Blather Cakes 2009 highlights. Dig on it.
Blather Cakes, amazing bocufriend and music seeker, has noted this year's highlights in blogpost form with several fantastic pictures. Please check it out and be sure to show your gratitude. You may even see some familiar Bocumast Favorites in the mix....Just saying: http://blathercakes.blogspot.com/
Freeloader: Experimental goodness of Sense from Nonsense By Cory Casciato As much as we enjoy a good pop tune, rock song, dance track and/or hip-hop joint, occasionally we feel the need for something ... weirder -- something that puts the "mental" in experimental and helps us scrape our ears clean of all those predetermined expectations about what music is supposed to be.....read on. its real nice...and includes free song samples. download the albums on bandcamp for free for a limited time.
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Vital info NAME: Luis Etscheid AGE: 21 HOMETOWN: Denver co AQUARIUS Luis' favorites: 1. White 2. 101 dalmations (original) 3. Confusion 4. Best buy 5. Twilight zone old 6. Belly buttons 7. Swedish things 8. Scratching 9. Sonic the hedgehog 10. Tomato 11. Asparagus 12. Feeding sophi 13. Hideous men 14. Cougar legs 15. 15 16. Skydiving 17. Aldous Huxley 18. Fresh linens 19. Bill Clinton 20. Marcel Duchamp
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Wheel on Daytrotter (free downloads) "It had been rough on all of their bodies, there's no doubt about it, but Nathaniel Rateliff, the main songwriter and leader of The Wheel, looked like he'd been in a prize fight or two the night before he came in for this session in the summer, with his eyes red and nearly swollen shut from the lack of sleep and consistent burning through nights as if his time was running out. It's not just the way that Rateliff, a native of Missouri wine country (as odd as that is to say) and a resident of Denver, Colorado these days, acts on the road when the behavior isn't just expected, but encouraged. It's how he thinks about his miniscule allotment of time and he ruminates on the lack of tenure that all of us are faced with here, working these potentially wasted aspirations and the hollowed out but booming and thundering heart of a man who knows that there's no way that his time will ever be enough, into his spectacularly defined and perceptive folk songs....." read on and download free songs for free here: http://www.daytrotter.com/dt/nathaniel-rateliff-and-the-wheel-concert/20030992-37382165.html
The Works of Evan Kutz Art Show If we take the sentiment of commercial art, say a billboard or subway poster, then we feel as strangely as we possibly can about it, one ends up with an Evan Kutz painting. Using found material (in most instances, fashion artwork from The Gap) Kutz makes layers of imagery on already socially recognizable imagery. The paintings carry a wit and haunt that are hard to evade and stand head and shoulders above much of the contemporary, urban art world. The show runs from December 1st through 31st with the opening reception on Friday, December 4th. Kaze Gallery@3245 Osage St. It'll be well worth your time. -david e. coccagna Sorry guys, this was supposed to go up last week. Somehow it did not. Go check out the show anyhow, its great!
Bocumast Music Review: M. Ward's "Hold Time" Skates in Circles on Wooden Rails Artist: M. Ward Album: Hold Time Label: Merge Records 2009 If I were to burn my hair ends, run down slides lined with blue jeans, and change my name to Elderoy, I would probably like this album just as much as I already do. Granted, M. Ward has a voice, fingers and legs that help bring this celebration of mostly pepped up gurgles and lazy hip slappers to life. Profound, picky, memorable. With a little western comfort tinge, catchy flips, simple licks, and lovely chicks (Zooey Deschanel on "Never Had Nobody Like You" & "Rave On"). M. Ward sets a tone. Trotting past small town downtown shops, kicking dirt into the eyes of strangers, and peeling back a days worth of sweat from an old bandanna. Making love in American cars to sweet teens with mediocre grades, eating oranges out of a crate, racing across small lakes with summer breezes...lighting fireworks in slow-motion and jumping over fences that need mending. "Hold Time" does exactly what the title suggests. It reminds you of moments, whether you lived them or not. Hold onto them. Hold on to those melting popsicle, loose hipped, careless days. Hold on to all the big bangs, short skirt pockets, and bar-b-que winks, but most of all...Hold on to the hand holding. Don't forget the hand holding. "Hold Time" promises more than it gives, but it keeps giving over time. Its a hint at the next story or adventure piloted by Ward's monumental crossbred tone. It makes breathing more beautiful like laying in soft grass and old wooden structures, which you could ride around on with the proper roller skate. I can only hope that the "outro" is a preliminary glimpse to an unreleased soundtrack to only the best kind of movie. Get this and take a ride alone...or at least a long bath....you need one. status: recommended if you like this, you may also enjoy: Desire and Dissolving Men by The Wheel, Volume One by She and Him, Anything by The Traveling Wilburys. for something not even remotely like this, check out: Earthly Delights by Lightning Bolt for more information visit: http://mwardmusic.com/deluxe/
Cory Casciato discusses the outer worldliness of Hideous Men: "Take two parts freak folk and one part New Wave, filter it through a dying Gameboy, then melt shards of sampled hip-hop into the mix and allow to congeal into something weird. That should give you some idea of what to expect with Hideous Men, one of the latest and most interesting bands to emerge from the Rhinoceropolis lo-fi experimental electronic scene. Sure, there are plenty of rough edges, but there's also plenty to like"....read on.
