The Minnesota Daily

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Everything right is wrong again

May 24, 2004

In attempts to appeal to a hip, young crowd (or a crowd who thinks its young and hip), car commercials have for many years now played artists taken right off the College Music Journal charts. Volkswagen...

Hot Pants!

May 24, 2004

The name never really had any meaning," said Ben Clark, the bassist for the local group Mel Gibson and the Pants. Ryan Olson who started the band had tiles with pictures of Mel Gibson (the actor) on them...

Back to the salt mines

May 6, 2004

Anyone who has ever worked for a large corporation knows a lot of BS happens. There are too many boring training sessions, too many pointless team projects and too much fake encouragement from upper management....

She’s got the look

May 6, 2004

A"I've always thought rock 'n' roll is 50 percent music and 50 percent visual. That's not to say the music doesn't come first. But I've always expected a look, if it was Elvis or Sigue Sigue Sputnik." -...

Out in the midday sun

May 6, 2004

INDIO, Calif. - "You're going to the desert?" said the man at the car rental counter. "You're going to hell!" The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is held smack in the middle of the desert in this...

Rats and children listen

April 29, 2004

Deerhoof's melodies are so enduring because they sound as though they come from the playground. They carry the same gleefulness and marching drum rhythm as a child's jump rope song. It makes sense that...

Just a little crueler

April 29, 2004

AAl Green at The Guthrie Theater, April 29 l Green's voice sounds just as velvety-smooth-soulful as you could hope for. Sure he's crazy, but that makes his shows that much more fun. He continually shushed...

Sunshine comes softly

April 22, 2004

Most things in life fall into a gray area. It is rare to see something that can be easily categorized. But power-pop or psych-pop or whatever you want to call the music that draws comparisons to Brian...

Trouble in the nation

April 22, 2004

Oliver Mtukudzi's song "Ndakuvara" is the story of a man admiring an ox. The man assumes, because all his other oxen had been easy to train, this one will be too. But the ox rebels against him, hurting...

Avanti popolo!

April 15, 2004

Mirah's last proper album, "Advisory Committee," came out in 2002. Over the years, she has strung fans along with appearances on Microphones albums (who are her label mates at K Records) and a collaboration...

Sealed with a kiss

April 15, 2004

Candy Land is about the simplest child's game you can find. It basically consists of moving a token from start to finish by drawing cards that tell how many spaces to move. The winner is just the luckiest. Detachment...

Best believe they’re the baddest

April 8, 2004

Compilations are tricky. Most throw random artists and genres together for a ridiculous mix of songs, all barely worthwhile, except for a couple gems which you can find elsewhere anyway. But compilations...

The march of history

April 1, 2004

TQuad Muth at Know Name Records, March 13 he three members of Quad Muth took to a small stage set up in a Dinkytown record store wearing outrageous masks. One member looked as if he had just put a wicker...

A Talking Picture

April 1, 2004

ADir. Manoel de Oliveira Talking Picture" boasts a veteran director and a cast of some of the most renowned actors in the world, including Catherine Deneuve, Irene Papas and John Malkovich. Yet regrettably,...

Kids like us, baby

March 11, 2004

It's been so long/ since you heard from me/ got a wife and kid/ that I never see/ and I'm nowhere near/ what I dreamed I'd be/ I can't believe/ what life has done to me." So begins The Wrens' third full-length...

Top five things that we picked of the week

March 11, 2004

This week's topic: Five things that make for a good coffee shop. 1. Cute barristas Flirting is a pleasure all its own, but when there's a chance you can get free coffee out of it, it's the ultimate game...

Flowers of evil

March 11, 2004

The point was never to be depressing," said Xiu Xiu frontman Jamie Stewart, "but to be open and honest." It just so happens since the band's formation over three years ago, things have been pretty terrible...

They don’t need words

March 4, 2004

Teletubbies" are dumb. They are just colored chubby costumes with adults inside who prance around and point at things. They make Barney look like a genius. What makes these alien-monkey creatures so annoying...

Presto chang-o

March 4, 2004

Could it be? Is that the voice of Craig Finn? Is that Tad Kubler's signature sliding quick stop guitar? Could this be a hidden Lifter Puller track, never before released? Or - gasp - is this new Lifter...

How does it feel?

February 26, 2004

A search on Amazon.com for books on Bob Dylan returns 5,176 hits. With numerous biographies and in-depth analyses of every single song he wrote - including demos never meant for the public - Dylan's work...

Walk right in, walk right out

February 26, 2004

The Walkmen come across as a really cool band. They live in New York. They are pretty attractive in that tall, skinny, nicely dressed, Strokes-kind-of- way. Three of the members come from Jonathan Fire*eater,...

Once in a lifetime

February 26, 2004

As reported last semester in A&E, shape note singing, a style of a cappella folk music that originated in England, is having something of a revival. The most prominent example of renewed interest in...

American revolutionary

February 19, 2004

Around this time of year we would normally be celebrating Snow Week at the University. Oddly enough, the one year we actually have snow, there is no Snow Week. There's no point complaining however, when...

‘Ere, wot’s oll this, moit?

February 19, 2004

By now, Americans are used to the British singing our rock music (sometimes better). Rock has a way of diluting their cockney accent, and while still audible, it's very faint (except for maybe Herman's...

Round up the collaborators

February 19, 2004

Ferguson Hall is for music majors, Rarig Center is for theater majors, Barker Center for Dance is for dance majors and the Regis Center for Art is for visual art majors. These separate buildings imply...

