New local music on MNspin

MNspin, the online music service from your library, has just released its 2020 collection with 93 additional albums by local artists, growing the platform to more than 300 albums in 18 genres.

Anyone can stream music from MNspin for free, and with your library card, songs and albums are yours to download and keep.

Reflecting the depth and diversity in our local music community, listeners can discover emerging artists Nur-D, The Bad Man, Kiss the Tiger, Mary Bue, EL.i.BE, Mae Simpson Band and others brand-new to the Twin Cities scene alongside Minnesota favorites such as Venus de Mars, The Okee Dokee Brothers, Pert Near Sandstone, MaLLy, Eric Koskinen, the High 48s and Niles.

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Finding new listeners and building community

Singer-songwriter Ben Cook-Feltz is new to MNspin, but not to the music scene. He has lived in Minnesota for 16 years and has played with several bands, including his own. “Minnesota has such a vibrant, supportive musical community, and I am deeply appreciative of all the work organizations like MNspin do to highlight and strengthen that community,” he said.

Meghan Kreidler leads the band Kiss the Tiger. Their music videos for “Starting to See You” and “Bad Boy” earned two consecutive recognitions in 89.3 The Current’s Top 5 Music Videos of the Year. They’ve opened for artists such as The Suburbs, Ike Reilly, Black Joe Lewis, and Jackie Venson.

”MNspin is a unique collection of music that reflects the diverse and ever-evolving sound and scene of Minnesota. To be a MNspin artist is to be reminded of all of the great music being made in our state, and to be included in a community of inspiring creators,” Kreidler shared.

MaLLy is an independent hip-hop artist from Minneapolis. He has also served as a curator, choosing the music to add to MNspin. “Being part of the MNSpin platform amongst other talented and unique Minnesota artists is an honor and a great opportunity to connect with a wider population…,” he said.

A playlist picked for you

For this latest collection, library staff worked with seven community curators to select the final 93 additions to the collection from nearly 400 submissions. The curators included local music leaders and library staff members who have deep roots in Twin Cities music:

  • Katie Condon, instructor at MacPhail Center for Music and Education Specialist for Classical MPR
  • Amber (Ace) Cleveland, hip-hop impresario, writer, classically trained musician and agent for such well-known artists as Lady Midnight
  • Molly Maher, talent buyer, show producer, singer and songwriter
  • Cyn Collins, freelance music, arts, and culture journalist who hosts Spin with Cyn on KFAI radio and has written “Complicated Fun” and “West Bank Boogie
  • Dumont Doumbe, co-founder of Douala Soul Collective, a project engaging community around music and culture of the world with a focus on his home country of Cameroon
  • Jacques Elate-Joss, DJ and co-founder of Douala Soul Collective
  • Krista Wax, DJ at KFAI for 5 years and currently hosts the local music show, MSP Sound

For a playlist featuring some of the best new MnSpin music, tune in to the 2020 Sampler.

MNspin is made possible by Friends of the Hennepin County Library, which along with other support, provided a $200 per-album stipend for each act.