CP S13 EP12 2019

Monday March 18, 2019

Happy Monday.  The big news over the weekend was the lineup announcement for FOCOMX-11, happening April 26 and 27 in Fort Collins.  FOCOMX marks the official start of the festival season in our region.  Now in its 11th season, the festival is the largest Colorado music showcase, not only in the state but perhaps nationally (as far as I know).

This year’s event will feature over 350 regional acts, including half a dozen comedy showcases.  One big surprise is the reemergence of Fierce Bad Rabbit, who haven’t been heard from since lead singer/songwriter Chris Anderson moved to Boston several years ago.   Other acts include:

10 cent Stranger, 12 Cents for Marvin, 53:14 Film Festival, A Brother’s Fountain, A.M. Pleasure Assassins, Achilles, Adrienne Rae Ash, Ætheric, Altas, Amy and the Peace Pipes, Andrew DeCarlo, Anthony Cole, Anthony P. McGlaun – Homage to Black Music in America, Art Deco, Attack On Venus, Audible (weareaudible), audio flora, Augustus, Autumn Burn, Azanet Rodriguez, Bad Desicions, Badda Boom Brass Band, Banshee Tree, BBMC, Ben Prytherch and the Guardians of Earthly Delight, Benjamin Bell and the District, Bevin Luna, Big Brooklyn, Bison Bone, Black Mesa, Black Moon Howl, Blakeye, Blind Alley Troubadours, Blue Canyon Ritual, Blue Grama, Blues Dogs, Bob Lefevre & The Already Gone, Bogzilla, Boner, Bonnie & the Clydes, Boom Twang, Boss Eagle, Brian James Kittrell and His Cloud, Shaped Band, Bright Silence, Buck Wilde, Cactus Cat, Came and Took It, Canyon Collected, Carolyn Hunter, Cecilia, Chess at Breakfast, Choice City Seven, Choice City Skillet Lickers, Chris Hewitt Group, CITRA, Cody Schell, Collide Vocals, Colony Funk, Compass & Cavern and Creature Canopy (supergroup), Cool Hand Juke, Cosmic Hot Sauce, Cowboys Dead, Crescent City Connection, Crispy Watkins and the Crack Willows, Ccumulus Manos, Danielle Ate The Sandwich, Dank Lloyd Wright, Dave and the Gin Mill Gypsies, Dave Beegle Duo, Dead Jam House Band, Dead Key, Deborah Stafford & the State of Affairs, Deejay Gyro, Def Knock, DJ Channell, DJ DR3W, DJ KILLkenny, DJ Wadada, Douglas Crowl and Rich Boot, Douglass, Dubskin, DW Doucet, El Javi, Elctrx, Elli Perry, Elyse Miller, Emma Marie, Equally Challenged, Eric Straumanis, Erik Babineau, Erik Lunde, Extra Gold, FACEMAN, f-ether, Fierce Bad Rabbit, Floor Model, Forty-Five Plus One with DJ Alf, Foxfeather, French Toast Quartet, Funky Business, FY5, Genetic Concepts, Ghost Tapes, Ginger Whale, Girls On Top!, Glass Cases, GOATZ!, Golden Ghost, Good Gravy, Gora Gora Orkestar, Grace Kuch Band, Graham Good & The Painters, Grant Sabin and the Juke Joint Highball, Green Dream, Guerrilla Fanfare Brass Band, Guerrilla Radio, Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams, Halleway, Hanna Doreen Brown, Hayduke, Hendershot, Hey Bertha, Holdfast., Home Fried Boogaloo, Honky Long Tonkers Duo, HOSS , House with a Yard , Hyzenborg , I Am the Owl, Ian Mahan, Idlewhile, Indigenous Peoples, Intrepid Soul, IrieOso, IRVN, Ivory Circle, izcalli, J Shogren Shanghai’d, Jaanvi Gurung, Jeff Finlin, Jen Korte & the Loss, Jeremy C. Grant, Jill Brzezicki, Jimeni, jinnjinni, Jo Asker Quartet, Joe Lessard (Head for the Hills) and Hanna Doreen, Joey Trouble, Johnny & the Mongrels, Josh and the Long Haul, Julia Kirkwood, Justin Roth, Kiana Rae, Kid Carry, kill