Remembering Leonard Nimoy and His Odd Musical Debut, Music From Outer Space

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Leonard Nimoy's memorial is set in vinyl

Leonard Nimoy was a space oddity.

On Friday, the Boston-born character actor most famous for portraying Mr. Spock on Star Trek passed away at the age of 83, leaving a broad and diverse fanbase to grieve him.

Nimoy and Spock are so closely related that they're often conflated into a singular individual -- the striaghtforward-yet-lethal Vulcan who hails logic above all -- but Nimoy was in fact a heartfelt and accomplished man of emotion. He was an active poet, and he released six albums over the course of his life, one of which was aptly titled The Way I Feel.

The first of his recorded ventures was Leonard Nimoy Presents Mr. Spock's Music From Outer Space, a 1967 venture from Dot Records that finds Nimoy evoking his pointy-eared alter ego in a goofy and absurdist jaunt from the stars.

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Kanye West Soundtracked Kevin Garnett's T-Wolves "Homecoming"

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Kevin Garnett shows his emotion during his homecoming press conference.

For those among us who thrive on athletic competition's unadulterated emotion, there will never be enough players quite like Timberwolves superstar forward Kevin Garnett. At the height of his Hall of Fame NBA career, watching him toast victory and shoulder defeat was as riveting as Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood, or Kanye West and Jay-Z performing "N*ggas in Paris" a dozen times in a row live.

Even if Garnett's numbers have diminished, his heart is right where it was when he rose out of Farragut Academy back in '95. When KG suited up as a T-Wolf earlier this week, the team gave him an emotional welcome back. On paper, some highlights set to Kanye's "Homecoming" -- featuring Coldplay's Chris Martin singing the hook -- might not seem like much. But nostalgic sports fans should watch it sitting down. It's devastating.

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10 Rock Classifieds That Changed Music History

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Guess which one of them answered a classified ad?

A few things you can easily find in classified ads: phone sex, apartment rentals, tarot card readers, telemarketing jobs, and a used Toyota Camry with low mileage. Look a little closer, and you might also find your path to rock 'n' roll glory.

OK, answering most musician classifieds won't automatically punch your ticket to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It's more likely to result in an awkward jam session at some stranger's residence with three dudes who are twice your age but only know one song all the way through.

Still, the seeds for many very successful bands were sown in the classifieds section. Here are some of them.

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Royce da 5'9" and DJ Premier as PRhyme: "Our Chemistry Is Still Evolving"

Categories: Rap/Hip Hop
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L-R: Royce da 5'9" and DJ Premier
The legendary producer DJ Premier and Detroit MC Royce da 5'9" joined forces for a full-length project last year as the duo PRhyme. The project combines sample-based production that'll be familiar to fans of Premier's early group GangStarr and his work with Jay-Z and Nas. With the gritty lyricism of Slaughterhouse affiliate and frequent Eminem collaborator Royce, the result is a classic approach to beats and rhymes reminiscent of the golden age of rap.

Utilizing only samples from psychedelic soul composer Adrian Younge, Premier provides a solid backdrop for Royce's battle-influenced flows. They've just started their national tour as a group, and Gimme Noise caught up with the pair ahead of Sunday's Fine Line show.

See also:
The Five Best Pre-PRhyme Royce tha 5'9" & DJ Premier Tracks

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Six Tips to Help You Book Your Own Tour

Categories: Advice
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The open road is calling your name.

As musicians love to explain to anyone stupid enough to listen to them, organizing and playing shows can be a lot of work for little reward. In addition to wrangling multiple groups of morons in the same room at the same time, setting up shows also requires dealing with various disorganized idiots on the booking end of things. Keeping that in mind, setting up 20 consecutive shows across an entire country means booking a tour can seem nearly impossible.

Rather than let musicians waste their money at some hip store that sells Imagine Dragons vinyl, neon fingerless gloves, and dumb coffee table books on how to be a musician, I'm generously dispensing six basic tips to help bands hit the road.

See also:
Why Tipping Musicians Is Important

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The Best Twin Cities Concerts This Weekend: 2/27-3/1

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Rave of Thrones with DJ Kristian "Hodor" Nairn -- see Friday!

Be sure to check out our constantly updated concert calendar.

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Stop With the Heckling at Concerts, You Analog Troll

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"You are doing an excellent job, and we are happy with the performance!"

The Door Guy is a veteran of countless clubs around town. People say they've seen it all, but he's seen more. Write to him for everything from live advice to life advice.

Dear Door Guy,

How do you feel about heckling? The other night I was at a show where a couple guys were yelling stuff through the whole opening act, chucking beer cans, the whole nine yards. The singer from the band talked a lot of trash and seemed to take it in stride, but I thought the whole thing was super annoying. Why is this acceptable? Do clubs have a policy about heckling? It seems like it just ruins the show for everyone else.

-- Stop Yelling

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Top 10 Must-See Minnesota Music Videos This Week

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A brand-new video from Hippo Campus gets things going this week at Local Frames. We've also got new clips from Aaron and the Sea, Doomtree, Pill Hill, Warehouse Eyes, the Paper Days, Ced LInus, and Botzy. We're also featuring live performance videos from Caroline Smith and Manny Phesto. Enjoy!

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Top 10 Must-See Minnesota Music Videos This Week (Hotelecaster, J.E. Sunde, Brilliant Beast, Camp Dark, and more)

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Paul Metsa Pays Tribute to David Carr With "Drifting Away"

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David Carr in 1984

In the late 1980s, before his days at the New York Times, David Carr was a young journalist in Minneapolis struggling with a serious drug addiction. At some point, Carr went so far off the edge that many of this best friends feared it was only a matter of time before he turned up dead.

"He'd really developed a pretty severe crack habit," says Carr's longtime friend Paul Metsa, musician and author of Blue Guitar Highway. "We all used to party, but there was always the room upstairs of the party, and that's where the really heavy doping would go on. And David found himself in those situations with people who were just downright dangerous, and I wouldn't hang out with them in a million years. David started to really drift away from us. "

Metsa wrote a song about Carr around this time, called "Drifting Away," but he never got around to recording it. Before long, Carr entered rehab at Eden House in Minneapolis and finally got sober.

See also:
Before the New York Times, David Carr Learned the Journalism Craft on Minneapolis Streets

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The 10 Best Piano-Playing Rock Frontmen of All Time

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Billy Preston performing in 1971.

Were it not for certain extroverts, rock 'n' roll piano players would be at a decided disadvantage.

Though a frontman who wields a guitar has the mobility to move about the stage and pose and posture accordingly, your average keyboardist is forced to remain in a stationary position due to the fact that your average grand piano isn't really made for portability. To compensate, certain showmen found a way to do gymnastics while using their pianos as a prop, one they can stand on, duck beneath, or somersault off, depending on their athletic prowess.

Call it compensation; after all, Elton John humbly named one of his bestselling albums Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only the Piano Player in an attempt to lower expectations. Regardless, here are the 10 best piano-playing rock frontmen of all time.

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