Thursday, January 24, 2013

Brian Laidlaw Interview with Minnesota Monthly


Last week Brian Laidlaw chatted with the wonderful folks of Minnesota Monthly about The Family Trade's new EP... Check out the interview here.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Blaid & the Family Trade

Performing Drugstore Hucksters

Don't forget to catch these lovely folks at their very own release party for their very own first ever EP that's called Whiskey With Goliath, Friday January 25th, 2013! Where? At the Icehouse. Where is that? 2528 Nicollet Ave S, Minneapolis!

The Family Trade is a six-piece folk orchestra that features band members from Yes!Lets Collective bands Very Small Animal and the Dusty Porch Sisters. The EP's seven songs were recorded live to analog tape at McNally Smith's College of Music studios (where Laidlaw teaches songwriting), and the resulting album has a warmth and heart that is reminiscent of classic folk records like Neil Young's Harvest and The Band's Music from Big Pink.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Family Trade EP Release on January 25!!!

On Friday, January 25, Brian Laidlaw & the Family Trade will release our debut EP "Whiskey With Goliath." The show is at Icehouse in Minneapolis, with sets from Chastity Brown and Bomba de Luz (who are both magnificent.) We're genuinely proud of how this EP came together, and can't wait to share it with the world - we hope you'll come join the celebration.

Facebook event page here, and a preview of the album here. Thanks for your support!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

YLC artist Ashley Hanson selected for CCM Partnership

Artists team up with city planners in unique Creative CityMaking partnership

Jan. 14, 2013 (MINNEAPOLIS) Artists will have a hand in five city planning projects in 2013, thanks to a new program that is helping Minneapolis develop into a city that is a living work of art.  Creative CityMaking is a partnership between Intermedia Arts and the City of Minneapolis that fosters collaborations between local artists and City planners to develop fresh and innovative approaches for addressing the long-term transportation, land use, economic, environmental, and social issues facing Minneapolis.
In 2013, Creative CityMaking will embed four artists/artist teams in the Long Range Planning Division of the City’s Community Planning and Economic Development Department (CPED).  Four teams of artists have been selected and paired up with five planning projects, which they will work on through 2013.  The partnership of artists and planners is intended to forge, enhance, or develop new strategies for working through the creative processes inherent in visionary planing and city making. It is intended to engage artists in critical thinking and art making around City and urban issues and to increase artists’ and planners’ ability to facilitate community interaction and work collaborativley with the public to foster positive change in the quality and trajectory of social discourse about the city’s urban future.  Their collaborative work will be showcased throughout the year at citywide community events, culminating in a public exhibition and forum at Intermedia Arts.