Whew! Thanks For A Great Record Store Day, Denver!

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Thanks to everyone who made it out for Record Store Day this past Saturday! It was again a remarkable event for us and as always, that’s thanks to you, our customers who come out to make it something special! You can check out our wrap up of the event, complete with photos, HERE. Note that all starting today, all remaining RSD items are now available for phone and online orders, we can hold them for you, and you can buy as many as you want of anything still in stock. And we might take a little rest now, if you don’t mind. Also, a big thanks to everyone who braved the storm to come to our Devotchka in-store last Wednesday. Weather conditions weren’t ideal, but these kinds of things always make the event feel like something extra special. If you weren’t able to make it down, you can check out our wrap-up with photos HERE. And coming up in two weeks on Friday May 3rd at 1PM (yes, you read that right – 1PM), we are extremely pleased to welcome Rodrigo y Gabriela to our stage! They don’t even have a Denver date scheduled until July, when they’ll be playing at the Botanic Gardens at Chatfield (and we’ll be giving away tickets for that show at this event), so this should be something extra special. We are now pre-selling their upcoming album Mettavolution (due out 4/26) and those who pre-purchase the album (or purchase it when it is released) will receive a wristband for first entry for this exclusive event and a guaranteed spot in the autograph line. Read all the details, including some requests from the band to the fans, on our Facebook page HERE, and feel free to call or stop by the store if you have any questions! As always, Fridays are new release day, so this Friday we’re expecting a batch of new releases and reissues on LP and CD, including albums by Jade Bird, Jonatha Brooke, Emma Bunton, Cage the Elephant, Bill Evans, Fat White Family, Angelique Kidjo, Will Kimbrough, Wes Montgomery, The O’Jays, Rolling Stones, Sad Planets, TR/ST, Wand, Wooden Shjips, The Yawpers, and more. Come on down and check out what we’ve got or feel free to call the store with any questions! 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, Max makes a case for Jeff Beck as the finest guitarist to emerge from the 60s with a review of his 1976 album Wired. 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 Harry brings us a review of one of Pedro Almodovar’s finest films (his very finest?), All About My Mother. As always, the review is available to read in the DVD room, or on our Spork blog HERE.

Outside of the store, though summer feels far away with this past week’s wacky weather, The Underground Music Showcase (UMS) is already planning to rock all of South Broadway from July 26-28th. And three-day passes are on sale now through the end of the month for the absurdly low price of $40, so if you’re a fan of the festival, which came back strong last year under new leadership, you’d be a fool to pass up this deal! Check out their website for details and tickets HERE. Also, the Levitt Pavilion, which offers both free and ticketed events, has just made their 2019 summer schedule live, and there’s a lot to check out there, including concerts by Esmé Patterson, the Brubeck Brothers, Kinky, Reverend Horton Heat, and much more. Check out the entire lineup on their site HERE. And over in a jazzier realm, drummer/electronic musician Makaya McCraven will be taking the stage at Dazzle this Saturday April 20th to promote his new album Where We Come From. You can read more about the event HERE. And continuing on the jazz tip, coming up in just over a week at the Boulder Theater will be The Spring Quartet – Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano, Esperanza Spalding & Leo Genovese – who will be in Boulder on Sunday April 28th. I just saw DeJohnette at the Big Ears festival in Knoxville and even at age 76 the man is still a powerhouse drummer and, especially with the rest of this great quartet, this show should be something special. Check out the deets and get tickets on Boulder Theater’s site HERE. Over in the film world that you all know I love so well, I should mention that our neighbors at the Sie Film Center have a lot on the horizon that’s worth noting. Opening this Friday April 19th will be Amazing Grace, a documentary of the live recording of Aretha Franklin’s legendary 1972 gospel album of the same name. Read about that HERE. And kicking off the same night will be their annual Czech That Film mini-festival, running from 4/19 to 4/21, featuring five contemporary works out of the Czech Republic. Read all about the individual films and a discounted series pass by clicking through HERE. And keeping the cinema stuff rolling, I’d be a negligent cinephile if I didn’t let you know about this year’s Denver Silent Film Festival, taking place next weekend at Alamo Drafthouse Sloans Lake from April 26th – 28th. It’s a great, diverse batch of films this year from little-seen works, to animation, to the earliest surviving film by an African-American director, to classics from Alfred Hitchcock, Buster Keaton, and Ernst Lubitsch. Check out all the details HERE and enjoy the shows! As they do the first Sunday of every month, the Sie Film center will be screening the Tattered Cover Film Classic on Sunday May 5th at 1PM, for only $1. May’s Tattered Cover Classic will bring us Roman Polanski’s feature length debut, Knife in the Water, a drama of sexual tension that is still one of Polanski’s finest films. Read about it HERE.

For this week’s Monday Timewaster, check out this recent article from JazzTimes magazine collecting together several players who worked with Miles Davis during his groundbreaking electric music of the 1970’s. It’s some of my favorite music in the world and it’s great to hear the actual performers talking about it. Hope you dig it like I do! Enjoy!

Electric Miles: A Conversation

Until next time,


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