Jam of the Week: Temple of the Dog

Artist: Temple of the Dog

Album: Temple of the Dog

Genre: Grunge

Date: 1991

Sound: A deluxe reboot of the ultimate tribute album

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Jam of the Week: Michael Kiwanuka

Artist: Michael Kiwanuka

Album: Love & Hate

Genre: Singer-Songwriter (Modern)

Date: 2016

Sound: A sprawling and soulful sophomore release

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Swans Show Review

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Venue: Gothic Theater

Location: Denver, Colorado

Date: 09/10/16

Inebriation Level: Behaved Myself

Describe Swans music in one word: Ugly. Throughout their 34 year career, Michael Gira and crew have been hard to classify, ranging from Post-Rock to Experimental to Noise Rock. However one thing remains consistent: Take all the dissonance our ears hate and musicians are taught to avoid, and that ugliness is Swans.

I discovered Swans with their 2012 album The Seer, which ended up being hands down my favorite of the year. Their followup in 2014 To Be Kind was much more abrasive and punishing, yet I still had to agree with many in the music nerd community and call it one of the best of the year. Now with the recent release of The Glowing Man, I daresay those dudes have done it again.

Getting somebody to join me in a quest to hear some loud and ugly music was going to be a challenge, and I was prepared to fly solo and hope no one noticed that weirdo by himself like my last Post-Rock show catching Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Then I remembered I had a friend named Swan. No one would want to miss a show with their namesake, not even Swan, so away we went to the Gothic Theater in the one and only Englehood, Colorado.

We arrived to a maybe half-full venue, with a crowd that was disappointingly devoid of too many hipsters. Using my uncanny ability to scout out the best spot in the house, we posted up behind the ADA section with a clear view of the stage. Since I shared that sweet tip with you, make sure to use it anywhere but Denver. You’re welcome.

The band walked out on the stage and looked like a bunch of cranky old men ready to play Lynyrd Skynyrd covers at the local Elks Lodge. To say they were unassuming was an understatement with the onslaught of noise we were about to receive.

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Jam of the Week: Swans

Artist: Swans

Album: The Glowing Man

Genre: Post-Rock

Date: 2016

Sound: More dark and noisy goodness from Michael Gira and co

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Jam of the Week: Santana

Artist: Santana

Album: IV

Genre: San Francisco Psychedelia

Date: 2016

Sound: The original lineup reunited (say whaaaaat)

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Jam of the Week: Andrew Bird

Artist: Andrew Bird

Album: Are You Serious

Genre: Singer/Songwriter (Modern)

Date: 2016

Sound: Singer/Songwriter gone funky!

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Jam of the Week: The Cave Singers

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Artist: The Cave Singers

Album: Banshee

Genre: Folk Rock (Modern)

Date: 2016

Sound: Is it Folk? Is it Indie Rock? I don’t know!

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Jam of the Week: All Them Witches

Artist: All Them Witches

Album: Dying Surfer Meets Its Maker

Genre: Psychedelic Rock (Modern)

Date: 2015

Sound: Psychedelic and bluesy awesomeness

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Jam of the Week: Ty Segall

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Artist: Ty Segall

Album: Emotional Mugger

Genre: Garage Rock (Modern)

Date: 2016

Sound: Ty Segall gets experimental

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