Alibi V.17 No.38 • Sept 18-24, 2008 

Music to Your Ears

Earwig

We just launched a music interface over at Alibi.com called Earwig. It's a place for sound worshippers to create and share their favorite playlists with other amateur mixologists. Sound like you?

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Andreas Riedel

Spotlight

17 Hippies at ¡Globalquerque!

Unclassifiably original band merges East and West in dance grooves galore

When you slide Heimlich, the latest CD from 17 Hippies, into the computer, the disc obligingly gives up the expected data: album name, track titles, artist, etc. It’s all pretty straightforward until you get to “genre.”

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Ani DiFranco, a righteous babe
Rhea Anna

Show Up!

A Fake Interview with Ani DiFranco

Somebody needs to sing me awake

Hi,Ani DiFranco. How's it going? That would have been my first question. Interesting people don't just say, "good."

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Flyer on the Wall

Leave the Ankle-Biters at Home

... and meet the toe-suckers at Burt’s Tiki Lounge: Separatist Faction, FC Armenta and Jack Knife. Free, 21+. (LM)

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Sonic Reducer

Blitzen Trapper Furr · New Kids On The Block The Block · Calexico Carried To Dust

It's a shame this record comes out just after the State Fair leaves town. It would be the perfect midway soundtrack. Furr is a little intimidating at first, what with its bright lights, piles of sounds and entirely too many options. But soon enough, the album finds a psychedelic-folk game it likes and wins the teddy bear. Blitzen Trapper's piano, Rhodes organ, driving guitar and multilayered, chirpy vocals are juiced up and rarin' to go. Bob Dylan is clearly in the band's collective consciousness, but Blitzen Trapper is more succinct and electronically inclined than its forefather. Partially sunbaked but also poignant at times, Furr seeks uncharted territory without getting lost along the way. (SM)

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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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