your darlings, Kind Dub, King Cardinal, King Crawdad, King Eddie, Knuckle Pups, Kyle James Hauser, L.A.Rose, Lady Gang, LAPOMPE, Last Call Romance, Laurie and Lorrie Duo, Leanaway, LER, Levi Bronson, Lewis Crews and the Swing Nuts, Lil Tree, Lindsey O’Brien Band, Living Dead, Lois and the Lantern, Lola Rising, Lorna’s Swingset, Los Mocochetes, Low, Luna Shade, Macy Paradise, Macy Warner, Magnolia Sessions, Mama Lenny and the Remedy, mandi lix, Many Mountains, Mark Oblinger, massTree, Matt Mahern and Constitution, Max Mackey Band, Maxwell Mud, Maya Bennett, Megan Burtt, Michael Kirkpatrick, Michael Kirkpatrick and the Honey Rider Band, Mike Yob, Mirror Fields, Mojomama, Mono Verde Collective, Monocle Band, Montropo, More than Physics, MountainUs, Ms. Nomer, My Blue Sky, My Dog Ate Chad, Nadalands, Nadavision, Nancy Just, Native Station, Needle and Thread, New Ben Franklins, New Mexican, Nic Kato, No Doubt About It, NOLLIJ, OC/IC, One Flew West, OrganOmatrOn, Oscarella Rock, Outside Pets, oxeye daisy, Panamaa, Paper Girl and Mr. Moon, Pappy Longlegs, Paul Dehaven, Peaches Embry and Rhythm Train, People in General, Pictures of Moss, Pink Fuzz, Pioneer Mother, Places Back Home, Plasma Canvas, Post Paradise, Professor Fox Band, Rebecca Folsom, Red Truck Revival, Ren Short, Retrofette, Robert Shredford, Robert Wilson Blues Band, Roka Hueka, Roots Massive, Rosann Winn, Roy G Biv (ROYGBIV), RSRCH, Rubix KUBED, Rush Hour Train, Russick Smith, Sabotage, Sal D. & Matthew Barella, Sarah Slaton, Sasha Stone Band, Señorita Sometimes, SF1, Shake Me // Wake Me, Shaley Scott, Shannon Fitzsimmons, Shark Dreams, Shotgun Shogun, Shoulda stayed a plumber, Shuck Wagon, Sick Trick, Silver & Gold, Silver and Smoke, Skydyed, Slap Happy, Slow Caves, Songwriters in the Round – Bonnie Sims, Justin Roth, Danielle, Jeff Finlin, Bethel Steele, Sour Boy, Bitter Girl, South to Cedars, Space Between Shadows, Spaceagle, Steelin’ The Spaceways, Stella Luce, Steve Manshel, Stilted Stratusphere, String Theory, Sugar Britches, Sultan and Necromancer, Sunnydale High, Sweet Virginia, Switchman Sleepin’, SYCDVK, Taarka, Taylor Shae, Teague Bechtel Trio, Tenative, The 14ers, The Agregates, The Ailments (Kevin Bolin), The Alcapones, The Bardot’s, The Burroughs, The Catcalls, The Cody Sisters Band, the commoners, The Copper Coins, the COVZ, The Devil’s Share, The Echo Chamber, The Gabrielle Louise Band, The Great Salmon Famine, The Hollow, The Kity Project, The Leshen, The Lollygags, The Matt Skinner Band, The Monday Night Band, The Movers & Shakers, The Nightshades, The Omaha Boys, The Patti Fiasco, The Seen and Unseen, The Seers, The Sickly Hecks, The Sugarbirds, The Swashbuckling Doctors, The Symbols, The Timberline, The Trujillo Company, The Velveteers, The Wendy Woo Band, There’s An Ape for That, Thin Air Crew, Thirteen Nails, TMULE, Tom Scharf & Government Shutdown, Triton, Twirling Zucchinis, Tyler T. and the Common Clay, Tyto Alba, Unified Diversity, vee device, Venture Still, Vinyl Video, Waido Experience, Wasteland Hop, Waylo, We Talk More on Whensdays, weareforests, Wellington Bullings, Whippoorwill, Whitacre, White Rose Motor Oil, WhiteCatPink, WhiteWater Ramble, Whitewater Ramble “Best of” Tributes, WhiteWater Ramble Acoustic Duo, Wild Lives, Wire Faces, Wolf van Elfmand, Wolfer, Wooleye

SEE FOCOMX website for details.


