The Colorado Sound S7 EP26 July 2013

chris at ob hmls sunday june 16 2013When you get to do what I do for my life and living everyday it stands to reason that I am very lucky goat.  Thursday night I got to host the Bohemian Nights Thursday Night Downtown Concert Series with Dave Beegle & the Jurrassicasters .. one of the region’s most popular classic rock cover bands the past couple of decades now… and it showed based on the overcapacity record setting crowd we had Thursday night.

Friday night I hosted the Fort Collins Downtown Business Association Summer Sessions – this week with the Matt Skinner Band opening for the Patti Fiasco… and let me say that band leader Alysia Kraft  is one of the most entertaining front persons I’ve ever seen .. locally or nationally.  The band will be up in front of Born in the Flood at Bohemian Nights at New West Fest on Aug 17 … they’ll also (hopefully) be releasing their new album in time for Bohemian Nights at New West Fest, Aug 16-18.  Dave Beegle is currently mixing and mastering … they have, they said, one more mixing session left to go… I heard one specific cut Friday night called “Black Magic” (at least that was the refrain) – that is sure to be a “hit” with Colorado djs.

This week’s headlines were not all included in the show itself. Churchill has broken up.  However, at the time of this writing I can find only one source for this information – and that source quoted a “band representative.”  I imagine this story will be more deeply researched and reported on this coming week by either Westword’s Dave Herrera or the folks at HeyReverb.com which is where the story broke.

In other news …

I got the new Escape Goats release “On the Lam” but not in time for this week’s show … so look for that next week.  No good news on any forthcoming Dave Beegle record however.  He and I talked on Thursday night when his band the Jurassicasters played Old Town Square … he said basically he’s got it going, but can’t determine when it will get done.. it’s been in the “it’s going stage” for over a year now and he’s so busy with other projects right now he can’t find time to work on his own.  He’s also working hard to get the new Lion Drome release done.

Other titles that came in this week – for next week’s show – new releases from Esther Sparks & the Whiskey RemedyTaylor Mesple, and Foxfield Four.

This week I look forward to hosting Selas​ee & Fafa Family on Thursday night  … and two of my BFGFs (can goats have BFGFs?) .. Liz Barnez and Hazel Miller on Friday night.  All shows are FREE, ALL AGES, and begin promptly at 7PM.  Thurs nights done by 9-ish, Friday nights done at 10:30PM.

VIDEO PICK of the WEEK:  Leftover Salmon has launched a promotional drive for each of the next four singles + Breckenridge Brewery … so about the only way you can get this killer new jam is by grabbing some BB ale … that’s all I know really … enjoy … 

PLAYLIST S7 EP26 July 2013

Acoustic Junction “Goodbye World” from Strange Days (2000)
Kip Winger “Sure Was A Wildflower” from Songs from the Ocean Floor (2000)
(D) AdrienneO “Innocence” from Superchromatic (2013)Monroe Monroe “Adore” from Hello Moon (2011)
Lion Drome “Curve of the Earth” from Curve of the Earth (2013)
(D) Gristle Gals Band “Jukie’s Ball” from Sweet Pea (2013)(N) Halden Wofford & the Hi Beams “Beaver Hat Boogie” from Rocky Mountain Honky Tonk (2013)
Cary Morin “Live A Little” from Streamline (2013)
(N) Whiskey Bottles “Baby, Your Bad Luck” from Grandville (2013)
(D) Rossonian “Garuda” from Rossonian (2013)Varlet “Eastern” from The Drifter (2012)
Rose Hill Drive “Baby Don’tcha Know Your Man” from Americana (2011)
Jon Wirtz “Watching The World Wake Up” from Tourist (2013)
String Cheese Incident “Sirens” from Untying the Not (2003)
Kyle Hollingsworth “The Way It Goes” from Then There’s Now (2009)
(D) Leftover Salmon “High Country” from High Country (2013)
Cassie Taylor “Again” from Out Of My Mind (2013)
(D) Joe Johnson “Who’s Gonna Go Your Bond” [advance single] (2013)
Achille Lauro “Hard Pressed” from Flight or Flight (2012)
Fierce Bad Rabbit “Everything’s Alright” from Spools of Thread (2010)
(D) John Gunther’s Safari Trio “Sisters (featuring John Hadfield)” from Surrender (2013)

News Notes & Spins – June 1 2012

Last month I focused my personal editorial on the fact that, statewide, community/public radio programmers are broadly unaware of music from here in Colorado – a predicament I believed might ultimately only be addressed by legislation dictating the level of local content on our over-the-air broadcast stations …much in the same vein as Canada’s mandate that 35% of their content be Canadian.

The prevailing argument against that idea is that Canada’s law is national and not something that in general we have to worry about in the US – as the VAST amount of music being aired is from the US … and that on a state by state basis, there would be no way for most states to implement such a mandate on their broadcast stations, since most states don’t have sufficient content to make the idea fly.

Since last month’s rant I’ve given this issue considerable thought.  I’ve experimented a bit and asked a question or two – all in an effort to find a way to address this issue without more government intervention, something I am wary of in the least and generally opposed to in principle.  I found two issues to be prevalent, knowledge and access.

There is no simple way for on-air programmers to discover Colorado talent.  There is no website such as a Reverbnation or MySpace for Colorado, specifically dedicated to the music of our state, and no easy way to sort artists by state at Reverbnation, Bandcamp, or other online music services.  Further, content would have to be filtered for language, something a lot of artists don’t think of when posting content online – since they obviously don’t have to.  There are no language prohibitions online.

Solving the knowledge dilemma is not easy.  Locally, it would mean that someone at a station has to be hip to what’s going on statewide, and then be able to educate on-air djs/programmers.  Even if a centralized Colorado specific version of something like MySpace were created, it would require that programmers know about it – not something that most djs would do, I’m sorry to say.

Most programmers, especially those who are “older” I’ve discovered, are more interested in playing stuff from their personal collections, than searching out new music they are not familiar with.  So, what if we who are in the business of getting people to know “force-fed” product to individual djs, by sending it to them directly; would that help in some measurable way?  It’s possible, and something worth considering as more and more independent programmers appear resistant to playing what exists in station libraries, instead preferring what they discover themselves.

