Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Post #190: Eddie Vedder - "Longing to Belong" and "Rise"

Post #190:  Today, Eddie Vedder will be releasing his 2nd solo album entitled Ukulele Songs, which will include the single "Longing to Belong".

Click HERE for a link to an online coupon which will allow you to get the album at Best Buy for $7.99.

This comes almost 4 years after his first solo release, which was actually the soundtrack for the movie Into the Wild.

"Rise" is from this soundtrack, and if you haven't seen this movie, I recommend you do.  It is based on the true story of Christopher McCandless, whom after graduating from college, gives away his money, and leaves his possessions behind, hitchhiking to Alaska to live in the wildnerness.

The title of the new album is fitting as the ukulele tends to be an instrument of choice for Eddie, which is evident in both of these songs.

He has some great solo work, but thankfully he hasn't put an end to his day job fronting Pearl Jam.

Eddie Vedder, "Longing to Belong" and "Rise"
"Longing to Belong", 215,728 views on Youtube
"Rise", 2,578,201 views on Youtube

Monday, May 30, 2011

Post #189 - Memphis May Fire - "The Victim"

Post #189: I am super pumped for tomorrow evening, as I will be heading to Downtown St. Paul and Station 4 for a low key and laid back show by Memphis May Fire.

If you have already started the video, then you know I am being sarcastic.

As I mentioned in a previous post I did in April HERE, I had a chance to see these guys at the beginning of last year as an opening act.  This show will be anything but low key.

Their second full length release, The Hollow, hit stores at the end of April, which is where you will find "The Victim".

With 5 opening bands, the doors are opening pretty early at 5pm.  But the nice thing with an all ages show is that I should be home and in bed by 11pm.

Looking at the above picture from their Facebook page, makes me super excited to get some video and pictures of my own, which I will have up before the end of the week.

Hopefully my camera can make it through the moshing.

Memphis May Fire, "The Victim"
86,639 views on Youtube

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Post #188: Chris Koza - "Mosquitos" and "Goldmine"

Post #188: A week from today on June 5th, St. Paul will be holding their annual Grand Old Day along Grand Avenue.

Aside from great food and events geared towards family and kids, they will also have live music throughout the day across 6 stages. Click HERE for more details.

On the Gimme Noise Stage which will be located in the Walgreens Lot off of Grand and Grotto, Chris Koza will be performing.

I am becoming more and more of a fan of Chris' especially after having seen him recently perform as the frontman for Rogue Valley, whom I posted HERE in April.

I first came across Chris a few years ago after picking up a compilation CD which included his song "Mosquitos". The compilation was called Hope Rocks, Volume 1 and was created with the help of local artists to fundraise and raise awareness and support for Faith's Lodge.

This year we will see Volume IV of the Hope Rocks series along with a concert being held in September.

For more information on Faith's Lodge, click HERE.

Since my first exposure to Koza, I have picked up his 4 solo albums as well as those he has put out with Rogue Valley. You can find "Goldmine" on his 2006 solo release Patterns.

If you happen to find your self at Grand Old Day on Sunday, I highly recommend catching his set. You won't be disappointed.

Chris Koza, "Mosquitos" and "Goldmine"
"Mosquitos", 0 views on Youtube
"Goldmine", 0 views on Youtube

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Post #187: Sully Erna - "Sinner's Prayer" and "My Light"

Post #187:  Today at Midway Stadium, 93X Fest will be taking place.

Some great bands will be taking the stage:  Puddle of Mudd whom I posted HERE in March, Black Label Society whom I also posted in March HERE, and Queensryche.

The headliner of the day will be Godsmack, whom I had a chance to see at the Target Center on their headlining tour years ago.

If you listen to 93X, I'm sure you know who Godsmack is, but chance are you don't have lead singer Sully Erna's solo album that was released near the end of 2010.

With 10 songs, it is a little lighter than what you would expect from a member of Godsmack, but it still has Sully's signature vocals.

"Sinner's Prayer" was originally done when Sully was approached to create a song for the Sylvester Stallone movie The Expendables.  Unfortunately, due to changes in the scene, the song never made the film or the soundtrack.  What a shame.

