6/21 Transmission on The Current Featuring All 80s Synthpop

Dream Into Action cover

To get us all ready for the Howard Jones show next Tuesday, the theme of last night’s Transmission on The Current was 80s synthpop. If you missed the show, listen over at The Current’s Transmission page.

As most of you know, the Kilted Farmer Koncerts team is full of synthpop fans, and we couldn’t be more excited to be brining Howard Jones to Minneapolis. DJ Jake Rudh will be spinning on Tuesday before Jones takes the stage and during the intermission between the Human’s Lib and Dream Into Action sets. See you there! And if you still need tickets, head over to ticketfly.com to make sure you don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime event! Full event details are here.

New Wave Icon and Synth Pioneer Howard Jones to Play Albums Human’s Lib & Dream Into Action in Their Entirety June 26

JUNE 5TH, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NEW WAVE ICON AND SYNTH PIONEER HOWARD JONES TO PLAY ALBUMS HUMAN’S LIB & DREAM INTO ACTION IN THEIR ENTIRETY JUNE 26

(Minneapolis, MN) – After much persuasion, Howard Jones has agreed to play his first two US platinum albums ‘Human’s Lib’ and ‘Dream into Action’ in their entirety on June 26th at the Varsity Theater. Fans will experience such hits as “New Song,” “What Is Love?,” “Things Can Only Get Better” and the US #1 “No One Is To Blame,” with specially created projected visuals accompanying each song.

Jones spent much of 2011 promoting the recently released remastered versions of the platinum albums with a “Classic Albums” international tour. The New Hampshire Union Leader commented, “Howard Jones’ remastered CDs and international tour is a showcase of his signature ’80s synthesizer sound, a blend of technologically intricate elements of new wave with a buoyant pop sensibility that reflects the spiritualism and optimism of his Buddhist beliefs.”

Jones takes the Varsity Theater’s stage at 8:00 pm to perform ‘Human’s Lib’, and then following an intermission, will perform ‘Dream Into Action’. Please arrive early. He will not be performing these albums again in the US after 2012 so this will be a once in a lifetime opportunity. Award-winning DJ Jake Rudh, who hosts TRANSMISSION weekly on 89.3 FM The Current and at Clubhouse Jager in Minneapolis, will be supporting Jones.

Howard Jones first burst upon the contemporary music scene in 1983, with his very English songwriting and pioneering synthesizers. His first two albums HUMAN’S LIB and DREAM INTO ACTION were worldwide hits. HUMAN’S LIB reached #1 in 1984 in the UK and featured the hits “New Song,” and “What Is Love?” In 1985, Jones released the follow-up, DREAM INTO ACTION, which quickly became a Top Ten Platinum album in the United States and featured the smashes: “Things Can Only Get Better,” “Life In One Day,” “No One Is To Blame,” and “Like To Get To Know You Well.” Jones recently re-mastered these classic albums and the associated 12-inch mixes, the latter being a special limited edition box set. They are all available now on his website: www.howardjones.com or on Amazon.com.

A classically trained pianist, Jones applied his technique to the early synths (particularly the Roland Juno 60, the Jupiter 8 and the Moog Prodigy). He also pioneered the classic Roland 808 drum machine and the Sequential Pro-One. In the early days he was triggering sequencers live on stage whilst playing and singing, something that no one had ever done before. These days he still operates on the cutting edge of today’s technology and has been one of the leading exponents of the Roland Fantom G8 and the Roland V-piano. Howard Jones has sold more than 8 million records worldwide and continues to tour the world extensively.

To purchase tickets, please visit:
http://www.ticketfly.com/event/100331/

Golden Age of Minnesota Music?

I had a conversation a while back with someone from Chicago about the Chicago “industrial” music scene, and he asked me “What bands are even in Minneapolis right now?”. I didn’t have a good answer for him at the time, not because we are lacking in great music, but because a lot of the currently active bands have a mostly local focus.

Figgles McGee of Gabriel and the Apocalypse

Figgles McGee of Gabriel and the Apocalypse by aztalanturf

Long time City Pages Gimme Noise blogger Andrea Swensson has departed the paper for The Current and in her farewell post this week, she articulated what’s been in the back of my mind for a while:

Just last month, during a taping of The Local Show with my new employer, 89.3 the Current, host Dave Campbell asked his guests if we thought we were living through another golden age of Minnesota music. Without pause, Chris Riemenschneider from the Star Tribune, Ross Raihalafrom the Pioneer Press, and myself—all longtime documentarians of the local scene—nodded our heads and answered in a unanimous “yes.”

There is some phenomenal music being created in our back yard, and it’s not just one or two genres that are thriving right now. We are very lucky. From hip hop to rock to metal to the various electronic genres, there is an abundance of tremendously talented artists and bands in the Twin Cities. But let’s focus on the darker, synth based and electronic bands.

As|Of at TC Electropunk 6 CD Release

As|Of at TC Electropunk 6 CD Release by aztalanturf

The abundance of great local shows this past week is a perfect illustration of what’s happening on the synthy/darker side of local music right now.

  • Thursday, January 5:
    The Rope, Safewords, Still Pacific, Blood and the Sun at The Varsity
  • Friday, January 6:
    OBCT, Thought Thieves, Dissociate at the Fine Line
  • Friday, January 6:
    Gabriel and the Apocalypse, Pinwheel, I Corvinus, UZZA at the Triple Rock
  • Friday, January 6:
    Men of Sport and Leisur, Jealous Jester, Torch the Spires, As|Of at Club Underground
OBCT

OBCT at TC Electropunk 6 CD Release by aztalanturf

There were three shows on Friday night that I had on my calendar. Three! While it’s unfortunate that I had to choose one show, it says a lot about the depth of talent in the Twin Cities.

The Rope

The Rope Varsity Theater Marquee

Source: The Rope's Official Facebook

I’ll start from the top with The Rope. Most of The Rope’s shows have featured extremely diverse bills at a wide variety of venues and this is reflected in their following. The band made their debut at The Varsity Theater this past Thursday night and the crowd was filled with people of all ages and from all walks of life – everyone from the leather and combat boot clad to university students to music geeks of all assortments.

Whether they realize it or not, The Rope are on the cusp of doing something big for Minneapolis music, in particular because of their willingness to join forces with bands very different from themselves musically, including electropunks Thought Thieves and The Night. More on the electropunks later.

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