TOP 30 SEPTEMBER 2020

Hi gang. I just returned from vacation so this list is shorter as previous months. I’ll be in full power mode by the end of October. Enjoy. ALSO – WordPress changed how I do things so I need to relearn. UGH!

There are over 20 FM and LPFM (low power FM) non-commercial public/community and college stations in Colorado.  I’m able to track spins at 14 of those stations that have some kind of searchable online database or use Spinitron.

I tracked 175 releases (LP, EP or Single) for the month of September.  A few were advance singles that I got to share on CP network, or that stations got to share in advance of release dates in July.

Spinitron’s playlist generator was developed to benefit non-commercial public and educational terrestrial radio stations in the US. Record promoters, agents and artists are among those most likely to benefit from Spinitron’s advanced search function.

TOP 30 TITLES SEPTEMBER 2020

  • ALL TITLES LINKED TO RESPECTIVE YOUTUBE PAGE
  • DATE OF RELEASE = Sept 2019-2020
  • (xxx) = AUGUST 2020 position

(2) 1. GASOLINE LOLLIPOPSAll the Misery Money Can Buy LP (Sep-20)
(1) 2. CARY MORIN Dockside Saints LP (Jul-20)
(3) 3. NATHANIEL RATELIFF And It’s Still Alright LP (Feb-20)
(9) 4. THE LUMINEERS III LP (Sep-19)
(D) 5. ERIC & KAH LI Jelly SINGLE (Jun-20)
(7) 6. THE WOOD BROTHERSKingdom In My Mind LP (Jan-20)
(10) 7. DANIEL RODRIGUEZSojurn of the Burning Sun LP (Jun-20)
(23) 8. JON SNODGRASS Tace LP (Aug-20)
(9) 9. GABRIELLE LOUISE The Unending Alteration of the Human Heart LP (May-20)
(D) 9. JESSICA JIMENEZWho Am I SINGLE (Mar-20)
(6) 10. ESME PATTERSONThere Will Come Soft Rains LP (Mar-20)
(-) 11. LAST CALL ROMANCEDouble Funeral, Vol. 1 EP (Dec-19)
(D) 11. NINA & THE HOLD TIGHT Keeps Me Coming Back SINGLE (Dec-19)
(D) 12. DON CHICHARRON La Carcacha SINGLE (Apr-20)
(D) 13. BRENT COWLESIt’s Coals. LP (Sep-20)
(D) 13. RODNEY RICE Same Shirt, Different Day LP (Aug-20)
(D) 14. DON CHICHARRONEl Diablo SINGLE (Apr-20)
(D) 15. BLAKK MANTRAWelcome to El Rey Blvd EP (Sep-20)
(11) 15. JAYME STONE Awake EP (Jul-20)
(D) 15. VALDEZ Wishbones EP (Sep-20)
(15) 16. REVEREND FREAKCHILD The Bodhisattva Blues LP (Apr-20)
(19) 16. TENNIS Swimmer LP (Feb-20)
(D) 17. LOLITAToda Mi Gente [Ft. Big Samir of The Reminders] SINGLE (Jun-20)
(12) 18. TYLER T. Wildflower LP (Jan-20)
(D) 19. 2MX2 [FT AJA BLACK (Reminders)] Elevator SINGLE (Aug-20)
(24) 19. ALEXA WILDISHAlexa Wildish LP (Feb-20)
(D) 19. INAIAH LUJAN Do What You Want EP (Mar-20)
(D) 19. LOGAN FARMERStill No Mother LP (Aug-20)
(-) 20. DAVID STARRBeauty and Ruin LP (Feb-20)
(-) 20. LUNA SHADEBrotherhood SINGLE (May-20)

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CP S14 EP37 2020

Monday SEPT 21 2020Expressly and explicitly Colorado from the 60’s to today; from the biggest hit-makers and award winners in Colorado music history to some of the freshest new music emerging from the Centennial state.

Cary Morin, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Lumineers share TOP 5 postings this week in both the in-state chart and the Roots Music Report chart.  The outliers include Gasoline Lollipops, Gabrielle Louise, Reverend Freakchild and the Subdudes.

I will not be publishing a post next Monday SPT 28th, or the following Monday, OCT 5.  I’ll be on vacation, fishing in Montana.  

Dial up a 50+ year retrospective at the CP from the 60s to Today on Spotify or check out a playlist of tracks from 2020 at CP2020.  CP Best of the Decade 2010-2019 and CP Caribou Ranch Collection.  PLS be sure to follow.

