Bae Tigre, Album Review of ‘Memoir of a Happy Drifting Chemical’

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Becca Martin-Marx

Bae Tigre is a new addition to the Minneapolis based artist collective Polkadot Mayhem. The collective is a group of musicians comprised of the hip-hop artist Botzy, Wesley Opus, The Once-ler and the band Jellyfish Brigade. Bae Tigre’s sound is a departure for the very prolific collective and showcases quite a different genre. Ranelle Johnson is the creator of Bae Tigre and with nearly a decade of band experience (Tiger VS) for the first time has gone solo. She is also Polkadot Mayhem’s first solo female artist. Ranelle started the project with recording and producing the album in her basement then bringing it to Wesley Opus who mixed it. She handles the vocals and keys live and performs with the unusual line up of live drums, electric cello, and viola. The album is the happy marriage of the electronic and symphonic. Continue reading

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Interview with Botzy

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By Becca Martin

Sitting across from Botzy over coffee he laid it out for me “Creativity at the rate of consumption.” He has been climbing a mountain since January, with FOUR releases in the space of THREE months. Three months? I know, feel challenged… Continue reading

Review – Botzy – Buck Fotzy

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By: Becca Martin

Botzy has been waiting for a moment. Well, his arrival is imminent. Catch his CD release party for the album Buck Fotzy, Saturday, July 13th at the Triple Rock Social Club. The album was released on July 9th from the label Fake Four Distro. The release is well crafted with a great mix of hip-hop, old school scratch, catchy lyrics, and some creative tracks featuring retro feeling horns, and piano. Continue reading

Video – Botzy – You Got It?

This Saturday: The Best Love is Free 4 at The Fine Line

This Saturday: The Best Love is Free 4 at The Fine Line

It’s early February, and Valentine’s Day will soon be here. Some people are getting excited about various capitalist-inspired gifts and things, while others are getting excited about The Best Love is Free! For the fourth year in a row, Botzy (of Culture Cry Wolf) and his team of organizers has sifted through hundreds of submissions (specifically, over 550 submissions from 41 different states) and put together a free 22-track CD to give away to the public. To celebrate, as in years past, there will also be a night of music on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at The Fine Line Music Café. This year, there will be performances by Sophia Eris (The Chalice, Absynthe) with Sexy Delicious, I, Colossus, Later Babes (members of Hooks For Hands and Soulcrate), and Cecil Otter (Doomtree). The show will change flavors a few times but will, no doubt, ensue into a memorable dance party.

“The whole event has this real community feel, with many artists involved expanding beyond the show onto the CD and the video series associated with the promotion.” (Botzy: from City Pages Concert Preview). It’s an opportunity to expose people to music other than what they might normally seek out on their own, or might not even know about. Is there a better way to give back to a community who loves music so?

Dressing up is encouraged, and bring your best moves! Once again, TBLIF will have a photo booth and a competition for “Best Dressed Couple.” People have been diggin’ that prom-esque vibe lately, plus Barbette has donated a $50 gift certificate for the winner. Good luck!

Pick up a free TBLIF CD at the show!
The Best Love is Free 4
The Fine Line Music Café
Saturday, February 9
doors 9pm | music 9:30pm
Performances by
Cecil Otter of Doomtree
Later Babes
I, Colossus
Sophia Eris
$10/$15
18+

Click here for tickets to Saturday’s event: http://thebestloveisfree.storenvy.com/products/841679-pre-sale-ticket

http://www.finelinemusic.com/

For the TBLIF Video Series click here http://www.youtube.com/user/TheBestLoveIsFree

Visit www.thebestloveisfree.com for more information on TBLIF and photos.

Check out these articles too:
http://blogs.citypages.com/gimmenoise/2013/02/the_best_love_is_free_interview.php
http://blog.thecurrent.org/2013/01/botzy-talks-about-the-best-love-is-free-on-the-local-show/

The Best Love is Free 4 Video Series ep. 7 Ecid and Botzy

Tickets currently on sale for the Feb. 9 event at The Fine Line Music Cafe. Visit www.thebestloveisfree.com for more information.