Labor Day Hours Next Monday!
As summer winds down and we start having some nice temps, please note that we will have some shorter hours in honor of Labor Day, this coming Monday the 2nd. We will be open from 10AM – 6PM, so plan accordingly, and we’ll see you holiday shoppers here! Having trouble finding our Earth Wind & Fire vinyl? Maybe our John Denver LPs? Please note that we have pulled all of our Colorado Music on vinyl into a section near the vinyl buy counter so that the vinyl sections align with the way we have our CDs set up! Need help finding an LP that used to be in another section? Ask a staff member for help, or maybe just check out that Colorado Music vinyl section to see all the great music our state has produced! And coming up this Friday we’re expecting a good batch of new releases and reissues on LP and CD by !!!, Gregg Allman, Beirut, Bon Iver, Bonnie Prince Billy, Caravan Palace, Manu Chao, Common, Sheryl Crow, Lana Del Rey, Ezra Furman, Futureheads, Goo Goo Dolls, Kronos Quartet/Terry Riley, Mum, Nirvana, Joell Ortiz, Pharmakon, Rodriguez, Tool, Velvet Negroni, Whitney, Why?, Yacht, Trisha Yearwood, Frank Zappa, and more, so give us a call or come visit and see what all we’ve got. 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! Also be sure to check out our latest I’d Love to Turn You On reviews. In the CD version of ILTTYO, Patrick reviews an excellent, funky, and obscure African music reissue from The Gambia, Guelewar’s Warteef Jigeen. 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 Paul takes a look at one of the best of the early Mel Brooks films, 1970’s the Twelve Chairs. As always, the review is available to read in the DVD room, or on our Spork blog HERE.
Outside of the store tomorrow night, legendary U.K. punk rockers The Vibrators will be playing at the DIY space Seventh Circle Collective Tuesday August 27th. A suggested donation gets you in the door and you can check out the details on Seventh Circle’s Facebook page HERE. Support one of Denver’s unique concert spaces! But if old school punk and DIY spaces aren’t your thing, perhaps the same night you might want to pop down to the Walnut Room instead and check out country-leaning singer-songwriter Elizabeth Cook, who came on my radar nearly a decade ago when she released the excellent album Welder and she’s kept on rolling with albums and tours ever since. So if you’re not gonna make that Vibrators show, spend some time with her at the Walnut Room – you can read all about the event HERE. And last but not least for this month, we look over to the Levitt Pavilion where they’ll have one of their many free shows on Friday August 30th, with the superb hip-hop/R&B performer Dessa, who’s even better live than she is on her solid albums. Check out all the info for her show HERE and you can also check out Levitt Pavilion’s full lineup of concerts, both free and ticketed, by clicking HERE and checking the drop down menu. And that same day, next door at the Sie Film Center, they will be opening Buñuel In The Labyrinth of the Turtles, an animated re-imagining of the creation of Luis Buñuel’s notorious 1932 documentary Las Hurdes. He just happens to be my favorite filmmaker, so I’ll definitely be checking this one out. Buy tickets or read all about the film and its showtimes by clicking through HERE. This coming Sunday Sept. 1st, the Sie will be running their monthly Tattered Cover Film Classic series with September’s offering – Volker Schlöndorff’s 1979 adaptation of Gunter Grass’ landmark novel The Tin Drum. Admission is only $1.00, and these screenings fill up fast, so make sure you get there early! Read all the details HERE. And looking out further into next month, Dazzle will be offering some of the finest modern jazz on Wednesday September 25th and Thursday the 26th, when Tim Berne, Chris Speed, Dave King, and Reid Anderson join forces as the group Broken Shadows to play two nights (one show on the 25th, two on the 26th) in tribute to some of their favorite composers – Ornette Coleman most obviously, but also Julius Hemphill and Dewey Redman. They’ve recorded an album that’s only available as part of an expensive mail-order box set, but maybe it will see the light of day on its own soon – perhaps at the gig itself. Read all about the shows and ticket info HERE. And coming up that following Saturday and Sunday the 28th/29th, punk legend Mike Watt returns to the Lion’s Lair to play a mix of music from throughout his career, probably leaning heavily toward Minutemen, but who can say? You can read all the details of the event and get tickets by clicking through HERE.
For this week’s Monday Timewaster, we look back to a book that came out this past spring, Roy Christopher’s Dead Precedents: How Hip-Hop Defines the Future – a heady look at how hip-hop’s sampling connects with the larger zeitgeist of art and culture happening around it. This excerpt is enough of a teaser to interest me in the full book – partly because the era of hip-hop he’s talking about is one of the cornerstones of my own listening – but I hope that the ideas he introduces here are enough to interest anyone in the book – and maybe even those who aren’t already fans, to interest them in the music he’s writing about. Enjoy!
Dead Precedents: How Hip Hop Hacked The Future
Until next time,