CP S12 EP40 2018

 Monday Oct 22 2018 … Here in about another two weeks we enter the 2019 release year – which will include any NEW releases submitted for airplay after Nov 1.

2018 has been a rather amazing year.  Currently in the CP song catalog for 2018 there are over 390 song titles … from over 100 LPs alone – not including EPs and single releases.

So far this year I’ve seen more singles released than at any time I’ve done this show over the paste 12 years.  This weekend I spoke with the owners of one of our prestigious studios.  They affirmed they’ve seen more singles being produced than at any time they could recall.

Basically, it’s going to make for an interesting end of year “Best Of.”

Congratulations to Randall Frazier and Elisa Canali.  Randall is the long time production manager and talent buyer for Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox as well as a longtime label owner (Helmut Room), sound and recording engineer, producer, tour manager and musician in the scene.  Randall and Elisa met when Randall took her on as an intern learning sound.  She is now Randall’s assistant and soon to be legally married life partner.  Much love to both …

Ophelia’s has also announced they’re launching a new label based on live recordings that Randall will produce at the venue.  The launch is set for early 2019.

The Colorado Music Hall of Fame class for 2018 has been announced.  It’s a night dedicated to AEG’s Chuck Morris, who got started promoting shows in Boulder in the late 60s.  Also being inducted – 97.3FM KBCO, a pioneering station with air talent that reaches back into the 70s and 80s.

The show will include performances by Amos Lee, Leo KottkeTodd Park Mohr & Brian Nevin (Big Head Todd & the Monsters), Isaac Slade & Ben Wysocki (the Fray), Bill Nershi and members of the String Cheese Incident, Drew Emmit & Vince Herman (Leftover Salmon) and the Lumineers.  The house backing band for the show is Chris Daniels & the Kings.  Governor Hickenlooper will be hosting the roast of Chuck Morris.  Dec 3 2018 – The Paramount Theater.  


105.5 The Colorado Sound & the Colorado Playlist Present:

Brent Cowles w/ special guests Strange Americans at the Bluebird Theater (Denver) Fri, Dec 14

Covenhoven  at Swallow Hill Music (Denver) Fri, Nov 9

Gasoline Lollipops with The Grant Farm at The Fox Theatre (Boulder) New Years Eve, Monday, Dec 31

Trout Steak Revival 2 shows…
Fri, Nov 30 at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom (Denver)
Sat, Dec 1 at the Aggie Theatre (Fort Collins)

The Railbenders at The Bluebird Theater (Denver), Friday, Dec 21

Wildermiss with Silver & Gold and Ivory Circle at the Downtown Artery (Fort Collins) Friday, November 9


At Bohemian Foundation, our focus is on building community …by coming together to create and enjoy music.


VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

It shouldn’t be a secret and there’s little doubt that Gregory Alan Isakov is a perennial BEST OF Colorado artist – with a string of exceptional releases, and headlining slots at Red Rocks.  Gregory is in a class of his own in our scene.  This is from his new album Evening Machines.


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 on Soundcloud, BandCamp, Reverbnation, Spotify or YouTube.

PLAYLIST S12 EP40

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

HOUR 1

The Astronauts “Competition Couple” from Competition Coupe/Astronauts Orbit Kampus (1997)
The Moonrakers “Trip and Fall” from Anthology (2007)
(D) Hunter Burnette “At Ease” from The Good Life EP (2018)


Coral Creek “Cryin’ Bout My Baby” from Coral Creek (2015)
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats “Look It Here” from Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats (2015)
(N) The SIR Band “So Cold” from So Cold (2018)


Leftover Salmon “House of Cards” from Something Higher (2018)
Wendy Woo Band “Walk Along the Water” from austerity (2011)
My Body Sings Electric “Step Into the Light” from Changing Color (2011)
(N) Plutinos “Falling Away” from Plutinos EP (2018)


Wildermiss “Carry Your Heart” from Lost With You (2017)
Wonderlic “Moses” from Wunderpus Photogenicus (2016)
Walter Gorra “’til Next Time” from In Due Time (2018)

HOUR 2

Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Broken Hearted Savior” from Sister Sweetly (1993)
(D) Elyse Miller “Quicksand” (2018)


Paper Bird “Don’t Want Half” from Paper Bird (2016)
You Me and Apollo “Don’t Sleep for Free” from Sweet Honey (2014)
(D) SYCDVK “Oasis In Space” from Lurking Earthlings EP (2018)


