Now rolling out the sixth edition of its local music and comedy compilation, ZetaKaye House's This Ain't No Cowtown is more than just a labor of love -- it's like a second job. Sorting through hundreds of submissions for the 2014 edition of the compilation, ZetaKaye House's John Baxter says he listens to each submission blindly, often several times, before deciding what makes the final cut. "I make a playlist so that I can listen to everything -- this time around there was over ten hours worth of music," he says with a laugh. "I sort of second guessed myself and what I had gotten into."
But Baxter says the compilation is worth the work as both a way to showcase the music coming out of Colorado and a way to help musicians in need along the way. The comp will be available next Tuesday, May 20, through Bandcamp on a pay-what-you-wish basis. Like all editions of the collection, every dollar goes to aid the music community -- past releases have helped individual musicians like Mike Marchant and his recovery from treatment for Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
The sixth This Ain't No Cowtown is a little different in its charitable direction, as ZetaKaye House has chosen to donate proceeds to the 7th Circle Music Collective. The venue and practice space is a completely DIY-run, all ages, open-to-all spot that has a mission close to Baxter's heart.
"I've been meeting and talking with Aaron [Saye, Seventh Circle's curator] about how best to support them -- they are a volunteer run space, totally DIY and any kind of funding assistance will help continue that on," says Baxter. "That's how I grew up -- going to shows that way, whether they be in churches, basements or bowling alleys. It's sort of in my blood to help out with whatever a space like that needs."
Baxter has been through dozens of submissions from bands made up of long time friends alongside songs from bands he's never heard before, but he is still far from a finished product. He says he's got the selections down to around fifty, but in less than a week when the compilation is released, only twenty five to thirty tracks will make the cut. He says on top of getting more submissions than ever before, Baxter has seen a contingent of heavier bands sending in tracks, with more punk, metal and hardcore bands showing interest. There was also plenty of comedy and spoken word to pick through, too.
Though This Ain't No Cowtown is still in the works, Baxter confirms inclusion of tracks from Blood Lines, The Dendrites, Little Fyodor and Babushka, Muscle Beach, Rossonian, Taverns and Tung and Gruv. As far as comedy and podcast-oriented choices, he's got Jeff M. Albright, Nathan Lund, Hippie Man and Ultra Sex Laser slated to take part.
This Ain't No Cowtown Volume 6 comes out next Tuesday, May 20, via the compilation's Bandcamp; the album is free, but donations in any amount are welcome. All proceeds benefit all ages music space Seventh Circle Music Collective. For more information, visit the This Ain't No Cowtown Facebook page. Previous editions of the compilation are available on Bandcamp as well.
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