NBR episode eleven is now available for your listening pleasures. This month I have a very special guest, Mr. El Brian Castillo. El Brian is the creator and owner of Heavy Dose Records, which is a label based out of Denver CO, which hosts an array of rock and electronic music.
For the past three years, El Brian has remained hard at work stringing together a robust roster of musical groups for his record label, Heavy Dose. The label started as a monthly event, originally located at Beauty Bar before moving to the hi-dive, and now stationed at Meadowlark. El Brian and Matthew Novak host the evening, which caters to psych, metal, punk and rock played strictly on vinyl.
After attending Burger Records' Burgerama festival in California, El Brian had an epiphany. What if he booked the bands he played on record to play live at the Heavy Dose events? This way, he could support the bar, the residency and the bands he believes in.
For his first attempt, he brought out Ghost Box Orchestra from Boston. From there, the idea mutated. El Brian envisioned Heavy Dose as a record label and took the necessary steps to make his idea a reality. For the past year, El Brian has put together a deep roster of bands, some of which are from Denver, while others are spread out across the map.
Over the past year, he will release a handful of LPs and seven-inch records from artist like Thee Commons, Colfax Speed Queen, Night Shapes, Homebody, American Culture, and Usurper. Look for upcoming releases on heavy Dose by Mac Blackout, Modern Convenience, Bummers Eve and more.
In addition, El Brian recently visited Standing Rock to drop off donated items he gathered through a benefit thrown at the last Heavy Dose event. He shares stories about tour life and his experience at Standing Rock. Plus he shares five songs from five artists off Heavy Dose.
November has been a draining month and if you're of the same mind state, I believe we agree it will more than likely remain difficult for years to come. There are plenty of issues happening within North America at this moment and all are very important to us as American citizens. If you are uncertain of the future, you are not alone. If you are overwhelmed by the capacity of terror, you are not alone. These are the times we must face the evils that infect this great nation and not back down, for this is not about the present but the future. This is about your children, your nieces and nephews, and even your children’s children.
We the people hold the power and positivity that is needed in these dire times. We must not give in or give up. Now is the time to be heard and make a stand. Hate will only separate individuals from one another by harboring the very fear that makes them distant in the first place. We must make sure that we are thinking when making every remark, every action, and even every educational action. We have a long four years ahead of us and I would guess even longer depending on the damage that will be assessed thereafter.
I have listed some links to helping out Standing Rock, fighting the good fight, and valuable information on our current situations.
- Neon Brown
Official GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/sacredstonecamp
Call or email banks to tell them to cancel their loan to
There are 17 corporate banks presently funding the Dakota Access Pipeline some of which include: Wells Fargo, BNP Paribas, SunTrust, Citibank (CitiGroup), TD Bank, Credit Agricole, ING Bank, Citizens Bank, U.S. Bank, Barclays, JPMorgan Chase, and Bank of America.
Sign this petition to the White House to Stop DAPL:
and sign this one too:
Donate to support the Standing Rock Sioux at http://standingrock.org/…/standing-rock-sioux-tribe…/
Contribute to the Sacred Stone Camp Legal Defense Fund: https://fundrazr.com/d19fAf
Call the executives of the companies that are building the pipeline:
a. Lee Hanse Executive Vice President Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. 800 E Sonterra Blvd #400 San Antonio, Texas 78258 Telephone: (210) 403-6455 Lee.Hanse@energytransfer.com
b. Glenn Emery Vice President Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. 800 E Sonterra Blvd #400 San Antonio, Texas 78258 Telephone: (210) 403-6762 Glenn.Emery@energytransfer.com
c. Michael (Cliff) Waters Lead Analyst Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. 1300 Main St. Houston, Texas 77002 Telephone: (713) 989-2404Michael.Waters@energytransfer.com
And as far as democracy stuff goes... here are some links to shine a dim light in these dark times:
Donate to Foster Campbell's campaign, the last democratic seat available in the Senate:
Donate to the vote recount to test the integrity of our voting process:
Sharon Jones – Now I See
James Brown – Funky President | Neon Brown Intro
The Chambers Brothers – Everybody Needs Someone
Billy Stewart – We’ll Always Be Together
Ted Taylor – Going In The Hole
Company Flow – Patriotism
D’Angelo – Till It’s Done (TUTU)
Joe Farrell – Upon This Rock
Kendrick Lamar – The Blacker The Berry, The Sweeter The Juice
Funkadelic – Stuff & Things
The Pharcyde – If I Were President
Juggaknots – Generally
The Chuckachas – Jungle Fever
Jesse James – I Know I’ll Never Find Another
El Brian Castillo – Tour Life Story
Thee Commons – Demolicion
American Culture – Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory (Johnny Thunders Cover)
Homebody – Vestigial Organ
Colfax Speed Queen – Grease The Sheets
Night Shapes – Decreased Internal
El Brian Castillo – Standing Rock Story
Neon Brown – Outro
Jean Jacques Perrey – Swan’s Splashdown
Leonard Cohen – Stories Of The Street
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