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Cloud Cult

The experimental, environmentally conscious Cloud Cult began in the mid-'90s in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The band was initially the solo project of Craig Minowa, who launched Cloud Cult while he was pursuing a degree in environmental science, and also shining shoes and driving an ice cream truck, among other jobs. Minowa spent the bulk of 1995 recording The Shade Project, which included sounds produced by buckets, pans, and couch cushions. Additional musicians were recruited to play the material live, and Cloud Cult pushed the conventions of rock concerts by introducing "live painting" to their sets. During every show, members Connie Minowa and Scott West would complete a painting; the resulting artwork was then auctioned off upon the show's conclusion. Such creative flourishes would soon come to characterize Cloud Cult's music, green-minded philosophy, and live performances.

Following the release of The Shade Project, Minowa busied himself with the creation of Earthology Records. He housed the nonprofit label on his own organic farm, powered by geothermal energy and built partially from reclaimed wood and recycled plastic. In early 2000, he returned to music with Who Killed Puck? After the birth of his son, however, Minowa devoted the bulk of his time to family, recording, grant writing, and environmental activism.

With the sudden death of his son in February 2002, Minowa became reclusive and sought solace by writing a large volume of songs. Lost Songs from the Lost Years was released that summer as a retrospective compilation, and They Live on the Sun followed in 2003, featuring contributions from cellist Sarah Young and drummer Dan Greenwood. Both became permanent members of Cloud Cult, and the band added Mara Stemm on bass in January 2004. Aurora Borealis was released just six months later. For the supporting tour, Cloud Cult's shows included the aforementioned live painters, performance artists, back-screen video, and tables featuring information from nonprofit environmental organizations.

Advice from the Happy Hippopotamus was released June 2005, with the full live band now consisting of Minowa (vocals, guitar, keyboard), Greenwood (drums), Young (cello, keyboard), and Matthew Freed (bass, keyboard, percussion). Later, 2007's The Meaning of 8, 2008's Feel Good Ghosts (Tea-Partying Through Tornadoes), and 2010's Light Chasers found the band specifically addressing its own environmental concerns in song format. 2013 saw the release of ninth album Love. Later that year the band developed a discography-spanning set list for an all-acoustic tour. The recordings from one show were edited and mixed into the live album Unplug, which was released in spring of 2014. ~ Kenyon Hopkin
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Love

1. You're The Only Thing In Your Way

2. It's Your Decision

3. Complicated Creation

4. 1x1x1

5. All The Things We Couldn't See

6. The Calling

7. Love And The First Law Of Thermodynamics

8. Good Friend

9. Meet Me Where You're Going

10. Sleepwalker

11. It Takes A Lot

12. Catharsis

13. The Show Starts Now

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Track List: Light Chasers

1. Unexplainable Stories

2. Today We Give Ourselves To The Fire

3. You'll Be Bright (Invocation Part 1)

4. The Birth (Journey To The Light Part 2)

5. You Were Born

6. The Exploding People

7. The Interference (Journey To The Light Part 3)

8. Room Full Of People In Your Head

9. Running With The Wolves

10. Responsible

11. The Guessing Game (Journey To The Light Part 4)

12. Forces Of The Unseen

13. Blessings (Invocation Part 2)

14. Dawn

15. The Contact (Journey To The Light Part 5)

16. There's So Much Energy In Us

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Track List: Aurora Borealis / They Live On The Sun

1. On The Sun

2. Moon's Thoughts

3. Turtle Shell

4. Bend With The Breeze

5. Da Dum

6. Man On The Moon

7. I'm Not Gone

8. Time

9. Radio Fodder

10. It's Gay

11. Best Friend

12. Shortenin' Bread

13. Took You For Granted

14. Back Again P.II

15. Your Love Will Live Forever

16. Sleeping Days P.II

17. Breakfast With My Shadow

18. Alone At A Party In A Ghost Town

19. All Together Alone

20. Chandeliers

21. And It's Good

22. Grappling Hook

23. Northern Lights

24. The Sparks And Spaces Between Your Cells

25. Lights Inside My Head

26. Beautiful Boy

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Track List: Feel Good Ghosts (Tea-Partying Through Tornadoes)

1. No One Said It Would Be Easy

2. Everybody Here Is A Cloud

3. The Tornado Lessons

4. When Water Comes To Life

5. Must Explore

6. Journey Of The Featherless

7. The Ghost Inside Our House

8. It's What You Need

9. Story Of The Grandson Of Jesus

10. Hurricane And Fire Survival Guide

11. May Your Hearts Stay Strong

12. The Will Of A Volcano

13. Love You All

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Track List: The Meaning Of 8

1. Chain Reaction

2. Please Remain Calm

3. Chemicals Collide

4. Pretty Voice

5. Brain Gateway

6. Take Your Medicine

7. Your 8th Birthday

8. Dance For The Dead

9. Everywhere All At One Time

10. Purpose

11. A Good God

12. Shape Of 8

13. The Girl Underground

14. 2x2x2

15. Thanks

16. Alien Christ

17. The Deaf Girl's Song

18. Hope

19. The Song Of The Deaf Girl

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Track List: Advice From The Happy Hippopotamus

