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2010 Basilica Block Party: Photos from Weezer and Spoon

The weather was perfect on Friday for an outdoor show, and I was actually fairly impressed with the crowd’s behavior (there was practically no line for beer!). I caught Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Spoon, and Weezer, all of which put on a great act. The only bummer of the night was that for some reason, no local photographers were let into the photo pit at the last minute for Weezer. Thanks to Stacy Schwartz for letting me use her telephoto for a few shots.

OPEN EXPOSURE FEATURING TAPES ‘N TAPES, EYEDEA & ABILITIES, AND TOTAL BABE

Check out The Walker’s Open Field Event this Sunday starting at 1 PM and going all day. This event excites me more than Rock The Garden, and best of all, it’s free. Hopefully the weather will hold.

From The Walker:

Walker Open Field/Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Soak in the sun and take in the sounds of Tapes ‘N Tapes, Eyedea & Abilities, Total Babe, and four high school bands on the Walker’s rolling hillside. This daylong festival of music brings high school musicians into the mix with established bands, rappers, and performers.

In addition to featured acts on the main stage, bring your best music mixes to trade in a mix tape exchange, create your own musical instruments in our art-making tent, and make connections or learn more about the professional arts community at the Young Artists Resource Fair. Presented by the Walker Art Center Teen Arts Council (WACTAC).

Win Tickets to This Friday's Lookbook Show at First Avenue

Hot off the heels of their west coast tour Lookbook return to Minneapolis to play the main room at First Avenue with support from Slapping Purses, Bight Club, and Zoo Animal. To win a pair of tickets to the show simply leave a comment on this post, and we’ll announce a winner tomorrow. Comments will be closed at noon Wednesday.

Check out More Cowbell’s photo shoot with Lookbook below.

And the winner is Sonia! Congrats.

P.O.S. & Dessa to embark on 'Every Never Is Now' 2010 North American Tour

P.O.S. will continue his quest for world domination in 2010 and bring along his lovely Doomtree partner in crime Dessa for a 40 date tour across North America. Joining them for the first half of the trek will be Grieves, with Astronautalis taking over on the second leg.

Dessa’s first full length album ‘A Badly Broken Code’ will be released on January 19th and coincide with a CD Release show at The Fine Line Music Cafe with Jeremy Messersmith on January 22nd.

Pre-Order ‘A Badly Broken Code’

Every Never Is Now Tour

2/2/10 Lawrence KS Jackpot *
2/4/10 Colorado Springs CO Black Sheep *
2/5/10 Denver CO The Marquis Theatre *
2/6/10 Salt Lake City UT Kilby Court *
2/7/10 Salt Lake City UT Urban Lounge *
2/8/10 Boise ID Knitting Factory *
2/9/10 Missoula MT Badlander *
2/11/10 Vancouver BC CANADA The Biltmore Cabaret *
2/12/10 Seattle WA Nectar Lounge *
2/13/10 Portland OR Berbati’s Pan *
2/14/10 Eugene OR WOW Hall *
2/16/10 Reno NV Tonic Lounge *
2/18/10 San Francisco CA Bottom Of The Hill *
2/19/10 West Hollywood CA The Troubadour *
2/20/10 San Diego CA The Loft – UCSD *
2/21/10 Pomona CA The Glass House *
2/22/10 Scottsdale AZ Chasers *
2/23/10 Tucson AZ Club Congress *
2/24/10 Albuquerque NM Launchpad *
2/26/10 Austin TX Red 7 ^
2/27/10 Denton TX Hailey ^
2/28/10 New Orleans LA The Parish Room – HOB ^
3/2/10 Tallahassee FL Club Downunder ^
3/3/10 Orlando FL Backbooth ^
3/4/10 Atlanta GA The Masquerade ^
3/5/10 Chapel Hill NC Local 506 ^
3/6/10 Washington DC DC9 ^
3/7/10 Philadelphia PA First Unitarian Church ^
3/9/10 New York NY Bowery Ballroom ^
3/10/10 Cambridge MA Middle East Downstairs ^
3/11/10 Portland ME Space ^
3/12/10 Burlington VT Higher Ground Showcase Lounge ^
3/13/10 Montreal QC CANADA II motore ^
3/14/10 Toronto ON CANADA Sneaky Dee’s ^
3/16/10 Pontiac MI The Pike Room at Crofoot Ballroom ^
3/17/10 Cleveland Heights OH Grog Shop ^
3/18/10 Chicago IL The Bottom Lounge ^
3/19/10 Madison WI High Noon Saloon ^
3/20/10 Milwaukee WI Turner Hall ^

* w/ Grieves
^ w/ Astronautilis

Interview: Lookbook

Last week I was fortunate enough to sit down with Minneapolis darlings’ Grant Cutler and Maggie Morrison of Lookbook before their gig at Sauce in Minneapolis. We talked process, live show, and Blackberries. Photos & Interview by Chase Turner.

How did Lookbook begin?

M: we started a couple of years ago, fall of 2007.

M: Grant asked me to do some vocal tracks over R&B songs he’d written and I said yes of course, we didn’t release any of those songs. I don’t want to hear ‘em.

G: They’re probably on my hard drive somewhere.

Once you’re huge you can release them.

M: The Yeah Yeah Yeahs just released that sort of album, their last album that they released was the first stuff they did, they just didn’t release it.

How did you start writing together?

G: We’ve always written the same way. It starts, I write a bunch of music, I give it to Maggie, she takes it, and writes words over it.

Do you ever write lyrics or is it just Maggie?