You can also find every playlist I’ve ever made on my YouTube channel, dating back to 2012.  PLS be sure to subscribe.

TOP 5 WK ENDING SEPT 19 2020

Spinitron  Designed to benefit non-commercial public and college radio stations, record promoters and artists are among those most likely to benefit from the detailed search function. Currently 11 Colorado radio stations utilize Spinitron.

COLORADO RADIO (15 stations / 165 titles tracked)

    1. GASOLINE LOLLIPOPS – All the Misery Money Can Buy LP (Aug-20)
    2. CARY MORIN– Dockside Saints LP (Jul-20)
    3. NATHANIEL RATELIFFAnd It’s Still Alright LP (Feb-20)
    4. THE LUMINEERSIII LP (Sep-19)
    5. GABRIELLE LOUISEThe Unending Alteration of the Human Heart LP (May-20)

ROOTS MUSIC REPORT (includes international, national and Internet radio stations regardless of date / year of release)

    1. NATHANIEL RATELIFF– And It’s Still Alright LP (Feb-20)
    2. REVEREND FREAKCHILD – The Bodhisattva Blues LP (Mar-20)
    3. THE LUMINEERSIII LP (Sep-19)
    4. CARY MORIN – Dockside Saints LP (Jul-20)
    5. THE SUBDUDES – Lickskillet LP (May-18)

The Mishawaka is a legendary music venue, restaurant and bar located 13.7 miles up the Poudre Canyon Highway (CO 14) in the stunning Poudre Canyon in Bellvue, CO. NOW OPEN for food, music and movies.

MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING (MMMM)

Every week I share some or all of the new music played on the show with you, here in the MMMM.  Your rating gets factored into my decision in what to maintain in the show’s “for airplay” library.

A REMINDER:  Please listen to ALL of the songs and rate them.  Thanks 🙂

(D) = debut LP/EP or single
(N) = new track from previously debuted LP/EP
(P) = Colorado Playlist premier / not available online

HOUR 1

Crawler – Sail On – Snake Rattle & Roll (1978) **Caribou Ranch Collection**
(D) Brent Cowles – Shine – It’s Coals. (2020)

Cup-A-Jo – Can’t You See – Crazy Comes Easy (2019)
The Wood Brothers – Sparkling Wine – One Drop of Truth (2018)
Gabrielle Louise – See In The Dark – The Unending Alteration Of The Human Heart (2020)
Andy Frasco – I’ve Got a Long Way to Go – Keep On Keepin On (2020)
Acoustic Junction – Think About It – Acoustic Junction (1996)
The Samples – Here And Somewhere Else – Here And Somewhere Else (1998)
(P) Dango RoseRing Out! (2020)
Kelly Augustine – Thunder on the Mountain – Light in the Lowlands (2019)
OneRepublic – Future Looks Good – Oh My My (2016)
Keith Oxman – Afreaka – Glimpses (2018)

HOUR 2

Trillion – Hold Out – Trillion (1978) **Caribou Ranch Collection**
(D) Blakk Mantra – Perhaps We’ll Live – Welcome to El Rey Blvd (2020)

The Motet – What You Gonna Bring – Death Or Devotion (2019)
Chris Daniels & The Kings – Fried Food/Hard Liquor – Blues, With Horns Vol. 1 (2017)
(D) ValdezSaint Munchausen (2020)

Finn O’Sullivan – When The Power Comes Back On – When The Power Comes Back On (2020)
Blue Canyon Boys – I Want You to Want Me – House Full Of Sorrow (2009)
SHEL – The Battle of Evermore – SHEL (2012)
(D) 2MX2Elevator (feat. Aja Black of the Reminders) (2020)

The Blue Rider – Rattlesnake – Year of the Horse (2016)
DeVotchKa – Straight Shot – This Night Falls Forever (2018)
La Cocodrila – Bop Bop Bop Bop – La Cocodrila (2019)

THIS WEEK ON YOUTUBE

VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

News Notes & Spins – September 1, 2011

NOTES:

This column is intended to a kind of regional tip sheet, much like what we in radio used to get monthly from different sources .. it identifies what we in the state are airing as djs, and what the individual stations are representing musically here in the state.  

