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2013 in review!

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,800 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 47 trips to carry that many people.

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Some people worth a listen!

Ran across some of these groups and people worth listening to.
One was a recommendation from a friend.
Sleep For Sleepers

Seasick Steve

Malice In Wonderland

Reign Project


Restless Blues Band

Chad Street

New Music and other News.

Well time gets away from us all at the end of the year.
Here are a few suggestions of music to listen to that isn’t Christmas music.
Sid & Joe

Despicable Me 2 – Happy Music Video

New Albums just out.
Prism, Katy Perry
Feels Like Carolina, Parmalee
Live At The Cellar Door, Neil Young
Concerts Colorado
The String Cheese Incident Dec 28,29,31 1stBank Center
An Evening With Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Dec 31 Paramount
P!nk, Jan 19 Pepsi Center
Justin Timberlake: The 20/20 Experience World Tour, Jan 22 Pepsi Center
Lady Antebellum – Take Me Downtown Tour, Jan 23, Pepsi Center
3 Doors Down Acoustic – Songs From The Basement, Jan 26 Paramount
PAUL SIMON & STING On Stage Together, Feb 11 Pepsi Center

Music Videos and Music Movies.

Up First The New Dream Theatre Album is Amazing!
Here is and audio video of Along for the Ride.

Peter Hollens and Alex G do a wonder medley of Disney Songs.

Lindsey Stirling, Deluxe album is soon to be released at all Target store.
Here is a new video.

New singer we hope you will watch. Risk On Da Disk.

and Foxman “We hope he makes his platinum goal.”

As far a music movies.
soundcityA documentary on the fabled recording studio that was located in Van Nuys, California. But that’s only what the blurp at IMDB says in reality it is much more.
Worth the time to watch and the album is great to have as well.

Joe Satriani, Steve Morse and Albannch!

Satriani1Last week Joe Satriani was in Denver, Co at the Paramount Theatre, what a fun concert. He also had Steve Morse Band opening for him, which was great as well with drummer Van Romaine. Great jobs all!
20130908_103227Albannach was playing in Estes Park again at the Scottish Highland Festival. The new album “Runs in the Blood” is great as always.
Jamesie, just needs to promise to stop standing behind the pole and speakers.


1377553137_Foxman_Platinum_Album_BFirst up Congrats to Foxman, Keep it going.
Curse Upon Me and Daylight Down are now in the Top 10 on ReverbNation.
Also Dream Aria has been getting a lot of airplay and interviews, kudos.
Please support these artist also on ReverbNation, Dead Gumbies, Pat Branch, Campfire Vendetta as well as all the others out there.

UNC to show Pitch Perfect for school opener.

perfectpitchYes that’s right for all of you Attending the University of Northern Colorado they will be showing the movie Pitch Perfect for their Movie on the Hill at the University Center’s South Lawn On Aug 22 right after the Ice Cream social.

First video for a Colorado group and Music updates.

Two Worlds, A a couple of Young men from Aurora and they are very talented.
They just released an EP called “Playtime” and thier first Video.

I you have problems finding their Facebook page your aren’t the only one. You might get hundreds of hits for the game Two Worlds.
They also have a video out with Tyler Ward.

You can find the EP on iTunes.
Upcoming Concerts in the Denver area.
At the Paramount
Joe Satriani Sept 4
Valhalla Sept 13
Jack Johnson Oct 9
Radiolab Nov 1 & 2
At Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
Dave Matthews Band Aug 23-24
At 1st Bank Center
Passion Pit Oct 15
At the Pepsi Center
P!nk Oct 18
Justin Timberlake Jan 22

Tyler Ward, Mad Dog and others Colorado players.

Yes some bands got their start in Colorado. Big Head Todd and the Monster, The Fray, One Republic, John Denver, Jesse Carmichael from Maroon 5 and Glenn Miller.
People I would like you to notice that should be added to you lists are Tyler Ward.
Graduated from University of Northern Colorado for something other than music, his album The Show is worth picking up and here is a little sample.

According to one of his videos he is a neighbor of Alex G.
Her EP Hello is worth picking up as well as her collaborations.

A group I have previously talked with Broken Tongues.

And a Congrats goes out to Mad Dog & Headman. Tonight They will be having a CD release party at the Skylite Station in Denver.

Enjoy these special Colorado People.

Music, Venues and Video’s.

