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I’m very excited to announce that Ryan Paul & THE ARDENT will be playing the Minneapolis ARTCRANK opening on April 10th. In short, ARTCRANK is a community of local cycling artists who create incredible original work surrounding their passions: cycling and the city. The pieces are inexpensive ($30) and quite possibly the coolest thing(s) you can hang on your wall. More info by clicking on the image above.

If you are not a hardcore biker, this event is still for you. It is a total blast! This will be my second year. Free entry. Free food and drink. And a free set by myself & THE ARDENT. We’ll be playing around 10pm, when it is reasonable to get good and loud. Mark your calendar and BE THERE!

*Now, for my personal note about the gig (why does this always happen?)*

I like ARTCRANK a lot. It starts with the fact that I am a cyclist who enjoys using my bike for the majority of my transportation needs. I like the fact that they write the name in all caps. I like sweet art for $30. I love the people who are involved.

If you click on the ARTCRANK website, you’ll notice a list of partners along the left-hand side. I have a few notes on some mentioned (and some not):

There’s this group of people who work underneath a ton of cool events going on throughout the city. They scope the scene, absorb artists and musicians they like, and try to push them to the front of the proverbial “line”. RPandTA got sucked up by this group quite some time ago.

The (not creepy) illuminati-esque  group I speak of is comprised of, but not limited to, Dena Alspach with Metro Magazine, Kate O’Reilly with O’Reilly Creative, and (my bff) elli rader of Paperlily.

O’Reilly Creative & Paperlily teamed up to put on The Jennefit last week. Dena is quite a bit more visible, and took on The Metro 100 Party in 2009. Those are just a few mentions. The group has conspired on quite a few assignments over the course of the last year.

It was elli who put me face-to-face with, ARTCRANK Director and Curator, Charles Youel, at Art-A-Whirl in 2009. From that point on, I have kept up with Charles and have grown quite fond of his daily musings and receptive spirit. It is/was an honor to be asked to perform at this gallery opening. I woulda been there supporting it anyhow!

Please come support ARTCRANK by purchasing some prints or just hanging out! I don’t see any 331 dates on the working calendar, so this may be your last chance to catch RPandTA for free in the coming months.

Just do it, K?
.rp

P.S. I got my copy of the “Cute Souvenirs Sessions” EP that we will be releasing in June. It’s pretty dang good. Get excited.

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Coming up on Friday(March 26) of this week is the “Jennefit“. Cute name, right? I’ll spit some specifics and then get into my thoughts on the show. Proceeds from the show will be given to photographer, Jenn Barnett, to buy a new camera so she may begin anew her undeniably indispensable job of documenting the Minneapolis music scene.

When? March 26th, 2010
Where? The Turf Club in St. Paul, MN
Who?

How Much? $10 (advance tix available via Indietickets)

I know Jenn pretty well at this point. It didn’t take me long to develop a relationship with her because she was everywhere I went on a weekend. I think Rebecca Lang from the Star Tribune put it best with: “Minneapolis has its share of photo pit junkies who manage to post galleries of the previous night’s shows on Flickr before the rest of us have had our coffee. One of them (being) Jenn Barnett.”

Music mastermind, Ed Ackerson, said,  “Jenn is golden, a huge asset for our community as a whole.”

I find it so cool that Ed used the word “community“.

We live in a world that is gasping for air in our current economic climate. It seems that every single industry (including the music industry) is asking the same question: how will we survive today? I’ve sat by and watched as dreams of Motley Crüe limousines have turned to aspirations to make rent. Many have argued that the shift has been one that has been good for the industry. In theory, I agree. However, the shift is not as temperate as one would like to believe.

Instead of leveling the income playing field for musicians, this economy simply has those who made more, making a little less. It has those who were making some, making none.

I will acknowledge that our enterprise does not have a measurable imprint on those who are pinched by the recession. We don’t offer goods or services that will keep  roofs over heads or food in the bellies. No matter how much we want to play ourselves off as “artists”, the fact of the matter is that we work in the entertainment industry. When budgets get snug, the first belt-tightening goes around the waist of our craft.

Lately, one hears pep talks and Presidential addresses telling us to “pull together” in order to triumph (or even make it through a fiscal quarter). When I hear phrases like “pull together”, I almost automatically think of a community.

