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Dewi Sant plays @ Our Savior’s Lutheran Church

January 25, 2010

Check out what Sean from Luthermergence: “What would Jesus deconstruct?” had to say about the Dewi Sant show:

First things first: Michael Morris and his crew are all pretty much the nicest people in the world. Not to mention, with their forces combined, they can create a moving, lush, subdued collage of acoustic sounds that make me want to move into a log cabin in the woods, build a fire and write poetry all day. No, really! There is a pace, a dynamic, a mood, a spirit that they capture, and then re-deliver, that equally lulls and pulls at me. I don’t know if I can explain it any better than that.

The sanctuary at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church is quite large, and constructed entirely of wood, stone and glass. As you can imagine, the acoustics complimented Dewi Sant’s soundscape of organ, piano, glockenspiel, lightly-brushed drums, cello, mandolin, harmonica and guitar quite aptly. I spent most of my time behind the soundbooth, and hardly had to do much amplification at all, with the exception of Michael’s nearly-whispered vocals. They played us every track off the record, interspersing them with Michael’s (sometimes meandering, but always poignant) musings about songwriting, traveling, faith, religion and his history with our congregation.

I know for some it’s hard to sit through a concert when you’re used to worship. For others it was a welcome treat to just sit and listen. I genuinely loved it. And then, when all was said and done, I sat and chatted with the bunch for another hour or so afterwards. Also, I picked up a copy of “May” and I’m looking forward to the next opportunity I may have to listen to it in on the speakers of my truck over a long stretch of highway.

And tomorrow they’re all off to Holden Village. Good travels, gang!! Thanks for the visit.


People…This is going to be an experience you don’t want to miss.


Tune-Yards – Real Live Flesh

January 24, 2010

With critical praise for last year’s debut album Bird-Brains, Tune-Yards is starting 2010 off right with a new single and video. The single – to be released as a digital download and limited edition 7″ on February 8, 2010 – features track “Real Live Flesh” with brand new unreleased track “Youth.”

The video from Merrill Garbus’ lo-fi freak folk project shows off Tune-Yards playful DIY aesthetic.

Bold, poppy and fantastic, don’t miss this lo-fi R&B gem that BBC Sound called one of the “Top 10 Albums You Might Have Missed 2009.” A must listen for fans of the Dirty Projectors.

Mountain Goats : The Life of the World to Come

January 4, 2010

There is a chance that you haven’t heard of the Mountain Goats, even though the main force of the band, John Darnielle (above, right), has been recording music since the early 90s (epic indie folklore).  Darnielle’s stuff was mostly lo-fi and recorded independently until the early 2000s, but as far as I can tell he has left the low-fi sound more or less behind behind for something more like an angst-ridden acoustic concept rock.  (Yup, I just made that up).

As for style, John’s lyrics are decidedly literate, and he often toys with obscure themes.  For example, the entirety of the Goats’ ’02 release “Tallahassee” chronicles the slow, booze-fueled unraveling of a couple in the rural South – not exactly light fare.  (You can check out a great track from that album – as well as some fitting Darnielle commentary and the inevitable crowd sing-a-longers – here.)

Yet, despite all of the bizarre, smarty-pants things that go into his songs, Darnielle nearly always manages to blow me away with his haunting imagery and blatant  emotions.  If you ask me, this is the magic of the Mountain Goats.  And, the new album, “The Life of the World to Come” is classic Mountain Goats stuff.  Each song is based on a passage from the Bible.  For real.  And yes, I looked most of them up.  If you are in to the album, you should too.   Trying to follow the murky path Darnielle took to get from ancient Biblical times to some dingy haunt in middle america is a trip worth taking.

One of my fast favorites from the new(ish) album, no cross-referencing required, was Psalms 40:20, re-posted here from a performance a few months ago on the Steven Colbert show.


Total Babe from Minnesota

December 24, 2009

Total Babe is a quartet of teenagers out of Minnesota. What I like about Total Babe is their simplicity. The keys drive the melody. The strummed guitar fills out the sound, but isn’t overwhelming, and Clara Salyer’s vocals are striking and stay with you.