There are a handful of songs on this album I really like, "My Light" being another.

If you love stripped down heavy metal, or Sully's vocals in Godsmack, you should own this album.

Sully Erna, "Sinner's Prayer" and
"Sinner's Prayer", 219,800 views on Youtube
"My Light", 99,022 views on Youtube

Friday, May 27, 2011

Post #186: Parachute - "She Is Love" and "Something To Believe In"

Post #186: Just picked up my tickets to see Parachute at The Cabooze in Minneapolis on June 13th.

From Virginia, it's members graduated college in 1998, and went directly to touring playing music that would ultimately end up on their debut album, Losing Sleep.

Over the next couple of years, two things led to them gaining some popularity: Touring with Kelly Clarkson and their debut single, "She Is Love."

Their second album, The Way It Was, came out last week on May 17th, which is where you will find "Something To Believe In".

Hopefully I will be able to get this one on video the night of the show. I love this song!

Parachute, "She Is Love", and "Something To Believe In"
"She Is Love", 799,169 views on Youtube
"Something To Believe In", 1,616,410 views on Youtube

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Post #185: Richard Buckner - "Ariel Ramirez" and "4am"

Post #185: Found out today that Richard Buckner has just scheduled two upcoming shows. One in Milwaukee, and the second at the Triple Rock Social Club on July 31st.

I first came across Richard when "Ariel Ramirez" was used in a Volkswagen commercial. This was long before phone applications like Shazam, where I could hold my phone up to the TV to find out what song it was. I had to use old fashioned research with the plain old internet.

You can find this song on his 1998 release, Since.

Another song of his I absolutely love is from his 1997 release Devotion & Doubt.  I can't believe this isn't anywhere on Youtube.  Well it is now!

His 11th album, Our Blood, is scheduled to be released this August.

Richard Buckner, "Ariel Ramirez" and "4am"
"Ariel Ramirez" 11,129 views on Youtube
"4am" 0 views on Youtube

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Post #184: Low - "Try to Sleep", "Nightingale", "Something's Turning Over"

Post #184: As I write this, I'm actually watching/listening to a live stream cast of Dave Bazan, whom I posted yesterday, playing songs from his new release, Strange Negotiations. I love technology!

Watching this, I don't think there is any way I can miss his show at the Turf Club on June 6th.

Just prior to this, I was going through my Twitter account and came across two things. The first was that Silverchair decided to go on an indefinite hiatus. Seeing that they haven't had any new material since 2007, I decided to not post them. But if you aren't familiar with them, check out there first album Frogstomp from 1995. THEY WERE 15!! Amazing!

Anyways, I also came across a Tweet from the record label Sub Pop, announcing that the band Low had their recent 'NPR Tiny Desk Concert', posted on NPR's website.

It was just a couple of weeks ago that I posted Retribution Gospel Choir HERE, which is fronted by Alan Sparhawk.

From Duluth, Low was founded in 1993 by Alan and his wife Mimi Parker.

Each of these three songs is from their ninth release, C'mon, which came out in April.

Unfortunately, if you click play, it only plays the audio, but if you click on the "More on NPR.org, it will take you to the video.

Low, "Try to Sleep", "Nightingale", and "Something's Turning Over"
Posted May 22nd, on NPRs website

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Post #183: David Bazan - "The Man in Me" (Bob Dylan cover)

Post #183:  There are two things to celebrate today:  David Bazan's new release, and Bob Dylan's birthday.

So I thought, "Could I somehow put these two together?"

Well it just so has it that David covers Dylan's "The Man in Me" on a pretty regular basis.

The former frontman of Pedro the Lion, will be releasing his second full length solo album today, entitled Strange Negotiations.

If you like this, check out my previous posts of Bazan HERE and HERE back in December.

Thank you for the new music David!  And of course, Happy Birthday Bob!

David Bazan, "The Man in Me" (Bob Dylan cover)
32,453 views on Youtube

Monday, May 23, 2011

Post #182: Theory of a Deadman - "Nothing Could Come Between Us"

Post #182:  Today I got the announcement of the line up for the Carnival of Madness tour which will be hitting the road this fall.

