Every Tuesday, Steal This Track brings you 100 percent free and legal downloads from Colorado’s finest musicians. This week, we’re pleased to present the hardcore hip-hop of Dyalekt, beautifully bastardized polka music from the Polkanauts, and the gritty garage rock of Jonny Woodrose & the Broken-Hearted Woodpeckers. On your marks. Get set. Download!
Last Friday, Justin “Dyalekt” Romero released “Dreams, Caffeine & Nicotine,” a mixtape dedicated to his favorite bad habits. The emcee and producer, known for collaborations with the Diamond Boiz, wrote, performed and mixed 17 tracks for the record, boosting beats made familiar by everyone from Drake to Gang Starr.
The tracks range from hard-hitting raps to smoothed out R&B jams, showcasing the 23-year-old artist’s versatility and dynamic presence. You can download the entire mixtape via DatPiff.com, the main source for free hip-hop mixtapes, but you’ll need an account. For a sample of what you’ll hear, check out Dyalekt with fellow Diamond Boiz, Ze and Zome, on “Uptown.” The beat, produced by Boi-1da, is lifted from the Drake track of the same name.
Dyalekt feat. Ze and Zome | Uptown (right click to save to your computer)
It wouldn’t be Steal This Track if we didn’t take a sharp right turn into left field as we round the musical bases, and that’s just what we’ll do with this next tasty morsel. Denver’s own Polkanauts have been shocking both polka and rock fans around town for a couple years now, and they just keep getting tighter. Sure, there’s a novelty element to any band that lists both Napalm Death and Frankie Yankovic among its influences, but the musical acumen of guitarist Paco Vansistine, drummer Wade Clark, bassist James Van Fleet and accordionist Florin (yep, just Florin) is nothing to laugh at.
Playing everything from the crusty old “Beer Barrel Polka” to a wicked cover of Slayer’s “South of Heaven,” the quartet takes no shortcuts in blending polka aesthetics with metal, pop and fist-in-the-air rock. For a tame-but-tantalizing introduction to the band’s perverse aesthetic, steal the Polkanauts’ mostly-instrumental cover of America’s “Ventura Highway.”
Polkanauts | Ventura Highway (right click to save to your computer)
From the highly produced sounds of Dyalekt and the carefully wrought polka-pop of the Polkanauts, we now swerve over to the intentionally coarse, raw and grating garage rock of Jonny Woodrose & the Broken-Hearted Woodpeckers. The band’s bluesy Americana-inflected rave-ups trace their lineage back through neo-garagists like the White Stripes, collide with Tom Waits and land in Muddy Waters’s whiskey glass.
There’s almost a Ween-esque quality to the quartet’s salty, skewed take on well-worn riffs, especially in the screeching, frequently off-key vocals of Mr. Woodrose. It’s not a sound for everyone, but there’s no denying the heart, commitment and fun with which this foursome attacks its songs. By way of example, give a listen to “Chumps,” from last year’s “Live from the Garage” album. If you like what you hear, keep an eye out for “Coke Whores & Folklores,” a new album to be released with a party on July 30 at the Gothic Theatre.
Jonny Woodrose & the Broken-Hearted Woodpeckers | Chumps (right click to save to your computer)
And before we leave you to these three fantastic tracks for the week, we’d be downright irresponsible if we didn’t remind you of a big release party coming up this week. Back at the end of March, we gave you a sneak preview of the new record from country darlings, the Hollyfelds.
Well, this Saturday, you can finally get a copy (vinyl or digital) of “Lo Bueno, Lo Malo, Lo Feo” for your very own. The party will be at the Meadowlark Bar‘s beautiful outdoor stage on May 22, and will include performances by GT and the Sidewinders, and Halden Wofford and the High Beams. The incomparable Sid Pink will be your host for the evening. Don’t miss it.
Please note that downloads offered via Steal This Track are intended to whet your appetite, and are NOT CD-quality recordings. If you want those, please support the artists by buying their music and/or seeing them live.
If you’re a band or musician ready to expose your fresh sounds to the readers of Reverb, email your tracks to Eryc Eyl for consideration.
Eryc Eyl is a veteran music journalist, critic and Colorado native who has been neck-deep in local music for many years. Check out Steal This Track every Tuesday for local music you can HEAR, and the Mile High Makeout every Friday.