Music Posts

Selective Focus: Editor’s Choice

One year of Selective Focus would be impossible to capture in a single post, so I’ve gleaned just a few personal favorites. I think we’ve accomplished together many of my initial desires to foreground the real people who live work and play here, and to build community through art, no matter how homely or grand.

Led Zeppelin Live in Duluth | Oct. 19, 1968

Led Zeppelin - Minnesota Blues

Don’t let the “Minnesota Blues” or the “Live in Duluth” on this album cover fool you, Led Zeppelin never performed in Duluth. But what is the story behind this Zep bootleg?

Low’s “Things We Lost in the Fire” on film

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Just stumbled across this dark little film on Netflix and our pals Low provide some of the soundtrack.

Painting Charlie Parr’s guitar, and who the heck is Dave Hundrieser?

Charlie Parr's Guitar

My wife, Shawna Gilmore, has an interesting job. Today, for example, she painted the back of Charlie Parr’s amazing guitar. The instrument is a phenomenal work of art, both front and back. Next Tuesday is a great opportunity to come out and hear Charlie make music with it alongside his good buddy, Dave Hundrieser. Read more about Charlie and Dave, and see the garage they recorded in together previously, at Ed’s Big Adventure.

By the way, Teague Alexy, Tin Can Gin, Don Ness, Emily Larson, a stunning tap dancer, and I, will also be participating in Cornucopia at the Red Herring Lounge. Check out this amazing event on Facebook/a> and the PDD Calendar.

Jim Hall – “Beast in the Yard”


When Jim Hall was at my house I asked him if I could record his song “Beast in the Yard.” It’s sort of a meditation on consumerism with some great imagery in the lyrics. Hall plays at Tycoons Supper Club this Saturday at 9 p.m.

Video Archive: Christopher Halverson – “Yakety Yak”


Yet another clip captured by UWS Studio II at R.T. Quinlan’s Saloon during an open mic on Sept. 16, 1995.

Social Disaster: Dark Side of the Roller Rink

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Ryan Nelson and Rachel Phoenix from the Social Disaster explain the magic behind the band’s debut Dark Side of the Roller Rink. The group kicks into high gear on Friday, Nov. 13, with a record release show at Rex Bar. Click on the image above to hear the podcast.

Glen’s Neighbor – “Help Me”


New video from Duluth band Glen’s Neighbor for the second single from the album Behind the Door. The video was directed by Shane Nelson and shot during the recording process at Winterland Studios in New Hope.

The Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank – “Down the Line”


Video directed by Joshua Priestley, shot at Bayfront Festival Park on July 11.

“Fighting for Duluth”


A very unofficial Chuck Horton campaign song made by an anonymous local musician.

Video Archive: Mel Sando gets his mojo working


Mel Sando, best known for his days with the Delta Resonators circa 1997-1999, performs the blues classic “Got My Mojo Working” at R.T. Quinlan’s Saloon during an open mic on Sept. 16, 1995.

Cloud Cult – “No Hell” (Homemade Lyric Video)


“No Hell” is the first single from Cloud Cult’s forthcoming album The Seeker, scheduled for release in February. The official music video will be released in December. For now, the band put together this “quick homemade behind-the-scenes lyric video, shot lo-fi on a phone” in the “woods where most of these songs are written.”

PDD Video Lab: Halloween Edition

Happy Halloween, PDDers. Press play on the video above and select your favorite soundtrack below.

And don’t forget, we’re looking for your Halloween banners. Send them to banners@perfectduluthday.com

Unnur Andrea – “Walking on Nails”


Back by popular demand, Unnur Andrea’s video shot at the Duluth Owls Club. It was originally posted on PDD on Jan. 15, 2013, but was mysteriously suspended by YouTube.

RoofTop Fable featuring the Spin Collective – “Fighting the Current”


Duluth rockers RoofTop Fable team up the Spin Collective fire dancers to create this unique visual experience. “Fighting the Current” is off the band’s debut album, Chapter One, which will be released Nov. 21 at R.T. Quinlan’s, where the band holds a monthly residency rocking the downtown stage every third Saturday of the month.