The Colorado Sound S9|EP17 April/May 2015

Day 2 Denver Music Summit.  The Future of the Music Business + an industry round table with about 20 or so local, regional, and out of state musicians and industry personnel.  I think the big takeaway for me was realizing we’re sitting in a pretty good place here in Colorado.

UCD Professor Storm Gloor covered the current trends and fast changing technologies that are shaping the near future, without prognosticating on what may or may not happen years from now.  And the round table discussion I took part in more or less reinforced what I already felt, that despite the nearly horrific rise in the price of housing our creative community continues to set a standard looked at and talked about coast to coast – and that the only thing missing are jobs in publishing, licensing, and management and booking agencies, which for now at least are still safely settled on either coast.

Another pretty big takeaway from the weekend was verification that 18-24 and 45-64 audiences exist for both music discovery and live music attendance, and it’s the 25-44 crowd that’s largely absent at live music events, but still the most desired radio audience for advertisers.  This has been true for a few decades now.

The question was brought up, when the last of the baby boomers (now 50) pass on through, what happens?  After all, how many acts can still fill stadiums?  Jagger et.al. are now in their mid-seventies .. the youngest members left of the WWII generation … and the average age of the average touring musician today is 52, at the youngest end of the boomer generation.  One of the most likely outcomes is the demise of the full on stadium show and a rise in smaller venues (in the 1500+ seat range) and festival events.  Who is the next act or acts capable of doing stadium shows?

Video Pick of the Week

I had my camera with me, but as usual it was the spontaneous “oh crap I’d better shoot some stuff” moment that compelled me to take it out the holster and actually push record.  Here’s just a taste of what I saw on Saturday night.  I did a full audio recording of the DMS, but haven’t had time to review and edit.

PLAYLIST S9|EP17

HOUR 1

Mollie O’Brien “When I’m Gone” from Things I Gave Away (2000)
Yo, Flaco! “Skeptamistic” from Skeptamistic (2001)
John Common “The River Is Moving” from The River Is Moving (2015)
Tennis “Bad Girls” from Ritual In Repeat (2014)
Fierce Bad Rabbit “Time Machine” from Maestro & the Elephant (2013)
Plum “Behind Your Man” from Behind Your Man (2015)
Devotchka “Transliterator” from A Mad & Faithful Telling (2008)
John Statz “One Way Opens” from Tulsa (2015)
Montropo “Something to See” from Follow Me (2015)
Danielle Ate the Sandwich “Like A King” from Like A King (2012)
Railsplitters “Met That Day” from The Faster It Goes (2015)
Rich Lamb “Deja Blues” from Music Along the Way (2008)

HOUR 2

Leftover Salmon & Cracker “Low” from Oh Cracker, Where Art Thou? (2003)
(D) Raven and the Writing Desk “On A Wire” from some get started (2015)
(N) Natalie Walker “Nothing Lasts Forever” from Strange Bird (2015)
OneRepublic “Feel Again” from Native (2012)
Calder’s Revolvers “Leave Ya Be” from Sunday Morning (2014)
Bill Frisell “Messin’ with the Kid” from Guitar In the Space Age (2014)
Hazel Miller Band “I’m Still Looking” from I’m Still Looking (2001)
Drag the River “Not That Kind” from Drag The River (2013)
(N) Todd Adelman “Cold Mississippi Blues” from Highways & Lowways (2015)
Head for The Hills “Take Me Back” from Blue Ruin (2013)
Brad Goode “St. Louis Blues” from Chicago Red (2013)

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FOCOMX 7 + Denver Music Summit = lots of driving

FOCOMX 7 done … think I left both my feet on College somewhere. I also think the left hip is telling me that it needs attention. hmmm. okay.  My weekend, however, won’t be done until after 8PM tonight (Sunday), when the Denver Music Summit is finished with “All Songs Considered.”

