News, Notes & Spins – February 1, 2012

Welcome to the first official monthly spins chart of 2012, and the third year now that I’ve been reporting on the news, notes, and spins from around the state.  Expect a big shift in the charts this year, as Open Air 1340 becomes a full fledged reporting station … bringing with them a more “indie/alternative” style.  And man oh man do they spin a lot of titles – giving them the prominence once owned by KRFC (Fort Collins).

I’m sorry to report that I still have not managed to get everyone I want in the state to report — so this month, we’re without valuable contributions from KRCC (Colorado Springs), KGNU (Boulder), KCSU (Fort Collins), and Radio 1190 (Boulder).  I promise to continue working to get their information each month, but with folks being as busy as they are… you know.

There are several titles that debuted in January – none so surprising as the debut release from Longest Day of the Year, rocking the spins at #1 thanks to KAFM (Grand Junction) and KDNK (Carbondale) making it a top five release, and KRFC (Fort Collins) for their top ten love.  I also expect to see the new release by Varlet, and the very long awaited release by Harry Tuft & Friends to do well in the next few months as more excitement builds around them .. Varlet because of Lilly Scott, an American Idol finalist in 2010 … and Harry because of his legendary status in Colorado music going back to the 1960s.

Other HOT titles on the way that I’ve seen some pre release spins of for 2012 … 3 Twins BroadbandWhodunit, being released officially statewide in late February, a spinoff project featuring former Subdudes members John Magnie, Steve Amedee and Tim Cook (recently retired) … and a new one from Oakhurst (their first in about three years now) due out this month as well.

That’s it for the news and notes this month … here’s the SPINS

TOP 40 MOST SPUN TITLES – Jan 2012
(311 titles tracked / 148 titles reported)
1. The Longest Day of the Year – Turn Into The Ground (self) Americana [Nov-11]
2. SHEL – When the Dragon Came Down (Mad King Records) Folk [Sep-11]
3. Devotchka – 100 Lovers (Anti) Adult alternative [Dec-10]
4. John Common and Blinding Flashes of Light – Beautiful Empty (Free School) Adult alternative [Apr-11]
5. John Oates – Mississippi Mile (PS Records) Blues [Apr-11]
6. Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Live at Hodi’s (self) Alt-country [Jan-12]
7. Rose Hill Drive – Americana (Slowly and Shirley) Rock [Jul-11]
8. Finnders & Youngberg – FY5 (self) Bluegrass [Apr-11]
9. The Don’ts and Be Carefuls – Sun Hits (self) indie/alternative [Sep-11]
10. Fierce Bad Rabbit – Live and Learn (self) indie/alternative [Nov-11]
11. Varlet – The Drifter (self) indie/alternative [Dec-11]
12. Cassie Taylor – Blue (Hypertension) Blues [Aug-11]
12. Honey Gitters – Poor Gitters’ Almanack (self) alt-country-rock [Sep-11]
12. Paper Bird – Carry On (Long Spoon) Americana [Jul-11]
13. Cary Morin – Sing It Louder (Music Maker) Blues [Aug-11]
13. Chris Kennison – Simply Steel (Seldom Fed Productions) Country, instrumental [Jan-12]
13. Harry Tuft & Friends – Treasures Untold (Manasses Records) Folk [Nov-11]
14. Air Dubai – Day Escape (self) Pop/dance [Nov-11]
14. Churchill – Happy/Sad (Wired Bird) Folk-rock [Mar-11]
14. Great American Taxi – Paradise Lost (self) Alternative country-rock [Oct-11]
14. Jesse Manley – Devil’s Red (self) Folk/indie [Nov-11]
14. Mancub – The Secret Machine (self) Electronic [Aug-11]
14. The Yawpers – Savage Blue (Adventure Records) Alt-country-rock [Jan-12]
15. Kentucky Parlor Pickers – Barn Burner (self) alt-country [May-11]
16. Wendy Woo Band – Austerity (Woomusic) Adult contemporary [Jun-11]
17. El Toro De La Muerte – Danger These Days (self) Rock/alternative [Aug-11]
17. John Statz – Old Fashioned (self) Americana [Jan-12]
17. Sam Lee – Better Half (self) Adult contemporary [Nov-11]
17. The Quiet American – Vol. II (self) Folk [May-11]
18. The Patti Fiasco – The Patti Fiasco (self) alt-country-rock [Jul-11]
19. A Mouthful of Thunder – Slow Burn (self) indie/alternative [Jan-12]
19. a. Tom Collins – OH NO! (self) alternative/indie [Apr-11]
19. Georgann Low – Les Progres De L’Amour (Seasons Of Love) (self) Jazz, vocal [Aug-11]
19. Ian Cooke – Fortitude (Pop Shop Music) indie/alternative [Oct-11]
19. John-Alex Mason – Jook Joint Thunderclap (Naked Jaybird) Blues [Jan-11]
19. Lizzie Huffman – Pretty Old Soul (Suburban Home) Folk/alternative [Sep-11]
19. Mike Marchant – Lost and Found Sound (2008-2011) (self) indie/alternative [Sep-11]
19. Patrick Dethlefs & Friends – Stays the Same (Suburban Home) Folk/alternative [May-11]
20. Places – No More Wasted Days (self) Pop/adult contemporary [Jan-12]
21. Lionel Young Band – On Our Way to Memphis (self) Blues [Aug-11]

