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I sat down with Jake Sabetta, Andy Post, and Evan Levy, three members of a new CC student band, to talk about new music, influences, and Tarantino movies. The three of them are super excited to play their own kind of live music again after the disbanding of Funkdozer.

Their as-yet-untitled band plays Saturday, September 12, at the Eggplant House at 10:30pm.

TB: So, can you guys introduce yourselves?

Jake Sabetta: I’m Jake Sabetta, I play guitar, that is my primary instrument, and I’ve played with these guys, Andy Post and Evan Levy for two years now, in pretty much every band that I’ve played in at CC. So it’s a good connection that we’ve got, and I’m happy to be joining these two again.

 Evan Levy: I’m Evan, and I’m gonna be playing saxophone. I’m used to playing with other horn players, as of now I’m alone, so I’ll probably be playing a lot of things along with Jake, I think. I just got a little ceramic flute that I’m excited to try out… It might not work at all, but- (JS: What’s it called?)- an ocarina. Yeah. Perhaps gonna try to get some pedal action going on the saxophone- guitar pedals- for loops or delays so they can sound a little cooler.

 Andy Post: I’m Andy Post, I play keyboard. I’ve played in two bands with these guys. (JS: He composes a lot of good music. EL: Yeah he does.)


TB: Right on, cool. So as far as this project goes, what kind of style are y’all going for? I know all three of you were in Funkdozer, are you going for that funky style again, or something new?

EL: So, originally, we were really excited about neo-soul, that’s the genre that includes D’Angelo, Erykah Badu, Roy Hargrove, or Questlove sort of stuff. It’s a real groovy sort of genre, I think we’re gonna lay off on the funk a little bit, get a little more tasteful, especially with Sophie on vocals, which is crucial, and James Dineen is gonna do some rapping, which is another component of this genre of music. We’ll also inevitably dabble in funk.

 JS: I think the biggest thing we learned in Funkdozer, as we were primarily a rock band for the first year, not playing any funk at all, we took this wild detour into funk, is funk is like the Dao, like anything in Zen, I think it’s always there, it’ll always be present in this band, but I think in a different fashion than it was in Funkdozer. It won’t be as loud, but definitely there.

 AP: “Jazz is the teacher, funk is the preacher…” There’s another part to that.

 JS: “One without the other, you’ve got nothing but the blues.”

 AP: Original compositions is a pretty big goal.


What are your personal influences as far as individual style goes? Musicians, bands, other artists…

JS: I think in the multiple bands we’ve played in, the three of us and some other people, like the bands themselves all shared influences, and Funkdozer I all of us were into Lettuce, Soulive, stuff like that, and I think people will find out the shared interests of this band as we grow, so far Roy Hargrove is a big one, Erykah Badu… We can do individually I guess, there’s a lot of influences…

 EL: Yeah, there’s a lot, I think it’s better to keep it to group-wide influences, more telling of it, we could all list dozens of influential artists, but it’s the ones that tie us together (laughter).


As far as starting this project, how does it feel to start a new project? What are you excited about? What are you concerned about?

EL: Well, none of us- we haven’t played together, with all seven of us yet, and we have a show tomorrow, so I’m really excited to hear what we sound like with all of us together.

 AP: We’ve had different combinations of six, different combinations of five, but… Yeah getting seven people together with crazy schedules is a concern, I guess the hope is that we can find- like, last year with Funkdozer I felt like we all found a common thread that we were psyched on playing, and had efficient practices and also with fun and competition. One of the things Evan said to me when we started this group is that there’s not like an alpha male, or like super stressed out person, which we’ve experienced in the past, so I’m hoping that there’s still some drive, but we can all be a relaxed group with a good ethic.

EL: I’m excited that this group isn’t afraid to play quietly, and my experience at CC is that student bands play loud all the time, and that’s their one little volume knob, but I think, you know, we’re all interested in creating space… as Miles Davis once said, “It’s not about the notes you play, it’s about the notes you don’t play.” So, I think I’m excited to work with that.

 JS: I think most bands, are trying to push it to 13, like Spinal Tap, and we’re trying to keep it around three.


What is the most rewarding moment of the career y’all have had so far?

AP: Last year, first round of Battle of the Bands, that felt there were a lot of people, and also a lot of people listening, including people on stage, I just felt like we had the audience’s ear more so than before, kinda listening more to the aesthetic of the music rather than dancing and shouting names.

 JS: Yeah, I mean Andy was playing really colorful ideas during his solos and I remember looking up during his solos and seeing kids dancing, but like, with their eyes wide open, looking at him in awe, his fingers, what he was playing- that was a cool moment.

 EL: Yeah, the moment it just kinda gets going during a gig and it doesn’t stop.


Last two questions- fun ones! Each of you, what is your favorite album of 2015 so far?

EL: Snarky Puppy’s new album Sylva is really cool. It’s a group that is the modern incarnation of the jazz band, they play some weird stuff, and this album is accompanied by an orchestra, so it’s really cool.

 AP: Their dynamics, especially with an orchestra, it’s like funk plus the adaptability of an orchestra, which is really cool. I’m getting into this album by Kamasi Washington, he’s one of the saxophone players on Kendrick Lamar’s new album.

 JS: D’Angelo’s album came out this year, right?

 EL: No, I thought it was October 2014. That would be a good choice though.

 JS: Ah well. There’s this guitarist called Plini, he just released an EP called… I think it’s called Things to Come? [Note: Google says the EP is called The End of Everything]. I think he’s making the most creative music I’ve ever heard, and his band is… so good.


Alright, last one- favorite Tarantino movie?

JS: Ah!

 AP: I’ve seen parts of… what is that one? Pulp Fiction. I’m not much of a movie guy.