So why did both events manage to land on the same weekend?  Turns out the McNichols Civic Center Building is due for some major restoration and fixing up in general, and this was the only weekend available for the music summit planners. I’m not sure if that directly impacted expected attendance though for the workshops held during the afternoon on Saturday and Sunday.

Sometimes I just don’t get it. Sometimes singers are just not good. Sometimes fans flock to an act that just isn’t all that good. They buy into the kitsch, or the name, or the fact (s)he is in a highly popular band. Yes, what’s good can be subjective, fact. Singing flat however is measurable. Singing flat is not good.  Sometimes a song or two is all you need …sometimes dropping a needle on the record is all it takes to define that record.

As I walked around on my rounds of several of the small rooms I was assigned to monitor for audio issues, I did notice that each venue was well attended. By the time Stelth Ulvang took the stage at the Aggie the place was packed, and I have no doubt it remained that way through the night.  By that time of night all the rooms were pretty well packed from what I could tell.

Promises of new music abounded as I spent time with members of various bands — the Epilogues promise a new EP for late summer release, as well the Knew who turned in what had to be the loudest set I heard all night at Illegal Pete’s … Dearling is going through a creative spurt as well (and while not at FOCOMX, John Common is also planning a series of single releases)

I left at 10, so missed prime time, but I’ve got no doubt that the beer and pot fueled energy of the crowd at ten stayed quite rowdy all the way up to 1:30.

Day Two Denver Music Summit coming.

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“Music was better back then”: When do we stop keeping up with popular music?

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in radio 37 yrs. We “knew” this info in the 80s, when the “cutoff” was 24, not 34. good info

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After sixty years of research, it’s conventional wisdom: as people get older, they stop keeping up with popular music. Whether the demands of parenthood and careers mean devoting less time to pop culture, or just because they’ve succumbed to good old-fashioned taste freeze, music fans beyond a certain age seem to reach a point where their tastes have “matured”.

That’s why the organizers of the Super Bowl — with a median viewer age of 44 —  were smart to balance their Katy Perry-headlined halftime show with a showing by Missy Elliott.

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Spotify listener data offers a sliced & diced view of each user’s streams. This lets us measure when this effect begins, how quickly the effect develops, and how it’s impacted by demographic factors.

For this study, I started with individual listening data from U.S. Spotify users and combined that…

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The Colorado Sound S9|EP16 APRIL 20 2015

Goat_Logo_color_on_whiteI spent Sunday afternoon with Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore.  That conversation will be featured as our Offstage …Beyond the Music segment in May while Mollie and Rich are on tour in Scotland, before returning for shows in Arkansas and Oklahoma.  Don’t forget to check out this week’s segment with Hazel Miller.  Rich and Mollie’s fist segment goes “live” on May 4.

Have you been listening to the show?  No?  Hmmm.  Have you been keeping up with the In Colorado Music History segments?  Here are the two latest.    

How bout The Colorado Sound Live365?  When was the last time you checked that out?  Seems we’ve lost a lot of you the past few months.  Hmmmmmm….. if you haven’t tuned in lately there’s a lot of new music being played, and a special dinner time jazz show from 6-8 every Mon-Fri.  You can also download the Live365 app and take the show with you.  It streams easily.

Please share with your friends in SW Colorado — COMING Thursday MAY 7 10PM to Durango, Pagosa, Farmington, and other SW locations on Four Corners Public Radio, KSUT

VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

PLAYLIST S9|EP16

HOUR1

Philip Bailey “I Know” from Continuation (1983)
The Apples in Stereo “Ruby” from Her Wallpaper Reverie (1999)
(N) Esme Patterson “Oh Let’s Dance” from What Do You Call A Woman (2015)
Taarka “River’s Eddy Blues” from Making Tracks Home (2015)
Mohammed Alidu and the Bizung Family “Land of Fire” from Land of Fire (2010)
(D) Ivory Circle “Faces and Colors” from Isoceles (2015) Fierce Bad Rabbit “Wildflowers” from Maestro & the Elephant (2013)
(N) Wendy Woo Band “On With the Show” from Tipping Point (2015)
Safe Boating is No Accident “Bonus Features” from Bonus Features (2014)
Gregory Alan Isakov “Big Black Car” from This Empty Northern Hemisphere (2009)
(N) Trout Steak Revival “Ours for the Taking” from Brighter Every Day (2015)
Matt Skellenger “The Curve” from New Radio (2014)

