Saturday, November 8, 2014

This weeks Five Records rocking my world

Emptiness - Nothing but the Whole - (2014) Dark Descent Records
Nero Di Marte - Derivae - (2014) Prosthetic Records
Necrowretch - Putrid Death Sorcery - (2013)
Nocturnal Graves - From the Bloodline of Cain
Crucifyre - A Black Magic Fire (2014)

Most of these you will catch a song or two from on my weekly radio show on KUNM 89.9fm

For this weeks Tombstone Rock show go here: KUNM 2 Week Archive
  • follow the link
  • on the menus choose wednesday.  Then choose 11 PM
  • click play now

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Screw the Q Boredom? - There's plenty of events coming up.

If you take a look at the show and event listing above, you will notice that there is quite a bit going on over the next week.  Musically this town is on a roll.  But it will all begin Saturday night when you 21ers get into your car to head out to Madrid to catch The Imperial Rooster at the Mineshaft Tavern.  Make sure you got a sober driver so you can make it all back to town. Then be nice to your sober driver, pay them back and recover from your hangover the next morning on Sunday August 5, 2012 by having Brunch at Mint Tulip.  This will be the first of their First Sunday Brunches.  Sadly for me, I begin my 13 hour shift at my job across town at the exact time that they will begin serving what i expect will be a kickass Vegan brunch.  More Info here: http://minttulipvegan.tumblr.com/

Later that evening you can head over to the Peace and Justice Center to catch The Catalyst, Prison of Sound and the first of a string of shows over the course of the week for Contortionist.  Going to be a blasting night.  Yeah, i am biased on this one.  As my band Prison of Sound gets to kick it around that night. And getting to preview the new The Catalyst record last night, i can tell you that they are not to be missed.  Afterwards you over 21ers can head down to catch Brapola's "Stolen Bike" Print show opening night down at Blackbird Buvette.

On down the week, Gusher will be having their tour kick-off at Sikhaus.  Joining in the revelry will be Farthouse, Ass Disastar, and the first of a 2 night appearance of Harbors... and Contortionist.  Check out Gusher at http://www.facebook.com/GusherABQ

Then the next night Some favorites from the damp northwest, Seattle to be exact, SAME SEX DICTATOR will be making a return to Burque.  They'll be sharing their two piece Heavy Loud and Blasting hardcore assault with Ronoso and Harbors!  All Ages over at the Peace and Justice Center - 202 Harvard SE.

Friday night you can go catch Contortionist wrap up their week of shows when they open for Glitter Dick, Tenderiseer, and drought down at the launchpad.  Gotta be 21 or over for this one. And if you are looking for food downtown from one of the carts, i suggest staying the hell away from jojo's something or another food truck.  Some of the most bland crap i have ever eaten.  And you can't even order most of the crap on their menu because they have their griddle off.  Here's a little hint to improve your food: Learn how to season your food, and learn how to wrap a burrito. Screw that Qart.

But Saturday, oh Saturday night.  Gonna screw responsibility and head over to the Small Engine Gallery for the CHAFFIN-POELINGS!!!! long long overdue return to Albuquerque.  Easily one of the best freaking bands out there.  To call them alt-country is almost an insult. They got twang, they're lofi, they got real heart and soul.  It's some pure genius.  Check here: http://chaffin-poelings.bandcamp.com/album/sovereignty
Chaffin-Poelings, along with ex-pats Gunsafe (i wish they were playing this show too) are two main reasons I would start a Country and Crust record label if I had the time and resources.  Instead I will just yell at all you out on the street to go check them out.  Fingers are tired, but it's time for be to tend to the garden.

And something else that needs to be mentioned:  Screw the Bigots, Racists, and Homophobes that seem to be coming out to shows a bit more.  You are idiots, you are not macho, you are not cool, and not welcome at these events.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Some Upcoming Tidbits!

Here's a little preview of some shows coming up in the next week:

22.Sun.July @ Launchpad with Witchaven, Ronoso, Aoticev, and The Conjuring.

