I Beg Your Pardon, But This is My Secret Garden (a Collection of MPLS Music)

Artist Song Buy
The Trashmen  Surfin' Bird  buy on itunes
The Castaways  Liar, Liar  buy on itunes
Stillroven  Have You Ever Seen Me?  buy on itunes
The Litter  Action Woman  buy on itunes
T.C. Atlantic  Love is Just  buy on itunes
The Gestures  Run, Run, Run  buy on itunes
The Suburbs  Love is the Law  buy on itunes
Prince  When You Were Mine  buy on itunes
Morris Day & the Time  Jungle Love  buy on itunes
Husker Du  Makes No Sense At All  buy on itunes
The Replacements  Shiftless When Idle  buy on itunes
Babes in Toyland  Bluebell  buy on itunes
The Soviettes  Blue Stars  buy on itunes
Sugar  If I Can't Change Your Mind  buy on itunes
The Magnolias  Pardon Me  buy on itunes
Trip Shakespeare  Toolmaster of Brainerd  buy on itunes
The Beatifics  This Year's Jessica  buy on itunes
Golden Smog  Jennifer, Save Me  buy on itunes
Dylan Hicks  The Longhorn Days  buy on itunes
Haley Bonar  Drinking Again  buy on itunes
The Hang-Ups  The Entry  buy on itunes
Faux Jean  Drunk and Stoned  buy on itunes
Har Mar Superstar  Baby, Do You Like My Clothes?  buy on itunes
Lifter Puller  The Bears  buy on itunes
Atmosphere  Shh!  buy on itunes

Comment:

OK, I tried to do this once before, but got overly excited and ended up having a lot of filler. I've done it right this time. There are still a lot of great bands missing, but hey, I could only pick 25. Anyhow, I feel the need to quickly run through the different sections of the mix.
Tracks 1-6- These opening six highlight the 60s garage movement in Minnesota. Not all of the bands are from Minneapolis, specifically, so the title is misleading, but I don't care. And I have nothing else to say. We're off to a smashing start with these notes... Thanks to Jana for a couple of the tracks.

Tracks 7-9- This is the dance movement, for lack of a better description. Incidentally, Prince lives less than a mile from me, so I get to hear all sorts of crazy Prince stories. Did You Know...Prince has his own special button on the register at Hollywood Video so he doesn't have to say his phone number out loud? That amused me. Moving on...

Tracks 10-13- The first two should be obvious enough. The latter two are an example of the Minneapolis punk movement a couple years after the fact, and done by women. Truthfully, the Soviettes sound more like Sleater-Kinney, but I can pretend.

Tracks 14-17 This is power pop, in a general sense, with some punk influences mixed in. And the Trip Shakespeare track is just plain weird. But good. Brainerd is in Northern MN, for those wondering. Thanks to lo-fi for the Magnolias track.

Golden Smog- Jennifer, Save Me- Sure, Golden Smog's most famous member isn't from Minneapolis, nor is their sometimes drummer Jody Stephens. But everyone else(including other drummer, Chris Mars) comes from various Minneapolis bands, so I've justified it. And in most reviews they are referred to as "Minneapolis super-group Golden Smog", which made it easier. And by using this group, I can leave off the Jayhawks, Honeydogs, and Run, Westy, Run. And it's a beautiful song, to boot. AndAndAnd. What a terribly written paragraph.

Tracks 19-23 "The Longhorn Days" is a tribute to Jay's Longhorn Bar, which was the first real punk venue in town. It was home to shows by Richard Hell, the Talking Heads and the Only Ones(the latter is even referenced in the song). Plus he refers to Uncle Sam's(now First Ave.), so I obviously had to include it. Haley Bonar is from Duluth, but I've already said that I don't care. And I have a Har Mar Superstar story, but it's not that great, and I need to wrap this up soon.
Lifter Puller- The Bears- It's Lifter Puller. No more explanation needed.

Atmosphere- Shh!- Who would have thought a rapper would be the one to perfectly summarize why natives love Minnesota so dearly. What's really cool is how Slug takes his love of his hometown, and encourages others to find out what they love about the place they live. Though it starts out as a song about Minneapolis, it ends up representing the whole Midwest, and anywhere across the world that isn't "cool", like NY or LA. It's actually quite uplifting. And that's always nice.


