Which cocktail do bartenders use as a measuring stick to judge their barkeep brethren? The martini: a simple, pristine cocktail that, sadly, is often totally botched. We met up with barman Shawn Jones of Parlour to discuss how to best mix this classic drink and what sweet nothings should be whispere ... More >>
Summer is officially here, and with the usher of the warmer weather, a throwback summer soundtrack is definitely in order. Cue Minneapolis band the Shakin' Babies and their new album Stoked Casual. Each song ingredient is perfectly balanced: the bassline bounces, the doo wop lyricism is sing-along c ... More >>
From Tarantino's Django Unchained to Anderson's The Master
First impressions are hard to take back, but even with ludicrousness of a name like Ghostmouth, the Twin Cities band's members take themselves seriously. With their new album, which is actually a collection five years in the making, the band share with their fans a new maturity that opens an elem ... More >>
Daniel Green is the James Bond of the cooking world. Complete with the dashing smile, British accent, and a touch of sophistication, he might as well be wearing a tux and sipping a martini. Like 007, he too is an International man of mystery. Raised on the outskirts of London, he works in the Twin ... More >>
What possesses rappers to drop their full-length albums as a free download? There's arguments that can be made about new business models in the music industry, blah blah blah, but my theory with Prof's excellent King Gampo, recently made available for no money through his Bandcamp page, ... More >>
Straight up: I love MTV, and I hate MTV, but mostly I can't believe that MTV is still alive and kicking at 30, i.e. the age when it's definitely time to quit wearing sports jerseys, settle into a semi-permanent career, and move out of mom and dad's crib. Wags have been predicting the station's de ... More >>
You? You're still parking in the dark recesses of underlighted mall garages, so we're still racking our brains for Christmas pop to get you through. No need to thank Gimme Noise; that's what we're here for, after all.(Rock out to parts one, two, and three.)
Chad Davis via Flickr.comThe slimiest car in filmThis weekend the State Fairgrounds will be the site of the Car Craft Summer Nationals, a convergence of 5,000 muscle cars and heavily modified hot rods, who will strut and race in a competition of burnt rubber and smoking engines. To help celeb ... More >>
Note to drivers: You are not James Bond, and your car will not turn into a boat just because you drive into a giant puddle.
There's just something about Chairman Bob.
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Changes and progress very rarely are gifts from above"Changes and progress very rarely are gifts from above," said Noam Chomsky last week. "They come out of struggles from below. And the answer to what's next depends on people like you. Nobody else can answer it."In Haiti and Bolivia, Chomsky went o ... More >>
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Martinis for purists and lovers of fruity mixed drinks alike
Even the dinks at Air America radio agree that Sean Connery was the best James Bond ever. At 75, however, Sir Sean's days of shaking, if not stirring, as 007 would seem to be over long ago. (His last appearance as Bond was in 1983.) But in the new video game from Electronic Arts, Connery will pro ... More >>
A depressed movie lover talks himself into watching the Oscars
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Toots Hibbert gave reggae its name. Now he wants to save its soul.
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Das Flugzeug: The claustrophobic vehicle of Air Force One.