May 23, 2014 in art, live, shows

Northern Spark ∆ Per Aspera Ad Astra

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You are a crew member aboard spacecraft Aspera. You’ve just awoken from hypersleep on an interstellar flight. Good morning. The ship’s been on auto-pilot for hundreds of years. But now, it’s up to you to keep the ship intact. Certainly, your memory’s a little foggy. Trust your instincts. Follow the instructions. You’ll do fine.

Your in-flight entertainment will be provided by us. For your pioneering spirit, we will debut never-before-heard songs from their upcoming album. Each set will feature projection mapping and bring us closer to our destination. Showtimes begin at 9:30pm, 10:30pm, 11:30pm, 12:30am and 1:30am.

Sound. Light. Switches. Levers. Knobs.

Try not to blow up the ship.

March 8, 2014 in recording, singles

Download Bonus Track: California

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Winter has been long and unforgiving. Here’s something for the thaw: a bonus track from the World of Tomorrow sessions. Download it now from bandcamp. Name your price. Here comes the sun.

Art by nthn design

November 11, 2013 in album, art, history, news, video

New Video: Foshay

Our friend, Braden Lee, beautifully constructed this gorgeous companion piece for our ode to the first skyscraper west of the Mississippi, and the man behind the spire.

October 23, 2013 in news, singles, television, video

MN ORIGINAL PERFORMANCES

Thanks to MN Original for featuring us on the season premiere of Twin Cities Public Television’s award-winning arts series last Sunday night.

We’re big fans.

We performed live in Studio A before a 30 ft. likeness of Big Bird. The cages were for our own protection.

#sharkweek

October 18, 2013 in live, news, shows

November Residency ∆ Amsterdam Bar and Hall

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We’re pleased to announce our November residency, Wednesdays, at the Amsterdam Bar and Hall in Saint Paul. We’ll be sharing the evenings with a number of fine musicians and viewers like you.

11/6 Strange Relations, The Brighton // 8pm / Free Admission / 21+
11/13 Grant Hart (Sound Unseen Film/Music/Art Fest) // 8:30pm / $10 / 21+
11/20 Jeremy Ylvisaker, Adrian Suarez & Mike Lewis // 8:30pm / Free Admission / 21+
11/27 Retribution Gospel Choir, Prissy Clerks // 8pm / $10 / 21+

October 17, 2013 in news, video

New Video: The Chemic Drop

Many thanks to Dan Stewart, who shot and edited us playing among the printed catacombs of the historic James J. Hill Library (founded by deceased Minnesotan and railroad tycoon, James J. Hill) and The Library Recording Studio (founded by living Minnesotan and production tycoon, Matt Patrick).

Here’s to the written word – its death, burial and resurrection.
Long live book rock.

September 6, 2013 in news, video

New Video: Leviathan

Cheers to Will Keeler, who directed and filmed us through the forests and plains of Minnesota last March, with the help of some friends and their drone cameras.

We enjoyed the chase.

Well, truth be told, one of us had the stomach flu.
And mostly enjoyed the part where he stopped being chased.

Check out more of Will’s work here.

August 4, 2013 in album, art, news

Color Chaos Gold

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We’re currently planning fall shows, some regional touring, and the release of several music videos. I’ve been writing a lot of new songs over the last month or so and thinking through the next album.

Here’s something that got me thinking through the last album – a poem I wrote for class.

The assignment: describe a color without mentioning the color. I had recently come across some footage from the 1939 World’s Fair and found myself both haunted and enchanted. One thing led to another… and World of Tomorrow.

- JR2

GOLD

Place me at the center of the Fair
Of pressed pants and fedoras, dresses and pearls
Of handkerchiefs, umbrellas and gloves

Place me in the world of tomorrow
Of Superhighways and Television, Nylon and Air-Conditioning
Of View-Masters, Smell-O-Vision and robots that smoke

Give me forward motion and frictionless speed
Give me Trylon and Perisphere
Give me electricity

Give me Flushing Meadows and a bottle of Coke
Give me a bench to hang my feet from
Give me the swing to the bandleader’s sway

Howard Hughes circling the world in a plane
Water cascading o’er Tarzan and Jane
Parachutes lifting and pulling from our Eiffel Tower
Build me a Plymouth while I wait

Show me apples and lollipops and bullfights on ice
Show me the legs of a beauty queen
Take me on a camel ride to monkey mountain,
As the children wave from their merry-go-round to the tap-dancing wolves
Singing “Happy Days Are Here Again”

Give me the fountains and lights and the space to forget
To never know the dollar
To never know the War
To never know hunger
Only miracle on miracle and the wonder of life
Desaturated hope, captured in Kodachrome

Place me in Eden
Spring Eternal
Before the Flood
Before we grew old
Before the angels at the gate with the flaming sword

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May 17, 2013 in news, video

Coming Soon

Leviathan Video

A new music video is on the way.

Leviathink I'm gonna puke.

Sacrifices were made.

April 28, 2013 in news, video

MN Original: Skyway Session

We filmed in Studio A at Twin Cities Public Television last month for the fabulous MN Original. Episode to air sometime this spring/summer. But before that, we shot an acoustic version of Hideaway to debut their new Skyway Sessions series: one take, one camera, one mic… one lunch rush.

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