Archive for March, 2010
There are lots of things happening at S.L.S. headquarters right now. This last week a bunch of us went to the Found Footage Festival and it was hilarious, very disturbing, then hilarious again. The Oredigger published their April Fool’s issue this week and it is full of satirical content penned by yours truly (read it by clicking here). Also, mid-terms are in full swing with tons of tests, papers, and presentations, so posts may be fewer and further between for the next couple of weeks.
In other news, I have finally secured the necessary equipment to start up a DIY cassette tape label. I’m calling it the “Buckingham Pie Group” and I’m already in talks about doing a release with a to-be-named independent musician. Stay tuned for more on that.
Finally, there are quite a few album reviews in the wings, I apologize to bands who have sent in their stuff and haven’t seen any words about it here yet. That will change shortly (but only after I finish my Thermodynamics homework).
This record is by no means new news, but I still think it’s worth posting about. A few years back Fort Collins-based Candy Claws released a two track album titled Two Airships / Exploder Falls through Peppermill Records (a non-profit label out of British Columbia). A few days ago “Two Airships” came up in my randomized playlist and I remembered why I started listening to Candy Claws in the first place. This instrumental track has a super-generous amount of fuzz (a la N.M.H.) and a musical hook that will undoubtedly get stuck in your head.
Both songs clock in at over 12 minutes, but don’t drag or get old (such a phenomenon can tend to happen to most 10+ minute instrumental pop songs). “Exploder Falls” is also a great listen with more of the same fuzz and experimental sound with a few dance-groove beats thrown in for good measure. Be sure to catch Candy Claws at the “Who’s Having Fun? Festival” April 17, at 1346 Lipan St. in Denver and download Two Airships / Exploder Falls by clicking here.
Listen to “Two Airships”
A few more local blogs have posted their coverage of SXSW, so here’s part 2.
Baca has a great write-up that focuses more on the business end of SXSW and its implications for our hometown musicians. See a full photo gallery of McCabe’s photo work by clicking here.
Nothing says class like a review that takes an entire festival and breaks it down into “pinky up” or “pinky down” ratings. Everything from bus rides to food to actual musical performances got the Donnybrook treatment. They’ve also got a photo album full of Denverites hugging it out with everyone at SXSW.
Perhaps the most comprehensive review I’ve seen yet, Browne combines mp3s, videos, photos, and words into a “must-read” for SXSW coverage for 2010.
It’s that time again! Free and legal downloads from Colorado bands!
Kicking off this installment of “The Best Things Are Free” is a new spacey track from Widowers frontman Mike Marchant. Titled “Crass Stratus,” this song is one of a number of new tunes Marchant has been working on (he recently released Indulgent Space-Folk Vol. 2, a collection of solo songs).
Pretty Lights has taken the state by storm, recently playing a slew of sold-out shows in the major Colorado markets. One possible reason for this level of success: free downloads. As with past releases, the newest EP Making Up A Changing Mind is available via www.prettylightsmusic.com (a donation is suggested). This is a must-download for any fan of electronic music and/or hip-hop.
Fellow Citizens, a group out of Boulder that I had the chance to see about a month ago, has their discography up for download on their website (once again, a donation is suggested). Their newest EP, Rocket Pack, is probably my favorite in the bunch with “Holden Caulfield Makes a Phone Call to Jane” as my pick for the top Fellow Citizens track.
Last week, while I was kicking around Colorado catching up on some much needed R&R, some fellow Coloradans trekked down to South By Southwest (SXSW) for a wild week of parties and great music. Of all the coverage I’ve seen so far, here are some of the highlights. Expect another, similar post as soon as more people start posting their stuff.
They’ve got some entertaining videos posted, but specifically, this photo is awesome
They’ve got interviews, videos, and Snoop Dogg. It also appears that they might have more content on the way, so check back in the coming days.
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Spring break is upon us at the Colorado School of Mines and that means I finally get a break to rest and relax. I will still be updating the blog throughout next week with a few album reviews that have been in queue for a while, but unfortunately I’m not going to SXSW like everyone else. (I’ll post some links to Denver-local coverage of the party in Austin as it becomes available).
A memento from their final show that now hangs on my kitchen wall
As an update to a story covered earlier, Vaux has posted the live recording of their final concert from July 2007. I was at the Bluebird that night to see what Westword called the “Best Show to Rip the Still-Beating Heart Right Out of Your Chest.” While the recording may not do that night its proper justice, it is still a must-download.
Local experimental instrumental lo-fi group Woodsman released a new single out this week on the French digital-single-label Beko. The two-track download features “Manual Control” and “Chants.” While “Manual Control” is a shorter soundscape filled with ambient guitar and voices, “Chants” uses its 9 minute running time to build from a simple repetitious guitar riff (which sounds a bit like “Dikembe Mutombo” from their recent LP Collages) to a full thematic climax and denouement.
Achille Lauro at the 2009 DPUMS | photo by Tim Weilert
A bit of good news just dropped in to my mailbox. It looks like Achille Lauro will be releasing a new EP on April 10 at Hi-Dive (Houses and fellow Hot Congress’ers Vitamins will also be playing that evening). SLS will be getting a copy of Indiscretions, so expect a full review at some point in the future. Check out the official press release below and get your record players ready.
The official press release:
Denver’s Achille Lauro will be releasing their new 12”, Indiscretions, on April 10th, 2010 at The Hi-Dive, 7 South Broadway. This will be the group’s first release since 2008, and only their third appearance this year (the band’s shows having been called “a rare and remarkable event”- Westword.)
Recorded at Notably Fine Audio and at Blue Tower Studios, Indiscretions is the band’s third release, and will be printed only on vinyl (the songs will also be available for digital download.) The album features instrumental contributions from Jeff Eliassen of Delby L and Tyler Archuleta of Paper Bird.
Also appearing will be Denver bands Houses and Vitamins, and the recommended costume theme is “Country Club.”
Achille Lauro is Ben Mossman, Luke Mossman, Jonathan Evans and Matthew Close.