Alibi V.17 No.6 • Feb 7-13, 2008 

Music to Your Ears

Rahim's a Grammy Hopeful

Iraquerque oudist and composer Rahim Alhaj is up for a Grammy! Alhaj's nomination was announced toward the end of 2007, but you'll have to tune in to the 50th Grammy Awards (which aren't being picketed by the Writers Guild) to find out if our homeboy wins. It's airing on CBS (or "Channel 13" to you and me) this Sunday, Feb. 10. The album of the hour is When The Soul Is Settled: Music Of Iraq, 73 minutes of music Alhaj recorded with tabla master Souhail Kaspar (the tabla is a hand drum that's sort of shaped like an hourglass—you've seen them before). Look for it on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings label. Good luck, Rahim!

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Donovan

From “Mellow Yellow” to Transcendental Meditation with David Lynch

It’s been more than 40 years since Donovan Phillips Leitch was riding the wave of “Mellow Yellow” and 11 other top 40 smashes.

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Nick 13 and co. bring   Music From Regions Beyond   to the Southwest.

Music Interview

Tiger Army

Psychobilly sultan has nothing but love for Burque

Tiger Army hasn’t had a lot of time to catch its breath.

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Flyer on the Wall

Buckethead

OK, the hockey mask and KFC bucket “hat” are completely annoying and gimmicky, but you can’t deny Buckethead’s prowess with an electric guitar. See No. 8 on Guitar One magazine’s "Top 10 Greatest Guitar Shredders of All Time" list at the Sunshine this Sunday, Feb. 10, at 7:30 p.m. Marsupious opens. Tickets are $20 at sunshinetheaterlive.com. (LM)

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Sonic Reducer

The Mars Volta The Bedlam in Goliath · Jack Johnson Sleep Through the Static

Aside from stories of an ancient Ouija board, missing fragments of the album and a spiritual medium playing catalyst, Mars Volta guitarist and ringleader Omar Rodríguez-López wasn’t joking around when he got to work on The Bedlam in Goliath. It hits heavy from beginning to end. That's not always a good thing—like other TMV albums, there's an arrangement of confusion that can be difficult, if not daunting, to grasp the first time through. Since the second time around, I haven't been able to pry my ears away from the stereo. (JH)

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Their Kindness is Charade

Crystal Castles • electropunk, synth pop, witch house

Remember the thing called Witch House? How about darkwave? The constant bifurcation of artistic paths in the field of electronic music can be damnably confusing and irritating, as well as rewarding and helluva lot of fun too—as long as you pick the right band. When adherents of these sorts of genres aren't busy sorting their rainbow-colored toe socks and looking for tubes of Vick's Vaporub to snatch up at the local Walmart, then it's a pretty fair bet that they are listening to the likes of Crystal Castles, a duo of Canuck electro-arhats …
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Special Beat Service

The English Beat • ska

Here's a brief on a band with three names, but unlike Eliot's bunch, these dudes are not a coterie of cats. At home across the pond, they're known as the Beat. In the land down under, kindly refer to them as the British Beat. Here in 'Merica, we call them the English Beat. But no matter what you call them, this estimable ensemble that still includes founder and guitarist Dave Wakeling—but not vocalist Ranking Roger—was partially responsible for the upsurge in popularity that two-tone ska saw on both sides of the Atlantic during the '80s and '90s. …
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