105.5 The Colorado Sound & the Colorado Playlist Present:

Covenhoven with Kid Reverie – Friday, April 19 at E-Town Hall (Boulder)

The Gasoline Lollipops Fri, April 12 Aggie Theater (Fort Collins)

Kyle Emerson Fri, April 5 Lost Lake Lounge (Denver)

SLOW CAVES (Album Release) / One Flew West / Gestalt – Saturday March 23 at Globe Hall (Denver)

The Subdudes for 2 shows Washington’s FoCo – Friday, April 5 and Boulder Theater – Saturday, April 6

FOR MORE SHOWS SEE COLORADOSOUND.ORG


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VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

If there’s one element about 80’s pop rock that seemed rather ubiquitous throughout it was androgyny. Most knew the style as “glam rock” and Denver’s Love Stallion nails it to the core.  In Valentine, the third video single from the band’s “Unforgettable Ride” debut, lead singer Aaron Hart allows his girlfriend, his Valentine, to transform him into a glamorously  ambiguous performer, resplendent in his form fitting spandex, teased up feathered hair, lipstick and bangles, while belting out what might have risen to hit FM rock radio status circa 1985.


MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING (MMMM)

Let me know if there’s something you think I should play.  Email coloradoplaylist@gmail.com

(D) = debut LP/EP or single
(N) = new track from previously debuted LP/EP
(P) = Colorado Playlist exclusive premier

As usual,  YouTube doesn’t have everything in my collection.

HOUR 1

The Monocles/Higher Elevation “Good Time Music” from The Spider, The Fly & the Boogie Man (2008)
(D) Tom Sharf “Angels” from Buffalo Nickle (2019)
Jeff Finlin “Driving Wheel” from The Guru In The Girl (2017)
Grant Farm “Wanderer” from Kiss The Ground (2016)
(D) Porlolo “I Quit” (2019)

Michal Menert & the Pretty Fantastics “Summer’s Gone” (2019)
Eldren “We Just Want the World” from We Just Want The World (2014)
Great American Taxi “Fuzzy Little Hippy Girl” from Reckless Habits (2010)
Mojomama “Lazy River” from Red White And Blues (2018)
(D) 21 Taras “Gettin’ Hungry” from Change (2019)

Sunny & the Whiskey Machine “The Ballad of Becky Tait” from New American Dream (2018)
Leftover Salmon “High Country” from High Country (2014)
Annie Booth “Queen Bee” from WANDERLUST (2014)

Poco “Call It Love” from Legacy (1989)
(D) Williams Brothers Band “Outlaw Country” (2019)


South To Cedars “Lightning” from Sunny State (2017)
Apples in Stereo “Dance Floor” from Travellers in Space and Time (2010)
(D) Andy Hackbarth “U Don’t Have 2 Wait” (2019)

Kaitlyn Williams “Rain” from Sunset (2019)
Jon Snodgrass “Remember My Name” from Visitor’s Band (2009)
Patti Fiasco “Small Town Lights” from Small Town Lights (2013)
(D) Kind Dub “Old Ways” (2019)

AMZY “Feet On the Ground” from Feet On the Ground (2018)
OneRepublic “Wherever I Go” from Oh My My (2016)
(D) Matt Skellenger “Vitality” from Vitality (2019)

Colorado Playlist – S11 EP31

Rusty Young

Rusty Young is a Colorado music native.  As not only an original member of Poco, but its enduring remaining original member, he is enshrined in the Colorado Music Hall of Fame along with fellow Colorado music native George Grantham, with whom Rusty was a member of the 60’s Front Range based psych-rock band Boenzee Cryque.

Rusty just released his first non-Poco named solo album, Waitin’ for the Sun .. that I spotlighted a track from in this blog  a couple of weeks ago.  I will say I’m far more impressed with this solo effort than I was with the last Poco album that Rusty fronted.  Produced by Rusty with fellow Poco member and songwriter Jack Sundrud, Rusty’s voice stays as strong and true as you’d hope for someone in their 70s now, with well over 50 years of singing experience.

Rusty doesn’t leave the sound of Poco too far behind on this solo effort – songs like “Heaven Tonight” could have easily been a marquee track for Poco circa 1980s.  “Honey Bee” lies a little closer to something I might have expected from say Levon Helm stylistically – a bit more “dirt” than the polished SoCal country-rock that Poco is most well known for.

Waitin’ for the Sun won’t win Rusty any new millennial fans .. but rather, with his tired aching “rusty” voice it’s those of us old enough to remember him as a “kid” who will appreciate what’s left of this unsung country-rock legend, and the life he speaks of in this record.

