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The Daily Word in James M. McGill, West Nile and meta-satellites

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The Albuquerque Isotopes overcame an early five-run deficit, zooming by the Sacramento Bees 8-7 on Wednesday night.

Some local mosquitoes tested positive for the West Nile Virus.

James M. McGill is a lawyer you can trust.

The Airforce Research Laboratories on Kirtland Air Force Base developed a meta-satellite.

Today, Mayor Berry will meet with officials from the Navajo Nation to discuss the senseless beating deaths of two Native American men who lived in Albuquerque.

On Tuesday evening, a man was rescued from a raging arroyo.

Nearly half a million humans visited White Sands National Monument last year.

At the quarterly Citizen’s Advisory Board meeting, Air Force officials and civilians discussed jet fuel clean up efforts.

There’s a plan to transport water via pipeline from the San Augustin aquifer to Rio Rancho, 142 miles away.

During the 1980s there were mysterious meetings in Albuquerque about flying saucers.

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Blues, Booze and Boobs: Bob brings the party to Low Spirits

Bob Log III
Driving across the North American continent with only a box of guitars, drum parts and the blues—and prolly the directions to dozens of roadhouses, dimly lit bars and rustic concert venues as companions—Bob Log III makes an appearance on Tuesday night at Low Spirits (2823 Second Street NW). He may or may not have his dinghy on board, but this mysterious and damn talented master of the six-string promises a jam party complete with dancing, boob-stirred drinks and lap sitting as part of the experience. Log wears a human cannonball outfit and microphone-equipped helmet during his performances. He recently chatted with the Alibi on his drive out west. The guitarist now calls Melbourne, Australia home, and stopped in the western desert to talk.

AM: So this is your big summer tour, eh?

BLIII: I get to come back home to America at least once a year, and I love it. I have a blast. I’ll play anywhere there’s a room full of people drinking beer, and that’s pretty much a lot of places.

AM: How’s it shaping up?

BLIII: This one’s pretty big, man. At one point, I’m going to be doing 37 shows in a row; it’s gonna get real interesting, but I’m also gonna get real good. I’ve been practicing 17 years for this show coming up in Albuquerque. But I keep it interesting. I change it up. I don’t do set lists. I just get up there and kinda see what happens.

Bob Log III

AM: Are you touring as a solo act this time around?

BLIII: It’s just me and the car. My plan is to kidnap people. I do have an opening band for the stretch from Nashville to New Hampshire.

AM: You’re playing that legendary Silvertone guitar for this tour, aren’t you?

BLIII: I am, but I also have some Airline guitars right now too. I get acoustic guitars and put a Silvertone pickup on them, and I put a piezo-accoustic pickup on them. There are two outs, so I get a distorted sound and an acoustic sound at the same time; that way I cover every frequency a guitar can possibly make.

AM: Don’t you also play the drums at the same time?

BLIII: When I play drums, I try to sound like a tight drummer and a drunk drummer at the same time. So time becomes like a rubber band, and I can move it or change it or shape it anyway I want. All day, time rules your day … but for an hour and a half each night I get to be the master of time. For the drunk drummer, I have a kick drum and a cymbal. For the tight drummer, I use a drum machine. My two drummers kinda hate each other. I get to finger-pick on top of the fighting.

AM: That sounds kinda tense.What do you think about that kind of tension in music?

BLIII: It's really a kind of release. The first time people started banging on rocks, it was some kind of celebration. The first music—people banging on the stuff around them—probably would have been really fucking fun. I’m trying to keep music fun. That’s my job. I don’t know anything else.

AM: Besides being fun to listen and party to, some have said your act is deeply transgressive. What are your thoughts on that?

BLIII: I’m a guitar player, and I've played since I was 11. I take that seriously, but I try to turn that into a party, a guitar party. I’m trying to get people to dance, and to dance wrong. If they drop a drink and the glass breaks, I’m doing my job. People can come on stage anytime and get crazy, and I encourage that. They come up and sit on me and I bounce them around while I play. I couldn’t actually do that in normal time, but when I play guitar I get energy I don’t normally have.

AM: What about the boob references: boobs as accompanying instruments or boob-stirred scotch?

BLIII: It’s about making fun of people who use boobs to try and sell you something. I’m saying boobs are ridiculous; let’s take out the sexy, the commercial power. Let’s do something folks would never do with their boobs. I dare anyone in the audience to do it and not smile. As for the song itself, instead of writing a song about what made my day bad, I wrote a song about what made my day good. That day, a woman saw me drinking, said give me that drink and just put her boob in it. I took a sip, and that made me feel fucking better.

