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click to enlarge DeVotchKa celebrates its decision to play a show in Colorado Springs.
  • DeVotchKa celebrates its decision to play a show in Colorado Springs.

I was going to skip the week's political developments, such as Barack Obama's calm and consistent "spanking" of John McCain, but there was one piece of political gossip I just couldn't refuse.

Springs-expatriate-turned-future-Nashville-star Summer Hartbauer, whose wholesome, girl-next-door acoustic country/rock has been the feature of many an Indy article, played what may well have been the most intense show of her life when she took the stage at Al Gore's private "presidential debate watch after-party" in Nashville, Tenn. Summer picked as the exclusive musical guest after Gore's estate manager caught saw her at a nearby bar played nine originals, and finished with a surprise.

"I thought it would be kinda cool to put together a little medley of songs about change, since Obama's whole concept is CHANGE ... " said Summer, in an e-mail from Nashville, "so I did an arrangement of 'A Change Is Gonna Come' by Sam Cooke, 'Waitin' on the World to Change' by John Mayer, and I ended with a verse from 'Hallelujah' by Leonard Cohen."

Personally, I could do without the John Mayer, but damn girl, Sam Cooke? Leonard Cohen? You go! And with guests including Emmylou Harris, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Howard Dean, Al and Tipper (PMRC can suck on this!) Gore, and even Barack and Michelle, I would have probably died. Summer, don't forget us when you jam with Willie on the White House roof!

While talking about future fame, have you heard about Haunted Windchimes opening for world-renowned DeVotchKa on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at Colorado College's Armstrong Hall (14 E. Cache la Poudre St.)? DeVotchKa, best known for its score of the film Little Miss Sunshine, stands alongside the likes of Gogol Bordello, Manu Chao and Beirut, forging the cutting edge of a new trans-global music culture.

I am so happy about this that I can't put it into words. Kudos (see, what kind of word is that?) to everyone at KRCC for putting together such a brilliant event. Tickets (already selling out most rapidly) are available through TicketWeb or at KRCC (912 N. Weber St.).

I don't write an incredible amount about the local hip-hop scene, which is not to say there isn't one. I just don't feel completely qualified. What I do know is the new ReMINDers album, ReCollect, is just about the best new local release, in any genre, I have heard in the last year. MCs Aja Black and Big Samir deliver classic hip-hop (think Digable Planets, Fugees, A Tribe Called Quest) with solid funk, soul and rock-steady beats under intelligent and uplifting lyrics. I will write more when I have room. Although the band canceled its opening slot for El-P on Friday at the Black Sheep, you can check out samples at myspace.com/theremindersfam.

And lastly, NERD ALERT! Big K Record Collectors' Fall Expo is happening Sunday, Oct. 19, at Ramada Plaza Convention Center (10 E. 120th Ave., Northglenn). It runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a mere $2 entry. LPs, vinyl, CDs, rare recordings and nerds scores and scores of NERDS!

Smell you there!

Send swell pics, news and tales of your encounters with Al Gore to myspace.com/atomleech or adam@csindy.com.

  • Summer Hartbauer played Al Gore's private party after the second presidential debate.

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