Shortly after the release of Armchair Apocrypha, Andrew Bird and his band (including electronic artist and percussionist Martin Dosh) made their way into our studios for a live performance on the Afternoon Sound Alternative. Stephen Whitehead spoke with Andrew about his songwriting style, inspiration, and extraordinary whistling talent. The set ended with a rare tune, Dear Dirty, from his Fingerlings 3 release.
Local Gold: One fine Spring Sunday morning, Mollie O'Brien & Rich Moore made their way up to our studios to perform selections from their expansive discography and an unrecorded cover of a Dorothy Love Coates tune. We were excited to have them back live in our performance space.
Local Gold: Local Gold features some of the amazing talent right here in Colorado. Over the years we've had the good fortune to have regular visits from Esmé Patterson. Whether she is joined with her friends in Paper Bird or sharing material from her solo projects, it is always a treat to have her on our airwaves. Her latest visit features material from her second solo album Woman to Woman.
One of Canada's finest musicians, Afie Jurvanen, is best known by his stage name Bahamas. Following the release of his stunning second album Barchords in Spring of 2012, we obsessed over his tour schedule hoping for a date that might land him somewhere near Denver. Luckily one popped up that Fall and Afie and his back up singers agreed to take time out of their schedule to share a few tunes with us.
Local Gold: Madame Andrews passed away peacefully on Monday March 24th 2014. She was a Gospel legend who made Colorado her home. We were lucky to have her with us as a vibrant member of our musical community. She shared the message of Gospel music through her own performances and through the KGNU show she created over three decades ago - The Gospel Chime Hour.
Local Gold: Patrick Dethlefs & Eye and the Arrow stopped by for a live studio session on the Morning Sound Alternative with 99. When Patrick won studio time for $10 at a silent auction he asked Eye and the Arrow if they would be his band for the recording session. They had a different idea, "How about we give you $5 and we do a split EP?" - they still owe Patrick $5 but the resulting EP was the first showcase of a magical musical collaboration.
DJ Olive was the headliner at our 2009 Fundraising concert called Signal Strength. Before the event he stopped by the studios for a live set and interview. DJ Olive is an incredible selector and producer with a unique and abstract approach to dance music. His live sets are remarkable and at the Signal Strength fundraiser the room was electric as his set unfolded. Enjoy an archive of the afternoon broadcast.
Following the release of 2011's Tassili album, Tinariwen were in the midst of a North American tour when they made their way into our studios for a live radio session. The language barrier made it difficult for us to conduct an interview with them, but they shared three songs with us live on the airwaves and we all understood the message. Tinariwen is a band of Tuareg musicians from the Sahara Desert region of northern Mali.
Local Gold: The gentlemen of Rubedo have deep Denver roots going all the way back to grade school. They have released their album "Love Is The Answer" on Bandcamp with a name your price model that in their view eliminates any barriers of getting the music in the ears of music lovers. They stopped by the studio for a performance and interview on The Afternoon Sound Alternative with Wally.
Around the time of the release of The Slew's 100% album, Kid Koala made his way into our Denver studio for an interview and DJ set on three turntables. Kid Koala scratched up a batch of improvised versions of Skanky Panky, Robbing Banks (Doin' Time), and Audrey Hepburn's 1961 take on Moon River. In between, he covered topics ranging from his graphic novels to his ambitious puppet theater project, as well as how he has pioneered aspects of implementing the turntable as a true musical instrument.
Local Gold: Those completely unclassifiable minstrels of South Broadway, Chimney Choir, stopped by our studios for a live performance. They performed material from their release 'Compass' as well as an older gem from their mesmerizing repertoire. The group is just another example of the incredible talent we have here in the area.
Local Gold: Jeremy Mohney and his quartet made their way into the studios for a live session on the Kabaret show. The young group of musicians present a musical time machine to the past with their special blend of Hot Jazz and Swing. Here are some highlights from the broadcast. Hosted by George Figgs.
Enjoy an archive of a live performance from The Wood Brothers. The trio stopped by the KGNU studios during the Afternoon Sound Alternative to play a few songs from their release 'The Muse' and chat with host Barry Gilbert before their shows at The Fox and The Gothic. In addition to playing some beautiful music, the talk about their Boulder roots and Chris Wood's overlapping with Medeski Martin & Wood.
Explore the archives with this stunning studio session from Matmos. We were thrilled to have a visit from M. C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel in advance of a Communikey show at the Boulder Theater. After a brief interview and a quick highlight reel of their discography, we turned the airwaves over to them. What happened next was an hour of remarkable radio. Enjoy.
You can listen to an archive of a live performance from Thao & The Get Down Stay Down. Thao & The Get Down Stay Down came by the KGNU studios during the Afternoon Sound Alternative to play a few songs from their release 'We The Common' and chat with host Erin Roberts. In addition to a number of amazing performances, Thao talks about how she's adapted to being a touring musician.
We had the honor of hosting The Budos Band at our live performance studio. The band came in after a now historic sold out show at the Larimer Lounge and played an incredible set of music. Joel Davis had a chance to catch up with the band and talk about their unique and deadly sound.
Local Gold: Listen to an in-studio performance from Ark Life. Ark Life is an incredible band that formed when a trip through Denver on route to New York turned into a very extended stay. Lodged in Denver and unable to move, the land-locked Ark is staying put gathering some of Denver's best musicians and bringing them on board.
Local Gold: The Blue Rider stopped by the KGNU studios for a live performance before the release of their vinyl EP. The band is named after either the controversial public art piece at Denver's International Airport or the fact that all of the band members have blue eyes. It's a mystery really. The one thing we do know for sure is this land-locked surf and psychedelic-infused local band kicks ass.
Local Gold: Check out a recent in-studio performance from Paper Bird. It's always wonderful to have Paper Bird stop by our studios. Over the years we've had the pleasure of watching the band evolve musically. Along the way they've taken time to set-up shop in KGNU's live performance studio to share their latest songs. This particular performance showcased music from their latest album "Rooms" just before a Red Rocks performance.