Daily Archives: January 5, 2017

Watch: Von Miller, LMFAO’s Redfoo rap about frozen pizza in “Rise to the Occasion”

The less time you spend worrying about it, the better.)  But if you’re a Broncos product-placement completionist, you know what you have to do. Manning was a chicken parm lover. Von Miller teams up with LMFAO and DiGiornio for “Rise to the Occasion.” Image via YouTube. If you thought that joke was lame, the spot (called “Rise to the Occasion” — get it?) fairs a bit better, casting Miller alongside LMFAO’s Redfoo as over-zealous pizza party hosts. Now, Von Miller is the Broncos’ frozen pie guy. Elway had steaks. That’s right: Super Bowl 50’s Most Valuable Player has come out for DiGiornio, the decidedly anti-delivery pizza company, as Most Valuable Pizza in a new ad. Related: Von Miller listens to … Nirvana? The ad is typically #ontrend for millennial marketing, checking all the boxes for self-awareness, “rapping” (“Oh they want the crust, want the sauce, want the pep on top / be careful, it’s bubbin’ hot”) and slice-on-your sleeve dedication to pizza — which ranks somewhere between “puppies” and “laughing” on most humans’ top ten lists — in its exuberantly dumb four-minute runtime. Feast your eyes on “Rise to the Occasion” below. To be honest, Miller doesn’t do all that much here save for rock a pizza bolo tie, dance a little and rap a confusing line about being an “MVPPPPPPPPPP” (“Most Valuable Party Person Posting Pictures About this Pizza I’m About To Eat,” which, yeah, we know doesn’t add up.

Best shows: Dressy Bessy and Khemmis

Tickets: $12-$15 via ticketfly.com. Dressy Bessy — Hi-Dive, Saturday, $12-$15

It’s a small kingdom, but Dressy Bessy is the rightful ruler of Denver’s indie-pop scene. Khemmis might change that. “Hunted,” its sophomore LP, left its mark on many metal music publications, including a prestigious nod from Decibel magazine for the best album of 2016. If you do, mind your jacket. See you there, and if you don’t make it out, follow our music musings on Twitter and our selfies on Instagram. Helmed by Tammy Ealom, the band’s cartoonish pluck found plenty of fans in Denver’s ’90s rock scene and beyond. 7, sharing the stage with indie rap collective Wheelchair Sports Camp and pop-punk rockers SPELLS. (Guitarist/vocalist John Hill is also a member of lo-fi ’70s acolytes The Apples In Stereo.) Dressy Bessy will head a hearty local bill at the Hi-Dive come Jan. 7. In 2016, the band released “KINGSIZED,” a return to form that heard it further dip its carefree sound into a vat of psych-rock drippings. The primordial doom-rock four-piece, which takes cues from contemporaries Pallbearer as well as elder legends like Iron Maiden, stepped out of the shadows in a big way at the end of last year. Denver-based indie-pop band Dressy Bessy will play the Hi-Dive this weekend.. With a new horde of fans at its back, the band plays its first show of the year at the Larimer Lounge on Jan. (Provided by Yep Roc)
Dressy Bessy and Khemmis are our picks for the best shows around Denver this week. Khemmis — Larimer Lounge, Saturday, $10-$12

Denver’s workhorse metal scene has been one of the city’s best-kept secrets for years. Tickets: $10-$12 via ticketfly.com.

What’s new for 2017 at iHeartMedia’s Denver radio stations

This story was first published on DenverPost.com The Dan Patrick Show will continue to air from 7-10 a.m., and The Herd with Colin Cowherd will broadcast from 3-6 p.m., followed by J.T. Wargin, a former reporter at Denver NBC affiliate KUSA-Channel 9 who left the station 2014, will broadcast on weekdays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Lewis and Logan have not done much on-air work together. Also announced this week:

