After months of operating out of Trailer 21, a white mobile office from which young rockers watched the demolition of their original railyard space, Warehouse 21 will finally see the groundbreaking of a new venue. The hardworking under-21 set awaited the funds for the new building for nearly a year. The exact date and time of the groundbreaking is still unknown, but some kind of party/ceremony should happen within the week of Sept. 24. The new teen arts center will be two stories, 16,845 square feet, with two performance spaces, a printmaking studio, a recording studio, a media zone, a fashion design studio, a darkroom, a coffee bar and an outdoor space.
Original Rock Music in the Heights
You know about the kickass metal at the Compound, but other Uptown bars are booking live, original rock acts now, too. You'll find the likes of Mechanism of Eve, Volume Volume and Frostbite at Misty's Hideaway at 1522 Eubank. Call 271-9839 or look the club up at myspace.com/mistyshideaway. Heroes and Legendsat Indian School and Tramway is also booking bands, though with what frequency and which genres isn't clear. Find them online at myspace.com/heroeslegendsbar. The super-clean Tavern on Menaul between Carlisle and Washington is booking local and touring acts. Calendar and booking info can be found at myspace.com/tavernabq. So whether you're a band seeking new fans or a music lover tired of the same old scene, let's support any venue willing to put up with mouthy, smelly, original Albuquerque rock.
Screw You, RIAA
No matter how you feel about music downloading, it's hard to deny how ruthless the Recording Industry Association of America has been in going after pirates. A lawsuit filed in Oregon charges RIAA with using "illegal and flawed" tactics when scouring the Net for illegal downloaders, according to a Variety report. The suit, seeking class-action status, alleges the company doing the investigations for RIAA isn't properly licensed and that investigations sometimes result in cases of mistaken identity.
If the suit becomes class-action, early speculators say this could be a big problem for the association as it hunts pirates and bruises music lovers (all in the name of refusing to adapt to the new economy imposed by the realities of technology).
Air Fresheners: Trouble for Musicians?
It's not just a defense of one's right to stink. Former Jethro Tull member Tony Williams is calling out company Sara Lee for ruining his instrument, according to The Sun. Williams slings a $2,000 bass, which he left near an Ambi Pur plug-in overnight. He says the thing melted the paint and varnish right off his ax. Be warned.