Once upon a time, Lipgloss DJ Michael Trundle was my babysitter. (Okay, not really)
I loved that bar (now 3 Kings Tavern) at that time. I also loved getting too drunk at that bar.
It was cool. It was part of the reason I wanted to move to Beauty Bar. I mean, La Rumba is a beautiful space, but having been there for eight years, it's just so long. And it's so big. And the "big room" music -- the dubstep-electro stuff -- was working fine...when not a lot of other places were playing it. But now everyone is playing it. And, I don't know? I kind of wanted to go back to the stuff that I love to listen to at home. I'm excited to play shit like Velvet Underground once in a while.
Do you have any records in mind to play that you maybe haven't played in a while for the opening night of Lipgloss at Beauty Bar?
I hadn't really thought about it? I don't like to plan my sets ahead -- I like to wing it. It's so much based on how the crowd responds. But I mean, I'll probably start the night off with "Lipgloss" by Pulp -- I want that to be the first song that gets played for the night at Beauty Bar. And end the night with Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart."
I think it's kind of cool to be back on a block like 13th Avenue -- with Wax Trax and Fashionation and Beauty Bar, which resides in the old Snake Pit space, places that mean a lot to people around our age who grew up in Denver. I bought my electric yellow hair dye in high school on that block. A lot of people bought their first records here.
A lot of where Lipgloss was sort of subconsciously formulated was at the old Snake Pit; me and Tim (Cook, co-founder) and Tyler (Jacobson, co-founder) went to Shag! (a weekly Britpop night at Snake Pit) all the time. Prior to that, Tyler had a night there called Hypersonic. That was a couple of years before that. But that place had a lot to do with us wanting to DJ a night. So it seemed fitting for us to end up back there.
I found this photograph of us from, I think, Hipster Youth Halfway House or Gargeland (both now defunct DIY venues in Denver) from 2004. That was a great summer in Denver. I kind of miss that place in time.
It probably was Hipster Youth Halfway House. We saw each other there quite a bit. There was something special about that place -- I mean, it was a shit hole. The bathrooms were horrible. But it was a really fun time. One of my favorite memories, that summer. It was a lot of fun, even though I had a lot of my shit stolen out of cars in front of that space. All of my CDs, actually. I had a signed copy of a Cure album. I don't know what I was doing driving around with those. I had to play the opening night of Sputnik with a spool of burned CDs because I had lost everything.
But yeah, 2004 felt like when the ball really got rolling for Denver. It was a cool city to be in. You could still go to LoDo and get looked at weird.