Unsigned & Independent Reviews ‘Find Your Tambourine’

Dublin, Ireland’s Unsigned & Independent Music Magazine is a product that was developed to promote the music of unsigned and independent artists from our grass roots music networks. The artists included in each issue are recommended through our international network of co-ops.

They reviewed our freshman album ‘Find Your Tambourine’

You can find the review in the latest issue at this link: October Issue – Unsigned & Independent Music Magazine

 

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Order the album from our online store or on bandcamp!

Do A Little Wrong Video at Hair Police

This month we were allowed some time in the iconic salon Hair Police to complete a take away performance of our new song ‘Do A Little Wrong’.  We arrived at the salon before they opened to get everything set up.  Shortly thereafter, we were singing to the patrons and stylists!

Here is the finished product directed and edited by our very own, David Tullis!

Directed and Edited by David Tullis

Videographer – Jew DreamFirstBorn

Assistant Videographer – Bianca Wilcox

Sound Engineer – Orrin Pratt

Assistant Sound Engineers – Eric Basta & Jay Sandstrom

In Cooperation with – The Download Society & Grouse Productions

Produced by – DiRTy Productions

 

Basilica and Bastille: Two worlds, one band

Those of you out there who have been to both the Basilica Block Party and the annual Bastille Day Block Party know how different these events can be from one another.  Some would say they could never be compared.  The only reason we’re doing it is because we performed at both, on the same weekend.

Basilica Block Party started at about 4am to get ready for the 5am KARE 11 news spot.  Most of us stayed up all night, a couple of whom took a chance and slept for an hour or two, not a good move, if you’re ever in that situation.  Fight through it. We learn life lessons everyday.

Most of Black Diet waiting to go on air at dawn.
Most of Black Diet waiting to go on air at dawn.

We waited for the sun to come up, hid from the morning shower and…ACTION. About two hours after we got there, we were free to go.  The majority of us were looking forward to some day sleep before being back at 5pm for our set. Unbeknownst to us, we had to be back at the stage for load in and sound check at noon.

We got to the Vita.mn stage and officially met Marnie who would be stage managing for the weekend.  She’s amazing.  The stage crew were so helpful and it’s always nice to have some good people at your home base.

Carroll played on the stage right before us. Carroll is great. Those guys killed it. They told us they were able to get in to the VIP section at the main stage with their band passes. Damn. Wish we’d have thought of that.  Again, we live and we learn.

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Photos by Tony Nelson courtesy of City Pages

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There were so many people at Basilica Block Party. They were from all over the state and beyond. Not the local crowd we’re so used to. But, Vita.mn did a great job of keeping things feeling like home. There was a noticeable lack of local breweries serving drinks, which was a bummer, but we ended up on the best stage for us and for that, we’re super grateful.  Another reason Vita.mn was killing the music festival game: the photo booth! We heard people all over the place yelling to their friends, “let’s go to the Vita.mn photo booth!” The photos were free and that is amazing. We attempted a band photo. Thanks so much to Mark Schwandt for filling in for us while David was away.

Thanks Mark!
Thanks Mark!

 

Now, back to Uptown for Barbette’s Bastille Day.  It was beautiful to be around such a familiar crowd. Immediately upon our arrival we ran into Phillip Morris, Tomahawk Tassels and GRRRL PRTY was just rolling up for their set too. Marnie stopped by too, it was obviously wonderful to see her again.

This festival was full of Minneapolis owned businesses and we have to say, that was a breath of fresh air. Restaurants, breweries, art, music. Minneapolis has such a vibrant entrepreneurial spirit and we’re always happy to be immersed in its richness. Honestly, it was nice to be surrounded by our people again, to use our drink tickets and leftover cash on a local brewer’s latest innovation. To see how many neighbors made it down the street for one of their favorite local cafe’s annual festival celebration. A community doing for itself, in the true Bastille Day spirit.

A couple more photos from City Pages.

Photos by Mark N. Kartarik
Photo by Mark N. Kartarik

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The crowds at both shows were grand. We’re so happy to perform for crowds who appreciate the diverse musical community Minneapolis has to offer.  We’re proud to call it home. Performing here will never get old.

 

 

 

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory

Last week was a busy one.  Hence the grossly procrastinated Como Park post.  We rushed into town from Des Moines, having just played the incredible 80/35 Music Festival and shot an entire music video before our band videographer and drummer left the country to visit his family.  That’s right, David is half Hungarian, which is awesome.  He’s been texting us from the old world the entire time he’s been gone, which is a relief.  We miss him dearly.

Hi David, if you’re reading this!

Getting ready for the set. Waiting for the shade to cascade our way.

