Colorstore Archive

  • There is little doubt about the loss this city experienced with the death of Mark Erickson, this past September, in anyone’s mind, he was a brilliant artist, musician, poet and loving father. He was many things to many people, but most of all, he was uniquely Mark Erickson, quirky, funny, always grinning that grin of his and continually confusing his company if he was serious about anything he said. So it was with great sadness that we had to say goodbye to someone who, for some time and across three amazing albums was a staple of the artistic and musical...

    One Last Special Evening With Colorstore

    There is little doubt about the loss this city experienced with the death of Mark Erickson, this past September, in anyone’s mind, he was a brilliant artist, musician, poet and loving father. He was many things to many people, but most of all, he was uniquely Mark Erickson, quirky, funny, always grinning that grin of his and continually confusing his company if he was serious about anything he said. So it was with great sadness that we had to say goodbye to someone who, for some time and across three amazing albums was a staple of the artistic and musical...

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  •   (Editor’s Note: This past weekend Phoenix lost an amazing artist in the death of Mark Erickson. His band, Colorstore, was the first local band in Phoenix that I wrote about in the pages of JAVA magazine. If it wasn’t for Erickson hand delivering BONEfish: The Legend of Mahogany Cass to my door one Saturday afternoon in February 2008, I would not have known about the amazing music scene I have watched develop over the last four years. The moment Erickson handed that album to me, though I didn’t know it at the time, he changed my life forever. I...

    In Memory Of Mark Erickson: This Album Wants To Sleep With You Tonight

      (Editor’s Note: This past weekend Phoenix lost an amazing artist in the death of Mark Erickson. His band, Colorstore, was the first local band in Phoenix that I wrote about in the pages of JAVA magazine. If it wasn’t for Erickson hand delivering BONEfish: The Legend of Mahogany Cass to my door one Saturday afternoon in February 2008, I would not have known about the amazing music scene I have watched develop over the last four years. The moment Erickson handed that album to me, though I didn’t know it at the time, he changed my life forever. I...

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  •  Colorstore is the reason I do what I do. It was just over four years ago that then music editor, William Reed suggested that after a year of writing for JAVA, I should turn my talents and attention to the local music scene. Honestly, I was less than thrilled—I had written about the local beat in three different cities, and for my first year with JAVA I had a chance to let loose and write about whatever I wanted. I sent an email to the band with all the generic questions you can ask a band without hearing the...

    Colorstore Re-Ignites With Afire…

     Colorstore is the reason I do what I do. It was just over four years ago that then music editor, William Reed suggested that after a year of writing for JAVA, I should turn my talents and attention to the local music scene. Honestly, I was less than thrilled—I had written about the local beat in three different cities, and for my first year with JAVA I had a chance to let loose and write about whatever I wanted. I sent an email to the band with all the generic questions you can ask a band without hearing the...

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  • Every now and then there is a venue residency in town that has a non-stop, mindblowing lineup all month long. This time around it’s Wooden Indian hosting every Friday Night in  April at Long Wong’s Firehouse for their ever successful FBOM series. I’ve been an avid fan of Wooden Indian since I saw them play in the dark at the ante-chamber of the Icehouse at last year’s What Laura Says release party and try to see them every chance I can get. Wooden Indian is one of the rising local bands, still on  the fringe, intent on finding new sounds...

    Wooden Indian Wants You To Spend Every Friday In April With Them…

    Every now and then there is a venue residency in town that has a non-stop, mindblowing lineup all month long. This time around it’s Wooden Indian hosting every Friday Night in  April at Long Wong’s Firehouse for their ever successful FBOM series. I’ve been an avid fan of Wooden Indian since I saw them play in the dark at the ante-chamber of the Icehouse at last year’s What Laura Says release party and try to see them every chance I can get. Wooden Indian is one of the rising local bands, still on  the fringe, intent on finding new sounds...

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  • Okay, I’m not sure what it is but I love it when local bands who can hold their own with original music against any national act, take a break and have a hell of  a lot of fun playing a night of covers. First of all, we’ve seen these bands on countless occasions busting out their own tunes, with a cover thrown in here and there–but see a stretching exercise like this is simply fascinating. The first event I caught like this was Novembers’s Beatles Tribute Night at the Rogue and that evening was simply transcendental. I can’t imagine Wednesday...

    Cover The Crescent!!!

    Okay, I’m not sure what it is but I love it when local bands who can hold their own with original music against any national act, take a break and have a hell of  a lot of fun playing a night of covers. First of all, we’ve seen these bands on countless occasions busting out their own tunes, with a cover thrown in here and there–but see a stretching exercise like this is simply fascinating. The first event I caught like this was Novembers’s Beatles Tribute Night at the Rogue and that evening was simply transcendental. I can’t imagine Wednesday...

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  •   Colorstore is pretty much done recording the long anticipated follow-up to their amazing second album Bonefish: The Legend Of Mahogany Cass, and they’d like to release the album Afire this fall, but they need to tie up some loose ends. Namely they need to raise some funds to cover the cost of mixing, mastering and pressing the LPs and CDs–and so it was that they turned toward a Kickstarter campaign. I first heard of Kickstarter sitting around a bonfire interviewing Black Carl while they were tossing around ideas about how to fund their current series of double A-sided singles...

    Colorstore’s “Afire” Coming Soon…With Your Help!

      Colorstore is pretty much done recording the long anticipated follow-up to their amazing second album Bonefish: The Legend Of Mahogany Cass, and they’d like to release the album Afire this fall, but they need to tie up some loose ends. Namely they need to raise some funds to cover the cost of mixing, mastering and pressing the LPs and CDs–and so it was that they turned toward a Kickstarter campaign. I first heard of Kickstarter sitting around a bonfire interviewing Black Carl while they were tossing around ideas about how to fund their current series of double A-sided singles...

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