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Phantom Tails, Dee Dee Mayo, Treading North, and more of this week’s Minnesota record releases

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Phantom Tails: Rides Battalion

  1. Listen Phantom Tails, “All Your Cities”

Phantom Tails describe their genre as deep-space doom-funk. As strange as that sounds, they’ve gained a big local audience for their far-out but indisputably rocking records. Their newest release, Rides Battalion, is available today followed by the release show this Friday at the Triple Rock. “All Your Cities,” the first single off the record, was featured last week as the Current’s Song of the Day.

Dee Dee Mayo: Dee Dee Mayo Sweats It Out

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Ian Nygaard of Howler has been doing a little side work. Nygaard, a.k.a. Dee Dee Mayo, released Dee Dee Mayo Sweats It Out today by way of No Problem Records. The upbeat single “It’s Not Hard” is a standout: David Campbell gave it a spin on the Local Show, and for good reason. Nygaard branches out from Howler’s sound throughout the record and produces a laid-back “tropical” sound, as he describes it: some mellow surf tones for you to soak up the last bit of summer.

Treading North: Beautiful Gone Wrong

What is dream funk? Treading North is dream funk and if you don’t know who they are yet, give them a good listen. As funky as they may be, they are also versatile. Treading North is willing to lay the funk aside, play some heavy grooves and bluesy riffs, with vocals accompanied by beats that make your feet move. The seven-piece will be having their “Birthing Party”—or what you would call a CD release show—at the 7th Street Entry this Saturday. Their debut full-length Beautiful Gone Wrong will be available at the show.

David Martin and Mike Doolin: Tough Commute

David Martin is teaming up with Mike Doolin again for their second release, Tough Commute. The two jazz musicians worked with local bassist Chris Bates and drummer Pete Hennig on this record. The CD is already available, and the CD release shows will be running Aug. 25 – Sept 1, so there will be plenty of chances to catch this modern jazz quartet.

Aaron Bolton is a senior at the University of Minnesota. Currently he writes for growyourflow.com and is the music reporter at Radio K. He hopes to continue a career in music journalism.