Black Stone Cherry, Alter Bridge whom I posted HERE and HERE back in November, and headliners Theory of a Deadman.

I came across this Canadian band with their 2002 self titled debut, which was co-written with Chad Kroeger from Nickelback.

Out of their three releases, I like their first the best, which is where you can find this song.

Their fourth album is scheduled to be released this year.

This tour will be hitting the Minnesota State Fair on Sunday, August 28th, and should be a good one.

Theory of a Deadman, "Nothing Could Come Between Us"
148,697 views on Youtube

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Post #181: Foo Fighters - Wheels

Post #181:  On Thursday, the Foo Fighters announced a U.S. and European tour which will bring them to the Xcel Center on September 14th.

After the death of Kurt Cobain, which put an end to Nirvana, Dave Grohl wrote and recorded, entirely by himself, the Foo Fighter's first release.

A very talented guy.

After 6 more albums, with their 7th album, Wasting Light being released last month, the Foo Fighters have had a lot of music since that 1995 debut.  Many of them ending up on the radio.

But even if you have 'all of their albums', or know most of their songs, chances are you missed this one.

Not released on any of their studio albums, it was issued as a single in September of 2009, and was released on their Greatest Hits album 2 months later.

Tickets go on sale June 3rd.  Another show I will be adding to my list.

Foo Fighters, "Wheels"
825,759 views on Youtube

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Post #180: Kimya Dawson - "Tire Swing"

Post #180: Tonight, Kimya Dawson opens for Aesop Rock, whom I posted HERE back in February, at the Triple Rock in Minneapolis.

As part of the 'anti-folk' movement, that tends to have more of a lo-fi, basement recording, type of sound, you wouldn't necessarily hear her on the radio.

Where you may know her from is as half of the Moldy Peaches the other half being Adam Green.  Both her solo music and that of the Moldy Peaches have been used in movie soundtracks.

Most notably, Juno.

She has also collaborated with and performed on the albums of Ben Kweller, The Mountain Goats whom I posted HERE and HERE in February, and They Might Be Giants.

This song was used in the movie Juno, and can be found as the opening track on her 5th solo album, the 2006 release, Remember That I Love You.

Kimya Dawson, "Tire Swing"
1,865,360 views on Youtube

Friday, May 20, 2011

Post #179: SOiL - "Halo"

Post #179:  Donald Glover/Childish Gambino put on a great show last night.  Got most of it on video, and should have it up before the end of the week.

Now, for today's post...

The Chicago based band SOil started their career off right by being signed by music industry legend Clive Davis, which led to a couple singles in 2001 off of their 2nd and most successful album, Scars.

Unfortunately, over the course of the next 3 albums, they experienced some personnel and record label changes which altered their course.

Tonight they will be playing at Station 4 in St. Paul.

This is the single from that second, most successful album, Scars.

SOil, "Halo"
2,076,294 views on Youtube

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Post #178: Secondhand Serenade - "Pretend"

Post #178:  I am so excited to see Donald Glover/Childish Gambino tonight at the Varsity.

This will be my first rap/comedy show I have ever seen.

If you missed it, I posted Donald HERE back in April.

Another show going on in town is Secondhand Serenade at Station 4 in St. Paul.  Secondhand Serenade is made up of John Vesely, and tonight will be a solo acoustic set.

John has released 3 albums under the name Secondhand Serenade, with his most recent, Hear Me Now, being released last year.

This is from his second album, A Twist in My Story.

Chances are if you like Dashboard Confessional, you will like Secondhand Serenade.

601,730 views on Youtube

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Post #177: Margot and the Nuclear So and Sos - "Talking in Code"

Post #177:  It has been a very busy week at the Varsity Theater.

First on Monday night I had the Joe Purdy show, whom I posted HERE.

Then last night was the Airborne Toxic Event, whom I had posted HERE.  They really put on a great show.  I should have some video up later in the week.

Then I'm going back tomorrow night for Donald Glover/Childish Gambino, whom I posted HERE.

