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We've got Guilty Pleasure Songs... Do You?

Sep 22, 2016

We've all got songs we blast in the privacy of our own homes but might not recommend to a friend, or even admit we like at all. Don't we?

In this piece from the latest episode of Air Check, we re-imagine our usual "musical roundtable" segment. Instead of sharing recent favorites, Vicky, Jake and Jeff each share a song that they'd rather you didn't know they enjoy...

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It's no secret that record stores have struggled to survive in the digital age. In the last decade, we've seen music retail giants like Tower Records and Sam Goody file for bankruptcy and watched as the internet has rendered CDs virtually obsolete. For those running record stores, there has been a lot to adjust to. 

Jake Brownell

On Episode 7 of Air Check, Portland band Ages and Ages drops by for an interview and in-studio performance, Bob Slade, host of KRCC’s Retro Fix, shares some of his favorite songs about work in honor of labor day, we discuss the ever-changing industry of music retail with Judy Negley and Shawn Mayo of Independent Records, Dick Fairley interviews local jazz guitarist, Wayne Wilkinson, and we cop to some guilty pleasure songs.

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Local band Eros and the Eschaton are doing big things in the Colorado Springs music scene. Their brand of shoegazy indie rock has impressed fans, record label execs, and music writers around the country, and they've achieved a degree of critical and commercial success rarely seen by bands in the Pikes Peak Region. 

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It should come as no surprise to music fans in the Pikes Peak region to hear that Pueblo is home to some fantastic musicians. For evidence, one need look no further than the Haunted Windchimes -- one of southern Colorado's most beloved local groups -- and the various side projects of its members. But there's much more music to appreciate in the Steel City. 

On this episode of Air Check: 

Vicky, Jeff, and Jake share their favorite new releases of the last month; Local band Eros and the Eschaton preview some tracks from their new album, Weight of Matter; Pueblo Pulp music writer John Bueno shares some of his favorite bands from the Steel City; Musician Ed Parsons schools us on the history of Reggae; And electronic producer Tor talks sampling and songwriting. 

On this episode of Air Check:

Jake, Jeff and Vicky present their favorite new songs of the season, Vicky has a chat with legendary soul, rhythm and blues artist Booker T. Jones, Vintage Voltage host GT dissects four patriotic pop songs from the past, Rence Liam discusses his new Dear Rabbit album They're Not Like You, and Jake tells the story of Ulysses Baxter, a rock-and-roll musician who pushed a peanut up Pikes Peak--with his nose--in the summer of 1963.

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. 

Jake Brownell

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.

Courtesy of Max Morath via Colorado College

Ragtime pianist, composer, actor, and author Max Morath, a native of Colorado Springs, will be inducted in the Colorado Music Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 16 at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Morath has been credited with the popular revival of ragtime in the 1970s. He toured and performed for more than 60 years, and logged more than 5,000 performances everywhere from Cripple Creek to New York City.

KRCC’s Noel Black spoke with Morath via phone about his lifelong love of rags.

To learn more of Max Morath's discography, click HERE.

Jake Brownell

Air Check is a brand 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 January 1997, the poet Miller Williams stood on the steps of the Capitol at President Bill Clinton's second inauguration and read a poem he'd written about our country:

We have memorized America,

how it was born and who we have been and where.

In ceremonies and silence we say the words,

telling the stories, singing the old songs.

We like the places they take us. Mostly we do.

Rock Icon David Bowie Dies At 69

Jan 11, 2016

Iconic rock musician David Bowie has died of cancer at age 69. The news was announced in a statement on Bowie's social media sites:

"David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer," it read.

Bowie's death was confirmed by his son, Duncan Jones, who tweeted, "Very sorry and sad to say it's true. I'll be offline for a while. Love to all."

With 2015 coming to an end, we thought it was time to invite KRCC Program Director Jeff Bieri and Music Director Vicky Gregor into the studio to discuss their favorite music from 2015. In this special episode of The Big Something, Jeff and Vicky count down their top ten albums/songs of the year. 

DJ Monica's Top Picks of 2015

Dec 14, 2015
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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
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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]

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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
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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
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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"  

Also: P.I.L., WIRE, !!!, NOFX, FFS, PINS, FUZZ, HINDS, POTTYMOUTH, NEW ORDER, DEAD WEATHER, BOY TOY, SPOON, CRIBS, SQUEEZE and 100 more!

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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

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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
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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

Tom Ross

Colorado Springs musician Tom Ross has dedicated much of his life to studying the music of different cultures around the globe and integrating those global influences into his own work as a composer. Ross was raised in Colorado Springs, where he trained with the legendary jazz guitarist Johnny Smith as a young man. He eventually made his way to Wesleyan University in Connecticut, where he earned a PhD in Ethnomusicology.

 

On this episode of The Big Something Radio Programme, sociologist and author Kathy Giuffre discusses her first novel, The Drunken Spelunker’s Guide to Plato; food writer and reporter Bryce Crawford talks dining in the Pikes Peak region; and local musician Tom Ross takes us on a tour of his global musical influences. 

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Intermezzo Season Concert - St. Lawrence String Quartet

Apr 7, 2015

Location
Packard Hall
5 W. Cache La Poudre St. (map)

Delaney Utterback
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

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