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Here’s a Seven-Foot Clown Singing “Royals” By Lorde

By David Goe
Friday, January 31, 2014

Discuss. 

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Grammys Can’t Save Music’s Crumbling Facade

By David Goe
Friday, January 24, 2014

On the eve of the 56th annual Grammy Awards, I have to say that I’m changing my tune regarding Music’s Biggest Night.

In the past, I’ve referred to the Grammys as a promotional hack job to pump album sales, a staunch supporter of mediocrity, and a contrived train-wreck. Not exactly the highest of praise.

I still believe all those things, by the way, only now I better understand where they are coming from.

This year, I can’t fault the Recording Academy for hosting the glossy, star-studded commercial that is the televised broadcast event. After a dismal 2013 campaign that saw digital music sales drop 6 percent and overall album sales drop 8 percent, the music industry needs to drum up income by any means necessary.

My mistake in the past was to consider the Grammys as meaningful awards honoring true artistic achievement, much like the United Kingdom’s Mercury Prize. That’s not the case.

The Grammys, and this year’s in particular, are propaganda to show that the industry isn’t broken. It’s as strong as ever.

In a year when Adele isn’t around to save your butt from historically low record sales, I totally understand nominating Taylor Swift’s “Red” for Album of the Year. Who cares that “Red” came out in 2012? The album is certified platinum four times over, and her tour grossed $110 million!

Swift is a young attractive female, and one of the few bright spots for the industry. I’d hitch my wagon to that cash cow too, if I could.

I can’t blame the Recording Academy for hocking watches. Seriously, they partnered with high-end Italian fashion house Gucci to create a Grammy special edition, $7,900 watch. It’s clear nobody wants to buy albums anymore, so why not get into the jewelry game?

Selling over 600 of these diamond studded, Grammy-logo stamped, rubber-strapped, digital timepieces is essentially the equivalent of a gold album (500,000 copies sold).

I get it. At this point, anything that fills the coffers will do.

Since 1999, it’s been nothing but hardship for the music industry. After totaling $38 billion in 1999, revenues have trended down to the point where the music industry is now collecting less than $16 billion annually. In just 15 years, the industry has lost more than half of its revenue.

Coincidentally, 1999 was also the year Napster, the peer-to-peer file-sharing site, launched and created the digital age of music we currently live in — an age to which the music industry has yet to adjust.

According to the CBS promos, it’s business as usual for the Grammys. Every picture on Grammy.com is of a smiling, happy musician. Don’t be fooled by the glitz and fool’s gold of the Grammy-hype machine. The music industry as we know it is in hospice. Even the positives from 2013 are not welcome tidings.

Music streaming is up 32 percent, the approximate revenue value of 59 million albums sold. That sounds impressive, but when you break down the numbers it’s anything but. Fifty-nine million albums worth of revenue is the equivalent of over 118 billion streams. That’s billion with a “B.” In other words the streaming value per song is worth fractions of a cent.

Music streaming also is cannibalizing digital music sales, which are down for the first year ever.

Vinyl sales are up 33 percent, however that represents only 6 million albums sold, a small fraction of overall music sales. Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories,” another nominee for Album of the Year, was the highest selling LP title, but only moved 49,000 copies.

The industry can spin those numbers however they like and put smiling happy people on television, but they can’t duck reality forever.

The music industry is on its deathbed, and the grim reaper is inching closer and closer.

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KAFM Livens up the Radio Room

By David Goe
Friday, January 10, 2014

For KAFM’s 15th anniversary year, the community radio station is wasting no time getting the celebration started.

Cash Kiser, KAFM’s event and outreach coordinator, is kicking off the banner year with a fantastic rock show featuring Peanut Butter Lovesicle, Bronco Country and Wavebaby. Those are three bands, none of which you would expect to find playing the Radio Room, ready to blow what you think about KAFM out of the water.

“The Radio Room has historically been known as a ‘listening space’ rather than a full on, in your face, base thumping experience,” Kiser said.

In previous years, you’d typically find singer/songwriters and folk guitarist headlining the room, which prides itself in sharp, accurate sound. Rarely did full rock bands play the space.

To achieve a higher level of sound production capable of supporting rock bands, Kiser and co. made several changes to the space. New to the Radio Room in 2014 are a number of cosmetic fixes and upgrades to the sound system. Those upgrades include two larger subs, a 32-channel soundboard, upgraded speakers and additional amps to support low and high-end audio output.

“For something like a rock show, adding energy to the mix with subs and bigger amps while keeping the vocals crisp and clear will really bring the Radio Room experience to a new level. I hope it sets the bar in town for sound quality at a venue,” Kiser said.

The subs and amps are already in place for tonight and the full complement of sound improvements will be installed in time for the Tony Furtado show on Jan. 21.

Ready to test the new space Friday night, Jan. 10, are Grand Junction’s only surf/skate rock duo Wavebaby.

Anyone who has hung around the local music scene should recognize Wavebaby, the new project from former Heavy Drags members and skate bros for life, Gavin Bistodeau and Andrew Watson.

In Heavy Drags, Bistodeau played guitar while Watson assumed the role of lead singer and purveyor of mayhem. In the new band, the roles have been switched. Oh, Watson still brings the mayhem, only now behind a stripped down drum set. It’s Bistodeau who fronts the duo, a role that he is still getting comfortable with.

“I have to admit that I’m still terrified of singing into that mic in front of people,” Bistodeau said. “It’s getting a bit easier but normally it takes a few songs to rid myself of the shakes. By the time I get settled in, it’s already the end of the set and I want to keep going.”