OK, I just need to mention a few bands that were cut at the very last second, due to time constraints: Dillinger 4, Curtiss A, Hindu Rodeo(that one really hurt), The Cows, the Suicide Commandos, Boiled in Lead, Mason Jennings, Magnatone, the Selby Tigers, and Low.


Oh, and that Zimmerman guy, too.

Feedback:

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Rob Conroy
Date: 2/11/2004
Nice. Now I'd like this one.
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sport !
Date: 2/11/2004
I think everyone should do this with the city they reside in....great mix, by the way.
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Nest of Vipers
Date: 2/11/2004
The songs I know lead me to believe I'd enjoy the ones I don't. Good one.
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stripey357
Date: 2/11/2004
I like this a lot. I spent 6 years in the twin cities, great music scene there. Check out Jerungdu sometime :) very cool stuff.
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G-Sphere
Date: 2/11/2004
It does look like a great music scene. Lots of great stuff here.
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Dom1
Date: 2/11/2004
Apart from the obvious, ie, Husker Du, Prince, Castaways, Trashman and of course Sugar I don't these bands. Still, good job Adam.
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p the swede
Date: 2/11/2004
"I think everyone should do this with the city they reside in" I think you should've problem to recognize an artist from mine then ;)
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Saaf
Date: 2/11/2004
Great idea, great execution. "You're gonna make it after all!"
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Adam Bristor
Date: 2/11/2004
Oh man, I could have used Husker Du's version of the Mary Tyler Moore theme song...I'm not that clever though. Thanks for the comments.
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The Misfit
Date: 2/11/2004
Wonderful!
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Mo Twang!
Date: 2/11/2004
Yeah, what Nest of Vipers said! (Except, without the hissing and the biting with the fangs.)
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erik1966lutig
Date: 2/11/2004
I love geographically themed mixes. This one looks like a true labor of love.
Wonderful...
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valis
Date: 2/12/2004
Nice one Adam...! It's a great scene there...
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Jana
Date: 2/12/2004
This is so cool! And here I am, listening to Lifter Puller 'Math is Money' (just got Soft Rock). "Twin Cities!" And Slug!
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Adam Bristor
Date: 2/12/2004
"They're double-teaming me!"
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Jana
Date: 2/12/2004
"They're ganging up on me!"
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ex-spectator
Date: 2/12/2004
excellent!
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yertle-the-turtle
Date: 2/12/2004
i like!
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lo-fi jr.
Date: 2/13/2004
Love them Mpls. Bands! You're quite welcome for the Magnolias. The first time I saw them I immediately lost any regret over having missed the Buzzcocks or Modern Lovers in their primes. Reminds me of how many favorites (Mofos, Man Sized Action, Riflesport) aren't even on CD. Some real killers in your edit pile call out for another volume.
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Slack-a-gogo
Date: 2/14/2004
Way cool - throughout college (late 80's) many of my fave bands were either British or from Minny. I started my college years in the Suburbs camp and finished in the Husker/Replacements camp. The first time I went to let It Be Records in the early 90's I bought lots of overpriced local singles and marveled at the flyers and rarities on the wall. I've always been envious of the hometown pride that the Minny music scene has. Magnolias never got the due they deserved - I recently tracked all of their albums for a best of disc that I've yet to get around to. Killer stuff. No Mighty Mofos?
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Adam Bristor
Date: 2/14/2004
I don't think the Mighty Mofos are out on CD, unfortunately. And this mix doesn't quite represent that 80s music scene with as much depth as I'd like; Otto's Chemical Lounge and all sorts of cool stuff didn't fit. Perhaps a second volume will be necessary.



And a Magnolias mix sounds awesome. I'm looking forward to seeing that.
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Curtis_Burns
Date: 2/22/2004
Wow, sorry I missed this. This looks fantastic. Love the Prince and Morris Day picks.
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jessica lynn
Date: 3/13/2004
oh, fuck yeah. so many great mpls rock'n'roll bands.
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SMoss
Date: 4/5/2004
Hey Adam - great looking survey of your stomping grounds (not that I've heard more than a couple). I saw the Mats once in Ann Arbor, around 88 or 89. Wonderful show.
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Martin Andersen
Date: 4/24/2004
Great job. The Suburbs--what a great, forgotten band.
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troutmask
Date: 5/5/2004
excellent, excellent choices adam...although you did skip two of my favorite minneapolis bands: 12 Rods and Arcwelder.

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