Backwash

Jello does a shot on the latest local-music compilation.

The majority of the cuts on Shakedown are culled from individual bands' own recordings and are tracks that Murphy's radio audience is likely to recognize through their repeated play on his show. A few -- including Acrobat Down's "The Trunk" and Sarina Simoom's "Hey Angel" -- were recorded live at the Local Shakedown Bluebird showcases by prodigal area producer Bob Ferbrache. Ferbrache, a longtime supporter of 1190 who has donated cash to the perpetually strapped station, took his involvement with the project a step further by donating his services at his Absinthe Studio; credited as "Big Bad Bob" in the liner notes, Ferbrache performed the comp's final mix, which partially explains its consistently excellent sound quality. Big Bad Bob also helped Murphy hook up with local heavyweights like 16 Horsepower(who donated the song "American Wheeze.").

Murphy, who spearheaded the project with help (read: funding) from Radio 1190 and some of his own cash, released Local Shakedown on his Smooch Records label, yet another endeavor of his.

"It's really just a continuation of my efforts to promote local music," he says. "If you were to ask me, like, when I was in high school what I wanted to do, this would be it. I want to show people how much good music there is here, that Denver does have a scene."

Shakedown-- which Murphy plans to sell through local retailers and outlets like USA One Stop -- was released in a relatively meager pressing of 1,600 copies. For their involvement, all bandmembers got a copy, and Murphy and Radio 1190 and Fanatic cohorts have started mailing the release to like-minded radio stations across the country. Chances are, nobody's gonna get rich off the thing (any proceeds will benefit the station directly), but who knows? It might be the release that gets a couple of bands noticed outside of our city.

Whatever the outcome, Local Shakedown is a gem -- and not just because the artists involved are likely to get their rice milk at the same King Soopers. It's a gem because there really ain't a bad song on the whole dern thing. And how often do you get to say that about a CD? Vive la (AM) révolution!


Had they stuck around rather than making a move to Oregon in 1998, chances are good the Minderswould have been involved in the Radio 1190 compilation. Since their Northwest passage, frontman Martyn Leaper and the band have maintained a connection to D-town musical happenings, however; last Autumn, the Minders released Cul-de-Sacs & Dead Ends, a collection of previously unreleased and out-of-print singles (as well as new material) that catalogues the band's early and continued experiments with classic British pop sounds. Many of the tunes were recorded at Denver's notorious Pet Sounds Studios, the hub of the Apples' Robert Schneider and the epicenter of much of the Elephant 6 collective's recording activity. (Cul-de-Sacs was also released on spinART, the longtime imprint of the Apples.) Yet when the bandmembers return to town for a live showing this week, it's a Portland -- not a plains -- boy they'll be supporting: The band opens for Elliott Smith on Monday, May 29, at the Ogden Theatre (see "Man Out of Time," page 84). The Minders may not be coming back for good, but they'll be here just long enough to remind us why we miss them.

The reptilian jump-blues stalwarts in Boa & the Constrictors aren't leavin' town for good, but they will be slithering across the water in a couple of months. The band has been selected to play the Nice Jazz Festival -- named for the French city, not the type of jazz performed -- along with such heavyweights as Herbie Hancock and Lou Reed. You can still catch them before they get all European and famous on us: The band performs Friday, May 26, through Sunday, May 27, at 1515 Market.

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