NEWS, NOTES & SPINS – MARCH 1, 2014

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NEWS & NOTES

chris at ob hmls sunday june 16 2013MARCH 3 UPDATE – Today is the 4th year anniversary of this blog site.  Wordpress was nice enough to send me that notice – or I would have spaced it out.

When you scroll down to the TOP 40 for the month you will notice one very significant “improvement.”  After a few years of procrastination I went ahead and provided links to the artists’ online site.  Please visit those artists you are unfamiliar with.

I’m pretty pleased to announce new records for page views and page views per day for the month of February .. the old record was set in 2012.  Stream-starts at The Colorado Sound Live365 have been okay, and all things considered I think for the first year it’s been pretty good.  Folks are hitting the station page in numbers that match up well with the visits here, but stream-starts still proves to be a low percentage.

I think maybe some folks are looking at the top five most recently played, to see if they know it, and then moving on pretty quickly .. that’s just a guess though.  When folks do start a stream they listen an average of 20 minutes – so about five songs on average.

THE CONDITIONAL TOP 3 –  The stations I track airplay at are among the state’s top non-commercial public/community and/or college stations.  I only track one commercial station, Radio 94.9 Colorado (NoCo).  It is not easy to track commercial radio spins.  Commercial radio plays music from here in Colorado.  Stations like KBCO, KBPI, KTCL, and others over the years have been incredibly supportive of Colorado music.   That’s what fuels two of the CONDITIONAL TOP 3.  The third link is a 1/5 member Colorado Connection (CC).

The Fray and OneRepublic are two bands that non-comm radio largely ignores.  Every once in a while I’ll see an isolated jock play a track from either/or, but it’s never enough to really make it to the top of the charts as measured here.  Commercial radio/media however blasts both bands all over the airwaves and Internet.  Based on the commercial media exposure alone, both of the new/recent albums from these bands are #1 and #2 among Colorado releases in the state.  That’s not to say that Big Head Todd doesn’t receive their share of commercial radio airplay – but it’s much more limited than what the Fray or OneRepublic receive.

The #3 Conditional TOP 3 pick is Hard Working Americans, which features keyboardist Chad Steahly, also one of the founding members of Great American Taxi.  While I was pulling spins from around the state, I was blown away at the love this band is getting right now.   Truth is, among the non-comms there were enough plays to make it #1 (disallowing the Fray and OneRepublic).

FEATURED VIDEOS FEB 2014

The six song video playlist for February (in no particular order) includes Red Devil Magic, H*Wood, Katie Herzig, Safe Boating is No Accident, In the Whale, and Devan Blake Jones … this is one of those month’s where I got my closet dance freak happening. (no kids, you do not want to see that) 😉

TOP 40 SPINS FEBRUARY 2014

294 titles tracked
167 (57%) titles were reported as played at least once.
(CC) = Colorado Connection
(D) = album/ep debut on chart
(R) = reenter
[date] = Date added to reporting list

