Sunday, April 30, 2006


I haven't blogged about the podcasts lately, I've had, um, things to do. So here today is the wrap-up - all rolled into one for your convenience, pre-masticated for easy digestion, just the way you like it. You and baby birds. Only this is tastier than worms. I'm completely talking out of my ass.


Podgy's Tokyo Talk
Demetrius san Tanjoubi omedetou!
The haves and have-nots in Japan get Podgy fluffed by
the word "Egalitarian". Music from Supraluxe "Marmalade","Blue Sky". Matt Caplan "Sideways", JesusHairdo "I refuse to be your hero" and Heth and Jed with "My Headphones"

Link to show HERE.


Bald Guy Show

Bald Guy and Baron Von Raschke. Separated at girth. I went to see the Baron at the Bismarck Civic Center in the 70's. There was no stopping the man, he had the CLAW. Look the &#$@ out.

Link to the episode 19 HERE. Link directly to mp3 HERE.


Bald Guy Show

Bald Guy and famously tall Peter Garrett from Midnight Oil. Separated by at least 12 inches. Remember when Garrett lit the set of the Alan Thicke Show on fire when he torched some newspapers while his band performed Read About It? No? Me neither.

Link to episode 20 HERE. Link directly to mp3 HERE.


Next M Radio MusicCast

Link to episode 012 HERE. Direct link to mp3 HERE.


As always, love, peace, and understanding. Really.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Review: Indie Launchpad

We got reviewed by Indie Launchpad - 8 out of 10 stars! I'll accept that we're less than perfect - 8^)

Read it HERE.

Monday, April 17, 2006


From a review on of Love Sweet Love:

"I loved this song. The melody is very strong and keeps you bouncing your head. The chord structure is perfect. I like how the chords rise and fall in just the right places. The arrangement is equally strong.

The style reminds me of a mix of David Lee Roth, Neil Diamond and Welcome Back Kotter."

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Radio: Cities 97

You are not at the Supraluxe Blog Main Page.

Jason Nagel played Oleander on Minnesota Music a week ago on Cities 97. We were played right after the Replacements.

Love makes you do stupid things. When I first moved to Mpls in 1986 my first place was in Uptown at Harriet and 27th. Someone told me the house on the cover of Let It Be was nearby so a few times I went out looking for it but never found it. About a month ago someone more in the know than me told me the address so I drove by. It was just a couple blocks from where I had lived. They took the ladder down, maybe that's why I didn't recognize it before.

Here's the Cities 97 playlist:

Sunday, April 9th

Alarmists - New Romans, (MySpace)
Colonial Vipers Attack - A Better Place, Colonial Vipers Attack
The Replacements - Swingin' Party, Tim

Supraluxe - Oleander, Supraluxe
Robert Skoro - I Was Blonde at Age Four, That These Things Could Be Ours

Soul Asylum - Lately, The Silver Lining
The Soviettes - Do The Swagger, LP III
Firetrucs - Hat's Off (to Rivers Cuomo), Hovercraft LP

Malachi Constant - Blueshammer, Pride
Digitata - Oscar Wilde Breakdown, Sexually Transmitted Emotions

Erik Brandt - Green Eyed Alone, Green Eyed Alone
Ashtray Hearts - Rules, Perfect Halves
Haley Bonar - Devilish Man, Lure the Fox

Alva Star - Tornado Girl, Escalator
Wisely - Stayin Home Again, Parador

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Song of the Day

Yoga Means Union by Ambulance LTD

Though the title of this post suggests a recurring theme, it's not intended to be. I am not a music critic and don't pretend to be. I'm just a fan. Besides, there are other people out there who are much better at informing and enlightening.

I've listened to this song repeatedly the last couple of days and it has really struck something in me. The interplay between the bass and the two guitar parts in the second half of the song sort of snuck up on me and I started having How Soon Is Now flashbacks. Not that it sounds anything like that, it just somehow evoked the same sort of trancelike brain lock.

These guys are from NYC, and I can't pin down their sound because it covers so many styles and feelings. There are distinct British influences, but they've got their own little niche. Right now I can't get enough of these guys. Go to and check it out. Unfortunately the 30 second samples there don't nearly do any of the songs justice.

