A Happy Vernal Equinox To You!
Hey all –
Spring has officially sprung, everyone’s in shorts, slack lines and unicyclists have come out in the parks, and true to Colorado form it won’t last, with much-needed rain on the horizon. But rain or shine we’re here to serve all your music needs so here’s what’s going on at Twist & Shout! Through this weekend, we will again be participating in Bringing Music To Life’s annual instrument drive, which started last week and continues through this 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. And coming up this Friday we’re expecting a bunch of big new releases and reissues on LP and CD by Bardo Pond, Eliane Elias, Fucked Up, Diamanda Galas, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Janka Nabay, New York Dolls, Pink Floyd, The Residents, Laetitia Sadier, Spiral Stairs, Sun Araw, Frank Zappa and more, so give us a call or come visit and see what all we’ve got. Also 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. And 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!
Also know that the 10th anniversary of Record Store Day will be taking place just a month away, on Saturday, April 22nd! As always, we’ll have hundreds of super-limited vinyl releases, and we’re working on other special surprises too. The full official list of what will be released is expected to go live tomorrow, so be sure to check our Facebook page HERE for all the latest info. And we’ll continue to update it regularly as new information comes our way. 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, Paul has reviewed some classic blues sides with a collection of the great Slim Harpo and his Excello Singles. 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, John has taken on the task of reviewing the visually dazzling modern animated classic Paprika. As always, the review is available to read in the DVD room, or on our Spork blog HERE.
Outside of the store, coming up this Friday at the Bluebird Theater, take a chance on a 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 definitely no less entertaining, will be Jonathan Richman’s concert next Tuesday March 28th at the Bluebird. 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.
And peeking into April, the Sie Film Center continues its monthly Tattered Cover Film Classic series at 1PM on Sunday April 2nd with the 1954 David Lean comedy Hobson’s Choice, starring the great Charles Laughton. You can read all the details of the screening HERE. Also coming up next door in April, the Denver Film Society will be joining dozens of art house cinemas across the nation in screening the film 1984 on April 4th. At 7:30 PM there will be a screening of the 1984 version of the film starring John Hurt. You can read all the details of that 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 continuing a peek into April, another great event to put on the calendar is trancy, Malian Tuareg group Tinariwen. They play Denver a lot but this particular show will feature opening act Dengue Fever, whose Cambodian/garage rock combo will make for 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. Also at the Oriental, the next week will see Bob Mould performing a solo electric concert on Saturday the 15th at the theater. Last time I saw a solo show of his it was a non-stop rocker for 75 minutes straight before he let up, so I’m expecting this one should be equally intense and rocking. Read all the details of the show 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 pay homage to one of the all-time greatest legends of rock and roll music – the late, great Chuck Berry, who passed away at age 90 this past weekend. When you’re making your short list of the most influential figures in the genre, you start with Chuck and then figure out the rest of the list from there, it’s as simple as that. Here’s a clip from the documentary Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll that shows a somewhat irascible Berry teaching his fan and admirer Keith Richards exactly how to play it right, something Mr. Richards is not exactly pleased about. Check it out, and enjoy!