Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Dude Weather 7-1-10: Canada Day!

Jason DeRusha: American Hero

Yes, it's true. Our favorite WCCO fixture fame-whored himself out at Target Field on Wednesday to sing the national anthem "Take Me Out to the Ballgame." He actually has quite a nice singing voice, if you ask us!

Jason took to his DeBlog to tell the tale. And much like Jason DeRusha Day last year, all the media mogul had to do was mention it and opportunity came a-knockin'.

JD didn't exactly get VIP treatment, however. He notes a couple lessons learned on his blog:

You don't get a ticket to the game (the singers are usually already there for pregame stuff).

You don't get a jersey or anything (my wardrobe was my own).

You don't even get a free hot dog (I paid $5.25 for my grilled big dog with onions and bag of potato chips).

There is no echo in the stadium, which is cool, and made it much easier to sing. But it's hard to hear the organ, and that's my excuse for why I sound a bit flat. "Pitchy" to quote Simon Cowell.

WCCO vids apparently don't embed, so click HERE to watch. Congrats Jason, you are LOL/OMG's American hero of the day!

Image courtesy of

submitted by @letoilemagazine

Man Walks Into an Apple Store

Man walks into an Apple store to complain about his brand new iPhone 4. What is wrong with it? It keeps face-dialing any time It's held between man's ear and shoulder, which is OK if you are actually trying to make a call. If not, then it's not so great. Here's how the visit went. Read it and learn, in case you ever have to go yourself.

- Heading to the Apple Store to have them check out my iPhone 4 proximity sensor problems.

- My iPhone keeps face-dialing any time I use it held between my ear and shoulder.

- The Apple genius bar guy just watched me replicate the issue.

- Wow. Apple store just told me they can't help me with my brand new iPhone until Apple officially diagnoses the proximity sensor problem.

- They said I was probably holding my iPhone wrong. I've been holding phones for 28 years, so that's bullshit.

- The fact that I replicated the problem right at the Apple Store and still got turned away REALLY concerns me.

- Hey Apple, this is my SIXTH iPhone. I've held the other 5 correctly, so what makes the proximity sensor in this one so different?

- I'm also having the problem with dropping calls if I touch the phone without a case.

- Thanks for being patient with my rant. Must find comfort foods to quell my frustration. Who wants ice cream!?!

We do, we do!

via @DustyTrice

Submitted by @marrina

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Dude Weather 6-30-10: More Nice Weather/Larry King Retires

Shameless plug: l'etoile Night at the Guthrie!

Please join our sister site, l'etoile magazine, for another fantastic night at the Guthrie Theater for "A Streetcar Named Desire" on Wednesday, July 7th! For the discounted price of $25, you'll not only get a ticket to this amazing play, but also a ticket to attend a l'etoile-hosted post-show party at a NEW event space at the Guthrie, complete with complimentary drinks and appetizers. The cast of Streetcar will be in attendance at the party as well! Tickets are EXTREMELY limited on this one, so get yours now. *Meet in front of Target Lounge on Level 4 post-show
to be escorted to the reception. $25 includes ticket to the play and post-show cast party featuring DJ Matt Perkins!

Call the Guthrie Box Office at 612.377.2224 and ask for the "l'etoile night special"

Not valid online or on previously purchased tickets. Availability is very limited. Handling fees may apply.

Click HERE for the Facebook event!

Dude Weather 6-29-10: Awesome! The Twins! Bieber! Tonight!

Monday, June 28, 2010

P.O.S. serves up some gourmet beats

Thanks to our friends over at the Hot Dish blog, we discovered this tasty vid of P.O.S. checking out a NYC restaurant and trading secrets with the chef! According to Hot Dish, Chris Stang and Andrew Steinthal, two New York music insiders (at Atlantic Records and Warner Music's Independent Label Group, respectively), decided to put their know-how about what music-heads want to eat while out and about in NYC to good use by forming the food review website Immaculate Infatuation, a space they describe as being free of "pretentious foodie hobnob." Their latest project brings P.O.S. to Pure Food and Wine restaurant, where he and chef Sarma Melngailis talk about raw zucchini lasagna and how to make beats in a kitchen. Check out the video below.

Submitted by @marrina.

This Week in (Uploaded) Pictures

Chuck Olson's ad campaign proposal for the concept of Taylor Carik. We can dig it.

City Pages busts out with it's summer fashion spread! Photos by Emily Utne, styling by Jane Belfry. Full slide show at City Pages here.

R.T. Ryback runs the Pride Parade. Our Mayor is kinda hot. Photo by Pam Colby.

Rachel Thompson's power has been out since Friday, but she got this cool candlelight phone shot of a chandelier.

Val Escher gets some great Pride shots. We love the composition and colors!

Elizabeth Wefel captures the aftermath of #mplsmonsoon. Article on MPR here. Also peep this crazy pic we posted over the weekend!

Kimberly Bowman models for Cam Xiong. Lovely!

Justin Guenther goes for a ride on his scooter. Photo by Colleen Guenther.

Whoa. Sweet. Totally sweet. Photo by Gregory Euclide.

We celebrate the dual birthday of our own editor and's Emma Berg at the Vision Modeling loft.

Yep. Dena and John Alspach have the cutest kids.

