shuga records party

Shuga Records Stage Grand Opening on Thursday, October 1st..

In-store: All used vinyl will be 50% off, Electronics 25% off, New vinyl 10% off, 50 cent vinyl buy one get one free… Online: taking offers on vinyl

Doors open @ 10am / Music starts @ 2pm
165 13th Ave NE Minneapolis [MAP]

Audio Perm @ 2:00 p.m.
Sketch The Cataclysm @ 2:30 p.m.
Pharaohs Of Rhythm @ 3:00 p.m.
No Bird Sing @ 3:30 p.m.
P…aul Metsa @ 4:00 p.m.
Beth Larson @ 4:30 p.m.
The Goondas @ 5:00 p.m.
Shuga Rose @ 5:30 p.m.
Chelsea Boys @ 6:00 p.m.
Lonnie Mneumonic @ 6:30 p.m.
Guy Storm @ 7:00 p.m.
Hack @ 7:30 p.m.
Lost In Prague @ 8:00 p.m.
Gigolette @ 8:30 p.m.
Unicorn Dream Attack @ 9:00 p.m.
Web Of Deception @ 9:30 p.m.
Unknown Prophets @10:00 p.m.

Posted 3313 days ago in Audio

Contagious Next Saturday Night

Contagious will feature new artwork by Tara Costello, Jennifer Davis & Amy Rice

If you come here often you know that I’m a huge fan of Davis’ work – I only have a couple of her prints but I’m determined to own at least one of her paintings, at some point… I haven’t seen Amy’s work in person yet – but it looks sweet (reminds me of old vintage illustrations) and Tara is a well-known abstract painter – if you’re in Minneapolis you’ve certainly seen her work.

With these 3 popular / much-loved local art chicas, I expect that this show will be packed. Looking forward to heading down there Saturday night..

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009
Preview 3 – 7pm | Reception 7 – 10pm [More Info]

1121 Jackson Street NE Studio #145 | NE Minneapolis
Near the corner of Central and Broadway Aves NE [MAP]

Posted 3314 days ago in Visual

Sagan / Hawking MashUp

Not sure when I last saw something this Geek-A-Licious.. I’m in LOVE with it’s 100% cosmic AWESOMENESS!

Posted 3315 days ago in Geek

Special DJ @ Grumpy’s Tomorrow

First Avenue tweets that Doug Martsch (Built To Spill) is doing a DJ gig @ Grumpy’s tomorrow night (Thursday 9/24).. this after-party special appearance is free (21+)

Posted 3317 days ago in Audio

PSA: Insurance Companies

Mock Public Service Announcement featuring Will Ferrell & others – hilarious :)

Posted 3318 days ago in Geek

Social Distortion in the studio

“The band is headed back into the studio in January for its first studio album since 2004′s ‘Sex, Love and Rock ‘N’ Roll’. Ness said he’s found that he can’t write while on tour, but that the music comes when he’s out living life. He said the band is excited about heading back into the studio.” – PE.com

Read the full interview here

Posted 3319 days ago in Audio

Thom Yorke + Banksy Mashup

Cool video create by Raymond Salvatore Harmon features graffiti work by Banksy flashing over London scenes with the new Thom Yorke track ‘The Hollow Earth’ as background music…

Posted 3320 days ago in Audio, Visual

Toys in the Attic 2009

If you’re custom toy artist or poster / print artist (graphic designer / illustrator) interested in participating in a cool show (for a good cause) – head over to Toys In The Attic and chat us up about the December 4th show @ the Soo Gallery
About TITA
Toys in the Attic is a celebration of toys, to benefit those without them.

The annual Toys in the Attic event is both a toy drive and art show – featuring limited-edition, toy-inspired poster prints and custom-created toys. 100% of the door donations and toys collected go to The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation – along with 25% of art print and custom toy sales.

Posted 3322 days ago in Visual

Broken Crow & Maria Juranic

John Grider (Broken Crow*) is one of my favorite stencil / street artists and an all-around good guy. Check out this cool stop-motion video collaboration with Maria Juranic

*Broken Crow is John Grider and Mike Fitzsimmons… Broken Crow is also creating a custom toy for Toys in the Attic 2009.. Friday December 4th @ the Soo Gallery.

