Kanye West namechecks Tay Zonday on "Diamonds" remix


Remember Tay Zonday? The Minnesota native became a web sensation with his viral YouTube clip.

Tay Zonday's "Chocolate Rain" summer was five years ago
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Tay Zonday explains the history of the Minneapolis Transit System

But now he may have something even sweeter: his own Kanye verse.

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Greg Norton jams with Husker Du tribute band in Chicago

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Photo Courtesy of Hüsker Düdes Facebook
Every city seems to have their share of them--tribute cover bands who tackle the prodigious back catalogs of classic (and not so classic) rock bands who have long since fizzled out, or arena acts which people at dive bars refuse to pay top dollar to see. In the case of Chicago's cleverly named Hüsker Düdes, they faithfully recreate the music of one of the Twin Cities most beloved bands for fans who know that their chance to see Hüsker Dü play live has long since passed.

Spin reports that on Saturday night at Chicago's Quenchers Saloon, the Düdes, along with everyone else at the bar, received quite a treat (and the biggest accolade a tribute band could ever hope for), as Hüsker bassist Greg Norton dropped in to jam with them on a few boisterous numbers from his highly revered old band, "From the Gut," "Target," and "Blah, Blah, Blah."

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Mark Mallman makes YouTube video of his entire discography

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Say what you want about Mark Mallman, but the guy consistently keeps his approach to music interesting and fresh. Whether it's Mallman's legendary, marathon sets at the Turf Club, his annual New Year's Eve extravaganzas, or his genuine, eye-opening diaries from the road, Mark has always put himself out there in a major (and refreshing) way. So, it should really come as no surprise that Mallman has found a free, unique way to share his entire back catalog with his fans. He has put up a 5 hour, 45-minute YouTube video which features his entire discography from all phases of his eclectic 14-year music career.

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Terry Eason wraps up year-long 'Song-a-Day' project

St. Paul singer/songwriter and guitar-wizard sideman Terry Eason has two big landmarks to celebrate this week. Not only is he turning 50, but he will be completing his massive "Song-A-Day" project that he has successfully kept up this past year.

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Howler, Big Quarters, Buildings drop new music videos

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Courtesy Big Quarters
Minnesota artists are releasing music videos at such a fast clip these days that we can barely keep up with posting the best ones. Just yesterday, three separate videos from Twin Cities artists were lighting up our Twitter feeds and Facebook pages, and one was even debuted by Rolling Stone magazine's blog. 

Here's a quick rundown of the newest local videos:

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Solid Gold don Let It Be attire, head into the graveyard for Beatle Project video

The Pioneers & Soldiers Cemetery in Phillips has been getting a lot of play these days. Not only was it the inspiration for the theme of Jeremy Messersmith's last album, The Reluctant Graveyard, but it was also the site of a unique outdoor show Messersmith played this summer with Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles. Today, the graveyard is getting some love again in the newest video from Solid Gold, which was recorded as part of Dan Huiting and MPLS.TV's City of Music series to help promote their track on the Minnesota Beatle Project, Vol. 3 compilation.

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Six unforgettable George Harrison melodies on the 10th anniversary of his death

It's hard to believe it was already 10 years ago that George Harrison lost his battle with cancer. Most people remember where they were when they learned that Kurt Cobain committed suicide or the Challenger space shuttle fell out of the sky; for whatever reason, I remember the exact moment that I heard about George's death. He had always been my favorite Beatle, so much so that I celebrated his birthday (February 25) every year as a teen, and as soon as I heard the news coming over the car radio I couldn't help but break down and cry.

My appreciation for Harrison's music has only expanded over the past decade, especially after watching the all-star Concert for George on repeat. So in memory of the quiet one, the master guitarist, the innate pop songwriter, here are six unforgettable George Harrison melodies that left their mark on the rock cannon.

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The Hold Steady's Craig Finn and Tad Kubler cover the 'Mats "Within Your Reach"

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Craig Finn sure has been busy lately. In addition to putting the finishing touches on his first solo album, the "Friday Night Lights" inspired, Clear Heart Full Eyes, and plotting a subsequent solo tour, he and guitarist Tad Kubler took part in a Replacement's tribute show Wednesday night at Bowery Electric in New York City in advance of The Hold Steady's big show in town tonight.

They do a cover of the subdued Hootenany classic, "Within Your Reach," with Finn (proudly sporting a rad Minnesota Twins track jacket) even waxing nostalgic about getting introduced to the 'Mats through that album when he was a tennis playing 7th grader. 

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St. Vincent's 4AD session setting the internet ablaze today

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St. Vincent at the Walker Art Center earlier this month
It's about lunchtime, right? Well, best go get your lunch outta the fridge and come back to your desk, because you're going to want to devote 15 uninterrupted minutes to this video. For those unfamiliar with the 4AD Session series, it's one of the finest high-quality performance video series on the web right now, and gives an up-close view (closer than a front-seat view... think crouching at the performer's feet in awe) of some of the most talented indie artists performing today.

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Beyoncé's 'Party' video stars Minnesotan designers Coco & Breezy

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Ok, so no one can ever really star in a Beyoncé video besides Beyoncé herself (even guest J. Cole has to share most of his screentime with the bodacious leading lady), but Minnesotan accessory designers Coco & Breezy, who left Minnesota recently to work it in New York City, make a pretty sweet cameo in this video for B's new single "Party."

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