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V.21 No.28 | 7/12/2012

Music

Alibi Group Hug Presents Rockabilly Blow-Out, Hot Rod Hop

Alibi is in a group hugging mood again. That means it’s time for a major party. This Saturday, July 7, head on downtown for some fine, post-Independence Day fun. Starting at 2 p.m., hot rod owners are invited to park their jalopies on Central in front of the KiMo Theatre. Parking spaces are limited, so it’s first-come, first-served. If you don’t own a classic car, just come ogle the awesome rides maintained by several of Albuquerque’s finest car clubs. At 6 p.m., KiMo Theatre will screen the hard-rockin’, clutch-poppin’ 1958 drive-in movie Hot Rod Gang. Tickets are $7 adults and $5 kids/seniors. At 9 p.m., everything moves down the street to the Launchpad for the Rockabilly Blow-Out. Local favorites The Hi-Lo Tones will be rockin’ out alongside El Paso legends Raw Deal. D.J. Lucky will spin tunes between sets and Burque Burlesque will be bringing some of New Mexico’s finest bump-and-grind practitioners to do their thing on stage. Tickets to the concert are $10. Cars, bands, drinks and scantily clad ladies? How can you go wrong?

V.21 No.26 | 6/28/2012

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Ballroom Blitz

Hot damn, it’s bound to be sweaty this week as Albuquerque Pride 2012 kicks off. Temperatures could soar over 100 degrees on Saturday when the crowning festivities take over the city. The better to glue your glitter with, my pretty!

From the bravery of Stonewall rioters to the chief pro-Prop 8 witness reversing his stance on Friday, there are countless shining moments of LGBTQ history to celebrate. With that in mind, the Alibi and Albuquerque Pride proudly extend a sparkle-laden Group Hug to start the revelry off right.

Exclamatory particulars of the Pre-Pride Glam Dance Party:

Wednesday, June 27 (Tomorrow!)

9:30 p.m.

18+ welcome, but you must be 21 to drink. (Don’t forget your ID!)

Lotus nightclub, 211 Gold SW.

A mere $5 gets you in the door.

DJs Tahnee, Nicolatron and Cassyle will spin disco / electro / glam hits to whirl your Disco Queen into a frenzy. Rebel Donuts’ sugar wizardry will have her licking glitter frosting off your face. Hotpants, shiny jumpsuits, towering collars, feathered hair, space oddities—all mightily encouraged.

V.21 No.15 |

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The godfather of New Mexico music

Back in the day, Al Hurricane hit the road and played with the likes of Fats Domino and Marvin Gaye. But he's firmly rooted in Albuquerque, where he raised his seven kids.

We're so glad to have Mr. Hurricane play our Taco USA party tonight at El Pinto. Read up on the legend in this week's music article, "Sigue Cantando."

Details on the show and half-price tickets can be found at alibi.com/tacousa.

V.21 No.14 | 4/5/2012
Jess Ruby / Firebrand Photography

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A lovely Spring Social

Yesterday’s mini-snow was preceded by a peek at real N.M. spring—days of blissful warmth with little wind.

On such a day, fine folks gathered at Launchpad for a psychedelic picnic. There was much rejoicing. The place looked the best I’ve ever seen it, thanks to the handywork of Bee Bee the Clown, Marya Errin Jones and Tahnee Udero.

Dogs were provided by Chicago Dog. Olo Yogurt Studio arrived with frozen treats. Bee Bee created a candy buffet. Performances by Roo, Hyperland, Tall Boys and Tropical Girls inspired revelry.

Stay tuned for the next Alibi Group Hug event: The legendary Al Hurricane and ¡Ask a Mexican! columnist Gustavo Arellano and El Pinto on Wednesday, April 18.

Party!

FAQ RE: The Alibi Spring Social

Q: What’s in it for me?

A: Attractive friends and a general feeling of belonging. Plus, free hot dogs from Chicago Dog starting at 8 p.m. First come, first served. Free frozen yogurt from Olo starting at 10 p.m. while supplies last. Candy buffet all night long. Photo Booth Rentals of New Mexico will snap your picture and give you a strip for free. Kayla will paint your skin.

