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How The Weeks Fly By

3 May

Hi there! Well, not a lot of HUGE goings on lately, but I did snap some photos from the past few weeks of small, inconsequential happenings. I ventured over to my Grandparent’s house for Easter. Now, I don’t know what it is with me, but for some reason, I feel really distant from this side of my family. I used to be a lot closer when we were younger, but grew apart from my cousins and other relatives on this side and only really see them all on two or three occasions during the year. Luckily, there is one member of that side of the family I get on really well with…. my mom’s dog Misty. Here, you can see her chilling in the backyard with my grandmother in the background. Golden Retriever. Pretty much the sweetest dog ever. In fact, while walking her one time, she sniffed out a turtle and was scared of it when it moved ever so slowly in her direction. She is a big wuss, but she’s the most lovable wuss dog ever. Also, she sheds like there is no tomorrow.

Golden Retriever Misty and Grandma

Golden Retriever Misty and Grandma

This past weekend, I figured instead of sitting around moping over the loss of my job, I should get out and see some culture. Therefore, I took it upon myself to head over to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts to check out the Titian exhibit. Titian was a Venetian painter from the 1500s whose style influenced a score of other famous artists. The main draw of the installation were the Diana paintings. They are some of the most valuable pieces of art I’ve ever seen and are simply stunning up close. Another amazing draw to this exhibit was the map of Venice that was constructed by a group of artists climbing the towers of the city and making an amazingly accurate and detailed map of the surrounding area. It is one of only three in the United States and is mind-blowing. You can read more about Titian with this link.

One of Titian's Diana Paintings

One of Titian's Diana Paintings

Finally, I went to a few concerts this weekend as well. First up was at Cause and featured the CD release of local band, Two Harbors. BNLX, another local band, were there too and it was a good show. On Saturday, I ventured over to the Varsity Theater with a friend of mine, and after a bit of an adventure (HOW CAN YOU FORGET YOUR ID?!) we made it in and saw Communist Daughter, Rogue Valley and White Light Riot. I am a big fan of the Varsity because you can be right up front and not be swarmed with people or have your eardrums bleeding at the end of the night, but still witness a great show in the company of great people. The show was a lot of fun, the people around me were wonderful and I had a fantastic time.

Two Harbors at Cause

Two Harbors at Cause

Then I saw this awesome bike. It’s a Peugeot and has an interesting frame design. I really don’t know anything about bikes, other than how to pedal them and usually not fall over, but this one really caught my eye… either that or it was the cute girl who was riding it.

Peugeot Single Speed

Peugeot Single Speed

Before long, or, as soon as I get my lazy ass in gear, I’ll toss up some of the scans of the pictures I said I was going to take this summer. There’s a bunch of different stuff and a lot of it is not that great, but I enjoy it and it passes the time.

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First Avenue Best New Bands of 2010

28 Jan

First Avenue held its annual “Best New Bands” this past Wednesday, with it being the 2010 edition of the event. Previous years have featured acts like Lookbook, Red Pens and Peter Wolf Crier, so this year needed to live up to some high expectations. Frankly, I’m not sure if it did or not, as there were some acts that just didn’t work for me. But then again, I didn’t stay the whole time either, but I heard that Pink Mink really brought it.

I did enjoy both BNLX and Phantom Tails, and they were certainly the highlights of the night for me. Phantom Tails played a great set that was highlighted by whale songs at the beginning and the top hatted keyboardist wailing away on both the keys and drum kit (not simultaneously as that would most likely have literally blown my mind). BNLX followed them up with a roaring, guitar-frenzied rendition of “When Doves Cry” that was, for me anyway, better than the original… but then again, I’m not a huge fan of the Purple Yoda. Other acts that nightincluded Grant Cutler and the Gorgeous Lords, who I have heard before and played their low key, brooding music that is totally different from anything that was played when he was in the electronica, pop-oriented Lookbook (a band I really, really wish was still around). That was followed up by the insanity of BadNraD, an 80s synth pop, guitar shredding maniac. I actually sort of liked some of the stuff he played, but it got old pretty fast too. Bands that I did not see included Hastings3000, a one man act that was trying to do his performance from Hawaii over Skype, which totally did not work and was when I left. I was really hoping he would be there in person as he was one of the acts I was really looking forward to seeing. The others were Pink Mink, a rock and roll quartet featuring female leads that has been drawn comparisons to The Runaways, The Goondas, a crazy band of misfits who go crazy on stage and jump into the audience, and a dub step Jayhawks cover band featuring various members of other local bands. Of those last three, I was only wishing to see Pink Mink, but I’m sure I’ll catch them at some other time in the future.

I took a few pictures – none of which are that spectacular as the lighting was dark (obviously) and the camera on my phone is wack in bad lighting. HOWEVER! You can watch the video that I have also included. It is a recap of the show and features all of the acts that were there, PLUS watch out at 2:26 for a big dude in a green stripey shirt as the camera pans over the crowd, because THAT’S TOTALLY ME!

Phantom Tails at First Avenue

Phantom Tails at First Avenue

BNLX at First Avenue

BNLX at First Avenue