When I started doing this blog video (and audio) interviews coming from the Denver scene were very few and far between. Nowadays it’s great because many other people in town do video interviews. I’ve never been a big fan of reading transcriptions, so I decided to focus most of my reviews on the video format. I got to talk with a lot of great people over the years, here’s a few of my favorites:
Young Coyotes – March 21, 2009: The first interview we ever “officially” did was Young Coyotes. At the time they were just beginning to gain some momentum with a Daytrotter session and trip to SXSW in addition to getting Westword’s “best new band” award.
Danielle Ate The Sandwich – July 13, 2009: Another chat with someone who got big shortly after we talked, Danielle Ate The Sandwich sat down with me before a set at Everyday Joe’s in Fort Collins. Danielle was one of our favorite local acts because her songs were so beautiful, while her live performances captured her quirky humor.
Virgil Dickerson (Suburban Home Records) – July 22, 2009: While this interview isn’t with a band, it is with someone who has had an impact on Denver music. Virgil Dickerson and local label Suburban Home Records had several projects that we covered over the years, including a collaboration with burrito joint Illegal Pete’s.
Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band – August 1, 2010: After seeing Rev. Peyton at Warped Tour in Denver in 2009, I couldn’t help but try to get an interview when I covered the tour again in 2011 (this time in Chicago). This one stands out because I think Peyton and his wife were one of the friendliest interview-subjects I ever encountered.
The Knew - September 13, 2010: I know I already talked about The Knew in the last Countdown post, but I think it goes without saying that they’re one of my favorites. After covering a handful of their shows I finally sat down with the group in September of last year before the release of their newest 7″- Before It Ends.
Here’s something I totally forgot about until today. It’s a video I took of electronic musician Baths performing “Flux” at the Impose showcase. Check out his full length Cerulean, it’s quite good.
With the end of the year approaching many critics are putting together their “Best of 2010″ lists. While I have mixed feelings on placing one album above or below another, there’s no doubt in my mind that Candy Claws’ Hidden Lands record would make my list. Another reason to dig this band: the beautiful new video for their song “The Breathing Fire.” Watch it here.
There’s a slew of news coming out of the Tennis camp these days as the group continues their national tour and prepares for an album release. First up is a lovely orange-tinted video from San Fransisco video-art blog Yours Truly. The session features impeccable videography and a brief interview.
Up next is an episode of “Tunnelvision,” a program from Pitchfork.tv and NYC blog Chocolate Bobka that comes in 3 parts. The three songs, filmed at the the Cakeshop and Glasslands Gallery in Brooklyn, make use of footage from two different shows. Posted here is “When I Walk In The Room” a cover of a Jackie DeShannon song.
Finally, here’s an audio stream of “Take Me Somewhere” from the group’s upcoming full length Cape Dory. The record drops on January 18, 2011 and will be available on CD, LP and tape from Fat Possum Records (pre-order it here). Also be sure to catch Tennis on their current tour, dates are listed after the jump (including a February 10th date at the Hi-Dive).
The last few songs of the night were some of the best. During “Impossible Soul” an extended dance-break involving a Michael Jackson glove and a monkey mask happened. “Chicago” sprang to new life as the last song in the normal set. For the encore Sufjan played only a few soft acoustic songs including “John Wayne Gacy Jr.”
John Wayne Gacy Jr.
Heirloom (shot by Tim)
Last night Sufjan Stevens made a return to Denver after not visiting the city for a little over 5 years. His performance was incredible (full review coming soon), and I was able to capture a couple songs on video. While I get the proper review prepared enjoy a hauntingly beautiful rendition of “Enchanting Ghost.”
The Knew have been one of Denver’s busiest groups recently. In the last year they’ve released a full length and an EP, played MHMF, and been featured on the popular video game Guitar Hero. I sat down with the group to talk about these subjects and more. (Also, Tim Rynders really does play the fog in addition to bass).
This will likely be the last post until I regain consciousness some time next week. That’s because I’m coming back to Denver this weekend and need to pack and tie up my loose ends around Chicago-towne.
Either way, here’s a video I shot at the recent Achille Lauro show I covered. “No Brakes” is probably one of my favorite Achille Lauro songs and this rendition was certainly something to write home about.
Due to a combination of technical limitations and laziness/busy-ness, here’s the interview I did with Candy Claws last month (better late than never). While some of the references may be out of date (Hidden Lands came out August 3, go get a copy if you still haven’t got it) it’s still a great chat. During this interview we talked about what went in to Hidden Lands, highlights from their tour, and expanding the group from 2 to 8 players.
Covering Warped Tour yesterday was a marathon. Between photographing sets I had a chance to talk with The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band (specifically I talked with the friendly Reverend and his wife/washboard player Breezy). They gave us a great interview that I would consider to be one of the best I’ve ever conducted.
So, while I get to work on the mountain of photos taken yesterday, enjoy this video and be sure to catch the Big Damn Band at Warped Tour in Denver next Sunday.