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Now Hear This, Vol. I

Zola Jesus' new track "Dangerous Days" is a modern-sounding electro-pop banger.

Welcome to the first installment of "Now Hear This," a column to chronicle my obsessive-compulsive sonic studies, archaelogical and futurist alike. And while here with me, expect everything from old and alt.country to rocanrol to dark wave to Italo disco to queercore to punk to riot grrrl to noise to minimal synth and everywhere in between ... Except smooth jazz, (most) contemporary country and reggae. They just don't do it for me. As they say—who are they, anyway?—there's no accounting for taste.

The other day Mark asked what my favorite Steely Dan song is. It's "Your Gold Teeth." Steely Dan's Jamalot tour hits Legends Theater on Wednesday, July 16, y'all. Check out i28 for all the deets.

I embrace that motto and am wholly dependent on my musical addiction to transcend the banality of everyday life. Don't get me wrong. I really dig my life. Getting to collaborate with and work alongside an uber-talented editorial staff and freelancers every day is, like, the dream. But sometimes you simply have to hear something new or unfamiliar that excites and challenges you. This column will serve as complement to my colleague Mark Lopez' wide-ranging Rooster Roundabout series.

Mike put Iris Dement's "Let the Mystery Be" on a mixtape, and it was love at first listen.

My soundscape and its population, past and present, have benefited from the hive mind of many wonderful humans, ranging from my vinyl historian pal Mike Harper in Huntsville, Tex., who first exposed me to the music nerd bug;

I might never have heard Starter's "Victim" if not for Frankie. And that, my friends, would be a tragedy.

to synth/post-punk/ industrial maven and Systems of Romance curator Frankie Teardrop, also of cold wave/post-punk band The Harrow;

On one of the first Caterwaul radio shows I heard, I was comforted to recognize a fellow Culturcide fan.

to Dirt City denizen Derek Caterwaul, notably of KUNM Radio and Low Life at Blackbird Buvette, who remains one of my favorite DJs after more than a decade of listening to his Music to Soothe the Savage Beast and Overnight Freeform shows;

Listen to TAHNZZ' "Her Strange Dwellings" above.

to Burqueña Tahnee Udero aka DJ Tahnee, whose massive knowledge base is supplanted by exquisite taste, and her solo project TAHNZZ garnered serious listmas praise in 2013;

Stream DJ Mello's "Sprinkles," a nonpareil mix of funk, jazz, R&B and soul, above.

to Mello Sanchez aka DJ Mello, an uber-talented DJ and pastry chef and one of my best friends;

I will not return your records #252 by I Will Not Return Your Records on Mixcloud

Stream I Will Not Return Your Records #252, feat. tracks by Bardo Pond, Circuit des Yeux, Love, Low and Swans, above.

to northerly neighbor Lorrie Edmonds, curator of I Will Not Return Your Records, which I can safely say is one of the best radio shows on the planet.

Stream or download Pictureplane's second Check Yo' Ponytail mix above.

So this is a shout-out to all y'all strange, kindred music nerds, both the ones I know and the ones I haven't met yet.

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And now, whether you’re craving modern alt.folk, house, experimental, noise, rap or rockabilly, there’s (at least) one show happening this week that will suit your fancy. Singer/songwriter Samantha Crain visits Santa Fe—the city for which her most popular tune is named—on Friday. The 21-and-over concert court-and-sparks at 9 p.m. at Santa Fe Sol (37 Fire Place). Check out the video for Crain’s hit track below. Santa Fe Sol • Samantha Crain • Friday May 31 • 9 pm • $12 • 21+ • solofsantafe.com

"Santa Fe" by Samantha Crain from Ramseur Records on Vimeo.

Samantha Crain - “Santa Fe”

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