MMMM – May 17, 2010

Good morning.  Sorry I’m late to the meeting this morning.  I was almost on time, but I received the new Kinetix album overnight and I wanted to make sure I got it in this morning.  The theme this week appears to be springtime and/or love — funny that!  Even us old married goats fall prey to that annual spring-thing 😉

Kinetix – Let Me In (Steel Giant)
Genre/Style: Rock, pop
Website: kinetix.com
Notes: I just got this album this morning.  The notes from Steel Giant management indicated that the lead track is  Let Me In.  Off the bat this album sounds great.  Kinetix is a band with an eye on the target of sustainable professional future, and to that end the record and everything I’ve heard about their show is highly professional, cut and polished.

Something Underground – Intention & Release (self)
Genre/Style: Pop, adult contemporary
Website: www.somethingunderground.com/
Notes: Seth & Josh Larson have produced one of those tracks you’d expect to hear as part of the soundtrack to a lovity lovely spring time chick-flick…. or a commercial filled with flower-power.  Nicely done fellas!

The Gromet – Captain Colorado (self)
Genre/style: Rock, jamband
Website: www.myspace.com/thegrometmusic
Notes:
I love the artwork for this album!  It just fits; ya know?  This up and coming local bands shows some real promise on this release… hope they continue swimming upstream 😉

Greg Harris Vibe Quintet featuring Venus Cruz – Glass Gold (self)
Genre/style: Jazz
Website: http://vibequintet.blogspot.com/
Notes: Okay … up front … Venus Cruz was great back in the 90s when she appeared as the lead vocalist with the pre-hip hop era Yo, Flaco!  Then several months ago I heard she was fronting Future Jazz Project, which I also knew Greg Harris to be a part of.  I didn’t expect this release… Venus is stellar here… and while I haven’t fully digested the entire album, this is a local modern jazz release that seems to have what it takes to get all of us who write about and air local music talking jazz record of the year cred.  Free download available so git yours today!

Lisa Bell – Dancing On the Moon (self)
Genre/Style: smooth jazz vocals
Website: http://lisabellmusic.com/
Notes: this is an interesting recording (notice I did not say it’s an interesting album).  It was produced using A424 RA Music tuning as opposed to the far more conventional A440 standard we’re used to.  This was done on purpose as the producers believe that the A424 tuning brings “mental and physical healing benefits.”  Musically, Lisa draws upon what many would call the smooth jazz sound of vocal pop – and rightly so in this case.  The recording features some of the region’s top session players, including Christian Teele (Etown, drums), Chris Engleman (bass), Eric Moon (keyboards), Mark Oblinger (guitar, mandolin, vocals), and others … for those of us who enjoy great wine and artists like Dave Koz, this fits in nicely with our Sunday brunch on the deck.

The Colorado Sound – VOl. 2, Episode 18 2010

Lion Vibes “Spider Monkey” from Go Judge Yourself (2007)
J.D. Feighner “Mellow Ride” from Sundays at 1620 (2008)
Apples in Stereo “Dream About the Future” from Travellers in Space and Time (2010)
The Motet “Push” from Dig Deep (2009)
Juno What?! “Body Double” from Late Night (2009)
Drag the River “I Remember Now” from Bad At Breaking Up (2009)
The Congress “Loretta” from The Congress (2010)
Bill McKay “Good Man Gone” from Bill McKay (2010)
The Autumn Film “Mended” from The Ship and the Sea (2010)
Pretty Lights “Ask Your Friends” from Passing By Behind Your Eyes (2009)
Trace Bundy “Sweet Child O’ Mine” from Missile Bell (2008)
NEW The Mighty Jivesters “Sailing On” from Side One (2010)
NEW Greg Harris Vibe Quintet “Simplexity” from Glass Gold (2010)

NEW Otis Taylor “Harry, Turn the Music Up” from Clovis People, Vol. 3 (2010)
Lionel Young “Going to Have My Fun” from Beautiful Day (2009)
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club “This Is How We Do Things in the Country” from Blovdy Tenent Trvth Peace (2004)
The Railbenders “Sweet Caroline” from Segundo (2003)
GT and the Sidewinders “Lonesome Cowboy” from Across America (2009)
Grant Gordy “Digging Hargreaves” from Grant Gordy (2010)
Great American Taxi “New Millennium Blues” from Reckless Habits (2010)
NEW The Gromet “Time Rains” from Colorado Captain (2010)
Scott Von “Stop and Stare” from The Age of Plenty (2009)
NEW Something Underground “Lovity Love” from Intention & Release (2010)
Shel “The Latest and Greatest Blueberry Rubber Band” from Try to Scream (2009)
Chuck Pyle “Dream Song” from The Spaces In Between (2010)
Dave Beegle “Monsters” from Clear the Tracks (2000)
Kim Stone “Bop Bop” from More Often Than Not (1999)

Yes – Metal Played Here

While it’s rarely if ever played enough to earn spin points for my monthly charts, hard rock/metal is played at KRFC in Fort Collins — namely by JJ Johnson the Night Howler on Saturday nights at midnight … here’s the most spun hard rock/metal at KRFC during the past 30 days.

