Live Ledge #290: Cactus Blossoms

A few days ago, I was alerted to the fact that Minneapolis indie folkstars the Cactus Blossoms made an appearance on Twin Peaks, and with them coming to town next week I felt it was only perfect to chat to them about how this happened. This interview with Jack Torrey is aired in the first half hour of the show, and look for a full-fledged article in the Argus Leader later this week.

I also just finished reading Cyn Collin's great book on the early Minneapolis punk rock scene. Complicated Fun: The Birth of Minneapolis Punk and Indie Rock, 1974 - 1984 is an oral history of the scene, and features fabulous commentary by members of the Suicide Commandos, Suburbs, Hypstrz, and so much more. There are also chapters devoted to the various venues, stores, bars, and labels that made such a great impact during that time frame.

It was only natural, then, that the rest of tonight's show was inspired by the book. Besides the usual suspects, it's been fun to reaquaint myself with acts such as the Jets, Flamin' Oh's, Phones, and so much more. Grab this from the usual sources, including iTunes and Stitcher, or...


1. The Cactus Blossoms, Clown Collector
2. The Cactus Blossoms, Mississippi
3. The Cactus Blossoms, Stoplight Kisses
4. The Suicide Commandos, Complicated Fun
5. The Suicide Commandos, Weekend Warrior
6. The Hypstrz, 6654321
7. The Hypstrz, Action Woman
8. Curtiss A, Land of the Free
9. Curtiss A, Bad News from Phoenix
10. The Flamin' Oh's, I Remember Romance
11. Crash Street Kids, Little Girls
12. Crash Street Kids, Mystery Girl
13. The Suburbs, Urban Guerilla
14. The Suburbs, World War III
15. The Phones, Modern Man
16. NNB, Listen
17. NNB, Uruguay
18. Fingerprints, Down
19. Fingerprints, Where the Beat Goes On
20. Spooks, Evil Eye
21. Spooks, Afraid
22. Otto's Chemical Lounge, Lazy Catfish Dance
23. Form, All The Young Dudes
24. The Jets, Paper Girl
25. The Pistons, Investigations
26. The Replacements, Takin' A Ride
27. The Replacements, Go
28. Husker Du, Diane
29. Hüsker Dü, Statues
30. Soul Asylum, Draggin Me Down


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