Behind The Scene Episode 35 – Steve (Faceman – Indie Rock/Pop)

“At the end of the day I think…as an artist you have to get over feeling that you need to get just as much back as  you give out”

On this episode of Behind The Scene:

Guest: Steve from Faceman (Indie Rock/Pop band from Denver)

Official Site: www.facemanmusic.com

The song for this episode is “ElChapo” off of their upcoming album “Wild and Hunting”

Listen above and as always, subscribe direct on iTunes and RSS.

This episode was graciously sponsored by Renegade Brewing Company!  Visit their taproom on 9th and Santa Fe or pick up their wonderful assortment of beer at any local liquor store.

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Behind The Scene Episode 34 – Bree Davies (Writer, Musician, Radio/TV Host)

“and I just remember like waking one morning, just like laying on a pile of trash in my bedroom on the floor…  My arm was bleeding, I had no idea what happened and I was like ‘dude…this has to like stop'”

On this episode of Behind The Scene:

Guest: Bree Davies (writer, musician, Radio/TV Host)

Official Site: twitter.com/CocoDavies

The song for this episode is Party With Me Punker from Bree’s previous band Night of Joy.

Listen above and as always, subscribe direct on iTunes and RSS.

This episode was graciously sponsored by Renegade Brewing Company!  Visit their taproom on 9th and Santa Fe or pick up their wonderful assortment of beer at any local liquor store.

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Behind The Scene Episode 33 – Nate Valdez (In The Whale)

“It was like 1 in the morning.  If we said yes [to finishing Jane’s Addiction’s tour with them], that meant we had to leave by 9am….And we just got in our van, went to our homes, got some clothes for the weekend and we left…and called our work from the road and said ‘this is what’s happening…this is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and we’re doing this’.”

On this episode of Behind The Scene:

Guest: Nate Valdez of In The Whale

Official Site: www.inthewhalesucks.com

The song for this episode is American Eyes off of In The Whale’s upcoming QUICKSAND Ep

Listen above and as always, subscribe direct on iTunes and RSS.

This episode was graciously sponsored by Renegade Brewing Company!  Visit their taproom on 9th and Santa Fe or pick up their wonderful assortment of beer at any local liquor store.

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Behind The Scene Episode 32 – Noah Simons, Bryce Navin (Male Blonding)

“So we were like ‘Ok, let’s just do a record.  Screw it”.  We had one song that we had to kind of write while we were out there…which was a little weird…writing in that circumstance is weird for a full band.  Especially one that takes so much time that we tend to.  It was just kind of like a way of remedying the problem of not having a real tour.”

On this episode of Behind The Scene:

Guest: Noah Simons and Bryce Navin of Male Blonding

Official Site: maleblonding.bandcamp.com

The song for this episode is Nudist Beach off of Male Blonding‘s Tiny Death EP

Listen above and as always, subscribe direct on iTunes and RSS.

This episode was graciously sponsored by Renegade Brewing Company!  Visit their taproom on 9th and Santa Fe or pick up their wonderful assortment of beer at any local liquor store.

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Behind The Scene Episode 31 – Jessi Whitten (Music Director – OpenAir CPR)

“when I make a mixtape, I think of who the mixtape’s for and what are they going to like. And that’s the hardest part of being a Music Director is there are things that I love that we don’t put on the air and there are things that I don’t love that we do put on the air because I’m thinking of that mixtape recipient….and that person has many faces”

On this episode of Behind The Scene:

Guest: Jessi Whitten, the Music Director of OpenAir CPR 

Official Site: www.cpr.org/openair

The song for this episode is called Firecracker by the Hot IQ’s

Listen above and as always, subscribe direct on iTunes and RSS.

This episode was graciously sponsored by Renegade Brewing Company!  Visit their taproom on 9th and Santa Fe or pick up their wonderful assortment of beer at any local liquor store.

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Behind The Scene Episode 30 – Josh Novak (Oko Tygra)

“I absolutely detested being called a singer-songwriter…I wanted to be David Bowie, I didn’t want to be John Denver.”

 

Guest: Joshua Novak of Oko Tygra

Official Site: http://okotygra.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/okotygra

The song for this episode is called Glass Jaw and can be found here – https://soundcloud.com/oko-tygra/glass-jaw

Listen above and as always, subscribe direct on iTunes and RSS.

