Colorado TOP 100 Q1 2013

So, keeping it simple, there are 300 titles on the tracking sheet.  Q1 titles spun = 234.  Here’s the TOP 100.  Next quarterly report comes out in July.

1. DeVotchKaLive with the Colorado Symphony
2. The LumineersThe Lumineers
3. Fierce Bad RabbitMaestro and the Elephant
4. Otis TaylorMy World Is Gone
5. Elephant RevivalIt’s Alive EP
6. Jeff Brinkman BandStrange
7. Beautiful Loser SocietyThe Desperate Promenade
8. The YawpersCapon Crusade
9. Esme PattersonAll Princes, I
10. Leftover SalmonAquatic Hitchhiker
11. A Boy and His KiteA Boy and His Kite
12. You, Me and ApolloS/T [EP]
13. Wire FacesKing Cataract
14. Jon WirtzTourist
15. Blue Canyon BoysNext Go Round
16. Chris DanielsBetter Days
17. Sera Cahoone (CC) – Deer Creek Canyon
18. Beats Noir!Where the Sun Goes Down
19. FlobotsThe Circle In the Square
20. ChurchillThe Change EP
21. Bonnie & The ClydesWrong Side Up
22. The GrometBarren
23. The Haunted WindchimesOut with the Crow
24. Danielle Ate The Sandwich{like a king}
25. Grant FarmThe Grant Farm
26. Land LinesLand Lines
27. Grant SabinAnthromusicology
28. Manuel Lopez TrioSearching Out
29. SHELSHEL
30. RaincheckRaincheck
31. Mike Clark & the Sugar SoundsRound and Round
32. O’Brien Party of 7 (CC) – Reincarnation, The Songs of Roger Miller
33. Joshua Novak Ephemeron
34. Darryl PurposeNext Time Around
35. Bad Brad & the Fat CatsEyes on the Prize
36. Mosey WestMerica
37. Strange AmericansA Royal Battle
38. Kristi SticeUnder the Willow
39. Rachel & the KingsTonic
40. 4H RoyaltyWhere UFOs Go To Die
40. Trout Steak RevivalFlight
41. Carmelita’s LoversGhosts of Our Former Selves
42. A Shoreline Dream“333”
43. The EpiloguesCinematics
44. Paper BirdRooms
45. The SwaybackDouble Four Time
46. Mama Lenny & the RemedyPunches and Hugs
47. Instant EmpireKeep UP!
48. Rob DrabkinLittle Steps EP
49. Brad GoodeChicago Red
49. Poet’s RowPoet’s Row
50. Catch BeesNarratives from a Factory Town
51. Achille LauroFlight or Flight
52. Patrick DethlefsFall & Rise
53. Sofie ReedSimplicity Chased Trouble Away
54. EuforquestraLet Us In
55. Bad Weather CaliforniaSunkissed
55. Tia Fuller (CC) – Angelic Warrior
56. The CentennialNervous System
56. WhiteWater RambleRoots & Groove
57. 3 Twins BroadbandCry at the Movies / How Couldya Not [single]
57. Dan Treanor’s Afrosippi Band f/Erica BrownTangled Road
58. A Mouthful of ThunderSlow Burn
59. The KnewMan Monster
60. Boa & the ConstrictorsMarried to the Blues
60. gogoLabBorder Patrol
61. Chris Thompson & Coral Creek String BandForty Years
62. Dennis WaneboRunning On Gravity
62. Eye and the ArrowIf By Fire
63. Tin Horn PrayerGrapple the Rails
64. Lisa BellThe Italian Project
64. Tyler WardHello. Love. Heartache.
65. Zach HeckendorfThe Cool Down
66. Abi Robins Such A Mess
67. Carbon ChoirSakhalin
68. Science PartnerRocky Mountain News
69. PolarityKing of Hearts
70. Halden Wofford & the Hi*BeamsLive at Hodi’s
71. West Water OutlawsReal Killer
72. Esther Sparks & the Whiskey RemedyBack to Life [single]
73. Ending PeopleFill Your Lungs
73. Fred Hess BIG BANDSpeak
73. Glowing HouseDays Run Out
73. Joe SampsonKill Our Friends
73. The JekyllsThe Sweet Factory
74. String Cheese IncidentCan’t Wait Another Day [single]
75. Mango fan Django Indigo Dreams
76. I’m With HerSongs We Said Goodbye To
77. MeniskusStowaway
78. Fox Steet AllstarsTough Talk
79. Jeremy DionGolden Some Days
79. Jesse ManleyA Path Through the Dark
79. John William DavisDead Simple, Vol. 1: You Talk Funny
79. P-NuckleThe System
80. Robert Cline, Jr.All the Right Reasons
81. TennisYoung & Old
82. Calder’s RevolversSteady By Your Side
82. Instant EmpireHeavy Hollow
83. Otis TaylorOtis Taylor’s Contraband
84. Amazing TwinGrown Alone

NEWS NOTES and SPINS APRIL 1 2013

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April 1 2013.  This site hit a record number of unique visitors and page views for the month of March, year to year.  March was officially the 1st month of the 4th year of this blog.  So far it’s been a pretty cool ride all the way around, with the blog averaging some 1500 unique views a month and the show heard six days a week on five stations, across numerous broadcast radio frequencies throughout the state.

Thanks to the wise council of a very good friend in the broadcast world, the time has come for a change.  A build-out is happening as I write this.  I’ve decided to add another dimension in getting some of the best music in our state to you 24/7/365… on your pc, pad, or smartphone.  That said, I just moved into the realm of needing to raise revenue to support this build-out.

Beginning this month I’ll be doing outreach to fund this endeavor.  I will be accepting a limited number of for-profit and non-profit underwriting sponsorships, and will be researching grants and other forms of revenue.  Watch for a funding and sponsorship page to launch, as well as an updated station page in the next week or so.  In the meantime, here’s a taste of what’s to come…  check out cuts from this month’s TOP 40.

Thank you for the dozens of well wishes and kind thoughts I’ve received this past month.  I’ve received several invitations to do marathons and bike-athons and more when I hit 60 in two years LOL.  I totally intend to make it happen.

Speaking of well wishes and kind thoughts …it’s been kinda funny to have folks from NoCo call or text me that they heard my voice on a commercial for the Fort Collins’ Downtown Business Association.  I’ve been doing their voice-over work since February.  The spots air on several commercial stations in NoCo.

Have a green April 🙂

STATION NEWS

KUNC LOGOYou been listening at all to what KUNC has been up to?  I hope so. (click to open music page)

I was visiting my therapist (yes, goats do well under some therapy LOL) recently and mentioned KUNC.  Her reaction surprised me a bit actually — she said she didn’t like classical music, so didn’t listen to KUNC.  Not only has the station changed the sound of the daytime mix, with music director Benji McPhail and long-timer Wendy Wham rockin the desk from 9-2, they’ve also added an additional 3 hours of music programming Mon-Fri from 9-midnight.  This is some of the most adventurous adult format music programming we’ve had in this area for a very long time.  I think it best reflects what many of us old-timers recall as the best and more progressive years at stations like KBCO, KTCL (when they were still in Fort Collins), KYOU turned KDEN (about 1990), KFML and KCUV among maybe one or two more.  Add to that a statewide reach on multiple frequencies and popular NPR programming.

KVNF logoAward winning rural service network, KVNF Community Radio, seeks a forward thinking and creative General Manager to lead our mission driven broadcast organization into the future.  We are looking for a well-organized leader who combines strong communication and managerial skills with a vision for making community radio essential.  KVNF offers the General Manager an excellent opportunity to work with a committed Board of Directors and enthusiastic staff, while leading an outstanding community broadcast organization into the future.

 Established in 1979, KVNF provides eclectic music, news, public affairs, arts and entertainment programming 24/7 for a multi-aged audience that is culturally and economically diverse. Headquartered in the town of Paonia, KVNF offers a professional work environment in a 6,000 square foot, inspiring state-of-the art broadcast facility.  From spectacular alpine vistas to sandstone canyons and world class river rafting KVNF’s listening area offers high quality living.

For a complete description visit our website www.kvnf.org. No Phone calls please. KVNF is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to a fair and diverse workplace.

KBUT-Colorado-public-radioKBUT Community Radio is seeking a year-round, part-time Underwriting Director. Primary job duty is to sell underwriting sponsorships of KBUT programs to Gunnison Valley businesses and organizations. Check www.kbut.org for a complete job description and more information.  Music and Web Director Grant McFarren is set to go full-time by adding Membership Director to his list of responsibilities. Grant has been a part-time KBUT employee since 2010, DJ since 2007, and was a Board Member 2008-2010.

KBUT has also announced that it will participate in the second annual Public Radio Music Month, a month‐long initiative in April 2013 that celebrates public radio stations’ invaluable role in America’s music culture.

cropped-prmm_webheaderPublic Radio Music Month is a nationwide initiative that connects local public radio stations, artists and audiences in communities across the United States.  Throughout the month of April, public radio stations around the state will emphasize special music programming in support of Public Radio Music Month.

