely be to my own peril).  Far from it, these guys are the current standard bearers (and inheritors) of the hardest side of early 90’s grunge.  Think Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, and Stone Temple Pilots.  Others have pointed out that a certain southern element is found in the music of The Rockford Mules, but bah; as far as I’m concerned these guys rock for everything that is Grain Belt beer, hot dish, and snow blowers.  That’s right – snow blowers.  Forget tater salad.

Just thought I’d share since this record has been getting me through a long and arduous day.  Now, will someone please break The Rockford Mules already?  C’mon ma!

Mudfoot Barker – The Rockford Mules

The Rockford Mules play Cause Spirits and Sound Bar this Saturday night at 9:30PM.  Concert is 21+, cover is $6.

Rockford Mules Ma, Will Someone Break The Rockford Mules?

Links

The Rockford Mules – Website / Myspace /Facebook / CD Baby

posted November 11th, 2010 at 6:54 pm Concert Announcements, Reviews ,

Rock the Cause Presents “Phantasmagoria”

Author: Skelly October 22nd, 2010

If your experiences mirror mine, then you might be a bit tired of “the usual” Halloween festivities.  They often manifest in two ways: A) the poorly costumed yet personal house party, or B) the extravagantly costumed yet impersonal nightclub bash.  What if I told you that you could get the best of both this year without all the taxing drawbacks?  Would your vampire teeth bite?

Well here it is folks, Rock the Cause’s “Phantasmagoria,” a Halloween romp to benefit Rock the Cause on Saturday Oct. 30.  Featuring 35 rooms of ghoulish gore within a fully decked out haunted Mansion, this monster mash is sure to be the premier event of the season that only 175 lucky night dwellers may revel in.  Here are some of the deets.

  • A donation of $25 will get you an all-access pass to the party, which includes an array of complimentary fine elixirs, spirits and ghoulish delights, live music by READYGOES and classic 3D HORROR FILMS.  Purchase tickets via Rock the Cause by clicking on “Buy Tickets.”
  • Admission is an advance donation starting at $25… to Rock the Cause, which will also get you some original RTC swag.  (Ed. note – seriously people, you must pay to play.  Don’t show up at the door thinking you’ll sneak in for free!)
  • 21+ only!  Space is limited to 175 “children of the night.”  Mansion is located at 2601 Sunset Blvd., Minneapolis, MN.

Check out the full press release for the event HERE.

And now for some…

“Psycho” by – Ready Goes

phantasmagoria Rock the Cause Presents “Phantasmagoria”

posted October 22nd, 2010 at 2:00 pm Concert Announcements, Uncategorized ,

Mark Mallman’s MARATHON 3

Author: Mike October 7th, 2010

marathon3 Mark Mallman’s MARATHON 3

In a weekend already packed with several big local shows and events, there is one that stands miles above the rest for its ambition and proverbial insanity in even attempting.

Could you possibly imagine staying awake for 78 consecutive hours, let alone performing on stage the entire time as well? That’s exactly what Mark Mallman and a rotating all-star cast of 75+ local musicians will be doing at the Turf Club beginning today at 4 PM and ending on Sunday at 10 PM.

MARATHON 3 (yes, he’s also done a 26-hour performance in 1999 and a 52-hour performance in 2004 too!) will be a unique journey to the veritable limits of physical endurance and musical creativity at the same time. Composed as a three-phase musical installation, Mallman aims to “expose the raw nerve of creativity itself” as he turns through hundreds of pages of lyrics written especially for this performance.

Call it what you will, but nobody in this town (other than Mallman of course) has proven to have the balls to attempt something of this magnitude, let alone already twice before. I highly encourage you to make a trip (or several) over to the Turf Club to see this for yourself, though you can also stream it live on Mallman’s website as well. Still up at 4 AM on Saturday? Tune in. Already bored at work at 10:30 AM on Friday? Check it out then too. You’ll also find previews of the material Mallman is performing and a full list of the musicians that will be backing him over the course of the event on his site as well.

Yet in the end, you may still be asking yourself why Mark Mallman would subject himself to such an unimaginably challenging endeavor? Ask him why, and he will say, “because”.

posted October 7th, 2010 at 12:03 pm Concert Announcements, MN Rock

3 Shows 2 See 2-Night

Author: Skelly September 18th, 2010

Pardon the numero inserto in the title, but it’s going to be Saturday night, and that makes it alright.  Speaking of, have you decided where you’re sneaking off to this evening?  If not, here are a few live show options to accompany your favorite local brew or blend.




John Snell X @ the 501 Club

John Snell  3 Shows 2 See 2 NightLocal psychedelic artist John Snell X will be performing a big chunk of his new double-disk record Peculiar Songs for a Particular Audience at the 501 tonight.  For those of you not acquainted with Mr. Snell, he’s a quirky live performer with a penchant for penning songs about love and politics.  Think a mix of Beatles, Paul Simon, and the Violent Femmes and you’re on to something.  Show starts at 9PM, 21+, $5 cover.

“I Could Write 20 Songs A Night” – John Snell X




The Johnson Twins @ The Dakota Jazz Club

Johnson Twins 3 Shows 2 See 2 NightThe Johnson Twins are twin brothers Patrick and Sam Johnson.  Their music is an interesting mix of jazz and folk with a little indie cherry on top.  The quintessential flavor of the band is focused on the conspicuous absence of any guitars.  Instead, the fiddle, banjo, and accordion stand in – but don’t you go thinking that this is somehow gramma and gramps band.  The Johnson Twins reinvent these instruments for the now generation.  Music begins at 11:30PM, 21+, $5 cover.
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Lost Shepherds & Minor Kingdom @ the 331 Club

Minor Kingdom 3 Shows 2 See 2 NightLocal alternative folk will be alive and well at the 331 tonight featuring the release of Lost Shepherds new self-titled record.  Lost Shepherds are the ideal listening experience on a cool atmospheric fall evening, and isn’t that in the forecast tonight?  Interesting tidbit of info: Lost Shepherds new record was mastered by Ed Brooks who also mastered the Fleet Foxes.  Joining Lost Shepherds on the bill will be Grain Belt Records artist Kristian Melom  and his outfit Minor Kingdom.  If you’re in for something a little more smooth and laid back tonight, then Lost Shepherds, Minor Kingdom and an apple martini might be the direction to take.  Music starts at 9:30PM, 21+, No Cover.

“Unwanted” – Lost Shepherds

“Perfect” – Minor Kingdom

posted September 18th, 2010 at 2:02 pm Concert Announcements, Uncategorized , , ,

Syd’s List Presents Rockin the Sunset

Author: Skelly September 7th, 2010

236x359 Boat Party Syds List Presents Rockin the SunsetYou wouldn’t know it by the weather we’ve been experiencing the last few days, but summer hasn’t entirely escaped us yet, and there are still a handful of events left in 2010 that focus on the warmer side of Minnesota.  Like Rockin’ the Sunset, happening this Sunday on Lake Minnetonka aboard the iconic Queen of Excelsior.  Rockin’ the Sunset is a five hour event (2 on land, 3 on water) beginning at 2PM at Bayview Event Center.  Attendees will be treated to the music of local bands Alpha Consumer and Mystery Palace, all while exploring the lacustrine cubby holes of Lake Minnetonka.  Advanced tickets are $11 and can be purchased via Syd’s List.  Rocking the Sunset is being jointly hosted by Syd’s List and ThermoDynamo.

Too Much – Mystery Palace

posted September 7th, 2010 at 10:11 pm Concert Announcements ,