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I can’t wait to May 13, 2010

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A while back I wrote a post about Minneapolis rapper Phonetic One. Now, unfortunately he made the terrible mistake of attending the University of Wisconsin, and like all Badgers do (and practically everyone else in the Midwest) he participated in the Mifflin block party festivities. And not only did he participate, he performed.

But this post is not just more publicity for a local music act, it’s actually about the song. The song’s chorus repeats, “I can’t wait to, go back to, Minneapolis and just chill.” And really, that’s all I want to do right now. The feeling runs so deep that I knew I had to share this video. I hope you enjoy it.

New Minnesota Music: Phonetic ONE March 2, 2010

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A while back I promised that I would update this blog with new, up-and-coming Minnesota musicians. It took me a little while, but here is the first installment. Check back soon for similar posts.

Phonetic ONE

With a long history of a vibrant music scene, Minneapolis has spawned many great bands and singers. Names like Bob Dylan, Prince, and The Replacements spring to mind. But Minneapolis also has a strong connection to hip-hop, with the group Atmosphere certainly serving as the current face of the local hip-hop scene.

But as the rapper Murs once said, “Opinions are like rap careers, everbody’s got one.” So to that end, let me give you my opinion on a blossoming rap career born in the heart of south Minneapolis: Phonetic ONE.

Phonetic ONE

Born Andrew Thomas, Phonetic ONE describes himself as a rapper, actor, poet, singer-songwriter, and educator. He was born and raised on the Southside of Minneapolis, attended Minneapolis South High School, and now goes to the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Phonetic ONE has been featured in local Madison music publications, performed at halftime of Wisconsin basketball games, and along with other members of his First Wave hip-hop group, opened for the world-famous rapper Ludacris at a concert this fall.

To date Phonetic ONE has released three compilations of music: his first LP entitled Life Music: Volume ONE, an EP called Phonetic Phenom, and very recently, an LP entitled On The Bus Stop.

I met Andrew Thomas about 2 or 3 years ago and I have heard nothing but good music from him since. He raps with an underground style and a Minneapolis swagger. His work with the rest of his UW crew has shown he has a range of abilities, not to mention his freestyle skills. I would expect to see a lot more great music from this young artist and I encourage you to download his albums and support a Minneapolis musician.

Be sure to check out his website: http://www.myspace.com/phoneticonemusic

And his Facebook page:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Phonetic-ONE/12434346921?ref=ts

I leave you with one of Phonetic ONE’s first songs, and please check back soon for more updates. Enjoy!

New Minnesota music! February 13, 2010

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It occurred to me recently that I know a great many Minnesotans that are pursuing life’s mysteries through music. And I thought I could use my blog to highlight some great up-and-coming Minnesota musicians. Over the coming days and weeks I will feature different rappers, singer/songwriters, and bands that all share that Minnesota bond.

So please frequent the blog if you want to discover some great new music from local artists!

The following video is just a taste of what I’m talking about. I don’t actually know the people in this video but the song is truly amazing. Enjoy!

Grammys… February 1, 2010

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I didn’t watch the Grammys because, well, it’s the Grammys. I would rather watch a duck ride a dog than watch the Grammys.

I thought such a tremendous event of zero importance deserved a post, but not a view. I did see the duet between Sir Elton and Miss Technically-It’s-Clothing and found it to be quite adequate. But that’s about all I can say because I just don’t care.

However, I would love to hear an argument for the importance of the Grammys, so if there is anyone out there that loves poorly produced and irrelevant awards shows, please set me straight.