The Colorado Sound – VOL 4, EP15 2012

It is soooo great to see the daytime temps up in the 70s and 80s again along the Front Range.  Time to drop the top, make a half dozen mix cds and get some open air listening in while I’m scurrying back and forth between festivals – which for me started last week with FOCOMX (340+ bands in 37 venues) … next up for me is the CHUN People’s Fair – 1st wkend in June at Civic Center Park in downtown Denver.  In the meantime, as folks keep asking me what I’m really diggin nowadays …..

If you can’t get excited about a new Leftover Salmon record, you’re just not not a true Colorado music lover.  So, HELL YEAH I’m excited to get Aquatic Hitchhiker.  Vince Herman messaged me this week … record’s on the way.  I’m stoked.   It’s the first new album of all original tunes in like 8 years!  Hope to have it in time for EP16 next week.  Here’s a taste of what we can expect on the new album, courtesy of eTown.  If you can’t tell I’m excited, you don’t this old goat too well 😉 

Megan Redmond – Dreamland — a tasty bit of crossover pop country/americana from this young lady who is playing damn near every festival event of the summer from Colorado Springs to Fort Collins in 2012.  Not since Katie Moffatt in the early 70s has there been, to the best of my knowledge, a top female pop country artist break out of Colorado.  Her 6 song debut ep is full of songs she wrote or co-wrote, and was produced in Nashville with some top session players.  The first single, “Falling,” was placed on industry news leader ALLACCESS.COM’s “Cool New Country” highlight list… then landed on Clear Channel Media’s show on hot new country propelling “Falling” onto the Top 100 Country charts on both Mediabase and Nielsen BDS. 

Rebel Tongue – Movin On … several years ago now I got hipped to U.S. Pipe – a band that featured lead MC Azma Holiday.  That band broke up.  Azma and some of the members of the Pipe moved on – to REBEL TONGUE.  I knew Azma as a rapper – NOW I know him as a soulful singer and rapper with a group of funk masters backing him up.  Give me a band with a wickedly tight and groovin rhythm section, a couple of horns, and a front guy who OWNS an audience and I’m a sucka for love like this anytime.  Here’s the official teaser they came up with.  

Mosey West – Merica — Hmmmm …. over the past two years this band, originally called Merica before changing their name to Mosey West, has reaped more praise and more accomplishments here locally than just about any band I can name outside of those who have gained national attention — i.e. The Lumineers or Tennis.  Expect even greater praise and accomplishments in 2012.   I expect this record is going to be listed on many critics lists as a “best of 2012.” 

I’m not going to include an outtake of News & Notes this week.  Over the next couple of days, I’ll present the story about Biodiesel for Bands in text form.  It’s a great story – a great opportunity – and a great idea.  So watch here for that …

PLAYLIST – V4 EP15

Tommy Bolin “Bustin’ Out for Rosey” from Private Eyes (1976)
Drew Emmitt “Take the Highway” from Long Road (2008)
(D) Lifeboat Etiquette “Eggs & Oranges” from Sabateur (2012)
The Fray “The Fighter” from Scars and Stories (2012)
Coles Whalen “Cannonball” from I Wrote This for You (2012)
Zach Heckendorf “All the Right Places” from The Cool Down (2011)
Jill Sobule “Cinnamon Park” from Underground Victorious (2004)
Petals of Spain “Lady Luck” from Lady Luck (2011)
Vices I Admire “Hero” from Venom & Pride (2012)
Railbenders “Whiskey Rain” from Segundo (2003)
(D) Jeff Finlin “East by West” from Live Songs For the Ice Age (2012)
Haunted Windchimes “Out With the Crow” from Out With The Crow (2012)
(D) Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra “Zen and the Art of Samba” from Sharks And Manatees (2012)
Dean Reed “Our Summer Romance” [single] (1960)
(N) The Jekylls “What I Want” from The Sweet Factory (2012)
(D) Megan Redmond “Falling” from Dreamland (2012)
Places “The Fire” from No More Wasted Days (2012)
(N) Broken Tongues “Bad Finger Boogie” from Crooked Skyline (2012)
(N) Mama Lenny and the Remedy “Not A Girl To Keep” from Punches and Hugs (2012)
The Foot. “Empty Hands” from Primary Colors (2010)
The Outfit “Strange Bones” from Broken West Wishbone Test (2011)
(N) The Congress “Distance” from Whatever You Want (2012)
The Broken Everlys “Sweet Disorder” from Stoned In Juarez (2010)
(D) Mosey West “Gone” from Merica (2012)
Leftover Salmon “Euphoria” from Euphoria (1997)
(D) Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra “You Don’t Know What Love Is” from Sharks And Manatees (2012)

