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2007 Stories by Jon Solomon

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  • Ziggie's

    published December 20, 2007

    In his intro to "Constipation Blues," Screamin' Jay Hawkins talks about how most people record songs about love, heartbreak, loneliness and... More >>


    published December 13, 2007

    Years before he was a filmmaker, Vincent Gallo was into music. He joined his first band at age nine, and by sixteen, he'd moved from Buffalo to... More >>

  • Harry’s

    published December 13, 2007

    In one of my favorite Charles Bukowski poems, "The Insane Always Loved Me," he wrote about how the unwanted, cowards and misanthropes would... More >>

  • Ninth & Lincoln Orchestra

    published December 13, 2007

    In high school, Tyler Gilmore had widely varied tastes. The burgeoning composer was into acts like the Smashing Pumpkins and Aphex Twin, but he... More >>

  • Devil Doll

    published December 6, 2007

    Roy Orbison once sang about falling in love with a Devil Doll. Old Roy's gone now, but we have a sneaking suspicion that if he was still... More >>

  • Brickhouse Nightclub

    published December 6, 2007

    A few weeks ago, a cousin told me about The Pick-Up Artist, this reality show on VH1 where a dude who calls himself "Mystery" and a few... More >>

  • Rockmada

    published November 29, 2007

    I was one of a few hundred people to see Radiohead at the Mercury Cafe in June 1995. To be honest, I don't remember a damn thing about... More >>

  • Marcus Strickland

    published November 22, 2007

    Saxophonist Marcus Strickland was listening to John Coltrane, Stevie Wonder, Parliament and Jimi Hendrix before he was even born. While Marcus... More >>

  • Whiskey Dick’s

    published November 22, 2007

    I probably listen to more Tom Waits songs in November than in any other month. "November," with its somber imagery of dead leaves, shiny black... More >>

  • Maloney’s Tavern

    published November 15, 2007

    You know that scene in The Mask where Jim Carrey and Cameron Diaz are swing-dancing to the rumbling tom-tom beat of "Hey Pachuco," the... More >>

  • The Falcon

    published November 8, 2007

    Steve Schalk, owner of the Gothic Theatre (3263 South Broadway), had been eyeing the nearby Sport Bowl Lanes & Billiards for... More >>

  • Sea Wolf

    published November 8, 2007

    The opening song on Sea Wolf's debut, Leaves in the River, is a tale of a guy who meets a girl on Halloween. He was drunk, she was lost,... More >>

  • School of Rock

    published November 1, 2007

    Swallow Hill has long been Denver's main haven for folk, roots and acoustic music. But Chad Johnson, who's been giving private drum lessons there... More >>

  • Film and Food

    published November 1, 2007

    About three years ago, Jimmie Lee Smith and his wife were having sandwiches and coffee at the cafe in New York's Angelika Film Center. They wanted... More >>

  • Waterloo Ice House

    published November 1, 2007

    So I'm driving up that hill on McCaslin Boulevard just before South Boulder Road, and this guy in a station wagon is merging into my lane, only... More >>

  • The Pipettes

    published November 1, 2007

    While Amy Winehouse mined the albums of '60s girl groups and Phil Spector for inspiration on Back to Black, the three gals in the... More >>

  • Federico Aubele

    published November 1, 2007

    Before Argentinean Federico Aubele began working on his latest release, Panamericana, he realized that most of the music that influenced... More >>

  • Hicc Ups III

    published October 25, 2007

    While watching four middle-aged guys run through Free's "All Right Now" at Hicc Ups III (1541 Cortez Street), which opened last month, I... More >>

  • Architecture in Helsinki

    published October 25, 2007

    The members of Architecture in Helsinki wrote their latest effort, Places Like This, via instant messages. Late last year, Cameron Bird,... More >>

  • Phosphorescent

    published October 18, 2007

    What is it about these indie folksters using pseudonyms? Samuel Beam goes by Iron and Wine, and Will Oldham has recorded under Bonnie "Prince"... More >>

  • Sutra Room Gets Sexy

    published October 18, 2007

    Last New Year's Eve, Charles Trujillo and Paul Piciocchi opened the sleek and sexy Sutra Room at 1109 Lincoln Street, and soon followed... More >>

  • Dead Kenny G’s

    published October 18, 2007

    Plenty of jazz musicians and aficionados think Kenny G is the Antichrist. Still, there are millions of people who think he's a godsend. Those... More >>

  • Ink and Tunes

    published October 11, 2007

    Jake La Botz has a lot of tattoos — so many he's not even sure how many he has anymore. "It starts getting blurry when your whole back is... More >>

  • Shout Out Louds

    published October 11, 2007

    "Tonight I Have to Leave It," the opening track on the Shout Out Louds' latest release, Our Ill Wills, sounds like it could have been a... More >>

  • Cheeky Monk

    published October 11, 2007

    One of the scummiest dives I ever drank in was the Mars Bar, just around the corner from the now-defunct CBGB on New York's Lower East Side. It... More >>

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