Monthly Archives: February 2013


AT THE CASUALEST CAFE IN SOUTHEAST MINNEAPOLIS you enter to find young men lying on couches. One stands to greet you. He resurrects a cold pot of coffee with blasts of frothing steam and, without discussion, hands you a cup. “No charge.” You sit. Cryptic wisecracking as he nukes a plate of bacon for a customer consulting a vintage PC. The barista paces, munching handfuls of pepperoni (“gotta have protein, right?”) and smoking not-quite-surreptitiously from a pipe he wears on a lanyard. As you rise to leave, your tepid mug barely touched, he grabs a blanket and returns to his couch, giggling.

You will never go back to this place. But that it exists—ungoverned by the rules of commerce, the law, or basic expectation—is reassuring. Mysteriously beyond failure, it lives without striving.

>> Download: “Live from the Plasma Bank”

01 The Everly Brothers – Turn Around
02 Roxy Music – All I Want Is You
03 Eleanor Friedberger – I Won’t Fall Apart On You Tonight
04 Wild Billy Childish And The Spartan Dreggs – The Fighting Tameraire
05 Shuggie Otis – Ice Cold Daydream
06 Bananarama – No Feelings
07 The Suicide Commandos – Complicated Fun
08 Black Lips – Dumpster Dive
09 Mission of Burma – Trem Two
10 The Electronic Anthology Project – Eels
11 Theophilus London – One Last Time
12 J Dilla – Two Can Win
13 Death Grips – I’ve Seen Footage
14 Son of Bazerk – Part One
15 Broken Bells – Meyrin Fields
16 A.C. Newman – Hostages
17 Julie London – Yummy, Yummy, Yummy
18 Nellie McKay – Adios
19 Sly & The Family Stone – I’m An Animal
20 Thee Oh Sees – Flood’s New Light
21 Television – Friction
22 METZ – Get Off
23 Flying Lotus – Heave(n)