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Talk Talk: News on the Reverb After Thanksgiving Dance Party, Pictureplane, Realmagic, A Shoreline Dream and more

Let’s be real. When somebody says that they want to keep the “holiday pounds” off, they typically end up gaining more weight. Think about the seconds or thirds of the pecan pie for dessert with some eggnog. Reverb is here to help. Come work off your Thanksgiving dinner Friday, November 25 over at Beauty Bar for the the Reverb After Thanksgiving Dance Party. RSVP here.

Watch Realmagic’s new video for “No Things Left”

REAL MAGIC ::: DENVER AFTERDARK ::: 08.26.11

The Sterling Crispin video for Realmagic’s track, “No Things Left,” have me strangely yearning for my old Hypercolor shirt from sixth-grade. Photo by Julio Enriquez.

Pictureplane rocks “Black Nails” + new mixtape

Pictureplane performed in Russia recently and recorded a video for “Black Nails” while on tour. Never being satisfied for waiting to exercise those creative juices, PP contributed a mixtape to OC Mixtape that you can listen/download below.

OC Mixtape Series #5: Pictureplane – Sleep Deprification Mix by OpeningCeremony

OC Mixtape Series #5 Tracklist:
Craxxxmyrf – Hustlin Hard to the Left
Arty – Kate
Tom Hangs feat.Shermanology – Blessed (Avicii edit)
Mr. Physix – Soldier of Luchini
Drankenstein – Tuck money
Lunice – I See U (The Blessings remix)
Jahdan Blackamoore – Quick Money (So Shift remix)
Unicorn Kid featuring Talk with Animals – True Love Fantasy
DJ Fresh featuring Sian Evans – Louder
DJ Hilti – Lassitude

The Fray visits with Jimmy Kimmel

The Fray recently hit the left coast and stopped by “Jimmy Kimmel.” The guys performed their first single, “Heartbeat,” from their forthcoming album “Scars and Stories.” If you missed it, Reverb recently reported that the lads contributed to the latest U2 tribute album that you can read about here.

A Shoreline Dream goes into deep “Dreamsong”

A Shoreline Dream keeps trudging ahead with support for its third LP, “Losing Them All To This Time,” available via Latenight Weeknight records. Check out the video for “Dreamsong” below. I wonder if the beginning sequence was shot around the sand dunes in southern Colorado?

John Common and the Blinding Flashes of Light stop by Daytrotter + new video

John Common and the Blinding Flashes of Light stopped by the barn over at Daytrotter to record a gripping session that captures the true essence of the hard working band (download the session here).

You know how it’s usually only the pretty people you see in music videos? Well, in the Drai C. Lloyd directed video for “The Man Who Could,” he decided to use “normal” people set in the lower downtown area here in Denver as hungry lovers. Very admirable on Lloyd’s part, considering that most videos are littered with pretty faces and not enough heart.

Lookout, the Hundred are coming


I had seen/heard rumblings over the last couple of weeks about party kids, the Hundred. Reverb caught up with ringleader Brennen Briarly (a.k.a. Option4), to see what the Denver scene can expect from the purveyors of nightlife. Their first party takes place November 15 over at Beauty Bar with Damon Allen headlining the night with local deck thumpers Option4, Mike D and Peter Black filling out the night.

Tell us about the Hundred and is there really 100 of you?

“The Hundred is a concept I came up with a couple years ago at South by Southwest. It basically stemmed from a party where I saw A-Trak (my DJ hero) play in front of 40 or 50 of us in a very intimate setting. I got to thinking, man . . . some of the best shows I’ve EVER seen were in small venues with acts that got much more famous later in their careers. The Hundred is an attempt to recreate that environment. It will occur once a month at Beauty Bar in Denver. I don’t have a lot of money, so I can’t book expensive acts. But what I can do is book acts that will be expensive in the future. So basically this party is focusing on bringing acts that are big on blogs, but not big enough for huge venues quite yet. That way we can see awesome shows and keep it inexpensive for those that attend. I don’t ever want to have a cover more than $6 or $7 dollars. Yet every party will have a national headliner.

Then came the tricky part. I started thinking about how in the world I would get people to come. The question arises . . .are there 100 people in Denver that would support something like this? That’s where I came up with the name for the party. Because I’m not from here and haven’t been here a long time (I moved officially to Denver 4 days ago), I don’t know a lot of people and/or have many friends. Consequently no one knows who Option4 is in Denver, either. So what I did do over the past couple of months when I decided to create the movement, was go out of my way to meet people at shows. I’d focus on people that were dancing at 9:15 p.m.. I figured those people were coming specifically for the music. One thing led to another and the buzz caught like wildfire. I went out of my way to have personal conversations with every single one of the people that were in “The Hundred.” At the moment we have 12 spots left. Those spots are to be given away at the first few shows to people who are committed to the movement. Basically it just allows you on a private website (www.thehundred.com) and have a say in what The Hundred brings to Denver. Every single voice is heard and opinion taken into consideration. It’s a place where people who dig for music can connect, and vote on what act we decide to bring. A party where the people choose what they want to hear. So i guess technically at the moment we’re part of The 88.”

What can kids expect from a Hundred experience?

“Well you never know what to expect. Our first party could be empty. It could just be me. Dancing by myself in a depressed moping fashion. Basically I’ve committed to losing money for the first three months for this to catch on, but what I am hoping to create is an atmosphere of people that love the idea of promoting independent music. I’m hoping people can expect to meet other like-minded people that share the same common love of music. I’m hoping kids can see awesome shows that they will never have the chance to see again in that setting. The idea of watching the next Diplo in a small room of friends. Before it costs $5 grand to book him again and he plays big venues. Every month we’ll have autographed posters and flyers to give away to people that attend. Interviews and videos to be posted after every show along with live recordings of every party so if you missed an event, you can DL it the next day and listen to what went down the night before.”

There has to be something on the stove for NYE from the Hundred. What kind of hints can you give us?

“Umm, for NYE, we have nothing planned. Our December party lands on the 17th. We’ll have a big blog act named “MyKill” play with us from San Francisco. His track “Falling” rocked hype machine lately and his last compilation hit No. 2 overall on the iTunes Nu-Disco chart. Our night will happen only one Saturday a month. At the moment I’ve got confirmation to bring Mox Jet of Innerpartysystem for an IPS DJ set in January, and I’ve got verbals from Midnight Conspiracy for either February or March as well as Bit Funk. I’ve also been getting a ton of requests for Brenmar as well and he was excited about The Hundred also. So that’s what’s on the horizon in the near future. Next week, November 19th, will be our first kick off party. There will be NO cover and my friend Damon Allen will be flying in from Houston to play it. He’s a huge promoter/DJ from H-town and he’s always supported me ever since we became friends. He actually gave me my first big out of state gig. He’s a great act that’s ridiculously diverse when it comes to music, and he’s been playing out for thousands of people for the last decade. We also have local support from Peter Black and Mike Dee(z) of Chavez y Chavez. I’m thrilled by the hype this movement has generated so far. I’m hoping this gets to become a community. I’ve reiterated to everyone in The Hundred that I want the party to just be a bi-product of the movement. I’m just hoping that people who find out about this feel the same way.”

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