June 10 is when our album “This One’s For Dad” is being unleashed onto the world. But MONEY TALKS so you can prove your ultimate love to us by buying the album THREE WEEKS EARLY (but not getting it till June 10 – jk, we’ll probably give it to you June 6 or something).





No, you don’t get the album early. In fact, you don’t really get anything special except the ability to say you bought it early (which I will TOTALLY back you up on, I PROMISE).

MY POINT IS: You can buy our album three weeks early and not get to hear it till the same time as every one else, but you bought it first SO WHO’S THE BEST?!? You are.  Thank you.





“Open Wide” with Emily Schmidt

This video is about a year and a half old, but things that were funny then are still kinda funny now.  Our buddy Emily Schmidt did a short-lived series called “Open Wide” wherein she interviewed her “famous friends.” This was before Lacey’s time with us and I don’t know where Kevin was. We may not have been able to fit him in the bed. Anna also presents Emily with an amazing, homemade empathy chin-sling made of… well, you’ll just have to watch.


CURLFRIENDS.  Even more exciting than singing on a Drug Budget album, is singing on my own album with my friends.  We went into the studio last June and a year later, here we are. It feels like such a long undertaking, having been raised in theater and used to starting and finishing a project within a couple of months. But I’ve been reassured ’tis the process for making a great album. Also, The Curls are busy, in-demand people.

But we are where we are and here we are: a month away from releasing our first full-length CD into the folds of time and space. And the party’s on June 7.

Be there, be square, be a bear

Be there, be square, be a bear

Here’s the Facebook invite for those of you that do that stuff (and it’s got all the info… in case you don’t feel like reading a couple more sentences).  And here’s all the info:

June 7, 2014

331 Club,  331 13th Ave NE, MPLS 




Okay, see you there!


Court sings backup on the new Drug Budget album! (updated)

UPDATE! The album, “Disrespect,” is now available on their Bandcamp!

Don’t stop get it get it.

It’s been just over a year since Court went to go see buddy Zach do some time and host The Sauce, a local comedy and music show, at that time housed at Cause Spirits and Soundbar.  Zach jokingly introduced the band that night as The Polyphonic Spree because there’s like 12 people in the band. Well, if you’ve ever seen their shirts, you know everyone’s in the band.


ANYWAY. Fast forward a year and Court’s formed a friendship with a handful of the band members and gets asked to do some backup vocals on a few songs on their upcoming fourth studio album, to be released next week.  We don’t even know what it’s going to be called, but what we do know is that it’s going to BLOW YOUR MIND.  Seriously.  I’m no music expert, but I’ve heard very few bands with the energy, the snark, the intelligence, the sense of humor, mind-bending wordplay, and lush musicality of The Drug Budget. Maybe I don’t get out much. If you’ve seen them live, you can’t not dance your ass off.  Listening to the music at home, once you’re too tired from dancing your ass off, the arrangements surge through your nervous system, and then the lyrics slap you and you’re like FUCK YES, MAN. FUCK THE MAN. FUCK EVERYTHING. Except dancing.  MUST KEEP DANCING.  And then you don’t want to fuck everything because it just feels so good.

ANYWAY. This is the first “single,” Outfukd, on which you can barely eek out McClean’s vibrato from all the layers of all the ladies featured (including Nicole Jean Rode from Rapedoor.  You heard me).  We/I almost want to tell you to listen FIRST and THEN watch the video, because though the video is hilarious and in-the-moment, it doesn’t visually translate the energy of the song.  But that’s my experience, and I want you to get to know and love The Drug Budget in your own way. Enjoy.  Then go back to their bandcamp in a week and buy the album.



HI-FIVES with Kamikaze Snowmen!

So, we did this AGES ago on our “Crisco Disco” tour (Dec. 27, 2012 to be exact), about which I never finished telling you (it was amazing, okay) with our comedy brothers from Fargo, The Kamikaze Snowmen. They do a fun audience interaction improv bit called “HI FIVES (hastily improvised fan inspired video enhanced songs)” and here’s Anna, Veldie, and Court (though you can only see half of Court) rocking out an impromptu speedo jam about the movie Back To The Future, which Court has clearly seen many times.

Court sings our new song “Little Stiffy”


Our friends at Word Sprout caught a casual McClean (Beavers shirt!) at this March’s MARScon during the Rockstar Storytellers set. Dr. Demento was in the crowd, so our buddy Rob demanded Court play a couple of tunes.