L.A. brother-sister, dark wavy-ish duo Io Echo made a cool video for its song "When the Lilies Die." Watch it here.
King Tuff’s eponymous second album (his first on Sub Pop) has all of my new favorite songs. I missed the spooky rock and roll record when it was released back in May. Stream in full here, or at right. The band plays at the Launchpad on Aug. 20.
The fluorescently-lit caverns of despair known as Walmart Stores aims to build another one at Coors and Montaño. This is a particularly troubling notion due to the site’s proximity to the bucolic Bosque at Rio Grande Valley State Park, the Bosque School and master designer Antoine Predock’s first major project, La Luz. A big box store is inappropriate for the location for many reasons—aside from land use, traffic and crime are also concerns—and if the development comes to pass it represents a gut-wrenching lack of foresight and self-respect on the part of the city. Residents in the area don’t want the Walmart and have been fighting the retail behemoth for months. The Taylor Ranch Neighborhood Association, which has the support of dozens of other neighborhood associations from around the city, created againstthewal-abq.com as a source of information about the proposed dishevelment. If Walmart wins it diminishes the quality of life for all Albuquerque residents—not just the neighbors. Find out ways to get in on the fight here.
This week Clifford Grindstaff wrote about sister rap pop duo the Millionaires, whose self-indulgent, hedonistic music is the perfect soundtrack for a zombie apocalypse. Hear the vapidity live tomorrow night at the Launchpad.
Today marks the celebratory release of Ocho, the new album from Felix y los Gatos. Mel Minter wrote about the band’s South Valley gris-gris in this week’s music section.
Local blues rock guitar hero Ryan McGarvey—who's shared stages with legends of the genre and toured Europe multiple times in the past year—revels in the release of his second album, Redefined, at Santa Fe Sol (37 Fire Place, Santa Fe) tonight at 8 p.m. Go to the show—admission only $10—so you can say you saw the globe-trotting musician before he was super famous.
The third of three pieces about the life and death of the famed, doomed Aztec Motel, demolished in June 2011.
For the feature in the May 30 issue, I explored the adaptive reuse of a city-owned Route 66 motel in Upper Nob Hill. Read about why it’s a landmark, and how it’s being preserved here: The comeback of the De Anza Motor Lodge. Ty Bannerman supplemented the piece by writing about El Vado, another city-owned motel further down Route 66.
A rare crossing of Venus between the Earth and our sun begins in about an hour. The New Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra is having a watch party out at Balloon Fiesta Park beginning at 4 p.m.—there will be a performance of Holst’s “The Planets” suite and other spacy compositions. Read Clifford Grindstaff’s article about it here.
This week Margaret Wright wrote about Rumble Seat Music Southwest, an Upper Nob Hill music store that specializes in vintage guitars and motorcycles.