Video Tuesday – March 29. 2010 (Part II)

Okay, I cannot simply let this one get past this week… as much as I may have wanted to… thanks once again to my friend Dave Herrera at the Westword for bringing this cool bit to our attention.

Nathaniel Rateliff – EPK

Video Tuesday – March 30, 2010

As I was driving back and forth from attending the wonderful Patty Griffin/Buddy Miller show last night in Denver,  I spent the time listening to the new cd by the Haunted Windchimes, Honey Moonshine, which was one of the featured releases in this week’s MMMM.  Here’s the video for the song I featured this week, My Baby Back.

My “date” for the show last night was a guy I’ve known for over 20 years and never attended a social event with, former KTCL/KCUV program director John Hayes … so natch we talked about radio, and Colorado music over the years, including Leftover Salmon – and the various side projects — so I found this vid shot at Denver’s Botanical Gardens that has each of the members shredding their asses off.  Have a great day folks 🙂

MMMM – Monday, March 29, 2010

(30 second samples of this week’s featured releases)

Lots of great music this week.  I attended day one of the UMX (Ultimate Music Experience), the official auditions for the 39th Annual CHUN People’s Fair, which is slated for June 5 and 6 this year.  Man there were some great performances, especially from the likes of the Congress, Other Side of Clearview, Quillion and other Denver/Front Range area acts.  On top of that, I’m in the middle of a major home remodel – so I loaded up the iTunes player and went to town on new music this week.  Here’s my five new featured titles for March 29, 2010.  Enjoy 🙂

The Rouge – Lady Luck (single)
Genre/Style:  Rock/alternative
Notes: Produced by long time Fort Collins resident singer-songwriter and producer Christopher Jak at the Blasting Room in Fort Collins.  Unsubstantiated report from a highly regarded source this week that the Rouge inked a deal with Atlantic Records.  April Fools or not we’ll see soon I’m sure.  In the meantime, this band is yet another in a long running line of success stories emerging out of Colorado.

The Foot. – Primary Colors
Genre/Style:  Rock
Notes: This band came out of the woodwork this past week thanks to Dave Herrera who blogged about them in Backbeat (Westword).  The full album is available as a free download… and so far the word among local music afficienados has been nothing less than stellar.  I expect a long ride for The Foot.’s debut in 2010.

Jon Ridnell – Reliance
Genre/Style:  roots rock, r&b, blue-eyed soul
Website: N/A
Notes: I had the pleasure of mixing the band that Jon fronts, Black Dog, recently.  Unlike the trio that I mixed sound for, Jon’s solo album is a much bigger endeavor.  Produced by award winning Sally Van Meter, the album features the highly praised talents of Sally, Eric Thorin, Eric Moon, and Dave Watts… with a great list of special guests from the region.

Haunted Windchimes – Honey Moonshine
Genre/Style:  Americana, folk, bluegrass
Notes: Officially, this is the band’s debut full length recording.  Their previous effort was an ep/split called Vice/Versa that came out I believe in 2008.  Full of great harmonies and songwriting that calls to mind the movie Oh Brother, Where Art Thou, this band from Pueblo has been packing in sold out crowds in SoCo and is set to expand state wide.

Dave Lemieux And House Of Soul – Jazz Shaped
Genre/Style:  Jazz, Contemporary Gospel
Notes: I’ve always got to throw some jazz into the mix and this record has captivated me since I first received a copy of it.  Recorded live at the Soiled Dove Underground in Denver, this is an extremely spirited performance throughout and even includes spoken word/hip-hop influences.  Move beyond the jazz on this record and the band infuses influences ranging from Andrea Crouch to the Winans.. and according to their bio even the music of the Blind Boys of Alabama.

The Colorado Sound – March 27 (repeat Dec 9 2009)

This weekend was the UMX (Ultimate Music Experience) in Denver – the official auditions for the 39th annual CHUN People’s Fair, being held June 5 & 6.  I was there emceeing the event.  I ran an “encore presentation” of my December 9, 2009 show “My favorite songs of 2009.”  These were the tracks that found their way most often played in my personal mp3 player, my car stereo, and on my home computer … Next weekend will be a new show Vol. 2 Episode 13 w/ some new music.

Martin Gilmore “Don’t Talk About Hard Times” from Martin Gilmore (2009)
The Beautiful Loser Society “Talkin’ to the Devil” from Aim Low (2008)
GT and the Sidewinders “Lonesome Cowboy” from Across America (2009)
The Hollyfelds “She’s Got You” from Black Heart Blue (2009)
Gregory Alan Isakov “Big Black Car” from This Empty Northern Hemisphere (2009)
Lelah Simon “To Be Oblique” from Third Week of April (2009)
Churchill “I Still Remember” from Churchill (2009)
Boulder Acoustic Society “Slip Baby Slip” from Punchline (2009)
Euforquestra “Soup” from Soup (2009)
Fierce Bad Rabbit “Everything Is Alright” from Everything Is Alright (2009)
Kyle Hollingsworth “The Way It Goes” from Then There’s Now (2009)
Fred Hess “For Thomas” from Hold On (2009)

