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Talk Talk: A fresh Colorado mix tape, Glass Hits offers another hit, Communikey in Boulder and Nathaniel Rateliff making waves across the pond

Like Colorado Sounds?

Casual fans of the local music scene are keenly aware that things have been poppin’ for quite sometime. However, most people outside of our coordinates think we still chew on straw and wear shit-kickers. Despite the validity to some of those stereotypes, Something Like Sound would like to prove those naysayers wrong. SLS has created a contemporary love mix tape for Colorado music in compilation available for free download here. Reverb caught up with the rabble-rouser from the School of Mines, Tim Weilert, to talk about the music scene here in town.

Why all the love for local music?

“There may be a multitude of factors at play here. On one hand I simply love live music and being able to see local bands is far easier/more affordable than spending all of my time and money hitting up the big national touring acts. Also, I’ve been able to make some great connections with musicians and promoters throughout Colorado — it’s the kind of stuff that you can only really get on a localized scene. The other part may be that music in Colorado (at least as long as I have been covering it) has gotten better and better. There’s no shortage of new, quality projects that have their own unique spaces within the larger context.”

What was the inspiration behind the compilation?

“As the title suggests, this is the second compilation release from Something Like Sound. Our first compilation came out on Halloween 2009 and had a modest reception. With the new release I wanted to expand on the original compilation concept to include more bands and a few unreleased tracks. With both compilations the goal has been to connect music fans (be they hardcore or casual) with what is going on in Colorado. Specifically, as a Mines student, I wanted to have something to give to friends and colleagues so they’d actually know the bands I’m always blathering on about.”

How do you plan spreading the word down in Austin during SXSW about the comp?

“I am planning a classic handbill/flier campaign that will promote the compilation, the blog, and Colorado music in general. I’m sending my template out to several of the featured bands who happen to be going to SXSW so they can have a giveaway.”

Any new items you’re working on that fans can expect in the near future?

“Currently I’m booking a graduation party/show in May. I feel it would be fitting to have a shin dig with a few bands and a few friends at one of my favorite spots downtown. It will be a celebration of the end of my academic career and a reflection on how far my journalistic experiences have taken me. In addition to that, I just finished the newest release for my cassette tape label (Buckingham Pie Group) — a split between Flashlights and Force Publique. It’s the first in a series of splits, the next one will be Safe Boating Is No Accident and SAUNA.”

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 EPA 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

Glass Hits wants you to take another hit

Glass Hits played Wax Trax last month where a free sampler was handed out to early attendees. For those of you that couldn’t make it, Glass Hits has made their contribution available for free. The way things are going at the gas pump, I’ll take anything I can get.

Communikey Festival coming to Boulder

One of the most complete music festivals that not only enhances/stimulates your mind, but also with an awareness centered on the environment/culture, is the Communikey Festival that will be coming to Boulder April 13-17. The music is electronically geared and the four day event will include live music, workshops, dancing, bicycles and live cinema amongst the many items offered. Tickets are starting at $65 and can be purchased here.

From Communkey:

“Artist in residence, GAMELATRON the world’s first and only fully robotic Gamelan Orchestra, the infamous ATOM TM aka Atom Heart of Senor Coconut, Ableton developer MONOLAKE, MARK MCGUIRE of Emeralds, DARK DARK DARK, FLOOD TIDE REMIXED performing as themselves and to the film , Detroit legend MIKE HUCKABY, Zizek Record’s CHANCHA VIA CIRCUITO and label head EL G, the audio responsive dynamic lighting installation of AUDIOPIXEL, tape loop artist WILLIAM BASINSKI, The Bunker’s mastermind returning for a 3rd appearance, SPINOZA, Spanish dub techno act PULSHAR aka Pablo Bolivar, a commissioned collaborative performance from CHEAP & DEEP w/ SPACETIME CONTINUUM, LEVON VINCENT and Static Discos resident LATINSIZER, of Nortec Collective.”
(Photo via: Sugarcurse.com)

Nathaniel Rateliff is kind of a big deal across the pond

Nathaniel Rateliff is still spreading the gospel from his debut album, “In Memory of Loss,” but the rave reviews keep coming in. Robert Plant chose Mr. Rateliff as one of his favorite acts making the rounds. Also, Metro (a free London daily), gushes about the Colorado (by way of Missouri) troubadour as much as one of the Mumfords.

Click here to listen to Nathaniel Rateliff’s recent Mile Marker session!

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Julio Enriquez is a Denver writer and photographer, editor of the Cause=Time blog and a regular contributor to Reverb.