CP S14 EP20 2020

MONDAY MAY 25 2020 – And “another one bites the dust.”  It was announced over the weekend that the fields of Planet Bluegrass will not be open for the season – eliminating the Forty-Seventh Telluride Bluegrass Festival, the 48th Annual RockyGrass Festival, and the 30th Annual Folks Festival.

New this week = Indie 102.3  spins have been added to the weekly chart action.

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TOP 5 SPINS – WEEK ENDING MAY 23 2020 

SPINITRON: (Titles released May 2019-May 2020) KAFM, KBUT, KCSU, KDNK, KDUR, KFFR, KMSA, KOTO, KRFC, KRZA, KSJD, KVNF … also included is INDIE 102.3 (not a Spinitron reporter)

1. NATHANIEL RATELIFFAnd It’s Still Alright LP
2. ESME PATTERSONThere Will Come Soft Rains LP
3. WHITACRESeasons LP
4. DOWN TIMEHurts Being Alive LP
5. KILTROCreatures of Habit LP

ROOTS MUSIC REPORT (All CO titles – regardless of year of release)
In-state + national, international and Internet stations playing Colorado titles

1. NATHANIEL RATELIFF And It’s Still Alright LP (2020)
2. REVEREND FREAKCHILD – The Bodhisattva Blues LP (2020)
3. MOJOMAMA – Red, White and Blues LP (2018)
4. THE LUMINEERS – III LP (2019)
5. LEE SIMS – A Few More Miles to Go LP (2020)

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MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING (MMMM)

You make a big difference in what gets played on the show.  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

The FogcuttersThat’s Where I’ll Be (1969)
Lothar & The Hand People – Machines – Presenting… (1968)
(D) MODA MODA MODA (2020)

The Yawpers – Dancing on My Knees – Human Question (2019)
The Drunken Hearts – Black Snake – The Prize (2018)
(N) Down Time – Hurts Being Alive – Hurts Being Alive (2020)
Andy Frasco – Keep On Keeping On – Keep On Keepin On (2020)
Zuba – Trippin – South Of Eden (1998)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters – It’s Alright – Live Monsters (1998)
Caitlin Cannon – Mama’s A Hairdresser – The TrashCannon Album (2020)

Abby Brown – Heart On Fire – Heart On Fire (2019)
Reno Divorce – She’s In Love With the Avenue – Ship of Fools EP (2016)
(D) Dylan McCarthy – The Jamestown Turnaround – Lost & Found (2020)

HOUR 2

Flash Cadillac & The Continental Kids – Good Times, Rock & Roll – Best of Flash Cadillac & The Continental Kids (1975/2010)
The Moonrakers – I’m All Right – Anthology (1964/2006)
(D) Andy Sydow – Wicked Dreams – Wicked Dreams EP (2020)

Pint and a Half – Spinnin’ My Wheels – Not To Forget (2019)
Gasoline Lollipops – Mustangs – Soul Mine (2018)
Claire Heywood – Python – I Won’t Resign My Love For That Old Dream (2020)
Big Gigantic – Free Your Mind (feat. Jennifer Hartswick) – Free Your Mind (2020)
Chris Daniels & The Kings – Choo-Choo-Ch’ Boogie – Louie Louie (2001)
Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Blues Fallin’ Down – Midnight Rodeo (2006)
Boa and the Constrictors – I Don’t Recall – Boa and the Constrictors (2003)
(N) Esmé Patterson – All Mine – There Will Come Soft Rains (2020)


SUCH – Before Dark – Wide Nose, Full Lips (2019)
RetrofetteSkeletons (2017)
Brian Claxton – The Yard – The Yard (2020)

THIS WEEK ON YOUTUBE

VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

Gabrielle Louise – The Unending Alteration of the Human Heart is one of the most added new albums being reported by Spinitron stations as of May 23, and is currently TOP 10 in state-wide spins.


