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 V.18 No.16 | April 16 - 22, 2009 

Music to Your Ears

Scores of Scores

The New Mexico film industry's proverbial belt gets another notch punched in it this week, but it's not what you'll see that's making the state proud—it's what you'll hear. Albuquerque musician Tom Monahan composed the score for Fat Head, a nationally released docu-comedy starring, written and directed by Tom Naughton. The film is a direct challenge to Morgan Spurlock's 2004 Super Size Me (and, indirectly, an homage to Subway's "Jared" ad campaign). It follows Naughton as he eats nothing but fast food for 28 days and loses weight.

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Watt, front and center, with The Missingmen

Spotlight

Mike Watt

Ex-Minuteman ponders mortality while practicing an opera

Punk institution Mike Watt considered a lot of influences in designing his third rock opera: Walt Whitman, The Wizard of Oz, Watt’s own past recordings, “jackalopes and shit.”

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Loueke’s always on the lookout for inspiration.
Courtesey of Lionel Loueke

Jazzed

Lionel Loueke Trio

African-inflected guitar and telepathy

Blending simple, beautiful African melodies with forward-looking harmonies, a deep groove and an unusually percussive repertoire of vocalizations, guitarist Lionel Loueke has quickly captured the imagination of jazz audiences. He’s also won the respect of some of its biggest heavyweights, including Terence Blanchard, Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter.

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Flyer on the Wall

Gypsy, Be Good

Sleestaks, Dead On Point Five, Bat Wings for Lab Rats (featuring Rob of Holiday Sail) and Dynamite Kegs (from Cruces) rock the Launchpad on Thursday, April 16. The Gypsy Queens, a lady gang of inked Good Samaritans, will make a special appearance to raise awareness for Walk MS, coming up on Saturday, April 18, at Tiguex Park. The show is 21+, cover TBA. (Laura Marrich)

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Sonic Reducer

Yeah Yeah Yeahs It's Blitz! · The Thermals Now We Can See · Death Cab For Cutie "The Open Door EP"

The band that helped bring New York rock back from the dead has decided it wants to make new wave disco jams. It’s Blitz! proves the Yeah Yeah Yeahs can take a daring leap and land safely on the other side. The new format still carries the same high energy and adolescent volatility that characterizes the band’s previous two releases, but this record trades buzz guitar for synthesizer. Many groups change their stripes, but the result doesn’t pan out. Others keep their one trick going until fans eventually grow tired. The successful reinvention is the ultimate trick. It’s Blitz! pulls it off with grace. (SM)

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Franks and Deans
Courtesy of the Artist

EVENT HORIZON (Thursday, Feb 23)

Buoyant and Rambling

Franks & Deans • punk rock, rock 'n' roll • Shrewd • Punctured Muffler • Silent Crush • metal

At some point during the progression of meta-ultra-postmodernism, it was only natural that a band covering Rat Pack tunes revisioned as rambling ska paeans or blisteringly buoyant punk anthems based on the imbibing and love-making habits of dudes like Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin would rise from the rocanrol cauldron. Well it's 2017 and such has indeed come to pass. The name of the band is Franks & Deans. They've succeeded by inflecting the sweepingly romantic, sometimes melancholy and nearly always self-referential ditties of these post-war, pre-rock vocal heroes with good-natured rhythms and danceable guitar leads—as well as an updated fashion sense that seems to borrow more from ZZ Top's summer style guide than from Robin and the 7 Hoods—that adds affable nuance to legendary, mid-century American popular music. Band members Rob DeTie, Mike "Pip" Ullemeyer, Hoss and Sampson await your indulgence at Low Spirits on Thursday, Feb. 23, and the admission price of $5 sure as heck beats dropping “Three Coins in the Fountain.”
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