Brian and Patti visit our little projectOriginally published by DK on May 31, 2016 at 9:01 pm
This is probably a new record for most-delayed blog post after an event, but it was almost exactly six months ago that we saw The Arcs in the Mainroom at First Avenue. The show was a Tuesday night deal (12/1/2015), which I usually like to avoid these days. But how can you miss out on seeing someone like Dan Auerbach play that room?
I’ve never seen The Black Keys live, so this side project is the best you can do right now. They are mainly playing festivals this summer, returning to the area on September 17th for Festival Palomino, presented by the always excellent Trampled By Turtles. The Yours, Dreamily debut album sounds great, which make me want to see The Black Keys even more now.
Since it’s been so long, I don’t remember too many specifics. Here is a review by Colton Davis that I found (along with his setlist after the jump). The Mariachi Flor De Toloache cover of Come As You Are was cool, as was Dan’s white “rocket-ship” guitar and the dual drummer setup stage right.
Set List (according to Twin Cities Media):
- Stay In My Corner
- Bad Girl
- Pistol Made of Bones
- Put a Flower in Your Pocket
- The Arc
- Nature’s Child
- Little Baby (The Blue Rondos cover)
- Cold Companion
- My Mind
- Chains of Love
- Everything You Do (You Do For You)
- Too Young to Burn (Sonny & The Sunsets cover)
- I Want a Holler
- Outta My Mind
- Velvet Ditch
Sneak peek of the decorationsOriginally published by DK on May 30, 2016 at 8:51 pm
People call me rude, I wish we all were nude, I wish there was no black and white, I wish there were no rules…Originally published by DK on May 30, 2016 at 3:26 pm
But still kicked her buttOriginally published by DK on May 29, 2016 at 8:08 pm
Huge names in a small city – Minnesota Marine Art Museum, WinonaOriginally published by DK on May 29, 2016 at 3:50 pm
Winona Shopko is bipolarOriginally published by DK on May 29, 2016 at 3:13 pm
Little Oscar’s in Hampton, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on May 29, 2016 at 1:16 pm
Near the pool, Eagan, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on May 28, 2016 at 11:48 am
Damn, that hit the spotOriginally published by DK on May 27, 2016 at 12:49 pm
Marco in the big houseOriginally published by DK on May 26, 2016 at 10:02 pm
I’ll never tire of this viewOriginally published by DK on May 26, 2016 at 9:28 pm
Eastview Academic Excellence AwardsOriginally published by DK on May 26, 2016 at 10:07 am
The guilty undertaker sighs, the lonesome organ grinder cries…Originally published by DK on May 24, 2016 at 10:56 pm
Minnie & Paul’s @ Target FieldOriginally published by DK on May 24, 2016 at 9:47 pm
All-star lineup for this fallOriginally published by DK on May 24, 2016 at 8:43 pm
Twins v Royals with pizza and free hatOriginally published by DK on May 24, 2016 at 8:38 pm
Casino nights with kid one are the bestOriginally published by DK on May 23, 2016 at 9:59 pm
Lou Nanne’s, EdinaOriginally published by DK on May 22, 2016 at 8:52 pm
MK and her squad @ Buck HillOriginally published by DK on May 22, 2016 at 4:50 pm
Hers wins, hands down – Allina HealthOriginally published by DK on May 22, 2016 at 4:36 pm
U.S. Bank Stadium – SMGOriginally published by DK on May 22, 2016 at 4:35 pm
Purple (of course)Originally published by DK on May 22, 2016 at 4:20 pm
It didn’t go as hoped but that’s okay…Originally published by DK on May 22, 2016 at 3:54 pm
Found everything I was looking forOriginally published by DK on May 22, 2016 at 2:56 pm
That hasn’t happened for a while – Gross National, MinneapolisOriginally published by DK on May 21, 2016 at 4:00 pm
MK and EW @ BSMOriginally published by DK on May 20, 2016 at 7:31 pm
USBS signageOriginally published by DK on May 20, 2016 at 7:29 pm
The family in ValhallaOriginally published by DK on May 20, 2016 at 7:27 pm
Buncha savages in this town…Originally published by DK on May 19, 2016 at 9:00 am
SK and her beautiful artOriginally published by DK on May 18, 2016 at 10:46 pm
Oak Marsh 10th, Oakdale, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on May 18, 2016 at 10:45 pm
As I likely wrote the first three times I ran this race, the TC 1 Mile is one of the hardest distances I run every year. Even the Superior 50K was a different kind of pain than I experience when trying to run 5,280 feet as fast as I can. My arms feel oxygen deprived, breathing is a challenge throughout, I never seem to have a kick at the end and I usually want to double over after crossing the finish line. Strangely enough, I’m always back to normal in about ten minutes.
