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Seattalite of Love

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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 producedincluding Richard Swift cover “Lady Luck,” which features powerhouse Sharon Van Etten on voxpay 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 lyricswhich 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

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The Daily Word in pit mining, DOJ probe and slaughterhouse slander

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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.

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The Daily Word in promises, fast food and danger

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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.

Here’s the best way to eat chicken wings.

“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.

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The Daily Word in listmas, life on Mars and sousveillance

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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.

More than 1000 candidates have been selected for a possible life on Mars.

"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.

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An A/V Album Listmas

You’ve already heardand perhaps even joined in onthe 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.)

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The Daily Word in Downtown grub, romantic robbery and ignis fatuus

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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.

Sate your aural fixation(s) with a very festive Four Up and micro reviews of new releases from Burial, Mutual Benefit and Boston.

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.

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The Daily Word in fire, horse slaughter and Nazi Christmas party photos

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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 issuelook for a bright red cover depicting Krampusfor 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.

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High Desert Doom

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New Mexico is a pretty metal state. From the Rez to downtown Burque, there’s almost always something heavy on the Land of Enchantment’s aural menu. Half an hour from now, you could be stretching your neck and breaking in your earplugs at High Desert Doom Fest. The headliner is unknown quantity Stonerist, which features members of Denver grindcore outfit Cephalic Carnage and local death/grind foursome Vale of Miscreation. Whether old-school or upstarts, these desert-dwelling noisemakersBlack Maria, Black Lamb, Hanta, Prey for Kali, Marsupious, The Horned God and Rezin Treecrank out glorious low-end bass and vicious riffage for your pleasure. This 21-and-over fest starts at 6:30pm at Launchpad (618 Central SW), and admission is $8. Launchpad • High Desert Doom Fest • Sat Dec 7 • 6:30pm • 21+

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Texan Seraphim

The Angel Babiesâ âTone Deafâ video still
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The Angel Babies’ “Tone Deaf” video still
While updating my smart phone, said intelligent device offered to sync my favorite music. Along with obscure dark wave, stoner/doom and The Sound of Music soundtrack, I synced up The Angel Babies’ “Blew My Speakers.” This track from the New Mexico-born, Austin-based band’s debut 7-inch personifies the crunch and hiss of badland garage rock. When the group released their self-titled full-length in 2012, I described the result as ranging from “postmodern corrido-style numbers to fuzzy, electronics-laced rockers to slow-burning and darkly ethereal tunes.” Hang with The Angel Babies’ Frankie Medina and Calida Salazar at Captain America’s ninth Garage & Wax Night at Low Spirits (2823 Second Street NW) on Saturday, Dec. 7. The Klondykes and Ballets open this 21-and-over gig. The concert kicks off at 9pm and tickets are five bucks, but get there early for stellar vinyl curation. Low Spirits • The Angel Babies • Sat Dec 7 • 8pm • 21+

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The Daily Word in restriction, haiku and festivity

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Last night the APS School Board voted 5 to 2 against a proposal to send parents letters informing them they have a right to opt out of certain standardized testing for their children. The controversial testing has been hotly protested by teachers and parents of late.

The Second Judicial District Court provided a preliminary injunction for UNMH employees who feel that mandating flu shots under threat of discliplinary action up to and including termination is bogus. But this stay will only protect UNMH employees until the UNM Labor Management Relations Board hearing on Dec. 12.

Three days later, more questions than answers exist in the Shaine Sherrell shooting. Sherrell was shot by at least two APD officers during a domestic violence call, and he is still undergoing surgeries for gunshot wounds.

Test your knowledge of New Mexico in popular culture with this week's Crib Notes.

Scope our 2013 Haiku Contest winners ... and all the entries we received.

Conjure up the spirit of yesteryear’s fête with our festive holiday party mix, Dark Sweets for High Desert Winter.

Consider Mike Smith's cheerful deconstruction of the War Against Christmas.

Eschewing Photoshop, Korean artist Jee Young Lee actually builds alternate realities in her tiny studio and photographs them for posterity. Color me enchanted.

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