AM: How does that work within your music?

BLIII: It’s the blues turned into a party. It’s like Little Richard, Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley. The songs aren’t about being sad anymore … Rock and roll came around, and then I decided to put on a funny suit and throw a party. It’s hilarious, and it’s the coolest guitar you’ve ever heard.

Bob Log III performs his one-of-a-kind take on the blues at Low Spirits (2823 Second Street NW) on Tuesday, July 22, at 9pm. Doors are at 8pm, and the cover is just 8 clams.

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The Vortex Beyond: Man or Astro-Man?

Listen up, humans of Earth: There is surf rock in outer space. Like the otherworldly music of Sun Ra, it passed through Alabama before spreading like a crazy, unavoidable virus across this material realm. If you find yourself befuddled by the possibilities, set your mind at ease by checking out Man or Astro-Man? on Sunday, July 20. It's all happening at the perfect venue for hosting excellent extraterrestrial expeditions, the Launchpad (618 Central SW).

After spending the past decade visiting the vasty deep beyond our fragile sphere, band members Birdstuff, Coco the Electronic Monkey and Star Crunch make landfall in Burque to perform tracks from their latest, greatest extra-solar transmission Defcon 5…4…3…2…1, as well as revisiting their wickedly precise and witty tuneage from the '90s, including tracks from Intravenous Television Continuum, Experiment Zero and the What Remains Inside a Black Hole comp. In conjunction with this rare, star-gazing visitation, earthbound Alabaman act Wray supports their self-titled debut with some intense sonic shoe-gazing while Portlandite harbinger of hip Sallie Ford adds a grounded but hard-rocking complement to the acute angles and blurry nebulas being traversed on stage. Tickets for this 21-plus show are 13 Federation Credits. The airlocks engage at 7pm, and the countdown commences at 8pm. Launchpad • Sun Jul 20 • 8pm • $13 • View on Alibi calendar

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The Daily Word in Arnold’s oasis, postmodernism, and Meteorite Museum

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This week’s ABQ Journal fishing report sez you can catch catfish in the Rio Grande between here and Socorro using night crawlers, liver or stink bait; the tiger muskies at Bluewater Lake fancy hotdogs, though.

Jim Goodman at the Mountain View Telegraph likes to hike Embudito Canyon.

Last night, an Isotope homered in the PCL All-Star game.

Carlito Springs, a hidden oasis in the southern part of the Sandia Mountains – and a favorite resting spot for my old dog Arnold – will be open to the public beginning in August.

The Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary is visiting Albuquerque today on official business.

On Wednesday evening, it rained and rained some more.

Postmodernism comes to Coyote Canyon.

An alleged probation violator in Albuquerque threatened authorities with a BB gun before he was gunned down by US Marshal.

Former NM governor Toney Anaya was recently investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission; he later settled the resulting lawsuit out of court.

UNM’s Meteorite Museum at Northrop Hall is undergoing a much-needed asbestos removal process.

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Faster Miles an Hour

Get about as oiled as a diesel train tomorrow night at Launchpad (618 Central SW) with a rumbling, roaring night of metal made from molecular materials similar to those used in locomotives—but much heavier, bro. Move past antimony and thallium on the periodic table, and think instead about lead and uranium when Roadrunner Records presents stoner rock from The Horned God (a band whose Celtic influences touch directly on the same metal mythologies explored by the likes of Slough Feg and Kyuss).

Burque tech death metal champions Vale of Miscreation, featuring the brutally precise rhythm section of Justin Andrus and Kenny Cappadona will be in full effect, as will Santa Fe prog-thrashers Carrion Kind. Local Southern metal heroes The Ground Beneath are loaded on this train, too; the chance to hear Steve Beneath’s electrified six-string wizardry is alone worth the price of admission, and things will keep rolling as native metalheads Left to Rot fill out the bill. This 21-plus show is only five bones, and doors are at 8pm. Do yourself a favor leavened with musical gravity and check this one out. After all, Saturday night’s the night you like. Launchpad • Sat Jul 5 • 9pm • $5 • View on Alibi calendar

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The Daily Word in Uber, APD and APS

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After hitting .309 this season and with 56 RBIs under his belt in 2014, Isotope First Baseman Clint Robinson gets called up to LA.

San Pedro Boulevard has the potential for walkability.

This sister of an APD shooting victim speaks out at World Socialist Web Site.

Uber is denied by the state Public Regulation Commission, yet continues to operate in the Albuquerque metropolitan area.

A man is suing Albuquerque Public Schools for having him arrested when he was 12.

