“I’m strong for my size, but I’m small / …and I don’t want to carry your load anymore,” Desirae Garcia sang these words as her opening lyrics for this chapel session at the La Foret campgrounds during the Meadowgrass Music Festival last year (same day we recorded Dawes). The words are indicative of how effortlessly direct her songs can seem in their simplicity, but one listen will show how those unassuming songs pack a punch through their quiet and insistent assertion.
(From thecoloradosound.com) Best of show airs Dec 28-Jan 3. Best of post will be published Dec 29. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite artist, record, and video. Polls close on Dec 20th. All links take you straight to the appropriate poll. Only those records/videos released/published between Nov 1 2012 and Oct 31 2013 were considered for “fan favorite/best of” consideration.
The opening night for the summit included a virtual who’s who of the Denver scene, as some of our city’s best took the stage to collaborate with visiting national acts. Members of The Head and the Heart, Bahamas, and “The Weather Station” teamed up with Ian Cooke, Chimney Choir, and Conor Bourgal in a series of beautiful collaborations. The entire crew of artists spent only 3 hours that day coming up with an 11 song set list to play that night. In spite of a few minor hiccups, every song was filled with the unique character of each performer, and the innovative additions of added instruments and harmonies from new collaborators. It was a testament to each artists talent that they were not only able to put together a cohesive show that quickly, but a damn good one at that.
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Her band may be approaching their upcoming set at Swallow Hill’s 6th annual Denver Ukefest as a normal ‘power set,’ but for The Haunted Windchimes’ ukulele player Desirae Garcia, the pressure is on, as her group’s ambassador of the ukulele.
“Yeah, I definitely feel a little bit of pressure. I’m not exactly a traditional ukulele player. I don’t really know anything about the ukulele. Like, I call it a ukulele [yoo-ka-lay-lee], which is a perfect example. They all call it a ukulele [ook-koo-le-le],” Garcia laughed, during a recent phone interview with The Marquee.
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The track is found on Johnson’s LP “New West Sound,” which will be released Sept. 14 with a show at the Ivywild School in Colorado Springs. The album is on Blank Tape Records, a Pueblo record label that, while only five years old, releases the best of Colorado Americana, including The Haunted Windchimes and Grant Sabin. Fans of blues, country and bluegrass will fall in love with Johnson’s solid songwriting and rich, outlaw-country vocals. Do give the album a full listen. “Roll Back Muddy Water” is a little ditty compared to the other tracks. Inaiah Lujan of The Haunted Windchimes gets a production credit, and the production and arrangements of these songs are world-class. It’s truly a gorgeous, moving release perfect for days like today.
In the last decade, Grant Sabin has covered a lot of ground. He started playing out at age 13, went through the blues prodigy's obligatory Robert Johnson phase, and has since developed his own idiosyncratic style that's well-represented on last December'sAnthromusicology album.
In addition to being Sabin's most fully realized recording, Anthromusicologybridged local music communities. Released on the Haunted Windchimes' Blank Tape Records label, it finds him collaborating with We Are Not a Glum Lot guitarist Sam Erickson, Briffaut frontman Daniel James Eaton, and drummer-about-town Alex Koshak, who combine their musical talents and taste for cosmic surrealism in the Kings of Space collective.
'It all blurs together after a while," says Inaiah Lujan, trying to remember whether the Haunted Windchimes' appearance on A Prairie Home Companion was last year or the year before.
For the record, it was in October 2011. The group has since released its sixth album and played around town in an ever-changing array of side projects. Perhaps most importantly, the group has also toured almost constantly, and that's allowed them, or required them, actually, to give up their day jobs.
ALSO: Mike Clark won an award for Best Multi-Instumentalist
Check out Mike Clark and the Sugar Sounds rock the song Woe Jet Liner at Mercury Cafe. Mike Clark took the stage on May 29th, 2013 for Audiovore's Fortunate Listener series, and we're still smiling from the good times.
Blank Tape Records recording artist Grant Sabin announced today a Westbound Tour, starting August 9th through September 2013. This string of shows will take Sabin and his band, The Full Moon, through, Utah, Montana, Washington, Oregon and more in support of his recent release ANTHROMUSICOLOGY, available now.
Tour Dates: (more TBA)
08-09 Salt Lake City, UT - The Garage on Beck
08-11 Livingston, MT - Murray Bar
08-15 Coram, MT - Stonefly Lounge
08-17 Richland, WA - Emerald of Siam
08-18 Seattle, WA - Nectar Lounge
08-19 Hood River, OR - The Trillium Cafe
08-20 Bend, OR - Good Life Brewing
visit: www.anthro-musicology.com for updates
Blank Tape Records is pleased to announce the release of "New West Sound" by Joe Johnson, available now for pre order and scheduled for release September 14th, 2013. Download the first single, "Who's Gonna Go Your Bond" for just a little taste of what this 12 track album has to offer.
Recorded in Pueblo, Colorado by Sean Fanning and Inaiah Lujan (The Haunted Windchimes), New West Sound's 12 tracks run the gamut from old country and bluegrass to a newer blues, rock and soul sound, all the while maintaining a common thread throughout... Great original songwriting!
Colorado songwriter Mike Clark writes songs that sound sweeter than sour. They give off the feeling that his love is healthy, but it's still so damned hungry. It's blazing and demanding. He gives off that pacing the floor, screaming at the skies neediness vibe that the greatest of the old school soul and blues singers gave off, as if there was nothing else than some soft touch to be had. It was all there was. It was everything that was and is needed. They'll be wayward until they fill that yearning. They'll be wayward for a while.
