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By David Goe
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
During each Downtown Farmers' Market Triple Play Records is hosting a local band to play live in front of their store. No Outlet is the featured group this Thursday and they will play throughout the evening. Farmers' Market runs through September so stay tuned to Triple Play for band announcements. In the meantime here are a couple live recordings from No Outlet.
By David Goe
Thursday, July 3, 2014
The Underground Music Showcase is a couple weeks out but it's not too early to gear up for Colorado's best music event. We will be talking about the UMS a lot more in future posts but for now, who are you most pumped about seeing? Is it one of the national headliners like Real Estate or Blonde Redhead? Or are you more excited for one of Colorado's bands like A. Tom Collins or Snake Rattle Rattle Snake? Weigh in on Twitter at @David_Goe and @theUMS.
In the meantime, enjoy this amazing stop-motion video by UMS appearing band Sunboy.
By David Goe
Monday, June 30, 2014
Paper Bird have a number of good things going for them. That's probably why they once again stole the show at the Westword Music Showcase, winning the award for Best Folk Group, further cementing themselves as one of the very best Colorado groups. Thanks to the Cavalcade, we get to experience first-hand the excellence of this group.
On Wednesday, July 2 Paper Bird finally return to the western slope playing a small show at the Cavalcade in Fruita. It's been nearly a year since the band made their debut in Grand Junction, playing the Palisade Bluegrass Festival. After a stand out performance at the Palisade Bluegrass Festival it is safe to say the anticipation for Paper Bird to play again in the area is palpable.
To get you pumped for their show on Wednesday, here is a past review I wrote about the group. Keep in mind, this show will most likely sell out, so get your tickets early if you'd like to see Paper BIrd.
Excerpt originally published June 14, 2013
I first heard Paper Bird at last year’s Underground Music Showcase in Denver and have been a fan since. Listening to the live stream over Colorado Public Radio’s Open Air 1340, Paper Bird’s blend of indie folk rock Americana easily cut through 243 miles of spruce, pine, and aspen and into my little living room stereo. Even on two five-inch Panasonic speakers, the strength of the seven-piece Denver outfit was obvious.
Paper Bird sounds a bit like Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros or the Head and the Heart. Because the band is so large, it is able to do things harmonically and dynamically that other bands simple can’t pull off.
Seven members, seven songwriters, each bringing their own flavor to the group. Sometimes they sound like a gospel jazz band, other times they are a rock band jamming on African rhythms.
The band is so musical, they are an absolute joy to listen to. I love hearing new music from groups that are fearless and free. Paper Bird is such a band. It is not caged in by a particular genre or sound. It is a band of explorers, discovering new sounds without limitation. Paper Bird ascends to levels of creativity rarely seen by other roots-based musicians.
“As I Am,” the opening track off Paper Bird’s 2013 album “Rooms,” is a perfect example of what Paper Bird is capable of.
“As I Am” starts off with an atmospheric and chordal guitar riff that wouldn’t be out of place on Jeff Buckley’s mid-‘90s rock standard “Grace.” A foot-stomping bass line leads the way to a bevy of beautiful birds — Sarah Anderson, Esme Patterson, and Genevieve Patterson, to be specific — collectively singing “these arms of mine/ were made for lifting up/ and when I set things down again/ I hope they are better than they were.”
A sweet acoustic guitar riff joins in, and, at this point, Paper Bird is soaring.
“These eyes of mine/ like what they see when they’re looking at you/ If ever I can’t see you anymore, I hope you’re more beautiful than before.”
As a listener and fan of what this band is doing, I humbly suggest my own lyrics: “These ears of mine/ like what they are hearing when they are listening to you.” That’s how I feel listening to the new album, anyhow.
Including “Rooms,” Paper Bird has produced three excellent studio albums and one live album collaboration with the Ballet Nouveau Colorado. They’ve been named one of the Top 10 Best Underground Bands in Denver three consecutive years and named the Top Local Band by 5280 Magazine in 2009.
It’s an impressive list of accomplishments for a band formed out of boredom on a vacation to Breckenridge.
Writing songs to pass the time, Paper Bird tested out its early material on street corners busking for cash. Apparently, they made enough money to keep this whole thing going, and I sure am grateful.
Paper Bird is such a nice addition to the Colorado music scene and my music collection.
By David Goe
Friday, June 27, 2014
Grand Junction, get ready to meet your new favorite band. It is called Tight Thump and it is one funky ball of teats. (See: “The Mighty Boosh,” funk.)
Only having played a handful of live shows, Tight Thump are relatively new on the local music scene but don’t let the band members’ youth fool you. This band is, as the name implies, tight, and its live performances are can’t-miss events.
I’ve been on board since the beginning, and as it broke into the opening groove of its first song at Barons’ grand opening party I remember thinking that this band is hands down going to be the most popular group performing in Grand Junction.
Packing dance floors left and right since and supplying more funk than is humanly safe to consume, Tight Thump is an entertaining crew winning fans over one show at a time.
