Westword Best of Denver 2012 (and i made it in!)


I admit it, I’m stoked to be included.  Not once, but twice by name, and a third time by association.  Of course, free advertising means a lot to a struggling small business and I’m grateful for the help.  Thanks Westword for looking out for the buddies.  I also feel flattered to be recognized by my peers.  It makes me feel like I’m doing something, um, good with my life.  May I be able to do this for the rest of it (please, universe, please!)  So, here’s to tooting my own horn a bit and shouting out some other Denver buddies who were also highlighted in this year’s Best Of.

Best New Independent Record Store: Growler Records

Tucked in the back room of Yellow Feather Coffee is a tiny record store run by Molly Zackary. Some people might remember Zackary for her long-running distro bearing the same moniker, or from running into her at punk and hardcore shows in years past at Double Entendre, Monkey Mania and elsewhere. Her friendly and gracious demeanor and sheer knowledge of the niche she’s cultivating with her inventory is impressive. Growler is also one of the few stores in Denver to carry metal and hardcore vinyl. The record player in the corner is available to sample most, if not all, of what’s in stock, and the small-press books and zines are always pleasantly surprising.

Best Film Festival: Mid-Winter Punk Film Fest

While other punk film festivals feature such predictable fare as The Filth and the Fury and The Clash: Westway to the World, capitalizing on the bands and the stories everyone has already heard, Mid-Winter Punk Film Festival organizers Sarah Slater and Molly Zackary embraced the true DIY nature of punk rock and gave us something completely unexpected yet ultimately delightful. Offering films like Downtown 81, Kill All Redneck Pricksand Born Into Flames, this series presented gems that had slipped through the cracks of history, only to be located by two true believers willing to forgo a commercial audience in favor of attracting those truly interested in discovering something new. Oh, and it all went down at the best little record distro in the city, Growler. [Westword forgot to add that the fest was co-sponsored by Titwrench Fest via Sarah Slater, dig it.]

Best Alternative Venue: Yellow Feather Coffee

When Yellow Feather opened its doors, it was the kind of coffee shop that offered not just solidly great coffee with a choice of milk and milk substitutes, but a community-minded space, as well. While not a traditional music venue, Yellow Feather has hosted touring artists along with local bands looking to have their release shows at an intimate venue where people of all ages could go and feel welcome without the pressure of alcohol or ticket sales. The shop has also hosted classes through Free School Denver, and its relaxed environment on an otherwise busy street is welcoming to crust punks, artists and businesspeople alike.

Other Santa Fe District buddies to make the list:

Best New DIY Venue: Unit E

Best Mural Project: Carlos Fresquez and students

Best Art-For-Kids Boosters: Denver Art Society

Best Addition to Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe: Black Book Gallery

Best Neighborhood Brewery: Renegade

Best Santa Fe Drive Boutique: Rakun

There are many more acknowledgements to make.  I live in and love Denver.  Subscribe to my blog to catch my shout-outs as the come.  Circle your A’s and stay true, dudes.

About Growler Distro

Growler Distro, or Growler Record Store, are the same thing: a project aimed at selling records, tapes, CDs, CDRs, zines, books, and cool handmade trinkets in Denver, CO, which I'm proud to say is my home. My name is Molly and I've been tabling at punk shows since 2006 and now I'm expanding to a brick and mortar shop at 742 Santa Fe Drive. (Days and hours TBA) I've always loved underground music for it's freshness and honesty and I want you to feel like you can discover a gem as well. I believe that music brings people together much like a well-prepared meal can. And, I think that underground music and literature often talk about the things in life most important to you, whether that be disenchantment with the state of things or a truly broken heart. I carry a lot of different styles of music, so don't limit yourself to one definition of what underground or punk might mean to you. Growler Record Store has music for quiet, contemplative rainy days, dance parties, and even for the apocalypse. I have music made by women, queers, people of color, and in many different languages. You will find your voice as expressed by talented musicians, just the way it was meant to be. And you will likely leave feeling inspired by and connected to your fellow humans. How to find me: growlerdistro@riseup.net and growlerdistro.tumblr.com
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