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Tracks: The Goondas and Stellar Vector

Author: Skelly July 12th, 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.)


Self Titled: The Goondas

The Goondas Tracks: The Goondas and Stellar Vector

Anyone who has witnessed the enigmatic Goondas knows they put on one of the most blitzing shows in town.  What they may not know is that the band’s energy transfers from stage to record more flawlessly than most bands could hope.  That’s saying a lot, considering we live in a time when a band’s live sound is more important than ever and its translation onto record often confounding.  (kudos Albatross Studios for hitting it home!)  Need an idea of how good this band is live?  I said it (and more) here.

The Goondas self-titled LP is ten songs to rock your southern rockabilly sensitivities.  If you dig The Doors and The Strokes, The Stooges and a little Tom Waits, then you’re going to love this record!  “Nancy’s Habit” scores two large opposeable thumbs-up at track 4, and “Jackalope Jesus” is a personal club favorite.  Speaking of, it’s advisable to add it to your mp3 collection now by snagging it below!

The Goondas have a string of shows coming up in the Twin Cities, and you can check the listing via their Myspace page.  Shows are the place to get a hard copy LP, but for you strictly digital fanatics, stop by iTunes for your Goondas fix.  And since we’re on the topic, now could be a good time to check out the video for “Jackalope Jesus” released earlier this year.  Have I given you too much?  It’s alright, this band is worth it.  😉

“Jackalope Jesus” by: The Goondas


A Flock of Cowards: Stellar Vector

A Flock of Cowards 450 x 427 Tracks: The Goondas and Stellar Vector

I’ve always found Stellar Vector to be one of the more uniquely inspiring bands in the Twin Cities.  Why, you might ask?  They sound familiar – yet they don’t sound like anyone else, and no one else sounds like them.  That’s a bit of a strange concept, but I think it is what you end up with when a band pulls the best of everything you love about rock and pop and mushes it into one nicely fashioned package.  We’ve written about Stellar Vector before (here and here), but if this is your first acquaintance, it’s about time!

A Flock of Cowards is Stellar Vector’s first foray into the art of commercial success, releasing an album that is both appealing to a wide range of listeners, and uh, cost money.  The first two Stellar Vector EP releases were distributed for free as creative enterprises for use in musical collaboration, and these are still available via the band’s websiteA Flock of Cowards may be considered the culmination of the artistic process undertook during the creation of the first two EP’s.  Go download and listen to them yourself, then pick up a copy of A Flock of Cowards.  I think you’ll hear and feel that process, and like me, you shouldn’t be disappointed.

You can follow Stellar Vector on either Myspace or Facebook, and A Flock of Cowards purchase/download options can be browsed via the band’s website. Once you touch base, give the band a loving nudge – the Twin Cities would be a better place with them on stage more often!

“Lacking Self Control” by: Stellar Vector

posted July 12th, 2010 at 2:58 pm Tracks ,

Tracks: Communist Daughter and Brad Senne

Author: Skelly May 26th, 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.)


Soundtrack to the End: Communist Daughter

Sountrack To The End 450 x 450 Tracks: Communist Daughter and Brad Senne

Ready for a special Grain Belt Records edition of Tracks?  We hope so, since some of the hottest bands coming out of the Twin Cities seem to keep on popping up on this new(er) label.  Did you know Grain Belt Records is now just over a year old?  For those who keep close tabs on our local scene, Communist Daughter is likely met with familiarity.  After a sojourn away from the scene, Johnny Solomon (formerly of Friends Like These) has returned with this newest project – more promising than ever!

Soundtrack to the End is an album full of melodious alt-folk rock tunes, each sounding more modestly honest-to-good than the next.  About a month ago I had the opportunity to catch the band before a packed house at Sauce Spirits and Sound Bar.  The band couldn’t seem to go wrong, and it was refreshing to witness a local band with a fan base who really seemed to believe in the power of the songs laid bare before them.

