Friday, December 18, 2009

Lifter Puller on St. Cloud State's "Monday Night Live"

What a find! Pitchfork has posted an entire show from circa 1997. Mostly Half Dead and Dynamite stuff. Check out the whole show here!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

HOC featured on Game Informer podcast!

This is cool! Game Informer has gone with an all-Heart of a Champion soundtrack for this week's podcast!

Check it out here.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

City Pages gives us props and a new logo

Thanks to David Hansen at City Pages for this blurb on our upcoming releases. We'll have to get back to you on that logo, though.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Craig Finn discusses Lifter Puller book with Pitchfork

Pitchfork sat down with Hold Steady and Lifter Puller frontman to talk about the new book LFTR PLLR vs. The End Of and the digital release of Lifter Puller's discography.

Read it here!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Heart of a Champion signs GOST TRIO!

We are thrilled to announce the signing and release of the debut album from Brooklyn's Gost Trio. The CD, titled Miles of Skies of Light (HoC-030) was recorded by Dean Baltulonis (The Hold Steady) and mastered by Dave Gardner (everyone).

Though this is our first time working with any of them, our roots run deep with Gost Trio. The three members of the band (Twin Cities expatriates Frank Bevan, Jacob Sharff, and Andrew Beccone) made up three quarters of Capital!Capital some years back (the fourth member of Capital!Capital, Joe Labatt, contributes "West Coast guitar" on the song "Passenger" on this album). Before that, Frank fronted the Freedom Fighters (Amphetamine Reptile).

Anyway, Gost Trio is returning to play their first show in their native Twin Cities on Saturday, December 26 at the Turf Club in St. Paul, along with our old friends The Dynamiters. This will double as a Gost Trio CD release show, though the album will not see national release until January 2010.

Here's a picture of the pretty silk-screened cover:

Gost Trio on Myspace
Gost Trio on Facebook

Monday, November 9, 2009

The Evening Rig needs YOUR help!

A message from The Evening Rig regarding their plans for Spring 2010:

So, we'd like to get this dog and pony show on the road early 2010 and try to exploit this noise we call music to other parts of the great U S of A.

We are not very savvy when it comes to booking, nor do we know many people outside of our safe zone in the Twin Cities, so any kind of help will be greatly appreciated!!!

Below is a rough idea of what we're thinking. If you can help us get our foot in the door at any of the clubs in said areas, we will buy you drinks, win you carnival stuffed animals, and offer up some delicious deep tissue back rubs...

Saturday, March 13th - Des Moinea, IA
Sunday, March 14th - Omaha, NE
Monday, March 15th - Kansas City, MO or KS
Tuesday, March 16th - Oklahoma City, OK
Wednesday, March 17th - Denton, TX
Thursday, March 18th - Austin, TX (SXSW)
Friday, March 19th - Austin, TX (SXSW)
Saturday, March 20th - Austin, TX (SXSW)
Sunday, March 21st - open
Monday, March 22nd - Little Rock, AR
Tuesday, March 23rd - Memphis, TN
Wednesday, March 24th - Nashville, TN
Thursday, March 25th - St. Louis, MO
Friday, March 26th - Chicago, IL
Saturday, March 27th - Milwaukee/Madison, WI

Again, any help would be awesome and we are serious about the deep tish back rubs!

The Evening Rig

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Farewell, Uptown Bar!

Minneapolis' historic Uptown Bar is closing at the end of the month, and we're proud to be heavily represented on the final week's calendar.

First, The Evening Rig will headline a free show on Tuesday, October 27 along with Buffalo Buffalo Buffalo. (View the Facebook event page here)

On the following night (Wednesday, October 28), Chooglin' is part of a six band bill that also includes Me and My Arrow, Story of the Sea, Speed's the Name, Death Cube, and Alicia Wiley. This one is free if you arrive before 9 PM, and $6 if you show up later.

