In Good Faith
Concerts you can believe in
Now Hear This, Vol. IV
You are about to enter another dimension. A dimension of A/V. This is the middle ground between mediocre and too-good-to-be-true, between something called "reggae" and the sound angels emit. You are traveling deep into the realm of rad tuneage. Next stop, Now Hear This!
On the local tip, swervegaze wizard REIGHNBEAU is premiering the boss music video for "Milk of Amnesia" at the Guild Cinema (3405 Central NE) on Wednesday, Aug. 6. One of the perks of the fourth estate is sneak peeks, and I can assure you that my REIGHNBEAU crush remains strong. The screening will be followed by a live performance and light show. The house lights dim at 10:20pm only to rebound with matchless radiance. For more deets and to RSVP for this free cinematic event, click here. Below, listen to or download REIGHNBEAU's "bootleg" of Angelo Badalamenti's "Twin Peaks" theme.
Chapter House is an enigmatic micro label whose catalog is hyperlinked to genres like "punk," "moccvsin gvze" and "stewgaze." The label's latest compilation features Four Corners-based and nuevomexicano artists. Ryan Dennison and DISCOTAYS are all-time favorites of mine, but I was unfamiliar with other acts showcased on the release. And while I didn't unearth the secret lives of those new-to-me bands, I did discover groups with names like Purple Cats in Slacks, Midnight Stew and The Fly that are ripe for inclusion in New Mexico's sonic cosmology. Stream Volume 3 below and nab some pay-what-you-will releases from the Chapter House Bandcamp.
This entry's final homespun miracle is the NSFW [coughfreethenipplecough] music video for the opening tracks from sleaze-thrash trio [H]ohm's Haroun Farm EP. The narrative begins with telegenic power-drummer Kris Kerby hitchiking, and it focuses on the band and alt.models from The Voodoo Dolls, including co-owner Jelly Honey. Produced by Solano Pictures, the photography and editing are professional-
Nativity of noise
The present's so bright, you ought to wear (shutter) shades
If y'all read my intro column, Dancing About Pueblo Revival Style Architecture, you already know I dig making podcasts of Nuevo Mexicano music for my blog, Things in Light. There's some terrific work being created by local musicians and I'm psyched to share it with Alibi readers. The new TiL podcast, Shutter Mix, includes tracks from the 2011 solo women's Gatas y Vatas fest compilation and tunes by Shiprock post-punk duo Discotays and Fort Wingate-based composer Ryan Dennison, among others. Stream it below or see the original blog post for a full track list.
Art party tonight at Amped
Pop artist Josh Jones has been running the Injunuity art show as part of his nomadic Black Market Goods series for four years. Coinciding with Gathering of Nations, tonight’s event is only $3 and includes several bands and DJs, free food, live bodypainting and the work of about a dozen Native and non-Native artists. It takes place at Amped Performance Center (415 Central NW) at 8 p.m. and should go into the wee hours.
The Pow! in Powwow
Black Market Goods resurfaces for Gathering of Nations with eclectic bash
The flyer for Josh Jones' Injunuity art show depicts a head-dressed Native American cartoon character gleefully gassing an undersized hotrod beneath the tagline "Start your Injuns!" A throwback to the comically bizarre work of Ed Roth and R. Crumb, the illustration is indicative of the unhinged spirit of the event Jones has been assembling for four years during Gathering of Nations.
Fest spotlights new wave of Native musicians
Flyer on the Wall
It’s Raining Circles
The artist behind this fanciful flyer seems to reference ’70s illustration and a certain children’s show that was filled with an ensemble cast of Muppets and really strange animated shorts. Blocky text contrasts with pale yellow watercolor, and the viewer learns that Gay Beast, XRY, The Gatherers and Discotays will play at Wunderkind (1016 Coal SW) at 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 11, amidst a shower of multicolored circles. See the glam / psychedelic / new wave magic, and possibly a few unnamed acts, for only $5. (Jessica Cassyle Carr)