If you haven’t already, it’s about time you got into Communist Daughter.  You can connect up with them on either their Myspace or Facebook pages, and it’s worth swinging by their Pretty Kids Collective page and checking out some of their chums too.  Your next chance to see them?  Try Taste of Minnesota on June 2 July 2.  Grab an oversized turkey leg and do-it-up Minnesota style!

It might be in good measure to pick up a copy of Soundtrack to the End ahead of time too. 😉

“Not the Kid” by: Communist Daughter


Aerial Views: Brad Senne

Aerial Views Tracks: Communist Daughter and Brad Senne

It must have been several months ago that I stopped into the Bedlam Theater and caught a Brad Senne performance.  I’m a fan of Minnesota folk, and I don’t just mean Bob Dylan.  Charlie Parr and Bill Isles are two others that I tend to favor as well.  But Brad Senne is something a little bit different.  He presents a youthful twist to a traditional style.  As a former student of classical guitar I can say with some kind astonishment that Senne’s finger picking is something to marvel at, and his songcraft is no slacking matter either!

Just listen to the first track off Aerial Views entitled “Weighted Wings.”  I have a front porch attached to my house with a CD player that can face outwards to where I sit on a warm, breezy summer day.  Aerial Views makes me think “just in time for summer.”  Just kick back with a gin and tonic and forget about the daily drivel that appears on the pages of your life.  Aerial Views is an escape!

Brad Senne keeps an active Myspace page, probably the best place for you to listen to more from Aerial Views.  But for you staunch supporters of local music, why not just go ahead and pick up a copy now?  Why wait?  Especially since Brad Senne’s next local show date is quickly approaching on June 11 at Cafe Maude in Minneapolis, and you want to hum along don’t you?

“Weighted Wings” by: Brad Senne

posted May 26th, 2010 at 2:59 pm MN Rock, Tracks ,

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 ,

Tracks: Paragraphs and The Sextons

Author: Skelly February 15th, 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.)


You Can’t Make A Ghost Without It’s Sheet: Paragraphs

paragraphscover 449 x 400 Tracks: Paragraphs and The Sextons

Paragraphs You Can’t Make A Ghost Without It’s Sheet is the first six song record recorded by the Minneapolis instrumental quartet.  This band first hit our radar back in 2009 while playing a string of shows in the Twin Cities area.  Paragraphs strikes an interesting compromise in their music between ambiance and minimalism, and their DIY approach to making music in the 21st century stretches beyond the studio.  This band could be a model for any artist who has aspirations of charging forth with cavalier enthusiasm.  Truth be told, we heard of them because they insisted on being heard, giving us regular updates on what they were up to all over town.  We’re thankful they did, because they’re not in the business of wasting anyone’s time!  Other locals have taken notice too, including folks over at Switchblade Comb, Reviler.org, Vita.mn, and More Cowbell.

You can connect with Paragraphs via their Myspace or Facebook pages.  The band also keeps everyone up-to-date through their Twitter page.  In preparation for their next album, the band has even began a Kickstarter page to allow their fans to lend a helping hand.  In a modern world full of online promotional possibilities, Paragraphs is leaving few stones unturned.  The best way to get yourself a copy of this album is at a show, so next up?  Catch Paragraphs at the Whole Music Cafe on the UofM campus this Thursday, Feb. 18 at 7:30PM.

“Let’s Meet Halfway (and Fall Apart)” by: Paragraphs


Self-Titled: The Sextons

sextonsalbumcover 450 x 450 Tracks: Paragraphs and The Sextons

We were very pleasantly surprised recently when we opened the old P.O. Box and found ourselves a copy of The Sextons self-titled release.  This band had for all of 2009 slipped right under our noses, reminding us once again how much righteous music lurks just beneath the bustling veneer of the Twin Cities.  This band writes pop songs that come with all the allureable trappings, and we wouldn’t be surprised if locals get taken hook, line, and sinker in 2010.  We expect more buzz on the horizon!