This episode was graciously sponsored by Renegade Brewing Company!  Visit their taproom on 9th and Santa Fe or pick up their wonderful assortment of beer at any local liquor store.

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Behind The Scene Episode 29 – Tobias Krause (Two Parts – Promoter, Talent Buyer, Event Manager)

“I have much respect for Tobias,  He is the future of Denver music (from the event side)”

This was a quote from a friend of mine regarding Tobias Krause.  I received this text about an hour before Tobias arrived at my house for the taping of this show and a couple hours later, I found myself agreeing with every word of that statement.

Tobias is another one of those guys whose name all of us have known for a few years now…even those who have never spoken a direct word with the man.  He is a promoter, he is a talent buyer, he is an event manager, a journalist, a musician, a writer.  A man of many hats, Tobias is quickly becoming one of the most influential individuals in the Denver art scenes.  This is why I have wanted to have him on the show for so long, and as expected…the conversation was wonderful and informative.

Listen as I sit with Tobias and talk about his musical past, his journalistic past, and his event management world of today.  Tobias has been the one to shape the Westword Music Showcase for the last 2 years.  He talks about the ins and outs of how that important Denver music festival is put together (this part is a must listen for any Denver musician!)  He also chats about his involvement in the Denver restaurant scene, the Denver Beer scene, the Denver Craft scene…if something involves creativity and Denver, Tobias Krause seems to be an influential part of it.

One thing I took away from this conversation…we need more people like Tobias.  He is one of the ones that brings the organization, the resources, and the passion to these Denver events that allow our city’s arts to shine.

We all owe people like Tobias a beer (after all, he probably threw a festival that helped promote your favorite new brewery).

Official Site: www.twoparts.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/twopartsco

The song for this episode is called The Truth by one of Tobias’ favorite Denver bands, Rossonion

Listen above and as always, subscribe direct on iTunes and RSS.

This episode was graciously sponsored by Renegade Brewing Company!  Visit their taproom on 9th and Santa Fe or pick up their wonderful assortment of beer at any local liquor store.

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Behind The Scene Episode 28 – Fox Rodemich, Miles Eichner (Shady Elders)

“when I was playing this like really pretty, folky music I was like ‘gosh, this sucks…I’m not even having a good time’.  You know like, I wouldn’t go out and buy my music…So I put it to bed”

Shady Elders has been one of those bands for me here in Denver.  I was a fan the first moment I clicked play. Shady songs themselves embody everything I love in music.  Dark, looming and weighted emotional pull married with delicate melody and thoughtful prose.  It’s dream-pop/post-punk/sometimes gothy/sometimes poppy awesomeness.  Their live sets are heavy, loud and engaging.  I have followed this band for almost 5 years now and my fanship only grows with each release.

So naturally, I was thrilled to finally get them on the show to tell their Shady story.  Listen below as I talk with both Fox and Miles about their individual musical pasts, the start of Shady Elders, making music that you yourself are a fan of, the struggles of personal relationships affecting the band’s dynamic, going out of state to record and so so so much more!

Official Site: www.shadyelders.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/shadyelders

Listen above and as always, subscribe direct on iTunes and RSS.

This episode was graciously sponsored by Renegade Brewing Company!  Visit their taproom on 9th and Santa Fe or pick up their wonderful assortment of beer at any local liquor store.

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COScene Live @UMS 2016 – Night 2

By Cherie Rae Cobbs 7/30/16

Night 2 of the 2016 Underground Music Showcase.

At the end of a long sunny day comes the reprieve of mysterious clouds crowding sunset skies, cool breeze lifting damp hair from glistening foreheads and fresh air to lift the mood and heighten the senses. It was the kind of night you long to get out into. There were so many great shows to see at all of the cozy clubs and venues but on a night like this you are drawn to the open air afforded by the Mainstage.

As hoped we found the streets of South Broadway full of the friendly faces that make this city home. For our second night at UMS, we made it to 7 shows in total and took a few notes below. These acts were all new to me, but therein lies the fun of exploration at UMSIMG_20160730_094705.

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6pm @Irish Rover – Ambit

We started our evening at the Irish Rover to check out Ambit. I loved them. They were long lines of thoughtful space to get lost in daydreams, sparse droning, repetitive vocals, post-punk dreamy drum beats with loops that stung with their own unique brand of friction. The trio’s set included hazy vocals, siren sounds and brought to mind what we love in reflective, rocking, moody Interpol.