Gotta send some love to the Coteries and Hey, Lady! (the B-52s Tribute) for an exemplary job at the final Wellington Downtown Summer Concert Series this year.  Folk fans are going to love the Coteries as they develop their fanbase regionally – and Hey, Lady! is already one of the region’s TOP 5 tribute bands … much love and thanks for a great show.

Hey, Lady! Wellington Downtown Concert – Aug 19 2017

Sept 9 = GOATZ! and Kerry Pastine & the Crime Sceneat Avogadro’s Number in Fort Collins

Sept 10 = GOATZ! at Oskar Blues Original Grill and Brew in Lyons 


IN COLORADO MUSIC HISTORY
Manassas

VIDEO PICK of the WEEK


MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING

What you’ll find below are new songs on the show this week … listen  and let me know which ones you think I should keep in the Colorado Playlist, and which I should delete.

NOTE:  In order to be included in the MMMM poll, the band/artist must have an embeddable file available on SoundCloudBandCampReverbnation or YouTube.

PLAYLIST S11 EP31

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

HOUR 1

Leftover Salmon “Highway Song” from Euphoria (1997)
(N) The Yawpers “Reunion” from Boy In A Well (2017)


SHEL “Enter Sandman” from Just Crazy Enough (2016)
Bad Weather California “Keep it Together” from Back Seats (2013)
(N) Chris Daniels & the Kings “Fried Food Hard Liquor” from Blues With Horns (2017)
Great American Taxi “Dr. Feelgood’s Traveling Medicine Show” from Dr. Feelgood’s Traveling Medicine Show (2017)
Raven and the Writing Desk “Tiny Terrors” from Bonedale (2011)
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club “My Last Black Scarf” from Unentitled (2011)
(D) The S.I.R. Band “So Cold” (2017) 


OneRepublic “A.I. (feat. Peter Gabriel)” from Oh My My (2016)
Analog Son “Ain’t Lyin (feat. Jonathan “Skippy” Huvard)” from Black Diamond (2017)
Gerald Albright “Slam Dunk” from Slam Dunk (2014)

HOUR 2

Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Broken Hearted Savior” from Sister Sweetly (1993)
(N) Francis and the Wolf “Feels Like A Memory” from Ladies & Gentlemen (2017) 


SuCh (Su Charles) “You (Icytat Vocal Mix)” from You (Icytat Vocal Mix) (2016)
Tennis “Needle and a Knife” from Ritual In Repeat (2014)
(D) All Chiefs “Fast Friends” (2017) 


Slow Caves “Glares” (2017)
Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore “Train Home” from Love Runner (2014)
FY5 “Driftwood” from FY5 (2015)
(N) A.J. Fullerton “Smoke & Mirrors” from Kalamath (2017)
The Lumineers “Cleopatra (Acoustic Demo)” from Cleopatra (2016)
Gasoline Lollipops “Homesick” from Resurrection (2017)
Ben Haugland “Second sight” from A Million Dreams (2015)

Colorado Playlist – S10 EP22 June 2016

As July approaches, I am getting increasingly excited for what’s on the way.  Here’s a great list of local/regional festivals – some of which feature Colorado talent significantly.  Looking forward particularly to Bohemian Nights at New West Fest in August – the first time in 12 years it’s been ALL Colorado.  YAY!  <goat jig>.

This column is late today because I just spent 90 minutes on the phone being interviewed for an upcoming Denver Post article … looking fwd to that .. coming I believe in the first week of July .. be on the watch for that.

New music this week is from previously debuted albums by Joseph Tonelli,  Bonnie & the Clydes, Pete Pidgeon and Arcoda, and the Motet. 

Coming soon, new music from Durango’s Cannondolls, Magic Music (formed in the early 70s and just now getting around to an album), the Rifters out of Alamosa and northern NM, and Dechen Hawk’s Jus’ Sayin’ .


VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

Chris Daniels is among our more valued musical treasures.  Here he is in an episode of eTown – another jewel in our musical landscape.  “Eldorado Canyon” is where the band Magic Music lived in the early ’70s, in an ice cream truck and a school bus.  Coming soon – the first ever Magic Music album — 40 years in the making.


SUPPORT PROVIDED BY

As much as I would hope that support comes easily it does not – anymore so than for anyone else in music.  I am deeply thankful to the Mishawaka Amphitheater for sponsoring this program – and to you for dropping a few bucks in the tip jar on occasion.  Thank you.  FUND ME.

