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Mike Doughty gained his musical fame in the 1990's with the group Soul Coughing.  In this segment of Air Check, Doughty talks about his music, poetry, and addictions with 91.5 KRCC's Jeff Bieri.  Mike's new solo release is called The Heart Watches While the Brain Burns, and his most recent memoir is titled The Book of Drugs.

Colorado Springs native Emily Knurr is bringing a new sound to the local music scene with her synth-pop project, Millicent. Formerly a singer-songwriter of the acoustic variety, Knurr turned her attention to dance beats and electronic production in 2013, and Millicent was born. In the years since, she's released several singles, a self-produced album and, most recently, the excellent EP, DeuxProduced in collaboration with Denver's Charlie FitzDeux has caught the attention of bloggers, music writers, and fans around the country with its catchy hooks, lush sonic textures, and impressive vocal performances from Knurr. 

Stoney Bertz has been making waves in the Colorado Springs music scene since 2011, when she released her first album Fades and Green Stuff on SoundCloud. She’s been on an upward trajectory ever since, creating a steady stream of excellent records and earning a reputation for her sharp lyricism and infectious flow. In 2015 she won Best Solo Hip-Hop Artist at the Colorado Springs Indy Music Awards.

On this episode of Air Check:

Colorado Springs hip hop artist Stoney Bertz tells us about about how high school debate camp influenced her approach to songwriting; Local synth-pop group Millicent joins us for an in-studio performance and interview; Our very own Iggy Igloo shares some music from a genre that’s very close to his heart; And, at the end of the show, we discuss the summer concert season at Red Rocks and tell you how you can win tickets to some amazing upcoming shows.

The membership drive is underway at KRCC right now, and for this episode Air Check we decided to take the opportunity to look back at some of our favorite artist interviews and in-studio performances that we've hosted at KRCC over the past few years. On this episode, we revisit a conversation with Shearwater frontman, Jonathan Meiburg, an in-studio performance from in/PLANES -- the new project of Haunted Windchimes members Desirae Garcia and Inaiah Lujan -- and an interview and in-studio performance from Neil Halstead of the legendary shoegaze band, Slowdive. All that plus a round-up of some of our favorite tracks from the last month and a remembrance of Prince, who died on April 21st. 

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Air Check is a new show from KRCC highlighting great music from the Pikes Peak region and beyond. 

If you’ve ever been to KRCC and seen the 20,000 CDs in our filing cabinets, and the 20,000 records in our vinyl vault, then you know that we are serious about music. Think of Air Check as a showcase for all the incredible music that lives at KRCC. We’ll introduce you to things you may have missed, take a closer look at genres and artists we think you’ll love, and invite local and touring musicians into the studio for exclusive interviews and in-studio performances. 

In this, the second episode of Air Check, we bring you an interview and in-studio performance with the Seattle-based indie folk group, Hey Marseilles; Our very own Dick Fairley, host of the Thursday Evening Jazz excursion, tells us about the history of women in jazz; We remember the life and work of George Martin, AKA the Fifth Beatle; and we review some of our favorite new releases from the last month.

DJ Monica's Top Picks of 2015

Dec 14, 2015

DJ Monica rotates as host of the Brick House, heard each Monday evening at 8:00.  You can listen to archives of the show here.  In no particular order, her top picks of 2015 are:

Young Fathers - Sirens
Andreya Triana - Everything You Never Had, Pt. 2
Lianne La Havas - Green and GoldFat Freddy's Drop - Makkan
Big Grams - Run for Your Life
Bettye Lavette - Step Away
D'Angelo - Really Love
Method Man - 50 Shots
Alabama Shakes - Gimme All Your Love
Bhi Bhiman - Up In Arms
Hermitude - Hazy Love
Ephemerals - Keep On
Gecko Turner - Oye, Muchacha
Haitus Kaiyote - Shaolin Monk Motherfunk
Nneka - Believe System

And special mention to Colorado College professor Idris Goodwin whose entire album, Rhyming While Black, is worth listening to in its entirety.

DJ Melissa's Top Picks from 2015

Dec 9, 2015

When asked for her top 10 picks for best albums of 2015, DJ Melissa responded, "I narrowed it down to 21 favorites."  You can listen to DJ Melissa's show each Friday (early Saturday) at midnight, and catch her archives here.

