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2011 Westword Music Showcase nominees

by on Apr.14, 2011, under "Best of" Lists

Every year for the last 3 years I have been invited to act as a nominating committee member for the Westword Music Showcase. Every year I publish my picks for the sake of total transparency and because I think these bands deserve some recognition (even if they didn’t make the final ballot cut). The rules for nomination were simple: name 20 local bands which have had an impact on me in the past year (with the stipulation that none can have business ties to me, because that would be a conflict of interest). I have taken things a step further and decided to not re-nominate any act which I nominated in a past year. So here they are, in no particular order:

Thrifty Astronaut
Hot White
Night of Joy
Dan Craig
Mike Marchant
Monroe Monroe
American Tomahawk
Oak Creek Band
Fingers of the Sun
Lil Slugger
Panal SA De CV
Weather Maps
School Knights
Gauntlet Hair
Otem Rellik
Accordion Crimes

I would have also nominated the following, but can’t since they’re all affiliated with my record label (don’t let that stop you from checking them out).

Force Publique
The Kevin Costner Suicide Pact
Safe Boating Is No Accident

You can vote for your favorites online over at Westword’s ballot page. See my picks from 2009 and 2010.

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Matt & Kim at The Ogden

by on Sep.27, 2010, under Concert Reviews

As my first venture into the Denver music scene, I was excited for what the city could offer in terms of unique local artists, and I came away from the Ogden eager for more.  Travis Egedy, also known as Pictureplane, began the night with little more than a synthesizer and microphone.  Walking onto the stage, he produced from his backpack a multicolored strobe light and a blue flood lamp, which would serve as the sole light display of his humble performance.  Despite his low key visual effects, which were accompanied by a masked interpretive dancer, Pictureplane’s driving beats and electronic samples were enough create an atmosphere where it was impossible for the audience not to dance.  Pictureplane’s electronic-style music was in sharp contrast to the later performing artists, but it was an enjoyable set list none-the-less.

Next, the So So Glos took the stage and played their repetitive sounding set list full of overwhelmingly ordinary power cords containing little to no musical surprises.  With a sound that reminded me of 90’s rock bands, the So So Glos were a get ‘er done group that stayed inside the confines of acceptable rock music and hardly ventured far beyond.  At times, the audience was energetically dancing to the loud drums and guitar combination, but at other times they were more interested in conversing with the friend next to them.

Finally, the married, musical duo Matt & Kim made their entrance in a way such that the word enthusiastic does no justice at all.  From their fervent entrance to their triumphal exit into the crowd, Matt & Kim held the attention of every single audience member throughout the entire show.  Matt & Kim kept it simple by using only two instruments: a keyboard and a simplified drum set.  Regardless of their modest use of musical tools, the twosome was able to create incredibly unique beats and songs with the help of Matt’s voice.  On top of the music itself, Matt & Kim brought their infectious personalities to the show that came in the form of crowd surfing, bass drum standing, and balloon throwing.  Desiring a connection with the crowd, the couple told personal stories, made jokes, exited into the crowd following the conclusion of “Daylight,” and had enormous smiles on their faces while doing all of it.  They weren’t just at the concert to play their set list and leave, they genuinely gave themselves to the crowd.  Matt & Kim came to the stage with two goals in mind: to have fun and give fun.  I think it’s safe to say that they accomplished both of them.

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Video: Pictureplane’s “Goth Star”

by on Sep.01, 2009, under Videos

Denver’s own Pictureplane has been making his mark on the national electronic scene, and this post is yet another blurb that comes via one of those big-time blog-o-things. Hot on the heels of his release party for Dark Rift last weekend at Rhinoceropolis, Travis Egedy released the video for “Goth Star” today. Enjoy the video below.

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Album Review: Pictureplane – Dark Rift

by on Aug.06, 2009, under Album Reviews

To begin, I was not planning on reviewing the new Pictureplane record (it seems as though the rest of the world has already taken their shot at this album). But as I sit here listening to the layers of beats and samples I can’t help but say a few words (after all, Pictureplane, aka Travis Egedy, is from Denver).

As an addendum to the introduction, it should also be noted that I am not a huge fan of electronic music (although occasionally I do like to get my groove on to some Justice or Simian Mobile Disco, etc.). In addition to that, I do love 80′s pop music.