The other issue is access.  Physical or digital?  I asked that question of the music and program directors at stations around the state …the answer?  Both.  Most stations are not yet outfitted to easily catalog and air digital content.  Most have not yet digitized their physical product sufficiently enough to do away with their existing cd libraries.  And most find that their djs (especially their older djs) are uncomfortable with trying to access and air digitized content with existing studio “dj assist” software – preferring the older technologies such as compact discs, cassette tapes, and vinyl records.

One option that’s been floated is the idea of creating a cloud based solution, enabling one or more stations to access content they already own or can access and share collectively.  This as opposed to needing large hard drives and specialized software on site to deal with large collections – in some cases, collections that contain over 50,000 album titles.

Interestingly, however, it seems that most of the djs at those stations have internet access, a laptop, or some other tool used to collect, store, and play digital content, leading further I believe to the individualization of the content being broadcast.  Some djs I’ve learned are streaming content from online services – something that station management may have to look into as a possible violation of DMCA rules.  It is an interesting idea however – it just makes me wonder what the legal ramifications are.

All that said – we are among the lucky places where local content receives as much notice and airplay as it does here in Colorado – and for which I personally am very grateful.  Thank you to all the programmers, music directors, and on-air talent who take the time and make the effort to support … much love my friends.

In station news this month –

Check out the music blog at KWMV (Westcliffe) … http://musicblog.kwmv.org/ or easily access it by a big red button on their homepage at www.kwmv.org.  They also have a new late night dj show with one of the Custer County Youth Radio alumni, The Midnight Hour with Cameron “Carmine” Kessler on Saturday morning from midnight to 2 a.m.

Lindsay Isbell, the music director at KSJD (Cortez) writes in this month: “We have moved!  We are now thrilled to be working and broadcasting from our new home at the corner of Main and Market streets in downtown Cortez.”  The new [physical/street] address is 2 E. Main St. Cortez, CO 81321.  However, all mail should be sent to P. O. Box 116 in Cortez.

Tedi Gillespie at KAFM (Grand Junction) reports that “I have now been named Executive Director.  I was serving as Interim for 4 months and now they’ve made it official and permanent.”  The station got a power increase to 300 watts last November and a second phase of improvements will mean renovations to the control and production studios.   Tedi also reports that KAFM will be looking for a Program Director in the near future.

From Sally Kane, executive director at KVNF in Paonia:  KVNF has been selected to be an incubator station for the Association of Independents in Radio “Localore” grant.  Our project is called “iseechange.” It’s an experiment in citizen science reporting. We’re hosting a community   conversation with citizens and scientists talking about what’s changing in their backyards and across the state with regard to weather and climate. Julia Kumari Drapkin is the multi media producer who joined our station for a year to coordinate the project.  The content is available to be shared with RMCR (Rocky Mountain Community Radio) stations statewide. More info is available at http://www.kvnf.org/.

TOP 40 MOST SPUN TITLES – May 2012
(303 titles tracked / 146 titles reported as played)
(LM) TM / [date added]
(D) = debut, first time on chart
(R) = re-entered chart

(1) 1. The Lumineers – The Lumineers (Dualtone) Indie/New Alternative [Mar-12]
(16) 2. Leftover Salmon – Aquatic Hitchhiker (LoS Records) Americana/rock [Apr-12]
(D) 3. Danielle Ate The Sandwich – {like a king} (Youngest Daughter Records) Folk [May-12]
(2) 4. Tennis – Young & Old (Fat Possum) Indie/New Alternative [Feb-12]
(3) 5. Otis Taylor – Otis Taylor’s Contraband (Telarc) Blues [Feb-12]
(8) 6. Mosey West – Merica (self) Rock/alt-country-rock [Apr-12]
(5) 7. Bad Weather California – Sunkissed (Family Tree) Indie/New Alternative [Feb-12]
(D) 8. Rob Drabkin – Rob Drabkin Live (self) Rock/adult [May-12]
(13) 9. Grant Farm – The Grant Farm (self) Americana/rock [Mar-12]
(D) 10. Joe Sampson – Kill Our Friends (Fellow Creature Recordings) Folk [May-12]
(9) 11. Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Live at Hodi’s (self) Alt-country [Jan-12]
(12) 12. Mama Lenny & the Remedy – Punches and Hugs (self) Blues/rhythm and blues [Apr-12]
(20) 13. Achille Lauro – Flight or Flight (Hot Congress Records) Indie/New Alternative [Feb-12]
(21) 14. Finnders & Youngberg – FY5 (self) Bluegrass/country [Apr-11]
(25) 15. Katie Glassman – Snapshot (self) Americana [Feb-12]
(14) 16. Great American Taxi – Paradise Lost (self) Rock/roots [Oct-11]
(R) 17. Coles Whalen – I Wrote this for You (self) Pop/country crossover [Feb-12]
(D) 18. Instant Empire – Instant Empire (self) Indie/New Alternative [Apr-12]
(D) 19. Flashbulb Fires – Gasconader (self) Indie/New Alternative [May-12]
(D) 20. Grass It Up – Alabama Tory (self) Bluegrass [May-12]
(24) 21. Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra – Sharks & Manatees (Dazzle Recordings) Jazz [Apr-12]
(18) 22. The Congress – Whatever You Want (self) Rock [Apr-12]
(29) 22. Harry Tuft & Friends – Treasures Untold (Manasses Records) Folk [Nov-11]
(D) 23. Haunted Windchimes – Out with the Crow (Blank Tape) Folk [Apr-12]
(10) 24. Longest Day of the Year – Turn Into the Ground (self) Americana/alt-country [Nov-11]
(11) 24. Musketeer Gripweed – Staight Razor Revival (self) Rock/blues/southern rock [Apr-12]
(29) 25. Catch Bees – Newman’s Open Choir (On Joyful Wings) Indie/New Alternative [Feb-12]
(D) 26. Better Than Bacon – Better Than Bacon (self) Rock/jamband [Apr-12]
(D) 26. Patrick Dethlefs – Fall & Rise (self) Folk [May-12]
(17) 26. The Swayback – Double Four Time (self) Rock [Feb-12]
(19) 27. Churchill – The Change EP (Wire Bird) Folk/folk-rock [Feb-12]
(22) 27. Eric Gunnison – Trios (Synergy Music) Jazz [Feb-12]
(27) 28. Gauntlet Hair – Gauntlet Hair (self) Indie/New Alternative [Sep-11]
(R) 28. Wendy Woo Band – Austerity (Woo Music) POP/adult [Jun-11]
(R) 28. You Me and Apollo – Cards with Cheats (self) Indie/New Alternative [Aug-11]
(D) 29. Jeff Finlin – Live Songs for the Ice Age (Bent Wheel) Rock/singer-songwriter [Apr-12]
(23) 30. Euforquestra – Let Us In (self) Alternative Adult/reggae/funk/world [Mar-12]
(26) 30. Lionel Young Band – On Our Way to Memphis (self) Blues [Aug-11]
(D) 31. Raincheck – Raincheck (Dazzle Recordings) Jazz [May-12]
(29) 32. The Yawpers – Savage Blue EP (Adventure Records) Rock/alt-country-rock [Jan-12]