Scaphe:  Going to be playing at Studio Broadway (1810 Broadway SE, with Doomed to Exist and Laughing Dog) Can be heard here: http://www.myspace.com/scaphe
 Genocaust have ex-pat Dorian from Noisear playing guitar.  These heads from Tuscon are going to be playing with Severed Savior, Arkaik, End To End, Defleshment, and Impaled offering @ Amped Performance Center 6:30pm $10 All Ages

Thursday, June 7, 2012

DJ Caterwaul Presents the Lowlife Mixtape

Snagged the following from NMBands.com  much easier than trying to explain it myself.  No Matter- you need to see this!

Caterwaul presents the Low Life Mixtape

06/08/2012 7:00 pm
06/08/2012 9:18 pm
Fri. June 8- One night only! Caterwaul presents the Low Life Mixtape!
Caterwaul curates a video mess-tape, gleaning clips and shorts from teetering piles of VHS tapes & DVDs of underground, experimental & obscuro video, most less than 5 minutes in length. The Low Life Mixtape is inspired by many video mixtape pioneers such as WFMU’s That’s Irritainment!, 5 Minutes to Live, Forbidden Transmission, Other Cinema, Everything is Terrible!, Viva VHS & others. It borrows from mainstream sources, cult films, independent filmmakers, “WTF cinema”, and a whole lotta music video.
It’s a thick visual braid woven from strands of source material both scary & sublime, stupefying & surreal, mystifying & mindblowing, ridiculous & ROCKIN’ - a cinematic feast for the mind & body. Expect head-scratching oddities, brain-warping experiments, eye-popping animation, jaw-dropping verite’, gut-wrenching tastelessness, footstompin’ music, and oh yes, MUCH MORE.
Gentlemen rockers Fando will provide the live soundtrack to a longer piece about halfway through this two-plus hours cinematic feast. You don’t want to miss this rare appearance by the best psychpunk/mindfuck outfit in town!
@ The Guild Cinema (3405 Central NW) show starts at 7pm w/ live musical intermission 8-8:20pm, $7/$5 after intermission. If you’re short on time, feel free to drop in or out at any point, but definitely stop by!
Here's the TrailOr: If it don't below, click here.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

More to come...

I'm not done yet.  Other good things have been taking my free time.  This blog will resume in a week.  Thank you, come again.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Sept 30-Oct. 2nd - A lot of (q)rap to do!

So the end of the month is approaching.  While some of us, like me, will be still mourning the end of the summer, the rest of you can enjoy a Qrapload of things going on the final weekend of September. 

I will be playing two shows that weekend.  One will be for the 10th Annual Spanapalooza.  The Second will be at the Launchpad with Filthy Still, Arroyo Deathmatch, and Doomed to Exist.  I will be posting on those shows in a week or so. 

So some folks new to town, that haven't succumbed to the lazyness that we are, have created the ABQ Zine Fest.   I could try to write here about the fest, but i am not a writer.  I barely understand english, even though it is my native tongue, and would not do it justice if i did.  So here is a link to the fests website for you all to view and peruse for your pleasure:  http://www.abqzinefest.com

Although i am not a zinester so to speak, i do have a great appreciation of zines.  Many of the bloggers of today would have been the zinesters of yesteryear.  Many of the Zinemakers of the past are blogging now.  It's just like how the Fedex of today was the Kinkos last year.  The nice thing about blogging today is that it doesn't require the access to a photocopier and a grip of paper.  However it does require access to a computer, internet, and very often an account with a very large corporation.  While zines required the use of a bunch of dead trees (unless you are lucky enough to have a great supply of recycled paper, and even then those are dead trees), the blogging today most often requires the use of technology reliant upon burning coal and/or nuclear power.  One is very lucky if they are able to access electricity generated by clean and renewable means.  Either way has a trade off. 

Another trade off is the level of access.  This blog is easily accessable by all with an internet connection without the use of the postal service even though there are only four people that only occasionally read it.  A zine was most often locally traded and readership beyond was mostly done via trades with other zinesters though the postal service, travelers, or touring bands.   But there is that middleground, or commonground where the two work with and complement eachother.

