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MC Lakota Jonez live at Gathering of Nations tonight!

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This week's feature story star has undeniable writing and performance chops. Interviewing MC Lakota Jonez was a chief example of one of journalism's many pleasures: A conversation ostensibly about one topic (a woman and her music) wades into deeper waters, and an array of other issues—in this instance, racism, gender dynamics, and the evolution of the artistic and cultural movement that is hip-hop, to name a few.

Tonight presents a special occasion to watch Jonez strut her stuff en vivo, amidst a crowd of already loyal fans. In just a matter of hours, she takes the stage at Stage 49 at the UNM Arena (“The Pit”) for the Gathering of Nations’ multigenre showcase, 7:45 p.m. (On the dot!) $17 general admission at the door not only gets you access to her show, but to all the evening's varied powwow happenings. For more information, check out the Gathering of Nations website and the site of the artist herself.

NEWS

The Daily Word in a potential coffee shortage, Jonestown, the lost cows of Fukishima and Occupy Santa Fe

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November 18th was the 33rd anniversary of the Jonestown Massacre. Sex, Corruption and the Kool Aid Massacre by Paul Krassner.

I hope they make the Jonestown site a tourist destination.

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Is the world running out of coffee?

Dali does Alice in Wonderland.

Ten Coca-Cola products you've never heard of.

Hear every Beatles song at the same time, including Paul songs unfortunately.

The secret $850k plan by lobbyists to undermine the Occupy movement.

Gallery of cow, er I mean Fukishima photos.

$300.00 Beats headphones by Dr. Dre.

On this day in 1947, Joe Walsh was born.

V.20 No.18 | 5/5/2011
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

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Deep Breaths

Burque native Saywut?! preps for an international tour with CocoRosie and a move to Brooklyn

When we meet, Ashley Moyer has a metronome in her purse. Her passport came in yesterday. She is, in a sense, working out. “I'm getting my train on. That's the least I can do right now—get physically fit, my stamina, my breath control, the tightness in my beats.” Moyer has to have the cardio health to support a 90-minute-plus show. As she tours Europe with the sister art-pop warriors of CocoRosie, she's going to have to be right on time, all the time. This is the story of Albuquerque’s beatbox queen Suywut!?

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Music

Blog Spot Beats: Anne Laplantine's last tracks, Constrobuz's latest, Lil B meets Imogen Heap

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Album cover for Anne Laplantine's "Spring won't find us" digital EP
Album cover for Anne Laplantine's "Spring won't find us" digital EP

Anne Laplantine, "Spring won't find us" (2009)
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Ms. Laplantine is a French musician and video artist who lives and works in Paris. While her previous 11 releases mine the sound-art vein of experimental electronica this release debuts her dreamy vocals, layered into thirteen minutes of soul warming future folk. These haunting voals fused with earth-toned landscapes create the compelling musical language this album. She claims that this is her last release, after 9 years of music crafting, to focus on board games and Facebook.


Constrobuz, "Glorious Nippon" (2010)
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Chris Papp of Raleigh, North Carolina has been dishing out beat tapes to the web like hot cakes since he was 16. Strictly Beats mention rates Bleep Blorp Remixes as "one of the best tapes ever... on the net." Now he's 19 years old and his followers are hypnotized by his sound. His atypical producing strategies have warped the online hip hop scene.

Glorious Nippon boasts a wirey synth melody, lots of lush, spacey compression, and immaculate drum placement (a Constrobuz signature). This track is based on a sample from the 70's prog rock band CMU.


Lil B, "I'm God" (2010)
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Lil B is sensibly retarded. He has a fairly large cult of people who idolize him (his YouTube tracks can sport a quarter million views or more). His lyrics are hilarious, vulgar, psychedelic and unexplainable delivered with a deadpan, lewd-emcee crackhead manner. He claims his name 'Lil B' stands for Lil Boss, but then goes by 'Lil Based.' Either way, half the time he goes by "Based God." At one point he had around 122 myspace pages for his music, each one with a different name.

This track, from the "6 Kiss" album, starts off with a sample from Imogen Heap's "Just For Now" --her dreamlike vocals serenading on the beat. He goes on rapping about absolute nonsense. Or maybe there's meaning. Who knows? Some people think Lil B is dragging this ego along to become the next Lil Wayne. Some think he's the new Wesley Willis. Regardless, I think he needs to keep doing what he's doing. Because he's working and producing thousands plus me are hooked.


(ED's note: Lil B is defininitely a strange phenomenon. Check out his 'positive' track "Age of Information" plus tracks like "Wonton Soup," "I'm a Fag I'm a Lesbian" & "Like a Martian" for a better scope of this peculiar voice in hip hop.)

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Lil B, the "Based God" doing his thing at the local santeria joint, being god.

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