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7pm @Main Stage – Lee Fields and the Expressions

Lee Fields is a smooth, classic, stylish, full-grown man that was there to entertain, school and inspire. He leads the best looking, suit wearing GQ band including a Dexter (Michael C. Hall) look-alike on saxophone. Lee was intent on sharing uplifting messages as most songs delivered messages like “…are you happy today?…Keep on tryin, you just might win!….Why can’t we talk and have a good time?…” All told Lee delivered swagger, slinky dance moves, charisma and led the tightest band all night including a highly impressive bass player. The sun was setting, the audience was willing and a good time was had by one and all under the open summer sky.

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7:30pm @Blue Ice – Kid Astronaut

We left the mainstage early so as to try and catch Kid Astronaut at Blue Ice. After the loud, boisterous fun of Lee Fields at the mainstage crossing the threshold into Blue Ice was a marked (but pleasant) shift. The venue was dark, the audience thin and hushed, up front was a single figure with guitar and a crystalline voice that illuminated all dark corners and climbed to the ceiling with ease. Kid Astronaut was informal, sweet, sang with an effortlessness and lightly flew fingers in simple patterns over his pretty guitar. Kid explained that he wanted the venue to “…feel like his living room..” and in response the audience was welcome and open. He asked “does anyone have any questions?” (which is not something I’ve heard at a show before) and while there were no questions asked, one brave comment came late from the back, “thank you for doing what you do.”

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8:30pm @Main Stage – Allah Las

Earlier in the day I listened to a quick sample of Allah Las and was impressed. I enjoy the mellow carefree sounds of Real Estate, Phosphorescence and Tame Impala and thought they had a similar vibe. Their set was driven by long winding intros, mild surf guitar meanderings and beachy breezes of harmony. The overall effect was a mix of classic rock tinged, smooth/chill energy at the hands of laid-back, easy-going guys gently imploring “tell me what’s on your mind…” They were loose, light and definitive in their own brand of outdoor summer-sway concert music.

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9pm @Irish Rover – Kissing Party

Heading into the Irish Rover I had heard only one Kissing Party song before called “Winter in the Pub”.

With that song in mind I was expecting a somber, thoughtful, perhaps bashful group so we were much surprised to find a group eager to dance and attempting to play 15 songs in 40 minutes.   They were loveable hyperactivity, race-paced indie rock playing short powerful songs imploring the audience to jump and move. They were sweet, welcoming and it felt like everyone belonged. Deirdre Sage was particularly impressive, she continually joined dancers on the floor which filled the room with light and life.

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10pm @Skylark Lounge – Helvetia

As the night wears on the lines get longer, the rooms get smaller and the beautiful sunset breeze begins to falter. It is about this time that we headed over to the Skylark Lounge to check out Helvetia. The Skylark Lounge is full and the band is already playing as we work our way in through a skinny snake trail. We take refuge near the pink neon jukebox and enjoy what we hear of Helvetia. They were something like Crowded House to me – on a small PA, stuck in the corner of that hot red room. They reminded me of vampire-like Lost Boys and they exude a timelessness that I could not put my finger on. In truth we could not stay long as the late night open air was again calling. We headed down to Illegal Pete’s to find our second wind or at least a cold, strong margarita.

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11pm @South Broadway Church – Poet’s Row

We stopped into the South Broadway Church for our final show of the evening. We had seen Poet’s Row before and well-remembered the pitch perfect lullaby’s for which they are known. The church was absolutely stifling. The heat when mingled with the music created a powerful analgesic. I was lulled sleepy and my thoughts would trail off into quiet places. This soundtrack embodied the sweet cocktail of lemonade, campfire song, the love of your grandma’s house, the limp summer dreams of youth, crushes and love and was a perfect bookend to our second night at UMS.

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COScene Live @UMS 2016 – Night 1

By Cherie Rae Cobbs 7/28/16

Night 1 of the 2016 Underground Music Showcase.

There was a sea of passersby’s adorned well in smiles and gold lame without explanation. There was the sweet/dream/sugarplum breeze of fresh ice cream cones perfuming the dewy night air. The first foray into Denver’s largest music festival was polite and organized, illustrated by countless show posters clinging so evenly to saran-wrapped street poles. There were parking spaces, swung-open venue doors, cheer and anticipation. The locals in attendance were the early-birds, the curious, the ones who took Friday off, they were clean, energetic and the low-hung dinnertime clouds seemed to set the tone for a tame and melodious evening.

