School’s In For Summer
Thanks to everyone who came down to our super-special in-store last Friday with Mumford & Sons! We’ve never had anything quite like that in all our years of doing in-store performances, with the band completely unplugged and performing “in the round.” Suffice to say, it was a terrific event and you, newsletter subscribers, were the first to hear about it. I could write about how special it was, but the good folks at Westword have captured it with better words and images than I have at my disposal. You can read Kyle Harris’ review of the event HERE or see a photo slideshow from photographer Jacqueline Collins 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! Coming up this Friday we’re expecting a good batch of new releases and reissues on LP and CD by Crobot, DJ Snake, Ghost Funk Orchestra, Vince Gill, Noah Gundersen, Arlo Guthrie, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Shannon Lay, Legendary Pink Dots, Lightning Bolt, Massive Attack, Midland, Coco Montoya, My Chemical Romance, Lee Scratch Perry, Po’ Ramblin’ Boys, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Redd Kross, The Rubinoos, Raphael Saadiq, Seratones, Jay Som, Taylor Swift, 311, Tanya Tucker, Frank Turner, Tyler the Creator, Pete Yorn, John Zorn, 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 it’s Patrick again, taking a look at the forward-thinking 1955 Douglas Sirk melodrama All That Heaven Allows. As always, the review is available to read in the DVD room, or on our Spork blog HERE.
Outside of the store, coming up next week, legendary U.K. punk rockers The Vibrators will be playing at the DIY space Seventh Circle Collective on 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 August, 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. And later that weekend, the Sie will be running their monthly Tattered Cover Film Classic series as usual on the first Sunday of every month, 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, my eyes go immediately to Dazzle 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 point you to an article in The Guardian from a few weeks back. In July, Kate Pierson of The B-52s (who as you probably know, played a great set at Fiddlers Green yesterday), was interviewed and asked to select what she considered to be some of the essential B-52s cuts, with explanations of why they’re her faves. Since everyone’s got their faves by this band, it’s cool to hear what one of the music’s creators thinks of them – and the personal stories that go into songs you know by heart. Enjoy!
‘Everyone is welcome to the party!’: the B-52s on 40 years of new wave
Until next time,