Alibi alum Michael Henningsen and Mark Lopez, our beloved copy editor and staff writer, listened to new releases from Shining, Dew Scented and George Strait. Read their micro reviews in this week’s Sonic Reducer. Peep related A/V below.
Leave it to your trusty copy editor to place blame on the blameless. Cat Power, aka Chan Marshall, released a statement/rant on her Instragram page (with the Statue of Liberty as the backdrop), criticizing the state of America and claiming she’s leaving the country until things change. In the public statement, she claims the illusion of liberty has become a symbolism of entrapment, fostering hope in Americans in an effort to make them prisoners of false ideas. In the all-caps statement—chill out gurl; you don’t gotta yell—she claims that the powers that be have used said symbolism “AS FALSE CURRENCY TO RAPE THIS EARTH WITH IT’S[sic] LIES, PROTECTION OF WEALTH, AND VICIOUS SLAYINGS & INHUMANE PRIVATE CONTRACTED MILITARIES WORLDWIDE FOR DOMINATION ...”
She goes on to demand a tri-partisan government as well as a Native American vote. Preach on, Chan! But like I said, as a copy editor, I can’t help but twitch at the errors, considering it’s my job to make sure that all text entering the public domain is free of grammatical/factual errors so it reads smoothly. Now, I can attest to the fact that when something is written with passion, integrity, and a pressing need to completely reiterate certain feelings without censorship or too much thought, it’s important to throw the rules out the window and say what you gotta say. And I guess Ms. Marshall has ... she even went to the extent of tagging several well-known Twitter users like: Diplo, U2, Dave Chapelle, Madonna, The New York Times and more. Some good words, Chan, but if you need a copy editor, let me know. But then again, I may be making a moot point because a statement like this isn’t just meant to be typed/transcribed, but also meant to be spoken. As Marshall says, “HOW DO YOU FIGHT WITH JUST A WORD IN TEXT, SPEAK IT.”
Think what you will about Kanye West. Personally, I’ve always appreciated his music, but his personality always got in the way of me finding him likable. So, I just tend not to focus on him outside of his righteous rhymes. Sure, the rapper has garnered himself some controversy. (Remember that whole Taylor Swift speech interruption? Way to steal a young girl’s spotlight, K-Dubs). But music blogs are going nuts today over the announcement that West’s upcoming record, titled Yeezus, is dropping on June 18 and is already available to preorder on iTunes.
West performed two new tracks from his forthcoming LP on “Saturday Night Live” this past weekend, giving fans a taste of what’s to come. And Kim Kardashian posted a photo on Instragram, which has already been confirmed to be the cover art for the album. You know ... because they gotta keep it in the family (but only if it’s in front of the entire world). So, be on the lookout for what will no doubt be another interesting and thought-provoking record from one of hip-hop’s most notable figures.
Everyone needs to get out of the house—no, work doesn't count—every now and again. I personally plan to do some R&R creepin' at Synchro Studio (512-B Yale SE) this evening. What could lure a dyed-in-the-wool recluse like me out and about? Samantha Glass. I've been a fan of Madison, Wis.-based synth hunk Beau Devereaux's work for a month of Sundays, and tonight he brings Burque "synthetic melodies remind[ing] one that moonlight can illuminate space in as striking a manner as any old mass of incandescent gas." Devereaux is touring with stellar Milwaukeean one-woman minimal synth/cold wave act Stacian. Highway dream-pop duo Dripping Rainbow and the inimitable Alan George Ledergerber rep our enchanted local scene. Peep related A/V below. Synchro Studio • Samantha Glass • Stacian • Dripping Rainbow • Alan George Ledergerber • Wed May 15 • 9 pm • $7 • ALL-AGES!
How could the Alibi get Burt’s listings wrong? Well, it was my fault. In my NyQuil induced day-coma, I managed to miss the fact that the listing was wrong for both the 10th and 11th and that the 12th, a freaking-awesome special show, was completely missing. Here’s the real deal, kids:
Thursday 09 • The Original Weekly Dance Party with JOSH BURG (Plus $1.00 PBR until midnight!)
Friday 10 • MAN HURLS HEDGEHOG • WILLY J AND THE STORYTELLERS • FART HOUSE
Saturday 11 • VERTIGO VENUS • THE HOWLIN’ WOLVES • TEXYLVANIA • DJ XIBABALOA
Sunday 12 • GASHCAT • GHOSTFOOT • THE ALCHEMIST
Wednesday 15 • ABQ's True Skool Underground Hip Hop • AKIL THE MC (JURASSIC 5) ARIANO • THOUGHTS ARIZEN
I often feel that the wonder inherent in the New Mexico music scene is an amazingly well-kept secret. This week’s live music forecast supports that hypothesis. Whether you’re in search of avant-garde/magic realist/aural alt.history, gothic Americana, alt.country/indie pop or twangy indie rock, Music to Your Ears has you covered. Peep related A/V below. Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe • H Thunderbolt (Cole Bee Wilson) with Laura Goldhamer • Fri May 3 • 8 pm • $15 • ALL-AGES! • ccasantafe.org
H Thunderbolt at Annie St. Arts Collective Secret Show, 12/11/12
Laura Goldhamer - “Humpty Dumpty”
E. Christina Herr & Wild Frontier - “Little Blue House”
In an attempt to economically cover eclectic shows, we shook the music section format up a bit. This week’s Shows Up! proffers aural sweets for music lovers of all stripes. Whether they’re into Native rock and roll, jazz, post-punk or marrow-melting psych rock, live music fans have no reason to be bored this week. Tonight, check out Nativity in rock at Low Spirits (2823 Second Street NW) during Rock the 9 or cruise to The Fe for the touring version of the Monterey Jazz Festival. If you head north on Friday, there’s more yummy punk to lap up, and, on Tuesday, Canadian psych-rock fivesome Black Mountain hypnotizes at Launchpad. Peep related A/V below. Low Spirits • Rock the 9 • Dawa • I Conscious • Ed Kabotie • Jim Ruel • Thu Apr 25 • 9 pm • $10 • 21+ • lowspiritslive.com
Music writers M. Brianna Stallings and Derek Caterwaul listened to new releases from Depeche Mode, We Drew Lightning and Arrington de Dionyso’s Malaikat dan Singa. Read all about it in this week’s Sonic Reducer. Peep related A/V below.