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CP S14 EP19 2020

Monday May 18, 2020 – WHEW … I can’t get my head around a summer with no live music events.  Every day brings more announcements of cancellations and venue closures from around the state.  Summer is a time when most bands get to play to new audiences, and new audiences get to experience new bands and old favorites.

Typically, recorded music is instrumental in getting people excited to see their favorite acts perform live at summer municipal events.  Performance revenue along with merch sales provides most of the money a band uses to record new music. Which leads me to wonder how much new music will be recorded this year.

The Winter Park & Fraser Chamber of Commerce announced the cancellation of Jazz Festival, Solshine, Winter Park Uncorked, High Note Thursdays, Fitness in the Park, the Run for Independence, the 4th of July celebration, the Switchback concert and Tequila and Tacos.

The City of Dacono announced the cancellation of the 13th Annual Carbon Valley Music & Spirits Festival for 2020.

Last week I reported on the closing of Live at Jacks in downtown Denver.  On Friday May 15, 3 Kings Tavern on South Broadway in Denver announced it was closing permanently, unable to pay the rent after a solid 14 year run.  Announcing the closure on Instagram, the owners posted “The spirit of Kings will never die.”


At Bohemian Foundation, our focus is on building community …by coming together to create and enjoy music. Bohemian Foundation’s NoCo Music Relief Fund provides assistance for individuals in the Northern Colorado Music Community who are severely financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rocky Mountain Music Relief Inc –  provides financial and in-kind support to those individuals, groups and organizations within our Colorado music industry that have been impacted physically, financially and/or emotionally due to the occurrence of natural disasters or unforeseen tragedies within their communities.

Our longest running sponsor, 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.


TOP 5 spins – Week ending May 16 2020 

SPINITRON: (Titles released May 2019-May 2020) KAFM, KBUT, KCSU, KDNK, KDUR, KFFR, KMSA, KOTO, KRFC, KRZA, KSJD, KVNF

1. NATHANIEL RATELIFFAnd It’s Still Alright LP
2. DRAGONDEERMirage a Trois SINGLE
3. GABRIELLE LOUISE The Unending Alteration of the Human Heart LP *
4. DRAGONDEERAll Day SINGLE
5. REVEREND FREAKCHILDThe Bodhisattva Blues LP

ROOTS MUSIC REPORT (All CO titles – regardless of year of release)
In-state + national, international and Internet stations playing Colorado titles

1. NATHANIEL RATELIFFAnd It’s Still Alright LP
2. REVEREND FREAKCHILDThe Bodhisattva Blues LP
3. MOJOMAMARed, White and Blues LP
4. LEE SIMS – A Few More Miles to Go LP
5. THE LUMINEERSIII LP

MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING (MMMM)

You make a big difference in what gets played on the show.  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

The Higher Elevation – Country Club Affair – The Spider, The Fly & The Boogie Man (2008/1968)
The Moonrakers – Time And Place – Anthology (2006/1964)
(D) Pioneer Mother – Cocaine and Kisses – The Call (2020)

Ryan Chrys & the Roughcuts – I Got Stripes – Sun Studio Cuts (2019)
Kyle Hollingsworth – Stuff – 50 (2018)
Esmé Patterson – Light In Your Window – There Will Come Soft Rains (2020)
Ren Elizabeth – Things We Don’t Say – A Stranded Player (2020)
Soul Merchants – Crowns of Glory – Soul Merchants (2007/1986)
16 Horsepower – Single Girl – Folklore (2002)
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club – My Last Black Scarf – Unentitled (2011)
(P) David Lamb – Steal My Mind – The Grapeline Conspiracy (2020)
iZCalli – Silverspoon – Casa De Papel (2019)
Rose Hill Drive – Broken by the Storm – Mania (2017)
The Motet – Belly – Breathe (1999)

HOUR 2

Beast – I Am (1969)
The Astronauts – Movin’ – Surf Series: With the Astronauts (1965)
(D) Joe Johnson – Hold On (2020)

