The Colorado Sound – V4 EP20 2012

The Epilogues came screaming to the party this week with what I can say honestly is the BEST NEW VIDEO in 2012 (so far).  I’ve been playing the single itself for many months now, but the new album won’t be out til later this summer.  I’m looking forward to hearing the rest of the album.  No doubt it’ll be one of the best rock records of the year from Colorado.

(D) = album debut on show  (N) = song debut on show

Eddie Turner “Ride A Painted Pony” from Miracles And Demons (2010)
Mama Lenny and the Remedy “Bossy (Bitch On A Cell)” from Punches & Hugs (2012)
(N) Mosey West “The Storm” from Merica (2012)
Railbenders “Someone Take This Bottle” from Segundo (2003)
Turn 4 “Sante Fe Breakdown” from What You Do About It (2011)
(D) Xiren “Not A Love Song” from Not A Love Song (2012)
The Czars “Killjoy” from Ugly People vs. the Beautiful People (2001)
Instant Empire “Without Wires” from Instant Empire (2011)
Danielle Ate the Sandwich “Faith In a Man” from Like A King (2012)
Haunted Windchimes “Out With the Crow” from Out With The Crow (2012)
The Lovely & Talented “Death of the Lover” from The New American Fable (2010)
(D) Arliss Nancy “Front Seat” from Simple Machines (2012)
(D) Shirley “4th of July” from From A Bright Clearing (2012)

Rick Roberts “Sweet Maria” from Windmills / She is a Song (2010/1973/1972)
(D) 3 Twins Broadband “How Couldya Not?” [single] (2012)

(N) Leftover Salmon “Here Comes The Night” from Aquatic Hitchhiker (2012)
Liz Barnez “River Road” from Liz Barnez Band (1993)
(N) Harry Tuft & Friends “If I Didn’t Care” from Treasures Untold (2011)
Rob Drabkin “For You I Would Die” from Rob Drabkin Live {1-19-12 Bluebird Theater} (2012)
The Apples in Stereo “Told You Once” from Travellers in Space and Time (2010)
Varlet “Eastern” from The Drifter (2012)
Born in The Flood “If This Thing Should Spill” from If this Thing Should Spill (2007)
(N) Bad Weather California “I Feel Like Dancing” from Sunkissed (2012)
Gary Bragg “She Canceled the Cable” from High Plains Storm (2011)
Lonesome Traveler “Do I Ever Cross You Mind?” from Listen to that Sound (2008)
(D) Raincheck “Right There” from Raincheck (2012)

Musicians – are you an Independent Contractor or an Employee?

FYI to musicians (from Chris Daniels). Please pass this long…

“In case any of you have not been included in the emails going around, there is a problem and concern that musicians in Colorado are facing concerning the Department of Labor and how they classify band members, bandleaders, and event companies. There are no villains here, just a very important discussion that effects the livelihood of every working musician and every bandleader and every event company that hires artists to play their gigs. In simple terms, the question is: are you an independent contractor, free to work for whom ever you want, or are you an employee? The DOL’s policy, that goes back to the 1990s, is to classify any musician who makes more than 50% of their income from one band (or event company) as an employee of that company.

This is a long discussion but in short, if you are a band and you make all your money from performing with that specific band ..DOL wants to require you (and your company) to do withholding, unemployment, and matching payments…and many musicians do not see themselves that way … as employees … but as independent contractors. The difference between the two in dollars and cents, accounts fees, and money withheld is huge for the musician, the event company, the bandleader etc. So this is the issue. If you know nothing about it, I encourage you to read the ‘common law rules’ about who is and who is not an independent contractor. The current policy of the DOL is causing many bandleaders and event companies to consider ending their business because they simply cannot afford to follow DOL’s policy that is basically … if you make more than 50% of your living from one organization you are employee/employer not independent contractors. The results of not following that can be a $25,000 fine for each noncompliance.

For more information, check with Barb at the Colorado Music Business Association, there are some very important hearings coming up on this issue.”

Chris Daniels
Assistant Professor
University of Colorado, Denver

Denver Radio Ratings May 2012

Here are the current top 10 Denver area radio station rankings for the past month.

