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Drop Kick: SXSW 2012 Recap Day 3

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Continuing on my binge cleanup of old posts, Day 3 from my last SXSW visit. Some fun shows that somehow fell off my radar (I think I saw Kendrick this day as well?????? Who will ever know if it wasn’t captured in social media?????) but nice to unleash my old memories and 2 min reactions on new artists.

Join me in reminiscing all of the hyped names from Stereogum and Pitchfork I willingly stood in line (for a while to see). Note – not a single thought on Nicolas Jaar. Wasn’t he the second coming of moody ambient electronic music (or maybe he was too busy literally running away from fame)?



Day 3
1100 warehouse
Doomtree – In case you haven’t noticed, POS has built his following. The crew is steady, the fans are ready. And it’s all very tight live. A marked progression from last year’s showcase  – both in  performance and stature – and I can only imagine it’s a matter of time before they finally have one single filter to the mainstream.


Fader Fort
SBTRKT (no mfn comment??? He was just there???? What would I do to my 2012 self…)
Mister motherfuckin Xsquire- Brooklyn hip hop with fur hat

Convention Center
Movie – Sunset Strip

Fader fort
Nicolas Jaar

Ritz- White rapper from Atlanta

Ghetto Boo- Bad female rapper from Memphis

Doritos Stage
Turquoise Jeep – Hip hop parody. How you like your eggs?


Delicate Steve – bluesy jammy rock band/ Allman brothers esque, real young, Singing guitar for the melodies.

St David’s sanctuary

Firehorse – fully formed studio band. Each member represented a stereotype of a band type. Big voice female.  Hated on me when I met them, then chatted me up when they thought I worked for noise pop

LP-  not to be confused with El-P.  family . Disconnect in voice- low speaking tamber, bright singing. Big voice folky.  Andrew Bird like whistling. Citibank commercial

whisper town- hippies from Dolores park found instruments

Rachel Yamagata

Fiona Apple – she’s back! Still slight, still a flight risk, still angry at life. But  consistent. And a reminder of a time when you really believed women were going to take over the world in ALL genre’s. Thank you 90s.

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December 27th, 2017 at 8:31 am

New Issue: Atmosphere

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Atmosphere, When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold – Last one of the forgotten 2008 picks. I promise. Plus I have a few from ’09 that are already classics. Nevertheless, Atmosphere’s latest release is a pleasant reminder of why I like Minneapolis and how crazy the cold will make you.

Atmosphere has steadily released a litany of emo hip-hop that has found a distinctive following not only from Minneapolis underground fans but also hip hop snobs around the world that are tired of “money, girls and bling” rhymes. Myself included. Instead, we tend to gravitate towards the “my life is falling apart and I can’t pick up the pieces” effect of Slug and Ant’s timeless melancholy. When they hurt, I hurt. Somewhat. Usually they add a hint of aggression or (God help them) happiness to temper the overall negativity which makes a whole album of vice, addiction and loss tolerable when not in a deep depression. However, Lemons has less of this levity and suffers from it. Sonically, it is a beautiful work. The production is thoughtful, cohesive. Lyrically, the skill is still there – maybe a bit redundant after 6 albums but I still get sucked in. What I have a hard time with is the lack of… you know…fun. It doesn’t have to be bubbly (even Portishead put in a ukelele song) and you don’t have to sell out to a collaboration . But there has to be SOME hope involved. There needs to be scale to the heaviness presented to really appreciate its weight. Still, I give them thumbs up for another easy on the ears story rap album full of thought provoking rhymes. Maybe an ice cream cone from Sebastian Joe’s or a banana split from Town Talk will cheer you up, Slug.

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February 26th, 2009 at 3:09 pm


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Photo from Eric Brandt

I still can’t believe it happened. I’ve been lucky that all of my friends are safe. The Twin Cities has been my second home for most of my life post college and I can’t imagine being there right now. I’ll be heading back for a visit next week. It will be great to reconnect with everyone face to face.

My thoughts are with everyone in the Twin Cities affected by this horrible disaster.

Continuing coverage of the collapse

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August 2nd, 2007 at 6:52 pm

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