@kristoffer_k snaps off a shot of Courtney McClean & The Dirty Curls playing at Sex World. Yes, that happened.

Charlie Forbes doesn't look too happy about his dominos.

This week's "What the Hell" pic is brought to us by Carlos Martin Garay, who snapped this funny shot with his iphone.

Carl Swanson finds a reimagined pothole. Nice, but we're pretty sure this was completely destroyed in the #mplsmonsoon.

Mensch Maschine gets a rare tour of the old Schmidt Brewery. Kewl.

Ed & Ashley Ackerson rock out at Sauce during the release party for BNLX EP #2. Photo by Janey Winterbauer.

Anne George snaps a pic of her cherry tree. We want a cherry tree!

Mallman looks good with a white piano!

Upload a cool pic this week? Send us the link for consideration to!

Submitted by @letoilemagazine

Weekend Twitterings

#minneapolismonsoon + Pride= an incredibly eventful weekend. Read away!

Yep, US is out of the World Cup.

Yeah. Pix, @DeRushaJ, pix.

What does that even mean?

OMG. People are awesome.

Yeah, P.O.S. saw Beyonce. How was your weekend?


Is that a step up or down from a leopard print party bus?

That shouldn't be too hard to find in this city, right?

but it ain't!

Those are the best.

After a few of those, they are going to start to sound really good.


We wonder what that is like...

What the hellz?

And here is a collection of our favorite Pride tweets:

Submitted by @marrina.

Dude Weather 6-28-10: Weekend Recap/Nice Forecast

Saturday, June 26, 2010

space150 designs Times Square billboard for Forever 21

Local interactive marketing agency space150 has just designed a billboard advertisement for fast fashion giant Forever 21, and it debuted in Times Square on Friday morning. The billboard features a model walking in front of an image of the crowd below. The twist: she occasionally leans over, and appears to pluck someone out of the crowd. The eyecatching ad was reposted by space 150's Corey Tenold via Facebook.

Times Square Billboard by Space150 from Cliff Kuang on Vimeo.

"Since it sits above a pedestrianized part of Times Square, we knew there would be big crowds in front of this billboard all day," says James Squires, Space150's director of technology. "But people only look at billboards for six seconds on average. We wanted to extend that."

The program uses computer vision technology – never employed in Times Square before – to allow larger than life onscreen Forever21 models to interact with passersby on the streets below, said the company.

It's quite the coup for the boutique agency. Congrats!

Submitted by @jahnapeloquin

Friday, June 25, 2010


Garfield & 22nd St, Minneapolis. Circa 7:30 p.m.

Via @wr3n ,

Submitted by @marrina

Dude Weather 6-25-10: Finish Line/Weekend Forecast

Thursday, June 24, 2010

The Heavy Table gets some CNN love

Minneapolis' Heavy Table got some love from CNN today: the local food/drink magazine was featured in the "Blogger Spotlight" section of Eatocracy, CNN's newest food blog. Eatocracy, whose official launch was just a week ago, is described as a place for "smart, passionate conversation and information about food news, politics, culture." Every weekday, they're highlighting a local or regional blogger they think you ought to know about. Heavy Table is represented by the editor James Norton who says there's a "real food revolution here in the Upper Midwest, focused on a booming farmers market movement, world-caliber local cheese, a craft beer boom and a renewed interest in old-fashioned techniques like canning, pickling and foraging." Well said Norton!

And here's a bonus for all of you food lovers out there: Food Network Magazine says Pastrami & Egg at Be’wiched Deli is the best breakfast dish in Minnesota. Word.

via @heavytable

Submitted by @marrina.

Dude Weather 6-24-10: Nice And Historic

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Elite Gymnastics in "New York Post"

Capitalizing on its recent Pitchfork writeup, local "chillwave" two-piece Elite Gymnastics has now gotten a nice writeup over at New York Post, the band posted on their Facebook page.

Writer Ryan Brockington says, "If bright bells were cartwheels and sneaky beats were back handsprings, then Elite Gymnastics would be executing a very brilliant floor routine in my ears right now." Click here for the full writeup.

In other EG news, Pitchfork previews the band's forthcoming EP, Neu!.

Congrats to hometown boys, John Clancy and James Brooks on the continued press!

Submitted by @jahnapeloquin

First ever LOL/OMG Meetup & Rock Show announced!

Join LOL/OMG for our FIRST EVER social media meetup and rock show at the 501 Club on Thursday, July 1st! Tweeters, Facebookers, bloggers, Foursquarers and any/all social media hounds are encouraged to come hang out, have a drink and rock out to the some of our favorite bands! Drink specials will be available but if you check in on Foursquare and show the bartender you'll get an extra special deal! Meet up for cocktails and chatter at 8pm, music starts around 9pm with:


We can't wait to meet you IRL! Come give us something to gossip about, eh?

RSVP on Facebook HERE!

Team USA!

So, just a few minutes ago Landon Donovan scored in the first minute of stoppage time off a rebound, advancing the United States to the second round at the World Cup with a 1-0 win over Algeria. Your reactions to this heart stopping goal were hilarious and almost completely incoherent :

It's OK; even the Prez got a little too excited:

The Nomad Pub on the West Bank just posted this awesome video of people going wild!

Submitted by @marrina.