Perhaps my biggest turn-off with most of the electronic music scene is looping. Whenever I am driving around town past 11pm and I happen to turn on my radio, 93.3 is playing electronic music. All of it begins to sound the same incredibly quickly, even within individual tracks. However, Pictureplane manages to keep that annoying repetition to a minimum while maintaining danceable beats.

As mentioned earlier, I do like 80′s music. While not directly sampling any big 80′s song (or making any MJ or Prince references), Pictureplane does use a generous amount of synthesizer and 80′s-esque samples. Perhaps the best tracks on this record are “Trance Doll,” “Goth Star,” and “New Mind.”

Listen to “Goth Star” (via Pitchfork)

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Festival Review: The Westword Music Showcase

by on Jun.15, 2009, under Concert Reviews

It was a couple months ago Dave Herrera at Westword contacted us to get our input on this year’s showcase. We sent in our picks and the festival finally came. Due to the shear massiveness of writing reviews for the acts we saw, each band gets 30 words… ready, go!

Astrophagus (1 pm, Curious Theater): Think Miles Davis meets Radiohead, minus Thom Yorke’s whiney voice. These guys built an amazing wall of sound with synths, guitar, drum loops, and trumpet. Expect to see them at UMS.

Houses (2 pm, Curious Theater): Ever since lead singer Andy Hamilton sent me their EP, I haven’t listened to anything else. With all 7 members, Houses had a big sound, but a relaxed attitude. Expect to see our EP review soon.

Hello Kavita (3 pm, Curious Theater): I remember walking in thinking “Who kidnapped Jeff Tweedy (Wilco) and brought him to Denver?” These guys put on a top-rate performance, and are putting finishing touches on a new album.

Achille Lauro (4 pm, Curious Theater): “I feel like we’re in a Talking Heads video,” said bassist Jon Evans of the Curious’s interesting set-up. The group proceeded to create instrumental harmonies until we left early for Cursive.

Cursive (4:15 pm, Verizon Outdoor Stage): Having only heard The Ugly Organ once, and their new single “I Couldn’t Love You,” I had an enjoyable time watching this Omaha-based band’s incredibly intense performance.

BDRMPPL, CacheFlowe, luengliss, Josephine & the Mousepeople, Married in Berdichev, Pictureplane, and Slight Harp (5pm, Curious Theater): Perhaps one of the most interesting things I’ve ever seen, this group of about 10 musicians from all the groups listed filled the stage with synths, laptops, modulators, and all kinds of electronics to perform their unique styles of trip-hop/remix music live.

Bela Karoli (featuring The Wheel) (6 pm, Curious Theater): This avant-pop group had a little trouble with feedback, but once it was under control everything went beautifully. At the end of the set The Wheel came out and played a couple songs to the then-packed house.

Meese (6:55 pm, Verizon Outdoor Stage): This local group is releasing a new album on a major label at the end of the month. Quite honestly I got a little bored during their hour-long set, the generic pop sounds didn’t really strike me as memorable.

Built To Spill (8:25, Verizon Outdoor Stage): When I woke up on the day of the fest, I had “I Would Hurt A Fly” running through my head (basically, I love Built To Spill). Although they didn’t play that song, they did most of my favorites, including “In Your Mind,” “Strange,” “Sidewalks,” “Kicked It In the Sun,” and had a strong closing with “Carry The Zero.” Seeing these legends of indie-rock reminded me how much I love guitar and how good their music is after all these years.

Well, that was it, we took the bus home and slept. As you can see, we spent most of our time at Curious, this was mostly because that’s where most of the great up-and-coming acts I’d only heard about were playing. Our friends Young Coyotes, The Photo Atlas, Epilogues, Andrea Ball, etc. also had sets that day, but I wanted to expand my boarders. Special thanks again to Dave Herrera at Westword for getting us better connected with Denver music, we all look forward to seeing what’s in store for next year.

One last thing. Our buddy Lance from The Flat Response was there taping at both Curious and the Verizon Outdoor Stage for most of the day, if any of his recordings turn out, we’ll let you know where you can listen to them.

Words by Tim Weilert, Photos by Bengsoon Chuah

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