By David Goe
Saturday, December 7, 2013
I've asked several people deeply involved in the local music scene to recap their favorite local shows of the year. The second entry in this series comes from Eric Psikotyk Smith, booking manager at the Mesa Theater and Club. As always, I want to hear from you. Send your top five favorite local shows of the year to email@example.com and I'll incorporate it into the final entry later this month.
1. Rock Jam - 8/23/13, 8/24/13
Rock Jam was actually a good lineup this year. Not really into the corporate quagmire that is "The Jams", but the music spoke for itself.
2. Sage Francis - 4/19/13
Not saying this because I was involved, but because it was the first time in a long while an indie hip-hop artist of that level of acclaim stopped here, and it opened the doors to so many others.
3. Asking Alexandria - 11/19/13
Sold out show before the doors opened. That never happens here, it seems. Truly enjoyed seeing that big of a show, with no problems or issues to speak of the whole time.
4. Jared Paul - 2/19/13
Paul played at Seeds of Revolution and there was almost no one there. It was such a small and intimate setting, but the spoken word phenom came out after a huge personal loss and he poured his guts out for those that were there.
5. The Freaker's Balls / Colorado West Pride Shows
For the first time that I can recall, people came out to events that even a couple of years ago were taboo, or might get them "labeled". And everyone had fun. From alternative lifestyle to being comfortable as a homosexual in our community, I think this year truly stood up and let everyone know that we aren't just a redneck town anymore.
These weren't in any particular order, mind you. And I realize that last one is kind of cheating. But there's my two cents.
By David Goe
Saturday, December 7, 2013
For my final radio show of the year I brought in perhaps the only person in town who listens to more new music than I do, Trevor Adams. Together we created the ultimate, best music of 2013 playlist and provided our own commentary for each selection. If you missed the show last night, don't worry. We've recreated the entire playlist (minus Atoms For Peace "Before Your Very Eyes" and American Culture's "Princess Music") in one Spotify playlist.
You'll notice quite quickly that our selections cover all genres of music but feature many young and up-and-coming British groups, primarily Disclosure, Savages, Chrvches, and AlunaGeorge. Traditional music powers are also well represented in our list. Nine Inch Nails, Thom Yorke (Atoms for Peace), and most notably Paul McCartney all made the cut. It's truely amazing to think that McCartney, someone who has been the face of pop music since the 1960s, is still making music that as relavent and enjoyable as ever.
Check out the playlist below and feel free to weigh in with your own favorite songs and albums of 2013.
By David Goe
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
I've asked several people deeply involved in the local music scene to recap their favorite local shows of the year. Here is the first in a series from Ken Kreie from the Cavalcade in Fruita. As always, I want to hear from you. Send your top five favorite local shows of the year to firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll incorporate it into the final entry later this month.
1) Caravan of Thieves - 4/2/13
These guys are Gypsy Jazz and full full full of energy and one of the most honed sounds we have had.
2) Hollow Wood - 7/19/13
All very young creative kids out of Idaho. We already had a Youth open mic planned and these kids came in and did a long set and I was blown away at how tight and interesting these kids were. There was like 10 kids in the band and only one could drink.
3) Loves It! - 7/3/13
This Duo from Virginia/Texas is so creative and fun. One of my current favorites. We have had them twice now and they played at Coyote Casa also. I heard good reviews from that show.
4) Victor and Penny - 11/2/13
This duo out of KC plays antique pop. She is a gorgeous tall red head and he is a short snappy dresser. She plays Uke and he sings into an old tin can microphone and just create a real unique show.
5) Brainstorm / Social Studies / Radiation City - 3/20/13
This is one of my favorites from this year because we got the hip young crowd from GJ out. And some really good bands.
6) Mike Clark - 2/4/13
I am adding on my 6th favorite because he is so damned good. This guy came solo from his usual outfit the Haunted Windchimes. Multi talented, soulful. A real treasure. It was a Tuesday show that like 10 people came to. But man he blew us away.
There were a couple of really good bands at Hot Tomato this summer too, Hey Mersailles and Phox in particular.
By David Goe
Friday, November 29, 2013
It’s 5 p.m. and I’m sitting in the broadcast booth at Magic 93.1 FM. “Five at Five” is just getting underway with the new Katy Perry/Juicy J’s joint “Dark Horse.”
The broadcast booth is a lot smaller than I anticipated, nothing more than a walk-in closet, and I’m sitting on a bar stool hanging out with the self-proclaimed “Channing Tatum” of Grand Junction radio, Max Ryan.
“I like to look at things with a sense of ridiculousness,” Ryan says as the new Pitbull and Ke$ha track “Timber” plays over the studio monitors.
The first thing we talk about is the biggest joke in pop music right now, Ylvis’ parody EDM track “What Does The Fox Say?”
Ryan plays me a series of audio clips he recorded earlier that day of listeners calling in to request the dreadful tune. With every clip Ryan playfully teases each listener before ultimately putting the kibosh on their request.
Zendaya’s “Replay” is now on air and we jump right in to talking about Disney stars. Of course Miley Cyrus twerks her way into conversation and shortly after that Justin Bieber’s name pops up.
“That dude’s Vanilla Ice-ing himself off the face of the planet,” Ryan says as the music switches to Eminem and Rihanna’s new track “Monster.”
“Five at Five” is wrapping up with OneRepublic, and listeners start calling in to name the five songs and win a small prize. The phone lines are blowing up and Ryan mows them down like a Tommy Gun.
“Magic. You’re caller number one. Keep trying.
“Magic. You’re caller number two. Keep trying.
“Magic. You’re caller number three. Keep trying.”
He lets the phone bank load up with callers again before finally picking the seventh caller. It’s an excited young girl named Megan and she knows all five tracks. Ryan records a quick phone interview, edits it down and has it playing live on air in under 2 minutes.
This is what it’s like chilling with Ryan. His energy is high and unstoppable and it’s rapid fire for the entire hour I’m there. The only moment of stillness is the split second right before he goes live on air. Ryan stretches his arms wide, shakes out the nerves (if there are any they are undetectable to me), and says “oh yeah” before firing up the microphone for a weather report.
While he’s talking about pressure fronts, I take a quick look around the studio. There are a number of artifacts lining the wall, notably an autographed picture of Barbara Mandrell, a bed pan marked strictly for emergencies only, and a talking Napoleon Dynamite action figure, Ryan’s addition to the collection.
Save for one old vinyl record nailed to the wall, there’s not a physical piece of music to be found. Everything is digital in the broadcast booth and Ryan manipulates the entire show from one gigantic flatscreen monitor.
“That’s my favorite sign in this room,” Ryan says pointing to a cartoon pig named Jeffrey who just happens to be sharpening a knife above deep smoked, country fresh ham.
Once again, it’s Ryan’s cheeky sense of humor on display. It’s the same sense of humor that has made him by far the most entertaining and popular drive-time radio DJ in Grand Junction.
“I’m just trying to bring back the spirit of Casey Kasem or Wolfman Jack to radio,” Ryan says. “I like the idea of leaving a legacy.”
Our hour together is nearly up and it feels as if I’ve only been there for a couple minutes. Ryan’s a powerful, infectious force, and, as I leave the station, the second Eminem song within the hour comes up. This time it’s “Berzerk,” the first single off “The Marshall Mathers LP 2.”
As I get in my car and start to head home I feel pretty good about my time with Ryan. With all the repetition and blandness in pop music, it’s good to know there’s at least one wild card left out there.
By David Goe
Monday, November 25, 2013
It's nearly impossible to tell which one is the original video and which one is the parody. Which one is more ridiculous? I can't decide.