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You don't have much time left to find that perfect Christmas gift for the music lover in your life, so I'm going to throw a few suggestions your way. But before

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If you haven't heard the news already, two marvelous local, live-music venues are closing indefinitely this

weekend. Shuttering after a Sunday, Dec. 19, performance by Jono Manson and Donald Rubinstein, Mike's Music Exchange in Eldorado (7 Caliente Road, 466-2782, has been liquidating the inventory in its music shop. According to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.

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 the venue's website, the business hopes to restructure as a nonprofit and reopen the performance space soon.

The Santa Fe Brewing Company Pub & Grill became a beacon for live-music lovers after the Paramount nightclub closed in 2005. Now, at least for a little while, it's going dark. According to Jason Reed, who mans the open-mic nights at the Pub & Grill, the music venue/restaurant will close after a Friday, Dec. 17, performance by Boris McCutcheon & The Salt Licks.

In light of these closings, I need to stress (again) the importance of supporting local music venues. Bar and club owners, if you don't offer tickets for concerts that can be purchased in advance, you should. And music lovers, you need to buy them. And then go see the show. If you don't like the acts being brought in, complain. Loudly. But complain to the bar owner -- not to each other. Now for some choice holiday booty.

Mister Kali: Step Fast (Dread I Art/Ceremony Studios) I had seen him perform before, but when I saw Mister Kali slay slay  
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 the mic during a Pato Banton Pato Banton (born Patrick Murray) is a reggae singer and toaster from Birmingham, England. He began recording in 1982, appearing on "Pato and Roger a Go Talk" (from Special Beat Service) with Ranking Roger of English Beat.  show in April 2009 at Corazon, I knew for sure that this cat had no stylistic competitor in the

state. Mastered at Stepbridge Studios in Santa Fe by Andrew Click, Step Fast is the

New Mexico-based dancehall-reggae album you've always wanted to hear but could never find -- because it didn't exist. Production value is high, Kali is a tongue-twisting lyrical master, and his backup musicians are solid-state. If you like dancehall, you'll love this album. It's available through and Ernie B's Reggae Distribution at You can also download it "Download It" is Clea's debut single. It was released in the UK on September 22, 2003 and missed the top 20 charting at #21. The single had average promotion, being performed in shows like Top of the Pops.  from iTunes.

Boris McCutcheon & The Salt Licks: Wheel of Life (Cactusman Records/Frogville Records) The latest from McCutcheon and company serves up a smokin' slab of countrified coun·tri·fied also coun·try·fied  
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 tuneage, from the up-tempo honky-tonk of "What Ails You" to the twangy, cry-in-yer-beer cover of the Townes Van Zandt ballad "No Place to Fall." Wheel isn't as bouncy as earlier efforts, like 2008's Bad Road, Good People, but it's still a fine piece of homegrown Americana.

For the hip-hop enthusiast, you can't go wrong with these two books, one serious, the other hilarious. The Anthology of Rap (Yale University Press) is a collection

of more than 100 rap lyrics written between 1978 and 2010, with a foreword by literary critic Henry Louis Gates Jr. and afterwords by rapper Common and Public Enemy's Chuck D.

Book editors Adam Bradley and Andrew DuBois present hip-hop as it should be regarded: as a serious art form that has rescued rhyming from poetic obscurity. The other book is Understand Rap: Explanations of Confusing Rap Lyrics You and Your Grandma Can Understand by William Buckholz (Abrams Image). It's simple: read rap lyrics, and then read Buckholz's

translations. For example, 50 Cent might rap, "Gettin' what you get for a brick to talk greasy." That means, according to the author,

"I easily make a lot of money rapping, as lyrics quickly come to mind and flow out of my mouth smoothly, and the amount of time it has taken me to earn this quantity is much shorter than the long hours you work selling the constituent parts of a large package of cocaine in many small transactions, which is

difficult work for you." Word.

--Rob DeWalt
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