Denver radio veteran Uncle Nasty (Gregg Stone) will take over as afternoon personality at 103.5 The Fox, weekdays from 3-7 p.m. The move is part of strategy to try to attract younger listeners and bolster afternoon ratings by combining two of the biggest radio personalities in iHeartMedia’s Denver stable into one show. Effective Jan. “These changes are reflective of said research.”
The “Lewis & Logan” show will cover entertainment news and major sports stories, as well as local news, traffic and weather, according to Lawson. Lee and Lewis’ contracts have been recently “renewed and extended,” although Lawson declined to say for how much longer. Rick Lewis, left, and Dave Logan, right, host their new “Lewis & Logan” afternoon show on Jan. Logan is celebrating 20 years with KOA. Bonneville-owned KKFN 104.3 The Fan became the affiliate for ESPN radio beginning in January and added more of its programming to 1600 AM, the sister station. Denver Sports 760’s new programming line-up will be anchored by Ed McCaffrey and Andy Lindahl on weekdays from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. as a disc jockey on the Fox. “We constantly look at opportunities to better serve our audience, and our research shows a lot of interest with these programming moves,” said Jim Lawson, senior vice president of programming for the Denver Region of iHeartMedia, in an e-mail. Lewis and Logan will be joined by Kathy Lee as co-host and Robbyn Hart as news anchor. iHeartMedia, the nation’s largest owner of radio stations, changed its named from Clear Channel in 2014. A new local show, hosted by Mike Rice, will air from 1-3 p.m. 3, the new “Lewis & Logan” afternoon show will be broadcast on KOA NewsRadio 850 AM and 94.1 FM on weekdays from 4-7 p.m. 4, 2016. The show features Rick Lewis, the longtime morning show host on 103.5 FM The Fox, and Dave Logan, who is known to many as the voice of the Denver Broncos and a host on Denver Sports 760 — which itself was launched on Jan. 3, 2017, at KOA NewsRadio 850 AM and 94.1 FM in Centennial. The Brick at 6 p.m. The show, which runs weekdays from 4-7 p.m., Lewis, the longtime morning show host on 103.5 FM The Fox, and longtime Broncos play-by-play announcer Dave Logan. (John Leyba, The Denver Post)
iHeartMedia Denver on Tuesday announced new on-air personalities and programming for some of its most popular Colorado radio stations. The Fox named Susie Wargin, who joined Denver Sports 760 last year, as its new midday personality. It also gives Lewis — who has hosted The Fox’s morning show with Lee for 25 years — a chance to try a different format. In addition to Denver Sports 760’s launch, Kroenke Sports & Entertainment bought the station that would become Altitude 950 AM, which launched in April. KOA NewsRadio 850 AM and 94.1 FM named Cory Lopez the new host of PrimeTime Sports, which will air on weeknights from 7-8 p.m. Stone had previously been fired from Clear Channel (as iHeartMedia was known at the time) in 2012 during a round of end-of-year staff reductions. iHeartMedia Denver owns and operates Denver Sports 760 (KDSP), KOA NewsRadio 850 AM & 94.1 FM, TalkRadio 630 KHOW as well as Channel 93.3 (KTCL), 95.7 The Party (KPTT), 97.3 KBCO, 103.5 The Fox (KRFX), 106.7 KBPI, the Denver Broncos Radio Network and Colorado Rockies Radio Network. Denver’s sports-talk radio scene saw plenty of activity around this time last year.

Why did CNN air a documentary about the band Chicago produced by band members?