Country music is part of the roots of modern music, and though you may not here it, you will find it there.
The other night I saw Diamond Rio at a very small venue in Colorado. To me small is sometimes better.
Why? Your closer to the band, you can hear the music better and it makes you feel like you are listening at home sometimes. Over the years I have seen many rock bands and country bands and others in small venues and it helps me get a better sense of what they are like personally, professionally and lets me know what they will be like at a large venue.
One of the member of Diamond Rio belonged to a band I enjoyed way back when Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
Oddly enough this particular guitar player from Diamond Rio was also my inspiration for learning how to play the guitar all those years ago.
Here are some old and new songs that may inspire some of you.
Diamond Rio

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band performing a Kenny Loggins song

Rascal Flatts


Black Sabbath

Linkin Park


Bruno Mars

Trace Adkins “Some women may not admit this one.”

Who says country guys can’t rap Neal McCoy.

Last but not least a different kind of inspiration.
Sami Yusaf

A capella, is so cool to watch.

If you liked the movie Pitch Perfect, take a fresh look at these.
Imagine Dragons – It’s Time – (Peter Hollens & Tyler Ward Cover)

Beyonce – Sweet Dreams A Cappella

Cups (When I’m Gone) – Pitch Perfect A Cappella Cover

Local Vocal – 90’s Dance acapella medley mix

David Guetta ft. Usher “Without You” / Mumford & Sons “I Will Wait” A Cappella

Rolling In The Deep – A Cappella Cover – Adele – Mike Tompkins – Beatbox

STARSHIPS – Performed by Mike Tompkins, the PITCH PERFECT Cast and YOU

[Official Video] Starships – Pentatonix (Nicki Minaj Cover)


Jason Derulo: The Other Side: (other sides)

You know when you hear a song and it’s going to stick with you.
Jason Derulo

Then you know when everyone does a cover that it will last a long time.
Jason Derulo – The Other Side (Alex G & Jason Chen Cover) Official Music Video

Jason Derulo – “The Other Side” – (Official HD Music Video Anoop Desai Cover)

Jason DeRulo – The Other Side Cover | Far Too Far

The Other Side – Jason Derulo (Covered By Lily Me & Shaun Reynolds)

“The Other Side” – Jason Derulo, Keke Palmer, Max Schneider, Kurt Schneider

Jason Derulo & Tyler Ward – The Other Side (Acoustic Version)

Jason Derulo – The Other Side performed by Violinist Daniel D.

So which one besides Jason’s original do you like the best?

Jeff Daniels, Great Actor and Musician, and Colorado Music News.

Yes you heard me, he is one heck of a musician. 5 albums and counting.

Check out his channel on YouTube to see him on the road with his music.
More Music coming to Colorado!
Paramount Theater Denver
The Monkees, Aug 5
Jack Johnson, Oct 9
Joe Satriani, Sept 4
Pepsi Center Denver
RUSH, Aug 2
MUSE, Sept 17
P!nk, Oct 18
Jimmy Buffett, Oct 22
Rihanna, Nov 9
Hudson Gardens Denver
Bret Michaels, July 14
Pat Benatar, Aug 4
Foreigner, Aug 11
Styx, Aug 18
Three Dog Night, Aug 25

Music coming to Northern Colorado

At the Budweiser Events Center:
Sammy Hagar August 20
Alabama September 15
Straight No Chaser October 24

Celtic Thunder November 26
At Lincoln Center Fort Collins:
Jon Batiste and Stay Human November 1
SYBARITE5 November 15
Chick Corea & Béla Fleck January 15

How an artist politics affect his memory.

richardwagnerFor those of you who don’t know the person in this picture this is the German composer Richard Wagner. This man has many great achievement among them changing the face of Opera. Before Wagner, opera houses were always had the lights on during any performance, the orchestra was also in plan view. He basically changed the format of the opera house by turning it into a movie theater in a way. The lights were off during a performance, the orchestra no longer in the open but creative hidden to make the sound resonate through out the theater. He also wrote the Der Ring des Nibelungen, four operas linked together, they take around 18 hours to perform.
But you are wondering about the politics.
He was part of a group that believed all the princes of what ended up making Germany should be done away with. He ended up in exile because of his belief but oddly enough he was rescued by the King of Bavaria. Without that rescue he may never have written the Ring Cycle. He was also an outspoken as an antisemitic. He believed that his music would inspire National pride in Germany. When Hitler came to power he was inspired not only by the music of Wagner, but also because of Wagner’s persona beliefs he chose to use much of Wagner’s works to inspire the Germany Nation.
Now a days there are many people who do not like Wagner’s music because of how it was used by Hitler and because of his own attitudes towards the Jews.
A man who changed the course of Opera, theater and in some ways had an impact on how movies are viewed today, now goes by the wayside because of his political views and who he was later associated with.
Just a piece of history.

