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((( 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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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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helmet room recordings news update 10.09.09

Friday, October 9th, 2009

Greetings Friends,

Lots of news from helmet room HQ. First off, the long-awaited re-release of antenne “#2″ has finally come to fruition, featuring a stellar cover of Nick Drake’s “Black Eyed Dog.”

Click here to check out antenne on itunes

Click here to check out antenne on emusic

Next up, 2 new tracks from Kal Cahoone with more music in the works from the newest addition to the helmet room roster.

Click here to check out Kal on emusic
Click here to check out Kal on itunes

And finally, a very long overdue release from orbit service who comes out of hibernation with a new song appearing on Beta-lactam Ring Records’ cancer benefit CD entitled MOM, which features contributions from The Legendary Pink Dots, Nurse With Wound, Nadja, and a whole lot of other great artists- and all for a good cause.

To read more about it, listen to samples, and order a copy, click HERE

The new track from orbit service features Elin Palmer (Crooked Fingers, Woven Hand, Devotchka, Kal Cahoone) on violin, and coincidentally, Elin is releasing her debut solo CD next week in Denver. Cick HERE if you’d like info on that show.

Special thanks to Bocumast Design for the new website, which will have a new shop in the coming weeks.

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New Orbit Service track available on MOM CD from Beta-lactam Ring Records

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

New track from Orbit Service will be appearing on the MOM release on Beta-lactam Ring, (all proceeds going to help Chris’ mom in her fight against stomach cancer).

We are super proud to have been asked to contribute for such a worthy cause. The new Orbit Service track features violin work from Elin Palmer (Crooked Fingers, Woven Hand, Munly and the Lee Lewis Harlots). Please click here to order a copy of the CD.

Other artists appearing on this special release include: CJ Boyd, One Starving Day, Nadja, Expo ‘70, Seven That Spells, Troum, Armchair Migraine Journey, LaSTPO, The Legendary Pink Dots, Nurse With Wound, Un Festin Sagital, Earthmonkey, Andrew Liles, Volcano The Bear, and Else Teicher (I hope I didn’t leave anyone off!)momcd_090824-13f

Mastering work complete for Expo ‘70 “Sonic Messenger”

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

We have finished mastering on Expo ‘70 “Sonic Messenger” (click to listen and order)which will be available late November of 2009 on Beta-lactam Ring Records. This from the label:

Available late Nov. 2009. Limited ed. of 400 numbered copies with a bonus album of music packaged in a custom designed full color gatefold case with a mounted 12 page booklet of bonus artwork. What if the Voyager space craft became sentient? Would it destroy humanity? Who is to say it wouldn’t become the most far-out musician of the galaxy? Expo ‘70’s sonic reach seems to extend past even the concept of space/time itself. One Eno Eon past normal, the patter of Expo ‘70’s dark matter squeaks and moans in wave forms, like the Doppler buzz of an armada of flying fortresses piercing through the black vacuum. A fiery comet tail of piercing Kraut flavored psych trails behind. The whistles of cosmic winds commingle with acid fury as the Expo ‘70 command craft slowly leads the armada in for a truly great gig in the sky. Ambience morphs into a monstrous, heavy psychedelic blaze colour of Big Bang proportions. Eventually, the searing doom-crush folds in on itself until, once again, only the spheres patiently whisper from the deep. After which, a quantum of solace resonates with the frequency of the earth below us; drifting, falling; floating weightless; calling, calling home.

Expo '70 - Sonic Messenger

Expo '70 - Sonic Messenger