This year was unique in a lot of ways. First off, they changed the course again because of the Nicollet Mall construction, moving to a riverfront course near the Mill City Museum and the Guthrie. Second, I was captain of a Corporate Team Challenge group representing U.S. Bank Stadium. Lastly, I’m three years older than the last time I ran this distance (and much, much slower).
The new course was extremely convenient to our office, so our team of eight just walked over for the start. The CTC wave was the very first one at 6:30pm and we made the rookie mistake of standing at the back of the corral. When the race started, our faster runners had to dodge and dart around people for the first quarter mile. Special shout-out to Jordan for being the group photographer, cheering squad and boot storeroom all rolled up in one.
I wanted to run four equal 90-second splits, but only did the first one at that pace, hitting the half-way mark ten seconds over the goal. I’ll admit I basically threw in the towel at that point and didn’t look at my watch again until I crossed the finish line at 6:47, a full 37 seconds slower than 2013. I’d say maybe 10 seconds of that was due to poor positioning at the start, but it was still disappointing.
The team, though, did great – I’m very proud of everyone. Shannon broke seven minutes, Marlon won the overall crown and we all talked about coming back next year prepared to take it to the next level. The post-race party at Day Block Brewing was very nice and several members of our team won door prizes. We ended up getting a table downstairs for drinks and dinner – quite a fun way to spend a beautiful spring Thursday in Minneapolis.
SK rocked it – so proud of her â¤ï¸Originally published by DK on May 16, 2016 at 9:24 pm
Ridges at Sand Creek, 4th teeOriginally published by DK on May 15, 2016 at 3:00 pm
Saturday stop on the way to MysticOriginally published by DK on May 14, 2016 at 5:16 pm
The new production control room @ USBSOriginally published by DK on May 14, 2016 at 5:15 pm
7-6 lax win over WoodburyOriginally published by DK on May 14, 2016 at 5:13 pm
SwaggerOriginally published by DK on May 14, 2016 at 11:30 am
The Current’s 893 Essential Albums was a really cool and interesting exercise. It was funny how upset some people were about the results, but everyone needs to chill out – we all have our own opinions on how an “essential” album is defined.
For me, good albums have always been about the whole: does it flow from one song to the next, does it make you want to sit and listen to the whole thing at one time, is it devoid of clunkers? Since I devoted more time to focused, extended listening when I was younger, most of my top albums are older. There are a lot of newer albums that I like a lot, but just don’t get a chance for many repeat listens.
When I was little, my parents picked what vinyl we had in the house. Sgt. Pepper was my ultimate – listening to the whole thing over and over again. When I hear one song from that album on the radio now, I instantly know what song should play next. It’s the first album I thought of when The Current announced their promotion.
Keeping with the theme of this site, I tried to come up with a list of seven. This is really an impossible task when you have tens of thousands of songs in your iTunes library, but I gave it the old college try. I’m sure I’ve forgotten a bunch and the list will probably be different next year (or even next week), but here you go:
- Arctic Monkeys – AM (#377)
- Beastie Boys – Licensed To Ill (#59)
- David Bowie – Let’s Dance (#245)
- Gorillaz – Demon Days (#138)
- Prince – Parade (NR)
- Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – The Beatles (#18)
- Talking Heads – Stop Making Sense (#102)
Presented in alphabetical order, with The Current ranking in parenthesis
Plus one more old favorite I just can’t delete: Suzanne Vega – Suzanne Vega (NR)Originally published by DK on May 14, 2016 at 12:20 am
Ever since moving back to the metro area, I’ve been working my way through lots of things on the list of lists page. The Lake Minnetonka Half Marathon has been on my race list for a long time and 2016 was finally my year to try it out. Founded in 1980, this is a race that my friends Jeff and Deb have run many times and raved about, so I was excited to try it out (even though they were out of the country this year). Part of the MN Run Series, the race is produced by the same people who do Goldy’s Run, which I also crossed off the list this year.
Got to tour half of the Wayzata school district during the registration process and on race day: packet pick-up was at Wayzata West Middle School, while primary race day parking was at Wayzata Central Middle School. They had the same odd bib assignment process as Goldy’s, but the line moved much faster this time. The parking lot at the school on race morning was a mess – all the spots were full, but they didn’t put up closed barricades until about a hundred cars cycled through. I parked on a nearby side street and walked over to the shuttle buses, which dropped us off near the starting line in downtown Wayzata.
The course was very scenic, but much hillier than I expected. Weather that day was very pleasant for May 1, although it was a little chilly waiting for the start in the shade and wind. They had a four wave start, which really helped spread out the masses. I was hoping to stay under two hours and ended up with a 1:54:33 (8:45 pace). That was good for 832nd out of 2,525 total finishers and 64th in my age group of 132 (full results here).
