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Salt of Sanguine’s Mike Nipp's sound advice

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Mike Nipp has been playing in bands here in Colorado Springs since 1997, first with The Gadflys and Against Tomorrow’s Sky, followed by Lorito Opens His Beak, Thruster, El Toro de la Muerte, Rifle, and now Salt of Sanguine. The post-punk trio, which features Nipp on bass and vocals, Andy Tanner on guitar and vocals, and Jonathan Johnson on drums, has just released its sophomore album, Stewart, which they recorded in 14 days at Austin’s MicroMega Studios. “Having a second album is a first for me, personally,” says Nipp, “and we’re excited to get it in people’s hands and ears.” We checked in with Nipp recently to ask about some of his favorite recordings.

“Wish I’d written that” song: “In Circles” by Sunny Day Real Estate. The bass line in that song gives me chills, I can listen to it again and again and it never gets old.

“Wish I could unhear that” song: Man, there are so many. But I have to say that I don’t really want to unhear anything, because I like to know what I don’t like. And in order for that to take place, I have to hear horrible songs like “Cumbersome” by... well, I don’t care. So there you have it. [Editor’s note: It was Seven Mary Three.]

First record I bought with my own money: It was either The Mamas & The Papas or Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass, I can’t quite remember. The first album I bought on CD was Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Bands more people should know about: I’d say check out your local listings and try to find bands in your area to go see. Pout House, Letters From the Sun, Autumn Creatures, Bridges Will Break — that’s only a few, there are plenty more! All kinds of genres! How great is that? Support local business, support local bands!

Saturday night listening: Honestly, it changes all the time, but I do find myself going back to bands like Superdrag, Built to Spill, Swervedriver, Blur, Slint, stuff like that. It was a good time for me when I found those bands, so they’re kind of my go-tos when I’m relaxing.

Guilty pleasure: Smooth jazz, baby! Yep, that’s what I’m talking about! A little Dave Koz; if you haven’t heard his song “Together Again,” you’re missing out. It’s literally the catchiest thing I have ever heard besides that Juicy Fruit commercial’s hook: “The taste, the taste, the taste is gonna move ya!”

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