Well tonight is another great show.  The Twilight Singers with Margot and the Nuclear So and Sos opening.

I came across Margot and the Nuclear So and Sos with their 2006 debut release, The Dust of Retreat.

This is from that release, and since then have released 3 more.

So many great shows in town!!

Margot and the Nuclear So and Sos, "Talking in Code"
45,094 views on Youtube

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Post #176: Milk Carton Kids - "Permanent"

Post #176:  It is always a pleasure for me to meet the artists I see in concert, and last night worked out so that I was able to meet Joe Purdy before the show.  I did have to run half a block, and raise my voice and call out "Mr. Purdy!".

My friends Lisa and Crystal are never going to let me live this down.  "Why didn't you offer to buy him a beer?", they ask.  I'm sure I made a fool of myself, but it was well worth it.

Last night Joe, whom I posted HERE in April, was amazing!

Then there was the opening act The Milk Carton Kids.  I by chance ran in to them after purchasing my tickets to the Mountain Goats show, whom I posted HERE and HERE back in February.

I introduced myself and they in turn did the same: Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale.

Super nice guys, and as I would find out during their set, they are funny too.  Very funny.

But more importantly, they are extremely talented.  Not only were they dead on with the harmonies in their own set, but as they backed up Joe Purdy it makes you wish they were on each of his albums as well.

Their new album Retrospect can be downloaded for free from their website.  I encourage you to do this as I can't find the album anywhere on itunes, Amazon, CD Baby, or emusic.

If you do download it, make sure to check out their solo stuff on itunes.  They each have a few albums, and I'm certain I will be purchasing those over this next week.

I know I have said this before, but The Milk Carton Kids have proved to me once again, that it is an absolute must to catch the opening act.

Thanks for a great show!  And thank you Crystal and Lisa for a great night!

I filmed this video last night, and will be posting more to my Youtube channel of both The Milk Carton Kids and Joe Purdy.  Check back soon.

The Milk Carton Kids, "Permanent"
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Monday, May 16, 2011

Post #175: Chris Bathgate - "A Flash of Light Followed By"

Post #175: Every once in awhile I will come across an artist, that I feel no one knows about, which makes them that much more special.

Chris Bathgate is one of those artists.

Based out of Michigan, he has released eight albums, with his ninth, Salt Year, hitting stores tomorrow. This is not an album you will find at a Best Buy type establishment. This will be part of my next Cheapo or Electric Fetus run.

This song is from his last album from 2007, A Cork Tale Wake. My favorite.

Chris Bathgate, "A Flash of Light Followed By"
9,220 views on Youtube

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Post #174: Ben Harper with Jack Johnson - "Please Me Like You Want To"

Post #174: So much good music coming out this Tuesday.  I can't wait!

The Chariot whom I posted HERE in March, Zao, Chris Bathgate, and one of my favorite musicians, Ben Harper.

Most people are familiar with his solo work and that which he has done with his band the Innocent Criminals, but there is so much more.

He has also had a couple of side projects where he plays with other musicians, like The Blind Boys of Alabama whom he released a gospel album with in 2004 entitled There Will Be a Light.

Then in 2009 he joined forces with Relentless 7 and released White Lies for Dark Times.

More recently, at the end of last year he released As I Call You Down as part of the band Fistful of Mercy whom I posted HERE in November.  A super group of sorts made up of himself, Joseph Arthur, and Dhani Harrison (the son of George Harrison from the Beatles).

Regardless of the project, I've enjoyed it all, and can't wait to see him live.  Unfortunately, the closest his current tour gets to Minneapolis is Milwaukee and Sioux City, Iowa.

Definitely worth a road trip.

This is from his 1995 release, Fight for Your Mind.

Ben Harper with Jack Johnson, "Please Me Like You Want To"
5,687,154 views on Youtube

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Post #173: Peter Wolf Crier - "Untitled 101", "Saturday Night", and "Crutch & Cane"

Post #173:  I had a chance to see Peter Wolf Crier as an opener at First Avenue this last year.  Rarely have I seen a singer with so much passion.

To be honest, in this video he is much more reserved than the performance I saw.

