The Colorado Sound – Vol. 2, Episode 14 2010

Earth, Wind & Fire “That’s the Way of the World” from That’s the Way of the World (1975)
Jennifer Lane “In A Magzine” from In A Magazine (2008)
Jon Ridnell “Angels” from Reliance (2010)
The Congress “Minutes” from The Congress (2010)
NEW Chain Gang of 1974 “Funk Giants” from White Guts (2010)
The Knew “Picnic” from The Knew’s Pulperia (2010)
NEW Sweet Sunny South “Ghost of Gram” from Carried Off By A Twister (2010)
Andy Monley “All Hail” from Triplight (2006)
Bobby Walker “Turn Me Around” from Git It (2009)
Xiren “Circus” from Bullets and Rainbows (2001)
John Common “Same Scar” from Beautiful Empty (2009)
Adam Bodine Trio “Omar’s Uptown Jubilee” from The Chauffeur (2009)

Lois Lane “Count the Memories” from The Best of Lois Lane (2004)
The Starlite Ramblers “Ghost Riders in the Sky” from 1992 (1992)
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club “Limon” from Slim Cessna’s Auto Club (1995)
Great American Taxi “One of These Days” from Reckless Habits (2010)
Romano Paoletti “Can You Canoe” from Story of a Lifetime (2009)
The Motet “Dig Deep” from Dig Deep (2009)
Scott Von “Stop and Stare” from The Age of Plenty (2009)
The Autumn Film “Because We Are” from The Ship and the Sea (2010)
Dave Beegle “Big Fish Rumba” from A Year Closer (2000)
Nathaniel Rateliff “Whimper and Wail” from In Memory of Loss (2010)
Dwarf Planets “Suddenly It’s Over” from Far and Away Sessions (2009)
The Grippe “Hucklebuck” from The Grippe (2009)

MMMM – Monday, April 12, 2010

Normally, nowadays, I’m not much of a dj based dance rock fan, but listening to Kamtin Mohager’s (Chain Gang of 1974) latest made me recall my own dance-club-dj days of the 1970s and 80s here in NoCo.  Back in those days there were plenty of early experimentations being done with electronics/computer based music — and we club djs notoriously mashed up hit records, sometimes layering three or four at a time… fading in and out of parts… extending words and/or phrases… all the while keeping the “song” intact for those on the dancefloor – who generally walked off when anything new hit the speakers.  So, this week it’s all about the “dance” groove … and there’s three recent and/or new recordings out that should appeal to those who like the beat thumping.  Enjoy the groove.

Chain Gang of 1974 – White Guts Website:
Notes: sometimes it’s just a matter of an emotional connection…

Tommy Metz – BlossomWebsite:
Notes: there’s something about Tommy that reminds me of Jon Anderson from the band Yes — This album is available as a free download.

Pretty Lights – Making Up a Changing MindWebsite:
Notes: I have no idea how Derek does this … but he has undoubtedly become one of the best around at it … creating something new from bits and pieces of something old.  This album and others avaialable as a free download.

The Colorado Sound – Vol. 2, Episode 13 2010

Dubskin “Love for Music” from No End In Time (2009)
NEW – Chadzilla “Lil’Roo” from Lil’Roo (2010)
Jeff Finlin “Summertime” from Alive and Retrospective Volume 1 (2006)
Blue Canyon Boys “Jesus on the Mainline (live)” from House Full of Sorrows (2009)
NEW – Bill McKay “Sinner’s Song” from Bill McKay (2010)
Apples in Stereo “Dream About the Future” from Travellers in Space and Time (2010)
Megan Burtt “Moves” from It Ain’t Love (2010)
Tommy Metz “Dreams Will Collide” from The Blossom Frontier (2010)
The Foot. “Always Near” from Primary Colors (2010)
NEW – Johnny O. “Cuba 5-4” from A Volta (2010)
Peter Sommer “Escapade” from Crossroads (2008)

The Informants “Get Twisted” from Crime Scene Queen (2009)
Otis Taylor “Walk Right In” from Recapturing the Banjo (2008)
NEW – The Hollyfelds “Either Way” from Lo Bueno, Lo Mao, Lo Feo (2010)
Chuck Pyle “Dream Song” from The Spaces In Between (2010)
NEW – Gadzukes! “Along the Navajo Trail” from New & Used (2009)
Arliss Nancy “The Empty Below” from Dance to Forget (2009)
Joel Decatur “Bitter Days” from Seeking the House-Builder (2010)
Flobots “White Flag Warrior” from Survival Story (2010)
Fierce Bad Rabbit “Everything Is Alright” from All I Have Is You (2010)
Dressy Bessy “New Song (From Me to You)” from Dressy Bessy (2003)
Tage Plantell “Don’t Worry About Me” from Words and Music (2010)
Nathaniel Rateliff “You Should’ve Seen the Other Guy” from In Memory of Loss (2010)
Boulder Acoustic Society “A Life for Two” from Punchline (2009)
Ellyn Cornelison Rucker & Ross Cornelison “Honey Suckle Rose” from Every Time We Say Goodbye (2009)

Where Have You Been???

That’s what someone emailed me earlier today. Sorry gang … been remodeling the house, working on booking bands for Bohemian Nights at New West Fest 2010… and Miss Pattie (aka Mrs Goat) got home this past Wed from a month long trip back east … 😉 … so, I’ve been a bit preoccupied with some things (cough).