Slow Caves “Poser” (2018)
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club “No Doubt About It” from Unentitled (2011)
The Apples in Stereo “Signal In The Sky (Let’s Go)” from Let’s Go (2001)
Edison “Take Me Home” from Lion’s Heart EP (2018)
(N) Magnolia North “Just Like You” from Magnolia North (2018)
Richard Dean “Wild Night On the Bayou” from Vignettes (2017)
Greensky Bluegrass “Miss September” from Shouted, Written Down & Quoted (2016)
Analog Son “CTI” from Funky Mother (2018)


 

 

CP S12 EP28 2018

Just a short note this week.  It’s summer.  We have family in town from New Jersey for ten days.  Gonna make sure we treat them to as much as we can of what CO is all about – including bands, beers, bud and booze.  And grand views, Grand Lake, South Park and Red Rocks of course.

This week’s MMMM (Monday Morning Music Meeting) below has new music for you to vote on from Darren Garvey (Elephant of Revival), Devotchka, the Lumineers, John Grant (the Czars) and Westword Music Showcase Award Winner RL Cole & the Hell You Say.

Next week’s show is already in the can.  It’s a mid-summer review of some of the best of the Colorado Playlist for 2018.  Enjoy.  Hopefully I’ll be back in time for next week’s post.

VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

Jen Korte with her band “the Loss” just won the Westword Music Showcase Award for best folk artist for 2018.  In the meantime Jen is also establishing herself as FAR MORE than folk, pop, rock, hip-hop, indie or any other style outside of metal, punk, country or blues with her latest offering called Lady Gang.

From the website:  ABOUT: ​Lady Gang was given a small loop pedal in 2014 and found herself quickly  falling down the rabbit hole of live looping and beat creation. Empowered by her electric guitar, her voice, a beat machine, and her loop pedal, LADY GANG fuses elements of hip hop and indie rock to create  a sound rich with originality and skill.

…she has been seen in and around Denver as a solo artist as well as a collaborator in Denver’s hip hop scene both as a vocalist and guitarist for Def Knock and through her partnership with Denver’s best MC of 2017, Kitty Crimes, as Nasty Twin.  She has been seen opening the stage for Too Short, The Pharcyde, Mac Lethal and Wax.

At Bohemian Foundation, our focus is on building community …by coming together to create and enjoy music.


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 on Soundcloud, BandCamp, Reverbnation or YouTube.

PLAYLIST S12 EP28

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

HOUR 1

Gerard McMahon “Hello Operator” from Gerard (1976)
Sugarloaf “Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You” from The Best of (1974)
(N) Kerry Pastine & the Crime Scene “Fever” from I Make My Own Luck (2018)
Dan Treanor’s Afrosippi Band featuring Erica Brown “Tell Me Daddy” from Tangled Road Again (2013)
David Starr “Love and Sabotage” from Love and Sabotage (2016)
(N) Darren Garvey “First of the Year” from Heart Attack Sleeves ep (2018)  

Strangebyrds “Star Crossed Lovers” from Star Crossed Lovers (2018)
Drag the River “Wichita Skyline” from Drag The River (2013)
Great American Taxi “A.M. Radio” from Paradise Lost (2011)
Mojomama “Lazy river” from Red White and Blues (2018)
(D) John Grant “Love Is Magic” from Love Is Magic (2018)

piKziL “Can’t Get Started” from Songs from My 3rd Life (2016)
Wildermiss “Keep it Simple” (2017)
Jon Wirtz “Watching the World Wake Up” from Tourist (2013)

HOUR 2

Alpha Centauri “Hard Life” from Alpha Centauri (1977)
(D) Devotchka “Straight Shot” from This Night Falls Forever (2018)

The Motet “the Truth” from Totem (2016)
(D) The Lumineers “Scotland” from C-Sides (2018)

Brent Cowles “How to Be Okay Alone” from How To Be OK Alone (2018)
Dressy Bessy “Call if Even” from Electrified (2005)
Michael Trent “Tell The Truth” from The Winner (2010)
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats “Coolin’ Out (f Lucius)” from Tearing At The Seams (2018)
(D) RL Cole & the Hell You Say “Mary” from Mary (2018)

The Patti Fiasco “Days Gone By” from Saved By Rock and Roll (2016)
Oxeye Daisy “Where Your Mind Goes” from Oxeye Daisy (2018)
Keith Oxman “Breeze (Blow My Baby Back)” from East of the Village (2017)

The Colorado Sound TV – BEST VIDEOS 2013

chris k july 2010Unlike last year, when I included my VIDEO PICKS OF THE YEAR in my end of year post, this year I’m posting them early and asking for you to participate.  These are my picks (nominations if you will) for best videos of 2013.  There are 14 videos in the playlist.  Run time = 53 minutes – so shorter than a one hour episode of the Colorado Sound, and I know you’ve had time for that on occasion  😉

I’ve left room after the videos to pick your three favorites.  I had a blast going back to all the monthly video playlists and watching them all again … I hope you discover someone new who’s music you love.  Thank you for supporting.

