Alibi V.16 No.1 • Jan 4-10, 2007 

Music to Your Ears

2006's Six Great Things in Local Music—I know, I know. Somewhere in the history of journalism, someone said, "Let there be 10, or thy year-closing lists shall be struck from the hands of thy readers with lightning bolts." Quick! Drop your paper!

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Flyer on the Wall

Step Right Up!

Simfonik Plague, Hit By a Bus and The Ya Ya Boom Project are more fun than a barrelful of elephants this Thursday, Jan. 4, at Ralli's Fourth Street Pub and Grill (free, 21-and-over). (LM)

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Show Up!

A Day in the Life

Trip-hop and tra-la-la with Chloe Day

Chloe Day doesn’t know how to describe trip-hop. You might find that odd, considering she’s known throughout the World Wide Web for her trip-hop, goth and industrial music. Still, she knows it when she hears it.

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Sonic Reducer

Solillaquists of Sound As If We Existed · Psalm One The Death of the Frequent Flier · Lady Sovereign Public Warning · Pigeon John ... And the Summertime Pool Party · Glue Catch as Catch Can · Dr. Octagon The Return of Dr. Octagon · Cut Chemist The Audience's Listening · Mr. Lif Mo' Mega · Murs and 9th Wonder Murray's Revenge · The Roots Game Theory

Hip-hop 10

Subjective. Inaccurate. Holy. A list of the discs that floated to the surface in 2006.

There is no order.

As hard as it was to cobble together a lineup of my favorite hip-hop releases of the year, it seems even more futile to arrange them first to last. These albums stand here for so many reasons: production, beats, lyrics, flow, freshness, aesthetic. I could arrange it and re-arrange it a hundred times for a hundred different reasons.

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Courtesy of the Artist

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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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