Tuesday, February 26, 2008

St. Patty's Day Officially Moved to Saturday 3/15

Apparently, some Bishop dudes over in Ireland caught wind of a Subsidies gig going down at O'Gara's Saturday 3/15. To avoid confusion, they decided "after weeks of deliberation" to officially move the holiday to Saturday 3/15 this year, so as to promote our event.

Weeks of deliberation. Wow. Must be rough. Read more here.


Sunday, February 24, 2008

The Subsidies Officially Go Green

Well, at least for 3 hours. That's got to be worth something, right?

If you were to create a list of Minnesota's best annual parties, near or at the very top would be the O'Gara's St. Patricks Day party. This is a historic event in the metro, and 1,000s of drunken fools partake in the madness.

Well, if this party wasn't at the top of the list, you can officially move it up to #1. The Subsidies have been added to the already stellar lineup.
We'll be playing on Saturday, March 15, from 7-10pm, which is quite possibly the best slot on the day. We'll be sandwhiched between Orange Whip (4-7pm) and Pat McCurdy (10pm-1am). If you can find 3 better bands playing at one venue, go to it. When you realize that none better exists, get your green gear on and get the hell over to O'Gara's. This is going to be one of those shows that you tell your grandkids about.

The Subsidies
O'Gara's in St. Paul
Saturday, March 15


Thursday, February 14, 2008

Losing our St. Cloud Virginity

We've taken St. Paul and Minneapolis by storm. Rochester's notch is on our belt. Mankato is still a little dizzy. But, it's time to head north. First on the list? St. Cloud!

The Subsidies will head up I94 and barring any fast-moving glacial drift, we'll take down another unsuspecting city on Friday, Feb. 22, at DB Searles. The festivities will begin around 10pm, and we'll go until we can go no longer. Actually, we'll probably go a little longer than that, just to hedge our bets.

St. Cloud... you can run, but you can't hide. We have you in our sights, and we're coming to take you out. Tell those close to you that you love them, as you never really know what will happen at a Subsidies show.

The Subsidies
DB Searles in St. Cloud
Live music at 10pm

Saturday, February 9, 2008

onstage banter highlights

bev·y (bv)
n. pl. bev·ies
1. A group of animals or birds, especially larks or quail. See Synonyms at flock1.
2. A group or an assemblage: a bevy of beauties.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Love stinks... yeah, yeah

Valentine's Day. February 14. The day of love and hearts and fuzzy bears and flowers.

I Hate Valentine's Day. February 15. The day of boozing and dancing and random sexual encounters. Well, boozing and dancing, at the very least! Two out of three ain't bad!

The Subsidies are heading to Tiff's Sports Lounge on Friday, February 15. If you are thrilled to death that Valentine's Day is officially over, then join us on the 15th at Tiff's! And, well, if you are one of those people (girls) who dream of roses and chocolates from the man (or woman) of your dreams on the 14th, well, you're welcome on Friday as well. We'll do our best to convert you to the dark side of the force.

The Subsidies
Tiffany's Sports Lounge
Ford Parkway in St. Paul
Friday, Feb. 15, 2008

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

The year of the rat

You may be asking yourself, self, what's so special about this Thursday, February 7, 2008?? Well, other than the fact that it was just announced yesterday the Subsidies are playing the fricken FineLine at 9pm, downtown Minneapolis that night...

it also just so happens to be the first day of the Chinese New Year. I'm sure as an avid The Subsidies fan, you're interested in increasing your "dude, I'm totally cultured" quotient, so I've taken the time to compile some interesting facts on the holiday:

1. Chinese New Year's Eve is known as Chúxī. Chu literally means "change" and xi means "Eve". INTERESTING, as the candidate for "change," BaROCK Obama mopped the floor with everyone in the MN caucus last night... Seriously, I'll probably vote for him just so I can say "Our president BaROCKs!" It won't get old. Ever.

2. There are three ways to name a Chinese year: by an animal (2008 is known as the Year of the Rat), by number (current year is Year 4705 by the Chinese calendar - damn) or by its formal name (this is the year of Wu Zi). Say it again - "Wu Zi." I love Snoop Dogg.

3. Since the calendar is based on a 12 year cycle, anyone born in the Year of the Rat will turn either 1 or 13, 25, 37, 49, 61, 73, 85 or 97 over the course of the next year. Here at The Subsidies, our new rat resolution is to acquire Myspace friends from all "Year of the Rat" age groups. If you know any senior citizens who wouldn't mind singing "Living on a Prayer" with us onstage at our next gig, contact our drummer, Dave. He's handling all elderly intakes.

4. According to ancient Chinese legend, the "Nián" was a man-eating beast from the mountains which came out every winter to prey on humans. The people believed the Nian was sensitive to loud noises and the color red, so they scared it away with explosions, fireworks and the liberal use of said color. These customs led to the first New Year celebrations, and to the formation of The Subsidies. We wear red and crank it to 11 for a reason. Do I hear a new campaign slogan?!? The Subsidies - Protecting your ass from Nián like it's nobody's business!

So, come out, get your chúxī on, and celebrate the Chinese New Year with us at the FineLine Thursday!

The Subsidies '08,

Monday, February 4, 2008

Read my lips:

Given the impending Minnesota caucus this Tuesday, there has been some discussion in The Subsidies camp as to which candidate Minnesota's Best New Cover Band** will officially endorse. Due to marked dissent amidst the group (specifically, Dave) and our collective calloused apathy towards the state of political circus the U.S. media has developed over the past 30 years, we, The Subsidies have decided to make a collective run for the Presidency in 2008. We're currently throwing around a few campaign slogans, which we believe will help differentiate us from our competition:

The Subsidies - a cover band for hope and CHANGE. (refusing to play "Freebird," "Mony Mony," and any tunes by Pantera since 2006!!)

The Subsidies - Experienced, proven, tested... for HIV.

The Subsidies - Combating "the evils of radical Islamic extremism" through song on a nightly basis.

The Subsidies - Sleeping with Bill Clinton, not because we have to, but because we WANT to."

The Subsidies - a cover band in favor of updating tried and tested lyrics to fit "God's" specifications.

The Subsidies - already more popular than Dennis Kucinich.

We'll work on committing to an official political stance, choosing a hip theme-song, and delegating Presidential leadership roles between the five of us in the coming weeks, but for now all you need to know is GET OUT TO THE POLLS AND VOTE TUESDAY! It's possible we may not actually be listed on the ballots yet (our people (Jeff) have yet to talk with their people), so be prepared to write us in. It's time for a love revolution, y'all.

Peace, hope, love, Prius.

**according to Tiffany's Sports Lounge - Fall '07