While Bistodeau may deal with a bit of stage fright, it doesn’t show in the band’s live performances. The cohesion between Bistodeau and Watson is obvious and their sets come off just as confident as Heavy Drags’ sets ever did.

“Andrew is like a brother to me,” Bistodeau said. “I’ve looked up to him for a long time and feel lucky to have him as a friend and a band mate.”

“Writing tunes with [Watson] has always come naturally, probably because we’re into the same kind of stuff. You know the little skater punks pumping down the street blasting Misfits and Minor Threat? That was us. We definitely share the same blurry vision that is Wavebaby,” Bistodeau said.

In addition to upgraded sound equipment and more bookings for local rock bands such as Wavebaby and Bronco Country, KAFM also is making an investment in the community’s youth.

Kiser promises that the Radio Room will not alienate its current customer base and will continue to book all genres of music, but it is obvious that several shows — Friday night’s and the upcoming Photo Atlas, Obtuse and CheapArt show, for example — will cater to younger audiences who are likely unfamiliar with KAFM.

“I’ve never been to the Radio Room. I’m interested to see what it’s all about,” Bistodeau said. “Anytime you can get a bunch of our friends together, funky things will happen. As long as the crowd and your friends are having fun, dancing, laughing or whatever, you’re doing something right.”

As we will see Friday night. It looks like KAFM is definitely doing something right. 

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KAFM Livens up the Radio Room

By David Goe
Friday, January 10, 2014

For KAFM’s 15th anniversary year, the community radio station is wasting no time getting the celebration started.

Cash Kiser, KAFM’s event and outreach coordinator, is kicking off the banner year with a fantastic rock show featuring Peanut Butter Lovesicle, Bronco Country and Wavebaby. Those are three bands, none of which you would expect to find playing the Radio Room, ready to blow what you think about KAFM out of the water.

“The Radio Room has historically been known as a ‘listening space’ rather than a full on, in your face, base thumping experience,” Kiser said.

In previous years, you’d typically find singer/songwriters and folk guitarist headlining the room, which prides itself in sharp, accurate sound. Rarely did full rock bands play the space.

To achieve a higher level of sound production capable of supporting rock bands, Kiser and co. made several changes to the space. New to the Radio Room in 2014 are a number of cosmetic fixes and upgrades to the sound system. Those upgrades include two larger subs, a 32-channel soundboard, upgraded speakers and additional amps to support low and high-end audio output.

“For something like a rock show, adding energy to the mix with subs and bigger amps while keeping the vocals crisp and clear will really bring the Radio Room experience to a new level. I hope it sets the bar in town for sound quality at a venue,” Kiser said.

The subs and amps are already in place for tonight and the full complement of sound improvements will be installed in time for the Tony Furtado show on Jan. 21.

Ready to test the new space Friday night, Jan. 10, are Grand Junction’s only surf/skate rock duo Wavebaby.

Anyone who has hung around the local music scene should recognize Wavebaby, the new project from former Heavy Drags members and skate bros for life, Gavin Bistodeau and Andrew Watson.

In Heavy Drags, Bistodeau played guitar while Watson assumed the role of lead singer and purveyor of mayhem. In the new band, the roles have been switched. Oh, Watson still brings the mayhem, only now behind a stripped down drum set. It’s Bistodeau who fronts the duo, a role that he is still getting comfortable with.

“I have to admit that I’m still terrified of singing into that mic in front of people,” Bistodeau said. “It’s getting a bit easier but normally it takes a few songs to rid myself of the shakes. By the time I get settled in, it’s already the end of the set and I want to keep going.”

While Bistodeau may deal with a bit of stage fright, it doesn’t show in the band’s live performances. The cohesion between Bistodeau and Watson is obvious and their sets come off just as confident as Heavy Drags’ sets ever did.

“Andrew is like a brother to me,” Bistodeau said. “I’ve looked up to him for a long time and feel lucky to have him as a friend and a band mate.”

“Writing tunes with [Watson] has always come naturally, probably because we’re into the same kind of stuff. You know the little skater punks pumping down the street blasting Misfits and Minor Threat? That was us. We definitely share the same blurry vision that is Wavebaby,” Bistodeau said.

In addition to upgraded sound equipment and more bookings for local rock bands such as Wavebaby and Bronco Country, KAFM also is making an investment in the community’s youth.

Kiser promises that the Radio Room will not alienate its current customer base and will continue to book all genres of music, but it is obvious that several shows — Friday night’s and the upcoming Photo Atlas, Obtuse and CheapArt show, for example — will cater to younger audiences who are likely unfamiliar with KAFM.

“I’ve never been to the Radio Room. I’m interested to see what it’s all about,” Bistodeau said. “Anytime you can get a bunch of our friends together, funky things will happen. As long as the crowd and your friends are having fun, dancing, laughing or whatever, you’re doing something right.”

As we will see Friday night. It looks like KAFM is definitely doing something right. 

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Dirtylektric Release New EP

By David Goe
Thursday, January 9, 2014

It's a new year and that means new releases. On a local level, the first new release of 2014 comes from rock trio Dirtylektric. They just dropped a new, six-song EP which is available now from the band. Listen to the album now through Spotify or head over to the band's website

On the new album, Dirtylektric blend classic rock, blues, and stoner riffs together for a Led Zeppelin meets The White Stripes sort of sound. 

Join Dirtylektric at their album release party this Saturday, January 11, at the Mesa Theater and Club, where the band will be playing in the Sky Bar (!) in the main room. 

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