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The Lowertown Line: Trampled By Turtles

The Lowertown Line Airs New Years Eve!

Exciting news, local music fans: we’re ringing in the New Year with Dessa and Trampled By Turtles! The pilot episode of The Lowertown Line will air on tpt2 on December 31, 2012 at 8:30 p.m. Check out the promo below:

The Lowertown Line was recorded with a live audience at tpt’s Lowertown studios on October 24, 2012. The program is hosted by hip hop artist Dessa and features rock and bluegrass style Duluth band Trampled By Turtles, who performed and shared stories with their inspiring musical guest – Alan Sparkhawk of Low, Retribution Gospel Choir and The Murder of Crows.

The Lowertown Line music special features a five-song set from Trampled by Turtles as well an insider Q&A hosted by Dessa about Trampled by Turtles formal training, song-writing process/style and their Duluth connections. During the set, the band also welcomed Alan Sparhawk from the Duluth band, Low to perform and Sparhawk joined Dessa and Dave Simonett in talking about his body of work, process and training.

“I was on tour when MN Original  Series Producer, Ashleigh Rowe called me about hosting a new music special, and I jumped at the chance,” says The Lowertown Line host, Dessa. “Parked in a Walgreens’ lot in Chicago, I chatted excitedly with the producers, gesturing like a crazy person; the tpt team has a fresh and genuine enthusiasm for every project.”

Tune into tpt2 on December 31, 2012 at 8:30 p.m. for The Lowertown Line.

My MN Original: Alison Scott

With Twin Cities Public Television entering the second week of The Great Sustainer Challenge 2012, MN Original will take another break from the tv airwaves this Sunday evening. To help fill the void, we’re handing the keys to our blog over to Alison Scott, who appeared on MNO in its second season. We asked Alison to curate her own episode of MN Original and share a little bit about her choices:

Davina & The Vagabonds from MN Original #202 (original air date: August 19, 2010)

Alison Scott: I met Davina when she had just moved here. I’ve always found her story really fascinating. The fact that she up and moved here on a whim was really a gift for the Minneapolis scene. I love that MNO explores her writing space and the piano that fell off of a truck. She’s doing something different than any other musician in town, and this segment shows you why she is the way she is.

Robert Robinson from MN Original #303 (original air date: January 08, 2012)

Alison Scott: This guy is a freak of nature. Any vocalist will tell you so. I’m not a particularly religious person, but Robert Robinson can make me a believer any day. I also love that the choir (Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir) in this segment is made up of all sorts of folks. All kinds of music lovers will love this one.

Darin Back from MN Original #105 (original air date: May 20, 2010)

Alison Scott: I know I am in this segment, and I almost didn’t choose it for that reason. However, Darin Back is a genius, and I’m happy to recognize him any chance I get. MNO shows you exactly how he got where he is today, his background, his thought process, and how he shoots. If I was an aspiring photographer, I’d be taking notes.

Rhea Pappas from MN Original #103 (original air date: May 06, 2010)

Alison Scott: This segment is sooo cool! I need to hire this girl to do my next photo shoot. I’ve never seen photos quite like this before. Who knew clothes looked so cool under water!?! I enjoyed that MNO followed Rhea Pappas and her mom through the whole process, coffee and all. I love that her whole vision is about women, beauty, and empowerment. Very refreshing.


MN Original: What an awesome episode, Alison! Who would you like to see appear on MN Original that has yet to be featured on the show?

Alison Scott: I’d love to see the Minnesota Boychoir featured on MNO. My band and I have collaborated with them in the past and it was one of the highlights of my career. I also know that Kevin Bowe just shot his segment, so I’m really looking forward to watching that one when it airs. Kevin is always good for a crazy story or two!

Solid Gold: Elephants

Frontmen Zach Coulter, Matt Locher, Adam Hurlburt of the electro glam rock outfit Solid Gold have been playing together for more than 8 years. Getting their start in Madison, WI after two of the members met in an architecture class, their debut album Bodies of Water gained international attention for its layered and complicated sound. After taking a four-year break between albums, in which Zach and Adam toured with GAYNGS, the band released their second record Eat Your Young in 2012. Members also include brothers Jacob and Jeremy Hanson. In this video, Solid Gold performs “Elephants” from their record Eat Your Young, in Twin Cities Public Television‘s Studio A.

Special Thanks: B.J. Burton for audio mixing, and Bryant Locher for lighting assistance.

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