Thursday, December 31, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Tuesday, February 2nd @ Slowdown - Umphrey's McGee
Monday, February 8th @ Slowdown - North Mississippi Allstars
Monday, February 8th @ The Waiting Room - Dr. Dog
Wednesday, March 31st @ Slowdown - Bassnectar
Sunday, April 18th @ Slowdown Ani DiFranco
Sunday, April 25th @ The Waiting Room - Yeasayer
Looks like the North Mississippi Allstars and Dr. Dog shows are on the same night. Now I enjoy the Beatles as much as the next guy, but I think I'm going to have to go with the NMA on this one.
I'm guessing Yeasayer got your attention. Hopefully their show won't suck as bad as their latest album. Seriously, what the fuck is the story behind "Ambling Alp"?
Finally, Ani is coming at the end of April. Who knows, if you play your cards right maybe you could be the next dude to frantically drive her to Planned Parenthood.
"Boom. Roasted." - Michael Scott
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
So- I think it's difficult to identify the "best" albums, but here's a list of to 10 albums that impacted me the most in 2009. I'm surprised Monsters of Folk wasn't on your list, Scotty. If I would have gotten my hands on that album I'm sure it would be on this list. Some of the bands posted below have been around for a very long time: Dave, Pearl Jam have been around for a while. But Dave and Pearl Jam put out some really brilliant stuff this year. Bon Iver came out with an EP, not a full length. But that guy could bang a pot and pan and sing over it and I would buy it--so I think he deserves to be on this list.
The first 5 are in no particular order, but are better than the second 5.
1. Pearl Jam- Backspacer
2. Animal Collective- MPP
3. Iron and Wine- Around the Well
4. Dave Matthews- Gru Grux King
5. Bon Iver- Blood Bank
6. Andrew Bird- Noble Beast
7. Grizzly Bear- Veckatimest
8. Pink Mountaintops- Outside Love
9. Passion Pit- Manners
10. Ben Harper- White Lies for Dark Times
Honorable mentions include Phoenix and Akron/Family
Thursday, December 10, 2009
P.S. I am NOT going to put myself through the stress right now of having to number these. In short, these are listed in no particular order.
Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
Akron Family - Set 'Em Wild/Set 'Em Free
Port O'Brien - Threadbare
Animal Collective - MPP (?)
Antony and the Johnson's - The Crying Light (?)
I was thinking 5 points for number one, 4 for number 2, etc..to a point for number 5.
We can add 'em up later and go from there.
Let's hear some more wodes.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Clark: Bend over and I'll show you.
Todd: You've got a lot of nerve talking to me like that Griswold.
Clark: I wasn't talking to you.
Clark: Oh, the silent majesty of a winter's morn... the clean, cool chill of the holiday air... an asshole in his bathrobe, emptying a chemical toilet into my sewer...
[Eddie, in the driveway, is draining the RV's toilet]
Eddie: Shitter was full.
Clark: Ah, yeah. You checked our shitters, honey?
Ellen: Clark, please. He doesn't know any better.
Clark: He oughta know it's illegal. That's a storm sewer. If it fills with gas, I pity the person who lights a match within ten yards of it.
Margo: And why is the carpet all wet, *Todd*?
Todd: I don't *know*, Margo!
Mary: You have your coat on.
Clark: Yes, oh do I? Yeah, it is a bit nipply out. I mean nippy. What am I saying, nipple?
As the 00's head to a close, Rolling Stone takes a look at the past decade and attempts to identify the "most important music" as chosen by artists, critics and industry insiders. The number one most important album of the decade?
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Ladies and gentlemen....Trampled by Turtles!
If you like, may I recommend this free show on the archive. Some good foot stomping fun. Rusty and paul, you know what I am talking about!
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
I'm venturing a guess that those husker hounds hopped in their big ole ford pickup truck, with playmate mudflaps, and calvin pissing on colorado stickers and immediately turned on their favorite song:
At first glance, it's a great way of getting your band both noticed and remembered. The shock value of the name is a real attention grabber. After hearing "Holy Fuck" the first time it stuck with me. Not necessarily for the music, which is still good (see below), but for the name.
On the other hand, you are also limiting yourself. Your music will not be played on the radio, and even if is, they will not be able to tell people what you're called. You'll never see a caption at the bottom of an IPOD commercial with your name. You have placed a limit on your ability to reach a broad mainstream market. An example of this is "Starfucker" which recently changed their name to "Pyramiddd" so their somewhat poppy brand of music could reach its target audience.
Or maybe that is the whole point. Maybe you are purposefully bannishing yourself to a life underground. Maybe you're like the "Fuck Buttons" and you recognize that your music will only be recieved by a small group of young adults, and as a result, you're comfortable with the limited exposure your band gets.
