10 episodes

Your home for fun, entertaining music and sports talk!

St. Paul journalist, songwriter, and commentator Erik Ritland brings you Midweek Minnesota, part of the Erik Ritland isn't so Bad podcast.

MM features two segments every Wednesday. In the first, the Minnesota Music Ramble, Erik and guests review recent shows, discuss bands that are coming to town, and take a look at shows for the upcoming week.

In the second, the Minnesota Sports Ramble, Erik and guests have lively debates about the Vikings, Twins, Wolves, and Wild.

Midweek Minnesota Erik Ritland

    • Music Commentary
    • 5.0, 4 Ratings

Your home for fun, entertaining music and sports talk!

St. Paul journalist, songwriter, and commentator Erik Ritland brings you Midweek Minnesota, part of the Erik Ritland isn't so Bad podcast.

MM features two segments every Wednesday. In the first, the Minnesota Music Ramble, Erik and guests review recent shows, discuss bands that are coming to town, and take a look at shows for the upcoming week.

In the second, the Minnesota Sports Ramble, Erik and guests have lively debates about the Vikings, Twins, Wolves, and Wild.

    Packers/Lions Controversy, Victorious Vikings, Waning Wild, Terrible Twins

    Packers/Lions Controversy, Victorious Vikings, Waning Wild, Terrible Twins

    If you love what you hear, mark your calendar for October 28th, the launch of the Erik Ritland isn't so Bad podcast. Midweek Minnesota is a segment on ERisB.

    For this episode of Midweek Minnesota's Sports Ramble, host Erik Ritland talks with Twins and Wild analyst Peter Ripka. Topics include:

    - Vikings victory over the Eagles, Cousins ceiling, importance of Dalvin Cook
    - Referee controversy in Packers/Lions, including our first listener question (who is the James Harden of the NFL?)
    - Replay discussion. Aren't sky judges basically just gods?
    - Listener question: should the Wild look to trade?
    - Listener questions on Twins accountability and how optimistic we should be for their future
    - Percentages and Probabilities: Lions playoffs, Cousins prime time, Wolves win total

    Thanks for listening!

    • 38 min
    Twins Playoff Rotation and Batting Order, Cousins, Keenum, Etc.

    Twins Playoff Rotation and Batting Order, Cousins, Keenum, Etc.

    Midweek Minnesota host and Minnesota Sports Ramble analyst Peter Ripka talk a whole lot of Twins and Vikings in this episode.

    • 35 min
    Son Volt: Americana, Protest Songs, and Dealing with the Past

    Son Volt: Americana, Protest Songs, and Dealing with the Past

    If you love what you hear, mark your calendar for October 7th, the launch of the Erik Ritland isn't so Bad podcast.

    On this Music Ramble segment, host Erik Ritland talks Americana legends Son Volt.

    Topics include their new album Union, how Son Volt leader Jay Farrar deals with the past, and their current tour.

    Relevant Links
    - Son Volt's upcoming tour dates
    - Listen to Son Volt's new album Union
    - Watch the live stream of the show that Erik reviews in this episode
    - Erik's original article

    • 5 min
    Vikings/Packers, Twins/Indians, Wild Preseason Begins

    Vikings/Packers, Twins/Indians, Wild Preseason Begins

    If you love what you hear, mark your calendar for October 7th, the launch of the Erik Ritland isn't so Bad podcast. Midweek Minnesota is a segment on ERisB.

    For this episode of Midweek Minnesota's Sports Ramble, host Erik Ritland talks with Twins and Wild analyst Peter Ripka. Topics include:

    Vikings talkers
    - Dalvin Cook good (edgy take!)
    - Kirk Cousins bad (another edgy take!)
    - Would you rather: Favre to Rodgers or Peterson to Cook?
    - If not Cousins, who? Bridgewater, Keenum? Umm...
    - Referees bad (replay penalties, officiating is stupid now)
    - Dolphins sh*t talking (bring back Culter!)
    - Patriots sh*t talking (this just in: their division always sucks)
    - Diggs and Thielen as divas?
    - Offensive line divas?

    Wild talk: Spurgeon extension, Dumba's return
    Twins talk: taking care of Cleveland, adios Gibson, R.A. Dickey love, tease for next week

    Thanks for listening!

    • 22 min
    Minnesota Songwriters, Sinatra, Ryan Adams Gossip, Beer

    Minnesota Songwriters, Sinatra, Ryan Adams Gossip, Beer

    A low key, conversational episode with Music in Minnesota's Tom Smouse.

    Segment One: Song-Telling Tuesday deep dive, Chastity Brown, Haley, Erik Ritland on songwriting. 

    Segment Two: Smouse's two songs, the Defeat of Jesse James Days in Northfield, Northfield antique store shopping, Sinatra, Buddy Holly, Duke Ellington in Fargo, Bob Dylan's five albums of Sinatra covers

    Segment Three: Yam beer, shows we've been covering (the Who, Nathaniel Rateliff), how long should bands play?, Ryan Adams gossip.

    The Midweek Minnesota Music Ramble is the local music segment of Erik Ritland isn't so Bad podcast. If you love what you hear, mark your calendar for October 7th, the launch of Erik Ritland isn't so Bad.

    Links to stuff referenced:
    - Haley's Song-Telling Tuesday
    - Erik's Song-Telling Tuesday
    - More on the Defeat of Jesse James in Northfield
    - The yam beer Erik mentioned was indeed made by Indeed.
    - Recent writing and reviews from Tom Smouse
    - Recent writing and reviews from Erik Ritland, including his review of The Who.

    • 33 min
    Are the 2019 Minnesota Twins Dunzo?(and some Vikings talk)

    Are the 2019 Minnesota Twins Dunzo?(and some Vikings talk)

    If you love what you hear, mark your calendar for October 7th, the launch of the Erik Ritland isn't so Bad podcast.
    For this edition of the Midweek Minnesota Sports Ramble segment, host Erik Ritland flies solo.
    And he kinda goes loose cannon on the bit. 
    Epic rants about Michael Pineda's suspension, the Twins not being active enough at the deadline, the decline of their lineup, and more.
    It ends with a harsh prediction of their season. Also, some Vikings/Falcons and Vikings/Packer talk.
    Thanks for listening. For Erik Ritland's smarmy Minnesota sports commentary, visit the Minnesota Sports Ramble Twitter page. 

    • 12 min

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