Alibi V.16 No.33 • Aug 16-22, 2007 ››
Music to Your Ears
Skate + Jams
There's a perception that skateboarders are unmotivated people. When skaters aren't out carelessly destroying public property by "grinding" and such, they're manning the fryer at a shitty service industry job (if they have a job) or playing Xbox on some nasty old couch, probably one that belongs to a dude named Boner (or more precisely, Boner's mother).
Add It Up
One Foundation backs The 2bers in a live recording at 3rd Street Arts
One shot. That's what The 2bers are giving themselves to make their seventh disc and debut release with backup band One Foundation. One straight shot, live.
Tommy Gearhart Autumn Serenade
· Colette Push
· Public Enemy How You Sell Soul to a Soulless People Who Sold Their Soul
There's nothing particularly special about local crooner Tommy Gearhart’s debut release. His charming voice is reminiscent of a young Sinatra, minus the showy pow! of whichever mighty big band he was upstaging. Backing Gearhart is an un-synced combo whose improvisation and feel is clunky, and really doesn’t do their leader any justice. This is, however, perfectly good music to make love to, or drink a lot of champagne to, or have an intelligent conversation to; only I recommend hearing this ensemble in their natural habitat. Find them at a smoky bar with a little dimly lit stage, drink some cocktails and hear what Old Blue Eyes must have sounded like when he was still young. [TG]
Courtesy of the Artist
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 who've made their mark in the music world with a febrile and spooky glitchiness that has outlasted any names critics might apply in favor of an honestly, intimidatingly pure exploration of sounds that make humans dance and rejoice as they swirl around the very noisy and icy maelstrom of life and death. Ethan Kath and Edith Frances, AKA Crystal Castles, perform live in Burque on Thursday, Oct. 19. Viewed as an opportunity to joyfully and ferociously embrace the void, this ought to be a damn good show, but don't blame me if you can't remember your name afterwards.
Courtesy of the Artist
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. With a retinue of classic, upbeat jams like “Monkey Murders,” “Spar Wid Me” and “Save It for Later,” the band's touring the states again, impressing OG ska lovers as well as the next generation of horn-crazy youth with their combination of crazy stage antics and terrific tuneage. You can catch the outfit live here at the Duke City on Sunday, Oct. 22, at the Historic El Rey Theatre, but don't worry you don't need checkerboard pants or a smart little hat to enjoy this gig—just make sure those great big feet of yours are rested and ready to dance.