All My Rowdy Friends

First 5 by J. Emerson-Kramer
September 30, 2010, 6:19 pm
Filed under: Music

Finally! Finally I have reliable internet and to commemorate this joyous occasion, I’m posting!
So, once upon a time the Onion A.V. Club did a little bit where they asked the interviewee to hit shuffle on their iPod and talk about the first 5 tracks that came up. Well, I really liked it and so here I bring it to you, except instead of my iPod its my iTunes, enjoy.

1.Passion PitLittle Secrets (Amplifya Remix)
I really dig this remix, its one that kinda surprised me when it came on but hey that’s the beauty of having a digital library, sometimes things come up that you listened to once or not at all and you’re like damn that’s good.

2. Rachmaninoff – Polichinelle, Op. 3, No. 4
Just check it.

3. Ola PodridaSink Or Swim
This is a nice little lesson in simplicity from a guy who scores films as a day job. He’s got such a sad voice to top it off, just a fine track in general.

4. Boris – Electric
Could you rock harder and louder than Boris at the same time!? Really, I want to know because god this track kicks so much ass its not even funny.
5. Bruno Colais – L’arrivée À L’école
This is a little piece from the score to the film Les Choristes. Its a wonderfully heartwrenching tale of a man who sets out to start a choir at a school for troubled boys. The soundtrack is wonderful, the film is great.


New Land Of Talk by Charlie Ward
August 31, 2010, 9:19 pm
Filed under: Music

Have you heard about it? I love this band so much! Land of Talk just released a new album recently and I wanted to bring your attention to this wonderful band if they already don’t have it. Formed in 2006 in our nations hat (Canada,) Land of talk, belongs to the Broken Social Scene family (along with Feist, Stars etc…)This new release is gorgeous. Its a bit more eased back than the previous release, Some Are Lakes but it still rocks. I am not here to write a long review, just check it out. If you want a good review, check this one out by Muzzle Of Bees

check out a track from the new record: Land of Talk – Cloak and Cipher

and lastly, if you are in the Twin Cites, make sure not to miss them at the 7th St. Entry, September 22


Salinas// Debut Show! by Charlie Ward
July 5, 2010, 7:14 pm
Filed under: Music

Crawling out of Chicago Avenue across the Mississippi River to Eclipse Records in Midway, Saint Paul, the boys of Salinas make their performance debut. Show starts at 7:00 sharp and we’re up first for a half hour so get there on time!

Bring 6 dollars.

Charlie B Ward – Guitar and Vocals
Kevin R. Scott – Bass and Vocals

Joe M. Silberschmidt – Drums and Vocals

Eclipse Records:

1922 University Avenue West
St Paul, MN 55104-3426
(651) 645-7724

Thanks one buttload!!

Back in action by J. Emerson-Kramer
July 4, 2010, 10:44 am
Filed under: Music

I’m back, for no reason other than I want to start blogging again. So first things first, here’s a quick what I’m listening to:
Rogue ValleyCrater Lake
While this album came out a couple months ago I just picked it up on eMusic and I must say I’m really happy with it. Rogue Valley is the newest project from Minneapolis native Chris Koza. This is the first of a set of four albums to be released (the albums revolve around the seasons) that will be released through 2011 and its a great start. Check it out.
Rogue Valley – The Warming Moon

Peter Wolf CrierInter-Be
Peter Wolf Crier are a local duo. They got picked up by Jagjaguwar Records after independently releasing Inter-Be and a good thing too, this is a great record and I definitely have not been able to stop listening to it.
Peter Wolf Crier – Crutch & Cane

Jeremy EnigkOK Bear
Sunny Day Real Estate frontman Jeremy Enigk released this album, his fourth solo effort in 2009. I’ve been a huge Sunny Day Real Estate fan for years and I appreciate the music that Jeremy Enigk has been making since they went on hiatus (they got back together for a 2009-2010 tour). This album is not quite as big of a production as the previous ones but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have merit. Take a listen.
Jeremy Enigk – Sandwich Time

Mates of StateCrushes (The Covers Mixtape)
I love indie pop, and this album just does it for me. I think the choice of covers is good (Mars Volta, Belle and Sebastian, Nick Cave). Some cuts are a little deeper than others but they reflect a good diverse range of influences.All in all I think they did a pretty good job with all of them. My favorite is definitely the first track, a cover of ‘Laura’ by Girls. They definitely highlight the yearning that’s in the original. Its a great little break up song that Mates of State really do well, especially with two vocalists, it changes it enough and puts their stamp on it.
Mates of State – Laura (Girls Cover)

StarsThe Five Ghosts
The newest effort from Arts & Crafts members Stars was definitely worth the three year wait. There are some real gems on this album. I think the thing I really like is that while there are stand out tracks like the super poppy ‘We Don’t Want Your Body’ there are also tracks that quietly capture you as you listen. Especially the track Changes, check it out.
Stars – Changes

As always, please support the artists by buying their music. All these albums are available on eMusic or Amazon.