Dilly Dally - Sore
Lianne La Havas - Blood
Sleater-Kinney - No Cities To Love
Dwayne - [s/t]
Dengue Fever - The Deepest Lake
Reptar - Lurid Glow
Suuns & Jerusalem In My Heart - [s/t]
Blur - The Magic Whip
Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color
Thee Oh Sees - Mutilator Defeated At Last
Bomba Estereo - Amanecer
The Bird & the Bee - Recreational Love
Beach House - Depression Cherry
Rose Windows - [s/t]
La Luz - Weirdo Shrine
Ratatat - Magnifique
The Arcs - Yours, Dreamily
The Dead Weather - Dodge and Burn
Chelsea Wolfe - Abyss
EL VY - Return to the Moon
Big Grams - [s/t]


Ryan Banagale is one of the co-hosts of Critical Karaoke, which can be heard on a rotating basis during the KRCC Presents… time slots, Fridays at 7 PM and Sundays at 4.  He's also part of the daily Monday – Friday "A Day in the Life" modules. 

Ryan's picks for the year:

1. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell
2. The Decemberists - What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World
3. Lin-Manuel Miranda - Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast)
4. Vijay Iyer Trio - Break Stuff
5. Ben Folds - So There
6. Punch Brothers - The Phosphorescent Blues
7. Beirut - No No No
8. Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color
9. Father John Misty - I Love You Honeybear
10. The Helio Sequence - The Helio Sequence

Dr. T's Top Picks from 2015

Dec 6, 2015

Dr. T, your Music Master, brings you into Tuesdays for the Overnight Music Mix from Midnight to 2 a.m. Here is a list of his 10 favorite albums and songs for 2015 (which was so hard to parcel down to 10 that he lists some honorable mentions too). Enjoy! (Listen to Dr. T's archives here.)


10 Favorite Albums (in order):

1. Courtney Barnett: Sometimes I Sit and Think, Sometimes I Just Sit
2. Fort Knox Five: Pressurize the Cabin
3. Kendrick Lamar: To Pimp a Butterfly
4. Tame Impala: Currents
5. Blur: The Magic Whip
6. D’Angelo: The Black Messiah
7. Hot Chip: Why Make Sense?
8. Maribou State: Portraits
9. Jamie xx:  In Colour
10. Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment: Surf

10 Favorite Songs (alphabetical):

Don’t Wanna Fight by Alabama Shakes
How Much a Dollar Cost by Kendrick Lamar
Let It Happen by Tame Impala
Loud Noises by Jamie xx
Love is the Future by Hot Chip
My Terracotta Heart by Blur
Pedestrian at Best by Courtney Barnett
Raising the Skate by Speedy Ortiz
Sunday Candy by Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment
Wildest Dreams by Ryan Adams

Honorable Mention—Albums (alphabetical):

Alabama Shakes: Sound and Color; The Arcs: Yours, Dreamily; Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment: Surf; EL VY: Return to the Moon; La Luz: Weirdo Shrine; Ryan Adams: 1989; Sufjan Stevens: Carrie and Lowell

Honorable Mention—Songs (alphabetical):

Awake by Martin Courtney; Cold Companion by The Arcs; The Clown by Maribou State; Daffodils by Mark Ronson; Nobody’s Empire by Belle & Sebastian; Paul is Alive by EL VY; Phone in a Pool by Ben Folds; Reach by Fort Knox Five; Really Love by D’Angelo;  Sleep Till They Die by La Luz

Bob Slade's Top Picks of 2015

Dec 4, 2015

Bob Slade hosts the Retro Fix on Friday nights from 9 PM to midnight.  You can listen to archives of his show here.

#1) Killing Joke - "Pylon"
#2) Sleater-Kinney - "No Cities To Love" 
#3) Gang of Four - "What Happens Next"
#4) The Sonics - "This Is The Sonics"
#5) Beach Slang - "The Things We Do Find People Who Like Us"
#6) Teenage Time Killers - "Greatest Hits"
#7) Wavves - "V"  
#8) Local: Dressy Bessy - 7"/ Yawpers-cd  
#9) Fat Wreck Chords 25th Anniversary CD
#10) The Go! Team - "The Scene Between"  



Jeanette has been known to fill in on the music shows prior to moving to Underwriting full-time. Here are her top picks for 2015:

1. Sleater-Kinney, No Cities to Love
2. Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, The Third
3. Courtney Barnette, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
4. Toro y Moi, What For?
5. Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Multi- Love
6. Cayucas, Dancing at the Blue Lagoon
7. Best Coast, California Nights
8. Ben Folds, So There
9. Django Django, Born Under Saturn
10. Ryan Adams,  1989


Dick  Fairley hosts the Classic Jazz Excursion every Thursday night from 8 - 11 PM. You can revisit past shows here.

