lousy robot


V.25 No.4 | 01/28/2016
Lousy Robot
Wes Naman

Music

A Lousy Robot Must Be Human

"Every life is in many days, day after day. We walk through ourselves, meeting robbers, ghosts, giants, old men, young men, wives, widows, brothers-in-love. But always meeting ourselves." — Stephen Daedalus

Jim Phillips was a musician from Albuquerque. He directed the creative activities of a band called Lousy Robot. When he died unexpectedly last spring, Phillips left behind a body of work notable for defining a fragile, yet brightly expressed nexus of what it means to be human.

Invoking the wide and melodically winsome swath carved out by power-pop adherents like the Easybeats, Big Star, the Cars and Elvis Costello, singer/guitarist Phillips and his ensemble (Ben Wood, keyboards; Joey Gonzales, drums and Dandee Fleming on bass) added intensity and a profound sense of dark realism to their rocanrol stew.

The result included unforgettably haunting recordings like 2011's Hail The Conquering Fool.

This week, Lousy Robot bassist Fleming reached out to Weekly Alibi to tell about a new collection of recordings by Lousy Robot, available at Bandcamp.

Fleming wrote, "Before his death Jim and the band had been working on collecting outtakes and rarities from previous recording sessions in hopes of putting out a collection of weirdness titled Oddities, Obscurities & Obscenities. The work started with a cover of “Dead Flowers” and an iPhone remix of “Peacocks." During this time, I continued to work on remixes on several other songs. After Jim’s death, I found two songs that the group had demoed but never completed. I edited and restructured those songs and sent them to friend and long-time producer John Dufliho to complete.

The result is a work of complex beauty; the circumstances—rendered as music, hopeful and dire—that make up human life.

V.21 No.41 | 10/11/2012
Eva Blaylock
Lloyd Thrap Photography

Music

Eva Blaylock does the shuffle

Pan!c and Suicide Lanes bassist Eva Blaylock put her iTunes on shuffle and meditated on the resulting random tracks in this week’s Song Roulette. Blaylock performs in new Elvis tribute trio Jumpsuit, along with Nate Daly and Jim Phillips, on Friday night.

I saw Suicide Lanes perform at Burt’s a couple years ago and had to compliment Blaylock on the performance. When I got up close, I realized I also needed to praise her fully fashioned stockings. But what I took for rad hosiery is actually a tattoo. She says the idea for the tattoo came from her grandmother’s recollections of painting on her seams to stay fashionable during wartime rationing of nylons.

Jumpsuit

with CanyonLands, Killjoy & The Cutthroats, DJ Mello and Huron Valley Listening Club

Friday, October 12, at 8 p.m.

Low Spirits

2823 Second Street NW

Tickets: $5, 21-and-over

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V.20 No.45 | 11/10/2011

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Flyer on the Wall

Transrockanism

Cyborg poster art for Red Light Cameras, Lousy Robot and St. Petersburg
V.20 No.42 | 10/20/2011
Natalie Bruce and Kenta Henmi

Music to Your Ears

Friends With Benefits

From Albuquerque to Las Cruces, Kenta Henmi has been slinging a guitar around these parts for well over 15 years. In the past 12 months, though, he’s been plagued with a series of health issues that have kept him in and out hospital beds, and now the local music community is coming together to lend him a hand.
V.20 No.32 | 8/11/2011
Auto repairs in action at All In The Wrist

Music to Your Ears

All In The Wrist

Having a good, honest mechanic is as valuable as having a good attorney or accountant. Just like the latter two, a mechanic is there to sort through and make sense of a system that’s inscrutable to the layman. Lucky for Albuquerque, two friendly, reliable and skilled gearheads founded a full-service automotive and diesel repair shop back in January. Having another local business like this is swell on its own, but this one is musician- and women-owned.

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V.20 No.9 | 3/3/2011
flyer
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Flyer on the Wall

Coming to Get You

With very literal imagery, this graphic, high-contrast flyer announces the debut of the KC Strangle (see Song Roulette) on Saturday, March 5, at Burt’s Tiki Lounge. The new band will be sandwiched between the delicious rock of SuperGiant and Lousy Robot. The free, 21-and-over show begins around 10 p.m. (Jessica Cassyle Carr)

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Joel Sanchez doing his little turn on the catwalk

Song Roulette

Songs from KC Strangler Joel Sanchez

New band the KC Strangle is made up of former members of Jet Black Summer, Into the Quick and Your Name in Lights. On Saturday, March 5, the band debuts at Burt’s Tiki Lounge on a bill with SuperGiant and Lousy Robot. KC Strangler Joel Sanchez was kind enough to give his music library a spin—below are the first five random items to appear.

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V.20 No.4 | 1/27/2011
Lousy Robot is Joey Gonzales, Dandee Fleming, Jim Phillips, Jack Moffitt and a rockin’ brick wall. (Note that Phillips’ flowing coif is harnessed in back.)
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Spotlight

Everything in the World Is All Right

Lousy Robot releases a third album. Twice.

Lousy Robot

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V.19 No.48 | 12/2/2010
Ant Farmers, ant-farming around.
myspace.com/antfarmers

Show Up!

Like Sand Through an Ant Farm ...

The Albuquerque music scene is a nostalgic place. Inevitably its participants will all find themselves with broken hearts, yearning for a defunct band. On a local level, it's not just about the music—it's a phase in your life, the people you shared it with and the places where you spent it.

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V.19 No.35 | 9/2/2010

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Flyer on the Wall

No Big Muffs Allowed

An orgy of Burque bands (as displayed in an orgy of red, blue and black typeface) tone it down for a Super Awesome Acoustic Showcase. See I is for Ida, The World on Fyre, Ya Ya Boom, The Grave Of Nobody’s Darling, Lousy Robot, The Booty Green, The Oktober People, Shoulder Voices and others unplug their giant trumpets from their giant amps on Friday, Sept. 3, at Low Spirits (2823 Second Street NW). Admission is a bargain at $5, and the show starts at 9 p.m. (Jessica Cassyle Carr)

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V.19 No.16 | 4/22/2010

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Hark Now, Methinks I Do Hear the Sounds of Gnomes

Cleveland indie psych band mr. Gnome writes songs about vampires and pirates. San Francisco gravelly-voiced accordionist Mark Growden writes songs about Saint Judas and singing stars. Together with Albuquerque power pop / indie rock band Lousy Robot and Billy Bellmont spawn Janksder, they create flyers that look like a medieval tarot card. All four of these fine acts perform on Saturday, April 24, at Atomic Cantina (315 Gold SW). This free show begins at 10 p.m. (Jessica Cassyle Carr)

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