Please call, email, text, or message your local community radio station and thank them for supporting Colorado music as part of their programming.  It means a hellova lot when YOU make the call.  Not everyone contributes monetarily; we all know that – doesn’t mean you’re not supporting.  Thank you for listening.

cprLogoApril marks the 10-year anniversary of “Colorado Spotlight,” Colorado Public Radio (CPR) Classical’s flagship program that features the state’s major classical organizations through performances, interviews and live broadcasts. “Colorado Spotlight” is hosted by Charley Samson and airs Monday – Friday and Sunday at 7 p.m.

“When we first started ‘Colorado Spotlight’ in 2003, the classical community was much smaller, and we weren’t sure if we’d have enough local content to produce a daily show,” said Samson. “Now, we have literally hundreds of live and recorded performances to choose from, a true testament to the strength of the classical community here in Colorado and of the music enthusiasts who continue to support it.”

“Colorado Spotlight’s” long-lasting partnerships with the state’s leading classical organizations like the Colorado Symphony, Opera Colorado, Central City Opera, Colorado Music Festival, Bravo! Vail Valley and Aspen Music Festivals provide a prominent statewide stage presence through recordings, in-depth interviews and live broadcasts.

Over 400 classical artists have visited the CPR Performance Studio, sharing intimate live and recorded performances and interviews that reveal personal insight and their own interpretation of the music. CPR’s Performance Studio features state-of-the-art recording capabilities, along with a nine-foot Steinway concert grand piano that was funded by the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation. Artists that have visited the space include Joshua Bell, Sir James Galway and Eugenia Zukerman.

To commemorate 10 years in the community, Samson will air a weeklong showcase of some of the program’s most memorable interviews and performances, beginning Monday, April 1 through Friday, April 5. The celebration will culminate on Sunday, April 7 with a two-hour live broadcast from the CPR Performance Studio featuring the Ivy Street Trio, the Colorado Chamber Players and others.

“Colorado Spotlight” 10-Year Anniversary Celebration Schedule, April 1-5, 7 at 7 p.m.
For more information, visit www.cpr.org and follow CPR Classical on Facebook and Twitter.

TOP 6 VIDEO PICKS

Thom Chacon, Paper Bird, Esme Patterson, WhiteWater Ramble, Rachel and the Kings, Glowing House

TOP 40 SPINS MARCH 2013

254 titles tracked in March
160 titles were reported as played at least once.
(CC) = Colorado Connection
(D) = album/ep debut on chart
(R) = reenter
[date] = Date added to reporting list

(4) 1. The Lumineers – The Lumineers (Dualtone) Americana [1-Mar-12]
(3) 2. Otis Taylor – My World Is Gone (Telarc) Blues [20-Jan-13]
(1) 3. DeVotchKa – Live with the Colorado Symphony (Cicero Recordings) Indie/New Alternative [1-Nov-12]
(6) 4. Elephant Revival – It’s Alive EP (Ruff Shod/Nettwork) Folk [1-Nov-12]
(D) 5. Paper Bird – Rooms (self) Indie/New Alternative [16-Feb-13](2) 6. Fierce Bad Rabbit – Maestro and the Elephant (self) Rock/Pop [5-Jan-13]
(9) 7. Beautiful Loser Society – The Desperate Promenade (self) Americana [5-Jan-13]
(R) 8. O’Brien Party of 7 (CC) – Reincarnation, The Songs of Roger Miller (Howdy Skies Music) Folk [1-Jun-12]
(18) 9. Esme Patterson – All Princes, I (Greater Than Collective) Indie/New Alternative [1-Sep-12]
(D) 10. Poet’s Row – Poet’s Row (self) Indie/New Alternative [28-Jan-13](11) 11. Blue Canyon Boys – Next Go Round (self) Bluegrass [16-Jan-13]
(D) 12. Brad Goode – Chicago Red (Origin Records) Jazz [15-Feb-13]
(23) 13. SHEL – SHEL (Moraine Records / Mad King Records) Folk [1-Aug-12]
(R) 13. Trout Steak Revival – Flight (self) Bluegrass [22-Nov-12]
(D) 14. WhiteWater Ramble – Roots & Groove (self) Bluegrass/jamgrass [16-Feb-13]
(27) 15. Chris Daniels – Better Days     (self) Americana [1-Jul-12]
(22) 15. The Haunted Windchimes – Out with the Crow (Blank Tape) Folk [1-Apr-12]
(17) 16. The Yawpers – Capon Crusade (self) Rock [1-Sep-12]
(R) 16. Wire Faces – King Cataract (Hot Congress Records) Rock [10-Jan-13]
(19) 17. Danielle Ate The Sandwich – {like a king} (Youngest Daughter Records) Folk [1-May-12]
(13) 18. Grant Farm – The Grant Farm (self) Americana [1-Mar-12]
(21) 18. Sera Cahoone (CC) – Deer Creek Canyon (Sub Pop) Folk [1-Nov-12]
(R) 18. Strange Americans – A Royal Battle (self) Rock/alt-country-rock [1-Jun-12]
(R) 18. Euforquestra – Let Us In (self) World [1-Apr-12]
(R) 19. Mosey West – Merica (self) Rock/roots rock [1-Apr-12]
(13) 20. Bonnie & The Clydes – Wrong Side Up (self) Americana [1-Jul-12]
(12) 21. Churchill – The Change EP (A&M) Rock/folk-rock [1-Mar-12]
(R) 22. Leftover Salmon – Aquatic Hitchhiker (LoS Records) Americana [1-Apr-12]
(R) 23. Mama Lenny & the Remedy – Punches and Hugs (self) Blues/rhythm & blues [1-Apr-12]
(D) 24. Thom Chacon – Thom Chacon (Pie Records) Americana [6-Mar-13]
(R) 25. Flashbulb Fires – Gasconader (self) Indie/New Alternative [1-May-12]
(25) 26. Catch Bees – Narratives from a Factory Town (On Joyful Wings) Indie/New Alternative [6-Feb-13]
(R) 27. Patrick Dethlefs – Fall & Rise (self) Folk [1-Jun-12]
(D) 28. Mike Clark & the Sugar Sounds – Round and Round (Blank Tape) Indie/New Alternative [19-Jan-13]
(R) 29. The Knew – Man Monster (self) Rock    [1-Jun-12]
(D) 30. Confluence – I Haven’t Really Been Living (self) Indie/New Alternative [28-Feb-13]
(5) 30. Jeff Brinkman Band – Strange (self) Rock/adult alternative [1-Dec-12]
(D) 30. The Congress – The Loft Tapes EP (self) Rock/soul [21-Mar-13]
(R) 30. Tia Fuller (CC) – Angelic Warrior (Mack Avenue) Jazz [1-Sep-12]
(33) 31. Grant Sabin – Anthromusicology (Blank Tape) Rock [10-Jan-13]
(D) 31. Kristi Stice – Under the Willow (self) Indie/New Alternative [9-Jan-13]

MARCH ADDS
Ambassador Wolf – Tracks In The Woods
Austin Young & No Difference – Blue As Can Be
Ben Hanna – We Were Like Whatever
Blue Grama – Dust Bowl Blues
Chauncey Crandall – Every Song Is About You
Confluence – I Haven’t Really Been Living
Farmington Hill – Bridge to Nowhere
Glowing House – The Down and Out [single]
KING – Need A Woman By Friday [single]
Michael Kirkpatrick – Key to My Cage
Nina Storey (CC) – Think Twice [single]
OneRepublic – What You Wanted [single]
Smythe & Taylor – These Rosita Hills
Take to the Oars – The Bow & the Stern
The Centennial – Nervous System
The Congress – The Loft Tapes EP
Thom Chacon – Thom Chacon
Willie Houston – Live at Ziggies

STATION BY STATION

[X] = number of “current” titles reported as played in reporting period.  This is so you’ll not only see what the top five records getting the most spins are at any station, but also how many “current year” releases are getting played.

Elephant Revival It's AliveKAFM (Grand Junction) [19]
1. Elephant Revival – It’s Alive
1. Otis Taylor – My World Is Gone
2. Thom Chacon – Thom Chacon
3. The Lumineers – The Lumineers
4. Beautiful Loser Society – The Desperate Promenade

WWRKBUT (Crested Butte) [15]
1. WhiteWater Ramble – Roots & Groove
2. Blue Canyon Boys – Next Go Round
2. Bonnie & The Clydes – Wrong Side Up
2. Otis Taylor – My World Is Gone
2. Trout Steak Revival – Flight

Euforquestra_Let Us InKDNK (Carbondale) [18]
1. Euforquestra – Let Us In
1. Paper Bird – Rooms
2. Elephant Revival – It’s Alive EP
2. Leftover Salmon – Aquatic Hitchhiker
2. O’Brien Party of 7 (CC) – Reincarnation, The Songs of Roger Miller

Farmington Hill KDUR (Durango) [17]
1. Farmington Hill – Bridge to Nowhere
2. Beautiful Loser Society – The Desperate Promenade
3. Thom Chacon – Thom Chacon
4. Fierce Bad Rabbit – Maestro and the Elephant
5. Bad Weather California – Sunkissed

devotchka_live with CO symKGNU (Boulder) [18]
1. DeVotchKa – Live with the Colorado Symphony
1. The Lumineers – The Lumineers
2. Otis Taylor – My World Is Gone
3. Blue Canyon Boys – Next Go Round
3. Esme Patterson – All Princes, I

lumineersKOTO (Telluride) [6]
1. The Lumineers – The Lumineers
2. Brad Goode – Chicago Red
3. Beautiful Loser Society – The Desperate Promenade
3. Chris Daniels – Better Days
3. Churchill – The Change