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Support for Chris K’s Colorado Playlist comes courtesy of The Historic Mishawaka Amphitheatre — Celebrating 100 yrs of music and dancing in the Poudre Canyon.

Presenting:  The 10th Anniversary Party of the Colorado Playlist AUG 7 @4PM w/ the RailbendersGOATZ! and the Liz Barnez Band.  All Ages.  Tickets $12 Advance / $15 DoS

Check the website for 100th Birthday Special Events and Concerts …


MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING

What you’ll find below are new songs on the show this week … listen to them again (or for the first time) and let me know which ones you think I should keep in the Colorado Playlist.

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

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

COLORADO PLAYLIST S10 EP22

HOUR 1

Poco “Anyway Bye Bye” from POCO (1970)
(N) Joseph Tonelli “Beautiful” from Dust & Snow (2016) 
The Fray “Over My Head (Cable Car)” from How to Save A Life (2005)
Chimney Choir “In the Underworld” from Boomtown (2015)
Plum “Love is in the air” from Light Years, Dark Years EP (2016)
Safe Boating is No Accident “Dye My Love” from Bonus Features (2014)
Esme Patterson “No River” from We Were Wild (2016)
The Monocles “The Spider & the Fly” from The Spider & the Fly (1966)
The Apples in Stereo “Nobody But You” from Travellers in Space and Time (2010)
(N) Bonnie and The Clydes “Down Down Down” from Dear Somebody (2016)

Sixteen Horsepower “Brimstone Rock” from Low Estate (1997)
Maxwell Mud “Blues for Breakfast” from Maxwell Mud (2015)
Michal Menert “Lightyears Apart” from Space Jazz (2015)

HOUR 2

Dan Fogelberg “Run for the Roses” from Dan Fogleberg – Greatest Hits (1982)
(N) Pete Pidgeon & Arcoda “Tonight I’ll be Staying Here With You” from All the Little Things (2016)


Philip Bailey “I Know” from Continuation (1983)
Rose Quartz “Something to Believe” from Axis of Love (2015)
Darryl Purpose “The Meaning Of My Love” from Still The Birds (2016)
OneRepublic “Counting Stars” from Native (2013)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Runaway Train” from Riveria (2002)
(N) The Motet “The Truth” from Totem (2016)
Whippoorwill “Even Cowgirls Get the Blues” from Good to Be Around (2016)
Jon Snodgrass “Remember My Name” from Visitor’s Band (2009)
David Starr “No Time Like the Present” from Love and Sabotage (2016)
Annie Booth “Tiger Dance” from Wanderlust (2014)


GOATZ! News and Shows

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The ACOUSTIC quartet show on July 9 at Avogadro’s Number in Fort Collins has been canceled and rescheduled for Fri Sept 16 with Kerry Pastine & the Crime Scene, and will mark our one year anniversary of our last show with our friends at Avo’s ….

Get your tix now for the Colorado Playlist 10th Anniversary Party at the Mishawaka on Sunday Aug 7.

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KUNC COLORADO MUSIC SPOTLIGHT UPDATE AUG 11 2015

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New times beginning Tuesday Aug 18

First Feature: 

Tuesday 10: 20 am & 11:20 pm

Wednesday 12:20 pm

Second Feature:

Thursday 11:20 am & 9:20 pm

Friday 1:20 pm

COMING WEEK OF AUG 17 
Aug 18-19 = Rusty Young
Aug 21-22 = Kerry Pastine & the Crime Scene

The Colorado Sound S8|EP44 Nov 2014

Chris K profile pic Oct 2014A great week as this year’s Colorado Music Hall of Fame class was announced by executive director G. Brown.  Congrats to Caribou Ranch, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Manassas, Firefall, and Poco.  There is a considerable amount of history among those four acts, each of which contributed something significant to Colorado music history.  It will be great for folks from around the world to see and hear what these bands brought to Colorado when they visit Red Rocks over the years to come.   G has yet to announce the details of the show, scheduled for Jan 9 at the Paramount Theatre in Denver.