DROPPED OUT OF TOP 40 May 2012
6. The Jekylls – The Sweet Factory
7. Katya Chorover – Big Big Love
15. Haunted Windchimes – Live at the Western Jubilee
19. Broken Tongues – Crooked Skyline
22. Eric Gunnison – Trios
28. Fierce Bad Rabbit – Live and Learn EP
29. John Common and Blinding Flashes of Light – Beautiful Empty
30. Blackout Beat Production Company – The Circus House
31. John Oates – Mississippi Mile
31. Spring Creek – Hold On Me
32. Slim Cessna’s Auto Club – Unentitled
33. Josh Quinlin Quintet – Mountain Time Standards
34. Carbon Choir – Sakhalin
34. Kentucky Parlor Pickers – Barn Burner
34. Spires – S/T EP

ADDED MAY 2012
3 Twins Broadband – Cry at the Movies / How Couldya Not [single]
Andy Flattery & the Afternoons – Night Run EP
Ben Haugland – Point of No Return
Danielle Ate The Sandwich – {like a king}
Delta Sonics – Live at Lincoln’s
Flashbulb Fires – Gasconader
Grass It Up – Alabama Tory
Head for the Hills – Live
Joe Sampson – Kill Our Friends
Katie Herzig – The Waking Sleep
Matt Smiley – Quartet Art
McCumber & Moors – Gravity
Molina w/ Diles – Name and Town
New Ben Franklins – [peter gabriel]
O’Brien Party of 7 – Reincarnation, The Songs of Roger Miller
Patrick Dethlefs – Fall & Rise
Raincheck – Raincheck
Rob Drabkin – Rob Drabkin Live
Robert Cline, Jr. – All the Right Reasons
Shirley – From A Bright Clearing
The Ghost of Joseph Buck – The Ghost of Joseph Buck
The Knew – Major Nights [single]
Xiren – Not A Love Song [single]

STATION BY STATION

KAFM (Grand Junction)
1. Leftover Salmon – Aquatic Hitchhiker
2. The Lumineers – The Lumineers
3. Halden Wofford & the HI Beams – Live at Hodi’s
4. Better Than Bacon – Better Than Bacon
4. Mosey West – Merica

KBUT (Crested Butte)
1. Leftover Salmon – Aquatic Hitchhiker
1. The Lumineers – The Lumineers
2. Finnders & Youngberg – FY5
2. Great American Taxi – Paradise Lost
2. Halden Wofford & the HI Beams – Live at Hodi’s

KDNK (Carbondale) [HOT SPINS]
Haunted Windchimes – Live at the Western Jubilee
Haunted Windchimes – Out with the Crow
Leftover Salmon – Aquatic Hitchhiker
The Swayback – Double Four Time
Wendy Woo Band – Austerity

KGNU (Boulder)
1. O’Brien Party of 7 – Reincarnation, The Songs of Roger Miller
2. Lionel Young Band – On Our Way to Memphis
3. Katie Glassman – Snapshot
3. Leftover Salmon – Aquatic Hitchhiker
3. Otis Taylor – Otis Taylor’s Contraband

KRCC (Colorado Springs)
1. Otis Taylor – Otis Taylor’s Contraband
2. The Lumineers – The Lumineers
3. Haunted Windchimes – Out with the Crow
4. Moors & McCumber – Gravity
4. Tennis – Young & Old

KRFC (Fort Collins)
1. Danielle Ate The Sandwich – {like a king}
2. Mama Lenny & the Remedy – Punches and Hugs
3. Mosey West – Merica
4. Muskeeteer Gripweed – Staight Razor Revival
5. Leftover Salmon – Aquatic Hitchhiker

KUNC (Greeley)
1. The Lumineers – The The Lumineers
2. Kathryn Mostow – Rich Girl
2. Mosey West – Merica
3. Wendy Woo Band – Austerity
4. Driftwood Fire – How to Untangle a Heartache

KUVO (Denver)
1. Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra – Sharks & Manatees
2. Eric Gunnison – Trios
3. Ben Haugland – Point of No Return
4. Raincheck – Raincheck
5. Adam Bodine Trio – Up ‘N Hear

KVNF (Paonia)
1. The Lumineers – The Lumineers
2. Leftover Salmon – Aquatic Hitchhiker
2. Otis Taylor – Otis Taylor’s Contraband
3. Better Than Bacon – Better Than Bacon
4. Finnders & Youngberg – FY5

Open Air 1340 (Denver)
1. The Lumineers – The Lumineers
2. Danielle Ate The Sandwich – {like a king}
3. Joe Sampson – Kill Our Friends
4. Flashbulb Fires – Gasconader
5. Overcasters – Curses/Prayers

The Colorado Sound
1. Leftover Salmon – Aquatic Hitchhiker
2. Danielle Ate the Sandwich – {like a king}
2. Rob Drabkin – Rob Drabkin Live
3. Achille Lauro – Flight or Flight
4. Bad Weather California – Sunkissed

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BY GENRE/PROGRAM FORMAT

Americana/Alt.country/Alt.country-rock
1. Leftover Salmon – Aquatic Hitchhiker
2. Grant Farm – The Grant Farm
3. Halden Wofford & the HI Beams – Live at Hodi’s
4. Katie Glassman – Snapshot
5. Great American Taxi – Paradise Lost