Garage Band again

I submitted a second song to Garage Band a while ago. I never wrote about it because I've come close to removing the song, not because it isn't doing well but simply because I feel that Garage Band is of marginal benefit to bands in general. The second submission is Love Sweet Love, and it has done slightly better than Run Rabbit Run, for whatever reason. Anyway, the REAL reason I'm even mentioning any of this is because the song was awarded "Best Bass in Power Pop, week of 10apr2006". LOL. I was only trying to sound like John Deacon. The other guys in the band get all the accolades. Look at that list. Sheesh. They earned theirs, though.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Podcast: Accidental Expat

Wow, don't know how I missed this one. A Boy Named Su does the Accidental Expat podcast. Su had us on back in February. I happened on this later episode while doing a vanity google.

This podcast, like the last one, is mostly in Japanese, which of course I don't understand. I barely understand 'merican.

Stream the show HERE.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Podcast: Bald Guy Show

Bald Guy and Mr. Clean, shiny-headed product pitchman. Also separated at birth.

Listen to show #7 HERE.

Podcast: Bald Guy Show

Bald Guy and Jerry Mercer, sexagenerian drummer for April Wine. Separated at birth?

Listen to show #6 HERE.

Podcast: MoPod Show

The MoPod Show - from their website:

"The MoPod Show is a gay podcast coming to you from all over the place. From the tiara on top to the seedy underbelly...the mopod show is here to offer you an entertaining look at the gay community. Whether you are butch, fem, a log cabin republican or a flag waving liberal, we've got something for you. Guaranteed to make you laugh, think and tune in for more."

All I have to say is....thank you guys. "won't you be my barrista....."

Stream it HERE. Note: Not work safe. Yeah, our first warning label.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Podcast: You Are The Guest

We got a another spot on You Are The Guest, hosted by Bill Brady.

Link to the show HERE.

Review: Rift Magazine

Local rock/entertainment mag Rift has reviewed our CD:

The music of indie rock/power pop trio Supraluxe bounces with layered melodies and interlocking cohesiveness. Lead vocalist Jim Risser's soft and smooth delivery sounds far more innocent than his darkly tinged lyrics suggest. Like the sugar pop coating on top of frank bleakness on an Eels record, Supraluxe packages feelings of emptiness, anxiety and isolation with lush, danceable indie pop songs, complete with handclaps galore. It's stuff that makes you smile and tap your toes while you scratch your head.

Starting as a weekly jam session called Rock Club, which included a rotating cast of musicians, Supraluxe evolved out of these sessions into the core trio of Jim Risser (guitars, vocals), Bob Burns (keyboards, programming, vocals) and Rich Pearson (bass, vocals, additional guitars). Burns, a veteran of local heroes the Flamin' Ohs, also produced, engineered and mixed the album; he makes his pop sensible presence felt on songs like "Oleander" and "Chemical Fun."

Deftly straddling the line between slick pop and garage rock, Supraluxe sounds like a slightly more hopeful Elliot Smith fronting a band somewhere between the Love Cars and Semisonic. Unfailingly easy on the ears, Supraluxe has come out of the gate with a gem of an indie pop record. CMJ

View this review on the Rift website HERE.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Podcast: Home Made Hit Show

Home Made Hit Show is a really hot podcast, because since Tony played us I've received inquiries, nice notes, whole buncha stuff. And as a way of showing a little appreciation for having us on, I'm going to plug his show again.

Stream Home Made Hit Show episode 17 HERE.

He's also got a MySpace page HERE.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Absolute Powerpop Ratings

I feel it is my civic duty as a member of the band coming in at #1 on the Absolute Powerpop list of best albums of 2006, that effective April 5 2006, said band is still ranked as such on the aforementioned list.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Podcast: PodCastCafe

PodCastCafe is a German show, and consequently I don't understand a word of it. We're on it, so I assume it's some kind of show about, um, music. But does anyone out there know German and want to tell me what they're talking about? The host sounds like a nice guy, but who knows what he's saying! For all I know it could be bad stuff said in a nice tone of voice to THROW ME OFF. Like if you say nice things to your dog in a mean voice or the other way around. The dog gets confused. I feel like that. Or like when you're in an elevator and two people are talking in a language you don't understand, you don't know if they're talking about something really cool, or about you, or hot sex. You wonder. I think about these things.

