Alibi V.15 No.51 • Dec 21-27, 2006 

Music to Your Ears

Lily Comes Home--Cutting-edge guitarist/composer Lily Maase (see Mel Minter's "Spotlight," May 18-24) has left the frozen coasts of Brooklyn, N.Y., for a sojourn in her hometown of Albuquerque. The purpose for her return is a "creative development residency" called Music in Motion. Lily will spend a week teaching classes and developing new material for her forthcoming album, unbind, due out early 2007. She's also bookending her visit with two solo performances at the Blue Dragon, giving listeners a rare glimpse at how music composition evolves (and through what looks like will be a period of intense refinement). Hear her Tuesday, Dec. 26, and again on Wednesday, Jan. 3, for the full impact. There's a suggested $5 donation for each 8:30 p.m. performance.

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Flyer on the Wall

Silent Night

... Not! It’s a very special all-ages Christmas show at Sol Arts (712 Central SE) with The Build and Goodbye Cody. Doors open at 7 p.m. Cost is $5. (LM)

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Giant Steps, just like the old days.

Spotlight

Giant Steps Reunion Show

Soundtrack unites ska champs for one more show

It was only life in 1999 that scattered members of Giant Steps around the country. "Jobs, wives, kids, promotions," sax player Mike Silva ticks off the list of things that come up, even for local ska heroes who made as big a stride as the Steps. "We didn't want to go on with just bits and pieces of our former band." Members realized they had gone as far as they were going to go, he says. Still, Silva remembers his time with Giant Steps as one of the best in his life.

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Sonic Reducer

The Whigs Give 'Em All A Big Fat Lip · Radio Birdman Zeno Beach · Bottle Rockets Zoysia · The Dears Gang Of Losers · Cold War Kids Robbers & Cowards · The Bellrays Have A Little Faith · Ghostface Killah Fishscale · The Drams Jubilee Dive · The Walkmen A Hundred Miles Off · The Hold Steady Boys And Girls in America

The Best Overlooked CDs of 2006

Music is a tough business these days, what with online downloading eating away at record sales. But this hasn’t discouraged musicians from jumping into the fray. Each new day, it seems, brings a new CD from some new (or otherwise little-known) act. Give the credit (or the blame) to affordable recording technology and the power of the Internet to build awareness for bands. It’s just a whole lot easier to make albums now. And with the deluge of new releases, it’s a whole lot easier to miss out on CDs that deserved to be heard. I surely missed my share, but here are 20 CDs from 2006 that deserved far more attention--and sales--than they received.

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Image courtesy of Rhymesayers

EVENT HORIZON ()

All the Beauty in This Whole Life

Brother Ali • rap, hip-hop

In case you want to know, the headline for this part of Event Horizon is brought to you by the rapper known as Brother Ali. It's the name of his new album and an inducement to go check out one of the finest flows in all of hip-hop nation. Brother Ali is jamming it righteously on Saturday, Dec. 15 with doors at 7:30pm and the show kicking off at 8pm. at the Launchpad as part of a tour that commemorates the 15th anniversary of another Brother Ali masterpiece called Shadows on the Sun. For a dude whose concern for social justice and positive causes have come to dominate the subject matter of his work, Brother Ali still rocks it tenderly on tunes like “Dear Black Son” as well as with definitive sickness on other tracks, namely, “Bitchslap!” For a mere $20 to $75 and a 21+ ID, you can be part of the progressive party! How ill is that?!
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