15th Street Tavern

Blank Tape Records

www.15thsttavern.com is a sucker for DIY in any form, so we absolutely love the Pueblo, Colorado-based Blank-Tape Records label. Their roster is diverse and experimental, their records are affordably priced, and they stay connected with their fans through their website, blog, Twitter account, ReverbNation page, and more.Let’s start off with the bad news: in the Blank-Tape Records store, three albums are currently unavailable. However, that’s not really bad news because it means all of their artists are really good, right? The first is Flannel Squeezebox’s Filthy Hawk, a collection of instrumental electronic pop. The Haunted Windchimes/The Mexican split CD is also sold out. These groups each produce their own distinctive brand of folk/blues. The final missing album is Katey Sleeveless’s The Hour I First Believed, a collection of lo-fi, emotionally-charged tracks.So what can you get? Well, there’s the Jack Trades’ Whiskey Well, 17 tracks of energetic, foot-stomping blues from a talented Colorado Springs group. Available on iTunes is AP/SUB’s Parallel. Standing for A Poor Substitute, AP/SUB is an aggressive, progressive punk groupa far cry from most of Blank-Tape Records’ artists, but that only goes to show the diversity of the label. Also available is a full-length album from the Haunted Windchimes, Honey Moonshine, featuring 10 unreleased tracks. You can purchase a physical copy or download a digital version from www.digstation.com. Other artists on the Blank-Tape label include Inaiah Lujan (who played in both AP/SUB and the Haunted Windchimes), Joe Johnson (a classic country singer-songwriter), folk-pop singer Desirae, and indie-bluegrass outfit The Ghost of Michael Clark. But simply listening to artists in the comfort of your own living room is hardly the point. You can check out many of these artists around the state at locations such as the Western Jubilee Warehouse (Colorado Springs), the Ancient Mariner (Manitou Springs), the Wireworks Coffeehouse (Pueblo), and even the Larimer Lounge (Denver) for you ex-15th Street Tavern barflies. Info about upcoming shows is available on the Blank-Tape Records label website (http://blanktaperecords.org/), or on the website/Myspace/Facebook/etc. pages of the individual artists.At these shows, you can buy Blank-Tape merch and chat with the artists themselvesthe people whose music means so much to you and me. Plus, you’ll meet other people who share the same passiongreat local music. Be on the lookout for BTR artists around the state, and if you find other indie labels worth supporting, don’t hesitate to let them know. The best way? Your hard-earned dough. What were you going to spend it on, anyway? Food? Come on, I think we both know what’s more important here.www.15thsttavern.com continues to bring you the best in Colorado music and nightlife from around the state. Make sure to bookmark us and check us regularly so you don’t get left behind.