Blues/Rhythm & Blues
1. Otis Taylor – Otis Taylor’s Contraband
2. Delta Sonics – Live at Lincoln’s
3. Mama Lenny & the Remedy – Punches and Hugs
4. Lionel Young Band – On Our Way to Memphis
5. John Oates Band – The Bluesville Sessions

Bluegrass
1. Finnders & Youngberg – FY5
2. Grass It Up – Alabama Tory
3. Spring Creek – Hold On Me
4. Head for the Hills – Live
5. Dave Richey & Ruined Nation – No Peace of Mind

Folk/folk-rock/singer-songwriter
1. Danielle Ate The Sandwich – {like a king}
2. Joe Sampson – Kill Our Friends
3. Harry Tuft & Friends – Treasures Untold
4. Haunted Windchimes – Out with the Crow
5. Patrick Dethlefs – Fall & Rise

Dance/Funk/Hip-Hop/Urban Contemporary
1. Beats Noir! – 13 Tracks From The Dark Side Of The Beat
2. Rebel Tongue – Movin’ On
3. Wasteland Hop – Mother Acre
3. Wheelchair Sports Camp – Where We All Live
4. Broken Tongues – Crooked Skyline

Indie/New-Alternative
1. The Lumineers – The Lumineers
2. Tennis – Young & Old
3. Bad Weather California – Sunkissed
4. Achille Lauro – Flight or Flight
5. Instant Empire – Instant Empire

Jazz
1. Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra – Sharks & Manatees
2. Eric Gunnison – Trios
3. Raincheck – Raincheck
4. H2 Big Band – You’re It!
4. Shirley – From A Bright Clearing

POP / Alternative Adult Contemporary
1. Coles Whalen – I Wrote this for You
2. Wendy Woo Band – Austerity
3. Katie Herzig – The Waking Sleep
4. Megan Redmond – Dreamland
4. Zach Heckendorf – The Cool Down

ROCK / AAA / AOR
1. Mosey West – Merica
2. Rob Drabkin – Rob Drabkin Live
3. The Congress – Whatever You Want
4. Muskeeteer Gripweed – Staight Razor Revival
5. Better Than Bacon – Better Than Bacon

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TOP 5 VIDEOS

1.  The Lumineers – Ho Hey

2.  Tennis – Deep In the Woods

3. Zach Heckendorf – All The Right Places

4. Great American Taxi – Poor House

5.  The Epilogues – The Fallout

The Colorado Sound – V4 EP10 2012

Ok, so I like keep telling folks – if it ain’t from Colorado I don’t know jack — so how was I supposed to know that the new Big Head & the Monsters “Sexy and I Know It” is a cover of the LFMAO track?   Huh?  Well?  If it ain’t from Colorado I don’t know it … (with extremely few exceptions).    I had to go to youtube to check out the LFMAO version (also finding Todd’s solo version … see below).  Can’t say as I care much for LFMAO’s version, but then I’m not a Venus beach type anyway — give me some “303” – speaking of which, Broken Tongues is representin’ – check out their intro video below … … Todd’s version of the song is much better IMO LOL.

I had one very great nearly three hour hang over a couple pints of Irish ale with Katie Glassman this week … after doing sound for her trio last week I became enthralled with the uniqueness of her voice – vocally and musically.  Turns out that before Sir Paul McCartney did his swing album, Katie had envisioned doing one of her own, complete with five songs that ultimately appeared on Paul’s disc … so, she does the Beatles classic Honey Pie and would love to get it to Sir Paul.  Anyone got his number?  If so, please pass it along to Katie.

Katie’s Snapshot gets my nod for featured album of the month on the Colorado Sound.  John Macy at Silo along with friends like bassist Eric Thorin who arranged / co-arranged four of the tracks, and an all-star band that includes keyboardist Eric Moon and E-tones drummer Christian Teele as well as over a dozen other world class session players and award winners  make it one seriously fun record … especially if you’re into Texas country-swing-jazz with a dollup of airy indie-pop cuteness drizzled throughout Katie’s vocal stylization.

The Lumineers is counted as a debut this week – although I’ve had this particular track for several weeks now, Dualtone just sent the album out – and it’s picking up mad adds at stations around the state, including  KBCO (Boulder), KFMU (Steamboat), KSMT (Breckenridge), KSPN (Aspen), and KYSL (Breckenridge) – making it a sure shot for a #1 Out of the Box (OTB) DEBUT for the month.

And just because it’s too much fun, I included the newly released video from the Hickman-Dalton Gang in this week’s post … ’bout one of the best country videos I’ve seen come out of CO the past couple of years… it forces at least a big grin and some foot stompin. … lay that one in next to Gary Bragg’s hilarious Free Range video

Here’s what got played on this week’s show.

Slim Cessna’s Auto Club “This Is How We Do It in the Country” from Blovdy Tenent Trvth Peace (2004)
(D) Chimney Choir “ace of spades” from (ladder) (2012)
Juno What?! “You Can’t Stop It” from Shameless (2011)
Tommy Metz “Dreams Will Collide” from The Blossom Frontier (2010)
Electric Swingset “Inebriated Witch Doctor” from Inebriated Witchdoctor (1996)
(D) Rebel Tongue “Lose Hope” from Movin’ On (2012)
Coles Whalen “Wrecking Ball” from I Wrote This for You (2012)
Kelly J “I Didn’t” from It’s A Jungle Out There (2007)
After Midnight Jazz Band “Hit That Jive, Jack” from Hit That Jive, Jack (2012)
(D) Overcasters “Moonshift” from Curses/Prayers (2012)
El Toro de la Muerte “Things In My Head” from Dancer These Days (2011)
Carmen Sandim Sextet “Sampa” from Brand New (2011)
The Apples in Stereo “Same Old Drag” from New Magnetic Wonder (2007)
Pretty Lights “Future Blind” from Making Up a Changing Mind (2010)
(D) The Lumineers “Ho Hey” from The Lumineers (2012)


(N) Broken Tongues “The Way” from Crooked Skyline (2012)

Selasee Atiase “Pray for Me” from African Gate (2010)
Railbenders “Sweet Caroline” from Segundo (2003)
(N) Hickman Dalton Gang “Construction Man” from Vol. II (2011)

Lionel Young Band “Blues & Boogie Woogie” from On Our Way to Memphis (2011)
(D) Big Head Todd & the Monsters  “Sexy and I Know It” [single] (2012) – The cut I played on the show is a full band version that BTHM keyboardist and local producer/engineer (Hickman Dalton Gang among others) sent to me .. that he described to me as having been worked on in many different places out on the road this winter.  The video is Todd rockin it solo.

