A Quick Note About Dream Jobs

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Photo by Tatiana Craine
L-R: Cardboard Prince and a soon-to-be-former City Pages Music Editor

At age six, I wanted to play professional soccer when I grew up. At seven, I dreamed of becoming an editorial cartoonist. At 15, I considered politics. At 20, I finally started heeding suggestions that I should write about music for a living. At some point after that, the idea of working for City Pages -- a paper I'd picked up and scoured since my teen years -- came into focus.

At no point did I predict all of the factual corrections, the thousands of publicist emails, and moving eight times in a decade. But on my last day as City Pages' music editor, here we are.

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

Photo by Brian Lambert
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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Frozen Teens Are Calling It Quits

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Photo by Adam Degross
Frozen Teens will play a farewell show later this month.

Keeping a band together is hard work -- especially when you've already broken up before. The volatile Minneapolis punk act Frozen Teens recently announced they've decided to say goodbye to this hopeless city, and this time it just might be for real.

A couple of years ago, the trio of guitarist/vocalist Will Simon, bassist/vocalist Wil Olsen, and drummer Andy "Ski" Nowacki released a self-titled album that bristled with garage fury and mod sensibility that despite our best efforts to get the word out is still mostly unheard. This, along with accounts of their live glory, soon may be all we have left of this promising trio.

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Devo's Bob Casale remembered with Energy Dome urns

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Bob Casale is second from the left at the top
Earlier this year, the world lost a truly brilliant, beloved, and subversive musician -- Devo's Robert Casale, or Bob 2. Known for his work as Devo's guitarist, keyboard player, and audio engineer, Casale passed away unexpectedly of heart failure on February 17 of this year. Leaving behind no will or insurance, the recent 11-date "Hardcore Devo" tour (which was intended to include Bob 2 performing the band's early work with the remaining founding members of the group) was turned into a fundraiser to support his family and final expenses.

As the collective of Spudboys continue to mourn the loss of such an important figure in the fading realm of genuinely radical rock 'n' roll, fans can take solace in the fact that his ashes have been preserved in a particularly fitting and beautiful fashion.

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Cause Spirits & Soundbar: In memoriam

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Black Diet's Jonathan Tolliver at Cause

Jonathan Tolliver is the lead singer for Twin Cities rock 'n' soul band Black Diet. When he heard the Lyn-Lake club Cause Spirits & Soundbar was closing later this month, he was inspired to write this farewell essay.

Cause has always been a very cliquey place. Walking into the bar side on any given night is an exercise in trying not to get stuck hovering next to a large group of friends who've commandeered the bar, or next to a couple having a post-date drink. I blame the layout. Those two-seater high tops right in front of the bar make it impossible to drink and hover. If you're there alone, and there are no seats at the bar, you're left in the lurch, thirsty and adrift.

It makes sense, then, that folks bunch up. A couple of large groups dominate the side of the bar closest to the entrance. Slightly older regulars dodge the malaise and sit closer to the kitchen, making small talk and drinking slowly. If you didn't come in with a group, or early enough to grab a spot at the end of the bar, your best bet is to hit the venue side. There is typically no cover. If there is a cover, it's tiny and probably worth it. Unlimited standing room, much easier to get a drink, Pacman, an ATM. The benefits are endless.

See also:
Cause Spirits & Soundbar is closing

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City Pages' Jeff Gage is the new Dallas Observer music editor

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After nearly five years at City Pages, Jeff Gage is moving to the hotter pastures of Dallas. Next week, he'll join the staff of our sister paper, the Dallas Observer, as their new music editor.

For regular Gimme Noise readers, this development should come as no big surprise. Jeff has contributed to the editorial and spiritual tone of our music coverage for a long time. He takes just as great care with his words as he does with his hair.

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Gary Burger of the Monks has died

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Photo By Steve Cohen

Gary Burger, lead singer of the seminal '60s rock band the Monks, died earlier today at the age of 72, following a prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer. Burger led the feedback-laden garage-rock sound of the Monks, a distinctive sounding -- and looking -- band who helped lay the musical groundwork for the harder edged punk sound that would eventually materialize a decade later.

Burger was elected mayor of Turtle River, Minnesota, in 2006, and in recent years, he delighted local fans with some truly scintillating live shows featuring raucous cuts from the Monks' landmark first and only studio album, Black Monk Time.

See Also: The Monks' beat goes on with pair of unsettling but fascinating reissues

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KS95 overnight host, Tim Dunbar, has died

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Tim Dunbar, overnight radio host at KS95, passed away at his West St. Paul home on Sunday night. Dunbar, 52, was on medical leave at the time of his death, and was undergoing radiation treatments after recently being diagnosed with throat cancer. According to medical examiners, he died of a pulmonary embolism, a blood clot that reached his lungs.

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Electric Fetus store in St. Cloud closing in May

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Facebook/Electric Fetus St. Cloud

The St. Cloud location of the Electric Fetus will close its doors in May after 27 years in business. The closure will leave the chain's Minneapolis and Duluth stores.

The Fetus made the announcement Friday, and cited the store's lease expiring as the reason behind deciding to consolidate their efforts to two stores.

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Pete Seeger has died, but "Turn! Turn! Turn!" lives on

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Photo Courtesy of Econosmith

The legendary folk musician and activist Pete Seeger died Monday at the age of 94. He left a legacy of indelible music and social change. His memorable songs and his unifying spirit course through the heart of modern music, and influenced the current nu-folk movement straight through to arena rock stars like Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Wilco, and countless others.

Seeger's songs were often simple but carried enduring, hopeful messages of togetherness, tolerance, resistance, and change that spoke to one generation after the next. A celebrated number like "Turn! Turn! Turn!" -- which Seeger adapted from Bible verses drawn from the Book of Ecclesiastes -- served as a counterculture activist anthem (and a No. 1 hit for the Byrds) in the '60s, but the song still resonates today.

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