Mike Clark_Round and RoundKRCC (Colorado Springs) [11]
1. Mike Clark & the Sugar Sounds – Round and Round
2. DeVotchKa – Live with the Colorado Symphony
3. Grant Sabin – Anthromusicology
4. The Haunted Windchimes – Out with the Crow
4. The Lumineers – The Lumineers

WWRKRFC (Fort Collins) [>100]
1.  WhiteWater Ramble – Roots & Groove
2.  Michael Kirkpatrick – Keys To My Cage
3.  Paper Bird – Rooms
4.  You Me & Apollo – You Me & Apollo
5.  Fierce Bad Rabbit – Maestro & the Elephant

otis taylor_my world is goneKUNC (Greeley) [13]
1. Otis Taylor – My World Is Gone
2. DeVotchKa – Live with the Colorado Symphony
3. The Lumineers – The Lumineers
4. Sera Cahoone (CC) – Deer Creek Canyon
5. Churchill – The Change EP

brad goode chicago redKUVO (Denver) [8]
1. Brad Goode – Chicago Red
2. Polarity – King of Hearts
3. Tom Gershwin – Sweet Pastimes
4. Jon Wirtz – Tourist
5. Tia Fuller (CC) – Angelic Warrior

otis taylor_my world is goneKVNF (Paonia) [6]
1. Otis Taylor – My World Is Gone
2. Flobots – The Circle In the Square
2. Glowing House – Days Run Out
2. O’Brien Party of 7 (CC) – Reincarnation, The Songs of Roger Miller
2. SHEL – SHEL

poets rowOpen Air 1340 (Denver) [73]
1. Poet’s Row – Poet’s Row
2. Paper Bird – Rooms
3. Wire Faces – King Cataract
4. Esme Patterson – All Princes, I
5. DeVotchKa – Live with the Colorado Symphony

Gromet_BarrenThe Colorado Sound [57]
1. The Gromet – Barren
2. WhiteWater Ramble – Roots & Groove
2. You Me & Apollo – You Me & Apollo
3. Dennis Wanebo – Running On Gravity
3. Strange Americans – A Royal Battle

GENRE/PROGRAM FORMAT

lumineersAmericana/Alt.country/Bluegrass
1. The Lumineers – The Lumineers
2. Beautiful Loser Society – The Desperate Promenade
3. Blue Canyon Boys – Next Go Round
4. Trout Steak Revival – Flight
5. WhiteWater Ramble – Roots & Groove

otis taylor_my world is goneBlues/Rhythm & Blues
1. Otis Taylor – My World Is Gone
2. Mama Lenny & the Remedy – Punches and Hugs
3. Sofie Reed – Simplicity Chased Trouble Away
4. John Oates Band (CC) – The Bluesville Sessions
5. Austin Young & No Difference – Blue As Can Be

Flobots_circleDance/Funk/Hip-Hop/Urban Contemporary
1. Flobots – The Circle In the Square
2. Bop Skizzum – Coloradical
3. Beats Noir! – Where the Sun Goes Down
3. Rebel Tongue – Movin’ On
3. Wheelchair Sports Camp – Where We All Live

Elephant Revival It's AliveFolk/folk-rock/singer-songwriter
1. Elephant Revival – It’s Alive EP
2. O’Brien Party of 7 (CC) – Reincarnation, The Songs of Roger Miller
3. SHEL – SHEL
4. The Haunted Windchimes – Out with the Crow
5. Danielle Ate The Sandwich – {like a king}

devotchka_live with CO symIndie/New Alternative
1. DeVotchKa – Live with the Colorado Symphony
2. Paper Bird – Rooms
3. Esme Patterson – All Princes, I
4. Poet’s Row – Poet’s Row
5. Flashbulb Fires – Gasconader

brad goode chicago redJazz/Instrumental
1. Brad Goode – Chicago Red
2. Tia Fuller (CC) – Angelic Warrior
3. Polarity – King of Hearts
4. Tom Gershwin – Sweet Pastimes
5. Fred Hess Big Band – Speak

dennis wanebo running on gravityPOP / Contemporary Adult / Crossover
1. Dennis Wanebo – Running On Gravity
1. Rebecca Folsom – Reunion
2. Nina Storey (CC) – Think Twice [single]
3. KING – Need A Woman By Friday [single]
3. OneRepublic – What You Wanted [single]

fierce bad rabbit_the maestroROCK / AAA / ALT / AOR
1. Fierce Bad Rabbit – Maestro and the Elephant
2. The Yawpers – Capon Crusade
2. Wire Faces – King Cataract
3. Strange Americans – A Royal Battle
4. Mosey West – Merica

DISCLAIMER:  The following records were sent to radio/press by Chris Kresge, aka Chris K, dba Rocky Mountain Music Network
Chris Daniels – Better Days
Dennis Wanebo – Running On Gravity
WhiteWater Ramble – Roots & Groove

News Notes and Spins – THE BEST of 2012

chrisk w new hatIn reflection – what is the power of a recording – video and/or audio – that it makes its way to the uppermost partitions of the temple of our soul, our heart, our mind, our singing voice in the quiet space of our car or standing in the throng of a concert crowd? How do we assign such luminance to a single record, that it shines above all others in our collection? (btw, I have a friend who is about to say “we’ve fallen into the Chris abyss.”) What is it that makes a record our favorite of the year?

A full disclaimer is in order – during the course of 2012, I assisted several Colorado artists and bands in getting their recording to djs around the state – which I am paid to do. In the past twelve months I’ve sent out records on behalf of: Three Twins Broadband, Bonnie & the Clydes, Chris Daniels, Chris Thompson & the Coral Creek String Band, Jeff Brinkman, Katie Glassman, Kathryn Mostow, Susannah Thompson, and Sofie Reed, all of whom put out excellent records in 2012 – some of which did very well at radio and/or with the critics and fans who participated in our poll.

In the decades I’ve been involved with music and radio here in Colorado the question has too often been asked, why can’t Denver (Colorado) be recognized as a major player in the national music scene?

My hope is that shows like The Colorado Sound (heard on a number of stations) and stations like KRFC (Fort Collins) and CPR’s OpenAir 1340 have helped to shift that perception and helped to elevate the righteous claim to fame our brothers, sisters, sons and daughters deserve today.  Colorado has become big talk the past decade – deservedly so.

OpenAir 1340 and KRFC deserve special notice in elevating our awareness of Colorado music – each with its own flavor, but both of which have shifted the focus of their airtime to what’s going on here in this state.  KRFC’s TOP 5 most spun album/ep titles were from here … and overall,  80% of their TOP 10 were Colorado releases.  Much love to all the folks at both places who have placed such importance on our local scene — I can’t name a place off the top of my head anywhere in the country that has achieved that in a major metro market area.

Congratulations to the latest round of inductees into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame:  the Astronauts, Flash Cadillac & the Continental Kids, KIMN AM, Barry Fey, and Harry Tuft … all very well deserving … next up in that category are inductees due this year – Chris Daniels, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

So, what’s my favorite? Well, my favorite albums of the year won’t be known to anyone except my wife and maybe one or two very close confidants. Equally I’ve allowed anonymity for the several djs, music journalists, and members of the industry who participated in voting in the POLL I sent out this past month.

The only BEST OF selections I sought no outside influence with is BEST VIDEOs of 2012 — these choices are strictly mine. My #1 pick for video of the year came to me late, like as I was typing out this column.  It comes from one of my best friends, and a client-musician who I am very happy to endorse, promote, and work on behalf of.

Chris Daniels and I got to be friends about the time he released “Spark,” an album I thought at the time truly was a career defining release.  His subsequent treatment for leukemia, and the inspiration that arose within him to write and perform the songs on his newest album “Better Days,” means for me that the current record is far and away his life’s career affirming record.  The video for “Sister Delores” was more than enough emotionally, on the eve of this report, to make it my VIDEO PICK of 2012.  God bless you my friend – I truly do respect, love, and honor you for your contributions these past many decades.  Thank you for inspiring me…. and for being my friend.

And with that … have a SUPER FANTASTIC year of music in Colorado in 2013 … much love to you and thank you for your support in 2012.

