I'm a notorious recluse/hermit. I imagine myself as a postmodern Emily Dickinson—Gchat and Facebook message as letter, yo—but, as yet, I'm nowhere near the writer she was and probably more closely resemble late-stage Howard Hughes. As an introvert, one of the things I dig the most about social networking is the ability to share in the lives and experiences of artists I admire. I never thought I'd be able to tell Ann Magnuson that "Folk Song" will always be in my sonic top ten.
Another rad artist I "know" via Facebook is Emil Amos. When I heard Lilacs & Champagne, my mind was blown. I messaged him to that effect and he kindly requested my friendship. Amos, of Om, Grails and Holy Sons, is extremely talented and hella gracious, and I'm psyched to high-five him this evening. Transcendent drone-metal duo Om performs tonight at Sister (409 Central NW), along with guitar virtuoso Sir Richard Bishop and Jeremy Barnes. I'll see you there. Read all about Bishop in Siring Superlative Sound. Check out related A/V below. Sister • Om • Sir Richard Bishop • Jeremy Barnes • Thurs Feb 14 • 10 pm • $10-13 • 21+ • sisterthebar.com
In this week’s Music to Your Ears, Derek Caterwaul delivers the good news about High Mayhem’s third annual Fall Series. On Friday, Nov. 2, the first concert showcases Black Iron Trio, GoGo Snap Radio, Pray for Brain and The Proxemics. Listen to music from featured projects after the jump. High Mayhem (2811 Siler Lane) • Fri Nov 2 • 7 pm • $10 suggested donation • ALL-AGES! • highmayhem.org
Albuquerque’s L.M. Dupli-cation reissues John Jacob Niles’ iconic home recordings
By Mel Minter
The voice—reedy, urgent, ethereal and strong—summons centuries of memory and suspends time in the space of a song. Love, jealousy, longing, fear and remorse take on an almost physical presence, and fabled characters first conjured in song ages ago, in hovels choked with peat smoke, crowd the imagination.
Cooper-Moore vigorously exercises his right to free expression, whether he's storytelling, pushing the jazz envelope at the piano, or expanding the realm of the folkloric by inventing, building and playing his own musical instruments. He and Albuquerque's own Jeremy Barnes—one-half of A Hawk & A Hacksaw—first met a few years ago in Chicago, and ever since, they've been plotting to explore their musical universes together. They'll do it tonight at 7:30 p.m. at UNM's ARTS Lab with Cooper-Moore on piano and his own original instruments and Barnes on drums and other instruments—"It's going to be accordion-free," Barnes says. The show reprises outside of Albuquerque on Saturday at the Santa Fe Complex (8 p.m.) and Sunday at the El Rito Library (3 p.m.). Donations will be accepted for the Albuquerque show. Call 730-3814. (Mel Minter)