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Klaus Nomi's work isn't an acquired taste. You hear it and you either love it or you don't. I do. Nomi was a German countertenor with an astonishingly wide vocal range and an out-of-this-world persona. In one of my favorite music docs, The Nomi Song, he is described as the love child of Tristan Tzara and Maria Callas. That's pretty spot-on. Nomi died of AIDS-related complications in 1983. Check out Klaus Nomi A/V below.
Founding Elephant 6 member and Neutral Milk Hotel singer/guitarist Jeff Mangum plays The Lensic on April 2. Author and super-fan Mike Smith will be interviewing Mangum for the Alibi before the event, but tickets went on sale today and they're going fast. Get your tickets here. Check out some Jeff Mangum and Neutral Milk Hotel A/V below.
Neutral Milk Hotel - Communist Daughter
Jeff Mangum - "Oh Sister / Ferris Wheel On Fire"
Jeff Mangum - "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea"
Jeff Mangum - "True Love Will Find You in the End" (Daniel Johnston)
There's never enough dead tree space to hype all the terrific live music happening in Burque. For instance, there's a fab show tonight you won't read about in our print issue. Lonesome Leash is a new freak-folk project from Walt McClements of Dark Dark Dark, Why Are We Building Such a Big Ship? and the Panorama Jazz Band. Lonesome Leash performs tonight at Small Engine Gallery (1415 Fourth NW), along with Tapered, which features members of Dark Dark Dark, Deerhoof, A Hawk and a Hacksaw and Teetotum. The all-ages show starts at 9 p.m., and admission is $6. Check out Lonesome Leash's debut EP below. Small Engine Gallery • Lonesome Leash • Tapered • Wed Jan 16 • 9 pm • $6 • ALL-AGES! • smallenginegallery.com
Chinese Love Beads (from left) Ernesto Ybarra, Tony Leal and Pablo Novelas
Captain America's fifth Garage & Wax Night hosts the triumphant return of the original lineup of Paseño-slash-Burqueño rock and roll act Chinese Love Beads. Seventeen years after their last performance, Ernesto Ybarra, Pablo Novelas and Tony Leal come together tomorrow night at Low Spirits to celebrate the spirits of both the '90s and the now. Read all about it in Paseño Nostalgia Grips Burque. Check out Beads' audio below. Low Spirits • Chinese Love Beads reunion • Elevator Boys • Jonny Cats • Dizzy Miss Lizzy • Keen & Mysterious • Kevan • The Huron Valley Listening Club • Saturday Jan 5 • 9 pm • $5 • 21+ • lowspiritslive.com
At this point in the season, we've all been subjected to a smorgasbord of Xmas muzak that, frankly, is way lame. Gift yourself with holiday sounds that rule. Right now, I'm listening to DJ Mello and DJ Tahnee's holiday-themed Afternoon Freeform on KUNM. These ladies know Christmas music. Listen at kunm.org or tune your dial to 89.9 FM. If you stumble on this blog in an eggnog haze after 4 p.m., access it via KUNM's two-week archive.
If you're in the mood for obscuro Xmas tunes, check out my Jingle and Jingle playlist from last year. It features boss tracks by The Dirtbombs, Mono Men, Nadroj & The Wolrats, The Honeymoon Killers, Thee Headcoatees, James White, Alien Sex Fiend, Culturcide, The Magnetic Fields, Maddox Brothers and Rose, Johnny Cash, Bumble Bee Slim, Jimmy Witherspoon, Victoria Spivey and Vera Ward Hall. Stream it below. Happy listening, y'all!
I love the internet. You can virtually meet so many fascinating artists, writers, musicians and other creative folks there. Some of the people I learn the most from—on the so-called reg—live in Poland, Canada and Mexico. But many of my boss e-acquaintances are stateside.
One of those pals, Laurel Barickman, is the co-founder and lead designer of RECSPEC, an Austin-based design studio. She and her husband, David Milner, are prime movers of Austin's nightlife eye-candy contingent. They do visuals, deejay and create rad flyers. This holiday season, the savvy couple transformed their office space into a Twin Peaks-themed wonderland. We're talking detail here, y'all. Glastonbury Grove-recreatin', Bob-faced and Log Lady-offering ornaments adorn a big, majestic tree. Beneath the One-Eyed Jack's-topped fir, a cherry pie awaits Coop. Leland's getting a golf club. Who'll stumble onto the errant copy of Flesh World? With this level of fantastically weird in the picture, it's not surprising that Barickman grew up in Las Cruces. Check out my fave photos of their psychodramatic Pacific Northwest teevee homage below. Keep on scrollin' to listen to RECSPEC's damn good Twin Peaks/Xmas mix.
Music can encapsulate a feeling. I'm not exactly sure what feeling this mix captures, but it probably involves illicit substances, Dixie cups, seapunk chic and halfhearted twerking. Musicians from Los Angeles, Portland, New Orleans, Chicago, New Orleans, San Jose, Calif. and France conjure up the sound I was looking for last night. The Quintron song is definitely NSFW. As for the rest, you'd best judge for yourself. Stream the mix and peep the track list below.
As I decided what podcast to share with y’all today, I’m surrounded by glorious canines. Not wolves, mind you. But one of the coolest things about working at the Alibi is the dog-friendly office. That’s how I ended up selecting my Walking the Wolf mix for today’s blog. It’s an exciting story, I know. But I promise the podcast itself is far more thrilling than my description of the selection process. Stream the mix—featuring tracks by The Kill Spectors, Tenderizor, Venus Bogardus, The Grave of Nobody’s Darling, Great White Buffalo, Sabertooth Cavity, Bigawatt and The Kleptones—below or visit the original blog post for the full track list.
Still from Apple’s music video for “Every Single Night.”
Fiona Apple isn’t exactly known for her most well-grounded moments. You can look at her meltdown at Roseland Ballroom in 2000, or her ever-famous speech at the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards where she stated, “This world is bullshit,” or most recently, her marijuana bust that landed her in jail in West Texas during her most recent tour.
Regardless, the singer-songwriter has garnered a massive, cult following, and the release of her latest record, The Idler Wheel is Wiser than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More than Ropes Will Ever Do, has further cemented a fanbase that remains loyal and somewhat protective.
Fiona Apple - Every Single Night
In recent news, Apple has postponed a South American tour that was scheduled to kick off on Nov. 27, and before fans can shout with fury or start sending heinous letters to her press rep, they should know that Apple is cancelling the tour to nurse her soon-to-be-no-longer-with-us pit bull, Janet.
Apple posted a heart-wrenching letter to her Facebook page that notes the loving relationship she’s fostered toward her canine pal over 14 years, and points out the necessity to choose love and hope over vanity.
In the letter Apple writes, “If I go away again, I’m afraid she’ll die and I won’t have the honor of singing her to sleep, of escorting her out. Sometimes it takes me 20 minutes to pick which socks to wear to bed.
“But this decision is instant. These are the choices we make, which define us. I will not be the woman who puts her career ahead of love and friendship.”
Whether you’re working on Thanksgiving or are lucky enough to have the day off, you’ll need something to listen to. Drown out family arguments with the sonic feast laid before you. The Rest is Gravy mix features 23 tracks from artists ranging from Gore Gore Girls to Little Eva to The Ohio Players. Stream it below or view the full track list on the original blog post. Good gravy, y’all!