Stream it HERE.

Review: The Jaded Dog

J Robinowitz over at The Jaded Dog reviewed our CD. Jaded Dog is described as "Random musings on the world around us, plus weekly movie, music, book, and podcast reviews." Go directly to the online review HERE.

Music Review - Supraluxe
I first heard this band on Bitjobs for the Masses! and liked them enough that I immediately went out and bought their CD from CD Baby.

The album is chock full of guitar driven sugarpop (don't let that word fool you) that doesn't sound like everything else out there. Why not? Because Supraluxe actually seem to know how to write a decent hook for the song to rest on, whereas everyone else seems to concentrate on beat. Another big plus for this album is that all 11 tracks actually sound different from one another, what a concept. The final selling point for me is that the end of the album is just as good as the beginning leading to a comprehensive whole, not just two singles at the beginning with a bunch of noise around it in order to charge for a full album even though all there is is a glorified EP.

I know this is a short review, but I think it would be silly for me to gush for more than 1 paragraph and I really have nothing bad to say about this album. I highly recommend you at least check them out on CD Baby (where you can listen to 2 minutes of each track). I'm sure that if you do, a lot of you will end up making a purchase.


Podcast: Five Gallon Podcast

Corey and Amy at Five Gallon Podcast play Flower on Episode #12. They play Flower next to Memory Lane by Elliott Smith - that fact alone is enough for me, I can die happy. These guys have put a lot of time into their web presence, they have a blog, lots o' pics, and.......just go there. It's cool.

Stream show #12 HERE.

Podcast: bit jobs for the masses

Have you listened to bit jobs yet? If not, you're missing out on one of the premier podcasts being produced today. If that fact, the fact that the host Phil is just way cool, and the fact that Supraluxe makes an appearance in the latest podcast isn't enough to entice you to go over there and listen, I'm out of ideas.

Stream if HERE or HERE.

Interview: Perfect Porridge

There's a first for everything, and we just landed our first interview. I've been reading Perfect Porridge for a while now - it's a great source for what's going on artistically, musically, here in the Twin Cities - so naturally it's kind of a big deal to us to get a write-up, and such a good one at that.

Go HERE to get to the main Perfect Porridge page, and HERE to go directly to the interview.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Podcast: Bald Guy Show

Episode NUMBER ONE of Bald Show Guy is up! Bald Guy Show is run by AJ, host of the Wild Hockey Fan podcast. Here's what I like about AJ - at his Frappr site, he describes himself thusly: "I am just a normal guy living in Minnesota. I love hockey MoPars motorcycles and most of all my family." In the words of William Shatner, I can get behind that. In fact, I'm right there with ya, buddy - except for the hockey, Mopar and motorcycle stuff that is. LOL! But my wife is a huge hockey nut so I'm two for four, kinda.

Listen to it HERE.

Podcast: WildHockeyFan

Porchlight is the featured artist on the latest episode, but we also make an appearance toward the end of the show, AJ plays The Big Comedown.

Check it out HERE or HERE.

Podcast: Todd Goes Hollywood

OK, here we have Todd, who sounds all of, I don't know, 12, 14 maybe, (I hope I'm not too far off) and he has a podcast. Todd, hats off to you my young friend. In the "Supraluxe episode" Todd spends considerable time contemplating the conundrum of the ages - is the glass half empty or half full? I won't give away the ending, you'll have to listen for yourself.

Stream it HERE.

Schwagcast, Baby!

I've gone on enough about Schwagcast. You know 'em, you love 'em, and you knooooooowwwww what to do.

Bring on the Schwag!

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Podcast: Home Made Hit Show

Tony at the Home Made Hit Show played Love Sweet Love on #17. He wrote me to ask if we had recorded it at home, I assured him that we had. We put pics of the recording sessions on our main page,, under webcam.

Stream Home Made Hit Show episode 17 HERE.

Snap Crackle Pop

KVWA, Craig Leve at Snap Crackle Pop played 3 Supraluxe songs on the latest edition SCP! Sugar Chalet, Blue Sky and Chemical Fun.