In Colorado we’re blessed beyond measure by the sheer number of public/community and college stations in our communities.  There are about twenty radio stations of this type in the state today, the most of any state that I can find.  Our charts this month represent spins data from over fifteen stations and specialty shows (commercial and non-comm) around the state.

KRFC Fort Collins is, and has been, the undisputed KING of Colorado spins among all radio stations in the state.  Today, approximately 13% (1/7) of all titles aired 6A-12A on KRFC are Colorado-based, up from an average of 6% per month prior to August 8th, when new program director John Hayes installed a new / more Colorado-focused format.

Add to the list those commercial stations that air Colorado-based specialty programming (KBCO, KTCL, KQMT) or that include new and breaking artists in their general programming … and you’ve got one of the healthiest states in the union where it comes to how much regionally produced music is heard on terrestrial radio, and subsequently via the Internet. I also need to pay some serious props to KGNU (Boulder).  In an email exchange while gathering spins data for this month’s column, KGNU music director  John Schaefer informed me that ” KGNU is, and has been, committed to the local music scene for 33 years.

Every programmer I’ve spoken to around the state says they’re willing to air more Colorado-based music… with one caveat – they have to receive it in the mail first.  As they tell me all the time – they cannot air what they do not have in their libraries.  Seems we’re doing a great job of getting music to KRFC (nearly 500 titles from 2010-2011 in their database), but too many of the other stations are going without.  My advice — if Colorado-based artists were to flood the stations with releases, the stations would have little choice but to air more of what they get.  😉

NEWS:

Lynette O’Kane,  Assistant Music Director – “Late summer at KDNK.:   News reporter Mat Katz left our fair valley to work in the Big Apple and is currently slogging around in the wet of Irene.  We are currently in the middle of our fall membership drive and holding steady.  Check out the www.kdnk.org Music Page for lists of new releases, live broadcasts and music reviews.”

Grant McFarren, Music Director – “KBUT recently wrapped up yet another record breaking pledge drive, meeting our goal of $40,000 in just over 9 days! Big thanks to everyone in and out of the Gunnison Valley who made this drive wildly successful.”

Bummer news coming out of KUVO.  A posting on Hazel Miller’s facebook page indicated that assistant music director/air talent Susan Gatchet-Reese is gone from KUVO (Denver).  More news here as soon as I can get it.

Welcome KRZA Alamosa/Taos to the mix this month — and welcome to new Music Director Catie Moore.  Catie was doing front office work at KRZA from December 2010 until this past July when she was “promoted” to music director —- a hard and too often thankless task for sure, as she winds through mountains of releases each month.

Finally this month, welcome back KCSU – off since the summer break began in May.  Nic Turiciano is their new music director.  I’m looking forward to seeing what they come up with.  If this month’s station list below is any indication, it should be pretty adventurous.

A note on the spins chart.  I’ve added the date [month-yr] the release was added to the tracking spreadsheet – very often an indicator of when a station began reporting it to me.

TOP 40 ALBUM SPINS – August 2011
(160 titles reported / 359 titles tracked)
(LM) TM
(D) = debut, first time on chart)
(R) = re-entered chart)

