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Countdown: Top 5 interviews

by on May.05, 2011, under "Best of" Lists, Videos

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.

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Illegal Pete’s to feed touring acts

by on Sep.24, 2010, under Blogs

Note: I wrote this article just before lunch…

I realize that this post may be old news (since everyone else in town has already covered it), but still good news nonetheless. Andy Thomas and Virgil Dickerson of Suburban Home Records have teamed up with local burrito chain Illegal Pete’s to help feed musical groups touring through our fine state.

For those unfamiliar with Suburban Home, they are a local punk-centric label with a slight alt-country feel (their roster includes Drag The River and Two Cow Garage, among others). For those unfamiliar with Illegal Pete’s, they are purveyors of some of the best burritos in the state. With multiple restaurant locations throughout Denver-metro and Boulder, Illegal Pete’s features an extensive menu (including potatoes!), in addition to a full bar at many locations.

Inspired by on-the-road experiences with touring bands, Thomas and Dickerson started the Starving Artists’ program with the hopes of giving touring bands a good meal and a place to unwind. Anyone interested in participating in the program is encouraged to email music@illegalpetes.com.

Click for more Illegal Pete’s | Suburban Home Records | Starving Artists’ Program

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Suburban Home gives away free downloads

by on Sep.08, 2009, under Blogs

The guys at Suburban Home have become increasingly generous for their 14th anniversary (in addition to their shows/parties going down this weekend). As part of the celebration, they’re offering a free download of any album in their catalog. Simply visit this site and get your download on. Personally, I got Kay Kay & His Weathered Underground’s self-titled release.

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Gregory Alan Isakov coming soon to a turntable near you

by on Aug.28, 2009, under Blogs

We’ve got an exciting bit of news for you this afternoon. This post combines my 2 favorite things: local music and vinyl records. Gregory Alan Isakov’s This Empty Northern Hemisphere (which we reviewed right here), is being printed up on limited edition brown vinyl. Our friends over at Suburban Home Records / Vinyl Collective are offering a pre-order, and copies will also be available at the release show on October 17 at the Bluebird. As an added bonus (once again), listen to the entire record right here (via Suburban Home’s embeddable player).

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Drag The River’s Live At The Starlight… for FREE!

by on Aug.27, 2009, under Blogs

I will be the first to admit that things around here have gotten a little more country over the last week, but in my defense it has been a great week for such things. Drag The River, for those of you who don’t know, is a rock-country band from Fort Collins with a no-nonsense approach to the genre.

Our friends at Suburban Home Records (DTR’s label) have done something incredibly generous by offering the group’s 2002 live record Live At The Starlight as a free download via this website.

This record is a must-download for 2 reasons. 1: It’s free, seriously. 2: It’s a bit of musical history (The Starlight closed down a few years ago, and while it was reincarnated as Hodi’s Half Note, veterans of the Fort Collins scene know about the importance of the original venue).

Listen to “Get Drunk” from Live At The Starlight right here:

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Album Review: Gregory Alan Isakov – This Empty Northern Hemisphere

by on Aug.13, 2009, under Album Reviews

I have tried for weeks now to connect the right words into a decent review of this record. The honest truth is that every time I listen to This Empty Northern Hemisphere I get so nostalgic I can’t concentrate. Perhaps it would be best to start with a few facts about the protagonist of this adventure: Gregory Alan Isakov.

Isakov, a Denver local, has been making waves for quite some time now. Originally born in South Africa, he grew up in Philadelphia before finding a home (at least for the present time, thankfully) in Denver. Upfront he has a definite folksy feel with hints of Bob Dylan and a touch of old-fashioned radio programmes (sounds like I’m reviewing a fine wine, also you know something is olde-fashioned if is has unnecessary e’s on the end of it).

As I said earlier, this record gets me nostalgic. Even from the first track, “Dandelion Wine,” a story unfolds. The plot twists and turns through the tracks, with each song standing as it’s own tale. One of my favorites is “Evelyn,” the story of a girl, working the graveyard shift at a gas station, with dreams of the open road and achieving more in her life.

Musically, this album is astonishing. A mixture of classic instruments with a modern flare for style, This Empty Northern Hemisphere captures a certain aspect of Americana that can only be found in song. Through his use of 2 different microphones (a clean and a “tinny” sound), Isakov employs techniques that keep the songs from growing stale too quickly.

As a special treat that comes courtesy of our friends at Suburban Home Records, you can stream the entire record via their embeddable player! Also check out the official MySpace and iTunes for Gregory Alan Isakov.

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Video: Behind the Scenes at Suburban Home Records

by on Jul.22, 2009, under Interviews, Videos

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SLS is dedicated to all things musical in Denver. Our friends at Suburban Home Records / Vinyl Collective are actually based out of the Mile High City, so I decided to pay them a little visit and hear their story. Be sure to check out their websites: Suburban Home and Vinyl Collective

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