My first visit to the University of Minnesota as a perspective student eleven years ago was the day after a Fleetwood Mac concert.
Guess what. Guess who I saw last night …… Lindsey, Stevie, Mick and John.
Totally blew me away. Teri and I walked, skipped, jumped and ran our way into the arena as Tusk was playing; unbelievable. Don’t Stop, Gold Dust Wom[y]n, Landslide, and Silver Springs were just a few songs played. Mick totally knocked my socks off with his loony, tripped out drumming tactics and little red shoes. Lindsey’s voice, incredible. John rocked it. And Stevie, amazing. A full set and two encores later even for an arena show, I was was not let down, not even a little bit.
The house was packed, mostly with…..the Minnesota nice who sit real still in their seats. WHO SITS STILL AT SUCH A SHOW?
There is a newish piano bar/sports bar (I know, something for everyone) in the 612. Check out their website here.
I recently visited this newish bar with Teri where we watched the Oscars Sunday night. Probably the best Oscars I have seen. I really enjoyed the solidarity I observed on that stage. Unfortunately, prior to the award show, I had only seen one of the movies nominated and obviously it was Milk. But after watching the Oscars, I started to think of all the really great bad films I have seen. And it took me back to 1985:
The Peanutbutter Solution
Every time I mention TPS, everyone thinks it is a myth, an urban legend. Well my friends, above is the proof. Up until now, only two people I know were aware of this film, my sister and Guy. And now, like Paul Harvey says, you know the rest of the story.
OMG, has anyone else seen this? BODI? Love it. I think I watched this one every other day from 1986-1989.
Empire of the Sun
Ok, this is an amazing movie. Just sayin. It should not even be in this post, but I was thinking about it the other day and wanted to see a clip. So then I decided you should see the clip too. You can thank me later for reminding you this film is out there.
Filed under gay, pop culture
So I am driving to the northern suburban library, and it is like whoa, far (a 7 hour walk according to mapquest) and I am listening to the radio and a super fantastic song comes on, but I don’t know what it is. So I pick up my phone, turn on Shazam and tag the song as it is playing on the radio. What is this song that I need to know the name of?
You’re a Wolf by Sea Wolf
I spend about an hour in the car a day to get to and from that library. When I tell people this, they are like, OMG, that is a long commute. Yes, it is, but I love what I do, and I love having the opportunity to listen to 89.3 The Current and discover new music that I may have not been aware of earlier. You can totally listen to The Current on-line as well. Just click here
I am all about the music festival. I have been to my fair share and hope to go to many more. However, a music festival that is even overwhelming to me is SXSW in Austin, Texas. Tons and tons of bands and tons and tons of venues. Seems almost dreamy, and then I panic at the thought of the scheduling chaos, how to get from one venue to the next, which band to see and which to skip…I am almost hyperventilating right now. So even though it almost sounds hellish to attend this grandiose pot of wonderfulness, I would do it, and hopefully one day I will. But in the mean time, I appreciate music festivals as they give the up and comers a time to shine and introduce themselves to us.
Six of the bands who are performing at SXSW March 13-22 are from MPLS/STP: Grant Hart, Doomtree, Brother Ali, Dosh, Haley Bonar and Mark Olson and Gary Louris.
If your music collection sounding a little stale? Check out the SXSW line-up, introduce yourself to a few of the performers, download a song here and there and broaden your musical horizon and that of your friends.
SXSW line up
So last week when I was looking through one of my favorite blogs, Neatorama, I was introduced to Sarah King.
Pretty neat, huh? Her use of text is pretty stunning.
Check out some of Sarah’s latest work along with some of her friends by pressing this
Filed under art, pop culture
I have recently been following MOMA on Twitter. I really love what several art museums are doing with Twitter. I hope that libraries catch on to the amazingness that Twitter can bring.
Anyway… last week MOMA tweeted about artist Debra Hamptonwho is also on Twitter. OMG, can you believe it? I am fairly certain the world will never be the same now that Twitter has infiltrated and is broadening the world’s scope or at least my scope.
Debra Hampton’s website
Every Monday I visit the Post Secret website. I think this is an amazing project. I have been following it for almost a couple of years. You never know who is sending in the secrets. The secrets we are reading could be your mom’s, your flat mates, or even your co-workers. This week, a post really caught my eye:
The GRAMMY Awards are a little over a week away! I’m kind of a sucker for music award shows. Just sayin.
Record of the Year nominees are: Adele, Coldplay, Leona Lewis, M.I.A. and Robert Plant and Alison Krauss.
I am fairly certain Adele will win. However, I would like to see M.I.A. bring it home.
Chasing Pavement by Adele
Viva La Vida by Coldplay
Bleeding Love by Leona Lewis
Paper Planes by M.I.A.
Please Read the Letter by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss
I recently became “friends” with Village Savant on Twitter. This morning they posted a link to one of the most amazing blogs/websites I have seen in a while, Street Art Locator. Street Art Locator is one of the best and most amazing examples of web 2.0 mash-ups I have seen. The image below is a Google map displaying street art across the globe.
So you know what that means…..Everytime I see street art from now on, I can go to Street Art Locator upload the location and image and awesomeness is observed by all.
P.S. I am fairly certain mash-ups are being integrated into library web-sites as we speak.
This street art video is so totally rad. Hold on to your seat. Seriously.
I just read about Amy Rice, who just happens to be from Minneapolis, in Stencil Nation by Russell Howes. Totally rad book and totally rad lady.
Amy Rice - play
Amy Rice website