Class of 2014: The Soundtrack

January 14, 2015
Class of 2014: The Soundtrack

Albums continue to be my format of choice. Even in 2014. Lucky for me, the artists I follow seem to prefer albums as well. That’s not to say there isn’t a place in my life for singles though. Most years are packed with individual tracks that catch my attention — whether because they are really...
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Lucero. Gothic Theatre. 12.29.14

December 30, 2014
Lucero. Gothic Theatre. 12.29.14

Lucero / Drag The River. The Gothic Theatre. Englewood, Colorado. 12.29.14 Making small talk about the weather is something people do in uncomfortable situations where no other common ground can be found, but when you’re standing outside in subzero temperatures it’s the elephant that refuses to be ignored. As Gary Lee (of Gary Lee’s...
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ILSUDH2 Turns 5

December 30, 2014
5

This blog turns 5 years old today. It hasn’t become a viral sensation, but that was never the point. It was started as an outlet — an outlet for me to reflect on the albums and live shows I had experienced throughout any given year. Exposing people to music they might not have otherwise...
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Class of 2014: The Overachievers

December 29, 2014
2014-Overacheivers

2014 was a very good year in music. I wouldn’t say it was great, but it was very good. There were only a few perfect albums, but there were countless attempts that came close to hitting the mark. It was the year of introspection. It was the year of the singer-songwriter. It was the year of...
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Class of 2014: Children of the Damned

December 25, 2014
Class of 2014: Children of the Damned

As with the past few years, the image above is slightly deceiving. It is not a true representation of my favorite metal albums of 2014. What it does represent is another impressive run by Profound Lore Records — the one man operation from Canada that continues to ship outstanding releases year-round. I didn’t think...
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Class of 2014: The Performers

December 22, 2014
Class of 2014: The Performers

2014 was another great year for live music in Colorado (and elsewhere). And it’s not over yet. I still have one or two more shows to go, but I wanted to get the list out. My final count (so far) came to 198 performances at 78 shows (and a handful of festivals), 35% of which were...
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‘gonna keep you for the winter’

December 19, 2014
Q4

As I’ve said before, this blog no longer focuses on album reviews or news or anything of that sort. The sole purpose of ILSUDH2 is to share my ‘live’ music experiences. I do my best to recap the shows I go to, but I just don’t have the time or energy to do much...
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Lagwagon. Summit Music Hall. 12.11.14

December 15, 2014
Lagwagon. Summit Music Hall. 12.11.14

Lagwagon. Summit Music Hall. Denver, CO 12.11.14 Live Review and Setlist. It’s January 14th, 1995. I am about to see Lagwagon for the first time. It’s a Saturday. I sleep in late because I don’t have anywhere to be. I roll out of bed (a mattress on the ground) sometime in the late afternoon....
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Run The Jewels. Gothic Theatre. 11.18.14

November 19, 2014
RTJ

Rap music is about two things, lyrics and beats. Take either away and you’ve got poetry slam or bass music, neither of which I’m very fond of. So it’s a testament to El-P’s production that last night’s show worked despite the sound problems. Killer Mike and El-P are both hip-hop powerhouses in their own...
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John Moreland. 3 Kings/Illegal Pete’s. November 2014

November 9, 2014
John Moreland. 3 Kings/Illegal Pete’s. November 2014

There is a movie that came out in 1996 called Beautiful Girls. The title and trailer led many to believe it was just another chick flick, but the Scott Rosenberg/Ted Demme film was a pretty accurate study of small town America. The plot follows the lives of friends/enemies during the weekend of their high...
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Lucinda Williams. Ogden Theatre. 11.02.14

November 4, 2014
Lucinda Williams. Ogden Theatre. 11.02.14

There was an article posted recently about the potential pitfalls of going to a show alone. There was a lot of truth hidden in the piece, once you got past the satire. Being solo at a show is something I experience at least once a month, so I was able to relate to the...
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