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?
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."
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.
8 Bit Psychedelic Folk Fest • David Bridwell • singer-songwriter • Olivia Komacheet • guitar loops • Bud Melvin • 8-bit, banjo • The Gral Brothers • pedal steel
By August March
Whoa. There's going to be a psychedelic folk fest in Burque, dudes, except it's all '80s style complete with an 8-bit musical motif too. Presented by multi-instrumentalist Olivia Komahcheet and also featuring Bud Melvin—a local king of the 8-bit aesthetic—as well as the unique pedal steel and drum chemistry of the Gral Brothers and the humorous, new-pants-wearing humor of singer-songwriter David Bridwell, this singular and sonically challenging event is going down…
In the '90s there was a rumor that movie star and stand up comedian Sinbad bought an entire windbreaker factory just to appease his signature look. It was also rumored that he could stand in gale force winds without even feeling a breeze. These days, you're less likely to spot him sporting his classic look, but it just goes to show that you don't need a pair of genie pants to be the funniest person in the room. See the legend this Friday, March 22, at Isleta Resort and Casino, and get a powerful dose of comedy pumped straight into your face. The 21 and up show starts at 8pm. Tickets start at $20.
Queensrÿche and Fates Warning are widely considered titans of the progressive rock world. As part of a metal monarchy, both bands are known for the intricate musical tapestries they weave with odd time signatures, multi-octave ranges and concept albums featuring complex lyrical themes. You can ride this heavy comet at the Historic El Rey Theater this Saturday night, March 23, when 'Rÿche and Fates hold court. The doors open at 7pm, show at 8. Tickets are $25 in advance. This is an all-ages show. Bring the heirs of your empire for a history lesson about a time when Vikings ruled the world and metal was melodic.
The Whiskey Sister Present Flora, Fauna and F*ckery • Mayo Lua de Frenchie • Di' Lovely • Delta Rae Dixon • burlesque, comedy, variety
By Mayo Lua de Frenchie
The Whiskey Sisters are back for their quarterly show for spring, bringing more newcomers to Albuquerque and to the Sister stage. In their 50/50 burlesque and variety show, the only Sunday show of the year on March 24 brings headliner Di'Lovely of San Diego, who has competed for the prestigious title of Reigning Queen of Burlesque multiple times at the Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas. Appearing in Albuquerque for the first time is classic burlesquer and featured performer, Delta Rae Dixon from Salt Lake City. Flora, Fauna and F*ckery also brings the magic of Bryan Lambe, the comedy and b-boy stylings of Zach Abeyta, vocal talents of Judith Mondragon, drag from Tomahawk Martini and all the A-list local burlesque you can drool over. Host Jessica Stone DeLorean takes you on a wild and colorful ride with doors at 7pm, the show at 8 and a cost of $12 for a 21 and over crowd. Go forth and enjoy the f*ckery.
Ameripolitan—or juke joint-swing as the genre is known by some Tejanos—advocate extraordinaire Wayne Hancock descends loudly and lovingly onto the stage at Inside Out on Tuesday, March 26. Wayne “The Train” Hancock has been startling audiences, beating up boots and brandishing a guitar since he was a young one; his affinity for finding, deconstructing and then delivering honestly raw and rambunctious roots music is without equal in the land of hillbilly-backed, Grand Ole Opry-certified swinging sounds. As the artist himself puts it, “Man, I'm like a stab wound in the fabric of country music in Nashville. See that bloodstain slowly spreading? That's me.” Entrance to this rodeo-like environment of sights and sounds will run typical 21+ listeners $12 in advance and $15 at the door; the curtain rises on America's representative at 9pm. It'll be better than season one of “Hee-Haw!”