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Something Like Sound Presents: Colorado Sounds Volume 2

by on Feb.23, 2011, under Blogs, Downloads

(click cover to download)

In late 2009 Something Like Sound released Colorado Sounds, a compilation of music from the Centennial State. Two years later Colorado Sounds Volume 2 is making its debut with an expanded roster and greater diversity of sound. The new release comes just weeks before Denver bands and fans swarm Austin, TX for the annual SXSW conference (where download cards for this free compilation will be liberally distributed). Curator Tim Weilert designed this project with one goal in mind: expose people everywhere to the quality and uniqueness of modern music in Colorado.

Tracklist:

  1. Dan Craig – Enough – from Alchemy
  2. Gregory Alan Isakov – Evelyn – from This Empty Northern Hemisphere
  3. John Common & Blinding Flashes of Light– In My Neighborhood – from Beautiful Empty
  4. The Raven and the Writing Desk – Space Grenade – from RECIDIVIST
  5. Flashbulb Fires – Revenge Song – from Glory
  6. The Knew – Yellow Moon – previously unreleased
  7. Monroe Monroe – Ready The Fall – from Love Wins EP
  8. American Tomahawk – Sunshine People – from Contradictions, Generalities, and Future Criminals
  9. Fingers of the Sun – In My Basement – previously unreleased
  10. Amazing Twin – Naked Girl, Pt. 2 – from New Wives’ Tale
  11. Makeout Point – Don’t Drown Me, Please – from Don’t Look Up
  12. Safe Boating Is No Accident – Who Will Marry You? – from Isn’t It Fun?
  13. Thrifty Astronaut – Middleclass Suburban Teenager Blues – from Caffeine Heartache
  14. I Am The Dot – We Have Not Arrived – from Bridges EP & A Collection of Songs (2008-2010)
  15. FLASHLIGHTS – More Sunlight – from FLASHLIGHTS EP
  16. Fellow Citizens – Cincinnati – from Fellow Citizens
  17. The Biz – Infinite Light – from The Ancient Future
  18. PANAL S.A. DE C.V. – You Knew I Was A Snake – from You Knew I Was A Snake Single
  19. At The Forefront – Till I Find You – previously unreleased
  20. Tjutjuna – Mosquito Hawk – from Tjutjuna

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Casiotone For The Painfully Alone at Hi-Dive

by on Sep.15, 2010, under Concert Reviews

I remember first hearing about Casiotone For The Painfully Alone shortly after the 2009 UMS. Recording enthusiast and friend of the blog Lance Stack invited me along to a CFTPA set that took place a couple days after my marathon weekend in the Baker neighborhood. While I never did make it down for that show, I did manage to catch CFTPA this past weekend as Owen Ashworth played his last Denver set.

I Am The Dot opened the night with a fully-live lineup featuring Eric Peterson (of Old Radio, Roger; Roll and Houses) on drums. Despite having only practiced two times prior to the performance, Zach Tipton’s previously-laptop-based songs translated well with the help of live keyboard and drums.

Houston-based Young Mammals injected their unique style of energetic pop-rock into a show that was primarily dominated by rather-melancholy acts. There were certain points throughout their set where I picked up on some of the subtle surf and shoegaze influences (heavy reverb on the mics and sunny guitar tone reminded me of Real Estate).

Otuoto (pronounced “oh-two-oh-toe”), an Australian act with a hard-to-pronounce name provided the penultimate set of the evening. I can best describe their sound as “Casiotone, with girls.” The soft voices of the two female singers blended and played off of their synthesizers and guitar.

It was clear that Owen Ashworth was trying to give the crowd what they wanted; after all, he is retiring CFTPA after the current tour. Even from the first few songs he was taking requests and telling jokes. As someone not particularly familiar with CFTPA, I decided to stand on the edge of the crowd to just take everything in (also, it was ridiculously hot in the middle of the audience). The atmosphere was doubly somber as the hushed audience bid their heavyhearted performer adieu.

To hear a full recording of Casiotone For The Painfully Alone at Hi-Dive, hop on over to The Flat Response. To see more photos click here.

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Concert Round-up 8/25

by on Aug.25, 2010, under Blogs

Just because summertime is coming to a close doesn’t mean the good music has to stop. Here’s a few quick suggestions on shows to see in the coming weeks.

Denver Does Denver – 8/28, Meadowlark: Have you ever wondered what the Denver music scene would be like if Houses were responsible for “Handlebars”? Maybe you’d like to hear Night of Joy take on a few Paper Bird songs. Well, here’s your chance! Illiterate Magazine is hosting “Denver Does Denver” once again this year at the Meadowlark. To get a taste of last year’s offerings head over to The Flat Response.

The Knew – 9/10, Hi-Dive: Hot on the heels of their full length Pulperia and a set at MHMF 2010, The Knew are poised to release a 7″ titled Before It Ends. This 3-track record is quite the image of what it is to be a rock band in Denver (don’t take my word for it, download the entire thing here).

Casiotone For The Painfully Alone – 9/11, Hi-Dive: The melancholy sounds of Chicago’s CftPA will be well matched with the apocalyptic pop-styling of Denver’s I Am The Dot. The Flat Response also has a couple sets up to wet your whistle.

Note: If you haven’t already done so, visit The Flat Response. Lance Stack’s work is an invaluable archive and resource for any person who loves Denver’s music scene.

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From rising to resting: Night Beds makes the day

by on Jun.15, 2010, under Blogs, Downloads

Waking up this morning I had some lyrics stuck in my head. “We are born gasping for air, and we die gasping for air.” That was pulled from the late Everything Absent or Distorted’s song “A Form to Accommodate the Mess” and it kept me company on the the crumbling, pothole filled roadway as I drove in to work.

