Monday, October 12, 2020

Song of the Day: 'Like the Poison' by Tanya Donelly and Melissa Gibbs


The great Tanya Donelly wrote on Twitter: Honored to be part of this beautiful tribute to a beautiful guy ~ ⁦ @MassAveMusicMA ⁩ #MelissaGibbs and I cover our much-loved and missed friend Ed Ackerson’s Like The Poison ~ Tribute album for Minneapolis rock guru Ed Ackerson surprise-released.

Sunday was the one-year anniversary of Ed Ackerson’s death to cancer at 54, and friends and family of the Minneapolis rock producer/bandleader/guru marked the sad occasion with a joyous new project. 

Ackerson’s former label Susstones surprise-released a 30-track tribute album on Sunday, titled “Closer to Heaven: A Tribute to Ed Ackerson” and featuring an all-star cast of Minnesota music mainstays as well as admiring artists from around the globe. It was made available for streaming and download via Bandcamp

Among the local contributors are the Jayhawks, Motion City Soundtrack, Soul Asylum, the Ocean Blue, Mark Mallman, the Melismatics, Porcupine, Kraig Johnson, Chatham Rise, Magic Castles, the Stress of Her Regard and Two Harbors. The latter’s guitarist Kris Johnson served as producer on many of the tracks. The cast of non-Minnesotans includes Tanya Donelly of Belly and Throwing Muses fame, the Blake Babies’ John Strohm, the Dandy Warhols, David Poe, the Lilacs and Holy Ship.
Needless to say, I immediately homed in on Tanya -- and of course I wasn't disappointed.

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