Chris Cortez- Top Secret!
Arturo Sandoval - Live at Yoshi's
Chick Corea & Bela Fleck - Two
Carol Welsman - Alone Together
Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniola - Swing Zing!
Gary Bartz & Larry Willis - Search for Peace
Steve Davis - What Happened to Romance
The Jazz Professors - En Plein Air
Jim Martinez - Good Grief!
Hallie Loren - Butterfly Blues
Wayne Wilkinson - It's a Lark
Kermit Ruffins - #imsneworleans
Lisa Parrott - Round Tripper
Jane Monheit - Heart on Fire

Carter's Top Picks for 2015

Dec 2, 2015

Carter hits the airwaves on Thursday night at 11 PM and carries you through til 2 AM.  His archives are available here and here.

Carter's top picks for 2015 are the following:

Wilco - Star Wars
Mark Ronson- Uptown Special
Mikal Cronin -  MC III
Thee Oh Sees Mutilator - Defeated At Last
Father John Misty - I Love You Honeybear
The Dead Weather - Dodge and Burn
Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats
Crocodiles Boys
Ryan Adams - 1989
Rose Windows - S/T
Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band - So Delicious
Amy Helm - Didn’t it Rain

On this episode of Critical Karaoke we are talking about “cover songs.”  Songs that were written and recorded by one artist, but go on to be re-recorded and re-performed by many other artists in many other genres—it is kind of like karaoke of existing songs, but it is critical?  Join us as we discuss covers of "No Diggity" by Blackstreet; "King Porter Stomp," first composed and performed by Jelly Roll Morton; and “The World Turned Upside Down” by Leon Rosselson.  All than and more, including a special "cover band" name pop quiz.

Song of the Day... with Pictures

May 29, 2015

Critical Karaoke Comes to KRCC

Mar 3, 2015

KRCC Announces New Weekend Show.

CRITICAL KARAOKE is a new radio program hosted by Colorado College professors Idris Goodwin, Ryan Banagale, and Steve Hayward.

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Delaney Utterback

1 • Not a '14 release, but new to KRCC.  Grab this EP from Battleships.  You won't regret it.  In fact, here are two tracks:
"Retrospect" & "Your Words" from Battleships  |  Album: To You

Tom's Top Ten for 2014

Dec 19, 2014

Tom DJs the Music Mix on Tuesday nights.  Here are his top ten or so albums for the year:

Here's 11 super awesome albums from the year 2014 that you need to listen to as loud as possible:

Aphex Twin - Syro
Robert Plant - Lullaby and... the Ceaseless Roar
Pink Floyd - The Endless River
Run the Jewels - RTJ2
La Luz - It's Alive
Pink Mountaintops - Get Back
Jack White - Lazaretto
The Goastt - Midnight Sun
Johnny Marr - Playland
Ty Segall - Manipulator
Caribou - Our Love

Iggy Igloo hosts Tuesday night's Planet Groove, starting at 8PM. His Top Ten mixes up world, national, and local selections from all the great albums he heard this year.  "All of these really speak to me," Iggy says, "and made it into my regular listening habits. Thanks for reading!"

10. Thievery Corporation-Saudade
9. Dum Dum Girls- Too True
8. Muyei Power- Sierra Leone In 1970's USA
7. The Still Tide- Tinder
6. Eros & the Eschaton- Home Address for a Civil War
5. Toumani Diabate & Sidiki Diabate- Toumani & Sidiki
4. Warpaint- S/T
3. Alsarah & the Nubatones- Silt
2. Cary Hudson- Town and Country
1. Tinariwen- Emmaar

Melissa's Top Ten for 2014

Dec 15, 2014

Melissa Rivell DJs the Saturday 12-2 am music mix.  In no particular order, here's ten favorites she's enjoyed from this year:

Spoon "They Want My Soul"
Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas "Secret Evil"
TV On the Radio "Seeds"
The Bamboos "Fever In the Road"
Hollie Cook "Twice"
We Are Not A Glum Lot Self-titled EP
Echo & the Bunnymen "Meteorites"
Amasa Hines "All the World There Is"
King Tuff "Black Moon Spell"
Quantic "Magnetica"

