In town to play a couple of gigs at the Turf Club in St. Paul, JD McPherson and his band stop by The Current’s studio to chat with Bill DeVille and to play some tunes they’re currently road-testing in the run-up to the release of their next album.
You can hear me in this session, along with several of my colleagues, as a handclapper trying to sound festive rather than nervous.
“Yesterday someone was sitting in the store painting her toenails…but even that wasn’t as bad as the guy in the cafe the other day who was using a cigarette lighter to burn the callouses off his feet.”—Life at Barnes & Noble
10. Victoria Valley Orchard. There are lots of places to pick apples and fondle pumpkins in the Twin Cities, but none feel as charming or sincere as this little family-owned orchard in Shoreview. (Their motto: “Live happely.”) In the fall you can climb the hill with a basket to pick your…
Minnesota has more libraries than McDonald’s? I very much hope this is true!
“An essay on the 15th canto of Dante’s ‘Inferno,’ a history research paper, 30 math problems, a chemistry lab, a Spanish practice session on Skype, voice practice, and, if I’m lucky, half an hour of yoga.”—High school, 2014.
“With her clear conviction and articulate poise, I was unsurprised to learn that the poised, articulate artist is interested in becoming a motivational speaker someday.”—The problem with being your own editor.
“Cheap, high-gravity microbrews were one of the best things about the Midwest, in her opinion, and if [Bev] was going to have to spend an hour talking about tax law with some wide-faced blonde who inflected her long oh sounds like Marge Gunderson, [Bev] was going to need to drink several of them.”—Friendship, Emily Gould
“A strong sense of place informs the music of the composer John Luther Adams, who won a Pulitzer Prize this year, be it the Pacific Ocean, the Sonoran Desert, or the plains of his adopted Alaska.”—Wow, I didn’t realize the kind of real estate you could win for being a renowned composer. (New York Times)