Lately I've been spending a good chunk of my minimal free time working with Jared Jacang Maher, a former Westword writer now at Face The State and John Dicker, founder of the Geeks Who Drink quiz night empire, to launch the Denver Diatribe, a weekly half-hour podcast on culture, politics and ... More >>
The latest edition of Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me!, NPR's enormously entertaining current-events quiz show, featured not one but two Colorado references -- including an unlikely plug for Shotgun Willie's, whose website proudly proclaims it to be the "Best Strip Club in Denver."
Itchy-O Marching Band from Mixtec Media on Vimeo. Over the weekend local impromptu electro-percussion act, The Itchy-O Marching Band hit its fundraising goal of $3,000. The funds, which have different pledge rewards, are being allotted to recording a five-song EP and a short documentary about the b ... More >>
Stapletoners recreating, from Discover Stapleton.National Public Radio doesn't do advertising -- not unless you count all those support announcements, which pretty much add up to the same thing. But a piece heard this morning pretty much adds up to a commercial for Denver's Stapleton neighbor ... More >>
Music podcasts are a difficult breed. With the current outdated copyright law, most podcasts can't utilize full songs in their recordings, making anyone but the best sound like boring music nerds. Of course, we love boring music nerds but being able to speak eloquently or interestingly about ... More >>
Been listening to Spoon's about-to-be released seventh studio album Transference (slated for release tomorrow) pretty much non-stop for the past four days, thanks to NPR's Exclusive First Listen, and have to say, we're newly reconverted to the Spoon fold. We fell out of love (although not o ... More >>
â€‹Although New York-based indie act Vampire Weekend isn't releasing its highly anticipated sophomore effort, Contra, for another week, NPR is streaming the entire album until it hits the stores on Tuesday, January 12. Touring in support of the album, the band will trek across the UK and Europe in F ... More >>
Thanks to Micachu & the Shapes for making us keenly aware of a vacuum cleaner's emotional propertiesYeah, pal, that's "college rock," scare quotes very much included. Look, it's a meaningless term. As are "indie," "alternative," "hipster," etc., etc. Let's not overthink this: Here we have ten ... More >>
Now we know why Gene Shalit seems to love so many awful movies.The amount of coverage generated by our quest for a medical-marijuana dispensary reviewer has proven conclusively that national media outlets such as the New York Times to National Public Radio have a heretofore unimagined ganja o ... More >>
Even Balloon Boy couldn't knock our hunt for a medical-marijuana reviewer out of the national news. Yesterday, NPR's Sunday show ran a piece about our quest, resulting in still more applications coming in from across the country. But sorry, folks: We're looking for a Colorado resident, someon ... More >>
Suddenly, Denver is the center of the terrorism-investigation universe. Tuesday afternoon, word surfaced that a man linked to terrorism-related raids in Queens, New York who was originally said to be from "the midwest" actually lived in the Denver area. Mere hours later, the suspect was reveal ... More >>
Photo by Mark MangerGene Craven.In late 2007, Gene Craven came out of semi-retirement to take over as chief executive officer of financially challenged public-radio station KUVO/89.3 FM. And as he noted in a January 2008 Message column profile, he didn't commit himself to staying with the out ... More >>
I had a pretty good turn-out for my first book signing at Katie Mullen's a couple weeks ago. There was a good crowd, plenty of drinking, lots of laughs. Surprisingly, lots of people seemed to be very excited about finally getting their hands on a copy of my book (Cooking Dirty: A Story o ... More >>
What St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction will look like after completing its "Century Project." In a report about efforts to control healthcare costs broadcast on National Public Radio this morning, Len Nichols, of the New America Foundation, an organization lobbying for reform in a wide array of ... More >>
Andrew Besemer at the original Big Daddy'sBig Papa's BBQ is about to get bigger. Andrew Besemer's homegrown chain -- which Jason Sheehan raved about a few years ago, earning himself a "This I Believe" slot raving about barbecue on National Public Radio -- is about to get another link. Big Papa's, w ... More >>
Sarah Vowell finds the fun in the Puritan era.
Garrison Keillors Prairie Home Companion invades Red Rocks.
An essayist extraordinaire offers up his latest tome.
Most bands would kill for the buzz surrounding this NYC quartet.
Southern cooks know how to make something out of nothing -- like frogs' legs.
When the going gets goofy, Harmon Leon gets going.
Druhá Tráva won't be a pawn in the bluegrass game.
Boulder's Shoot Out turns out fast films
The Boulder YMCA is getting kids amped on music.
Ira Glass tapes in Denver
The media's massive buildup to battle makes war seem almost anti-climactic.
Haiku you: The year’s worst records get poetic justice.
From the week of February 28, 2002
The Down-N-Outs call it quits, while Turnsol turns over a new CD.
What's my line?
May 20 - 26, 1999