Finally, The Hawaii Show and friends host the grand finale on Sunday, November 1. Not sure about the cover on this one, but we can promise some unannounced guests. Be there!

Eleni Mandell & Inara George at the Bootleg Theater - Nov. 10

Eleni Mandell and Inara George will be playing at the Bootleg Theater in L.A. on Tuesday, November 10, along with Ferraby Lionheart and Daniel Martin Moore. Check out the gorgeous poster from our good friend Jon Reischl!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

The Grabs album cover unveiled!

We are pleased as punch to show you the art for The Grabs' Political Disco LP, due out in January 2010. It was designed by our good friend (and HOC webmaster) Jon Reischl. Check out the rest of his work at!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Yup, You Can Follow Us On Twitter


(Sorry, no fancy pictures for this post)

Attention Record Stores!

You can now contact CHICAGO INDEPENDENT DISTRIBUTION to order our newest releases!

The Evening Rig - NEW SHOWS POSTED

The Evening Rig have a few new shows lined up ... go check 'em out!

08/28/09: Sauce, MPLS MN

10/16/09: The Hexagon, MPLS MN

10/17/09: Pizza Luce Duluth, Duluth MN

...And a warm congratulation to Jake Jarpey of The Evening Rig who recently tied the knot with the lovely and amazing Amy Gahlon. Next time you see Jake buy him a drink or five.

(Photo: Kris Drake)


We are beyond excited to be working with The Dexateens! Heart of a Champion is going to release "LOST AND FOUND" ON VINYL in late 2009!

Check out The Dexateens and their older albums released on Skybucket Records ("HARDWIRE HEALING" and "RED DUST RISING"), find them on Myspace, friend them on Facebook and start savin' those pennies to pick up the vinyl copy of LOST AND FOUND!

We'll send out more updates as they come along...

It's Been A While ... But We've Got NEW Updates! First, THE GRABS

To all who follow us locally, on Facebook, Myspace, pick up our records, find us on iTunes, attend the shows of our artists and stop by Tree House Records to say "Hello!" ...

I (Kate) finally moved to the Twin Cities and now it'll be even easier to work with Dan on new Heart of a Champion releases -- and we've got two amazing records lined up!

First we've got a new release from THE GRABS (! The New LP, "Political Disco" is coming out in late 2009 on Heart of a Champion. You can check out their older tunes from their first album, "Sex, Fashion and Money" on their myspace page. We are really excited to work with such a talented group of musicians: Ms. Eleni Mandell, Steve Gregoropolous (from W.A.C.O & Lavender Diamond), Nigel Harrison (Blondie) and Elvira Gonzalez (ex-Silversun Pickups).

Find 'em on Facebook and friend them, too. You'll be able to get all the latest information and news about the band and record. Stay connected!

Monday, June 8, 2009

The Evening Rig on Radio K 6/16/09

Listen up!

The Evening Rig will be on 104.5 FM/ 770 AM Radio K on June 16th at 12:15pm.  They'll be stopping by to preform 3-4 songs and do an interview.

A special thanks to Jake at Radio K for making this happen!

Clink the link to listen on-line:

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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

mesh5 Studios: Big Pile of Bones Playlist, 4/13/09 - The Evening Rig

North Dartmouth, MA
mesh5 Studios

big pile of bones 
mondays, noon to 3pm 
wumd, 89.3 fm

The Evening Rig "Right Where She Wants Me"

Request: On-Air DJ: (508) 999-8150 

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Musicscene Network - The Evening Rig - The Hill Top Pines

WMBR 88.1 FM Shows Love for The Evening Rig

What: Playlist for Thursday, April 30, 2009 (8-10am)

WMBR is the MIT campus radio station. We broadcast on 88.1 FM between 20 and 24 hours per day, 365 days a year. 

The Evening Rig "How Does She Do It?"

Request:  IM Screen Name: WMBRD
                   Request Line:   617-253-8810

Thank you, WMBR and especially DJ KEITH SAWYER!

