It’s Friday, and you know what that means: our weekly rundown of local music recordings, shows, news, and oddities. OK, maybe you didn’t know that. But now you do.
When Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson rolled his SUV over near Alexandria this Tuesday, an incident that’s being investigated as a DUI, we all had questions. And the biggest question of all, of course, was “Who are the Brassholes?”
According to its published agenda, the 2021 Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association 136th Annual Winter Conference (the event Hutch was attending before his foray into officer-involved off-roading) closed out with a performance from the Brassholes. This information inspired a very intense Racket investigation that discovered… a Facebook page. “The Brassholes Rockin Sheriffs are five Minnesota Sheriffs who also play music – quite well!” that page announces proudly.
The members are Pat “Picker” Eliasen (Cook County), Rick “The Riff” Fiedler (Wilkin County) Scott “Strings” Rose (Dodge County), Troy “Tambourine” Dunn (Rice County), and Scott “Sticks” McNurlin (Goodhue County, retired), and they indeed are or were all sheriffs of the counties listed parenthetically after their names. Here they are struttin’ through Skynyrd’s classic beta anthem “Gimme Three Steps.” Here they are getting the crowd moving with the Marshall Tucker Band. All I can say is, there are certainly worse things sheriffs could be doing.
And here’s a different kind of musical Sheriff.
Bad Bad Hats Chomp into Christmas with “Sally Sweet Tooth”
Musicians love the holiday season, maybe because it’s the one time of year everyone seems to pay attention to music. Also, you get to write about stuff you don’t during the other 11 months. For instance, could Bad Bad Hats have recorded “Sally Sweet Tooth,” about a girl who prefers cookies to presents, any other time of the year? Uh, sure, I guess, but it would have been really weird. Tonight, the Hats hold their second annual Winter Ball at First Ave, an event that started in 2019 and is now in its second year. (Math sticklers will note a discrepancy here: They had to skip 2020 for obvious reasons, smarty.) Opening for the Hats are Nur-D and VIAL (read this profile, it’s fun I promise) both acts who’d be worthy headliners in themselves.
Let’s Listen to 89 Local Songs from 2021
Tis the season for end-of-the-year Spotify playlists, as Charles Dickens once famously said. And Diane, who has taken over the Current’s Local Show on Sunday nights, serves up a fine one with this collection of “89 Notable Minnesota Songs of 2021.” (Yes, it’s actually 88 songs, because Low Rats are not on Spotify. Again with the math!) In other Diane news, she’s got an album release show in the Entry in January 2022, the day before my birthday. In other Current news, the station is asking listeners to submit their Top 89 of 2021. If you want some ideas, let me plug my own partial playlist, from the first half of 2021. (I got a little distracted with this new job after that and dropped the ball.) Racket’s Official Position on lists is that they’re a good way to mark the passage of time and to share your tastes and interests with others.
DEMO Announces Wildly Ambitious Archive Program
The Diverse Emerging Music Organization (DEMO), the local nonprofit music preservation organization lodged in the Lyndale Avenue White Castle, does good work, and sounds like they want to do a lot more of it. DEMO has just announced the Minnesota Music Archive Project, an endeavor as worthy as it is ambitious. The org is looking to gather up “every obtainable commercial or promotional recording by independent Minnesota musicians.” If you’d like to provide recordings, or would just like more information, you can find it here. Best of luck to ya, DEMO!
And now, as always, the music listings:
Friday, Dec. 10
Saturday, Dec. 11
Sunday, Dec. 12
Monday, Dec. 13
Tuesday, Dec. 14
Wednesday, Dec. 15
Thursday, Dec. 16