Q: What if I just want to dance?

A: Hedonic revelry is essential. To aid in your pleasure, we present to you: The glimmering math rock of Roo, space voyager Hyperland, the dreamy country of Tall Boys (girls on stilts) and the lo-fi beach synth of Tropical Girls. Not to mention DJ Mello and her soulful psychedelia.

Q: What is a spring social?

A: We think it’s like a garden party in Anne of Green Gables times, but we’re not totally sure. It conjures images of hats with ribbons in them, though we’ve never owned such a thing. We prefer a brighter, more sparkly interpretation. Frozen treats are mandatory. As is dance music. Warm climes preferred.

Q: What will the weather be like on Friday?

A: The triple-dubs predict a balmy º78 during the day with a clear and mellow º50 in the latter part of the evening.

Alibi Spring Social

Friday, March 30, Launchpad. Doors at 8 p.m., $5, 21+

V.20 No.52 | 12/29/2011

Alibi Picks

The Winter Ball

Bedazzle yourselves in the shimmeriest of formal frocks, and ring in 2012 with the Alibi at the Group Hug Winter Ball. The New Year's Eve party contains performances by ska rudies The Blue Hornets, rockabilly trio Cowboys and Indian, girl group the 5 Star Motelles and funky soul turntable dame DJ Tahnee. Festivities begin at 8 p.m. and $8 gets you into the Launchpad (618 Central SW). Photo Booth Rentals of New Mexico is bringing the box—that means free physical photo documentation of this annual milestone. Naturally, there will be a Champagne toast at the stroke of midnight. Come celebrate with us!

V.21 No.1 | 1/5/2012

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Free food from Monroe’s at the Alibi’s New Year’s Eve party

Monroe’s on Lomas is a regular late-breakfast/early-lunch spot for me. It’s the chile that draws me.

We’ll have enchiladas, tamales, beans, rice, and chips and salsa from Monroe’s at the Launchpad on Saturday. Get there early, because it’s first come, first served. If you show up at 8 p.m. when the doors open, you can chow down and get down to the tunes of soul spinner DJ Tahnee. She’s got a fantastic collection of vinyl that includes early rock ‘n’ roll, soul, funk and more.

Stick around for this dancing shoe-friendly lineup, listed here from first to last:

5 Star Motelles (’60s girl group revival)

Cowboys and Indian (rockabilly)

The Blue Hornets (ska)

We’ll toast the new year with champagne at midnight, and you’ll have free use of the photo booth from Photo Booth Rentals of New Mexico all night long.

$8

8 p.m.

21+

RSVP on FaceSpace.

V.20 No.51 | 12/22/2011

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What are you doing on New Year’s Eve?

We’re throwing a winter ball, and it’s going to be pretty boss. You should come! Dust off your formal wear and dancing shoes.

We’ve got:

The Blue Hornets (ska)

Cowboys and Indian (rockabilly)

5 Star Motelles (’60s girl group revival)

DJ Tahnee (funky soul)

8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31, at Launchpad. 21+

There will be a champagne toast at midnight.

RSVP here!

V.20 No.47 | 11/24/2011

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Photos from the Alibi’s steampunk ball (NSFW if your work sucks)

Scores of enthusiasts attended Captain Lionel Gearpunk’s Steam-Powered Ball, as evidenced by the folks who crowded the stage for our costume contest. The cosmetic interpretations of steampunk were superlative, as were the entertainers.

First up, Small Game fronted by Emma Crane. Then, the Ladies’ Society of Grenadiers, a band formed especially for this show. Film Editor Devin D. O’Leary took over hosting duties and introduced burlesque from aerialist September Smith and Godiva Bleu. Bianca Lily and Strong Man Sam treated the gallery to a steampunk-inspired dance. Squash Blossom Boys, not pictured here, polished off the night.

Sheley brought her steampunk-themed wares, and the Alibi gifted admirers with free passes to see a sneak preview of Hugo, a film for your young ones by Martin Scorsese.