(N) Katie Glassman “Honey Pie” from Snapshot (2012)
The Swayback “Lost Lake Woods Club” from Double Four Time (2012)
Soul Merchants “Crowns of Glory” from Soul Merchants (2007)
(N) Varlet “In My Pocket” from The Drifter (2012)
Jim Stranahan “Caliente” from Free For All (2010)

The Colorado Sound – Vol 3, EP 46 2011

NEWS & NOTES: John Oates “You Make My Dreams Come True” from Mississippi Mile (2011)
Lionel Young Band “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Rumba” from On Our Way to Memphis (2011)
Petals of Spain “Working 9 to 5” from Late Night Visitor (2011)
The Dirty Lookers “Whiskey, She’s A Liar (Radio Edit)” from Audio Voyeur (2011)
Mosey West “Cold Prediction” from Vaca Money (2011)
(D) Vices I Admire “Hero” from Venom & Pride (2012)My Body Sings Electric “Rings” from Changing Color (2011)
Rachel James “We Don’t Care” from Not Giving Up (2011)
Katey Laurel “Two Birds” from Two Birds (2011)
The Still City “Punk Rock Kids” from Brittle Bones (2011)
Driftwood Fire “Appalachian Hills” from How To Untangle A Heartache (2011)
Halden Wofford & the Hi Beams “Mr. Pain” from Sinners & Saints (2010)
(NT) Signel-Z “Morning Light” from Io Rise (2011)
Peter Sommer “Looks Like This” from Tremolo Canteen (2010)
John Common & Blinding Flashes of Light “Same Scar” from Beautiful Empty (2011)
(NT) Full Belly “Too Blessed to be Stressed” from New Voice (2011)
(D) Giddyup Kitty “Ghost of Angelina” from Tracks (2011) Medic “Grace & Gravity” from Grace & Gravity (2011)
The Fray “Heartbeat” from Heartbeat (2012)
Ian Cooke “Fortitude” from Fortitude (2011)
(NT) Air Dubai “Summer Solstice” from Day Escape (2011)
(NT) Signal Path “Gangsterer Than Me” from The Prosaic Fades (2011)
(D) Demon Funkies “These Strings” from Back on the Monkey (2012)(NT) Bob Rea “Someday’s Gone” from Ragged Choir (2011)
(D) Kathryn Mostow “I’m Still Here” from Rich Girl (2011)The H2 Big Band  “Big Spender” from You’re It! (2011)

News, Notes & Spins – October 1, 2011

Can you believe it’s October already?  In all of about the next 60 days (from Oct 1) we’ll be asking what your favorite titles are from the past year … and I’ll post the year end charts; that of course at the end of the year – but to do that means a month of work in advance…. And a lot of reviewing for those who might be a bit behind in listening to what’s up in Colorado in 2011.  It will be interesting to see what titles our on-air programmers and others pick as their favorites / most played of 2011.

Plenty of radio news this month, including two NEW “radio” stations on the horizon, one AM based and one Internet based.  I got the chance to sit and talk to Mike Flanagan, the new program director for OpenAir 1340, set to launch Oct 31.  Mike’s planning a unique mix of contemporary music, buffered with in studio performances and interviews with both Colorado acts and acts performing in Colorado.  In-studio sessions coming up from the likes of Candy Claws and others are apparently already set up and ready to go.

I have to give a HUGE thumbs up to the CPR (Colorado Public Radio) performance/recording studio; it is truly a world class facility, geared to a very high standard of sound, recording capabilities, and contemporary aesthetics.

Also taking place – Former Indie 101.5 music director John “Whip” Wilbur and ex-Lipglosser Tyler Jacobson have teamed up to launch Post303Radio.com, featuring contemporary indie and alternative music not heard on most commercial stations, with a heavy dose of Colorado music mixed in.  Could Dave Herrera be willing to reprise his old local music show?  Hmmm….

In either case, we can expect to find more Colorado music of all varieties on the air in the near future along the Front Range and online.

Danielle Hastings has joined the KRFC staff as the new Fund Development Specialist. Danielle’s known in Fort Collins for her work with FoCoMA (Fort Collins Musicians Association) and Bohemian Nights at New West Fest. Danielle is a very passionate supporter of Colorado music and KRFC’s new more Colorado focused format.  Her primary responsibility this fall will be to develop the KRFC underwriting program and sponsorships and she will be playing a big role in creating more community connections and shaping the future of Development and fund raising at KRFC.

KGNU’s 33 1/3 birthday is coming up.  They’ll have a vinyl celebration on Monday 10/17, during their next membership drive, 10/12-10/22

KRCC presents a live broadcast of Garrison Keillor’s A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION Saturday, October 29 at the Colorado Springs World Arena.  Doors open at 2:45pm with showtime beginning promptly at 3:45pm

If you plan on trying to reach KDNK asst. music director Lynette O’Kane from now til Nov, you’re SOL LOL … she’s off on a five wk vaca in Morocco, Spain & France.  Hmmmm … I wonder how many times she’s been asked if there’s extra space in those travel trunks … ALSO at KDNK — news reporter Mat Katz has moved on to another job in New York. Ed Williams is on board.

