Colorado’s Local Music Community Says Good-bye to One of Our Own
In a solemn tribute to a contributing artist in our local Colorado music community, our hearts and thoughts go out to the friends, family and fans of Jamie Willan (aka DiRT), the lead singer for Failyerz out of Colorado Springs, who passed away Sunday morning, February 1. We will all miss you.
Taken from the Failyerz web site, a few words from from the band:
Jamie Willan (aka DiRT) was born on July 22, 1977 in Thousand Oaks, California. He moved with his family to Colorado in 1977 and attended Lewis Palmer High School in Monument. Jamie is survived by his parents Richard and Lindsay Willan, his sister Charlotte Silver and his loyal and best friend Zeus.
Jamie is best known for his artistic abilities with metal sculpting and his musical prowess as a songwriter and musician. He was the lead for his band FaiLYeRZ. At the time of his death he was working on a recording contract with the band. A note from his friend Mike summed it up best when he said, “Jamie lived in a musical brain that none of us could ever possibly relate to! There was no challenge he would not take on and eventually excel at.”
Jamie lived life to the fullest and his ever-present enthusiasm and drive were an inspiration to all associated with him. He was always there to help those in distress during rough times. Jamie was totally devoted to his beloved parents. He was loved by all who knew him and he loved deeply in return; we will miss him!
Services and visitation with the family are planned for Monday, Feb 9th 2004 from 5:00 – 8:00pm at the Smokebrush Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave. Suite 102 Colorado Springs. This memorial is not the funeral but a service put together by his mother with pictures, videos, just a place for us to talk and celebrate Jamie’s life…feel free to bring anything or anyone that has been touched by his life or music. For a printable map click here.
In Other News: Denver’s swingin’ rock bods in Swayback are back, getting set to play with their new drummer Nolan, formally from Last Chance Diaries. Their gig is coming up at the Larimer Lounge (of course), on March 27th, along with Year Future featuring Sonny Kay, singer for the now disbanded VSS (and the founder of GSL Records). This is their first show in three months, a good break for the guys…Switchpin have written a lot of new material and have plans to enter the studio sometime soon. “We hope you all enjoy the new music and direction we have taken on,” says Jon Novak. They’ve also added a recording/tour journal to their web site to keep track of their upcoming road experiences. You can check it out at www.switchpin.com.
suburban home records makes a please to save the company (01.22.04)
A Letter from Vigirl Dickerson, owner and founder of the local label:
I’m writing this letter today out of necessity. For all those that know me, I am not the type of person that enjoys discussing the day-to-day finances of my business, so please know that I would not be approaching you if it was not due to a dire situation.
As the retail music industry continues to go through hard times, we have just been informed this week that our biggest record distributor will be sending us a substantial retail return. This is the second return in two months, and they total $40,000. Without getting into specifics, this means that we will not be expecting a payment for quite some time.
For an independent business like mine, this could prove to be the end of Suburban Home if we don’t do something about it. Imagine if your household did not receive any income for three months.
To get to the point, we need your help. We need to raise $20,000 over the next month and a half, or Suburban Home could be forced to close. This means that if 400 of you can find it in your hearts to each spend around $50 on our compact discs, t-shirts, and zines,(we are always adding new merch and records to our site) this would be enough to get us through this hard time. Also, there will be a series of benefit shows to save Suburban Home, and I want to thank all the bands that have already agreed to donate their time and talent.
The future of Suburban Home Records is bright if we can get through this. We have so many great releases planned in the near future including new records by The Gamits, Planes Mistaken For Stars, Stereotyperider, Mike Park, Laymen Terms, Adventures of Jet, and others. Our distributed labels(Negative Progression, Fastmusic, Double Zero, Law of Inertia, Goodfellow, Attention Deficit Disorder, Dying Wish, Soda Jerk, Status, and Grey Flight) will also be releasing new independent music throughout the year, and I would hate to see this be the end of our relationship together.
In closing, if you could find it in your hearts to help us out, we will be forever in your service.
On behalf of everyone at Suburban Home Records and myself,
Your friend through music,
club onyx promoter ends his charity work (01.22.04)
This just in from Joseph, the man that had a goth club plan that didn’t get the support to sustain Club Onyx:
It is with rather mixed emotions that I announce that Club Onyx will be having its final night on February 7th, 2004. In its place will be opening a new club, called Club 314. Club 314 will have a pretty different look, and will have a totally different weekly lineup than what Club Onyx had. The good news (for some of you) is that Club 314 will still offer a goth-oriented night (Wednesdays), and that Saturdays will stay somewhat similar in spirit as well. More information can be found very soon at www.club314.com.
