An annual Burqueño ritual arrives. Voting for Alibi’s Best of Burque reader’s poll is open, and this year’s electronic ballot awaits your exquisite, unparalleled taste in everything from politicians to art, from butchers to bars and beyond. To vote, sign up for an account at alibi.com; the signup process literally takes less than 60 seconds, and we won’t share your email address or send you anything you don’t request ... ever. Promise. So create an account, get thee to the ballot and vote! The deadline for finalizing your ballot—which you can totally start, save and return to, by the way—is Tuesday, March 18. Visit alibi.com/bobvote to get started.
In Woody Allen’s 1975 Russophile-lit satire Love and Death, Sonja (Diane Keaton) dispenses some of the best love advice ever captured on celluloid.
“To love is to suffer. To avoid suffering one must not love. But then one suffers from not loving. Therefore, to love is to suffer; not to love is to suffer; to suffer is to suffer. To be happy is to love. To be happy, then, is to suffer, but suffering makes one unhappy. Therefore, to be unhappy one must love or love to suffer or suffer from too much happiness.”
Sure, as that Nazareth song goes, love hurts, scars, wounds and mars. But the payoff that sometimes accompanies ardor, passion and devotion is pretty terrific. So, whether you’ve already locked down your sweetheart or not, send a sweet or sexy—and did I mention free?—Love Note to your beloved in the Alibi’s Valentine’s Day issue. Love Notes must be 14 words or less and be submitted by noon on Feb. 5 at alibi.com/lovenotes. Caveats: Don’t use your sweetie’s last name, but pet names and initials are cool. And while we’re well aware that haters gon‘ hate, these are Love Notes. It’s totally free, and creating a user account at alibi.com is a breeze. In the immortal words of Marvin Gaye, let’s get it on.
Y'all are probably all aware of and experiencing the early stages of news fatigue over the Roswell school shooting, but it seems callous not to mention it. The particulars: one 12-year-old boy with a sawed-off shotgun, a very brave teacher, two students hospitalized (one stable, one critical) and a community suffering from disbelief, fear and, for many, PTSD. Our warmest thoughts are with you, Roswell.
New Mexican enrollment in insurance via healthcare.gov "soars" to 7,500 NM residents.
In Alibi-centric news: Dustyn Deerman wrangles with common resolutions in Make Changes, Not Resolutions; test your NM news savvy with our weekly pop quiz, Crib Notes; Spike Jonze got Joaquin Phoenix to fall in love with his operating system in Her; get your bass, hexabilly, hip-hop and free jazz-improv on with Four Up; comedian Bill Burr talks trust, evolution and fans in Walking the Line; and Gail Guengerich says Hello Adieux.
Alien Tap Room eyes Nob Hill.
Sea sponges can sneeze, y'all.
Jezebel is offering a $10,000 reward for Leibowitz' original, unretouched photos of "Girls" powerhouse Lena Dunham, shot for this month's Vogue.
Space Needle-adjacent garage and R&B-infused sextet Pickwick's tour hits Burque this week. Pickwick toured in support of household names Black Joe Lewis and Neko Case this past fall, but the soulful alt.rock six-piece gets top billing on this tour. The band self-released their debut full-length, Can't Talk Medicine, last March, and the 13 tracks produced—including Richard Swift cover “Lady Luck,” which features powerhouse Sharon Van Etten on vox—pay respect to '60s and '70s soul, funk and rock while maintaining an upbeat, you-can-dance-to-it vibe.
I know I've said this before, but you can tell a lot about a band by their web presence, and pickwickmusic.com even lays bare their original lyrics—which are pretty darn impressive. Scope the group's cover of The Primitives' “The Ostrich” at bit.ly/ostrichredux to get a sense of front man Galen Disston's impressive vocal range. Experience Pickwick and Canuck “death country/frontier rock” trio Elliott BROOD at Launchpad (618 Central SW) tomorrow night. This 21-and-over show revs up at 9:30pm, and admission is $8. Launchpad • Wed Jan 15 • 9:30pm • $8 • View on Alibi calendar
In Alibi-centric news, our second issue of 2014 proffers: a Crib Notes websclusive; Odds & Ends; a review of the Coen Bros. latest, Inside Llewyn Davis; deets on three (metal+mariachi, Americana, bluegrass, EBM and no wave) concerts in Four Up; the November/2013 edition of Last Month in Music; an interview with acclaimed author Ruth Ozeki; and a review of Chopstix.
The New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) voted unanimously to reject a delay of revised copper pit mining rules.
ICYMI: This past weekend in Santa Fe, Cormac McCarthy's ex-wife, Jennifer McCarthy, surprised her current boyfriend by hiding a handgun in her vagina ... after a heated argument about extraterrestrial life.
A DOJ probe into Albuquerque's officer-involved shootings approaches its final stages.
Roswell horse slaughterhouse Valley Meat Co. announces its intent to sue NM Attorney General Gary King for slander, harassment, conspiracy and abuse of process.
After a "Sopranos"-esque traffic incident, Chris Christie celebrates dashed presidential hopes by apologizing and firing a key aide.
