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Volume 1-2016

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Currently on RARadio:

"On to the Next One" by Jacqueline Van Bierk

"I See You Tiger" by Via Tania

"Lost the Plot" by Amoureux"

Bright Eyes, Black Soul" by The Lovers Key

"Cool Thing" by Sassparilla

"These Halls I Dwell" by Michael Butler

"St. Francis"by Tom Russell & Gretchen Peters, performance by Gretchen Peters and Barry Walsh; 

"Who Do You Love?"by Elizabeth Kay; 

"Rebirth"by Caterpillars; 

"Monica's Frock" by Signel-Z; 

"Natural Disasters" by Corey Landis; 

"1,000 Leather Tassels" by The Blank Tapes; 

"We Are All Stone" and "Those Machines" by Outer Minds; 

"Another Dream" by MMOSS; "Susannah" by Woolen Kits; 

Jim Morrison, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson and other dead celebrities / news by A SECRET PARTY;

"I Miss the Day" by My Secret Island,  

"Carriers of Light" by Brendan James;

"The Last Time" by Model Stranger;

"Last Call" by Jay;

"Darkness" by Leonard Cohen; 

"Sweetbread" by Simian Mobile Disco and "Keep You" fromActress off the Chronicle movie soundtrack; 

"Goodbye to Love" from October Dawn; 

Trouble in Mind 2011 label sampler; 

Black Box Revelation Live on Minnesota Public Radio;

Apteka "Striking Violet"; 

Mikal Cronin's "Apathy" and "Get Along";

Dana deChaby's progressive rock

 

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ATWOOD - "A Toiler's Weird Odyssey of Deliverance" -AVAILABLE NOW FOR KINDLE (INCLUDING KINDLE COMPUTER APPS) FROM AMAZON.COM. Use this link.

CCJ Publisher Rick Alan Rice dissects the building of America in a trilogy of novels collectively calledATWOOD. Book One explores the development of the American West through the lens of public policy, land planning, municipal development, and governance as it played out in one of the new counties of Kansas in the latter half of the 19th Century. The novel focuses on the religious and cultural traditions that imbued the American Midwest with a special character that continues to have a profound effect on American politics to this day. Book One creates an understanding about America's cultural foundations that is further explored in books two and three that further trace the historical-cultural-spiritual development of one isolated county on the Great Plains that stands as an icon in the development of a certain brand of American character. That's the serious stuff viewed from high altitude. The story itself gets down and dirty with the supernatural, which in ATWOOD - A Toiler's Weird Odyssey of Deliveranceis the outfall of misfires in human interactions, from the monumental to the sublime. The book features the epic poem "The Toiler" as well as artwork by New Mexico artist Richard Padilla.

Elmore Leonard Meets Larry McMurtry

Western Crime Novel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am offering another novel through Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing service. Cooksin is the story of a criminal syndicate that sets its sights on a ranching/farming community in Weld County, Colorado, 1950. The perpetrators of the criminal enterprise steal farm equipment, slaughter cattle, and rob the personal property of individuals whose assets have been inventoried in advance and distributed through a vast system of illegal commerce.

It is a ripping good yarn, filled with suspense and intrigue. This was designed intentionally to pay homage to the type of creative works being produced in 1950, when the story is set. Richard Padilla has done his usually brilliant work in capturing the look and feel of a certain type of crime fiction being produced in that era. The whole thing has the feel of those black & white films you see on Turner Movie Classics, and the writing will remind you a little of Elmore Leonard, whose earliest works were westerns. Use this link.

 

EXPLORE THE KINDLE BOOK LIBRARY

If you have not explored the books available from Amazon.com's Kindle Publishing division you would do yourself a favor to do so. You will find classic literature there, as well as tons of privately published books of every kind. A lot of it is awful, like a lot of traditionally published books are awful, but some are truly classics. You can get the entire collection of Shakespeare's works for two bucks.

You do not need to buy a Kindle to take advantage of this low-cost library. Use this link to go to an Amazon.com page from which you can download for free a Kindle App for your computer, tablet, or phone.

Amazon is the largest, but far from the only digital publisher. You can find similar treasure troves atNOOK Press (the Barnes & Noble site), Lulu, and others.


