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Celebrating the Two Year Anniversary of ‘On the Goe’

By David Goe
Friday, November 15, 2013

Almost two years ago to the day, I started writing this column. Believe me, I’m as shocked as you are.

Fifty-three columns down, some good, some bad, and not one resulting in a libel suit. That’s something to celebrate.

If you’ve been with me from the start, first off, thank you. I’ve used the forum to discuss all sorts of music topics, and the feedback I get from you helps to keep me motivated.

Secondly, you’ll remember I kicked this whole thing off with homage to my first record purchase: Weezer’s Blue Album. I chose to share that memory because I thought you can learn much more about who I am based on the music that shaped my life than you could from the half-wit rambling introduction I originally planned on submitting. I’m much more interested in showing you than telling you who I am.

Back in 1994 I was a mere virgin to the music world, accidently happening upon a great album. Oh, what a difference three years can make though. Slowly learning how to curate my own record collection, things took a wild turn in high school.

Everything changes once you enter high school. “Parental Advisory” stickers are much less threatening, for one. I couldn’t entertain that dirty mistress of hip-hop in ‘94 but we sure did spend some quality time together in 1997.

That’s when I discovered the second album to dominate my young life: Puff Daddy and the Family, “No Way Out.”

I have a vision of my high school self, kicking in the doors near the old gymnasium at Grand Junction High School.

Try, if you might, to picture this. As the orange doors swing wide, a flood of light rushes in. All you can make out is the silhouette of a budding G. Stepping through the door, I slowly come into focus and the first thing you recognize is my forest green New York Yankees hat.

The wires of my ill-fitting, over-ear headphones snake down underneath my crisp white T-shirt and sweater vest and connect to the Sony Discman, with 10-second electronic skip protection, in my canvas messenger bag. Tommy Hilfiger jeans hang low as I walk down the hall in my white Lugz boots that couldn’t be cleaner.

The whole scene unfolds in slow motion, as “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down” plays overhead. I look as pimp as can be, just like Puff.

Pimp status not withstanding, truthfully I look much more like a wimpy Steve Bartman than the man now known as Diddy.

“No Way Out” was much more than an album. It was a guide to living. Clearly, it had a strong influence on the fashion choices made by me and most of my friends. Everyone had those stupid carpenter jeans and the color Yankees hats that Puff and Mase wore everywhere. Our golf team alone represented nearly every color you could own (yes, I was a jock in high school).

I ate up the lyrics to “No Way Out” like they were a new gospel. That album taught me the true virtues of life, the ones left out of boring high school curriculum.

I learned about hustling from the tracks “Victory” and “Young G’s.” I learned to stack bills by endlessly playing “It’s All About the Benjamins (Remix).” Most importantly, I learned about being awesome from “Been Around the World.”

As Puff asks early on in the album, “P Diddy and the Fam, who you know do it better?” At the time, nobody.

Besides being culturally significant, “No Way Out” was the quintessential 1990s East Coast hip-hop record. It’s loaded with hits and guest rappers, notably the Notorious B.I.G., Busta Rhymes, Mase and Jay-Z.

I played that album so much the CD nearly cracked in two in my Discman. As it turns out, “No Way Out” was by far the best effort that has been put forward by Puff. I’m extremely partial to the braggadocio of that entire record.

I joke about the life lessons this album taught me, but seriously, what better skills could a freelance columnist ask for?

With that, here’s to another year of misguided opinions. Don’t worry, I’ve still got plenty to say.

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We Speak Imaginese Plays Naggy’s

By David Goe
Friday, November 15, 2013

Tonight is a golden opportunity to catch the relatively unknown local band, We Speak Imaginese. This three piece outfit features Talya Dewey, the piano playing lead singer. Her strong vocal capabilities are impressive and you may have heard them before on Dreamboat's "Head Filled Up With Stars" album or at one of the local band's live shows. 

We Speak Imaginese play 9 - midnight, tonight at Naggy McGee's

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Get To Know: ill.Gates

By David Goe
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Thinking about checking out the ill.Gates show tonight at the Mesa Theater? First things first. Go familiarize yourself with his music. Check out the above playlist and if you dig it, head over to his download page and pick up these tunes for free.