Only those videos published on YouTube between Nov 1 2012 and Oct 31 2013 were considered for these picks.

EDIT:  SAT DEC 21, 2013 — POLLS CLOSED.  Videos reset in order of voting.

News Notes & Spins – June 1 2012

Last month I focused my personal editorial on the fact that, statewide, community/public radio programmers are broadly unaware of music from here in Colorado – a predicament I believed might ultimately only be addressed by legislation dictating the level of local content on our over-the-air broadcast stations …much in the same vein as Canada’s mandate that 35% of their content be Canadian.

The prevailing argument against that idea is that Canada’s law is national and not something that in general we have to worry about in the US – as the VAST amount of music being aired is from the US … and that on a state by state basis, there would be no way for most states to implement such a mandate on their broadcast stations, since most states don’t have sufficient content to make the idea fly.

Since last month’s rant I’ve given this issue considerable thought.  I’ve experimented a bit and asked a question or two – all in an effort to find a way to address this issue without more government intervention, something I am wary of in the least and generally opposed to in principle.  I found two issues to be prevalent, knowledge and access.

There is no simple way for on-air programmers to discover Colorado talent.  There is no website such as a Reverbnation or MySpace for Colorado, specifically dedicated to the music of our state, and no easy way to sort artists by state at Reverbnation, Bandcamp, or other online music services.  Further, content would have to be filtered for language, something a lot of artists don’t think of when posting content online – since they obviously don’t have to.  There are no language prohibitions online.

Solving the knowledge dilemma is not easy.  Locally, it would mean that someone at a station has to be hip to what’s going on statewide, and then be able to educate on-air djs/programmers.  Even if a centralized Colorado specific version of something like MySpace were created, it would require that programmers know about it – not something that most djs would do, I’m sorry to say.

Most programmers, especially those who are “older” I’ve discovered, are more interested in playing stuff from their personal collections, than searching out new music they are not familiar with.  So, what if we who are in the business of getting people to know “force-fed” product to individual djs, by sending it to them directly; would that help in some measurable way?  It’s possible, and something worth considering as more and more independent programmers appear resistant to playing what exists in station libraries, instead preferring what they discover themselves.

The other issue is access.  Physical or digital?  I asked that question of the music and program directors at stations around the state …the answer?  Both.  Most stations are not yet outfitted to easily catalog and air digital content.  Most have not yet digitized their physical product sufficiently enough to do away with their existing cd libraries.  And most find that their djs (especially their older djs) are uncomfortable with trying to access and air digitized content with existing studio “dj assist” software – preferring the older technologies such as compact discs, cassette tapes, and vinyl records.

One option that’s been floated is the idea of creating a cloud based solution, enabling one or more stations to access content they already own or can access and share collectively.  This as opposed to needing large hard drives and specialized software on site to deal with large collections – in some cases, collections that contain over 50,000 album titles.

Interestingly, however, it seems that most of the djs at those stations have internet access, a laptop, or some other tool used to collect, store, and play digital content, leading further I believe to the individualization of the content being broadcast.  Some djs I’ve learned are streaming content from online services – something that station management may have to look into as a possible violation of DMCA rules.  It is an interesting idea however – it just makes me wonder what the legal ramifications are.

All that said – we are among the lucky places where local content receives as much notice and airplay as it does here in Colorado – and for which I personally am very grateful.  Thank you to all the programmers, music directors, and on-air talent who take the time and make the effort to support … much love my friends.

In station news this month –

Check out the music blog at KWMV (Westcliffe) … http://musicblog.kwmv.org/ or easily access it by a big red button on their homepage at www.kwmv.org.  They also have a new late night dj show with one of the Custer County Youth Radio alumni, The Midnight Hour with Cameron “Carmine” Kessler on Saturday morning from midnight to 2 a.m.

