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The Best Things 2: Electric Boogaloo

by on Sep.22, 2010, under Downloads

It has been waaaaaaay too long since I did a “The Best Things Are Free” post. There’s been a multitude of incredible home-grown music released for free in the past few months; here are a handful to keep you occupied.

A bunch of releases from Patient Sounds: Matt Sage & Co. have been keeping busy in Fort Collins releasing tapes, going on tour, and being featured on NPR. Patient Sounds tends to put out at least one new lo-fi release per month these days. Highlighted above: Littoral Drift (Brett Taylor), Lush Cola (Tim Perry), and the Patient Sounds summer sampler (featuring M. Pyres, Ambassador Engine, The Good Old Fashioned Sinners, and more). Also check out Black Tape & Cast Off/Cold Months, collections of M. Pyres b-sides and music for the coming winter.

Pretty Lights – Spilling Over Every Side EP: The second chapter in a trilogy of EPs, Spilling Over Every Side reminds us all why Pretty Lights has become so popular in the last few months. Not only has Derek Vincent Smith sold out Red Rocks, but he did it without charging for his music.

The Pseudo Dates – 400 Some Odd Songs in 400 Some Odd Nights: Possibly one of the best records to come out of the Hot Congress camp, the debut full-length from the now-defunct Pseudo Dates combined psychedelic pop and rock. The result was a handful of catchy tunes: “Indeed We Love You,” “Amber, Show Me Your Scars,” and “Amateur Night At The Shooting Range” all well worth the listen.

Arliss Nancy – Truckstop Roses: The second release from Fort Collins alt-country band Arliss Nancy shows the group’s progression since their debut Dance To Forget. The guitar parts are tighter and the lyrics more heart-wrenching. Also, I’m fairly certain that Jon Snograss (Drag The River) makes a cameo.

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The Westword Music Showcase 2010 ballot

by on Apr.27, 2010, under "Best of" Lists, Blogs

Last year, when SLS was still in its first stages, we got a big boost from local music journalist Dave Herrera at Westword when he asked me to nominate 20 bands for the 2009 showcase. A year has passed and once again I was asked to nominate 20 local bands that had made an impression on me. In the spirit of transparency, I’m going to list the bands I nominated. I decided to choose acts I had not previously  nominated.

Be sure to check out these groups (even if a few didn’t make the final list) and vote for your favorites by clicking here.

In no particular order… Tim’s picks for the 2010 Westword Music Showcase:

Achille Lauro
Candy Claws
Old Radio
Hello Kavita
Gregory Alan Isakov
The Knew
Fissure Mystic
M. Pyres
Arliss Nancy
Fellow Citizens
John Common & Blinding Flashes of Light
Jim McTurnan & The Kids That Killed The Man
Pretty Lights
Weed Diamond
Flashbulb Fires

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The Best Things Aren’t Expensive

by on Mar.23, 2010, under Downloads

It’s that time again! Free and legal downloads from Colorado bands!

Marchant at Indy Ink during the 2009 DPUMS | photo by Tim Weilert

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).

Download “Crass Stratus”

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 (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.

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Something to Dance About…

by on Feb.03, 2010, under Album Reviews, Blogs, Downloads

There has been a trend in local music that has been rising from the underground in the past few months. From Savoy playing at the Monolith Festival to Pretty Lights selling out venues, electronic dance music has found a home in Denver. While not every project is a MSTRKRFT clone or a Justice emulator, there are some quality beats coming out of the city. Here are a few that have flown into our radar.

Pretty Lights - NYE 2009 (Live At The Vic Theatre): This live recording from Pretty Lights’ recent New Year’s Eve set in Chicago might not fully capture the excitement of counting down the end of 2009, but it certainly offers some memorable takes on some classic dance tunes.

Savoy – Automatic: As the follow-up to the Savoy EP, the full-length Automatic explores more of Savoy’s brand of electronic dance music. While their song structures are more straightforward than their mashup-artist counterparts, Savoy still manages to set bodies in motion.

Boom Ninja – Boom Nina EP: While most of the music on the Denver-electro-scene is fairly underground, I would wager that many out there have not heard Boom Ninja. Keep your eyes peeled for this newcomer and stay occupied by listening to “Blow Shit Up”… it’s like listening to an NES on acid.

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The best things on the web are FREE

by on Sep.20, 2009, under Downloads

It’s high time that I sat down and pointed you in all directions at once. All over the web there are great, free & legal downloads from some of Colorado’s finest (bands, that is… the police don’t really have much out there). Just click on the images to go to the places.

Savoy – Self-Titled EP: The entire thing is free on the group’s website. Unfortunately we missed their set at Monolith, but fear not! They’re doing a show November 21 at the Bluebird.

Hello Kavita – To A Loved One 2 song sampler. It’s been a while since we’ve heard from these guys, but they’re finally releasing another record on October 23 at the Hi-Dive, with Houses and It’s True! Even just listening to the 2 sample tracks, I’m excited for what these guys have in store.

Arliss Nancy – Dance To Forget: Fort Collins own answer to Lucero, this record is technically a $5 donation, but you could get it for free if you really like. Click back a few pages to see our review.

Rob Drabkin – On These Heavy Feet: Rob’s still got this link up for people to download his full length. He did it as a way of saying “Thank You” for all the cool stuff that his fans have helped him with this summer.

Dualistics – Last Call single: Featuring the sharp new song “Last Call” and a great b-side “Sabbatical,” this is a must download for fans of solid rock music. The file also contains a few tracks from this group’s self-titled EP.

Pretty Lights – Discography: Pick up Filling Up The City Skies and Taking Up Your Precious Time for free from the Fort Collins-based group. Definitely listen to “Solamente.” Also, just announced, the new Pretty Lights record Passing Behind Your Eyes will be available October 6.

Drag The River - Live at the Starlight: This long-out-of-print record is still being offered as a free download by our friends at Suburban Home Records. It’s a great live album and a bit of CO music history.

Rabbit Is A Sphere – Discography: It was sad to see these guys go on indefinite hiatus, but you can still enjoy their music and a high-quality bootleg via the link.

M. Pyres – Consider Me, Ghost and other FTU albums: Matt Sage of Fort Collins is quickly becoming a lo-fi phenomenon (if there can even be such a thing). Give Consider Me, Ghost a listen, then stay tuned for Apart The Echo, which is coming soon.

Young Coyotes – Basement EP: Possibly one of my favorite recordings released this year, Young Coyotes have their first EP (which was recorded… in a basement) for free on their website.

Cowboy Curse – Nod Up And Down: I first heard this band at the UMS this year. Definitely check out their song “Negative Space.”

Alright, that’s enough for now, I’ll let these build up a bit then do another one in another month or so.

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