Phonophiles, take heed, for Record Store Day is soon upon us. On Saturday, April 20, record stores across the globe will participate in the annual event, which began in 2007 as a way to help promote the independent record store in a stormy sea of big-box and internet competition.
While Santa Fe’s indie music-store options are severely limited, at least one retailer is jumping on board to celebrate the occasion. Dick Rosemont, who goes by the moniker The Guy in the Groove, knows the record business inside and out, and a few years ago, he established a little niche of it inside the retail outlet for Constellation Electronics (215 N. Guadalupe St., www.guyinthegroove.com). The Guy in the Groove is but a few bins deep, but Rosemont’s selection is always eclectic: hip-hop, jazz, punk, folk, New Wave, rock, blues, postpunk, and some first pressings. What he doesn’t have on display he may still have in stock, and if you’re looking for some consultation regarding your own collection, Rosemont’s your man.
Swing by between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and flip through the bins. Rosemont’s putting a few platters under the needle and serving up a little grub, too. Record Store Day sees the new release and re-release of a lot of titles, but this year Rosemont’s digging into his own extensive collection (more than 40 years’ worth of wax, baby!) to celebrate. Hit www.recordstoreday.com for more info about Record Store Day.
From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, April 19, the Museum of International Folk Art hosts the 8th annual Warehouse 21/MoIFA Music Night on Museum Hill (706 Camino Lejo, 476-1200). This year’s teen-friendly event is held in conjunction with the Let’s Talk About This: Folk Artists Respond to HIV/AIDS exhibit, which is located in the museum’s Gallery of Conscience Exhibition Lab. The night includes interactive arts activities (button-making, T-shirt repurposing, and more), a letter-writing lab, food, and some great live music. Slated to perform are Albuquerque hip-hop/rock/R&B ensemble Zen Tempest, Santa Fe one-man metalcore maniac On Believer, aka Gabe Moya (www.reverbnation.com/onbeliever34), and local jazz-blues-metal-mashup foursome Sun Plexus. There’s no cover for the event.
Friends in need
Now that “Hobo Hill” has been dismantled on the north side of Santa Fe, the growing homelessness population throughout town is more visible. An out of sight/out of mind state may put some people’s minds at ease in some neighborhoods, and there may be some merit to the fire-hazard concerns that led to the rousting, but most of the homeless folks affected by the move aren’t waking up feeling much better about their situation today.
That’s why Santa Fe is lucky to have nonprofits like Santa Fe Need and Deed (www.santafeneedanddeed.com), which fills some gaps in services that cannot be filled by organizations already bursting at the seams with responsibilities.
Access to transportation, cellphones, social services, food, showers, clean clothes, and other materials and services can mean the difference between staying on and getting off the streets, finding steady employment, and getting treatment for a variety of physical and cognitive ailments, including addiction. Santa Fe Need and Deed relies on donations and volunteers to continue to provide these things, and at 7 p.m. Friday, April 19 (doors open at 6:30), you can help out and hear some great music in the process.
That’s when The MASTERS Program Charter School hosts a benefit concert for the nonprofit at El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe (555 Camino de la Familia, in the Railyard). Alt-country mainstays Anthony Leon & the Chain perform, and Cameroon-born artist Issa Nyaphaga presents a live-art performance. Opening the show is student dance group L!FE Stomp.
Tickets at the door are $12 plus canned goods for adults, $7 plus canned goods for students with ID. For advance tickets, call Need and Deed at 920-2227.
— Rob DeWalt