Gimme News Weekly Wrap-Up: May 8-14

-- Mark Mallman announces new album

"Piano virtuoso, stunt performer, and wildman-about-town Mark Mallman will release his next album, Invincible Criminal, in early August."

-- Mischke Mix: Friday, May 8

Monday, May 11:

-- The crying songs

"It occurred to me, as I wept like a small child to the song "Beautiful Children" at the Jeremy Messersmith show on Saturday night, that I have a small handful of songs that inevitably cause me to get choked up, misty-eyed, and sometimes, if the mood is right, broken down into complete tears every time I hear them."

-- Stone Arch Festival of the Arts music lineup announced

-- Memory Lanes Block Party

"The lineup for the Memory Lanes Block Party, which will be held May 23-24, looks phenomenal -- from Black Blondie to City on the Make to Kill the Vultures, Nightinghales, and more, we just might end up camping out for the entire thing. Music starts outside at 1 p.m. each day, and finishes off inside from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m."

-- Anvil screening at the Uptown Theatre ended in stolen gear

-- City Pages and the 757s visit the Current

"David Campbell, new host of the Current's Sunday night Local Show, was kind enough to invite me to spin some of my favorite songs and chat about the local scene during the first hour of this week's program."

-- The Dinkytowner Cafe bids farewell on May 31

Tuesday, May 12:

-- "Hootenanny: A Community" opening June 19

"Tony Nelson, who shoots concerts for publications like the Star Tribune and City Pages, has spent the last few years chronicling a movement in the local folk scene, the Mad Ripple Hootenanny led by writer and musician Jim Walsh..."

-- Mischke Mix: Monday and Tuesday, May 11-12

Wednesday, May 13:

-- Add-2: "Whatchalike ft. Neak & Sincerly Yours" (mp3)

-- Mischke Mix: Wednesday, May 13

Thursday, May 14:

-- Flyer of the Week: Creative Electric Studios

-- Art-a-Whirl checklist: Gay Witch Abortion, Skoal Kodiak, and Private Dancer

From the City Pages:

-- The Daredevil Christopher Wright make Christian rock listenable again

"Spirituality and pop music have never been comfortable bedfellows. Even (wisely) ignoring the garish cartoon show that is Christian rock, there's just something about JC and AC/DC that usually doesn't mix well, which is what makes bands like the Daredevil Christopher Wright such a pleasant surprise. "

-- The Bad Plus For All I Care Review

"Like Picasso, Messieurs Ethan Iverson, Reid Anderson, and Dave King love to mess with your head, especially on covers of songs widely known (many toting significant critical baggage) outside their serious jazz milieu."

-- Moon Maan Monomania EP Review

"The Edge's chiming tones and Eddie Van Halen's fret-singeing finger taps are certainly more recognizable, but the staccato snarl of Rick McCollum's guitar is arguably no less distinctive."

-- The Songs We Can't Escape featuring Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Micachu and the Shapes, Jason Mraz, Phoenix & Wilt.


-- The Kills slay First Avenue

-- Bruce Springsteen shows the Xcel who's Boss

-- Elton John and Billy Joel tickle the ivories at the Xcel

Next Week's New Releases (May 19):

-- Tori Amos Abnormally Attracted to You [Universal Republic Records]

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-- Busta Rhymes Back on My B.S. [Flipmode/Universal Motown]

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-- CKY Carver City [Roadrunner]

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-- Eminem Relapse [Aftermath, Interscope]

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-- Iggy Pop Preliminaries [EMI]

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-- Iron & Wine Around the Well [Sub Pop]

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-- Method Man & Redman Blackout! 2 [Def Jam]

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-- Passion Pit Manners [Frenchkiss]


-- John Vanderslice Romanian Names [Dead Oceans]

John Vanderslice "Fetal Horses" (mp3)

John Vanderslice "Too Much Time" (mp3)

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-- White Rabbits It's Frightening [TBD Records]

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