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Friday Five: New I Self Divine, ice skating with Zoo Animal, and more

Credit: North Shore Session

We’re back again with another edition of Friday Five, a weekly roundup of Minnesota music videos and news tidbits that you might have missed throughout the week. Looking ahead to February, it’s going to be tough narrowing it down to just five items every week, as it looks like there is an onslaught of new releases on the horizon for us here in the Twin Cities.

Here’s what’s popping this week:

1. I Self Divine releases first in a series of free EPs

It’s been quite a while since we’ve had new material from Rhymesayers recording artist I Self Divine, the former Micronots MC who released his debut solo record Self Destruction back in 2005. That’s all about to change, however, as I Self Divine drops a series of free monthly EPs called the Culture Series this winter as a build-up to the release of his sophomore album, The Sounds of Low Class America, on May 8. The first EP, LA State of Mind, is streaming on Soundcloud, and you can watch a music video for the track “Sweat Equity” below. For more on LA State of Mind, Reviler has a thoughtful review, as well as more info on the EP-release party this Sunday night, January 22, at the Entry with Brother Ali, Muja Messiah, Alicia Steele, and more.


2. Holly Newsom of Zoo Animal takes us ice skating

“Well, this is the probably the cutest thing I’ve ever done,” Holly Newsom wrote while posting a new North Shore Sessions music video for her song “Dream On.” We’d have to agree. The song is off her new EP, Departure, which comes out next month.


3. Chris Walla of Death Cab for Cutie signs local band Now, Now

We first heard about this news locally a while back, but this week young Minneapolis band Now, Now released their first track off their forthcoming album, Threads, which comes out this March on Chris Walla of Death Cab’s Trans-Records label. Listen to the track on Rolling Stone’s site, and read more about how they got involved with Walla, who says, “Their new record totally kills me . . . So much heart, delicacy, strength and economy all in one place.”

4. Kristoff Krane debuts new song “Sirens”

An unreleased track from the talented songwriter and MC, which he recorded as part of a series of promo videos for next month’s The Best Love is Free event.


5. Hunting Club collaborate with Ryan Olcott for new record

Indie rock band Hunting Club is taking a new turn for their sophomore album, and their new producer Ryan Olcott’s fingerprints are all over their first single “Skyscraper.” Fans of Olcott’s groups 12 Rods and Mystery Palace should find some familiar elements here; blogger Greg Swan over at Perfect Porridge wrote that he liked the song so much he listened to it 10 times in a row. Stream “Skyscraper” on Perfect Porridge and watch for new album St. this May.