Thursday, December 31, 2009

NYE newsletter

D tastic,

This will be our last newsletter of the aughts. Best/worst name we've heard for the last decade? The naughties. Best/worst name we've heard for the next decade? The one-ders.

We put away the naughties and kick off the one-ders tonight, Thursday, Dec. 31, with all the oomph of Pete Townshend's signature guitar playing windmill maneuver. We've got the Phamaly (Physically Handicapped Actors and Musical Artist's League) band Captain Quirk playing the entire soundtrack of the Who's Tommy from 10pm to midnight. This show is an encore of the show Phamaly put together as a fundraiser last year. So many people asked for a second show that they approached us about doing a show on NYE and we loved the idea. Captain Quirk will do a dance set before and after Tommy so come prepared. (For future note, Captain Quirk is also going to recreate Abbey Road at the D Note on April 30.) At 6pm we will have the Cameron Hicks quartet to start the night out right. $15

Tomorrow, Friday, day one of twenty ten, we have a CD release for Mono Verde. Mono Verde is one of our most favorite bands in the world, a latin reggae band influenced by many different cultures. The CD will be great, but this band is best heard live. Baila! Opening will be The Pawn Ticket Trio, another local favorite, doing lounge versions of everything from Abba to Zappa. $7.

Saturday we have After Babylon, an able cover band, playing at 4pm, bring the family. Free! At 7:30pm our friend Ptomaine Tommy put together an interestingly eclectic show.
He says, "The Everhopefuls for one set about 45 minutes starting around 7:30 pm. They are folk music. The big universe for one set of about 1 hour maybe a little longer starting around 8:30 pm, Jazz and Blues maybe some rock and roll.The Pan Handle Daddyz starting about 10 for about 1.5 to 2 hours depending on the crowd, country western swing band." Thanks Tommy, Sounds like fun. $7.

Next Tuesday we have a special fundraiser. Here's the deets: " Learn Salsa Dancing and Save Lives! Tuesday January 5th at 7:00pm join us for a fun evening including a salsa lesson for beginners, performances by skilled salsa couples, open dancing, door prizes, cash bar/food. Salsa Lesson: 7:30-8:30pm with Joseph Snowhawk. Open Dancing: until close with DJ Nelson. Donation: $25 requested donation per person for the evening and door prizes. Benefit Nonprofit: Kick Start My Heart is a local nonprofit foundation who raises funds to provide Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), emergency training and cardiovascular wellness education at local schools and sports facilities, specifically to benefit in the event of traumatic heart conditions. Nationwide, over 5,000 to 7,000 children and young adults die each year from cardiac issues. In most cases, their lives could have been saved by Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and a portable AED. Athletic children are particularly susceptible to sudden cardiac arrest, but people of all ages can experience traumatic, life-threatening heart events. 300,000 people die in the US from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) every year killing more than HIV/AIDS, breast cancer, and lung cancer combined. Survival rates can jump from 5% to nearly 75% with availability of an Automated External Defibrillator." God bless good people.

Next Friday night we got the Paper Bird.

We're thinking about changing up Tuesdays, doing something regular like we do Sunday (salsa), Monday (open stage), Wed (blues jam) and Thurs (trivia). We've got some ideas, but thought we'd put the question out to you. Any of you creative geniuses out there got a good idea? Send them along. If you are inclined to help get behind an idea and make it work, even better!

Auld Lang Syne

D fine

Extra Credit: Because we cannot find decent translations of Mallarme (arggh!) we have recently taken to doing them ourselves. Here's our first Mallarme translation. More may or may not be coming.

The Faun

The nymphs I would keep forever.

So clear,
their light incarnate, that it hovers
in the air heavy with slumber.

Did I love a dream?

My doubt, a mass of ancient night, is finished
in many subtle branches, which, leaving
the true wood itself, proves, alas! that I offered
myself alone for the triumph of the perfect rose.

if the girls you speak of
figure in the desire of your fabulous senses.

Christmas 09

D compress,

Holiday stress getting to you? We recommend you try the trick of making every difficult thing mean something good. Like maybe if your flight gets delayed you use the extra day(s) to tie up loose ends. Maybe your uncle is boring you to death with one of his stories you can use the extra hour(s) to sleep. etc.

Another fantastic stress reliever is the magic elixer of wine mixed with good music. Tonight, Tuesday, December 22, we have a wine tasting hosted by local wine whiz Tony Chadwick at 6pm. Tony's a funny guy and a serious oenophile. $10. There will be music supplied by jazz pianist Brian Dean and soprano Evelyn Connors. Evelyn says they "also go by Ol' Fire Hands McGinty and the Contessa Vanilla Pipes. But probably not. I got into a bit of trouble in Austria by referring to myself as a Contessa, and I'm pretty sure Brian hates it when I call him Fire Hands."

