Music to Your Ears
An interview with the Alibi's first-ever Earwig playlist winner
Real Name: Nicholas Venaglia
Age: 23, Capricorn
Day Job: Customer service/cashier
Night Job: Artist
Winning Earwig Mix: "feels like home"
Hear It At: alibi.com/earwig
Un, Deux, Trois
Guitarist Stephane Wrembel takes Gypsy jazz on a wild and wonderful ride at the third annual New Mexico Django Fest
French guitarist Stephane Wrembel can almost play faster than ears can listen. Before the brain can really register every precisely filigreed ornamentation, every breathtaking swoop and swerve into unexpected territory, before it has time to involuntarily voice amazement, Wrembel is laying down another beautifully formed and emotionally ripe idea at light speed.
It’s drivin’ me mad, it’s makin’ me crazy
You’ve heard his hooks in Lil Wayne's tracks and possibly seen him fleetingly on episodes of "The Wonder Years" or "Growing Pains" when he was a kid. And, sure, Robin Thicke sounds an awful lot like Justin Timberlake or Usher. But it's because he’s produced and written for artists like them over the past six years—and won Grammy gold for it. He's been on the R&B sidelines for too long. Forgive me for cashing this saying, but Something Else screams "sexy," and it reminds me of what I felt the first time I listened to Marvin Gaye. No gimmicks, no club tracks—just a real artist with an authentic passion for making good songs. (JH)