In a move that shocks and confuses the hell out of everyone, Bob Dylan releases a Christmas album. Titled Christmas in the Heart, the disc is composed of standards like "Little Drummer Boy" and "Here Comes Santa Claus." Proceeds from the sale of the disc in the U.S. go toward the hunger-relief charity Feeding America. Dylan promotes the album by releasing an absolutely ridiculous music video for "Must Be Santa," which features the folk icon galloping through a house party in a white top hat and scraggly gray wig as guests get sloshed, start fights, and jump out the window.
In honor of the legendary punk band's pair of reunion shows at the Walker and late-night appearance at the Dakota, Mayor R.T. Rybak proclaims November 7 "Suicide Commandos Day."
In honor of the 25th anniversary of the seminal Replacements album Let It Be, First Avenue hosts an extravaganza of 'Mats cover songs by local artists in both its Mainroom and 7th St. Entry. Musicians as far-ranging as Caroline Smith, Adam Levy, Curtiss A, Arzu, Josh Grier of Tapes 'n Tapes, Sarah Nienaber of Gospel Gossip, and Dan Wilson take turns singing Let It Be tunes as a house band plays the record from start to finish, while the photographer responsible for the record's iconic cover photo, Dan Corrigan, snaps photos of attendees poking their heads through a life-sized cut-out version of the album.
Bruce C. Allen, guitarist for '80s rock band the Suburbs, passes away at the age of 54 after struggling with a variety of medical problems. The next night, as is getting to be an unfortunate tradition, the legendary Curtiss A dedicates "In My Life" to his recently departed friend toward the end of his 30th annual tribute to John Lennon at First Avenue.
And speaking of Lennon-related tributes, our state is not spared from the Beatlemania that swept the nation this year. On the heels of the complete Beatles reissues and the creation of the Beatles Rock Band game, we throw our own contribution into the pot with the release of the stellar Minnesota Beatle Project, Vol. 1, which features covers by locals like Lucy Michelle, Jeremy Messersmith and Zach Coulter, Romantica, Mark Mallman, and Roma di Luna—a well-timed gift for local music fans who saw their share of defeats this year.