Alibi V.17 No.10 • March 6-12, 2008 
The Golden West waits to welcome customers before it opens for a regular business day in 2006.

Music News

The Saloon That Rock Built

Many bands' first steps were across the threshold of the Golden West

U.K. oi! band The Business takes the stage. Young testosterone-riddled skinheads start slam dancing, but the Party Vikings, a local gang of rowdy punk rockers, have named themselves the kings of the pit. It isn't too long before a full-scale riot breaks loose, remembers Gordy Andersen, Black Maria singer and Albuquerque rock stalwart. Punks throw pool balls down from the Golden West's balcony. Tables and chairs cartwheel through the air and are smashed into sticks. And The Business just keeps playing.

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Friends Forever

Show Up!

Friends Forever and Foot Village

Drum kit metal, bikinis and fireworks

At a certain point, it might be better to just stop asking Josh Taylor questions.

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Cohen and her clarinet
John Rogers

Jazzed

Jazz is Just the Beginning

Anat Cohen, award-winning clarinetist/saxophonist, brings her quartet to the Outpost

When she was busy mastering American jazz on her tenor saxophone, Anat Cohen gave little thought to the clarinet collecting dust in her closet, or to other genres of music. But she now moves effortlessly between both instruments and among a variety of musical styles.

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Flyer on the Wall

Fresh Beats

Banish the bore-gasm that is Wednesday with Vinyl and Verses at Burt’s Tiki Lounge. DJs Clout and Shake are on the table this week. You know it’s free, but you’ve got to be 21. (LM)

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Sonic Reducer

Sera Cahoone Only as the Day is Long · Julie Hardy The Wish · Erykah Badu New Amerykah

Sera Cahoone isn't writing a new chapter in the story of alt.country, but she's adding a few colorful pages to the book. The former drummer in indie faves Carissa's Weird and Band of Horses tries her hand at singer/songwriting and makes a couple handfuls of quiet, cloudy melodies that pour on the pity. Save for a pinch of pedal steel and banjo, the bulk of the backup to Cahoone's weightless vocals comes from plodding acoustic guitar—the album suffers slightly from a dragging tempo. Perhaps overly simplistic, but never offensive, Only as the Day is Long is a carefully constructed LP with a lot of promise. (SM)

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Special Beat Service

The English Beat • ska

Here's a brief on a band with three names, but unlike Eliot's bunch, these dudes are not a coterie of cats. At home across the pond, they're known as the Beat. In the land down under, kindly refer to them as the British Beat. Here in 'Merica, we call them the English Beat. But no matter what you call them, this estimable ensemble that still includes founder and guitarist Dave Wakeling—but not vocalist Ranking Roger—was partially responsible for the upsurge in popularity that two-tone ska saw on both sides of the Atlantic during the '80s and '90s. …
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