Alibi V.17 No.17 • April 24-30, 2008 

Music to Your Ears

Heavy Metal , Seven Feet Tall and Luminous

Oh, man. As part of the Alibi's Midnight Movie Madness, the Guild Cinema will screen a print of Heavy Metal this weekend. The 1981 movie is a Trifecta of stoner delights: rotoscopic animation, porn 'n' gore-heavy content and a kick-ass soundtrack. Devo, Black Sabbath, Nazareth, Blue Öyster Cult, Cheap Trick, Grand Funk Railroad, Journey, Stevie Nicks and Sammy Hagar are some of the names who pitched in music for the animated fantasy flick. The original movie score was performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and written by Elmer Bernstein. (He's the composer behind not only The Ten Commandments and The Magnificent Seven, but pop ephemera like the incidental music in Michael Jackson's "Thriller" and the opening signature of National Geographic TV specials. Elmer's the man.) Heavy Metal shows at 11 p.m. on Friday, April 25, and 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 26. All seats are $7. And if you miss the opportunity to see Heavy Metal on an actual movie screen, you'll regret for the rest of your life. Just sayin'.

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We Were Born As Ghosts
Tina Larkin

CD Release

We Were Born As Ghosts

Writing a story, painting a picture

While traveling to make their new album at Black Lodge Recording Studios in Eudora, Kan., the members of We Were Born As Ghosts carried a large plastic “E” with them for inspiration. “It reminded us to be epic,” singer/guitarist JD Harding says. “It became our muse during the entire recording process.”

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Cuban hip-hop trio Krudas Cubensi appears 5/1 at Out ch’YondA and 5/2 at UNM.

Spotlight

Hip-Hop Congress

Week long summit promotes local and international hip-hop

Push the presidential debates and other politics aside: The New Mexico Hip-Hop Congress has its own agenda for spreading diversity. NMHHC Organizers Bryan Gibel, Sugar Shane and Travis Cole have been active within New Mexico's hip-hop community for years. With the help of other die-hard activists like Breakin' Hearts breakdance promoter Cyrus Gould, New Mexico's HHC jumped up on its feet last September. Not even one year old, the HHC is building momentum with New Mexico’s first International Hip-Hop Awareness Week.

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Flyer on the Wall

Ahoy, Carr-atey!

High in fiber and, somehow, salt, The Oktober People mutiny with Ghostkimo and Bellemah this Friday, April 25, at Burt’s Salad Bowl. I mean, Tiki Lounge (free, 21+). (LM)

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Sonic Reducer

Cut Copy In Ghost Colours · Black Francis SVN FNGRS · Switches Lay Down the Law

Switches smacks you over the head with sexed-up glam rock right off the bat. Within the first three seconds of Lay Down the Law’s opening track, “Drama Queen,” you know exactly what this group of crotch-thrusting Brits is about. When Matty Bishop suggests he’s “coming down off something called love,” you have to laugh incredulously, but while its lyrical sentiments may be contrived, Switches’ hooks are organic and unforced. Slivers of succinctly executed rock-opera and towering melodies make the handful of regrettable tracks forgivable on an album with something worth saying, in spite of its words. (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 …
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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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