The word “community” has become a bit of a buzz anthem, but I don’t believe the concept has lost all meaning. However, it’s NOT a gathering of a few people who get along reasonably well and have the same ideals. Communities give life to the whole body. A community contains people of all different sizes, races, colors, talents, drives, etc. With all of these differences, the group can work together far better than one alone. I have often dreamed of an artist/musician community, not just here in Minneapolis, but around the world.

It’s easy to mention artist/musician comradeship, but is a bit of a challenge to plan and implement. There are so many steps and not one of them can happen overnight. But I have a few ideas on how to start…

Who am I?
I think the first step to moving into an artist/music community is to know yourself. It’s important to know your own strengths and weaknesses. If someone approached me asking me to play on a punk record, or to sub at a punk show, my immediate response would be to pass it off to a member of the community who specializes in that genre. That may be an easy example, but if I add that this particular punk gig was high paying, then maybe I would have you thinking twice. (I am aware of the irony of this example. There is no such thing as a high paying punk gig.)

My hope with passing on the punk gig would be that if he/she were approached with an indie or alt country opportunity, that it would be passed on to me. The funny thing is that once I became aware of areas where I am lacking, it became easier for me to plug areas where I am effective.

Give first – Take last
It is witnessed over and over again that when an organization like The Red Cross offers relief to an impoverished area, the concern of the starving civilians starts with their neighbors instead of themselves. When a small portion of food is given to a famished and malnourished victim of poverty, the first thing they do is turn around and give the ENTIRE food package to another member of their community. Can we learn something from this?

How about this: In order to join most co-ops, unions, or other social affiliations, one must pay some kind of entry fee. These funds go into a pot that will benefit the entire outfit. Upon paying our ante, we know that for us to succeed, the entire group must succeed. Jerry Greenfield (Ben & Jerry’s) once said “If your support the community, they will support you.” This can/does relate to the musical community.

It has always interested me to watch the ways that musicians support one another. Our greatest tool for giving is our mouths*. In a world of social media, this should also be the easiest way for us to contribute to the overall community. A few months ago I went to see Chris Koza and The Honeydogs. At one point in the show I became overwhelmed by Peter Sieve’s (Chris Koza) guitar playing. My first reaction was to tell everyone I knew via twitter about my appreciation for his playing. My hope was to catch the attention of someone who may not have heard Chris’ music.

In January of 2010, I was given the opportunity to give Metro Magazine my top 5 local and national records of 2009. That was a thrill for me as I am always telling anyone who will listen about my appreciation for some of our talented Minneapolis musicians. Some are friends. Some I have never met. It doesn’t matter.

*I once saw a band finish a set in Brooklyn and were handing flyers out to people after they had torn down their gear. I asked their guitar player if they were plugging friends of theirs. He said, “Never met em. Love their EP though. We printed these at Kinko’s ourselves. You should go.”

Inclusive vs. Exclusive
Last summer, I sat with a musician who has gold records hanging on the wall in his studio. He’s written songs that have won awards I will most likely never touch. He had just gotten off the phone with a talent buyer at a local venue and was (understandably) miffed. The more he processed his frustrations verbally, he said “Do you know that Austin has nearly the same demographic as Minneapolis? They have SXSW. We have Ribfest.”

This musician went on to voice his love for the inclusive music communities all over the USA and being heart-broken by the exclusive scene here in Minneapolis. I wrote him off as being a little dramatic, but started to take notice around the city. He was partly right. We have locked ourselves into our genres and friend groups. We’ll support those who participate in our tiny “labels”, but only if they support us back. Because, on a Saturday night, we’re “in it for ourselves”.

I can’t count the green rooms I have been in where I have seen bands hurriedly thumbing through calendars in publications looking for their “competition” on the evening. Competition? Are you serious?

It doesn’t have to be that way. The Jennefit is a prime example.

Speaking of competition…
If I were to pick out an industry in Minneapolis that is “competitive”, I would easily point at the photographers of our city. Like Rebecca noted (above), there are tons of them at every venue shooting every show. When I was contacted about playing the Jennefit, I was shocked to find that another local photographer, elli rader, was the driving force behind it. In a cut-throat business, elli wants nothing more than for Jenn to get her camera fixed so she can jump back into business and potentially take customers from her. Does that blow your mind? If it doesn’t, you might need to read it again.

Our models…
elli rader is a classic example of “Give first – Take last” as she has spent a great deal of time and energy on the Jennefit. Musicians who are out night after night, paying door covers, and supporting local musicians are good illustrations. Local musicians who walk straight to the “local” section of record shops are the ones who show me how this is done. Artists and musicians, plugging one another, working together, giving first and taking last.

