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.