Alibi V.16 No.39 • Sept 27-Oct 3, 2007 

Music to Your Ears

The Giranimals Go Extinct

A band at the forefront of Albuquerque's best indie-pop projects is calling it quits.

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Flyer on the Wall

Critters in the Cellar

Experimental folk from your favorite weirdo musicians: Mark Weaver (trombone, tuba), Brett Sparks (vocals, bass, saw), Mark Ray Lewis (vocals, guitars), Michelle Collins (vocals, theremin, etc.), Jessica Billey, (violin, vocals) and Jason Aspeslet (drums) appear as Trilobite this Thursday, Sept. 27, at Zinc (21+, free). Show starts at 9:30 p.m. (LM)

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Hardware

Dumping iTrash

Local solutions for the world's e-waste problem

Fast Heart Mart made quite a few stops while touring the United States this summer but, except for the odd bathroom break, none of them were at a gas station. The Albuquerque band has put more than 4,000 miles on a van that requires no petroleum. Its only fuel source is recycled vegetable oil.

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Mixtape

Face Up and Sing

Five songs of 2007 help put politics back in our playlists

Religion and politics—the two topics you're not supposed to bring up in mixed company or, until pretty recently, in your songs. Of course, there are plenty of both in conversation and in music, but it wasn't all that long ago—pre-wartime, perhaps—that it was once again passé to put your political views into your pop tunes.

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Sonic Reducer

Broken Social Scene Presents: Kevin Drew Spirit If ... · Kanye West Graduation · Ani DiFranco Canon

Canadian Baroque-pop super group Broken Social Scene has not put out a new album. BSS co-founder Kevin Drew has ... with 23 contributing musicians, including members of BSS (hence the "presents"). But Spirit If ... is Drew's baby. Despite massive collaborative efforts, Drew wrote or co-wrote all the songs, sang lead vocals, played various instruments, produced the album and created the album art. Gives one the impression BSS wasn't satisfying his creative urge. Spirit If ... is a masterful piece of genre-blending art, taking the elements that made BSS a hit and adding a more personal, self-sacrificing tone. It's a satisfying rock album that (thankfully) doesn't aim to be anything but. [AD]

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Searching for Something

¡Mayday! • Demrick • DJ Stigmata • Septicemia Records • rap, hip-hop

I’m not sure that the concept of “genre” is really relevant anymore in the realm of music. The days of “pure” music are long gone, and while this might leave some “old-heads” grumbling over message boards about the loss of “real rap” or “real jazz,” I think that for the most part this is a good thing. The possibilities are more abundant than ever before as artists dip their fingers in any number of genres and traditions. ¡MAYDAY! is one group embracing this diversity in their quest for success, with dual emcees Wrekonize and Bernz backed by a full band as they delve into the worlds of rap, rock, reggae, pop and more. With the industry experience of Tech N9ne and his Strange Music label behind them, the Miami-based group boasts a live show that is fast, fun and furious. As part of their promotion for upcoming album Search Party, the group will be bringing that energy on Wednesday, Aug. 23, to Launchpad, the perfect venue to witness their smooth, quickfire wordplay shine alongside an impressive and eclectic array of instrumentals and some silkily-sung hooks. Tickets for this 13+ show run a meager $13, making this a show that the youngest and oldest of us alike can attend and enjoy. 
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