Semisonic announce Turf Club show, may record new music soon


John Munson in The Current's studio
John Munson in The Current's studio (Nate Ryan/MPR)
Interview: John Munson of Semisonic
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Bassist John Munson stopped by The Current to share some news about an upcoming Semisonic gig, and he hinted that there may be even bigger plans in the works for one of Minnesota's most storied bands.

With Semisonic's Jan. 7 First Avenue show having sold out in a heartbeat, Munson told Oake and Riley that the band have booked a second upcoming gig: at the Turf Club on Jan. 5, a "secret show" that's now become public. Tickets for that show go on sale tomorrow at noon, and they won't last long. "It'll be about 300 friends and us," said Munson.

The First Avenue show celebrates the 20th anniversary of Great Divide, Semisonic's debut studio album, and the band will be playing that record front-to-back. Munson mentioned, though, that the follow-up album Feeling Strangely Fine (1998), has been "feeling terribly neglected" and "wants to be played in its entirety at some future date."

But wait, there's more! According to Munson, Semisonic frontman Dan Wilson has said to his bandmates (Munson and drummer Jacob Slichter) that "I've got some tunes that I can't imagine using in any other way than with you guys."

That's right, elaborated Munson: "We're talking about maybe recording here, sometime in the next year or so — which is really exciting for me. I missed making music with those guys a lot."

Meanwhile, Munson's been busy with the annual run of holiday shows by his other band the New Standards; listen to our broadcast of the New Standards' holiday show at 8 p.m. on Dec. 24 and again at 8 a.m. on Dec. 25, as part of The Current's seasonal programming.

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