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V.23 No.31 | 7/31/2014

Music to Your Ears

By August March

Beyond all that jazz

Outpost Performance Space (210 Yale SE) takes up its 19th annual Summer Thursday Jazz Nights series on Thursday, July 31,with a performance by Milton Villarrubia’s MV3 Jazz Project. Villarrubia is a longtime New Mexican jazz advocate and a percussionist with a deep commitment to the progress of jazz. His musical and intellectual contributions to the direction the genre have included projects ranging from the New Orleans funk of Pollo Frito to the improvisational electronica of iNK oN pAPER to his latest ensemble. The MV3 Jazz Project approaches traditional jazz elements with a postmodern inflection that’s deconstructive but totally groovy and compellingly listenable. Homegrown master Transit Latin Jazz Ensemble is a quintet featuring local all-stars, and Transit has a thing for bossa nova and Afro-Cuban jazz, dig? Transit’s ensemble playing—from their rhythmic complexity to electronic inflections and flirtatious sense of melody—ranges from memorably mellow to daringly danceable. Doors are at 7pm, and this hot ticket runs between 10 and 15 clams, a bargain for a moving experience.

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Not Quite Weekly Podcast #2

The Summer Dining Guide and more!

It's our second ever podcast! This week, arts and lit editor Lisa Barrow discusses changes in the International District and the newly retranslated Russian sci-fi novel Hard to be a God. Features/food editor Ty Bannerman talks about the Summer Dining Guide with poet/writer/drinker Hosho McCreesh.

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V.23 No.30 | 7/24/2014
King Richard & the Knights
Lewi Longmire

Aural Fixation

A History of Rock in Burque, Pt. I

By August March
There is no single, authorative history of high desert sound. And thank goodness for that. Here, one Burqueño looks back, asks questions and posits this is “one hell of a rocking town.”

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Jeremy Cowart

Music to Your Ears

By August March

Indigo Girls gone wild

On Wednesday, July 30, bask in the glory of women who rock, including Indigo Girls and The Coathangers. Now with A/V!
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Luluc Passerby · Honeyblood Honeyblood · Sébastien Tellier L'Aventura

This week we listened to new albums by Luluc, Honeyblood and Sébastien Tellier. Now with A/V!

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V.23 No.29 | 7/17/2014
This week we listened to new releases by Lana Del Rey, Old Crow Medicine Show and Cabaret Voltaire. Now with A/V!

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Now Hear This, Vol. III

Consumers of my dancing-about-architecture reportage are probably aware of my frequent use of the adjectival "blackety-black." It's really just an overly precious synonym for: atramentous, ebony, jet, obsidian, onyx, pitch, slate, sloe and the like. But thanks to British scientists at Surrey NanoSystems, there's now an honest-to-goodness blackety-black. It's called Vantablack (or super black), and it's record-breaking darkness absorbs all but .035 percent of light. It's so damn black that the human eye has difficulty discerning its dimensions. Like a freaking black hole. Its primary intended applications are terrestrial, space and air-borne optical instrumentation. But now hear this: The Little Black Dress will never be the same.

Blouse - "Into Black"

The Daily Mail reports that it's created using carbon nanotubes—"which are 10,000 thinner than human hair and so miniscule that light cannot get in but can pass into the gaps in between"—and if that isn't enough, it's 10 times stronger than steel and conducts heat seven-and-a-half times more effectively than copper. Yeah. Owing to my obsessive-compulsive nature, themes prove irresistably attractive, so here are my favorite songs that pay tribute to blackety-black, er, Vantablack. Share your favorite black-centric tracks in the comments, fellow darklings.

Dead Can Dance - "Black Sun"

Beat Happening - "Black Candy"

Cosmetics - "Black Leather Gloves"

Nick Drake - "Black Eyed Dog"

Nina Simone - "Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair"

Pictureplane - "Black Nails"

The Sandwitches - "Black Rider"

Timber Timbre - "Black Water"

The Velvet Underground & Nico - "Black Angel's Death Song"

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Now Hear This, Vol. II

Samantha Anne Carrillo

Are you properly caring for your inner goth? My years of rockin' an all-black wardrobe, a Wite-Out complexion and panda eyes may be over, but I take care to nourish my blackety-black heart and sonic sensibility. If you're feeling the urge to chainsmoke clove cigs, brood and write bad poetry, I recommend channeling that energy into a celebration of Dark Entries Records' fifth anniversary.

Stream a mix Cheon brewed up for Dark Entries' fifth anniversary above.

DJ Josh Cheon founded the label in July 2009 with the intention of releasing out-of-print and unreleased underground '80s treasures. Named for the first 7-inch released by goth icon Bauhaus, Dark Entries' focus is curation, preserving sound quality and respecting its artists' aural aesthetic . And, yes, the label's output is strictly vinyl.

Preview Dark Entries' reissue of '80s Italo disco group Helen's early maxi singles as a four-song EP.

Dark Entries' lifeblood is the excavation, quality reproduction and distribution of largely unknown pleasures, but it also showcases contemporary acts whose sound harkens back to the heyday of minimal synth, coldwave, dark wave, electro, Italo disco and post-punk. Highlights of the Dark Entries catalog include work by Dark Day, Jeff and Jane Hudson, Starter, Linea Aspera, Kitchen & the Plastic Spoons, Algebra Suicide, Los Microwaves, Patrick Cowley, Victrola, Lè Travo, Crash Course in Science, Lassigue Bendthaus, Cute Heels and Helen.

Sample the debut LP by Cute Heels, the solo project of Belgian artist and Black Leather Records manager Victor Lenis.

"If only for the old times," reminisce and peer into the future by exposing your dark side to Dark Entries.

Stream "Nightcrawler" from Dark Entries' 2xLP Patrick Cowley retrospective, School Daze.

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