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Dammit, I am late again aren’t I? – Felix

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OK, as usual, thank you guys for coming out to see us.  Grand Old Day was a good time and we have all survived a week of confusing weather.  Let’s get right into it…

Small-Steps-by-Heiruspecs_ggACicH_VlAx_fulliTunes has officially added up 10 Years Strong and Small Steps for your listening pleasure.  This is perfect for those of you guys who haven’t been able to make it out to a show in a while or don’t have access to the older stuff at your local record store.  Don’t hold me to it, but we may put Antidesestablishmetabolism up there too.  Why the hell not?  A big thanks to our friends over at Eclectone Records for actually doing the work of this.  You may think there’s something happening there but we’re just lazy.  In the coming month, you will start seeing some Youtube style video’s where some Twin Cities greats list off their top 10 Heiruspecs songs.  I am very much looking forward to that.  They’ll all be there on iTunes if you don’t have them.

ssl_1Here’s a little something from the Bass-man – Sean “Twinkie Jiggles” McPherson;

Here’s my update about the McNally Smith Program:
The hip-hop summer workshop planning is going well and we are very excited to have St. Paul’s own DJ Judo teaching the fundamentals of turntables. If you are a student in a St. Paul Public School be sure to check out the St. Paul Connections program to see how you can attend the workshop for a very discounted price.

Twinkie is also hosting a new blog over at Twin Cities Daily Planet.  Check it out here – http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/blog/2009/06/05/welcome-new-slang-blog.html.  He stared off doing a list of the best things ever to happen at Grand Old Days.

Big Trouble News –

bigtrouble“On June 12 Big Trouble is joining the How Was the Show (howwastheshow.com) 7th Year Anniversary show. It’s a big celebration and Big Trouble will be joined by DJ Giving it to They Ass on vocals (aka David Campbell of the Current). Learn more on this awesome podcast. (http://howwastheshowcast.blogspot.com/2009/06/howwastheshowminneapoliscast-cd-reviews.html).  There is a new Big Trouble track on the podcast called “Joshu” that you haven’t heard yet.

On June 27 Big Trouble will be helping the Sensational Joint Chiefs (firetrunk.com) play their first show club in a long time. The Sensational Joint Chiefs helped raise the Heiruspecs crew and gave them their first gigs at nightclubs in the Twin Cities way back in 1998. It is an honor for Big Trouble to be joining them. Be sure to show up early, these folks can still fill a room.

DVRG has an interesting new thing going on… it’s a Theatre Organ mentorship at the Fitzgerald.  More on that to come!

elko_oct07 0436Felix will be on a racetrack again this weekend, June 13th to be exact, this time with a microphone announcing the TMF Opposition drift demo at the first of many Eve of Destruction events at Elko Speedway.  If you are into schoolbus racing and figure 8 stock cars, this is your jam.  More info can be found at http://www.tmfopposition.com/.

What else???  I think that may really be it.

Big Quarters is out on the West Coast touring.

Toki Wright’s new album A Different Mirror is IN STORES NOW.

Maria Isa’s album Street Politics is IN STORES NOW.

I leave you with this; I just found out my cousin put out a rap video a while back.  He lives in Amsterdam and raps in Dutch.  He goes by the name of Prozak.  It runs in the family. Check this out…

Thanks,

Felix

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So, before running over to Get Cryphy upstairs, I hung out in the main room and watched a bunch of Maria Isa’s CD Release party.  I walked in late and saw the last half of Dance Band’s set.  I was bummed that I missed my homegirl Mayda.  (frowns).  All and all, a damned good time though – My pics – Enjoy.

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Maria Takes the stage – who knew I went to Jr. High with her brother….

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It was a good show but I had to dip out about halfway through her set to get my hosting duties upstairs going.  Get Cryphy was the official after party.

I am supposed to publish these on Wednesdays… dammit – missed again.
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Greetings to all of you beautiful people.  Another week is upon us and the time to party is now!  This past week was pretty chill for us but we have work to do this weekend.

salutforwebFirst and foremost, we are playing GRAND OLD DAY street festival in St. Paul this Sunday (6/7) at NOON. Its very important that I stress that we are playing at NOON.  We’ll be on the Salut stage which is at 917 Grand Ave St Paul, MN 55105.  True story.  Full info to be found here – http://www.grandave.com/grandoldday/.  Take advantage of another dirt cheap outdoors Heiruspecs show.  Party with several hundred thousand of your neighbors.  This is billed as the biggest block party in the country and it’s no joke.

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GetCryphy-pink-2Friday 6/4, Felix hosts GET CRYPHY in 1st Avenue’s VIP room with Jimmy 2 Times.  Last time Heiruspecs played the Triple Rock, Jimmy 2 Times held down the turntables all night and Friday shall be even more rediculoid.  With original mixes of classic rap and dance tracks, this should be awesome.  More info and a taste of the music can be found here – http://www.myspace.com/cryphygetting.  Details for admission are here – http://www.first-avenue.com/.  Oh yes.

Maria IsaIn the main room at 1st Ave on 6/4, our friend Maria Isa is having her CD release party.  Congrats!  If  you want to go check it out please do.  Maria Isa, Muja Messiah, Mayda, Danceband, Kill the Vultures, I Self Divine, and St. Paul Slim will be joining her on stage as well.   If you’ve seen us in the Twin Cities or nearby within the last year, you’ve seen every single one of those acts at least once.  Go check it out!

