Chris DeLine

Cedar Rapids, IA

Culture Bully’s Best of the Decade Guest Posts

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To close out the decade, Culture Bully solicited contributions from artists sharing their favorite albums of the 2000s. 14KT: Favorite Albums of the Decade Gnarls Barkley St. Elsewhere2. Kanye West The College Dropout3. Slum Village Fantastic Vol. 24. Erykah Badu Mama’s Gun5. Radiohead In Rainbows / Jill Scott Words & Sounds Vol. 1 (tie) [Reigning from […]

Best Albums of the Decade

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#1) Queens of the Stone Age Songs For The DeafPrior to the album’s release I remember listening to a raw demo of “Song For The Dead,” which was essentially Dave Grohl’s drum-intro looped on repeat for six minutes. I had never heard anything like it before. Grohl’s hand is heavy on the album, as is […]

Best Albums of 2009

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#1) Fever Ray Fever RayA challenging record that is eerily beautiful from start to end. #2) The Slew 100%The Slew, a combination of Kid Koala, DJ Dynomite D, and the rhythm section from the first incarnation of Wolfmother, quickly reveals itself to be a surprisingly cohesive unit on 100%. Though it might casually sound like […]

Lil Wayne “Rebirth” Review

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It has been nearly a year since “Prom Queen” was released as the first single from Lil Wayne’s highly speculated rock album, a record which was later rumored to see release sometime in 2009. Since then, the album’s release was confirmed and three other tracks from the record were officially released, however Rebirth’s release was […]

Best Concerts of 2009

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#1) Mayhem @ Station 4By the time of the St. Paul date, Cephalic Carnage, Cattle Decapitation and Withered had all pulled out of the tour due to backstage (thought to be financial) issues, and a delay in the visa process had prevented Marduk from performing at any of the Blackened Fest dates. Mayhem & Station […]

Top Albums of 2009 That Should Have Been Great, But Weren’t

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#1) Ghostface Killah Ghostdini the Wizard of Poetry in Emerald CityA crossover from hip hop to R&B that should have never taken place. By comparison, More Fish, an album of leftovers from the brilliant Fishscale, sounds like a classic. #2) UGK UGK 4 LifeSo much for going out on top. #3) Dead Man’s Bones Dead […]

Guante and Big Cats! live at Bedlam Theatre (Minneapolis, MN)

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Video of Guante and Big Cats!‘s December 13, 2009 show at the Bedlam Theatre in Minneapolis, MN features performances of “Stockholm Syndrome” (featuring Big Quarters & Truthbetold) and “Yes, God is a DJ; No, Not a Good One” (featuring Eric Blair of No Bird Sing and Truthbetold). [This post was first published by Culture Bully.]

Best Twin Cities Albums of 2009

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#1) P.O.S Never BetterInnovative, challenging, and oh-so-fresh. Not only a prime candidate for TC album of the year, but a definite contender for hip hop album of the year. Period. #2) Red Pens ReasonsThe best rock duo to arise from the Twin Cities since Gay Witch Abortion, Red Pens’ songs offer a combination of ample […]

Best Mashups of 2009

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#1) DJ Schmolli “The Trooper Believer” [MP3](Iron Maiden “The Trooper” vs. The Monkees “I’m A Believer”) #2) dj BC “Everybody’s Everywhere Girl” [MP3](Fleetwood Mac “Everywhere” vs. Snoop Dogg “That Girl” vs. Kanye West “This Way” vs. Q-Tip “Come Close” vs. Capleton) #3) ABX of the Hood Internet “Comfortable Up Here” [MP3](Lil Wayne “Comfortable” vs. Royksopp […]

Favorite Songs of 2009

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#1) Bat For Lashes “Daniel”The most beautiful song on an album that made Bat For Lashes a household name this year. Well, in some households. #2) The Prodigy “Invaders Must Die”With all three original members of the group together again for the first time in over a decade, the Prodigy never sounded so fierce; even […]

Best Music Videos of 2009

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#15) Dead Man’s Bones “In The Room Where You Sleep” #14) Depeche Mode “Peace” #13) The Maccabees “Can You Give It” #12) The Dead Weather “Treat Me Like Your Mother” #11) Grizzly Bear “Two Weeks” #10) Yeasayer “Ambling Alp” #9) Basement Jaxx “Raindrops” #8) Bat For Lashes “Daniel” #7) Fever Ray “When I Grow Up” […]

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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Photos taken November 26, 2009 and May 2, 2010 in and around Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Mashups of the Week: Michael Jackson & David Lynch

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It’s a little late in the year to start releasing zombie-mashups, but combining Nirvana and Michael Jackson kind of seems like something that fits within the context of any month of the year. DJ Moule did just that this past week, bringing together the two less-than-alive acts, while tossing in some of the German electronics […]

Estate Interview

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Recently landing a pair of spots on national television, Minneapolis’ Estate is continuing to expand its audience outside of the Midwest. Recently speaking to [City Pages] about the new found exposure, the duo of Dan Kramer also Josh Johnson also spoke candidly about their unique approach to performing live and their affinity for creating remixes. […]

