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V.20 No.2 | 1/13/2011
The Jim Sullivan Story

Music

U.F.O.

Musician disappears in the desert; 35 years later his masterpiece is reissued

By Jessica Cassyle Carr [ Fri Jan 7 2011 5:29 PM ]

Jim Sullivan was an American musician who in 1975 left his wife and son on the West Coast, striking out for Nashville to find success. He didn’t make it there, thoughhis car was found abandoned and motel room unused outside of Santa Rosa, N.M. In ‘69 Sullivan had released U.F.O., an album backed by the acclaimed Wrecking Crewsession musicians employed by Phil Spector on numerous hit songs. Sullivan and his psych-folk-rock masterpiece went mostly unnoticed until late last year when crate-diggin’ reissue label Light In The Attic rereleased U.F.O. NPR’s “All Things Considered” did a story on the albumlisten here. Find out more about Sullivan, listen to audio samples or buy the record here.

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V.19 No.42 | 10/21/2010
Squashies squashing around
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

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Ninjagrass

Squash Blossom Boys’ debut album is sneaking up on you

By Summer Olsson

A pioneering band in Albuquerque’s Americana scene, the Squash Blossom Boys brings expert musicianship and rollicking energy to standard and original tunes. The squashies have played in various localesbars, growers’ markets, on tour earlier this year opening for the Meat Puppets, maybe even at your backyard barbecueand the band’s popularity is on a steady upward climb. But even fans may not know the winding path these bluegrass men have traveled.

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V.19 No.37 | 9/16/2010
The Felice Brothers
Pieter M Van Hattem

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Mix Tape

The Felice Brothers’ journey from the Catskills to the Rockies

By Summer Olsson

Listening to the earthy, earnest songs of The Felice Brothers, it’s easy to hear the band’s roots and the influence of its journey. Palenville, N.Y., is a hamlet of about 1,400 residents, nestled at the base of the Catskill Mountains near the Kaaterskill Falls. The fictional character Rip Van Winkle was supposed to have hailed from the town. It was there that brothers Ian, James and Simone Felice, the poor sons of a carpenter, grew up and began playing music. The brothers often held neighborhood jam sessions and played regularly during family backyard barbecues.

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V.19 No.30 | 7/29/2010
The Saltine Ramblers today
Bard Edrington

CD Release

Masa-pone

The Saltine Ramblers’ Arroyo Borealis

By Jessica Cassyle Carr

Americana is an umbrella term for roots-based musics native to the states, such as country and Western, bluegrass and folk. Despite vast differences, Americana acts tend to join forces, creating juxtaposed yet cohesive shows. It wouldn’t be unusual to find truck-driving country, indie follk and Emmet Otter’s Jug Band all cozying up under one roof. The appealbe it pastoral, nostalgic or simply unpluggedcrosses demographics, too. The music is usually suitable for grandpas, babies, and everyone in between in almost any kind of venue.

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V.19 No.29 | 7/22/2010

Culture

Is Yoga American?

By Novalis [ Wed Jul 21 2010 2:12 PM ]

Today there is no longer an argument. Yoga is a cultural force and a booming industry. But is it American? Stefanie Syman, author of the compelling and exhaustive cultural history of yoga in America, The Subtle Body: The Story Of Yoga In America, says yes. She’ll be in New Mexico on Friday, July 30 (details below) to make the case and field questions. Until that times, here’s a few teasers from the depths of yoga-Americana

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V.19 No.18 | 5/6/2010

Music

Tonight! Three String Bale, E. Christina Herr & Wild Frontier, and Kate Mann

By Staff Pick [ Thu May 6 2010 10:23 AM ]

This evening’s lineup at Low Spirits (2823 Second Street NW, 344-9555 ) offers a serious but never solemn slice of local y’allternative music. Read all about it here, ya hear? 8 p.m., $5, 21-and-over.

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