Here’s the charts …

TOP 40 ALBUM SPINS – September 2011
(133 titles reported played / 317 titles tracked)
(LM) TM / [date added]
(D) = debut, first time on chart)
(R) = re-entered chart)

(3) 1. Spring Creek – Hold On Me (self) Bluegrass [Jul-11]
(2) 2. Finnders & Youngberg – FY5 (self) Bluegrass [Apr-11]
(D) 3. Driftwood Fire – How To Untangle A Heartache (self) Folk [Aug-11]
(17) 4. The Haunted Windchimes – Live at the Western Jubilee (Blank Tape) Americana [May-11]
(D) 5. Bare Bones – Bare Bones (self) Rock/Folk [Sep-11]
(D) 6. Cary Morin – Sing It Louder (Music Maker) Blues [Aug-11]
(R) 6. Halden Wofford & the Hi Beams – Sinners & Saints (self) Americana/alternative country-rock [Aug-10]
(21) 7. The Patti Fiasco – The Patti Fiasco (self) Rock/alternative country-rock [Jul-11]
(20) 8. Jim Stranahan – Free For All (Capri Records) Jazz [Apr-11]
(R) 8. Brad Goode – Tight Like This (Delmark) Jazz [Sep-10]
(7) 8. Jami Lunde – Big Black Birds (self) Americana/folk-rock [Jun-11]
(D) 8. The Raven and the Writing Desk – Bonedale (self) Rock/adult alternative [Sep-11]
(R) 8. The Whiskey Bottles – Ain’t No Crime (self) Americana/alternative country-rock [Apr-11]
(D) 9. El Toro De La Muerte – Dancer These Days (self) Rock [Aug-11]
(D) 10. Petals of Spain – Late Night Visitor (self) Funk/R&B/Soul [Sep-11]
(8) 11. Cassie Taylor – Blue (Hypertension) Blues/R&B/Rock [Aug-11]
(D) 12. 3 Twins Broadband – 3 Twins Broadband (Cook Music Group) Americana [Aug-11]
(R) 13. Adam Bodine Trio – Up ‘N Hear (self) Jazz [Jul-11]
(24) 14. Lionel Young Band – On Our Way to Memphis (self) Blues [Aug-11]
(24) 15. Big Head Todd and the Monsters – Big Head Blues Club: 100 Years of Robert Johnson (Ryko) Blues [Jan-11]
(24) 15. Fierce Bad Rabbit – Spools of Thread (self) Rock/alternative/indie [Sep-10]
(4) 15. John Common and Blinding Flashes of Light – Beautiful Empty (Free School) Rock/adult alternative [re-entry Apr-11]
(24) 16. Musketeer Gripweed – Dyin’ Day (self) Rock/blues-rock [Sep-10]
(R) 16. The Hickman-Dalton Gang – The Hickman-Dalton Gang Vol II (self) Americana/alternative country-rock [Jun-11]
(D) 17. Andy Palmer – Sometime Around (self) Rock/adult alternative [Sep-11]
(D) 17. SHEL – When the Dragon Came Down (Moraine Music Group) Folk/Pop [Sep-11]
(12) 17. Wendy Woo Band – Austerity (Woomusic) Rock/adult contemporary pop [Jun-11]
(4) 17. Zach Heckendorf – The Cool Down (self) Rock/acoustic pop rock [Jul-11]
(1) 18. Devotchka – 100 Lovers (Anti-) Rock/adult alternative [Dec-10]
(R) 18. Katey Laurel – From Here (Roaring Twenties Records) Americana/folk-rock [Jan-11]
(R) 18. My Body Sings Electric – Step Into the Light (self) Rock/modern alternative [Jan-11]
(D) 18. Petals of Spain – Lady Luck (single) (self) Funk/R&B/Soul [Sep-11]
(D) 19. Snake Rattle Rattle Snake – Sineater (Greater Than Collective) Rock/indie-alternative [Sep-11]
(R) 19. Whiskey Blanket – No Object (self) Hip-Hop/adult-progressive [Dec-10]
(R) 20. Jeff Brinkman – To the Bones (Devonshire Records) Rock/adult alternative [Jul-10]
(R) 20. Jim McTurnan & The Kids That Killed The Man – Joie De Vivre (self) Pop/indie-alternative [May-11]
(5) 20. Paper Bird – Carry On (Long Spoon) Americana/folk [Jul-11]
(D) 20. Roniit – Roniit (self) Pop/dark-electro [Sep-11]
(11) 20. The Dirty Lookers – Audio Voyeur (self) Rock/garage [Aug-11]
(R) 21. Kevin Dooley – Moonlight Highway (self) Americana/country-folk [Jun-11]

Fell Out of Top 40 – September
(6) Gabrielle Louise – Mirror the Branches
(8) Elephant Revival – Break in the Clouds
(8) H2 Big Band – You’re It!
(9) Kim Jones – Lucky Girl
(10). The Holler! – Gratitude
(11) Pat Murphy – The Paul Howard Project
(12) Dotsero – Storyhouse
(13) Justin Roth – Now You Know
(14) Carmen Sandim Sextet – Brand New
(15) Fox Street Allstars – Welcome to the Mighty Pleasin’
(16) Rose Hill Drive – Americana
(17) Fingers of the Sun – Fingers of the Sun
(18) Danielle Ate the Sandwich – Two Bedroom Apartment
(18) Gary Bragg – High Plains Storm
(18) White Water Ramble – All Night Drive
(19) Big Head Todd and the Monsters – Rocksteady
(19) Houses – Winter
(19) John Oates – Mississippi Mile
(19) the Still City – Brittle Bones
(20) Grant Gordy – Grant Gordy
(21) The Chain Gang of 1974 – Wayward Fire
(22) Nathaniel Rateliff – In Memory of Loss
(23) Stray Grass – Written in the Stars
(24) John-Alex Mason – Jook Joint Thunderclap
(24) Jonny Barber & the Living Deads – Jonny Barber & the Living Deads

Added – September
Andy Palmer – Sometime Around
Andy Thorn – Fire In the Sky
Bare Bones – Bare Bones
Big Jim Adam & John Stilwagen – Tippy’s Barn
Breathe Carolina – Hell Is What You Make It
Ian Cooke – Fortitude
Mosey West – Vaca Money
Papa Juke – Out of the Blues
Pikes – Pikes
Popcult – Popcult EP
Dawson James – Plaid Shirt Livin’
Dubskin – Release from Fear
Eric Shiveley – Crybaby (single)
Honey Gitters – Poor Gitters’ Almanack
Lizzie Huffman – Pretty Old Soul
Mark’s Midnight Carnival – Mark’s Midnight Carnival
Melissa Axel – love * humanity * metamorphosis
Petals of Spain – Late Night Visitor
Petals of Spain – Lady Luck (single)
Roniit – Roniit
Saints – Dark Country (single)
SHEL – When the Dragon Came Down
Snake Rattle Rattle Snake – Sineater
The Don’ts and Be Carefuls – Sun Hits
The Raven and the Writing Desk – Bonedale
Tommy & the Tangerines – Main Squeeze

