Arrogance that goes back to the Buffalo Bill Wild West Shows in the 1880s. Yup, pop music has risen to a new low.
In an effort for completeness, interwoven through, above and in between the events mentioned above, will be Circus Electrique: several Chuppers stations will be purring along on the sidewalks between 5th & 6th St.; members of Blackout Theatre lurking throughout; rumored presence of ABQ Tall Boys; Milch de la Maquina will have a special performance during the last hour of the Block Party.
Great article! Hey, maybe we could get the City to subsidize our artists, sculptors, musicians, visual artists and creative folk of all ages to build our own Steampunk Dirigible Airship. A showcase for the Underground Arts movement and a showpiece at the Balloon Fiesta....Hmmm.....
For those interested in the literature of Steampunk, check out the early works of K.W. Jeter, James P. Blaylock and Tim Powers. Back in the day, this trio of young writers, who hung out together, pioneered their own individual mashups that influenced Steampunk. In fact, it was Jeter who coined the term 'Steampunk' in the 80's, as a response to the 'Cyberpunk' movement. Intriguingly, they spent a lot of time with Philip K. Dick, in his last decade, who encouraged them as a mentor and colleague.
Publishers Angry Robot (Jeter's 'Morlock Night' and 'Infernal Devices') and Subterranean Press (Blaylock's 'The Adventures of Langdon St. Ives') have these writers in print as well as e-books. They are offering their e-book prices at $4.99 or less, a wise move.
Tim Powers' books have evolved into mashups of fantasy, the supernatural, conspiracies and alternate history. A few of his titles: 'The Drawing of the Dark' , 'Three Days to Never' , 'The Anubis Gates'
Newer writers are emerging, such as Dexter Palmer, mentioned in the article. Also of note is Felix Gilman ('The Half-Made World' , series 'Thunderer' and 'Gears of the City') and check out Cherie Priest (series 'Boneshaker', 'Clementine' and 'Dreadnought')
I agree wholeheartedly with Jeremy Barnes and Raven Chacon: freedom in a smaller world. The emergence of such diverse spaces as The Factory’s Kosmos (Church of Beethoven & more possibilities), the Wonderbread project, Off-Center Arts, UNM ARTS Lab, etc., has inspired me to jump back into the fray. I’ve been sensing a new surge of possibilities in the Albuquerque creative music scene, and it all comes down to grass-roots and open collaboration. The role of the musician has always been to serve the physical local tribe...and the natives are hungry.
Manny Rettinger, UBIK Sound