Thursday, June 17, 2010

June 17, 2010


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We have another epic indie rock show for you this Friday night, June 18th starring Bad Weather California and Action Packed Thrill Ride. We saw Bad Weather California once at The Fillmore filling in as the songwriter Daniel Johnston's backing band. Daniel Johnston chose bands he liked in every city he performed in to back his songs (dream job!) and the result, in Denver at least, was phenomenal, thanks in part to BWC. So we are very excited to be hosting them at the D Note. Here's some praise...

“Adolf crafts songs that you’ll still be singing as your crawl to your grave…” THRASHER MAGAZINE...“(Bad Weather California) channels their American angst into clouds of rollicking electric licks and rousing Rhodes, then churns out cheeky optimism for a better world." PORTLAND MERCURY..."Trying not to go overboard about Bad Weather California is going to be tough, but Jesus, way to steal the show as it’s just beginning... At this moment Bad Weather California are probably one of the best bands playing in Denver, and worth seeing any chance you get." Westword“…There’s an indefinable, inexpressible IT that the best performers have, and Adolf has it, without question.” Westword“…Bad Weather California always creates an intense connection with his audience.” Denver Post

Action Packed Thrill Ride is also awesome and here's one of several rave reviews, "ramshackle country-rock, primal hoedowns, and arrangements that aren't afraid to veer into dizzying dynamics and lopsided rhythms. There's tenderness, too, resting like lazy currents besides crazed country-punk meltdowns and skin-crawling weirdness. Unlike many current practitioners of Americana in Denver, APTR offers that rarest of treats: a surprise at almost every turn." - Jason Heller, The Onion A.V. Club

Opening the night at 7p is Dr. Harlan's Amazing Bluegrass Tonic and closing the show at 11p is Stealth Hippo. See the sweet poster Matt Dougherty did for this show here.
Saturday we have a family friendly concert at 5p with The B Team, a classic rock band. $5 adults/ kids free. When the B Team plays the D it is something to C.

At 8p on Saturday we have LIONEL YOUNG and the Heavy Cats back in the house. Lionel is one of our favorite performers and people in the world and we are giddy to have him back performing at the D Note again. It has been too long. You will dance. You might even cry. Then at 10pm we have The Catfish Kray Blues Band. Here's some hype for them... 2010 Grammy entrant, contemporary blues...Three Stars in Downbeat, June 2010...On Sonny Payne's King Biscuit playlist ..."Amazing, amazing, amazing"....Westword

And next Tuesday we have really phenomenal and dramatic Tango band from Austin Texas called The Austin Piazzola Quintet at 8pm. $5

So there's an amazing weekend for you to relish brought to you by the letter D.


Ronny James D

Extra Credit: Adam D wrote an article about the poetry in the women's restroom at the D Note for the North Denver News which a few of you might enjoy. Read it here.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

June 10, 2010

D part

Hey ho, hey ho, it's off on another weekly voyage to musical spheres we go.

First of all, summer is here and students are gone, which means there is a better chance of winning at trivia. Geeks Who Drink do a completely fantastic and fun job with trivia every Thursday at 6:30pm. Keep in mind this game is PG 13. Check out the D Note Geeks Who Drink blog here.

After trivia we are also considering karaoke. The trick will be finding a great host, one not already occupied on Thursdays. Any suggestions?

After trivia this Thursday June 10 (tonight as we write this) we have Bonnie and Her Clydes. Dust off your dancing shoes, real country music has returned. Bonnie & Her Clydes bring a brand of swingin' music that makes it nearly impossible to sit still. They conjure up the sounds of the genre's legends. This is a great band and 9pm on Thursday can be a tough time to get folks out. So if you find yourself on the ranch fence, but love country and especially dance oriented country, then come support! $5 (D Note trivia: Great Uncle Tom DeGraff and his partner were in a shoot out with Bonnie and Clyde. Uncle Tom lived, but his partner did not.)

Friday night we have our friend Jeremy Dion crooning songs for you at 6pm, then a classic rock band called ViDOSUN plays at 8p. We'll give you the same intro to these guys that they gave to us, "My name is Troy Williams and I am in the band ViDOSUN. We played in the Denver area from 1997 – 2004. We have played around 500 shows in the past 15 years before me moving out of state. Now we get together and do one reunion show a year and always have a great turn out." After ViDOSUN, we have the debut of a blueueuesy rock band, Blue Mojo. $5

Saturday we have our old friend The Velvet Elvis back at 4pm for The Family Concert Music Series. This should be an extra fun one. $7 adults/ $3 kids.

