Orchyd: Either we'd start a really cool band, or I'd get tortured to death

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When bassist Charlie Milkey auditioned for Orchyd, he wasn't entirely sure what he was getting himself into. Percussionist Geoff Carl brought him into a basement. "That was kind of funny," Milkey says. "The first day meeting these guys, I go into their house and their house is kind of dark, and they're like, now we're going to go into the basement. I thought, we're either going to start a really cool band, or I'm going to get tortured to death."

The notion of descending into the dark underbelly of the home of Orchyd's founders, Geoff Carl and his wife, vocalist Shanna Carl, is particularly frightening when considering that the two name "broken things and bad dreams" as their primary influences. As for the invitation though, "Fortunately, it was for a band and not for death," says Milkey. The three were eventually joined by guitarist Tom Zempel, and thus Orchyd was fully realized.

This Saturday at the Kitty Cat Klub, Orchyd will celebrate the release of their full length, Mechanical Angels. Gimme Noise met with the group to talk about the album and delve into the philosophy and process behind their music and unique live performance elements.

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Marijuana Deathsquads: Everyone's got that fucking crazy animal in them

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Fuck capturing a moment. Marijuana Deathsquads have stockpiled heavy artillery and are ready to unload on a moment until the chamber's empty. After a couple years of artist residencies, loft parties, and covert studio sessions, the guitar-eschewing Minneapolis electronic experimenters have arrived above ground on their full-length debut, Oh My Sexy Lord.

"Our business game is slowly getting its shit together," says producer/instigator Ryan Olson, who seems most comfortable with a lit cigarette between his nimble fingers. He and four other members of the 'Squads -- drummer Ben Ivascu, auxiliary noise programmer Mark McGee, studio engineer BJ Burton, and vocal manipulator Isaac Gale -- are gathered at Spyhouse Coffee in northeast Minneapolis on a sunny September Friday. Olson adds, "Until now, we haven't really pushed our shit out of the city."

See Also: Marijuana Deathsquads May 2013 Residency at Icehouse

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Martin Devaney: You're always playing to someone

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"I was content to let this be my own personal Basement Tapes," says Martin Devaney when asked about this month's release of his sixth album, House of Rust. "At this point I feel like I'm talking about somebody else's record. Those songs aren't really where I am anymore. It's a different time of my life."

Since the September recording sessions two years ago, Devaney's live sets have turned steadily toward the raucous rock of his early records and away from 2010's rugged and rootsy West End. These abandoned songs were born at the crossroads of these two sides of his personality, and whether he likes it or not, it's the best he's ever made.

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Corpse Reviver: Culture got a kick in the ass from the Anthology of American Folk Music

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You may have never heard Corpse Reviver, but if you have an interest in traditional or "the old, weird America," there's a good chance you know their songs. Mikkel Beckmen, most often heard performing with Charlie Parr or the Brass Kings, is the group's percussionist. Adam Kiesling sets aside the string bass he plays with Pert Near Sandstone and performs on guitar and banjo. And when not leading her own band, or playing with the Brass Kings or the Brian Just Band, Jillian Rae joins on fiddle. They perform songs from Harry Smith's storied 1952 compilation, Anthology of American Folk Music.

Gimme Noise met with them after a performance at the Turf Club to ask about the Anthology, as enthusiasts know it, and their plans for this side project which has taken on a life of its own.

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Jack Klatt: I wanted a real solo album

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The last time City Pages talked to Jack Klatt, he was preparing to release Mississippi Roll, a sweeping cross-generational collaboration that surveyed the scope of traditional music along the mighty river's 2,300 storied miles. After recording with a cast of Minnesota legends and filling the Cedar Cultural Center for an epic evening, the twenty-something troubadour took on a quieter project, a solo album, and a series of ramblin' tours right out of his roots-rich lyrics.

Gimme Noise met him at the Palmer's patio for a round of rail whiskeys on a windy evening just before the rains came to talk about his adventures and Love Me Lonely, out this weekend with a show at the Celtic Junction.

