For several years, the people involved with Boise Community Radio, aka Radio Boise, have worked tirelessly to get a station on the airwaves. But it takes more than dedication to get something like that done. It takes money. Moolah. Greenbacks. Bread, man. So to further their effort, BCR has asked Built To Spill to help them raise some. Dough. Lettuce. Scratch. On Monday, Nov. 23, in their first Boise appearance since the release of There Is No Enemy, which came out Oct. 6, BTS will play a benefit show whose proceeds go to Radio Boise's "89.9 Fund," the 89.9 indicating number on the dial where they hope to reside under the call letters KBRX. (What will they call it? The Brix? The Barx? The Barrax?)
BTS guitarist Brett Netson, a longtime supporter said the airwaves were always meant to be in the hands of a community's citizens, not controlled by corporate strongholds. "It's appalling that there hasn't been a local radio station of any kind," Netson said. "People may see it as a quaint luxury, but it's as important as a fire department or a police force. It's not even important what they play, just that a real person is playing it." The fiscal goal is somewhere in the neighborhood of $250,000 for the first year of on-the-dial operations, so get outs your wallets, kids, and be heard so Radio Boise can be, too. Bands J&L Defer (of Disco Doom), Beautician and Bales of Hey will join in the fun as well. Show starts at 8 p.m., tickets are $15.
On Friday, Nov. 20, sweet-voiced New Mexico-based Cahalen Morrison brings his Old-Timey and New-Fangled (the name of his upcoming release) music to the Flying M Coffeegarage. Morrison's fingerstyling skills on guitar, lap slide, mandolin and clawhammer banjo--you'll swear he's playing them all at once--are earning him some well-deserved attention. Don't bitch about the cost of the gas to get out there; the show is free. With a talent like Morrison, you're getting the better deal.
And in news from home, you may have noticed a change in Boise Weekly's live music guide in print. We live in such a musically vibrant town that we don't have room in print to list every show and we struggle each week with what shows to cut. But rather than cut regular local gigs every week in favor of out-of-town shows--although we may have to on occasion--we've dedicated the last couple of columns to those gigs. We'll re-evaluate in a few weeks.