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 V.17 No.2 | January 10 - 16, 2008 

Music to Your Ears

Location, Location, Location

Think back to this time last year. No one knew it yet, but the Albuquerque Mining Company (AMC) was on the verge of closing. Albuquerque's longest-running gay club had just celebrated its 20th anniversary in October. But by the end of February, it was gone.

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We’d never nix Botnix.
Eva Blaylock

CD Release

Botnix CD Release Party

Alternative rock conceived in a snowstorm

When a powerful snowstorm shut Albuquerque down last winter, Botnix fired up.

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Flyer on the Wall

Down Live

La Junta and Rubixzu get down with live hip-hop sets at the Santa Fe Brewing Co. (35 Fire Place, Santa Fe, 505-424-3333) this Friday, Jan. 11. $5 gets you in to the all-ages show, which starts around 9 p.m. (LM)

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Sonic Reducer

Ghostface Killah The Big Doe Rehab · Bob Collum and The Welfare Mothers Set the Stupid Free · The Shondes The Red Sea

Ghostface Killah's come a long way since his contributions to Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers. These days, the MC is a polished, flamboyant rhyme-sayer who consistently pounds the beat with vicious ferocity. The production on The Big Doe Rehab occasionally holds him back—as in "Toney Sigel a.k.a. The Barrel Brothers," when distorted guitar is a major distraction—but Ghostface usually sticks to low-key, soulful grooves with a minimum of tacky drum machine-based beats. Most impressive about the album is Ghostface's unique ability to take now ho-hum subject matter like crack slinging and guns and make his narratives engaging. (SM)

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This is not Ben Chasny’s MySpace photo.

Music Interview

Six Organs of Admittance

One man's quest for mystery

In some ways, Ben Chasny's feelings about MySpace match his take on creating music in general. "My problem with MySpace is it's such a template," the Six Organs of Admittance founder and only permanent member explains. "It all looks so cookie-cutter, and I wish there was a way to have some sort of individuality with it."

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EVENT HORIZON (Tuesday, Dec 1)

Bloodsuckers Licking Your Ears

Vampires Everywhere! • rock • Consider Me Dead • Set to Stun

Metalcore masters Vampires Everywhere! will be rising from their decrepit coffins…
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Kelly O.

EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Dec 4)

I Tawt I Heard a Puddytat

Tacocat • post post punk pop • Red Light Cameras

Everything about Tacocat is candy-coated. Technicolor-dyed hair, surfy guitar vibes and unabashed riot grrl revivalism combine in this energetic quartet from Seattle to make some of the best pop-punk tunes you’ve heard since you became okay with listening to pop-punk again. It’s good music for gleefully burning pictures of your ex. With punchy but sweet vocals and catchy choruses that you’ll be humming for days, their latest album NVM is worthy of heavy rotation. Their second LP (and first on the Hardly Art label), NVM features beefed-up production but the same garage-y, DIY sound from their earlier EPs Woman’s Day and Take Me to Your Dealer. Stand-out tracks are “Crimson Wave” (which is about exactly what you think it’s about) and “Psychedelic Quinceñera,” a ballad about a girl who would rather forego the regular quinceñera formalities on her 15th birthday and get hella blitzed with her amigas instead. After exhausting the basement venues of Washington, Tacocat is heading inland on their winter tour with Sallie Ford. Red Light Cameras open. Pay your 10 bucks and get ready for the most colorful 21+ mosh pit of your life!
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