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Heiruspecs will be playing a show at Cause Soundbar in uptown this Thursday. Bring a few buddies and build up your booze tolerance for NYE the next night. This is a 21+ show and there are no presale tickets so get there early, get a drink and party with us. Booka B on the wheels and Toki Wright on the mic. Should be a night to remember!

See you there –

Felix

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Right on time and feelin’ fine! – Newsletter published by Felix
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Hey all, it’s been a slowish week for Heiruspecs and it looks like this week will be a little slow too.  You can’t always be busy you know?  That’s how you hurt yourself… or make yourself famous.  We can’t have that now.   Having said this, you would think there wouldn’t be much to say in this newsletter but you’d be wrong.

I can tell you that we’re starting to put together a bunch of shows for the fall already and we will be hitting places around the midwest for sure.  I hope to see Chicago, Duluth, Fargo, and beyond this fall and am eager to see some more familiar faces.

WHAT?

TwnkjglsSean “Twinkie Jiggles” McPherson has published a blog post on the Twin Cities Daily Planet site outlining the 5 most uppercrust and embarrasing ways to get a black eye. It’s his response to several peoples snide comments on his recent shiner.  You can check it out right here – http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/blog/2009/06/14/black-eye-straight-guy.html

Sean is also judging a Drunken Spelling Bee being held at the 501 Club on Saturday, June 20th.  Just think about how fun this could be for a second….           ok, now go over to http://www.myspace.com/mplsdrunkenspellingbee for more details if you are thinking you’re pretty good as a spellor.  Rules and other tidbits are on the site if you’re curious.  I’m thinking the drunk who was sleeping on my front steps last Saturday night probably wouldn’t have won this but maybe you can hold your liquor better than he can.

JUNE 27TH MARKS THE BEGINING OF THE MCNALLY SMITH HIP HOP WORKSHOP.  Our good friend DJ Judo will be there teaching you how to use turntables. http://www.mcnallysmith.edu/ is the place to go for more info.

There is some video of Big Trouble playing at Bryant Lake Bowl with Dave Campbell last friday night that may be worth a look if you haven’t made it out to see Big Trouble yet.  If you’re still not sure what this is all about, Big Trouble is a band comprised largely by the Heiruspecs instrumentalists.
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Still coming up for Big Trouble is a June 27th show with the Sensational Joint Cheifs. Date and showtime will be in next weeks newsletter.

organDeVon “DVRG” Gray is confirmed in the MPR/Fitzgerald Theatre Organ Mentorship.  The program features veteran players working with Twin Cities musicians to pass along the history and tradition of a dying art while not neccesarily playing in the olde style.  They are excited to have players that are forward thinking and want to take this dying art and give it new clothes.  We are excited for DVRG to be a part of it.

DVRG will also be returning to his role as Apprentice Conductor with the Minnesota Youth Symphonies for 2009/2010.

toki-wright-a-different-mirror-release-posterCongrats again to our good friend Toki Wright who has succesfully released his album A Different Mirror on Rhymesayers Entertainment.  I picked up the album, have you?  A lot of people who may not know Toki will remember the Twin Cities Celebration of Hip Hop series that he has succesfully promoted with YO! the Movement in the past.  He was the host on the main stage at Soundset this year and had a memorable set there as well.  If you are curious to know more about him, please check him out online at http://tokiwright.com/.

whosdatedwhoIn pseudo fake news, I randomly found out we have a profile on “Who’s Dated Who” – Apparently a few of you are curious to see who Josh Peterson is dating.  Not that any of that info appears on their website – http://www.whosdatedwho.com/topic/6331/heiruspecs.htm.  Will anything of factual actually be added?  Who knows? It’s just funny to know it’s there.
aa-eodbreak1Thanks to the Heiru fans that came down to Elko Speedway this past weekend for the Eve Of Destruction event and watched me host as TMF Opposition did their drifting demo’s.  We put a car into the wall at 70mph and it was lots of fun.  I’m going to have to start bringing Heiruspecs CD’s to sell down there.

Other stuff of note;

DVRG’s Bach & Beer ensemble will be doing a concert Sat. August 1st at MacPhail.  Program will include Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto no. 3, the Beethoven Septet and more.  DVRG will be featured playing bassoon.

Thanks for reading – Felix

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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Hey all, it’s Felix –
Well, I feel like I just did the last newsletter a couple of days ago but I guess it’s been more than a week.  Thanks to everyone who came out to support us at our shows over this past weekend.  I have a soundset picture update coming late tomorrow.  Heiruspecs doesn’t have any shows this weekend but that doesn’t mean we aren’t doing anything. 

First off, I am proud to say that I am giving the commencement speech at Central High School here in St. Paul.  Yes, that’s where Heiruspecs got it’s start so it’s a real honor to be asked to come back and say something good to the graduating class of 2009.  This happens on Tuesday and I must admit I am a bit nervous.  I have high expectations for myself mostly and I hope people don’t get bored with me like the expect to be with any speaker.   To the rest of you Heiruspecs fans out there graduating this year, CONGRATULATIONS!  Big things ahead for all of you, I know it. 

331-contactTwinkie gave me the scoop on a show happening tonight  (5/29/2009) at the 331 Club.  BIG TROUBLE – 9PM to 1AM at the 331 Club in NE Mpls.  The show is free and you can find them at http://www.331.mn/home.php.  The place will fill with people for sure.  Get there NOW. 

Since we’re talking about Twinkie Jiggles, here’s something that hasn’t gotten a lot of light on this page yet.  He is helping direct a hip hop program with workshops at McNally Smith College of Music – It features Toki Wright, Brandon All Day, New MC, Super Engineer Joe Mabbott and more.  More details can be found here —> http://www.mcnallysmith.edu/newsevents/summerprograms.aspx

I spy Muad’dib on the front page… 

mic_logo_sidebarYou’ve known it for years but now there’s a little something to prove that DVRG is a Minnesotan making an impression.  It’s kind of nice to know that you work with a real live hero.  Right?  I mean you never knew Clark Kent was superman did you?  DeVon is actually a classically trained composer and all around music lover.  You know how some clubs play classical music to get you to leave at 3am?  Well, guess who’s just getting started.  But I digress…

You can read about it onthe MetBlogs page – http://minneapolis.metblogs.com/2009/04/06/minnesotans-making-an-impression-dvrg/ and I bet you’ll be impressed.

As usual, more to come later!

Here’s a video of us at Soundset to tide you over.

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