(3) 1. Devotchka – 100 Lovers (Anti) adult alternative [Dec-10]
(1) 2. Finnders & Youngberg – FY5 (self) bluegrass/americana [Apr-11]
(6) 3. Spring Creek – Hold On Me (self) bluegrass  [Jul-11]
(14) 4. John Common and Blinding Flashes of Light – Beautiful Empty [Free School] rock/adult alternative [re-added Apr-11]
(18) 4. Zach Heckendorf – The Cool Down (self) rock/pop [Jul-11]
(25) 5. Paper Bird – Carry On (Long Spoon) americana  [Jul-11]
(R) 6. Gabrielle Louise – Mirror the Branches (self) folk/americana [Aug-10]
(16) 7. Jami Lunde – Big Black Birds (self) americana/contemporary adult [Jun-11]
(D) 8. Cassie Taylor – Blue (Hypertension) blues/pop/contemporary adult  [Aug-11]
(7) 8. Elephant Revival – Break in the Clouds (Ruff Shod Records) folk/americana [Nov-10]
(11) 8. H2 Big Band – You’re It! (Jazzed Media) jazz  [Jul-11]
(D) 9. Kim Jones – Lucky Girl (self) folk/singer-songwriter  [Jul-11] *
(D) 10. The Holler! – Gratitude (self) americana/folk-rock  [May-11]
(D) 11. Pat Murphy – The Paul Howard Project (self) funk/r&b/soul  [Aug-11]
(D) 11. The Dirty Lookers – Audio Voyeur (self) rock  [Aug-11]
(R) 12. Dotsero – Storyhouse (Cinderblock Records)  jazz/contemporary  [Mar-11]
(2) 12. Wendy Woo Band – Austerity (Woomusic) rock/contemporary adult  [Jun-11]
(R) 13. Justin Roth – Now You Know  (Rothirric Music) folk/singer-songwriter  [Mar-11]
(R) 14. Carmen Sandim Sextet – Brand New (Dazzle Recordings) jazz  [Feb-11] *
(R) 15. Fox Street Allstars – Welcome to the Mighty Pleasin’ (self) rock/roots/r&b  [Jan-11]
(3) 16. Rose Hill Drive – Americana (Slowly and Shirley) rock/modern hard rock  [Jul-11]
(17) 16. The Haunted Windchimes – Live at the Western Jubilee (Blank Tape)  americana/folk  [May-11]
(D) 17. Fingers of the Sun – Fingers of the Sun (self)  indie/folk-rock  [May-11]
(R) 18. Danielle Ate the Sandwich – Two Bedroom Apartment (self) folk/modern/pop  [Jun-10]
(19) 18. Gary Bragg – High Plains Storm (Q&B Records) americana/country  [Apr-11] *
(R) 18. White Water Ramble – All Night Drive (self) bluegrass/jamgrass  [Jul-10] *
(R) 19. Big Head Todd and the Monsters – Rocksteady (BIG) rock/contemporary adult  [Jun-10]
(D) 19. Houses – Winter (self) rock/adult alternative  [Aug-11]
(12) 19. John Oates – Mississippi Mile (PS Records) blues/americana  [Apr-11]
(D) 19. the Still City – Brittle Bones (self)  indie/folk-rock  [Aug-11]
(R) 20. Grant Gordy – Grant Gordy (self)  instrumental/neo-acoustic  [Apr-10]
(6) 20. Jim Stranahan – Free For All (Capri Records)  jazz  [Apr-11]
(R) 21. The Chain Gang of 1974 – Wayward Fire (Modern Art Records) electronic/dance  [Jun-11]
(8) 21. The Patti Fiasco – The Patti Fiasco (self) rock/alternative country- rock  [Jul-11]
(24) 22. Big Head Todd and the Monsters – Big Head Blues Club: 100 Years of Robert Johnson (Ryko)  blues  [Jan-11]
(R) 22. Nathaniel Rateliff – In Memory of Loss (Rounder Records)  folk/modern   [Mar-10]
(R) 23. Stray Grass – Written in the Stars (self)  bluegrass/jamgrass  [Mar-11]
(R) 24. Fierce Bad Rabbit – Spools of Thread (self)  rock/alternative/indie  [Sep-10]
(R) 24. John-Alex Mason – Jook Joint Thunderclap (Naked Jaybird) blues  [Jan-11]
(D) 24. Jonny Barber & the Living Deads – Jonny Barber & the Living Deads (self)  rock  [Aug-11]
(D) 24. Lionel Young Band – On Our Way to Memphis (self) blues  [Aug-11]
(22) 24. Musketeer Gripweed – Dyin’ Day (self) rock/blues  [Sep-10]

*serviced to radio/press by Chris K. dba Rocky Mountain Music Network

Fell Out of TOP 40 – August
4.  Great American Taxi – Reckless Habits
9.  Rene Marie – Voice of My Beautiful Country
10. The Hickman-Dalton Gang – The Hickman-Dalton Gang Vol II
13. Rob Roper – Misfit
15. Brad Goode – Tight Like This
16. Adam Bodine Trio – Up ‘N Hear
18. Adam Stern – High Country Gentleman
18. Dave Sonner – the American Campus
20. Bonnie and The Clydes – Bonnie And The Clydes
20. Judy Wexler – Under A Painted Sky
21. Andy Hackbarth – The Last Love Song
21. Jeff Finlin – The Tao of Motor Oil
21. Megan Burtt – It Ain’t Love
21. Slim Cessna’s Auto Club – Unentitled
22. Bop Skizzum – Push
22. Hazel Miller Band – Coming to You Live… From KUVO
22. Otis Taylor – Clovis People, Vol. 3
22. Veronica – Emerging from Troubled Days
23. Broken Spoke – Before There Were Easy Riders
23. Mohammed Alidu and the Bizung Family – Land of Fire
23. Tennis – Cape Dory
25. My Body Sings Electric – Changing Color