Tomorrow there will be much magic in the hour in the hands and voices of the Clamdaddies. Best free night of humpday music on the front range.

Thursday we will be open, but only to Christmas spirits who aren't restricted by solid locked doors.

Friday we will be open to the flesh and blood public at 5pm. For entertainment MC Dozha (GM Andy Andurlakis) will host a DJ Hero tournament on the Wii. Local headlines read MC GM DJs Wii XMas. Free. Bring the family.

Saturday, 6:00pm, we a have Ryan Macpherson (from 2:10 Special) carrying his big voice softly. Then we have Cobalt Jack back to rock the heck out of the hall all decked with holly. Old school rock and rolly. $5

Next Tuesday, Dec. 29, at 8pm, we have the return of Jeremy Jones/ Serafin Sanchez quartet. These guys always blow the house up with their brash and subtle form of new jazz. $10.

Next Thursday we take it into the New Year with The Who's Tommy. There is a band called Captain Quirk made up of players from Phamaly, a phenomenally good theater ensemble made up of physically handicapped players. The band, in true thespian style, has perfected the rock opera and will be performing it at 10pm. They will also play a set before and after Tommy full of heavy dance songs. We are excited for this show. $15. A good idea to call for reservations if you wanna try to get a table. Opening the night at 6pm will be The Cameron Hicks Quartet, playing beautiful jazz for your dining pleasure. Free (until 7:45). Say goodbye to the aughts. Here come the one-ders.

Come the one-ders we have a CD release for Mono Verde, with Pawn Ticket Trio opening, Jan 1.

Need we tell you what kind of wonders 2010 will bring? We'll give you a hint. We host Paper Bird Jan 8.

Okay then,

D recompress

Extra Credit: How about some of Pete Townshend's lyrics from Tommy presented, here, as poems.

I'm Free

I'm Free I'm free
And freedom tastes of reality,
I'm free I'm free,
And I'm waiting for you to follow

If I told what it takes
to reach the highest high,
You'd laugh and say "nothings that simple"
But you've been told many times before
Messiahs pointed to the door
And no one had the guts to leave the temple!

I'm Free I'm free
And freedom tastes of reality,
I'm free I'm free,
And I'm waiting for you to follow

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Come to my house
Be one of the comfortable people.
Come to this house
We're drinking all night
Never sleeping.

Milkman come in!
And you baker,
Little old lady welcome
And you shoe maker

Come to this house!
Into this house.

Come to this house
Be one of us.
Make this your house
Be one of us.

You can help
To collect some more in
Young and old people
Lets get them all in!

Come to this house!
Into this house.

Ask along that man who's wearing a carnation.
Bring every single person
from Victoria Station,
Go into that hospital
and bring nurses and patients,
Everybody go home and fetch their relations!

Come to this house
Be one of the comfortable people.
Lovely bright home
Drinking all night never sleeping.

We need more room
Build an extension
A colourful palace
Spare no expense now

Come to this house
Be one of us
Come into this house
Be one of us

Come to this house
Into this house


Thursday, December 10, 2009


D snuffaluffaguses,

December is upon us, a December to remember, a shivering cold December. A good thing to keep in mind about the cold is that it has an opposite. Opposites create contrast. Assuming we survive the cold, won't we appreciate the sun that much more when it comes back around? This is what we keep telling ourselves anyway. Vive la difference.

Heaters are on high at the D Note and there is plenty of warmth. Tonight, Thursday, Dec. 10, we start with Geeks Who Drink Trivia at 6:30pm. Check out the poem on the Geeks Who Drink D Note blog, our quizmaster's clever site-specific take on Night Before Christmas. If you have delicate sensibilities we suggest you skip the poem, which, like the quiz itself, is rated at least PG 13.

After the quiz, at 9pm, we have the conscious hip hop of Mind's Eye and Mr. Morning After. $5.

Friday night we host the annual Holiday party for our friends PeaceJam starting at 7pm. The mission of the PeaceJam Foundation is to create young leaders committed to positive change in themselves, their communities and the world through the inspiration of Nobel Peace Laureates who pass on the spirit, skills, and wisdom they embody. You can show this great organization support in several ways, including coming to the Holiday party. Rudy Balles will be spinning tunes all night. $3. You can also help in another important way. From the website: "Help young leaders change the world with just a few clicks of a mouse! PeaceJam Foundation and our Affiliate Offices are participating in the Chase Giving Challenge, which is a competition on Facebook that will award a total of $5 million to the non-profit organizations that receive the most votes." The voting ends tomorrow! Go here and follow instructions. Finally, you could also help by buying a very special guitar. You can make a difference. Vive la difference.