We will be walking for miles up and down South Broadway these next 3 days hoping to bump into friends and fellow musicians, looking for inspiration and stories, unique performance, new music, good food and the general communal merriment such a fest promises to deliver.

All told we enjoyed ourselves. We made the requisite food stops at Pie Hole and Senor Burrito. We had nice summery beer at the Irish Rover and watched three performances detailed below. We hope to see you there!

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8pm @Irish Rover – Beautiful Machines

The self-described ‘cinametronic group’ from San Francisco, Beautiful Machines kicked off the night at Irish Rover setting the stage for an electropop affair. This was a buoyant trio which brought driving beats, happy faces, neon lights and new wave inspired upbeat numbers to a large, amiable audience. The sound was interesting and best described as glam-rock infused Bret Michaels/Jon Bon Jovi vocals (if they were doing something cool) intermingled with feel-good dance retro 80’s strokes (like Erasure) utilizing ample synths, keytar and textured lush sounds. Beautiful Machines is Conrad Schuman (Vocal/Guitar), Veli-Matti Mattila (Drums), Stef Ku (Synth/Keys). They were light and fun.

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9pm @Irish Rover – *Repeat Repeat

Repeat Repeat was a scrumptious, stylish band hailing from Nashville, TN. They were golden go-go boots, a darkened stage, “…can you turn the lights down more, a little more, let’s get sexy in here…” they instilled drama by way of a mysterious illuminated brief case poised up-front (hands reaching in for nothing easily understood) swagger and sass. They were all energy, urging, surf rock meets punk influenced delivery where laundry-list vocals were spit with articulation, emotion and passion. They sound like a Popsicle wishes it could, all vibrant color, brilliant flavor and smooth, refreshing coolness. It felt like road trip, carefree music, something Jack White/Modest Mouse and MGMT may team up to concoct in days gone by.

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10pm @Irish Rover – Bollywood Life

We finished our evening (early) at Irish Rover with local EDM hero Bollywood Life.

Anton Krueger was a joy to behold. His set included quirky, chasing, percussive, electropop, vibrant with videogame undercurrents and unexpected remix prowess. Anton donned a black sleeveless tank with a torso sized white tiger and did not sit still for a moment. He asked the audience, “…anyone ever played a remix of My Humps…cuz I’m about to!” The fun was a constant, somehow My Humps was fresh and fun and parlayed seamlessly into Tender Roni – classic late 80’s Bobby Brown and a personal favorite of mine. Anton was frenetic, he spins, jumps, sweats profusely, habitually pushes up his glasses, dashes, and sings along with every syllable. He knows exactly what he’s doing and you can’t help but crush a little, he’s infectious, sincere and fun.

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Behind The Scene Episode 27 – Kendall Smith (The UMS)

“It could have gone two directions at that point.  It could have become a straight up marketing event for the Denver Post, or it could become a community event, and we have a community foundation….and they chose to move it into the community foundation and let me grow it slowly…and keep it as a non-profit”

 

Mr. UMS.  That’s his name to me.

There is a team of people who make UMS (the Underground Music Showcase) happen each year.  It’s a large team full of very talented and dedicated people with extraordinary skills ranging from Talent Buying, Marketing, and event operation and logistics.  But at the helm of that team is a guy with a passion for what he is doing that is nothing short of infectious.  Standing a head above most (literally), is Kendall Smith, or as I like to call him, Mr. UMS.

Every conversation I have had both within the context of this interview and outside it, his passion for Denver’s premiere local music showcase is evident in every sentence.  It won’t take but a minute or two in conversation with him before Kendall is genuinely seeking your thoughts on the scene and of course the UMS.

This genuine drive to constantly innovate and improve is evident in this wonderful talk where we learn about Kendall’s past, how he got into the UMS, the importance of keeping the UMS a community event, the obstacles he faces and the battle to simply…keep it awesome.  Being the man behind what has become the biggest independent music festival in the region is not an easy chore.  But Kendall handles it with absolute grace.  Listen above and get to know the festival that we all hold so dear by getting to know the man behind it.

Official Site: theums.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/theums

 

Listen above and as always, subscribe direct on iTunes and RSS.

This episode was graciously sponsored by Renegade Brewing Company!  Visit their taproom on 9th and Santa Fe or pick up their wonderful assortment of beer at any local liquor store.