(4) 1. Big Head Todd & the Monsters Black Beehive (Shout! Factory) Rock/AAA [Jan 25, 2014]
(21) 2. Pretty LightsA Color Map of the Sun (8 Minutes 20 Seconds) Urban Contemporary/EDM [July 2, 2013]
(3) 3. Gregory Alan IsakovThe Weatherman (Suitcase Town Music) Folk [June 22, 2013]
(1) 4. Elephant Revival These Changing Skies (Its Evolving Records) Folk [Aug 1, 2013]
(2) 5. Mollie O’Brien & Rich MooreLove Runner (Remington Road Records) Americana [Dec 21, 2013]
(14) 6. DeVotchKaLive with the Colorado Symphony (Cicero Recordings) Indie/New Alternative [Nov 1, 2012]
(12) 7. The Railsplitters The Railsplitters (self) Americana/bluegrass [Oct 1, 2013]
(5) 8. Honey Don’tHeart Like A Wheel (self) Americana/alt-country [Nov 1, 2013]
(R) 9. Paper BirdRooms (self) Indie/New Alternative [Feb 16, 2013]
(19) 10. The MotetThe Motet (self) Urban Contemporary/funk [Jan 4, 2014]
(6) 11. TennisSmall Sound (Communion Records) Indie/New Alternative [Nov 1, 2013]
(24) 12. Mike Clark & the Sugar Sounds Round and Round (Blank Tape) Indie/New Alternative [Jan 19, 2013]
(7) 13. Mosey West Bermuda (self) Rock/AAA [Nov 2, 2013]
(D) 14. Dianne ReevesBeautiful Life (Concord) Urban Contemporary/soul/jazz [Feb 11, 2014]
(23) 15. Finnders & YoungbergI Don’t Want Love You Won’t Give Until I Cry (Swingfingers Records)
Americana/bluegrass [Aug 1, 2013]
(32) 16. Halden Wofford & the Hi*BeamsRocky Mountain Honky Tonk (self) Americana/alt-country-rock [July 7, 2013]
(35) 17. Land LinesLand Lines (self) Indie/New Alternative [Nov 24, 2012]
(16) 18. Monocle BandMonocle Band (self) Folk/folk-rock [Sept 1, 2013]
(9) 19. Changing Colors Joan & the King (Blank Tape) Folk [April 27, 2013]
(26) 20. 3 TwinsDe Nada (Sleeping Elephant Music) Americana [June 20, 2013]
(R) 21. The ReMindersBorn Champions (self) Urban Contemporary/hip-hop [Nov 1, 2012]
(29) 22. Matt Skinner BandNative Stranger (Tapedero Productions) Americana/country [Nov 9, 2013]
(8) 23. Rob Drabkin Little Steps EP (self) Rock/AAA [Aug 1, 2013]
(R) 24. P-NuckleThe System (self) Urban Contemporary [Jan 31, 2013]
(R) 25. Cassie Taylor Out of My Mind (Yellow Dog) Blues [May 18, 2013]
(R) 25. ChurchillThe War Within EP (A&M/Octone) Rock/AAA [April 27, 2013]
(31) 25. Megan Burtt & FriendsIn Good Company: Vol I (N/A) Pop/adult [Nov 1, 2013]
(R) 26. Josh DillardThe Bright Light of Shipwreck (self) Folk [June 1, 2013]
(27) 27. Head for the HillsBlue Ruin (self) Americana/bluegrass [June 1, 2013]
(15) 28. Austin Young & No DifferenceBlue As Can Be (Vizztone) Blues [Mar 23, 2013]
(D) 29. Dave and The Gin Mill GypsiesDave and The Gin Mill Gypsies (Dazzle Recordings) Jazz/Americana [Jan 20, 2014]
(35) 30. Arthur Lee LandCracked Open (self) Rock/AAA [Nov 1, 2012]
(31) 30. Grant SabinAnthromusicology (Blank Tape) Rock/blues [Jan 10, 2013]
(13) 31. Joe JohnsonNew West Sound (Blank Tape) Americana/country-folk [Aug 1, 2013]
(28) 31. Otis Taylor My World Is Gone (Telarc) Blues [Jan 20, 2013]
(20) 32. The Patti FiascoSmall Town Lights (self) Rock [July 23, 2013]
(11) 32. VariousSpokesBUZZ Vol. IV Band Together (SpokesBUZZ) Rock [Dec 14, 2013]
(R) 33. Kristina MurrayUnravelin’ (self) Americana/country [Nov 2, 2013]
(R) 34. Blue Canyon BoysNext Go Round (self) Americana/bluegrass [Jan 16, 2013]
(25) 35. Mama Lenny & the Remedy Time (You’re Doing Fine) (self) Blues/rythm & blues [Dec 7, 2013]

DROPPED OUT OF TOP 40 IN FEB

(17) Nathaniel Rateliff – Falling Faster Than You Can Run
(18) Drag The River – Drag the River
(19) The Wild After – Lesson Learned EP
(20) Soul School – Chapter One
(22) Trout Steak Revival – Flight
(30) Jeff Brinkman Band – Strange
(33) Katey Laurel – Periscope
(34) Chimney Choir – (compass)
(35) Katie Glassman & Snapshot – Dream A Little Dream

ADDED TO AIRPLAY TRACKING IN FEB

a. Tom Collins – Negative Nancy [single]
Adam Bodine Trio – Plays Nirvana
Bad Brad & the Fat Cats – Take A Walk With Me
Cowboy Dave – Driven Men
Dave Perron – Foot to the Pedal
Dianne Reeves – Beautiful Life
Eurforquestra – Fire
Glitta Kings – Girls in High Heels Shouldn’t Dance On Glass Tables
Isa and JoeAlan – Lifelines
John Harlan Hutchison – Postcards From the State of Mind
Katie Herzig – Walk Through Walls [single]
Kinetix – One Life
My Body Sings Electric – Pt I The Night Ends
Reed Philip Weimer – Resultant Motion
Ryan D White – Something Brillian Is About To Happen [EP]
Safe Boating is No Accident – Bonus Features
The Fray – Helios
You, Me and Apollo – I Don’t Want to Be Loved [single]
Young Ancients – Y/A

STATION BY STATION

Elephant Revival_these changing skiesKAFM (Grand Junction) [21]
1. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies
2. Various – SpokesBUZZ Vol. IV Band Together
3. Honey Don’t – Heart Like A Wheel
4. Monocle Band – Monocle Band
5. The Railsplitters – The Railsplitters

BHTM Black BeehiveKDNK (Carbondale) [24]
1. Big Head Todd & the Monsters – Black Beehive
2. Blue Canyon Boys – Next Go Round
2. DeVotchKa – Live with the Colorado Symphony
2. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies
2. Honey Don’t – Heart Like A Wheel

Rossonian, You Are Your Own DentistKDUR (Durango) [15]
1. Rossonian – You Are Your Own Dentist
2. Pretty Lights – A Color Map of the Sun
2, Yonder Mountain String Band – EP13
3. Mosey West – Bermuda
4. Casey James Prestwood & the Burning Angels – Honky Tonk Bastard World

