What do Prince, Rihanna, Black Flag and Can have in common? Nothing. Fortunately no one bothered telling that to BNLX, whose new album, “EP#4” is ...
Finally, BNLX's LP, entitled LP, is arriving November 7th, 2012. We've been writing and reviewing BNLX for a while now, but if you aren't hip: this is Ed & Ashley Ackerson's band. Ed Ackerson is from the 90s band Polara, who I saw in 1995.
Anyway, I saw BNLX's very first gig and got a chance to briefly talk to Ed. He said he was very excited about BNLX, it was his first band that he's doing outside of Polara.
What I like about BNLX is that they give away most of their music, but makes it up with live shows and amazing handmade limited EPs and clothing. Look for a very limited 12" of LP this November.
Also announced is "BNLXFest" this November 16 and 17th:
BNLXFest Friday Nov. 16
BNLX with special guests
Blue Sky Blackout
and very special mystery guest
BNLXFest Saturday Nov. 17
BNLX with special guests
Me and My Arrow
Wiping Out Thousands
and another very special mystery guest
I like Minneapolis' Brute Heart, having randomly caught them live last year. This is a trio of women and they had a very medieval sound to their performance, which I think would fit well to a soundtrack for an old film. And that's what they've done with a live score of The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari (1920).
plus: soundscapes by MAKR
shadow projections by Christopher Allen
off-stage sets by Jonathan Kaiser
Friday, October 19 - Doors at 7:00, Film plays at 8:00 sharp!
The Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis
I was never meant to have seen Story of the Sea, but I caught them as a last minute replacement for another band. I previously mention that their music sounded like "classic progressive rock," although their biography said that they sounded like "No one else specifically, really."
They are about to release a double self-titled album, half instrumentals and half B-sides. This will be their first release in four years, and it is coming out November 9th.
Their CD release shows as follows:
Story of the Sea
The Life and Times
Other CD release shows:
November 10th, 2012 @ The Firebird in St. Louis
November 11th, 2012 @ The Beat Kitchen in Chicago
Minneapolis' Pony Trash will be releasing a self-titled 12" on November 27th. The vinyl is strictly limited to 150 copies with hand-printed cover artwork by Casey Deming.
The record is described as "the greatest make-out record of the year", other people described it as shoegaze/dreampop.
Pony Trash is a new band comprised of various members of already-established bands: The Chambermaids, Polica, Vampire Hands and Gospel Gossip (who incidentally, has a new 7" coming out very soon.)
They have a show coming up on October 25th, and their CD-release show will be on November 23rd.
11/23 Pony Trash, Web of Sunsets, Velveteens Turf Club St. Paul
I’m very in love with this brand new band named Gloss. They are a 5 piece band from Minneapolis, MN. Their music can be described as Dream-pop, shoe-gaze, and jangle-pop. And if you give them a listen they will probably sound to you like Slowdive, DIIV, or Wild Nothing. Honestly they would make the perfect opener for any of these bands. The thing with these guys is, they have a way of infusing energy into this standby of mine. I really felt like I was hearing something incredibly new as opposed to just another shoe-gaze track. They currently have one recorded track, but I’m eagerly awaiting a full release. I will post more info on future shows or releases when I hear of any.
Listen to their fabulously dreamy track, “Front Porch” on their Bandcamp.
Minneapolis-based Portage is releasing their second album, Landings, coming out November 27th. Look for their new single, "Down to the Floor," from Landings, as a free download via portage.bandcamp.com
The album is described as "somber melodies and soul-filled ballads." It was recorded at Crazy Beast Studio in Minneapolis with engineer Ben Durrant.
There will also be a Landings album release show, taking place at Ice House, in Minneapolis, on Saturday, December 1st, with support from Chastity Brown.
Nyteowl (otherwise known as Jeremiah) is a producer/DJ/mixer from Minneapolis. He's just finished his debut album called Life. The album was produced by Chris Heidman and is said to be a "lo-fi take on" disco, soul and R&B. Look for Life on November 13th.
You can get a taste of what's to come on his sampler page.
When playing live, Nyteowl is a full band, complete with synth and backup singers by gospel quartet SeVy.