Lindsay Isbell, the music director at KSJD (Cortez) writes in this month: “We have moved!  We are now thrilled to be working and broadcasting from our new home at the corner of Main and Market streets in downtown Cortez.”  The new [physical/street] address is 2 E. Main St. Cortez, CO 81321.  However, all mail should be sent to P. O. Box 116 in Cortez.

Tedi Gillespie at KAFM (Grand Junction) reports that “I have now been named Executive Director.  I was serving as Interim for 4 months and now they’ve made it official and permanent.”  The station got a power increase to 300 watts last November and a second phase of improvements will mean renovations to the control and production studios.   Tedi also reports that KAFM will be looking for a Program Director in the near future.

From Sally Kane, executive director at KVNF in Paonia:  KVNF has been selected to be an incubator station for the Association of Independents in Radio “Localore” grant.  Our project is called “iseechange.” It’s an experiment in citizen science reporting. We’re hosting a community   conversation with citizens and scientists talking about what’s changing in their backyards and across the state with regard to weather and climate. Julia Kumari Drapkin is the multi media producer who joined our station for a year to coordinate the project.  The content is available to be shared with RMCR (Rocky Mountain Community Radio) stations statewide. More info is available at http://www.kvnf.org/.

TOP 40 MOST SPUN TITLES – May 2012
(303 titles tracked / 146 titles reported as played)
(LM) TM / [date added]
(D) = debut, first time on chart
(R) = re-entered chart

(1) 1. The Lumineers – The Lumineers (Dualtone) Indie/New Alternative [Mar-12]
(16) 2. Leftover Salmon – Aquatic Hitchhiker (LoS Records) Americana/rock [Apr-12]
(D) 3. Danielle Ate The Sandwich – {like a king} (Youngest Daughter Records) Folk [May-12]
(2) 4. Tennis – Young & Old (Fat Possum) Indie/New Alternative [Feb-12]
(3) 5. Otis Taylor – Otis Taylor’s Contraband (Telarc) Blues [Feb-12]
(8) 6. Mosey West – Merica (self) Rock/alt-country-rock [Apr-12]
(5) 7. Bad Weather California – Sunkissed (Family Tree) Indie/New Alternative [Feb-12]
(D) 8. Rob Drabkin – Rob Drabkin Live (self) Rock/adult [May-12]
(13) 9. Grant Farm – The Grant Farm (self) Americana/rock [Mar-12]
(D) 10. Joe Sampson – Kill Our Friends (Fellow Creature Recordings) Folk [May-12]
(9) 11. Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Live at Hodi’s (self) Alt-country [Jan-12]
(12) 12. Mama Lenny & the Remedy – Punches and Hugs (self) Blues/rhythm and blues [Apr-12]
(20) 13. Achille Lauro – Flight or Flight (Hot Congress Records) Indie/New Alternative [Feb-12]
(21) 14. Finnders & Youngberg – FY5 (self) Bluegrass/country [Apr-11]
(25) 15. Katie Glassman – Snapshot (self) Americana [Feb-12]
(14) 16. Great American Taxi – Paradise Lost (self) Rock/roots [Oct-11]
(R) 17. Coles Whalen – I Wrote this for You (self) Pop/country crossover [Feb-12]
(D) 18. Instant Empire – Instant Empire (self) Indie/New Alternative [Apr-12]
(D) 19. Flashbulb Fires – Gasconader (self) Indie/New Alternative [May-12]
(D) 20. Grass It Up – Alabama Tory (self) Bluegrass [May-12]
(24) 21. Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra – Sharks & Manatees (Dazzle Recordings) Jazz [Apr-12]
(18) 22. The Congress – Whatever You Want (self) Rock [Apr-12]
(29) 22. Harry Tuft & Friends – Treasures Untold (Manasses Records) Folk [Nov-11]
(D) 23. Haunted Windchimes – Out with the Crow (Blank Tape) Folk [Apr-12]
(10) 24. Longest Day of the Year – Turn Into the Ground (self) Americana/alt-country [Nov-11]
(11) 24. Musketeer Gripweed – Staight Razor Revival (self) Rock/blues/southern rock [Apr-12]
(29) 25. Catch Bees – Newman’s Open Choir (On Joyful Wings) Indie/New Alternative [Feb-12]
(D) 26. Better Than Bacon – Better Than Bacon (self) Rock/jamband [Apr-12]
(D) 26. Patrick Dethlefs – Fall & Rise (self) Folk [May-12]
(17) 26. The Swayback – Double Four Time (self) Rock [Feb-12]
(19) 27. Churchill – The Change EP (Wire Bird) Folk/folk-rock [Feb-12]
(22) 27. Eric Gunnison – Trios (Synergy Music) Jazz [Feb-12]
(27) 28. Gauntlet Hair – Gauntlet Hair (self) Indie/New Alternative [Sep-11]
(R) 28. Wendy Woo Band – Austerity (Woo Music) POP/adult [Jun-11]
(R) 28. You Me and Apollo – Cards with Cheats (self) Indie/New Alternative [Aug-11]
(D) 29. Jeff Finlin – Live Songs for the Ice Age (Bent Wheel) Rock/singer-songwriter [Apr-12]
(23) 30. Euforquestra – Let Us In (self) Alternative Adult/reggae/funk/world [Mar-12]
(26) 30. Lionel Young Band – On Our Way to Memphis (self) Blues [Aug-11]
(D) 31. Raincheck – Raincheck (Dazzle Recordings) Jazz [May-12]
(29) 32. The Yawpers – Savage Blue EP (Adventure Records) Rock/alt-country-rock [Jan-12]