Gingerbomb – Company – Wildfire (2019)
The Railsplitters – Everyone She Meets – Jump In (2017)
Kyle Emerson – Better – Only Coming Down (2020)
the Shamen – Spellbound – Singles 1 to 3 (2020)
Andy Palmer – Good Son  – Hazard of the Die (2013)
Big Head Blues Club – Crossroads Blues (w. B.B. King) – 100 Years of Robert Johnson (2011)
(D) Luna Shade – Brotherhood (2020)
The Reminders – Dust and Bones – Unstoppable (2019)
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – Look It Here – Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats (2015)
Bill Frisell – Bryant’s Boogie – Guitar in the Space Age (2014)

THIS WEEK ON YOUTUBE

VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

String Cheese Incident keyboardist/vocalist/songwriter Kyle Hollingsworth enjoying some fun with Liza Oxnard (piKziL, Zuba) and his family on a song he wrote for Yo Gabba Gabba

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COLORADO’S TOP 40 – RIGHT NOW

Friday May 15, 2020 – WOW.  I can’t recall the last time I pulled a statewide radio airplay chart of Colorado titles, played at Colorado non-comm stations.  I know it’s been at least five or six years – and maybe longer.

Normally, I track Roots Music Report.  Only a couple of Colorado stations report to RMR, along with several US, European and Internet stations.  RMR also doesn’t filter for current year releases.  A look at their weekly spins chart shows titles that are a few years old. So, when we look at their spins, we’re getting a more global look at what CO releases are getting played.

There are over 20 non-commercial public/community & college radio stations in our state.  Twelve of those stations use playlist generator Spinitron.  They include KAFM (Grand Junction), KBUT (Crested Butte), KCSU (Fort Collins), KDNK (Carbondale), KDUR (Durango), KFFR (Winter Park), KMSA (Grand Junction), KOTO (Telluride), KRFC (Fort Collins), KRZA (Alamosa-Taos), KSJD (Mancos) and KVNF (Paonia).

    • Airplay charted April 13-May 14 2020.
    • All releases May 2019-April 2020.

1 NATHANIEL RATELIFF And It’s Still Alright LP
2 TYLER T. Wildflower LP *
3 GABRIELLE LOUISE The Unending Alteration of the Human Heart LP *
4 DOWN TIME Hurts Being Alive LP
5 DRAGONDEER Mirage a Trois SINGLE
6 CASS CLAYTON Play Nice LP *
7 REVEREND FREAKCHILD The Bodhisattva Blues LP
7 WHIPPOORWILL The Nature of Storms LP
8 KERRY PASTINE & THE CRIME SCENE City of Love LP
8 ROBERT SHREDFORD Robert Shredford LP
9 THE WOOD BROTHERS Kingdom In My Mind LP
10 MARK OBLINGER High Water Line LP *
11 THE MOVERS & SHAKERS Live at Sun Studio LP *
12 CUP-A-JO Crazy Comes Easy LP
13 LOLA RISING Moving Forward LP
13 THE 14ers Mountaintop Folk-Pop LP
14 ESME PATTERSON There Will Come Soft Rains LP
14 TIERRO BAND TIERRO BAND W/BRIDGET LAW LP
15 DAVID STARR Beauty and Ruin LP
15 THE COPPER CHILDREN Speaking In Spirits LP
16 DRESSY BESSY Fast Faster Disaster LP
17 ANDY FRASCO & THE U.N. Keep On Keepin’ On LP
17 ERIC LILLEY TRIO Joie De Vivre LP
17 SHEL Rainbow SINGLE
17 THE REMINDERS Unstoppable LP
17 WILDERMISS In My Mind LP
18 CHIMNEY CHOIR An Alternative Life LP
18 WHITEWATER RAMBLE Pseudonymous LP *
18 WOOD BELLY Man on the Radio LP
19 BIG GIGANTIC Free Your Mind LP
19 CAITLIN CANNON TrashCannon LP
19 CITRA Ocean SINGLE
19 ELDREN Still Friends SINGLE
19 JOHN STATZ Early Riser LP
19 RYAN DART Drifter’s Heart LP *
19 THE CATCALLS I Get High SINGLE
19 THE THREADBARONS Songbook for the Weary LP
19 WHITACRE Seasons LP
20 FINN O’SULLIVAN When The Power Comes Back On LP
20 JOHN COMMON The Low Wines, Vol. 1 EP EP

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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

News Notes & Spins – May 1 2012

What does it say about the programmers and djs at community radio stations when they don’t really recognize music from the community (state) in which they are licensed to broadcast? OUCH – oh no he didn’t! Uh, yeah, I did.

