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V.20 No.47 | 11/24/2011
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Drink This

God Save the Queensland Grapes

Four Aussie wines with attitude

A punk rock Shiraz or a misfit blend is just the thing to inject a little insolence into your evening, but these aren’t just novelty wines.

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V.20 No.13 | 3/31/2011

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Flyer on the Wall

Bands Ahoy!

Out-of-towners The Anchor and Fiction Reform perform with local punkers Stabbed in Back, Adam Hooks & His Hangups and Emergency Ahead. The first three of the five bands are playing the Way Out West Fest in Tucson, Ariz., hence the show’s moniker, “Quest for W.O.W. Fest!” (Which could easily be confused with a gathering of massively multiplayer online role-playing gamer dorks.) Bands play for the win at Amped (4200 Lomas NE) on Wednesday, April 6, at 6 p.m. Admission to the all-ages show is seven gold.

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V.20 No.10 | 3/10/2011
Mike Watt

Feature

Punk Is Whatever We Made It to Be

An interview with bassist Mike Watt

Mike Watt's latest album, Hyphenated-Man, is not about the past. "It's kind of a meditation on me in middle age," he says.

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V.20 No.3 | 1/20/2011

Book Review

Loud, Fast and Iowa Blows

Corn-belt misfits come of age

The House of Tomorrow

The House of Tomorrow

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Flyer on the Wall

Vinyl Pestilence

A plague befalls the Blackbird Buvette (509 Central NW) on Tuesday, Jan. 25, when DJ Caterwaul debuts a monthly, ochre-colored night known as Low Life. Expect deep psych, garage, punk, freaky rock and other sounds from his musical dungeon. The tunes begin at 9 p.m. Entry is free, but only for those of legal drinking age. (Jessica Cassyle Carr)

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V.19 No.46 | 11/18/2010

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Music Attack

GDP and Pistol bring hip-hop from New Jersey; Obelisk will contribute Santa Fe heavy metal; Albuquerque’s Stabbed in Back provide the punk rock. This eclectic evening of music happens on Thursday, Nov. 18, at REVLIS (712 Central SE) beginning at 7 p.m. A fiver gets you in. (Jessica Cassyle Carr)

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V.19 No.44 | 11/4/2010

Feature

Gidget Goes to Hell

The top five lady-centric punk films

The holiday filmgoing season is packed with family-centric fare. To help balance out all the mainstream film fare in which you are about to partake, we present this guide to femme-tastic, full-volume cinema. Lest you think punk rock is a young man’s game, look no further than these movies to see the true anger, ideas and drive of young women who want to break the establishment and raise a ruckus.

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Punk Rock

They oughta take a rope and hang me

Roger Miller punk cover at VooDoo Scooters

I love it when I get to see one of those things I want to see before I die.

It happened on Saturday night. My cousin Gina and I went to go see her mail man's punk band play at VooDoo Scooters on Central Avenue.

They were called “Demons” and played good old punk rock. The band is made up of members of Icky and the Yuks, an Albuquerque punk band that's been around as long as I can remember.

Though I was nervous that some strategically placed tiki torches were going to set my polyester shirt on fire and kill me, the band kept my attention.

Then it happened: they played a Roger Miller song, “Dang Me.” I have wanted to hear a punk version of my favorite country guy for as long as I can remember.

And they did it.

The other thing I wanted to see was a dugout and bull pen-clearing baseball fight, and I did back in 2004.

I decided that I had run out my string here on planet earth. I made a beeline to Denny's where I ate a grilled cheese sandwich made out of deep fried cheese sticks in an ultimately futile attempt at suicide.

Alas, I'm still here.

music

Literally, literary punk

I was feeling superior because I was a plus one on “the list” to see a punk rock show Sunday night.

I traveled from Valencia County with a colleague, Jeana, who is more of a metal fan but who has recently branched out into the punk rock. She had interviewed the drummer and the record company gave her a photo pass to go snaps some shots.

Jeana hurt her ankle and I was having one of those “can’t go outside; something unimaginably horrible will happen to me” days, so both of us had to psyche ourselves up all day. It was a big deal that we managed to scrape ourselves together and brave the flooded highways.

By the way, Jeana has a grandkid. I have been to one other punk show with her and it upped the punkrockicity of the entire affair, going with a grandmother. You can’t buy a metal grandma at Hot Topic. (This is where I apologize for making reference to a woman’s age. Sorry, Jeana; it was necessary.)

One can only imagine our infinite chagrin when we found out we weren’t, in fact, on “the list.” $15 was out of the price range for two broke reporters. Curses.

Rather than rage at the doorman, ala “Knocked Up,” we retreated to a local, corporate donut shop for bad espresso and worse pastry.

As we plotted our next move, Jeana told me she just interviewed an up and coming metal band and hit them with the “What’s the craziest thing that has happened to you on the road?” question.

She said the band was traveling down the highway in, I believe Wisconsin, when they passed a Wal-Mart. In the parking lot were three buses from the VHI show, Rock of Love” Fans of Brett Michaels, the band decided to knock on the door and say hi. They were, of course, rudely rebuffed by a security guard.

Rather than take it lying down, they returned to their tour van, retrieved a stack of fliers, and taped over all the windows on the bus. Revenge.
Jeana told me she couldn’t figure out a way to work this into the story. I told her this was an extremely metal moment, nay, a punk moment. It had to go in. She said she would work on it.

Though I never got to go to the show, this was pretty awesomesitting in a bad donut shop in the rain, talking about Bret Michaels and rock writing in general. A truly punk rock moment. Or at least a literary one.

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