albuquerque music


V.25 No.10 | 03/10/2016
REIGHNBEAU
Jesse Heidenfeld

Music

REIGHNBEAU Rocks!

Good news, everyone!

Local electro-wizards REIGHNBEAU (Bryce Hample plus collaborators Hannah Daney, Colleen Johnson, Madeline Johnston and James Sturgis) have been recognized by music magazine Stereogum.

Their new album, Blood, is currently streaming—along with a brief yet well-deserved laudatory review—at a site known for its focus on lo más chingón in current musical forms.

Check out the solid and synthetic sound of twenty-first century Burque here.

V.25 No.5 | 02/04/2016
Cactus Tractor
Beth Rodgers Photography

Music

New Work by Cactus Tractor

New work by Cactus Tractor
V.25 No.4 | 01/28/2016
Lousy Robot
Wes Naman

Music

A Lousy Robot Must Be Human

"Every life is in many days, day after day. We walk through ourselves, meeting robbers, ghosts, giants, old men, young men, wives, widows, brothers-in-love. But always meeting ourselves." — Stephen Daedalus

Jim Phillips was a musician from Albuquerque. He directed the creative activities of a band called Lousy Robot. When he died unexpectedly last spring, Phillips left behind a body of work notable for defining a fragile, yet brightly expressed nexus of what it means to be human.

Invoking the wide and melodically winsome swath carved out by power-pop adherents like the Easybeats, Big Star, the Cars and Elvis Costello, singer/guitarist Phillips and his ensemble (Ben Wood, keyboards; Joey Gonzales, drums and Dandee Fleming on bass) added intensity and a profound sense of dark realism to their rocanrol stew.

The result included unforgettably haunting recordings like 2011's Hail The Conquering Fool.

This week, Lousy Robot bassist Fleming reached out to Weekly Alibi to tell about a new collection of recordings by Lousy Robot, available at Bandcamp.

Fleming wrote, "Before his death Jim and the band had been working on collecting outtakes and rarities from previous recording sessions in hopes of putting out a collection of weirdness titled Oddities, Obscurities & Obscenities. The work started with a cover of “Dead Flowers” and an iPhone remix of “Peacocks." During this time, I continued to work on remixes on several other songs. After Jim’s death, I found two songs that the group had demoed but never completed. I edited and restructured those songs and sent them to friend and long-time producer John Dufliho to complete.

The result is a work of complex beauty; the circumstances—rendered as music, hopeful and dire—that make up human life.

V.21 No.18 | 5/3/2012
Courtesey of Leeches of Lore

Song Roulette

Random Tracks from Leech of Lore Andy Lutz

Leeches of Lore is a three-headed monster responsible for disassembling brains far and wide with its warp-speed metal stylings. Steve Hammond (guitar, vocals), Noah Wolters (organ, Mellotron) and Andy Lutz (drums) complete the pulchritudinous trio, which is releasing dual albums at Launchpad on Friday. We asked Lutz to take his music library for a spin and see what random tracks might surface. Below are the results.

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Flyer on the Wall

Batalla de Puebla

Celebrate Mexican pride and heritage (and Mexico’s victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862) with Burqueño bands Cultura Fuerte and Reviva. The Cinco de Mayo show happens at the Launchpad on Saturday at 9 p.m. Admission is $8 and solamente for those 21-and-over. (Jessica Cassyle Carr)

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V.21 No.14 | 4/5/2012
Glitter Dick
Paul Blackburn

Music

Meet Glitter Dick

Glitter Dick performs at a benefit for Amy Clinkscales tonight at the Launchpad. Read Captain America’s article about the show here: Wham, Glam Thank You Ma’am.

Glitter Dick
Paul Blackburn

Spotlight

Wham, Glam, Thank You Ma’am

With a name like Glitter Dick, a band isn’t likely to get much commercial airplay. However, as Albuquerque’s newest glam-trash group, Glitter Dick is on everyone’s lips. Figuratively speaking, of course.

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V.21 No.3 | 1/19/2012
Monica Alisa Padilla

Spotlight

Albuquerque Is for Lovers

But not the kind you’d imagine

Although The Deadtown Lovers says it sounds like “empty storefronts and warehouses,” the music is intelligent, insistent, buzzy garage punk with a hint of pop.
V.20 No.46 | 11/17/2011

Aural Fixation

Totally Amped

All-ages venue makes a new home Downtown

Amped Performance Center, an all-ages music venue, has relocated Downtown, adding quality to a cultural district in need of further revitalization.
V.20 No.41 | 10/13/2011
Dark Dark Dark and friends
Cameron Wittig

Music to Your Ears

Acoustic Time Wizards

They don’t have fireworks, a giant inflatable penis or any of the other spectacular bullshit of a major-label tour. Albuquerque’s A Hawk & A Hacksaw, Minneapolis’ Dark Dark Dark, and Chicago’s Pillars and Tongues don’t even have a name for their tour.

They do have an unusual collection of instruments, two vans and the ability to reshape time, although they accomplish that in different ways. The three groups will be altering perceptions at the South Broadway Cultural Center on Friday in an all-ages concert produced by AH&AH accordionist Jeremy Barnes.

V.20 No.16 | 4/21/2011
Double Plow

Music to Your Ears

Two very different local acts are releasing shiny new recordings on Saturday, April 23. Read all about it after the jump.

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Flyer on the Wall

All Locos Crabwalk

On Thursday, April 21, several diverse local acts— Chemtrail Pilot, Bud Melvin, Iceolus, Javelina, Cinik, and Blacker Guise (Alan George Ledergerber)—will form a circle. With the audience in the center, each will play one after another, around and around, until the result is one cacophonous improv session. The all-ages show happens at the Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice (202 Harvard SE) from 8 to 11 p.m. Admission is by donation. (Jessica Cassyle Carr)

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V.19 No.52 | 12/30/2010
A trapeze artist hangs around at The Kosmos during the CocoRosie after-party.
Champagne Constance Fienstien

Year in Review: Music

Musical Memories

Community members share their best music moments of 2010

When I asked a cross section of music-minded locals for their thoughts on the best moments of 2010, I expected more comments like “The new Arcade Fire album.” Silly me. What I got was a nice reminder that our city is host and home to a lot of amazing music and that experiencing it live is both powerfully communal and profoundly personal. These are some choice examples.

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The Filth Mongers rocked the loading dock at the Factory on 5  h   back in June.
Captain America

Year in Review: Music

Five at Five

Captain America’s top five shows of 2010 at five different venues

Mecca Records & Books, Jan. 16—This last-minute set was Rachel Lujan’s second-to-last Pan!c gig before moving to Denver. Because of the impromptu excitement, it wasn’t all triste like her final appearance two weeks later but pure PBR-fueled fun.

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V.19 No.51 | 12/23/2010
Captain America

Dirt City Archives

Mission Irresistible

The acerbic romance of The Rondelles

When Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley invited The Rondelles to record for his Smells Like Records label in 1998, there were typical grumblings from a few older and more established Burque bands—no names please. After all, they pointed out, Juliet Swango (guitar, vocals), Oakley Munson (keyboards, drums, vocals) and Yukiko Moynihan (bass) were barely out of high school.

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