#COMUSIC – TOP 30 MAY 2022

June 01, 2022 – I added something new for the MAY TOP 30. Beneath the TOP 30 you’ll find TOP 10 charts for 88.9 KRFC Fort Collins, Indie 102.3, 105.5 The Colorado Sound and ten other stations around the state that report to Spinitron.

Only seven titles stayed in the MAY TOP 30, crossing over from APRIL: Seventeen titles were (D) debuts for the month; fourteen of which were featured for the month at Indie 102.3. Six titles re-entered the chart.

Spin data pulled from the Colorado Playlist105.5 The Colorado SoundIndie 102.3 and eleven stations that use playlist generator Spinitron, designed to benefit non-commercial community/public and college radio stations and offering advanced search functions for artists and agents.

Titles are linked to their respective YouTube pages, if available.

(2) 1. NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHTSWEATS – The Future LP (Nov-21)
(1) 2. THE LUMINEERS – Brightside LP (Oct-21)
(D) 3. FIA NYXXRed Umbrella LP (Apr-22)
(D) 4. ANTHONY RUPTAKBackrooms LP (Apr-22)
(D) 5. ONE FLEW WESTThe Blur LP (Apr-22)
(D) 6. THE WHITE MOMSWhite Moms III: Men Working LP (Mar-22)
(D) 7. COMPANIONIf I Were A Ghost EP (Apr-22)
(19) 8. YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND – Get Yourself Outside LP (Feb-22)
(D) 9. JEFF CORMACKModern Love SINGLE (Feb-22)
(D) 10. CONRAD MATANosferatu SINGLE (Apr-22)
(D) 11. BEAR AND THE BEASTSInto the Kiln SINGLE (Jan-22)
(D) 11. CREPE GIRLSomeone, Someone Real SINGLE (Apr-22)
(D) 12. ADDIE TONICSeether SINGLE (Dec-21)
(D) 12. JEFF CORMACKWho Are We SINGLE (Apr-22)
(D) 12. SUITABLE MISS Sunshine SINGLE (Apr-22)
(-) 13. A.J. FULLERTON – Oh Frustration SINGLE (Feb-22)
(D) 14. CREPE GIRLJe T’aime SINGLE (Apr-22)
(D) 15. BEAR AND THE BEASTSBoat Drinks SINGLE (Mar-22)
(D) 16. NITTY GRITTY DIRT BANDDirt Does Dylan LP (May-22)
(-) 17. ERIK LUNDE Water From a Stone LP (Jul-21)
(D) 18. ELEKTRIC ANIMALSChannels EP (May-22)
(14) 19. YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND – Get Yourself Outside LP (Feb-22)
(8) 20. SWEET VIRGINIA – Leaving Again LP (Feb-22)
(-) 21. BISON BONEThe Lost Weekend EP (Nov-21)
(-) 21. KICK AND THE HUGLadies & Gentlemen LP (Jan-22)
(-) 21. MADDY and KEVTake A Ride EP (Nov-21)
(5) 21. MIKE CLARK & THE SUGAR SOUNDS – Moon Rock LP (Mar-22)
(10) 21. NIC CLARK – Love Your Life: Songs for the Whole Family LP (Jun-21)
(-) 22. AMBAR LUCID Get Lost In the Music EP (Jun-21)
(D) 22. KAITLYN WILLIAMSUnder These Lights (Live) LP (Apr-22)

KRFC 88.9FM FORT COLLINS TOP 10 TITLES MAY 2022
1.NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHTSWEATS – The Future LP
2. ERIK LUNDE –  Water From a Stone LP
3. NIC CLARKLove Your Life: Songs for the Whole Family LP
4. SWEET VIRGINIA – Leaving Again LP
4. THE LUMINEERS – Brightside LP
5. GRACE KUCHStudio Sessions at Mighty Fine Productions LP
5. GRACE KUCHGot that Style (feat. Ronnie Earl) SINGLE
5. NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND –  Dirt Does Dylan LP
6. YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND – Get Yourself Outside LP
7. ANIMAL ELECTRICITYTheSameThings LP

INDIE 102.3 TOP 10 MAY TITLES
1. NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHTSWEATS – The Future LP
2. FIA NYXXRed Umbrella LP
3. ANTHONY RUPTAKBackrooms  LP
4. ONE FLEW WESTThe Blur  LP
4. THE LUMINEERS – Brightside LP
5. THE WHITE MOMSWhite Moms III: Men Working LP
6. COMPANION – If I Were A Ghost EP
7. JEFF CORMACKModern Love SINGLE
8. CONRAD MATANosferatu SINGLE
9. BEAR AND THE BEASTS –  Into the Kiln SINGLE

105.5 THE COLORADO SOUND TOP 10 MAY
1. NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHTSWEATS – The Future LP
2. COLE SCHEIFELEThe Hideaways LP
3. CLAIRE HEYWOODCrushed Lemons SINGLE
4. BIG RICHARD BANDWalls of Time SINGLE
4. BLAKK MANTRAA Song of the West SINGLE
4. KING CARDINAL Runaway SINGLE
4. THE LUMINEERS – Brightside LP (Oct-21)
4. ZOE BERMANFreezing Heat EP
5. A.J. FULLERTONOh Frustration SINGLE 
5. ALYSIA KRAFTLittle River SINGLE

