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V.24 No.21 | 5/21/2015
Kimo Licious
COURTESY OF ARTIST

Music History

An Interview with Kimo, Pt. II

Kimo Licious tells historian August March more about the Burque music scene.
V.24 No.20 | 05/14/2015

arts

David Koechner on satire, human flaws and story telling

The Greeks had it right. Socrates searched for real knowledge untainted by pride, and Plato was so done with irrational humanity he just wanted to crawl out of a cave and find a friend. It’s been 2,400 years since the fall of Ancient Greece and we’re all still tragically surprised we’re flawed and yet there’s something hilarious about that. “I start with a flaw like narcissism,” says comedian David Koechner about his creative process. “We all have narcissistic tendencies, but there are some who are fully narcissistic. We all are afraid of things at times, but there are some who live their life in fear. I look at that and think, That’s annoying, so I’ll make fun of it.” Koechner, who performs at Santa Ana Star Casino (54 Jemez Dam Rd., Bernalillo) on Thursday, May 21, satirizes these defective human tendencies through rich and outlandish characters.

Initially a political science major, in his third year at university he visited a friend in Chicago, watched a show at Second City, decided then he wanted to be a comedian and never looked back. “Once I decided this was what I wanted to do, I never had any doubts,” says Koechner. “I know that’s not the sexy answer. I love show business and doing comedy. I have a proclivity for it. If I could build things I would do that. If I was smart I would do that.” Koechner looks at comedy as his vocation, and it’s the small things about it that draws him to perform. “The best part is knowing that I was successful at something. My experiment worked. Something I created worked.”

Part observational humor and part hyperbolic storytelling, his shows are an experiment in human behavior. “I start from a small piece of behavior I notice. Something universal. Something we all share but an individual might live by,” says Koechner, “and then I blow up that aspect of my personality and create a character.” Admittedly, this process seems to be second nature to Koechner. “For whatever reason I’m able to access those parts of me. It's like algebra for me. I got the formula, and I can just keep plugging in numbers and getting results."

Known best for playing Champ Kind in the Anchorman movies, Koechner puts a lot of himself into his roles. “Describing your act is kind of like describing your personality. I’m loud and my comedy is loud,” says Koechner. “My comedy is wet, as opposed to dry.” It’s Sophocles’ Greek tragedy intersected with jokes, but with fewer people dying. Koechner has the rare ability to be silly and bombastic but maintain an underlying satirical tone that is smart and cutting. “It all has a satirical center,” says Koechner. “We all have flaws. We all have to deal with institutions. Whether it’s a child or a parent or a school, or work, government, church—everything is an institution that we have to interact with. I think ‘What are the rules of that behavior?’ And then I break them.”

David Koechner
The Stage at Santa Ana Star Casino
54 Jemez Dam Rd., Bernalillo
Thursday, May 21, 7 and 9:30pm
$15-$35 Ages: 21+
thestageatthestar.com

V.24 No.20 | 5/14/2015
Zachary Gallegos

Feature Interview

Mars Ain’t the Kind of Place to Raise Your Kids

Part two of our interview with prospective Martian Zachary Gallegos

New Mexico’s own prospective Martian, Zachary Gallegos, talks about his fears, his inspirations and, of course, sex in space.

Feature Interview

The People in Your Neighborhood

Interviews with ordinary Burqueños

Our new column kicks off with a tattoo artist, a music teacher and a Doctor of Oriental Medicine.
V.24 No.19 | 5/7/2015
Kimo
Courtesy of artist

Music History

An Interview with Kimo, Pt. I

Resident historian August March talks ABQ history and artistic inspiration with Kimo.
V.24 No.18 | 4/30/2015
Maher navigates the political cesspool with panache.
photo courtesy of billmaher.com

Comedy Matters

Offended by the Offended

Bill Maher confronts politics, religion and the far left

Bill Maher talks to Genevieve Mueller about his roots and the liberal problem of political correctness in anticipation of his May 2 appearance.
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V.24 No.16 | 4/16/2015
Sleater-Kinney: (From left) Janet Weiss, Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein
Brigitte Sire

Music Interview

Re(Start) Together

An interview with Sleater-Kinney’s Carrie Brownstein

Sleater-Kinney member/“Portlandia” prime mover Carrie Brownstein talks all things S-K (including collabs with Planned Parenthood and “Bob’s Burgers”) with M. Brianna Stallings.
V.24 No.15 | 4/9/2015
Swans
Samantha Marble

Music Interview

Evian, Cowboy Hats and (Aging) Young Gods

An interview with Swans’ Michael Gira

Wherein Michael Gira talks To Be Kind, St. Vincent, peeing on tour, the Man’s Hat Shop and the Four Corners area.
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V.24 No.14 | 4/2/2015
Mars One finalist Zachary Gallegos
Courtesy of Zachary Gallegos

Interview

Martian Dreams

Mars One finalist Zachary Gallegos talks life and death on an angry red planet

Burqueño Zachary Gallegos, in the final 100 contenders for a spot on the Mars One mission, chats about everything from scam allegations to Mars food sources.
V.24 No.11 | 3/12/2015
Dwight Loop
Courtesy of artist

Music History

An Interview with Dwight Loop, Pt. II

August March resumes a conversation about nuevomexicano aural history with electronic/experimental artist, DJ and promoter Dwight Loop.
V.24 No.10 | 3/5/2015
Dwight Loop circa 2014

Music History

An Interview with Dwight Loop, Pt. I

Alibi correspondent August March discusses Albuquerque’s electronic/experimental aural history with artist, DJ and promoter Dwight Loop.
V.24 No.8 | 2/19/2015
A portrait of Gordy Andersen (and his kidney surgery scar) won the “Local Celebrity” category in our inaugural photo contest.
[click to enlarge]
Jasmine Ceniceros

Music History

An Interview with Gordy Andersen, Part 2

August March resumes a spirited convo with Gordy Andersen about the ’80s, “the devil’s chord,” Fred’s Bread & Bagel and the mighty Black Maria.
V.24 No.7 |

news

The Daily Word in crazies, punk rock and bone broth

The Daily Word

Metals executive posits that one-quarter of physical gold market is populated by "crazies."

The Albuquerque Environmental Health Department issued a statement in response to an online rumor about cat meat at a local McDonald's restaurant. (And I weep for the future.)

The New Mexico House of Representatives passed a bill to hold back third-graders with reading deficiencies.

Weekly Alibi's Crib Notes and Cribtoons: Your interactive weekly pop quiz and animated recap with built-in cartoon-based reward system since 1992.

August March interviewed OG punk rocker Gordy Andersen (Black Maria, Jerry's Kidz) about his formative ABQ experiences and influences.

Devin D. O'Leary gave a favorable review to Alzheimer's-centric drama Still Alice. And apparently Julianne Moore's hair color is referred to as "ronze."

Is bone broth as cool as it sounds? Ari Levaux reports.

V.24 No.6 | 2/5/2015

Arts Feature

The Pause Is Gone

Kate Braverman on writers, readers and standardized America

Cult author Kate Braverman brandishes a fierce outlook and strong opinions on everything from the primacy of Sylvia Plath to the lost art of reading.
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V.24 No.4 | 1/22/2015
Tom Guralnick
Outpost Performance Space

Jazzed

How to Encounter Duke City Jazz, Pt. II

Wherein we continue our convo about the history of jazz in Albuquerque with Outpost Performance Space founder/director Tom Guralnick.
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