Revisiting Dakota

In the past two weeks I’ve seen two shows at the Dakota Jazz Club. I used to go there all the time over in the old location when I was studying with a couple of jazz drummers who played there frequently.

Last week I saw Rebirth Brass Band. While it wasn’t as amazing as seeing them in their hometown of New Orleans at the Maple Leaf (they have a standing Tuesday night gig there), it was great to see them and they did the impossible: The got a Minnesota audience out of their seats and dancing in what’s usually a very relaxed room.

I looked at other shows coming up and was really excited to see that drumming legend Brian Blade was playing there a few days later with his Fellowship band. Easily one of the top 5 shows I’ve seen. That band is so seasoned as a group and each player is a master of their instrument.

Seeing live music is something I didn’t realize that I missed so much. I’ll be going a lot more often.

2006 and Beyond

I’ve missed having a place to share random things without feeling like I’m clogging Facebook, so I’ve decided to fire up this blog again.

I’ll also be adding a pretty substantial gallery of my old Minneapolis graffiti photos from around 2006-2008. There are lots of gems in my archives, though I wish I had been a more thoughtful photographer back then. I think I’ll be uploading them to Flickr and embedding galleries on another page. Stay tuned.

In the meantime, here are some photos of the amazing Shiro in 2006 at B-Girl Be hosted by Intermedia Arts.






Shut Up Little Man

Soon to be a documentary.

“The Shut Up Little Man recordings feature the real-life comical rants, hateful harangues, drunken soliloquies, and audible fistfights of Raymond and Peter – two booze-swilling homicidal roommates in a low-rent district of San Francisco. These infamous recordings were made by their much-menaced next door neighbors, Eddie Lee and Mitchell D. The dialogs of Raymond and Peter have been widely championed for their poignant absurdity and stark hilarity. Profiles have appeared in Spin (“This epic documentary is as disturbing as it is hilarious”), Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair (“grimly fascinating”), The LA Times, The Washington Post (“hilarious, but profoundly disturbing”), Playboy, The Wire and on Ira Glass’s radio program “This American Life.” Sarah Vowell, the essayist and cultural commentator, included a segment about Shut Up Little Man in her book Radio On, calling it “some of the strangest bickering I’ve ever heard.” The recordings have inspired comic illustrations by Daniel Clowes (Ghost World) and Ivan Brunetti (Schizo), animation features by Kevin Peaty (principle animator of “The Lion King” and other Disney classics), numerous songs (e.g. Devo’s “Shut Up Little Man” and Nirvana’s “Dough, Ray, and Me”), theatrical plays, and film shorts. Shut Up Little Man is widely considered to be a classic of the audio verite and field recording genres, and the recordings continue to inspire shock, laughter, and amazement at the raw humanity and dark comedy contained therein.”

Tinnie Tempah – Pass Out (Stinkahbell Spliff Remix)

Found this song by accident yesterday and can’t get enough of it.

[audio: TinnieTempahPassOutStinkahbellSpliffRemix.mp3]
More info on the artist:

Here’s how it happened:

1. A friend posted a pic on Facebook.
2. I followed it to a Tumblr page.
3. I went to another Tumblr page linked to from #2.
4. That page had a song in the background.
5. I loved it.
6. I typed some of the lyrics into Google.
7. I found the song.
8. I now love dubstep. What artists should I check out?

Love Letter

I saw this torn page sitting on top of the garbage at the post office. I couldn’t resist taking it. Now there are so many questions:

Who threw it away, Sean or the recipient?

If it was Sean, did he decide not to send it? Did he rewrite this page because he screwed up the first sentence?