I have a confession: I still haven’t seen Tennis, the group that everyone and their mom is talking about. They’ve garnered a lot of attention on national blogs, in local newspapers, and even went on the road for a brief stint this summer. The sail-rock group (consisting of husband-and-wife duo Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley) released a pair of 7″s full of shimmery, sea-voyage-inspired tunes which quickly sold out. While everyone will have to wait until tomorrow to see them open for STRFKR at Hi-Dive, their Daytrotter session went up today.
Joyful noisemakers Paper Bird also stopped by the Rock Island, IL Daytrotter studios earlier this summer. Their session went up a couple weeks back and features a delightful sampling of songs from their recently released full-length When The River Took Flight. They’ll be playing a handful of local dates over the next few weeks in addition to a Texas tour in late October.
From time-to-time I like to go through and do some housekeeping around this here blog. Today marks the introduction of several new link categories to help you, the reader, find your way to new and exciting places. Here’s a rundown of the new categories and what you’ll find in each.
“The Arts”- As ambiguous as this sounds (hence, the quotation marks), “The Arts” is intended to cover the areas of art (duh!), books, comics, video games, and anything else that is remotely creative but not necessarily music related. Be sure to read Dinosaur Comics, they’re the best. Also check out local comic artist Noah Van Sciver (you may recognize him as the guy who draws “4 Questions” in Westword).
Blogosphere- Other major and not-so-major music related websites. Nothing really new here, just a bunch of my old favorites. If you’ve got a favorite site that should be up there leave a comment and I’ll give it a look.
Engineering- What’s a blog with the subtitle “When engineers write a music blog…” without some engineering links!?! I’ve included organizations of which I am a member (ASME, TBP), links to the best engineering school in Colorado and its newspaper, links for the SLS social media outlets, and Wolfram|Alpha, a web-tool that has saved my engineering butt more than a few times (check it out especially if you have to do any differential equation-calculus).
There’s something unique about the midwest. Driving through Rock Island, IL a few weeks ago I was half tempted to track down the Daytrotter studio and sneak a peek at how they do what they do. What they do, of course, is record bands on analog tape in one take, then post the whole thing online as a free download.
Last week I decided to go for a drive. Taking a state highway to the south of Chicago, I drove through woods and small towns as the golden-orange sun set in the west. Over the radio the subtle sounds of the new Nathaniel Rateliff record drifted through the car. It was the perfect harmony.
It makes sense (at least to me) that Rateliff is one of the new sweethearts at Daytrotter. He recently toured as part of their Barnstormer concert series and today they released his encore session.
Furthermore, I agree with their assessment of Rateliff’s new album. “In Memory of Loss is a debut album that can destroy you – its beauty just too much to handle.”
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In a continuing effort to get you to actually listen to my recommendations, here are some more links to free and legal downloads of Colorado bands.
Albums and EPs
(only available until Nov. 15 for free)
Live Recordings (from The Flat Response)
Looks like Young Coyote Zach Tipton is up to something again. It seems that everyone has their own side-project, and Zach is not immune to the lure from such an outlet (for another side-project band I like, see Discovery, which is Wes from Ra Ra Riot and Rostam from Vampire Weekend). Further details are unavailable at this time, but you can check out his new MySpace (complete with a stream for a forthcoming EP). Click on the image to go there.
Last night we enjoyed some VIP treatment at Dave Herrera’s big awards ceremony party, and watched as some of the bands we nominated won their categories (The Photo Atlas, pictured above, won Electro-Dance-Punk). Congrats to the winners, see the entire list here.
Photo by Patrick Beseda
Friday October 30th, 2009 may be 4 months and 4 days away, but it’s not too early to get excited about some world-class music. On that day indie-rock legends Dinosaur Jr. will be playing the Aggie Theatre, one of my favorite venues (and the best place to see a show in Fort Collins, my old hometown). Having just released a new album, Farm, Dinosaur Jr. is sure to play a memorable (and loud) set that will likely go down as one of the best the Aggie has seen (I also remember seeing Thursday, Against Me!, and Saosin play there, truly epic shows).
In the mean time, enjoy the newest Dinosaur Jr. video for their song “Over It”
If you thought our list (the one we submitted to Dave), was epic, then check out the final list of bands that made the cut for this year’s Westword Music showcase
Also, if you look at the very bottom of that post you’ll see yours truly was one of the members of the nominating committee. In other news, we’ve got exclusives from Danielle Ate The Sandwich and Rob Drabkin coming up in the next few days. We’ll post a link to the official voting ballot once it’s available.