1 KQMT-FM / 99.5FM The Mountain – Classic Rock – Entercom Inc.
2 KOA-AM / 850AM – News/Talk – Clear Channel Communications Inc.
3 KTCL-FM / 93.3FM – Alternative – Clear Channel Communications Inc.
4 KBCO-FM / 97.3FM – Adult Album Alternative – Clear Channel Communications Inc.
4 KQKS-FM / KS 107.5FM – Dance/R&B/Hip Hop – Lincoln Financial Media Company of CO
6 KYGO-FM / 99.5FM / Country – Lincoln Financial Media Company of CO
7 KOSI-FM / 101FM – Adult Contemporary – Entercom Inc.
8 KRFX-FM / 103.5 The Fox – Classic Rock – Clear Channel Communications Inc.
9 KXPK-FM / 96.5FM – Regional Mexican  – Entravision Communications
10 KALC-FM / 105.9 Alice – Modern Adult Contemporary – Entercom Denver LLC

The Colorado Sound – V4 EP19 2012

Where to start … ahhh … Audiovore.us … check it out … it’s a new project launched by Colin Bricker and Erin Roberts over at Mighty Fine Productions (formerly Notably Fine Audio).  “Audiovore is an online platform dedicated to the documentation and promotion of Colorado’s music and arts scene through the production of high quality audio and video content.”

Erin Roberts was in the band Porlolo and was at one time the executive director/general manager of KBUT in Crested Butte.  Colin we all know from his incredible work over the years in sound, recording, and with his collaborations with Andy Monley.    What they’re doing with this Audiovore thing is very cool … please do go check it out and support.

Here’s a video from their site.

Also, I updated the Colorado Sound video channel today … it includes what used to be rare footage of Zephyr back in teh day when Tommy was still on guitar … for those too young to know .. and those old enough to have been there 😉 … it’s cool footage.

Here’s this week’s playlist – V4 EP19 2012

I led off the show this week with a cut from Beast, circa 1969 – a band that featured Bob Yeazel (guitar) who later went on to Sugarloaf, and Kenny Passarelli (bass) who went on to considerable success as a bass player for the likes of Joe Walsh and Elton John, and as well an excellent producer who’s turned out great records by both Otis Taylor and Eddie Turner here in CO — as well as others.

Beast (Colorado) “Spaceman” from “Beast” (1969)


(D) The Knew “Major Nights” from Major Nights (2012)
a. Tom Collins “Pants Off Dance Off” from Oh NO! (2011)
Churchill “Made A List” from Change EP (2012)
Beats Noir! “Not For You” from 13 Tracks From the Dark Side of The Beat (2011)
Coles Whalen “Cannonball” from I Wrote This for You (2012)
(N) Leftover Salmon “Kentucky Skies” from Aquatic Hitchhiker (2012)
Yonder Mountain String Band “Complicated” from The Show (2009)
(D) The Ghost of Joseph Buck “Pueblo’s Burning” from The Ghost of Joseph Buck (2012)
Eric Shiveley “Greetings from Deming” from Eden’s Light (2010)
Sixteen Horsepower “Outlaw Song” from Folklore (2002)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Runaway Train” from Riveria (1998)
Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra “Beauty and the Beast” from Sharks And Manatees (2012)
Sam Bush “Sailin Shoes” from Ice Caps: Peaks Of Telluride (1999)
Jeff Finlin “Better Than This” from Live Songs For the Ice Age (2012)
Musketeer Gripweed “Mama Knows” from Straight Razor Revival (2012)
Jon Snodgrass “Remember My Name” from Visitor’s Band (2009)
Jekylls “You’re Probably Right” from The Sweet Factory (2012)
(D) Katie Herzig “Lost and Found” from The Waking Sleep (2011)

Rebel Tongue “Do For Love” from Movin’ On (2012)
Electric Swingset “Middle Ground” from Inebriated Witchdoctor (1996)
Places “The Fire” from No More Wasted Days (2012)
Catch Bees “Atlanta (f. Denison Witmer)” from Newman’s Open Choir (2012)
Achille Lauro “Lightning” from Flight or Flight (2012)
Carmen Sandim Sextet “Zoloft Bounce” from Brand New (2011)

The Colorado Sound – V4 EP18 2012

Video – it’s the way things are done.  In a CNBC special on The Future of TV we learn that the lines between traditional television and internet television have blurred – and that changes in the next ten years will greatly overshadow changes made over the previous 25 years.  At a local level, video and radio will merge — more and more radio will ustream video along with audio content.