I’d like to claim that I practice all of these principles day in and out, but I don’t. I am still learning and growing. I have good prototypes to follow (people like elli rader). Younger musicians and artists watch all of you who have been creating successfully for years. Don’t think an eye is taken off of you for a second.

If this type of living is something that interests you, get to a show, a record store, or maybe even the Jennefit. And if you hear something you like, tell everyone you know!

Ryan Paul

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We had a wonderful time playing at the 331 Club last night. I left the show all sweaty and with an overwhelming feeling of gratitude. I thought it would be fun to point out a few people who have done selfless things for us.

(In no particular order)
elli rader/paperlily – elli booked RPandTA for a good year and did an amazing job of it. She also takes great photos of us and designed our beautiful website. elli is single-handedly responsible for much of the early word of mouth praise of this band. We all have grown quite close to her. Thank you.

Lily Troia/Invisible Button Entertainment
– Lily and crew opted to take us under the powerful wing of Invisible Button. There is so much going on behind the scenes. Lily’s dedication to all of her bands is admirable (and seemingly impossible, but she pulls it off). Thank you.

Janey Winterbauer
– Janey has been a constant support for us. She sang on La Vita Nuova and rocked our CD Release show last summer. In addition, she has agreed to follow me on some wild tangents and even recorded a demo in my living room. She is a talented singer and musician. Thank you.

Matt Patrick
– Matt is working with us on our new EP. He has been a champion with meeting our schedule and budget. This EP is going to sound great! It’s an honor to be working with such an accomplished musician/engineer/producer. Thank you.

Adam Byer – Adam is almost finished with his degree in post production for film, but he continues to record tracks with me. The first, “Nothing Can Destroy”, appeared on La Vita Nuova. The second will appear on the Cute Souvenirs EP. He manages to squeeze these projects in with his own film projects and band. Thank you.

Jason Woolery/The 331 Club – I am not certain how it happens, but we always seem to have our best performances in that tiny club in NE Minneapolis. We’re indebted to the 331 for allowing us to come back over and over. I love that there is a venue in Minneapolis that provides free music and still treats it’s bands with enough class that we all want to keep playing there. Thank you.

Dena Alspach/Metro Magazine – Dena has had to have seen us play more than a handful of shows. She always seems to pop up when I am least expecting it. She also invited us to play the 2009 Metro 100 Party and plugs our shows when she isn’t too busy juggling the media world of Minneapolis. Thank you.

Sarah Sandusky/First Ave/7th St Entry – Sarah is a total sweetheart and continues to book us along with bands that we really enjoy. It is seriously not uncommon for me to tell her that I love something on the calendar and to have her try to find a way to get us involved in the show. She is consistently professional and rad at the same time. I imagine the two are tough to do concurrently. Thank you.

I’d also like to thank all of the bands who share bills with us. It is such a privilege to share the stage with such talent. I can’t list them all, but we are talking about Kid Dakota, Sam Roberts Band, Brad Senne, Brian Just, Eliza Blue, Breaksea Caravel, Rock Plaza Central, Luke Redfield, Backyard Tire Fire, John Swardson, Holly Newsom, Painted Saints, Al Church & State, Daredevil Christopher Wright, Solid Gold, the list goes on and on and on… Thank you.

Lastly, I would like to thank THE ARDENT for all of the hard work and sticking with me through all of this. It’s been a cool year and a half. You guys are some of the most talented players I know and am humbled to have you make my songs sound the way they do. Thank you.

Ryan Paul

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Photographer and designer elli rader tells about her first photo shoot with Ryan Paul. Many of these photos are used by the band to this day.