REPORTING STATIONS
No Report this month = KGNU (Boulder), KBUT (Crested Butte), KCSU (Fort Collins)

KAFM (Grand Junction)
1. Driftwood Fire – How To Untangle A Heartache
1. The Whiskey Bottles – Ain’t No Crime
2. Elephant Revival – Break in the Clouds
3. Finnders & Youngberg – FY5
4. Big Head Todd and the Monsters – Big Head Blues Club: 100 Years of Robert Johnson

KDNK (Carbondale)
1. Halden Wofford & the Hi Beams – Sinners & Saints
2. Beth Quist – New Moon
2. John Common and Blinding Flashes of Light – Beautiful Empty
2. Spring Creek – Hold On Me
3. Andy Palmer – Sometime Around

KRCC (Colorado Springs)
1. The Chain Gang of 1974 – Wayward Fire
2. El Toro De La Muerte – Dancer These Days
2. Tennis – Cape Dory
3. Grant Sabin – The Homesick EP
3. Jami Lunde – Big Black Birds

KRFC (Fort Collins)
1. The Patti Fiasco – The Patti Fiasco
2. Cary Morin – Sing It Louder
3. Musketeer Gripweed – Dyin’ Day
4. Devotchka – 100 Lovers
4. John Common and Blinding Flashes of Light – Beautiful Empty

KUNC (Greeley)
1. Wendy Woo Band – Austerity
1. Zach Heckendorf – The Cool Down
2. Driftwood Fire – How To Untangle A Heartache
3. Justin Roth – Now You Know
4. SHEL – When the Dragon Came Down

KUVO (Denver)
1. Judy Wexler – Under A Painted Sky
2. Jim Stranahan – Free For All
3. Adam Bodine Trio – Up ‘N Hear
3. Andrew Vogt – Cats Afoot
3. Brad Goode – Tight Like This

KVNF (Paonia)
1. Paper Bird – Carry On
1. Spring Creek – Hold On Me
2. Finnders & Youngberg – FY5
3. The Haunted Windchimes – Live at the Western Jubilee
4. Big Head Todd and the Monsters – Big Head Blues Club: 100 Years of Robert Johnson

The Colorado Sound
1. Lionel Young Band – On Our Way to Memphis
2. The Haunted Windchimes – Live at the Western Jubilee
3. Bare Bones – Bare Bones
3. Driftwood Fire – How to Untangle a Heartache
4. Jami Lunde – Big Black Birds

MISC. (includes specialty shows on The Mountain, KTCL & Radio 1190)
1. The Don’ts and Be Carefuls – Sun Hits
2. Popcult – Popcult EP
2. Snake Rattle Rattle Snake – Sineater
3. Bare Bones – Bare Bones
3. Bop Skizzum – Beauty Queen

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Much love and appreciation — goat

MMMM – Monday August 17, 2010

Okay, I have to admit I have been incredibly busy this summer.  I’ve got home remodeling to complete before mid-September, festivals to produce and/or be a part of as emcee (People’s Fair, Carbon Valley Summer Festival, Bohemian Nights) or as a performer (Carbon Valley Summer Festival)… my show to produce weekly … records to listen to … sound gigs to do …. I really needed a day or two or three to just simply relax and listen to music that not only doesn’t shake, rattle, and roll but just sounds somehow refreshing to the soul.  I need that on occasion.  Today (Sunday) is one of those days.  Sun tea anyone?

Selasee and the Fafa Family – African Gate
Genre/Style: World, African, Reggae
Sampled Track: African Gate
Website: http://www.selasee.com
Bio from website: Born and raised in West Africa, Selasee’s pursuit of music eventually led him to Boulder, Colorado, where he currently lives.  Selasee’s music is a unique blend of Reggae, West African Highlife and American Pop music.
Notes: I only recently became aware of Selasee’s music.  This record was enough to convince me to check out his previous release called “Run.”  Most reggae bands rarely ever fully embrace the style or immerse themselves in it authentically.  That’s why those whose soul is tied to the message and the “nation” win out every time … This album is highly recommended if what you’re looking for is the authenticity that lies beneath the pop trappings of most who try to play African and reggae styles.

John McVey – Unpredictable
Genre/Style: Adult Contemporary, singer-songwriter
Sampled Track:  Unpredictable
Website:
http://www.johnmcvey.com
Notes: In today’s world, you just don’t take ten years off between doing records and hope that anyone who heard that “one” will remember you ten years later.  John did just that … took ten years between albums.  The result?  Amazing.  And it’s not that John didn’t have chops to begin with.  He’s an accomplished producer/engineer at Coupe Studios in Boulder who stays so busy that this record actually took two years to record.  The care, professionalism, and attention to detail shows in every imaginable way.  This record is truly as good as it gets …

After Midnight Jazz Band – Midnight in Madison
Genre/Style: jazz, big band, vocal, trad, blues, americana
Sampled Track: Hallelujah I Love Her So
Website: http://www.aftermidnightjazzband.com/
Recommended if You Like (RIYL): Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Lyle Lovett and His Big Band
Notes: I grew up in a house filled with the music of Benny Goodman (The King of Swing), Lionel Hampton, Pete Fountain, and other Swing Era greats.  I am tremendously happy that bands like After Midnight not only keep the style alive, but do with the care and skill they do.  This record represents the best of four sets of music the band did live in Madison, Wisconsin, in 2008.  It is a joyously good listen!