Every month, I comb through literally hundreds of daily playlists from stations all around the state in order to cull and tabulate the monthly spins charts. And here’s what I’ve found out over the past few years — the VAST MAJORITY of djs doing shows statewide on community radio stations don’t ever touch upon music by a Colorado act, known or unknown. TRUTH.

That’s taking nothing away from those who do. I want to make that perfectly clear. I’m deeply thankful to those djs, programmers, and radio stations that do make a concerted effort to get Colorado music on the air. Stations like KRFC (Fort Collins) and OPEN AIR 1340 AM (Denver) have made that commitment very obvious. On average you’ll hear somewhere in the ballpark of 13-15% of their airtime devoted to recordings from here in the state. That’s on top of the hours they devote to live in-studio appearances by Colorado acts. The rest? …less than 5% on average per month.  In many cases I’ve been hard pressed to find even five individual album titles played, let alone five with more than a spin or two a month.  There are some stations that statistically don’t air any current Colorado releases at all – in any genre.

Here’s an interesting comparison: Under the Canadian Commercial Radio Policy, 35% of all music aired each week on all AM and FM stations must be Canadian. We have no such rules in the US, even for COMMUNITY/PUBLIC radio.

35%! I can’t even begin to imagine what community radio in Colorado would sound like if we did that.  Imagine if 1 out of every 3 songs you heard was from a Colorado act … and that’s only 33%. Hell, all I’m asking for is 16.6% (2 songs per hour on average).  What kind of impact would radio have then?

Scott Foley hosts a show and serves as the de facto Colorado music genre captain, as well as the Americana music genre captain at KRFC.  When a few of us were discussing this subject on my Facebook page he wrote, “There needs to be a relationship between artists and their community stations. [As Chris has pointed out before,] we can’t support an artist if they don’t make their music available to us. Likewise, the relationship should include in-studio time, station sponsored concerts and events and even artist support during membership drives. These are mutually beneficial opportunities that allow a station to sink stronger roots into its community.”

Kerri Pastine of the Informants added; “My assumption would be that the DJs aren’t getting out and discovering all of the local music there is, but then again, I really don’t know how they get turned on to it all, as there’s so much.”

This is a complex issue for sure. The people who volunteer their time to do shows at these stations are our neighbors and our friends, our parents and our children here in the state.  I believe we all want the same result – a greater awareness of the communities we live in – that is what lies at the heart of community radio.

The solution may be as simple as getting the music straight to those who do the shows. Maybe … since what they tend to play is music they are already familiar with  …so if we can get the music directly into their hands they’ll play it …. MAYBE. We’ll see … I’m hopeful 🙂

/rant

In radio news, KBUT (Crested Butte) has a nation wide search going for a new General Manager. As of April 17th, KBUT General Manager Ryan Stringfellow has decided to step down from his position. He plans to return to Grand Junction with his family to pursue an advanced degree in Education from Colorado Mesa University. Read Ryan’s farewell message here: http://www.kbut.org/page.cfm?pageid=21032.

KBUT is now in the midst of a national search for it’s next General Manager. Interested parties can learn more at the KBUT website: http://www.kbut.org/page.cfm?pageid=21031. Applications are due by Monday, May 7th.

