CP S12 EP46 2018

Monday Dec 3, 2018 –There is NO MMMM this week. The couple of debuts I played had no embeds, being so new.  Instead, I direct your attention to the  BEST OF 2018 POLLS.   

That said, both the String Cheese Incident and the Motet put new singles out to radio.  The Motet’s Lyle Divinsky is the featured vocalist on the String Cheese Incident track. Taylor Scott shared a new single from his upcoming album, and the Symbols have a new album I recently reviewed.

One of the tremendous musical activities I was re-introduced to this year is the musical theater.  My girlfriend got us season tickets to the Bug Theatre in Denver. We also attended a couple of plays at the Curious Theatre, that were not musicals.

I hadn’t been to much in the way of theater over the past 40 years. I grew up in the theater and had legit aspirations as a high school senior.  I went into radio instead. #nocomplaints

My main take-a-way is there are some tremendously talented and skilled people acting on those stages, and some for whom it’s a genuine hobby.  Local theatre is much like the local live music scene.  It’s also another avenue for exploring music that many of us ignore.

I highly encourage a night at the theatre. Not every show will be great, but you’ll truly have an enjoyable time at every show.

NOW PLEASE GO PICK YOUR FAVORITES OF 2018.


105.5 The Colorado Sound & the Colorado Playlist Present:

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

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

Slim Cessna’s Auto Club – 3 nights! – Dec 28, 29, 31 – Globe Hall

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

FOR MORE GREAT SHOWS SEE COLORADOSOUND.ORG

Join me for 3 more shows with my band in 2018
GOATZ! acoustic – 3 shows…
Sat, Dec 8 at Coal Mine Ave Brewing (Littleton)
Sun, Dec 9 at the Black Buzzard (Denver)
Fri, Dec 14 TRIO at City Star Brewing (Berthoud)


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


VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

I was enamored by this prog-rock band earlier this year.  They released this video mid-November, but their EP is up for vote in the CP BEST OF 2018.  Digital Myle once again producing some of the best videos in the market.  Echoes in Reverie started as a side project for local music veterans Rachel Irvin, Bryan Stacks, and Luke Mott. What started as a weekly jam session, quickly became a musical ritual.


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.

Don’t forget to let me know if there’s something I should be playing on the show.  I scour Spotify, YouTube, Soundcloud and Bandcamp to find you the freshest new music from around the state – hope you’ll help out by voting to KEEP or DELETE the new music shares in the MMMM each week.

HOUR 1

Sugarloaf “Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You” from Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You (1975)
(D) The Motet “What You Gonna Bring” (2019)
Slow Caves “Glares” from Desert Minded (2016)
Big Gigantic “Got the Love” from Brighter Future (2016)
(N) New Mexican “Two Hearted” from Take It On Our Shoulders (2018)
Black Box Audio “You Don’t Know” from Don’t Let Go EP (2018)
Sixteen Horsepower “The Outlaw Song” from Folklore (2002)
Subdudes “Poor Man’s Paradise” from Street Symphony (2007)
(D) The Symbols “Catching Fire” from Catching Fire (2019)
Dubskin “Just Be Now (feat Lyrics Born)” from Light the Dark (2017)
Keith Oxman “Caught Between the Lion and the Twins” from Caught Between the Lion and Twins (2008)

HOUR 2

Firefall “Mexico” from Firefall (1976)
(D) String Cheese Incident “Get to You” (2019)
King Cardinal “Metronome” from Great Lakes (2017)
Lumineers “Ophelia” from Cleopatra (2016)
CITRA “Static Erratic” from Mr Copacetic EP (2018)
Straight Six “Middle of the Road” from Straight Six EP (2018)
Yo, Flaco! “American Music” from Goin’ At It (2002)
Kan’nal “Diggin’ Up the Devils” from Myth Magic (2008)
(D) Taylor Scott “The Walk” (2019)
Leslie Tom “Leavin’ on Your Mind” from Leslie Tom (2017)
Leftover Salmon “Two Highways” from High Country (2014)
Tia Fuller “Fury of Da’mond” from Diamond Cut (2018)

THE SYMBOLS – CATCHING FIRE

Catching Fire” is the new 2019 Americana soul, blues, jazz, funk inflected release from Northern Colorado trio The Symbols, with husband and wife duo Jasco (guitar and producer) and Mer Sal (bass and lead vocals) standing front and center.  I’ve been waiting for this record since I first privately suggested to Mer Sal some seven or eight years ago that she hadn’t quite found the music that fit her then unaccomplished voice. She has now. “Catching Fire” is the record that sets Mer Sal up among the premier female blue-eyed soul singers in Colorado today.

Jasco and I have known each other since the early 90s when he was in Blind Dog Smokin’ and we played shows together. I’ve always been impressed with Jason’s highly unique voicings and guitar tones. On this album, Jasco’s sparse and inventive lead lines and personally unique guitar tones perfectly complement Mer Sal’s brightly sparkling vocals.

There is exceptional stylistic diversity on this album. “Let’s Be Love” immediately sets the tone with Mer Sal singing “leave your judgement at the door … let’s be love,” hinting at her blues and soul influences. “Shake It,” featuring Alvino Bennett (Stevie Wonder, Kenny Loggins, Robin Trower) as producer and drummer, is an insanely sparse pocket dance floor party with Mer Sal flashing her skills as bassist and singing simply about shaking butt on the dance floor. “Walk Beside Me” lays out a beautiful southern blues-jazz groove that slides into the scat filled mid-century “Soon,” both of which give up ghosts of the great Satchmo (check out the intro guitar line in “Walk Beside Me” that damned near sounds like a muted trumpet).

Produced and recorded by Jasco at his Fort Collins studio The Recordium,”Catching Fire” sets the standard against which all other female fronted Americana blues oriented recordings will be measured in the coming year in Colorado.