Matthew Vasquez and Kelly Winrich of Delta Spirit stopped by our studio for a live performance and conversation. We were fortunate to be able to spend the morning with them as they were in between tour stops back in 2010 in support of their album "History from Below". We checked in with them about the late Howard Zinn, Irish proverbs, and a whole lot more.
One of Canada's finest musicians, Afie Jurvanen, is best known by his stage name Bahamas. Afie stopped by to perform live in our studios shortly after the release of "Bahamas is Afie". That evening would be the first time that Afie and his band were the headliners for a show in Denver. The concert sold out and Bahamas mesmerized the audience at the Larimer Lounge with a brilliant show.
Shortly after the end of The Books, Nick Zammuto began work on developing a new band, Zammuto. They stopped by the studios for a live performance just before their first tour was set to begin with Explosions in the Sky. Previous to this studio session they had only three live shows under their belt. It was a rare moment to hear the birth of a band. Set List: Groan Man, Don't Cry, Too Late to Topologize, Yay, Shape of Things to Come
We were incredibly lucky to host Courtney Barnett & the Courtney Barnetts for their first live performance in Colorado. The band was playing in advance of a show at the Larimer Lounge and had enough time to join us for a live studio session. We spoke with them about their meteoric rise, their experiences on the road, Australian slang, and more. Set List: Avant Gardener, Lance Jr., and History Eraser.
We were lucky enough to have a visit from Dave Rawlings Machine in our studios. They were in between a two night run at the Boulder Theater and had enough time in their schedule for a live studio session. "The Machine" was breaking in a new line up featuring Dave Rawlings, Gillian Welch, Willie Watson, Paul Kowert, and John Paul Jones. They spoke about their harmonies, the forgotten lyrics of This Land Is Your Land, and the challenges of getting their schedules to align.
Legendary band Negativland brought a version of their weekly radio broadcast (Over the Edge, on the air since 1981) to the live stage for the very first time, mixing music, found sounds, found dialog, scripts, personalities, and sound effects within a radio theater-of-the-mind. "It's All In Your Head FM" is a two-hour-long, action-packed look at monotheism, the supernatural God concept, and the all-important role played by the human brain in our beliefs.
Violinist Regina Carter is considered the foremost jazz violinist of her generation – a designation which doesn’t quite paint the picture. As a result of her curiosity, passion, and quest for beauty brought to every stop taken on her full musical journey, she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship genius grant. Those are more apparent than ever on her new release Southern Comfort. KGNU's EC caught up with her by phone.
Digging through the archives we found this gem from DJ Logic. Back in 2008, we caught up with Jason Kibler, aka DJ Logic, before a show at the Fox and invited him to take over the airwaves. He made his way into the studios with a stack of records under each arm, settled in, warmed up on the turntables, and then went live with this massive set.
On a Cinco de Mayo afternoon Calexico & Mariachi Luz de Luna were gracious enough to stop by our studios for a live session in advance of their show that night at Tulagi. Unlike the venue they would perform at that evening, this little piece of musical history has not been lost to the sands of time. Despite being up until close to 4:00 am the previous night celebrating with the staff of The Bluebird theater following their Denver performance, the musicians were full of energy. Calexico & Mariachi Luz de Luna treated the radio listeners of Colorado to an extended intimate set of music for which we're all still very grateful.
Volker Bertelmann records under the name Hauschka. His expansive and delicate material orbits a universe centered by the prepared piano. We were lucky enough to spend some time with him during a visit to our Boulder studio in the Fall of 2007. Volker caught up with Marshall Demeranville and Kate Lesta for a live performance and interview. Our studio space has a dilapidated upright Baldwin piano that slumps with bad musical posture in the corner of the room... Volker loved it! He used it to make something uniquely Hauschka.