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Song Effusive Episode 10 – Molybdomancy By Pythian Whispers

Song Effusive Episode 10 – Molybdomancy By Pythian Whispers

07/06/2016

By Cherie Rae Cobbs

The dust is what I think of first, for it bled into every pore.

The amber light, the trapped heat of deserted buildings, industrial equipment piles, chaotic clusters of tumbleweed, insipid trash, the wind caressing the tops of skinny trees and the somber shadows cast in the orchard by endless, orderly rows all set to a serenade of some distant, wild animal.

We were a collective of sorts (especially at night) just castaways tucked into a sprawling ranch house that could eat you whole without regret.  The place was thick with energies, it was a series of well-appointed secret-keeping bedrooms, winding hallways full of right angles, brute heavy doors and locks of all kinds.  There were a surplus of exterior doors, maybe 14 all told and nothing typical about them either.  There were doors with thicker outer doors and rusted metal bars that would moan and swing without reason all day and night.

But we found comfort there.  We found routine.  We had a splendid sort of sanctuary at the end of the day once exhausted from idea, experiments, collaboration and music.

At this –my favorite time–we all sought something in the middle of that lonesome border house, community or a little conversation.

So we find solace and calm at a table as heavy as any I’d ever known.  I would scrape together a meal for us there, our sweet little restless family.

And in that way we were fleeting.  The “we” that set our group apart from our everyday.  You were mine, I was yours, a gentle domesticity blooms from nothing at all.

One would pour wine, another would dim the lights, the wind hushed into darkened corners, light heady music lulls us into drink and our spirits create wavelengths that tie us to the night.

Energy exchanges, we laugh full-throated or slip in comments that could be missed under our breath.  I don’t remember the stories now and I barely recall the food.

I remember your faces lit by a lone candle and I know that room.  I feel the closeness of a passerby at the kitchen sink or a tilt of a smile on your lip…still.

You have been listening to Pythian Whispers and this is the Song Effusive podcast.

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Behind The Scene Episode 26 – Jason Hoke (Epilogues, The UMS)

“We had the final contract in our hands…we were ready to sign it and then it was done…just gone. “

There were a few things that made an impression on me when first moving to Denver and checking out the scene.  One of them was the Underground Music Showcase (naturally), and another of them was the band The Epilogues (one of the first live sets I saw after moving here).  I loved the live energy of the Epilogues.  Seeing their set comforted my fears about the Denver scene. I knew at that time that if this was a sample of Denver’s output…I was in for a treat.

Jason Hoke is my guest for this week and he is forever connected to my initial impressions of Denver.  He is the drummer for the Epilogues and is now one of the primary talent buyers for The UMS.

We had a wonderful discussion about his personal history in music and the excellent origins of The Epilogues.  We talked about growing up with supportive parents, learning how to put on your own shows, navigating through the murky waters of label shopping, booking strategies for The UMS and so much more!

The song for this episode is an exclusive preview!  It is called ‘Best Friends’ and will be available on The Epilogues upcoming album.

Official Site: http://www.theepiloguesband.com/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/theepiloguesband

Bandcamp: theepilogues.bandcamp.com

Listen above and as always, subscribe direct on iTunes and RSS.

This episode was graciously sponsored by Renegade Brewing Company!  Visit their taproom on 9th and Santa Fe or pick up their wonderful assortment of beer at any local liquor store.

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Behind The Scene Episode 25 – Megan Burtt (Singer-Songwriter)

“So much in my life is just about a namesake.  If I had a band name…my whole life would be different.  Somehow the name changes everything because you’re not a band.  You’re a hired gun.”

In today’s world, making a living making art can be extremely difficult. With the fact that album sales alone will rarely be enough to sustain most artists alone, it’s imperative that artists start thinking outside the box and experimenting with different ways to make this passion something that is sustaining.

In this episode, Megan Burtt schools us all on that very topic.  From playing in piano bars in Vietnam, touring prisons in Pennsylvania, to crafting and selling custom guitar straps or diving into commissioned songcraft, Megan Burtt has always found a way to move forward.

Listen above as we talk about her history in music, taking a dive on college entrance exams, Mississippi dreams, life changing illnesses, being in a band, watching stabbings and riots happen at your show and oh, just so much more!

The song for this episode is called Spin and is available on Megan’s latest album, ‘The Bargain’.