KAFM, KBUT, KCSU, KDNK, KDUR, KFFR, KOTO, KRZA, KSJD, KVNF
TOP 10 TITLES MAY 2022

1. THE LUMINEERS – Brightside LP (Oct-21)
2. NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHTSWEATS – The Future LP (Nov-21)
3. YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND – Get Yourself Outside LP (Feb-22)
4. NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND –  Dirt Does Dylan LP
5. A.J. FULLERTONOh Frustration SINGLE
5. BLUMER HAUS Boy Meets Groove LP
5. THE INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERSToward the Fray LP
6. GREENSKY BLUEGRASSStress Dreams LP
7. CHRIS DANIELS & HAZEL MILLERWhat We Did! LP
7. RICHIE FURAY Somebody Like You SINGLE

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CP S16 EP19 2022

Chris & Claire – Black Canyon of the Gunnison OCT 2021

ON THE ROAD AGAIN – May begins our annual road trip season around the state… sorta. We’ve been on a few road trips since March already – just not specifically in Colorado.

This week we are in Westcliffe, enjoying their dark sky community, taking Milky Way photos (Claire), doing some fishing (Chris) and visiting our friends at KLZR. Here’s a Milky Way shot from Westcliffe last July.

Milky Way from outside of Westcliffe CO July 2021

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TOP 5 #COMUSIC SPINS – WK END 5/29

Spin data pulled from the Colorado Playlist105.5 The Colorado SoundIndie 102.3, 88.9 KRFC  and ten other stations that use playlist generator Spinitron, designed to benefit community/public and college radio stations and offering advanced search functions for artists and agents.

  1. NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHTSWEATS – The Future LP
  2. THE LUMINEERS – Brightside LP
  3. ANTHONY RUPTAK – Backrooms LP (Apr-22)
  4. THE WHITE MOMS White Moms III: Men Working LP (Mar-22)
  5. FIA NYXX – Red Umbrella LP (Apr-22)

MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING (MMMM)

I designed the Monday Morning Music Meeting (MMMM) as a way for you to let me know what you think of new music emerging from around the state. Results enter into which cuts stay in rotation, and which cuts make the final “best of” list.

HOUR 1

Dave GrusinKaleidoscope (with the Trio and the Quintet) (1965)
(D) Brent BolandForevermore (2022)

Greg SchochetFool Such As I (feat. Halden Wofford) – Amblin’ Man (2021)
Rob DrabkinLittle Steps (2013)
Fast Eddy Take A Look – Take A Look (2022)
Elektric AnimalsCome Clean – Channels EP (2022)
Jill Sobule Supermodel – Jill Sobule (1995)
Electric SwingsetMiddle Ground – Inebriated Witch Doctor (1996)
YaSi Guilty (2021)
(D) Waiting Til ThreeNothing at the Top – Rollin’ Days (2022)

The Blue RiderRattlesnake – Year of the Horse (2016)
Tennis Need Your Love – Swimmer (2020)
(D) Keith Oxman/Jeff JenkinsThe Gojon Jazz Messengers – This One’s For Joey (2022)

Johnny SmithWalk, Don’t Run – Kaleidoscope (1967)
The Soul SurvivorsHung Up On the Losing You (1965)
(D) Blakk MantraA Song of the West (2022)
CITRA Ocean (2020)
Psychodelic Zombiez The Doctor – Things That Are Brown (2015)
Alysia KraftLittle River – First Light (2022)
Sweet VirginiaLeaving Again – Leaving Again (2022)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters – Spanish Highway – All The Love You Need (2007)
The FilmsStrange Hands – Don’t Dance Rattlesnake (2006)
Jon SnodgrassBad New Lands – Tace (2020)
(D) Juno RossaDie Trying – Die Trying EP (2022)

piKziL Here’s The News – Songs From My 3rd Life (2016)
Tyler T.I’ll Be Fine – Wildflower (2020)
Paa KowThe Way I Feel – Cookpot (2017)

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REVIEW: JEFF FINLIN – SOUL ON THE LINE

You cannot imagine how excited I was to get some kind of message – via the Innerwebs or some otherworldly means – that Jeff Finlin, “Fin” as he’s known locally in Fort Collins, put out a new album. I mean, I was so excited my heart jumped. I immediately dived into the entire album and haven’t stopped listening since.

You can’t find this album on SPOTIFY – yet. The published release date is June 24. HOWEVER – the album was released on May 19 via Continental Record Services out of the Netherlands on Bandcamp.

Produced by Jeff Finlin.
Recorded By Darren Raddach at Stout Studios, Fort Collins, CO.
Jeff Finlin – Drums, electric and acoustic guitars, vocals, percussion, piano
Taylor Tessler – Bass
Joe V. Mcmahan – Electric guitars
Eben Grace – Electric guitars
Eric Straumanis – Electric guitars
Brian Keller – Horns, accordion

Jeff Finlin’s legacy goes back decades. In my case it’s two decades since I first heard his music. Ever since then I have anxiously and quietly pleaded, cajoled and otherwise stamped my goat hoofs for something new.