In the meantime, check out this link. … there’s some great Colorado music history there.

I’ll post this week’s playlist tomorrow and I’ll get the MMMM posted for Monday …

Also, I got to do sound for Reckless Red last night in Longmont … WOW! If you get the chance, I highly encourage making a show. Especially if you’re a roots, blues, rock, americana music fan. KILLER band. Check them out here ->

MMMM – Monday April 5, 2010

MMMM – Monday, April 5, 2010

And the hits keep pouring in… as I expected, April and May are the months when we see a deluge of new releases, as bands gear up for the summer concert season and the lucrative merchandising opportunities that come with festivals and outdoor concerts of all types.  Among the biggest releases to hit my desk this week was the new Nathaniel Rateliff – In Memory of Loss (Rounder Records)… I previewed this album in one of my Songs of the Day posts recently.  Let me just say the entire album is remarkable and will easily make best of lists with music journalists and radio programmers regionally.

(30 second samples of featured titles)

The Apples in Stereo – Travelers In Space and Time (Yep Roc/Simian)
Genre/Style: Indie Pop
Notes: Free Download of Dance Floor is available at the band’s website.  From the promo notes:  “I wanted to make a futuristic pop record, to reach out to the kids of the future.  It’s what I imagine more highly-evolved pop might sound like: shiny soul music with robots and humans singing together.” It is that …

Chadzilla – Lil’Roo (single)
Genre/Style: Rock
Notes: Free Download of Lil’Roo available at the artist’s website.  Chadzilla is the touring drummer for Slim Cessna’s Auto Club and the leader of Chadzilla and the Asteroids.  He is also the creator of House of Rock (a teen to adult rock ensemble) at the Swallow Hill Music Association.  This is the first single off of Chadzilla’s upcoming album “View From the Backseat – Part 1.”  The official release date is TBD.

Bill McKay – Bill McKay
Genre/Style: jamband, r&b, funk, blue-eyed soul
Notes: Bill McKay is the keyboardist for Leftover Salmon and the Fox St. Allstars.  He also toured with the Derek Trucks band for five years and was a founding member of the Denver based Double Parked, a band that also featured guitarist Adam Stern, who shows up on this album throughout – along with Chadzilla, who co-produced, recorded, mixed, and mastered with Bill.

The Hollyfelds – Lo Bueno, Lo Malo, Lo Feo
Genre/Style: Americana, country
Notes: Lo Bueno, Lo Malo, Lo Feo appears to be official name of the 7” vinyl single that the band is releasing in May.  There are two songs on the radio advance cd – “Either Way” (sampled) and “How to Be Gone.”  Once again the girls show off their wonderful harmonies and classic country roots.

Gadzukes! – New & Used
Genre/Style: Americana, old-timey, ukulele, trad-jazz mixed with trad-country
Notes: Not too many folks will take on the challenge of covering such American songbook classics as Stompin’ at the Savoy (1934 Benny Goodman), or Jimmy Webb’s 1967 classic By the Time I Get to Phoenix on the same recording – let alone do these and other standards featuring ukuleles as the dominant instrument.  Nancy Thorwardson and Patrick Cullie are those brave souls.  The album actually came out last summer – but I only recently got a copy when I did sound for the band.  It’s not only great to hear songs my parents introduced me to being recorded today, it’s even nicer that it was done so uniquely.

The Colorado Sound – Vol. 2, Episode 12 2010

Devotchka “Vengo! Vengo!” from Una Volta (2003)
The Subdudes “Work Clothes” from Street Symphony (2007)
NEW – Apples in Stereo “Dance Floor” from Travelers in Space and Time (2010)
NEW – The Foot. “High Design” from Primary Colors (2010)
NEW – The Rouge “Lady Luck” from Blasting Room session (C. Jak) (2010)
The Autumn Film “Always the Same” from The Ship and the Sea (2010)
Candy Claws “The Sun Is My Girl” from In the Dream of the Sea Life (2009)
NEW – Wentworth Kersey “Sun and Moon” from ((O)) (2010)
Andrea Ball “Letter” from Dial Tone (2010)
Hello Kavita “Colorado” from To A Loved One (2009)
Ash Ganley “Lonely World” from Cruel Waters (2008)
Rebecca Folsom “Not A Child” from Shine (2004)
Aakash Mittal Quartet “Mughal Impressions” from Videsh (2009)

Big Head Todd and the Monsters “Runaway Train” from Riviera (2002)
NEW – Jon Ridnell “Angels” from Reliance (2010)
Great American Taxi “Reckless Habits” from Reckless Habits (2010)
Emmitt-Nershi Band “Surfing the Red Sea” from New Country Blues (2009)
Houses “Me & Mr. Kelly” from Summer (2009)
Carbon Choir “Bullet Past Your Head” from High Beams (2010)
Gritch “Sunday Morning Train (Electronic)” from Sunday Morning Train (2009)
NEW – Nathaniel Rateliff “Early Spring Till” from In Memory of Loss (2010)
Rainville “Pass That Bottle Down” from Collecting Empties (1999)
NEW – The Haunted Windchimes “Don’t Take My Baby Away” from Honey Moonshine (2010)
Six Months to Live “Knock Three Times” from This Is What Happens (2009)
Wendy Woo Trio “Crisis” from Luxury (2007)
Dave LeMieux & The House Of Soul “Finding the Groove” from Jazz Shaped (2010)