Boy Bands they are still here, NKOTB, BSB, McFly and One Direction.

New Kids On The Block will be releasing their new album “10” (Out in April). I must admit I wasn’t really a NKOTB fan before, I was more of a Backstreet Boys person, but I have been slowly warming to the new NKOTB.
With that I though I would look at a few of the Boy bands that have appealed in the past and now.

Backstreet Boys are also still going strong, they did an album with NKOTB and came out with their own “This is us.” They will be having their 20th Anniversary this year and a new album will be coming out soon.

McFly has released “Memory Lane, The Best of McFly” and are out traveling doing great shows. We hope to see the new album soon, but enjoy this video for starters.

And the new members of the boy band breed, who seem to be making an impression here is the US is One Direction.

Billy K Band..Gossomer..and Oscars for Sound Editing & Mixing.

billykFirst up, I’d like to congratulate Billy K Band for making the Nashville Tennessee Music Charts. We interviewed him back in 2011 before his recent album (Outrun the Rain) was started. He also has a page now on MTV and CMT.
GossamerPPIt’s an album with a tremendous amount of feeling. I’ve now listened to it a number of time and it’s now one of those I put on my hot list. If you haven’t heard it, take a listen and let me know what you think.
Last on my list to talk about today is the Oscar for Sound Editing.
If you hadn’t heard it was a tie this year between Skyfall and Zero Dark Thirty.
This is one of the category I usually get right on the picks, and well this year I was half right.
Not an easy category to pick when you understand what it is all about, but if a movie messes this up you definitely know. I remember when I heard We Come in Peace without the proper sound in it. Makes a big difference.
The same with Sound Mixing, if it’s done poorly it’s the first thing you pick up on in a movie.
Congrats to the Oscar winners.

Chris Mann and Jesse Campbell….The Voice

I don’t normally watch things like “The Voice” or shows like that but I have a couple friends who convinced me to watch, but I watched season 3 and found two people I would like to talk about this time out.
ChrisMann2Chris Mann who made it to the last four during the season is first up. His album “Roads” is now available and he was just on “Conan” showing it off. This singer songwriter hails from Kansas and sings pop, opera, and adult contemporary. If you like any of that style of music you should check out everything Chris Mann at his website.
Next up is Jesse Campbell.JesseCampbell
A number of people believed that believed he got the shaft from his coach (Christina Aguilera).
I’m one of those. He hails from Illinois and sings R&B, gospel. You can purchase songs he performed on his website and from iTunes. He is looking for help to get his new album out, but he does have three older albums out.
Both artist have there albums available on Amazon. Take a listen.

2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 15,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 3 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

Thanks to all of you for making 2012 a great year!

Two Music Movies, Pitch Perfect and Joyful Noise.

perfectpitchBoth these movies were released in 2012, and yes they are music driven movies. But both of these movies have something going for them.

Pitch Perfect, is the story of a college a capella singing group and the competition. Although I never want to give the whole plot away I would like to say that the start of this movie was what caught me. Know one expects someone to “blow chucks” as the phrase goes during a competition right onto the audience. From that moment on I figured this had to be a funny and surprising movie. Stars Anna Kendrick, Skylar Astin, Anna Camp (from True Blood) and more talented actors.
Song in this movie include: “The Sign”, “212, “Lost in It”, “Let It Whip”, “Punching in A Dream”, “Keep You”, “Don’t Move”, “Titanium”, “Cups”, “No Diggity”, “Bulletproof”, plus alot more.

Joyful Noise is the story of a church choirs competition. This shows that not all gospel music has to be old fashioned. The sub-story adds flavor to the mix and the music brings it all together. This movie stars Dolly Parton, Queen Latifah, Keke Palmer, Jeremy Jordan as well as many others including a small part by Kris Kristofferson.
Song in this movie include: “Not Enough”, “Man in the Mirror”, “Maybe I’m Amazed”, “From Here To The Moon and Back”, “Higher Medley”, and others.