Zines are hardcopies, a permanent snapshot of art and wordmithing.  Blogs are an ever evolving wordsmithing and art.  Both can be used to prolong the others existence.  Most importantly both serve to simultaneously promote and preserve the ideas and imagery.  Both are the most free of all places to record, promote, and debate any and all ideas.  The true 'fifth estate'?  Who cares.  The freedom should exist beyond the estates of protection of freedoms to the actualized promotion and experience of freedom.  Zines and blogs both come close to a realization of those freedoms.  Sadly blogs, being accessable to all with access to the internet, are easily followed and searched by many government and private entities as well.  This often leads to corporate as well as internal and self-censorship due to the fear of government and corporate repressive actions.  Zines have an ability to carry ideas beyond the fear of repercussions.  Zines do not have to mask ideas and concepts in metaphor, they can be more direct. 

Where i grew up it was hard to come by people that shared and expanded our beliefs and interests.  Zines were often a resource and medium where we could exchange the information, ideas, and ideals.  It was (and still is) a subculture that has a common interest in, and use by, other subcultures.  Those things are still done today on blogs.  But i believe that it is important that the use of both the electronic and paper mediums is essential in inching our way to freedom while at the same time providing ourselves some sort of reprieve from the oppression of state and business. 


Down below you can check out the schedule of events from the zinefest that i ganked from their facebook page.  But here i present you with one of their promo videos which is just one of the reasons you all should attend this.

for those of you, like me, too lazy to click on the link and view the website here is a summary of the schedule that i ripped off from their facebook events pages:

abq zine fest (((DAY ONE))) Zine Mixer @ Cellar Door
Friday, September 30 · 7:00pm - 10:00pm

            Cellar Door Gifts & Gallery
            147 Harvard Drive Southeast

7 pm -- 10 pm      Zine Mixer
            ((((((((LIVE MUSIC BY)))))))))
            * THE SCRAMS
            * LADY URANIUM  and MORE!!!

Meet fellow zinesters, trade zines, get good swag, live music, eat, drink and sign up for the 48-hour ZINE CHALLENGE and sign up to compete in the ZINE OLYMPICS (conceived by Billy)!

What's this??

The ABQ Zine Fest is free festival about zines and the people who make them, read them and distribute (distro) them. The ABQ Zine Fest is a three-day event held at Cellar Door Gifts & Gallery, The Harwood Art Center and Winning Coffee. The three days consist of tabling of zines workshops, panel discussions, informal gatherings and sale or bartering of zine-inspired DIY crafts.

ABQ Zine Fest 48-hour Zine Challenge
Friday, September 30 at 7:00pm - October 2 at 3:00pm

            Albuquerque Zine Fest
            Cellar Door Gifts & Gallery

Our own Erik Gamlem is your fearless leader for ABQ Zine Fest 48-hour Zine Challenge! Are you ready?? On September 30th, opening night of the FIRST EVER ABQ Zine Fest, Erik will be on hand to zine-you-up for this challenge. You’ll have two days to crank out a zine. On October 2nd those brave enough to take on this challenge will have the opportunity to read from their zine at the closing ceremony of the fest at Cellar Door, Sund...ay, October 2nd! Come one come all! Good times, folks!

((((((((((HERE ARE THE RULES!))))))))))

            48 Hour Zine Challenge!     Rules! DAMN THE RULES!

You have 48 Hours to create your Zine.
            Your Zine can contain whatever content you want. It can be pictures, drawings, text, collage, a combination of, or include those things never imagined before in a Zine. Your Zine can be any of any dimensions. Half Page, Full page, micro, macro. Whatever size you want. Be creative, think about geometry. Maybe something awesome will work. The Rhombus is really hot this year. So are Zines. I really like Zines. Think spatially. Your zine must include 8 printed pages in whatever orientation you so desire. You may work alone or in teams.

You must have fun!

Awards will be given for the following:

            Best in “SHOW” – awarded for the best use of visuals in the zine. Show us the story, give us a visual representation of what your zine is about. This could be for the best drawing, cover, photograph, insert, etc. Whatever makes our eyes dance.

            Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie I Need Some More – awarded to the zine we want to see another issue of because it made us laugh, or cry, or pound our fists against the wall like a Black Flag record.

