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V.23 No.27 |
Zola Jesus' new track "Dangerous Days" is a modern-sounding electro-pop banger.

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Now Hear This, Vol. I

Welcome to the first installment of "Now Hear This," a column to chronicle my obsessive-compulsive sonic studies, archaelogical and futurist alike. And while here with me, expect everything from old and alt.country to rocanrol to dark wave to Italo disco to queercore to punk to riot grrrl to noise to minimal synth and everywhere in between ... Except smooth jazz, (most) contemporary country and reggae. They just don't do it for me. As they say—who are they, anyway?—there's no accounting for taste.

I embrace that motto and am wholly dependent on my musical addiction to transcend the banality of everyday life. Don't get me wrong. I really dig my life. Getting to collaborate with and work alongside an uber-talented editorial staff and freelancers every day is, like, the dream. But sometimes you simply have to hear something new or unfamiliar that excites and challenges you. This column will serve as complement to my colleague Mark Lopez' wide-ranging Rooster Roundabout series.

My soundscape and its population, past and present, have benefited from the hive mind of many wonderful humans, ranging from my vinyl historian pal Mike Harper in Huntsville, Tex., who first exposed me to the music nerd bug;

to synth/post-punk/ industrial maven and Systems of Romance curator Frankie Teardrop, also of cold wave/post-punk band The Harrow;

to Dirt City denizen Derek Caterwaul, notably of KUNM Radio and Low Life at Blackbird Buvette, who remains one of my favorite DJs after more than a decade of listening to his Music to Soothe the Savage Beast and Overnight Freeform shows;

to Burqueña Tahnee Udero aka DJ Tahnee, whose massive knowledge base is supplanted by exquisite taste, and her solo project TAHNZZ garnered serious listmas praise in 2013;

to Mello Sanchez aka DJ Mello, an uber-talented DJ and pastry chef and one of my best friends;

to northerly neighbor Lorrie Edmonds, curator of I Will Not Return Your Records, which I can safely say is one of the best radio shows on the planet.

So this is a shout-out to all y'all strange, kindred music nerds, both the ones I know and the ones I haven't met yet.

V.22 No.44 | 10/31/2013
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Aural Fixation

Hocus Pocus

Jazz, doo-wop and funk for haunted house parties

DJ Mello scares up a spooky jazz mix to soundtrack your costume/cocktail party.
V.22 No.5 | 1/31/2013
Whether you’re in the mood for vintage Louisiana dance tracks and Northern soul, a funk-rock-punk-ska amalgam and reggae or witchy psych-folk, Music to Your Ears has you covered.
V.21 No.48 | 11/29/2012
Jessica Stone, a.k.a. DJ Bea

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DJ Bea has No Fun rockin’ the Roulette

Jessica Stone, a.k.a. DJ Bea, got random with us this week in celebration of her hectic weekend DJ schedule. Learn more about the post-punk, garage and soul-lovin’ golden girl and read her thoughts on fate’s reflective assignment in this week’s Song Roulette. Check out video’s from the artists Stone randomly meditated on below. Blackbird Buvette • No Fun Dance Party • Sat Dec 1 • 10 pm • FREE • 21+ • blackbirdbuvette.com

V.21 No.43 |
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Specter of haunt-ological Halloween mixes

When it comes to my holiday music obsessions, Halloween ranks right up there with Christmas. (Note to musicians: please create more vaguely Easter-themed music.) As evidence of my aural fixation, I submit my Trick or Treatise playlist from last year. This year, I enlisted the vinyl intelligence of DJ Mello to create a scarily rad playlist for my blog. She delivered in spades, with doo-wop and Latin jazz, an obscure '60s girl group's explanation of the zombie walk, an R&B ode to gorillas and loads more. Stream her Songs That Go Bop in the Night below. See the original post for the full track list.

I hadn't planned to make a Halloween mix this year, but the bad earworm fairy finally relented. I conjured up a spectral, spooky and witchy 13-song tribute to the most makeup and candy-centric day of the year. It features tracks by Zombelle, Dani Shivers, Selma Oxor, Soap&Skin, CRIM3S, Dame Darcy, Lee Noble and others. Stream my 2012 mix, All of Them VVitches after the jump. Happy haunting!

V.21 No.41 | 10/11/2012
Eva Blaylock
Lloyd Thrap Photography

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Eva Blaylock does the shuffle

Pan!c and Suicide Lanes bassist Eva Blaylock put her iTunes on shuffle and meditated on the resulting random tracks in this week’s Song Roulette. Blaylock performs in new Elvis tribute trio Jumpsuit, along with Nate Daly and Jim Phillips, on Friday night.

I saw Suicide Lanes perform at Burt’s a couple years ago and had to compliment Blaylock on the performance. When I got up close, I realized I also needed to praise her fully fashioned stockings. But what I took for rad hosiery is actually a tattoo. She says the idea for the tattoo came from her grandmother’s recollections of painting on her seams to stay fashionable during wartime rationing of nylons.

Jumpsuit

with CanyonLands, Killjoy & The Cutthroats, DJ Mello and Huron Valley Listening Club

Friday, October 12, at 8 p.m.

Low Spirits

2823 Second Street NW

Tickets: $5, 21-and-over

lowspiritslive.com

V.21 No.13 | 3/29/2012

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Spring Social tonight

Live music, free photo booth photos, hot dogs, candy and ice cream tonight at Launchpad. Read more about our psychedelic picnic here.

Weekly Alibi’s Group Hug presents the Spring Social (a psychedelic picnic)

with Roo, Tall Boys, Hyperland, Tropical Girls and DJ Mello

Friday, March 30, 8 p.m.

Launchpad

618 Central SW

Tickets: $5, 21+

Info and RSVP: on.fb.me/springsocial2012

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Psychedelic picnic

The Alibi’s Spring Social takes place Friday, March 30 at Launchpad with performances by Roo (post rock), Tall Boys (ABQ Boys Choir on stilts), Hyperland (cosmic electro), Tropical Girls (lo-fi beach synth) and DJ Mello (psych-n-soul).