Posted 3323 days ago in Visual

Train Brain: Local App Does Good

Minneapolis Light-Rail IPhone App, developed/designed by locals Andy Atkinson and Nate Kadlac is getting a lot of praise around town..

This $1.99 iPhone application is for Twin Cities Metro Transit light-rail riders. You can walk around with a paper schedule in your pocket or pull up a PDF of that schedule on your iPhone, but with a couple of taps, Train Brain can tell you when the next train is coming and how much the fare will cost as well as offer a countdown to the train’s arrival.

The only thing that came to mind after talking to Andy (Andy Atkinson, Train Brain Developer) was this: Metro Transit ought to buy this app and get behind it. With the continued rollout of light rail in the Twin Cities, and likely delays as the system expands, there is no question riders will need better tools to manage their ridership instead of just a PDF of a paper schedule or, God forbid, having to carry a schedule around in your pocket.”

Visit TrainBrainApp.com
Download from ITunes

Posted 3325 days ago in Geek

E-Rock Out 09/19/09

A going away/Arty Party for Eric Inkala this Saturday..

“A farewell party for our friend Eric Inkala, featuring new artwork from Eric and dozens of Minneapolis artists Burlesque, Anthem Heart, Drew Peterson, Much HM, Maria Juranic, Miles Mendenhall, Michael Gaughan, Jennifer Davis, Desk 2, Hardland/Heartland, and many more.” – First Amendment Arts

First Amendment Arts | 1101 Stinson Blvd, Mpls | MAP
Saturday September 19 | 7-10pm
Music from The Millionth Word & DJ Paper Tiger

Posted 3326 days ago in Visual

minneapolis rocks

Minneapolis is nicknamed the ‘City of Lakes’, with 12 lakes within the city limits. The city straddles the Mississippi River and adjoins Saint Paul, the state’s capital – together Known as the ‘Twin Cities’ [pop 377,392 - 2007]. As of 2008, the GWaC ranked Minneapolis as a “Gamma +” world city.

Those of us who live here already know that the city is a haven of mac-toting hotties in skinny jeans (on bikes) – but here’s some other cool facts that I came across recently..

Did you know?

Availability of Wi-Fi, transportation solutions, medical trials, university research and development expenditures, advanced degrees held by the work force, and energy conservation are so far above the national average that, in the past few years:
- Popular Science named Minneapolis the ‘Top Tech City’ in the U.S.
- Kiplinger named Minneapolis one of the ’7 Cool Cities for Young Professionals’
- Kiplinger also ranked the Twin Cities #2 in ‘Smart Places to Live’

The Minneapolis park system has been called the best-designed, best-financed, and best-maintained in America. The city’s Chain of Lakes is connected by bike, running, and walking paths and used for swimming, fishing, picnics, boating, and ice skating.

Today, 16.6% of the city is parks and there are 770 square feet of parkland for each resident, ranked in 2008 as the most parkland per resident within cities of similar population densities. Runner’s World ranks the Twin Cities as America’s 6th best city for runners and Minneapolis is home to more golfers per capita than any major U.S. city.

Alternative transportation is encouraged. The Metropolitan Council’s Metro Transit, which operates the light rail system and most of the city’s buses, provides free travel vouchers through the Guaranteed Ride Home program. 7 miles of enclosed pedestrian bridges (Minneapolis Skyway System), link 80 city blocks downtown.

Half of Minneapolis-Saint Paul residents work in the city where they live. 40+% of the 160,000 people working downtown commute by means other than a single person per auto.

Minneapolis ranks 2nd in the nation for the highest percentage of commuters by bicycle. Ten thousand cyclists use the bike lanes in the city each day, and many ride in the winter. In 2007 citing the city’s bicycle lanes, buses and LRT, Forbes identified Minneapolis the ‘World’s 5th Cleanest City’.

Organizers of Earth Day scored Minneapolis 2nd among mid-sized cities in their 2007 Urban Environment Report, a study based on indicators of environmental health and their effect on people.

The region is second only to New York City in live theater per capita and is the third-largest theater market in the U.S. In 2007, Minneapolis was named America’s most literate city. In second place was Seattle, Washington and third was Minneapolis’ neighbor, St. Paul, followed by Denver, Colorado and Washington, D.C.

