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.
It was just over two years ago that Adam Botsford (aka Botzy) made his first trip to Sioux Falls to promote his band, Culture Cry Wolf‘s, first show in town. Since then, the Minneapolis group has gained a cult-like following, opening for locals like Soulcrate and Later Babes, as well as headlining their own shows. Rapper/emcee/web-nerd Botzy has also performed a few solo sets in town, and you can catch him performing this Saturday, December 22, at Boonies for the Label “Still Breathing – Pumping Life Into Our Skate Scene” fashion show and benefit.
Until then, check out this interview I did with Botzy about his undying admiration for Sioux Falls (mainly a downtown bar called TommyJacks) and his annual event and compilation CD, The Best Love Is Free.
I personally can’t wait for this show. If you’re a musician, hopefully you got in your submission before last Friday. The compilation they put together is always one of my favorites and a good source of new music.
Also performing are Cecil Otter (of Doomtree), I, Colossus, and Sophia Eris. Botzy from Culture Cry Wolf will be hosting (check back later this week for a special interview with him!). The 18+ show is at the Fine Line in Minneapolis on February 9. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.
In case you haven’t been able to figure it out yet from my numerous Facebook, Twitter, or even previous site posts, I am in love with Jellyfish Brigade.
A good friend introduced me to the group last year and I’ve been obsessed since. It didn’t take long for me to connect with the wonderful Lucas Dix (also of Hives Inquiry Squad) and urge him to submit to The Best Love Is Free, ran by the amazing Botzy in Culture Cry Wolf. Not only has a rap friendship blossomed, but the two got together to make this video for the song “Sunflowers” in promotion for The Best Love Is Free 3, due out in just a few short weeks. And, rumor has it there will be more collaboration work from the two artists in the future. (Don’t worry, I’ll keep you updated.)
Check out the video below. Then head over to Jellyfish’s bandcamp to hear more of their music.
The Best Love Is Free 3 concert is set for February 11 at the Fine Line in Minneapolis. Performers include Culture Cry Wolf, Toki Wright, Crunchy Kids, K.Flay, and more. Check out the event page here and get your tickets!
Matt Scharenbroich is the mastermind behind the beautiful video, compiled of “tripped out vizualz and 1,600 hand drawn pieces of paper” (according to the Doomtree website). It’s a great representation of Sims and allows an extra visual-emphasis on his descriptive lyrics. I wouldn’t expect anything less from the talented group.
In the meantime, check out the video below.
My super rad friends over in Culture Cry Wolf released a brand new video today for their new single, “Day of the Dead”
You may remember these guys from Soulcrate’s summer kick-off show back in May, a special El-Raedio episode, or the numerous rap parties they throw up in Minneapolis. Either way, they rule, and you should definitely get to know them.
Check out the video below, and be sure to grab a pre-order of their newest album, Dia de los Muertos, over at their website. You won’t be disappointed.
The album was definitely worth the wait and contains 16 new and banging tracks for your enjoyment. It even features a beat from Sioux Falls’ own DJ Absolute (Soulcrate Music). The tracks are catchy as hell (seriously, try not to get “Yeah Buddy” stuck in your head) and, in true Prof style, impossibly upbeat and fun.
Prof will be in Sioux Falls on October 1 with Grieves. If you can’t wait till then, I highly suggest a trip to First Avenue in Minneapolis on Sept. 9 for his CD release show with openers Blueprint, Soulcrate Music, and the Get Cryphy DJs.