Local Current Blog

February 3, 2015

Pachyderm and Seedy Underbelly owner John Kuker passes away

John Kuker, who ran the Seedy Underbelly recording studio as it migrated from Minneapolis to Los Angeles and New York, and who most recently renovated and reopened the historic Pachyderm Studio in Cannon Falls, Minn., passed away suddenly yesterday. He was 40 years old. Kuker got his start in the Twin Cities music scene with the original Seedy […]

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MN Doom? World Street Kitchen debuts MF Doom rice bowl

Many local music fans might not have realized that rapper MF Doom had any Minnesota ties—and now he has two. As City Pages notes, MF Doom released the album MM.. Food in 2004 via Minneapolis label Rhymesayers, and now World Street Kitchen—an eatery located just a few blocks from Rhymesayers in Uptown—has a Doom Yum Yum Rice Bowl. […]

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A monster is set free (jazz): Minnesota artists cut improv album inspired by H.P. Lovecraft

Minnesota natives Joshua Norton and Luke Polipnick have recorded an improvised sci-fi jazz record, and are seeking Kickstarter contributions to fund the vinyl pressings. The two have been collaborating and producing this album as a companion to novelist H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu, and the album will be aptly titled Hideous Monolith: Cthulhu Interpretations. Polipnick, now based in Omaha, does […]

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Rihanna, Kanye West, and Paul McCartney release ‘FourFiveSeconds’ music video

We’d already seen a promotional photo and behind-the-scenes footage from the “FourFiveSeconds” video shoot featuring Rihanna, Kanye West, and Paul McCartney. Now the video itself has been released; as expected, it’s a simple black-and-white affair with Ri-Ri and Kanye singing while Sir Paul strums the acoustic guitar that powers the song. As Pitchfork observes, “there’s […]

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Today’s Music News: Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, and more to celebrate 40 years of Saturday Night Live

Saturday Night Live will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a three-hour show on Feb. 15. In addition to numerous past cast members and hosts, the show will feature musical guests including Paul McCartney, Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, and Paul Simon. (Billboard) Speaking of Sir Paul and Kanye, they have a new music video—with Rihanna. (Local Current) For just $20,000, you can […]

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Bob Dylan’s ‘Shadows in the Night’: Why Frank Sinatra?

“What do you think?” I asked a friend this past weekend when one of Bob Dylan’s new Frank Sinatra covers came on The Current. “I think,” she said, “it sounds like Bob Dylan is just singing whatever the hell he wants.” She probably wasn’t the only one to be struck by the impression that Dylan’s […]

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