1. Intro

2. Living On The Outside Of Your Skin

3. Happy Hippo

4. What Comes At The End

5. You Got Your Bones To Make A Beat

6. Interlude

7. Washed Your Car

8. Transistor Radio

9. What It Feels Like To Be Alive

10. Moving To Canada

11. Start New

12. Car Crash

13. Light At The End Of The Tunnel

14. Million Things

15. Can't Stop The Journey Now

16. Clip-Clop

17. Training Wheels

18. We Made Up Your Mind For You

19. That Man Jumped Out The Window

20. Interlude

21. Lucky Today

22. Interlude

23. Rockwell

24. Interlude

25. Bobby's Spacesuit

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Track List: Aurora Borealis

1. Breakfast With My Shadow

2. Alone At A Party In A Ghost Town

3. Princess Bride

4. As Long As You're Happy

5. Chandeliers

6. Buried Poetry

7. All Together Alone

8. My Fictitious Life With Amily

9. Grappling Hook/ Northern Lights

10. Lights Inside My Head

11. The Sparks And Space Between Your Cells

12. Beautiful Boy

13. I Guess This Dream Is For Me

14. State Of The Union

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Track List: They Live On The Sun

1. On The Sun

2. Moon's Thoughts

3. Turtle Shell

4. Fairy Tale

5. It

6. Estupido

7. Radio Fodder

8. Da Dum

9. Man On The Moon

10. Took You For Granted

11. Toys In The Attic

12. It's Gay

13. Best Friend

14. Waitress

15. Back Again P.II

16. Shortin' Bread

17. Three Times A Lady

18. I'm Not Gone

19. Your Love Will Live Forever

20. Sleeping Days P.II

21. 6 Days (Radio Mix)

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Track List: Who Killed Puck?

1. Where It Starts

2. Conception

3. 9 Months

4. Puck's 6th Birthday

5. Becoming One Of You (Radio Edit)

6. Ad Brainwash (Part 1)

7. Pretty (She Can Save You)

8. Sane As Can Be

9. Do You Ever Think About...

10. Ad Brainwash (Part 2)

11. Ready To Fight

12. Who Killed Puck?

13. Close

14. Bonus Track 1

15. Bonus Track 2

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such a great band. great sound. amazing art
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Good Friend: Great album cover and good music
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Truly a gem. You seriously need to check out Cloud Cult's other songs. Just do it NOW! They are beyond talented, unique, and deeply spiritual in a way ALL people can relate to. For the record, I don't consider myself green, so don't discredit them simply for their environmenta l passion. Their concerts are surreal too btw.
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elionhwolf
Maybe my favorite band
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saw u live on tv great set
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thank you Craig, for being so real, spiritually inspired & true to your heart & deeper spiritual mind of Knowledge & Spirit within you sir. The world is so thirsty for this kind of ultra real art, innovation & works of the soul.
Love you all! www.StepsToK n o w l e d g e . c o m Fan
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they make my soul happy ^_^
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bahtygirl
Truly magical show. Every. Time.
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beherenow197 2
there are not enough positive words to describe this band
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lorelynmayr
This band is a MUST SEE! live show.
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dpmfloyd
these folks put out masterful works true to their heart. amazing sounds and lyrics add to the wonder that is CC.
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locatejennif e r
MPLS has done it again
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I am going to see CC live tonight at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. VERY excited for the experience with the Orchestra, and to see the live artistry as well!
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This band was beyond what words could express "LIVE" in concert.Pure energy!
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Love this band!
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Like Elizabeth said, I loved this music but after reading that bio I think I love it even more!
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interesting I usually dont like this genre.
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hartmut61
Am so blown away by Cloud Cult than by any group or artist in years. Can't wait for them to tour the east coast.
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saw Cloud Cult live last month, and let me tell you, they are AMAZING! i can't put it better than jarvis on an earlier post: the show is the closest thing to pure art i've seen. can't wait to see them again in Feb!
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lethbria
Wow, these guys are my latest major Pandora find. Simply incredible!
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I always knew I liked the music, but after reading the bio I am awestruck with what an amazing person Craig Minowa is. Kudos to him, and the group and rock on!
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jarvis.laure n t c
Saw them live in Seattle. Best show I have ever seen (and I'm old). My 20 something daughters loved it too. Its about time a musically interesting band is singing about real emotions, real ideas. If art hadn't become a dirty word, I would say the show was as close to pure art as I have ever seen. I am still uplifted weeks later
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spicciri
cloud cult is the best band in the world!!!!!!! ! ! !
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I love too here that "pretty voice".
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LOVE LOVE LOVE them!!! I also saw them at 10k and fell in love, I get excited everytime I hear them still...whic h is like everyday haha and I LOVE how they do paintings with the music!!!!
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rayklahr
this is one of the most underrated bands i know. Their music is heartfelt, creative and simply stunning. I saw them at 10K music festival in the detroit lakes, and much like sanfitch said, the live performance was incredible. i highly recommend giving this band a try. my favorite song right now is "everybody here is a cloud"
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This is the most glorious band I've heard since Passion Pit. I shall be they're new biggest fan. I AM part of the cloud cult cult.
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I Believe that Cloud Cult is one of the most amazing bands in this universe. All of their Morals are correct and the insights that they give on life through their odd lyrics make sense out of all that you thought impossible to make sense of. I saw one of their concerts in Saint Cloud, MN back in April, and let me tell ya, that is an experience not to miss. The paintings were exquisite and the ora's that the band was releasing were delicious. Simply, it was fun. My favorite song is Transistor Rad
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interresting
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absolutely lovely!!!!!!
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One of the best bands I've heard this decade.
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Hearing them makes me want to buy insurance.
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rather ethereal. Nice.
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makes me happy.
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nhaggert
Their music and message is inspiring and they are one of the best live shows I've seen in the last year. Definitely see them live if you can.
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my favorite band of 2008.
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cloud cult has opened me in so many ways. i feel lucky today.
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Great live show! The painters are the greatest, and you can tell that Craig really put his heart into the songs.
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This is such a kick a** break thru band. I love them..can't wait to here more in the future. Amazing Bio too....bonus cus im from mpls too:)
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might have to check this out a little more, dude sounds like he is on to something here, plus I always wished I had my own farm
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Cloud Cult helps me get through certain days. Their music is great in every way and that pretty much sums it up.

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