TK’s top of 2017

Happy 2018.  Here are our favorites from last year.  Expect more new music from us this year.


1. Randy Newman – Dark Matter
2. Residente – Residente
3. Hurray for the Riff Raff – The Navigator
4. War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
5. Kevin Morby – City Music
6. (tie) La Vida Boheme – La Lucha / Cafe Tacvba – Jei Beibi / Bomba Estereo – Ayo
7. the darker the shadow the brighter the light (Mike Skinner of the Streets)
8. Julie Byrne – Not Even Happiness
9. (tie) White Reaper – The World’s Best American Band / St. Pe – Fixed Focus
10. (tie) Chad Van Galeen – Light Information / Wolf Parade – Cry Cry Cry

Wheelchair Sex Camp at the 3rd Annual Honky Tonk Hodgepodge, Cold Beer, NM
Randy Newman at the Botanical Gardens, Denver, CO
The Outfit’s final show at Three Kings – UMS, Denver, CO
RVIVR at 7th Circle, Denver, CO
Panaderia covering Jeanette at Sheroz, Denver, CO
Diego Florez and Anthony Ruptek at the Composer’s Collective by David Thomas Bailey at Swallow Hill, Denver, CO
(tie) Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires / Against Me! at FEST, Gainesville, FL
Tarantula at Pato de Perro, Juarez, CH, MX
Lost Walks at Hi Dive, Denver, CO
Colfax Speed Queen, the Manatee, Tyler, TX


1. Deer Tick; Deer Tick Vol 1
2. The Menzingers; After the Party
3. Elder; Reflections of a Floating World
4. The War on Drugs; A Deeper Understanding
5. Hurray for the Riff Raff; The Navigator
6. Hiss Golden Messenger; Hallelujah Anyhow
7. Deer Tick; Deer Tick Vol 2
8. Wolf Parade; Cry, Cry, Cry
9. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard; Murder of the Universe
10. Mister Heavenly; Boxing the Moonlight


1. Direct Hit!/Pears split LP
2. Slowdive “S/T”
3. Dead Bars ” Dream Gig” LP
4. The River Why – David James Duncan – fiction novel
5. God Laughs and Plays – David James Duncan – essays
6. War on Drugs “Deeper Understanding” LP
7. Menzingers “After the Party” LP
8. Western Settings “Old Pain” 10″
9. Iron Chic “You can’t stay here” LP
10. Black in Bluhm “Farm to Turntable” LP compilation
11. Pastorlia – George Saunders – fictional essays
12. Modern Lovers – Emma Straub – silly fictional novel
13. The man who was Thursday – G.K. Chesterton – fictional novel
14. Mutual Benefit “Skip a Sinking Stone” LP
15. Kelly and Lehi’s wedding soundtrack
99. Honky Tonk Hodgepodge Vol. 3, Cold Beer N.M.


Bash & Pop – Anything Can Happen
The Mezingers – After the Party
Tyler Childers – Purgatory
Could Nothings – Life Without Sound
King Woman – Created in the Image of Suffering
The National – Sleep Well Beast
Anthony Ruptak – Don’t Let It Kill You
Mastodon – Emperor if Sand
Jason Isbell – Nashville Sound
The Yawpers – Boy in a Well

Top Songs:
Hurray for the RIff Raff – “Hungry Ghost”
Ha Ha Tonka – “All With You”
Minus the Bear – “Last Kiss”
White Reaper – “Judy French”
Jason Isbell – “If We Were Vampires”
Tyler Childers – “Universal Sound”
David Ramirez – “From a Distance”
Deer Tick – “Sea of Clouds”
Strange Americans – “Riverside”
Bad Year – “Dusted Heart”


and 9 other Denver bands.

