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Serving the UMN community since 1900

The Minnesota Daily

Serving the UMN community since 1900

The Minnesota Daily

All content by Emily Garber

Woo for pop music!

Published December 7, 2006

>Awoo. With that one word, two loaded syllables sung with empirical might, Joel Gibb and his Hidden Cameras tell you everything you need to know about their third record. The Hidden Cameras TITLE:...

Things that bump in the night

Published December 7, 2006

Ask any group from the Twin Cities who their favorite current local bands are, and after they stumble and search for names because there is "just so much great stuff out there right now," three names will...

Chopped, but not screwed

Published November 30, 2006

Remixing Mirah should, in theory, be like remodeling the Taj Mahal with a wrecking ball, or going at Michelangelo's "The Birth of Man" with a can of lime-green spray paint. When things are perfectly beautiful...

It’s not easy trying to be green

Published November 30, 2006

Sure, you can check the box. Go right ahead. But how can you be so sure that, by checking a tiny box and paying a small fee each month, you're assuring that the energy that comes to your home is clean,...

Have some more sloppy joes

Published November 22, 2006

It's hard to make prison funny. Beyond dropped soap in the showers and mystery slop in the cafeterias, the realities of prison are too bleak and serious to inspire a laugh. "Let's Go to Prison" DIRECTED...

Give, give, give and fake, fake, fake

Published November 16, 2006

Several past and present Minneapolis bands are famous, if not notorious, for their crude and confrontational stage presence. Shannon Selberg of the Minneapolis '90s noise-rock group The Cows, for example,...

Brand-made art

Published November 9, 2006

Andy Warhol's "Campbell's Soup Can" is one of the most talked-about, written-about and thought-about symbols of pop culture ever created. Love him for his repetitive cultural critique or hate him for his...

The poli-chicks of Dixie land

Published November 9, 2006

Freedom is a two-way street. While our Constitution defends us from penalty under law for speaking our minds, those with the money ultimately hold all the power. And, as we all know, the Dixie Chicks found...

Channeling film art

Published November 2, 2006

Public television is where Sesame Street meets black holes, safari excursions and candy factories. It's a free babysitter, a world's fair and an orchestra hall wrapped up in convenient packaging. The best...

Spin recycle

Published November 2, 2006

Turntabling might be a lost art. Creative machines that were once only available upon request at high-end music stores can now be found at Toys 'R' Us, allowing toddlers to pump out beats like Grandmaster...

More presidential truthiness

Published October 26, 2006

Sure, George W. Bush is the president, but even for a man in his privileged public position, he has been a rather popular face in the media this fall. His unauthorized autobiography found its way onto...

Swarm intelli-dance

Published October 26, 2006

Gang Gang Dance is the buzzing of a swarm of worker bees, cross-pollinating different musical pollen into a new hybrid. They are a weedy mess of sonic flora held together only by a sort of whale-song. The...

How to build sound

Published October 19, 2006

By sitting inside what he calls his "triangle of doom," Martin Dosh becomes omnipotent and invincible. He has built a monster, a beast, a machine that only responds to his commanding touch. It is a puzzle...

Gossip Folk

Published October 19, 2006

In a town where people drink their mothers to death, priests can't keep their hands off teenage girls' "arses" and a sheep born without ears is more important than Hitler coming to power, there isn't much...

Bonjour, Minneapolis

Published October 12, 2006

The Twin Cities have a time-honored inferiority complex. Standing up against other American cultural capitals, like New York or Chicago, often seems a worthless battle. Yet, every once in a while, it's...

Spark the 24/7 Bull rush

Published October 5, 2006

Hipsters have a lot on their plate. Busy from all the news coverage and bike rides, yoga lessons and hair appointments, these urbanites need a lift. Red Bull cans never have been so stylish. In fact, energy...

