Archive for September, 2010

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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New Release from Bad Brains bassist Darryl Jenifer : “In Search Of Black Judas” (ROIR) – Adding to CMJ-New World on October 12

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Announcing the debut solo release from Bad Brains bassist Darryl Jenifer , titled “In Search Of Black Judas”(ROIR)

—-We are adding to CMJ-New World on October 12 —-

About Darryl Jenifer

No one would argue that the Bad Brains is one of the most important American punk bands of all time. Their influence is deep and wide ranging: Minor Threat, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys, Lil Jon, Living Colour, Matisyahu, Mos Def, 311, hundreds of hardcore bands and any young punk musician. The anchor of this dynamic, powerful, innovative and soulful foursome is bassist Darryl Jenifer.

“[Darryl]’s the musician who most influenced my playing. Though stuff I play now is in a different vein, if you listen to our hardcore tracks, I think you can hear his influence. On the knowledge tip, definitely go and see the Bad Brains every time they play. I’ve seen them like 50 times. I climb up on something where I can get a good view of Jenifer’s hands, and just jones. He’s an unbelievable bassist.”
- Adam Yauch of Beastie Boys

Not only is Darryl considered one of the pre-eminent bassist of his era, he’s also an award winning producer. Having produced two albums for famed Canadian reggae band Bedouin Soundclash, Darryl was honored with the prestigious Juno award in 2004 for his production work on “Sounding Mosaic”. He has also produced The Idlers, Stiffed, Morgan Harris, as well as tracks for Sublime, and many of the tracks for his own band the Bad Brains. Darryl maintains a studio in Woodstock, NY.

About “In Search of Black Judas”

Darryl Jenifer returns to ROIR, home to the Bad Brains’ legendary debut album, to release his solo debut.

“In Search of Black Judas” blasts off with hardcore riffs and monstrous grooves, delivered with classic Bad Brains fire and fury and the quickness to shift into downtempo reggae passages. It’s a heady and intoxicating mix of sounds that continues a quest for innovation and soulful vibes, anchored by Jenifer’s rock steady lines.

From the stripped down rub-a-dub of “Babylon Leave Me Alone” to the dark and ominous “Trinity Rub”, an excursion into post-punk-dub akin to PIL or The Ruts, Jenifer’s inventive bass builds a rock-steady foundation on each track. “Black Slavery Dayz Mosh” is a charging reggae groove featuring Bad Brain’s vocalist HR’s twisted and treated vocals. With intricate, spacious and detailed production “In Search of Black Judas” is an aural pleasure and long awaited addition to an already grand legacy.

Darryl Jenifer
In Search Of Black Judas
Label Site: ROIR (say ROAR!)

Release Date: Oct 26, 2010
DOUBLE LP UPC #: 0-5343-68306-1-1
CD UPC #: 0-5343-68306-2-8


Ampeg says: “Critics call Darryl Jenifer a bassist of uncanny virtuosity. His precision, speed and interplay between drums and guitar are a fundamental Bad Brains attribute.””

Verbicide Says: “Jenifer’s playing has helped define the sound of the Bad Brains and as such has also helped define the low-end we hear in hardcore punk today.”

<a href="">Black Judas by Darryl Jenifer</a>


Randall Frazier
helmet room recordings


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!)

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.


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.”



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="">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
helmet room recordings

Legendary Pink Dots update: Summer/Autumn 2010

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010


Many apologies for the long silence from LPDs hq as sad personal events overshadowed everything else in early 2010 .

Now we’re making plans for the future.New releases are in the pipeline and be prepared for a torrent of activity from The Dots in the coming months.

The 30th Anniversary Tour continues in October in North America and, following cancellations earlier in 2010 will be resume in Europenext Spring.

There will be a string of shows in Poland in April (probably).Originally these dates were slated for this September but it was felt that it was best to wait for a few more months as we were so recently in that country.Shows in St.Petersburg , Moscow and St.Petersburg are also on the cards for Spring 2011.

