Alibi V.18 No.30 • July 23-29, 2009 

Music to Your Ears

Bud Melvin's Popular Music

What do you get when you mix banjo, 8-bit Nintendo and karaoke? (Aside from a Missourian out on the town in Japan.) You get programmer/picker Bud Melvin’s LP release for Popular Music.

Bud Melvin creates a solo novelty using the banjo and chiptunes—music produced by older video game and computer systems that generate sound in real time. It’s both retro digital and pastoral, an unlikely combination that interacts with the dynamism of yin and yang. On Sunday, a live collision of Luigi and Jed awaits release party revelers at Ed's Pub, Leisure Bowl's wood-paneled, karaoke-fraught watering hole. The show is free and followed by a night of open karaoke. In the meantime, the Alibi shipped off a few electronic questions to Melvin about the record.

Why release digital chiptunes on an analog record?

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It takes a village ... to rock.
Bernie DeChant

Spotlight

Balthrop, Alabama

Come visit

Siblings Pascal and Lauren Balthrop are living the small-town life.

They walk nearly everywhere they go, stopping to say hello to people they recognize on the street. They chat with store owners who know them by name and socialize at the neighborhood coffee shop where all their friends hang out.

The Balthrops live in the little-known blip on the map called Brooklyn, N.Y.—a city of 2.5 million. But the Mobile, Ala., natives managed to create an insular home for themselves in the borough's Carroll Gardens neighborhood. "We hardly ever get to Manhattan," Pascal says. "I'm glad it's there, because it obviously has a lot of great things, but we pretty much stay in our neighborhood."

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Ace Frehley

Music Websclusive

See Bud Melvin’s Game Boy Camera Photos

The sonically and visually talented Bud Melvin agreed to share photos taken on his Game Boy Camera. Here’s a selection hand-picked by us. To see more, click here, and link to more photos at the bottom of each page.

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Flyer on the Wall

Skunk’s Not Dead

Who Killed Carla, Travesty & The Screwups, Made In Bangladesh, Emergency Ahead, Martial Law, The Plain and Spring Loaded Hot-Dog raise a ska-punk stink on Friday, July 24, at Amped Performance Center (4200 Lomas NE). $5, 5 p.m., all-ages. (Laura Marrich)

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Photo by 48th and Pixel

EVENT HORIZON ()

Pasties and a G-String, Beer and a Shot

The Whiskey Sisters Present: Fascinations and Infatuations • Mayo Lua de Frenchie • The Burning Shivers • surf rock • Arty Dodger • burlesque, sideshow • Aluna Reign and Dahlia de la Nuit • Jaz Bubbles • Erica Solit

Dreamy and creamy and brunette curls. Channel Tom Waits for this quintessential, highly-curated presentation of burlesque and variety. The Whiskey Sisters, consisting of Jane Sweeney and Mayo Lua de Frenchie bring over 40 years of stage production experience between them for their biggest show thus far, Fascinations and Infatuations. Bring tip money and desire to Sister on Saturday, July 21 at 8pm. The Burning Shivers open with a surf rock set sure to kick the adrenaline into high gear. The burlesque and variety portion begins at 9pm with three sets of performers starring Dahlia de la Nuit and Aluna Reign of Phoenix and featuring Arty Dodger of Dallas, Jaz Bubbles of El Paso, and Erica Solitaire of Los Angeles. Drag queen, Jessica Stone DeLoreon, hosts the evening with all your local favorites. For $12, see burlesque, drag, knife-juggling, bellydance, stand-up comedy, tap hoofers and so much more. Have your I.D. ready because ya gotta be 21 to get in.
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