October 6, 2010

Teenage Fanclub in Minneapolis


Greetings from the land of the Hold Steady, The Replacements, Prince, The Jayhawks, Mason Jennings, and Semisonic. I hope to see the latter two in Minneapolis on Friday night at a special First Avenue benefit show, and I’m betting Craig Finn is in town for the Twins games. But the first show I am going to try to catch in between work meetings tomorrow (and televised Giants games) is from far, far away – Scotland, to be exact.

Teenage Fanclub plays here tomorrow night, in the middle of a string of U.S. dates. Although the band has been around for twenty years, I only heard them a few years ago, when in the span of a month a friend first played me the chiming, luminescent “Start Again,” and then I read Nick Hornby’s Songbook, whose first chapter is dedicated to their song “Your Love Is The Place Where I Come From.” I immediately loved their power-pop harmonies with a grown-up guitar grit and crunch.

teenage-fanclub-shadows-cover-artHere’s a sparkler off their latest album Shadows (Merge Records), a tune that is hummable from the first listen:

Baby Lee – Teenage Fanclub

and a classic…
Everything Flows – Teenage Fanclub

It’s an early show tomorrow night with labelmates The Radar Brothers (7pm), so meet me there!

10/07 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue w/ Radar Brothers
10/11 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theater w/ Radar Brothers
10/12 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore w/ Radar Brothers
10/14 Seattle, WA Showbox w/ Superchunk & Telekinesis
10/15 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom w/ Superchunk & Telekinesis
10/16 Vancouver, BC Biltmore Cabaret

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  • Welcome to our great state..and you forgot the biggest name of them all, Bob Dylan.

    Dan — October 7, 2010 @ 2:24 am

  • Welcome!! I’ve been an avid reader of your blog for awhile so it was fun to see you’re visiting MN. Enjoy the shows! Keep an eye out for Prince at 1st Ave… I saw him there last week!

    Rhiannon — October 7, 2010 @ 6:09 am

  • Hey Heather! I’m a long time reader from NYC. I too am going to be in Minneapolis next week. Any chance you are seeing the Felice Bros next Wed?

    Ray — October 7, 2010 @ 8:21 am

  • I was at their show here in Chicago on Tuesday and it was knees-buckling gorgeous.

    Dave Lifton — October 7, 2010 @ 9:20 am

  • hope you enjoy the city – heading back up there on Saturday, myself.

    chris — October 7, 2010 @ 10:48 am

  • I also learned about
    Teenage Fanclub from Nick Hornby’s Songbook…but he’s also taught me about the importance of Top 5 lists and (almost) the joys of English soccer!
    In the meantime, this is great stuff…enjoy your time in Minnesota, and enjoy watching the baseball Giants (from the son of a man who worshipped Willie Mays).

    Rob — October 8, 2010 @ 11:56 pm

  • Wonderful city. We love it here.

    Big Scott — October 9, 2010 @ 3:39 pm

  • Be sure to tune into 89.3 The Current while you’re there. Between the Current online and your blog, I always know I’ll hear good music!

    Liz — October 10, 2010 @ 10:14 am

  • i did! i loved it from the first time I flipped to it and they were playing Lissie :)

    browneheather — October 10, 2010 @ 10:17 pm

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Bio Pic Name: Heather Browne
Location: Colorado, originally by way of California
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"I love the relationship that anyone has with music: because there's something in us that is beyond the reach of words, something that eludes and defies our best attempts to spit it out. It's the best part of us, probably, the richest and strangest part..."
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