Best of 2018 – So Far

This subject has been on my mind for like a month now.  There have been some really excellent albums, EPs and singles put out since December 1 2017.  Here are the top  album picks of the year so far, based on regional non-comm / public radio airplay and my own thoughts on the subject.

Anyone looking for rock or pop will be disappointed – roots, blues, old school rhythm and blues and Americana (alt-country) are the name of the game this year around the state.

I embedded song files.  Go to their youtube channels or other streaming service to checkout full albums.  Better yet – support the band with a purchase.

much love,
goat


Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats Tearing at the Seams — no doubt that this album will finish the year at #1 with a strong national showing, and ubiquitous CO airplay.

Leftover SalmonSomething Higher! — scan the non-comm/public radio dial statewide and this album, while not even nearly as popular as Tearing at the Seams, is crazy popular – as it should be since it’s one of the best the band has turned in over the past 25 years.

Wood BrosOne Drop of Truth —many people don’t realize that Chris and Oliver Wood are Boulder natives, and still claim it as home – even when they’re performing elsewhere.  Another HIGHLY played Colorado album around the state.

Reverend FreakchildDial It In! — the “reverend” is a traveler.  He was born in Hawaii and has been in bands in Boston, including an early version of Soul Coughing with Mike Doughty.  Today he’s living in Boulder and attending Naropa University.  For all my blues fans, this one is at the top of the pile. #highlyrecommended

Gasoline LollipopsSoul Mine — Clay Rose is known for being pensive and deliberate – living at the edge of damnation and redemption.  The band is enjoying a banner year in terms of bookings and regional radio airplay.

 

Colorado Playlist S10 EP37 OCT 2016

Happy Monday.  With the political world in turmoil, and rookie QB Paxton Lynch taking a tumble, or two … or six … let’s turn our attention to this week’s new music on the Colorado Playlist.

One big change this week.  I’ve changed how the MMMM (Monday Morning Music Meeting) works.  See below.  I think it will give us a better indication of which songs you think we should KEEP or NOT KEEP in the Playlist.

Thanks to Grim&Darling for the radio premiere of their new single Rather Not, which is also the Video Pick of the Week.

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I realize this has nothing to do with music or musicians here in Colorado (other than GOATZ! playing this event), but this is an important organization in my life.

Last winter, during Mrs Goat’s final days, I promised that her (our) daughter would always have a forever Dad.  Our daughter was 40 years old at the time of the adoption — and adopting an adult child of that age is not something that you see every day, by the admission of the judge who finalized the adoption.

Adoption Dreams executive director Cindy Sarai and her staff came to the rescue and expedited our adoption, which was completed four days before my wife passed away.  I’m honored to have been asked to be the Master of Ceremonies at this year’s fundraiser.  I hope to see many friends at this event.  Click on picture for more details.


THE TRUSTED EAR SCENE REPORT

IN COLORADO MUSIC HISTORY


VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK 


MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING

I conceived of this idea as a way for you to discover some of the new music I played on the show, and to give you the chance to let me know which of the tracks you like, and think I should keep in rotation.  I get a lot of feedback from fans about what’s liked .. and what isn’t.

In order to be included in the MMMM poll, the band/artist must have an embeddable file available on SoundCloud, BandCamp (my favorite), Reverbnation or YouTube.

It’s not a competition.  It’s just a gauge of how well you like the songs I added this week.

PLAYLIST S10 EP37 

(D) = debut of lp, ep or single
(N) = new cut from previously debuted lp or ep
(R) = request

HOUR 1

Zephyr “I Must Be Dreaming” from Heartbeat (1982)
Dusty Drapes & the Dusters “Talkin’ Boogie” from The Red Album (1981)
Infamous Stringdusters “Colorado” from Let It Go (2014)
Dragondeer “Don’t That Feel Good” from Don’t That Feel Good (2014)
(N) Jon Snodgrass “Perfect Match” from Carpet Thief 7″ (2016)


Darryl Purpose “Hours in a Day” from Still The Birds (2016)
The Lumineers “Ophelia” from Cleopatra (2016)
Snake Rattle Rattle Snake “Evil Eye” from Totem (2015)
Eros and the Eschaton “Rxx” from Weight of Matter (2016)
(D) Grim & Darling “Rather Not” [single] (2016)


Jeff Brinkman “Halo” from Strange (2012)
The Garuud Effekt “Cut Me”[single] (2014)
Paa Kow “Uncle Leo” from Ask (2014)

HOUR 2

Jill Sobule “Bitter (LP Version)” from Happy Town (1997)
The Apples in Stereo “Ruby” from Her Wallpaper Reverie (1999)
Paper Bird “To the Light” from Paper Bird (2016)
Great American Taxi “A.M. Radio” from Paradise Lost (2011)
The Cannondolls “Bed on Fire” from Crumbs (2016)
Rob Drabkin “Someday” [single] (2016)
Joel Ansett “Kingdom Come” from The Nature of Us (2016)
OneRepublic “Love Runs Out” from Native (2013)
Megan Burtt “In a Minute” from The Bargain (2015)
Bonnie and The Clydes “Down Down Down” from Dear Somebody (2016)
Grandpa’s Gun “Trucker Mouth” from Back Into Town (2015)
Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore “I’m Shakin’” from Saints & Sinners (2010)
(N) Space Orphan “Free Swag” from Shut Up About The Sun (2016) 


oskar-blues-no backgroundA HUGE THANK YOU to Oskar Blues Fooderies!  They are the new sponsor of “IN COLORADO MUSIC HISTORY,” the segment that runs at the top of each hour of the show.  Oskar Blues Fooderies includes the Original Brew and Pubin Lyons, and Homemade Liquids and Solids,CHUBurger,andCyclehops Bike Cantina in Longmont, Hotbox Roasters coffee, and coming soon to Denver (under construction in RiNo and LoDo).

mishawakaThe Mishawaka Amphitheatre is celebrating its 100th Anniversary.  Check out there website for specials, shows and more.