Burning like a silver flame

February 12, 2004

The most romantic stories make falling in love seem old fashioned. It's the same kind of charm found flipping through your grandparents' wedding photos. A good love story is classic. Maybe too much cynicism...

No future for you

February 12, 2004

If you cannot have the sunset, you might as well go for a Corvette. Or so goes the logic of Future Wives on their new release "Dark Side of the Man EP." The EP begins with whip-cracks and cat-screams before...

One way or another

February 5, 2004

Let's just get this out of the way. Yes, Luke's Angels is a grrrl band, a chick band, a three-girl-one-boy drummer combo, or whatever term you prefer to describe a group with more than one woman as a member....

After dark, my sweet

February 5, 2004

Eleni Mandell had a good thing going. With each of her albums, she has gathered more praise for her noir-cabaret styled songwriting, which won her the nickname "the female Tom Waits." 2000's "Thrill" is...

Soul survivor

January 29, 2004

Tina Turner acts like a 20-year-old. She still bursts out on stage in short shimmy dresses and shakes it just as hard as she did when she performed on the "Ed Sullivan Show." Deborah Harry has also shown...

Coming in from the cold

January 29, 2004

WCoachella lineup announced arning: The concert line up for this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., might result in dizziness, fainting and a sudden urge to drop out of school...

Lies of our times

January 29, 2004

A story based on solid facts can still fail to capture the truth. You may nail all of the five Ws but those do not necessarily capture the heart and passion of the characters. The story loses its romanticism...

Mystic crystal revelation

January 22, 2004

The title for the Unicorns' newest album, "Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?" sounds like a question from a wide-eyed child inquiring about the afterlife. These sorts of questions make adults squirm....

You know she’s hardcore

January 22, 2004

The rhythm of two twirled jump ropes hitting the pavement while a muffled bass booms from a passing car make up beat-mastermind Timbaland's latest so-far-ahead-of-the-curve jam. The crowd yells "Hootie...

Cold, cold hearts

December 11, 2003

As soon as genres establish themselves, they begin to bleed over into other types of music. For example, hip-hop has merged with everything from folk music to heavy metal. "Intelligent dance music" now...

Making the seen

December 11, 2003

A strong music scene is not only represented by musicians. Visual art is also very much a part of creating and supporting musical communities. The swirling, trippy images on posters for The Fillmore became...

Come together right now

December 4, 2003

Postmodernism can seem like a pretty scary thing sometimes. As scatterbrained and collaged as modernism is, at least it relies on reason to give the world some meaning. With modernism there is a faith...

The pain of returning home

December 4, 2003

When I wake up in the morning, my alarm gives out a warning, I don't think I'll ever make it on time. By the time I grab my books and I give myself a look, I'm at the corner just in time to see the bus...

Tighter pants might help

December 4, 2003

Four years ago, Latin artists dominated the Billboard charts and MTV and received their own Grammy awards show. But pop culture loves its fads and once they're over, they've exhausted themselves. At one...

On the left-hand side

November 26, 2003

Missy Elliott's video for "Pass That Dutch" Since the demise of the music video on MTV (and now even MTV2 is drastically cutting video from its schedule), artists have become lazy and unimaginative, recycling...

Escape from New York

November 20, 2003

Lucky Jeremy's band, the New Minneapolis, pokes fun at the old St. Paul versus Minneapolis rivalry. In the absence of a certain loud-mouthed governor, that rivalry has died down considerably of late, but...

Toot for the U of M

November 20, 2003

For as long as anyone can remember, marching bands have had a nerdy reputation. With their genesis in military bands, the marching band is a wholesome, parent-approved activity steeped in tradition. Band...

Clubs

November 13, 2003

Besides the occasional Prince sighting, the Twin Cities are not a place of rock stars. While the Xcel Energy Center and the Target Center bring in their fair share of superstars (David Bowie in January),...

Doctor, doctor

November 13, 2003

On the cover of his latest full-length album "Hearts of Oak," Ted Leo and his band the Pharmacists stand awkwardly for the camera in bright green soccer jerseys. Instead of the professionally poised team...

A bolt from the blue

November 11, 2003

Craig Minowa, the man behind the local band Cloud Cult, has experienced loss comparable to that of Job. Minowa lost his 2-year-old son in February 2002 and shortly after, separated from his wife. Whereas...

Rhapsody in blue jeans

November 6, 2003

It often seems that college sports are much more thrilling than professional sports. The professionals have the most skill - they're the best of the best. On the other hand, college athletes range from...

Streams of vodka are flowing

November 6, 2003

There will probably never be a straight-laced interview with Superhopper that seriously focuses on the band and their music. Maybe if you sequestered each member away from any distractions such as each...

What’s your take on Casablancas?

November 6, 2003

The indie kids - the ones who idolize Pavement, attend concerts with fewer than 100 people in the crowd and love their Converse high-tops - do not know quite what to make of The Strokes. When the band's...

There’s got to be a morning after

October 30, 2003

From the beginning, Belle and Sebastian has been Stuart Murdoch's thing. Formed as a project for Murdoch's college assignments, Belle and Sebastian was intended to remain small-scale and short-term. In...

October revolutions

October 30, 2003

T5. The Shin's "Chutes Too Narrow" artwork he best defense against everyone downloading your album for free is to add irresistible artwork. On The Shin's second album, "Chutes Too Narrow," the cover features...