ADDED – August
3 Twins Broadband – 3 Twins Broadband
a shoreline dream – Losing Them All To This Time
Beats Noir! – Beats Noir!
Cary Morin – Sing It Louder
Cassie Taylor – Blue
Chubby Lover – Puberty is for Wieners
Cougarpants – demos
Driftwood Fire – How To Untangle A Heartache
El Toro De La Muerte – Danger These Days
Elena Klaver – Promise of Spring
Fingerhook – Roostah
Force Publique – Force Publique
Georgann Low – Les Progres De L’Amour (Seasons Of Love)
Houses – Winter
Jayme Stone – Room of Wonders
Jonny Barber & the Living Deads – Jonny Barber & the Living Deads
Lionel Young Band – On Our Way to Memphis
Mancub – 8 Bit Crush
Pat Murphy – The Paul Howard Project
Pink Hawks – Shima
Post Paradise – The New Normal
School Knights – ALL DAWGZ GO 2 HEAVEN
The Dirty Lookers – Audio Voyeur
the Still City – Brittle Bones
Various artists – Hot Congress Records Sampler 2011
You Me and Apollo – Cards with Cheats

REPORTING STATION CHARTS

KAFM (Grand Junction)
1. The Chain Gang of 1974 – Wayward Fire
2. Spring Creek – Hold On Me
3. Adam Stern –  High Country Gentleman
3. Chris Thompson – The Road Ahead
4. Dotsero – Storyhouse
4. Jack + Jill – Brightest Star in the Nightmare

KBUT (Crested Butte)
1. Spring Creek – Hold On Me
2. Elephant Revival – Break in the Clouds
2. Finnders & Youngberg – FY5
3. Devotchka – 100 Lovers
3. Fingers of the Sun – Fingers of the Sun

KCSU (Fort Collins)
1. You Me and Apollo – Cards with Cheats
1. Act So Big Forest – Compilation 2: Auriel
1. Force Publique – Force Publique
2. Mancub – 8 Bit Crush
2. Cougarpants – demos

KDNK (Carbondale)
1. Justin Roth – Now You Know
1. Spring Creek – Hold On Me
2. Beth Quist – New Moon
2. Carmen Sandim Sextet – Brand New
2. Elephant Revival – Break in the Clouds
2. John Oates – Mississippi Mile

KGNU (Boulder)
1. Pink Hawks – Shima
2. Git Some – Loose Control
3. Paper Bird – Carry On
4. Devotchka – 100 Lovers
5. Finnders and Youngberg – FY5

KOTO (Telluride)
1. Wendy Woo Band – Austerity
2. Jami Lunde – Big Black Birds
2. Zach Heckendorf – The Cool Down
3. Big Head Todd & the Monsters – Big Head Blues Club: 100 Years Of Robert Johnson

KRCC (Colorado Springs)
1. Burn the Maps – Terra Incognita
2. The Haunted Windchimes – Live at the Western Jubilee
3. Big Jim Adam & John Stilwagen – Back in My Hometown
4. the Yes We Cans – Better Days
4. Joe Johnson – A Time to Dance
4. The Haunted Windchimes – Honey Moonshine

KRFC (Fort Collins)
1. Patti Fiasco – The Patti Fiasco
2. Holler! – Gratitude
3. Fierce Bad Rabbit – Spools of Thread
3. Finnders and Youngberg – FY5
3. John-Alex Mason – Jook Joint Thunderclap
3. Musketeer Gripweed – Dyin’ Day

KUNC (Greeley)
1. Devotchka – 100 Lovers
2. Justin Roth – Now You Know
2. Wendy Woo Band – Austerity
3. Andy Hackbarth – The Last Love Song
3. Cassie Taylor – Blue

KUVO (Denver)
1. Jim Stranahan – Free For All
2. Judy Wexler – Under A Painted Sky
3. H2 Big Band – You’re It!
4. Adam Bodine Trio – Up ‘N Hear
4. Brad Goode – Tight Like This
4. Dotsero – Storyhouse
4. Peter Sommer – Tremolo Canteen

KVNF (Paonia)
1. Paper Bird – Carry On
2. Spring Creek – Hold On Me
3. The Quiet American – Vol. II
4. The Haunted Windchimes – Live at the Western Jubilee
5. Big Head Todd and the Monsters – Rocksteady

The Colorado Sound … No real spins chart for the show this month.  It was a short month.  I took some of the month off to focus on producing and/or emceeing a couple of festivals.  Here’s what was “Hot” in August (other than the weather).  I do have to say I was particularly enamored of The Dirty Lookers album — a rough and tumble jouncy ride along the intersection of rock n roll, rhythm & blues, and punk.

