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downcast 01.19.2011

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

New tracks are up from The Slowdown Lounge (this set on 01.19.2011), which happens most Wednesdays at The Walnut Room in Denver from 5-8pm, and it’s free- (read more about it here).

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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!

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.

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 Will Umphrey.

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

helmet room news update – 01.03.2011

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Still Light’s Lything, now available on iTunes, emusic, and everywhere else:


(click to check it out in itunes).

You can also grab a track for free courtesy of Eryc Eyl and Denver Post Reverb . Thanks to Eryc for the mentions.

And wait!, There’s more! Check out these upcoming live events from the helmet room recordings family:

Still Light plays an All Ages show on Jan 9 at the Textures ambient showcase w/ Bright Birds:


Day Dissolved Dream (Dennis Swanson solo set) plays a Free show January 21 at 6pm (All Ages) at The Walnut Room Pizzeria

You can also check out the latest from DDD on iTunes while you’re at it (click the image):

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.

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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.

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 Westword.com

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 Westword.com

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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Legendary Pink Dots – Seconds Late For The Brighton Line

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Unlike most acts of their vintage, The Legendary Pink Dots look forward. After more than 25 years, they continue to make compelling new music that is demanded by fans and maintains the high level of quality that set their careers in motion. Led by singer/songwriter Edward Ka-Spel and keyboardist/songwriter Phil “Silverman” Knight, the band continues to create their singular brand of modern psychedelia. Edward Ka-Spel’s lyrics breathe with a sagacity and cleverness only found in rock’s greatest writers. Their new album “Seconds Late For The Brighton Line” finds the band in familiar territory; pulsing Krautrock, dark and sinister pop and epic post-industrial soundscapes. The album invites the listener to put on head phones, close their eyes and embark on a technicolor journey. Stand out tracks include the epic electronic groove of “Russian Roulette”, the pretty naivete of “Someday” and the chilling goth-pop of “Endless Time.” The recent departure of long-time band members Niels Van Hoorn & Martijn De Kleer has left The Legendary Pink Dots to operate as a quartet. The new crew will embark on an extensive North American tour this Fall that celebrates the band’s 30th Anniversary.

Legendary Pink Dots (official site)
Seconds Late for the Brighton Line
Label Site: ROIR (say ROAR!)
RUSCD/LP 8317

Release Date: Oct 5, 2010
DOUBLE LP UPC #: 0-5343-68317-1-7
CD UPC #: 0-5343-68317-2-4

Album Credits

All keyboards, synths and devices, both ancient and modern,were used and misused, processed and tweaked, by Edward Ka-Spel and the Silverman at Studio’s Lent and Limburgia.

From lyrics strewn across every room surface,written on printing paper, backs of envelopes and train tickets, Edward added his voice. On “Someday”, Silverman also sang.

Stringed things were played by Erik Drost, who for these sessions used acoustic, electric, bass and hawaiian guitars.

As always, Raymond Steeg’s mixing and production provided the sound answers that each track needed.

Press:

Pitchfork says: “…they traffic in horror and gothic darkness, but they do it with elegance, more slowly crescendoing George Romero dread than Wes Craven splatterfest.”

Arthur Magazine says: “It’s ominous, sinister pop… crushed velvet, light rain, spooky carnivals…”

SPIN Magazine says: “Fancy a break from the norm? These U.K. psychedelic rockers mix LSD whimsy & industrial gloom.

Time Out New York says: “…they’ve earned the legendary by now”

LA Weekly says: “The ‘Pink Dots are the latest, greatest thing – always will be – ‘cause one can never pinpoint exactly what they’re on about but can suffer measureless revelation upon hearing it.”

Seattle Weekly Says: “Softly psychedelic like a dreamer with blurry vision, and manically poppy as in the old days of the Flaming Lips.”

Popmatters Says: Pop Matters says: “New listeners beware; the intellectual stimulator of Dots records is addictive.”

Tour:

US & CANADA TOUR

Fri Oct 15 – Biltmore, Vancouver, BC
Sat Oct 16 – El Corazon, Seattle, WA
Mon Oct 18 – Club Sound, Salt Lake City, UT
Tue Oct 19 – Gothic Theater, Englewood, CO
Thur Oct 21 – Triple Rock, Minneapolis, MN
Fri Oct 22 – Double Door, Chicago, IL
Sat Oct 23 – Rumba Café, Columbus, OH
Sun Oct 24 – Grog Shop, Cleveland, OH
Mon Oct 25 – Magic Stick, Detroit, MI
Tue Oct 26 – The Mod Club, Toronto, ON
Thur Oct 28 – Middle East Upstairs, Cambridge, MA
Fri Oct 29 – Le Poisson Rouge, New York, NY
Sat Oct 30 – DC9, Washington, DC
Mon Nov 1 – M Room, Philadelphia, PA
Tue Nov 2 – Thunderbird Café, Pittsburgh, PA
Wed Nov 3 – Local 506, Chapel Hill, NC
Thur Nov 4 – The Masquerade, Atlanta, GA
Fri Nov 5 – The Plaza Theatre, Orlando, FL
Sat Nov 6 – Orpheum, Tampa, FL
Tue Nov 9 – House of Blues Dallas, Dallas, TX
Wed Nov 10 – Elyslum, Austin, TX
Sun Nov 14 – The Rhythm Room, Scottsdale, AZ
Mon Nov 15 – The Casbah, San Diego, CA
Tue Nov 16 – Echoplex, Echo Park, CA
Wed Nov 17 – Sainte Rocke, Hermosa Beach, CA
Thur Nov 18 – The Detroit Bar, Costa Mesa, CA
Fri Nov 19 – Café Du Nord, San Francisco, CA
Sat Nov 20 – Café Du Nord, San Francisco, CA
Mon Nov 22 – Doug Fir Lounge, Portland, OR