Official Site: www.meganburtt.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/meganburttmusicpage

Bandcamp: https://meganburtt.bandcamp.com/

Listen above and as always, subscribe direct on iTunes and RSS.

This episode was graciously sponsored by Renegade Brewing Company!  Visit their taproom on 9th and Santa Fe or pick up their wonderful assortment of beer at any local liquor store.

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Behind The Scene Episode 24 – Chuck And Rob Of SPELLS (Punk Rock)

“I had one goal when I started playing music, was to get in a band and play A show.  Yeah. So everything else is just….gravy”

This episode is why I love doing this podcast.

I invited members of local punk rock band, SPELLS on the show.  What I knew of SPELLS was very little.  I knew that they a) put on extremely fun shows where they set up on the floor and get the crowd involved and b) comedian Ben Roy is their frontman.  That was it.  That’s all I knew.

Within minutes of Chuck and Rob sitting down (oh by the way, I had Chuck and Rob from SPELLS on this week), I found out that I was about to talk to 2 guys with a combined 35 years of being entrenched in the Denver music scene.  What a wonderful surprise!  Peeling back the onion of Colorado music has become a personal love of mine and these two gentlemen helped me to expose so many layers.

Listen above as Chuck and Rob each chronicle their extensive histories in our city’s great punk scene.  We cover everything from learning to drum on pillows, running music labels, finding safe haven in live music, to the average lifespan of a Denver band, the creation of SPELLS, band uniforms, and how Ben’s recent success with Those Who Can’t has (or has not) affected how they work.  This was a fun one for sure.

The song for this episode is called .Jet Set and is available for download via Bandcamp.

Official Site: http://www.spellsrules.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/spellsrules

Bandcamp: spellsrules.bandcamp.com

Listen above and as always, subscribe direct on iTunes and RSS.

This episode was graciously sponsored by Renegade Brewing Company!  Visit their taproom on 9th and Santa Fe or pick up their wonderful assortment of beer at any local liquor store.

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Behind The Scene Episode 23 – Wende Curtis (Owner – Comedy Works)

I’m grateful that I found something that I am really passionate about, that I can create this environment for talent to flourish.

Denver has an amazing Comedy scene.  It’s a scene that blowing up right now and getting national attention.  We are not only producing amazing comedians, several of which are becoming household names as we speak; but we are (and have been for a long time) attracting the best and funniest comedy from all over the world.

Now, there are probably a multitude of reasons that people could debate as to why this is happening.  However, one thing is clear and not at all up for discussion.

Wende Curtis and Comedy Works are the backbone to this scene.

I had the pleasure of having Wende over to discuss her rich history and role in building this scene.  Listen above as we talk about what drove her to comedy, the power of tenacity, weathering near economic ruin, helping young comics grow and much much more!

The song for this episode is a wonderful tune called ‘EZ2LUV’ by one of my favorite Denver bands, The Circus House.  They just released a new album, titled ‘Graceful Jungle’, available now!  Go get it.

Listen above and as always, subscribe direct on iTunes and RSS.

This episode was graciously sponsored by Renegade Brewing Company!  Visit their taproom on 9th and Santa Fe or pick up their wonderful assortment of beer at any local liquor store.

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Behind The Scene Episode 22 – Daniel Ash And Kevin Haskins (Bauhaus, Tones On Tail, Love & Rockets)

We said at the time, ‘this is either gonna be commercial suicide or this is our Dark Side of the Moon’

As anyone who knows me can attest…I am a huge Bauhaus and Love & Rockets fan.  I have been since I was a teen.  I had the fortunate occassion to interview David J last year on this very podcast and I described it best back then:

“Everybody has that one band.  That band that you discovered in your teens that made you realize music can mean more to a person than mere beat and melody.  That band that helps you discover who you are.  That band that soundtracks your adolescence and thus your entire life.  For me, that band was Bauhaus.”

So of course, you can imagine my excitement when I learned that Daniel Ash and Kevin Haskins were slated to stop in Denver for a Lipgloss DJ set.  They graciously agreed to a meeting at the Fire Lounge in the Art Hotel on Broadway for a special edition taping of Behind The Scene on COScene!

We had an amazing talk about their histories in music, the incredible L&R album ‘Hot Trip to Heaven’ (which was an album ahead of its time), Dave Clark 5, creativity vs. technical skill, coffee table books, stripping down songs to their elements, scoring movie trailers, motorcycles, upcoming projects and so so so much more.  This was a fun one for sure!