DROPPED OUT OF TOP 40 May 2012
6. The Jekylls – The Sweet Factory
7. Katya Chorover – Big Big Love
15. Haunted Windchimes – Live at the Western Jubilee
19. Broken Tongues – Crooked Skyline
22. Eric Gunnison – Trios
28. Fierce Bad Rabbit – Live and Learn EP
29. John Common and Blinding Flashes of Light – Beautiful Empty
30. Blackout Beat Production Company – The Circus House
31. John Oates – Mississippi Mile
31. Spring Creek – Hold On Me
32. Slim Cessna’s Auto Club – Unentitled
33. Josh Quinlin Quintet – Mountain Time Standards
34. Carbon Choir – Sakhalin
34. Kentucky Parlor Pickers – Barn Burner
34. Spires – S/T EP

ADDED MAY 2012
3 Twins Broadband – Cry at the Movies / How Couldya Not [single]
Andy Flattery & the Afternoons – Night Run EP
Ben Haugland – Point of No Return
Danielle Ate The Sandwich – {like a king}
Delta Sonics – Live at Lincoln’s
Flashbulb Fires – Gasconader
Grass It Up – Alabama Tory
Head for the Hills – Live
Joe Sampson – Kill Our Friends
Katie Herzig – The Waking Sleep
Matt Smiley – Quartet Art
McCumber & Moors – Gravity
Molina w/ Diles – Name and Town
New Ben Franklins – [peter gabriel]
O’Brien Party of 7 – Reincarnation, The Songs of Roger Miller
Patrick Dethlefs – Fall & Rise
Raincheck – Raincheck
Rob Drabkin – Rob Drabkin Live
Robert Cline, Jr. – All the Right Reasons
Shirley – From A Bright Clearing
The Ghost of Joseph Buck – The Ghost of Joseph Buck
The Knew – Major Nights [single]
Xiren – Not A Love Song [single]

STATION BY STATION

KAFM (Grand Junction)
1. Leftover Salmon – Aquatic Hitchhiker
2. The Lumineers – The Lumineers
3. Halden Wofford & the HI Beams – Live at Hodi’s
4. Better Than Bacon – Better Than Bacon
4. Mosey West – Merica

KBUT (Crested Butte)
1. Leftover Salmon – Aquatic Hitchhiker
1. The Lumineers – The Lumineers
2. Finnders & Youngberg – FY5
2. Great American Taxi – Paradise Lost
2. Halden Wofford & the HI Beams – Live at Hodi’s

KDNK (Carbondale) [HOT SPINS]
Haunted Windchimes – Live at the Western Jubilee
Haunted Windchimes – Out with the Crow
Leftover Salmon – Aquatic Hitchhiker
The Swayback – Double Four Time
Wendy Woo Band – Austerity

KGNU (Boulder)
1. O’Brien Party of 7 – Reincarnation, The Songs of Roger Miller
2. Lionel Young Band – On Our Way to Memphis
3. Katie Glassman – Snapshot
3. Leftover Salmon – Aquatic Hitchhiker
3. Otis Taylor – Otis Taylor’s Contraband

KRCC (Colorado Springs)
1. Otis Taylor – Otis Taylor’s Contraband
2. The Lumineers – The Lumineers
3. Haunted Windchimes – Out with the Crow
4. Moors & McCumber – Gravity
4. Tennis – Young & Old