 EL: Yeah, I’m not much of a movie guy either, I’ve seen Pulp Fiction and I’ve gotten through Reservoir Dogs.

 AP: Oh, I’ve also seen Django Unchained at the theater. I fell asleep.

 JS: Well, I know everyone would say Pulp Fiction, so I’m gonna go Jackie Brown, even though it isn’t as good as Pulp Fiction. Gotta be different.

TB: Thanks guys.


Tonight is the night. GRiZ, the increasingly popular Detroit-based electronic artist, will be throwing down his first-ever headlining show at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, CO. GRiZ, who currently calls Boulder, CO home has made numerous appearances at Red Rocks. His most notable appearances up to this point include a performance at Global Dance Festival in 2012 and a spot supporting Big Gigantic at Rowdytown 1. In the lead-up to this show, which will kick off his nationwide tour. Below, check out his newest mixtape, “Chasing the Golden Hour Pt. 1” as well as the music video for his 2013 song Smash the Funk. Included in this video is footage of GRiZ performing live at Red Rocks. Since his last performance at Red Rocks GRiZ has premiered his own record label “All Good Records” and will feature his label mates tonight on the Rocks. Muzzy Bear, Sunsquabi, and Manic Focus. The night will surely be full of new music and production from Kwiecinski (real name: Grant Kwiecinski). The concert sold out in the middle of August, so the stoke is set to be at astronomical levels.


YOU ME & APOLLO Rocks Out @ CC

Yet again, The SOCC brought an awesome band to campus. I would be really bummed if I hadn’t made it to the You Me & Apollo concert on Thursday night in Shove Chapel. You Me & Apollo is a band based in Fort Collins, CO, started and now led by the talented singer/songwriter Brent Cowles, a Colorado Springs native. With great variety in their musical repertoire, their songs range from country-ish, almost folky music, to a more mellow bluesy vibe. Only half-way into the first song, CC students couldn’t resist getting up and rushing the stage to dance along with the band. While listening, I was trying to place who Cowles sounded like from other bands I know. Finally, I figured it out. His voice and overall vibe was a mixture between Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, Nathan Willett of Cold War Kids, and even Brittany Howard of the Alabama Shakes (because, lets face it, we all thought that her voice was a man’s the first time we heard it). Great combination if you ask me. They seamlessly interacted with the audience which I always appreciate, because what’s worse than awkward interactions between band members and their audience? They especially appreciated the animated dance moves of the students and called attention to them more than once.

The band released an album entitled Cards for Cheats back in 2011 which I highly recommend. They are expected to release their second album on May 9, so be sure to keep an ear out.




SONG OF THE DAY: Girls — “Honey Bunny”

Girls are a rock pop outfit based out of San Francisco, and Honey Bunny is from their most recent release, Father, Son, Holy Ghost (True Panther, 2011).  They have a wonderfully accessible sound and lyrics that cut straight to the reality of it all, and have been compared (with good reason) to the likes of Buddy Holly and Elvis Costello.  This video was taken in an abandoned church in Brooklyn.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra is from Portland, OR and they released their self-titled debut last year.  The album as a whole is a beautiful brief and entrancting foray into noise pop.  Be sure to check out their Daytrotter session.

UPCOMING SHOW: Atmosphere, Common, and Grieves at Red Rocks 1/27

If tickets aren’t sold out yet, they’ll go soon, so get on that. This is the first winter show Red Rocks has ever hosted. Ever. This song is “Guns and Cigarettes” by Atmosphere, off the album Lucy Ford. Slug is one of my favorite MCs ever, and puts on a great show. Grieves is also coming into a style all his own, and is from Colorado. I can’t speak for Common, but it’s sure to be a great time.

UPCOMING SHOW AND SONG OF THE DAY: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis — “Otherside Remix”

The video project for “Otherside Remix ft. Fences” took place over a year and a half at a bunch of different locations. It was directed by the same guy who made Macklemore’s video for “My Oh My”, a tribute to longtime Seattle Mariners announcer Dave Niehaus. Enjoy the video, and for those of you on top of your game, enjoy the show.

Post-Invasion: A SOCC DJ Showcase — Saturday. 11/19. 9pm-Midnight.

Remember last weekend when you went to the Invasion rave thing in Worner and got really rowdy and wild and had a great time? The SOCC is here to help you relive those foggy memories.
Remember last weekend when you went to the Invasion rave thing in Worner and got really rowdy and wild and had an awful time? The SOCC is here to help you replace those painful memories.
Remember last weekend when you had no interest in going to that Invasion rave thing in Worner and you stayed home or did something else more pleasant/less in Worner? The SOCC is here to help you participate in on-campus events that you can believe in.

This Saturday, at 9pm, in The Carriage House, SOCC DJs will be spinning some seriously fresh tracks for you to sway, juke, bump, and/or grind to. Sets will feature original music by student producers, as well as a diverse mix of other stuff that you may or may not have heard before, but will probably like.


Jitu Varanasi (AKA Lejittbeatz) — Hip-Hop, including some self-produced beats/remixes

Anna Forster-Smith and Erin O’Neill — Indie/Electro/Hip-hop/Dance

Addis + Henry — Not SOCC DJs, but cool dudes. Set of original electronic material

Michal Varga — Elektro-House. Heavy Euro Jamz

You could go to a house party on Weber and dance uncomfortably to “that new Ke$ha joint” on some stranger’s sticky living room floor. OR, you could come to the Carriage House and get yr freak on in a cool spot to some real music. ITS UP TO YOU.

For more information, check out our website:

In case you’re feeling rusty:

(we have nothing against Invasion or its organizers. we’re just trying to throw a party of our own)