STATION BY STATION

KAFM (Grand Junction)
1. The Longest Day of the Year – Turn Into The Ground
2. The Quiet American – Vol. II
3. Driftwood Fire – How to Untangle a Heartache
3. John-Alex Mason – Jook Joint Thunderclap
4. Big Head Todd and the Monsters – Big Head Blues Club: 100 Years of Robert Johnson

KDNK (Carbondale)
1. John Common and Blinding Flashes of Light – Beautiful Empty
1. The Longest Day of the Year – Turn Into The Ground
2. Colorado Goat Ropers Guild – Fly
2. Finnders & Youngberg – FY5
2. Freddi / Henchi and the Soulsetters – Crown Princes of Funk:  The Last Set

KRFC (Fort Collins)
1. Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Live at Hodi’s
2. The Patti Fiasco – The Patti Fiasco
3. SHEL – When the Dragon Came Down
3. Turn 4 – What You Do About It
4. Cary Morin – Sing It Louder

KUNC (Greeley)
1. Wendy Woo Band – Austerity
2. SHEL – When the Dragon Came Down
3. Devotchka – 100 Lovers
3. Driftwood Fire – How to Untangle a Heartache
3. Justin Roth – Now You Know

KUVO (Denver)
1. Playground – Dreams Go Through My Mind
2. H2 Big Band – You’re It!
3. Georgann Low – Les Progres De L’Amour (Seasons Of Love)
4. Hazel Miller Band – Coming to You Live… From KUVO
5. Coyote Poet’s of the Universe – Pandora’s Box

KVNF (Paonia)
1. Cassie Taylor – Blue
2. Cary Morin – Sing It Louder
3. Devotchka – 100 Lovers
3. Finnders & Youngberg – FY5
3. Great American Taxi – Paradise Lost

Open Air 1340 (Denver)
Heavy Spins (alphabetically)
A Mouthful of Thunder – Slow Burn
Tom Collins – OH NO!
Devotchka – 100 Lovers
Ian Cooke – Fortitude
Lizzie Huffman – Pretty Old Soul
Mike Marchant – Lost and Found Sound (2008-2011)
Patrick Dethlefs & Friends – Stays the Same
Princess Music – Roger Tranquility
Rose Hill Drive – Americana
Varlet – The Drifter

The Colorado Sound
1. Places – No More Wasted Days
2. Kathryn Mostow – Rich Girl
2. Ryan Dart – The Shift
3. Charlotte Sass – Lighter Things
3. Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Live at Hodi’s

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