Despite what some people might say or think, I always from the beginning wanted two things from Onyx: financial success, and to be underground-oriented. Unfortunately, while the second has been largely true, the first goal has never really been met. Yes, we got by, yes, the bills got paid, but that was always about the extent of it. There just hasn’t been the level of support from the gothic/underground scene that we needed to make this club thrive. I think I know now why there are few, if any, full-time “goth” clubs in the country, and why most cities are lucky to have even a regular goth-oriented weeknight. I’m not looking to place blame or point fingers…I’m sure there are many reasons why Onyx has had the level of business it’s had over the years — some no doubt my fault, others beyond my control.
Unfortunately, after four years of really trying my best, I am simply no longer willing to “just get by” and to have mediocre attendance numbers each week. My charity work is done, so to speak. I tried everything I could think of, but in the end, the support just hasn’t been sufficient. My employees are scraping to get by, as am I, and that’s just no longer acceptable to me. I hope people can respect that.
So, I will keep this letter brief, but you can look for some marketing and e-mail announcements from Club 314 very soon. They will have more detail about the new lineup and what to expect. In the meantime, I’ll be out every Friday and Saturday as usual, and I hope that all of you will make some effort to come down and spend some time with us in these last few weeks of Club Onyx.
Thanks to all for your support over the years, and I hope our paths continue to cross down the road.
All the best,
The New South Park Tavern Takes Over 60 South (01.15.04)
More changes are taking place on Broadway in the Baker neighborhood. Skylark moved from its more dive-y abode, Hi Dive took over Quixotes, bring art, rock, and movies to the area. Now 60 South has changed ownership and the sign outside that now says – The South Park Tavern.
Although the gay community lost a venue, owner Mike Mastro plans to bring more live music to the area. He’s also renovating the interior and creating a game room with pool and new pinball machines. One thing he hasn’t changed is the Friday Lipgloss night of brit pop, indie, and soul spun into a frenzy by Tyler Jacobson and Michael Trundle. And if you’re looking to get buzzed on a budget, hit their happy hour that goes every day – 2 for 1 wine, well, and beer – from 11:00am – 1:00pm; 4:30pm – 6:30pm; and 10:00pm – midnight.
www.beatport.com is live and online (01.08.04)
Our local dance community heads, Mile High House, are in the final testing phase of their online music store, offering up thousands of underground record labels along with local artists.
“This site is not just for DJs, its for everyone,” say Hoch of MHH. You can start by getting registered online. Then start on your search for your favorite tracks or discover new ones. The site is also designed to support all the latest music toys. “Got a new I-pod? Fill it up with tracks from Beatport. Got a new minidisc player that plays MP3s? You should fill up those miniature CDs with tracks from Beatport.”
In the realm of spending dollars in your own backyard, they would have to feature music from their own collective and other local DJs and producers, including new and even unreleased tracks. So here’s a chance to get ahead of what will be going down on the dance floors in clubs across the state.
Hoch adds, “The best part of it is that the whole operation is based here in paradise, aka Denver Colorado baby.”
From Big Sales Numbers to a New Mini iPod – Apple is Rockin’ (01.08.04)
It’s been 20 years since I saw these vans driving around my hometown, with this rainbow colored, bitten Apple logo. Before Jobs and Wozniak turned the computer industry upside down with the Macintosh, no one knew where Cupertino was. They still may not, but you can’t deny that Steve has done a bang up job of turning his baby around, and since the introduction of the iPod and iMusic, people beyond the Mac user have been eating up Apple’s digital music toys.
Apple celebrated two decades of innovation during their announcement of over two million iPods and over 30 million iTunes songs sold at this year’s Macworld in San Francisco, along with the introduction of a new smaller, less expensive version, the iPod Mini. The existing iPod now has a 15GB model, offering customers 50% more storage for $299, while the new iPod mini offers 4GB of storage, or 1,000 songs for $249. Some of those songs could also include tracks users can create on Apple’s new music creation software, GarageBand, for use on the Mac. See this week’s Band Buzz for more information on this product.
The mini iPod’s size was compared to the size of a business card, which is typically 2” x 3”, a dimension that can easily strap to your arm. A belt clip and earbud headphones built with five times the power of standard headphones come with the unit. Accessories include the iPod mini dock to make syncing easier, the arm strap, remote, and higher end headphones. It also comes in five different colors – silver, gold, green, pink and blue, and will be available in February.
Buzz Band Stories this week:
— PRTTI Industry Event
— Book Your Own Fucking Life
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