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Do you remember?: Hüsker Dü on Joan Rivers' talk show

Posted by: Chris Riemenschneider Updated: September 4, 2014 - 4:27 PM

“I’m sure you’ve heard this until your nauseous: What does Hüsker Dü mean?”

While barely even qualifying as a footnote in a 50-year career that ended with Joan Rivers’ death today, the scene of the legendary comic welcoming the members of one of Minnesota’s most influential bands to the set of Fox's "The Late Show With Joan Rivers" in 1987 is one permanently etched in the minds of local music lovers.

The appearance followed the release of Hüsker Dü's second album for Warner Bros. (and last record, period), “Warehouse: Songs and Stories.” Besides proving they were one indie band not beholden to image or fashion in the slightest, the Rivers gig also demonstrated how they were more than willing to play the music industry game. It proved Rivers was game, too. She misstates the title of the song -- “You Could Be the One,” instead of “Could You Be the One?” – but goes on to ask relatively pointed questions about them leaving the “radical” underground for the corporate music world.

“As you get older, your emotional spectrum becomes a little more involved, a little wider,” Bob Mould responds. “It’s not just screaming about how messed up the government is and how much you hate your parents anymore.”

Things get a little awkward from there. It’s pretty clear the band members -- who also went back and played Grant Hart's "She's a Woman (And Now He's a Man)" to end the show -- weren’t exactly best buds by that point. Still, Mould seems to hold a fond memory of that TV appearance: He dedicated “Could You Be the One?” to Rivers just this past Sunday during his Hüskers-heavy surprise gig at 7th Street Entry.

Jeff Bridges shows he really can sing at the Pantages

Posted by: Jon Bream Updated: August 25, 2014 - 1:46 AM

A few thoughts on the performance by Jeff Bridges and the Abiders at the sold-out Pantages Theatre Sunday:

  • Bridges is a better singer -- stronger, more forceful and more musical -- than his albums and Oscar-winning “Crazy Heart” movie would lead you to believe. It helped that he had a stellar band of his buddies, the Abiders, to support him, especially musical director/guitarist Chris Pelonis.
  • “This is a special night for me,” Bridges explained at the outset. Because he had a lot of family in the house and because “this is the home of Prince. Robert Pirsig of ‘Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” (which didn’t get much of a reaction) and [in an exaggerated voice of eerie doom)  home of the Coen brothers.” He was talkative and likable – and the crowd was respectful, with only a handful  of fans shouting out lines from “The Big Lebowski.”
  • Bridges dedicated the show to Robin Williams, with whom he costarred in “The Fisher King.”
  • Many of Bridges tunes were written by his pal John Goodwin – not to be confused with actor John Goodman, the singer explained – whom he met in 4th grade and took tap-dancing lessons with and went to cotillion together (mom forced them). The best Goodwin number was probably “Van Gogh in Hollywood,” with its creepy verses and scorching blues-rock choruses. It was from the movie “Tideland” about which Bridges said, “For half the movie, I play a carcass.” He also pointed out that the film was directed by Minneapolis-born Terry Gilliam.
  • In his 95-minute set, Bridges mixed in a few covers – Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Lookin Out My Back Door,” Townes Van Zandt’s “To Live Is To Fly” (which showed off the power of Bridges' upper register), Tom Waits’ “Never Let Go” (a moving Irish-flavored ballad done on piano) and encores of – what he called a Dinkytown song --Bob Dylan’s “The Man in Me” and the Byrds’ “So You Want To Be a Rock n Roll Star.” The diversity of those selections suggests the kind of musical influences Bridges has. But most of his own material was in the roots and Americana vein.
  • Bridges’ 8-year-old grand nephew was dancing up a storm in the front row, much to the delight of Uncle Jeff. There were lots of Bridges relatives at the show, including his sister who lives in the area and a niece who goes to the University of Minnesota. Even Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon – a friend of the family from Eau Claire -- stopped by to chat up the Dude after the show.
  • Jeff Bridges plays Tom Waits' "Never Let Go"

    Jeff Bridges plays Tom Waits' "Never Let Go"

Katy Perry and Kacey Musgraves throw a roller-skating party in Burnsville

Posted by: Chris Riemenschneider Updated: August 22, 2014 - 10:38 AM

Singer Kacey Musgraves, center, hangs out with patrons and workers at Skateville in Burnsville. (credit: Scott Wittnebel of Skateville)


What to do on a night off in the Twin Cities when you’re on a major arena tour and it’s your opening act’s birthday? If you’re Katy Perry, you head to Skateville in Burnsville for a neon-tinted roller-skating party where you slow dance/roll to Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” with an inflatable green alien.

The Rolling Stone cover girl and rumored 2015 Super Bowl half-time performer -- who plays Target Center tonight – joined opener Kacey Musgraves at the latter's birthday bash Thursday night and posted a video clip on Instagram of the festivities. Musgraves also tweeted several photos from the party. The East Texas-reared country-pop rising star, who won the Grammy for best country album, turned a mere 26 on Thursday. Here are their postings.

Skateville co-owner Jason McKenzie said he was contacted about two weeks ago by a Musgraves rep about hosting the party. “They told us that Kacey had been checking us out online and on our new website and just fell in love with the place,” McKenzie said, bragging about recent renovations.

He went into detail of the festivities, which he said lasted around four hours:

"They bought Kacey a pair of rollerskates, a pink skate case, and pink laces to gear her up for her birthday. They brought in several cakes and decorated the place up.  It was clearly not their first time skating as I saw pretty fancy footwork out of both Kacey and Katy.  I even saw Katy do the limbo out on the skating floor.”

In addition to the publicity coming their way, McKenzie and his staff were given a batch of tickets to tonight’s concert as a thank-you.

Vincent Kartheiser got married

Posted by: Kristin Tillotson Updated: August 6, 2014 - 5:31 PM

Then-affianced actors Alexis Bledel and Vincent Kartheiser attended the Guthrie Theater's 50th anniversary gala last summer. Photo by Anna Reed.

Steady, girls: Word is that Pete Campbell's finally, officially off the market. People magazine reports getting confirmation that Minneapolis-raised actor Vincent Kartheiser, who plays the smarmy, hapless account exec on "Mad Men," got quietly hitched to his fiancee Alexis Bledel, best known for playing Rory on "The Gilmore Girls," in California in June. The two met when Bledel guest-starred as an adulterous lover of Pete's who forgets who he is after electroshock therapy, and got engaged in early 2013. Kartheiser returned home for a few months last year to play Darcy in the Guthrie Theater's "Pride and Prejudice" (read a profile and the review).

 Here's a peek at the tiny-but-cool Hollywood bachelor pad he recently put on the market at just $808,000.

McCartney, Bonham track to be heard on Wings' reissue

Posted by: Jon Bream Updated: July 28, 2014 - 4:13 PM

Paul McCartney with Wings in St. Paul, 1976/ Star Tribune photo by Jim McTaggart

Paul McCartney with Wings in St. Paul, 1976/ Star Tribune photo by Jim McTaggart

Paul McCartney is reissuing another batch of Wings albums – including an outtake number featuring Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham.

This fall’s “The Wings at the Speed of Sound” reissue includes an alternative version of “Beware My Love” with Bonham.

Of course, Bonham also played on two tracks on Wings’ final album, 1979’s “Back to the Egg.”

In case you don’t get enough Wings live this weekend when Sir Paul plays at Target Field, “Venus and Mars” and “Wings at the Speed of Sound” will be reissued Sept. 23 with demos, previously unreleased tracks and, on the 3-disc edition, an interview with McCartney and a booklet of photographs..

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