Jeremy Facknitz has given up his dream. Once, he strived for mainstream commercial success, working tirelessly for nearly a decade to grab the attention of the mindless "music industry" zombies that unleashed the "boobonic" plagues of Barenaked Ladies and Dave Matthews on the unsuspecting American people. Now his dream is as dead as their industry, and thankfully so his third disc, Songs from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, set for release this weekend, is by far his best.
Inspired by '60s folk and chamber pop (think Simon and Garfunkel meet the Hollies) and backed by a full band, including the talented "Bass Queen" of the Pikes Peak scene (and I ain't talkin' about fishing!) Melissa Joy, Tom Park on the French horn, and Bailey Gearhart and Julie Ray on backup vocals, Songs comes off as more honest, heartfelt and fun than his last album, What a Day! That's the one he hoped would launch a commercial career, but ended up being "the nightmare of nightmares."
This time, "there has been zero consulting with people in the business regarding these songs," says Facknitz. "It's been so freeing to shed aside my youthful delusions of grandeur, triumphantly raise my middle finger to the industry and say, 'This is me.'"
Facknitz will debut the album with a wee micro-tour this weekend. On Friday, March 6, he'll be at the Speedtrap (84 S. Hwy. 105, Palmer Lake) with Nick Davey opening, and a bonus set by the Davey/Facknitz duo, Cool for Cats, wrapping up the evening. He's also at the Speedtrap Saturday, March 7, this time with Sonya Downey opening. And he'll end the long weekend on Monday, March 9, at Shuga's (702 S. Cascade Ave.). All shows are all ages, no cover. More info at jeremyfacknitz.com.
Shifting into far less tasteful discourse, I recently interviewed Steve O. Champion, guitarist and/or drummer for the local raunch-punk ambassadors in Lambasted, for my new project, Adam Leech's Video Diary. He told me about a couple of shows they have coming up, like their gig at the Blue Iguana (formerly the Iron Horse Cantina, 4325 N. Nevada Ave.) this Friday, with the unfortunately named Asbestos Tampons, and how they're opening for the legendary SoCal surf-punks Agent Orange at Club Inferno at PT's Showclub (1601 W. Evans Ave., Denver), next Thursday, March 12, and how PT's apparently has "girls in cages, dancing naked." He also promised me that their album has been recorded, and they should have it on the streets by the end of the month. And there it was, evidence, captured on camera for all to see!
To check out this video and countless others (actually, a total of eight), including a chat with former '60s rocker turned credit card processor Tom Fannon of the almost famous L.A. psychedelic group Hamilton Streetcar, or to set up an interview for your band/project, hit me up at youtube.com/muggylovins, or visit myspace.com/atomleech.
Lastly, how about a weekend roundup? It's Dave Cantrell's birthday bash Saturday, with the Nobodys and Bozac at the Rocket Room. The Black Sheep has Dear and the Headlights on Friday, Fishbone on Saturday, and Show me the Sky on Sunday. The Triple Nickel Tavern has Kings and Thieves, Justin Bailey and Calling All Cars on Saturday, and Ben Pratt is at Kinfolks on Friday. Pick one or two ... I think you'll be pleasantly surprised!
Smell you next week? I heard that!