Gabrielle Louise – Mirror the Branches
Genre/Style: Folk
Sampled Track: I’ll Turn Myself in on Monday
Website: http://www.gabriellelouise.com
RIYL: Joni Mitchell, Patty Griffin
Notes: There’s a gypsy in Gabrielle’s soul.  I knew that BEFORE reading this on her website, “The daughter of two gypsy musicians, Gabrielle inherited the genetic predisposition to wanderlust and song.”  On this, her fifth independently released album, Gabrielle follows further out across the trail she’s been traveling the past four years since the release of Journey.  One of the most striking songs on the record is “Strange Summer Snow,” and I do dare to say that it is the equal to some of the best folk songs in anyone’s catalog.  This isn’t simply singer-songwriter fare … Gabrielle, over the course of a few short years, has really and truly become a major force as a folk artist – not just singing love songs, but singing about the heart and soul in ways that MOST singer songwriters can only hope to achieve in their dreams.

Eric Forsyth – (the thin of thick things)
Genre/Style: Folk
Sampled Track: Flannel Shirts and Boat Shoes
Website: http://www.ericforsythmusic.com/
Notes: A solid performance and maturing songwriting are the highlights of this sophomore record from this California transplant who was, “Born of a jazzer father and very accomplished professional organist for a mother, “Er-Bear” Forsyth was homegrown in Northern California in the shadow of his late great grandmother’s baby grand Steinway.”    A multi-instrumentalist, Eric wrote, produced, and recorded this effort with the skillful mandolin work of Dave Willis.  Focus tracks include “Flannel Shirts and Boat Shoes” and “Happenstance.”

Dan Craig Band – Alchemy
Genre/Style: Folk, singer-songwriter
Sampled Track: Enough
Website: http://www.dcraigmusic.com/
Notes: Recommended if you like Josh Ritter and Damien Rice.  Dan Craig’s music has recently been featured on the hit show “One Tree Hill” and has shared the stage with many artists including Gregory Alan Isakov, Mike Doughty (Soul Coughing), Ari Hest and Katie Herzig in the past year.  Recommended tracks include: “Alchemy,” “Solid Ground,” and “Enough.”  There are few voices as self-assured as Dan’s … and fewer still the songwriters whose arrangements are as fresh as those on this record.  It’s solid… and he’s got a new one apparently in the can for a Christmas 2010 release … dude stays busy that’s for sure.

Monday Morning Music Meeting (MMMM goood!)

Okay, so it’s Monday morning, March 8. I’m having my coffee and wondering what new feature to add to this here new site… Since Tuesday is the traditional reporting day to the trades, I thought maybe a Monday morning music meeting would be cool. A place to write about new releases that came in during the past week – and that maybe got tested over the weekend. Whatcha think? I can launch it on Monday and those of you who are music directors around the state can post your comments as you see fit during the week? What new Colorado music did you add to your libraries? What releases are impressing your djs? Let’s talk….

New in the RMMN offices this past week.

Tommy Metz aka iuengliss – The Blossom Frontier
Genre/Style: electronica/dance, pop
Website: You’ve got two choices here. You can go to http://tommymetz.com/ and download the entire new album for free, or go to http://www.myspace.com/tommymetz for information and to hear the trax he’s posted there.

Molina Soleil & Aju w/ DJ Icewater – Soulaju
Genre/Style: hip-hop, neo-soul
Website: http://www.myspace.com/soulaju
Notes: Impressive act heavy on multiculturalism (Aju speaks 5 languages). They have an impressive touring schedule that includes stops throughout Colorado, Wyoming, Missouri, Oregon, California to name a few. According to their website: Molina Soleil & Aju are set to release “Soulaju” on March 23rd, 2010. It features the production of DJ Icewater, who has toured internationally with the Pharcyde and Shing02, and has recently mixed albums for artists like Lyrics Born and Jern Eye.

Romano Paoletti – Story of a Lifetime
Genre/Style: Americana, country, folk
Website: http://romanosmusic.com/
Notes: produced by Eric Thorin (Drew Emmitt Band). Features Eric Thorin, Sally Van Meter, Caleb Roberts, Eben Grace, Todd Moore, John McVey and Mollie O’brien and others. His grandfather, “Ragtime” Bob Darch, was the only living inductee of the Ragtime Hall of Fame. Romano’s mother, Norma Jean, was always a singer and was signed by Smokey Robinson of Motown Records.  He spent a lifetime with both of these people learning his craft.  It shows in his performances on the record.

David Williams & The Wildgrass Band featuring Kristina Murray – The Crazy Kind
Genre/Style: Americana, country, folk, bluegrass
Website: The best place I’ve found to sample tracks is at the CD Baby page for this album – cdbaby.com/cd/dwilliamswkmurray or hit http://myspace.com/davidwilliamssongs
Notes: The album features performances by Rockygrass mandolin winner Jordan Ramsey, Rockygrass banjo winner Chris Elliott, national fiddle champion (Weiser, ID) Katie Glassman and renowned Colorado bassist Duane Webster.
From website: David is  the 2009 EMMY AWARD WINNER IN COMPOSITION AND WRITING. Influenced by everything from gypsy jazz to folk, delta blues, swing, rockabilly, bluegrass & folk. As a singer-songwriter, David’s known for his way with words and melodies, which conjure up the American musical landscape.  His songs touch on everything from the difficulties of love to the people and places along old Route 66, or a carnival from his childhood, or swing tunes reminiscent of Tin-Pan-Alley—in a wide range of CDs released over the last 30 years.

As musician, David has recorded and performed with Greg Brown, Dave Moore and others; and he studied and performed with the great Jethro Burns, of Homer and Jethro fame.  He has played at many of the large folk music festivals in North America, such as Vancouver and Winnipeg, where he has been recognized as both a songwriter and instrumentalist.

Recently, he has written a new musical/play about Django Reinhardt.  His group DECO DJANGO specializes in this infectious music from the 1930s.

David has also published a number of books with Alfred A. Knopf and Ghost Road Press, as well as short stories and poems. He holds a Ph.D. in English, and he has been a writer in residence at a number of colleges and universities in the US.  A working cartoonist, his work appears around the world through Carlton Cards and Soultrader of London.

He is an ALA and NAPPA award-winning albums for children and is currently the songwriter for the new PBS children’s show The Big Green Rabbit.  As DIRTY LINEN says, no one else writes kids songs like DW.

The Crazy Kind is not a kid’s music record.  David Williams is most definitely one of Colorado’s most literary country-folk artists.