Watch splits: 8:24, 8:06, 8:27, 8:23, 8:20, 8:40, 8:35, 9:02, 8:54, 9:04, 9:16, 9:12
The finish line area in Excelsior was very nice and the shuttle busses back to the school were easy to find and left promptly when full. It would’ve been nice to hang out at sponsor Jake O’Connor’s Public House for a while, but that was not in the cards, unfortunately.
It’s easy to see why this is a popular race that’s been around a long time – add it to your list and you too can purify yourself in the waters of Lake Minnetonka… ðŸ’œOriginally published by DK on May 13, 2016 at 9:00 pm
Likely our last visit to Pizza Ranch for a whileOriginally published by DK on May 13, 2016 at 7:58 pm
Band Box Diner, Elliot Park, MinneapolisOriginally published by DK on May 13, 2016 at 12:48 pm
U.S. Bank Stadium corporate team challengeOriginally published by DK on May 12, 2016 at 9:44 pm
SIDEWALKOriginally published by DK on May 12, 2016 at 1:35 pm
Carbonara at Sea Change before the TC 1 MileOriginally published by DK on May 12, 2016 at 1:32 pm
Screenful of wild symbols on the Konami appOriginally published by DK on May 12, 2016 at 1:30 pm
21000 to one – Podolak one seat overOriginally published by DK on May 11, 2016 at 12:49 pm
John and Cathy, MinneapolisOriginally published by DK on May 11, 2016 at 12:47 pm
The choo-choo train left right on time, a ticket costs only your mind…Originally published by DK on May 10, 2016 at 8:42 am
http://www.mnstatefair.org/entertainment/free_entertainment.htmlOriginally published by DK on May 10, 2016 at 8:27 am
This used to be in my room on Lombard AvenueOriginally published by DK on May 8, 2016 at 7:31 pm
Four-course brunch in UptownOriginally published by DK on May 8, 2016 at 11:11 am
…gets you a par @ The Summit’s 15thOriginally published by DK on May 8, 2016 at 10:04 am
Something new from IGT @ Treasure IslandOriginally published by DK on May 8, 2016 at 10:02 am
Fried Chicken Friday @ Sandcastle, MinneapolisOriginally published by DK on May 6, 2016 at 6:51 pm
Can’t wait for July 1stOriginally published by DK on May 6, 2016 at 5:46 pm
Word to your mother…Originally published by DK on May 6, 2016 at 8:42 am
Originally published by DK on May 5, 2016 at 9:43 pm
Never been to Bryn Mawr until todayOriginally published by DK on May 5, 2016 at 9:37 pm
Lilacs in spring are so wonderfulOriginally published by DK on May 5, 2016 at 9:34 pm
Well, the undertaker drew a heavy sigh, seeing no one else had come. And a bell was ringing in the village square, for the rabbits on the run…Originally published by DK on May 5, 2016 at 8:58 am
The Rabbit Hole, MinneapolisOriginally published by DK on May 5, 2016 at 8:52 am
Badger hiding in the cabinsOriginally published by DK on May 3, 2016 at 4:42 pm
We found a whole herd on 2ndOriginally published by DK on May 3, 2016 at 12:25 pm
Who let them in here?Originally published by DK on May 3, 2016 at 12:24 pm
That endcap looks like assOriginally published by DK on May 3, 2016 at 12:23 pm
Saturday marked my 15th straight Get in Gear 10K in Minnehaha Park. Last year broke my streak of six years under 50 minutes (52:23) and I was really hoping to get back under that threshold. When I passed the five mile mark right at forty minutes, I thought I had it made. Of course, I also forgot how long that last 0.2 can take…
The weather this year was perfect for running: sunny, low 40s and a light wind. Started off a little too fast, but stayed relatively consistent after that (watch splits of 7:22, 7:49, 8:22, 8:26, 8:21 and 8:14). The official results page seems to be broken, only displaying gun time and not chip time. My watch showed an unofficial time of 50:28, so I’m getting closer to the old days. That was good for 568th out of 2336 (and 46th in my age group).
Not much else to report from this year’s event. Dropped off three pairs of old shoes before the race that I had tried to donate at REI a few weeks back, which was nice. Took off right after I finished so I could get to the packet pick-up for the Lake Minnetonka Half Marathon, followed by golf at Valleywood with Brad. Walking the hills of Apple Valley carrying a heavy golf bag was surprisingly easy, so that was a good training sign for the rest of the 2016 racing calendar.Originally published by DK on May 2, 2016 at 11:01 pm
That’s what I do. I drink and I know things…Originally published by DK on May 2, 2016 at 8:21 pm