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Minneapolis Music: Legacy v. Nostalgic

It's hard to imagine a city having a better year than Minneapolis did in 1984, when it witnessed the release of Purple Rain from Prince, Let it Be from the Replacements, and Zen Arcade from Husker Du. That kind of legacy is double-edged: it provides your community with respect and clout, but it also hangs like a heavy nostalgic fog to be lived up to. It can take a long time to recover from the burden of reputation, but this month could be Minneapolis' moment again as three big releases hit the street from Tapes 'n Tapes, Atmosphere, and Cloud Cult. My friend Ross sat down with all three to discuss their new albums, track by track. The music industry is indescribably different than it was in 1984 -- more fickle, more forgetful. Even though these three acts are releasing the best albums of their careers, they are in the uncomfortable position of hoping their audience has not moved onto the newest shiny thing. It's a paradox: once you have finally lived up to your community's past, you become it. I hope their audience remembers. (My pals Tapes 'n Tapes -- oh yeah, good band profile from Marsh too -- are in NYC this week for their record release party and a Conan appearance. More updates later.)


i'm liking the slightly longer, more info-y posts lately....

posted by yep at 8:49 PM on April 6, 2008

Oh no. That's just about the worst thing you could say. Fimoc is supposed to be opinion-less! Links only!

I am trying to work out a way to write longer pieces for someone else, and then link them back here. Hopefully get that figured out in the next couple weeks.

posted by Rex at 10:09 PM on April 6, 2008

while i like all 3 bands new albums, i'd argue that only Tapes' album is their best.

Cloud Cult's is either their 2nd or 3rd best, and the new Atmosphere isn't even close to his best.

posted by Jeff at 10:51 AM on April 7, 2008

I love the new Atmosphere record. Cloud Cult I'm less keen on.

posted by Rex at 10:58 AM on April 7, 2008

Great piece by Mr. Marsh.

posted by alexis at 2:23 PM on April 7, 2008

I'm 100% with Jeff.

posted by peter at 8:35 PM on April 7, 2008

I'm 72% with Alexis.

posted by stevemarsh at 9:24 PM on April 7, 2008

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