-these kids are gonna be worth something someday. you can feel it in your thighs.
It was the great Cecil Taylor that said "improvisation is the life blood of music." Well, there's an event coming up that would make him proud. Dreaming Machines, Fight Spider with Spider and Aenka are three musical acts that aim to inspire, explore, question, revel, bewilder, transcend and sustain. The live conversations of each act are similar in theory, but yet quite different in sound. Oh, and Kirwin Brown will be there. Don't miss out on this wonderful night of music: A Charming Well Planned Evening of Adorable Avant Garde: special guest Kirwin Brown Dreaming Machines Aenka Fight Spider with Spider Mercury Cafe Thursday December 17th, 2009. donations are accepted. there will be discount merchandise as well. ------------------------------------------- come dressed as your favorite aenka member and you could win: some reading goggles, a really nice pen, some pre-worn pants, a velvet trucker hat, or a golf ball with your name written on it in black magic marker. ___________________________________________________________ more information and music and videos here: http://www.aenka.com
Bocumast Review: The BQE by Sufjan Stevens Finds Isometric Beauty and Adventure in an Expressway Artist: Sufjan Stevens Album: The BQE (soundtrack) Label: Asthmatic Kitty Shifty-classical construction, dancing, delightful, cherry. The Brooklyn-Queens Expressway inspires Sufjan's newest release and film. If you're like myself, you might prefer to come up with your own imagery before you see the film, or even the trailer for the film. Set forth, it opens, beautifully building, constructing. My thoughts trot forward, but take time to peruse this marvelous landscape of soundtrack magic. "Sleeping Invader" comes on like solid night and day advancing, meandering, unveiling history, giving way to passionate stories, romantic, yet unstable. It almost leaves you too soon, but gives way to "Dream Sequence in Subi Circumnavigation," a mythical partnership in waves, voice and pretend limbs, gently falling around horses, carried on the backs of other horses. At two thirds taking twists into sleepy hollow caverns and spikes on trees, torn apart eventually by an angry sun. Then Spring, rises and rises again, full, comfortable gazes on the foreheads of mountainous statues, creamy wet with white, pale pink paints. Birds escape into sockets of the cavernous eyes for brief damp shade, mocking bats playfully with horn-shaped beaks. Suddenly, "traffic shock" breaks into electric forms, mountains become mounds of chords, seedling robotic hands, sitting in metal chairs, gliding past power plants exploding with light and static, enveloped by force field sculptures, bathed in plastic grass packages and elastic sticker collages. Pyramids of light melt into stars into schools of fish. Then power, as old time armies march through ice capade traps, trees and bushes on skates, folding against reality, making light of soldiers keeping time with their elbows and knees, swallowing the gun barrels for their women, marking targets on the forest animals, taking aim.... The "Emperor of Centrifuge" changes direction. Animals fleeing in all direction, hiding, running, laughing, crying, digging massive holes. Pounds of flesh falling to the ground, through the leaves, pines, bark, and earth, into such giant holes. Forest creatures conquering armies of hunters like the shore swallowing waves. Then subtle pain and regret in "Postlude: Critical Mass," and an appropriate ending to an imaginative musical adventure. Status: Recommended For more information or to purchase this fine release go here: http://asthmatickitty.com/the-bqe
Steal This Track is THE spot to find out more about Denver’s hottest and most interesting musical acts. More than just a bunch of jittering pixels, this column also gives you the chance to actually HEAR those artists. Thanks to the depth to which our tentacles reach in the Colorado music scene, we’re able to bring you absolutely legal, absolutely free downloads every Tuesday. In many cases, Steal This Track might even be the first time a recording has seen daylight, and such is the case with this week’s delicious morsel. Jason Cain and Brittany Gould have no shortage of musical projects to keep them busy. read on and download track here