Polara and the work of Ed Ackerson

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Really hard new, Ed was a great guy. And ever present, going back to his "nerd hardcore" band, Mr. Slate, and the Dig. Playing, doing sound, producing, in the crowd. Always a smile.

His illness went public went he got a callout from Pete Townshend when he played here a couple weeks back. Pete is a big fan of the classical music show Performance Today, and those folks were able to arrange for Ed to meet him.

There's a series of interview clips from the Whole music club at the U of M up on youtube, here he talks about his musical formation:


And the 27 Various playing the Middle East:


by the light of the burning Citro├źn, Saturday, 5 October 2019 15:49 (nine months ago) link

had met and chatted with Ed a few times, was a real staple of the MN music scene, continued to do interesting work with BNLX and other projects, from what I understand he smartly rolled his 90s alt rock boom advance money into a studio in Uptown when real estate there was still affordable, which was really world class and recorded I'm sure thousands of records over the years ... never heard a bad word said about him, seemed incredibly supportive and generally just a good presence in Minneapolis

those Polara records still sound great

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, 5 October 2019 16:04 (nine months ago) link

There are great moments on every Polara album I've heard, but I really love that first album. One of the best albums of the decade for me

I missed this even though I'm friends with Ed on FB but this is really terrible news ;_;. My heart goes out to their family.

the cretin hits the cast (Drugs A. Money), Saturday, 5 October 2019 17:01 (nine months ago) link

I'm positive I saw them at a show in SoCal at least once but the details are fuzzy.

The one time I saw Polara was when they opened up for Spiritualized on the Pure Phase tour in 1995. They were great - wish I talked with Ed more at the merch table.

Elvis Telecom, Saturday, 5 October 2019 17:15 (nine months ago) link

THAT must have been it -- this was at the Whiskey? I remember attending a promo dinner beforehand...

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 5 October 2019 17:22 (nine months ago) link

John D. Strohm (Blake Babies etc, now running Rounder Records) knew Ed for decades -- hell of a remembrance:


Ned Raggett, Saturday, 5 October 2019 17:22 (nine months ago) link

More memories as well from a longtime friend/collaborator, Nick Tangborn.


Ned Raggett, Saturday, 5 October 2019 20:57 (nine months ago) link

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