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We have two really fun gigs coming up this week. The first is Thursday, October 7th at the Kitty Cat Klub with our new friends In The Cinema and Telepathos.

The second is Friday, October 8th at The 331 Club with a fellow Invisible Button band, Liminal Phase. This group is an absolute trip. I saw them a few months ago and sat in the front row of the theater with my jaw in my lap. We’re talking wild instrumentals, thick arrangements, and tasteful melodies. Also on the bill is Jeremy Ylvisaker. Jeremy is a dear friend who really showed me the ropes in the Minneapolis music scene over 10 years ago.

Rumor has it that Jeremy will be toting some form of a new project called Guitar Party. This band features members of Halloween Alaska, Andrew Bird, Why?, Dosh, Alpha Consumer, Fog, Heatdeath, Mpls. Dub Ensemble, Eyedea and Abilities, etc.. their singer is a first grader at Hale Elementary. Again, I am not certain which formation will be at the 331, but I was promised a “quadruple guitar attack”.

Both of these shows are FREE! Be at one or both of them.

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On September 9th, we’ll join our good friends Luke Redfield and Bethany Larson at our favorite little venue in Minneapolis. This is an exciting gig as it feels like ages since we have crammed on stage at the 331 Club.

Luke Redfield is a musician who I have been honored to play with for nearly 2 years now. His songs are catchy and his lyrics are thought provoking. He is also one of my dearest pals and I never grow tired of gigging with him. Luke is a bit nomadic and we don’t get him year-round and, last I heard, he is planning to head back to Austin, TX soon. You might want to catch him while you can. This means, on this particular night, I’ll be pulling a double!

Bethany Larson has shared a bill with us once before and the 5 of us were quite impressed. She has an incredible voice and a real gift for weaving a melody. In the very least, I’m looking forward to this as an excuse to hear her again!

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Invisible Button St Patrick's Day at Kitty Cat Klub Ryan Paul & THE ARDENT

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with us at the Kitty Cat Klub. It is going to be a bit of an eclectic evening hosted by Invisible Button Entertainment. Joining us will be Painted Saints and Nice Purse.

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Flyer of the Week: Ryan Paul and the Ardent

By Andrea Swensson in Flyer of the Week
Wed., Mar. 3 2010 @ 1:20PM

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This flyer caught our attention for a couple of reasons: Not only were we intrigued by these wintry, decoupaged birds, but this is one hell of a lineup for a Thursday night. Ryan Paul and the Ardent will be joined by stellar singer-songwriters Luke Redfield, Brad Senne, and Holly Newsom of Zoo Animal.
Thanks Andrea!!

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Every single member of RP&TA plays in at least one other band. I play in a few and am very exited to tell you about one of them…

Luke Redfield is a musician who I have grown to like, not only as a musician, but as a person. I was initially turned on to his music by Jeremy Ylvisaker, who has played guitar on Luke’s records. In 2008, Luke asked me to fill in on some live shows. Learning Ylvis’ guitar parts was like being 19 years old all over again*.
Ephemeral Eon” is Redfield’s most recent album and I have been glued to it. I strongly recommend checking it out.
*For those who don’t know my history, I was a guitar tech for Jeremy  1999-2000.

Redfield travels all over the country and has lived in some of the strangest places, but he’s back in Minneapolis for a little while and I will be playing all of those dates.

Here are the shows he has lined up thus far:

1-22-10 @ 6:30 p.m.
Varsity Theater
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Minneapolis, MN

1-28-10 @ 7 p.m.
The Whole, University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN

2-18-10 @ 9:30 p.m.
Lee’s Liquor Lounge
Minneapolis, MN

3-11-10 @ 9:30 p.m.
331 Club
Minneapolis, MN
With Ryan Paul & THE ARDENT (I’ll be pulling a double)

-Ryan Paul

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If you were in Minnesota this weekend, you noticed the frigid subzero weather. I tried to pass the time reading and listening to music, but eventually went a bit stir crazy. I was picking through my vinyl and pulled out some Dwight Yoakam records. I decided to pull the minimal resources available and paid tribute to Dwight with my own version of “A Thousand Miles From Nowhere”:

Free download. Pass it on to friends. And check out the other live recordings on that site!

-Ryan Paul

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We were pleased to see that Ryan Paul’s top 5 local & national records of 2009 were published by Metro Magazine. Here’s a clip:

“As the year comes to a close, you’ve probably been inundated by year and decade end lists. We thought that you might want to hear what Twin Cities musician’s favorite albums are, rather than getting our two cents. It’s pretty hard to hone in on the local music scene, even for those of us who are attuned to national music trends. So, we used the good old Internet and got in touch with some of our favorite local artists.”