The Sextons maintain an active Myspace page – the second best way to connect with the band and stream some tunes.  But what is the best way to connect with them, you might ask?  Hands down, at their CD Release show on March 5 at Sauce Spirits and Soundbar.  Doors open at 8:00PM, and they’ll be supported by mainstays These Modern Socks and The Small Cities.  Want an album ahead of time?  Go grab yourself one directly from the band by following this link.

“Full of Holes” by: The Sextons

posted February 15th, 2010 at 11:08 am MN Rock, Tracks ,

Tracks: The Mood Swings, Avenpitch

Author: Skelly January 15th, 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.)


Recessionista: The Mood Swings

moodswings Tracks: The Mood Swings, Avenpitch

Recessionista is the third album release from local fuzzpop rockers The Mood Swings.  If you’ve been fortunate enough to catch a recent episode of Susstacular somewhere in the Twin Cities, then you likely have a clue what’s in store.  This band rocks beginning to end and never lets up.

Recessionista dropped last November and was greeted by praise from St. Paul’s Pioneer Press.  You can connect with The Mood Swings via Myspace or Twitter.  Snag an album from  susstones.com or follow this link to hit up iTunes!

“Recessionista” by: The Mood Swings


Cast Off: Avenpitch

Castoff Tracks: The Mood Swings, Avenpitch

Local electropunk outfit Avenpitch have been leading a charge against same-old-boring-rock-n-roll for several years now (in my words, not theirs).  Cast Off is plump with pop and punk ambition; invitingly familiar without betraying your need to listen to the other.

Plenty of ink has been spilled over Cast Off, and you can read it all HERE.  Connect up with Avenpitch via MyspaceFacebook, or the band’s website, and then pick up a copy of Cast Off directly from the band through this link (CD Baby/iTunes alternatives are offered as well).

“Disappear” by: Avenpitch

posted January 15th, 2010 at 10:17 am MN Rock, Tracks ,

Tracks: Cedar Avenue, Joey Ryan & The Inks

Author: Skelly December 10th, 2009

(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.)


Someday Soon: Cedar Avenue

somedaysoon cedaravenue Tracks: Cedar Avenue, Joey Ryan & The Inks

Cedar Avenue takes its name from one of Minneapolis’ most iconic Ave.’s.  And why not, since after all, its particularly well known for the number of live music venues that inhabit its historic structures.

Cedar Avenue (the band) is just beginning to make its mark on the Twin Cities.  The song below, “Radio,” showcases the male/female, dual vocal talents of members Jesse Mathews and Derrin Shafer (I’ve been a sucker for the male/female vocal thing since Lily Liver, remember them?)  Cedar Avenue will be performing a release show for Someday Soon on Saturday night, Dec. 12, at the Varsity Theater.   They’ll be joined by The Alarmists, This World Fair, and Will Hutchinson.

Pick up a digital copy of Someday Soon at iTunes, and while you’re floating around the net, visit the band’s Myspace page as well.

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“Radio” by Cedar Avenue


Well, Here We Are Then: Joey Ryan & The Inks

wellherewearethen joeyryanandtheinks Tracks: Cedar Avenue, Joey Ryan & The Inks

Well, Here We Are Then could comfortably occupy a spot in your music collection alongside such great albums as The Byrds’s Mr. Tambourine Man or  just about anything by Roy Orbison.  Joey Ryan & The Inks really know how to bring what worked in the past back to the present.

The release show for Well, Here We Are Then will be taking place at the Triple Rock Social Club on Dec. 18, and the band will be supported by local talents Yer Cronies, New Century Masters, & Big Lake.

After downloading your copy of “Shame On Me Once (Shame On You Twice)” below, swing over to the band’s Myspace page and listen more.  Copies of Well, Here We Are Then will certainly be on hand at the show.

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“Shame On Me Once (Shame On You Twice)” by Joey Ryan & The Inks

posted December 10th, 2009 at 1:37 pm MN Rock, Tracks ,