HOUR2

Cracker “Euro-trash Girl” from Get On With It: The Best Of (2006)
Zephyr “Mad Dog” from Heartbeat (1982)
Richard Dean “Radium Dial” from Accidental Human (2015)
Paul Kimbiris “Dark Side of Pearl” from Dark Side of Pearl (2014)
Jeff Austin “15 Steps” from The Simple Truth (2015)
Selina Albright “Didn’t Cha Know” from Brighter (2013)
Hazel Miller Band “Moon Was Right” from Coming To You Live…From KUVO (2011)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters “I Get Smooth” from Black Beehive (2014)
Richie Furay “Hand In Hand” from Hand In Hand (2015)
Ben Markley “5-20” from Second Introduction (2009)

JOIN ME THIS SUMMER AT:

Locals x Locals at the Mishawaka Amphitheatre on June 6.  A festival to celebrate and honor local musicians, featuring Cracker, Post Paradise, and more.  I’ll be doing Offstage interviews and a special one hour top 12 mix of some of the hottest new music of the year.

The Greeley Blues Jam in Greeley on June 13, with Austin Young- featuring Michaela Rae and friends + Maynard Mills Blues Band + George Whitesell and His All Stars featuring Jill Watkins + The Frails- all female review featuring Erica Brown, MJ, G’Jai, Michaela Rae, Miss Audrey, Susan Phelan & national headliners Delbert McClinton, Elvin Bishop and more.

Carbon Valley Music & Spirits Festival in Dacono on Saturday Aug 1.  I’ll announce the acts in about a month.

The Colorado Sound Presents Hazel Miller, Chris Daniels & the Kings, Goatz!, and William’s Reserve on Aug 9 at the Mishawaka

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Columbine – The Lost Colorado Label

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The author says that KCOL is a defunct radio station. In fact, it is not. Today it is an iHeart media local news/talk station.

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Marvin Meiers – Johnny Neill and Columbine

I had a unique experience yesterday – I purchased a 78 rpm record – something I rarely do.  Can’t even recall when I last made such a purchase (10 years?)  Oh yes!  I bought a Carl Perkins 78 about three years ago in Fort Collins.

An this time – which I am certain is a first – I bought a record that was essentially broken into two very distinct (well – one piece was totally missing) pieces!  But I had to purchase it because it was a release on Karl Zomar’s old Columbine label which is suspected to be an ancestor perhaps to Denver’s long-defunct Band Box label.

Actually my familiarity with Columbine dates back quite a few years now when I came across a “Band Box Story” Posted on Lisa Wheeler’s “North of Pueblo” Blog Site. You can visit her article here…

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For Music Fans, the Summer Is All a Stage

For Music Fans, the Summer Is All a Stage.

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JOIN ME THIS SUMMER AT:

Locals x Locals at the Mishawaka Amphitheatre on June 6 featuring Cracker, Post Paradise, and more.

The Greeley Blues Jam in Greeley on June 13.

The Colorado Sound Presents Hazel Miller, Chris Daniels & the Kings, Goatz!, and William’s Reserve on Aug 9 at the Mishawaka

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The Colorado Sound S9 | EP15 April 2015

I love Monday mornings.  That is all.  Here’s what was played this week on the show.  There was more new music this weekend than I’ve seen in several weeks at least – the early spring blitz of new releases as bands and artists get ready for the outdoor concert season that gets under way at the end of April.

FOCOMX is the official unofficial start of the festival season, and if you’ve never been now is a good time to start. It’s pretty magnificent in scope and scale, this year hosting 300 acts from around the region over two nights and a full day.

