The Daily Word in V.23 No.16, H&M and Neutral Milk Hotel
The latest issue of your favorite alt.weekly—that's us, the Alibi—is chock-full of rad content. To wit, test your New Mexico news savvy with our weekly pop quiz, Crib Notes.
Read, critique and even comment on—as Facebook commenting is now live on alibi.com—an editorial, "Department Corrections," about the DOJ's findings in its investigation into APD, many unanswered questions and the future of our city.
Check out Alibi Film Editor Devin D. O'Leary's review of Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin, you know, that experimental sci-fi flick starring Scarlett Johansson as a predatory alien siren.
Four Up delivers deets on Zimbabwean electric protest songs by Thomas Mapfumo & the Blacks Unlimited—this one's tonight!—and poptastic electro, pop-punk, alt.folk, and bilingual feminist hip-hop concerts. (Live music is one of the finest anodynes available.)
Genevieve Mueller reports on Albuquerque's growing, thriving improv scene in "Yes and ... Where Do We Go From Here?"
Gail Guengerich gets her French-American fusion on in "Ouvrez La Bouche."
In search of new tuneage? Read our micro reviews of new releases from NEEDTOBREATHE, The Tower and Todd Terje in Sonic Reducer.
From Nuevo Mexicano artist/architect William Lumpkins serigraphs and felt-tip pen drawings to bibliophile pr0n, an urban renewal keynote and hangs with famous authors in a Fe movie theater, stay art-smart with Culture Shock.
Are you getting your RDI of Pulitzer Prize-winning feature writing?
Hip Swedish fashion empire H&M is coming soon to Burque.
Catch the Neutral Milk Hotel reunion tour tonight in Burque.
Rowdy’s Dream Blog #343: Chili Powder Miniaturizes My Friend
Against our advice, my friend B consumes an entire package of red chili powder, rendering him microscopic. I can still hear his tiny voice, but I can't see him.
Prep Your Mountaintops
For many the lo-fi, folk-rock “movement” of the late-'90s begins and ends with Neutral Milk Hotel. Originally formed in Ruston, La. by singer/guitarist Jeff Mangum as a recording project, it wasn’t until the 1996 release of On Avery Island that Neutral Milk Hotel became a full-fledged band. The budding foursome relocated to New York, where they would finish their short-lived career with an exhaustive tour for sophomore release In the Aeroplane Over the Sea way back in 1998. Think Sebadoh-meets-Guided by Voices. Critically acclaimed yet largely ignored by the mainstream record-buying public, the album eventually became something of a legend in its own time.
Fast-forward 16 years, and NMH has become the progenitor of such roundly lauded bands as Arcade Fire, Bon Iver and Franz Ferdinand, and their music has been covered by Brand New, The Dresden Dolls and The Mountain Goats. After a lengthy hiatus, Neutral Milk Hotel has finally reunited to embark on a reunion tour featuring the lineup from their seminal release, In the Aeroplane. This show is for old and new fans alike—yes, even indie-folk has made a strong comeback in recent years—and In the Aeroplane is, for many, still the defining release of the genre’s first wave, seamlessly blending folk, rock, psychedelic and shoegaze into one succinct package. Neutral Milk Hotel's all-ages concert at Kiva Auditorium (401 Second Street NW) tomorrow night is a must-see. The show happens at 7:30pm; tickets start at $36, and lo-fi indie-pop group Elf Power opens. Kiva Auditorium, Albuquerque Convention Center • Thu Apr 17 • 7:30pm • $36-$51 • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar
The Daily Word in eyeball licking, Police Oversight Commission resignations and Captain Underpants
It's Wednesday April 16
and three of Albuquerque's six member Police Oversight Commission have resigned, saying that they have no real power to do their jobs, that the City Attorney's Office has undermined them at every turn, and that the Commission is a 'mockery' in terms of oversight,
cleanup crews are moving toward the contaminated section of WIPP, very, very slowly,
and Governor Susana Martinez is being compared to Sarah Palin and eyed for a presidential run.
Meanwhile, a ferry boat sank off the cost of South Korea, possibly killing hundreds,
children are struggling to understand the unfathomable mystery of the Sony Walkman,
parents are complaining to libraries about the use of words like "pee-pee" and "Dr. Diaper" in the Captain Underpants book series,
and a man was arrested after licking a cop's eyeball outside of a bar called "Pisser's Palace."
Have a great day!
Conservative Paul Gessing, President of New Mexico’s Rio Grande Foundation, on how the liberal left doesn't get it.The Hispanic Education Act, meant to address New Mexico's Hispanic achievement gap, was a touchy subject at the Roundhouse last week.
Devin D. O'Leary dissects why nobody will be watching the XXI Winter Olympic Games.