Category Archives: Minneapolis

Crackers – Sir Crackers!

Crackers – Sir Crackers! Ultimato, I Can’t Have Faith // Light Blue Dress, Your Heart (TwinTone Records) 1980. This one is for Steve Almaas Completists. Well, I guess that is dependent on whether there is any such things as a … Continue reading

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TAR – Teetering / The In-Crowd

TAR – Teetering // The In-Crowd (Touch & Go Records) 1992. Ahhhh yes, TAR. Another of the lesser known bands on the Am Rep roster and definitely part of the Midwestern 1990s noise rock scene. For more background on that … Continue reading

Posted in Chicago, Midwest, Minneapolis, post-hardcore, post-punk | 12 Comments

Vertigo – Burnin’ Inside / 3220

Vertigo – Burnin’ Inside // 3220 (Insipid Records) 1992. Vertigo. Remember them? One of the great also-rans. Vertigo were part of the “third wave” of Minneapolis punk / underground music that started up in the late 1980s and ran into … Continue reading

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Big Hits of Middle America Volume III

Big Hits of Middle America Volume III (Twin/Tone Records) 1979. This one lined the used record stores pretty regularly in the 1980′s in Saint Louis. It is an early two record set of the first wave of Minneapolis bands centred … Continue reading

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The Raybeats – Guitar Beat

The Raybeats – Guitar Beat (PVC) 1981. Another summer hit for you, this is the first LP by The Raybeats. I initially bought this LP about 15 years ago because it featured some pretty big No Wave luminaries. Both Don … Continue reading

Posted in Instrumental, Midwest, Minneapolis, New Wave, post-punk | 6 Comments

Dwight Twilley – Sincerely

Dwight Twilley – Sincerely (Shelter) 1976. Another LP I picked up for a buck somewhere. Dwight Twilley would be the other great musical export from Tulsa (besides NOTA – very different). This album is not something I would have picked … Continue reading

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Cows – Taint Pluribus, Taint Unum

Cows – Taint Pluribus, Taint Unum (Treehouse) 1987. In 1987, Soul Asylum had signed to A&M and began thier slow trek towards Clinton’s inauguration. Husker Du released thier swansong Warehouse Songs and Stories and were effectively grinding to a halt … Continue reading

Posted in Art-Punk, Midwest, Minneapolis, Punk Rock, indie, post-punk | 16 Comments

Treehouse Scumbait #2

Treehouse was a rather obscure contender to the Midwestern-Noise-Rock-Post-Grunge Throne. It was started by a dude named Mark, whose last name is Trehaus. Get it? He owns a GREAT record store in Minneapolis called Treehouse records and this label is … Continue reading

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Rifle Sport – Live at the Entry/Dead at the Exit.

Rifle Sport – Live At The Entry…Dead At The Exit (Ruthless) 1983. I used to work with a guy in Denver that was from Minneapolis. He told me that Rifle Sport got their name from a shooting gallery there. Is … Continue reading

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Man Sized Action – Five Story Garage

Man Sized Action – Five Story Garage (Reflex) 1984. Man Sized Action was a great Mission of Burma-type band from Minneapolis. I have owned this album for many years and for a long time it just didn’t do anything for … Continue reading

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