Goat_Logo_color_on_whiteGOAT’s TOP VIDEO PICKS of 2012

from:  Chris Daniels, Danielle Ate the Sandwich, the Epilogues, Churchill, Xiren, Flobots, SHEL, and OneRepublic

TOP 40 ALBUMS/EPS

TOP 40 OVERALL – 2012
A ONE HOUR sampling of the TOP 20

1. The Lumineers – The Lumineers (Dualtone) Americana [1 -Mar-12]
2. Danielle Ate The Sandwich – {like a king} (Youngest Daughter Records) Folk [1-May-12]
3. Bad Weather California – Sunkissed (Family Tree) Indie/New Alternative [1-Feb-12]
4. Chris Daniels – Better Days (self) Country/Folk [1-Jul-12]
5. The Yawpers – Capon Crusade (self) Rock [1-Sep-12]
6. Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Live at Hodi’s (self) Country/Rock [1-Jan-12]
7. Leftover Salmon – Aquatic Hitchhiker (LoS Records) Rock/Country [1-Apr-12]
8. Longest Day of the Year – Turn Into the Ground (self) Rock/alt-country [1-Nov-11]
9. Tennis – Young & Old (Fat Possum) Indie/New Alternative [1-Feb-12]
10. Otis Taylor – Otis Taylor’s Contraband (Telarc) Blues [1-Jan-12]
11. The Swayback – Double Four Time (self) Rock [1-Mar-12]
12. Mosey West – Merica (self) Rock [1-Apr-12]
13. The Haunted Windchimes – Out with the Crow (Blank Tape) Folk [1-Apr-12]
14. Strange Americans – A Royal Battle (self) Rock [1-Jun-12]
15. Grant Farm – The Grant Farm (self) Country/Rock [1-Mar-12]
16. The Knew – Man Monster (self) Rock [1-Jun-12]
17. O’Brien Party of 7 (CC) – Reincarnation, The Songs of Roger Miller (Howdy Skies Music) Folk [1-Jun-12]
18. Churchill – The Change EP (A&M/Octone) Rock [1-Mar-12]
19. Bonnie & The Clydes – Wrong Side Up (self) Country/Folk [1-Jul-12]
20. Achille Lauro – Flight or Flight (Hot Congress Records) Indie/New Alternative [1-Mar-12]
21. Katie Glassman – Snapshot (self) Country/jazz [1-Jan-12]
22. Patrick Dethlefs – Fall & Rise (self) Folk [1-Jun-12]
23. Esme Patterson – All Princes, I (Greater Than Collective) Indie/New Alternative [1-Sep-12]
24. Robert Cline, Jr. – All the Right Reasons (Mockingbird Records) Country/Folk [1-May-12]
25. Sofie Reed – Simplicity Chased Trouble Away (self) Blues/Folk [1-Aug-12]
26. Bop Skizzum – Coloradical (self) Funk/Soul/R&B [1-Sep-12]
27. FaceMan – Feeding Time (self) Rock [1-Feb-12]
28. Musketeer Gripweed – Straight Razor Revival (self) Rock [1-Apr-12]
29. Coles Whalen – I Wrote this for You (self) Pop/country crossover [1-Feb-12]
30. The Jekylls – The Sweet Factory (self) Americana/rock [1-Mar-12]
31. Chris Thompson & Coral Creek String Band – Forty Years (self) Country/Folk [1-Sep-12]
32. Flobots – The Circle In the Square (Shanachie Records) Hip-hop [1-Aug-12]
33. Fierce Bad Rabbit – Live and Learn EP (self) Rock/Pop [1-Nov-11]
34. Jeff Brinkman – Strange (self) Rock/Pop/Singer-songwriter [1-Dec-12] *
35. Mama Lenny & the Remedy – Punches and Hugs (self) Blues/rhythm and blues [1-Apr-12]
36. SHEL – SHEL (Moraine Records / Mad King Records) Folk [1-Aug-12]
37. Arliss Nancy – Simple Machines (Suburban Home) Rock [1-May-12]
38. The Congress – Whatever You Want (self) Rock [1-Apr-12]
39. Glowing House – Days Run Out (self) Indie/New Alternative [1-Jun-12]
40. The Epilogues – Cinematics (Greater Than Collective) Rock [1-Oct-12]

TOP 20 PEOPLES’ CHOICE
30 contributors ranked their TOP 20 in order.  A #1 vote garnered 20 pts… a #20 vote garnered 1 pt.  167 titles received at least 1 pt.
1. The Lumineers – The Lumineers
2. Danielle Ate The Sandwich – {like a king}
3. The Yawpers – Capon Crusade
4. Chris Daniels – Better Days
5. Bad Weather California – Sunkissed
6. Longest Day of the Year – Turn Into the Ground
7. Strange Americans – A Royal Battle
8. Bonnie & The Clydes – Wrong Side Up
9. Mosey West – Merica
10. Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Live at Hodi’s
11. The Knew – Man Monster
12. Patrick Dethlefs – Fall & Rise
13. Leftover Salmon – Aquatic Hitchhiker
14. FaceMan – Feeding Time
15. Esme Patterson – All Princes, I
16. Glowing House – Days Run Out
17. Otis Taylor – Otis Taylor’s Contraband
18. Robert Cline, Jr. – All the Right Reasons
19. Anthony Ruptak – Red Mark
20. Oakhurst – Barrel [EP]

TOP 20 Radio Spins 2012
I went back and reviewed the TOP 40 radio charts for the 12 months Dec 2011 through November 2012.  A #1 chart position garnered as many points as there were 2012 releases charted in that month; a song that was #1 in a month in which 30 titles counted received 30 pts etc.  110 titles received spin points based on their TOP 40 chart position in any given month of 2012.
1. The Lumineers – The Lumineers
2. Tennis – Young & Old
3. Leftover Salmon – Aquatic Hitchhiker
4. Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Live at Hodi’s
5. Bad Weather California – Sunkissed
6. Danielle Ate The Sandwich – {like a king}
7. The Swayback – Double Four Time
8. Otis Taylor – Otis Taylor’s Contraband
9. Chris Daniels – Better Days
10. The Haunted Windchimes – Out with the Crow
11. Grant Farm – The Grant Farm
12. Katie Glassman – Snapshot
13. Longest Day of the Year – Turn Into the Ground
14. O’Brien Party of 7 (CC) – Reincarnation, The Songs of Roger Miller
15. Churchill – The Change EP
16. Achille Lauro – Flight or Flight
16. Mosey West – Merica
17. Sofie Reed – Simplicity Chased Trouble Away
18. The Yawpers – Capon Crusade
19. Coles Whalen – I Wrote this for You
19. The Jekylls – The Sweet Factory

BY GENRE/FORMAT

lumineersAmericana/Alt.country/Alt.country-rock
1. The Lumineers – The Lumineers
2. Chris Daniels – Better Days
3. Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Live at Hodi’s
4. Leftover Salmon – Aquatic Hitchhiker
5. Longest Day of the Year – Turn Into the Ground

otis taylor_contrabandBlues/Rhythm & Blues
1. Otis Taylor – Otis Taylor’s Contraband
2. Sofie Reed – Simplicity Chased Trouble Away
3. Mama Lenny & the Remedy – Punches and Hugs
4. John Oates Band (CC) – The Bluesville Sessions
5. Ronnie Shellist – Trust Is Gone

Image _ ColoradicaliTunesDance/Funk/Hip-Hop/Urban Contemporary
1. Bop Skizzum – Coloradical
2. Flobots – The Circle In the Square
3. Broken Tongues – Crooked Skyline
4. Air Dubai – Day Escape
5. Beats Noir! – Where the Sun Goes Down

danielleatthesandwich_likeakingFolk/folk-rock/singer-songwriter
1. Danielle Ate The Sandwich – {like a king}
2. The Haunted Windchimes – Out with the Crow
3. O’Brien Party of 7 (CC) – Reincarnation, The Songs of Roger Miller
4. Patrick Dethlefs – Fall & Rise
5. SHEL – SHEL

bad wx cali kissedIndie/New Alternative
1. Bad Weather California – Sunkissed
2. Tennis – Young & Old
3. Achille Lauro – Flight or Flight
4. Esme Patterson – All Princes, I
5. Fierce Bad Rabbit – Live and Learn

tia fuller_angelicJazz
1. Tia Fuller (CC) – Angelic Warrior
2. Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra – Sharks & Manatees
3. Raincheck – Raincheck
4. Eric Gunnison – Trios
5. Julie Monley Quartet – Straight Up Jazz

coles whalen I wrote this for youPOP/CROSSOVER/ADULT CONTEMPORARY
1. Coles Whalen – I Wrote this for You
2. Places – No More Wasted Days
3. Zach Heckendorf – The Cool Down
4. Katie Herzig (CC) – The Waking Sleep
5. The Fray – Scars and Stories

yawpers_capon-crusade_coverROCK/AAA/AOR/ALT
1. The Yawpers – Capon Crusade
2. The Swayback – Double Four Time
3. Mosey West – Merica
4. Strange Americans – A Royal Battle
5. The Knew – Man Monster

News Notes and Spins – December 1, 2012

Goat Jan 2012December 1, 2012 — we are now 28 days away from our Best of 2012 show on the Colorado Sound, which will air the week of  Dec 29-Jan 4 around the state.   Over the next week or so I will put up a poll so that you can pick your favorites of the past year – NOV’11-NOV’12.  I’ll take those results, add it to the list of favs by some “secret” local industry insiders, and then add them to the spins database to come up with the TOP 40 of 2012.  Should be fun.

Last month I addressed the idea that some artists who grew up here and have since moved away are still a part of the “sound” of Colorado – if not in fact, then at least in origin.  To that, I have added a new designation, (CC), to denote a Colorado Connection.  That may be someone like Sera Cahoone who moved to Seattle several years ago, or Tia Fuller who moved to New Jersey.  Some folks have lobbied that I also include in that designation recordings from local studios of artists who are not specifically a part of the scene here.  That’s an interesting one — I’ll mull it over during the next month or so.

