Alibi V.15 No.51 • Dec 21-27, 2006 

Music to Your Ears

Lily Comes Home--Cutting-edge guitarist/composer Lily Maase (see Mel Minter's "Spotlight," May 18-24) has left the frozen coasts of Brooklyn, N.Y., for a sojourn in her hometown of Albuquerque. The purpose for her return is a "creative development residency" called Music in Motion. Lily will spend a week teaching classes and developing new material for her forthcoming album, unbind, due out early 2007. She's also bookending her visit with two solo performances at the Blue Dragon, giving listeners a rare glimpse at how music composition evolves (and through what looks like will be a period of intense refinement). Hear her Tuesday, Dec. 26, and again on Wednesday, Jan. 3, for the full impact. There's a suggested $5 donation for each 8:30 p.m. performance.

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Flyer on the Wall

Silent Night

... Not! It’s a very special all-ages Christmas show at Sol Arts (712 Central SE) with The Build and Goodbye Cody. Doors open at 7 p.m. Cost is $5. (LM)

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Giant Steps, just like the old days.

Spotlight

Giant Steps Reunion Show

Soundtrack unites ska champs for one more show

It was only life in 1999 that scattered members of Giant Steps around the country. "Jobs, wives, kids, promotions," sax player Mike Silva ticks off the list of things that come up, even for local ska heroes who made as big a stride as the Steps. "We didn't want to go on with just bits and pieces of our former band." Members realized they had gone as far as they were going to go, he says. Still, Silva remembers his time with Giant Steps as one of the best in his life.

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Sonic Reducer

The Whigs Give 'Em All A Big Fat Lip · Radio Birdman Zeno Beach · Bottle Rockets Zoysia · The Dears Gang Of Losers · Cold War Kids Robbers & Cowards · The Bellrays Have A Little Faith · Ghostface Killah Fishscale · The Drams Jubilee Dive · The Walkmen A Hundred Miles Off · The Hold Steady Boys And Girls in America

The Best Overlooked CDs of 2006

Music is a tough business these days, what with online downloading eating away at record sales. But this hasn’t discouraged musicians from jumping into the fray. Each new day, it seems, brings a new CD from some new (or otherwise little-known) act. Give the credit (or the blame) to affordable recording technology and the power of the Internet to build awareness for bands. It’s just a whole lot easier to make albums now. And with the deluge of new releases, it’s a whole lot easier to miss out on CDs that deserved to be heard. I surely missed my share, but here are 20 CDs from 2006 that deserved far more attention--and sales--than they received.

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EVENT HORIZON ()

Searching for Something

¡Mayday! • Demrick • DJ Stigmata • Septicemia Records • rap, hip-hop

I’m not sure that the concept of “genre” is really relevant anymore in the realm of music. The days of “pure” music are long gone, and while this might leave some “old-heads” grumbling over message boards about the loss of “real rap” or “real jazz,” I think that for the most part this is a good thing. The possibilities are more abundant than ever before as artists dip their fingers in any number of genres and traditions. ¡MAYDAY! is one group embracing this diversity in their quest for success, with dual emcees Wrekonize and Bernz backed by a full band as they delve into the worlds of rap, rock, reggae, pop and more. With the industry experience of Tech N9ne and his Strange Music label behind them, the Miami-based group boasts a live show that is fast, fun and furious. As part of their promotion for upcoming album Search Party, the group will be bringing that energy on Wednesday, Aug. 23, to Launchpad, the perfect venue to witness their smooth, quickfire wordplay shine alongside an impressive and eclectic array of instrumentals and some silkily-sung hooks. Tickets for this 13+ show run a meager $13, making this a show that the youngest and oldest of us alike can attend and enjoy. 
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