A Form to Accommodate the Mess (via Fuel/Friends)

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After 8 hours of silence at work I was ready to hear something good again. Enter: Night Beds. Arriving again at home I found yet another new mp3 from I Am The Dot in my inbox. Turns out that as friend-of-the-blog Zach Tipton was patching his way back to Denver (to do what? we all wonder…) when he recorded a collaboration with Night Beds, a band that calls both Nashville and Colorado Springs home.

Good Person (feat. I Am The Dot) (right click “save as” to download)

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But it doesn’t end there. Night Beds also recently released an EP titled Every Fire; Every Joy. It is the kind of music that dances gracefully across the room. Soothing, not boring; reverb-laden tunes that are hopeful and thought-provoking in addition to simply being beautiful. Every Fire; Every Joy was the perfect soundtrack for a rainy evening.

Click to download Every Fire; Every Joy (oh yeah, it’s free)

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I Am The Dot: Minimal Love EP

by on May.04, 2010, under Album Reviews

If you’ve been following this blog for any amount of time you will know that Zach Tipton is no stranger. For a period of time I would get emails from him filled with new material once about every 3 weeks. With each new single and EP he was striving toward a specific sound (a concept he described to me during a recent interview). The newest release from I Am The Dot, a 3 track EP titled Minimal Love, features live drums (played by Bobby Theberge) and an overall sound that is well rounded.

This record is a must-download for any fan of Zach’s previous works (with either I Am The Dot or Young Coyotes). It is available via bandcamp (and iTunes and Amazon) and can be streamed via the widget below. Lastly, I Am The Dot was recently placed on the ballot for the 2010 Westword Music Showcase (in the indie-pop category), so consider voting for him here. There will be more IATD related news coming shortly, so stay tuned.

<a href="http://iamthedot.bandcamp.com/album/minimal-love-ep">Minimal Love by I Am The Dot</a>

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In Photos – Young Coyotes at the Meadowlark

by on Apr.19, 2010, under Photos

It was pretty quiet at the Meadowlark last night as Young Coyotes played a show with I Am The Dot and The Photo Atlas. Those who did manage to get away from the Avs game were treated to an intimate performance.

I Am The Dot

The Photo Atlas

Young Coyotes

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Back from the dead… Concert Calendar!

by on Apr.14, 2010, under Blogs

Backstage with Less Than Jake at E-Days 2010

Life has been a bit nuts recently, but it’s understandable. With the wildness of mid-terms and E-Days behind me, I can get back to writing about music. What better way to start back up with a good ‘ol fashioned concert calendar.

4/17 Who’s Having Fun? @ 1346 Lipan: Kicking things off is a day of lo-fi and experimental pop music free of drugs and alcohol. Some of the best up-and-coming acts from Denver and Fort Collins will be there (including Candy Claws, Paean, Night of Joy and Hideous Men, to name a few). Click to poster for more details. A $5 donation is strongly suggested.

4/18 I Am The Dot @ Meadowlark: Zach Tipton may have pulled his roots and gone back to Atlanta, but he hasn’t totally left Denver behind. He’ll be playing with Young Coyotes and as I Am The Dot on Sunday at the Meadowlark.

4/24 Neighborhood Hero CD Release @ Marquis: Making their debut on the Denver music scene Neighborhood Hero will be releasing their EP Three Songs. Julie Tiehen is headlining that night and is also releasing an album. For good measure, Dan Craig will also throw down a set. Listen to “Remembering” from Three Songs by downloading SLS Presents: Colorado Sounds.

4/24 Salesman @ Meadowlark: A bit of Austin is coming up to Colorado for a mini tour. Salesman will be in state starting 4/15 and will play a show on April 24 with Magic Cyclops at the Meadowlark.

4/30 Paean CD Release @ Hi-Dive: Fort Collins-based indie rockers Paean will release Songs For Us To Sing at Hi-Dive at the end of the month. Also playing: Bad Weather California. Listen to a stream of their new record below:

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Video Interview: I Am The Dot

by on Mar.04, 2010, under Interviews, Videos

Finally! A fresh interview! I sat down with Zach Tipton to discuss his newest project I Am The Dot before his recent show at the Hi-Dive. Enough with this description, just watch the video.

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The alternate universes of Young Coyotes

by on Feb.22, 2010, under Concert Reviews

Despite the fact that Young Coyotes have now played a handful of “final shows” over the last few months; Adam Halferty and Zach Tipton decided to come together at the Hi-Dive to showcase their respective side-projects and play once again as Young Coyotes.

Adam Halferty’s band American Tomahawk opened up the night and I was immediately intrigued. Wielding a guitar, rather than his normal drum kit, Halferty played through a solid set of reverb drenched pop songs with the help of his band (which consisted of members of another local group, The Photo Atlas).

Zach Tipton’s project I Am The Dot took the stage armed only with a laptop, two drums, a microphone, and a spiral of red light. Tipton, who has been steadily releasing EPs in a genre he has titled “Apocalypse Pop,” played a few new songs in addition to some of his more established tunes (“Love Song for Camus” was my personal favorite).

Adding to the eclectic nature of the show, hip-hop duo The Pirate Signal got the typically reserved Hi-Dive crowd dancing, moving, and “jigglin’.” MC Yonnas rapped about everything from going on Warped Tour to finding “Love in the time of Swine Flu” while DJ A-What kept the beats pumping.

For the final set of the night Young Coyotes shed their normal acoustic set-up to play an electric set. While this slight change didn’t really alter their sound, it certainly added a dynamic not previously seen. One of the highlights of the set was the song “Hammering,” a newer tune that has no official recording (and will likely remain un-released). Toward the end of the set it became obvious that both Halferty and Tipton were feeling the effects of playing two full sets that night. However, they still managed to end strong, leaving the crowd pleased as the night came to an end.

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