Saturday night we have the triumphant return of James And The Devil and DCM starting at 7pm.

James and The Devil spin off Rock'n'Roll sounds with MountainGrass, funk, hip hop, and rhythmic dance chemistry that always gets the house movin! Rocky Mountain RedNeck Gangsta Rock. Also playing Miguel Zavala, Sawmill Joe, North To Nowhere and The Riot.

DCM is Denver Creative Movement. Their mission statement: "Denver Creative Movement was based on the philosophy that in order to change the world, you must start with yourself and your surroundings; and in order to change your surroundings you must first be aware of them. The team consists of Denver artists, musicians, sculptors, photographers, and small businesses with this same philosophy, joining their works together to create local cultural awareness by displaying their works at organized events open to the public. These events are a chance for small “mom and pop” businesses and local talents to be recognized, and also for them to give back by using their skills in helping communities and charities both inside and outside the Denver boundaries, mainly funding school art and music programs currently being cut in half. Denver citizens are exposed to the beauty and culture in their own backyard, which leads to motivation in becoming a proud and active community member." Can hardly not disagree more. $5

Also, heads up, killer show next Friday with Bad Weather California and Action Packed Thrill Ride.

Over and in,

D send

Extra Credit: We had a friendly debate with a friend recently about the merits of Mick Jagger's lyrics. We happen to think he is up there with the best. Here are some inimitable Jagger lyrics presented as poetry. Notice the subtle ways the refrain changes meaning through-out.

You Can't Always Get What You Want

I saw her today at a reception
A glass of wine in her hand
I knew she would meet her connection
At her feet was her footloose man

No, you can't always get what you want
But if you try sometimes you might find
You get what you need

And I went down to the demonstration
To get my fair share of abuse
Singing, "We're gonna vent our frustration
If we don't we're gonna blow a 50-amp fuse"

You can't always get what you want
But if you try sometimes well you just might find
You get what you need

I went down to the Chelsea drugstore
To get your prescription filled
I was standing in line with Mr. Jimmy
And man, did he look pretty ill
We decided that we would have a soda
My favorite flavor, cherry red
I sung my song to Mr. Jimmy
Yeah, and he said one word to me, and that was "dead"
I said to him

You can't always get what you want, no!
You can't always get what you want
But if you try sometimes you just might find
You get what you need.

I saw her today at the reception
In her glass was a bleeding man
She was practiced at the art of deception
Well I could tell by her blood-stained hands

You can't always get what you want
But if you try sometimes you just might find
You just might find
You get what you need, ah yes...

Thursday, June 3, 2010

June 3, 2010

D mographic

First off, check out the Westword critical applause for Matt Dougherty's poster graphics for the show from last Friday here. "By the way, when did Arvada get so cool? Danielle Ate the Sandwich, Ian Cooke and Candy Claws on one bill? Way to shake off that suburban stigma, Arvadans!"

There is a lot going on this weekend, as per usual. A couple things we are especially looking forward are Matt Kowal (of Reals fame) back in the D and playing a solo set on Friday night and D.A.R.C (Denver Art Rock Collective) doing a tribute to Pink Floyd Saturday night, because we're big fans of both Matt Kowal and Pink Floyd.

Playing before Matt at 7p on Friday is The Way Low Down, a unique reggae inflected bluegrass band that we have grown fond of. After Matt is band called Chris Thompson and Coral Creek. To give you a feel for Chris' music, just look at who plays on his new album, members of String Cheese, Head for The Hills and Charlie Provenza. Playing at 11 is a really interesting Balkan brass band from Boulder called Gora Gora Orkestar. For fans of Gogol Bordello and Devotchka. Very cool night all the way around. $5.

The D.A.R.C. Floyd tribute Saturday night will feature members of The New Ancient Astronauts, Yerkish, The Inactivists, The Mourning Sickness, Fyoder and Babushka and more. The amazing Tony Medina opens the show with a Pink Floyd set at 8:30p. $5

Other great stuff happening this weekend includes electo-acoustic progressive rock of Abajian Thursday after trivia; Zumba Saturday morning; a rock band recital by Music Lessons of Westminster Saturday at 1pm; The up and coming high school band Synergy at 7pm Saturday; Salsa lessons for students at noon Sunday; Baby Boogie 2-6p Sunday.

