Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Organic Rock, Chaos in Harmony and Bicycles on Centerstage MN

by Doug MacRostie

Yo! This week on Centerstage MN (Thurs evening at 6, streaming live on, or 91.7 in Grand Rapids, 89.9 in Brainerd and 105.3 in Bemidji) I'll be talking with Chris O'Brien of the organic roots-rock jam band Enchanted Ape. Out of Minneapolis, their latest CD "Off the Ground" strikes a balance between "acoustic and electric, blues and jazz, chaos in order" to create an earthy, yet out of this world experience. They'll be performing at Brigid's in downtown Bemidji on March 13th and 14th.

Also tonight I'll be debuting a new release from Prophis - its part electronica, part hip hop, part rock all twisted together into an album called "Harmony in Chaos."

Plus, Mark Olson and Gary Louris (of The Jayhawks) collaborated and released "Ready for the Flood." It was the classic Jayhawks feel, but new material and a fresh presentation.

Other featured music includes Duluth's Yeltzi and Sparta's The Tisdales.

Next week on Centerstage MN I'm hosting a listening party with Jake Dilley. We'll be listening to Jake Dilley and the Color Pharmacy present The Red Balloon. Along the lines of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon syncing up with The Wizard of Oz, Jake writes music as alternate soundtracks to films (his first project syncing up to a segment of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory). The Red Balloon is a 1957 French Film that is about a kid and (you guessed it) a red balloon. Its really engaging music (with and without the visual aspect) and Jake will join me next week to guide us along the musical path that is The Red Balloon.

Oh, and the latest Binary Boys review of Ultimate Band for the Wii is available at MYspace: (the same place you can find more of my blog posts...just like this one :D).

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