Saturday at 3pm we have a Suzuki method violin recital. Then at 7pm we have Clusterfunk back in the house playing classic rock/R&B/Soul. Do you do you do you do you wanna dance? $5

Sunday we have a very special Christmas treat for kids of all ages at 3pm. Aden Harrell has just put out a brilliant Christmas CD "New Baby's In Town", filled to the brim with both his original songs and standards. We've heard the CD and if it won't melt the grinch in you we don't know what will. This is a free show and the kids love Aden so we highly recommend you bring the family.

Sunday night salsa, Monday night open stage, Tuesday night COMBO Christmas show with Steve Werges and Gristle Gals, Wednesday night Clamdaddys. Warm, warm, warm.

Hope to see you sooner than soon,

D icer

Extra Credit: The band Snowboots, featuring poet (and friend) Tyler Burba, has put out a great new CD, "Snowboots Greatest Hits". Here's some sample lyrics...

My Friends

Everything I've done
under this sun
has been fun

Yes it's true
I'm living in Haiku

And though you thought
that I'd walk away,
You notice how I've stayed?

Everything we make
Keeps our hearts awake

And yes it's true
I'm living in Haiku

With some take-out menus and a paper clip
I'm gonna build a ship and deliver you

My friends and me will be free
My friends and me are out to sea

Friday, December 4, 2009


D tune,

Ever try recording your own voice in auto-tune? We highly recommend it. You will sound very 2009. If you've never heard of auto-tune, then just stick to regular tuning as it will be coming back into style soon.

Stay tuned. This coming weekend we got art and culture coming out the yin yang.

Friday, Dec. 4 we have an art opening for Christina Penn, Page Zekonis, John Putenenny, Lauri Anderson and Monica Sales, a very eclectic group of artists. Makes for a nice show. There are four great eclectic bands playing for the occasion too. First at 7pm we have Mute Man's Microphone. These guys sound like Sublime, if Sublime were CO instead of Cali (and not junkies.) Around 8:30 we have Wheelchair Sports Camp, a hip hoppish group with a twist. Around 9:30 we have Hot Damn And The Hell Yeahs, which sound like Tom Waits meets The Lounge Lizards (Down By Law). Fantastic new band. And batting clean up is Pawn Ticket Trio, a sextet which plays horny lounge funk from Abba to Zappa.

Saturday there is a big band orchestra called Sentimental Sounds playing 4-6.

Then at 7pm we have a flamenco performance, Pablo Rodarte's Dance Espana, feat. Steve Mullins, dancers Natalia Perez Del Villar and Lisa Trujillo. $15/$12 students. Always with duende. If you don't know what duende is please google Lorca's essay on the subject.

At 8:30pm we are thrilled to present Wadirum, a very talented local acoustic band that sounds a little like a mix of Damien Rice, Bright Eyes, Swell Season, Sigur Ros, Iron and Wine, Martin Sexton, Jeff Buckley, Tool, Neil Young, Brett Dennen, Lucinda Williams, Regina Spektor, Karsh Kale, Amadou and Mariam, Daniel Lanois, Talking Heads, The Police, Pink Floyd, Ben Harper, Andrew Bird, Ani DiFranco, Bob Dylan, Elliot Smith, Deep Forest, Jane's Addiction, Jonah Smith, Kaki King, Nick Drake, Nina Simone, Nine Inch Nails, Radiohead, Patty Griffin, Rufus Wainwright, Ryan Adams, Simon and Garfunkel, Steely Dan, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Tom Waits, Willy Porter, Primus, Charles Mingus, John Coltrane, Bionic Rhoda, The Wahoo Moment and Pete Novembre. $8

Batting cleanup at 10:30pm Saturday night is an interesting local band called Tethys Ocean. These guys have an orchestral rock sound which we will here dub "psychedelic pastoral". They whipped up a simple, but powerful graphic for this show too which you can check out on their myspace. $5.

That is a very D Noty weekend.

Baby Boogie and Salsa will top it off Sunday afternoon into Sunday night.


D light

P.S. The phenomenal Captain Quirk, the band of the excellent local theater group Phamaly, will perform a dance set which will include the whole of the soundtrack to the movie Tommy will play the D Note for New Year's Eve this year. We hope you come so you won't wish you had when 2010 comes around.

Extra Credit. Here's a poem by nobody in particular.

Nonsense Poem

Moving forward let me back up and tell you exactly what
I am trying to keep to myself. To begin with there will be
an ending, and further, I don't know if there is anything further
and one thing more, I don't know if there is anything more.

Outside of us all there is a lonely person inside
and inside of them is a big, wide open sky.
What everyone wants from you is for you to be yourself,
so forget about yourself and give the people what they want.

Exactly what to expect is not clear at the present moment,
but soon we shall see what the future has in store. Later.
For the sake of tradition we have done all of this before.
Each of us must make sure the light is not too heavy.