"Sometimes it takes just one play, one single spin, to know you’ve found something to treasure."
So it is with Changing Colors and the track Good Times from their new album Joan & The King, which sees a release via Blank Tape Records.From the opening lazy strum of guitar and gently hypnotic percussion to the perfect, world-weary vocals of frontman Conor Bourgal, the song meanders slowly and surely to its destination over a simple refrain, “I am a mess of a man“. This is haunted, melancholy Americana at its very best.
Fans of Bonnie “Prince” Billy will settle right in to the Changing Colors. With an honest, gorgeous voice, songwriter Conor Bourgal takes simple lyrics like “I am a mess of a man,” as in “Good Times,” available for download below, and breaths a deep emotional and spiritual resonance. Largely, this is sparse music with a prairie’s space. Like wind across grain, this songs are simple and quiet, yet has the power to stir a richness of feeling and haunt your dreams.
Twin brothers Conor and Ian Bourgal are the driving force behind Colorado based indie-folk group Changing Colors, a band that sprang to life in the tiny town of Manitou Springs. After their inception with 2009′s release Ghost of Red Mountain, the brothers are back with a follow-up album entitled Joan & the King. The album will be out on May 18 on Blank Tape Records, and Pigeons & Planes is premiering their first single “Good Times.”
From the winged cassette that serves as its logo to the old-school influences embraced by its artists, Blank Tape Records has never been shy about its retro inclinations. So it's fitting that, for her solo debut,Haunted Windchimes co-founder Desirae Garcia opted to go with a seven-inch vinyl release.
Blank Taper Joe Johnson is back in the studio at the newly formed "Goat Hill Pickin' Parlor," run by Haunted Windchimes' bassist Sean Fanning. These sessions have already seen a fair share of Southern-Colorado talent; Sean Fanning and Inaiah Lujan (The Haunted Windchimes), Josh DeSmidt (Broken Spoke), Jason Gilmore (J.Miller Band, Creating a Newsense) and introducing fiddle extraordinaire Jacob Klock. These artists and more have already laid down tracks for Joe Johnson's follow-up album, working title: "Jericho."
“I want this guy to go out into the world and become the next Otis Redding …I mean, if there was a job opening for the next Otis currently available,” I leaned over and whispered into my friend Ian’s ear while Mike Clark absolutely owned the stage at Shove Chapel during the recording of this session."
"While live performances made it clear that Sabin has been steadily evolving as an artist, his recording trajectory shows a much more sudden leap. Sabin's Blank Tape debut is like the audio equivalent of the moment when The Wizard of Oz goes from black-and-white to color."
Grant was also featured recently on KRCC's Big Something:
"We invited Sabin and his drummer, Alex Koshak (also of the Flumps and Briffaut) into our studio at the Tim Gill Center for Public Media to play a few songs and to talk about the album, 'Anthromusicology'."
"Sabin’s musical voice rings so true, we’re inclined to believe anything that raw voice sings. The Colorado Springs musician with magnificent facial hair is set to release “Anthromusicology” on Blank Tape Records on Dec. 14 at Stargazers Theatre."
One quiet night in May, my friend Conor played me this demo that local treasure Mike Clark had just recorded earlier in the week. There in the darkness, I completely fell in love with this song and everything about it and what I want my summer to sound like. Lazy, appreciative, and unhurried. I turned to Conor as we laid there, and said “Um, I know how my summer mix is starting this year.”
With well over 1000 people in attendance The Haunted Windchimes teamed up with Conductor Scott Yoo and the Festival Summer Orchestra for an unforgettable performance at Colorado College. Watch a clip from the evening's festivities below
Video courtesy of Loring Wirbel. Watch on YouTube.
The Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF), a Denver-based non-profit regional art preservation group, has just announced the six lucky Colorado musicians who are the recipients of its inaugural Independent Music on Tour (IMTour) Program grant.
Let’s start the week off right with some new Colorado-made music. Today, you can steal Americana folk from The Haunted Windchimes, a band that " has risen from its humble chamber-pop roots to one of the region’s premier purveyors of musicologist-approved Americana ."
Rocky Mountain favorites, The Haunted Windchimes, will take the stage April 6th, 2012, for a very special release party for their new CD, "Out with the Crow." The Windchimes, who opened for Arlo Guthrie at the FAC’s Labor Day on the Lawn concert in 2010, will play their new CD in its entirety as well as other crowd favorites.
Voted "Most impressive music video of 2011" by the A.V. Club
Mike Clark of The Haunted Windchimes and The Ghost Of Michael Clark made a video in which he rides a bike. While it may not sound impressive at first, he’s also strumming his guitar and singing his song “Hey Daisy.” The video was shot in one take on Tehon St. in Colorado Springs, and the song’s bluesy tone really grabs the listener even as Clark is rolling down the street in the Colorado sunshine.
Blank-Tape's own Haunted Windchimes were called upon by A Prairie Home Companion to join them at The World Arena for a live taping this past Saturday, October 29th. Below you can listen to the entire show including 4 Original Haunted Windchimes songs: Waitin' For a Train, A Ballad of Human Progress and more!
There is a sweet intuition in watching brothers playing or sisters singing together. Some of that familial DNA seems to weave its way through the verses, the octave changes and the rhythm shifts. When my sister and I sing together, it’s like singing with myself but in stereo. Watching Colorado Springs’ Conor and Ian Bourgal of The Changing Colors play together, it’s as if one person splintered into two – a river of fraternal goodness.