1. Mizon – Mizon
2. 20XIII – Take Two and Call in the Morning
2. Immortal Dominion – Primortal
3. Allegaeon – Allegaeon
3. Autumn Burn – Tormented Soul
3. Back from Ashes – Back From Ashes
3. Clobber Jaw – Toxic Syndrome
3. Crow – Kingdom of the Fly
4. Devil Got Five – Devil Got Five
4. Horse – US Metal
4. Wild Angelz – Love Denied

A quick advance peek – what’s hot!

So, every so often I cruise the playlists around the state to see what’s rockin’ the decks… and what better day to do that than a snowy wet miserable Wednesday?? LOL …

HOT HOT HOT

Otis Taylor – Clovis People, Vol. 3 — watch out for this record… by the time all the stations receive it and get it on the shelf, it’ll go top 3 in no time.  Right now, KVNF Paonia is all over this one big time… expect KRFC (Fort Collins) to hit big on it next week

Grant Gordy – Grant Gordy —- right now, KRFC is all over this one… and with the spins it’s getting it’s enough to land it among the top five hottest so far in May.

Big Jim Adam & John Stilwagen – Back in My Hometown – Winner of the Colorado Blues Society best duo/solo of 2009, this record is one of the most charming blues records out right now in the state and is picking up good airplay at KRFC

Apples in Stereo – Travellers in Space & Time – I’m surprised it didn’t go #1 otb (out of the box) — damned sure it’ll be #1 this month though.

Romano Paoletti – Story of a Lifetime … added at KRCC (C. Springs), KBUT (Crested Butte), KQMT’s (Denver) Mountain Homegrown show and more … heading fast to top 10 status.

MMMM – Monday May 10, 2010

Otis Taylor – Clovis People, Vol. 3 (Telarc)
Genre/Style: Blues, trance-blues, folk-blues
Website www.otistaylor.com
Notes: I’ve always had the hardest time classifying Otis’ vision of the blues.  Unlike the modern rockin’ blues influenced by the likes of Howlin’ Wolf, Robert Johnson, John Lee Hooker and others, Otis’ vision is a dark brooding iconoclastic view of the style. Otis calls it trance blues, and I suppose it you took the time to listen to it that way that might make some sense, as the rhythms do tend to fit the description.  Taken as a string of life and music, Otis’ follows a pretty specifically themed and well worn path musically and lyrically… a balance of 19th century negro spirituals and field music (replete with banjos and other period influences) combined with a much more austere contemporary life experience and storytelling than what we typically hear in the blues today…. and some smokin’ solos courtesy of the all-star players who sit in on each record… especially when it’s the likes of Gary Moore (guitar) and Ron Miles (cornet).

  • All songs written, arranged, and produced by Otis Taylor
  • Recorded at Immersive Studios, Boulder CO
  • Mixed by Matt Sandoski at Airshow Mastering, Boulder
  • Mastered by David Glasser at Airshow Mastering, Boulder

Recommended tracks (sampled)

  • Little Willie
  • She’s Ice in the Desert
  • Hands on Your Stomach
  • Harry, Turn the Music Up

The album title is based on the archaeological discovery of an ancient people near Otis’ Boulder home. Stories like Little Willie is about “a young boy is shot dead on the school playground and his mother is telephoned.”  The story is modern, the music and the voice feel as old as the Clovis people for whom the album is named.   The second sampled track is “She’s Ice in the Desert,” and according to Otis’ notes, “a man tells his love that he’ll be with her for just one day.” “Hands On Your Stomach” (sample track 3) is about the freedom inside the dreams of an enslaved person.  “Harry, Turn The Music Up” (sample 4) is a tribute to Denver Folklore Center founder Harry Tufts, who was often told to “turn the music up.”  All in all, this is vintage Otis Taylor — not a safe blues … not a party blues .. this is, as Mississippi Fred (RIP) would have called it, the “natchel blue.”

The Mighty Jivesters – Side One EP (self)
Genre/Style: Blues
Website: www.myspace.com/themightyjivesters
Notes: If Otis Taylor’s record is the anti-party record, the Mighty Jivesters capture the essense of the barroom and ski slopes.  I’ve known producer and guitarist “Jasco” for close to 20 years now… and he is undeniably one of the premiere blues guitarists you’ll find – here or anywhere else.  AC is more than capable as a blues harpist / lead vocalist.  This is a good solid ep demo for a young band, with remarkably skilled individuals driving their own parts.

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