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Whether or not you caught Poliça on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” last night, you may still want to check out the online clips of the band’s performance. The Minneapolis throb-pop quartet played a powerful version of "Spill the Lies," a highlight from its "Shulamith" album, for the ABC airwaves (posted below). It also played a second song not featured in the broadcast – a song not featured on any of their records, in fact. It’s a cover of Lesley Gore’s 1963 girl-power anthem “You Don’t Own Me.” Obviously, it sounds quite different and darker (and pretty awesome) in their hands. Click here to see the clip.
The other interesting post-script on last night’s Kimmel appearance was drummer Ben Ivascu’s wardrobe choice, a “Drone, Not Drones” T-shirt. That’s the most high-profile appearance yet of the mantra made famous by Low’s Alan Sparhawk at Rock the Garden, and it is particularly good timing.
Minneapolis scenester Luke Heiken, the man behind the campaign, is putting together a 28-hour drone concert Doctors Without Borders benefit concert, tentatively scheduled Feb. 7-8 at the Cedar Cultural Center with a rotating cast of musicians (including members of Low). More details on that soon.
Anyone who envied Ivascu's T can buy their own shirt at Dronenotdrones.com, also benefitting Doctors Without Borders.
The Coen brothers have shared Academy Awards for best picture, best director, best original screenplay and best adapted screenplay. So they really don’t mind that their musical contribution to “Inside Llewyn Davis” is ineligible for a best original song Oscar.
“Yeah, the best song performances are always what everybody looks forward to at the Academy Awards,” Ethan scoffed during a recent phone conversation.
"Celine Dion," Joel said with a dreamy sigh.
Persnickety Academy rules disqualified their space race parody track “Please Mr. Kennedy” despite the contributions of Oscar-winning music producer T Bone Burnett at the mixing board and pop superstar Justin Timberlake at the microphone. It was just too similar in style to some other Sputnik-era comedy ditties.
Alas for the spaceship-themed Debbie Allen dance extravaganza that might have been!
Sorry, Minnesota fans, the Replacements didn’t make into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their first appearance on the ballot. But Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt and Hall & Oates all landed in the Hall in their first time facing voters, it was announced late Monday.
Also voted in were Kiss, Cat Stevens and Peter Gabriel (who is also in the Hall as a member of Genesis).
This year’s inductees prove what critics of the Hall of Fame election process have been saying for years: Put qualified nominees on the ballot and let the voters decide.
Ronstadt had been eligible since 1994 but had never been on the ballot. Similarly, Hall & Oates have been eligible since ‘97 but the hall’s nominating committee had never put them up for a vote. An act is eligible 25 years after releasing its first record. Hence, this was Nirvana’s first year of eligibility and, to no one’s surprise, they got elected.
In the non-performer category, former Beatles manager Brian Epstein and former Rolling Stones manager/producer Andrew Loog Oldham were named to the Hall of Fame by a special committee.
Similarly, the E Street Band, Bruce Springsteen’s backup group, is being honored by the committee for “musical excellence.” Springsteen’s first album was billed as a solo disc, thus only he was named to the Hall of Fame in 1999.
The Replacements, the Minneapolis band that bridged the gap between the punk and grunge eras, were among the nine acts on the ballot that did not receive enough votes from more than 600 critics, musicians and industry workers. The Mats were eligible in 2006 but this was their first time on the ballot.
The Hall of Fame has never been transparent about how the nominating and voting process works. More than 700 musicians, industry works and critics (including me) vote. No write-ins are allowed.
The 29th annual induction ceremonies will be April 10 in Brooklyn at the Barclays Center – the first ceremonies ever open to the public.
It wasn’t a snowstorm by any means, but enough flakes fell at precisely the right moment Friday night in Minneapolis to make it feel like even Mother Nature knew it was Doomtree Blowout time again. The ninth annual family-potluck concert – which has a history of raising bad winter weather – moved into First Avenue after an early start Thursday at the Triple Rock for under-age fans.
The scene outside First Ave with a crowd lining up under light flurries was as familiar as the vibe inside once the local hip-hop crew hit the stage running (literally), with a short runway jutting out over the dance floor like past years and the five Doomtree rappers tag-teaming through their verses.
“Thank you for coming to the Doomtree Blowout … again!” Sims said after two high-adrenaline fan favorites opened the show, “Low Light Low Life” and “Beacon.”
For all its welcome deja-vu attributes, this year’s Blowout concerts offered enough new twists to avoid feeling like a rehash. The visual production from local “videoptical” company Playatta was an impressive touch-up from the get-go, with two dueling video screens for a backdrop and a light show that would out-dazzle most touring productions that come to First Ave.
A short list of guests also joined the fray this year, with Aby Wolf providing her usual rich vocal layering to Dessa’s songs but also adding to the harrowing-epic feel of P.O.S.’s “Lock-Picks, Knives, Bricks and Bats.” Crescent Moon of Kill the Vultures and Oddjobs notoriety also took the stage Friday to fiercely revive “I’m Talking,” introduced by P.O.S. as “someone who inspired all of us.” Per word from the Twitterosphere, Saturday’s show also featured Har Mar Superstar during “Bangarang” (a night after he appeared on “Wits” for Minnesota Public Radio).
“I’m Talking” was one of many older, rarely played nuggets dusted off for Blowout IX. Others included “The Wren,” “Thinking Dunk Tank” and “Kid Gloves.”
One other unusual twist: The crew took about a 20-minute, jam-band-style break about 75 minutes after it first hit the stage. Whether or not this had anything to do with the kidney condition that sent P.O.S. to the emergency room during last year’s Blowout run, you wouldn’t have known Friday the dude is still in need of a transplant. Besides the hair-raising version of “Lock-Picks,” he also spouted off with extra fortitude in “We Don’t Even Live Here (Weird Friends)” and “F* Your Stuff” post-intermission.
As has been the case in past years, the show -- about 2½ hours total not counting the break -- was sporadically split into mini-sets in which each rapper delivered three or four of their solo tunes, usually with the rest of the crew there for hype duty. Mike Mictlan went first before the crowd got too hoarse or drunk to shout along to “Game Over” and “Prizefight.” Dessa breezed through “Dixon’s Girl” as if to save her energy for an extra powerful “Warsaw.” After the break, Cecil Otter dug up a couple of his oldies, “A Hundred Fathers and “Lakeshore Drifter.” He also steered them through “Little Mercy” for the pre-encore finale.
Several new songs – presumably from a new all-crew record that the group started laying down this fall – also made the set, including a rousing, chant-filled gem near the end of the set with the hook, “I got my own nation.” Paired with one of Sims’ lines in another new tune earlier in the show, “My city is electric,” it sounded as if the crew had been writing with the Blowouts in mind. The Doomtree nation continues to show up in force each year and was once again rewarded with one of the most electric concerts of the year.
At the time of writing, tickets still remained for Sunday's Blowout finale at First Ave, following fast sell-outs the first three nights.
Prince will make an appearance on "New Girl". Photo: NPG Records 2013.
Among Prince's eclectic cultural tastes is, apparently, a fondness for the Zooey DesChanel sitcom "New Girl."So much so he wanted to be on it, and he's making it happen.
Fox gave the thumbs up to an idea he pitched to do an episode based on one of his epic Paisley Park all-night dance parties. So this has to mean he will at least perform music, if not a speaking role. But we're hoping maybe he can do the twirl with Zooey. And that Dave Chappelle does a cameo.
Other than music videos, Prince hasn't had a high-profile acting role in 23 years,since playing The Kid in his movie "Graffiti Bridge."
The episode will air after the Super Bowl on Feb. 2.
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