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Members of Beats Noir. Photo by Lisa Siciliano.

Welcome to the second week of KRFC MusicShare. Get links to KRFC’s weekly free music downloads delivered to your inbox here.

This week we have two downloads from albums we played and loved in 2012. Be sure to check out the other KRFC MusicShare from Patrick Dethlefs.

I have to admit that  I learned everything I know about this group from their appearance on Live@Lunch. We have a podcast of it right here. Incidentally, Live@Lunch is probably my favorite way to hear a band play for the first time.

JT Nolan and Paul Mulikin are polar opposites. They are different in almost every way, which in turn is the inspiration for Beats Noir!

Raised in the back office of his father’s small factory, Nolan was exposed to music through the Chicago bar and club scene at an early age. Instead of hiring a baby sitter, Nolan’s father packed up his kids and brought them to see some of the best blues and rock Chicago had to offer. At the age of 13, Nolan finally received his first guitar and made his debut by performing Eddie Van Halen’s “Eruption”.

Meanwhile, Paul Mullikin grew up surrounded by music of a different sort. His mother and father, a violinist and cellist respectively, saw to it that classical music permeated their west Denver home, and Paul found himself following in their footsteps as he began studying multiple instruments at the age 10. An almost obsessive fondness for music quickly developed, and he made his debut as a percussion soloist with the Colorado Symphony in 1997 at age 13.

The classical prodigy and the gritty guitarist met nearly a decade ago, but they never imagined starting a Hip-Hop project. In 2010, experimentation began, and the music grew organically as the two passed ideas back and forth.

…and they submitted this update:

Since the September 2011 release of their debut, 13 Tracks From The Dark Side Of The Beat, Denver-based Beats Noir have been hard at work releasing and promoting “Where The Sun Goes Down.” In addition to the efforts of members J. T. Nolan (vocals, guitar), Paul Mullikin (vocals, keyboard), Matt Skellenger (bass), and Dave Miller (drums), Where The Sun Goes Down features marimba, accordion, string accompaniment from Paul’s parents(members of the CSO), and other surprises. The album was funded largely thanks to a Kickstarter campaign that raised over $6,000 through three weeks in September. The result is fun, intelligent music that will get you moving.

Here for your sharing pleasure, the title track from their 2012 release.

Beats Noir

Where the Sun Goes Down

written by JT Nolan and Paul Mullikin

 

Take a listen:

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Take a share:

Where the Sun Goes Down (Right click to save to your computer)

You can purchase the entire album from the artists directly at beatsnoir.com. It’s also available on iTunes and ReverbNation.

If you’re in a band or are a musician looking to share your music, email your tracks to Andrew [at] krfcfm [.] org for consideration.

Please note that downloads offered via KRFC MusicShare are intended to introduce you to great talent in KRFC’s community, and are NOT CD-quality recordings. If you want those, please support the artists by buying their music and/or seeing them live.

Andrew Schneider is a volunteer host and booker for KRFC’s Live@Lunch, bringing the best local and visiting talent to Northern Colorado’s airwaves every Monday-Friday, Noon-1PM. He is also a veteran web developer, filmmaker, DIY venue collaborator, and KRFC’s digital media lead.