Posts Tagged ‘chris aytes’

Viva la coffeehouse show!

May 19, 2009
Okay, not EVERY concert at a coffee shop is awesome. It was all uphill after "Smelly Cat," though, wasn't it?

Okay, not EVERY coffee shop show is awesome. It was all uphill after "Smelly Cat," though, wasn't it?

Playing acoustically in a coffeehouse is a long-running tradition so entrenched in music culture it borders on cliche. But when you think about it, there aren’t actually that many occasions where such shows happen locally; for example, we can recall the Queen City Spotlight shows each Saturday at Borders Books’ coffee shop and occasional shows at Coffee Ethic downtown. Thanks to one local musician’s efforts, there is now another place to add to that small but proud list: Kaldi’s. We’ll explain after the break.



New Music EXCLUSIVE: “Take Care Of One Another,” by Chris Aytes

March 27, 2009

aytes-drawingIf you’ve listened to last Sunday’s Rock Talk, you know guest Chris Aytes has been hard at work on new tracks. He intended to bring one, fully realized and recorded, to premiere on the show, but when it came time to tape there was still work to be done. No matter; the song is finished now. Aytes describes it as “a low-fi anthem for the recession,” and with a show coming up tomorrow night at Coffee Ethic at 8 p.m. with openers My Politic it seems like a good time to pull the covers off of “Take Care Of One Another” and let you have the first listen ahead of anyone else. Find the track for streaming and download after the break.


Rock Talk (3/22/09) with guests Chris Aytes and Daniel Maple

March 26, 2009


We apologize for the delay, but WordPress seems to be having some difficulties with the audio file upload system. Well, hopefully this solution will work just fine.

This week we had Chris Aytes stop by. He let us in a some new tracks and performs a few tracks live in the studio. (We super-dig that new track Chris). He also spills the beans on the cause of the band’s temporary hiatus. After Chris, we were joined by Daniel Maple (a.k.a. Johnny Bukkake) of the Never Saints and Urban Legends to name just a few of the many bands and projects he’s involved in. Daniel is hilarious as always, jams a few songs on acoustic, including a Tom Waits cover (nice!). He also made up a Rock Talk theme song ON THE SPOT and it rocks. Listen in because this was a fun one folks.


A little something that made our week

February 17, 2009


So Chris D. is doing his normal thing and runs into Chris Aytes with his new cd. What just happens to be in the corner, but a sticker with a quote from Chris’ review of Chris Aytes and the Good Ambition’s new CD, “Three Dollar Demo.” Thank you Chris Aytes.

Album Review: Songs, Psalms & Lamentations, by Chris Aytes

January 20, 2009
Chris Aytes' album "Song, Psalms & Lamentations"

Chris Aytes' album "Song, Psalms & Lamentations"

Without The Good Ambition backing him, Chris Aytes is a different, more introspective musician. His work with the band is a rolling mass of bombast and power chords, an illegitimate child of the early-’80s melodic rock that existed before Bret Michaels came and ruined everything; solo, Aytes evokes the musical simplicity of the Beatles and muscular zen of Cat Stevens and John Denver. Is he a match for these artists? No, but give Aytes his due respect. Songs, Psalms & Lamentations draws from those wells with a goal in mind: to meditate on love–gained, lost and yearned for. It’s tough subject matter for even the Lennons and McCartneys of the world to tackle–“Yesterday” wasn’t written in a day, you know–so Aytes takes simplicity’s high road, not to gloss things over so much as to produce a plaintive or meditative feel in his songs.


First Ever “FourFourFest” Saturday, November 15. 45 Bands at 9 Venues!

November 3, 2008


We’re throwin’ a party and everyone’s invited! 45 bands at 9 venues…only $10!