Mile Marker

We unearthed three stripped-down Surfer Blood tracks recorded in Denver

[caption id="attachment_103587" align="alignnone" width="800"] Surfer Blood performs at the Larimer Lounge October 16, 2013 in Denver. (Photo by John Leyba/The Denver Post)[/caption] We came across some hidden gems in our vault of Mile Marker recordings, and for the next few months we'll be offering exclusive downloads of songs recorded in Denver's Uneven Studio.

Mile Marker: The Lumineers

No band has help put the Denver music scene on the map over the past year quite like the Lumineers. Wes Schultz and his band of Great-Depression-era-garb-pop-folk gypsies seemed to appear out of thin air in the second half of 2011.

Mile Marker: Deer Tick

[youtube]UfCdGU2ueuU[/youtube] To put it simply, Deer Tick has been one of our favorite live bands for several years. The Providence, R.I. group plays a mix of garage, country, punk and folk and wears its influences on its collective sleeve while still managing to sound wholly unique.

Mile Marker: Heartless Bastards

The country-tinged quartet Heartless Bastards carries on the Austin, Texas, rock 'n' roll tradition with an understated, timeless sound. Its sound is equal parts pop, melancholy and literate Southern rock in the vein of the Drive-By Truckers and Son Volt.

Mile Marker: Laura Gibson

Laura Gibson came through Uneven Studio many months ago in the hours before her set at the Hi-Dive on South Broadway. We've been a fan of Gibson for a few years, and her performance during a Portland day party at the Grackle in East Austin was among our favorite moments of this year's South by Southwest festival.

Mile Marker: Love Inks

We've been a fan of Love Inks ever since we first heard that catchy, laid-back, Stevie Nicks-flavored single, "Blackeye," on the band's 2011 debut, "E.S.P." We were lucky to have Love Inks take the stage at our 2012 South by Southwest day party in Austin, Texas this past March for a captivating midday set.

Mile Marker: Langhorne Slim

Langhorne Slim has been a Reverb favorite for several years. He made a surprise appearance at the 2009 Underground Music Showcase, playing a legendary set to a sweaty, packed, drunken Hi-Dive audience.

Mile Marker: Bad Weather California (UMS edition)

[youtube]rAQd2QmHrUE[/youtube] Bad Weather California has been one of our favorite local bands for a while. The Denver quartet of Chris Adolf, Adam Baumeister, Joe Sampson and Logan Corcoran is woven deep into the fabric of the local scene while still routinely venturing far beyond the Front Range.

Mile Marker: Leftover Salmon

[youtube]K0rtEGKnRCA[/youtube] Leftover Salmon came through Uneven Studio on a late Wednesday evening in early April. Spring was just rearing its head, and the intrinsically summer sound of bluegrass (including newgrass, jamgrass, slamgrass) was on our mind.

Mile Marker: Yellow Ostrich

Yellow Ostrich first got on our radar with 2011's "The Mistress," the band's second full-length record of quirky indie pop/rock. For a trio, Yellow Ostrich creates an appealingly complex mix of sounds with smart lyrics and inventive percussion on nearly every song.

Mile Marker: An Horse

Upon first listen, An Horse is not the most accessible band in the world. Lead singer Kate Cooper has a raspy whine that falls in and out of key, but there's no escaping the sheer earnestness in her voice.

Mile Marker: Futurebirds

[youtube]_x353BHxpkU[/youtube] We instantly fell in love with Futurebirds upon first listen of 2010's "Hampton's Lullaby." It's an earnest folk rock record drenched in reverb and warm tones from an ever-present pedal steel guitar.

Mile Marker: Garage A Trois

We've never had a day at Uneven Studio quite like the one we had when Garage A Trois came by in December. The acid-jazz band was in town for a heralded gig at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom, and we were lucky to get a couple hours of studio time in for the quartet to lay down these four avante-garde songs.

Mile Marker: Anais Mitchell

Anais Mitchell's voice has been called "polarizing" for its sharp, extra-high pitch that recalls singers like Joanna Newsom. Her lyrics are literate and tell long, winding stories that you can easily drift in and out of as the listener.

Mile Marker: ALO

ALO's session at Uneven Studio was unlike any other we've had since we started recording there just over a year ago. For one, it was a jammy affair -- really jammy.