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Will The Julie Ruin you for all others?

Kathleen Hanna drops Ruin release deets

Kathleen Hanna
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Kathleen Hanna
Who the hell is Kathleen Hanna ... other than a feminist punk poet with an affinity for zine writing workmanship? Who is this woman who dwells in the netherworld of alternative culture, plotting and demonstrating? Who is this transformative post-whatever icon who keeps pushing the waistband on the pants of pop-rock aesthetics to fit her angry, rabble-rousing agendas? Well, she's just a writer. At least that's how I've pegged her since I first started listening to Bikini Kill and Le Tigre during my formative years as a gay outcast in high school. Granted, her music scorched the silly side of a grounded movement at times. I never took her stances too seriouslyat least not as seriously as those who deem themselves riot grrrlsbut I always appreciated her mediums. On hearing that she’s resurrected the Julie Ruin moniker to release new material, I was psyched, and I still am.

Putting the word “The” in front of the namethus making it The Julie Ruin, y'allHanna has resurrected not only a name, but an idea and a good one at that. If you haven't heard her post-Bikini Kill bedroom recordings, you should take a listen. They're not groundbreaking, but they were a solid precursor to the “Deceptacon”-era Hanna who would make her mark on the music industry. Maybe she wasn't a chart-topper, but she maintains a loyal fanbase that is keen on hearing her wild vocals inundate them with a little radical mystiqueFeminist Sweepstakes, anyone? I digress … Hanna has announced that The Julie Ruin's debut album, titled Run Fast, is set to hit the streets on the 3rd of September (you know ... the day we’ll always remember). So be on the lookout for that, and while you're waiting for that illustrious morn to approach, you still have the old basement recordings of the original incarnation to tide you over. And if Le Tigre's This Island and The Julie Ruin’s first single, “Oh Come On,” are anything to go by, then you know Hanna delivers the goods when she has the proper studio treatment to rely on. Just sayin'.

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V.22 No.21 | 5/23/2013
Bridgette Bullock’s art hangs at the Wagon Wheel
Erik Gamlem

Art Scenester

Folk Art, Punk Approach

Bridgette Bullock’s in-your-face embroidery livens up the walls at a local DIY venue.

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Music

Labor of love

Staff writer Mark Lopez explores the history of the love song and modern variations on the theme in The Mystic Myth of the Love Song. Peruse lovey-dovey A/V below, and share the love by posting your favorite modern or classic love song as a comment.

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Adele - “One and Only”
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Fiona Apple - “Anything We Want”
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Everly Brothers - “All I Have to Do is Dream”
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Turbonegro - “Good Head”
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Peter Gabriel - “In Your Eyes”
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The Cure - “Lovesong”
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John Mayer - “Your Body is a Wonderland”
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Alicia Keys - “No One”
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India Arie - “Ready for Love”

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Music

Low Culture, genre-palooza and popular music

Low Culture
Ryan Maddox
Low Culture

This week’s Music to Your Ears dishes up the 411 on shows in genres ranging from poppy garage-punk to doomcream R&B to indie rock to folk. Listen to tracks from featured acts below. Synchro Studio • Low Culture • Pregnant, Again • Harbors • Downplay Music • Sat Jan 12 • 7:30 pm • $6 • ALL-AGES!

Low Culture - “Low Culture”
Bigawatt - Bigawatt
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Telegraph Canyon - “Safe on the Outside”

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Flyer on the Wall: Meet the Monster


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This week’s Flyer on the Wall juxtaposes soothing colors with a terrifying creature to promote Lovecraftian metal group Shoggoth’s full theatrical debut at Sister (407 Central NW). The Mayan calendar is ending, but Shoggoth plans to ring in the new era right. Mesa, Ariz. punk act Hate Everything and longtime Burque rowdy rock group Black Maria also perform. Check out a couple of Lovecraftian Christmas carols below. Sister • Shoggoth • Hate Everything • Black Maria • Fri Dec 21 • 9 pm • $5 • 21+ • sisterthebar.com

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The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society - “Carol of the Old Ones”
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The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society - “Silent Night, Blasphemous Night”

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V.21 No.51 | 12/20/2012

Flyer on the Wall

Meet the Monster

Terrific old ones lurk beneath the softly hued veneer of this week’s Flyer on the Wall.

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Music

Uke-punk thrashes Burque

S.L.F.M.’s Jessica Davis
Brent David Colbert
S.L.F.M.’s Jessica Davis

Jessica Davis is a woman on a mission: to lay down righteous riffs on her e-uke and explore America. Learn more about her solo project, S.L.F.M., in SLC Songstress Punks Up the Uke. Listen to the two latest S.L.F.M. samplers below. Synchro Studio • S.L.F.M. • Austin Morrell and the Alchemists • Tapered • The Imperial Rooster • Sat Dec 1 • 8 pm • $7 • ALL-AGES!

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V.21 No.48 | 11/29/2012
S.L.F.M.’s Jessica Davis
Brent David Colbert

Show Up!

SLC Songstress Punks Up the Uke

Jessica Davis on code and categories

We gabbed with uke-thrash soloist Jessica Davis, a.k.a. S.L.F.M., about touring, acronyms, secrets and uncertainty.
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V.21 No.3 | 1/19/2012
Monica Alisa Padilla

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Albuquerque Is for Lovers

But not the kind you’d imagine

Although The Deadtown Lovers says it sounds like “empty storefronts and warehouses,” the music is intelligent, insistent, buzzy garage punk with a hint of pop.

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