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Thrift Store Cowboys is a fitting name, considering the Lubbock-based group’s fondness for kitchen-sink instrumentation. Violins, a Hammond organ, an accordion, banjos, a pedal steel, lap steels (including one rare Weisenborn, a non-resonator), a Wurlitzer and a saw are some of the gear you’ll hear live at Low Spirits tonight. Beneath the equipment, there’s a sense of the Low Lights’ moody open-road Westerns mixed with Old 97’s unhinged alt.country. Also on tour from Lubbock is the multitalented Amanda Shires. 8 p.m., $5, 21+.
Tonight! Exene Cervenka at the Head Shop, Low Spirits
In 15 minutes, punk rockacana queen Exene Cervenka will be at The Zone on San Mateo for an in-store signing/meet-and-greet thing. At 9, she and Dex Romweber of Flat Duo Jets are playing Low Spirits. I interviewed Exene in this week’s paper, edited down for space—if you click here, you can read the full-length she-bang.
Vote Today! Albuquerque School Bond Election
Today’s the day to vote on the February 2010 Mill Levy / School Bond Election. If you vote “yes,” you’ll be approving $617 million for APS, “most of which will be going directly to brick & mortar construction/design,” says the school district. “The remainder will be used to upgrade instructional technology.” APS maintains 143 schools. If it’s approved, property taxes will hold steady at their current rates. So, no tax increase.
“It will make an enormous difference in schools throughout the city,” wrote APS music teacher Robb Janov in an e-mailed entreaty. “Proposed construction for my school, Jefferson Middle School, includes a new track, a parent/student drop-off road (to alleviate the chaos before and after school) and ... $2.3 million dollars to renovate and expand facilities for our thriving music department!”
Janov’s voting. What about you?
• For project lists, fact sheets and other specifics of this bond, visit http://www.yfocf.org/aboutbond.html
Things I Thought Were a Dream But Actually Happened: The Swedish Grammys
As is customary, I made a snack and turned on the TV this weekend after coming home late from the bar. (This is probably the source of many Things-
Come Sunday, I’m at my parents house with the family, and “The Soup” is on in the background. And I look up and see a clip from the TITWaDBAH. Turns out, the Swedish Grammys (P3 Guld) really did happen. And, it turns out, the winner of dance artist of the year really did accept her award like this. And the crowd really did seem kind of charmed but ultimately unfazed by it. ... Hunh.
Scooped: Le Chat Lunatique Makes It Into SXSW 2010
With some lobbying from the Alibi, but mostly just superhuman amounts of their own talent and hard work, organizers of the South By Southwest music festival tell us that Le Chat Lunatique made it into the official showcase in Austin. The music portion of the festival runs March 17-21 this year. Get the festival lowdown at sxsw.com.
Congrats, you crazy cats!
The Fascinating History of Vertigo Venus, plus the Albuquerque Music Scene, featuring Ken Cornell, Burt’s Tiki Lounge, Launchpad, Alchemical Burn, Unnatural Element, Cobra//Group, Ya Ya Boom, The Hollis Wake, Creepshow ...
... The Dirty Novels, The Foxx, The Gracchi, RAM, Brian Botkiller, Noiseseer, Manias, Abbaddon, Echoes of the Fallen, Victamas, Word Salad, Logical Nonsense, Veil Of Miscreation, Steve Eiland, Beefcake In Chains, Gordy Anderson, Black Maria, Jerry’s Kids, The Generics ...
I had totally forgotten about this. A few years ago, a music journalist from Detroit (my ancestral homeland) rolled into town. His name was Ryan Bartek, and he was staying with Chris and Jeffy MacCannon from Vertigo Venus, also from Detroit, while working on this giant book about underground music in the U.S. It was going to be his Great American Novel, in every sense.
Bartek had an enormous appreciation for Chris and Jeffy’s band in Michigan, enough to convince him that there must be something good happening in Albuquerque if this is where they ended up. So this is where he came. It was just another stop on his yearlong U.S. tour. Only Bartek wasn’t playing music; he was documenting the little communities that musicians fabricate—the places where underground music comes from. And the only way to do that is pure legwork, and osmosis, talking to musicians and going to shows from one end of the country to another. I wasn’t sure he’d see it all the way through.
Well, now. Here it is. The Big Shiny Prison (History of a Year 12.20.06-10.13.07). He spent quality time in the Duke City, where he was able to ferret out some great sources. Jeff and Chris are priceless, and it’s actually well worth your time to know more about where they’ve come from and what they do. Your band might be mentioned in there. One of mine is. He also talked to the excellent lads of Chestnut Productions, who interviewed me for their documentary Glocal Scene—similar in conceit to Bartek’s book, but filmed on a global scale. You might be in there, too. (Find it here: glocalscene.com.) And since Bartek is giving his book away for free as a PDF, you can do searches for the passages about Albuquerque.
Yep. He put his book out as public domain. “File sharing is approved and encouraged by its author, Ryan Bartek,” he says in the forward. “Having spent a Herculean effort on this project, his only wish is that it be circulated. “
And it turns out, Albuquerque stacks up pretty well. After traveling all over the U.S., he concludes in the epilogue that “the best relocation spot in the Southwest is a definite toss-up between Austin (TX)/Albuquerque (NM).” And “the greatest punk hangouts are the unholy trinity of Burt’s Tiki Lounge (ABQ), The Funhouse (Seattle), and the [now defunct] 2500 Club (Detroit).” That’s a superlative superlative.
So there you go: Download The Big Shiny Prison for free.
Pitchfork Music Lists the Decade With P2K
The site is laying out the decade in music with pitchfork.com/p2k: Start clicking around for The Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s, The Social History of the MP3, The Decade in Pop, The Top 50 Music Videos of the 2000s and much more.
Lyrics Born Freebie
AKA, Lyrics Born Rang Your Doorbell, Left This Flaming Sack of Shit on Your Stoop
Hey, this new single is fucking awful, categorically proving that you do really get what you pay for!
The brand-new video for Lyrics Born's "Pushed Aside, Pulled Apart," is out now, thanks to a premiere with URB.com! The video, directed and edited by Raphael LaMotta from ApSci, features cameos by Joyo Velarde, Zion I, Pigeon John, Trackademicks, Kat Ouano, DJ D-Sharp and ApSci.
Snoop Dogg Gets With Tommy the Clown
I somehow ended up on Tommy the Clown’s PR list. He’s the “hip-hop clown” originator of crumping, and the subject of David LaChapelle’s 2005 documentary Rize.
Snoop Dogg recently announced his partnership with famed entertainer Tommy the Clown to create an organization called the C.L.O.U.T. (Changing Lives One Youth at a Time) Foundation. The foundation will aim to provide a creative and social outlet for at-risk youth in order to help avoid the misplaced creative energy which too often results in gang violence, crime, and abuse.
Monotonix: New Album, Free Song
We’ve enthused about these guys before (here, with video, and here, with video, and here, with photos). On Sept. 8, the mad Israelis in Monotonix release Where Were You When It Happened?, the band’s first full-length album—which is sort of unbelievable in light of all the grade-A festival booty it’s been hitting in the last year. But no, this is the official “debut.”
Monotonix’s people over at Drag City Records say the new album, on the heels of last year’s “Body Language” EP, “roils and rocks with frenetic glee, shows a lot of skin, and is over before you know it.” Which fits the live show Monotonix puts on to a shredded-T.
“When everything is going wrong,” they say, “remember that the world is not so bad. Monotonix can release you from the sickness of this world through the prowess of rock and roll.”
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