Essential Vinyls for the New Record Player – The Top 10

Essential Vinyls for the New Record Player – The Top 10

A friend of mine sent me a message on Facebook with one of my favorite conversation starters: “Random music question for you.” Favorite because I know the discussion to follow will be a lot of fun. It just has to be. After my reply asking what’s up, she continued: “So I just bought a record player. What are some essential vinyls I need in my life?” I’m glad you asked. This is what I do. (Links below are to vinyl…

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ThURGHsday! #13 – The Go-Go’s

ThURGHsday! #13 – The Go-Go’s

Once again we return to a superstar band that wasn’t a superstar band when this was filmed in 1980. (Content warning: crowdsurfing woman getting her shirt tugged at) The Go-Go’s debut Beauty and the Beat was released in early July of 1981 and was RIAA certified double platinum the following year. They were already gaining a fan base as a result of opening for Madness in Los Angeles and the U.K., but the album and singles “Our Lips Are Sealed”…

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That “10 teenage albums” thing

That “10 teenage albums” thing

Because why not? So here’s my “10 albums that made a lasting impression on you as a teenager” thing. I think I did this fairly recently, but what the hell. Rules are: only one per band/artist. Don’t take too long and don’t think. (I made my list of albums that were released when I was a teenager. Because I’m weird like that.) 1983 – 1989 Big Country – The Crossing – That guitar. Those words. I miss you, Stuart. Your…

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Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Rockies

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Rockies

Paul Humphreys & Andy McCluskey – Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark In a year of seemingly unending ups and downs, 2016 held one of my personal and professional high points. I was granted an in-person interview with two of my all-time musical heroes, Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys of Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. Best of all, I met them at Red Rocks, one of the most beautiful and iconic music venues in the world. They were there with Howard…

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Greg Humphreys Lucks Out – Part 2 – The Interview

Greg Humphreys Lucks Out – Part 2 – The Interview

As I said in my previous post, Greg Humphreys and I spoke for about 2.5 hours earlier this year. I hadn’t spoken to him since 1993 when I interviewed him for the San Diego fanzine 360°. I’ve cut some of the small talk here and edited for clarity, but this is most of the conversation, from Dillon Fence to Hobex to his solo records and wound up the interview talking about his new album with the Greg Humphreys Electric Trio,…

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Greg Humphreys Lucks Out – Part 1

Greg Humphreys Lucks Out – Part 1

The Greg Humphreys Electric Trio‘s Lucky Guy fall tour kicks off this Friday, September 23rd at the Brooklyn Americana Music Festival, the Carolina Ramble & Reunion on Oct 1 and continues through the Carolinas & Georgia in early October. Go see them live!! The transcript of my interview with Greg about his career will post on Wednesday September 21st. Do you know Greg Humphreys? You’ve got a better chance if you live on the east coast because that’s where Greg is from, the…

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Prince 4 Ever

Prince 4 Ever

If, like me, you hit puberty in the early 80’s when Prince was in his heyday, you likely learned about sexuality, sensuality, and love through purple lenses. The same man who broke our hearts in songs like “Purple Rain” and “Nothing Compares 2 U” also taught us about the slow grind in “When Doves Cry.” We learned about the thrill of one night stands from “Little Red Corvette” and “Raspberry Beret.” He broke down the pain of a cheating lover…

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Riot Fest 2015 – Denver Day 2

Riot Fest 2015 – Denver Day 2

It’s always easy to get up for Day 2, especially when I’m taking it easy and pacing myself for three days. If I was just attending Saturday (which it sounds like a lot of people did, just attend the one day), I might have busted my ass to be there when the gates opened, but we took our time. One of my favorite bands of all time was playing at 2:30, so I would at least be there for that….

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Twenty One Pilots for Youth On Record

Twenty One Pilots for Youth On Record

On Friday, December 11th, band-of-the-moment Twenty One Pilots played the Gothic Theater in Denver as a fundraiser for Youth On Record, a local nonprofit organization that helps provide music instruction and guidance for at-risk students. The band visited the organization earlier in the day at the Youth Media Studio and met with some of the students Northern Colorado’s Pandas & People opened the show with their full touring band instead of just the duo of Joshua Scheer & Johnny Day. Pandas &…

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for KING & COUNTRY at Aloft Live

for KING & COUNTRY at Aloft Live

I was invited to check out the final show of the Aloft Live concert series, for KING & COUNTRY at the downtown Denver Aloft hotel. I received invitations to previous Aloft Live shows (Christian Burghardt, The Veronicas, Michelle Chamuel) but wasn’t able to make it out for those. This time around the hotel smartly offered a “staycation” night in addition to the opportunity to interview the band. I accepted, arriving on Tuesday afternoon and entering the lobby around 3pm to the…

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