Depeche Mode - The Making of Delta Machine
We Drew Lightning - “Black Torrent”
Arrington de Dionyso’s Malaikat dan Singa - Open the Crown
CALL OFF THE SEARCH. I just got an email from Kendal. He is apparently "bummin around on the road," and finally checked his email. Thank you to everyone who put the word out, and we are all truly sorry for the unnecessary panic. Please pass the message on.
There’s been a resurgence of ’90s-famous acts, many of whom continued creating sonic art long after their 15 minutes of fame. Corrosion of Conformity’s fourth album, Deliverance, was in regular rotation in my headbanging collection as a youngster. I didn’t discover Mobb Deep until much later, but I’m a fan of their early work. Read all about where you can witness performances by the aforementioned acts and Danzig, as well as Texan singer-songwriter Hayes Carll in this week’s Music to Your Ears. Scope related A/V below. Sister • Mobb Deep • Hezekiah • DJ Dozer • Fri Apr 19 • 9 pm • $40 • 21+ • sisterthebar.com
Saying that Alibi columnist Derek Caterwaul sees a lot of live music would be a major understatement. If he isn’t DJing on KUNM or sorting through his massive archive of obscure A/V and ephemera, it’s a pretty safe bet he’s at a show. In this month’s installment of MAXIMUMCATERWAUL, he shares a quick and dirty overview of 10 shows he caught in March. ... right here in our quirky, beloved burg. Peep related A/V below.
Depending on your aural upbringing and age, the term "grunge" may conjure up wildly divergent things. Read all about Alibi Copy Editor/Staff Writer Mark Lopez's romance with the Seattle sound in Seattle Wall of Sound: A paean to grunge. For me, Nirvana's Bleach was revelatory; Lopez prefers In Utero. Exploring difference is fun, no? In honor of this myriad genre, I compiled an hour-long grunge-tastic playlist for our dear readers, featuring tracks by: Flipper, L7, Babes in Toyland, 7 Year Bitch, Hole, Nirvana, Mudhoney, Tad, Wool, Melvins, Sleep Capsule, Coffin Break, Soundgarden, Killdozer, Pixies, The Breeders and Green River. Stream it below. Less-than-fresh coiffures, well-worn flannel and Dr. Martens are optional.
Music writer M. Brianna Stallings, former Alibi Editor-in-Chief/Music Editor Michael Henningsen and I listened to new releases from Low, Wardruna and CHVRCHES. We extol their virtues in this week’s Sonic Reducer. Scope related A/V below.
When the Chronicle-gate dust settled, I sought out opinions on the importance of the censorhip incident from New Mexico Foundation for Open Government Executive Director Gwyneth Doland, Daily Lobo Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth Cleary and CNM Chronicle Editor-in-Chief Jyllian Roach. I wrapped those insights up with an editorial bow, and then I slipped a mixtape into CNM’s locker in Stop the Presses. Below, stream our freedom of speech-centric mixtape featuring tracks by Salt-n-Pepa, 2 Live Crew, Beastie Boys, Chamillionaire feat. Slick Rick, Anthrax, Alice Donut, Leonard Cohen, Frank Zappa, the Ramones, NOFX, Steve Earle, Todd Snider and the Dixie Chicks.
In follow-up communication with Cleary, she noted her plan was never to completely halt publication or bankrupt the Daily Lobo. “We were however not going to have our 'regularly scheduled programming' in print,” said Cleary. “We were going to keep up the momentum by either reprinting parts of Chronicle's sex issue in our paper, running a huge editorial from the Chronicle editor on our front page, etc. Basically, it was giant X's the first day, and then in subsequent days, we would have kept looking for the next shocking thing to demonstrate we weren't letting it go, sort of taking it day to day.”
There are always more boss concerts afoot than we can cover in our print edition, but we do our utmost to inform y’all about gigs that are particularly worthy of your attention. Fans of hardcore/hip-hop, world music, psych-rock, surf, Elvis homage, singer-songwriters or acoustic folk inflected with punk and stand-up comedy should peep this week’s Music to Your Ears for the deets on four rad shows. Scope related A/V below. Sunshine Theater • Tyler, the Creator • Fri Apr 5 • 7 pm • $22.50• 13+ • sunshinetheaterlive.com
Tyler, the Creator - “Yonkers”
Kamalini Mukherji - “Oi Je Jharer Megher”
The Fucking Adventures - “Four”
Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits - “Life is Excellent”