Ryan Paul & The Ardent
National
1. Grizzly Bear // Veckitamest – This album gets my best of 2009. I’ve heard all of the banter about whether or not it will last. I’ve heard all the talk about them “selling out” with Veckitamest. Frankly, I don’t care. I’ve listened to Grizzly Bear since Horn of Plenty and sister band Department of Eagles. There is certainly a difference in Veckitamest, but it is one that I have seen coming for awhile.

Daniel Rossen has been growing into his pop sensibility very slowly and the maturation grew into this record. It is an absolute masterpiece. I can’t find a single fault in it. The album lacks nothing. Can they keep it up? Surely. However, Daniel and the boys may grow into something else and I’m sure that will be just as jaw dropping as the rest of their career.

Favorite Track: “Ready, Able”

2. Jim O’Rourke // The Visitor
Jim O’Rourke has played on well over 100 records in the past 20 years, but left an 8 year gap from his last solo album. Anyone who knows me heard my excitement for weeks leading up to the release of The Visitor. I didn’t want to get my hopes up, but managed to anyhow. When I got my pre-ordered copy, I nervously put it in to find that it was only one track. One 38 minute track. (This isn’t rare for O’Rourke’s noise records) This album (or song) had over 200 separate recorded parts and they were all layered perfectly. I liked how one reviewer called it “genre-hopping melange of organic and electronic influences”. I’ll even get behind Pitchfork’s statement that The Visitor “plays hide-and-go-seek with dozens of instruments, textures, and motifs before refusing to deliver the climax you might have expected”. I mainly summed it up with a dropped jaw. I have listened to it dozens of times and I haven’t even begun to soak it all in.

3. Elvis Perkins in Dearland // ST/Doomsday EP
I liked Elvis Perkins’ solo effort. “Ash Wednesday” was a great start, but it was missing something. It was missing Dearland. I’m not sure how these guys seemed to pick up on Elvis’ behind the beat writing, but they did. I am including Doomsday EP because it was recorded at the same time as the self titled album and is mainly B-Sides. I can’t wait to hear what Elvis and Dearland do next.

Favorite Track: “Shampoo”

***PLEASE SEE CORRECTION BELOW***

4. Phosphorescent // To Willie
Am I crazy to pick a cover album in my top 5? Possibly. But I feel that this particular cover album is the best Willie Nelson cover album ever done. This particular album got more spins on my player than many others on this list. Done in the same vein as Willie Nelson’s To Lefty, this album is brilliant. I knew, from the second I saw the cover, that I was going to fall head over heels with To Willie. Many have tried to cover Willie Nelson and nearly all have failed. This album plays Willie like a young Willie would do Willie. Houck spares no detail and even playing nearly every guitar solo with the melody line of the song (just like Willie). If you want to cover Willie, be Willie. Don’t try to put a new spin on the Red Headed Stranger. He is one of a kind.

Favorite Track: “Can I Sleep In Your Arms” (There are moments where I actually prefer this to the original. I know. It’s practically heresy.)

5. The Bad Plus // For All I Care
Every single time I have seen The Bad Plus play live, I have always stood in line to get in early and plant my butt in front of Dave King’s drum kit. That was, until Wendy Lewis started singing with them. The two times that I witnessed The Bad Plus (joined by Wendy Lewis), Wendy seemed to be the only force that could drive my eyes and ears from King’s wicked drumming. I happened to run into Lewis at a Dosh show in 2008 and listened to her talk about what was going on down at Pachyderm. I could not wait to hear this record. The day I picked it up, I sat in my room short of breath. Seeing them live, a friend had to remind me to inhale and exhale. It goes without saying that Dave King is masterful on “For All I Care”. I don’t need to tell you that Reid Anderson is a hell of a bass player. Ethan’s piano playing is about as dependable as his wardrobe. This is a wonderful record.

Favorite Track: “Comfortably Numb”

Local
Bad Plus // For All I Care
Brad Senne // Aerial Views
The Pines // Tremolo
Gary Louris/Mark Olson // Ready for the Flood
Peter Wolf Crier // Inter-Be

*I’d really have the Daredevil Christopher Wright album on there, but Western WI is still WI.


***CORRECTION: Klaus Voorman let me know that The Doomsday EP was not recorded at the same time as the Dearland LP. The tunes are not B-sides either.

I appreciate the correction. This is why I am a musician and not a journalist. I take things that dudes at the record store tell me as fact.

Being that they were not recorded at the same time, I am amending:

#3. Elvis Perkins in Dearland – Dearland LP
#3.5 Elvis Perkins in Dearland – Doomsday EP


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