Music to Your Ears
The Giranimals Go Extinct
A band at the forefront of Albuquerque's best indie-pop projects is calling it quits.
Maury Crandall, The Giranimals' drummer and principal songwriter, says the split is amicable. It's just that all involved have their fingers in one-too-many pies to, you know, practice and perform other important band-related tasks. The word he uses is "pooped."
Is it any wonder? In a little more than three years, vocalist Connie Crandall learned to play guitar and had two babies with Maury (they're married), the band released a lovely album (Imperfectly Timed Words) and opened for The Shins twice. (Tangent: The Shins are coming through Albuquerque again to play Popejoy Hall on Oct. 10. Check www.unmtickets.com for availability, and expect to pay in the neighborhood of $30-$40 a seat.)
Flyer on the Wall
Critters in the Cellar
Experimental folk from your favorite weirdo musicians: Mark Weaver (trombone, tuba), Brett Sparks (vocals, bass, saw), Mark Ray Lewis (vocals, guitars), Michelle Collins (vocals, theremin, etc.), Jessica Billey, (violin, vocals) and Jason Aspeslet (drums) appear as Trilobite this Thursday, Sept. 27, at Zinc (21+, free). Show starts at 9:30 p.m. (LM)
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Face Up and Sing
Five songs of 2007 help put politics back in our playlists
Religion and politics—the two topics you're not supposed to bring up in mixed company or, until pretty recently, in your songs. Of course, there are plenty of both in conversation and in music, but it wasn't all that long ago—pre-wartime, perhaps—that it was once again passé to put your political views into your pop tunes.
Canadian Baroque-pop super group Broken Social Scene has not put out a new album. BSS co-founder Kevin Drew has ... with 23 contributing musicians, including members of BSS (hence the "presents"). But Spirit If ... is Drew's baby. Despite massive collaborative efforts, Drew wrote or co-wrote all the songs, sang lead vocals, played various instruments, produced the album and created the album art. Gives one the impression BSS wasn't satisfying his creative urge. Spirit If ... is a masterful piece of genre-blending art, taking the elements that made BSS a hit and adding a more personal, self-sacrificing tone. It's a satisfying rock album that (thankfully) doesn't aim to be anything but. [AD]
Stop Making Sense • Tony O and the Greatest Band Ever • rock
Multiple Best of Burque Music award-winner Tony Orant—one of the giant disembodied brains in impenetrable perspex that is responsible for projects like Pink Freud—is driving his mad musical time machine to the '80s to grok a phenomenon called Talking Heads. The skulls of those four East Coast art school rockers had much influence on music and culture that followed numbly in their wake; just ask Thom Yorke. Anyway, Tony O and the Greatest Band Ever wants to tell you all about that…
Heiroglyphics • hip-hop
Hieroglyphics is on tour this summer because 20 years ago, 3rd Eye Vision was released. As you may recall, this album was one of the most important hip-hop recordings to appear near the end of the 20th century. It had folks like Del the Funky Homosapien wrangling a crew that boasted A-Plus, Opio and Domino…