Flashing Red

New compilation finds the local indie scene burning brightly

Another element of Modified that is represented in the disc's packaging is its artistic component. The club, which doubles as a gallery, has been as instrumental in championing young, independent visual artists as it has musicians. To wit, Not One's cover features Sergio Aguirre's evocative painting The Swimmer, while Brent Bond's multimedia effort graces the inside panel, as do the work of photogs Lisa Williamson and Jill Betterly. As a side note, Aquirre's paintings will be on display at Modified throughout the month of February, while Bond's oeuvre can currently be seen at Stinkweeds.

As to prospective plans for a follow-up to Not One Light Red, Tennent is quick to answer. "I'm definitely not going to do another," he says with no small amount of relief. "It was really great to put this together, but the idea is for This Argonaut to focus more on putting out records by individual artists instead."

The new compilation is undoubtedly the most significant release in Argo's modest catalogue (which includes Half Visconte's self-titled EP and a split single with Visconte and Death of Marat), but certainly an entry that bodes well for the future of the imprint, one of a growing number of local micro-labels including the aforementioned Sunset Alliance and King of Monsters.

Back in the U.S. . . . er, Tempe: Rich Hopkins' (right) Luminarios (featuring former MC5er Michael Davis, left) come to town this week.
Back in the U.S. . . . er, Tempe: Rich Hopkins' (right) Luminarios (featuring former MC5er Michael Davis, left) come to town this week.
The new Modified comp features exclusive tracks from Go Big Casino and Reuben's Accomplice.
The new Modified comp features exclusive tracks from Go Big Casino and Reuben's Accomplice.

"It's a little harder for me, because I've got to handle [Modified] and make time to do my own music," says Tennent. "I think Sunset Alliance will probably move a lot faster in putting things out than This Argonaut. But eventually I hope it will be up and running pretty strong. There certainly is enough good music around here for that to happen."

Not One Light Red is available for purchase at Stinkweeds or online at www.modified.orgKicking Out the Jams: For most well-heeled music fans, it would provide no small amount of excitement to learn that a (semi) local band claimed a full-fledged veteran of legendary Detroit proto-punks the MC5 as one of its members. Of course, that happens to be precisely the case with Tucson's Luminarios, who boast the talents of former Motor City 5 bassist Michael Davis.

The Old Pueblo combo, led by Sand Rubies (née Sidewinders) co-founder Rich Hopkins, will be in town for a rare show this Friday, February 2, at Nita's Hideaway to celebrate the domestic release of the group's 2000 effort Devolver. Although the disc bowed internationally last spring on Germany's Blue Rose Records, the record finds its U.S. home as a joint release on Hopkins' San Jacinto imprint and Stu Baker's Tempe-based Hayden's Ferry label. The Luminarios will be opening the co-headlining bill with pop combo Ashbrook.

Aside from its star-studded membership (which also includes multi-instrumentalist Stefan George and a revolving seat of trapsmen), the band's sound encompasses a range of influences and styles, from Rubies and Tom Petty-type rockers to extended cosmic cowboy jams, all marked by Hopkins' high-powered fretwork.

Also at Nita's this week, the club hosts a mini-punkathon as K Records artists The Gossip come to town to headline a four-way package with the Peeps, Uber Alice and Cali's Orange Stick. Showtime for both is 9 p.m.

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