Cory Casciato

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    March 7, 2014

    What will transform a geek into a Nerdrager?

    Denver blog posts speak geek. At our Show & Tell blog, Cory Casciato shares a glossary of geek, from "fandom" to "nerdrage." Coyote Gulch: February storms boost Colorado's snowpack. The Colorado Independent's Sandra Fish notes that Bob Beauprez's big bucks give him a gubernatorial campaign advant ... More >>

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    November 29, 2012

    Reader: Toy train-lover Rod Stewart is way cooler than you (and me)

    Do you think toy trains are sexy?In advance of the Rocky Mountain Toy Train Show at the Denver Merchandise Mart last week, Cory Casciato listed five toy-train enthusiasts who are cooler than you. The lineup ranged from Winston Churchill to Neil Young. But there was one major omission. See also: F ... More >>

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    August 29, 2012

    Reader: Vampires are sucking the life out of literature

    Edward Cullen and his sparkly friends have made vampires very popular today. But for a modern take on vampires with real bite, Cory Casciato suggests you check out Jeanne Stein's Anna Strong vampire series. If you want to read about vampires at all, that is.

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    December 24, 2009
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    December 17, 2009
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    October 5, 2009

    Win tickets to see Daedelus tonight at the Bluebird

    ​All right, anybody feel like turning this Monday into Funday? How's about it? Thought so. With that in mind, we've got a pair of tickets up for grabs to catch Daedelus tonight at the Bluebird with Musa and CacheFlowe. Daedelus? Who's that, you say? Ah, glad you asked. Last time Daedelus (aka Alfr ... More >>

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    January 9, 2009

    You will hate me for this...

    Nothing I could possibly say would add to this video in the slightest, so let me just say thanks to fellow Westword scribe A.H. Goldstein for putting this horrible thing on my MySpace page, inspiring me to share it with you all. Push play and bask in the incredible power of Sonseed. -- Cory Casciato

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    January 9, 2009

    More shows unearthed at

    I was there, and you can hear it In case you're not familiar with it, is a giant Internet archive of all kinds of stuff -- old websites, tons of free audio and video, etc. It's one of my favorite Internet sites, largely because of the absolutely ginormous collections of free music from ... More >>

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    January 5, 2009

    Ideal Fathers seek ideal drummer

    The Ideal Fathers have a fresh, danceable, well-crafted take on post-punk. They have a freshly recorded, yet-to-released EP that's damn good. What they don't have is a drummer, and that's holding them back from capitalizing on those first two things, which is a shame. Their longtime drummer recently ... More >>

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    January 2, 2009

    Girl Talk shows us how it's done

    Girl Talk (aka Greg Gillis) gets a fair amount of love here at Westword for his ace mashup skills and incendiary live performances, and with good reason: the man is an artist at what he does. And if you've ever wondered exactly how he does what he does, today is your lucky day, because I've found th ... More >>

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    December 29, 2008

    You got your video games in my music

    This weekend I stumbled across this story about the convergence of video games and music in our sister paper the Phoenix New Times, and really enjoyed it. I'm quite pleased that two of my great loves -- video games and music -- are coming together in so many ways, both underground and mainstream. M ... More >>

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    December 24, 2008

    The only Christmas song you'll ever need

    On this fine Christmas Eve, I gift all of you with a link to the finest Christmas song ever recorded, and the only one anyone ever truly needed. It's a song about the brutal, cold reality behind all of our romantic pretension, and about love that still manages to hang on despite all the tears, regre ... More >>

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    December 23, 2008

    Stereogum's Xmas gift for you

    In an admirable show of Christmas spirit, MP3 blog Stereogum has thoughtfully compiled a list of its top 50 downloaded tracks of the year. Even more thoughtfully, they've zipped all 50 of the files into one conveniently downloadable archive! Among the gems are a radical Diplo deconstruction/remix of ... More >>

