Alibi V.20 No.52 • Dec 29-Jan 4, 2011 

Year in Review: Music

Sonic Deluxe

A retrospective of 2011’s foremost albums

Ten tune-tacular collections from the dwindling annum.

Music to Your Ears

Five Favorites of 2011

Honestly, I spent most of 2011 obsessing over mod music and glam rock from the ’60s and ’70s, and so I don’t feel quite equipped to compose an authoritative or complete list of the year’s best new sounds. (Besides, the Internet is populated by young bloggers on the hipster tip who are doing just that for me—not that I was into Real Estate, Youth Lagoon or Lana Del Mar in the slightest.) I did, however, spend hours obsessing over certain songs. Below are the five I repeated to an embarrassing degree.

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Bitch Music

Violin-playing performance artist shares her New Year’s Eve with Albuquerque

Bitch is a multi-instrumentalist—electric violin, ukulele, bass, keyboard—and solo performance artist. The one-woman band was once upon a time half of Righteous Babe Records alumnus Bitch and Animal. On her own, the exuberant, Technicolor, gender nonconformist singer released her first solo album on Kill Rock Stars and now runs her own label, Short Story Records. Trained as an actor as well, she starred in acclaimed feature film Shortbus by John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch). Her music has appeared on “The L Word,” and she’s worked with the likes of JD Samson, Ani DiFranco and the Indigo Girls.

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Jazzed Reducer

Mark Weber 6 Times around the Sun (Zerx Records)

On 6 Times around the Sun, hubkaphonist Mark Weber presents an abundant collection of strange and wonderful music, teaming up with nine adventurous musicians on 38 improvised duet tracks recorded over six years.

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Flyer on the Wall

Vertigo

The poster for Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 classic thriller now serves as the announcement of a New Year’s Eve party at Dad’s House. Gusher, Great White Buffalo, Fart House, Music is the Enemy and Sputniq play beginning at 9 p.m. (Jessica Cassyle Carr)

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Having a Hirie Time

Hirie • pop, reggae • Nattali Rize • The Riddims • roots, rock • Positrax

Listen, all you really need to know about Hirie is that her tour is called “The Woman Comes First Tour.” Ok, I guess you should also know that her album Wandering Soul contains a song called “Sensi Boy,” which is really great. The talented reggae singer brings along Nattali Rize, Riddims and Positrax as openers…
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Courtesy of the artist

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Saints and Sinners

CD Release Party • Get Action! • The Angel Babies • garage • Prism Bitch • punk • Shadows Creep

In the Sonic Reducer dated Nov. 2-8, 2017, Alibi music critic August March characterized the new Get Action! record as being in possession of “blazing guitars, an overdriven rhythm section and petulant vocals that herd listeners right over the edge of what is socially acceptable.” Was the old git right? Find out for your bad self…
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Courtesy of Sub Pop Records

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Oh, Canada!

Chad VanGaalen • indie rock, folk, electronica

There's a preponderance of evidence to suggest the Canucks are way ahead of us warmth-spoiled southerners with regards to rocanrol. From Rush and April Wine to Common Grackle and NoMoreShapes, those dang northerners are rocking the hell out, cold weather be damned … Anyway, check out the latest iteration of this sub-arctic phenomenon when post-darkwave, folky freaky, soulful psych-singer Chad VanGaalen
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“Gonna wear no socks and shoes”

World Beat Spectacular • Wagogo • folk, Latin, jazz, World • Da Terra Meiga • Celtic folk, flamenco • Rev The Music • variety

Black Friday can a time to sit back and ponder the grand mercies of one's life while quiet music plays in the background, a roaring fire warms one and plates of Thanksgiving leftovers lull your desires and dull your senses—that is unless you're one of those Alibi-reading folks that likes to rock out on the weekend. Active listeners can have their pumpkin pie and eat it too on Friday, Nov. 24, at Burt's Tiki Lounge! The big island of a club—in conjunction with Mariposa Music—presents a World Beat Spectacular that will help happy eaters dance away some of those turkey sangwiches and tamales that might otherwise render one unconscious for the rest of the weekend. Your blood will bubble and your feet will frolic to the sounds of legendary Burque band Wagogo. They'll be performing with Da Terra Meiga (a Celtic/Flamenco hybrid) and multi-media psychedelic outfit Rev The Music. The musical feast begins at 8pm, y'all. 
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