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One Long Funeral

This has been one long funeral. …I know that’s no way to start a love letter, but it’s hard not to be weary. For over a year now, I’ve been counting down the days; and really, I think we knew it was ending for longer than that. This might be sappy, but if any of you has ever been a part of something you really cared about that came to an end, you probably know this feeling. My band is …

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The Lone Wolf Pack, or: The Lone Rangers

In the last column that I wrote, I touched on the fact that people have set ideas about what being in bands involves. I was talking about music and money then, but while I was writing that article, my mind wandered to how interesting (and funny!) it is when people encounter a local punk-or-indie-type show or band for the first time. When people find out about underground music, they’re usually confronted with something different than they expected; music that isn’t …

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One Plus Negative Eight-Hundred Equals…

One Plus Negative Eight-Hundred Equals Two Million Twenty Three Thousand and Seventy Five Wanna know what the most typical exchange is when people find out that I’m in a band? “Do you make good money doing that?” “Hahahaha!!” I don’t know if they’re just making conversation or if they really wonder if small-time bands can support themselves off of playing. One time, after hearing that I had just returned from a 3 week outing, a coworker asked me if we made …

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Battle Grounds

Having played music in Denver for the past decade, I like to think that I’ve possibly gained a little knowledge and insight regarding “The Scene”. Here, you can find my perspective on what I consider to be my life’s passion and, possibly, a rant or two. These are not meant to be one-sided dictations; please join the conversation and let us know how you do, or would like to, impact your music scene.   Battle Grounds I’d like to take a …

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2 Illegit 2 Quit

In order to appreciate unsigned, small-time bands, I think a certain outlook is necessary. In some degree, you’ve got to have the opinion that the idea of “legitimacy” is illegitimate. What I mean is: most people think that a band is only worth hearing if the band meets certain criteria. …What do most people use as a measure or guideline of legitimacy for a band or artist? Being signed to a label? Being on the radio? Having a single reach …

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The Death of the Midlife Crisis

Is it possible we have learned from our parents’ mistakes? You could spin it that way if you want to triumphantly proclaim that we, as a generation, are not taking on responsibilities that would inhibit our freedom and compromise our happiness. “Wedded bliss? Kids? Careers? Pffft! How about a Heiney and some heiny?!” …Take a look at the data that might back the claim up: the median age for a first marriage for a man is two years higher than …

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Get Off My Lawn

I began to notice something about myself recently. It is nearly impossible for me to like new music. Whether it be bands I already like putting out new CDs, or heaven forbid… a new band! I started to notice this a couple of years ago when Dillinger Four released CIVIL WAR. I had been looking forward to it for a long time, and when it finally came out I hated it. I found a millions things to bitch about, “I …

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Sonic Salve

Introduction I love being in bands. I love creating music, I love making recordings, I love playing live. I love that the people you’re working with believe in what you’re doing. I love that the people who come to watch your shows believe in what you’re doing. I love the satisfaction that comes with finishing a song. I love that you get to express your feelings and ideas in a public setting. I love coming up with ideas to change …

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