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    December 17, 2008

    Swallow Hill is calling the next generation of Denver bands

    Just heard that Swallow Hill Music Association is sponsoring a contest for middle and high school age songwriters. They're soliciting recordings of original works on tape, CD or DVD of acoustic and electric acts from one to four members. Winners will play their songs at a special concert at Swallow ... More >>

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    December 16, 2008

    Mile High Makeout: So this is the new year, part 1

    You'll soon be bombarded with a million year-end lists, proclaiming the most important, amazing, must-have albums and songs of the year. In fact, the lists have already begun. As a writer, I'm not particularly fond of these lists. After all, there's no way I heard even a fraction of all the music th ... More >>

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    December 12, 2008

    Memorialize Monolith on the cheap

    Did you miss out on the Monolith festival, but want people to believe you were there? Or maybe you blew all your cash on a ticket and a few $7 beers, leaving you no funds to purchase the appropriate shwag to remember the event by? Or maybe you're like me, and you just couldn't face the prospect of c ... More >>

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    December 8, 2008

    Shine on Me: Europop meets live-action roleplaying

    There is nothing I can say about the clip embedded above that would possibly prepare you for the awesomeness contained within, but I am going to try: Imagine A-Ha's seminal "Take on Me" clip, then replace the cool animation with live-action roleplayers and production values on the level of your aver ... More >>

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    December 1, 2008

    What have the Hot IQs been up to?

    So, what have the Hot IQs been up to? The answer to that question will apparently be revealed on Friday, December 19, when the new video is premiered and the act's 7-inch is released at an all-ages show at the Bluebird with local-scene luminaries the Chain Gang of 1974, Young Coyotes and Team Firefo ... More >>

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    November 28, 2008

    Eno, electronic music history and pop songs summarized

    Stuck at work or bored at home, these three links should keep you busy for the rest of the day, either way. Fist up, enjoy these one-line summaries of the meaning behind some of the biggest pop songs in history.Second, electronic music pioneer and legendary producer (U2, Talking Heads, Coldplay, et ... More >>

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    November 21, 2008

    Your Friday distraction is here

    Go ahead and play, it's not like you were getting anything done today anyway Now that lunch is but a dim memory and beer o' clock is still hours away, you need something to distract you from the grinding horror that is your work day. May we humbly suggest Auditorium, a beautiful, trippy music game ... More >>

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    September 5, 2008

    Rearview: The Week in Review (8/29/08-9/5/08)

    These Kids are looking a little grizzled... Here's a convenient, one-stop guide to all the great content you might have overlooked this week on Backbeat Online while you were preoccupied with the alarming news that New Kids on the Block had reunited and released a new album, despite the fact they h ... More >>

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    July 15, 2008

    The Blog Shortcut, July 15 Edition

    Too tired after a long day of work to search out the day's blogs here at Don't worry, we'll do most of the leg work for you. Backbeat introduced a new feature called The Mating Game, pitting the knowledge of loved ones against that of bandmates. Find out who knows the Swayback's Eric ... More >>

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    July 9, 2008

    MP3 Freeloader: Josephine and the Mousepeople

    There's no one named Josephine and no anthropomorphic mice in Josephine and the Mousepeople, but don't let that dissuade you. What you do get is two guys -- who go by the names avicado and dannyberry -- who produce chipper, summery electro-pop confections. Their track "She Needs Fire" pairs up buzzy ... More >>

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    June 24, 2008

    Beautiful Music from Ghost Buffalo

    The convenience and portability of MP3s may make the them the de facto music standard, but vinyl, despite its weight and relative fragility, is making a big comeback. Maybe it's the warmer sound, the reassuring physicality of it, or maybe it's just simple nostalgia. Or maybe, just maybe it's absolut ... More >>

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    April 21, 2008

    The Best Soul-Blues Album Covers and Other Assorted Goodies

    Here's a selection of the best of last week's music blogging from around the Village Voice chain: Sometimes, you can judge a book by it's cover -- or an album, at least. A look at thirteen soul-blues albums, a genre that's mastered the art of capturing the record's flavor with a perfect cover.

