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Composer Charlie Milo’s sound advice 

click to enlarge Composer and bass virtuoso Charlie Milo has been a fixture of the Colorado Springs music scene for years. - CHARLIE MILO
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  • Composer and bass virtuoso Charlie Milo has been a fixture of the Colorado Springs music scene for years.

Composer and bass virtuoso Charlie Milo has been a fixture of the Colorado Springs music scene for years. Whether you’ll find him playing in his own band, the Charlie Milo Trio, collaborating with local artists ranging from hip-hop to indie rock, writing for string quartets, or performing as his DJ alter-ego, St. Bernard, Milo is nothing if not prolific, and his music is nothing if not fun. You can catch him performing with his Jerry Garcia/Grateful Dead-inspired jam band, Barely Garcia, on May 17 at Jack Quinn’s.

Essential Saturday night listening: If I’m going out: “Embody the Invisible” by In Flames. If I’m staying in: the hour-long live recording of “Foam” by Mike Gordon and the Benevento Russo Duo from April 27, 2005.

Essential Sunday morning listening: “I’m Just an Old Chunk of Coal” by Billy Joe Shaver. My current favorite songwriter, thanks to Norm Macdonald’s influence. The ultimate self-help tune, and it’s even got a reference to the lord for the whole Sunday thing.

First record I bought with my own money: The Men in Black soundtrack. Bought it for the Will Smith, but stayed for the Danny Elfman.

“Wish I’d written that” song: “I’m Blue, I’m Lonesome Too” by Bill Monroe. I haven’t spent much time around trains, or losing lovers to long train rides, but this sounds pretty accurate to me. The ultimate breakup/living by yourself song.

“Wish I could unhear that” song: “S.O.B” by S.O.B. Only because I can’t stop singing it.

My latest online discovery: Super Soul Bros — jazz fusion covers of video game music. Very proficient musicians playing fantastic arrangements of tunes we’ve all loved for years.

Artist more people should know about: Brandon “Taz” Niederauer. Kid’s like 15 years old but he’s already writing great songs and sounds like Warren Haynes (if not better) on guitar.

Guilty pleasure: Cardi B. Shit sets my soul on fire.

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