It’s spring membership drive time at nearly all of the public/community stations statewide. I know that KRFC (Fort Collins) is engaged in theirs as I write and others are also, or are about to become. Please support your local community/public radio station. Without our support, these stations truly cannot survive. For some of them (KOTO in Telluride for example) all or nearly all of the money they receive to support their efforts comes directly from supportive listeners. AND – please do request that they play more Colorado music when you make that contribution.

ONTO THE CHARTS

TOP 40 MOST SPUN TITLES – April 2012
(309 titles tracked / 157 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]
(5) 2. Tennis – Young & Old (Fat Possum) Indie/New alternative [Feb-12]
(4) 3. Otis Taylor – Otis Taylor’s Contraband (Telarc) Blues [Feb-12]
(D) 4. Haunted Windchimes – Out with the Crow (Blank Tape) Folk/folk-rock [Apr-12]
(8) 5. Bad Weather California – Sunkissed (Family Tree) Indie/New alternative [Feb-12]
(D) 6. The Jekylls – The Sweet Factory (self) Americana [Mar-12]
(23) 7. Katya Chorover – Big Big Love (Cat and Moon Records) Americana/country [Oct-11]
(D) 8. Mosey West – Merica (self) Rock/folk-rock/alt.country rock [Apr-12]
(6) 9. Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Live at Hodi’s (self) Alt-country [Jan-12]
(7) 10. Longest Day of the Year – Turn Into the Ground (self) Alt-country-rock [Nov-11]
(D) 11. Muskeeteer Gripweed – Staight Razor Revival (self) Rock/roots rock/jamband [Apr-12]
(D) 12. Mama Lenny & the Remedy – Punches and Hugs (self) Blues/rhythm and blues [Apr-12]
(D) 13. Grant Farm – The Grant Farm (self) Alt-country-rock [Mar-12]
(30) 14. Great American Taxi – Paradise Lost (self) Alt-country-rock [Oct-11]
(27) 15. Haunted Windchimes – Live at the Western Jubilee (Blank Tape) Folk/folk-rock [May-11]
(D) 16. Leftover Salmon – Aquatic Hitchhiker (LoS Records) Rock/bluegrass/country [Apr-12]
(11) 17. The Swayback – Double Four Time (self) Rock [Feb-12]
(D) 18. The Congress – Whatever You Want (self) Rock [Apr-12]
(11) 19. Broken Tongues – Crooked Skyline (self) Hip-Hop [Feb-12]
(12) 19. Churchill – The Change EP (Wire Bird) Folk/folk-rock [Feb-12]
(R) 20. Achille Lauro – Flight or Flight (Hot Congress) Indie/New alternative [Feb-12]
(10) 21. Finnders & Youngberg – FY5 (self) Bluegrass/country [Apr-11]
(20) 22. Eric Gunnison – Trios (Synergy Music) Jazz [Feb-12]
(D) 23. Euforquestra – Let Us In (self) World/funk [Mar-12]
(D) 24. Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra – Sharks & Manatees (Dazzle Recordings) Jazz/big band [Apr-12]
(2) 25. Katie Glassman – Snapshot (self) Americana/country-jazz [Feb-12]
(14) 26. Lionel Young Band – On Our Way to Memphis (self) Blues [Aug-11]
(R) 27. Gauntlet Hair – Gauntlet Hair (self) Indie/alternative [Sep-11]
(15) 28. Fierce Bad Rabbit – Live and Learn EP (self) Pop/alternative [Nov-11]
(9) 29. Catch Bees – Newman’s Open Choir (On Joyful Wings) Indie/New alternative [Feb-12]
(13) 29. Harry Tuft & Friends – Treasures Untold (Manasses Records) Folk [Nov-11]
(21) 29. John Common and Blinding Flashes of Light – Beautiful Empty (Free School) Rock/adult alternative [Apr-11]
(32) 29. The Yawpers – Savage Blue EP (Adventure Records) Alt-country-rock [Jan-12]
(D) 30. Blackout Beat Production Company – The Circus House (self) Electronic/dance [Dec-11]
(R) 31. John Oates – Mississippi Mile (PS Records) Blues/country-blues [Apr-11]
(30) 31. Spring Creek – Hold On Me (self) Bluegrass [Jul-11]
(R) 32. Slim Cessna’s Auto Club – Unentitled (Alternative Tentacles) Rock/adult alternative [Mar-11]
(D) 33. Josh Quinlin Quintet – Mountain Time Standards (Dazzle Recordings) Jazz [Feb-12]
(D) 34. Carbon Choir – Sakhalin (self) Rock/alternative [Apr-12]
(R) 34. Kentucky Parlor Pickers – Barn Burner (self) Alt-country [May-11]
(R) 34. Spires – S/T EP (self) Indie/alternative [Nov-11]