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    April 21, 2008

    Over the Weekend ... Communikey Festval

    The Communikey Festival this weekend brought together one of the largest gatherings of electronic arts purveyors this side of the internet. Slide show review by Cory Casciato.

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    April 16, 2008

    Creepy, Catchy, Cool: Silence of the Lambs as Dance Pop

    Is it wrong to write such catchy songs from a killer's perspective? Am I a sick man for finding this so cool? Does this mean I have deeply buried issues? Probably. What can I say, I always wanted to see a band that sounds like a David Byrne-fronted Devo tribute band write a song paying homage to ... More >>

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    April 14, 2008

    Monotonix Engages in Full-Scale Musical Riotry and Other Assorted Goodies

    Here's a selection of the best of last week's music blogging from around the Village Voice chain: Some bands merely play, while others engage in full-scale musical riots. In this review, Monotonix opt for the latter.

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    April 2, 2008

    Last Night...Vampire Weekend and YACHT @ Bluebird Theater

    You'd be forgiven if you thought that buzzing sound was the arrival of Africanized killer bees finally arriving as promised a decade ago, but it was actually indie internet darlings Vampire Weekend arriving April 1 to play a show at the Bluebird Theater. Enjoy this slide show review by Cory Casciato ... More >>

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    March 24, 2008

    Hair Metal Flashback and Other Assorted Goodies

    Here's a selection of the best of last week's music blogging from around the Village Voice chain: Sate your nostalgia for the Aquanet-fueled halcyon days of hair metal with a look at this collection of vintage show ads from Minneapolis. My favorites are the many appearances by the oafishly named Da ... More >>

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    March 3, 2008

    Rock Band Comes Alive and Other Assorted Goodies

    Here's a selection of the best of last week's music blogging from around the Village Voice chain: Video games are so the new rock and roll, which makes this Battle of Rock Band tournament, in which players competed at the game Rock Band, the new Ed Sullivan Show. Or something. There are pictures t ... More >>

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    February 18, 2008

    The Art of the DJ and Other Assorted Goodies

    Here's a selection of the best of last week's music blogging from around the Village Voice chain: If you don't believe that DJing can be a legitimate artform, this live review -- covering DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist together on eight turntables, mashing up the theme to Gilligan's Island with "Stair ... More >>

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    February 11, 2008

    James Blunt is a Douchebag and Other Assorted Goodies

    Here's a selection of the best of last week's music blogging from around the Village Voice chain: The Next Big Thing has been sighted by Tom Breihan; prepare yourself for the onslaught of sensitive white-boy robo-soul.

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    February 5, 2008

    Last Night ... MGMT and Yeasayer @ hi-dive

    MGMT and Yeasayer took the stage at hi-dive February 4 and brought out a die-hard crowd in spite of weather that would have sent meeker souls packing. That's just the kind of rock troopers they are. Slide show review by Cory Casciato

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    January 28, 2008

    The Magic Flute and Other Assorted Goodies

    Here's a selection of the best of last week's music blogging from around the Village Voice chain: Before there was rock opera, there was real opera and this review of Mozart's The Magic Flute is a fine reminder that there was some pretty kick ass music around in the days of yore.

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    January 2, 2008

    List of Lists and Other Assorted Goodies

    Here's a selection of the best of last week's music blogging from around the Village Voice chain: To count down the end of the year, how about lists counting down the best things of the year? Yay! This list is by Grant Snider, and so is this accompanying cartoon.

  • Music

    December 27, 2007

    Critics' Picks for 2007

    Backbeat scribes sound off on their favorite releases of the past year.

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    December 17, 2007

    Ike Turner's Lurid Life and Other Assorted Goodies

    Here's a selection of the best of last week's music blogging from around the Village Voice chain: In case you didn't hear, Ike Turner died last week. Here are some lurid remembrances of the hard-partying, wife-beating icon.

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    December 5, 2007

    Worst Song Ever, Revealed!

