Local music: Let's dial down that pride

  • Article by: LAURA BUCHHOLZ
  • Updated: May 27, 2012 - 8:39 PM

Minnesota may have itself quite a scene, but aren't we loving it a bit too much?

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dewwatsrtMay. 27, 12 9:37 PM

Laura, your comments remind me of how gassy Minnesotans are about prairie home companion and SPAM! I agree with you that the media have a lot to do with this perception. On a more global basis, the American coverage of the Olympics is embarassing and I am grateful for access to Canadian media outlets for their unbiased coverage.

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owatonnabillMay. 28, 1212:22 AM

Lol. Just what IS "Minnesota's music scene"? Closest I've come to that is hearing a couple of drunken Swedes waving shotglasses of some evil elixir aloft while intoning something in Swedish (I think) that was rhythmic but hardly melodic. And how about that hallowed classic "Colder By The Lake"? and that timeless melody which we hijacked from the Yoopers "It's The Second Week of Deer Camp". Seems as if we need to define our heritage according to something better than kitschy band names.

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april24May. 28, 1212:28 AM

I really wasn't aware of this local pride. After all, has anybody broken big here lately? There's no denying that the 80's were they Minneapolis heyday. I will to this day proudly proclaim the genius of The Mats, Huskers, Prince, Soul Asylum, Suburbs and the like but that was a while ago. It's great to be proud of your city. I am very much a Twin City proclaimer but I understand where a lot of it comes from. Minnesotans have a deeply embedded inferiority complex that comes from our national "fly over" reputation. We DO honestly live in a very cool, very unique place so "Why can't the rest of the country see that!" I think it comes out in the type of "pride" the writer objects to here. We'll need to stick with being a hidden gem for a while I guess. It would help the validity of that music claim if we had someone with a little national recognition though. Please spare me about Atmosphere and the like. Doing a regional tour or getting a song on a tv show or something doesn't qualify. Keep writing those tunes boys and girls. The country is listening...

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PrivateMay. 28, 1212:58 AM

The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the rarefied atmosphere.

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stratohmanMay. 28, 12 6:20 AM

Laura, you've hit the old nail right on the head with this one. The staff at the Current are usually over the top in there praise of local Twin Cities musicians. They are referred to as "local" because they can't seem break away from town with their music. Many have tried, most have failed. A reality check is long over due for the "Minnesota Music Scene".

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mrhaneyMay. 28, 12 6:56 AM

God bless laura buchholz. good stuff and spot on. more please.

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lakneeMay. 28, 12 7:00 AM

ARRey sez: I agree with the writer on most points. But I think that Trampled By Turtles and Pert Near Sandstone are at least as clever and no more contrived or cutesy than Lake Wobegon or Guy's All Star Shoe Band or the Powdermilk Biscuit Boys. Younger people, unfortunately, lack the frame of reference to recall when there actually was a viable local scene during the great global pop music renaissance of the late 1960's and early 1970's.

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jgassmanMay. 28, 12 7:35 AM

It's not just the Minnesotan attitude to the local music scene. It's everything around here.. music, craft beer, theater, restaurants, etc etc. The sad fact is that if people in this state travelled around the country and maybe even made it to Europe, you'd realize how far we have to go before we're a premier metro area in some of these areas. If you think our best restaurants are even in the same ballpark as Chicago's, you're dreaming. But no, we have Mpls/St. Paul magazine gushing about everything and anything that's new saying it's the "new place to go", when in fact, it's simply mediocre. And if they had stated that in a critical review (which they NEVER do), then maybe that "new place to go" would someday live up to that billing. This holds true about so many of our institutions, and even though I'm not a native Minnesotan, I'd really like it if my city would really strive to improve in some of these areas and achieve its potential.

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ranger78May. 28, 12 7:58 AM

Just another reminder of how parochial the Twin Cities are. We (some people and the media) want with all their hearts to be relevant to the music (art, etc.) scene. It's the we have ours mentality. They go to great lengths to praise and extoll even the most marginal talent.

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kbehmMay. 28, 12 8:05 AM

I agree with the premise of the article, but using "bad band names" as justification for Minnesotans bands being overrated is ridiculous. You should base it on their music.

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