Maria Isa is featured on the Heiruspecs song “Lenses” and her band has been holding it down for Sota-Rico for a few years now.  Go get em!

Heiruspecs is now on Twitter so come and follow us if you’re up on it.. http://twitter.com/heiruspecs is the lick!  Follow us.  Why?  Because it proves that we’re all up on this social networking thing…

I gotta plug Twinkie’s McNally Smith Program as well – http://www.mcnallysmith.edu/newsevents/summerprograms.aspx.  Please check this out immediately if you have any desire to take part in rap related workshops and classes.

“Hip Hop Workshop. McNally Smith’s first ever Hip Hop Workshop will be under the direction of Sean McPherson, bassist and bandleader of Twin Cities Hip Hop heroes, Heiruspecs. Sean (a/k/a Twinkie Jiggles) will bring in many prominent emcees, producers, graphic artists and others to cover the essentials – and more – of Hip Hop. Instructor demonstrations and Q&A sessions will mix in with recording sessions and side trips to Twin Cities Hip Hop landmarks for a full week of instruction, insight and career guidance. The week ends with a final performance and a CD documenting each participant’s creations. The program is designed for ages 13 and up. Questions? Contact Sean McPherson or visit the Facebook Page.

Coming up soon –

Big Trouble is June 12 for the How Was The Show 7th Anniversary at the Turf Club

Big Trouble is June 27 at Turf Club for the Sensational Joint Chiefs show

Thanks for looking! See you at Grand Old Days!- Felix

Oh, also… while randomly searching the interweb, I found this.

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My name is Felix and oh my… this is the May Newsletter. Late edition.

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Time flies when you’re busy. Heiruspecs has been playing shows here and there and everyone’s side projects are keeping them really tied up. This is a good thing. Summer is just around the corner and I spy fun!

This coming weekend (May23-25th) we actually have 2 shows in driving distance from Minneapolis/St. Paul. It’s that time of year when the outdoor shows start happening all the time. It’s beautiful.

First up, Bella Music Festival is having us out on Friday night in Harmony Park. We’re playing at a great time and rocking it with Dessa Darling of Doomtree and Del The Funky Homosapien.

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Del.BellaIf you don’t know who Del is, that’s all the more reason to come through and check out the show. He’s been putting out records for a LONG time. He’s one of the founders of Heiroglyphics out in the Oakland CA area and longtime underground hero.

Although he’s played Minneapolis many a time in the past, I don’t think I’ve ever seen him play outdoors before. It should be a good time.

If you like, you can even camp at this show. Bring a cooler, a tent, your good times, and your laughter too… More info –http://www.bellamusicfest.com/Bella%20Madre/Home.html

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On Sunday, we’re playing the Fifth Element stage at Soundset. If you aren’t sure what soundset is, that’s OK> Here’s the flyer. It looks like information overload, but trust me, we’re in there!

Last year this was held in the Metrodome parkinglot. I couldn’t be there but my homey St. Paul Slim (Congrats on your engagement homey!) told me it was amazing. This year, they’re holding it at Cantebury Park to allow for a larger crowd after drawing more than expected last year. You already know how to act, now show that you know your manners in public. http://www.myspace.com/soundset

May 29th, Big Trouble will be playing at the 331 Club in NE Mineapolis. For those who don’t know, this is a mostly instrumental band featuring Twinkie, Peter, Josh, and occasionally others. There’s never a cover at the 331 Club. Just make sure you have a real ID.

On June 7th we’ll be playing at Grand Old Day street festival in St. Paul again. Last year was so fun we had to come back. We switched the spot to allow someone else to have a magical day down the block. This time we’re playing at Salut near Grand and Victoria. Salut is awesome, you are awesome, shouldn’t you be where you belong? Seriously, last year we had well over 5000 people watch us. This year I suppose we could try to top that. What do you think? –http://www.grandave.com/grandoldday/

Big QuartersTo switch gears a little bit, there is some news in what our good friends are up to. When we put out our album, Medium Zach from Big Quarters took the liberty of remixing one of our tracks. It sounds dope. I don’t think enough of you have heard it. Maybe I’ll get it on http://heiruspecs.com/ sooner than later. Keep an ear out for that!

Big Quarters have released a new album called From the Home of Brown Babies and White Mothers. It’s ill. It’s worth a look at very least and you can check Big Quarters out at http://www.bigquarters.blogspot.com/

Well worth checking out…

Speaking of friends, there’s a rumor going around that a guy wearing a Heiruspecs shirt just opened a new eatery in North East Minneapolis called, uh… NORTH EAST SOCIAL. I stopped in the other day and it was packed. Don’t tell everyone, they don’t have room. They do have our new album playing in the kitchen. The food is excellent and it’s on the corner of 13th St. and 4th Ave. NE. Now I’ve gone and said too much… http://northeastsocial.com/

Stuff coming up or out over the next month –

Felix hosts GET CRYPHY on June 6th with Jimmy 2 Times and Plain Ole Billhttp://www.myspace.com/cryphygetting

Maria Isa has a new album coming out – CD release party at First Avenue

Trivia Mafia is everywhere (pronounced; ER-VERR-EE-WHURR)http://www.triviamafia.com/

For you speed demons, on May 30th, Felix and TMF Opposition present DDYK round 4 at Elko Speedway –http://www.tmfopposition.com/

I feel like I missed something… I’m SURE I missed something. Updates to follow on http://heiruspecs.com/ so stay tuned people!

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