Alibi V.17 No.10 • March 6-12, 2008 
The Golden West waits to welcome customers before it opens for a regular business day in 2006.

Music News

The Saloon That Rock Built

Many bands' first steps were across the threshold of the Golden West

U.K. oi! band The Business takes the stage. Young testosterone-riddled skinheads start slam dancing, but the Party Vikings, a local gang of rowdy punk rockers, have named themselves the kings of the pit. It isn't too long before a full-scale riot breaks loose, remembers Gordy Andersen, Black Maria singer and Albuquerque rock stalwart. Punks throw pool balls down from the Golden West's balcony. Tables and chairs cartwheel through the air and are smashed into sticks. And The Business just keeps playing.

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Friends Forever

Show Up!

Friends Forever and Foot Village

Drum kit metal, bikinis and fireworks

At a certain point, it might be better to just stop asking Josh Taylor questions.

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Cohen and her clarinet
John Rogers

Jazzed

Jazz is Just the Beginning

Anat Cohen, award-winning clarinetist/saxophonist, brings her quartet to the Outpost

When she was busy mastering American jazz on her tenor saxophone, Anat Cohen gave little thought to the clarinet collecting dust in her closet, or to other genres of music. But she now moves effortlessly between both instruments and among a variety of musical styles.

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Flyer on the Wall

Fresh Beats

Banish the bore-gasm that is Wednesday with Vinyl and Verses at Burt’s Tiki Lounge. DJs Clout and Shake are on the table this week. You know it’s free, but you’ve got to be 21. (LM)

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Sonic Reducer

Sera Cahoone Only as the Day is Long · Julie Hardy The Wish · Erykah Badu New Amerykah

Sera Cahoone isn't writing a new chapter in the story of alt.country, but she's adding a few colorful pages to the book. The former drummer in indie faves Carissa's Weird and Band of Horses tries her hand at singer/songwriting and makes a couple handfuls of quiet, cloudy melodies that pour on the pity. Save for a pinch of pedal steel and banjo, the bulk of the backup to Cahoone's weightless vocals comes from plodding acoustic guitar—the album suffers slightly from a dragging tempo. Perhaps overly simplistic, but never offensive, Only as the Day is Long is a carefully constructed LP with a lot of promise. (SM)

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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 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.
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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. 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.
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