Bobby's Top Ten of 2014

Dec 11, 2014

DJ Bobby fills in from time to time here on KRCC. Here are his top ten picks for 2014:

1. MisterWives- Reflections
2. Ratatat- Beats
3. Prince- Art Official Age
4. Steel Pulse- African Holocaust
5. Noiseshaper- Reel to Reel
6. Scott Pilgrim Motion Picture Soundtrack
7. Mad Pudding- Grand Hotel
8. Fat Freddy's Drop- Blackbird
9. Bob Marley Legend Remixed
10. Odesza-In Return

I'm the News Director here at KRCC, but by this time, it should be no secret that I'm a pretty big music fan. There are a lot of albums I need to explore from this year, but I offer you my one pick:

Band of Horses: Acoustic at the Ryman

Rooster Coop's Top Ten of 2014

Dec 11, 2014

Rooster Coop keeps you going from Monday late until 2 AM on Tuesday mornings. Here are his top picks from 2014, and a couple of honorable mentions:

1.    Milky Chance - Sadneccesary
2.    Broken Bells – After The Disco
3.    Alt-J – This Is All Yours
4.    Odesza- In Return
5.    Robert Plant – Lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar
6.    Spoon – They Want My Soul
7.    Tune-Yards – Nikki Nack
8.    Sylvan Esso – S/T
9.    Little Dragon- Nabuma Rubberband
10. Atmosphere- Southsiders

Honorable Mentions

Your friend and neighbor Vicky Gregor gets your musical morning started with the Morning Music Mix each weekday starting at 9 AM. In no particular order (just plain old excellent and there isn't room for the other 20), here are her top picks for 2014:

Neneh Cherry - Blank Project
Alt-J - This Is All Yours
Mark Lanegan - Phantom Radio/No Bells On Sunday
Caribou - Our Love
Gusgus - Mexico
Tosca - Outta Here
Beck - Morning Phase
Parquet Courts - Sunbathing Animal
Ryley Walker - All Kinds Of You
Frazey Ford - Indian Ocean

Jeff Bieri hosts your afternoon music mix and also the Blue Plate Special each weekday at noon.  Here's Jeff's picks for top blues albums of 2014:

Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens - Cold World
Johnny Winter - Step Back
Tommy Castro and the Painkillers - the Devil You Know
Gary Clark Jr. - Live
Mr. Sipp the Mississippi Blues Child - It’s My Guitar
Clothesline Revival - Greatest Show on Mars
Mannish Boys - Wrapped Up and Ready
Robben Ford - a Day in Nashville
Kenny Wayne Shepherd - Goin’ Home
John Hammond - Timeless

Monica's Top Ten of 2014

Dec 9, 2014

DJ Monica is one of the hosts of Monday night's Brickhouse, from 8-10PM.  Her top picks for 2014 are the following (in no particular order):

Little Dragon---Mirror
Prince---Breakfast Can Wait
Neneh Cherry---Blank Project
Cody Chesnutt---Sense of You (Jay West/Manuel Sahugan remix)
Anthony Valadez---Ghost Ridin'
Meshell Ndegeocello---Comet Come to Me
Tricky---Keep Me in Your Shake
Jose Gonzales---This is How We Walk on the Moon
Christian Gregory---Count on You

Some additional mentions:

Barbra's Top Ten for 2014

Dec 9, 2014

Barbra of Barbra's Wednesday Late Night Music Mix has picked these albums as her heavy rotation discs:

Alt-J "This is All Yours"
Caribou "Our Love"
Elbow "The Take Off and Landing of Everything"
Robyn Hitchcock "The Man Upstairs"
Bryan Ferry "Avonmore"
Prince "Art Official Age"
Beck "Morning Phase"
Neneh Cherry "Blank Project"
Jolie Holland "Wine Dark Sea"
Ryan Adams "Ryan Adams"

Bob Slade hosts the Friday night "Retro-Fix," from 9 PM until midnight.  Here are his top new releases from 2014:

Cloud Nothings - "Here And Nowhere Else"
Bob Mould - "Beauty And Ruin"
Perfect Pussy - "Say Yes To Love"
Buzzcocks - "The Way"
The Raveonettes - "Pe'ahi"
Fucked Up - "Glass Boys"
Johnny Marr - "Playland"
Ty Seagull - "Manipulator"
Swingin' Utters - "Fistful Of Hollow"

Best Colorado:  The Roxy Suicide - "Joan Your Jett"