The New South Park Tavern Takes Over 60 South
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.
One Dying Wish Plays Last Show At First Soda Jerk Rock Island Gig
Denver’s One Dying Wish is playing their last show Thursday, January 15 at Rock Island, the first of many Soda Jerk Presents shows being held at the venue. A new PA has been installed, so the place should be good to go for some thrashing shows. “We are very excited to kick things off at Rock Island Tonight (1/15), albeit on a sad note as our friends in One Dying Wish will be playing their last show,” says Mike Barsch of Soda Jerk. “I still remember the first time we booked ODW. We had a last minute cancellation on a show with Bloodlet at Tulagi and they were able to fill the vacancy. Needless to say, they impressed us quite a bit and we continued to work with them over the past couple of years. It’s been fun to watch the band grow and develop. Unfortunately, as happens to many bands, they are playing their final show sooner than they should. Sad to see One Dying Wish go away, but we know the members will go on to form new bands and hopefully make an impact as great as One Dying Wish made on so many.”
In other news – MFA is heading out on the road for a stint across the east coast to support their release 43rd Street Sessions: First Volume, introducing audiences to some brand new tracks and a few reworked oldies off thier first album, Arrival. The two week tour schedule is: starting January in Wisconsin, going up through New York and other east coast states, then down to Kansas and home…Bobby Collins, one of the most versatile and stylistically diverse DJs in town, just got signed to Funk Weapons out of Washington D.C., and plans are in the work to get his first release going. “I’m going to be the featured artist on a sampler that they’re putting out in a few weeks and it’s going to be distributed throughout the US, Canada and Europe, which is really cool because I think I’ll go over really well in Liechtenstein,” says Bobby. Other plans include a track spot on a compilation being release in February, which will also include Thunderball and Abstract Motion.
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.
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