Or maybe you recognize that there is a growing force beneath the surface of pop culture with the freedom to disperse your vulgar brand, warts and all, without having to deal with the FCC, parental controls, and the Christian right. Enter The Shanty Blog.
I don't know - whatcha think, Shantiers?
On another note, I think Mr. Wode (brendan) has a good idea having a nudge off, aka shanty-off. Submissions due at the end of the year and we hold a poll to see who has the best tune! Winner gets a prize of some sort....date with mander, a stick, pack of nicotine gum, beer, etc... whatever we pick. Thoughts?
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
Here is the website... http://inudge.net/index.en.html
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
"Moderate drinkers, consuming up to a couple of glasses of wine a day or a couple of pints of ordinary bitter, had a 54 per cent lower risk.
The surprise was that heavy drinkers consuming up to a bottle of wine or six pints of ordinary bitter had a similar 50 per cent reduction in risk of a heart attack to moderate drinkers."
Read the rest at NZ Herald.
Here's to healthy hearts on Thanksgiving!
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Faces: Q&A with Jim Burt, owner of We Are Nuts, St. Paul
Updated: 11/18/2009 04:14:54 PM CST
Jim Burt always knew he was going to be a salesman. (Pioneer Press: John Doman)
What did you want to be when you grew up? My father sold cars all of his life. I'm not saying I wanted to sell cars, but I always knew I wanted to be a salesman.
What was your first job in the food business? I worked in a grocery store when I was 14 years old. When I was 20, I bought a grocery store on 35th and Lyndale in Minneapolis — one of the Dairy Home stores — and ran it for a number of years. Then, I got tired of it and went back to St. Thomas University and graduated with a marketing degree when I was 30 years old.
What exactly is We Are Nuts? A seasonal discount nuts and variety store. When I answer the phone and say, "We Are Nuts," there's always a little giggle before we have a conversation.
What do you do the rest of the year? I own a large food brokerage, and that's my little secret as to how I get this stuff for We Are Nuts. I buy all my vendors' short lots. We literally put new stuff in every day. This is our 22nd year.
How did you come up with the idea for We Are Nuts? For years, my first and only customer was 3M. My wife and I packed nuts at night and hand delivered the orders to all the offices, and there would be a whole wad of checks for me. So many of the employees kept coming over to my warehouse that I finally had to put in the store. I do all the roasting on site here in this building so customers are really getting everything fresh.
How did you pick the warehouse
location? It was where I did my food brokerage business, and it's inexpensive rent. If I were in any popular location, like Mall of America, you wouldn't see these low prices.
What's the best seller? At the end of the day, it's always cashews.
What's something few people know about nuts? They don't know how well they freeze. You can pull them out of the freezer, thaw them out in one day, and they'll be like fresh — provided you freeze them when they're fresh.
What's your favorite restaurant? Carmello's (in St. Paul). It's like my nuts store, an out-of-the-way place, and you look at the storefront and say, "How good can that be?"
What's the weirdest food you've ever eaten? When I was in Croatia, I ordered eel. When they brought it out, I said, "What did you do to fix it?" They said, "Nothing." It was supposed to be eaten raw.
What's next? I'm teaching my son to be a great nut entrepreneur so I can go to Croatia and eat eel.
— Kathie Jenkins
I've decided to do a new post about this, since I've been away from the Shanty for over a week now and there were a lot of responses to the thought about where the Shanty is heading. Personally, I'm all for growing the blog. It's been a nice place for us to share out thoughts, musical suggestions, artwork, etc. But, obviously, other people have become interested in the things we post about, too; so anything we can do to keep the Shanty moving forward — as long as it remains a place we all enjoy coming to — is a good thing in my opinion.
So, beings as Mander has volunteered my design skills to spruce up the blog, I was wondering what all of your thoughts might be if you wanted to move forward with a new look, logo, etc. How would you guys like the Shanty to look / feel? What would you want to see in a logo? I'd love to read your thoughts and collaborate. I think this could be a lot of fun.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Our beloved Jah Roots has been reduced to one...
I think we got the better end of the deal. He is playing in omaha on thursday...so yeah, jason you should come up. To quote the all wise Jah roots, lets take a "pause for the cause".
For the reminescing type of folk, one more...ahh the memories!!
Also, today on Jambase (cough) I came accross this article. Apparently Gabriel will be releasing an album in January that has covers of Bon Iver, Radiohead, Neil Young, Paul Simon, etc. Should be pretty good.
Friday, November 13, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Now I am not endorsing every song on here. I simply added every track in the correct order - as far as I know anyways. And no I'm not willing to bet money on track orders with you sheisters (spelling?). Anyways, give it a listen. Who knows, one week from today ole McDeeshai could be pounding his fist to it and speaking ebonics. Rusty - Let me know how the movie turns out.
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Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
And posting movies of himself wearing tee shirts.