Alibi V.18 No.4 • Jan 22-28, 2009 

Music to Your Ears

Earwin IV

An interview with the Alibi's fourth Earwig playlist winner

Screen Name: chaseypoo

Real Name: Chase Carter

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Flyer on the Wall

Suits You

Death Convention Singers, Sabertooth Cavity and Balsamic Garden dress listeners in a bespoke coat of noise this Friday, Jan. 23, at 1kind Studios (1016 Coal SW). All-ages. A $3 to $5 donation gets you in. (LM)

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Of bands, horses and hands: David Eugene Edwards
Erwin Verstappen

Music Interview

American Gothic

David Eugene Edwards' Wovenhand

Former 16 Horsepower frontman David Eugene Edwards has been a murky American music figure for approaching two decades. Having begat a genre that could be considered alt.country, indie rock, Christian music or, at the same time, none of the above, the Denver-based artist just released his fifth album under the Wovenhand epithet. In support of Ten Stones, Edwards pays New Mexico a visit this week, playing as a three-piece with Pascal Humbert on bass and Ordy Garrison on drums. We rang him up on the old horn for a chat.

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Sonic Reducer

Bon Iver Blood Bank · Tonight: Franz Ferdinand Franz Ferdinand · Reel Big Fish Fame, Fortune and Fornication

In its wintery new EP, Bon Iver siphons out a little more of the atmospheric soul that made its debut, For Emma, Forever Ago, a critical and commercial success. Founder Justin Vernon adds piano and pedal steel to the broth of layered vocals and acoustic guitar that constituted much of the debut. On "Woods," Vernon goes so far as to ape Kanye West by auto-tuning the living hell out of his vocals. Thankfully, "Woods" sounds like a soul ballad recorded under water, not a synthetic, trend-hunting farce. While expanding his pallet, Vernon stays true to the ice-cold but strangely reassuring atmosphere of For Emma. That should make fans happy and keep the folk-experimentation kicking. (SM)

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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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