The network said it has no concerns about the film, called “Now More Than Ever: The History of Chicago.” But experts in documentary filmmaking had a few. CNN calls “Now More Than Ever” an “acquired” film, meaning the network’s journalists weren’t involved in its production. “Television news routinely tells us, as they should, when we see footage or other material not produced by the news organization’s own editorial process. I think that’s the sticky spot for CNN,” said Stacey Woelfel, director of the Murray Center for Documentary Journalism at the University of Missouri. “I do believe they should be more transparent and explicit,” perhaps posting a brief statement before and during the program explaining the film’s origins. That said, to have avoided a full disclosure speaks volumes.”
He added, “Journalism’s first obligation is to the viewer. (Kathryn Scott, The Denver Post)
CNN pre-empted its usual prime-time programming on New Year’s Day for a special two-hour film: A retrospective on the long career of the pop-rock group Chicago. “The cardinal rule is that you have to be honest with your viewers or readers,” said Tom Bettag, a visiting professor of journalism at the University of Maryland and former network news producer. A credit line read: “Produced by Chicago.”
CNN, in other words, reserved two hours (plus two more for an immediate repeat) for a film about a subject made under the editorial control of the subject itself. “If there had been a clear disclosure, I’d find it hard to say that that was terribly wrong. Peter Pardini also directed another film about the group, “Chicago World Tour 2011: Backstage Pass.”
In a statement relayed by CNN, Pardini said, “From the beginning, Chicago’s manager told me to make the movie I wanted to make and not to listen anyone else’s opinion. To find out after the fact that a program was produced with the approval of the subject and by their people is a jolt. It would be unthinkable, for example, for a news organization to air a film about a political candidate that was made by the candidate’s campaign without telling viewers where the film came from. Both were produced by independent filmmakers. Photographs and an album cover from the band Chicago lay out for viewing during an auction at Caribou Ranch in Nederland on Jan. The CNN division has acquired and aired other films, such as “Blackfish,” an exposé about the treatment of captive killer whales, and “The Hunting Ground,” about campus sexual assaults. They should, because it is clearly a betrayal.”
A CNN spokeswoman, Jennifer Dargan, said the network acquired “Now” as “a finished documentary film.” She said it is “not uncommon” for narrative documentaries, particularly those that require the acquisition of music rights, to be produced by people associated with the group. Its nonfiction film division, CNN Films, bought the broadcast rights from its distributor, FilmRise. Only at the conclusion of the program did viewers get a subtle clue about the film’s origins. The film traced the group’s arc from its humble roots to its induction in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame last year. At the other extreme, CNN might have considered not airing the film at all, on the grounds that it could be interpreted as a promotional exercise highlighting the group’s music just as it launches a new tour. News organizations typically try to maintain an arm’s-length relationship with the people they cover, lest their reporting be perceived as a conflict of interest. … Viewers can’t help but feel betrayed. The Chicago film was directed and edited by Peter Pardini, whose uncle is Lou Pardini, the group’s keyboardist. It largely celebrates the musical group, but it does include segments and interviews about conflict among its various members and a period in which the group was abusing drugs. CNN heavily promoted the film’s broadcast and produced its own news segments to call attention to it, including an interview segment before a recent live performance. But unlike the makers of those films, the producers of “Now More Than Ever” had a direct, vested interest in their documentary. At no point did anyone from the band or management sit in with me or tell me how to edit the movie and the band didn’t see the movie until it was done.”
This story was first published on DenverPost.com At the very least, they say, the network should have disclosed upfront and more directly to viewers that the contents of the program were determined by the musical group, not by independent journalists at CNN. It also references the death of original guitarist Terry Kath, who died from a self-inflicted gunshot in 1978. In addition, she said, the network aired the full credits of the film, and the production credits are available online. There is a clear understanding between the audience and a serious news organization that the program is being produced following news standards. This is exactly what happened. 24, 2015.

Treefort Festival 2017 adds a handful of Denver bands

Passes to Treefort 2017 are $169-$999 and are on sale now. Image via the festival. Behold the second round of Treefort’s 2017 lineup. Check out all the new bands added to the lineup below, and see the initial lineup here. Treefort Music Festival 2017 lineup, round two
Touché Amoré
Dead Meadow
The Coathangers
Kate Tempest
Kishi Bashi
Sonny & the Sunsets
The Prids
Jared Mees
Psychic Twin
Alex Cameron
Dressy Bessy
Frankie & The Witch Fingers
Hollow Wood
Sun Blood Stories
Sama Dams
Aldous Harding
Dark Swallows
eL Dopamine
Tele Novella
Chain of Flowers
Thomas Paul
Western Daughter
Strange Ranger
Jacob Miller and the Bridge City Crooners
Nick Delffs
Get Dead
Light Thieves
Transistor Send
New Shack
My Body
Residual Kid
Boone Howard
The Lawsuits
The Dirty Moogs
Wheelchair Sports Camp
Nico Yaryan
Bud Bronson & The Good Timers
Marshall Poole
Sheep Bridge Jumpers
Lorna Dune
Sol Rising
Spirit Award
Emily Afton
Izaak Opatz
CJ Boyd
With Child
Junior Rocket Scientist
Sick Wish
Lounge on Fire
The Sea Life
Toy Zoo
Aaron Brown and the Invasion
Plastic Picnic
Les Fortunate
Paper Gates
Red Hands Black Feet
Ghost Tears
Get Wet+
Jenny Don’t and the Big Spurs
Bad Licks
The Weary Times
Rory Van James
Storie Grubb
Kathleen Williams
Cult Bride
Like A Rocket
Pure Ivy
A Mighty Band of Microbes
Electric Cononut Those local yokels will join the ranks of festival headliners like Mac Demarco, STRFKR, Deafheaven and many more. Dressy Bessy, Wheelchair Sports Camp, Bud Bronson & The Good Timers, CRL CRRLL, Bad Licks and OKO TYGRA will join the likes of already-announced locals like Flaural, Shady Elders, The Raven & the Writing Desk and The Outfit. Boise, Idaho’s Treefort Music Festival has added a second wave of bands to its 2017 lineup, including a handful of Denver locals.