After all, for as prolific as Jeff as been in his career –  13 critically acclaimed records – I honestly thought another album would never come my way. Silly me; Jeff has basically put out an album every few years. The last, The Guru in the Girl (2017), was a measly five years ago – an eternity it seems in Jeff’s catalogue.

Soul On the Line doesn’t move far from Jeff’s established Americana trad folk-rock style that travels nicely in the car with the likes of John Hiatt, Levon Helm or Bob Dylan. A literary mastermind, Jeff’s songs have taken us on an journey of life filled with vivid imagery. In the lead single, “…we walk the line, years repeating all our tears and time. Compromise our patron saint …hangin’ out with our Soul On the Line.”

Throughout the album, Jeff touches on issues that as he’s said are about “…these extreme and harrowing times we currently live in. Everything about our existence seems to be hanging in the balance.”

In What Went Wrong he ponders, “We all get tired of waiting, waiting on ourselves, so then we go and settle, set our feet in something else and then wonder why we can’t feel nothing here at all; and we’re stuck here on the telephone …wondering what went wrong.”

The songs on this album are not about the hope for the future. Jeff’s reflections and voice are those of an aged muse, tired and worn out from the battering waves of the very life that has inspired so many of his greatest stories in song and verse.

Jeff’s Northern Colorado friends and worldwide fans will love and adore and cherish this album as yet another intimate chapter in our friend’s collection. I’d suggest first timers visit earlier albums like Epinonymous, his highly acclaimed fourth album, before diving into this one.

CP S16 EP18 2022

Picture = Curious Theater 25th Anniversary Subscriber Brunch, Sat May 21 2022

MAY 23, 2022 – Colorado is known for being an arts friendly state. Not only do we have one of the most vibrant music scenes in the country but we have a world class art museum to go with renowned live theater venues like Curious Theater Company in Denver, named #1 Live Theater Venue by Best Things Colorado.

Claire and I are annual subscribers. It was great to great a preview of the upcoming 2022-23 season and to be a part of the 25th Anniversary celebration. There’s a great article in 5280 about founders Chip Walton and Dee Covington, who will leave the company at the end of its 25th season.

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TOP 5 #COMUSIC SPINS – WK END 5/22

Spin data pulled from the Colorado Playlist105.5 The Colorado SoundIndie 102.3, 88.9 KRFC  and ten other stations that use playlist generator Spinitron, designed to benefit community/public and college radio stations and offering advanced search functions for artists and agents.

  1. NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHTSWEATS – The Future LP
  2. THE LUMINEERS – Brightside LP
  3. ANTHONY RUPTAK – Backrooms LP (Apr-22)
  4. THE WHITE MOMS White Moms III: Men Working LP (Mar-22)
  5. FIA NYXX – Red Umbrella LP (Apr-22)

MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING (MMMM)

I designed the Monday Morning Music Meeting (MMMM) as a way for you to let me know what you think of new music emerging from around the state. Results enter into which cuts stay in rotation, and which cuts make the final “best of” list.

HOUR 1

Firefall Cinderella – Firefall (1976)
Poco Pickin’ Up The Pieces – Pickin’ Up The Pieces (1969)
(D) Russ Hopkins I’m Not Ready Yet (2022)
Claire Heywood Letter Day (2020)
Slow Caves Out of State – Falling (2019)
Carolyn Hunter Hardest Part (2022)
Dango Rose Singularity – The Forgotten Years EP VOL. Two (2022)
Bad Weather CaliforniaI’ll Reach Out My Hand – Sunkissed (2012)
Dan Treanor’s Afrosippi BandTell Me Daddy (f. Erica Brown) – Tangled Road Again (2013)
Leftover SalmonCategory Stomp – Brand New Good Old Days (2021)
(D) Andy Eppler How Can You Rebuild a Soul – Lonely Disco EP (2022)
Porlolo I Was A Fool (Wasting Time) – Porlolo (2018)
Eddie TurnerChange In Me – Change In Me (2021)
Adam BodineSurface Service – Scenes of Changery (2021)

HOUR 2

Elton John Someone Saved My Life Tonight – Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy (1975)
(D) Wood BellyOld Home – Great Big Skies (2022)

Bison BoneTell All Our Friends – The Lost Weekend EP (2021)
Sarah SlatonDance In the Sun (2019)
A.J. FullertonOh Frustration (2022)
Ambar LucidGet Lost In the Music – Get Lost In the Music (2021)
Wildermiss Carry Your Heart – Lost With You EP (2017)
The Mercury ProjectRefuge – Soapbox Jive (2004)
(D) The MotetBreathe Deeper (2022)

The Still TideGive Me Time – Run Out (2017)
Giant ZeroGood Ol’ Days – Shakes Me (2021)
(D) Sean McGowanCumbres & Toltec – Union Station (2022)

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