Bad Jacks Make Good
Three Bad Jacks • S.O.L. • The Gunmen
Talking earthy beginnings, rockabilly and the birth of La Loca Magazine
Who’s playing at Sister this week?
Like, especially, who’s playing Friday and Saturday?
Well, you can’t find out from their ad in the Alibi this week because we (I) screwed up and lost the ad for Sister in the shuffle. But most notably at Sister, this week:
Friday, May 31, catch an ear-crunching, face-melting stoner-rock assault from Albuquerque’s super-heavy SuperGiant, teaming up with rockabilly favorite Cowboys and Indian. The show starts at 10 p.m. and tickets are $5.
The following night, Saturday June 1, Sister invites you to pull out your fancy dance moves, drink some delicious Beat Sauce and spend an evening wiggling and jiggling to the spinning of DJ Nicolatron, Brendangerous, Dirt Girl, Ben Bitten and a special visual dessert from Benji Geary.
I heard all of your friends are going to both shows.
Flyer on the Wall: Gallup / Burque gallop
This week’s Flyer on the Wall depicts the cultural electricity that community-powered radio can generate. It also announces a benefit show-slash-birthday party for Gallup’s KNIZ 90.1 FM. Small Engine is also belatedly celebrating its two-year anniversary at the gig. Check out music from high desert surf band Phantom Lake and Houck, Ariz. rockabilly act ShitOuttaLuck below. Small Engine Gallery • KNIZ 90.1 FM benefit • The Blue Byrds • Phantom Lake • ShitOuttaLuck • Sat Nov 17 • 9 pm • $5 • ALL-AGES! • smallenginegallery.com
Flyer on the Wall
Gallup / Burque Gallop
Cowboys and Indian rock away genre stereotypes
It’s refreshing to have your stereotypical notions obliterated by other humans. That’s what happened to me when I interviewed Cowboys and Indian guitarist Gerome Fragua and upright bassist Matthew Ezzard. Expecting fashion-rockabilly cats, I was pleasantly surprised to spend some time gabbing with two intelligent, open-minded, funny and musically diverse dudes who care more about rehearsing than futzing around with Dapper Dan’s pomade.
In the article, Playing Cowboys and Indian, I noted that drummer Jeff Cooper couldn’t make the interview because he was on the road as a short-haul truck driver, but I neglected to explain the other members’ day jobs. Fragua serves as the music director for Paragon Church, a Southern Baptist church in Rio Rancho. The band has even played there. Ezzard is currently immersed in his final semester of fire science studies at CNM and hopes to become a structural firefighter.
with Anthony Leon & The Chain and Todd and the Fox
Saturday, Oct. 13, at 9 p.m.
2823 Second Street NW
Tickets: $5, 21-and-over
Playing Cowboys and Indian
Hillbilly rockers roll through fashion, cars and music
Music to Your Ears
It’s the child of country and Western and rhythm and blues, the hell-raising brother of rock and roll. Rockabilly roared into its own in the mid-’50s. Its rise was propelled by Sun Records owner Sam Phillips and his work with Elvis, which essentially repackaged a black sound for a white audience. Sixty years later, outfits here in Albuquerque keep that music alive—the acoustic slap bass, the electric guitar twang and the big, jumping beat.
The Daily Word in Hitler, Porsche, Brigitte Bardot, Israel vs. Iran and VLC Player 2.0
Is Santa Fe's art gallery industry going downhill?
Who wants to see Brigitte Bardot in a bikini?
Awesome 1965 documentary featuring Buster Keaton.
There is a new version of the (open source) VLC media player and it is kick-ass.
Learn about "jiggle keys."
Edison was a hard-ass when it came to hiring employees. Check out some sample questions from the tests he gave prospects.
Scene and Heard
Rock Around the Clock
Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys
An interview with the big man himself
Hot Rod Hop
Route 66 has always been synonymous with the culture of cars, and today, the Mother Road gets its vintage groove back with a hefty helping of Rat Fink, rockabilly and pinups during the Hot Rod Hop. Hit up a free classic car show on Central between Fourth and Fifth Streets from 3 to 6 p.m. Afterward, head to the KiMo Theatre (423 Central NW) for a screening of Robert Mitchum's 1958 carsploitation classic Thunder Road. After the 7 p.m. film, watch retro-style performances by Burque Burlesque featuring special guest Miss Orchid Mei from Colorado. Tickets are $10 for the film and performance. If you have anything left in the tank, the Alibi will host a Rockabilly Blowout at the Launchpad (618 Central SW) beginning at 8:30 p.m. featuring the music of The Hi Lo Tones, Cowboys and Indian, the .357's, Jakob Insane, and DJ Lucky. Tickets are $5 at holdmyticket.com.
Forget fireworks. Rockabilly Blowout tomorrow at Launchpad!
The Alibi’s got you covered this Fourth of July season. Head on down to the Launchpad at 8 p.m. for (in order, first to last):
Jakob Insane (ex-12 Step Rebels)
The Hi-Lo Tones (ex-Long Gone Trio)
Cowboys and Indian (ex-Swingin’ Meat)
Plus, peruse the wares of:
Nob Hill Music (records)
The Duke City Darlins (merch)
Free Radicals (clothes and gear)
Snacks Viva (vintage hairstylist)
DarkFlash Photography (pinup photos)
66 Pin-Ups (clothes)
Babes and Bullies (merch and calendars)
RSVP on Facebook!
The show is in conjunction with the Hot Rod Hop, held all afternoon tomorrow along Central. Plus Burque Burlesque performs at KiMo in the evening, and the mother of all carsploitation movies, Thunder Road on the Mother Road will hit the KiMo’s big screen.
Route 66 Malt Shop Gets Into the Rhythm
Dance studio and diner combo comes out swinging
In 1927, Lindberg crossed the Atlantic and the world began dancing the Lindy. Energetic devotees swing on—and Rachel Green makes a career of the obsession. Green and I are chatting over lunch at the Route 66 Malt Shop, one door down from her dance space. I’m sipping a chocolate egg cream while Green enjoys a toasty crab cake sandwich.