Talent advisers, agencies, and buyers will increasingly rely on video instead of audio demos as a way to vet acts for festivals, muni-events, private events, and other gigs – and as a means of promoting the event itself.  People want to SEE what they’re getting as well as HEAR what they’re getting.  TASTE, TOUCH, and SMELL come next… but that’s really in the future.  3-D hologram tv and video is not too far off however.

I launched a video channel under The Colorado Sound banner over at YouTube –  I attempted to embed the entire thing here, but no go …. so here’s a couple of featured videos from this week’s youtube channel rotation …

Zach Heckendorf has fast become one of our rising stars in Colorado, since he graduated high school in 2011 (?) and had his debut produced by Brett Dennen.  He’s on his way to “all the right places,” according to Ricardo Baca at the Denver Post.  “All The Right Places” was shot at various locations around Denver and Colorado, including Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Mile High Stadium, Caribou Ranch Recording Studio, and Union Station.  Zach is the first artist to record at Caribou Ranch since it burned down in 1985.  Zach opens for Michael Franti & Spearhead at Red Rocks on June 8.  

I started off the show this week, as I have every week the past couple of months, with a nod to a Colorado legend, who many people don’t know lived here from the 70s until his passing in 2007 … Dan Fogelberg originally came to Colorado along with some pals like Glen Frye and Don Henley – who were working out the Eagles in Aspen in the early 70s.  Dan didn’t care for Aspen – too busy and too much partying apparently.  He wound up buying Chris Hillman’s (The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Bros., Manassas, The Desert Rose Band) place in Nederland.  In 1980, he bought land in Pagosa Springs.  He built a ranch and recording studio and moved there permanently in 1982.

Dan Fogelberg “As The Raven Flies” from Souvenirs (1974)


Nathen Maxwell & the Original Bunny Gang “Stick To My Guns” from White Rabbit (2010)
(N) Rob Drabkin “Graceland” from Rob Drabkin Live {1-19-12 Bluebird Theater} (2012)
Megan Burtt “It Ain’t Love” from It Ain’t Love (2010)
(N) In The Whale “Heels” from Cake (2012)
(N) Megan Redmond “Crazy Daisies” from Dreamland (2012)
John Denver “Paradise” from Rocky Mountain High (1972)
Finnders and Youngberg “Driftwood” from FY5 (2011)
Rob Roper “Me” from Misfit (2011)
Coles Whalen “Beautiful Without Me” from I Wrote This for You (2012)
Monroe Monroe “Adore” from Hello Moon (2011)
Dressy Bessy “Who’d Stop The Rain” from Electrified (2005)
(N) Tennis “Robin” from Young and Old (2012)
Keith Oxman “All Dudes” from Doing All Right (2009)

In the second hour of this week’s show, I began with 2 original Colorado legendary acts – Leftover Salmon, formed in 1990 by merging Vince Herman and Drew Emmitt’s respective projects at the time …and Otis Taylor, who’s history runs deep and includes time spent with Zephyr.  Otis is today considered one of the most original and unique bluesmen in the country – a unique approach that is just now beginning to influence a new generation of blues artists here and around the world.

(N) Leftover Salmon “Bayou Town” from Aquatic Hitchhiker (2012)
Otis Taylor “Hands On Your Stomach” from Respect The Dead (2001)


The Lovely & Talented “Angelitos” from The New American Fable (2010)
The Congress “Distance” from Whatever You Want (2012)
Mama Lenny & the Remedy “Not A Girl To Keep” from Punches & Hugs (2012)
Robert Marcey & Familyman Barrett “Love Grows” from Wailin for Justice (2010)
Zach Heckendorf “Tye Dye March” from The Cool Down (2011)
Rose Hill Drive “Telepathic” from Americana (2011)
(N) Danielle Ate the Sandwich “Pet Store” from Things People Do (2009)
Houses “Me & Mr. Kelly” from Summer (2009)
(D) Joe Sampson “Moon Up Above” from Kill Our Friends (2012)
Bare Bones “Come In/Stay Out” from Bare Bones (2011)
H2 Big Band “Blue Brews” from You’re It! (2011)