USA/CANADA (so far)

Fri 10/15/10 Vancouver, BC -Biltmore Cabaret
Sat 10/16/10 Seattle, WA-El Corazon
Mon 10/18/10 Salt Lake City, UT- The Complex
Tue 10/19/10 Englewood, CO -Gothic Theatre
Thu 10/21/10 Minneapolis, MN-Triple Rock Social Club
Fri 10/22/10 Chicago, IL-Double Door
Sat 10/23/10 Columbus, OH-Rumba Cafe
Sun 10/24/10 Cleveland Heights, OH-Grog Shop
Mon 10/25/10 Detroit, MI-Magic Stick
Tue 10/26/10 Toronto, ON-The Mod Club Theatre
Thu 10/28/10 Cambridge, MA-Middle East Upstairs
Fri 10/29/10 New York, NY-Le Poisson Rouge
Sun 10/31/10 Washington, DC-DC9
Mon 11/01/10 Philadelphia, PA-The M Room
Tue 11/02/10 Pittsburgh, PA-Thunderbird Cafe
Wed 11/03/10 Chapel Hill, NC-Local 506
Thu 11/04/10 Atlanta, GA-The Masquerade
Fri 11/05/10 Orlando, FL-The Plaza Theatre
Sat 11/06/10 Tampa, FL-Orpheum
Tue 11/09/10 Dallas, TX-House Of Blues
Wed 11/10/10 Austin, TX-Elysium
Sun 11/14/10 Phoenix, AZ-The Rhythm Room
Mon 11/15/10 San Diego, CA-The Casbah
Tue 11/16/10 Los Angeles, CA-EchoPlex
Wed 11/17/10 Hermosa Beach, CA-Saint Rocke
Thu 11/18/10 Costa Mesa, CA-Detroit Bar
Fri 11/19/10 San Francisco, CA-Cafe Du Nord
Sat 11/20/10 San Francisco, CA Cafe Du Nord
Mon 11/22/10 Portland, OR-Doug Fir Lounge

Be prepared for changes /additions to the schedule.

We are ready to accept pre-orders, but be aware that most releases are slated for early October and it could mean that packages will be dispatched
immediately after the conclusion of the Dots’ USA tour..still we’ll do our best to send earlier.Prices quoted are without shipping costs.

1.THE LEGENDARY PINK DOTS- Seconds Late for the Brighton Line

Coming soon on ROIR ,the new LPDs album on CD (the first 500 will have a deluxe cover) and as a double vinyl edition with a bonus side.
PRE-ORDER CD- 15 euros
PRE-ORDER DLP-20 euros

Spectacular and exciting DVD release from 2009 .On Soleilmoon Recordings.
PRE-ORDER- 15 euros

3.THE LEGENDARY PINK DOTS- The French Collection
On BLRR , a striking collection from one of the most memorable tours in LPDs history.Many rare songs played and Raymond has remastered hours of
material previously unheard.
PRE-ORDER DCD- 20 euros

4.THE SILVERMAN- Time on thin Ice
A mysterious , spiritual voyage .BLRR will release this in time for the USA
PRE-ORDER CD- 15 euros

5.EDWARD KA-SPEL- The Minus Touch
In Purgatory you have a choice of doors. New CD slated for release on BLRR.
PRE-ORDER CD- 15 euros

Special limited vinyl release celebrating 30 years of life in the Dots together for Edward and Phil.There will also be a small CD edition for the US tour.
PRE-ORDER VINYL – 20 euros

Special ltd vinyl release on BLRR Records.

8.LEGENDARY PINK DOTS-The Crushed velvet Apocalypse (remaster)
PRE ORDER special edition CD in velvet bag – 20 euros
PRE-ORDER regular edition- 15 euros

9.EDWARD KA-SPEL-Chyekk China Doll (remastered CD with new bonus tracks)
15 euros

10. New T-shirts being prepared as I type this.


THE TEAR GARDEN- The Secret Experiment (CD)
Just a handful in the cupboard- 20 euros plus postage.

THE TEAR GARDEN-Eye Spy with my little Eye (CD)-20 euros plus postage.

Astonishing presentation of this live collection documenting a tour for the 2 bands back in 1984.Last copies! – 20 euros

We’d like to bring your attention to
This is a website dedicated to Edward Ka-Spel’s book of lyrics which was released a few years ago.The site has been updated and visitors will find
a section where Edward reveals the origins for many of his outpourings.