tigerbeatpoet, xo

what i listen to on the way there and in between

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Hey, hey - time to share, bitches...

MinnieIndie.com is a good resource for finding out what the fuck is going down as far as shows in the city are concerned... (just like the HowWasTheShow Calendar)

Like a total chump, I haven't checked it out for awhile, because while I was AWOL, they started posting weekly videos featuring Steve Barone (no shit, Lifter Puller Steve Barone), Sarah Tukwa and and the tent-dwelling "Other Steve." Pretty hilarious and informative stuff.

Go to MinnieIndie immediately...

Well, after you watch the most recent MinnieIndie #6

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

I should be sleeping, but I can never just come home from a show and call it a night. Tonight I saw my first show out at the Minnesota Zoo Amphitheater and it was quite interesting. Now, I have nothing bad to say about Guster, they're great musicians and they write great songs, but I've never been able to commit to listening to them on a regular basis. I was more interested in checking out Ben Kweller, who I am a devoted fan of. He only played eight songs, though, and that was kind of a bummer. I got to hang out by the front of the stage with all my teenage friends... haha... ok, so I felt a bit awkward, but who cares.

On the topic of Ben Kweller. So he announced that he was gonna be signing autographs and hanging out at the merch table afterwards, so we decided to get in line for it. After maybe thirty to forty-five minutes, we got to the front of the line and I geared up to take Stacy's picture with him. The big security guy was hassling me, asking me a million and a half questions I couldn't get my brain to answer at once and we were swept aside to wait for the photo. We waited with a bunch of teenage girls, for about ten minutes, maybe more. It was just weird, dudes.

I guess I never thought of Ben Kweller as the hug-strangers-too-close kind of guy. But I guess he is. And we got to sit back and watch it all.

wow, lame blog post. haha.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Open Plea Almost Answered...

photo by Stacy Schwartz, edited horrifically on Paint by me.

Five Questions Friday has been off gallivanting around for the past two weeks, and now makes it's triumphant return.

Reveille launched on Tuesday and I thought it would be fun to ask two of its staffers the fabulous five questions. Heads up, music loving friends - they'll continue celebrating tomorrow night at the Nomad Pub over on the West Bank with a launch party, loaded to the brim with Minneapolis' finest bands.

Onto the show...

In your opinion, who are some of the best local bands that maybe not as many people have heard about?

Andrea Myers: My favorites right now are City on the Make, a blues-based punk band with a really unique vocalist who sort of sing-growls his way through the music, and Abzorbr, an indie hip hop group with a jazz improv backbone. I think it's great to see new bands combining different genres and really going out on a limb with their sound.

Steve McPherson:
Hm. Opening with a toughie, eh? A nice thing about the Twin Cities is that no worthy band really manages to fly under the radar for long, but a couple that I know of who haven't gotten any major press are Switzerlind, who play instrumental indie rock that's melodic and pastoral, and City on the Make, who'll be getting a write up on Reveille very soon thanks to Andrea Myers.

What is your preferred method of listening to music?

AM: With headphones, for sure. I go between CDs of bands I am reviewing, old CDs I am obsessed with and old stuff on vinyl, and it all gets played through headphones. It's like being in my own little musical world.

I really tend to go back and forth between in the car and on headphones, and you really need both methods. I like the car because, as lame as this is going to sound, the music is soundtracking the changing environment around you, and that can make for beautiful moments. Headphones let you dig deep, though.

What's the best show you've been to in the past six months?

AM: It's a tie between Ryan Adams at the Cedar and Built to Spill at First Avenue. Oh, and every Dance Band show. I can't decide. Can they all be the best?

SM: The Arcade Fire at the Chicago Theatre was definitely one of the best big name shows I've seen in a long time—those guys really know how to work a stage.

If you could interview any musician, dead or alive, who would it be?

AM: Ani DiFranco. That girl blows my mind.

SM: John Coltrane, hands down. My favorite interviews have been with musicians who are really interested in the process of making music, and Coltrane worked tirelessly on challenging himself and taking on new directions with his music. I would have said Miles Davis, except I'd be afraid he'd beat me up.

As musicheads, are there any kinds of music out there that you just totally hate?

