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V.20 No.29 | 7/21/2011
A new-fangled/old-fashioned work station in Bruce and Melanie Rosenbaum’s “steampunked” 1901 home


Full Steam Ahead

Steampunk’s mashup of anachronism and science fiction throws a wrench in the cogs of throwaway culture

Steampunk has been part of the cultural conversation for the past several years, as DIY-ers have embraced a handwrought, Steam Age aesthetic over high-tech gloss. Both a pop culture genre and an artistic movement, steampunk has its roots in 19th- and early-20th- century science fiction like Jules Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and H.G. Wells' The Time Machine. Its fans reimagine the Industrial Revolution mashed-up with modern technology such as the computer. Dressing the part calls for corsets and lace-up boots for women, top hats and frock coats for men. Accessories include goggles, leather aviator caps and the occasional ray gun. And there's a hint of Sid Vicious and Mad Max in there, too.
V.20 No.6 |
Dan Zettwoch


Where do Alibi covers come from?

part 2

Superstar artist Dan Zettwoch posted the rough draft for last week's fantastic Valentine Card Contest cover on his blog. Check it out here.

V.19 No.46 | 11/18/2010



Gifts with class(es)

Give a girl a tea cozy and her tea will be ... cozy? Teach her to make a tea cozy and all of her friends and family members will have them, too—whether they need them or not. This year, consider giving someone you love the gift of knowledge—or, if you're a fast learner, craft your own presents. Below are a handful of businesses and organizations with a specialty in instruction.

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V.19 No.45 | 11/11/2010
Duke City Music

Song Roulette

Obscure tracks from Derek Caterwaul

Derek Caterwaul is a promoter of local DIY music and arts events, as well as a DJ—most notably he’s a long-time host on KUNM’s “Music to Soothe the Savage Beast” on Tuesday nights. Appropriately, his contribution of random tracks may be the most obscure this column has seen since its inception a year ago.

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V.19 No.33 | 8/19/2010
Khyber Oser

Derby Wars

That’s How They Roll

Ho-Bots and DoomsDames triumph in DCD doubleheader

When 14-year-old Marlo McCarter first saw a derby skater on TV this summer, she was so stoked that she started begging her mom and grandma to take her to see some live bouts.

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V.19 No.32 | 8/12/2010

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Flyer on the Wall

Hell Yeah

Demons and miscellaneous beasts battle 16th-century knights in a (ultimately victorious) struggle to proclaim noise/conceptual/prog-metal performances by The Body, Sandia Man and Iceolus. The show happens at Andre’s Underground (3503 Central NE) on Sunday, Aug. 15, at 8 p.m. Five dollars purchases entry to the all-ages show. (Jessica Cassyle Carr)

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V.19 No.31 | 8/5/2010
Raven Chacon with the antler cello
Nathan Young

Aural Fixation

The Albuquerque Sound

Raven Chacon curates the city’s underground

In life there are certain truths: What goes up must come down, all's fair in love and war, a stitch in time saves nine and one who makes a synthesizer out of a cougar pelt is wicked awesome. Musician, teacher and installation artist Raven Chacon is familiar with the latter, having made just that as part of a Winnipeg-based project by his interdisciplinary American Indian arts collective, Postcommodity. When the piece is pet, the pelt synth purrs, and when it’s twisted it raars. The group also fashioned an antler cello and antler harp, and made a drum from a boar bladder and a coffee can. The instruments, says Chacon, are meant to be played by a futuristic tribe representing the last of its culture.

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V.19 No.27 | 7/8/2010

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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)

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V.19 No.26 | 7/1/2010

Culture Shock

F’Yeah Fractals

For the mathematically uninclined, calculus looks less like math and more like an indecipherable secret language. Instead of explaining anything, it simply adds more mystery and, often, a little bit of fear. Fortunately, math fans and foes can get together under the domed ceiling of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (1801 Mountain NW) to see math in action in a much more meaningful manner. “First Friday Fractals” takes mathematically complex geometric shapes, projects them, zooms in close to show their detail and complexity, and makes math beautiful. Shows are Friday, July 2, at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. The cost is $5 for kids 3 to 12, $7 for seniors and $10 for everybody else. Get tickets at or at the museum.

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V.19 No.22 |


Musical Buffet

I love it when people do what they love, not for fame or fortune, but just because it makes them happy. When what they love can be shared, it's even better.

This weekend Santa Fe musician rosS Hamlin (yes, he likes to capitalize his name funny, he's a quirky dude) launches a brand new music venue in the Fe with a festival of sound.

A little history: About a year ago Santa Fe's only independent record store had to shutter part of its business due to the death of the owner. Fortunately, the musical instrument part of the biz stayed around. That left a void for vinyl junkies but allowed Hamlin to take over part of the now empty building for his own purposes--to rock.

Now, just a few months after Hamlin got the wacky idea in his head, Little Wing is leaping from the nest. If you find yourself up north, please stop in. I plan to bounce in and out of of the fest all weekend and will kick myself if I miss J.A. Deane (an electronic music wizard), my pal Cole Wilson (a guy with a banjo strung with Christmas lights) and I Heart Metal (the not-so-secret musical alter ego of the Santa Fe Reporter's music critic Alex DeVore). There's a full set list here and the fun begins tonight at 5 p.m. and 2 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

V.19 No.22 | 6/3/2010
MarchFourth marching band takes it to the streets.


Pomp and Circumstance

MarchFourth is not your nerdy high school marching band

If you see a horde of musicians dressed like pirates who raided a band uniform store flood out of a giant touring coach, followed by fire spinners on stilts and sequined dancing girls, you’re probably about to witness the concert extravaganza that is the MarchFourth Marching Band. On Monday, June 7, the band will stage a huge performance at the El Rey Theater. Adults and children alike have the chance to be wowed by the music and spectacle this band is known for.

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