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introducing the downcast – relax and enjoy

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

Ladies and Gents, treat your ears to Paul Riola’s Cellar Door, recorded live at The Slowdown Lounge, which happens most Wednesdays at The Walnut Room in Denver from 5-8pm, and it’s free- (read more about it here).

The music in these recordings is not rehearsed, and is improvised live on the spot, every week. We hope that they enhance your day as you do whatever you do- and if you dig it, we hope you’ll come down to The Slowdown Lounge and witness it yourself.


These are long playing MP3 files. Clicking on the file will play it over the internet, while right clicking (ctrl + Click on mac) will download the file to your computer so you may keep it. This is also a better option if the internet is skipping or pausing during playback. Enjoy!

Cellar Door is comprised of Paul Riola: Saxophones, Electronics, Beats and Samples. Kim Stone: Bass. Yong Bakos: Keyboards
contact Cellar Door here

Recorded by live at The Walnut Room in Denver by Randall Frazier.

To find out when you can witness Cellar Door in person, check out The Walnut Room Calendar.

((( orbit service w/ expo 70 and still light – this wednesday @ walnut room )))

Monday, October 25th, 2010

This Wednesday, October 27 at The Walnut Room (click for tickets)
doors at 7pm

Music For Personality Disorder ( Beta-lactam Ring Records Showcase )

Expo 70
Orbit Service
Still Light

Free giveaways all night courtesy of Beta-lactam Ring.

This show a Live multi-track recording for future releases from all 3 bands.

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Visit our label partners: Beta-lactam Ring Records


Randall Frazier / Helmet Room Recordings switching things up at The Walnut Room

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

After being a sound engineer at the Walnut Room for nearly five years and the head engineer for the last year, Randall Frazier jumped into the talent buyer seat last month. While he has plans to bring in different types of acts than the room has seen in the past, he’ll also be launching a Walnut Room label, as well as using the music room as a recording studio on days when there aren’t shows.

Frazier says he’s scaling back the shows a bit and plans to book shows Thursdays through Saturdays. So on the off-days, Frazier wants to turn the room into a recording studio, which would essentially involve bringing some more microphones and pre-amps and building some sound isolation booths that could be put or taken down very quickly on the stage.

While a lot of bands have taken advantage of recording live shows in the Walnut Room, one of the best sounding venues in town, Frazier plans to take it one step further with the Walnut Room Records, which will digitally distribute live recordings. Through Helmet Room Recordings, he’s been working with IRIS, a digital distribution company that has 450 retailers over 85 countries.

What this means for bands is that they can have their shows recorded and mastered by Frazier and then release it on the Walnut Room imprint. The band would split the digital royalties, but they can take home a finalized master and manufacture their own CDs.

“They just give me exclusive rights to distribute it through the digital services,” he says. “I think it’s a great idea because it’s going to show anyone who hasn’t ever been to the Walnut Room may not to realize how superior that sound system is.

“These recordings coming out all over the place are going to kind of showcase the room for what it’s really meant for,” he continues. “And at the same time, it’s also going to promote Denver bands and shows that are happening in Denver mostly on a local level. I’m recording national people, as well, if they want, but a majority of the shows are local. It’s going to be a ton of live local music being promoted through the whole world.”

The first Walnut Room Records release is from the Flashbulb Fires, a track named “The Whale,” which was taken from a stereo soundboard mix and then mastered.

Listen to that track at

In terms of booking the room itself, Frazier says he wants to focus more on an audiophile type of audience. With that in mind, he’s begun reaching out to his contacts from around the world that he’s made through his Helmet Room label and his indie promotions firm Massive Music America, asking folks at labels like ROIR and Ohm Resistance to look him up if they have a band coming though.

A band like, say, Expo 70, the Beta-lactam Ring psychedelic outfit who’s slated to play at the Walnut Room on Wednesday, October 27. “If you’re going to go see Expo 70, that’s the place to go see it,” he says. “If you really want to feel that music, the Walnut Room is the place.”

Frazier, who recently mastered a new Legendary Pink Dots album, says he working on bringing in that band’s frontman Edward Ka-Spel to the Walnut Room this spring.

Original article from Jon Solomon at

Still Light Signs with helmet room – Kal Cahoone and Orbit Service live in Denver

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Greetings Friends!

Please welcome Still Light to the helmet room recordings roster. Still light is fronted by producer/songwriter Kirill Nikolai, who is also playing in Orbit Service. Still Light has signed with us for digital distribution, so tracks will be available digitally in the coming weeks. We’ll keep you posted.

In the meantime, however, you can come check out Still Light this Saturday, Sept. 25 at The Walnut Room, where they will be performing with Voladores (featuring violinist Frieda Stalheim ex-Munly and The Lee Lewis Harlots) and The Widow’s Bane.

NEXT weekend, October 2, Kal Cahoone plays with Ian Cooke, who will himself be playing 2 sets, one solo and one with his awesome band. This event also taking place at The Walnut Room (click for tix).

A bit further out, Orbit Service will be playing with Still Light and Label-mates/drone lords Expo 70 on October 27 at The Walnut Room, as part of a Beta-lactam Ring Records showcase. Free giveaways all night courtesy of Beta-lactam Ring. We promise to melt your face off.

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