Big Release Week This Friday!

Hey all –

Don’t be fooled! Spring isn’t here yet! But those of you who scored a day off today can at least enjoy the lovely weather before the much-needed precipitation comes to visit later this week. And speaking of later this week, this Friday we’re expecting a bunch of big new releases and reissues on LP and CD by David Bowie, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Dirty Projectors, The Feelies, Rhiannon Giddens, George Harrison (LP reissues), King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Los Campesinos, Old 97’s, Pissed Jeans, Six Organs of Admittance, Thundercat, and more, so give us a call or come visit and see what all we’ve got. Please note that on our redesigned website we’ve now got a 360 degree tour of the store thanks to Google. Check it out on your computer or mobile device on our homepage: www.twistandshout.com. Also note that it’s always worth a visit to our Facebook page HERE, where there are all kinds of giveaways and tons more up-to-the-minute information. Check back regularly, or follow us on Twitter or Instagram to keep on top of things!

Twist & Shout will again be participating in Bringing Music To Life’s annual instrument drive, beginning on Monday March 13th and continuing through Saturday March 25th! If you have a gently used band or orchestra instrument, please bring it down to the store between these dates to make a tax-deductible donation and the good folks at Bringing Music to Life will collect the donated musical instruments, repair them and then award those instruments to deserving schools throughout Colorado. To read more details about the event, please click the link HERE. Also know that the 10th anniversary of Record Store Day is set and will be taking place Saturday, April 22nd! As always, we’ll have hundreds of super-limited vinyl releases, with much more information to come as we get nearer the date and you can check our Facebook page HERE for all the latest info. But mark your calendars and ask for the day off now so you can get everything you need this RSD!

Also be sure to check out our latest I’d Love to Turn You On reviews. In the CD version, John reviews Rufus Wainwright’s ambitious third album Want One. It’s available to peruse on the regular display endcap in the center of the store near the C and D section of the Rock CDs, or you can read it on our Spork blog HERE. In the DVD version, I’d Love to Turn You On – At the Movies, Edward takes a look at the violent, groundbreaking Japanese cult classic Battle Royale. As always, the review is available to read in the DVD room, or on our Spork blog HERE.

Outside of the store, this Friday at the Sie Film Center Theresa Mercado wraps up her series “Scream Screen: The Psychosexual Films Of David Cronenberg” with the final film in the series, Dead Ringers, with a special acoustic performances by DBUK in the lobby prior to the screening. To read about the whole series HERE, and for more info about this week’s film, please click the link HERE. And coming up this Thursday February 23rd, Lost Lake Lounge will be presenting a show that should prove to be one of the most unique hip-hop events of the year: the Stunt Queen Tour with Mykki Blanco and Cakes Da Killa. Both of these queer rappers have staked out territory in the hip-hop world and their live show should be something memorable. Check out all the details on Lost Lake’s site HERE.

Next Saturday March 4th, the Larimer Lounge will play host to one of the best performers I saw at last year’s UMS Festival – Adia Victoria. She released her solid debut album Beyond the Bloodhounds last May, and her live show was stunning and intense. You can read all the details of the event on the Larimer Lounge’s site HERE. And back at the Sie Film Center, next month’s Tattered Cover Film Classic is well worth putting on your calendar now, just to make sure you don’t miss it. On Sunday March 5th at 1PM they’ll be screening the classic Sansho the Bailiff. You can read all the details of it HERE.

And a little further out, opening on Friday March 10th, the Sie will be bringing one of the best films I saw at the Film Festival last year, Alain Guiraudie’s comic, experimental film Staying Vertical. You can read all the details of the screening HERE. And just in case you love film but your tastes don’t line up with mine, you should check out the Denver Film Society’s website HERE and see all the other great things that will be screening there in the coming weeks! And further into March, you might want to start planning your calendars for a couple superb upcoming shows. On Saturday March 18th, Todd Snider will bring his brand of humorous, populist folk-rock to the Oriental Theater. He’s one of the best out there in the game, a true heir to John Prine, and if you’ve never seen him you may be surprised to find yourself wishing he’d finish the song he’s playing to get on to the next batch of between-song chatter. Read all the details of the event HERE.

And then a week after that, mark your calendars for another show that’s sure to be great – Too Many Zooz. Maybe you haven’t heard of them, but I have to believe that promoting bands like this is why the internet is a gift to us all. They made a living busking in NYC subways when a passerby recorded one of their performances and the video went viral. Maybe you don’t have 11 minutes to watch the whole thing (which you can see HERE) but you can get the flavor of what they do in only a few minutes (and you’ll probably want to watch the whole thing anyway once it starts). And what they do is put on a phenomenal, high-energy live show, which will come to the Bluebird on Saturday March 25th, and you can read all about that show HERE.

Somewhat lower-key, but no less entertaining, will be Jonathan Richman’s upcoming concert at the Bluebird on March 28th – Richman is known for terrific showmanship, minus the excessive volume of most rock shows. Of course he’s also known for terrific songwriting, which will also be on display. For more details about the show, click HERE. Another great upcoming show to put on the calendar is trancy, Malian Tuareg group Tinariwen. They play Denver a lot but this show will feature opening act Dengue Fever, whose Cambodian/garage rock combo will make a full evening of great music. This great double bill will be at the Oriental Theater on Saturday April 8th, and you can read more details of the event HERE.

And of course our regular Music & Movie Trivia night that we do in conjunction with the Denver Film Society continues at the Sie Film Center every Monday at 7:30. There’s no cost to enter so come on down to the Sie Film Center to test your mettle against a bunch of dedicated music and film enthusiasts, have drinks, win prizes, and just have some fun. You can get regular updates and invites to the events by joining the Facebook group HERE – or just check it out periodically to see what’s new!

For this week’s Monday Timewaster, we look to a recent article paying homage to the producing/songwriting team of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. They started their careers in the early 80s Minneapolis scene alongside Prince as members of The Time before branching out on their own as in-demand producers, notably for Janet Jackson, who scored countless hits working with them (OK, they’re actually countable – of their 41 songs to go top 40, nine of them were #1 singles with Janet). But Janet wasn’t their only success story, as evidenced by this article (and its attendant playlist), so dig in and have a Jam & Lewis Presidents’ Day. Enjoy!

Jam & Lewis: A History

Until next time,


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