I wouldn’t say Total Babe is unique; quite the contrary.  Their sound comes in somewhere between chamber pop music and indie rock, as you might expect from a group of very talented teens that grew up during a   decade (the 00′) defined by Rilo Kiley and The Postal service.

Listening to Bearbones, Shape Up, and Gary Coleman (songs from their LP Heatwave) I just imagine myself at their live show, standing against the wall, dancing with my hands in my pockets and I love it.

Willy Mason on Our Minds

December 22, 2009

I was sipping coffee  with Pumpkin and Flapjack and I brought up Willy Mason.  Flapjack was surprised I knew of Willy Mason.  Pancake started singing Hard Hand to Hold, one of his songs.  This morning I thought I’d see what he was up to and found this gem:

I also found a cool blog, Palestra (, that had some delicious shorts of Willy at work.

Broken Bells Single – Danger Mouse & James Mercer Come Together.

December 22, 2009

James Mercer from the Shins and Danger Mouse have a new album to be released on March 9.  You can hear a single at their website (, and there’s a rumor that you can email them for a free download.  If you find out how, please let me know.  My dumb ass hasn’t been able to figure it out.

Flashbulb Fires _ Album Release _ Glory

November 20, 2009

Here’s what I know.  The band is from Denver.  On December 18th, they will be releasing their new album at Hi-Dive.  I listened to Glory and there are two songs I’m interested in.

Ambulance – light, marching and fun. (listen)

Heavy Hands – tap your foot.  Clap.  Fist pump.  That’s the motion.  Maybe a little running in place?

I like the band.  Don’t love them.  Could see why others would.  They’re musically pleasing and sport interesting lyricism.  Will try to make the release.  Hoping to be impressed.

I’m Lame – Neon Indian

November 11, 2009

Yesterday I made a climbing short.  For the audio I used a song I recently downloaded by Neon Indian.  Many hours later, after work, I went to the Neon Indian Myspace page and saw they were playing at Larimer Lounge in Denver.  I made plans to attend.  Then, I had a glass of Maker’s Mark, got lazy, put on Spartakus (hulu) and, finally, went to bed — lame.

Twenty-one year-old Mexico-born, Texas-raised Alan Palomo is the man behind the music of Neon Indian.  Alicia Scardetta provides visual support in the form f projections and online teaser videos.

The music is low-fi, cheesy, indie pop.  Think Beach Boys mixed with MGMT.  Here’s a cool video I found.  ENJOY!

Revisiting Cabin

November 7, 2009

Cabin is a band that I fell in love with after seeing them live at a little listening room in the Lower East side  called Rockwood Music Hall.  I had just got out of work.  It was a Tuesday in April I think.  Probably was since I was feeling so angst.

Cabin is from Louisville, KY.  For those who haven’t been there, Louisville is an amazing place to settle down. Great music.  Bourbon.  Kentucky Derby. Nuff said.  They play rock music.

When I woke up this morning, I wanted to check out this band again.  I didn’t know what to expect.  Well, it seems that they took a break from touring and recorded a record.  As of October 15, they’re just wrapping up mixing and mastering their new record.  Rumored is a tour, as well. Maybe we’ll be lucky enough have them come through Colorado.  Stay posted!

Recommended songs – I Was Here, Dance With Me.

Detroit what, what.

November 6, 2009

Detroit is known first and foremost for it’s high crime rate, dying car industry and it’s former, out-of-control, crooked mayor.  But…there’s a lot more going on in Detroit Rock City.

Lord Scrummage – this band kicks ass.  Don’t be stupid and forget to check them out.  Laptops.  Controllers.   What else? THEY ALSO TOUR WITH A NC-17 PROJECTIONIST!  Prepare yourself – they’re weird. 

DEASTRO – more Detroit electronic.  Randolph Chabot and his band Deastro are the next big thing.  Seriously.  He’ll be in Denver late in November.  Be radical.  Check ’em out.

Jaguar Medicine – here’s some softer stuff.  When I listen…I think M Ward.   Might be out to Colorado soon!