Do you think the American culture has some social damage? There’s a song for that. Have you ever pondered what an army of cold zombies sounds like, shuffling it’s way across Eastern Europe? There’s a rock opera for that. Ever heard of the power of different auditory frequencies having neurogenic and psychological effects on the human mind? My guest today knows about this and so much more, which we go over in our episode today during your weekly dose of brilliant independent music. We also discuss a little bit about the current social order as it happens to be, the peculiar phenomenon that we live in such a safe world, yet somehow the worst of the worst stories seem to rise to the top of the news, much like a small splash of oil in a large lake of fresh drinking water. All of this and more, in today’s interview.
Here are some places you can find Cody and his band, The Euclids:
The Euclids on Facebook and DJ Analog on Soundcloud
Special thanks once again to Nic Bommarito for the intro music to today’s show!
Today’s charity project courtesy of DonorSee
What comes to mind when I say “DJ”? In the modern sense, you may expect to see a guy on stage in a club with a laptop and some equipment, dancing around and playing with knobs. Well what if I told you there were still analog producers out there who are manually making the music as it runs? To most of my audience who aren’t audiophiles, this may not make you particularly excited, but the use of analog equipment produces a much higher sound quality without the compressed digitally stored samples that are generally used in this format.
Today, I’ll let you get to know one of those people who produce such a thing as analog music. He goes by the stage name Nutcracker Dungeonist. As always on this show we come to find that my guests are so much more than musicians, but three dimensional human beings with much more behind them than their finished product that you end up hearing in the form of a couple minute songs/tracks. Robert is a truly unique individual and this interview was truly a lot of fun to sit down and record.
Here are the videos of Robert preforming his music: RUN546 LIVE and 8 mil sash
Here’s the video of the DJ Mr Tape that we talked about in the interview
Today’s charity project: https://donorsee.com/project/348 please please please give what you can
Outro music courtesy of Nic Bommarito. Here’s where you can find him.
Have you ever heard of the hero’s journey? It’s the plot archetype used in Star Wars, for example. A person in a rather ordinary place, doing ordinary things. When suddenly a call to adventure comes, be it out of necessity by being pushed into uncertainty caused by a tragic event or simply a longing for a break from the mundane. This is truly a relevant archetype, because they are the stories which keep our attention and make us feel engaged.
Today’s hero is none other than the member of a band out of Minneapolis (formerly of Iowa City), Mark McGuiness shares the strife in his life, what events have unfolded before him to make him the man he is today which is one in the same with what informs the music he creates.
You can find more of Dead Larry at https://www.facebook.com/deadlarry/
The guys in Dead Larry are also putting on their own festival called the Galactic Get-Down, which you can find more information at https://www.facebook.com/GalacticGetDown/
Today’s charity project goes to fund a fence for an orphanage in Kenya, you can find that at https://www.donorsee.com/project/595
Hip-hop will be a recurring theme on this program. Not only out of my own personal affinity for the genre, but by the very fact that this show is based out of the Twin Cities and our culture is very much driven by a specific kind of music subculture. To this point about hip-hop, here will be no shortage of references to the late Prince on this program, who really did bring this amalgamation of pop and hip-hop into an easily digestible medium and is a rather iconic part of the Twin Cities in general. For this very reason, the independent music in Minneapolis is strongly influenced and momentum sustained by rap.
What does this have to do with my guest today? Well it just so happens that Brandon McCollum is one of those people pumping steam into the Twin Cities rap scene. He founded and manages Nice Guy Entertainment, leading a truly brilliant bunch of artists in his collective. Brandon is not simply doing all of the things behind the curtain, he is an artist himself and we unpack some of his own music in this episode, gaining insight into what drives him.
You can catch B Mc-C at his birthday party at the Pourhouse on April 21st right in the heart of downtown Minneapolis
I encourage you to follow Nice Guy Entertainment on Facebook and support your local musicians!