  • The Dirty Lookers – Audio Voyeur
  • Gabrielle Louise – Mirror the Branches
  • Kim Jones – Lucky Girl*
  • Pat Murphy – The Paul Howard Project
  • Zach Heckendorf – The Cool Down

*serviced to radio/press by Chris K. dba Rocky Mountain Music Network

News, Notes & Spins – November 1, 2010

I love this time of year.  I love the weather.  I love that there are more new releases that come out every October than at any other time of year.  At least it seems that way to me.  Look at October’s spins and there seems to be a record number of DEBUT titles.  Leading the charge is Fierce Bad Rabbit, which on the strength of spins at KCSU, KRFC and the Colorado Sound is one of the highest charting DEBUTs I’ve tracked the past few years.  This being the first of November (or thereabouts) the next couple of monthly reports will no doubt focus on end-of-year stuff … your picks, and the top spins of 2010.  Have a great November — and for my friends in RMCR, see ya all soon 🙂

MUSIC CHART LEGEND
DEBUT = 1st time appearing on chart
(NC) = not charted in previous month
(XX) = last month’s chart position

Colorado TOP 40 Spins October 2010
(235 titles listed, 117 reported as played)
(1) 1.  Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore – Saints & Sinners (Remington Road) folk, americana
(2) 2.  Halden Wofford & the Hi-Beams – Sinners and Saints (self) Americana, alternative country
(DEBUT) 3.  Fierce Bad Rabbit – Spools of Thread (FBR) rock, alternative
(17) 4.  Apples In Stereo – Travellers in Space and Time (Yep Roc) indie pop
(DEBUT) 5.  Lynn Baker Quartet – Azure Intention (OA2) jazz
(DEBUT) 6.  Boulder Acoustic Society – Champion of Disaster (self) americana, folk-rock
(14) 7.  Nathaniel Rateliff – In Memory of Loss (Rounder Records) modern folk
(DEBUT) 8.  Chris Thompson – The Road Ahead (self) rock, jamband
(3) 9.  Big Head Todd & the Monsters – Rocksteady (BIG) rock, adult alternative
(DEBUT) 10.  the Heyday – Till We See the Sun (self) rock
(DEBUT) 11. Brad Goode – Tight Like This (Delmark) jazz
(10)12.  John Common & Blinding Flashes of Light – Beautiful Empty (Free School) rock, adult
(21) 13.  Jeff Brinkman – To the Bones (Devonshire Records) rock, adult alternative
(4) 14.  White Water Ramble – All Night Drive (self) bluegrass
(9) 15.  Blue Canyon Boys – Mountain Bound (self) bluegrass
(25) 15.  Otis Taylor – Clovis People, Vol. 3 (Telarc) blues, trance blues
(26) 16.  Sweet Sunny South – Carried off by a Twister (2Dolla Reccas) americana, bluegrass
(DEBUT) 17.  Musketeer Gripweed – Dyin’ Day (self) rock, jamband
(16) 18.  Jeff Finlin – The Tao of Motor Oil (Bent Wheel) rock, adult alternative
(8) 19.  Danielle Ate the Sandwich – Two Bedroom Apartment (self) folk, pop, modern
(NC) 20.  Paper Bird – When the River Took Flight (self) folk, americana
(23) 21.  Grant Gordy – Grant Gordy (self) neo-acoustic, new grass
(NC) 22. Something Underground – Intention and Release (self) rock, pop
(19) 23.  Greg Harris Vibe Quintet – Glass Gold (Greg Harris) jazz, vocals
(11) 24.  Kinetix – Let Me In (Steel Giant) rock, pop
(24) 25.  The Foot. – Primary Colors (self) rock, adult alternative
(NC) 26.  Bailey Stauffer & the Katy Janes – Bend or Break (self) rock, alt-country
(NC) 26.  Pretty Lights – Passing By Behind Your Eyes (self) electronic
(NC) 27.  Dan Craig – Alchemy (self)  rock, folk-rock
(NC) 27.  David Rynhart – By the Hollow Tree (self) rock, adult alternative
(NC) 27.  Fuzzy Killing Machine – Enjoy & Destroy (Chair 8 Records) rock, alternative
(16) 28.  Bobby Walker – Way Back When (BWM) blues, r&b
(6) 28.  John McVey – Unpredictable (self) folk, singer-songwriter
(17) 29.  Lonesome Traveler – Looking for A Way (self) bluegrass
(26) 30.  30db – One Man Show (SCI Fidelity) rock, adult
(15) 30.  After Midnight Jazz Band – Midnight in Madison (self) jazz, trad, vocal
(DEBUT) 30.  Air Dubai – Wonder Age (self) pop, hip-hop
(8) 30.  Big Jim Adam & John Stilwagen – Back in My Hometown (Fossyl Records) blues
(NC) 30.  Dave LeMieux & House of Soul – Jazz Shaped (House of Soul) jazz
(DEBUT) 30.  Jubilant Bridge – Power Lines (Get Over It) folk

