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Interview – The Awful Truth – Glisten


Kelsey Simpkins

After a year and a half of recording, Minneapolis quartet The Awful Truth has reemerged in the depths of winter with an album of hazy summer tunes to temper the coldest of nights. Out on Jan. 6 on The Homestead Records (We Are The Willows), Glisten invites light and focus on being present, unconditional love, and navigating one’s subconscious desires. Continue reading

Camp Dark CD Release

From Icehouse event page –

Camp Dark’s first offering, Nightmare In A Day, (or Beware the Night) started as a collection of song skeletons composed by Adam Svec and Graham O’Brien. The meat on the bones was added by a list of wonderful players (see the list of contributors). The arrangement of the limbs, direction of the hair, and shade of the makeup was largely generated and organized by O’Brien.
The combination of the heavy lyrical content settled against a gorgeous sonic landscape reminiscent of Radiohead’s “Let Down” or Bjork’s”Yoga” makes for a musical experience that will have the audiophiles reaching for their headphones and the motorists choosing the long way home.
Contributors (in alphabetical order): Dan Choma, Matt Friesen, deVon Russell Gray, John Keston, Matt Leavitt, Robert Mulrennan, Casey O’Brien, Chris Salter.
The Starfolk began as a chance for Brian Tighe(The Hang Ups) to develop new material with his wife and collaborator Allison LaBonne (The Owls, Typsy Panthre); and to work again with fellow Hang Ups co-founder Stephen Ittner.
With his new material Tighe wanted to draw from the foundation that had launched The Hang Ups to the forefront of the Minneapolis music scene years before. What had evolved in his songwriting was a lyrical maturity, and a darker, more urgent and experimental sonic palette.  This experimental attitude found its perfect complement in cellist Jacqueline Ultan (Jelloslave, Saltee), who was invited to join them for their first radio performance.
LOTT is the solo project of Minneapolis musician Leah Ottman (We Are The Willows, Better Bones, and batteryboy). The music project of LOTT started as a desire to express her creativity and love for the violin by merging the two worlds of classical and contemporary music.
The core inspiration for LOTT’s compositions is the Romantic Period of classical music. The chordalstructures, intervals, and melodies heard throughout her songs are reminiscent of those used by AntoninDvorak, Alexander Borodin, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, French Impressionist composer, Maurice Ravel, and then condensed into pop songs. She explores the range on her violin by utilizing a looping pedal and similar techniques employed by looping violinist pioneers, Andrew Bird, Kishi Bashi, and Owen Pallet.

The April Fools CD Release Party

Read this important about this event from the band –

This is it! You are warmly invited to help The April Fools celebrate the release of our self-titled debut.
Doors at 7:00 and The April Fools will hit the stage at 8:00 – followed by very special guests:
Little Man, The Mighty Mofos, and Curtiss A and The Dark Click…

But wait, there’s more! Each of you will receive a FREE copy of our release, and because it also happens to be Brian Drake’s birthday, we’re going to include complimentary local brew on draft, hot dogs with all the fixins, snacks, and cake and ice cream for everyone!! There will also be a cash bar for the hard liquor cocktailers.

$20 admission gets you in the door, a copy of our debut CD, FREE BEER and hot dogs and cake and ice cream and some great music by some of the cream o’ the TC crop…plus you’ll get to see Brian blow out more candles than you’ll be able to count.