NEW YEARS’ EVE SHOW ANNOUNCED = Shakedown Street

 


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Saturday Oct 15 = acoustic band at Cyclehops in Longmont
Saturday Oct 29 = fundraiser for Adoption Dreams Come True, Fort Collins
Friday Nov 4 = Goatz! + Darling Ravens at Avogadro’s Number, Fort Collins

Colorado Playlist S10 EP36 OCT 2016

Sometimes a song hits me hard.  Mawule‘s “Black is Beautiful” came to me via email a few weeks ago, and I had to wait to air it – although I listened to it numerous times in my own time and space.  Born Ebenezer Yebuah, Mawule, was born and raised in Accra, Ghana. He and his family moved to Denver when he was 10 years old and he’s remained here ever since.

While other Denver hip-hop artists are receiving more praise, and getting signed to bigger, more nationally recognized labels, Mawule’s Black is Beautiful stands out among all the hip-hop tracks I normally receive.

Other than one other cut, from The Longest Day of the Year, “Black is Beautiful” is the only other song in this week’s MMMM (Monday Morning Music Meeting).  The other acts did not have shareable embeds for their new cuts.

bobby-walker#cancersucks Colorado legacy bluesman Bobby Walker is the latest in a run of brothers and sisters in the scene the past couple of years who have been diagnosed with and is undergoing treatment for cancer.  In Bobby’s case, it’s throat cancer.  Bobby is good about posting updates at his FB pg.

Props to the International Blues Society for being there to help out with a major contribution.  More than $11,000 has been raised via GoFundMe to offset the costs that Bobby is facing as he deals with everything.  We’ve lost a couple of our friends to cancer the past year – and a couple have had successful treatments.  I’m hoping we get many more years of Mr. Walker’s wonderful voice.  Much love my friend.


TRUSTED EAR SCENE REPORT

IN COLORADO MUSIC HISTORY


VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK


 MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING

I conceived of this idea as a way for you to discover some of the new music I played on the show, and to give you the chance to let me know which of the tracks you like, and think I should keep in rotation.  I get a lot of feedback from fans about what’s liked .. and what isn’t.

In order to be included in the MMMM poll, the band/artist must have an embeddable file available on SoundCloud, BandCamp (my favorite), Reverbnation or YouTube.

It’s not a competition.  It’s just a gauge of how well you like the songs I added this week.  You can select as many as you think I should keep in the “playlist.”

PLAYLIST S10 EP36

(D) = debut of lp, ep or single
(N) = new cut from previously debuted lp or ep
(R) = request

HOUR 1

Big Head Todd & The Monsters “It’s Alright” from Sister Sweetly (1993)
Mollie O’Brien “Eleezah” from Big Red Sun (1998)
(N) Chain Station “Poorman’s Fight” from Where I Want to Be (2016)
Bobby Walker “Rollin’ Me Back Home” from Feelin’ Good (2013)
Von Stomper “Ain’t Seen It Yet” from Americado (2015)
(D) Mawule “Black Is Beautiful” from Chosen (2016)
Hello Dollface “Face it” from Warrior of Light (2016)
String Cheese Incident “Sweet Spot” from SCI Sound Lab, Vol. 1 (2016)
Andy Rok & the Real Deal “Staying Home Tonight” [single] (2015)
(D) Jon Snodgrass “1-2-3-4 Won’t Go Down To the Basement No More” from Carpet Thief 7″ (2016)
Fox St. “Somethin About You” from Authentic Western Dress (2015)
Patti Fiasco “Elvis” from Small Town Lights (2013)
(D) Space Orphan “Coffee Green” from Shut Up About The Sun (2016)

HOUR 2

The Fluid “On My Feet” from purplemetalflakemusic (1993)
(N) SHEL “Moonshine Hill” from Just Crazy Enough (2016)
Whiskey Blanket “Batto Nox” from From the Dead of Dark (2014)
Rose Quartz “Leaving Now” from Axis of Love (2015)
(D) Longest Day Of The Year “Help Me Hang On” from Seth & May EP (2016) 
The Blue Rider “Rattlesnake” from Year Of The Horse (2016)
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club “Children of the Lord” from Cipher (2008)
The Still Tide “Closer Apart” from Half Empty Rooms (2015)
(D) Foxfeather “The Fox” from Foxfeather (2016)
The Northern Empty “Suzie” from Suzie (2016)
Take to the Oars “Stones & Sticks” from American Volume (2011)
Andrew Vogt “The Derailer” from Cats Afoot (2010)


A HUGE THANK YOU to Oskar Blues Fooderies!  They are the new sponsor of “IN COLORADO MUSIC HISTORY,” the segment that runs at the top of each hour of the show.  Oskar Blues Fooderies includes the Original Brew and Pubin Lyons, and Homemade Liquids and Solids,CHUBurger, andCyclehops Bike Cantina in Longmont, Hotbox Roasters coffee, and coming soon to Denver (under construction in RiNo and LoDo).

mishawakaThe Mishawaka Amphitheatre is celebrating its 100th Anniversary.  Check out there website for specials, shows and more.

 

 


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Bumper Stickers are available.  Message me if you want one.  Available for donation + $1.00 postage.

T-Shirts are Available – Message me if you want one.  $15 includes shipping.  Please specify size.  I only accept PayPal and personal checks at this time.

Saturday Oct 15 = acoustic band at Cyclehops in Longmont
Saturday Oct 29 = fundraiser for Adoption Dreams Come True, Fort Collins
Friday Nov 4 = Goatz! + Darling Ravens at Avogadro’s Number, Fort Collins