Inside the Daily Planet, 04/08/11


MUSIC | Toro Y Moi and Braids bring the family to the 7th Street Entry by Sarah Heuer, TC Daily Planet • Toro Y Moi is Chazwick Bundick, a South Carolina native who, along with the likes of Washed Out and Neon Indian, is widely understood to be one of the foundational acts in the much buzzed-about genre “chillwave.” Though there are countless opinions on how to precisely define the genre (trust me, everyone has tried), all chillwave artists seem to have one simple characteristic in common; the music is, well, chill. So when this baffling backup band took the stage, I wondered in horror, could this possibly be the chillwave show I was promised?

MUSIC | Wye Oak grow roots, finally, at the Turf Club by Alex Gaterud, TC Daily Planet • Tuesday’s packed Wye Oak show at the Turf Club, with openers Zoo Animal and Callers, proved the necessity of showcasing female musicianship in a world where men still call the shots.

MUSIC | Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears drip sweetness at the Cedar Cultural Center by Kyle Matteson, TC Daily Planet • Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears were one of my first and favorite discoveries at SXSW in 2009, but with an Austin band playing at SXSW you always wonder what their draw is outside of the festival and their hometown. Just over two years later, I got my answer loud and clear.

Stadium Village LRT work roils area businesses by Jennifer Bissell, The Minnesota Daily • With any construction project comes dirt, noise, slow traffic and reduced parking.
And as Central Corridor light-rail construction is scheduled to begin in May, Stadium Village businesses are disappointed with the Metropolitan Council’s efforts at mitigation.

Magen Tzedek rollout nears by Mordecai Specktor, American Jewish World • The May 12, 2008, immigration raid at the Agriprocessors slaughterhouse in Postville, Iowa, exposed the sordid side of the kosher meat industry. Nearly 400 immigrant workers were arrested, and around 300 of them were subsequently convicted of document fraud, imprisoned and deported

Lowry Bridge replacement project on track for 2012 completion by Kerry Ashmore, North News • Paul Backer says that 2011 shaping up to be “a very active year for the project.”
The project is the new Lowry Avenue Bridge, and as Hennepin County’s construction project engineer, he’s in a position to know. And the weather, he said, hasn’t been that much of a factor.; they’re “working every day that there hasn’t been a major weather event.” When it comes to the everyday nasty winter weather, he said, “we put our heads down and work right through that.”

STYLE | University of Minnesota fashion design senior spotlight: Autumn Kirchman by Jay Gabler, TC Daily Planet • On February 19, University of Minnesota fashion design students displayed their best work in the atrium of Rapson Hall. The fashion show is an annual event; the theme of this year’s show was “Distortion.”


PLUMB TUCKERED OUT | To dye or not to dye by Melanie Danke • The other day, I picked up a box of hair dye, something I’ve done eight or so times a year for the past twenty-five years. I picked it up. I put it down. I looked at myself in the mirror.
I’m tired of it, y’all.

NORTH BY NORTHSIDE | Parroting Pappy’s by Jeff Skrenes • Last week, Pappy’s opened up on Broadway, and I decided to check out Hawthorne’s newest business over the weekend.  Twice, just to be thorough.  As I approached, the first thing I noticed was that at least they spelled “Italian beef” correctly.  Unfortunately, they didn’t run spell check or proofread their menu.

MN PROGRESSIVE PROJECT | What does loss of integration funds really mean? by Alec Timmerman • Where do our desegregation dollars go?  We’ve been told that desegregation dollars are being wasted.  The Republican led state legislature wants to cut districts like Saint Paul by more than $30 million. The fact that they want to spread that money to their own suburban districts is painfully obvious. It is hard to make logic based arguments, when most people don’t even understand what these integration dollars are used for. So, here is a primer for where these dollars go in a district like Saint Paul.

EYETEETH | Walker Art Center’s Olga Viso on Ai Weiwei’s arrest by Paul Schmelzer • More figures in art and government are speaking out about the arrest and detention without official charge of China’s most famous artist, Ai Weiwei. The latest is Olga Viso, director of Minneapolis’ Walker Art Center and former deputy director of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C.

TRYING TO PAY ATTENTION | Brussels – waffles, chocolate, frites, beer, cartoons, architecture and a ubiquitous urinating boy by Steve Date • Are you worried about a possible federal government shutdown in a few days? Did you know that Belgium currently has NO government? They haven’t had one since last June, and on March 29, they broke the 289-day record previously held by Iraq. Go Belgium!