When I spoke with Richie Furay for our Offstage Beyond the Music podcast, he said he’d be a part of it.  I’m sure Jock Bartley and Rick Roberts from Firefall will be present, and as well, Kenny Passarelli who did some time with Manassas, and who still lives and produces records here regionally.  Jimmy Ibbotson from the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band still lives here, so I’m sure he’ll be a part of things also.  Beyond that, I have to wonder if we’ll get to see Stephen Stills and Chris Hillman from Manassas or John McEuen or some of the other guys from “the Dirt” band.  It’d be a hellova show for us baby boomers for sure if as many living members of the bands as possible were able to participate.  Most of those guys are mid to late 60s and older now (Richie is 78) now and were instrumental in our lives in the 60s and 70s.

NEWS & NOTES:  

EMAIL OR FACEBOOK?

One of my clients emailed me this week and asked my opinion about promoting a show.  He asked which is a better method – email or facebook.  What do you think?  To add to the complication, an article hit just as I was hitting the publish button that underlies the confusion and lack of ease with which musicians and bands and others of us in the music promote our shows etc.  According to an article published Nov 17 in Digital Music News, “Facebook will be reducing the amount of “overly promotional” posts from Pages in newsfeeds starting in 2015. Posts that aren’t paid ads will become less visible if they meet the following criteria:

  1. “Posts that solely push people to buy a product or install an app
  2. Posts that push people to enter promotions and sweepstakes with no real context
  3. Posts that reuse the exact same content from ads”

To go with that, “…you can no longer offer incentives to get page likes.” 

VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

Some friends introduced me to this “new” single from OneRepublic, off their Native album.  There’s a story here worth our attention.

OFFSTAGE …BEYOND THE MUSIC

The 3rd installment of my conversation with Reed Foehl.  If you’d like to download it go to KUNC or Radio 94.9 Colorado pls.  I’m only allowing streaming from here.

PLAYLIST S8|EP44

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

HOUR 1

The Czars “What I Can Do For You” from Uncle Charlie and His Dog Teddy (1970)
Space Team Electra “Saints Are Bleeding” from The Vortex Flower (2001)
(D) The Sound and Color “Tug of War” from The Sound and Color (2015) Jeff Brinkman “Ordinary Day” from Strange (2012)
Drew Schofield “Break It Down” from 150 Million (-1) (2014)
(N) OneRepublic “I Lived” from Native (2013)
The Wild After “Meant for You” from Lesson Learned EP (2014)
(N) Silent Bear “Red Colorado Night” from The Green Lion (2014)
Tennis “Tell Her No” from Tell Her No (2011)
Stella Luce “Rain” from Caldera (2014)
Chemistry Club “Miranda” from Miranda (2014)
Tia Fuller “Ralphie’s Groove” from Angelic Warrior (2012)

HOUR 2

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band “Some of Shelly’s Blues” from Greatest Hits (1990)
Manassas “Colorado” from Manassas (1972)
Firefall “Livin’ Ain’t Livin’” from Firefall (1976)
Poco “When It All Began” from Legacy (1989)
(N) Leftover Salmon “High Country” from High Country (2015)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters “I Get Smooth” from Black Beehive (2014)
John Oates “Stone Cold Love” from Good Road to Follow (2014)
Reed Foehl “When It Comes Around” from Spark (2004)
Dianne Reeves “Endangered Species” from The Best of Dianne Reeves (2000)
Hazel Miller Band “Spider Web” from Coming To You Live…From KUVO (2011)
Jon Wirtz “Country” from Tourist (2013)

The Colorado Sound S8|EP43 2014

Chris K profile pic Oct 2014To Spotify, or not to Spotify – for that is the question of the age: Whether to be popular and bought and paid for – or unpopular and unpaid – whether to suffer from the loneliness of being among the unheard, or the disdain of the few who hate, hate, hate you for who you are and what they perceive you to be.  Yeah, okay … so my Shakespeare is shaky; it’s been 40+ years since I’ve read any.  But for those who record today the issue is among the most talked about and debated.

Taylor Swift made news recently when her record label deleted her new album “1989” from Spotify – instead forcing the album into the physical and digital marketplaces, primarily Target and iTunes.  Whether this was a good long term business strategy, or simply a shrewd way to force Taylor’s fans to buy instead of stream, it at least excited a conversation about how RECORDING ARTISTS are paid for the work they produce for our enjoyment.

Wait! This ain’t about Colorado music! — Yes. It. Is.  This continues to be a conversation that dominates the local artist scene.  It’s time we at least start to acknowledge that streaming is in – buying is out.  NOT SO FAST, you say?  Okay.  Which is more popular, iTunes download store or Pandora?  Pandora or Spotify?  And let’s not forget YouTube, the single most dominant music discovery site in the world.