WRNC-LP Ashland, WI Plays The Evening Rig

Welcome to the new playlist logging and archiving system for wrnc!
he Evening Rig "How She Do It"

Request Info: NEW! Station request line: (715) 682-1342

Station e-mail:

WSRN 91.5 Swarthmore, PA - The Evening Rig

The Evening Rig "The Steve McQueens"

Request more of The Evening Rig, Swathmore, PA!  

  • Rock Office:       610-328-8337
  • WSRN Studio A: 610-328-8335
  • WSRN Studio B: 610-328-8336

More College Radio Love from KGLT 91.9 FM Bozeman, Montanna

Noon-3pm Monday April 27, 2009
The Evening Rig "A Girl Important"

Check out the rest of the playlist... great show!

The Evening Rig -Pop Music As Pornography

Pop Music As Pornography

APRIL 8, 2009 (1209) 
16. The Evening Rig - A Girl Important

KMSU Radio
AF 205
Minnesota State University
Mankato, MN 56001

Phone: 507-389-5678 or Toll Free: 1-800-456-7810

Mix Tape Ideas? Fly High Duluth has a GREAT Mix!

Fly High, Duluth!
Awesome mix tapes and music news from the fingertips of Duluth (Minn.) Budgeteer reporter Matthew R. Perrine.
(Matthew wrote a great piece about the Rig not long ago for the Duluth Budgeteer, scroll through the blog to read)

Sunday, May 3, 2009

16. The Evening Rig - "Lil' Miss Miserable"
Kristi and her husband are in tight with some of the Hold Steady boys, so we'll just assume that love of old-school rock 'n' roll will extend to Minneapolis' finest.

Minneapolis' finest.  Agreed!  Thanks, Matthew!!

Yup, More College Radio Love For The Evening Rig From WRAS 88.5 Atlanta

QCS - 88.5 FM
The Quintessential College Show airs Saturdays from 4-8pm on WRAS Atlanta, 88.5 FM. QCS has been on the Atlanta airwaves since 2003. QCS specializes in indie-rock, indie-pop and all things in good college taste.

Check out the PLAYLIST

Contact Information: E-mail: or call the request line: 404-413-WRAS

Show your support and REQUEST!!

Radio K Loves The Evening Rig

Check out one of the recent playlists from OFF THE RECORD, 4-6PM (Fridays).

Request to hear MORE EVENING RIG!  (612) 625-3500

Radio K is the award-winning student-run radio station of the University of Minnesota, playing an eclectic variety of independent music both old and new.

KZSC Santa Cruz Loves The Evening Rig

Rose Lobel also hosts a radio show, What's New on noncommercial radio KZSC on which she plays new releases in different genres every week.

What's New Hours are: noon to 2 p.m. Pacific Time

Check out "The Steve McQueens" on the show playlist

Call KZSC to request more of The Evening Rig: 831-459-4036 or 831-459-2811 or AIM: KZSC

You can also get in touch with Rose Lobel @

Thanks again for all of your support!!

Who Am Us Anyway Blog - The Evening Rig

MONDAY, JUNE 1, 2009

Just downloaded the new album from The Evening Rig, a band that grew up in & is still based in my very own little town -- but which I needed an East Coast blogger to clue me into. The blogger in question, Mister Mule, says although he’s very much into the band, he isn’t crazy about the particular performance of the lead-off song from that album that is captured in the video below, to which one might well reply: wow, tough audience!

So you be the judge of whether this vid deserves multiple clicks of the old YouTube replay button because I say it does and this surely makes it so? But anyway, hat tip to Mister Mule, & now I’m off to the Cities for one last big honking Whoamusanyway rooftop garden B-Day drink with Ms. Whoamusanyway on account of, I’m back home AND another year older, all at once.

