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LowLife Vids'n'Vinyl
LowLife Vids'n'Vinyl
 V.19 No.17 | April 29 - May 5, 2010 
Shoulder Voices   In Space!

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Shoulder Voices In Space! Release Party

Although the band's been performing since 2001, Shoulder Voices never officially released an album. This week, however, the eclectic Albuquerque group—powered by Little Bobby, The Musk and a rotating cast of characters—will unleash its first proper, non-CDR collection of recorded material. In Space! is a concept album rooted in '70s psychedelia, as well as a means of furthering the band's aggressively festive shows.

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Black Maria (from left): Terry Sells, Marc Crovella, Brian Banks, Gordy Andersen and Brent Sells
Eric Williams


The Ambassadors of Good Fucking Times

Black Maria’s overdue debut

In the pack of snarling dogs that is a music scene, scraps of praise, stage time and fans are hard-won. Somehow, Black Maria finds itself with more meat than it can eat. You won't see members badgering social networking friends with notices or merch. Fans spread the word, and they do it well. A Black Maria gig doesn't happen all that often, and when it does, it's an event of towering amplifiers, volume you can feel in your chest cavity and a big, rowdy audience.

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Flyer on the Wall

Cinco de Mayo Frito de Pie-o Fiesta!

This week we honor a flyer designed in-house by Jeff Drew for our Cinco de Mayo party. [See this week’s feature for more historical and cultural dirt on the holiday.] The Alibi plans to observe May 5 by sitting outside, enjoying music, micheladas, Mexican sweets and other treats. Oh yeah, and free Frito pies while they last! Join us on the Blackbird Buvette patio (509 Central NW) on Wednesday from 5 to 10 p.m. (Jessica Cassyle Carr)

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Sonic Reducer

Stereo Total Baby Ouh! · Jeff Beck Emotion & Commotion · Broken Social Scene Forgiveness Rock Record

Françoise Cactus and Brezel Göring will not disappoint Stereo Total fans with this May 4 release. The Berlin-based synth/pop/dance/experimental duo has created another humorous, multilingual, low-fi album full of super catchy dance tunes. (I’m bopping up and down in my chair as I write this.) Although the duo recorded 40 songs for its first full-length since 2007, there are only 17 tracks here—which ones appear on your album depend on the country where you buy it. The U.S. release has more offerings in English than its Euro counterpart, plus one song in Japanese. All are richly layered with Stereo Total staples—samples, bouncy beats and silly noises—and feature lots of guest musicians like Gina D’Orio from Cobra Killer and Scottish performance artist Miss le Bomb. (SO)

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Song Roulette

Little Bobby’s Technicolor tracks

Little Bobby is an avid runner, vegetarian and fan of psychedelic music. His band Shoulder Voices is realeasing its first album this week. Peer into his Technicolor mind by way of the randomly selected songs below.

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Dr. Dog, learning a new song
Jason Nocito

Music Magnified

Dr. Dog Makes a House Call

On its cross-country tour two years ago, Philadelphia’s Dr. Dog—a quirky, lovable indie-soul band—packed bars that held 200 people when the fire department wasn’t looking. Last year, Dr. Dog electrified crowds at 400 to 500 capacity clubs, and this spring the endearing, addicting band is filling even bigger theaters. Luckily for New Mexicans, Dr. Dog still loves to play the rare smaller gig, and getting bigger certainly hasn’t made the band cocky.

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EVENT HORIZON (Tuesday, Dec 1)

Bloodsuckers Licking Your Ears

Vampires Everywhere! • rock • Consider Me Dead • Set to Stun

Metalcore masters Vampires Everywhere! will be rising from their decrepit coffins…
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Kelly O.

EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Dec 4)

I Tawt I Heard a Puddytat

Tacocat • post post punk pop • Red Light Cameras

Everything about Tacocat is candy-coated. Technicolor-dyed hair, surfy guitar vibes and unabashed riot grrl revivalism combine in this energetic quartet from Seattle to make some of the best pop-punk tunes you’ve heard since you became okay with listening to pop-punk again. It’s good music for gleefully burning pictures of your ex. With punchy but sweet vocals and catchy choruses that you’ll be humming for days, their latest album NVM is worthy of heavy rotation. Their second LP (and first on the Hardly Art label), NVM features beefed-up production but the same garage-y, DIY sound from their earlier EPs Woman’s Day and Take Me to Your Dealer. Stand-out tracks are “Crimson Wave” (which is about exactly what you think it’s about) and “Psychedelic Quinceñera,” a ballad about a girl who would rather forego the regular quinceñera formalities on her 15th birthday and get hella blitzed with her amigas instead. After exhausting the basement venues of Washington, Tacocat is heading inland on their winter tour with Sallie Ford. Red Light Cameras open. Pay your 10 bucks and get ready for the most colorful 21+ mosh pit of your life!
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