Monday, August 29, 2011

GAYNGS'/Roma di Luna's Channy Moon Casselle debuts new project

After rumblings of the new project from GAYNGS member and Roma di Luna darling Channy Moon Casselle hit Twitter back on August 12, we've been waiting to hear more. We now know the project's name, Polica, but otherwise, details are still sparse - all we know is that Channey was accompanied by producer Ryan Olson and Solid Gold's Zach Coulter in Austin, Texas, at Spoon drummer Jim Eno's studio earlier this month. Finally on Monday night, the first track, "Lay Your Cards Out," hit the net. The song features Channy's ethereal vocals, a smooth, chilled-out vibe, and accompaniment by Bon Iver's Mike Noyce. Listen at www.thisispolica, and follow @thisispolica and Policia's Facebook page for updates.

UPDATE: Gimme Noise has additional details about a project, including the band's debut performance this Sunday at Nick and Eddie.

Submitted by @jahnapeloquin

Justin and Nate Vernon dig their Bushmills

Chris Rosenau of Volcano Choir just posted this (Photoshopped?) take on the Bushmills "Shared Among Friends" ad featuring Justin and Nate Vernon.

Apparently these guys dig their Bushmills.

UPDATE: We've just received confirmation that the ad is indeed for real.

Via @rosno
Submitted by @jahnapeloquin

This Week in (Uploaded) Pictures

David Mendolia shoots Crooked Teeth Magazine's Marissa Ann Griffin.

@lorika13 goes for a carousel ride at the State Fair.

Brenda Karunya Peters buys the first official beer at the new Amsterdam bar in St. Paul.

City Pages follows "Michele Bachmann" around the MN State Fair. More pix by B Fresh here.

The Goondas filmed a music video on Sunday. Apparently this pic has something to do with it...hmmm...

Pat and Ben got drunk on "Blast" this weekend. Could this be the new 4Loco??

Lindsey Tauer and her mom do a little late summer canning. Yum/cute!

Adam Mehl tries out the Texas Tater Dog at the State Fair.

Austin Fassino gets some great shots at the Audio Perm Block Party, including this one of a kid flying over some Biffys?

A handful of nerds is worth two in the bush. Photo by Brian Hart.

Max Sparber's State Fair self portrait. Where's the stick?

Rockstar Storyteller Allegra Lingo takes a trip to Paris and enjoys a giant meringue.

Artist Ethan Heidlebaugh reinvents the side of the Northeast Seafood Market on Central & 4th.

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Submitted by @theiverson

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Weekend Twitterings

This weekend you partied hardy, capped on Wisconsin, made music videos, and oh-so much more. Weekend Twitterings are here!

Tweeps were globally confused about Lady Gaga's performance at the VMAs.

As it should.

Was someone drunk alone watching youtube vids of cats again?

Too many Appletinis.


Pix or it didn't happen.

Whatever works! #nerdcred

Yep, our own @marrina is in Bosnia roasting pigs. She'll be back next week!


We've often wondered why tartar sauce isn't a more universal condiment.

Oh snap!

Call us when you become one. We can watch Masterpiece Theater together.


Someone had fun at the PBJ show.

Mallman's got a sweet new video coming out soon.

The Cloak Ox show at CO Exhibitions was a blast!


Three degrees of separation to Kim Kardashian!

Welcome to Minneapolis.

@kobbybahn had an awesome weekend, according to Twitter.

Submitted by @theiverson

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Fancy Ray to announce "big news" in C.J. today

Yesterday, resident James Brown/Little Richard lookalike Fancy Ray put up a big tease on his Twitter:

Our minds are reeling. Could he be announcing he's signed to be the face of a different internet company? Could a new TV talk show with C.J. be in the works? Will Ray-Ban get him to rep a new line of Fancy Ray-Bans? There's no telling what the "Best Looking Man in Comedy" will do next.

