Someone recently gave me a good idea for my monthly news notes and spins column – hyperlink every band/album. I haven’t got the time to do that unfortunately. What I think I can do is provide a link to “debut” entries… here on the weekly playlist to begin with, and I’ll give some consideration to doing it on the monthly charts also.
(D) = album debut = first time a track from an album has been played on the show.
(N) = song debut = first time a song from a previously debuted album has been played on the show.
REVIEW – Jeff Brinkman “Strange”
Before I publish this week – I’ve been sitting listening to the new album by Jeff Brinkman, Strange, as I work on this post. Of the over 300 releases I’ve tracked this past year this one makes an excellent case for being among the BEST OF 2012. Typically, when I audition an album I’m looking for that ONE song that “makes” the record – it starts with the performance and moves on from there. Three such songs and an album “has legs,” meaning it will probably stay in rotation for several months of the year, easily long enough to be a year end TOP 40 contender. When an album has MORE than three singles it’s a bonified hit, the kind that will usually receive both critical praise and sustained radio airplay…. and more often than not propel an artist/band to broader popularity and more featured show slots. This is a beautiful year end surprise. It easily establishes Jeff Brinkman and Mark Kranjcec as one of the best songwriting and co-producer teams I’ve ever heard regionally, and Jeff himself as one of the best of Colorado’s great male singer/songwriters of the past half century…. easily in the same class as Todd Park Mohr (Big Head Todd & the Monsters), Sean Kelly (the Samples), Isaac Slade (the Fray), or Ryan Tedder (OneRepublic). I would expect this record to be featured prominently on adult/acoustic rock oriented playlists at several stations around the state. The wonderful Miss Pattie aka Mrs Goat suggests he reminds her of Cat Stevens and Eddie Vedder … works for me. Also recommended for fans of Paul Simon and Dave Matthews.
Otis Taylor “Harry, Turn the Music Up” from Clovis People Vol. 3 (2010)
Eddie Turner “Monkey See, Monkey Do” from Miracles And Demons (2010)
Chris Daniels “Medical Marijuana” from Better Days (2012)
Longest Day Of The Year “Change Our Ways” from Turn Into the Ground (2012)
Johnny Hickman “Another Road” from Tilting (2012)
(D) Rocky Mountain Night Train “Get It On” [single] (2012)
(D) Cutthroat Drifters “Duration” [single] (2012)
(D) Bronze “Devil Again” from Snake Oil (2012)
Tommy Bolin “Bustin’ Out for Rosey” from Private Eyes (1976)
Coles Whalen “Beautiful Without Me” from I Wrote This for You (2012)
SHEL “The Battle of Evermore” from SHEL (2012)
The Samples “My Town” from Samples (1990)
Free Bear “The Repeater” from Free Bear (2012)
Hazel Miller “Heart to Heart” from Westword Music Showcase 1999>2000 (2000)
Lannie Garrett “I’m On Your Side” from DoubleBack (1993)
Bop Skizzum “Do You Want It?” from Coloradical (2012)
The Knew “Old and Young” from Man Monster (2012)
Churchill “Made A List” from Change EP (2012)
(D) I’m With Her “Don’t Wait for Me” from Songs We Said Goodbye To (2012)
John Common and Blinding Flashes of Light “Same Scar” from Beautiful Empty (2011)
Chimney Choir “ace of spades” from (ladder) (2012)
(N) The Epilogues “The Shadow King” from Cinematics (2012)
(D) Jonny Barber and the Rhythm Razors “Mystery Train” from Golden Plates (2012)
(N) Chris Thompson & the Coral Creek String Band “Traffic” from Forty Years (2012)
J. Miller Band “The Reasons” from The Road to Elvado (2012)
(D) Chris Malley and Bob Schlesinger “Split Shot” from Split Shot (2012)