Jan. 1, 2009: Cloud Cult, Ed Ackerson & a new Brother Ali mixtape

Twin Cities News:

-- Brother Ali just dropped a new mixtape that collects a bunch of his most recently released non-album tracks entitled "The Rope-A-Dope."

-- How Was The Show and Minneapoliscast are teaming up to deliver live streams of the Mad Ripple Hootenanny starting with today's show, featuring the Mad Ripple, Venus DeMars, Brianna Lane, Jason Shannon, Suzanne Vallie and more.

-- Rift reviews Ed Ackerson's Ed Ackerson 2.

-- CP offers a slideshow of Dosh's show at The Cedar.


-- "The disease of the pop music industry is ego. It's everywhere, and it is contagious and very destructive." The Minnesota Independent interviews Cloud Cult's Craig Minowa.

Local Concert Highlights:

-- Dale Watson & The Roe Family Singers @ Lee's Liquor Lounge

Dale Watson: (Official) (MySpace) (Wikipedia)

Dale Watson "Louie Lee's Liquor Lounge (live)" (mp3)

Dale Watson "Whiskey or God (live)" (mp3)

Dale Watson "Hollywood Hillbilly (live)" (mp3)

The Roe Family Singers: (MySpace)

-- Young Brides, The Absent Arch, Tentacle Boy & The Screens @ Uptown Bar

Young Brides: (MySpace)

The Absent Arch: (Official) (MySpace)

Tentacle Boy: (MySpace)

The Screens: (MySpace)

Daily Audio Downloads:

-- Chairlift "Evident Utensil" (mp3)

(Official) (MySpace) (Wikipedia)

-- Chromeo "Fancy Footwork" (mp3)

(Official) (MySpace) (Wikipedia)

-- Cut Copy "Lights & Music" (mp3)

(Official) (MySpace) (Wikipedia)

-- The Leaf Library "New Year" (mp3)


-- N.A.S.A. "Spacious Thoughts" (mp3)