Accreditation team visits to evaluate BSM

BSM's Principal Dr. Sue Skinner visits with one of the members of the accreditation team as they evaluate the school. Accreditation happens on a five year basis in order to ensure BSM is focused on creating an environment that lives up to the best practice in education. (Taya Rettler)

Accreditation team visits to evaluate BSM

April 24, 2014

On Wednesday April 23, a team of Accreditation members visited BSM to perform an evaluation that takes place every five years. The evaluation's purpose is to make sure that BSM is continuously focused on creating an environment that lives up to the best practice in education. The accreditation process takes place after BSM fills out a self report... Continue Reading

Both boys and girls golf teams look forward to a solid season

Due to cold weather, the golf team has been forced to practice inside. (Taya Rettler)

Both boys and girls golf teams look forward to a solid season

April 22, 2014

After practicing indoors due to the weather for the past two months hitting balls and getting their form down, the girls’ and boys’ golf teams are ready to start their seasons. When the teams began playing outside, they played nine holes while focusing on putting and driving. “I believe that we have a lot of strong and talented players on the... Continue Reading

Senior engages in his passion for cinematography

Nevells has been quickly earning a reputation as a skilled filmmaker at BSM. (Keenan Schember)

Senior engages in his passion for cinematography

April 24, 2014

On March 30th, BSM senior Mack Nevells won the award for best high school director in the midwest. The award was given by NATAS, or the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the same group that hosts the Emmy... Continue Reading

Craft making options abound in the Twin Cities

Craft making options abound in the Twin Cities

April 22, 2014

Fired Up Tucked away in a spacious warehouse near the University of Minnesota, Fired Up, the pottery creation shop, provides a sculpting experience unlike any other. Potters of all skill levels, including newcomers,... Continue Reading

Paint your plate provides a fun and colorful environment for guest to realease their creativity and enjoy painting a unique pottery piece. (Taylor Blad)

The AP Euro Review: a journey in procrastination

Staff writer Emily Pirkl struggles through the perils of her AP Euro assignments. (Shannon O'Connor)

The AP Euro Review: a journey in procrastination

February 25, 2014

It’s 11:09 p.m. (nine minutes after my self-imposed bedtime) and I’m far from snuggling under my flannel bed sheets. By the looks of it, I will be violating my own rule for the fifth night in a row, and, judging by my track record, this won’t be the last time. I’m on Tumblr, of course. Or, at least, I was. Then I clicked on link for a YouTube... Continue Reading

SportDateTimeOpponentLocation
BaseballThu, Apr 24 4:15 p.m.Spring Lake ParkHome
Girls GolfThu, Apr 24 3 p.m.NSC OpponentsMajestic Oaks Golf Course
Boys LacrosseThu, Apr 24 7 p.m.Blake Away
Girls LacrosseThu, Apr 24 7 p.m.EdinaHome
Boys TennisThu, Apr 24 4:00 p.m.Spring Lake ParkAquilla Park (St. Louis Park)
Boys GolfFri, Apr 25 TBDTBDEdinburgh USA
Boys TennisFri, Apr 25 4:15 p.m.Holy AngelsValley View Playfield (Bloomington)
Boys TrackFri, Apr 25 3:30 p.m.Moore RelaysBenilde-St. Margaret's
Girls GolfFri, Apr 25 3:30 p.m.Moore RelaysBenilde-St. Margaret's
BaseballSat, Apr 26 12 p.m.EdinaAway
BaseballMon, Apr 28 6:30 p.m.St. Louis ParkAway
Boys GolfMon, Apr 28 11 a.m.NSC OpponentsBunker Hills Golf Course
Click on any sport above to see a full schedule for that sport.
SportDateOpponentResultW/L
BaseballSat, Apr 19 Totino-Grace2-1W
Boys LacrosseSat, Apr 19 Eagan14-15L
Boys LacrosseThu, Apr 17 Spring Lake Park17-4W
Girls LacrosseThu, Apr 17 Spring Lake Park17-3W
Boys TrackThu, Apr 17 Multiple OpponentsCANCEL
Girls TrackThu, Apr 17 Multiple OpponentsCANCEL
BaseballTue, Apr 15 Fridley5-1W
Boys GolfTue, Apr 15 NSC Opponents2nd Place
Boys LacrosseTue, Apr 15 Eden Prairie8-7W
Girls LacrosseTue, Apr 15 Columbia Heights15-1W
Boys TennisTue, Apr 15 Totino-Grace7-0W
Girls GolfMon, Apr 14 BSM/Red Knight InviteCANCEL
Click on any sport above to see a full schedule for that sport.

Big D and the Kids Table create a new form of musical style on their latest album, “Fluent in Stroll”

Ever since ska music fell from the radio waves in the late nineties, once-great bands began dropping their horn sections and focusing more on the punk side of punk-ska, often with disastrous results (just listen to Less than Jake’s 2006 album “In With the Out Crowd”).

However, starting with Big D and the Kids Table’s 2007 release, “Strictly Rude,” and continuing on this summer’s  ”Fluent in Stroll,” the band has taken a step in the other direction––focusing less on distorted, crunchy guitar and more on smooth, jazz-influenced horn lines and clean vocal harmonies.  The results are beyond sublime (no pun intended) and Big D may have just released the best record of their 14-year career.

The new record, produced by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones’ Joe Gittleman, sees Big D tints their album with overwhelming optimism and adds a whole new set of sounds to their style, including four backup singers who perform collectively as the Doped Up Dollies.

The band wastes no time blasting into their new style, which they have christened “stroll”––a mix of hopscotch, doubledutch, soul, ska, and reggae.  On the the opening track, “Doped Up Dollies On A One Way Ticket to Blood” the first sounds to greet listeners are the Dollies themselves singing “Boom goes the dynamite, dynamite, dynamite/ Boom goes the dynamite dynamite boom!”

In addition to the impressive harmonies that the Dollies lay down, their greatest strength lies in knowing when to drop out and let the band shine.  Although their presence is instrumental in almost every single song on the record and certainly played a vital role in making the record what it is, the Dollies do a great job in remembering that they are backing vocals.  This knowledge allows them to be a force on the record without cluttering it up.

In addition to the new sound, the record is thematically tied together by a topic generally left untouched by ska bands––love.  Throughout the new record, lead singer Dave McWane does everything: reassure his lady of his fidelity (“Where Did All the Woman Go?”), encourage friends to not give up in their own searches for love (“Chin Up, Boy!”), and remind all of his listeners that Boston is the best place to live (“Down Around Here.”)

Unlike most love-song based recordings, “Fluent In Stroll” keeps from getting obnoxious both through its sheer sincerity and the fact that it never takes itself too seriously; in one particularly charming line, McWane sates that if his ex were to show up, he would spray her away with insect repellent.

With the new record, Big D and the Kids Table took a risk, and it paid off with a CD that is destined to be at the top of listener’s play-lists for months to come.  It’s also worth remembering that Big D hasn’t lost all of their roots; punk favorites “LAX” and “Steady Riot” still made it onto their set list for this summer’s tour.

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