SHEL “Hello” from Try to Scream (2009)
Saints “Colorado” from Saints (2009)
Honey Don’t “Who Took the Jukebox” from Honey Don’t (2009)
Mike Schikora “I’ve Got Something On My Mind” from This Cowboy’s In Love (2009)
Ben Markley “One for Cedar” from Second Introduction (2009)
Reed Foehl “Wolves” from Once An Ocean (2009)
The Informants “Salvation” from Crime Scene Queen (2009)
Todd Adelman & the Love Handles “Sorry” from Todd Adelman & the Love Handles (2009)
Bobby Walker “CC Rider” from Git It (2009)
Angie Stevens & the Beautiful Wreck “Give It On Back” from Queen of This Mess (2009)
Melissa Axel, Modern Tuba & Friends “Sleigh Ride in Bora Bora” from Sleigh Ride in Bora Bora (2009)
Aakash Mittal Quartet “Ishaa” from Videsh (2009)

MMMM – the very first one (moved)

Up & Coming – March 2010

Andrea Ball – Dial Tone
Genre/Style: Rock, Pop, indie/alternative
Born and raised in Denver, Andrea began studying piano at age eight. She received a music degree at the University of Colorado and has been performing in the Denver area since. Her debut, Dial Tone, is set for a March 23 release. Recorded by John Macy & Nathan Johnson at John Macy’s Studio in Denver. Andrea is one of a couple dozen Colorado acts appearing in two separate Colorado showcases at the 2010 SXSW. The album features Andrea Ball (piano, guitar, vocals), Neil McCormick (bass, banjo), Carl Sorensen (drums, melodica), Dan Craig (electric guitar, vocals), Chris Eagleton (synths), Kailin Yong (strings, saw), Bethany Speer (cello), Jason Klobnak (horns).

Fierce Bad Rabbit – All I Have Is You (single)
Genre/Style: Rock, indie/alternative
Fort Collins based Fierce Bad Rabbit released one of the top indie/alternative rock debut records of 2009 with their self-titled debut that contained the “hits” Everything Is Alright and Sink Like A Stone. According to band leader Chris Anderson, their new album should be out this summer – but in the meantime the new single is available to download for free at their website.

Joel Decatur – Seeking the House-Builder
Genre/Style: Rock, pop
Joel enlisted Kris Smith (James Taylor, Natalie Merchant, Josh Ritter) to produce his debut album. Although Joel’s personal description of his music is Americana/Folk, there is nothing on the album that represents either genre. The album features performances by Kris Smith (drums), Matt Tahaney (bass), Sam Kassirer of Josh Ritter’s band (piano, keys, organ and vibraphones); Brad Smith from Blind Melon makes an appearance on bass on the track, Trust. Nick Duarte from Fort Collins’ band Post Paradise adds some guitar and vocals to Bitter Days and guitar on Dancing On Our Graves. Amy Morgan, also from Post Paradise, adds some beautiful cello to the track, I Won’t Ask. Ryan Spraker from Eli “Paper Boy” Reed & The True Loves, banjo on Run, Run, Run. Jason Lawrence from NH band, Flawd, electric violin on two cuts, Bitter Days and Dancing On our Graves.

The Autumn Film – The Ship and the Sea
Genre/Style: Pop, adult alternative
“Like a post-collegiate Fiona Apple jamming with Snow Patrol, [The Autumn Film] serves up a piano-drenched sincerity topped off with a voice that’s wise and heartbroken beyond its years” ~The Onion. Their debut album, Safe and Sound, earned them the praise “Best Band to Come out of Nowhere” by The Westword. The new album is sure to bring them considerably more praise, and hopefully airplay.

The Big Motif – The Big Motif (ep)
Genre/Style: Rock, blues-rock, funk, reggae, jam
What started out as a three piece featuring three high school kids a few years ago has turned into a four piece of remarkable virtuosos who are still “teenagers.” The group ranges from 18-20 years of age, yet founding members Tony Pacello, Hunter Roberts and Jeff Jani have been playing together for 5 years. Originally called The Runnin’ Wild Band, these guys hooked up by winning a Fox Radio / Lewis and Floorwax on-air competition for the best young musicians in Colorado. During the RWB 5 year run, they got the chance to play hundreds of shows inside and outside of Colorado, including sharing the stage with Creedence Clearwater Revival, Ted Nugent, and Johnny Winter. Hot off the press, The CD features a blend of styles including blues, jazz, funk, reggae and psychedelic rock, c0-produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Dave Beegle.

Great American Taxi – Reckless Habits
Genre/Style: Rock, roots rock, americana, jamband
Produced by Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth) and featuring Vince Herman (Leftover Salmon), this is GAT’s second cd following their 2007 debut “Steets of Gold.” Their sound is a concoction of swampy blues, progressive bluegrass, funky New Orleans strut, Southern boogie, honky tonk country, gospel, and good ol’ fashioned rock ’n’ roll. According to the band’s website, the 13 tracks on Reckless Habits gleefully stretch the boundaries of American roots music with a nod to both tradition and the future. …including the likes of Gram Parsons, the Grateful Dead, Bill Monroe, John Hartford, and more.