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After this weekend’s drunken barbeque shenanigans and debauchery—where I was lucky enough to hear some tracks off of Homeless and Big Cats new album The Polar Bear Rug, I thought I would shamelessly plug their upcoming local event, and promote some actual go-getters in the wonderful city of Minneapolis.
So, here it is: Coming to Icehouse, Saturday, August 1st, is Homeless and Big Cats record release party! (Facebook Event Page)
Now, I would strongly advise you go, because from what I’ve heard so far on The Polar Bear Rug (which features: P.O.S., Toki Wright, Mally, Eric Mayson, and Lydia Liza), these songs would be great to see performed live.
This will be an exciting event, one not to be missed. Also, in case you can’t make the performance, a person can acquire the album free here through these nifty sites:
Yeap, get it and go! Have a fun day.
Hey all you hip hop/local music fans. I’ve heard tell of a Halloween themed mini-festival taking place at Honey (NE), Thursday, Oct 23rd. Now I know it’s that time of year when the witching hour takes full effect, but fear not! Come out and celebrate with local artists, music, and some booze. Perchance the headless horseman will ride again. It’s party time, and you don’t want to miss out (avoid FOMO). There will be a wide variety of up-and-coming local acts, and maybe even a scary storytelling contest. Wear a costume, bring a friend, listen to some music, and have a few drinks- you earned it. I mean, You Only Live Once… Have some fun before it’s Christmastime; autumn is for hell raising and party making, not going to bed early.
Check out the details below:
XTRAV 9: HALLOWEEN HONEY is an 11-act 18+ Halloween-themed mini-fest at Honey at Ginger Hop NEXT THURSDAY, Oct 23rd.
#whatsreallycrazy?: Cover is $5/ $3 in costume
Botzy hits the MAIN STAGE at the stroke of midnight!
Other acts include Josiah Lemanski, Jourdan Myers, Aleko Loughrey, and MORE!
We’ll also be debuting:
#PALESPECTER, feat. Aaron Hammerly, members of Gloss, and Frankie Teardrop bassist Jack Woolsey!
#LADYSLIPPER, feat. Jamie Quinn (Sexy Delicious), Cole Premo, and Eric Mayson (Toki Wright & Big Cats)
#THEMAYAPROJECT, feat. Maya Elena Baglien and Mark Mallman’s guitarist Mike Geronsin
AND Live Art from Ethan Heidlebaugh Art!
#BlackWiddowLoveAffair #CreepingRoundTheCorner #HalloweenMinifest#XTRAV9
Directly from Big Cats’ Facebook Page: “Eric Mayson is one of the most important musicians in the Twin Cities right now.
He and I recently recorded this cover of my favorite John Lennon song, Isolation.
It brings a fresh perspective to a song that’s as relevant today as it was when it was written more than 40 years ago.
Please take a moment to listen and share if it resonates with you.”
I took the opportunity to listen, and loving John Lennon, covers (in general), and being a fan of Big Cats, I thought I would share. Have a listen to this wonderful take on a classic. The production value lends itself a bittersweet mood, along with Eric Mayson’s powerful vocals; ‘Isolation’ is an ambient and touching song.
What I find amazing is when I find something amazing that’s been residing in my city for some time unbeknownst to me.
Stuff in my city that I find amazing: the ever growing music scene, the progressive nature of citizen idea, booty shorts, and the openness of our community. This openness gives artists a basis for starting on a path to achieve their goals, and to reach a specific and gracious audience.
Last night while drinking a few beverages with AKA I was introduced to an artist I had never heard before. I became that specific and gracious audience member.
I mean I am into artists who go hard, I am into artists with great beats, and I am definitely into artists with flashy videos, that which still come across as true to life; however, finding an artist with all three of these qualities can be a daunting task. Last night this task was fulfilled just by going to a friend’s house in South Minneapolis. This friend has musically inclined acquaintances whom he put me on to.
As I have said before, I don’t really try. Things seem to fall from the sky.
This night of drinks started with politics and went straight to hip-hop as usual. He threw the Homeless and Big Cats video for “The Food Chain” on and I was taken away. I love hip-hop that is raw, original, and moderately offensive in a clever way. I would say that “The Food Chain” encompasses what I truly enjoy about this genre of music.
Underground Hip-Hop is not dead even if it is six feet underground, this video is testament to that. This sound is underground.
One can truly be whatever they want to be, and then (whether on the side, or for full-time) create art which reaches a unique and expanding audience, speaking to them in esoteric ways to garner loyalty. Someone may be a writer by day and a hip-hop mogul at night, you pick your poison.
This song is worth hearing. Homeless is clever, creative, and truly relatable. That is something I find amazing in Minneapolis.
I find this video addictive and at the same time incredibly real. Real enough to want to hear more.
As I discussed earlier this month, Substance is making their “official” introduction as an organization tomorrow night, Friday March 27th, with the Manifestation concert at First Ave. In anticipation of the show, the guys at Cake in 15 were able to talk to Substance co-founder Jim Morrey to get the low-down on what Substance is all about. Read it all here!
“The word “manifestation” shares a root with “manifestazioni”, the Italian word for “protest”. Both come from the Latin ”manifestus”, literally, “struck by the hand”, as in, “to forge” or “to make known”. It is an apt title for the second show put on by Substance, a non-profit booking and promotions company with a mission to blend the audiences of music and progressive political issues. Their first concert was the Ripple Effect concert during the Republican National Convention which garnered attention when Rage Against The Machine went out into the crowd to play after being told by the authorities to shut down.
Providence, R.I. rapper Sage Francis headlines Manifestation in the First Avenue Mainroom this Friday 3/27, with support from Cecil Otter, B. Dolan, Building Better Bombs and The God Damn Doo Wop Band. Beyond the music, expect lots of groups to have information and a “Manifest Station”, a networking hub for progressive issues. Cake In 15 caught up with Substance co-founder Jim Forrey to talk about civil disobedience, accumulating debt and the value of art.”
Substance, the Minneapolis based progressive arts, activism, and action organization that brought us the unforgettable Ripple Effect concert outside the capital during the RNC, has announced plans for their first followup to the Ripple Effect. While it’s pretty much impossible for them to top the RE lineup (that featured such amazing appearances as Dead Prez, Michael Franti, Anti-Flag, and the infamous RATM acappella set that sparked a much larger march to the RNC gates), Substance has admittedly done an amazing job to put together a praiseworthy collection of performing artists for the Manifest Station event that will take place at First Avenue on March 27th. As they recently announced, the ever-gracious Sage Francis has signed on to headline this very reasonably priced event, and support is set to be provided by a variety of (mostly) local hip-hop heavyweights; so far the list includes the P.O.S. fronted modern hardcore punk band Building Better Bombs, B. Dolan, Cecil Otter of Doomtree, and the God Damn Doo Wop Band. Not to mention, if you arrive early enough you’ll be able to catch a Cecil Otter headlined local pre-show with The Battle Royale and El Guante, and Big Cats at the 7th St. Entry! And the crazy Rage Against the Machine performance was never announced, so who knows if the Substance guys have anything else crazy up their sleeves for this event… you’ll just have to attend to find out. Visit ManifestStation.org for all the details!
Basic Info: Friday, March 27th, 2009 at First Avenue, Minneapolis; 18+ (Main Room), $13 in advance, $15 door, 8pm; 7th St. Entry Pre-show, All Ages $7