Dearling’s rendition of the Fleetwood Mac classic “Landslide” was a refreshing reminder that there’s still plenty of room in the songs of others for local artists to explore and redefine in their own voices.  In the meantime, their last single, “Do You Love Me,” is my video pick of the week offering.

Fox St continues to lend credence to their ever growing popularity as a classic sounding band in the tradition of those from the early 70s that could have been or were comprised of the likes of Leon Russell, Eric Clapton, Bobby Whitlock and perhaps Joe Cocker or Delaney Bramlett – needless to say they’ve been among my favorites for a few years now.

Instant Empire can lay legitimate claim to being at the top of the list of contemporary indie/alternative (new alternative) bands in the region replacing the likes of Photo Atlas or Hot I.Q.s with their new single “Dead Air.” Their new album due out this June.

And I’m not really sure what I can say about John Common that I haven’t written about in years past – he is simply one of the region’s most deeply intellectual lyrical craftsmen.   The new single is paired with a spoken word piece from John that I think is his first, and is marvelously produced by Immersive Studios in Boulder.

Truthfully, it was a hell of a week for new music, leading me to the new single from Natalie Walker, who the last I heard from was more ingrained into the CCM (contemporary Christian music) market segment than the secular world the new record reaches out to.  Natalie has had a brilliant career to this point with songs embedded in numerous high profile television shows.  The move from Denver to Crested Butte seems to maybe being a catalyst of change in her view of the mysteries of life for her.  I look forward to exploring the rest of the new album with you.

Don’t forget – COMING MAY 7 to KSUT (Ignacio/Durango) 10PM-12AM.

VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

OFFSTAGE BEYOND THE MUSIC

Coming in May – Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore.  In the meantime we still have two more weeks with the incomparable Hazel Miller.

S9 EP15 PLAYLIST

(D) = debut: first time an LP, EP, or single has been aired on show
(N) = new cut from previously debuted LP or EP

HOUR 1

Firefall “Cinderella” from Firefall (1976)
Acoustic Junction “Where Is She Now” from Surrounded by Change (1995)
(D) Dearling “Landslide” [single] (2015)
(D) Fox St. “Ain’t Easy” [single] (2015) String Cheese Incident “Tinder Box” from Untying the Not (2003)
(D) Instant Empire “Dead Air” from Lamplight Lost (2015)
Big Gigantic “The Night Is Young” from The Night Is Young (2014)
(D) Ragged Union “Worry My Life Away” from Hard Row to Hoe (2015)
(D) Michael Kirkpatrick “I’m Your Man” from Honey Rider (2015) Jeff Brinkman “Ordinary Day” from Strange (2012)
Snake Rattle Rattle Snake “Evil Eye” from Totem (2015)
Devotchka “100 Other Lovers” from 100 Lovers (2011)
Andrew Vogt “On The Run” from Cats Afoot (2010)

HOUR 2

Tim Goodman “New Romeo” from New Romeo (1981)
Dan Fogelberg “Part of the Plan” from Souvenirs (1974)
(D) The Railsplitters “Met That Day” from The Faster It Goes (2015)
Pandas & People “Out to Sea” from SpokesBUZZ Vol V: Band Together (2015)
(D) Natalie Walker “Trust” from Strange Bird (2015)

Chris Daniels & the Kings “Stealin’ Candy” from Live Wired! (1995)
Hazel Miller & the Caucasians “Home of the Blues” from Live at the Fox (1995)
(D) John Common “The River Is Moving” [single] (2015)
(D) Esme Patterson “What Do You Call A Woman” [single] (2015)
GogoLab “Tumbleweeds” from Border Patrol (2013)

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JOIN ME THIS SUMMER AT:

Locals x Locals at the Mishawaka Amphitheatre on June 6 featuring Cracker, Post Paradise, and more.

The Greeley Blues Jam in Greeley on June 13.

The Colorado Sound Presents Hazel Miller, Chris Daniels & the Kings, Goatz!, and William’s Reserve on Aug 9 at the Mishawaka

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