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The Ross Who Knew Too Much






Saturday, May 14, 2005

'Sound recovery'

So if you haven't read it yet, check out my story that ran as the A1 centerpiece in today's paper.

It's an idea we had been kicking around in the department for months, during which time I had all sorts of conversations with musicians and fans about the health of the scene.

Anyway, I'm quite curious to hear what people think. Please leave a comment below -- or send me an email to rraihala@pioneerpress.com -- and give me your example of how the music scene is booming. Or isn't booming, for that matter.

And if you're looking for a show to see tonight, well there's:
-- "O.C." favorites Rilo Kiley at First Avenue.
-- Soul Coughing's Mike Doughty at the Cedar Cultural Center. It is sold out, but you can catch him for free at 4 p.m. at the Electric Fetus.
-- The excellent Vicious Vicious playing with Willie Wisely at the Nomad World Pub.
-- The pair of Vox Vermillion CD release parties at the 7th Street Entry (the early show is all-ages).

2 Comments:

Blogger Nate said...

I don't know, man. I know you did a lot of work on the piece, but to call it a "scene" invokes horrible memories of Seattle circa 1990, Athens, NYC, and all the other "musical hotbeds" of the last twenty-five years. I doubt the average MN could name a single local band either on 2024 Records or any of the members of Atmosphere for example like most people know by association who Morris Day is, for example. Just because all the hipsters are into something doesn't make it a scene, I feel.

Besides, if this thing grows any further, it would suck to see Ashlee Simpson or P. Diddy modeling parkas and snow suits as hot fashion as flannel was to Seattle. ; )

I think the rise in attendance of live shows and local CD sales has more to do with the Current than anything. It was a nice marketing strategy to get three former REV 105 jocks on board to give the station "street cred," though. MPR may not be so cool to the hipsters, but when Mary and Thorn are on board, they go ga-ga! That was a brilliant move and set the table for what's going on now, I think. When people think of REV, they think eclectic, underground, "cool" music and a dedication to the local scene. MPR has managed to associate themselves as both those things with the Current. There was a great opportunity for a station like this to emerge, and it seems to be working well. I feel bad for the K, but it might have been a lot more interesting if they had a strong FM reception a few years ago...

1:48 AM  
Blogger rraihala said...

Thanks for the comment, Nate, and thanks to everyone else who has called and e-mailed. The feedback is still coming in, by the way -- I just talked to an anonymous female caller who may well have been stoned. But she seemed to like the story (as well as, quite possibly, Nutter Butter cookies).

Anyway, I do agree with you about the problems with the word "scene" as well as the Current's role in this whole thing. There's a thread over on MNSpeak.com that discusses many of these issues and you can read it here.

2:20 PM  

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