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Jack Klatt and the Cat Swingers release collaborative album

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Some Pulp: Expect broken drum heads, bloody noses, and a few tears

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Some Pulp's vintage garage rock sound is perfect for a cassette-only release. The Minneapolis duo's scuzzy guitar pop anthems on their self-titled EP will be a godsend for fans of Jay Reatard's twisted genius. And Graham Barton and Dane Hoppe make it all sound so easy.

Gimme Noise spoke with Graham and Dane before the band's album release on Tuesday to get their take on the benefits and fall-backs on having just two members in their band and why they are only releasing the album on cassette.

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Nato Coles: If the crowd outnumbers the band, I'm playing that show

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Every bar worth drinking at in these great United States has a character like Nato Coles. They know the jukebox so well that the reference catalog becomes meaningless. They're on first-name-basis with all the bartenders, spout trivia like someone's actually listening, and have a particular stool with their ass-print permanently worn in. But most importantly, they're storytellers, historians of low-culture, grizzled raconteurs that can effortlessly shake-out a cocktail of true facts and utter bullshit until it becomes as intoxicating as their "usual."

So it's probably fitting that Gimme Noise met up with Nato at one of the West Bank's most celebrated dives, the Triple Rock Social Club, to talk about his new album with the Blue Diamond Band entitled Promises to Deliver and why he's still chasing that wild goose in the night.

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Love Lake: We share a love for old, weird rock music

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Love Lake started as a one-man band, with singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Anders Carlson helming the process of producing its 2010 self-titled debut from start to near finish, having just a little help from his friends on drums, ukelele, and mastering. The heart and love of melody present on that project is not lost on his second album, Beachmaster, as he's added three bandmates to the mix -- Clay Sollenburger, Riley Walker, and Shaughn McCurdy, who all share vocal duties with Carlson. The big difference with this new project? It most definitely takes Love Lake out of the territory of navel-gazing solo act, and into the domain of true rock band.

It may not have been their intention, but they've stumbled onto a sound with this record that seems it could've been recorded in a garage belonging to one of the Wilson brothers or that of cousin Love... at some point between when it was all surfboards and girls, and when too many drugs, drownings, Stamos, and an egomaniacal Mike Love had to go and ruin everything. In advance of their record release show this Sunday at the 7th Street Entry, Gimme Noise caught up with Carlson to discuss the transition from solo act to four-piece, the magic of live-take recording and breakfast burritos, and recording under heavy influence of Coke -- the kind that comes in a red can, mind you.

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Bookhouse: Some die-hard Twin Peaks fans will think we're assholes

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Since its premature demise 20-some years ago, the television series Twin Peaks has found new fans too young to remember the show's brief broadcast run. Devoted viewers now host festivals and write fan fiction, but one thing that's been relatively static is Angelo Badalamenti's evocative score. From Laura Palmer's memorable theme to hours of moody incidental moments, the score set the tone for the surreal series.

Now, local jazz trio Bookhouse have turned the songs into one of the Twin Cities' best jazz albums in recent memory. The double LP, 45rpm Ghostwood explores Badalamenti's score -- and several themes from the 1992 prequel, Fire Walk with Me -- from several angles, including cool jazz, a retro Mad Men approach, and the free forms of '70s ECM jazz albums by artists like Paul Motian and Dave Holland.

Gimme Noise spoke to Bookhouse bassist Josh Granowski, drummer/keyboardist Chris Hepola, and multi-instrumentalist Paul Fonfara -- who have ties with Painted Saints, Jack Klatt's Cat Swingers, and the Poor Nobodys -- to find out if there would be pie at Friday's release show, and how the project came together.

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Deleter: Our music sounds like a soundtrack to a spy film

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Deleter is that enigma that can't be categorized. The Minneapolis group has released a single each week during the month of March for their EP A/B Series. The new album constantly keeps the listener on their toes, incorporating slivers of sound that come and go, recognizable, yet mutating before they are heard again. In short: brilliant and inventive.

Gimme Noise spoke with the band midway through their release month and before their show at Hell's Kitchen on Friday to touch on what's it's like to be an artist in the new age of the music industry and how they are adapting to it.  

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