If there was ever a Christmas for record geeks, it would be Record Store Day. We should cherish the fine music establishments we have as proud citizens of the fair state of Colorado because we’re the envy of many cities, with Twist & Shout serving front and center as one of the best music shops in the nation. Reverb and First Drafts (Denver Post’s craft beer blog) have joined forces to serve up some tunes and free suds from 3-5 p.m. this Saturday, April 21 at Twist & Shout on East Colfax. Reverb’s Ricardo Baca, John Hendrickson and Colin St. John will be on hand holding it down behind the decks and spinning vinyl in the store. Come by and have a beer on us and buy that Pink Floyd “Wall” re-issue you’ve been putting off.
Pictureplane bids adieu
Pictureplane is packing up and heading for the bright lights of New York City, but not before he plays two local shows. April 20 will see Mr. Travis Egedy at the Levitate Festival at the 1stBank Center. If that’s too big of a scene, come say goodbye at his proper farewell party at Rhinoceropolis on April 24. Talk Talk had a chance to catch up with Egedy to talk about Japan, Grimes and packing up shop and heading east. Photo via Julio Enriquez.
How did the Japan tour treat you?
“Japan was an incredible experience. I have always dreamed of going there, so getting to perform to people and to share my music there was just amazing. The cherry blossoms were in full bloom. Japan really is in the future.”
How did you get mixed up in the Levitate lineup coming up at the 1stBank Center?
“You know, I don’t even know! I was asked to play. It is surprising for me, because I am used to performing at really small venues in Colorado. I come from the DIY warehouse scene here, so to perform on a stadium stage is just really crazy to me. I dont even know what it will be like. DJ Shadow really changed my life when I was in 10th grade, so to get to play with him will be really great.”
What can fans expect at Levitate?
“Real deal raw shit for the true believers.”
Tell us about the differences between spinning at somewhere like Diamond Cabaret and Rhino?
“Well when I play at Rhinoceropolis, no one throws money at me. And there is just a little less nakedness.”
Now that you’re moving to NYC, how often do you see yourself realistically coming back to Denver?
“Hopefully a lot! I love my friends here, and I will miss Rhinoceropolis so much. We really are a family. Denver is my home, I am just branching out and evolving.”
How would you define your relationship with Grimes?
“She and I are from the same star, that is all I will say.”
Danielle and Gregory on Daytrotter
Over the last week, two Colorado artists have had their Daytrotter sessions released — Danielle Ate the Sandwich and Gregory Alan Isakov. It’s nice to know that the rest of the world is finding out what we’ve known all this time. You can listen to/download their sets here and here, respectively.
Paper Diamond ready to Levitate + release new EP
4/20 will see Paper Diamond share the stage with DJ Shadow, Rusko and the aforementioned Pictureplane over at the dance friendly Levitate Festival at the 1stBank Center. That’s not even the best news, because PD will be releasing his new EP, “Wavesight,” via Diplo’s Mad Decent label. Listen to a minimix of the EP below and catch PD at some of the major music festivals going on this summer, namely Lollapalooza or Electric Forrest.
School Knights is the “Present Tense”
Last week, TT brought you the first piece of material off of the forthcoming School Knights’ release with “Bender.” Another week and another tune with their punchy take, “Present Tense,” that showcases what the ex-duo can now do with an added two members to the party. Be on the lookout for a proper release before year’s end.
School Knights – Present Tense [mp3] (via Banter Media)
Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein didn’t trade in “Portlandia” for “Salmonlandia,” however, Leftover Salmon recorded the five piece documentary in support of its upcoming release, “Aquatic Hitchhiker,” after an eight year hiatus for iClips in Portland. Look for a segment of the documentary to be released weekly up until the new album on May 22 over here.
Manmademadman wants to give you a Moog Minitaur
CONTEST; DEAF, DUMB, BLIND (((win a $599 Moog)))
That’s what the headline reads via anonymous Denver-ite Manmademadman’s site. All you have to do is remix Manmademadman’s “DEAF” cut and win the remix competition, duh. Head over here to download the stems and for more information.
Chautauqua announces summer lineup
Hope your summer schedule is not yet filed, because Chautauqua Auditorium has some of your summer evenings lined up with artists that will have KBCO fans all hot and bothered. Check out the impressive roster of acts that will be making their way to the majestic flatirons of our beautiful state this summer. Photo via Laura Scudder.
Sunday, June 10, 8:00 p.m.
Tennis / Paper Bird
Saturday, June 16, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 14, 8:00 p.m.
Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band
Monday, July 16, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 21, 8:00 p.m.
Hayes Carll with Joe Pug
Saturday, Aug. 4, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 11, 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 15, 8:00 p.m.
Young @ Heart
Sunday, Aug. 19, 7:00 p.m.
John Hiatt & The Combo
Thursday, Aug. 30, 8:00 p.m.
Rickie Lee Jones / Madeleine Peyroux
Monday, Sept. 3, 8:00 p.m.
Jerry Douglas Band
Friday, Sept. 7, 8:00 p.m.
Julio Enriquez is a Denver writer and photographer, editor of the Cause=Time blog and a regular contributor to Reverb.