Check out the awesome new Peter Wolf Crier video by Northern Outpost featuring Margaret Lane of Hildur Victoria.


End Of Summer/Podcast One -CW by Charlie Ward
September 10, 2009, 12:34 am
Filed under: Music, Podcast, Uncategorized


Going to try something new to keep this blog going…

This is just a random collection of music from the summer, some new and some classics.

may i present
Podcast 1


Friends With Lofts- Netherfriends
Mega Secrets – Family Portrait
Sylvia – Arthur Verocai
Big in Japan – Tom Waits
Family Tree – Sandro Perri
These Few Presidents – Why?
Ta Det Lugnt – Dungen
Tambo Iya – Ricardo Eddy Martinez
Rain On – Woods
As We Arrive – Dimlite
Beautiful Babies – Plantlife

Happy Autumn,

p.s. Kate, this one is for you.

Group Bombino, “Guitars from Agadez Vol. II” by Chris M
February 23, 2009, 9:03 pm
Filed under: Music

The Sublime Frequencies description:

Group Bombino is the latest salvo from the Agadez music scene. Led by the guitar virtuoso Omara Mochtar (Bombino), the group’s debut LP– Volume two in the Guitars from Agadez series, represents the latest chapter in the modern sound of the Tuareg revolution. As of 2008, the Tuareg rebellion is in full force again, and Bombino is in exile to parts unknown. Agadez has been cut off from the rest of Niger. The only road that connects this legendary city with the rest of the country is littered with land mines and the only escorts are the military. This music and its messages of hope, justice, and desire for validation of the Kel Tamachek way of life ring louder than ever. Group Bombino are gaining mythic status in and around the Tuareg community for their incendiary live performances. Coming from the same scene as Group Inerane and sharing some of the same musicians, Group Bombino showcase both sides of the Tuareg Guitar style. Side one features the “Dry Guitar” sound, an unplugged selection of songs sung among the dunes and stars of the Tenere desert. Side two showcases the electric fury of the full band, a melding of heavy, psychedelic guitar heroics with a raw garage sound, back beat percussion, all swirling in extended trance rock moves. Recorded live and unfiltered in Agadez and the surrounding desert in early 2007, with the band’s equipment powered by generators and an unflinching dedication to the rebellion, Group Bombino’s music transcends any influence and ignites the raw passion of its message to the outside world. This is a one-time pressing of 1,500 copies. Pressed on 180 gram vinyl and comes in a gatefold full color jacket stocked with great photos of the musicians and liner notes by Hisham Mayet.

This is a pretty amazing set of music. There are two similar installments: Group Inerane “Guitars from Agadez Vol. I” and Group Doueh, “Guitar Music From the Western Sahara”.

For those not familiar with the Sublime Frequencies label, they’re like a modern version of the Folkways label, known for releasing music from just about every corner of the world (Eskimo folk music, Middle Eastern Russian folk music, early electronic recordings, to the very first American folk and country music recordings, etc.).

Check out “Boghassa,” its a very raw and danceable grooving track. Would fit in nicely with you LCD Soundsystem and !!!(Chk Chk Chk) fans I’d think.

Group Bombino, “Boghassa”


New Wilco DVD by Charlie Ward
February 22, 2009, 6:20 pm
Filed under: Music

We all can get really excited for the new live Wilco DVD called “Ashes of American Flags” set to release April 18th via Nonesuch Records.

I love this band so much it hurts.

More information about the film is available at



Spirit of Apollo by J. Emerson-Kramer
February 17, 2009, 12:42 am
Filed under: Music


What do David Byrne, Blackalicious, Chuck D, Tom Waits, KRS-One and The RZA all have in common? They’re all guesting on the new album by N.A.S.A.

N.A.S.A. stands for North America South America and is made up of two DJs (one from each of the Americas, go figure).

They’re gearin’ up for a tour of the States in support of the album, which drops today. They’ll be in the Twin Cities at the Triple Rock, March 6th.

All in all, this album has solid spots and pretty sick beats. The appearances don’t feel forced and it has a good flow. I’m also really impressed with the range of influences and styles present, but with the guests I guess I can’t be too surprised.