Fell out of Top 40 in October
(5) Great American Taxi – Reckless Habits
(7) Eric Shively – Eden’s Light
(12) Adam Bodine Trio – Blue Mud
(13) Gabrielle Louise – Mirror the Branches
(17) Dominant 7 & the Jazz Arts Messengers – Fourteen Channels
(19) Ash Ganley – Universe Acceptable
(19) Eddie Turner – Miracles and Demons
(20) Candy Claws – Hidden Lands
(20) Romano Paoletti – Story of a Lifetime
(20) Tequila Mockingbird – Luck & Trouble
(21) Snake Rattle Rattle Snake – Snake Rattle Rattle Snake
(22) Haunted Windchimes – Honey Moonshine
(23) Euforquestra – Soup
(24) Matt Morris – When Everything Breaks Open
(24) Tickle Me Pink – On Your Way Down
(25) Head for the Hills – Head for the Hills
(26) Hello Kavita – To A Loved One
(26) Selasee – African Gate

ADDed
Air Dubai – Wonder Age
Boulder Acoustic Society – Champion of Disaster
Brad Goode – Tight Like This
Brett Brady – After All
China Venture – Blows the Fuck Up
Clam Daddys – People Like Us
Chris Thompson – The Road Ahead
Feverbird – Feverbird
Fierce Bad Rabbit – Spools of Thread
Heyday, the – Till We See the Sun
Jenn Cleary – Back to the Wheel
Jim Bradford – Redraw the Line
Jonathan Stark – Comfort
Joshua Novak – Dead Letters
Jubilant Bridge – Power Lines
Lawn Chair Kings – Lawn Chair Kings II
Lynn Baker Quartet – Azure Intention
Matt Shupe – The Greying Heart
Michael Adam – The Maybe EP
Munley & the Lepercalians – Petr & the Wulf
Musketeer Gripweed – Dyin’ Day
Otem Rellik – Elephant Graveyard
Overcasters – The Whole Sea is Raging
The Raven & the Writing Desk – Somnambulist
Remember May – Feather
Robert Marcey & Familyman Barrett w/the Wailers – Wailin’ for Justice
Thrifty Astronaut – Caffiene Heartache
Waiting On Trial – W.O.T.
Wonderlic – Wonderlic

DROPPed
Andy Ard – What She Did
Apples In Stereo – #1 Hits Explosion
Asia Jazz Project f/ Molina Soleil & Aju – Sacred Paths
Candy Claws – In the Dream of the Sea Life
Coles Whalen – The Whistle Stop Road Record
Danny Shafer – One Morning
Devil Got Five – Devil Got Five
Dubskin – No End In Time
Emmitt-Nershi Band – New Country Blues
Erik Applegate – Red Skies
Gadzukes! – New & Used
In the Whale – Songs About You
Inactivists – Love Songs and Other Songs About Love
Jen Korte & the Loss – Jen Korte & the Loss
Los Rojos Calientes – Corazon
M. Pyres & New Past Tense – Apart The Echo
Martin Gilmore – Martin Gilmore
Mary Louise Buirgy & Pamela Robinson – A Call To Prayer
Post Paradise – Here to Anywhere
Yonder Mountain String Band – The Show