FINALLY! New Leftover Salmon

Leftover Salmon has a new album coming out on May 22 … here’s the first video installment of a pretty cool 5 part documentary of Leftover Salmon recording Aquatic Hitchhiker in Portland, Oregon. This iClips exclusive documentary includes a 5 song download with 2 tracks only available through Salmonlandia on iClips

The Colorado Sound – V4 EP14 2012

This weekend I attended FOCOMX, doing sound at one of the venues, Elliott’s.  I got hit with a question that took me some serious brain power to answer.  A number of people over the past couple of evenings have asked me what my top picks of the year have been so far.  I found it hard to answer the question – partly because my brain was functioning within a different compartment (sound guy vs radio show producer) and partly because I love so much of the music I receive that it’s hard for me to pick “favorites.”  However, that said, I do have a few albums in mind that I think are quite exceptional and worth pointing out.

Katie Glassman – Snapshot //  FULL DISCLAIMER – Katie is a client of mine.  I serve in the capacity of making sure her record gets into the hands of those who need to have in the media, and I serve as an ad hoc “manager” / consultant.  That said, the record truly represents not only an exceptional fiddle player (2 time nat’l champ/6 time state champ), but also the sound of an emerging new talent behind the vocal mic, and as well a highly competent band leader and arranger.

 Mama Lenny & the Remedy – Punches and Hugs //  Big brassy ballsy bossy bitchy screaming r&b in a 2 cd debut???  I mean, I know I’m jaded – right?  Can’t help that, but WOW did this band step up to the pump to make a point.  Lead vocalist Laniece Schleicher hollers, shouts, hoots, and purrs with abandon, verve, and considerable passion.  Producer/engineer Darren Radach captured an exceptional performance and had the good sense to NOT squash it with heavy handed compression .. leaving a TON of space in the mix.  KUDOS to this debut!

The Jekylls – The Sweet Factory // Have you noticed that these three albums are all about the women?  Yeah — can’t help it.  Girls rule 🙂  The Jekylls reach back to an era of 60s pop that is undeniably made for long drives with the top down.   Sure to be a very popular band, and popular record over the summer season.

NEWS & NOTES: Barnstorm “Mother Says” from Barnstorm (1972)
Drew Emmitt “All That You Dream” from Across The Bridge (2005)
(N) Rebel Tongue “Writa Man” from Movin’ On (2012)
Wovenhand “Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars” from Ten Stones (2008)
(D) SAUNA “Wanting You” [single] (2012)
(D) Le Divorce “Under the Boxcars” from The Sting and The Light (2011)
Monroe Monroe “Engines Will Come” [single] (2011)
POPCULT “Things Worth Keeping” from POPCULT (2011)
(D) Mesita “Onward Upward” from The Coyote (2012)
Tennis “Seafarer” from Cape Dory (2010)
J. Miller Band “Holding You” from The Road to Elvado (2012)
Haunted Windchimes “Find the Door” from Live at the Western Jubilee (2011)
Aakash Mittal Quartet “The Street” from Videsh (2009)
Bob Lind “Elusive Butterfly” [single] (1966)
Katie Glassman “Honey Pie” from Snapshot (2012)
(D) Mama Lenny & the Remedy “Bossy (Bitch On A Cell)” from Punches and Hugs (2012)
After Midnight Jazz Band “Gee Baby Aint I Good To You” from Midnight in Madison (2010)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Please Don’t Tell Her” from Live Monsters (1998)
Churchill “Ark In A Flood” from Change EP (2012)
The Apples in Stereo “Nobody But You” from Travellers in Space and Time (2010)
(D) Blackout Beat Production Company “Keep On Dancing” from The Circus House (2012)
Kyle Hollingsworth “She” from Then There’s Now (2009)
El Toro de la Muerte “God Alone” from Dancer These Days (2011)
(D) The Congress “Whatever You Want” from Whatever You Want (2012)
Romano Paoletti “Can You Run” from Story of a Lifetime (2010)
The Dominant 7 “South Corea” from 14 Channels (2010)

UPPER COLFAX ROOT 40 MUSIC FESTIVAL AND EXPO

UPPER COLFAX ROOT 40 MUSIC FESTIVAL AND EXPO!

