Been following Todd for over 10 years. My wife and I are in our mid 60's, non hippie or druggies, but just love his "life is too short not to have fun" attitude. We live in Florida near Tampa and have driven to Atlanta to see him, and lucked out and saw him in Colorado, while visiting sister-in-law. If in a funky mood, grab one of his cd's and stop taking everything so seriously, and poof, it's gone. Only thing I don't like about him is that he doesn't come to mid Florida, enough. Hope I didn't tick him off...........Nah...he would just shrug it off!
The talent and amazing gift (curse). Todd Snider displays is beyond impressive....an amazing man...who just seems to be class and trash with ease. Of course , now I have to find Slacker and watch it. Local chamber of commerce doesn't like it? LOL
Cigar box is big enough to have it's on festival in Chicago (well at least one year worth of one), which Springs favorite, Kevin Incroyable (The Peculiar Pretzlemen) attended last year http://www.cigarboxnation.com/profiles/blo…
Great interview, man. Really casual and informative. Oliveros is a towering figure, and you make it all approachable.
A familiarity with known musicians should be required but I have found this not to be true. Perhaps the same old story (30 years and still going) of "no music scene in the Springs" shall never change. Perhaps I am too old now and not a good demographic target, just a target.
Thanks, Gary. A true murder ballad must indeed have blood and malicious intent, or we cheapen the very meaning of words.... I usually count half of all lyrical music as murder ballad, but that's just my bad.
A couple of corrections to Loring Wirbel's description of "Child Ballads" by Anais Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer. Only three of the seven songs exceed six minutes, two are under five minutes, and one is under four minutes. Though there are many deaths in them, it's a stretch to call them murder ballads. Four have no deaths and happy endings. One has a shipwreck. One has an execution. One has two suicidal drownings with an assist from a witch's curse.
If you book it, he will play
Check out the Americana Music & Art Festival later this summer in Florence. www.americanamusicandart.com
Just BTW Bill, Briggs was here in the Springs, just located on Boulder http://www.csindy.com/coloradosprings/pizz…
Great article! All of these promoters have done alot for this city and it's music scene. Much Love to Huffine and Ostrow!!!
Hmm. I guess I need to delve a bit deeper into (I can see it a bit on The Messenger) Still I connect Television to a more "awkward" post-punk sound (mainly due to Verlaine's delivery) than I do this Johnny Marr album which I think is really "poppy" and easily accessible
I honestly thought the guitars had a Lloyd-Verlaine quality in at least three tracks.
I wouldn't file the new Johnny Marr anywhere near Television, not because Television isn't amazing, just that they sound nothing alike
Hello, I am a grade 9 student. I think the things that Omar Offendum is doing are very commendable. By rapping about the events going on within the Arab Spring, he is raising awareness about the Arab Spring. Also, by paying homage to the revolution and people involved in it, he is encouraging people to stand up for what they believe in. He is also encouraging people to try to make things better, even though in this case they did not necessarily get better. I strongly agree with the decisions to feature him in interviews with PBS, Al Jazeera, and Rolling Stone, and with the decisions to have him perform at Colorado College on Martin Luther King Day and at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum because it will definitely raise even more awareness. Since pop culture is such a big industry all around the world, why not use it for good causes such as this one? This could draw much attention to Offendum, and the Arab Spring. I also think Offendum deserves respect for explaining to people that stereotypes about Arabians are not true for many people, speaking out about how “we're not terrorists, we're not extremists, we're not this or that. Instead I tell people what it is that we are, and why we're so proud of our culture, our heritage and our background." In general, I strongly support Offendum and his intentions.
Yes, he's a lefty. But I love the guy. When he wrote "...No I hate the men sent the jobs away.", I was tempted to write to him and ask if he hated the politicians that raised our corporate tax rate to be the highest in the world. "TAX THE RICH" --- doesn't that have a familiar ring?
However, I doubt he sees it that way. I will avoid going to his show simply because I don't feel like sitting through a bunch of political commentary between songs. But, I won't stop listening to his excellent music.
L. Kent Wolgamott, do your homework, it was 2009's "Pearl River" that Zito co-wrote with Cyril Neville that won the BMA for song of the year, not "Greyhound".
These guys are still going strong. The album is great, definitely recommend listening to it if you haven't already.
AND i just found out about the winter x games lineup in Aspen!! Bloc Party is Playing 1.23 at the Belly Up (a day after their denver show), Calvin Harris (1.25 at the Belly Up) and 1.26 with Tyler the Creator at Buttermilk mtn. on site…FREE), we have Major Lazer on 1.27 FREE at Buttermilk, and are screening Green Day's new Film "Quatro" at the wheeler Opera House on 1.25. This is great!!!
"Back in the 80s and up through to today, Spot's production of Hüsker Dü's SST albums has been almost universally derided as lousy."
Sure, but it was the awesomely cool and unbelievably great version of lousy, just casually getting the most intense sounds down without being precious about it, where nowadays a producer will spend a week fucking around with $3000 boxes and computers, struggling to match the sound of a Peavey amp in a dark garage with an SM-57 on the floor in front of it.
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