Much thanks to new stations that have added or will be adding THE COLORADO SOUND — http://www.post303radio.com and KVNF (Paonia).  KVNF will be airing the show as fill in programming for the next couple of months, before integrating it into to their regular programming in February 2013, according to station program director Ali Lightfoot.  Watch my Facebook page for announcements on when the show will be available in that part of the state. (edit: see schedule for days, times, and stations)

In other station news: KBUT (Crested Butte) writes in the “…public affairs program “The West Elk Word” is back up and running through the winter.  Tune in Saturdays at noon for news & notes, people & places, music & the arts, recreation, and mountain culture talk straight from the heart of the West Elk Mountains.  Dal Dearmin has joined the KBUT staff as General Manager.  Dal brings years of community radio experience from KSFR in Santa Fe.  KBUT is more than thrilled to welcome Dal to the Gunnison Valley.  We’re also kicking the music blog back into gear with regular postings about popular new music on the KBUT shelves.”

I’m trying something new again this month for the monthly YouTube and Spotify feeds … The YouTube feed features 7 cuts coming in at about 30 mins and includes Paper Bird, SHEL, Rob Drabkin, Liza Oxnard, Mega Gem, The Gromet, and Roniit.  The Spotify feed is about the same length (39 mins) and includes debut releases in November from Darryl Purpose, Elephant Revival, The Gromet, The Hollyfelds, Polarity, Sera Cahoone, Ten Pound Elephant, Trout Steak Revival, and Tyler Ward.  Enjoy.

TOP 40 TITLES NOVEMBER 2012

(267 titles tracked / 150 titles reported as played)
(LM) TM Genre/format [added]
(D) = debut, first time on chart
(R) = re-entered chart

(1) 1. The Lumineers – The Lumineers (Dualtone) Indie/New Alternative [Mar-12]
(D) 2. Sera Cahoone (CC) – Deer Creek Canyon (Sub Pop) Folk [Nov-12]
(21) 3. Flobots – The Circle In the Square (Shanachie Records) Hip Hop/alternative [Aug-12]
(D) 4. DeVotchKa – Live with the Colorado Symphony (Cicero Recordings) Indie/New Alternative [Nov-12]
(23) 5. Tia Fuller (CC) – Angelic Warrior (Mack Avenue) Jazz [Sep-12]
(28) 6. Jeff Brinkman – Strange (self) Rock/adult alternative [Aug-12]
(31) 7. SHEL – SHEL (Moraine Records / Mad King Records) Folk [Aug-12]
(4) 8. Chris Daniels – Better Days (self) Americana/country, folk [Jul-12] *
(15) 9. The Swayback – Double Four Time (self) Rock/alternative [Mar-12]
(3) 10. Esme Patterson – All Princes, I (Greater Than Collective) Indie/New Alternative [Sep-12]
(9) 11. The Yawpers – Capon Crusade (self) Rock [Sep-12]
(5) 12. Chris Thompson & Coral Creek String Band – Forty Years (self) Americana/jamgrass [Sep-12] *
(8) 12. Strange Americans – A Royal Battle (self) Rock/alt-country-rock (Jun-12)
(22) 13. Sofie Reed – Simplicity Chased Trouble Away (self) Blues/folk-blues [Aug-12] *
(10) 14. The Epilogues – Cinematics (Greater Than Collective) Rock/indie/alternative [Oct-12]
(18) 15. Wovenhand – The Laughing Stalk (Sounds Familyre) Indie/New Alternative [Sep-12]
(D) 16. Elephant Revival – It’s Alive EP (Ruff Shod/Nettwork) Folk [Nov-12]
(2) 17. Bop Skizzum – Coloradical (self) Urban Contemporary/funk [Sep-12]
(17) 18. Tennis – Young & Old (Fat Possum) Indie/New Alternative [Feb-12]
(16) 19. Danielle Ate The Sandwich – {like a king} (Youngest Daughter Records) Folk/pop [May-12]
(D) 20. The Gromet – Barren (self) Rock [Nov-12]
(24) 21. Ending People – Fill Your Lungs (Cash Cow Productions) Indie/New Alternative [Aug-12]
(R) 22. Otis Taylor – Otis Taylor’s Contraband (Telarc) Blues [Jan-12]
(14) 23. The Haunted Windchimes – Out with the Crow (Blank Tape) Folk/folk-rock [Apr-12]
(7) 24. Leftover Salmon – Aquatic Hitchhiker (LoS Records) Americana/jamband [Apr-12]
(19) 25. I’m With Her – Songs We Said Goodbye To (Boss Koala Records) Folk/Americana [Oct-12]
(D) 26. Honkytonk Homeslice – Just Passin’ Thru (SCI Fidelity) Americana/country-rock [Nov-12]
(R) 27. Tin Horn Prayer – Grapple the Rails (self) Rock/alternative [Aug-12]
(D) 28. Polarity – King of Hearts (Tapestry) Jazz [Nov-12]
(D) 29. The Hollyfelds – Title Stealers (self) Americana/country [Nov-12]
(31) 30. Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Live at Hodi’s (self) Americana/alt-country [Jan-12]
(R) 31. Bonnie & The Clydes – Wrong Side Up (self) Americana/classic country [Jul-12]
(29) 31. O’Brien Party of 7 (CC) – Reincarnation, The Songs of Roger Miller (Howdy Skies Music) Folk/country-folk [Jun-12]
(R) 32. Patrick Dethlefs – Fall & Rise (self) Folk/modern folk [Jun-12]
(D) 33. Calder’s Revolvers – Steady By Your Side (self) Rock [Nov-12]
(12) 33. Churchill – The Change (A&M/Octone) Rock/folk-rock [Mar-12]
(13) 33. Katie Glassman – Snapshot (self) Americana [Jan-12] *
(D) 34. Mega Gem – Colors of the West (self) Indie/New Alternative [Nov-12]
(D) 34. Ten Pound Elephant – Ten Pound Elephant EP (self) Urban Contemporary/neo-funk/hip hop [Oct-12]
(R) 35. Euforquestra – Let Us In (self) World [Apr-12]

ADDED: NOV 2012
Aakash Mittal Quartet – Thumbs Up EP
Alan & Martin – Only Boys Back Then
Calder’s Revolvers – Steady By Your Side
Darryl Purpose – Next Time Around
DeVotchKa – Live with the Colorado Symphony
Elephant Revival – It’s Alive EP
Grant Sabin – Anthromusicology
Honkytonk Homeslice – Just Passin’ Thru
Idlewhile Band – Live at the Walnut Room Vol 1
John William Davis – Dead Simple, Vol. 1: You Talk Funny
Julie Hoest – Never Far
Mega Gem – Colors of the West
Monroe Monroe – Interiors
Nu Mundo – Our Song
Polarity – King of Hearts
Rob Roper – The Other Side of Nowhere
Ron Miles, Bill Frisell & Brian Blade – Quiver
Sera Cahoone (CC) – Deer Creek Canyon
Susan Walton – January Trees
The Gromet – Barren
The Hollyfelds – Title Stealers
Trout Steak Revival – Flight
Tyler Ward – Hello. Love. Heartache.
Willie Houston – Willie Houston Live

FELL OUT OF TOP 40 NOVEMBER 2012
6. The Knew – Man Monster
11. Achille Lauro – Flight or Flight
13. Grant Farm – The Grant Farm
20. Beats Noir! – Where the Sun Goes Down
25. Robert Cline, Jr. – All the Right
26. Longest Day of the Year – Turn Into the Ground
27. The Congress – Whatever You Want
28. Chris Malley and Bob Schlesinger – Split Shot
29. Chimney Choir – (ladder)
29. Raincheck – Raincheck
30. Petals of Spain – Late Night Visitor
31. Flashbulb Fires – Gasconader (self) Indie/New Alternative [May-12]
32. Mama Lenny & the Remedy – Punches and Hugs
33. Science Partner – Rocky Mountain News
34. Head for the Hills – Live

STATION BY STATION

christhompsonKAFM (Grand Junction)
1. Chris Thompson & Coral Creek String Band – Forty Years
2. The Haunted Windchimes – Out with the Crow
3. SHEL – SHEL
4. Great American Taxi – Paradise Lost
5. The Lumineers – The Lumineers

Better Days CoverKBUT (Crested Butte)
1. Chris Daniels – Better Days
1. DeVotchKa – Live with the Colorado Symphony
1. Elephant Revival – It’s Alive EP
2. Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Live at Hodi’s
2. The Lumineers – The Lumineers

devotchka_live with CO symKDNK (Carbondale) *HOT SPINS*
DeVotchKa – Live with the Colorado Symphony
Elephant Revival – It’s Alive EP
Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Live at Hodi’s
Leftover Salmon – Aquatic Hitchhiker
O’Brien Party of 7 – Reincarnation, The Songs of Roger Miller

devotchka_live with CO symKDUR (Durango)
1. DeVotchKa – Live with the Colorado Symphony
2. Sera Cahoone (CC) – Deer Creek Canyon
2. Tia Fuller (CC) – Angelic Warrior
3. Flashbulb Fires – Gasconader
4. Air Dubai – Day Escape

lumineersKGNU (Boulder)
1. The Lumineers – The Lumineers
2. Chris Daniels – Better Days
3. Calder’s Revolvers – Steady By Your Side
3. Katie Glassman – Snapshot
3. Leftover Salmon – Aquatic Hitchhiker

sera cahoone_deer creekKRCC (Colorado Springs)
1. Sera Cahoone (CC) – Deer Creek Canyon
2. A Shoreline Dream – “333”
3. The Lumineers – The Lumineers
4. The Haunted Windchimes – Out with the Crow
5. The Yawpers – Capon Crusade

