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Conor Bourgal expounds on his favorite music


  • Desirae Garcia
Changing Colors singer-songwriter and Blank Tape Records co-conspirator Conor Bourgal expounds on his favorite music for Saturday nights, Sunday mornings, and the remainder of the week. “My musical interest has been drifting back towards instrumental stuff,” says the Colorado Springs musician, “which is what I did before The Changing Colors. I’ve been attempting to write for string quartet and learning about algorithmic composition.” Although he has no local shows currently scheduled, The Changing Colors will be performing one out-of-town show on Aug. 11, at the SteamPlant in Salida, as part of Grant Sabin’s Bourbon & Milk CD Release tour.

“Wish I’d written that” song: Joe Johnson’s “The Narrows.” It’s not an ordinary song; it’s like a short film, sort of. Very visual and creepy, without being too specific.

“Wish I could unhear that” song: “Taste the Feeling” from Coca-Cola commercials. Powerful psychic trespassing.

Essential Saturday night song: Joy Division’s “Transmission.” Whether you’re out dancing or home sulking, this is just a perfect song.

Essential Sunday morning song: John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme.” Exercises the mind, body and soul after a night of dancing or sulking.

First record I bought with my own money: Prince’s Batman soundtrack. Because “BatDance.”

Current favorite song to cover live: R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts.” I always liked this song, but never learned to play it until I heard Vic Chesnutt’s version.

My latest online discovery: Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith’s EARS. First heard this on Q2 Music’s Meet the Composer podcast. I’ve hardly listened to anything else for about a month.

Artist more people should know about: Brian Elyo (aka mobdividual). Sometimes I get caught up in thinking about music as a business or as youth culture or whatever, wondering what motivates me to make art and show it to people, and all those kinds of bottomless pits. Brian’s music encourages moving past those thoughts ... or burying them in distortion until you can’t hear them anymore.

Guilty pleasure: I don’t know that I have any guilt when it comes to music. There’s great stuff everywhere. Whatever gets you through the night.

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