Sunday, May 31, 2009


Start Time:
Thursday, June 18, 2009 at 7:00pm
End Time:
Friday, June 19, 2009 at 12:00am
Minneapolis, MN
Your e-mail will be forwarded to Flora Brama, who is organizing the benefit and auction
Our Dear Friend Kelley Lynch passed away from traumatic brain trauma on Sunday, May 24th. 

With his passing he gave an incredible gift as a donor to over 60 people, including a 17 year old girl (kidney), a older woman (kidney) and a 56 year old man (liver). 

THE EVENING RIG and THE MILLIONTH WORD along with another local band will be performing and a silent auction will be held in Kelley's honor. 

THURSDAY, JUNE 18 at the 331 CLUB (331 13th Ave. NE_ Minneapolis, MN)

Silent Auction begins at 7pm.
Music at 9pm.

A donation from $5.00 on will be requested at the door.

If you are interested in donating any auction items or know of anyone whom is, please contact me asap.

We hope to generate enough support to alleviate the family of any outstanding medical expenses and to give to the arts. Please watch this page for updates and photos of Auction Items in the coming weeks.

MOG - The Evening Rig Is Doin' Stuff... You Need To Hear

  • From Minneapolis- No other MOG posts showing, so I'm giving them their props. These guys are alt-country, straight up, raunchy, guitar drivin' rock and rollers. I like that about them. They remind me of Wilco at their raunchiest. They can tone it down a bit, but for the most part, their CD hits you in the face and you just get into the great groove they put out. If you'd like a bit more CLICK THE CD COVER FOR THEIR MYSPACE PLAYER.

    Goddamn, I Could Use a Drink (click cover above)

    Here's something a bit more mellow.

WMUH Tuesday AM/FM Show Picks The Evening Rig's Is Doin' Stuff - Best of April's 2009 Releases

A great big ole thanks to 91.7 WMUH Radio at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA and Sunbelly / The "Tuesday Morning AM/FM Show" for selecting The Evening Rig's latest release Is Doin' Stuff as one of the favorite April 2009 releases! Check out the link for the other albums on the list at:

Contact to request the Rig and check out the station online at:

Saturday, May 23, 2009

WKDU Philadelphia Loves The Evening Rig!

CUPCAKES FOR LUNCH on Fri 5/15/09 played The Evening Rig's "Bartender."  

Check out the rest of the playlist:

Call/IM and request it again! phone: 215-895-5917 or instant message: requestwkdu

Thanks for the support!

Friday, May 22, 2009

MPR: Podcasts: The Current Song of the Day - The Evening Rig "The Steve McQueens"

Song of the Day
"Music lovers from 89.3 The Current comb through mountains of music to choose the best new, independent, and unreleased songs to share with you each weekday."
Listen to The Current every weekday at 10 a.m. or paste this URL into your podcast software:  
Minnesota Music - "The Steve McQueens" from the new album by The Evening Rig, "Is Doin' Stuff." (2:58s)

The Evening Rig on The Local Show / The Current 89.3 VIDEO

Minneapolis-based The Evening Rig performs "The Steve McQueens" from their album Is Doin' Stuff live on The Local Show from 89.3 The Current

The Evening Rig on The Local Show with David Campbell - 89.3 The Current

The Local Show
The Local Show
"This week on The Local Show, The Evening Rig perform songs from their new album "Doin' Stuff," which is out now on local label Heart of a Champion. Plus, David Campbell is joined in studio by Nate Kranz, the new General Manager of First Avenue."
Tune in!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Chooglin' Performs In The Current Studios

May 3, 2009

Chooglin' - Tonight, Alright (Live on The Local Show)

Chooglin' - Tonight, Alright (Minnesota Public Radio / Chuck Olsen)

St. Paul, Minn. — Somewhere between James Brown and the MC5 lives Chooglin'. The band's name embodies its sound, lyrics and persona. "Keep on keepin' on" - that's Chooglin'. Because what matters most is having a good time.

Chooglin' is set to release its third album this summer on Big Legal Mess/Fat Possum Records. The band stopped by The Current studios to perform live on The Local Show.