Canadian DJ ill.Gates is not a newcomer to the EDM scene. He's been playing shows since the mid 1990s when the phrase EDM didn't exist and it certainly wasn't dominating the pop charts. Known for having a diverse style, ill.Gates playing everything from electro house to hip-hop and dubstep. 

Tonight's show is another Fix Your Face Radio production and features entertainment from Pandamonium GoGos and Lucid Visions. Killsign Kilo and Chamber Bot are also on the bill.  

 "I'm so happy to bring a higher caliber electronic artist to the grand valley," show promoter Cody Jacobs said. "Ill.gates is huge! He makes music with some of the biggest cats in the game, Bassnectar, r/d, Mimosa... The list goes on. "

"With bigger names comes more responsibilities. We are continuing to step up the production quality with every show to ensure an awesome experience. For concert goers, buying presale tickets is becoming a must. Artist deposits are expensive and shows will sell out. Buying your tickets at the door will soon be a fad of the past for Grand Junction live music heads." 

It is too late to purchase your ticket in advance however prices are still reasonable. Tickets for ill.Gates are $12 and only $5 for students with a valid ID. This is an 18 and up event.

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Chamber Bot Debut Two-Song EP on Beatport

By David Goe
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Local DJ duo Chamber Bot have just released a two-song EP on the EDM online music store Beatport. The EP called "Viva La Noche" was put out by the Immoral Music Record Label and is available for purchase now. The Immoral Music Record Label is based in South Africa and focuses primarily on House, Dubstep and Drumstep musicians. It is the home to many artists including Chris Lorenzo

Stream and download  "Viva La Noche" and other Chamber Bot mixes on their Soundcloud page.

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Ultrasound Playlist - 11/1/13

By David Goe
Monday, November 4, 2013

Over the weekend I dropped another massive radio mix on the Grand Valley via the solar powered radio waves of KAFM. The latest mix features the best new rock, hip-hop, and dance music of the year. The complete playlist with artist/song/album info is located here. Otherwise check out the abbreviated set list and links to the music videos.

On a side note, this month I will be working on a best of 2013 list. If you have favorite songs or albums from the year make sure to send your lists to david.w.goe@gmail.com so I can incorporate it into the complete list.   

9 p.m.
Astrud Gilberto and Walter Wanderley – “So Nice (Summer Samba)(Azari and III Remix)
Rudimental – “Feel The Love”
Lorde – “Royals (Lazerdisk Remix)
Drake – “Hold On, We’re Going Home (ft. Majid Jordan)”
The XX – “Sunset”
Youth Lagoon – “Cannons”
The Cave Singers – “Swim Club”
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – “Simple Girl”
The Strokes – “One Way Trigger”
The Vaccines – “I Always Knew”
Kings of Leon – “Beautiful War”
Arctic Monkeys – “Arabella”
The White Stripes – “Offend In Every Way”
San Cisco – “Awkward”

10 p.m.
Duke Dumont – “Need U (100%)”
Hot Natured – “Reverse Skydiving (ft. Anabel Englund)”
Gorgon City – “Real (ft. Yasmin)”
Disclosure – “When A Fire Starts To Burn”
Got Some – “ Bassline (ft. The Get Along Gang)”
Route 94 – “My Love (ft. Jess Glynne)
Grum – “Everytime”
Jessie Ware – “Imagine It Was Us”
Avec “Disappearer (ft. Jake Shears)
Mike Mago – “The Show”
Breach – “Jack”
T. Williams – “Three Letters”
Friend Within – “The Renegade”
Chase & Status – “Lost & Not Found (ft. Louis M^ttrs)
Rudimental – “Waiting All Night”
Fred V & Grafix – “Major Happy”

11 p.m.
Koreless – “Sun”
Breach – “Everything You Never Had”
Lana Del Rey – “Summertime Sadness (Ryan Hemsworth remix)”
Volcano Choir – “Byegone”
J Roddy Walston & The Business – “Black Light”
Smith Westerns – “Idol”
Neko Case – “City Swans”
Mikal Cronin – “Turn Away”
Ben Gibbard – “The Hippie Girl”
Paul McCartney – “Alligator (Mark Ronson production)”
Bob Dylan – “Went to See The Gypsy”
 

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