KRFC (Fort Collins)
1. Danielle Ate The Sandwich – {like a king}
2. Mama Lenny & the Remedy – Punches and Hugs
3. Mosey West – Merica
4. Muskeeteer Gripweed – Staight Razor Revival
5. Leftover Salmon – Aquatic Hitchhiker

KUNC (Greeley)
1. The Lumineers – The The Lumineers
2. Kathryn Mostow – Rich Girl
2. Mosey West – Merica
3. Wendy Woo Band – Austerity
4. Driftwood Fire – How to Untangle a Heartache

KUVO (Denver)
1. Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra – Sharks & Manatees
2. Eric Gunnison – Trios
3. Ben Haugland – Point of No Return
4. Raincheck – Raincheck
5. Adam Bodine Trio – Up ‘N Hear

KVNF (Paonia)
1. The Lumineers – The Lumineers
2. Leftover Salmon – Aquatic Hitchhiker
2. Otis Taylor – Otis Taylor’s Contraband
3. Better Than Bacon – Better Than Bacon
4. Finnders & Youngberg – FY5

Open Air 1340 (Denver)
1. The Lumineers – The Lumineers
2. Danielle Ate The Sandwich – {like a king}
3. Joe Sampson – Kill Our Friends
4. Flashbulb Fires – Gasconader
5. Overcasters – Curses/Prayers

The Colorado Sound
1. Leftover Salmon – Aquatic Hitchhiker
2. Danielle Ate the Sandwich – {like a king}
2. Rob Drabkin – Rob Drabkin Live
3. Achille Lauro – Flight or Flight
4. Bad Weather California – Sunkissed

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BY GENRE/PROGRAM FORMAT

Americana/Alt.country/Alt.country-rock
1. Leftover Salmon – Aquatic Hitchhiker
2. Grant Farm – The Grant Farm
3. Halden Wofford & the HI Beams – Live at Hodi’s
4. Katie Glassman – Snapshot
5. Great American Taxi – Paradise Lost

Blues/Rhythm & Blues
1. Otis Taylor – Otis Taylor’s Contraband
2. Delta Sonics – Live at Lincoln’s
3. Mama Lenny & the Remedy – Punches and Hugs
4. Lionel Young Band – On Our Way to Memphis
5. John Oates Band – The Bluesville Sessions

Bluegrass
1. Finnders & Youngberg – FY5
2. Grass It Up – Alabama Tory
3. Spring Creek – Hold On Me
4. Head for the Hills – Live
5. Dave Richey & Ruined Nation – No Peace of Mind

Folk/folk-rock/singer-songwriter
1. Danielle Ate The Sandwich – {like a king}
2. Joe Sampson – Kill Our Friends
3. Harry Tuft & Friends – Treasures Untold
4. Haunted Windchimes – Out with the Crow
5. Patrick Dethlefs – Fall & Rise

Dance/Funk/Hip-Hop/Urban Contemporary
1. Beats Noir! – 13 Tracks From The Dark Side Of The Beat
2. Rebel Tongue – Movin’ On
3. Wasteland Hop – Mother Acre
3. Wheelchair Sports Camp – Where We All Live
4. Broken Tongues – Crooked Skyline

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

Jazz
1. Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra – Sharks & Manatees
2. Eric Gunnison – Trios
3. Raincheck – Raincheck
4. H2 Big Band – You’re It!
4. Shirley – From A Bright Clearing

POP / Alternative Adult Contemporary
1. Coles Whalen – I Wrote this for You
2. Wendy Woo Band – Austerity
3. Katie Herzig – The Waking Sleep
4. Megan Redmond – Dreamland
4. Zach Heckendorf – The Cool Down

ROCK / AAA / AOR
1. Mosey West – Merica
2. Rob Drabkin – Rob Drabkin Live
3. The Congress – Whatever You Want
4. Muskeeteer Gripweed – Staight Razor Revival
5. Better Than Bacon – Better Than Bacon

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TOP 5 VIDEOS

1.  The Lumineers – Ho Hey

2.  Tennis – Deep In the Woods

3. Zach Heckendorf – All The Right Places

4. Great American Taxi – Poor House

5.  The Epilogues – The Fallout

News Notes & Spins – May 1 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

/rant

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

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

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

ONTO THE CHARTS

TOP 40 MOST SPUN TITLES – April 2012
(309 titles tracked / 157 titles reported as played)
(LM) TM / [date added]
(D) = debut, first time on chart
(R) = re-entered chart

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

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

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

STATION BY STATION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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BY GENRE/PROGRAM FORMAT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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