So, before we get down to our regular business, I want to relay a comment on last week's two-year "reflecto-spective." Overall, I got plenty of "thumbs-ups," but I did get one sharp comment (and deservedly so) for forgetting to credit the hardworking kids at theLoft (2502 W. Colorado Ave.).
DirtyProjectorGirl writes, "theLoft gives people like me something to belong to, something bigger than me to be a part of. They aren't just serving music to those already in the scene, they are paving the way into a non-musical community and inviting people you'd never reach with Reverb to be a part of our ever growing 'Scene'." Touché!
She goes on to say that "there's a free Christmas in August family dinner [at 5:30 p.m., Saturday] the 15th with some great local bands. I think you might like it, seeing as you write about the same bands every week." Ouch! My apologies, dirtygirl, and thanks for writing. As always, I write about what I know about, and knowing is half the battle!
And with that, I suppose, I should probably plug a band I never have before, eh?
Yeah, right, as if! Not likely!
So ... it is no secret that I am awfully fond of the folky Americana sounds of New Mexico's Cahalen David Morrison, but it is a bit of a secret that he will be recording his new album, Old-Timey & New-Fangled, on Friday, Aug. 14, at the historic Western Jubilee Warehouse (433 E. Cucharras St.) in booming downtown Colorado Springs. Tickets and album pre-orders are available at cahalen.com, but there will be tickets available at the door as well.
And now, I guess, I will write about something completely different. The Springs-based hard rock band Focused on the Failure is getting all revved up for the release of its debut EP, Homewrecker, with a live performance Friday, Aug. 14, at Union Station. Recorded here in the 719's Enharmonic Studios, the disc is set to drop four tracks of heavy alternative-drenched classic rock 'n roll.
The KABO (Kolorado Artists and Bands Organized)-sponsored show will also serve as a fundraiser for the family of the band's close friend, Wilfredo Lopez, which tragically lost twin baby girls last summer and is in desperate need of help with funeral costs. Thirty percent of proceeds from the CD sales, and 100 percent of the nominal door fee ($10 for under 21, and just $5 for 21 and up), will be donated. Joining FOTF in this worthy cause will be Sleepy McSween, Catachronic and Low Down High. For more information, please visit myspace.com/focusedonthefailure.
Lastly this week, if you're looking for a cheeky little morsel of electro Brit-pop (and who isn't, right?!), well then, look no further than my pond-skipping cousin Nick Davey's new ditty, Cockney Bastards, the Reverb pick for "bangin' jam" of the week. An educational spot of dialogue between a couple of, well, "cockney bastards," the track contains dozens of choice lines, including this gem: "What about all that DNA / Don't it kinda give the game away?" Beautiful. You'd right well better give it a go, mate, Friday night at Rico's, or at myspace.com/njdavey.
That's all folks, smell ya later!
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