V.20 No.46 | 11/17/2011

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We’ve got 100 passes to a preview of Hugo

We’re throwing a steampunk party tonight!

And the first people at the party can get passes to see Martin Scorsese’s Hugo the night before it hits theaters. The preview screening is Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. We’ve also got Hugo bookmarks, playing cards, journals and posters to give away. We’ll have a table set up inside the Launchpad with all the goods.

Doors open at 8 p.m. for Captain Lionel Gearpunk’s Steam-Powered Ball tonight at Launchpad (618 Central SW). The event is 21+, and the cover is $5. There will be steampunk-inspired music, burlesque and dance.

But back to Hugo, a film fans of steampunk eagerly await. From the Alibi’s film editor, Devin D. O’Leary in this week’s Holiday Film Guide:

Martin Scorsese directing a kids’ film? Why not? Based on the award-winning book The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick, the film spins the steampunk-inspired tale of an orphan who lives in a Parisian train station in 1930. He uncovers a mystery involving his late father, filmmaker Georges Méliès and a humanoid automaton.

Hugo will be shown in 3D, though Century Rio 24 was unable to say how many dimensions the preview screening would have. Scorsese came out full force in favor of 3D movies last week and said holograms are next.

“As I sit here now, I see you in 3-D. So why belittle that part of our existence? Why not use it?"

V.20 No.45 |

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Free tickets to Scorsese's "Hugo" at 11.11.11 party

We'll be giving away 50+ pairs of tickets to Scorsese's latest, Hugo, at our steampunk party tomorrow at Launchpad!

First come, first served.

The steam-powered ball

featuring

Burlesque:
September Smith
Godiva Bleu

Dance:
Bianca Lily and Strong Man Sam

Music:
Squash Blossom Boys
The Ladies' Society of Grenadiers
Small Game
DJ Caterwaul

And a costume contest with prizes from Free Radicals!

RSVP here.

V.20 No.35 | 9/1/2011

Music

The Dirty Novels’ last show is Saturday

Stalwarts of the scene, The Dirty Novels would have turned a decade old next year. But Pablo Novelas is moving on, selling off his vintage gear and rolling out of the Dirt City. The band will reunite for one last show on Saturday night at Launchpad during the Alibi’s Factory Party. I caught up with Novelas over email to talk memories.

How did The Dirty Novels get together?

It started as a group with an old friend of mine named Ernie Culver who had moved out here from Boston. We met and started writing songs based on our similar taste for ’60s, ’70s and ’80s alternative rock ‘n’ roll. At the time, we were called The Couture and had Ben Adams on makeshift drums and Scott Meyers on bass.

Later it evolved into The Dirty Novels after meeting Joey Gonzales. We talked about how we both wanted to tour and get our music out there. We eventually became a strong songwriting team and went on to be successful in accomplishing what we wanted out of music.

Strongest Dirty Novels memory?

There many great memories, and many of them are tour-related. I can say that some of those were bad memories only because when living and working with friends for so long and so close, things change and ideas cross in hard ways. I honestly can’t recall the bad ones in detail, but the best ones are from being in Joey's van driving to Lexington, Ky., to record out last album (Pack Your Pistols) with friend and co-producer Duane Lundy. On that trip we came up with many great ideas as to how to take a simple band and turn it into a business to help each other and others like us. One great idea that came from this was The Blackbird Buvette.

What's the best song The Dirty Novels wrote?

I dig them all because they were written with fun in mind. The ones that get me the most when playing are “My Love Is Electric” and “Pack Your Pistols.”

Best and worst things about the Albuquerque?

Worst thing is the lack of a music industry. Best thing is the closeness and support from fans, friends and family.

What about this town informed your sound?

I'm Latino and find that my guitar playing and sound is an irregular, rhythmic and percussive style, almost like Flamenco. I'm a gear head, too. Also, the crazy people in our lives helped with finding our sound.

Was it hard to say goodbye to some of your vintage gear?

YES IT WAS!

What did you choose to keep?