Julie-Hoest-300KRFC (Fort Collins)
1. Julie Hoest – Never Far
2. DeVotchKa – Live with the Colorado Symphony
3. Jeff Brinkman – Strange
4. Darryl Purpose – Next Time Around
5. The Yawpers – Capon Crusade

katya chorover big big loveKSJD (Cortez)
1. Katya Chorover – Big Big Love
1. SHEL – SHEL
2. Tennis – Young & Old
2. Tia Fuller (CC) – Angelic Warrior
2. Zach Heckendorf – The Cool Down

sera cahoone_deer creekKUNC (Greeley)
1. Sera Cahoone (CC) – Deer Creek Canyon
2. Zach Heckendorf – The Cool Down
3. Churchill – The Change EP
3. DeVotchKa – Live with the Colorado Symphony
4. Catch Bees – Newman’s Open Choir

tia fuller_angelicKUVO (Denver)
1. Tia Fuller (CC) – Angelic Warrior
2. Polarity – King of Hearts
3. Eric Gunnison – Trios
4. Fred Hess BIG BAND – Speak
5. Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra – Sharks & Manatees

bad wx cali kissedKVNF (Paonia)
1. Bad Weather California – Sunkissed
2. The Lumineers – The Lumineers
3. The Yawpers – Capon Crusade
4. DeVotchKa – Live with the Colorado Symphony
4. The Haunted Windchimes – Out with the Crow

wovenhand_laughing stalkOpen Air 1340 (Denver)
1. Wovenhand – The Laughing Stalk
2. Esme Patterson – All Princes, I
2. Flobots – The Circle In the Square
3. The Gromet – Barren
3. The Lumineers – The Lumineers

jeff brinkman_strangeThe Colorado Sound
1. Jeff Brinkman – Strange
2. Flobots – The Circle in the Square
3. I’m With Her – Songs We Said Goodbye To
4. Bop Skizzum – Coloradical
4. Strange Americans – A Royal Battle

BY GENRE/PROGRAM FORMAT

Better Days CoverAmericana/Alt.country/Alt.country-rock
1. Chris Daniels – Better Days
2. Chris Thompson & Coral Creek String Band – Forty Years
3. Leftover Salmon – Aquatic Hitchhiker
4. Honkytonk Homeslice – Just Passin’ Thru
5. The Hollyfelds – Title Stealers

sofie reed simplicityBlues/Rhythm & Blues
1. Sofie Reed – Simplicity Chased Trouble Away
2. Otis Taylor – Otis Taylor’s Contraband
3. Grant Sabin – Anthromusicology
4. Mama Lenny & the Remedy – Punches and Hugs
5. Robert Wilson Blues Band – 45 RPM

Flobots_circleDance/Funk/Hip-Hop/Urban Contemporary
1. Flobots – The Circle In the Square
2. Bop Skizzum – Coloradical
3. Ten Pound Elephant – Ten Pound Elephant EP
4. Beats Noir! – Where the Sun Goes Down
5. Wheelchair Sports Camp – Where We All Live

sera cahoone_deer creekFolk/folk-rock/singer-songwriter
1. Sera Cahoone (CC) – Deer Creek Canyon
2. SHEL – SHEL
3. Elephant Revival – It’s Alive EP
4. Danielle Ate The Sandwich – {like a king}
5. The Haunted Windchimes – Out with the Crow

lumineersIndie/New Alternative
1. The Lumineers – The Lumineers
2. DeVotchKa – Live with the Colorado Symphony
3. Esme Patterson – All Princes, I
4. Wovenhand – The Laughing Stalk
5. Tennis – Young & Old

tia fuller_angelicJazz
1. Tia Fuller (CC) – Angelic Warrior
2. Polarity – King of Hearts
3. Raincheck – Raincheck
4. Shirley – From A Bright Clearing
5. After Midnight – Hit the Jive Jack

coles whalen I wrote this for youPop/Adult Contemporary
1. Coles Whalen – I Wrote this for You
2. Cassie Taylor – Blue
3. Charlotte Sass – Lighter Things
3. The Fray – Scars and Stories
3. OneRepublic – Feel Again [single]

jeff brinkman_strangeRock/AAA/AOR/Modern Rock
1. Jeff Brinkman – Strange
2. The Swayback – Double Four Time
3. The Yawpers – Capon Crusade
4. Strange Americans – A Royal Battle
5. The Epilogues – Cinematics

* = serviced to radio by Rocky Mountain Music Network/Chris Kresge

The Colorado Sound – V4 EP43 November 2012

Some great new music came in this week.  Alan & Martin are out of Salida – I don’t get much from down that way.  They’ve got a very cool classic sounding honky tonk number in this week’s show that does bring to mind some of Dwight Yoakam’s tunes.  Also really been getting into the new Mega Gem album – that Marquee Mag publisher Brian Johnson called “…the most intoxicatingly happy album of 2012.”  Lots of new music in the show this week .. so I hope you’ll go to the sites I’ve linked to and check out more of what’s going on.  The video playlist is a sampling of this week’s show .. right around 45 minutes. Enjoy … hope you’ll stream it.


PLAYLIST

Yonder Mountain String Band “Out of the Blue” from The Show (2009)
Dan Fogelberg “Come to the Harbor” from Love In Time (2009)
(D) Alan & Martin “Missin’ Kissin’ You” from Only Boys Back Then (2012)
Dave Sonner “Artists Heart” from The American Campus (2011)
SHEL “Freckles” from SHEL (2012)
(D) Mega Gem “Puddles” from Colors of the West (2012)
The Apples in Stereo “Ruby” from Her Wallpaper Reverie (1999)
The Don’ts and Be Carefuls “The Still Favorites” from Sun Hits (2011)
The Fluid “On My Feet” from purplemetalflakemusic (1993)
The Swayback “Lost Lake Woods Club” from Double Four Time (2012)
(N) Sera Cahoone “Deer Creek Canyon” from Deer Creek Canyon (2012)
Lumineers “Big Parade” from The Lumineers (2012)
(D) Ron Miles, Bill Frisell, Brian Blade “Rudy-Go-Round” from Quiver (2012)
Leftover Salmon “Lovin’ In My Baby’s Eyes” from The Nashville Sessions (1999)
Sweet Water Well “In My Walls” from Watermelon (1997)
(D) Elephant Revival “Don’t Drift Too Far” from It’s Alive (2012)
Chris Daniels “Medical Marijuana” from Better Days (2012)
Zach Heckendorf “All the Right Places” from The Cool Down (2012)
(N) Flobots “Run (Run Run Run)” from The Circle in the Square (2012)
(N) Ten Pound Elephant “Blood Stained Bills” from Ten Pound Elephant (2012)
Andy Palmer “Grrr” from Sometime Around (2011)
The Czars “Paint the Moon” from Goodbye (2004)
(D) Wovenhand “The Laughing Stalk” from Laughing Stalk (2012)
(N) Epilogues “Call Me a Mistake” from Cinematics (2012)
(N) Polarity “Song for Patrick” from King of Hearts (2012)

News Notes and Spins – Nov. 1, 2012

Tia Fuller, Katie Herzig, Sera Cahoone, Corey Harris, Jill Sobule, Phillip Bailey, and India.Arie, among others, all have one thing in common… they are all original Colorado natives who moved to other places… Sera to Seattle.  Tia to NYC.  Katie to Nashville.  India.Arie to Atlanta, Philip and Jill to Los Angeles… Corey first to Maine and then to Virginia.  They’re not the only ones — artists move to or move from here all the time.  Dan Fogelberg, Joe Cocker, John Denver, Glenn Frey, John Oates, Richie Furay, Stephen Stills, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Tommy Bolin, and countless others have lived here… some for a couple of years, others longer; some are still here.

No one has told the story better than legendary former local rock critic, radio dj, local music historian and author, and current Colorado Music Hall of fame director G. Brown, whose book “Colorado Rocks!: A Half-Century of Music in Colorado” is a must have for anyone even casually interested in what’s gone on here musically much of the past 60 years now.  Expect to pay a few times what it originally sold for however.  The book has been out of print for at least a few years now and very good to excellent condition editions can run you $50-75 +/- …I’ve seen wrapped editions listed for upwards of $125.

Occasionally, an album from one of these artists shows up on our monthly charts.  Most recently it’s been Tia Fuller’s wonderful new album “Angelic Warrior,” which features resident and native jazz great Dianne Reeves on one vocal track, “Body and Soul.”  Katie Herzig’s latest has shown up here and there as well the past year, as has the O’Brien Party of Seven release that features former Colorado resident Tim O’Brien with sister and current Colorado residents Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore and their kids.

Columbine High School (Littleton) graduate Sera Cahoone is an accomplished singer-songwriter on the Sub Pop label out of Seattle, where she moved when she was 21.   Her latest, “Deer Creek Canyonhas been picking up some spins at KUNC and KRCC and I have no doubt will continue to pick up spins throughout the state in the coming couple of months.