Come out and take part in all the fun,

D monoid

Extra Credit: Pink Floyd's Roger Waters wrote lyrics that veer dangerously close to poetry. Here's an early example, a subtle, layered poem which rewards continued study with a hidden meaning, which goes something like this; the lesson of giving can be seen in the growth that happens during withholding.

Set The Controls For the Heart of The Sun

Little by little the night turns around.
Counting the leaves which tremble at dawn.
Lotuses lean on each other in yearning.
Under the eaves the swallow is resting.

Set the controls for the heart of the sun.

Over the mountain watching the watcher.
Breaking the darkness.
Waking the grapevine.
One inch of love is one inch of shadow.
Love is the shadow that ripens the wine.

Set the controls for the heart of the sun.

Witness the man who raves at the wall,
Making the shape of his questions to Heaven.
Whether the sun will fall in the evening?
Will he remember the lesson of giving?

Set the controls for the heart of the sun.


D lights,

There is a show this Friday night that we've been excited about for awhile. In fact we're gonna give it a whole three paragraphs.

Many of you may already know of Ian Cooke. He's an utterly unique and infectious songwriter who inventively accompanies himself on Cello and a loop station. He can be awe-inspiring.

Danielle Ate The Sandwich is a singer song writer with a lot of buzz. Here's a little excerpt from the Westword: "Meet Danielle Ate the Sandwich. Yes, the name. We know. Not big fans ourselves. Still, trust us: This is your new favorite singer-songwriter. If you have a functioning pair of hearing devices, we think you'll agree. This bewitching little gal (aka Danielle Anderson) from Fort Collins has the most beguiling voice we've heard since Jude Avers. And her songs are equally mesmerizing, with incisive lyrics on par with Rosie Thomas. Don't just take our word for it, either. After you check out her take on "Rich Girl" after the jump, head over to her MySpace page and listen to "Bribes," "Ode to Optophobia" and "Handsome Girl." Stunning. Absolutely stunning. We're bananas over the moon for Danielle Ate the Sandwich."

Candy Claws plays at 10:30pm. We heard about this band from our friend Dave Outhouse who is a DJ at the University of San Louis Obispo radio station. He asked us if we had heard about a band from Ft. Collins called Candy Claws. They were a station favorite he said. So we promptly asked them to play this gig and they said yes. Candy Claws is strange underwater sea creature music. Check out their terrific song Lantern Fish on their myspace.

Wait, here's a fourth paragraph. This show is our first collaboration with Radio 1190, a little oasis amidst the detritus of corporate radio culture. About time! Also playing this night is Dustin Reid (opening 7pm) and another up and coming band called Good Evening Titan (ambient indie pop). This will be one of those shows that sticks out in our memory twenty five years from now. $7.

Rolling into Saturday, a really all out big band called Serenade In Blue plays Saturday at 3pm. $8

Saturday night at 8:30p we have the Western Conference All Starz Mixtape release party feat Spoke-In-Wordz & DJ Chonz, 20:12, Xencs & Dj Manizer and the Reminders! Hosted by Lady Speech. DJ R^2 and DJ Manoz on the 1's and 2's... presented by Latenite Entertainment and Radiobumsl DJ Chonz, who is probably the biggest local hip hop DJay will be spinning, among many other acts. We saw 20:12 do their smooth dance routines at a previous D Note show and were suitably impressed. $7

That's the weekend. We have Matt Kowal of The Reals back in the house next Friday, so look out for that one. See you soon,


D fault

Extra Credit: Here's some lyrics from Danielle Ate The Sandwich.


It's harder to get up on the right side of the bed
These days foot steps in snow make me feel less alone

I'm still hoping for some kind of X-ray vision
And I would beam into your bedroom blinds just so I knew you were alright

Acting mature is overrated I miss the days of keying cars
And spreading rumors on the bathroom stalls and locker room walls
Where we forgot we looked when no one noticed

I shut the door when you left to keep out the cold and myself
From running after you just like I saw in the movies

It's true I have my regrets we never danced on rooftops
And I have found some fake words to say when a stranger asks about our death

It won't be long before I
Forget just what it felt like
To know that I did not know anything

Even though we're disregarding
I can't help but to wonder which song you're humming
And so I sit and pretend I don't mind that I don't know you
or what your schedule might look like on any given Thursday afternoon

Somebody wrote this rulebook and so we will make the effort
to be more scarce in the social situations that we might share

It won't be long before I
Forget just what it felt like
To feel anything for you at all