In a Datsun to Houston

Play In a Datsun to Houston

Seriously, what the hell is up with the little melodic "communication" bit in Close Encounters of the Third Kind? What were the aliens trying to tell us? "Dudes, we have a Casio and WE'RE NOT AFRAID TO USE IT." "If you pathetic softheaded bags of meat can't play Simon you're not worth probing." "Thank you, humankind, for giving the universe a band like Yes." *shaking*fists* SPIEEEELBERG!

(I Married a) Monster from Outer Space

Play (I Married a) Monster from Outer Space

Not that "punk poet" (yeah, we went there) John Cooper Clarke's original spoken word performance isn't already perfect in its own way, but we had a lot of fun reworking this track from "the bard of Salford's" 1978 album Disguise in Love. It also leads off the magnificent collection Word of Mouth: The Very Best of John Cooper Clarke, which is as good a place as any to start checking out the great man's work. We read the piece as a suitably lysergic little parable about prejudice and its disastrous effects on human relationships. Eric moved over to bass for this recording, Dan provided some snake guitar, and Jon navigated a cape-worthy ostinato without the use of an arpeggiator. Tasty licks, maaaaan.

Both joints chopped n screwed, as always, by Neil Weir at Old Blackberry Way.


For our tenth(!) anniversary as a band we decided to do something a little different this year. We will be posting a two-song single for free download every month in 2011. The "A-sides" will be our songs and the "B-sides" will be covers. At the top of the page you'll find the most recent release, and along the right side you'll be able to grab releases from past months. Below will be semi-frequent updates from the dudes. Touch us at

June single somewhat slightly delayed/Turf Club show

Some technical difficulties set us back so we won’t be able to post the June single until sometime early in July.  We know you were all breathlessly waiting by your computers, so sorry for the delay.  July’s single is already completed, however, so we’ll be right back on track.   If you’d like a preview, come check us out at the Turf Club on Thursday, July 7th.

Request us on the Current!

MPR has added some of our new tunes to their awesome web interface. You can request songs like This Array (from our February release) as well as rate and find other tunes by us.

Show this Saturday, May 14th.

HK Underground presents I, Colossus, The Brutes, Dallas Orbiter
$5 Cover

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Holed up in our custom built cave

Studio #1 began to take shape during the winter of 2003 in a small south Minneapolis basement. The goal was to make it sound proof enough to stay on good terms with the neighbors. As for considerations for roommates, none were made.  The band sustained only minor injuries from mis-swung hammers and lumber-to-the-head encounters.

Studio #2 is tucked into a quiet NE neighborhood. Again, the aim was to be good neighbors but this time we had loftier goals. We were to convert a cold cement bunker of a 3-car garage into a studio/workshop/storage area. We also needed to keep my family in mind. My wife loves us but glasses vibrating to the floor from the bass was no longer acceptable.  We upped the ante with bigger power tools but the band again escaped serious injury (and an automatic name-sponsorship deal for the new room–we intended to name the studio after the medical term for the first emergency room-worthy mishap).  Things seem to have worked out again.

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