How many actual physical cds did you buy in 2014?  Did you buy those physical cds from a store, or from CDBaby, Amazon, or a band website or at a show?  Or did you, like most of us today, simply dial up Spotify or YouTube – places where virtually NO MONEY IS MADE (or so little it may as well be none) for our friends who spend upwards of $12,000 or more to produce a full length album at one of our incredible regional recording studios – or who make investments totalling THOUSANDS to produce records in home studios.  This is NOT an inexpensive venture we’re talking about here.

For me it’s about fans BUYING from the merch table at the show.  It’s about spending not only the $5 cover (are you kidding me?) – or the $15 on three beers (which the band gets nothing of ) – but about spending $5-$15 on an EP or LP cd at a show – the last real place we’re likely to see any measurable sales for most of our friends in scene.

christmas-tree-clipartChristmas is coming up — what do you think — BUY LOCAL – SUPPORT LOCAL MUSIC.  That is all.

Speaking of Christmas – got wonderful news hours after show production deadline this week that Poco (and I believe Richie Furay separately), Firefall, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Manassas will all be inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame at the Paramount Theater on Friday January 9, 2015.  Show details to be announced later this month.  Congrats to all of the incredible Colorado musicians past and present who will be a part of that incredible gift.

VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

Just in time too!  New from Shatterproof.

OFFSTAGE BEYOND THE MUSIC

To download this week’s segment of OSBTM please visit KUNC or Radio 94.9 Colorado

PLAYLIST S8|EP43 NOV 2014

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

HOUR 1

The Apples in Stereo “Shine A Light” from Tone Soul Evolution (1997)
The Christines “In Your Space” from Living At the Bottom of the Sea (1996)
(N) Longest Day Of The Year “Black Horse Canyon” from Carapace (2014)
Musketeer Gripweed “End of the Day” from Floods and Fires (2014)
Calder’s Revolvers “See To Believe” from Sunday Morning (2014)
(D) Chimney Choir “Motion” from Motion (2015)
Toad In the Hole “Wiser” from APT 203 (2013)
Big Gigantic “Touch the Sky” from The Night Is Young (2014)
(D) Danielle Ate the Sandwich “Dream A Little Dream of Me” from Dream A Little Dream of Me (2015)
Joe Johnson “Don’t Let Your Blue Eyes Cry” from A Time to Dance (2011)
The Samples “The Whole World Can Sing” from America (2014)
Rich Lamb “Deja Blue” from Music Along the Way (2008)

HOUR 2

Acoustic Junction “Where Is She Now” from Surrounded by Change (1995)
Sixteen Horsepower “Coal Black Horses” from 16 Horsepower (1995)
(D) Leftover Salmon “Western Sky” from High Country (2015)
Sofie Reed “Down By the Riverside” from Red Hen (2014)
Tennis “I’m Callin’” from Ritual In Repeat (2014)
(D) Ark Life “Very Fine Friends” from Very Fine Friends (2015)
Reed Foehl “Caroline” from Lost in the West (2014)
(D) Lauren Brombert “Love’s Carousel” from Love’s Carousel (2015)
Arthur Lee Land “Cracked Open” from Cracked Open (2013)
The Motet “Afrotech” from Instrumental Dissent (2007)

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Wedding couple - Bradley Weaver & Sami Jo Lien
Wedding couple – Bradley Weaver & Sami Jo Lien

I don’t often post pics from friends’ FaceBook posts, but this is one time I couldn’t resist.  Congrats to Sami Jo Lien and Bradley Weaver who went and got themselves legally married this weekend …and as usual for such celebrities, they managed to avoid the press by keeping it all a secret outside of family and close friends.  Bradley is 1/5 of Ryan Chrys & the Rough Cuts, and Sami Jo is Senior Publicist at JKSCommunications according to her FB page.  goatz anniversary 2014

In the meantime, Mrs Goat and I celebrated our anniversary (on the same day you guys?? Really??  Does this mean a joint anniversary party next year?)  Congrats you two from Mr & Mrs Goat.

Local blues guitarist/vocalist James Speiser recently had a bike accident that required his elbow be replaced and a plate inserted into his wrist.  James is a full time working musician.  Like many in our scene he doesn’t have sufficient insurance to cover a situation like this. james speiserIn a FB post from James this weekend he says, “With $92,000 in hospital bills and out of work, I have to thank MusiCares for helping me with some expenses and my surgeons cost. I have to thank David Booker and the Colorado Blues Society for hosting a benefit to help me. Denver has an amazing blues and music community and we really help each other out. I am very grateful.”

