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 V.17 No.2 | January 10 - 16, 2008 

Music to Your Ears

Location, Location, Location

Think back to this time last year. No one knew it yet, but the Albuquerque Mining Company (AMC) was on the verge of closing. Albuquerque's longest-running gay club had just celebrated its 20th anniversary in October. But by the end of February, it was gone.

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We’d never nix Botnix.
Eva Blaylock

CD Release

Botnix CD Release Party

Alternative rock conceived in a snowstorm

When a powerful snowstorm shut Albuquerque down last winter, Botnix fired up.

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Flyer on the Wall

Down Live

La Junta and Rubixzu get down with live hip-hop sets at the Santa Fe Brewing Co. (35 Fire Place, Santa Fe, 505-424-3333) this Friday, Jan. 11. $5 gets you in to the all-ages show, which starts around 9 p.m. (LM)

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Sonic Reducer

Ghostface Killah The Big Doe Rehab · Bob Collum and The Welfare Mothers Set the Stupid Free · The Shondes The Red Sea

Ghostface Killah's come a long way since his contributions to Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers. These days, the MC is a polished, flamboyant rhyme-sayer who consistently pounds the beat with vicious ferocity. The production on The Big Doe Rehab occasionally holds him back—as in "Toney Sigel a.k.a. The Barrel Brothers," when distorted guitar is a major distraction—but Ghostface usually sticks to low-key, soulful grooves with a minimum of tacky drum machine-based beats. Most impressive about the album is Ghostface's unique ability to take now ho-hum subject matter like crack slinging and guns and make his narratives engaging. (SM)

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This is not Ben Chasny’s MySpace photo.

Music Interview

Six Organs of Admittance

One man's quest for mystery

In some ways, Ben Chasny's feelings about MySpace match his take on creating music in general. "My problem with MySpace is it's such a template," the Six Organs of Admittance founder and only permanent member explains. "It all looks so cookie-cutter, and I wish there was a way to have some sort of individuality with it."

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Snowy Egret Has Landed

Myra Melford’s Snowy Egret • piano, jazz, composer

Pianist Myra Melford, a Guggenheim fellow who specializes in cross-genre, postmodern musical deconstruction, performs with her ensemble Snowy Egret at Outpost Performance Space on Friday, Oct. 16. Basing her work in a plethora of quintessential artistic experiences that encompasses everyone and everything from Rumi to Japanese Butoh and Meso-American Indigenous traditions, Melford brings a deft touch to her dream-like musical explorations. She’ll be in the company of instrumentalists Ron Miles on trumpet, guitarist Liberty Ellman, bassist Stomu Takeishi and drummer Tyshawn Sorey. Together they’ll perform work both translucent and opaque as they transport listeners to a world without sonic boundaries. Tickets range from $15-20 for this transcendent trip.
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