Halden_rocky-mountain-honky-tonkKGNU (Boulder) [20]
1. Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Rocky Mountain Honky Tonk
1. Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore – Love Runner
2. The Railsplitters – The Railsplitters
3. Honey Don’t – Heart Like A Wheel
4. Blue Grama – Dust Bowl Blues

pretty lights_color map of the sunKRCC (Colorado Springs) [15]
1. Pretty Lights – A Color Map of the Sun
2. Mike Clark & the Sugar Sounds – Round and Round
3. Austin Young & No Difference – Blue As Can Be
3. Paper Bird – Rooms
4. Changing Colors – Joan & the King

dave and the gin mill gypsiesKRFC (Fort Collins) [>100]
1. Dave and The Gin Mill Gypsies – Dave and The Gin Mill Gypsies
2. Various – SpokesBUZZ Vol. IV Band Together
3. Bad Brad & the Fat Cats – Eyes on the Prize
4. Big Head Todd & the Monsters – Black Beehive
5. Mama Lenny & the Remedy – Time (You’re Doing Fine)

BHTM Black BeehiveKSUT (Ignacio) [10]
1. Big Head Todd & the Monsters – Black Beehive
2. Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore – Love Runner
2. The Motet – The Motet
3. Yonder Mountain String Band – EP13
4. Jeff Scroggins & Colorado – Western Branches

BHTM Black BeehiveKUNC (Greeley) [13]
1. Big Head Todd & the Monsters – Black Beehive
2. Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore – Love Runner
3. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman
4. 3 Twins – De Nada
4. Land Lines – Land Lines

devotchka_live with CO symOPENAIR 1340 (Denver) [51]
1. DeVotchKa – Live with the Colorado Symphony
2. Candy Claws – Ceres & Calypso In The Deep Time
2. Land Lines – Land Lines
3. a. Tom Collins – Stick & Poke
3. Eye and the Arrow – If By Fire

dianne reeves_beautiful lifeThe Colorado Sound [41]
1. Dianne Reeves – Beautiful Life
1. Matt Skinner Band – Native Stranger
2. Big Head Todd & the Monsters – Black Beehive
3. Bad Brad & the Fat Cats – Take A Walk With Me
3. Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore – Love Runner

GENRE/PROGRAM FORMAT

Mollie O'Brien and Rich Moore - Love RunnerAmericana / Alt-country / Bluegrass
1. Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore – Love Runner
2. The Railsplitters – The Railsplitters
3. Honey Don’t – Heart Like A Wheel
4. Finnders & Youngberg – I Don’t Want Love You Won’t Give Until I Cry
5. Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Rocky Mountain Honky Tonk

cassie taylor, out of my mindBlues / Rhythm & Blues
1. Cassie Taylor – Out of My Mind
2. Austin Young & No Difference – Blue As Can Be
3. Otis Taylor – My World Is Gone
4. Mama Lenny & the Remedy – Time (You’re Doing Fine)
5. Bad Brad & the Fat Cats – Take A Walk With Me

Gregory Alan Isakov_the weathermanFolk / folk-rock / singer-songwriter
1. Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman
2. Elephant Revival – These Changing Skies
3. Monocle Band – Monocle Band
4. Changing Colors – Joan & the King
5. Josh Dillard – The Bright Light of Shipwreck

devotchka_live with CO symIndie / New Alternative
1. DeVotchKa – Live with the Colorado Symphony
2. Paper Bird – Rooms
3. Tennis – Small Sound
4. Mike Clark & the Sugar Sounds – Round and Round
5. Land Lines – Land Lines

dave and the gin mill gypsiesJazz / Instrumental
1. Dave and The Gin Mill Gypsies – Dave and The Gin Mill Gypsies
2. gogoLab – Border Patrol
3. Adam Bodine Trio – Plays Nirvana
4. Josh Quinlan Quartet – Open Space
4. Maxwell Hughes – Only in Dreams

Megan Burtt_In Good CompanyPop / Adult Contemporary / Crossover
1. Megan Burtt & Friends – In Good Company: Vol I: The Colorado Sessions
2. The Fray – Helios
3. Jane Thatcher Band – Hunter’s Lonlieness Fool [EP]
3. Katie Herzig – Walk Through Walls [single]
3. OneRepublic – Native

BHTM Black BeehiveRock / AAA / ALT
1. Big Head Todd & the Monsters – Black Beehive
2. Mosey West – Bermuda
3. Rob Drabkin – Little Steps EP
4. Churchill – The War Within EP
5. Arthur Lee Land – Cracked Open

pretty lights_color map of the sunUrban Contemporary / EDM / Hip Hop / Soul
1. Pretty Lights – A Color Map of the Sun
2. The Motet – The Motet
3. Dianne Reeves – Beautiful Life
4. The ReMinders – Born Champions
5. P-Nuckle – The System

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