Summer In the City
Hope you dug your Pride Weekend and/or Father’s Day this past weekend and are looking forward to the beginning of summer (though the weather doesn’t seem to want to acknowledge that). In addition to all the stuff happening over the weekend, I checked out the re-opened Esquire Theater Friday night to catch the new Jim Jarmusch film The Dead Don’t Die, and the upgrades to the entire interior – especially the seating in the theater! – were well worth the (very long) wait! Here at the store we had a busy last week for releases and we’re looking at another one right on its heels. There are a zillion great releases looming for this Friday release day, and we’re expecting new releases and reissues on LP and CD by The B-52’s, Black Pumas, Anthony Braxton, Calexico/Iron & Wine (CD which was delayed from last week due to production issues), Chic (LP reissues), Collective Soul, Jamie Cullum, Enigma (LP reissues), Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, Bill Evans, Fruit Bats, Hollywood Vampires, Hot Chip, Jim Lauderdale, Los Straitjackets, Buddy & Julie Miller, Steve Miller (LP reissues), Charnett Moffett, Willie Nelson, Prince, Quantic, The Raconteurs, Rolling Stones, Mark Ronson, Titus Andronicus, Two Door Cinema Club, Wu-Tang Clan, and more, so give us a call or come visit and see what all we’ve got! And don’t forget that in just a few weeks we’ve got a great in-store event for you here at Twist: on Tuesday July 16th at 6PM we are excited to welcome Imperial Teen to our in-store stage. They are touring in support of their upcoming album Now We Are Timeless, which comes out July 12th, and this in-store is not only their only Denver date, but the only one of their five scheduled shows on this tour that isn’t on a coast! If you pre-purchase the album on CD or LP now, you will receive a wristband with first entry to the event and a guaranteed spot in the autograph line. Read all the details on our FB event page HERE. Note that it’s always worth a visit to our Facebook page HERE, where there are all kinds of giveaways and more up-to-the-minute information. Check back regularly, or follow us on Twitter or Instagram to keep on top of things! On our website, please take a minute to check out the link for Twist & Shout Digital Downloads. We have a phone app that allows you to scan most items in stock and check them out on your phone – which will be immensely helpful for previewing vinyl records that we can’t open for listening – and also check out other featured items and more info. Follow the link through and get the app now! Also be sure to check out our latest I’d Love to Turn You On reviews. In the CD version of ILTTYO, Doug tackles a review of Bibio’s electronic/acoustic stew that is Ambivalence Avenue. His review is 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 Patrick celebrates Pride Month with a review of the landmark 1977 documentary Word Is Out! As always, the review is available to read in the DVD room, or on our Spork blog HERE.
Outside of the store, the latter half of the month has a ton going on, so check it out. On Friday the 28th, Swallow Hill will be filling Daniels Hall with the danceable, hybrid, high-energy Indian sounds of Red Baraat, who mix together Bhangra, jazz, hip-hop, and rock into something altogether new. You can read all the details of that show and purchase tickets HERE. I’ll see you there! And opening the same day at the Sie Film Center will be the 30th anniversary reissue of Spike Lee’s landmark comedy/drama Do the Right Thing, which still holds every bit as much power as when it was released in the late 80s. Check out all the details of showtimes and get more info HERE. Also happening that same weekend, Twist & Shout is selling tickets for the upcoming Westword Music Showcase, taking place on Saturday June 29th. The day-long festival will feature headlining sets by Chvrches, Bishop Briggs, Jai Wolf, and many more, plus dozens of the finest acts from Denver and the region on several stages throughout the Golden Triangle neighborhood. You can read more details of the event HERE and be sure to come on down to grab your tix here! And then July is packed to the gills. First off, kicking off on Friday July 5th at the Sie Film Center and running on Friday nights throughout the month, it’s the return of Scream Screen, with the inimitable Theresa Mercado. The theme for this series is “Christmas In July” and they’ll be featuring four holiday-themed