DROPPED OUT OF TOP 40
3. Coles Whalen – I Wrote this for You
16. Carmen Sandim Sextet – Brand New
17. The Patti Fiasco – The Patti Fiasco
18. Mosey West – Vaca Money
19. Paper Bird – Carry On
22. Beats Noir! – 13 Tracks From The Dark Side Of The Beat
22. Overcasters – Curses/Prayers
24. Chimney Choir – (ladder)
25. Turn 4 – What You Do About It
26. Ronnie Shellist – Trust Is Gone
28. Fox Street Allstars – Welcome to the Mighty Pleasin’
29. Big Head Todd and the Monsters – Big Head Blues Club: 100 Years of Robert Johnson
31. Bonnie and The Clydes – Bonnie And The Clydes
31. Varlet – The Drifter
32. Mr. Anonymous – Champion Sound
32. Rebel Tongue – Movin’ On
32. The Hickman-Dalton Gang – The Hickman-Dalton Gang Vol II
33. El Toro De La Muerte – Danger These Days
33. J. Miller Band – The Road to ELVado
33. Juno What?! – Shameless

ADDED APRIL 2012
Amazing Twin – Grown Alone
Arliss Nancy – Simple Machines
Better Than Bacon – Better Than Bacon
Carbon Choir – Sakhalin
The Congress – Whatever You Want
Haunted Windchimes – Out with the Crow
Instant Empire – Instant Empire
Jeff Finlin – Live Songs for the Ice Age
Kailin Yong Peace Project Trio – Gravity Free
Le Divorce – The Sting and the Light
Leftover Salmon – Aquatic Hitchhiker
Lifeboat Etiquette – Saboteur
Mama Lenny & the Remedy – Punches and Hugs
Megan Redmond – Dreamland
Mesita – The Coyote
Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra – Sharks & Manatees
Mosey West – Merica
Muskeeteer Gripweed – Staight Razor Revival
Saturn Cowboys – Follow the Light to the West
UMConscious – Everybody [single]

STATION BY STATION

KAFM (Grand Junction)
1. The Lumineers – The Lumineers
1. Mosey West – Merica
2. Otis Taylor – Otis Taylor’s Contraband
3. Stray Grass – Written in the Stars
4. Achille Lauro – Flight or Flight

KBUT (Crested Butte)
1. The Lumineers – The Lumineers
2. Great American Taxi – Paradise Lost
2. Katya Chorover – Big Big Love
2. Otis Taylor – Otis Taylor’s Contraband
2. Tennis – Young & Old

KDNK (Carbondale)
1. Haunted Windchimes – Live at the Western Jubilee
1. Haunted Windchimes – Out with the Crow
2. Lindsay & the Lost Caravan – You Don’t Know Me
3. Chimney Choir – Chimney Choir
3. Euforquestra – Let Us In

KGNU (Boulder)
1. Bad Weather California – Sunkissed
2. Mr. Anonymous – Champion Sound
3. Otis Taylor – Otis Taylor’s Contraband
4. Great American Taxi – Paradise Lost
4. Lionel Young Band – On Our Way to Memphis

KRCC (Colorado Springs)
1. The Haunted Windchimes – Out with the Crow
2. Otis Taylor – Otis Taylor’s Contraband
3. Tennis – Young & Old
4. The Lumineers – The Lumineers
5. A Shoreline Dream – Losing Them All To This Time