G: I wrote…umm…I wrote all of the songs, every one. I sing them all too.

[laughs]

G: I wrote the verses of Passenger. Maggie writes primarily.

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Grant, how do you start your process? Do you use Ableton?

G: I use Abelton Live and I’ve got some synthesizers, a guitar, and a bass. I usually just start with whatever I feel like starting with at that moment. It’s maybe starting with a bass line or a drumbeat. A lot of times I do start with a drum beat, and then I change everything MUCH, over a long period of time.

One track, what’s your turnaround time?

G: It depends. Some songs I write in an hour, sometimes I tweak one song over a long period of time. I throw away a lot of songs. So it differs every time. Scratch that, let’s just say eight hours per song.

[laughs]

So True to Form, how long did that take?

G: That’s a good example. True to Form was three songs before it became one. The Only Ones was always that way, I wrote it in one shot and it was done. The stuff I’m more proud of are the layered songs, I get more out of them. The heavier shit with all the layers is more satisfying, for me anyway.

When you released your EP, I Fear You, My Darkness, that’s got a different vibe to it, it’s more mellow, it’s darker than the new record. Your sound seems to be evolving.

M: We made a conscious decision to have the EP sound like that. The songs fit together much better. True to Form and Over and Over were recorded when we put that EP together. We were going to do a full length with everything but we decided it would be better to isolate that sound on the EP.

G: James Buckley and Adam Hurlburt helped us to decide to make two separate records instead of one.

It works. For the next album is there a new idea, a new type of sound you want to explore?

M: We can’t talk about it.

G: Top secret.

[laughs]

Give me a hint.

M: Grant just gave me the initial new tracks yesterday.

So you’re going to try and move in a new direction?

G: I’m so tired of people talking about us sounding like the 80s.

I won’t ask you about that.

G: Well, it does sound like the 80s, but I don’t want that to be our thing. Our new stuff will sound new.

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Where did you first start playing around town?

M: The Uptown Bar. [ed. Note: RIP]

You have this great onstage dynamic, did you cultivate that or was it just a natural, organic thing that showed up when you were playing shows at the Uptown Bar?

M: It was very natural for both of us.

[both pull out Blackberries]

So I see you both have Blackberries.

G: Yeah, we’re working on a sponsorship deal.

M: How many bands do you know where every member has a Blackberry? I actually listen to the tracks Grant sends me when I’m in the car, come up with lyrics and sing them into my Blackberry.

Going back to your recording process versus your live act, you’re queuing up preprogrammed beats and then playing guitar, have you thought about doing some of the electronic stuff live?

G: We want to experiment, maybe try and do more than we have before, but this seems like the best way for us to perform this kind of music live. Many parts of our songs I can’t reproduce live with an instrument necessarily. I would like to incorporate more stuff for Maggie to do in terms of instrumentation, without making it this huge complicated setup.

M: Right now we have a really convenient setup and it’s easy to tour, we can do it in a car.

G: We’re all about efficiency.

There you have it folks. Check out Lookbook at Sauce on NYE.

Lookbook on Myspace.

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Wilco, Neko Case, Rosennae Cash + more on A Prairie Home Companion

Saturday, October 3rd @ 4:45pm
A Prairie Home Companion
Fitzgerald Theater
St. Paul, MN
w/ musical guests Wilco + Patty Loveless

Saturday, October 10th @ 4:45pm
A Prairie Home Companion
Fitzgerald Theater
St. Paul, MN
w/ musical guest Neko Case

Saturday, October 17th @ 4:45pm
A Prairie Home Companion
Fitzgerald Theater
St. Paul, MN
w/ musical guest Roseanne Cash

Saturday, October 24th @ 4:45pm
A Prairie Home Companion
Fitzgerald Theater
St. Paul, MN
w/ musical guest Old Crow Medicine Show

Tickets are $32/$38/$48 ($2 MPR member discount) and go onsale Tomorrow, August 18th @ Noon

http://prairiehome.publicradio.org/programs/schedule/

Wilco appeared on APHC in May of 2007, listen below:

http://prairiehome.publicradio.org/programs/2007/05/12/index.shtml

Twitter Updates for 2009-08-06

  • RT @_taylor_ @Squad19 giving away tix to the Warlocks at the Entry @firstavenue tonight, and even better, cool posters: http://bit.ly/BZdc6 #
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Twitter Updates for 2009-08-05

  • 3 FuKn shows in 24 hrs this weekend, hope u can make 1! Fri Aug 7 @ Turf opening for Black Hollies, Sat Aug 8 @ Pizza Luce Block Party @ … #
  • RT @scja0311 sleeping in the aviary, amo joy, mute era, paper cup band playing uptown bar at 9 tomorrow. Tour kickoff. Free. #
  • David Gray w/ Lisa Hannigan @ Orpheum Theater on Fri Oct 30th. $31-$71. Presale tomorrow (8/5) at 10am pass: BABYLON public sale 8/7 at 10am #
  • Tonight: Nat’l Night Out @ Jazz Dorms, MPLS, MN. Cheetah Nunchuck, Alicia Wiley & @ChrisKoza . DM us for more info.. #
  • Enormous Quartet @ Kitty Cat Klub, Tonight, Chris Thomson (saxophones), Park Evans (guitar), Chris Bates (bass), Joey Van Phillips (drums) #
  • RT @CVRNS: 8hz Presents: Economy Team / Disasteratti / Shahs @ CVRNS/FLOCO this Sat (Aug 8th) 10pm. email: 8hz.movement@gmail.com for info #