Minneapolis is a stronghold for the Democratic Party. Citizens have a unique and powerful influence in neighborhood government. Neighborhoods coordinate activities under the Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP), funded in the 1990s by the city and state who appropriated $400 million for it over twenty years.

Minneapolis has cultural organizations that draw creative people and audiences to the city for theater, visual art, writing, and music. The metropolitan area gives 13% of its total charitable donations to the arts and culture.

The community’s diverse population has a long tradition of charitable support through progressive public social programs and through private and corporate philanthropy. More than 40% of adults in Minneapolis-St. Paul give time to volunteer work, the highest percent in the U.S.


Posted 3328 days ago in Geek

Laws that Choke Creativity

One of my favorite TED talks speaks to the REMIX Manefesto culture and the distortion of copyright laws

I know it seems long but you don’t have to watch most of it – works just as well to let it be the background music to 20 minutes of surfing.. If nothing else (if you’re NOT interested in this topic) at least fast forward to 9min and 30 sec and watch a seriously funny 2 minutes of (illegal) remix entertainment ;)

Posted 3330 days ago in Audio, Geek

(202) 225-2452

The guy who yelled “Liar!” during Obama’s speech tonight is Representative Joe Wilson of South Carolina [R].

His office phone number is (202) 225-2452.
His twitter account is @CongJoeWilson.
Contribute to his opponent Rob Miller here.


Posted 3331 days ago in Geek

tyrant alarm can ruin your life

This is a HILARIOUS idea – not sure why anyone would actually go so far as to use it, but i love that it exists :)

“The Tyrant Clock takes waking up into pure psychological warfare territory. The clock syncs up with your cell phone, randomly goes through your contact list, and then calls someone different every three minutes after your intended wake up time. It displays in a large size the name of the person who’s about to get their own wake up call from you. The potential for it to call someone and in some way completely ruin your life is huge. A disaster waiting to happen, which would make it the ideal alarm clock. ”


Posted 3334 days ago in Geek

Charge Gadgets with Pedal Power

Brilliant / Awesome .. This little box hooks up to your bike’s generator hub and converts your pedal power – plug in your cellphone / iPod / camera battery via the USB port and start charging.. (full charge takes three hours).

The BioLogic FreeCharge will go for just $100 when it ships next spring [March 2010]

Posted 3336 days ago in Geek

who made who $5 poster sale

Who Made Who offers limited edition hand screen-printed posters, art prints, and whatnot – from various local artists (Miss Amy Jo & TOOTH shown in this print)..

Check out their $5 Scratch & Dent Poster Sale + TOOTH prints on sale for only $10 (it’s TOOTH’s b-day :) It’s one day / in store only this Thursday (First Thursday) from 3pm-8pm @ 158 13th Avenue NE / NE Minneapolis

ps. there might be cupcakes..

Posted 3339 days ago in Visual

Neurosonics Audiomedical Labs Inc

I’ve been finding a lot of highly entertaining videos lately – maybe it’s just me being tired of reading all day, but this make me really happy :)

Posted 3340 days ago in Audio

Taking the Uptown Out of Uptown

Switchblade Comb, Star Tribune and City Pages all reporting that the end is near for one of our city’s most iconic live venues, the Uptown Bar – at least in Uptown..

“The Minneapolis Planning Commission has approved the Uptown Bar owner Frank Toonen’s application that would allow him to tear down the bar and replace it with a three-story retail unit. The proposed retail building is being developed by Urban Anthology who are responsible for Victoria Secret and American Apparel opening in the Uptown neighborhood. The last chance the bar has for staying in its present location is if the Heritage Preservation Commission intervenes at their next meeting on September 1.”
- Switchblade Comb

UPDATE 09/11 :
“November 1 ends it. I suggest keeping your evenings free and plan on going into work late from October 1 – November 1. There are gonna be some amazing shows that last month that the bar is open. Bands that you would never imagine playing the Uptown Bar will be playing the Uptown Bar.”

Posted 3346 days ago in Geek

fan-made video for grizzly bear

Cool animation video made by a fan for Grizzly Bear’s single, Two Weeks. Catch Grizzly Bear live @ First Ave on September 30th

Posted 3347 days ago in Audio

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