Music Posts

Trampled by Turtles – “Don’t Look Down” at First Avenue

Check out a little dueling mandolin action from Trampled by Turtles‘ “Trampled by Thursdays” at First Avenue, directed and edited by Charlie Berg. Each Thursday at 8 p.m. during February, TBT is performing online concerts from the famed Minneapolis venue. Each set has full production and behind-the-scenes footage.

Tickets are available at A portion of each ticket/bundle sold goes toward Save Our Stages to help independent music venues hit hard during the pandemic. Each ticket purchase let viewers watch as many times as they like for 48 hours after the premiere.

Video Archive: Johnny Heartless joins Bone Appetit

Twenty years ago today — Feb. 16, 2001 — a mysterious guitar player emerged from the audience at the NorShor Theatre to join Duluth band Bone Appetit for a rendition of the Judas Priest song “Living After Midnight.”

Sydney Hansen – “Fallin”

Duluth’s Sydney Hansen has released this music video for her new single “Fallin.” The video is directed by Jeff Sherman and Vanessa Miles and features Hunter Conrad.

PDD Quiz: “I Like it in Duluth”

In honor of Valentine’s Day (and this quiz writer’s 100th PDD quiz), we’ll take a deep dive into an oft-covered song that expresses affection (or at least affinity) for the Zenith City: “I Like it in Duluth.” This PDD post may come in handy for cheating studying; those seeking an extra challenge can take the quiz cold!

The next PDD quiz will review this month’s headlines; it will be published on Feb. 28. Submit question suggestions to Alison Moffat at [email protected] by Feb. 24.

Rich Mattson and the Northstars Virtual Album Release

Rich Mattson and the Northstars put out a new album last week. Skylights can be ordered at In lieu of the usual release concert, the band has produced an online “variety show” featuring three music videos from the album and a pair of live performances.

“The Nursing Home Polka”

Steve Solkela and his Iron Range friends have produced another novelty song and music video. This one features a certain studmuffin who can get any gal he wants … at the nursing home.

The cast features Nathan Benson as the Studmuffin, Ruthy Morgan and Ruthy Wrinkleskins, Jordan Masieniec as Gladys Gray, Nathan Peterson as the bingo caller and vomiting grandson, Colton Flack as Edith Ainchant, Loralie Arbola as Ethel Manniyrs, Fika as Gertrude O’galanen, Brekaroni Pallas as Sylvia Dentures, Ian Carlson as Ralph Eonago, and Solkela as Gladys Vanderboobin.

Cory Coffman – “Weeping Willow”

Duluth’s Cory Coffman has released the second music video promoting his 2020 album Canvas and Color. “Weeping Willow” was directed and produced by Steven Yasgar and features Angela Schmitz on lip synch.

Bandwagon: The Greatest Band in High School Hockey

From the makers of the infamous “hockey hair” videos comes this profile of the Grand Rapids High School Pep Band. What came first, the wagon on the ice or the band behind it?

City Pages: “Hey, We’re in Duluth!”

Twenty years ago today — Feb. 6, 2001 — City Pages published a cover story on Duluth’s “tiny counterculture.” The Twin Cities alternative weekly paper ceased operations last fall and its online archive is on hiatus, but Perfect Duluth Day is here with the flashback goods.

Duluth Album Releases in 2021

Rich Mattson and the Northstars
(Feb. 5)
Available on Bandcamp

Millions of the Mouthless Dead
(Feb. 8)
Available on Bandcamp

Zac Bentz
Love’s Haunted Twin
Zero Music (Feb 14)
Available on Bandcamp

The Dukes of Hubbard’s Unreleased Originals

From the early 2000s comes this rather extensive collection of live recordings of Duluth band the Dukes of Hubbard. It’s a full three hours — 25 tracks of music with a photo slideshow as the visuals — featuring the six-piece band made up of Ben Wizik, Jimi Cooper, Tim Saxhaug, Russ Sackett, Mike Gomez and Eric Pollard.

Making it Up North: Steve Solkela

Meet Steve Solkela. With his music career crushed by COVID-19 cancellations, he built up a robust YouTube following with his music videos, tandem-bike interviews and random stunts.

WDSE-TV‘s Making it Up North explores stories of creative artists, artisans and entrepreneurs engaged in honing their skills, following their passion and realizing their dreams.

Luke Zimmerman – “Duluth”

Roughly 15 years ago, Minneapolis singer/songwriter Luke Zimmerman released his solo debut album Twilight Waltz, featuring this track called “Duluth.” Various release dates from 2005 to 2007 are listed on the internet, but reports Jan. 24, 2006.

Homegrown Winter Fiasco 2021

The Homegrown Music Festival’s annual Winter Fiasco is digital this year. The four hourlong videos feature performances, interviews and archival footage of more than 30 local artists. Episode one features music by Mary Bue, Shadows of Me, the Slamming Doors, Dog Talk, Moriah Skye, Boogeymen, WNDY, and Isolation Band. It also includes words from festival director Melissa La Tour and an interview with Kala Moira about her unofficial 2020 Homegrown Scavenger Hunt.

Lanue – “What I Love the Most”

Duluthian Sarah Krueger’s new music project is called Lanue. The album is available for pre-order on Bandcamp.

The video for the track “What I Love the Most” was filmed and directed by Zoe Prinds-Flash and edited by Lauren Josephine.

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