Local author and live music fanatic Mike Smith shares reviews of shows and recollections of falling in love-at-first-sight in the December installment of Last Month in Music. Check out A/V from featured artists below.
Last Month in Music
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.
with CanyonLands, Killjoy & The Cutthroats, DJ Mello and Huron Valley Listening Club
Friday, October 12, at 8 p.m.
2823 Second Street NW
Tickets: $5, 21-and-over
Eva Blaylock’s Random Tracks
Music to Your Ears
Friends With Benefits
Everything in the World Is All Right
Lousy Robot releases a third album. Twice.
Lousy Robot plays power pop wherein the power isn’t always obvious. The songs are catchy but front man Jim Phillips’ lyrics bite harder than the music might lead you to believe. In other words, come for the hooks, stay for the poetry. It’s like buying a box of sugarcoated cereal and finding that the free prize inside is a weather-beaten diamond ring: It doesn’t need polishing and, like a battered “Antiques Roadshow” rarity, the appraisal would drop if the treasure were cleaned up.
Originating as the minimalist but striking Hey, Dandee! in 2003, the band has since stepped up its production values. Lousy Robot’s winningly modest debut The Strange and True Story of Your Life. was followed by the more complex Smile Like You Are Somewhere Else. The latest release, Hail The Conquering Fool (produced by long time associate John Dufilho of The Deathray Davies and The Apples In Stereo), is by contrast a rabid pop behemoth.
Year in Review: Music
Five at Five
Captain America’s top five shows of 2010 at five different venues
Mecca Records & Books, Jan. 16—This last-minute set was Rachel Lujan’s second-to-last Pan!c gig before moving to Denver. Because of the impromptu excitement, it wasn’t all triste like her final appearance two weeks later but pure PBR-fueled fun.
Suicide Lanes road trips to Santa Fe
Just around the corner from Santa Fe Plaza, El Paseo Bar & Grill is not the most likely place in town to find garage rock. Enter Billy Miles Brooke, a musician whose past credits include glam cover band The Stardust Cowboys, a stage production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch and some fine solo work. A couple of years ago, Brooke partnered with the establishment’s owner, Matt Chavez, to host the sporadic Indie Rocks series showcasing acts that normally wouldn’t make it to El Paseo’s usually sedate stage.