Based out of Minneapolis, the duo of Peter Pisano and Brian Moen, will be part of the Lyn Lake Street Fest tomorrow, along side Haley Bonar whom I posted HERE back in February.  For details to this fest, visit www.lynlakestreetfest.com.

They go on at 3pm, just before Haley goes on at 4:30.

Peter Wolf Crier, "Untitled 101", "Saturday Night" and "Crutch & Cane"
8,053 views on Youtube

Friday, May 13, 2011

Post #172: The Who - "The Acid Queen"

Post #172: This last day has been a little hectic over at Blogger, as they have been trying to fix a few glitches in their system.

Part of this, is that I haven't been able to get into my blog until now, and I lost everything I posted yesterday. Let's hope they get it fixed.

Yesterday, Roger Daltrey, frontman for The Who, announced that he will be touring later this year performing Tommy in it's entirety, as well as other Who classics.

I remember in middle school joining one of those 'tapes by mail' programs with BMG, where I would send in a request for like 8 tapes of my choice, agreeing to buy a certain number more over the years to come.

This was how I got my hands on tapes like Kick by INXS, Led Zeppelin III, Electric Ladyland by Jimi Hendrix, and of course Tommy by The Who.

I listened to this tape constantly, and it will always be a special one to me.

This is one of my favorites.

Tickets go on sale May 20th, and the Who will be hitting the Target Center on October 5th.

I'm not going to miss this one!

The Who, "The Acid Queen"
43,919 views on Youtube

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Post #171: Brian Just - "Summer Was Over"

Post #171:  A few years ago I came across the 2008 Brian Just album Open Air at Cheapo in the 'local' section.

From beginning to end, this is an amazing album.  Definitely worth way more than the $7.92 they charge for the album on itunes.

Tonight, the Brian Just Band will be having a CD release party at the Loring Theater in Minneapolis, for their new album If You Like To Be Alone or If You Need To Be With Someone.

Unfortunately I can't make this one, and even more unfortunate is that they don't have any other dates scheduled.  Let's hope this changes real soon.

Brian Just Band, "Summer Was Over"
0 views on Youtube

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Post #170: Xavier Rudd - "Home"

Post #170:  Last night both Romantica and Retribution Gospel Choir put on a great show.  I did get some video, which I will be posting over the next couple of days.

While I was enjoying myself at the Fine Line Music Cafe, just down the street at First Avenue, Australian and multi-instrumentalist Xavier Rudd was playing.  I'm not aware of any 'mainstream' success he has had with his songs, but some may be familiar with him due to his musical friendships like Jack Johnson and G. Love Special Sauce, whom I posted HERE back in February.

Throughout his 6 studio albums, with his most recent, Koonyum Sun coming out last year, there are definitely some similarities to Ben Harper and Bob Marley.

This is from his fifth album, Dark Shades of Blue, which was released in 2008.

Xavier Rudd, "Home"
121,974 views on Youtube

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Post #169: Retribution Gospel Choir - "Hide It Away"

Post #169: So many options for today's post.

Today Okkervil River releases their new album, I Am Very Far.

Manchester Orchestra, whom I posted HERE and HERE back in February, releases Simple Math. An album that I have been anxiously awaiting.

And Xavier Rudd is playing at First Avenue.

But I am opting for Retribution Gospel Choir.  RGC is from Duluth, MN, and fronted by Alan Sparhawk, who is the vocalist for Low, a band he started with his wife in the mid 90's, and a band I will be posting at some point.

Tonight they will be playing a free show at The Fine Line Music Cafe in downtown Minneapolis.  Doors are at 8 and the music starts at 9.

Romantica will be opening, which is fronted by Ben Kyle, whom I posted HERE in April.

Hopefully I will have some video to post in the next few days.

This is from their 2010 release, 2.

Retribution Gospel Choir, "Hide It Away"
35,441 views on Youtube

Monday, May 9, 2011

Post #168 (Metal Monday #18): Taproot - "Poem"

Post #168 (Metal Monday #18): Thanks to an invite from my brother in law Johan, we drove down to Mankato last night to see Taproot play at Buster's Night Club.  Not a typical Mother's Day activity.