            The First Annual Bruce Springsteen Award – Have you ever heard that song “My Hometown” off of Born in the USA and it’s all this massive romanticism about where a person comes from in this heavy melancholic way? That’s where the inspiration for this award came from (I was hung over when I wrote this, shoot me). This award is for the zine that best captures the feeling of “home”, whatever home may be. Maybe it’s about loving Duke City, maybe it’s something about home. Maybe it’s just a sentence about a lover from the past that reminds us of a home we once had.

abq zine fest (((DAY TWO))) ZINE FAIR & ZINE OYMPICS @ Harwood Art Center
Saturday, October 1 · 11:00am - 4:00pm

            Harwood Art Center
            1114 7th Street Northwest

10AM -- 4PM
The Harwood Art Center

A zine-filled day of selling, workshops, zine trading, and a zine-inspired DIY emporium. AND . . . The First Annual ABQ Zine Fest OLYMPICS hosted by Billy McCall!

(Donations accepted!)

Saturday, October 1 · 7:00pm - 10:00pm

            Winning Coffee
            111 Harvard SE

            It's still DAY TWO of the Fest!
            After spending the day with us tabling and competing in the ABQ Zine Olympic Games,             @ the Harwood Art Center, it's time to . . .
            Turn down the lights low . . .

We know you like Dirty . . . Nasty . . . Filthy . . . Zines . . .
Listen to the sorted, twisted and sexy tales zinesters with a
certain . . . disposition.
7:00pm-- 10:00pm
Winning Coffee
111 Harvard SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106

((((((This event is a 21+ event!!!! NOT for KIDS!))))))))

Donations (of money) encouraged!!!

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore Reading at Cellar Door Gifts & Gallery
Sunday, October 2 · 5:00pm - 6:30pm

147 Harvard Drive Southeast

Suggested donation for this event is $5-$10. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Space is limited.
This event is sponsored by the generous support of Self-Serve Sexuality Resource Center!

“Like William S. Burroughs meets David Sedaris, offering a sort of surreal urban grit with poisoned-arrow that stings and sometimes reveals.” -- San Francisco Chronicle

Praise for So Many Ways to Sleep Badly (City Lights Press):

"A gender-bending novel [that] unearths subjects still relatively untouched in popular culture... you're not going to be reading anything similar elsewhere."
--The Times (London)

“When I read the first chapter of the newest novel by San Francisco poster child for surviving-and-thriving gender/queer punks everywhere, I felt like I was being yelled at by an excited, manic friend who was pacing around a roach-infested kitchen, occasionally breaking into a runway walk while wearing hot pants made of burnt rainbow flags… The rapid-fire, honest glimpse into the post-gay ruins of San Francisco will likely break even the toughest punk heart.”
-- NOW Magazine (Toronto)

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore’s exhilarating novel is about struggling to find hope in the ruins of everyday San Francisco -- battling roaches, Bikram Yoga, chronically bad sex, NPR, internet cruising, tweakers, the cops, $100 bills, chronic pain, the gay vote, vegan restaurants, and incest, with the help of air-raid sirens, herbal medicine, late-night epiphanies, sea lions, and sleeping pills. So Many Ways to Sleep Badly unveils a gender-bending queer world where nothing flows smoothly, except for those sudden moments when everything becomes lighter or brighter or easier to imagine.

Writer, activist, artist, filmmaker and social critic Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore is the author of two novels, So Many Ways to Sleep Badly and Pulling Taffy, and the editor of five nonfiction anthologies, most recently Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity and an expanded second edition of That’s Revolting! Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation. Utne Reader recently named Mattilda one of “50 Visionaries Changing Your World.” Her next anthology, Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots?: Flaming Challenges to Masculinity, Objectification, and the Desire to Conform, will be out just in time for Valentine’s Day 2012 – talk about romance! Say hello at mattildabernsteinsycamore.com.

For more information about ABQ Zine Fest please visit http://www.abqzinefest.com or abqzinefest@gmail.com
This event is sponsored by the generous support of Self-Serve Sexuality Resource Center!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Pinata Protest (Accordian Punk) visits el norte.

Pinata Protest (from San Antonio, TX) is going to be playing at Plaza Espanola on Sat. Aug. 6th
Free show, open to the public!
Also appearing will be Imperial Rooster.



Screw the Q and drive north for an hour to catch this!