Ty here. I hope this webpost finds you well.  . The hunks at Black in Bluhm Music will ship it to you. Or just get the digital version and somebody at Bandcamp will send it to you. I don’t really know how that side of it works. If you haven’t had a chance to hear our new song, do it right now. Its got everything you like about all eras of The Knew, so study up:  

Gold Star (vinyl):

Average student (iTunes):

Also, the other tunes are unreleased gems and rarities from Bud Bronson & The Good TimersMuscle BeachThe OutfitColfax Speed Queen, Major Sports, The Sound CollapseSPELLS, and Dirty Few.  Here is an article that Westword did about it:

IMHO, this is an invaluable relic that documents an important time in Denver Rock City’s history and should be in the home of anybody that has seen a show by any of these bands, at anytime, but more specifically from 2010 to present day. However, this is not just limited to Denver people and the record could also find itself at home on a the shelf of any vinyl lover, worldwide. Digital counts too.



TK’S TOPs of 2016

Here are our favorite releases and shows from the past year for those keeping score at home.  Also, expect some new music from TK in 2017.  The music will be as fun as it is challenging.  Emotional too.

Andy’s Top 10 Albums of 2016

  1. Mikey Erg – Tentative Decisions
  2. Ned Garthe Explosion – Flashlight Tan
  3. Deftones- Gore
  4. Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide to Earth
  5. Against Me! – Shape Shift With Me
  6. Slim Cessna’s Auto Club – Commandments According To…
  7. Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
  8. Descendents – Hypercaffium Spazzinate
  9. Drive-By Truckers – American Band
  10. Shovels and Rope – Little Seeds

Jake’s Top 10 Albums of 2016

  1. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Nonagon Infinity (I wish I could give higher than #1 for this one)
  2. Joe Purdy – Who Will Be Next?
  3. Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide To Earth
  4. Thee Oh Sees – A Weird Exits
  5. Thee Oh Sees – Odd Entrances
  6. Moonface – My Best Human Face
  7. Dragonforce – Killer Elite
  8. Ned Garthe Explosion – Flashlight Tan
  9. Bib Tucker & The Liars Club – A Demonstration
  10. Sword – Low Country

Ty’s Top 25 Albums of 2016

  1. Kevin Morby – Singing Saw
  2. King Gizzard and the Wizard LizardNonagam Infinity
  3. LUH. – Spriritual Songs for Lovers to Sing
  4. Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book
  5. Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam I Had A Dream That You Were Mine
  6. White Lung – Paradise
  7. Anohni – Hopelessness
  8. The Commons – Loteria Tribal
  9. Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Denial
  10. Woods – City Sun Eater in the River of Light
  11. Y La Bamba – Ojos del Sol
  12. The Outfit – The Outfit
  13. Orkesta Mendoza – iVamos a Guarachar!
  14. Moonface – My Best Human Face
  15. YG – Still Brazy
  16. Martha – Blisters in the Pit of my Heart
  17. Lemon Twigs – Do Hollywood
  18. Jamila Woods – Heavn
  19. Sidestepper – Supernatural Love
  20. Kissing Party – Winter in the Pub
  21. Money Chicha – Echo en Mexico
  22. William Tyler – Modern Country
  23. Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide to Earth
  24. Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
  25. GOAT – Requiem

Ty’s Best Shows of 2016

  • Iron Maiden – Palacio de Los Deporte, Mexico, DF
  • Rancid – Flogging Molly Cruise, Bermuda Triangle
  • Oddisee – Knitting Factory, Treefort Music Festival, Boise, Idaho
  • Sigur Ros – Ellie Caulkins, Denver, CO
  • The Vernes – New Planet, Philadelphia, PA
  • L.O.R. – Ophelia’s – Faceman’s 100 Year Storm
  • Wheelchair Sports Camp Album release – Ophelia’s, Denver, CO
  • Chicharron – Honky Tonk Hodge Podge – Colfax Tavern, Cold Beer, New Mexico
  • Kaddish – Book Yr Anne Fest, Buskers, Dundee,  Scotland
  • Mana – Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
  • Courtney Barnett – Ogden Theatre, Denver, CO

Tim’s Top 10 of (mostly) 2016

1. Western Settings “Yes, it is”
2. Direct Hit! “Wasted Mind”
3. Mystery Jets “Curve of the Earth”
4. Mutual Benefit “Skip a Sinking Stone”
5. American Analog Set “The Golden Band” and “Know by Heart”
6. Dead Bars various eps.
7. Desolation Wilderness “New Universe”
8. Lake Mary – Complete Discography
9. Tristeza “Spine and Sensory”
10. Hang Rounders “Bring your sister”



read Ty ramble on about some good stuff, and some not so good stuff… ultimately ending in a laugh.