AM: James Blunt. Pop country. Mainstream, misogynistic rap. I pretty much love anything that doesn't fall into those categories. And yes, James Blunt is a category.

SM: I was just having a discussion about this with my friend (and co-editor at The Bottle Gang) Max Sparber. I feel like good hip-hop or country or jazz has more in common with good rock or blues than it does with bad hip-hop or country or jazz. Max said he agrees with Oscar Wilde, as do I, that there are only two kinds of art: boring and interesting. At least, I think it was Oscar Wilde.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Sense of Wonder Only Slightly Used...

I don't know about you guys, but I love The Weakerthans. And I have been waiting quite some time to see them. Well, I only have to wait until September 25th at the Triple Rock. Hope to see you there.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Photo by Stacy Schwartz

Stacy Schwartz and I covered The Polyphonic Spree for Spin.com last night!

The personal, extended cut:

I haven't been in love with a band this much in a long time. I got this opportunity from an awesome colleague of mine. And while I was delighted to take it, I was a little underwhelmed by the fact that it was The Polyphonic Spree. But in my audio-research, I found that all of their songs weren't as annoying as "Light and Day." My major beef arises from the fact that I used to manage a movie theater, and that song was on the movie tunes that cranked through the building ALL DAY on a 30 minute loop. So you can imagine what it might be like to hear this song, over and over again, during your ten hour shifts dealing with employees and customer service bullshit. Sure, I'll follow the day... I'll follow it right out the fucking door. After I push everyone in my wake to the ground. I don't think this was the desired effect of the song.

But they pulled out all the stops last night... something that I didn't actually note or really think too deep into was how perfect the sound was. I wasn't even wearing earplugs and I could hear all the subtle nuances that you usually DON'T hear when you don't have foam shoved into your ears. Can I quit my cube job and join the chorus? Those girls are my heroes. Maybe I'll get a mic so I can learn the choreography... they're playing three shows in Missouri at the beginning of August if anyone (and I mean anyone) is interested in a Polyphonic Spree road trip. I haven't been this obsessive about a band for awhile. Maybe it's the fact that I took the day off from work, but I have been listening to them since I woke up, watching YouTube clips and yes, dancing.

The frumpy-uniformed movie theater manager Jen Paulson of yesteryear would totally kick my ass if she knew about this. Thank God she doesn't exist anymore.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Not musical, but might as well be.

Oh my god, I wanna go play arcade games and eat a Philly Cheesesteak right now...

Dara Moskowitz-Grumdahl's recent review over at City Pages about that Dave and Buster's just totally blew my mind.

All the people who were at the First Ave Prince After-party last night probably went to sleep no less than five hours ago. Turns out he didn't go on until about 2:45 and got shut down by Minneapolis' finest around four. I ended up staying in my air-conditioned, girl-nerd lair and watching Purple Rain. This is what I got out there right now...

Great pre-show, hanging-outside, adventure coverage from Stacy Schwartz over at MoreCowbell.net...

Jon Bream and Chris Reimenschneider's PopLife blog coverage of the evening, one of the only things I can find posted right now with the low-down. Complete with setlists and everything...

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Yes, the big ol' 7-7-7. An ex of mine turns 30 today, the only reason I remember this is the pride he took in being born on July 7th, 1977. Prince would appreciate this too - maybe he would make Jeremy part of his entourage as a good luck charm. Maybe Prince also enjoys The Jerk so much that they could watch it every day, but that is beside the point.

Right now there is a line snaking around First Avenue for those lucky people who will see him play there for the first time in about twenty years. (I'm hearing a rumor that Morris Day and the Time will be opening) The rest of us broke-asses will be hiding in the bathrooms after the Har Mar/ZibraZibra show beforehand.

I had the chance to participate in Ross Raihala's blog poll of people's favorite Prince songs. I'm pretty sure when I sent it I spelled "I Wanna Be Your Lover" right, but what do I know? It's a lot of fun, so check it out. I'm sandwiched in between the favorite Prince songs of Afternoon Records cutie Ian Anderson and MoreCowbell.net mastermind Kyle Matteson. Good company, indeed.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007