I had never heard of Buster's before, but they are definitely on my radar now as it sounds like they have some great acts lined up.

Taproot put on a great set, which was to be expected, but the surprise of the night for me was the opening act Absolution, whom I will be posting in the near future.

This is their breakout single from their 2002 second release, Welcome.

Their seventh album, Plead the Fifth, was released a year ago this week.

Taproot, "Poem"
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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Post #167: Shinedown - "Simple Man"

Post #167: Last night at the Walker Art Center, the openers Sam Prekop and Archer Prewitt of The Sea and Cake were great, but Tunng was amazing.  I will be posting videos to the Youtube page from last night over the next couple of days so check back.

Today's music topic was a no brainer.  Mother's Day.

Originally by Lynyrd Skynyrd, the song was written after two band members got together and reminisced about the advice they were given by their mothers and grandmothers.

I think anyone with a mother has experienced the same thing.

Shinedown is fronted by Brent Smith, whom I believe to have some of the strongest vocals I have ever heard, which is evident in this video.

They have released 3 studio albums and one live album.  This last week, they released a live CD/DVD of an acoustic set that was recorded in Kansas City.

This is a very underrated band.

I recommend you start with their debut, my favorite, Leave a Whisper, which was released in 2003.

To all you mothers out there, Happy Mother's Day!!  We love you!!

Love you Mom!!

Shinedown, "Simple Man"
873,569 views on Youtube

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Post #166: Tunng - "Take"

Post #166:  Last night I picked up tickets to see Tunng, an experimental folk band from the UK, tonight at the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis.  I'm not sure how many concerts the WAC does a year, but I know it is only a handful, and often times the concerts are of bands and artists that do not frequent Minnesota.

Tunng is doing this one show here in Minneapolis, and then the only other thing they have on their schedule is in July when they play in Latvia, Turkey, Austria and the UK.  Who knows when they will be back.

The McGuire Center at the Walker is a great venue.  Very small and intimate.  The last time I was there was a few years ago to see Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, whom I posted HERE and HERE on New Year's Eve.

This video focuses more on the acoustic side of things, whereas most of their music is a mixture of this folk sound and modern electronics.

This is from their 2007 third album, Good Arrows.  Since then, they released their fourth, ...The We Saw Land, last year.

Also looking forward to the opening act tonight, Sam Prekop and Archer Preswitt of the Sea and Cake.

If you like this, check out The Accidental, whom I posted back in December HERE, which consists of members from Tunng.

Tunng, "Take"
15,820 views on Youtube

Friday, May 6, 2011

Post #165: Clem Snide - "With All My Heart"

Post #165: As I mentioned in yesterday's post, through a tweet by Ben Folds, I learned of an opportunity that had been posted to the site www.kickstarter.com.

Kickstarter is a site used by artists, small businesses, musicians, or anyone looking for financial help on a project.  The project is posted, as well as what it entails, and anyone that wants to can choose to provide funding, often times at a minimum of $1.

Clem Snide had posted their current project which is the recording, manufacturing, and shipping of a 500 copy, limited release, vinyl EP of Journey cover songs.

It always feels great supporting the artists I love, but as an added bonus, not only do I get one of the vinyls, but will also have my name in the credits, I get to choose a song that frontman Eef Barzelay will cover and record for me, and most importantly, he will fly here to Maple Grove and put on a show for me and my friends.

Details will follow.

This is a song that I have had on repeat for the last couple of years, from their 2009 release, Hungry Bird.  An album that I have framed on the wall of my home office.

So pumped!!

Clem Snide, "With All My Heart"
279 views on Youtube

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Post #164 (Hip Hop Thursday #16): Ben Folds - "Sleazy" (Ke$ha Cover)

Post #164 (Hip Hop Thursday #16):  There are a few things that have occurred as of late that have caused me to choose this song.

#1.  I heard the announcement that Ben Folds will be performing with the Minnesota Orchestra at Orchestra Hall on September 17th.

