Minneapolis’ finest Sims released a new single yesterday, featuring Astronautalis and produced by Cecil Otter. What that basically means is a trio of incredibly talented people have just made my day. You can see Sims and Astro together in Minneapolis next month if you don’t come to Sioux Falls for the Later Babes show. Gotta love your life when some of the hardest choices you have to make are which great show to attend!
Check it out.
I have failed you. The new Sapient Sessions EP from Culture Cry Wolf has been out for THREE DAYS and I am just now posting about it. I am ashamed of myself.
I was pee-my-pants excited when I heard one of my favorite Minneapolis groups was working on music with one of my favorite Portland musicians. Sapient‘s Slump is one of my favorite albums of 2013 (so far … looking at you Jellyfish Brigade) so I’m still in that mindset where I think everything he touches is gold.
This EP comes out with a bit of sad news as rapper frontman Botzy has decided to leave and focus on his solo career. It will be interesting to see what happens with the group from this point forward, but I can say that I am a fan of Botzy AND of the music the group creates behind him. I have hope that they will both be successful with whatever they decide to do. I’m extremely thankful for the opportunity to introduce them to Sioux Falls since their first show in town (and even before) and the numerous memories I have made when they are here, or when I am visiting them in Minnesota. As cliché as it sounds, I am proud of what they have accomplished as a group and excited to see them excel in any new ventures.
Now stop getting sentimental and check out the new music below, or purchase it at a name-your-own-price on Bandcamp.
In a bit of a slump from the hump day? Let me help you get over it (see what I did there?). Here are a few things I’ve been jamming to lately.
Errol Hem has been all up in my earbuds since a friend sent me the link to his latest album, Taking Backroads Home, a few weeks ago. The East Moline, IL, native excels in the folk-inspired indie hip hop scene, and I just can’t help but get caught up in his songs. His voice seems recognizable but I can never quite nail it down – sometimes it’s Mac Lethal-ish and sometimes it’s Gavin Theory-ish – either way it definitely has a unique sound that I really enjoy. Listen to “Cement Forestation” below or check out his Bandcamp for more.
I’m really digging this new video series (out of Vermillion, SD) called Songs from a Couch. It’s pretty self-explanatory. A creative, bearded man named Austin Kaus came up with the idea of having local artists sit on his couch and play one song in one take while recording it from one camera. Pretty simple idea, yet it offers a personal, acoustic look at songs that were not necessarily written for that context. Continue reading
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Local artist (and damn good Salt-n-Pepa impersonator) Zach DeBoer recently made a new print that I’m absolutely in love with. He made a post on Facebook asking for friends’ help coming up with as many names of South Dakota bands as possible. Now before you get in an uproar about ‘he missed this band’, remember that there are a LOT of bands from this state, and I’m sure he even listed some you never knew existed. Continue reading