A federal judge issued an injunction against the city of Ruidoso, N.M., over a violation of the First Amendment.

The Brookings Institution says our town is in the midst of a double dip recession.

Here is what’s going on at the vast nuclear weapons repository and 24-7 hot refueling center next door to us.

Thirty-six million dollars in Burque’s outstanding senior lien airport revenue bonds have an A+ rating, according to Fitch.

In this week’s fishing report, please note some dude named Robert “caught a 42-inch, 26-pound tiger muskie on Saturday at Bluewater Lake and later said, “It was a big, fat guy.”

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The Daily Word in BBQ, PRC and descansos

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There may be fraudulent activity occurring at Albuquerque’s municipal golf courses.

A Texas-style barbeque restaurant will soon open on Montgomery Boulevard.

The Albuquerque Tea Party reacts unhappily to the IRS.

New Mexico’s Public Regulation Committee continues to have issues with ride-sharing services operating in Albuquerque.

Benicio Del Toro will be in New Mexico this summer.

Designer Anders Hsi has some ideas about helping Burque’s homeless population.

Statewide e-cig regulation is on its way, here in the Land of Enchantment.

Hanoi Jane’s New Mexico ranch is worth nearly $20 million dollars.

There are decent breakfast burritos to be had all over the state.

This week, La Historia del Rio Abajo focuses on Descansos in Valencia County.

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Gospel of Juneteenth

Even though folks had the telegram, news was slow coming to Texas after the Civil War. Freedmen there didn't hear of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation until June 19, 1865. That day of discovery and freedom is a time to celebrate black history. Juneteenth is celebrated in Albuquerque with a variety of events. Foremost is Gospelfest, which manifests at the African American Performing Arts Center (310 San Pedro NE) on tomorrow at 7pm. The concert features performances by the Faith Tabernacle Full Gospel Church Choir, The Sons of Shiloh, One Accord and solo artists Norell Banks and Lemar. Traditionally these sorts of commemorative concerts feature a reading of Lincoln’s historic proclamation as well as presentations of work by notable African-American writers and artists. Admission to this popular yearly event is free, and the gathering serves as a poignant reminder to reflect on the outcome of that terrible war and to ensure the battle for civil rights continues unabated. For more information, call 453-4865. African American Performing Arts Center, Expo NM • Fri Jun 20 • 7pm • FREE • View on Alibi calendar

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The Daily Word in APD protest, Kit Carson Park and Mr. Clean

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This morning, Metro Court Judge Christina Jaramillo overturned some of David Correia’s conditions of release. The tenured UNM professor and activist will now be allowed to attend City Council meetings.

Yesterday, Mr. Clean visited the Isotopes at home.

During Wednesday’s picketing of APD Chief Gordon Eden, employees of Hotel Albuquerque confronted protesters.

Sandia National Laboratories and the City of Albuquerque are partners, yo.

Maloney’s is closing.

Diego Sanchez, a UFC fighter, took home $140,000 after his recent Albuquerque appearance.

A rare, native New Mexican jumping mouse is now on the endangered species list.

In Taos, "Kit Carson Park" is no more.

The NM Class-A Six Man High School Football All Star game was recently played in Burque.

A 24-hour Denny’s will soon open in Edgewood.

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Bad Moon Revisited

A band called Creedence Clearwater Revisited plays Route 66 Casino tomorrow night. Their repertoire includes a heap of tunes by seminal Americana band Creedence Clearwater Revival, but don’t get the two confused. There will be nary a mention of anyone named Fogerty at this upcoming concert, though I'm sure the latter folks are partially responsible for writing the tuneage being explored on this and subsequent tours. Don’t get confused; it’s a familiar story in rocanrol: Founding members leave a once-mighty band. Sometimes, those remaining still wanna rock out for silver and other treasure. They want to use a name that listeners will be familiar with, buy tickets for and, when called upon, remember favorite songs by …

But courtroom hijinks usually ensue. In this case, Stu Cook and Doug Clifford, the rhythm section of Southern rock giant CCR, eventually won the right to use part of the name of a band fronted by John Fogerty and his brother Tom. The whole CCR debacle has been one of the most acrimonious adventures in the history of electrified guitar music, but the current lineup continues to rely on John’s output and Tom’s memory for the meaty parts of its performances. In other words, they’re a great cover band. Creedence Clearwater Revisited plays Legends Theater (14500 Central SW) tomorrow starting at 8pm. Tickets for this all-ages gig range from $25 and $40. Legends Theater @ Route 66 Casino • Fri Jun 13 • 8pm • $25-$40 • View on Alibi calendar

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