#2.  Through one of Ben's Twitter posts, I learned of the opportunity to help fund Clem Snide's project of a Journey cover album.  In doing so, Clem Snide frontman, Eef Barzelay will be flying in to perform at my house!!  (Can't wait!  More details to follow).

#3.  On my recent trip to the dueling piano bar Howl at the Moon in Kansas City, "Bitches Ain't S**t" was a regular request of mine and being a 'piano bar', they did it in true Ben Folds style.  Originally by Dr. Dre, it has been covered by Ben and is often part of his live shows.

#4.  And finally, through someone else's Twitter post, I was introduced to this video of Ben covering Ke$ha's "Sleazy".

Such a talented guy!

Can't wait for the show in September!!

Ben Folds, "Sleazy" (Ke$ha Cover)
34,411 views on Youtube

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Post #163: Tim Mahoney - "In Your Eyes"

Post #163:  Last night I had a chance to catch the second episode of The Voice.  A similar premise to American Idol, except the judges can't see the contestants, and after hearing them sing, can choose them to move on based only on their voice.

I made a point of watching last night because local artist Tim Mahoney was on.

For many years, Tim Mahoney has been a big part of the Minnesota music scene, and plays around town quite a bit. 

The first time I saw him was in the late 90's, in downtown Minneapolis, in the alley between Old Chicago and Champp's, with my friend Kari Hanson.  He played this song and, although it is a cover of a Peter Gabriel song, it is one of my favorites to hear him perform.

This is from his 1999 live album.

Click the link below for his website, as he has shows scheduled throughout the Twin Cities from now until August.

Tim Mahoney, "In Your Eyes"

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Post #162: Holcombe Waller - "Hardliners"

Post #162:  Last night I had the pleasure of meeting Holcombe Waller at the Aster Cafe in Minneapolis, after the Paul Simon show.  What a great venue!

I had heard of Holcombe the day prior, and actually left the Paul Simon show a little early to catch his set.

Unfortunately, I got there just after he finished.

Bummer!  But the night ended great.  I was able to get a signed copy of his new album, Into the Dark Unknown, which was released on February 15th of this year.

Haley Bonar was also in attendance, whom I posted HERE back in February.

Holcombe Waller, "Hardliners"
4,517 views on Youtube

Monday, May 2, 2011

Post #161 (Metal Monday #17): Drowning Pool - "Bodies (Let the Bodies Hit the Floor)"

Post #161 (Metal Monday #17):  With the news yesterday, Sunday May 1st, that Usama Bin Laden is no more, I had to post something in honor of this.

Seeing that it is another Metal Monday, I did a search for 'Heavy Metal for Soldiers'.

I happened across a blog called "The Best Defense", created by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Thomas E. Ricks, in which he writes about the U.S. Military and national security issues.

This last November, he polled his readers, most of which are military personnel, what songs U.S. Soldiers have used in recent years to prepare themselves to fight.  The blog post is HERE.

This song by Drowning Pool ended up at number one.

This is from their debut album, Sinner, released in 2001.  Unfortunately, their lead singer Dave Williams would die from a form of heart disease a year later.  After two more lead singers, they have released 3 additional albums, their most recent, self titled album, this last year.

Drowning Pool, "Bodies (Let the Bodies Hit the Floor)"
31,876,546 views on Youtube

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Post #160: Paul Simon - "Me and Julio Down by the School Yard"

Post #160: Paul Simon will be in town tomorrow night playing at the Minneapolis Convention Center, and on Tuesday night playing a sold out show at First Avenue.

Unfortunately I couldn't get tickets to the First Avenue show, but I'm pretty sure Monday night will be just as good.

The tickets were a little spendy, but if he plays this song, the cost will be well worth it.

After Simon and Garfunkel broke up in 1970, Paul Simon taught songwriting classes before embarking on a solo career.  This is off of his 1972, self titled album, which would be his second, but the first to be released in the US.

It was this album that sent the message that he and Art Garfunkel were in fact 'done'.

This video has a nice intro by Big Daddy Kane and Biz Markie, and cameos by Spud Webb, Mickey Mantle and John Madden.

Paul Simon, "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard"
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