May 2011 Posts

New 8 hour dark-ambient album from Duluth’s Dirty Knobs

Field Recordings from the Edge of Hell

Apologies. Bit of a humblebrag here. But my new 8 hour dark ambient/electro/doom album, recorded under the name Dirty Knobs and titled Field Recordings from the Edge of Hell, has been getting a fair bit of press lately.

It started with Warren Ellis, writer of Transmetropolitan and Crooked Little Vein, who blogged, “…I have little more to add…I swear I can hear organs playing from inside a pit…Wonderful.” Andrea Swensson of the City Pages recently wrote, “…something quite extraordinary…haunting at points and shimmeringly beautiful at others. It sort of makes me want to listen to it forever.” And Greg Swan of Perfect Porridge said “Thick, brooding and unforgiving…an interactive sonic canvas experiment, custom colored by the listener’s current emotional state.” I also talked a bit about the recording process with the Duluth News Tribune’s Christa Lawler on the While Your Were In blog.

So if you’re looking for something terrifying/relaxing to listen to all day at work or at home or while you’re tidying up your panic-room, then maybe give it a listen/like/tweet. You can stream the entire album for free, download three songs for free (that’s over 60 minutes) and buy it all for just $1 (or more if you’d like.)

Mountain Biking in Duluth

Join us at Hartley Nature Center this Wednesday, May 4  for “Mountain Biking Opportunities in Duluth”-  Adam Sundberg, president of COGGS, will present information on the expanding opportunities for mountain biking in and around Duluth. COGGS has been working diligently to provide sanctioned mountain biking trails for the citizens of this region. Program is sponsored by the McCabe Chapter of the Izaak Walton League and begins at 7 p.m.


I was out walking the old DWP railbed south of the tunnel today when I saw this blue bumper sticker stuck on the back of a stop sign. I tried to visit the site, but it no longer exists. Anyone know anything about and what it was?

Danecdote @ Chester Creek Cafe

Come check out the set! Unfortunately it will be my last one for some time, as I am finishing up work on the new EP and full length releases. There will be various free CDs for people to take with them (as well as 3 other side project releases). Show starts @ 9PM on Tuesday. See ya there!

Homegrown 2011 on KUMD

As always, KUMD 103.3 will provide plenty of coverage of this year’s Homegrown Music Festival.

Last week’s Radio Gallery program featured artist Jeredt Runions, who did the cover for this year’s Homegrown Field Guide and curated the Homegrown art shows. Listen here.

We’ll have local bands Live from Studio A all week:

Monday, May 2 at 1pm: Portage
Tuesday, May 3 at 2pm: Yester
Wednesday, May 4 at 2pm: Hattie Peterson
Thursday, May 5 at noon: Loup-Garou
Friday, May 6 at 2pm: Ashley Northey of King Moonracer

If you miss a session, you can listen to them on our Audio Archives page .

Wednesday at 5pm on the Local, members of Puddle Wonderful will drop by to talk about their reunion show and spin some local tunes.

We’ll also be tabling at some of the events, so stop by and say hi and sign up for free stuff!

Homegrown schedule changes, band bio addendum, Manheat hype, etc.

Happy Homegrown, everyone! Homegrown banners are now rotating at the top of the page. (You can still add new ones to the mix. Click here for details.)

The official Homegrown Twitter account is @dhgmf and the hashtag is #hgmf11.

There have been four changes to the schedule since the Homegrown Music Festival Field Guide hit the streets.

* Pennies for a Dime canceled its Sunday night gig. Apparently, at the last moment, Diet-Folk filled in.
* Due to illness, Fancy Hands canceled its Tuesday night gig.
* Russian Bride is unable to play Thursday night.
* The schedule in the Field Guide lists Hard Feelings playing at both 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. — 10 p.m. is correct.
* Wormsley Common Gang has canceled its gig on Friday night at Beaner’s.
* Ghosts of Swinetown have replaced Bear Garden on Friday night.
* Nobuddie had mouth surgery and has canceled his Saturday night gig at Twins Bar.

Here is a Field Guide Band Bio Addendum:

Ghosts of Swinetown
Branded “the finest screwgrass outfit in the northwoods,” Ghosts of Swinetown blends acoustic driven songs, tight harmonies and catchy rhythms. Mandolin/guitar player Bob Weigandt attended the University of Minnesota Duluth from 2005 to 2007, and “totally changed his direction in music” after hearing Trampled by Turtles. His band formed in Rhinelander in 2009 and has been performing throughout the Midwest, often in Duluth, ever since. The lineup includes regulars Phyl Wickham on banjo, guitar, harmonica, stompbox, hammer and pipe, etc.; Mike Hill on guitar; Bob Weigandt on mandolin and guitar and Scott Kirby on bass. Ellen Thomes occasionally joins them on fiddle.

Here’s Manheat performing in the Current studio.

Mike Behrends – “Woodsman and the Seafarer”

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