KRFC (Fort Collins)
1.  Musketeer Gripweed –  Straight Razor Revival
2.  Mama Lenny & the Remedy – Hugs & Punches
3.  Tennis – Young & Old
4.  The Lumineers – The Lumineers
5.   Mosey West – Merica

KUNC (Greeley)
1. The Lumineers – The Lumineers
2. Kathryn Mostow – Rich Girl
2. SHEL – When the Dragon Came Down
3. Harry Tuft & Friends – Treasures Untold
3. Justin Roth – Now You Know

KUVO (Denver)
1. Eric Gunnison – Trios
2. Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra – Sharks & Manatees
3. Rene Marie – Voice Of My Beautiful Country
4. H2 Big Band – You’re It!
4. Jim Stranahan – Free For All

KVNF (Paonia)
1. The Lumineers – The Lumineers
2. Halden Wofford & the HI Beams – Live at Hodi’s
2. Katie Glassman – Snapshot
2. Kyle James Hauser – Oh Oh
2. Leftover Salmon – Aquatic Hitchhiker

OPEN AIR 1340 (Denver)
1. The Lumineers – The Lumineers
2. Tennis – Young & Old
3. Bad Weather California – Sunkissed
4. Achille Lauro – Flight or Flight
5. Snake Rattle Rattle Snake – Sineater

The Colorado Sound
1. The Jekylls – The Sweet Factory
2. The Haunted Windchimes – Out with the Crow
3. Katya Chorover – Big Big Love
3. Mama Lenny & the Remedy – Punches and Hugs
3. The Congress – Whatever You Want

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BY GENRE/PROGRAM FORMAT

Americana/Alt.country/Alt.country-rock
1. The Jekylls – The Sweet Factor
2. Katya Chorover – Big Big Love
3. Halden Wofford & the HI Beams – Live at Hodi’s
4. Longest Day of the Year – Turn Into the Ground
5. Grant Farm – The Grant Farm

Blues/Rhythm & Blues
1. Otis Taylor – Otis Taylor’s Contraband
2. Mama Lenny & the Remedy – Punches and Hugs
3. Lionel Young Band – On Our Way to Memphis
4. John Oates – Mississippi Mile
5. Taylor Scott & Another Kind Of Magick – Back To Beale Live

Bluegrass
1. Finnders & Youngberg – FY5
2. Spring Creek – Hold On Me
3. Dave Richey & Ruined Nation – No Peace of Mind
4. Grass It Up – Grass It Up – Live
5. Stray Grass – Written in the Stars

Folk/folk-rock/singer-songwriter
1. Haunted Windchimes – Out with the Crow
2. Haunted Windchimes – Live at the Western Jubilee
3. Churchhill – The Change EP
4. Harry Tuft & Friends – Treasures Untold
5. Jeff Finlin – Live Songs for the Ice Age

Dance/Funk/Hip-Hop/Urban Contemporary
1. Broken Tongues – Crooked Skyline
2. Blackout Beat Production Company – The Circus House
3. Beats Noir! – 13 Tracks From The Dark Side Of The Beat
4. Rebel Tongue – Movin’ On
5. Juno What?! – Late Night

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

Jazz
1. Eric Gunnison – Trios
2. Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra – Sharks & Manatees
3. Josh Quinlin Quintet – Mountain Time Standards
4. H2 Big Band – You’re It!
5. Rene Marie – Voice Of My Beautiful Country

POP / Alternative Adult Contemporary
1. John Common and Blinding Flashes of Light – Beautiful Empty
2. Coles Whalen – I Wrote this for You
3. Megan Redmond – Dreamland
4. Zach Heckendorf – The Cool Down
5. Wendy Woo Band – Austerity

ROCK / AAA / AOR
1. Mosey West – Merica
2. Muskeeteer Gripweed – Staight Razor Revival
3. Leftover Salmon – Aquatic Hitchhiker
4. The Swayback – Double Four Time
5. The Congress – Whatever You Want