Zoo Animal’s Return

Zoo Animal may have taken the last year and a half away from the spotlight, but Holly Hansen’s minimalist, poetic style has remained among my most-played music choices as it has for the last several years.  I was thrilled to hear that Zoo Animal was playing shows again, and even more excited to learn that it was going to be an early show with another local favorite, Fort Wilson Riot, opening.

 We were there with our seven-year-old in tow.  She was the one in the pirate costume.  I love it when we have opportunities to share our love of music with our daughter, even if it did mean that my view of Zoo Animal’s set left something to be desired.  Even from a distance, it was a powerful performance.


Later this month, you can hear Zoo Animal get Loud at the Library in St. Paul.  I love it when my favorite musicians play at my favorite places.  :)

  • Read more about Zoo Animal on this blog here and here or see my photos of the show here.
  • Listen to their latest releases here.
  • Watch a documentary about Holly Hansen and her songwriting here.

Monday Morning Music with North Shore Sessions

This video of Holly Newsom of Zoo Animal (who I have mentioned on this blog before) singing on skates was going around my social media, and I had to share it too.  It is lovely.

I was curious about the video, so I looked into North Shore Sessions.  Turns out, it is a group of people from Duluth who have been producing videos since 2010 “featuring local and regional artists performing in unexpected locations — barns, shopping centers, train cars, railroad tunnels, former orphanages, and eventually the moon.”  They have some of my favorite local musicians in their archives.  Check out Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles in an attic or Cloud Cult in a foyer.

Connect with North Shore Sessions on Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube.

Friday Finds: John Green, The Snowy Day, and Book Landscapes

Book stuff:

  • First and foremost, John Green’s new book was released this week.  It is amazing.  I highly recommend The Fault in Our Stars.
  • Not Just Cute wishes The Snowy Day a Happy Birthday!  She also talks about diversity in children’s books. (As a side note to this, Twin Citians can explore a real life version of The Snowy Day in the Storyland exhibit at the MN Children’s Museum, which I blogged about here.)
My kiddo at the MN Children's Museum

Music Stuff:

Other Cool Stuff:

  • Books aren’t just for stories.  They are also for art.  These carved book landscapes are really amazing.

  • So far this winter has been very different from the Snowpocalypse that we survived last year.  This year we have to experience the magic of winter vicariously through Science Friday’s Winter Photo Contest.  I’d forgotten just how lovely a snowy winter can be.   (On a related note to teen librarians: teen fiction with snowy scenes on the cover might make a fun display.  I have just such a list on my wiki!)

Monday Morning Music with Zoo Animal

We’ve had quite a busy Boxing Day, but I wanted to share a quick Monday Morning Music post despite the fact that it is decidedly not morning.  Hey, at least it’s Monday. :)

You can now preview Zoo Animal‘s upcoming album, Departure, here.

The woman behind Zoo Animal, Twin Cities local Holly Newsom, was recently named as one of Citypages’ 2011 Artist’s of the Year.  Andrea Swensson called Newsom “one of the Twin Cities’ most alluring and elusive young voices in rock music.”  She is certainly one my personal favorite local artists to see live.

Mark your calendar now for the CD release show on February 18, 2012.