C.J. and Fancy Ray go way back - here she is going on a trip with him to the Mall of America back in 2008:

Submitted by @jahnapeloquin

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Solace's Greatest Hits

Tuesday night, City Pages' music editor Andrea Swensson got bored, found a photo of Kyle Matteson (a.k.a. @solace) and made it into an album cover as a joke. Well, the joke caught on and turned into a local meme of sorts! A number of Twin Cities music nerds and friends began crafting album covers based on the popular Twitter user and music scene staple's facebook pix, and hilarity ensued. Make your own (of Kyle or your own friends). We think this could be a fun game!

By Andrea Swensson

by Aaron Landry

by Kate Iverson

By Jenn Barnett

By Kyle Matteson (note the comic sans)

By Ben Clark

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Special TML at the Entry this Tuesday boasts "special surprise guest"

Saturday night dance party Too Much Love just announced a special Tuesday night edition happening in the neighboring 7th Street Entry next week, and it features some big name DJs: Devlin & Ghostdad's WIN WIN project, Ron Darko (the DJ for SR & Amanda Blank), Roofeeo (who'll be stopping by after drumming for TV on the Radio next door), and TML resident DJ Sovietpanda.

[TV on the Radio]

But something in the Facebook invite caught our attention: "You can expect a special surprise guest to make an appearance." Who could the mystery guest be? We're thinking it will have a little something to do with the big name band next door at the Mainroom...

Via Peter Lansky on Facebook
Submitted by @jahnapeloquin

Har Mar & Marijuana Deathsquads announce NYC residency

Those ever-present fixtures of the local music scene Har Mar Superstar and the Ryan Olson-fronted experimental rock collective Marijuana Deathsquads just announced a month-long NYC residency at the Bowery Electric in October, with special guests TBA each week.

Via Har Mar Superstar on Facebook
Submitted by @jahnapeloquin

Monday, August 22, 2011

Bon Iverson?

LOL. We caught wind of this last night via Twitter, and though the only post on so far is the funny video below, we did find this little blurb via their facebook page that generally explains it: "Bon Iverson is a blog dedicated to publishing detailed analysis and opinions on sports and popular culture, run by four guys who like those kinds of things."

So there you have it.

Submitted by @TheIverson (no relation to either Bon Iver or Allen Iverson)

Sunday, August 21, 2011

This Week in (Uploaded) Pictures

Sturdevant's young, rich, and out-of-control!

The West Bank Music Festival had people dancin' in the streets. Photo by Tony Nelson. Full slideshow at City Pages here.

MPLS.TV's Kari Schuster makes a meta-pizza, which gets featured on Boing Boing and re-tweeted by Kurt Loder. Win!

Megan Weisenberger's pretty silver Schwinn was stolen from 28th & Hennepin on Saturday. Click here if you've seen it!

@daniellempls snaps the action at the impromptu Gayngs brunch at Nick & Eddie.

Mary O'Regan does a studio visit with fashion designer Emma Berg. Lots of great pix here.

Ben Clark captures the vibe at Soundtown. More photos and review on City Pages here.

Ex-Minneapolitan and current NYCer Hilary Davis captures a lonely old storefront.

Lots of locals, including MPR staffers, were asked to dance on stage with the Flaming Lips at Soundtown. Crazy! Photo by Stacy Schwartz.

C-Rocka chills with HOTTEA while he weaves a fence heart. Love it!

Eric Melzer shoots the fashionable antics at Dress Rehearsal.

Seems like everyone got a chance to pal around with Wayne Coyne from the Flaming Lips this weekend, including artist Chuck U, who sold the famous rocker a print of his work!

Steve Sundberg checks out the Hmong Festival in St. Paul.

Nazara Matos does a cute photoshoot with her new daughter, Pearl.

Oliver Edwards gets a bath. Adorbz!

Machen Davis sports the best Janet Jackson tribute tee ever.

Photographer Xavier Tavera poses with one of his iconic subjects, Mr. Ruben, at the Grupo Soap del Corazon exhibit at Intermedia Arts. Photo by Jaime Carerra.

Colleen and Justin Guenther visit Germany.

Jay We don't really know what to say about this except "like!"

Charlie Forbes went rock hunting and scored a ton of agates!

We can't help but find this hilarious. It's the 8th grade boy in us talking. Photo by Dave Enblom.

Katie and Anna Woodling strike a pose in nature.

Sarah Montour meets a grasshopper. Yikes!

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