Interview: The Knew Create Scruffy, Punk-Tinged Rock ‘N Roll

Interview: The Knew Create Scruffy, Punk-Tinged Rock ‘N Roll

2:12 pm May 28, 2015

Photo by Jen GaNun

Interview with guitarist Tyler Breuer | By John B. Moore

For nearly a decade, Denver, Colo.’s The Knew have been creating and perfecting a scruffy, punk-tinged rock sound that becomes fantastically addictive on repeated listens. The band’s latest, Schmew, is a tad bit heavier than their first few efforts, and along with some great originals, includes an inspired Cock Sparrer cover. “Jake [Hansen], our singer, brought it to the table,” guitarist Tyler Breuer says of the cover. “We are all big fans of late ‘70s, early ‘80s British punk, so it hit home. The lyrics are about friendship, and so are we. We’d like to cover more songs about friendship, or just any Randy Newman song, really.”

Who knew that Denver had so much more to offer than tie-dyed jam bands with wanky guitar solos? Breuer puts these stereotypes to rest. “As far as punk and rock goes, [Denver has] Dirty Few, Bud Bronson And The Goodtimers, The Outfit, American Culture, SPELLS, Chase Ambler, and loads more.”

According to Breuer, the Denver music scene goes deeper than just punk rock. “Denver has a really diverse music scene,” he assures. “Great rock, hip hop, country, jazz, various genres of Spanish language music, and yeah, jam bands. I think clowning on jam bands is kinda tricky, especially when they rip. All genres highlight some kind of absurdity of their chosen style, and I’m happy Denver is trying to accommodate all of them, but not happy that often times it doesn’t happen under the same roof.”

“Our city is getting better with cross-pollination between genres, but I’d like to see it happen more between different scenes, and even different parts of town, mixing it up together,” he continues. “Audiences can be fickle, and it takes them either no time to latch onto a band that they’ve been told by whatever tastemaker will change their lives, or it takes them 10 years to give a band a fair shake. Just ‘cause a band doesn’t fit into some preconceived notion of what one might want it to be does not mean they won’t come out and blow your box off.”

Thankfully, this segregation doesn’t prevent a sense of community and camaraderie. “Everybody comes out for everybody’s shows,” Breuer explains. “I used to think that could be a little nepotistic, [but] it has become more genuine. People are separating themselves from what they think might be important in whatever scene they are involved in, and are really just focusing on observing and participating in the music.” Sounds lovey dovey, but it’s not always Mr. or Mrs. Nice Guy. Breuer adds, “We are also hypercritical of each other, and we’re all big boys and girls and take that as a good thing. The less we champion style over substance, the better the Denver music scene has become.”

Despite their reverence for their hometown, The Knew are excited to tour.We will be touring as much as we can,” says Breuer. “New Noise readers, comment on where we should go on this here section below. Or better yet, tell us not to come to your city and we will avoid it because we trust you and your not liking us.” Whether you like them or not, The Knew are ready to “get Schmew out there. We’ve worked for a long time to write songs like this, and to get a record sounding this way. We are excited to play shows in support of it.”

One question lingers: what the fuck is a “schmew?” Breuer clarifies, “[The album] has a ridiculous title, but we wanted it that way because the content is heavy. Making music in The Knew for 10 years, we’ve realized we are on this ever swinging pendulum of taking things too seriously and then having too much nonsensical fun. We live in this place where we are congratulating ourselves for our best record yet, but also know that, in the grand scheme of things, it’s all just so damn absurd and who fucking cares? Hence: Schmew. It’s taking the one thing you love more than anything—music—and acknowledging that it owes nothing to you. How fucked up is that? [Laughs] So, instead of wallowing in how shitty of a lover music can be, let’s make it the best we can, and then call it something like Schmew, so the music itself can never get too high and mighty.”

