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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, Rovi
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dheszkris
saw u live on tv great set
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
they make my soul happy ^_^
bahtygirl
Truly magical show. Every. Time.
beherenow197 2
there are not enough positive words to describe this band
lorelynmayr
This band is a MUST SEE! live show.
dpmfloyd
these folks put out masterful works true to their heart. amazing sounds and lyrics add to the wonder that is CC.
locatejennif e r
MPLS has done it again
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!
This band was beyond what words could express "LIVE" in concert.Pure energy!
Love this band!
Like Elizabeth said, I loved this music but after reading that bio I think I love it even more!
interesting I usually dont like this genre.
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.
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!
lethbria
Wow, these guys are my latest major Pandora find. Simply incredible!
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!
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
spicciri
cloud cult is the best band in the world!!!!!!! ! ! !
I love too here that "pretty voice".
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!!!!
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"
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.
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
interresting
absolutely lovely!!!!!!
One of the best bands I've heard this decade.
Hearing them makes me want to buy insurance.
rather ethereal. Nice.
makes me happy.
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.
my favorite band of 2008.
cloud cult has opened me in so many ways. i feel lucky today.
Great live show! The painters are the greatest, and you can tell that Craig really put his heart into the songs.
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:)
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
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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