Michael Nelson

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2014

    Nicki Minaj revives Mystery Science Theater 3000 in "Anaconda" video

    Nicki Minaj has always been unpredictable, but this is possibly her most surprising surprise. Recently, the rapper took a break from her non-stop ode to her backside during the roll-out for new single "Anaconda" to celebrate a cult TV show with Minnesota ties. Yes, somehow Mystery Science Theater 30 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2014

    The unlikely history of rap's oldest cliché

    We've all seen it. Whether in real life or observing a work of fiction, a character is positioned to inexplicably begin rapping. A beat will kick in and/or a mic will be thrust in their hand and, for some reason, eight of their first nine words are "My name is...and I'm here to say." See also:Fi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2014

    DFL Rep. Rick Hansen argues on behalf of DWI immunity for lawmakers, cites constitution

    You might think subtly tweaking the way DWI is defined in order to strip legislators of their immunity from drunk driving arrests would be a no brainer for Minnesota lawmakers. You'd be wrong.THE BACKSTORY: Push renewed to strip legislators of DWI immunity During the first hearing about a bill to th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2014

    Push renewed to strip legislators of DWI immunity

    Two years ago, a group of Concordia University students led by political science professor Jayne Jones came up just short in their push to go the legislature to approve a student-drafted bill that would strip legislators of their immunity from DWI arrests during session. Jones and company hope ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2013

    Purling Hiss at 7th Street Entry, 4/16/13

    Purling Hiss With Hollow Boys 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis April 16, 2013 Minneapolis music fans are a fickle lot. They turn out in droves for sold-out shows that turn out to be justified (Divine Fits, Tame Impala) and some that can't quite meet the hype (Alt-J, Wavves), yet on a Tuesday night in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2012

    Built to Spill at First Avenue, 9/19/12

    Built to Spill First Avenue, Minneapolis September 19, 2012 With no new record to promote and no ulterior motive or musical agenda, Idaho indie stalwarts Built to Spill rolled through First Avenue intent on pleasing their dedicated longtime fans who showed up in droves to pack the club on a Wednes ... More >>

  • News

    October 26, 2011

    Fallin' Skies: Jeff Foiles busted for illegal hunting

    Rock 'n' roll hunter foiled by his own videos

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    Yuck and Unknown Mortal Orchestra at the Varsity Theater, 07/19/11

    Michael Nelson​Music fans that were brave enough to leave their homes and head down to the Varsity Theater on an exceedingly tropical Tuesday night in Minneapolis were rewarded with a fantastic double-bill, as both bands delivered stirring, uplifting sets that perfectly suited a warm summer eve ... More >>

  • News

    April 13, 2011

    MSPIFF: All Over the Walls, Rough Tender, and more

    Festival films with a local connection

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2010

    RiffTrax Live features cult classic Reefer Madness

    ​Listening to people talk during a movie used to be an unpleasant experience, but the locally-produced Mystery Science Theater 3000 made it incredibly entertaining. The voices of Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett were often the only thing that made the b-movies the show feature ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2009

    MST 3K alum goes on all-bacon diet

    Local writer Michael J. Nelson has pledged to eat only bacon for an entire month.

  • News

    December 27, 2000

    Artists Of The Year

    From escapist entertainment to aesthetic ecstasy: Twenty-nine writers script valentines to twelve months of culture

  • News

    October 1, 1997

    Lone Wolf No More

    The timber wolf, along with baby harp seals, was an environmental-movement poster child. But biologists have found wolves don't need wilderness to prosper. They need, simply, something to eat and to be more or less left alone.

  • Arts

    June 12, 1996