“The MusiCares Foundation, Inc., was established in 1989 by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Meant for musicians to have a place to turn in times of financial, personal, or medical crisis, its primary purpose is to focus the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues which directly impact the health and welfare of the music community. The foundation’s programs include emergency financial assistance, addiction recovery, outreach and leadership activities, and senior housing.” – wikipedia

On Oct 21, 2013, Musicare announced the establishment of the MusiCares Colorado Relief Fund in an effort to provide support to members of the music community affected by the September floods in Colorado. Assistance includes basic living expenses such as shelter, food, utilities, and transportation; medical expenses; clothing; instrument and recording equipment replacements; relocation costs; home repairs; debris removal; and more. (http://www.grammy.org/news/musicares-establishes-colorado-flood-relief-fund)

Not to be outdone or overlooked, the Colorado Blues Society is a Colorado 501C3 non-profit with a mission to  “increase awareness of and appreciation for the Blues as an indigenous American Art form (and the wellspring from which all contemporary popular American music originated).”  Although their primary function is education, the organization is also very active in relief efforts for local causes, and has been known to help out as they can when local blues artists are in need.

The Colorado Blues Society is hosting a benefit for James at Herman’s Hideaway on Nov 22.  At the present time, it looks like the lineup will include Steve Crenshaw, David Booker, Delta Sonics, Chris Cheslin, Armando Lopez and maybe John Long, and will include special guest appearances by Pattie Melt and others. There may also be a silent instrument auction.

Speaking of blues, this weekend marks the closure of one of Colorado’s most loved, respected, and venerated blues establishments – Blues & Greens at The Boulder Outlook Hotel.  Mrs Goat, Goat-boy, and I stopped by to say hi to old friends celebrating the end of an era.  Here’s a snapshot of the day …

This is the week I pull spins data from around the state for the next NEWS NOTES & SPINS column due out NOV 1.  It’s also the week I cut and edit the next Offstage …Beyond the Music, with November’s featured artist, Reed Foehl.  Thanks to Richie Furay for being October’s featured artist.  What a thrill.

It’s a very busy week in the goat den.  This is also the final month for submissions for BEST OF consideration for 2014.  Any new releases from October on are considered 2015 releases.

I have two underwriting/advertising opportunities available for The Colorado Sound, and its various properties. For more information, contact me directly via email at thecoloradosound@gmail.com

 Video Pick of the Week

PLAYLIST S8|EP41 2014

(D) debuted lp, ep, or single
(N) new cut from previously debuted lp or ep

HOUR 1

Acoustic Junction “Where Is She Now” from Surrounded by Change (1993)
The Simpletones “Tattooed Angels” from Squiggly (1996)
The Seers “Deaf In June” from Cellophane Eyes (2014)
Lion Drome “Winter” from Curve of the Earth (2014)
My Body Sings Electric “Oceancrest” from Part 1: the Night Ends (2014)
(D) Esther Sparks & the Whiskey Remedy “Forgive Me” from Love Songs (2014)
The Lumineers “Ho Hey” from The Lumineers (2012)
Matt Skinner Band “I’ll Keep Loving” from Native Stranger (2013)
Jami Lunde “Some Place Tonight” from Big Black Birds (2011)
Fierce Bad Rabbit “Beliefs” from Maestro & the Elephant (2013)
Monroe Monroe “Engines Will Come” from Engines Will Come (2011)
Brad Goode “All Fall Down” from Chicago Red (2013)

HOUR 2

Zephyr “Mad Dog” from Heartbeat (1982)
The Apples in Stereo “Seems So” from Tone Soul Evolution (1997)
Hot Rize “Blue Is Fallin’” from When I’m Free (2014)
You Me and Apollo “Ghosts” from Sweet Honey (2014)
Euforquestra “Take Me Dancing” from Fire (2014)
Pandas & People “Still Young” from Pandas & People (2014)
FaceMan “Tackle Me Down” from Talk Talk Talk (2013)
Poco “A Good Feeling to Know” from The Essential Poco (2005)
Richie Furay “Hand In Hand” from Hand In Hand (2014)
(N) Reed Foehl “Caroline” from Lost in the West (2014)
Analog Son “The Game” from Analog Son (2014)