Year in Review: Music
A retrospective of 2011’s foremost albums
Music to Your Ears
Five Favorites of 2011
Honestly, I spent most of 2011 obsessing over mod music and glam rock from the ’60s and ’70s, and so I don’t feel quite equipped to compose an authoritative or complete list of the year’s best new sounds. (Besides, the Internet is populated by young bloggers on the hipster tip who are doing just that for me—not that I was into Real Estate, Youth Lagoon or Lana Del Mar in the slightest.) I did, however, spend hours obsessing over certain songs. Below are the five I repeated to an embarrassing degree.
Violin-playing performance artist shares her New Year’s Eve with Albuquerque
Bitch is a multi-instrumentalist—electric violin, ukulele, bass, keyboard—and solo performance artist. The one-woman band was once upon a time half of Righteous Babe Records alumnus Bitch and Animal. On her own, the exuberant, Technicolor, gender nonconformist singer released her first solo album on Kill Rock Stars and now runs her own label, Short Story Records. Trained as an actor as well, she starred in acclaimed feature film Shortbus by John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch). Her music has appeared on “The L Word,” and she’s worked with the likes of JD Samson, Ani DiFranco and the Indigo Girls.
Mark Weber 6 Times around the Sun (Zerx Records)
On 6 Times around the Sun, hubkaphonist Mark Weber presents an abundant collection of strange and wonderful music, teaming up with nine adventurous musicians on 38 improvised duet tracks recorded over six years.
Flyer on the Wall
The poster for Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 classic thriller now serves as the announcement of a New Year’s Eve party at Dad’s House. Gusher, Great White Buffalo, Fart House, Music is the Enemy and Sputniq play beginning at 9 p.m. (Jessica Cassyle Carr)
Purple Reign • Prince tribute band
Take our word for it: The Purple One was the greatest rock guitarist to ever live on the planet Earth. Not even the Deaner compares, dudes. A master of every genre The Artist touched, Prince's hip-hop is so fly and far-out that it won't be properly understood for at least 200 years. For reference, we call your attention to a song titled “Pussy Control” for confirmation of what is otherwise known as la neta. While you're on that princely power kick, check out the dude's Purple Reign tribute show, a live concert experience on Friday, Jan. 24 at The Showroom at Isleta Casino. For a mere $25 and a 21-plus ID, experience a semblance of a mystical force, a simulacrum of something sublime. He may have departed this realm early but the essence of what Prince created, his musical compositions—performed live by a killer band—remains.
The Price is Right Live • game show
If you like spinning wheels and people yelling out the retail prices of household products, then leave your spayed or neutered pets at home and come on down to The Price Is Right Live stage show at Route 66 Casino Hotel. There are two shows on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 4pm and 8pm respectively. Tickets range from $20 to $40.