Peep a couple tracks from The Spirit Of Apollo
N.A.S.A. – Way Down (feat. RZA, Barbie Hatch & John Frusciante)

N.A.S.A. – Money (feat. David Byrne, Chuck D, Ras Congo, Seu Jorge & Z-Trip)

Buy The Spirit Of Apollo from Amazon

Decemberists Announce Phase One Tour Dates by Charlie Ward
February 9, 2009, 6:00 pm
Filed under: Music

The Decemberists have annouced the first phase of their 2009 “A Short Fazed Hovel” tour:

May 19 – Hollywood Palladium – Los Angeles, CA
May 20 – Fox Theatre – Oakland, CA
May 21 – McDonald Theater – Eugene, OR
May 24 – Wilma Theatre – Missoula, MT
May 26 – Fillmore Auditorium – Denver, CO
May 27 – Uptown Theater – Kansas City, MO
May 29 – Riverside Theater – Milwaukee, WI
May 31 – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO
June 1 – Lifestyle Communities Pavilion – Columbus, OH
June 3 – Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA
June 4 – Memorial Auditorium – Raleigh, NC
June 5 – The National – Richmond, VA
June 6 – Tower Theatre – Upper Darby, PA
June 9 – Bank of America Pavillion – Boston, MA
June 10 – Radio City Music Hall – New York, NY
June 11-14 – Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival – Manchester, TN

stay tuned for more dates

the new record The Hazards Of Love is due out March 24th.

More info here


Noble Beast & Blood Bank: Music Reviews by J. Emerson-Kramer
February 5, 2009, 11:01 pm
Filed under: Music

There have been a few major releases in the past weeks. Most notably Andrew Bird’s Noble Beast and Bon Iver’s Blood Bank EP.


This album is another gorgeous piece of work from Andrew Bird. His lyrics are playful but have the depth that has come to be expected from his work. There is also a feeling of American roots in this album that was surprising to me. This is a definite buy for me. –Jon


Masterswarm is definitely the stand-out track of the album for me. At the beginning of the track when the guitar doubles the vocal line, it makes it feel like an old blues piece until the two split and the bass notes lead. Out of nowhere the song transitions to a vaguely Latin groove but continues to evolve. The element of surprise in this track is what shines for me. -Jon

iverxp0The new EP from Bon Iver, Blood Bank is more of the same from a great artist. Truthfully I’m glad that he released a four track EP rather than a full length follow up to For Emma, Forever Ago mostly because with how powerful of an album that was, it would have been hard to meet expectations. That being said, I’m having a hard time with the track Woods. An autotuner isn’t interesting to me and I’m having a difficult time understanding the inclusion of this song, especially as the EP is only four tracks. With that being said, I still think its a solid batch of songs and worth buying. -Jon

Blood Bank [Audio

The title track is definitely my favorite from the EP. Great story in the lyrics and a good feel, even if it is a little less raw than the first album. -Jon

Charlies Take:

Bon Iver: Blood Bank EP

I’m going to have to agree with Jon on everything said above me. While it is exciting to get a new release from the Bon Iver crew, I have to say that I am a bit disappointed with this most recent release. This first song Blood Bank is a wonderful track and I might even say that its my favorite song by these guys to date. With that being said, the rest of this E.P. really does not hold together well. I was just not impressed with it, especially compared to his last release. I am not surprised though. I think that the group is still trying to find their feet after having such a strong debut. As Jon said, the track Woods really is my least favorite track. Part of this distaste might be that the use of the autotuner on the vocals just reminds me too much of contemporary R&B(top 40) usage. I have a distinct aversion to that sound, I get sort of nauseas when I hear Kanye West/Akon ETC… This is a bit more of a personal pet peeve, sorry to be so harsh… I really respect this group of muscians and I expect great things from them in the near future. I If you are a Bon Iver fan than you should probably purchase this record to get your latest fix. If you dont own any of his records, you should go ahead and buy For Emma, Forever Ago, which is an absolutely beatiful record. If you ever have the chance to see them live, you will not be dissapointed.

As for the latest release by Mr.Bird:

As to not repeat the comments of Jon, I also enjoy this new release. Andrew Bird is awesome straight up and I could not be more excited about having such a wonderful group of musicians at his side live(Martin Dosh (percussion, looping, keys), Jeremy Ylvisaker (guitar, bass, organ, shortwave) and more recently Mike Lewis, plus a supporting cast including Kelly Hogan, Todd Sickafoose, and the band Loney Dear.) Something that I have noticed on this recent release is that it is more about Andrew Bird than he previous release. Aside from “Not A Robot, A Ghost,” which features the distinct percussive sounds of Martin Dosh, we get a lot more of Bird’s American Folk roots as Jon said. I really enjoy this record and I look forward to getting to know it more. You should buy it.

Buy Noble Beast from Emusic
Buy Blood Bank from Emusic

Bonus: Stereogum posted Bon Iver doing this amazing cover of Feist’s The Park on Australian radio. Check it here