So Chrome Sparks apparently has a few hours open in his schedule to visit ABQ—somewhere in between juggling his gajillion other projects and fulfilling his role as busiest spacey electro-pop composer on the planet. New Mexico seems like the perfect place for those wide-open, expansive tunes of his. Maybe someone can talk him into posting up in the middle of the desert next time. Sound carries further at night and can have a a really spooky resonance. Just saying. This Friday, Sept. 30, he'll be wowing the pants off of us at Sister Bar (which is indoors, unfortunately) starting at 9pm. Sister • Fri Sep 30 • 9pm • $10-$12 • 21+ • View on Alibi calendar
Don't Cry About it, Be About it
Monday, Oct 24: Melanie Martinez • indie, pop • Handsome Ghost
Two i's Are Better Than One
Monday, Oct 3: Miike Snow
Friday, Aug 26: Votives • instrumental, ambient, post rock • Cryogenic Styles • Five Mile Float • indie • Spice Boys • punk rock • Cee Mo
Kate Bush Mourns Prince
It's almost too much
Kate Bush and Prince collaborated several times. In her digital eulogy of the pop royalty on her website, Bush stated:
I am so sad and shocked to hear the tragic news about Prince. He was the most incredibly talented artist. A man in complete control of his work from writer and musician to producer and director. He was such an inspiration. Playful and mind-blowingly gifted. He was the most inventive and extraordinary live act I've seen. The world has lost someone truly magical. Goodnight dear Prince.
Prince appeared on the track embedded here, "Why Should I Love You" from Bush's 1993 album Red Shoes and, in turn, Bush collaborated with Prince on his album, Emancipation.
Pop Combo Defies Cover Band Stereotypes
Checking in with the 5 Star Motelles
Will The Julie Ruin you for all others?
Kathleen Hanna drops Ruin release deets
Who the hell is Kathleen Hanna ... other than a feminist punk poet with an affinity for zine writing workmanship? Who is this woman who dwells in the netherworld of alternative culture, plotting and demonstrating? Who is this transformative post-whatever icon who keeps pushing the waistband on the pants of pop-rock aesthetics to fit her angry, rabble-rousing agendas? Well, she's just a writer. At least that's how I've pegged her since I first started listening to Bikini Kill and Le Tigre during my formative years as a gay outcast in high school. Granted, her music scorched the silly side of a grounded movement at times. I never took her stances too seriously—at least not as seriously as those who deem themselves riot grrrls—but I always appreciated her mediums. On hearing that she’s resurrected the Julie Ruin moniker to release new material, I was psyched, and I still am.
Putting the word “The” in front of the name—thus making it The Julie Ruin, y'all—Hanna has resurrected not only a name, but an idea and a good one at that. If you haven't heard her post-Bikini Kill bedroom recordings, you should take a listen. They're not groundbreaking, but they were a solid precursor to the “Deceptacon”-era Hanna who would make her mark on the music industry. Maybe she wasn't a chart-topper, but she maintains a loyal fanbase that is keen on hearing her wild vocals inundate them with a little radical mystique—Feminist Sweepstakes, anyone? I digress … Hanna has announced that The Julie Ruin's debut album, titled Run Fast, is set to hit the streets on the 3rd of September (you know ... the day we’ll always remember). So be on the lookout for that, and while you're waiting for that illustrious morn to approach, you still have the old basement recordings of the original incarnation to tide you over. And if Le Tigre's This Island and The Julie Ruin’s first single, “Oh Come On,” are anything to go by, then you know Hanna delivers the goods when she has the proper studio treatment to rely on. Just sayin'.
Sonic reductions of Sharon Needles, The Joy Formidable and Ancient VVisdom
Music writer M. Brianna Stallings and former Alibi editor Michael Henningsen listened to new releases from Sharon Needles, The Joy Formidable and Ancient VVisdom. They share their critiques in this week’s Sonic Reducer. Peruse A/V from featured acts below.
The Daily Word in UNM presidents, mob bosses and fireworks
Police have arrested former UNM president Chris Garcia in connection with a prostitution ring. They arrested a physics professor yesterday and charged him with promoting prostitution.
A bridge in the Bosque caught fire.
Gov. Martinez says it might be better to skip the fireworks this year.
Who's going to jump into the race for Heinrich's congressional seat? Ex-Mayor Martin Chavez? Ex-Lt. Gov. Diane Denish? State Sen. Eric Griego? City Councilor Dan Lewis? Jon Barela?
Guv also looking to tighten rules for driver's licenses for foreign nationals.
The FBI's been hunting Whitey Bulger for 15 years. Yesterday, agents caught the 81-year-old mob boss in Santa Monica.
The world's first totally synthetic pop star.
The seas are rising.
Potatoes make Americans fat.
FDA says breast implants won't last for life.
The end of gender?
New Monster Paws video
Burque electro pop group Monster Paws made a slick new video for its song “Ray of Light.” It depicts a group of hipsters running and frolicking in the sunshine (I hope they put sun block on that beautiful, youthful skin), until an apocalypse happens and transports them to outer space.
See Monster Paws perform live on Friday, April 22, when the Alibi’s Group Hug presents a Spring Social at the Launchpad. Then Eats Them and The Glass Menageries also play, and your truly will deejay sparkly pop music in between sets. For your pleasure, there will be free food, sweet and savory, and free photo booth. Costumes are encouraged. Admission—for those 21-and-over—is only $5. RSVP and invite your friends via Facebook here. See you there!