The only vintage piece I'm keeping is my ’64 Gretsch Single Anniversary electric. I’m also keeping my red glitter 335 style Italia electric and my ’65 Reissue Fender Reverb Deluxe amp (it's a classic sound). That's all I need really. Oh and my Tech 12s and five crates of records. :-):-)

You're moving to Philly, right?

Well, I have a few places in mind that have offered me something. It's between Philly, Portland or Austin—all of which are affordable and have a true music industry.

What will you do next musically?

I want an R&B/Soul garage band, but I’m also open to play in someone else's trip till I find a my new thing, wherever that might be.

***The Alibi's Factory Party***

starring

Low on High (with famed auteur Jon Moritsugu)

The Dirty Novels (a reunion and farewell)

Manby's Head (ex-DMZ, Lyres, Customs)

The Scrams (Burque warehouse rock)

DJ Cassyle (our very own music editor)

With video projections by Basement Films and live screen-printing from 111 Media Collective (BYOShirt $3, or buy one for $5)

RSVP on FaceSpace

Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011

21+ Launchpad $5

Doors at 8 p.m.

V.20 No.34 |

music

Who is Peter Greenberg?

Peter Greenberg is the guitar player for Taos rock and roll band Manby’s Head. In the ’70s and ’80s, he played and made records with Boston garage punk bands DMZ and Lyres, Cincinnati’s The Customs and funky rockabilly screamer Barrence Whitfield and the Savages (another Boston outfit).

However, at age 30, he finished grad school, quit music and got into the energy business. Three years ago he downsized his career and moved from Texas to New Mexico, where he met Manby’s Head bandmates Michael Mooney and Paul Reid. Greenberg recently toured with Lyres and finished a record with Barrence Whitfield, with whom he’s touring Europe this fall. In the meantime, he’ll play our Factory Party on Saturday night with Manby’s Head.

The Factory Party
starring
Low on High (with famed auteur Jon Moritsugu)
The Dirty Novels (a reunion and farewell)
Manby's Head (ex-DMZ, Lyres, Customs)
The Scrams (Burque warehouse rock)
DJ Cassyle (That's me, the Alibi's music editor)

With video projections by Basement Films and live screen-printing from 111 Media Collective (BYOShirt $3, or buy one for $5)
RSVP on FaceSpace
Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011
21+ Launchpad $5
Doors at 8 p.m.

V.20 No.33 |

music

Who is Jon Moritsugu?

Multitalented artist Jon Moritsugu is known primarily for his underground film work. Since the mid-'80s, the Hawaii-born auteur has produced a provocative string of lo-fi, absurdist satires shot mostly on 16mm and executed with a distinct punk rock vibe.

Films like Terminal USA, Mod Fuck Explosion, Fame Whore, Hippy Porn and Scumrock have screened at such notable venues as Sundance, Cannes and the Museum of Modern Art. Moritsugu's most frequent partner is his wife, co-writer, co-producer and lead actress Amy Davis. Several years ago, the duo relocated to Santa Fe.

In addition to their film work, Moritsugu and Davis collaborate in the lo-fi, post-psychedelic garage band Low on High. It's the perfect band to headline the Alibi's Andy Warhol-themed, movie-and-music-filled Factory Party this coming weekend.

The Alibi's Factory Party
starring
Low on High (with famed auteur Jon Moritsugu)
The Dirty Novels (a reunion and farewell)
Manby's Head (ex-DMZ, Lyres, Customs)
The Scrams (Burque warehouse rock)
DJ Cassyle (our very own music editor)

With video projections by Basement Films and live screen-printing from 111 Media Collective (BYOShirt $3, or buy one for $5)

RSVP on FaceSpace

Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011
21+ Launchpad $5
Doors at 8 p.m.

V.20 No.24 | 6/16/2011
First winner of the scavenger hunt

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More Sassy Photos from the Alibi Pride Party

Are you featured in this slideshow?

These are the rest of the shots I took last Wednesday, posted due to popular demand. And look, I learned to make a slideshow in a blog! Lookout world, lots of slideshows coming your way.

This party was extra fun, thanks in part to all the fabulous outfits.