<a href="http://legendarypinkdots.bandcamp.com/album/seconds-late-for-the-brighton-line">Russian Roulette by Legendary Pink Dots</a>

To arrange interviews, or receive a copy of the new CD for review consideration or airplay, please hit me back!

Randall Frazier
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Artificial Heart, by The Sunset Curse is live on iTunes and emusic… Enjoy.

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Greetings Fellow Music Snobs,

Point your ears towards the debut record “Artificial Heart” from Denver’s Sunset Curse. Click to check it out at iTunes or emusic, courtesy of your friends at Helmet Room Recordings.

We think it’s some of Denver’s best stuff.

Sunset Curse, Birch Book and The Blood Of Heroes, all at Aiding And Abetting

Saturday, June 19th, 2010

The Sunset Curse reviewed at Aiding And Abetting (click to read the full review).

Also, short reviews of Birch Book and The Blood Of Heroes

Free track from The Sunset Curse at Denver Post

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

The Sunset Curse have been written up in the Denver Post Reverb by Eryc Eyl. Click to read the original review and grab a free song from the debut record “Artificial Heart.”

“Though the album’s blend of electronica, indie rock, hard rock and the kitchen sink makes for a puzzling first impression, subsequent listens reveal a coherent artistic statement that is the musical equivalent of a nighttime stroll through nearly any 21st century city’s streets. You’ll get what we mean when you steal the album’s title track.”
- Eryc Eyl, Denver Post

The Sunset Curse Signs With Helmet Room Recordings To Release Their Debut Full Length CD “Artificial Heart”

Monday, April 26th, 2010

The Sunset Curse Signs With Helmet Room Recordings To Release Their Debut Full Length CD “Artificial Heart”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Denver, CO

The Sunset Curse, one of Denver, Colorado’s brightest up and coming bands, has signed with helmet room recordings for international promotion and distribution.

Seeking reviews, airplay, interviews and features NOW!

If you would like to receive a CD for review or airplay, or are interested in an interview with The Sunset Curse, please contact news@helmetroom.com

NEW RELEASE:
Artist: The Sunset Curse
Album: Artificial Heart
Street Date: June 29, 2010

This Denver-based multi-instrumental trio infuse deep electronic roots strategically blended with tight, cutting drum work, melodic, spacious dual guitars, syncopated proggy synths, and raw emotional vocals.

Chris Nelson (vox, guitar, keys) Bradley Bakewell (bass, guitar, vox) and Cody York (drums, synth, programs) host a grab bag of instrumentation that coalesces to build ghostly, polyrhythmic perspectives on dance, rock, psychedelia and contemporary ambient excursions.

Standout track “Flavor,” commands the most attention, pulling from every possible corner of the band’s seemingly limitless creative well. A healthy dose of dance beats fused with punk-rock sensibilities spike the same vein as artist’s like- At the Drive In, LCD Soundsystem, Muse and MGMT

About “Artificial Heart”

Artificial heart is the band’s first attempt at writing and recording a full-length album, and though faced with hardships from many angles, The Sunset Curse embraced the difficulties and channeled their most heartfelt emotions into the honest piece of music you now hold in your hand.

There were many life-altering events that challenged the band during the recording process, which influenced the music directly; not the least of which was the loss of Christopher Owen Nelson’s father, inspiring the heartfelt and hopeful song, “Finally Free”.

This record is a journey through struggles with personal demons; learning to let go of the past; and a myriad of personal confrontations that all of the members, (and indeed, all of humanity) face head on. This record is the absolute truth. The Sunset Curse wear no masks, and the music you hear is an in depth portrait of each of their lives.

The title track, “Artificial Heart”, tells the story of a sexy, but dangerous relationship with addiction, while “Flavor” speaks of a sensual, physical connection. “MSFBF” raises a middle finger to the soul-less drag-and-click relationships of our time, and hopes raise questions about how it will affect art and culture in the future.

The Sunset Curse is available for interviews and would also be thrilled to record station liners for your radio programming.

To hook that up, contact :

Randall Frazier @ helmet room recordings
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