Check this great Denver Westword article by Tom Murphy where Kevin Haskins reveals the plans for his new book coming out this Fall!

Also check out Daniel’s wonderful album, “Stripped” where he reimagines classic Bauhaus, Love & Rockets and Tones on Tail hits.

Listen above and as always, subscribe direct on iTunes and RSS.

This episode was graciously sponsored by Renegade Brewing Company!  Visit their taproom on 9th and Santa Fe or pick up their wonderful assortment of beer at any local liquor store.

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Behind The Scene Episode 21 – Scott Labarbera

I was gone.  I was just, hiding in my basement, depressed, for 3 to 6 months.  I was just like, so mentally fried.

This week I had Scott Labarbera on the patio.  Scott is the owner and operator of Tennyson District’s Oriental Theater (one of my personal favorite venues in Denver). Under Scott‘s wing, The Oriental has become a staple of live music and comedy in Denver and is one of the few remaining privately owned and operated theaters in town.

Scott‘s story is one of determination and resilience.  He shares with us his fascinating tale of what it took to walk away from a successful business in search of creative fulfillment.  He talks of the highs, the lows and every bit in-between that one experiences in their pursuit of happiness.

Personally, I get inspired by people like Scott, people that are willing to risk it all in order to search for something more in life.

The song for this episode is from the band Paper Bird (who are good friends with The Oriental Theater) and is called As I Am, from their album Rooms.

Listen above and as always, subscribe direct on iTunes and RSS.

This episode was graciously sponsored by Renegade Brewing Company!  Visit their taproom on 9th and Santa Fe or pick up their wonderful assortment of beer at any local liquor store.

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Behind The Scene Episode 20 – Qbala (Rapper/MC)

I took in the championship philosophy of being the best at everything…and it was whether I was going to be hittin a pipe or putting the basketball in a hoop, I was going to be the best at it.

This week I had local Rapper/MC Qbala on the patio.  If you haven’t yet heard of Qbala, don’t worry, you will.  With an energy and passion that is rivaled by few, Qbala is helping to define not just Denver hip-hop, but Denver music in general.

Her amazing story, to me, is one of energy and balance.  She openly tells her tale of struggling to manage the demons of substance abuse against her drive to push her natural talents.  Qbala also talks about fighting labels and the societal expectations that accompany them.

Listen above for an open, honest and inspiring story about this local artist who has fought to find balance in the energy of life and refuses to take anything for granted.

The song for this episode is called Pride and is off of Qbala’s latest EP “Battle Cries“.  Purchase the song, album and all of Qbala’s great offerings direct from Bandcamp.

Listen above and as always, subscribe direct on iTunes and Rss.

This episode was graciously sponsored by Renegade Brewing Company!  Visit their taproom on 9th and Santa Fe or pick up their wonderful assortment of beer at any local liquor store.

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Behind The Scene Episode 19 – Julie Davis (Musician – Bluebook, Fairchildren, Nathaniel Rateliff)

I said, I’m gonna do this again….I’m going to go back to before I even met those guys and like, reclaim something that I lost and own it and be a solo artist again.

This week I had Julie Davis on the patio.  Julie has been in critical circles within Denver music for quite sometime.  With projects including Bluebook, Bela Karoli, Fairchildren, Miss America by Wheary, The Seven Hats and of course Nathaniel Rateliff, Julie has experienced the entire spectrum of independent music from playing solo in coffee shops to playing to thousands on national tours.

Armed with a double bass, sparse yet highly effective percussion, and haunting melodies, Julie’s first and also reborn/current project Bluebook is a wonderful and unique offering to this already diverse Denver scene.

Julie’s story is one of a constant and evolving search of self.  How do we define ourselves?  Are we defined by what we do for a career?  Is it our family and friends?  Are our past experiences to trump our future uncertainties or is it the other way around?  Julie let’s us in on her life’s tale which walks through the path of these fundamental human questions.

The song for this episode is of course from Bluebook.  It is called Carnage and was recorded live by Morning Sound during the October 30th, 2015 Sofar Denver show.

Listen above and as always, subscribe direct on iTunes and Rss.

This episode was graciously sponsored by Renegade Brewing Company!  Visit their taproom on 9th and Santa Fe or pick up their wonderful assortment of beer at any local liquor store.

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