See which one appeal to you more and above all enjoy the music.

Calder’s Revolvers ..Soul and Rock in Denver.

calders_1283328646_1283357541Well I received an email from a friend asking me to listen to this group’s Christmas rendition of
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) and take a look at this group.
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
This reminded me of the old 60’s version but I really love that lead singers voice.
With that said I decided to listen to their most recent album.
Yes, I found it a good listen and noticed they have more music.
For those of you in the Denver area you might want to check in at Herman’s Hideaway on Jan 4th.
See them live and then let me know what you think.
See these links Calder’s Revolvers, ReverbNation, MySpace, Facebook.

Review, Holiday Traditions and News!

Well with the Holidays starting I thought it might be a good time to discuss some things.
The album by the Billy K Band, “Outrun The Rain”. Is a blend of Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban and the like. Mostly upbeat and cleaver. It’s well worth the listen.
Other Albums coming out.
Nov 27
Girl On Fire by Alicia Keys
Les Fleurs Du Mal by Therion
Dec 4
Welcome to the Freakshow by Hinder
Warrior by Ke$ha
Dec 11
Unorthodox Jukebox by Bruno Mars
Quebec Magnetic by Metallica
Almeria by Lifehouse
Holiday Tradition Arlo Guthrie Alice’s Restaurant Massacre.
This song is over 18 mins and if you haven’t heard it you should sit down and listen to it.
This has become a Tradition at one of the Colorado Radio stations for Thanksgiving, but I think it should get more air play, just because it’s cool.
Upcoming shows in Colorado
Budweiser Events Center, Loveland Co
Kenny Rogers 11/29
Throwback Slow Jam featuring Ginuwine, 112, Dru Hill, Case, Silk 11/30
John Sebastain 12/13
Bluebird Theater, Denver
New Found Glory 11/29
Grizzly Rock, Lakewood
Vertical horizon 11/30
Winger 12/01
Grizzly Rose, Denver
Chris Cagle 11/30
Charlie Daniels Band 12/7
Ogden Theater, Denver
Medeski, Martin, Scofield & Wood 12/07
Public Enemy 12/08
Eddie Money 12/14
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue 12/28
Fillmore Auditorium
Lamb of God w/SG In Flames, Hellyeah, Sylosis 12/10
Other people to check out From ReverbNation
Foxman, Aoede, MesAyah, Anna Johnson, Lindsay Lawler
Enjoy the Holidays

Queen: Days Of Our Lives Blu-ray.

This Blu-ray that was released May of 2011, and has unseen footage as well rare interviews. It is split into two parts, with the Special features being that of music video’s, extended interviews and other stories.
This is one of the better documentaries of the life of a great band. I was amazed at the amount of information and wonderful clips that spanned the history of this band. I found myself getting all choked up towards the end of the documentary like Freddie had just died yesterday. Seeing the clips from the commemorative show made me remember back to all those great albums I own on vinyl.
I’m glad that the band has gone on, but we will always miss the very distinctive Freddie Mercury. His vocal range was amazing and his style was very much his own.
This documentary is worth a watch especially to Queen fans.

Monster Truck..The Band and other news.

Well I finally got a chance to look at my reading material for the last couple months. RUSH had been on the cover of Classic Rock magazine from the UK, so I went to the CR website and was surprised to see that the Classic Rock Roll of Honour was coming up for 2012. This years list of nominees for best new band include.
Ancient VVisdom


Chris Robinson Brotherhood

Cory Branan


Phantom Limb

Tedeschi-Trucks Band

The Civil Wars

And Last but not least a group I will be watching Monster Truck

Take a look and weight in on who should be the best new band of 2012. You know who I’m voting for. They have a wordpress blog too. Monster Truck

New album releases:
Mumford and Sons on Sept 25, Babel
Diana Krall on October 2, Glad Rag Doll
Green Day on Sept 25, Uno
Muse on Oct 2, The 2nd Law
Soundgarden on Nov 13, King Animal
Heart on Oct 2, Fanatic
Billy K Band already out, Outrun The Rain
Joe Bonamassa on Sept 25, Beacon Theatre: Live From New York
The WallFlowers on October 9, Glad All Over

Keep checking back from news and updates.