Tagged: Music

Doctors Without Borders
My friend Luke Heiken organized a benefit show for Doctors Without Borders (donations are still being accepted here). But it wasn’t your usual sort of benefit show. It was a 28-hour long drone fest. And it happened last month at The Cedar Cultural Center. I managed to be present for about half of it. Though I may have been sleeping for a portion of that. I brought along a comfy bean bag chair from home and did some serious lounging. It was a dreamy event.

Naturally my photos are below. Conspicuously absent? Photos of my boyfriend’s “6000 SUX” project. Because he and our friend Paul went on after 2am. I was awake for most of their set but not perky enough to grab my camera. Sorry honey.

Luke and Jessica at the merch table

Prairie Fire Lady Choir kicking the whole thing off

BNLX / Peace Drone

Noise Quean Ant

Jesse Petersen

BNLX / Peace Drone

Adam Bubolz / Oktaha

ALANS

wavepool

Elaine, prepping

Paul Metzger, in the green room

Bennett

Jon Davis, crashing after his super early morning set

Follow the Leader
It has been an exceptionally hot and generally dry summer, filled with activities. I’m pausing on this rare rainy day to look back at a subset of these outdoor activities. Marching band parades. One was a dry run along the West Bank, from the Mixed Blood Theatre to The Nomad World Pub. That was just a week before a bigger performance with the full band, for the 2012 Northern Spark festivities on the Stone Arch Bridge.

Saturday, June 9th, 2012 – for Northern Spark

Marching Band Parade

Marching Band Parade

Marching Band Parade

Marching Band Parade

Marching Band Parade

Marching Band Parade

Marching Band Parade

Marching Band Parade

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012 – on the West Bank

Marching Band on the West Bank

Marching Band on the West Bank

Marching Band on the West Bank

Marching Band on the West Bank

Marching Band on the West Bank

Heliotrope Nine at The Lab Theater
I’m still in happy blissed-out mode after three days of Heliotrope – an annual experimental music festival. This year marked its 9th installment. The week before a “Players Without Instruments” interview was posted with me, where I tried to namedrop Heliotrope as much as possible as it really is my favorite live music event in the Twin Cities. A gathering for and by our “oddball music community” as Zak Sally put it in this City Pages article. This year I was in attendance for the entire thing and saw (and photographed) nearly every performance. If chronological order is your thing or you are a completist you can view all the photos here:

Otherwise my favorites are posted below. I took nearly as many candids as performance shots and have divvied them up into those two groups.

Photos of People

Heliotrope Nine, Day Two

Jessie at Heliotrope Nine

Clint at Heliotrope Nine

Heliotrope Nine, Day Two

Heliotrope Nine, Day Two

Heliotrope Nine

Heliotrope Nine

Heliotrope Nine

Photos of People Playing Music

Dreamland Faces
Dreamland Faces

Test Weapon
Test Weapon

Thunderbolt Pagoda
Thunderbolt Pagoda

Mahngüs
Mahngüs

Bellow
Bellow

Heliotrope Nine, Day Two
Brute Heart

Heliotrope Nine, Day Two
Arp of the Covenant

Heliotrope Nine, Day Two
The Night

Heliotrope Nine, Day Two
Food Pyramid

Heliotrope Nine, Day Two
CLAPS

Heliotrope Nine, Day Two
Prostate

Heliotrope Nine, Day Two
International Novelty Gamelan

Heliotrope Nine
Rana May, on the dangers of music

Heliotrope Nine
Unhappy Virgin Damage

Heliotrope Nine
Unhappy Virgin Damage

Heliotrope Nine
Oaks

Heliotrope Nine
Fortified Five

Heliotrope Nine
Hasps

Heliotrope Nine
Hasps

Heliotrope Nine
Tips For Twat

Heliotrope Nine
Tips For Twat

Heliotrope Nine
Scaphe

Heliotrope Nine
TVBC

Heliotrope Nine
White Map

Are you listening, more or less?
Last week I had the pleasure of being in the presence of the legendary Genesis P-Orridge not once, but twice. Genesis (born Neil Andrew Megson) is known for pioneering industrial music with Throbbing Gristle, and later for performing with Psychic TV and Thee Majesty. In 1993 Genesis married Lady Jaye and they started their project to become Breyer P-Orridge, a single pandrogynous entity. Genesis Breyer P-Orridge continued this project after the death of Lady Jaye in 2007. Genesis was at the Walker Art Center with film maker Marie Losier for a screening of their movie The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye last Wednesday:

Pandrogyny is a very serious attempt by myself and Lady Jaye to push the boundaries of how people perceive humanity and the body in order to jump-start evolution. We came to the conclusion that this is a larval stage. The human body is not sacred. It doesn’t have to be male or female, that’s just an approximation that came out of primitive nature and we’ve got to a point where we can actually make decisions about how we evolve physically, mentally, spiritually and that’s what pandrogyny is all about.

Marie Losier & Genesis P-Orridge

The film and the Q&A afterward were interesting. I enjoy discussions surrounding different ways of being. Saturday night our local “Institute for the Advancement of Visual Culture” put together a private after party with a performance by Genesis with Thee Majesty. It was AMAZING. And so far beyond my expectations. One of the most memorable shows I’ve ever attended. Punctuated at the end of the performance by a super fan who grabbed the mic at the end to perform her own rendition of Throbbing Gristle’s Discipline. Naturally it turned out to be an old friend of mine.