The question is always, do we include those who grew up here as kids, went to our local schools, and maybe our colleges and universities, and then moved on to other places?  KUNC’s music director, Benji McPhail, made it a point – when he emailed me that they had put Sera’s new album in rotation as a Colorado artist release.   Sera’s new album, “Deer Creek Canyon” is all about the place she grew up, and where her mom still lives.  Sera may have moved to Seattle years ago, as a young woman seeking her own life and stories, but has remained a much loved native Coloradoan with a great musical story of her own to tell – largely influenced by her life and experiences here.

Still, some folks contend that unless an artist is actually living here and contributing to the live music scene they cannot justifiably be considered a “local” artist.  IF that’s the case there are a lot of acts we would have to consider as long gone and no longer local… including the likes of the Apples in Stereo (Kentucky) or Slim Cessna (Rhode Island) or Todd Park Mohr (Chicago) … hmmmm … yeah, no.  😉

Speaking of Coloradoans who were not born here, but were raised here, went to school here, and are as much as part of who we are as anyone – legendary jazz guitarist, Denver East High School grad, and University of Northern Colorado alum Bill Frisell (born in Baltimore) has teamed up with local jazz trumpeter and Denver University alum Ron Miles (born in Indianapolis) for an exquisite album called “Quiver.”  As adventurous as it is, I expect it will do well with jazz djs around the state in November and December – watch for it.

STATION NEWS:

OpenAir 1340 on air personality and web director Brandee Castle has left her post at Colorado Public Radio.  CPR will be listing her open position on their employment page within the next couple weeks.  However, she will still be involved with OpenAir in some capacity in the future so it’s not a true goodbye.

OpenAir’s First Birthday Bash will take place at the Hi-Dive in Denver on November 9th at 9pm.  Meet the OpenAir hosts and catch live performances from A. Tom Collins, Flashbulb Fires, and Bonnie and the Beard.  Since OpenAir launched on Oct. 31, 2011, more than 80 bands, most of which have Colorado ties, have visited CPR’s Performance Studio to record their music and talk with OpenAir hosts, making them a leader in promoting music from here in Colorado on broadcast radio.

KBUT (Crested Butte) has hired a new general manager/executive director.

Okay — Time for an experiment.  I got served notice recently that it would be nice if I linked each entry to a website where folks could check out the music … that’d be a bit more time consuming than I’d prefer, so here’s a link to a playlist I have up on Spotify that features a lot of this month’s Top 40 most spun titles.  You will need a Spotify account for this to work.

VIDEO PLAYLIST This month’s video playlist begins with a classic from Victoria Woodworth, recorded at Caribou Ranch in 1980.  It also includes a new video and song from Jeff Finlin, a new video from Chris Daniels, along with Flobots, The Yawpers, The Epilogues, Churchill, SHEL, Sofie Reed, a live performance video from Leftover Salmon, Achille Lauro, and Petals of Spain.

TOP 40 TITLES OCTOBER 2012

(278 titles tracked / 159 titles reported as played)
(LM) TM Genre/format [added]
(D) = debut, first time on chart
(R) = re-entered chart

(2) 1. The Lumineers – The Lumineers (Dualtone) Indie/New Alternative [Mar-12]
(13) 2. Bop Skizzum – Coloradical (self) Urban Contemporary / Modern Rock [Sep-12]
(D) 3. Esme Patterson – All Princes, I (Greater Than Collective) Indie/New Alternative [Sep-12]
(4) 4. Chris Daniels – Better Days (self) Americana / AAA  [Jul-12] *
(12) 5. Chris Thompson & Coral Creek String Band – Forty Years (self) Americana / bluegrass [Sep-12] *
(14) 6. The Knew – Man Monster (self) Alternative Rock / AOR [Jun-12]
(3) 7. Leftover Salmon – Aquatic Hitchhiker (LoS Records) Americana/AAA [Apr-12]
(R) 8. Strange Americans – A Royal Battle (self) AOR / AAA [Jun-12]
(1) 9. The Yawpers – Capon Crusade (self) AOR / AAA / Alternative Rock [Sep-12]
(D) 10. The Epilogues – Cinematics (Greater Than Collective) Indie/New Alternative [Oct-12]
(22) 11. Achille Lauro – Flight or Flight (Hot Congress Records) Indie/New Alternative [Mar-12]
(16) 12. Churchill – The Change EP (A&M/Octone) AAA/adult alternative  [Mar-12]
(5) 13. Grant Farm – The Grant Farm (self) Americana/alt-country-rock [Mar-12]
(18) 13. Katie Glassman – Snapshot (self) Americana /country-swing [Jan-12] *
(15) 14. The Haunted Windchimes – Out with the Crow (Blank Tape) Folk/Americana [Apr-12]
(8) 15. The Swayback – Double Four Time (self) Alternative/Modern Rock [Mar-12]
(7) 16. Danielle Ate The Sandwich – {like a king} ( Youngest Daughter Records) Folk/Americana [May-12]
(27) 17. Tennis – Young & Old (Fat Possum) Indie/New Alternative [Feb-12]
(D) 18. Wovenhand – The Laughing Stalk (Sound Familyre) Indie/New Alternative [Sep-12]
(D) 19. I’m With Her – Songs We Said Goodbye To (Boss Koala Records) Americana/AAA [Oct-12]
(D) 20. Beats Noir! – Where the Sun Goes Down (self) Urban Contemporary / Modern Rock [Oct-12]
(25) 21. Flobots – The Circle In the Square (self) Urban Contemporary / Modern Rock [Aug-12]
(9) 22. Sofie Reed – Simplicity Chased Trouble Away (self) Blues [Aug-12] *
(D) 23. Tia Fuller – Angelic Warrior (Mack Avenue) Jazz [Sep-12]
(10) 24. Ending People – Fill Your Lungs (Cash Cow Productions) Indie/New Alternative [Aug-12]
(R) 25. Robert Cline, Jr. – All the Right Reasons (Mockingbird Records) Americana/country-folk [May-12] *
(R) 26. Longest Day of the Year – Turn Into the Ground (self) Americana/alt-country-rock [Nov-11]
(R) 27. The Congress – Whatever You Want (self) AAA/AOR [Apr-12]
(D) 28. Chris Malley and Bob Schlesinger – Split Shot (self) Jazz [Oct-12]
(21) 28. Jeff Brinkman – Strange (self) AAA/AOR [Aug-12]
(20) 29. Chimney Choir – (ladder) (self) AAA/Adult Alternative [Mar-12]
(6) 29. O’Brien Party of 7 – Reincarnation, The Songs of Roger Miller (Howdy Skies Music) AAA/Americana [Jun-12]
(22) 29. Raincheck – Raincheck (Dazzle Recordings) Jazz [May-12]
(31) 30. Petals of Spain – Late Night Visitor (self) AAA [Sep-11]
(R) 31. Flashbulb Fires – Gasconader (self) Indie/New Alternative [May-12]
(11) 31. Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Live at Hodi’s (self) Americana/alt-country [Jan-12]
(23) 31. SHEL – SHEL (Moraine Records / Mad King Records) Folk/AAA [Aug-12]
(R) 32. Mama Lenny & the Remedy – Punches and Hugs (self) Rhythm and Blues (Apr-12)
(D) 33. Science Partner – Rocky Mountain News (Hot Congress Records) Indie/New Alternative [Sep-12]
(R) 34. Head for the Hills – Live (self) Americana/bluegrass [May-12]

ADDED: OCTOBER 2012
Beats Noir! – Where the Sun Goes Down
Boa & the Constrictors – Married to the Blues
Bonnie and the Beard – Cascavel
Bronze – Snake Oil
Calder’s Revolvers – Steady By Your Side
Chris Malley and Bob Schlesinger – Split Shot
Elephant Revival – It’s Alive
Gasoline Lollipops – Dawn
Greyweather – Greyweather
I’m With Her – Songs We Said Goodbye To
Jill Brzezicki – The Horizon
Jonny Barber & the Rhythm Razors – Golden Plates
Leslie Brown – Tenderly
Meet the Giant – The Polymer EP
Polarity – King of Hearts
Prettymouth – Satan in Clothes
Rich With Friends – One Step Closer
School Knights – FRE​(​EP)
Shawn Waggoner – Goodbye Raven
Stray Grass – Written in the Stars
String Cheese Incident – Can’t Wait Another Day [single]
Ten Pound Elephant – Ten Pound Elephant EP
The Babysitters – Have A Seat
The Epilogues – Cinematics
Trichome – Trichome EP

FELL OUT OF TOP 40 OCTOBER 2012
7. Bad Weather California – Sunkissed
13. Coles Whalen – I Wrote this for You
17. El Toro De La Muerte – Dancer These Days
19. Otis Taylor – Otis Taylor’s Contraband
20. The Moetones – Lowbrow
24. The Royal – Forever
26. Mosey West – Merica
28. John Oates Band – The Bluesville Sessions
29. Bonnie & The Clydes – Wrong Side Up
30. Katie Herzig – The Waking Sleep
30. Susannah Thompson – Watch Me Fly
31. Great American Taxi – Paradise Lost
32. Carbon Choir – Sakhalin
32. Fred Hess Big Band – Speak
32. Lindsay & the Lost Caravan – You Don’t Know Me

