After a few bleak years where they mostly played AutoTuned teeny-bopper music at Target Field, the Twins have been connecting well with the Twin Cities music scene in recent years via their Midwest Music series. Now they've hit a – wait for it – home run with a new TV commercial that prominently features the Atmosphere song "Sunshine," a fan favorite by Minneapolis' MVP hip-hop group. "Summertime is almost here," says the ad, which shows Twins stars Miguel Sanó, Glen Perkins and Brian Dozier rolling around grooving to the tune in a 1958 candy-apple-red Ford Fairlane convertible with mascot T.C. Bear in the middle and the equally cuddly Joe Mauer at the wheel. (Insert joke here about one of the other guys needing to be in the driver seat this season.) The commercial is the product of another well-known local music scene figure, filmmaker Dan Huiting, who has helmed eye-catching videos for Bon Iver, Poliça and Trampled by Turtles as well as directed many of TPT Channel 2's music specials. Props to Sanó, in particular, for selling the beat with some slick moves. No comment on You Know Who.
They'll drink to that
Why was Wild center Jarret Stoll smiling Saturday night at Bunkers in the North Loop? Was he happy to see pop newcomer Jeanne Taylor (daughter of St. Paul Peterson) perform? Was he happy that Wild coach Mike Yeo had been fired hours earlier? Nope, he was happy to be hanging with his girlfriend Erin Andrews, the Fox Sports reporter and co-host of "Dancing With the Stars." They didn't dance. They just drank beer and smiled a lot at each other.
Partying with Biebs
When you're the new kids on the block, going to the Grammy Awards for the first time is a big deal. And it's an extra big deal when you land a nomination before your debut album is released. Such was the case for the Brothers Osborne, nominated for best group country performance for the single "Stay a Little Longer." And the Os Bros were still feeling the rush Tuesday night when they took the stage at Mystic Lake Showroom with LoCash and Maddie & Tae at the BUZN Half DUZN concert. T.J. Osborne explained he partied till 6 a.m. after the Grammys even though he had a 7 a.m. airport call. "It was the stupidest party," he explained. "Only 150 people. Justin Bieber was there. What stood out were Little Big Town, representing country music. They were the coolest people in the room."
Fun with Osmo & Erin
Osmo Vänskä may be music director of the Minnesota Orchestra and his wife, Erin Keefe, its concertmaster. But at home in their Mill District loft (yes, it has a sauna) they're a couple of affectionate jokesters. On a recent visit, they confessed to engaging in an informal FitBit competition, which could explain why Vänskä is so much more active at the podium these days. He also laughed about the time during a rehearsal when he was urging some musicians to "sound like a caterpillar." They looked mystified until someone realized he was talking about Caterpillar as in heavy-equipment machinery.
Ch. 2 twosome retire
They may not be as well known as Ernie and Bert, but Catherine Allan and Richard Hudson have been as much a part of public television as anyone living on Sesame Street. The two Emmy-winning executive producers, who have played major roles in such heralded projects as "Hoop Dreams," "SciGirls" and "Benjamin Franklin," were honored last week at TPT's new headquarters as both ease into their retirement years. While both are officially retiring, you can still expect them to pop up in the halls of the station. Allan is still in the midst of rounding up money for a project on Joseph Stalin, and Hudson will be following through on a project he started that is leading to a Hispanic version of "SciGirls."
'Work'-ing with Rihanna
If you can read the fine print, you'll realize that Monte Moir, Twin Cities-based keyboardist with the Time, is one of the co-writers of Rihanna's hit "Work," featuring Drake. The tune hit No. 1 on Billboard's R&B/hip-hop chart and has worked its way to No. 9 so far on the Hot 100. Moir's songwriting résumé includes Janet Jackson's No. 1 record "Pleasure Principle." For "Work," Moir was one of seven co-writers. I.W. doesn't know what percentage of the composer fees Moir gets, but props for the success.