Genesis P-Orridge with Thee Majesty

Genesis P-Orridge with Thee Majesty

Genesis P-Orridge with Thee Majesty

Genesis P-Orridge with Thee Majesty

9th Annual Fools Day Variety Show
Spring sprang and suddenly it’s April. Which means today is APRIL FOOLS DAY. A day I generally try to ignore (ever since my son learned about whoopee cushions) but this year we were invited to a backyard variety show. Billed as “a time for feeling foolish, and acting on those impulses for idiocy!” We only caught the middle part but that included an adorable duo with a guitar and an accordion, a man who sang a funny Irish song about itches in britches, several comedians, a poet, someone banging on pots and pans, and a guy performing yo-yo tricks (while wearing a Blade Runner hoodie).

adorable duo

This guy sang a funny Irish song about itches in britches.

typical Jennifer face

tyrell

poet

pots and pans

giant pencil

Battle(s) of the Bands
In some ways, winter in Minnesota can yield more inspiration than our warm weather months can. More time to sit still and allow plans to form. Not that I’ve been sitting still much. With this winter being so very mild I’ve been going out more, instead of falling into the cozy trap of couch and cats and comforters. But even with, and maybe because of, my active social life the ideas for my new photo series have been coming together nicely. I’ve been talking it through with friends and acquaintances and hope to start shooting in early Spring. I’m excited! In the mean time, here are some photos from a few lovely shows I’ve attended so far in 2012.

American Cream / Jabberjosh / The Deaf / Seawhores at Kitty Cat Klub

Steph of The Deaf

David of The Deaf

Holly, hands

American Cream

Cadette, Oaks, Crimes at Memory Lanes

crazy face

Oaks

Ice Rod Chatroulette, with Littlefoot and NV

Ice Rod Chat Roulette

Littlefoot

Beth Anne of Littlefoot

Girls Night Out at the Amsterdam with Hot Rash, Cadette and The Pinsch

Cadette

Hot Rash

Perish at the Kitty Cat Klub, with Bloode Folke and Blood & Sun

Blood Folke

Jennifer

Perish & Kitty Cat Klub

The Deaf’s Saturday night residency at Grumpy’s

The Deaf
Sheridan

Such a Tease, Such a Flirt
Ahh, hazy lazy summer and too many half-formed drafts hanging out over here. Time to post something! July may have been unbearably hot and humid but it was also jam-packed with many lovely musical happenings. Here’s a sampling of what I enjoyed.

Rifflord at the Hack Factory’s Handmade Music Series – July 25th, 2011

Rifflord

Rifflord

FALSE tour kick-off at Memory Lanes – July 25th, 2011

FALSE, tour kick off show

FALSE, tour kick off show

The Machine Project / Music for Parking Garages curated by Chris Kallmyer at The Walker – July 21st, 2011

Machine Project / Music for Parking Garages

The Machine Project / Music for Parking Garages curated by Chris Kallmyer at The Walker – July 21st, 2011

Machine Project / Music for Parking Garages

Harvey Milk at Triple Rock Social Club – July 18th, 2011

Creston Spiers of Harvey Milk

Davu Seru at the Gartersnake – July 17th, 2011

small steps of summer

Elaine Evans at the Gartersnake – July 17th, 2011

small steps of summer

john zuma st.pelvyn at the Gartersnake – July 17th, 2011

small steps of summer

Harvest at Triple Rock Social Club – July 16th, 2011

Harvest

Disembodied at Triple Rock Social Club – July 16th, 2011

Disembodied

The Chambermaids at The Kitty Cat Klub – July 2nd, 2011

The Chambermaids

Grant Hart at Grumpy’s Downtown – July 2nd, 2011

Grant Hart at Grumpy's

Maledicere at the Turf Club – June 30th / July 1st, 2011

Maledicere

Blood Folke at The Turf Club – June 30th / July 1st, 2011

Blood Folke

Grain Belt at The Turf Club – June 30th / July 1st, 2011

Grain Belt

Land of the Freaks
Despite or because of problems swirling around me, music still remains my constant. I can lose myself in it and forget my troubles for a bit. Thankfully my Saturday night was jam packed with a musical cornucopia. After too many missed opportunities I finally bore witness to King Khan and The Shrines. More photos here. Earlier in the evening I caught Skoal Kodiak at Art-A-Whirl in what may have been their best set since the Simultaneous Fest a couple of summers ago. And later on I was treated to the unexpected awesomeness of Milwaukee’s The Chain. But I’ve unintentionally contributed to their mysteriousness (they have no MySpace page or recorded songs!) by failing to photograph them.
Update: There are some song snippets here. Thanks Adam!

kingkhan_helmet

kingkhan_band

Strike Another Match, Go Start Anew
Friday saw the end of an era. My friends’ band, Charles de Gaulle, played their final show (one of the members is moving out of state). It was a solid last stand, played with Falcon Crest and Meth & Goats. But CDG will be missed. More photos here.

cdgaftermath

ohmy

emrawr

Here Comes That Cold Sunrise
Spring is here, technically. And we’ve even experienced some Spring-like weather recently. But today has been a rainy Monday chock full of gloom and doom. To snap out of my funk I am going to look ahead, to the many music festivals and other adventures that are on their way. Particularly All Tomorrow’s Parties in New York.

adam_airhockey

kutshers_at_dusk