 

 

 

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Colorado Pops

Sometimes it is interesting to look at things through the eyes of another person, and that's what this following collection of Colorado-based bands represents. These acts are selling records through independent record shops from Colorado to the Georgia, and presumably to the west as well. Some of them are sort of off-the-shelf Colorado wood band entries, while others like Candy Claws are doing some pretty interesting stuff. - RAR

 

Candy Claws

These Fort Collins kids -- Kay Bertholf, Karen McCormick, and Ryan Hover -- do a spacey dream pop, concept-oriented thing, as demonstrated on their album Ceres & Calypso in the Deep Time album (2013). The bio reads that Hover and Bertholf met at an Evangelical church they both attended during high school. Together with McCormick, Hover’s fiancé, the three steer this collective and its concept-heavy, dream pop albums. Their most recent album, including notable collaborations with Chicago poet Jenn Morea and orchestrations by New York composer Bryan Senti, transports listeners to the Mesozoic Era where the album is divided into the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.

I am not certain who the girl singing in the video below is, but she has a really special vocal quality.- RAR

 


 

The Centennial

 

Denver is home for Patrick Meese, his wife Tiffany, and his brother Nate who together make up The Centennial. They are an indie-rock and dream pop outfit. The brothers were previously together in their band Meese.


Elephant Revival

Elephant Revival bases out of Nederland, which has a well-established reputation as a hippie enclave. It is the kind of place where young hipster musicians go to live in old school buses just for the pleasure of being around like-minded Bohemians. The Elephant Revival folks - Bonnie Paine, Daniel Rodriguez, Sage T. Cook, Dango Rose, Bridget Law - are well-talented and sort of a throw-back to 1971.

 


Frances and the Foundation

Frances and the Foundation - Samantha Frances, Matt Simms, Johnny Angel - came out of Colorado Springs, though they now base out of Nashville. They are a solid pop-rock unit with strong material. This video below isn't their best resume credit, but you get the idea. Pretty solid guitar work.

 

Paper Bird


 

Denver band Paper Bird -- Sarah Anderson, Genevieve Patterson, Esmé Patterson, Caleb Summeril, Paul DeHaven, Macon Terry, Mark Anderson -- is really kinda special. This band has been playing big festivals and sharing stages with Neko Case and The Lumineers. They’ve also been voted as a “Top 10 Best Underground Band” by The Denver Post three years in a row.

 

Princess Music


 

 

Tyler Ludwick, Rachel Sliker, Psyche Cassandra Dunkhase, Robin Chestnut, and Jeremy Averitt hail from Denver. They are a folk and orchestral pop ensemble.

 

 

You Me and Apollo


You Me and Apollo is a Fort Collins collective including Brent Cowles, Tyler Kellogg, Jonathan Alonzo, Morgan Travis, and Dave Cole. They are an indie-rock and alt-country act that began as a solo project of frontman Brent Cowles in 2007 while he was working on an audio engineering degree in Arizona.

 

 

Head for the Hills

Out of Fort Collins, Head for the Hills (Mike Chappell, Adam Kinghorn, Joe Lessard, Matt Loewen) do a kind of Pop-Bluegrass that has been heard around Colorado for decades. They call it "Newgrass", just like Sam Bush and the Newgrass Revival did before them. Head for the Hills has drawn good reviews for their SXSW Festival shows.
 

Joseph Childress

Joseph Childress is a Colorado native who has been around a long time. He is a compelling singer-songwriter who seems to actually have something special in his sound. He could sure use a more recent and better set of videos to promote was is pretty significant talent. Perhaps a mentoring manager, too.

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West Water Outlaws 


 

 

Blake Rooker, Will Buck, Vincent Ellwood, and Andrew Oakley are from Boulder. They met as students at the University of Colorado and they do high-energy rock.
 

 

 

The Woodsman


Trevor Peterson, Mark Demolar, and Dylan Shumaker are "Brookyln-via-Denver" and they are a psych-rock trio who began performing in Colorado in the fall of 2008.

Lynx


Caitlin DeMuth, a singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and beat-boxer, lived in Colorado for 23 years before relocating to the Bay Area. According to her, “The Colorado scene in general definitely formed me as an artist.” DeMuth, under the moniker Lynx, combines elements of electronica into her brand of folk and indie pop.

 

 

 

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