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“Love Is Stronger Than Pride” Video – Halloween, Alaska

October 22nd, 2010 Comments Off on “Love Is Stronger Than Pride” Video – Halloween, Alaska
Author: Skelly

Do you suppose there was a timely strategy behind the release of Halloween, Alaska’s video for “Love Is Stronger Than Pride”?  It is, after all, in keeping with the season!  “Love Is Stronger Than Pride” features the gentlemen of Halloween, Alaska playing live in what appears to be an attic with a vaulted ceiling.  Pretty straight forward stuff, but what’s up with the little dude in the wolfman outfit?  Must be a shout-out to the season of the witch. 😉

Rumor has it that one can pre-purchase a copy of Halloween, Alaska’s forthcoming Album #4 for $5 via their kickstarter page.  Offer is good through Oct. 31.  Sounds like a deal to me.


Halloween, Alaska – Website / Myspace

posted October 22nd, 2010 at 2:44 pm MN Rock, Video

Rock the Cause Presents “Phantasmagoria”

October 22nd, 2010 Comments Off on Rock the Cause Presents “Phantasmagoria”
Author: Skelly

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

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

“Down Down Down” Video – Peter Wolf Crier

October 22nd, 2010 1 comment
Author: Skelly

I’m no film expert, but the production of Peter Wolf Crier’s new video for “Down Down Down” appears plucked directly from the 60’s, sensu intro to the television show the Wonder Years.  Nice song, and nice creative effort on the part of our friends at Northern Outpost.  “Down Down Down” is off Peter Wolf Crier’s latest album Inter-Be, available on Jagjaguwar Records.


Peter Wolf Crier – Myspace / Facebook

posted October 22nd, 2010 at 1:23 pm MN Rock, Video ,

Lost Shepherds Make Music for Transitions

October 18th, 2010 Comments Off on Lost Shepherds Make Music for Transitions
Author: Skelly

Lost Shepherds 225 x 225 Lost Shepherds Make Music for TransitionsWell, Indian summer is gone and here comes the cold.  You didn’t seriously think it could last forever did you?  Hopefully you have your frigid gear ready to go.  I’m not one of those people that experiences cold depression at the outset of winter, but I’m also not one of those people who enthusiastically welcomes it either.  Usually at this time of year I find some sort of soundtrack to navigate my way through the rapid changes going on outside, and usually that involves an old Smashing Pumpkins album or something similar.  This season though I have something new.

I’ve been cooped up a lot recently, and unlike others who may feel like tearing confining walls down, I instead get driven toward introspection and self-inflicted seclusion.  It’s just not the best time for rock ‘n roll.  A couple months ago I received an album from a local Minnesota alt-folk band named Lost Shepherds.  Through no force outside of my own somber preference (and perhaps a small bit of laziness) this album has maintained a long tenure in the CD player.

You heard me right – CD player.  Indeed, some of us still use them!

“Unwanted” – Lost Shepherds

When the leaves were green I liked Lost Shepherds’ self-titled record, and as the leaves turned brown I loved it.  Sometimes we take to records for a singular purpose.  Some music is party music, other music is driving music.  Still other music is used as background filler, while others yet capture an instantaneous memory of the first time heard.  Lost Shepherds’ music has been transitional music this season.  While everything outside changes their record stays constant beginning to end.  It’s relaxing, comforting, and holds an elegance that not too many records that cross my desk can translate.  Each song is unique and finely crafted, but all seem at their best when listened to one after the other in the order their makers intended them to be received in.

So if the onslaught of winter has you at the shakes, then pick up a copy of Lost Shepherds, curl up in a blanket, and cut out the worrying!  After all, you’re a Minnesotan, right?  You have the constitution to make it to next summer, and you have Lost Shepherds.

Lost Shepherds’ next show will be at the Kitty Cat Klub on Saturday, October 23 at 9:00PM.

“Calling from the Valley” – Lost Shepherds


Lost Shepherds – Myspace / Facebook / Bandcamp / iTunes

posted October 18th, 2010 at 5:21 pm MN Rock, Reviews

“Just Got Paid” Video – BNLX

October 12th, 2010 Comments Off on “Just Got Paid” Video – BNLX
Author: Skelly

BNLX’s new video for “Just Got Paid” is chock-full of subliminal images meant to help you answer that weekly question (or bi-weekly question, as it were) of “I just got paid, what should I blow it on”?  Should I blow it on a condo?  Should I blow it on a bling-bling motorcycle?  How about some cigaweed?

Aw screw it – think I’ll just go plundering failure with some Vikings.  🙁

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BNLX – Facebook / Myspace

posted October 12th, 2010 at 3:02 pm MN Rock, Video

John Prine and Emmitt Nershi Minneapolis Reviews

October 12th, 2010 Comments Off on John Prine and Emmitt Nershi Minneapolis Reviews
Author: Chris Shaffner

Editor’s Note: Chris Shaffner is a local freelance photographer and newest contributor to the Borangutan blog. We’re thrilled to have him on board, and more of Chris’ work can be viewed over at his website http://cshaffner.com and at his own blog http://cshaffner.blogspot.com.  The photos below were taken at John Prine’s Orpheum Theater show on September 25 and Emmitt Nershi’s performance at The Cabooze on September 30.

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John Prine at The Orpheum Theater - 9/25/2010

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John Prine at The Orpheum Theater - 9/25/2010

Read the review of the John Prine show!

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Emmitt Nershi at The Cabooze - 9/30/2010

Read the review of the Emmitt Nershi show!

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posted October 12th, 2010 at 2:14 pm Reviews ,