We arrived to see that our friend Brian Engel, DJ and founder of Hipshaker Minneapolis would be spinning some vinyl between our sets.  He even took the time to sell our merch when the need arose.  This, of course, instigated the conversation of him joining us on tour when we get to go out for more than a week.  He would be the perfect addition to the van.

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The pretty Como crowd.

After the set, which involved many children running around with our mini tambourines (which is always charming), we packed up and made a point to party in St. Paul.  Most of our gigs are in Minneapolis, so this is quite a rare occurrence.  Brian showed us the way.

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Mitch and Brian in their element.

A huge thanks to Como Park Zoo & Conservatory and the City of St. Paul for asking us to join this series of free outdoor concerts.  We had a blast!

 

Iowa Knows

We made it back.  We hit the ground running.  We’ve done a hundred things since, but we can’t help sitting back and reminding each other what a kick ass weekend we had at 80/35 in Des Moines.

We were invited to play at the festival by DMMC (Des Moines Music Coalition).  A non profit organization aiming to support and sponsor the musical community in order to continue the revitalization and economic development of the area.  Which is, as we’re sure you’ll agree, super kick ass.

Mugsy, being from Iowa, immediately got on the horn and found us all a place to crash.  We could not have been happier.  We made it into town just in time for the fireworks  and were greeted by her friend Macy who had been celebrating the holiday with friends on the rooftop of her downtown loft.  We can’t thank her enough for putting us up for three nights in a row.  Her place was literally covered in Black Diet.  Check out her Shiba Inu pup Reuben on instagram because they’re both adorable and, you guessed it, so kick ass.

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Jt and David watching the fireworks. Couldn’t have timed it better. Black Diet welcoming party!

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Friday, we spent time finding food and preparing for our afternoon set. We arrived at the festival to unload our gear and were pleasantly surprised at the ease of it all.  There are volunteers and staff members everywhere to help with anything a performing band could possibly need.  We were allowed 6 additional all-access badges so we could bring others into the paid portion of the festival, drink tickets, food vouchers.  They even sold our merchandise for us all weekend.  Not a care in the world.  We were ready to party.

Des Moines had really supported us before we even got there by writing us up on a number of blogs.  You can check out our 80/35 Preview: The Inherent Pain of Black Diet written by Chad Taylor of Band Bombshell.  Juice Magazine named us one of 7 bands you didn’t know you’d love at 80/35.  They helped us draw that magnificent crowd.  We are so grateful for their support.

We caught Caroline Smith on Saturday and let’s just say (because abandoning the theme now is just wrong), she kicked ass.  Their set was beautiful and deservedly well-attended.  80/35 attendees really know how to show their support, they love her and we love them for it.  Check out this great shot from the stage.  You’re likely to see someone you recognize. You may have to squint a little.

Photo Courtesy of Juice Magazine and Cody Osen
Photo Courtesy of Juice Magazine and Cody Osen

Ok, long winded post to make this simple point.  Iowa knows, people. Iowa knows how to throw a kick ass party, how to ensure that their festivals are of benefit to all.  Iowa knows how to treat people right and we can’t wait to go back.

Serene Supreme

We’re lucky here in Minneapolis.  It’s full of talented and über lovely artists.  One of which is Serene Supreme Enloe.

This weekend, we spent part of Father’s Day posing in front of her Polaroid cameras wearing a variety of outfits and looks on our faces.  We’ve got a little preview of the session here, but you should most certainly hip yourself to her work, it’s simply marvelous.

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Here’s a link to her website and a recent article on MPLSTYLE.

Grand Old Day – Whole Foods Stage

Grand Old Day

Next weekend, the largest one day festival in the Midwest is in full swing in St.Paul, MN.  Grand Old Day 2014 is upon us!  We’re playing on the Whole Foods Stage on Sunday at 1:30pm; sandwiched between General B and the Wiz and Chastity Brown.  Here’s the official event guide to help you plan your day!

The parade start time is 9:30am and runs East to West on Grand Avenue between Dale and Fairview.  The theme for this year is “Summer in the City”, so get your short shorts on and come party with us!

Discount tickets are being sold through Saturday, May 31st, so grab your today!

Memorial Day Weekend at Memory Lanes Block Party

The annual Memory Lanes Block Party is this weekend!  We’ll be performing along side some of our favorite Minneapolis bands including Southside Desire, GRRRL PRTY, Black Market Brass and many more.

Here’s a photo of us at MLBP last year, shortly after David Tullis (drums) joined the band.  We’ve all got significantly longer hair now.  And the band as a whole is kicking more ass than ever, if we do say so ourselves.

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We’ll be capping the night off inside at 10:30p with Grolar Bears immediately following us.  We hope you’ll come on in and enjoy yourselves with us.  The event is free and worth every penny.  Come eat, drink and be merry!

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