Roundhouse Roundup reports that the guv will not push for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in New Mexico.
As part of its investigation into APD, the DOJ will host an invite-only meeting with community activists.
“Twin Peaks” co-creator Mark Frost isn’t aware of any Lynchian intentions to shoot new footage for the cult teevee show’s 25th anniversary. Translation: Sometimes a cryptic Laura Palmer reference is just that.
McDonald’s exploits Japan’s craving for disgusting cheese fries.
City Council bans the sale of e-cigs to minors.
Even in a polar vortex, boiling water can burn you.
So many knives, so little time.
Thank yee for your contributions, Carl Petersen.
In Alibi-centric news: test your knowlege of New Mexico news with this week's Crib Notes pop quiz; queue up our top 10 films of 2013; scope a listmas index/self-critique of our 2013 music review coverage; 2-Up delivers deets on Sleep and Phantom Lake gigs; learn what the very best thing to happen to art in ABQ in 2013 was; and, last but certainly not least, read the Alibi's 2013 food resolutions. Happy 2014, y'all.
"Old New Mexico" gets a "Jeopardy" category on Friday.
That wasn't a recession, y'all. It was just the product of efficiency, says futurist.
Sousveillance art, yo.
You’ve already heard—and perhaps even joined in on—the anti-listmas chorus. But for some reason, people like lists. There are statistics to back that up. When I review albums and EPs, I tend to stick to ones I love. With that in mind, feel free to peruse A/V from my “best of” list below ... or not. Whatever you do, please seek out music that challenges and excites you in 2014.
On to the A/V listmas ...
Jewels of the Nile Ad Astra (Records Ad Nauseum)
Holly Herndon Movement (RVNG Intl.)
Tannhäuser Gate Tannhäuser Gate (Function Operate)
Thalia Zedek Band Via (Thrill Jockey)
Dani Shivers Jinx (Prima Crush)
The Haxan Cloak Excavation (Tri Angle Records)
Petra Haden Petra Goes to the Movies (Anti)
Pharmakon Abandon (Sacred Bones)
Dirty Beaches Drifters / Love is the Devil (Zoo Music)
TAHNZZ Xila (Sicksicksick Distro)
Dracula Lewis U$e Your Illu$ion$ (Hundebiss Records)
Julia Holter Loud City Song (Domino Records)
Anna von Hausswolff Ceremony (Fat Possum)
Soft Metals Lenses (Captured Tracks)
Factory Floor Factory Floor (DFA Records)
Blondes Swisher (RVNG Intl.)
Pop. 1280 Imps of Perversion (Sacred Bones)
Patrick Cowley School Daze (Dark Entries)
Monuments Age (Mannequin Records)
Oneohtrix Point Never R Plus Seven (Warp Records)
Frankie Rose Herein Wild (Fat Possum)
Crocodiles Crimes of Passion (Frenchkiss Records)
Melt-Banana Fetch (A-Zap)
Vice Device/Void Vision Vice Device/Void Vision (Accident Prone)
Christian Death Only Theatre of Pain (Burger Records/Frontier Records)
Goitia Deitz Dream Meridian (Cut Mistake Music)
L.I.E.S. Music for Shut-Ins (L.I.E.S.)
Downtown workers/denizens, say farewell to Schlotzky’s, Subway and soon, Rebel Donut. But don't fret 'cause new Chinese and New Mexican restaurants are on the way, and there's always Anatolia Doner Kebab, which will relocate to the former Subway spot soon.
Test your Nuevo Mexicano IQ with this week's websclusive Crib Notes.
Devin O'Leary reviewed American Hustle, and I really want to see it now.
Local romance author Molly Evans rallies after her life's work was robbed; learn more in Stolen Romance.
Scope our review of Azteca Chinese, which purveys Mexican street food and Americanized Chinese standards.
Ah, commenter culture.
Korean photographer Lee Jeong Lok's “Tree of Life” series evokes wills-o'-the-wisps, faeries and fleeting glimpses into other dimensions.
Fire destroyed the National Institute of Flamenco studio and conservatory Downtown. No one was injured, and the cause of the blaze is under investigation. Wanna help the Institute get back on its feet? Donate here.
Pick up a copy of our latest issue—look for a bright red cover depicting Krampus—for deets on "Longmire," Crib Notes, a review of Saving Mr. Banks, a soulful/funky Xmas mixtape by DJ Tahnee, an art show themed on the King of mainstream horror and a review of the freshly relocated Daily Grind.
The 10th US Court of Appeals lifted an order preventing Roswell-based horse slaughter facility Valley Meat Co. from opening. Valley Meat owner Rick De Los Santos says the plant will open for business on Jan. 1, 2014.
New Mexico finds itself unable to impose limits on PAC contributions after a decision by the 10th US Court of Appeals in Denver.
Tejana Susana gets a jumpstart on her annual PR campaign against the issuance of driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants in New Mexico.
JLaw comes out against fat-shaming.
Scope a chilling photo essay documenting a Nazi Christmas party.