David Childs

Membership Assistant/KUER Music contributor

David Childs is a Farmington, Utah native, now residing in Salt Lake City. As a music enthusiast, David took his first step into broadcasting when a junior high school assignment required him to job shadow a career of interest. After shadowing a local rock DJ in 2002, David continued a growing interest in broadcasting and music. In 2010, David hosted his first radio program playing a variety of rock music at a community radio station. David currently hosts The Sunday Blend on KRCL (Sundays, 5 a.m. to 7 a.m.). When not in KUER's Development office, David enjoys travel, trekking any of Utah’s hiking trails, attending concerts and talking music, lacing up for a pick-up game of hoops, and home brewing.

Ways to Connect

Motown/Courtesy of the Artist

What has always charmed and endeared me to music is its distinctive ability to exceed its domain. It’s a robust art that has the power and the scale to make a wide array of expression: passionate or piercing, political or philosophical, to name a few. One of the greatest soul singers and songwriters of our time, Marvin Gaye, embraced that power with verve.

Album cover, "Wild Stab" by The I Don't Cares

All good things must come to an end. As a fan, this is what I tell myself in the wake of the second break-up of The Replacements after a three-year (2012-2015) reunion that spawned an EP (Songs for Slim) and a modest amount of celebrated live performances. I wasn’t old enough to follow the band during their ‘80’s romp, or listen to them dissolve in 1991. When The Replacements first broke-up in ’91, it was following an album that many feel was more of front-man Paul Westerberg’s first solo record than a finale by The Replacements.

Sub Pop

The band Beach House is rich with signification and connotation, and even explicit nods to dreams. For starters, their name is the most interesting sign — the pillar of “dreaminess” that floods as a motif throughout their catalog. It’d be noteworthy for anyone to hear the name Beach House and not conjure up images of a lovely, paradise-like, delightful withdrawal. For many of us, a beach house is a symbol of a retreat —  a vacation, an escape from the mundane and the regularity of everyday existence, a dream of sorts.

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It’s been nearly a month since David Bowie left this earth. In my 27 years of life, I haven’t seen such a day of grieving within the world of music since Michael Jackson passed away.

“Bub-bub-bududududuh-bub-bub-bub-bub-bududududuh.” You probably won’t recognize it just by reading it – it looks abnormal put into words, something hardly done with the melody or sonic element of a song. Nevertheless, that's my rendition of the introduction to the world’s best-selling 12” single of all time.

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If you like a little gloom with your music, you’re not alone. Josh Martin, better known as Daughn Gibson, has managed to make a brand out of it. He’s a tall, dark and handsome man with a brooding baritone that fills an aural void with sounds that make you wonder: where in that body is that sound coming from?  Daughn is a versatile musician: as a drummer he cut his teeth with Nazareth, and then with the PA-based stoner-rock band Pearls and Brass who have been on hiatus since 2008.

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Over the past few years we’ve seen reunions (most of them fruitful) of bands including Outkast, The Afghan Whigs, Mazzy Star, Soundgarden, Pixies, The Replacements and Slowdive. It’s been a popular trend in music, and continues today as one of rock’s most influential all-female groups, Sleater-Kinney, releases their eighth album, No Cities to Love.

I’m due for a confession. For as much as I tout myself as a great fan of alternative rock and all sub-genres that fall under that description, I only recently (in the past three years) began to regularly listen to English rock legends The Stone Roses. Still, it’s not too shocking. As fans of music, we all experience our own “eras” or “phases.” But it seems now more than ever, I’m coming around to the rich contributions that the UK offered to the rock music of the eighties and nineties.  It’s not that I’ve been completely blind to it, it’s just that I’m now immersing myself in it.

Can you believe that May is on its way out and summer is upon us? If you’re a music junkie like me, it’s easy to overlook the amount of time that passes as new albums are released at lightning speed. Musicians and bands do a stand-up job of keeping me distracted, and with that thought in mind, I’d like to share some of the music that's been keeping me occupied. Don’t worry, I’m keeping the list short, but definitely sweet, with some of my top releases so far for 2014.

Wikipedia

On February 7, 1964 The Beatles touched down at JFK Airport in New York City. Their subsequent performance on The Ed Sullivan Show could easily fall in the category of events that we often reflect on by saying “I remember where I was when…” Countless musicians have given a nod to seeing the legendary television performance and being mesmerized and inspired.