Harper Simon Critics’ Pick

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The strange relationship between famous musicians and their children likely dates back as far as music itself. While some offspring attempt to distance themselves from their parents, refusing to follow in their chosen path, others choose to take their parents’ leads in an attempt to plow ahead and carve out their own lines in history’s […]

Avenpitch Interview

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This weekend the TC electropunk scene is celebrating the release of its fifth compilation with a show at Club Underground. In preparation for the event I had a few words with Todd Millenacker of Avenpitch, the band which will be headlining the show. In addition to giving away free copies of the new album to […]

Electric Six Critics’ Pick

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Although the Electric Six are long into their recording career, they have taken on much more of a life as a touring band since their mega-hit, “Danger! High Voltage,” than many might have expected. If by chance you haven’t heard the song, it catapulted the band into international fame with its repetitive call and response—the song begins, […]

Dinosaur Jr. Critics’ Pick

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The music video for 1994’s “Feel the Pain” featured members of Dinosaur Jr. cruising around the city in a golf cart, and the music video for 2009’s “Over It” captures the band as they cruise around the city on skateboards and bikes. While lead singer and guitarist J. Mascis finally put the band name to sleep in 1997, after […]

Wu-Tang Clan “Protect Ya Neck (The Jump Off)”

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While it might not touch Wu-Tang Forever, the Wu-Tang Clan did everything in its power to make The W the best it could be, including calling in favors from Redman, Snoop, Nas, Busta Rhymes, Streetlife, Junior Reid & Isaac Hayes. Regardless of the pedigree of its collaborators, The W was full of holes and felt […]

Felt release new track: “Felt Chewed Up”

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While much has been said about the upcoming collaboration between Slug, Murs, and Aesop Rock, the trio has left a lot to the imagination in terms of what the album will actually sound like, having only given a taste of what may be to come through a series of promotional videos. That is until yesterday when Felt dropped […]

Felt 3: more behind the scenes footage

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As the countdown nears for the release of Felt 3: A Tribute To Rosie Perez, Slug, Murs and Aesop Rock have released another video documenting some of the production that went into the making of the record. Though it offers little to any evidence of how Felt 3 will actually sound, it showcases some of DJ Big Wiz’ scratching–which […]

Them Crooked Vultures “Them Crooked Vultures” Review

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First hinting that the band even existed a mere six months ago, the ultra-super-mega powers of John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin; heard of ‘em?), Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), and Dave Grohl (Foovana) find themselves tangled in the sounds of murky rock and sludgy blues (with a few oddball tangents to boot) of […]

Mayda goes acoustic on new EP

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Following the release of The Interrogation this past March, Mayda is returning with a digital-only EP showcasing a different side of the local pop songstress. The acoustic songs on Eyes On the Water extend back to when Mayda was five and first picked up a guitar; music that comes as a stark contrast to the blazing pop songs that landed […]

Cloud Cult to offer expanded re-issues next month

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While Cloud Cult has long since played its last show of the year, the band will be giving its fans some new material before the decade ends. Sort of. Craig Minowa and crew will be re-releasing 2003’s They Live on the Sun and 2004’s Aurora Borealis as an expanded, remastered double-disc album next month. Long since out of print, the […]

Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers: Emelianenko TKO’s Brett Rogers in round 2

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Brett Rodgers surprised many by making it out of the first round. But that surprise was short lived. Landing the first punch of the fight, Rogers opened up Fedor Emelianenko‘s nose with a deep cut that would bleed heavily throughout the round. After tossing punches toward Emelianenko, Rodgers began to show some swagger in his step […]

Local musicians unite for “The Minnesota Beatle Project”

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Just when you thought that Jeremy Messersmith would never record a Beatles cover, the MN Beatle Project (Vol. 1) has made the dream a reality. The benefit CD, which will also feature the likes of Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles, Ice Palace, and the Suicide Commandos, is being released in December with all of the proceeds from its […]

Har Mar Superstar Interview

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The more you get to know about Sean Tillman, the more it seems like the guy never stops living the American Dream. That is, of course, if your version of the American Dream includes becoming a spokesman for a vodka company. And winning an onscreen dance-off with Ben Stiller. And making out with Kate Moss. […]

A Plus D Interview

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When did you start making mashups? A Plus D: We made our first mashup back in 2004, when we mashed up Missy Elliott with The Cure, and produced “I’m Really Hot Hot Hot!!!” Back in those early days of bootlegging, someone once said that your first mashup should always be made with either Missy Elliott […]

Fuck Knights battle zombies, drink cheap beer

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Minneapolis trio Fuck Knights just released the band’s most recent music video for the track “Teenage Wasteland.” The three minute zombie spoof takes on a B-movie goofball aesthetic, one that leads to two things that few might have ever seen in a music video: 1) a zombie bonging a beer 2) that same zombie bonging […]

Mashups of the Week: Britney Spears & Duck Soup

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Word came this week that the Kleptones will be delivering a new album before the year is out. Trust me, this is good news. Potentially the UK group is best known for its album A Night at the Hip Hopera, a mix between hip hop (obviously) and Queen’s A Night at the Opera which Blog Critics called, “This is a […]

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