Hershey, kisses and hugs from Calvin

Published September 28, 2006

He wants you to throw something at him in the middle of his show. He wants to be called an "asshole" while he's up on stage. And, to show his appreciation, he'll throw you some jelly beans. Calvin Johnson...

Dustbowl ballads in Bushland

Published September 28, 2006

Calexico's sound, which falls somewhere between spaghetti Western, surf rock, mariachi, jazz and alt-country, has always been difficult to classify. But whereas many bands of Calexico's indie standing...

Fight back

Published September 21, 2006

Too often the martial arts cinematic realm is linked to shabby and chaotic spectacles - plastic nunchakus and poster-paint blood, mash-zoom camerawork, sledgehammer sound effects and choppy, dubbed-English...

Shall I compare thee to ‘Spoon ‘n Cherry’?

Published September 14, 2006

Poetry readings are for the elite, right? They're reserved for that clique of jazz-club regulars whose downtown studios overflow with perfume and candlelight, who crowd into small galleries on Sunday nights...

The truth is in the bottle

Published September 7, 2006

Henry Chinaski is a man of many jobs. Rather, he's a man who halfheartedly takes on a multitude of mindless tasks, only to leave halfway through them so he can get drunk. "Factotum," based on the novel...

Tapping your feet to the noise

Published September 7, 2006

If late summer is the season of contrasts, Ratatat is September's soundtrack. In the same way chilly fall nights creep into these last humid days, this Brooklyn duo sneaks panther howls and maracas into...

This season, bandages are the new black

Published May 4, 2006

We watch the TV shows: "The Swan," "Dr. 90210" and "Nip/Tuck," to name a few. We notice the gossip columns in People and Star magazines, speculating about whose breasts are fake, whose nose used to be...

When married people make records

Published April 13, 2006

Mates of State is a tease. The first time I listened to its new album, "Bring it Back," I bounced pleasantly in my seat to the first track. It seemed traditional and cute, upbeat and pleasant. Fifteen...

Joke of a band fades to black

Published April 13, 2006

For those nights when it was hard to choose, Metallagher functioned as both a stand-up comic and metal cover band. Every city needs at least one of those. But now the Twin Cities is without. Metallagher,...

Morrissey makes a little music and a little love

Published April 6, 2006

Morrissey must be in love. And he must hate it. For the first time the aging, iconic pop lyricist knows exactly what he's going through. He responds in a way only Morrissey would: with existential disarray...

This art show will inspire confessions

Published March 30, 2006

It all began with an apple. As the story goes, God appeared after Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit. God expelled the pair from the garden, called the ground cursed and VOILA! We're all sinners, and...

Masked superheroes save the female nude

Published March 23, 2006

The Guerrilla Girls give you a choice. You can join a mass of women picketing or you can throw on a gorilla mask, adopt the name of a dead female artist and send estrogen supplements to the White House. The...

Hit the Books; the Books will hit you back

Published March 9, 2006

The Books sway eternally in the gray area. They comfortably define the relief that exists in the in-between: between folk and electronica, between working as an artist and as a composer, between music...

indie

Published March 2, 2006

I think techno-ish." "What?" her friends say. "Indie music?" "Yeah!" Friends give disapproving looks. "No?" Friends shake heads. "OK." Such went an exchange between Emilie Schmitz and friends Jeremiah...

Your little guide to the BIG battle

Published February 23, 2006

Five local college bands will get the chance to shine at Friday night's Battle of the Bands. But only one actually hopes to shine the brightest. Few involved even care about the prize ' opening for Lucky...

Harboring a dream

Published February 16, 2006

From the beginning of our correspondence, local band Harbor set out to impress me. I left a message on lead guitarist Ted Weidenbachís voice mail, saying, ìHey! I heard the Lighthouse EP and Iím totally...

Building a better BFA

Published February 9, 2006

A young partnership at the University is quickly approaching a growth spurt. The Bachelor of Fine Arts Actor Training Program is eagerly awaiting the Guthrie Theater's upcoming move. The theater's larger...