Featured: Andrew Jackson Jihad, Phantogram, A Hawk and a Hacksaw
BY M. BRIANNA STALLINGS
Ah, Thanksgiving – that dubiously delightful holiday season crammed full of historical revisionism, awkward family dinners and tryptophan comas. And let’s not forget the jingling, tinsel-covered behemoth that is Christmas already poking its monstrous head in. My point? This time of year can get so overwhelming that it’s nice to simply stop, take a breath and give thanks by getting down to all the great music Albuquerque serves up.
The holidaze require lots of prep work. What better way to mentally gird yourself for that big family feast than with a heaping helping of folk-punk courtesy of Phoenix group Andrew Jackson Jihad? The band plays a 13-plus show at Launchpad (618 Central SW) on Tuesday, Nov. 24. Doors are at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m.
Founded by Sean Bonnette and Ben Gallaty, the music of Andrew Jackson Jihad has tackled topics ranging from addiction to death to a homesick breakdown at a museum exhibit about Linda Ronstadt. Latest album “Christmas Island,” their first for SideOne Dummy Records, was produced by John Congleton, whose other numerous production credits include kindred musical spirits The Mountain Goats. Andrew JJ favors the fake VHS look for recent video “Coffin Dance.”
Weird, cerebral explicit and morbid, Andrew Jackson Jihad is the perfect combo for anyone who needs a breather before Turkey Day. Fellow Phoenix natives Playboy Manbaby offer up a slice of New Wavey garage-punk that would make both The Romantics and The Standells proud. West Virginia pop-noisemakers Rozwell Kid round out the bill. Tickets are $10 at the door. Visit launchpadrocks.com to learn more.
On hawks and hacksaws
Former Neutral Milk Hotel member Jeremy Barnes and violinist Heather Trost, better known internationally as A Hawk and a Hacksaw, have been making the Land of Enchantment proud for years now. Bridging the gap between the Sandias and the Carpathians, the duo’s palpable passion for the musical traditions of Eastern Europe are infused with dusty-throated experimental rock.
The band’s latest release, 2013’s “You Have Already Gone to the Other World” was produced by Deerhoof’s John Dieterich and inspired by A Hawk and a Hacksaw’s European live soundtrack tour accompanying Soviet filmmaker Sergei Parajanov’s 1965 “Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors.” A blend of original compositions and traditional music from Hungary, Romania and the Ukraine, “Other World” is a perfect summation of the pair’s aesthetic.
Barnes and Trost bring A Hawk and a Hacksaw to The Tannex (1417 4th Street SW), in historic Barelas, from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28 for a night of warm and welcoming music. Screenings of animated shorts originating from all around Eastern Europe will usher in the evening. Admission is $5 at the door. Visit the Facebook A Hawk and A Hacksaw event page for more info.
Phantogram fans, rejoice!
Strictly speaking, phantograms are magical tricks of the eye, wherein we see something made in 2D as 3D. New York’s neo-trip-hop duo Phantogram, on the other hand, is a magical treat for the ears. The pair plays Sunshine Theater (120 Central SW) on Friday, Dec. 4 in a show for ages 13 and up. Doors are at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m.
Friends since middle school, Phantogram’s Sarah Barthel (vocals, keyboards) and Josh Carter (vocals, guitars) started kicking out the jams after graduating college. Carter best sums up his band’s sound, describing it as “street beat, psych-pop.”
Recorded in an upstate New York barn called Harmony Lodge, Phantogram’s studio albums include “Eyelid Movies” (2010) and “Voices” (2014). The two count Big Boi, Flaming Lips and Miley Cyrus among their collaborators. They’ve done their time on network TV with spots on both Jimmy shows (Fallon and Kimmel). They’ve played with everyone from Metric to The Glitch Mob. The $23 tickets are available via holdmyticket.com.
M. Brianna Stallings writes so you don’t have to.
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