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.
Local Gold: On a very hot Friday the 13th in June, the Denver-based group Men In Burka stopped by our Denver studios to perform a couple of tunes and share an unreleased track with us. They talked about the origins of their unique sound and the response they have received from audiences locally and Internationally.
Local Gold: We had an opportunity to spend some time with Gregory Alan Isakov. He's certainly no stranger to the KGNU studios, having performed multiple times over the years. On this occasion, we caught up with him about his writing style and approach to instrumentation. We also spoke about his collaboration with the Colorado Symphony and the challenges of performing with an orchestra.
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.
Local Gold: Stero-Lion (Vocals), Jeep MacNichol (Percussion), and Ian Anderson (Bass) of The Plates came by our studios to demonstrate their live sound in advance of their first live show at the Lion's Lair on June 26, 2014. The band played 'Best in the Land' and 'Boombox Vibin' from their debut release Punky Reggae.
Local Gold: We had an opportunity to spend a little time with The Railsplitters on KGNU's Old Grass Gnu Grass show. They shared a few live tunes and spoke with Brian Eyster about how they collaborate as a band and their developing sound. Their first release is out and showcases their balanced and emerging style.
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.
Local Gold: We had a chance to catch up with Grant Farm in the studios in advance of their show at The Fox Theater on Wednesday May 28th. They demonstrated their patented Crisco™ beat during a live studio session and managed to make our dilapidated upright Baldwin sound like magic. Tonja Loendorf hosted the studio session.
The day was May 22, 1978. The place, a modest cottage along the banks of Boulder Creek. The clock struck 10:00 am and KGNU's first General Manager, Glen Gerberg dropped the needle on "It's a Long Way There" from The Little River Band. With a small crowd of KGNU's earliest core of volunteers lending moral support, he turned on the microphone and uttered the first words on KGNU. Please enjoy this video clip, a historic moment in broadcasting and stunning document of late 70's Colorado fashion.