Please read the full posting and others here: http://www.paperlily.net/blog/2010/02/the-story-of-creepyhouse/

august 9th of 2008 was a beautiful day.  i set out with friend/musician ryan paul to do a photo shoot after having waited for the perfect time of day, when the light was exactly just the way i hoped it would be . . . the sun setting and making that super pretty gentle light sideways across a hill down the road from my house, at the end of which was a completely hideous and ghastly abandoned house.

i had passed the house hundreds of times and the plan for this day was to take photos on the porch of it–where there were no less than 3 stoves, many unidentifiable tools and several other large appliances carelessly stashed.  the house is located on a farm, and there is a fully functional regular house on the property.  it seemed appropriate at the time to ask permission to be wandering around taking photos, so we parked and i approached the front door.  couldn’t get to it.  the only way in was through the open garage, the backyard, and on the porch.  i cautiously went through the garage and out into the backyard and found several dozen diseased, dying, bleeding, crying and otherwise heartbreaking cats and kittens.  fighting back tears, i stepped through the terrible kitty yard and up onto the porch.  i was terrified as i pulled open the screen door and knocked on the kitchen door. after a few minutes the door swung open loudly and cigarette smoke billowed out in a huge cloud onto me.  the creepiest of creepy old dudes appeared through the smoke and stared at me until i started to stutter. . .

“uuuuum….i.   i am a photographer?  annnnnnd……wondering if.    could i?  the house over there.  the broken-y one?  i can take pictures on the porch for a few minutes, please?  friend.  band.  needs pictures.”

and his answer:  ”THAT HOUSE?!? that house ain’t mine.  that old guy in, well he lives in CHANhassen.  he don’ care. whatever.  grunt.”

so i ran!!! back through the bad kitty place and ran!!! out the garage and leaped into the car, breathing so fast, and looked at ryan with sheer terror, and said, “it’s ok.”  and he didn’t believe me.  and i said, “no.  it’s fine.  tell you later.  oh my god.”

so we went over to the house and started poking around on the porch, taking some shots.  i didn’t know ryan well enough yet to know he would do this, but he immediately went over to the garage attached to the back of the house and shimmied his skinny ass under the 1.5 foot opening and started climbing through the house.  i’m thinking, “NOPE.  unh-uh.  i am NOT going in there.  no way, not gonna happen.  gross!!  who IS this guy?”  but all that comes out of my mouth is, “um, are you okay?  what was that noise?”  and what i hear from inside is:

“OH MY GOD!! HOLY SHIT!”  …crash….thud….”DEAD ANIMAL! you HAVE to come in here! climb under the….the door, climb und—-” CRASH.

nope.  not gonna.  not climbing under that door and going in there.  i followed along the side of the house, taking pictures in through the window so i could see what was going on.  (window height is above my head.)  i heard him smashing through the house, swearing, and then finally appearing out on the front porch.  ”oh!  hey.  the front door was unlocked.”

sigh.

needless to say, he convinced me to go inside and we spent a few awesome hours exploring the nasty house, taking photos, and admiring the sound of his new guitar in an abandoned house.

and there you have it, joseph.  the story of where your photo came from.

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Just a quick heads up about an event being held in March…

I’m not going to tell you about Jenn Barnett. Either you already know, or you can read the posting below. I will tell you that Jenn is a close personal friend and I am delighted that elli rader has put this together and asked @RPandTA to be a part of it. So mark your calendars!

*p.s. isn’t that a rad picture of Chris Morrissey? That was a cool show. Bill Mike CD Release at the Cedar. Lotsa lights. Lotsa notes.

Ryan Paul

From Minneapolis Metblogs: http://minneapolis.metblogs.com/2010/02/03/the-jennefit-for-jenn-barnett/

Image by jennbarnett

Speaking of photography Paperlily is hosting a benefit to help local photog Jenn Barnett replace some gear.

Elli writes,

jenn has done *so* much for local musicians and helping to promote them, both through creating amazing images of their bands and telling people about their music . . . surely some of them would rally to help her replace her camera. and they would! they are! the bands i approached immediately embraced the idea of donating their time to help.

so i contacted the turf club and got a date for a benefit, and i started contacting bands. as of yesterday, we have the final lineup – although i’m certain that any of the bands on the bill would be willing to work in a cameo if anyone else wanted to get in on this. i started calling it the Jennefit (because i’m hilarious) even though that’s basically painful in it’s dorkiness. it’s super fun to say! say it out loud. do it! jennefit.

here’s what we are going to do, and i TOTALLY need your help, if you are reading this. we are going to the turf club on march 26th and we are going to watch these kick ass bands play until they make us all go home:

the honeydogs
molly maher
erik koskinen
ryan paul & the ardent
the mad ripple
(jim walsh)

Sounds like a pretty great line up, for more great pics check out JENN BARNETT PHOTOS

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Breaks are nice. We have spent a lot of time tending to other affairs and projects and are ready to get back playing live again. I’ll highlight a few below:

October 1, 2009 Metro Magazine 100 Party
I know that we are all really jazzed to be a part of this. It seems like it is going to be a crazy party! Mark Wheat from 89.3 The Current will be spinning tunes; Solid Gold will be playing a (guaranteed) scorching set;  Shuga Records will showcase The Unknown Prophets, Unicorn Dream Attack, and some other choice music acts; and we will be headlining the 331 Club. There is TONS of other stuff going on at the Ritz, Anchor Fish & Chips, Rogue Buddha Gallery…
–6pm, 21+ Tickets are $35 (advance) $40 (gate)

October 6, 2009Ryan Paul, Brad Senne, Nate Berhousen Trio
This gig is pretty exciting for me. Brad Senne is a personal friend and one who I have followed for quite some time. His new record, Aerial Views, really blows me away. Brad and I will be doing a couple shows together in October. I would call this a “not to be missed”. We’ll do some of his tunes, some of my tunes, and some from other musicians we enjoy. Also joining us will be Nate Berhousen from Breaksea Caravel…
331 Club, 9pm, 21 +, Free.

October 21, 20o9 – “Midnight or So” Gallery Opening at 318 Cafe.
All of our “official” photos were taken by elli rader.  She doesn’t just shoot us.  She shoots lots of things, including barns in rural Minnesota in the middle of the night. October 21st is the gallery opening of these barn photos. Not only will you get a shot at purchasing these prints (drinking wine and rubbing elbows with other art snobs), but you will get a cool night of music. Janey Winterbauer, Brad Senne, and others will join us on the stage and we will try our hardest to back them…
318 Cafe, 6pm, Free

October 22, 2009 501 Club with Molly Dean and The Ex Lovers
I have been to lots of cool shows at the 501 Club downtown. It’s owned by the same people/person who owns the 331. Molly Dean is a musician who was introduced to me by elli rader. I think her stuff is really really good. We’re excited to have her there with us. We are equally amped to be playing with our new friends, The Ex Lovers. If you haven’t heard this band yet, you absolutely have to! Not to mention the fact that they are darlings…
501 Club, 8pm, 21+, Free

November 12, 2009331 Club with Brian Just Band
Back home at the 331 with our near and dear friends, The Brian Just Band. I cannot say enough about Brian and his band. They are by far one of my favorite groups in Minneapolis and I keep on asking them to play gigs purely so that I can watch them again. Per usual, we let the hair down (huh!) and play our favorite venue as if we were playing in our living rooms.
331 Club, 8pm, 21+, Free

Also, starting with this blog post, I’m going to let you know what has been heavy in my music rotation the few days leading up to typing this sucker out.
1. The Beatles Remastered (Stereo and Mono) – It just doesn’t get any better.
2. Jim O’Rourke – The Visitor (2009) – 38 minutes of bliss
3.  The Pains of Being Pure At Heart – Higher Than The Stars EP (2009)
4.  Suburban Lawns – Self Titled (1981) – Jake Rudh reminded me of this record. It freaks my cats out!
5. Deerhunter – On Platts Eyott Island (2009)

FOR REAL TIME UPDATES: http://twitter.com/RPandTA

Ryan Paul
www.ryanpaulandtheardent.com

Ryan Paul & THE ARDENT by elli rader

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Well, it is official. We have a CD Release show on our hands. It feels like we have been working on this record forever (probably because we have been). The studio process has been hectic, but we have been having a blast. We have some special guests who are near and dear to my heart (and ears) performing on it. I think it is still a little early to spit out the names, but you’ll know soon enough.

I want to take the opportunity to explain what took so long. James, John, and I started working on this record in the summer of 2008. We were in a tiny studio and were having various friends come in playing drums and other instruments. The result did not come out sounding the way we wanted it to. Around that time, Steve Goold and Jaim Zuber joined THE ARDENT and they took on a completely different form. We were faced with the decision to release or throw out previous work we had done. Obviously we opted to start from scratch. I am so glad that we did!

Until I am allowed to give more information, here is the info on the release of La Vita Nuova
Ryan Paul & THE ARDENT release La Vita Nuova
Friday June 19, 2009 at The 331 Club in Minneapolis, MN
w/Brian Just, Eliza Blue, and Special Guests Who Performed on La Vita Nuova (and some who didn’t)!
Cost: Don’t worry. It’s on us!

OFFICIAL Ryan Paul & THE ARDENT website: http://www.ryanpaulandtheardent.com

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