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V.24 No.53 | 12/31/2015
Al Hurricane
Eric Williams

Music Interview

Rocking Like a Hurricane

Al and Al Jr.: A life in music

Let me be clear. Al Hurricane rocks. He's the father—officially the Godfather—of a brand of New Mexican music that blends diffuse influences, intense intuition and massive chops into a formidable music expression that has become the stuff of legend as the years have passed. He's also the father of a cohort of talented children, including son Al Jr.—who's worked as his primary collaborator, arranger and producer since the late 1970s.

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V.24 No.50 | 12/10/2015
David Bashwiner of Cactus Tractor
Kate Burn Photography

Music Interview

An Interview with David Bashwiner

Pt. I: The Musician

David Bashwiner is a professor of music theory at UNM, but you might recognize him as the singer and guitarist for local band Cactus Tractor. The Alibi spoke with him to discuss the double life of a musician and music theorist and how the two roles affect each other.

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V.24 No.48 | 11/26/2015
Five Star Motelles
Process of Illumination: Photography by Minie

Music Interview

5 Star Motelles Stun

New record defines solid sound

Is there anything scarier, more emasculating and generally terrifying than a bunch of chicks rocking the fuck out?
V.24 No.47 | 11/19/2015
Noah Babcock

Feature Interview

People in Your Neighborhood

Noah Babcock, professional piercer

We talk to Noah Babcock about blood and metal.
V.24 No.44 | 10/29/2015

Music Interview

The King Khan & BBQ Show

Bring the doo, the wop and the weird to Burque

King Khan is a consummate front-man whose guitar and vocals, combined with his wild stage presence, bring The King Khan & BBQ Show to a seldom-accomplished level of trash rock weirdness. Weekly Alibi spoke with Khan from his home in Berlin where he was preparing for the “Nipples and Bits” Tour supporting their new album Bad News Boys.
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Interview

People in Your Neighborhood

Talking fact and fiction with a ghost hunter

Renée Chavez talks to Cody Polston, who has been investigating hauntings for 25 years.
V.24 No.40 | 10/1/2015

Feature Interview

The People In Your Neighborhood

Beth Wright-Smith, balloon pilot

She tells us about piloting the Wells Fargo stagecoach, landing a balloon in the back of a truck, and more.
V.24 No.39 | 9/24/2015

Music Interview

An Adventure in PoMo Recording

Local Songwriting Duo Jams

Mark Godwin and Jeff Farrow create ambitious, ornate pop with far-reaching possibilities.
V.24 No.38 | 9/17/2015
Leaf guy
Tasha Lujan

Interview

The People in Your Neighborhood

Your friendly local dealer

We talk to an anonymous weed dealer about the realities of his profession.
V.24 No.34 | 8/20/2015
Mask-er-ade
Robert Maestas

Feature Interview

These are the People in your Neighborhood

Judith Rauchfuss, artist

Judith Rauchfuss talks about masks and the need to create art.
V.24 No.27 | 7/2/2015
Paul Bostaph

Interview

Slayer of Time

Legendary drummer rejoins band, rocks the fuck out

August March talks to a Paul Bostaph about his return to Slayer.
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V.24 No.25 | 6/18/2015
Space Garbage Man
Robert Maestas

Interview

The People in Your Neighborhood

Dr. Moriba Jah, Space Garbage Man

Dr. Moriba Jah tracks and monitors space debris at Kirtland Air Force Base.
V.24 No.24 | 6/11/2015

Feature

A New Hope

Ellen Harry talks about her experience being out and trans*

Ellen Harry speaks with Brianna Stallings about the clarity of HRT, the stickiness of terminology surrounding the trans* experience, how her coming out has been received and her hopes for the future.
V.24 No.22 | 5/28/2015
Snake Lady
Robert Maestas; photo by Jeff Bidewell

Feature Interview

Dr. Anne Key

Occupation: Former High Priestess

Renee Chavez interviews Dr. Anne Key, former High Priestess
V.24 No.21 | 05/21/2015
Mandee Johnson

arts

Comedy Matters

Chris Thayer on dry humor and being in the moment

I think every comedian has that moment when they watch a stand-up set from a particular comic and think, “This is my life now.” “I always had an interest in comedy when I was growing up, but I never thought of it as something I could or would do,” says comedian Chris Thayer. “When I was 18, I heard David Cross' album Shut Up You Fucking Baby!, which was conversational in a way that made me think that maybe I could do stand-up too.” Thayer, who will be at The Guild (3405 Central Avenue NE) on June 1, moved to San Francisco, a city that has spawned such comedy legends as Robin Williams at Margaret Cho, at the age of nineteen but waited three whole years before trying comedy. He finally sat down one night and began to write; a week later he did an open mic, and “within a year I had done over 200 sets,” says Thayer. “Now I’ve been doing comedy for seven years.”

It’s this dedication that got him a writing gig on the Pete Holmes show. Thayer has a dry sense of humor and often talks about his life on stage. His uncompromising style is reflected in his ideas on comedy. “The thing that terrified me most when I started performing was the fear that an audience would hate me,” says Thayer. With time this slowly abated and Thayer began to focus more on what he thought was funny rather than appealing to any given crowd. “I'd like as many people as possible to like me without having to compromise myself or what I think is funny. I would drive myself crazy if I were trying to change my stuff to get 100% of people to love me, so if only maybe 67% of people are into me, I'm totally okay with that,” says Thayer. “Not sure if that number sounds too high or too low. I'm trying to be modest without sounding unambitious.”

It’s not an unwavering ambition though. Thayer sees comedy as something that needs to avoid stagnation. “My favorite parts of performing are the times when I'm present enough and comfortable enough to try or add new stuff,” says Thayer. “I enjoy doing my material that I've been working on, but there's always a danger of feeling like you're on autopilot when you're doing stuff that you've memorized and said hundreds of times before. Thinking of new stuff for old jokes or trying to talk out new bits lets me know that I'm engaged in the moment and makes it fun for me.” Thayer has a way of balancing his strong and steadfast ideas on comedy with being open and present in the moment so he can engage with the live audience. “I want the audience to think, ‘Wow that guy is really funny despite being boringly sincere in interviews.’”

Chris Thayer: No One Asked for this Tour
The Guild (3405 Central Avenue NE)
Monday June 1 10:30 pm $5
guildcinema.com

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