“Also,” Breuer adds, “10 years later, we are still unhappy with our band name, and chose to recognize that with the title of this album: The Knew – Schmew.

Purchase the Rally & Rumble 7″ here.

Tour Dates:
6/05 – Denver, CO @ Miami Steve’s
7/23 – Denver, CO @ The UMS w/ Tennis
7/31 – Anchorage, AK @ Town Square Park
7/31 – Anchorage, AK @ The Tap Root

Read More News

Our new 7″ is out NOW!


BUY BUY BUY RIGHT HERE at Greater Than Records.

Here is the video to go with.

No upcoming shows scheduled

Past Shows

24 Jun 2017 Denver, CO 3 Kings Tavern for Farm to Turntable Vinyl Release presented by Black in Bluhm w/Dirty Few, Colfax Speed Queen and other rippers 3 Kings Tavern for Farm to Turntable Vinyl Release presented by Black in Bluhm w/Dirty Few, Colfax Speed Queen and other rippers
05 Aug 2016 Denver Miami Steve's for Denver Tool Library First Friday Miami Steve's for Denver Tool Library First Friday
31 Jul 2016 Denver Hi Dive - the UMS Hi Dive - the UMS
29 Jul 2016 Denver Mutiny - Mile High Parley Mutiny - Mile High Parley
25 Jun 2016 Denver La Rhumba - Westword Showcase La Rhumba - Westword Showcase
28 May 2016 Denver Day of Rock Denver, CO ( United States ) Skyline Park Skyline Park
17 May 2016 Denver Marquis - w/Titus Andronicus Marquis - w/Titus Andronicus
22 Apr 2016 Fort Collins, CO Surfside 7 (FoCoMx) Surfside 7 (FoCoMx)
31 Dec 2015 Denver, CO ( United States ) Larimer Lounge, w/ the Outfit, Rootbeer & Mermetau Larimer Lounge, w/ the Outfit, Rootbeer & Mermetau
27 Sep 2015 Denver, CO ( United States ) Hi Dive w/Donkeys Hi Dive w/Donkeys
19 Sep 2015 Denver Ratio - Schmew Release show!!! Ratio - Schmew Release show!!!
28 Aug 2015 Steamboat, CO Old Town Pub w/ American Relay Old Town Pub w/ American Relay
01 Aug 2015 Anchorage, AK Anchorage Community Works Anchorage Community Works
31 Jul 2015 Anchorage, AK Taproot Taproot
31 Jul 2015 Anchorage, AK Town Square Park Town Square Park
25 Jul 2015 Denver, CO ( United States ) Meese UMS House Show Meese UMS House Show
24 Jul 2015 Denver, CO ( United States ) UMS - Three Kings UMS - Three Kings
14 Jul 2015 Denver, CO ( United States ) Hi-Dive Hi-Dive
05 Jun 2015 Denver, CO Miami Steve's Miami Steve's
16 May 2015 Denver, CO hi-dive hi-dive
08 May 2015 Wichita, KS Lucky's Lucky's
07 May 2015 Denton, TX J&J's Pizza J&J's Pizza
06 May 2015 New Orleans, LA Gasa Gasa Gasa Gasa

This is the online HQ of TK. We update it as much as time and ability allow. We are not really good web guys, but understand the importance of the timeliness of disseminating accurate information. TK is made up of four members (Jacob, Ty, Tim, Andy) and are an inclusive band and believe in the strength of PMA. TK is against all forms of shitty scenes (music or otherwise) and attest to the power of being humble and vulnerable. We book and manage ourselves.

Join our email list:







Label: |

Or send us a message using this handy little contact form:

    Your Name (required)

    Your Email (required)


    Your Message