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 V.18 No.30 | July 23 - 29, 2009 

Music to Your Ears

Bud Melvin's Popular Music

What do you get when you mix banjo, 8-bit Nintendo and karaoke? (Aside from a Missourian out on the town in Japan.) You get programmer/picker Bud Melvin’s LP release for Popular Music.

Bud Melvin creates a solo novelty using the banjo and chiptunes—music produced by older video game and computer systems that generate sound in real time. It’s both retro digital and pastoral, an unlikely combination that interacts with the dynamism of yin and yang. On Sunday, a live collision of Luigi and Jed awaits release party revelers at Ed's Pub, Leisure Bowl's wood-paneled, karaoke-fraught watering hole. The show is free and followed by a night of open karaoke. In the meantime, the Alibi shipped off a few electronic questions to Melvin about the record.

Why release digital chiptunes on an analog record?

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It takes a village ... to rock.
Bernie DeChant


Balthrop, Alabama

Come visit

Siblings Pascal and Lauren Balthrop are living the small-town life.

They walk nearly everywhere they go, stopping to say hello to people they recognize on the street. They chat with store owners who know them by name and socialize at the neighborhood coffee shop where all their friends hang out.

The Balthrops live in the little-known blip on the map called Brooklyn, N.Y.—a city of 2.5 million. But the Mobile, Ala., natives managed to create an insular home for themselves in the borough's Carroll Gardens neighborhood. "We hardly ever get to Manhattan," Pascal says. "I'm glad it's there, because it obviously has a lot of great things, but we pretty much stay in our neighborhood."

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Ace Frehley

Music Websclusive

See Bud Melvin’s Game Boy Camera Photos

The sonically and visually talented Bud Melvin agreed to share photos taken on his Game Boy Camera. Here’s a selection hand-picked by us. To see more, click here, and link to more photos at the bottom of each page.

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Flyer on the Wall

Skunk’s Not Dead

Who Killed Carla, Travesty & The Screwups, Made In Bangladesh, Emergency Ahead, Martial Law, The Plain and Spring Loaded Hot-Dog raise a ska-punk stink on Friday, July 24, at Amped Performance Center (4200 Lomas NE). $5, 5 p.m., all-ages. (Laura Marrich)

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Melanie Martinez
Courtesy of Melanie Martinez's Facebook

EVENT HORIZON (Monday, Oct 24)

Don't Cry About it, Be About it

Melanie Martinez • indie, pop • Handsome Ghost

“Round and round like a horse on a carousel, we go, / Will I catch up to love? I could never tell, I know, / Chasing after you is like a fairytale, but I, / Feel like I'm glued on tight to this carousel” Just like this cry baby, once you hear Melanie Martinez's sweet voice and haunting lyrics you'll be glued to your spot…
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Courtesy of She Wants Revenge's Facebook

EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Oct 29)

They Want to Hold you Close

She Wants Revenge • gothic revival, dark wave, post punk • The Dig

The perfect music for a break ups and dark nights comes from a California based rock band She Wants Revenge. Recently featured in American Horror Story: Hotel in a tantalizing scene with Lady Gaga. Don't break your own heart by not seeing their 10 year anniversary show at the El Rey Theater on Oct. 29. The bands dark hypnotic sound can be heard for only $20 starting at 7pm Saturday.
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