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“Picked to Click is an idea whose time has come and gone because in the wake of CP music editor Andrea Swensson’s ascendance, the advent of Vita.mn, and the outburst of fledgling local music blogs, new bands is all one hears about anymore.”—
Wow, that’s pretty sweet. Seriously, read the whole article. I’ve long joked about the P2C, saying that the winner was cursed and would never be heard from again after about 3 months.
Would Picked to Click be better if instead of going after the best new band, make it more about those bands that have paid their dues, honed their craft, and are now on the verge of actually being a band that people outside of Minneapolis might care about.
What’s always frustrated me about the local music scene is that I’ve never felt the scene cared about the bands. The local hip hop scene seems to understand this and actually supports the groups through it all. Doomtree is bigger than ever and the upcoming Doomtree Blowout will surely be a hit. But when was the last time a local band that wasn’t named Cloud Cult or Trampled by Turtles sold out the mainroom?
I’d love to see the City Pages Picked to Click go to a band that just needs one last push to get some new, non scenester, music fans out to see them play.
I should add that this isn’t meant to be a criticism of anyone. I know a lot of local music supporters, and this isn’t a knock on them. Just venting about the state of local music scene, and that it doesn’t feel like it’s changed in the 15 years I’ve been a part of it.
“Color coding seems like a way to dumb down the system. If you are smart enough to have a job in which you can take advantage of mass transit, you should be smart enough to figure out a fricking bus route. - Lefty”—From the comments at Met Council’s Color-coded Transit Plan | Bill Roehl. Wow, I’m pretty sure that’s the dumbest comment I’ve read in a long time.
I’m changing my Longfellow Tumblr blog and expanding to all of South Minneapolis. Well, at least the Longfellow, Powderhorn and Nokomis neighborhoods. I’ll still keep up the Longfellow Twitter List and the Longfellow Dining Map, and I’ll probably add new maps/lists for the other neighborhoods. Thanks.
“Words and their ticklish dual meanings have always been held precious by Belle And Sebastian, so it’s not really surprising that the title of their new record (and first in four years), Write About Love, has the potential for multiple interpretations. Obviously, the band has crafted and collected a batch of new songs about romance, affection, and the trials that often go along with giving your heart away, as they have been for their entire career. But when you say the name of the record aloud, there is also this underlying, inherent arrogance in the title that implies that the band’s understanding of matters of the heart are indeed correct and true.”—Belle And Sebastian – Write About Love | The Line Of Best Fit, Erik Thompson (@eriktmpls)
I feel like there’s a serious dearth of localized news sources in my neighborhood - I live in Northrup, the neighborhood bordered by 42nd on the north, the creek on the south and between Chicago and Cedar. I know there’s a rag called the Southside Pride which seems to be mostly ad driven and they…
Southwest Journal is the only local paper worth anything, but I’d love to see them cover all of South Minneapolis. I think that would be good for everyone in South Minneapolis and it would be very successful.
And it would be even better if they could include smaller neighborhood resources on twitter. @sewardtweets has a great Twitter List that does this really well.
How glorious the Twin Cities are in early October. Some of the leaves have already turned a flaming yellow and red, but people dine outdoors in bright sunshine at midday along Nicollet Mall, as if they were in the French Riviera.
Everything would be lovely for the locals, if only the Twins could do something about the Yankees.
It happened again Thursday on a fine fall evening, with the Twins competitive for a while, but then the anvil fell out of the clear sky and clobbered the home team for the second straight night, this time by a 5-2 score as good old Andy Pettitte outpitched Carl Pavano.
The Twins have opened their handsome new ballpark right downtown — outdoor baseball at last, after the oppressive dome. With its deep green motif, the place has a better feel of unity than the two complicated new palaces in New York.
I love the huge logo of the Twin Cities, represented by the characters Minnie and Paul, shaking hands across the Mississippi, high above the center-field stands, and the way the fans flow from nearby pubs into the park, bringing all the hopes of the Upper Midwest that someday the home team will get it right against the Yankees.
As Target Field wraps up its first season, rave reviews continue to pour in from near and far. Players, fans and media critics seem to love its fresh design, native beauty and joyful atmosphere (despite the home team’s playoff frustrations).
But Target Field’s significance stretches beyond baseball. Perhaps more than any structure in the Twin Cities, the ballpark provides a teaching moment for how best to locate and design major attractions that draw big crowds. It signifies also a coming-of-age for Minnesotans, who are learning to consider multiple options for getting to and from big events.
Good article here. I went to 10 games this year and we would often go out of our way to walk into the stadium through Target Plaza, or have a drink after the game at a nearby bar, just to be with the fans and have that full experience.
It really is a perfect location for a ballpark.
In all of the years of going to games at the Metrodome, I’ve still never been into Hubert’s, the only bar within 3 blocks of the stadium. We would stop in at Grumpy’s on occasion, but for the most part, it was go the game and come home.
When the Twins were looking into locations for the new stadium, I was a big fan of building it where the Guthrie now stands, thinking that it would be such a beautiful spot. Walking across the Stone Arch Bridge and hanging out by the river would make it truly unique. And while I still think that would have been great, the Warehouse District location has been great.
Living in Minneapolis, and only a few blocks from the Hiawatha Light Rail, I should probably take mass transit to the games. But because of the success of the LRT, and the slowness of buses, I drove to nearly all 10 of the games I went to. And I didn’t pay for parking once. We would park on the street in the North Loop, or back by the Post Office and walk. Next year I’ll definitely take a Nice Ride bike to the stadium from either Seward or downtown.
While I would love to have a tailgating culture at baseball games here in Minneapolis, Kansas City isn’t too far away, and that stadium is in the middle of nowhere, and tailgating is your only option to be a part of the crowd.
I’ll take the experience and excitement that Target Field offers any day.
Niver and Johnson opened the Strip Club in St. Paul’s Dayton’s Bluff area in 2008 and sold their part in the Town Talk Diner shortly afterward. Both restaurants are located in neighborhoods that would have scared away most other restaurateurs.
Yeah, Longfellow is such a scary area for good restaurants. Dayton’s Bluff, yes, but really?