    “Music is My Hot, Hot Sex” by Cansei de Ser Sexy, better known as the song in the iPod Touch commercial, is the worst song in the world. This grating, repetitive burst of vapid noise is guaranteed to get stuck in your head for days after a single exposure. While the song’s sentiment – music ... More >>

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    September 10, 2007

    More Internet Enhanced Cartoonery

    As noted in this recent More Messages blog, I've received plenty of tips about great websites devoted to newspaper cartoons since the publication of a column about the general unfunniness of today's funnies. Another one worthy of a visit is a feature Westword contributor Cory Casciato mentioned in a ... More >>

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    September 6, 2007

    Tomb of the Frontier King?

    This faux-log-cabin tomb is found in Denver’s Riverside Cemetery. It makes you wonder what Davy Crockett’s grave looks like – hopefully he’s as well taken care of as Mr. Drake here. This picture was taken by Eric Purkalitis in October of 2005. He has a bunch more of the same cemetery, along ... More >>

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    August 24, 2007

    Erotic Provocation

    With a near-infinite variety of free porn on the Internet, who reads erotica anymore? Women, apparently. For the most part they’re the ones writing it, too, which makes the Provocateur, a Denver-based male erotica author, something of a rarity – and something of a sensation. “Women really get ... More >>

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    August 17, 2007

    Everything You Need to Know About Boulder in Under a Minute

    Despite their good intentions and generally harmless nature, hippies are natural targets of ridicule and scorn. Maybe it's the poor hygiene, or the overly familiar way they call everyone "bro" or the fact they walk around in a drugged-out stupor all the time? No, it's all of that and a whole lot m ... More >>

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    August 10, 2007

    It's Almost Time for Cocktails...

    In honor of cocktail hour, which is almost here, I bring you this sublime remix trailer for the movie Cocktail, which recasts it as a full-blown Bollywood epic. It’s been around forever, but if you haven’t seen it, you owe yourself a look. – Cory Casciato

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    August 7, 2007

    Xbox 360: Come on Down!

    Almost two years after its release, Microsoft has finally lowered the price of the Xbox 360. Maybe now you can convince your wife, girlfriend or Mom to let you get one! Not coincidentally, I'm sure, the drop comes just in time for the next wave of killer titles, including the new Madden, BioShock an ... More >>

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    July 12, 2007

    Jam Band Fan or Taliban?

    Finally, a blog that dares to ask the question "How do you tell the difference between hippie dirtbags and terrorist dirtbags?" Take a look at the cut-out images from various photographs and it's obvious that lacking the context of bongs vs. bombs, it's pretty damn difficult. That probably explains ... More >>

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    July 12, 2007

    Viva la Mexicoke!

    Gaze upon the wonder to the right. It's a glass bottle of Coca-Cola, imported from Mexico. That's worth more than novelty points, since glass-bottled drinks taste better. There's a reason no beer besides shitty mass-market swill is bottled in plastic, after all. Even better for the flavor is the fac ... More >>

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    June 14, 2007

    Did Jesus Ride Dinosaurs?

    After seeing this picture, we can conclude that if He didn't, He damn well should have. This slice of awesome is the work of one divinely inspired artist named Derek Chatwood. You can see more of his incredible work at PopRelics, and order select prints from his Image Kind page. -- Cory Casciato

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    June 7, 2007

    Would You Like to Play a Game? Soviet Arcades Revealed

    During the '80s, I was doing what pretty much every other kid in the country was doing. I spent my days pumping every quarter I could lay hands on into the arcade machines that profilerated across America. My nights were spent cowering in fear of imminent nuclear annihilation at the hands of the Evi ... More >>

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    May 30, 2007

    YouTube Baby Blow Up

    A funny thing happened over Memorial Day weekend; the YouTube clip that accompanied our freebirthing story ("Baby's Day Out", May 10) experienced a minor explosion in popularity, garnering roughly ten times as many hits over the weekend as it had received in the weeks since it was posted. Jump on th ... More >>

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