Westword Music Showcase 2006

Be there or be square!

Describe your music in a sentence: We are a schizophrenic genre-masher.

Do you think you can make it out of Denver? Ummm...

What's your idea of "making it"? Ummm...

What local artist(s) are you most excited about? Kirwan Brown, Dave Devine, Rudy Royston and Ron Miles.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you? We collectively digest albums like Pacman.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you? You can't be schizophrenic and have just a couple of artists that impact you. I would say in the top-ten category would be: Wilco, Nick Drake, Radiohead, D'Angelo, Sigur Rós, John Legend, Brazilian Girls, Jill Scott, Yerba Buena, the Notwist, BjŲrk, Jon Brion, the Postal Service.

Myspace: godsend or the devil? Are you kidding? Do you know how many cute girls are waiting to go to shows?

Do you have an iPod? If so, who's on it right now? Currently listening to Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings.

MR. PACMAN
NOMINATED IN AVANT-GARDE/ECLECTIC
3 P.M., ACOMA CENTER

Website: www.mrpacman.com

Personnel: Mr. Pacman (VOX, Keytar); Silver Ghost (Commodore 64); White Tiger (drums); Anarchy Dragon (power chords).

Native or transplant? Native.

Releases/discography: Star Hustler (2004).

Describe your music in a sentence: Video-game gangster rock.

Do you think you can make it out of Denver? Absolutely. We are taking the Pacfashion show on a national tour for summer 2007.

What's your idea of "making it"? Having action figures made of the band.

What local artist(s) are you most excited about? Team Awesome and Magicyclops.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you? Megaman 2.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you? Warlock Pinchers, Totally Radd!, I Hate You When You're Pregnant, and Friends Forever.

Myspace: godsend or the devil? Godsend. I can't remember how people booked or promoted shows without it; it seems impossible now.

Do you have an iPod? If so, who's on it right now? ELO, Exile and Zolar X.

MUNLY & THE LEE LEWIS HARLOTS
NOMINATED IN AVANT-GARDE/ECLECTIC
9 P.M., SHELTER

Website: myspace.com/munlytheleelewisharlots

Personnel: Paul Bradley (bass); Jeff Linsenmaier (drums); MunlyMunly (Munly); Elin Palmer (violin); Frieda Stalheim (violin); Rebecca Vera (cello).

Native or transplant? All.

Releases/discography: Blurry (De Dar He, 1996); Galvanized Yankee (1997); Jimmy Carter Syndrome (1999); Lee Lewis Harlots (2004).

Describe your music in a sentence: Jello Biafra says, "The thinking man's country, strings, big rhythm, and one of the best storytellers in America."

Do you think you can make it out of Denver? Are we being asked to leave?

What's your idea of "making it"? An El Camino, a blanket and Zeppelin.

What local artist(s) are you most excited about? David Zimmer.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you? It's yet to be made.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you? Stuart Adamson (2001); Herman Brood (2001); Darby Crash (1980); Budd Dwyer (1987); Tom Evans (1983); Lolo Ferrari (2000); Spalding Gray (2004); Hannibal (182BC); Judas Iscariot (1?); Jim Jones (1978); Terry Kath (1978); Peter Llewelyn-Davies (1960); Billy Mackenzie (1996); Joachim Nielson (2000); Phil Ochs (1976); Felix Powell (1942); Robert Quine (2004); George Reeves (1959); Del Shannon (1990); Pytor Tchaikovsky (1893): Urmuz (1923); Publius Veras (9); Rozz Williams (1998); You (20??); Stefan Zweig (1942); sometimes it's best to give up.

Myspace: godsend or the devil? I imagine both have larger concerns.

Do you have an iPod? No.

ZACK NICHOLS
NOMINATED IN SINGER-SONGWRITER
5 P.M., BANNOCK ST. GARAGE

Website: www.zacknichols.com

Native or transplant? Native.

Releases/discography: Elizabeth St. (2005); Next Time I'll Be the Heartbreaker (2004).

Describe your music in a sentence: My music is fronted with acoustic pop/rock, while blues and soul is the true heart that makes it all tick.

Do you think you can make it out of Denver? Denver has a great music scene right now. I think that it is definitely possible to break out of Denver. We've all seen it happen a lot recently. I'd like to keep that going!

What's your idea of "making it"? "Making it" is being able to make a living off of what we truly love to do: make music.

What local artist(s) are you most excited about? I am completely hooked on Meese, Angie Stevens and John Common.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you? Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Sky Is Crying; Sam Cooke, Ain't That Good News; Jonny Lang, Wander This World; Ryan Adams, Heartbreaker.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you? Jonny Lang, Marc Broussard, Martin Sexton, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Sam Cooke.

Myspace: godsend or the devil? Myspace is a godsend for music, but you have to hate the crack-like addiction!

Do you have an iPod? I think I'm one of two people in the country who does not have an iPod. I'll get one soon, I promise!

JOSHUA NOVAK
NOMINATED IN SINGER-SONGWRITER
6 P.M., BANNOCK ST. GARAGE

Website: myspace.com/joshuanovak

Personnel: Kit Peltzel, Giovanni Toninello, Gann Matthews.

Native or transplant? I love Denver!

Releases/discography: Metropolis Songs (2000), The Five Day Romance (2004), Dead Letters (out this fall).

Describe your music in a sentence: Sex, blood and spit put to the sounds of a boy choir. Still.

Do you think you can make it out of Denver? If you can make it in, you can make it out. Whatever that means.

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