When: April 22nd thru April 28th
Where: From Grant east to York Street on Colfax (Route 40)
Time: Varies (depending on the event)
Why: To introduce YOU to the many entertainment opportunities in the area
Cost: Depends on the venue

Beginning Sunday, April 22nd, the Colfax Business Improvement District (“CBID”) will be presenting a week-long event in the area of 14th to 16th, especially focusing on the Route 40 (a/k/a Colfax Avenue) businesses.

Opening with the Root 40 Music Expo at The Filmore, locally-owned music-related businesses will showcase their products. The April 22nd  Music Expo will be the hub for music industry professionals, vendors, and musicians looking to review new products, technology, and services.

Chris Daniels, Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado – Denver, has put together several seminars and other events for the week. Featured speakers will be a panel of industry experts are people who have survived and thrived in local music industry like:
• Henry Root, L.A. Music Publicist
• Dina LaPolt, Attorney for Tupac Shakur Estate
• Ed Pierson, Music Publisher, Warner-Chapell Music
• Andy Guerrero, Guitarist from Flobots & Bop Skizzum

Featured events include:

Mon., April 23:
“Live Performance in The Digital Age”
A panel of industry experts are people who have survived and thrived in local music industry
Time: 7-8:30 p.m.
Location: L2 Arts & Cultural Center, 1477 Columbine Street, Denver
Panelists: • Henry Root, L.A. Music Publicist • Dina LaPolt, Attorney for Tupac Shakur Estate • Ed Pierson, Music Publisher, Warner-Chapell Music • Andy Guerrero, Guitarist from Flobots & Bop Skizzum

Tues., April 24:
“Surviving Music in The Digital Age”
Time: 2 -3 p.m.
Location: Starz 12 behind the Tivoli – Auraria Campus (parking available)
Panelists: • Henry Root, L.A. Music Publicist • Dina LaPolt, Attorney for Tupac Shakur Estate • Ed Pierson, Music Publisher, Warner-Chapell Music • Andy Guerrero, Guitarist from Flobots & Bop Skizzum

Wed., April 25:
Music & Film with Howie Moshowitz
Location: Denver Film Center, 2510 East Colfax, Denver
Speaker: Howie Moshowitz, Film Critic
Film: “Festival,” acclaimed documentary on the Newport Folk Festival

The Colorado Sound – V4 EP13 2012

NEWS & NOTES: (D) = album debut   (N) = new track from album debuted

Firefall “Mexico” from Firefall (1976)
Kenny Perkins “Tiny Distraction” from Wild Frontier (2011)
Tennis “It All Feels the Same” from Young and Old (2012)
Spires “Blue Occupation” from Spires (2011)
Jux County “Come See” from Haxtun (1999)
(D) Spoke In Wordz “Sugar Pills” [single] (2012)
Broken Tongues “Does Hip Hop Remember the Jazz?” from Crooked Skyline (2012)
Veronica “Hurley Wax” from Emerging From Troubled Days (2011)
The Swayback “Double Four Time” from Double Four Time (2012)
(N) The Haunted Windchimes “Out With the Crow” from Out With The Crow (2012)
(N) Jonny Barber & the Living Deads “Blackout Snow White” from Jonny Barber & The Living Deads (2011)
(N) Jekylls “The Sweet Factory” from The Sweet Factory (2012)
Eric Gunnison “Bronwyn Kate” from Trios (2012)
Earth, Wind & Fire “Fantasy” from All ‘n’ All (1977)
(N) Blender Cats “Feelin’ Funky 1” from Just Like This (2012)
(N) Musketeer Gripweed “Mama Knows” from Straight Razor Revival (2012)
The Congress “Minutes” from The Congress (2010)
Townes Van Zandt “Snowing on Ratone” from E-Town Live Two (1999)
Dianne Reeves “What A Little Moonlight Can Do” from A Little Moonlight (2003)
Petals of Spain “Working 9 to 5” from Late Night Visitor (2011)
The Motet “The Lesson” from Play (2000)
(N) Katya Chorover “Whiskey Clouds” from Big Big Love (2011)
(N) Grant Farm “Tell Me, Tell Me” from Grant Farm (2012)
(D) The Park Hill Brass Nonet “A Night In Tunisia” from Hot To Cool (2011)