STATION BY STATION

KAFM (Grand Junction)
1. Leftover Salmon – Aquatic Hitchhiker
1. The Lumineers – The Lumineers
2. Grant Farm – The Grant Farm
3. Chris Thompson & Coral Creek String Band – Forty Years *
4. 4H Royalty – Where UFOs Go To Die

KBUT (Crested Butte)
1. Chris Daniels – Better Days *
2. The Lumineers – The Lumineers
3. Halden Wofford & the HI Beams – Live at Hodi’s
4. Katie Glassman – Snapshot *
5. Grant Farm – The Grant Farm

KDNK (Carbondale) HOT SPINS
Grant Farm – The Grant Farm
Leftover Salmon – Aquatic Hitchhiker
O’Brien Party of 7 – Reincarnation, The Songs of Roger Miller
The Haunted Windchimes – Out with the Crow
The Lumineers – The Lumineers

KDUR (Durango) HOT SPINS
A Shoreline Dream – “333”
Air Dubai – Be Calm
Euforquestra – Let Us In
Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Live at Hodi’s
The Moetones – Lowbrow

KGNU (Boulder)
1. O’Brien Party of 7 – Reincarnation, The Songs of Roger Miller
1. The Lumineers – The Lumineers
2. Grant Farm – The Grant Farm
3. Chris Daniels – Better Days *
3. Danielle Ate The Sandwich – {like a king}

KRCC (Colorado Springs)
1. Leftover Salmon – Aquatic Hitchhiker
2. Mango fan Django – Indigo Dreams
2. The Haunted Windchimes – Out with the Crow
2. The Yawpers – Capon Crusade
3. Chris Daniels – Better Days *

KRFC (Fort Collins)
1. Esme Patterson – All Princes, I
2. The Lumineers – The Lumineers
3. The Yawpers – Capon Crusade
4. Bonnie & The Clydes – Wrong Side Up
4. Robert Cline, Jr. – All the Right Reasons *

KUNC (Greeley)
1. The Lumineers –    The Lumineers
2. Danielle Ate The Sandwich – {like a king}
2. Zach Heckendorf – The Cool Down
3. Catch Bees – Newman’s Open Choir
3. Churchill – The Change EP

KUVO (Denver)
1. Tia Fuller – Angelic Warrior
2. Fred Hess Big Band – Speak
3. Eric Gunnison – Trios
3. Polarity – King of Hearts
4. Raincheck – Raincheck

KVNF (Paonia)
1. The Haunted Windchimes – Out with the Crow
2. Grant Farm – The Grant Farm
2. The Swayback – Double Four Time
3. Andy Thorn – Fire In The Sky
3. The Lumineers – The Lumineers

OPEN AIR 1340 (Denver)
1. Esme Patterson – All Princes, I
2. Wovenhand – The Laughing Stalk
3. Flobots – The Circle In the Square
4. The Yawpers – Capon Crusade
5. The Lumineers – The Lumineers

The Colorado Sound
1. Bop Skizzum – Coloradical
2. Strange Americans – A Royal Battle
3. Chris Thompson & Coral Creek String Band – Forty Years *
3. I’m With Her – Songs We Said Goodbye To
4. Beats Noir! – Where the Sun Goes Down

BY GENRE/PROGRAM FORMAT

Americana/Alt.country/Alt.country-rock
1. Chris Daniels – Better Days *
2. Chris Thompson & Coral Creek String Band – Forty Years *
3. Leftover Salmon – Aquatic Hitchhiker
4. Grant Farm – The Grant Farm
4. Katie Glassman – Snapshot *

Blues/Rhythm & Blues
1. Sofie Reed – Simplicity Chased Trouble Away *
2. Mama Lenny & the Remedy – Punches and Hugs
3. Eef – Bluesalicious
4. Otis Taylor – Otis Taylor’s Contraband
5. John Oates Band – The Bluesville Sessions

Dance/Funk/Hip-Hop/Urban Contemporary
1. Bop Skizzum – Coloradical
2. Flobots – The Circle In the Square
3. Rebel Tongue – Movin’ On
3. Ten Pound Elephant – Ten Pound Elephant EP
4. Air Dubai – Be Calm

Folk/folk-rock/singer-songwriter
1. The Haunted Windchimes – Out with the Crow
2. Danielle Ate The Sandwich – {like a king}
3. I’m With Her – Songs We Said Goodbye To
4. Chimney Choir – (ladder)
5. O’Brien Party of 7 – Reincarnation, The Songs of Roger Miller

Indie/New Alternative
1. The Lumineers – The Lumineers
2. Esme Patterson – All Princes, I
3. Achille Lauro – Flight or Flight
4. Tennis – Young & Old
5. Ending People – Fill Your Lungs

Jazz
1. Tia Fuller – Angelic Warrior
2. Chris Malley and Bob Schlesinger – Split Shot
3. Raincheck – Raincheck
4. After Midnight – Hit the Jive Jack
5. Fred Hess Big Band – Speak

Pop/Adult Contemporary
1. Petals of Spain – Late Night Visitor
2. Coles Whalen – I Wrote this for You
3. Places – No More Wasted Days
4. Petals of Spain – Lady Luck [single]
5. The Royal – Forever

Rock/AAA/AOR/Modern Rock
1. The Knew – Man Monster
2. Strange Americans – A Royal Battle
3. The Yawpers – Capon Crusade
4. The Epilogues – Cinematics
5. Churchill – The Change EP

* = serviced to radio by Rocky Mountain Music Network

The Colorado Sound – V4 EP41 2012 + Pepper Tree (review) + Alchemy (video)

I guess it was a week or so ago when I mentioned to my wife I had not heard anything in years from John William Davis, and I wondered how he’d been since I last saw him round about 2005 or maybe 06.  His debut album, Dreams of the Lost Tribe, has remained a vibrant part of my music consciousness for fully a decade now, a wonderful still frame of deep Southern mysticism and mythology …of swamp moss, diamond backs, hurricanes, bull gators, floods and deep spiritualism.  So, it was with considerable joy that I caught a post by John on Facebook this week – announcing a new recording; this one a stripped down guitar and vocal release, no less a work in lyrical imagery or in his incredibly adroit guitar style.  On the first single, Pepper Tree, he begins by telling us he’s been staring at a crack in the wall indeterminately, waiting for it to blink, before enjoining us to be aware of the chimpanzee in the tree who he imagines looks a “whole lot like you and me.”  In the telling, a baboon wants to kick the chimp’s ass and a crocodile wants to “gobble you up with that pepper seasonin’.”  Cocaine contrails and perfume bombshells, an angel with bent wings and a tail on fire…. and in all of it a lesson for living … “if you ever get stuck up in the pepper tree, you’d better hang on tight if you happen to sneeze.”

We’re blessed here in Colorado to have a couple of fellas who know how to use words to paint stories with details that lesser songwriters can only imagine and then attempt to conjure with vapid cliches.   As John William Davis is just releasing his new work, Jeff Finlin is preparing one – a kickstarter project in place, and a new video accomplished with the help once again of award winning steel guitarist and up and coming filmmaker Sally Van Meter.  Enjoy.

PLAYLIST

(D) = debut of new album, ep or single release.  (N) = a new track from previously debuted album or ep.  (D) and (N) => linked to artist/band.

The Samples “Tom Joad” from Return to Earth (2001)
Acoustic Junction “Strange Days” from Strange Days (2000)
(D) Ten Pound Elephant “Talk to Me” from Ten Pound Elephant (2012)
Petals of Spain “Working 9 to 5” from Late Night Visitor (2011)
FaceMan “Feeding Time” from Feeding Time (2012)
(N) I’m With Her “Hang Among the Stars” from I’m With Her (2011)
Firefall “Cinderella” from Firefall (1976)
Chris Thompson & the Coral Creek String Band “Catfish John” from Forty Years (2012)
Ash Ganley and Lyons Rock Council “Elysian Fields” from Dark Fuel (2006)
(D) John William Davis “Pepper Tree” from Dead Simple, Vol. 1: You Talk Funny (2013)
Cary Morin “Sing It Louder” from Sing It Louder (2011)
(D) Jill Brzezicki “The Horizon” from The Horizon (2012)
After Midnight Jazz Band “A Smooth One” from Midnight in Madison (2010)
Dan Fogelberg “Part of the Plan” from Souvenirs (1974)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Broken Hearted Savior” from Sister Sweetly (1993)
(N) Jeff Brinkman “Face” from Strange (2012)
(N) Bop Skizzum “Known It All Along” from Coloradical (2012)
Places “Honesty” from No More Wasted Days (2012)
(N) Beats Noir! “Going Nowhere (feat. Venus Cruz)” from Where the Sun Goes Down (2013)
The Blender Cats “Somethin’s Gotta Give” from Just Like This (2012)
Megan Burtt “Walls Come Down” from Megan Burtt (2008)
Halden Wofford & the Hi Beams “Hippie In My House” from Midnight Rodeo (2006)
Palmer Divide “Knockin’ At Your Door” from Shenandoah Train (2009)
Esme Patterson “My Young Man” from All Princes, I (2012)
Lumineers “Ho Hey” from The Lumineers (2012)
Strange Americans “Roses On Ice” from A Royal Battle (2012)
Shirley “4th of July” from From A Bright Clearing (2012)