“The name Tight Thump comes from staying ‘tight’ or musicians slang for being precise and staying perfectly ‘in the pocket’,” Tight Thump’s bassist Allen Bradley said. “‘Thump’ is something I picked up from old Parliament albums, which is a big influence on our sound.”
Bradley, who you may recognize from his work with the Williams Brothers Band, slaps the bass fast and loose like a delirious funky priest. His low-end work and the percussion rhythms of Mike Van Middendorp give Tight Thump its steady groove, allowing Tim D’Andrea and Casey Dry to engage in a funky free-for-all jam on guitar.
What initially started as a basement jam-and-beer session among friends has turned into one of the most enjoyable live shows in the area. The best thing about them is they write their own material.
“When someone brings a song or a riff to the table, the first thing we look for is something we call ‘groove-ability’,” Bradley said. “Our main goal is to keep people dancing. We love seeing people have a good time, and in turn that makes us have the best time (on stage).”
Tight Thump already has a number of crowd-pleasers worked into its sets. From the totally catchy jams “Salty Bacon” and “Serpent’s Spinach” to the group’s title song and my personal favorite “Tight Thump,” the band can keep a show moving deep into the night.
For good measure, the band also sprinkles in a couple covers, notably an excellent rendition of the Talking Heads’ “Psycho Killer.”
It’s booty shaking music to the max and if you haven’t seen Tight Thump play, now is the perfect time. Loosen those knees, drop those hips and drink in that pure tasty funk.
Lucky for you, Tight Thump is serving up another milky funk-shake Friday night, June 27, at Barons, playing with a brother from another funky mother, Selector Trev.
“It’s like, one song (Selector Trev) plays will be great, and then he follows it up with another perfect song for dancing, and then after that, somehow he will play your favorite song of all time,” Bradley said. “I find it fitting to have him do the music for before and after the show, and during the breaks.”
Speaking of Selector Trev, he isn’t your typical DJ. He doesn’t over-complicate things by mixing or manipulating music through effects. His grove-ability factor is on point, kicking out hit after hit, and keeping the dance floor rocking all night long.
As a fan noted on the Facebook event page for Friday’s show, “Nothing in the world will stop me from being there! Nothing!!” There’s a funkadelic fervor spreading across western Colorado, and it’s all because of Tight Thump.
If you ain’t caught the funk yet, still standing there all rigid like a bread stick reading this column, then get down to Barons. Tight Thump will get you sorted right out.
By David Goe
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Selector Trev is Trevor Adams, drummer for Dreamboat and former band member of the Jones Adams Duo. Selector Trev, Adams DJ alter ego has played a number of live shows including Big Kid Prom, Radio Soul Train, and he is the resident opening DJ for funk band Tight Thump. Here are his thoughts on DJing and the Grand Junction music scene. Also, at the end of the article check out Selector Trev's Big Kid Prom "Guilty Pleasures" playlist.
1) How long have you been DJing for? When did you first know this is something you wanted to do? What DJs do you look up too?
Well, over the years I've occasionally thrown on music for people to dance to at parties. And I used to DJ at KMSA in the 90s and 00s and then KAFM in the mid-00s. But it's only very recently that I've started DJing at bars and taking it more seriously. I'd been thinking about trying it for a while and then Dusty Thunders asked me to join him DJing at Sabrosa on Valentine's Day, and that started it off.
2) You approach DJing differently than a lot of other DJs do. Talk about your DJ philosophy.
I just play songs that I think will pack the dance floor full of happy people. I don't manipulate the music at all. I don't mix. I just try to pay attention to the dancers and figure out what will make them happy and keep them dancing. All while playing music that I love, too, of course. Also, when I'm dancing, I want to sing along with the music, so 99% of the songs I play have vocals. With a few exceptions, the instrumental electronic thing just isn't my cup of tea.
3) What's your personal philosophy when putting together a set? You play a lot of different genres, how do you mix it all together in a cohesive way?
Well, I do come up with a playlist beforehand, but I'm always ready to totally switch gears, depending on how people respond to the music. Honestly, I don't worry that much about cohesion. I'm not trying to be an electronic musician. I'm just trying to give people great songs to dance to. I try to make the transitions from song to song make sense, but I'm not beat-matching or doing any technical stuff to blend the songs together. And, as a dancer, I actually like the beat to change from song to song. I like the vibe to change a lot throughout the night, while staying fun and dance-able.
4) Whats the biggest misnomer and pet peeve about the Grand Junction music scene?
As far as DJs go, I would like to see more DJs get out of the EDM box. I don't want to hear instrumental electronic music all night long. That's really why I wanted to start DJing. I would go out dancing and not hear a whole lot of music I liked. Of course, I'm a grumpy old man and I'm sure lots of people do want to hear that.
5) What sound are you obsessed with right now? Where do you see music heading in the next couple years?
There isn't any one sound that I'm obsessed with. Musical trends come and go, but I'm always looking for great songs that are fun to dance to and sing along with. Whether rock or pop or rap or R&B.
6) Anything you'd like to add?
I've been having a lot of fun DJing and have been really happy with the positive reception I've been getting. It's great to see that there are so many people who like to dance to the same kind of music that I do. And thanks!