KAFM (Grand Junction)
1. Stray Grass – Written in the Stars
2. Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore – Saints & Sinners
3. The North 17th Street Band – Dirt on the Tires
3. White Water Ramble – All Night Drive
4. Bobby Walker – Way Back When
4. The Blue Canyon Boys – Mountain Bound
5. Head for The Hills – Head for the Hills
5. John McVey – Unpredictable
5. Otis Taylor – Clovis People Vol. 3

KCSU (Fort Collins)
1.  Fierce Bad Rabbit- Spools of Thread
2.  Act So Big Forest Compilation- Volume 1, Triton
2.  Brett Brady – After All
2.  China Venture – Blows the Fuck Up
2.  Fly and Family Stone- Demo

KGNU (Boulder)
1. Nathaniel Rateliff – In Memory of Loss
2. Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore – Saints & Sinners
3. Otis Taylor – Clovis People, Vol. 3
4. Great American Taxi – Reckless Habits
5. Blue Canyon Boys – Mountain Bound
5. Danielle Ate the Sandwich – Two Bedroom Apartment
5. Halden Wofford & the Hi-Beams – Sinners and Saints
5. Haunted Windchimes – Honey Moonshine
5. Jeff Finlin – The Tao of Motor Oil
5. Lonesome Traveler – Looking for A Way
5. Paper Bird – When the River Took Flight
5. Romano Paoletti – Story of a Lifetime

KRCC (Colorado Springs)
1.  Apples In Stereo – Travellers in Space and Time
2.  Apples In Stereo – #1 Hits Explosion
3.  Big Jim Adam & John Stilwagen – Back in My Hometown
4.  the Reminders – Recollect
5.  the Changing Colors – Ghost of Red Mountain
6.  Eric Shively – Eden’s Light

KRFC (Fort Collins)
1.  Fierce Bad Rabbit – Spools of Thread
2.  Brad Goode – Tight Like This
2.  Nathaniel Rateliff – In Memory of Loss
2.  Halden Wofford and the Hi Beams – Sinners and Saints
3.  Musketeer Gripweed – Dyin’ Day
3.  Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore – Saints & Sinners
4.  Boulder Acoustic Society – Champion of Disaster
5.  Jeff Finlin – The Tao of Motor Oil
6.  Danielle Ate the Sandwich – Two Bedroom Apartment
7.  The Lynn Baker Quartet – Azure Intention
7.  Grant Gordy – Grant Gordy
7.  Paper Bird – When the River Took Flight

KUNC (Greeley)
1.  Andy Hackbarth – the Last Love Song
2. Grant Gordy – Grant Gordy
3.  Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore – Saints & Sinners
4.  Jerry Palmer – Cherry Picking

KUVO (Denver)
1.  Lynn Baker Quartet – Azure Intention
2.  Greg Harris Vibes Quintet – Glass Gold
3.  Adam Bodine Trio – Blue Mud
3.  Brad Goode – Tight Like This
4.  Dominant 7 & the Jazz Arts Messengers – Fourteen Channels
4.  Erik Applegate – Red Skies
4.  Jeff Jenkins – The Healing

KVCU (Boulder)
1. Munley & the Lepercalians – Petr & the Wulf
2. Overcasters – The Whole Sea is Raging
3. Apples In Stereo – Travellers in Space and Time
4. Don’ts and Be Carefuls – Risk Assessment
4. Otem Rellik – Elephant Graveyard
4. Paper Bird – When the River Took Flight
4. Slim Cessna’s Auto Club – Buried Behind the Barn

KVNF (Paonia)
1.  Paper Bird – When the River Took Flight
2.  Nathaniel Rateliff – In Memory of Loss
3.  Blue Canyon Boys – Mountain Bound
3.  Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore – Saints & Sinners
4.  Otis Taylor – Clovis People, Vol. 3
5.  Gabrielle Louise – Mirror the Branches
5.  Halden Wofford & the Hi-Beams – Sinners and Saints
5.  Romano Paoletti – Story of a Lifetime

The Colorado Sound
1. Fierce Bad Rabbit – Spools of Thread
2. the Heyday – Till We See the Sun
3. Halden Wofford & the Hi Beams – Sinners and Saints
4. Boulder Acoustic Society – Champion of Disaster
4. Brad Goode – Tight Like This
4. Chris Thompson – The Road Ahead
4. Lynn Baker Quartet – Azure Intention
4. Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore – Saints & Sinners

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.