Run The Jewels, Ratking live; The Fine Line Music Cafe; Minneapolis, MN; 11/20/14
By Nathan G. O'Brien for Scene Point Blank
Earlier this week I attended an artist’s talk/writer’s
workshop-type thing here in Minneapolis. Kevin Bowe, who’s toured with
Paul Westerberg, recorded as a member of the Replacements, produced the
Meat Puppets, and written award winning songs for people that can’t
write them themselves, was interviewing Jon Bream, the lead music critic
for the Star Tribune. Bream has been writing about music since 1974, so
he’s pretty much seen, listened to, written, and read it all.
In a rather leading manner Bowe asked Bream about his approach to
writing concert reviews, following up his question by stating, “I don’t
want to hear about how many beers the reviewer drank; I want to know if
the show was good.”
Bream said that even though he doesn’t write that way, mostly
because he works for a daily, that he thinks it’s totally legitimate to
interject oneself into the story. “An event review is ultimately about
the experience of the person who’s writing about it.” Said Bream. “If
the reviewer drank four whiskey Cokes it is likely going to affect their experience. Why choose to ignore that?”
I had six beers tonight.
By the time I arrived at the Fine Line I was already three beers deep. I had a Fat Tire Amber Ale and a Fixed Gear
American Red at home prior to leaving. I also had can of Hamm’s which I
mainlined in two ginormous chugs in the parking lot behind the venue.
Upon entering I stopped to take in the scene for a moment, opened my
arms wide, and declared vociferously, “HIP-HOP!” A few people looked at
me sideways, and a few others raised their drinks in agreement. It felt
good to be out, as up until very recently I’d been sidelined for nearly
four months as the result of a ruptured achilles tendon. I quickly made
my way to the bar and got myself a Summit Saga IPA.
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