Alibi V.22 No.13 • March 28-April 3, 2013 
Jeff Mangum

Aural Fixation

Inside Jeff Mangum’s Aeroplane

Jeff Mangum doesn’t do interviews, so Alibi music columnist (and super-fan) Mike Smith penned an essay that deconstructs the Neutral Milk Hotel phenom and serves as a reminder of Mangum’s inimitable voice and persona.
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Albuquerque Boys Choir (from left) Bethany Delahunt, Christy Cook and Stef Graner

Last Month in Music

February 2013

Author Mike Smith shares the psychogeography of his February adventures in live music.

Sonic Reducer

Marnie Stern The Chronicles of Marnia · Thalia Zedek Band Via · Dani Shivers Jinx

This week, we listened to new releases from Marnie Stern, Dani Shivers and Thalia Zedek Band.
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Their Kindness is Charade

Crystal Castles • electropunk, synth pop, witch house

Remember the thing called Witch House? How about darkwave? The constant bifurcation of artistic paths in the field of electronic music can be damnably confusing and irritating, as well as rewarding and helluva lot of fun too—as long as you pick the right band. When adherents of these sorts of genres aren't busy sorting their rainbow-colored toe socks and looking for tubes of Vick's Vaporub to snatch up at the local Walmart, then it's a pretty fair bet that they are listening to the likes of Crystal Castles, a duo of Canuck electro-arhats …
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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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