slasher-styled horror films running every Friday at 9:30, preceded by live music from an assortment of local bands. The series kicks off on the 5th with one of the best, Bob Clark’s 1974 chiller Black Christmas, followed on the 12th by the controversial 1984 film Silent Night Deadly Night, 1980’s Christmas Evil plays on the 19th, and the series will wrap up with another one from 1984, Don’t Open till Christmas. Don’t miss out on the fun! You can read all about the films and bands performing or purchase tickets from Denver Film Society’s website HERE. And opening the same weekend that Scream Screen kicks off, the Sie will also begin a run of a newly remastered print of the classic drag-centric 1990 film Paris Is Burning, opening on Friday July 5th. With the ever-increasing popularity of RuPaul’s Drag Race, it’s definitely worth taking a look back at this seminal documentary which has been unavailable for several years to see the history – or as Ru would say, herstory – of the competitive drag world. Read all about the film and get more details HERE. And that same weekend, the Sie continues their monthly Tattered Cover Film Classic series, bringing a classic of international cinema to the Film Center on the first Sunday of every month at 1PM for only $1.00. July’s selection will be the 1975 cult classic documentary Grey Gardens, screening on July 7th. Read all about the event HERE. And then on Wednesday July 10th, Dazzle Jazz Club will be bringing a unique two-trumpet quartet to their stage, featuring Denver-based jazz legends Hugh Ragin and Kent McLagen performing with Kenny Warren and Flin van Hemmen. It promises to be a great night of jazz, and you can read all the details or buy tickets on Dazzle’s site HERE. On Thursday July 11th, the famed Stanley Hotel in Estes Park will have the legendary Blasters performing on their stage. Additionally, they’ve got The Supersuckers and Wayne “the Train” Hancock opening for them. It’s a great venue for a great night of music, and definitely worth your trip up to the town – maybe to even spend a haunted night in the hotel in addition to the music! Check out all the details HERE. And the very next day, back down here in Denver at the Levitt Pavilion, they’ve got an excellent free event happening – the Brubeck Brothers. As an added bonus, Denver-based singer/songwriter (and KUVO DJ) Venus Cruz will be the opening act for the famed jazz family. You can reserve your seats and read all about the event HERE. And the next day, at the (finally!) reopened DIY art space Rhinoceropolis, they’ve got a very special event happening – experimental/new age musician (and Brian Eno collaborator) Laraaji will be performing his recently unearthed 1984 work Vision Songs. It’s a rare treat and should be a one-of-a-kind musical happening! Read details of the event, check out videos, and get ticket details on the Rhinoceropolis Facebook event page HERE. Lastly, in other festival news, the Underground Music Showcase (UMS) is planning to rock all of South Broadway from July 26-28th. They’ve announced the full lineup for this year’s festival, headed by Chicano Batman, Black Mountain, Honne, and more, plus hundreds of the finest bands and solo artists from Denver and Colorado at large. You can check out the full lineup HERE and read all the deets of the festival (and get tix – only $50 for three full days of music through May!) HERE.
For this week’s Monday Timewaster, we take a step away from the new (and excellent) Springsteen album Western Stars to join The Guardian at looking back over the rest of his studio output. Well, regular albums anyway, not odds-and-sods stuff like 18 Tracks or any of the many “best of” options out there. What they’ve done in this article, released a couple weeks ago before the new album was out, is gone through all eighteen of The Boss’ earlier albums and ranked and written about each of them to make a case for its ranking. As they say early on in the article, “no Springsteen album is genuinely bad” but in the lower reaches of the list, you’re sometimes sorting through as much chaff as wheat. Near the top everyone will have their own personal rankings and there’s likely to be disagreement, but it’s always worth taking a moment to celebrate a great American songwriter, and maybe listen to all of these again, topping it off with Western Stars, which I would humbly suggest is a ringer to make the top ten. Enjoy!
Bruce Springsteen’s albums – ranked!
Until next time,