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Rooster Roundabout: This week’s music highlights

Jesse Schulz

Hot off the press

Talk about three powerhouse divas coming together: English singer Jessie J has given listeners a snippet of her forthcoming album, which hits stores some time this fall. Said snippet comes in the form of the song “Bang Bang,” which features vocals from Ariana Grande and a few rhymes from Nicki Minaj. From the first listen, I can see this infectious track becoming a fan favorite. But don't take my word for it. Get your boogie on by hitting “play” below.

Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj - “Bang Bang”

Those forthcoming tunes ...

For those of you who haven't been keeping up, Led Zeppelin recently reissued their first three records (Led Zeppelin I, Led Zeppelin II and Led Zeppelin III). And you know those releases had some unreleased material, prompting the question: Where were those tunes before yo? Either way, now the legendary rock and rollers are set to reissue their two following records (Led Zeppelin IV and House of the Holy), which hit stores on Oct. 28. It's a little ways off, but at least that gives you time to save some dinero. Cause why not?

I'm a bit overdue. TV on the Radio is one of those bands that I've heard so much about over the years, but I couldn't name one song if you asked. Not one. Nada. And a part of me is shameful about it only because they're a fairly respected group of musicians, and you have to wonder where that respect comes from, right? All I really know 'bout 'em is that bandmate Tunde Adebimpe was in the film Rachel Getting Married. But enough jabber … the band has announced a new album (Seeds) that hits the music-sphere some time this fall. The group has come out with a teaser for said release, which you can view below. Cheers!

TV on the Radio - Seeds Teaser

On the horizon ...

If you've paid any attention whatsoever to mainstream music in the past couple decades, then you know who Timbaland is. The man has had a producing hand in releases by such artists as Nelly Furtado, Justin Timberlake, Aaliyah, Missy Elliott and more. Basically if you get this man to work on your record, it's pretty much guaranteed to be a hit (except if you're M.I.A.). No offense, but it's true. Back to the topic at hand, the man has confirmed to Rolling Stone that he's working on an upcoming solo record (Opera Noir) and says it's the most “innovative” thing he's ever done. And it might be his last. Okay, now we're listening ... To read more of what he had to say, click here.

Audio/Visual

Beck recently released Morning Phase, which he deemed as a companion piece to his heartbreaking record Sea Change. And now the singer/songwriter/rapper/extraordinaire has come out with a video for album track “Heart is a Drum,” which you can view below. If you've not yet heard the record, it's a nice slice of the man's oeuvre. And while we're talkin' 'bout Beck, you can stream his new record Song Reader, which features a wide array of artists, including Jack Black, Fun., Norah Jones and more. Listen to that via Spotify via Consequence of Sound.

Beck - “Heart is a Drum”

'Member how I mentioned that Karen O (of Yeah Yeah Yeahs fame) is coming out with her first solo record? The album (Crush Songs) will see the light of day on Sept. 9, but in the meantime, O has released the visual accompaniment of album track “Rapt.” If you ever listened to her brief side project Native Korean Rock & the Fishnets, this song will sound like familiar, lo-fi territory. Nothing wrong with that. Have a looksie/listen over at NME.

Riding high from last year's The Electric Lady, Janelle Monáe is still traversing the galactic waves of sonic sounds vibrating from her warped but funky psyche. What I mean is that she's come out with a new video for the track “Electric Lady.” The visual features cameos from Estelle, Kimbra, Monica and other “electric ladies.” Go ahead and view that below, and buy the album any and everwhere.

Janelle Monáe - “Electric Lady”

Out tha vault

A lot of people didn't know this (myself included), but before The Shins were The Shins, they were Flake Music, a local band here in the big, bad Duke City. Yup. They were slinging their tunes for local Burqueños before they made it to the majors. Then they became Zach Braff's favorite band and started appearing on every indie compilation and soundtrack known to man. But why do I bring this up? Because Flake Music's 1997 record When You Land Here, It's Time to Return is getting reissued. That's right … The Shins before they were The Shins are re-releasing the album The Shins made before they were The Shins. Confusing? Sorry. That should get released some time in the fall, so keep an ear out.

A Jonas mention

I think the day's gotta come where any music blog has to suck it up and finally talk about The Jonas Brothers. I mean, when they're not dishing out purity rings or making reality shows, they're musicians. So, there's the link you were after. Now the youngest sibling (Nick Jonas) is coming out with a new solo record (which doesn't have a title or release date yet), and he's shared the first snippet with the video for album track “Chains.” It's decidedly less Disney than from when young Jonas first started. All grown up? As grown up as the chains will allow. Ha! Chain pun. Either way, you can view the video below.

Dream of the stream

'Member how I mentioned that former Burqueno Willis Earl Beal had left XL Recordings and was self-releasing his new record Experiments in Time? Well now you can stream the album in its entirety via Pitchfork Advance. That is if you can't wait for the album to hit stores and online markets on Aug. 8. And if you can't, well ... enjoy!

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Books

Ninja Meets Navajo Code Talker

The YA collisions of Leza Lowitz and Shogo Oketani

Shojo and Leza, international authors of mystery
Shojo and Leza, international authors of mystery

I think maybe Leza Lowitz and Shogo Oketani have the coolest marriage ever. The pair not only travels back and forth between homes in Tokyo and Santa Fe, but they’re both writers and translators with a host of titles under their respective belts. I recently had the chance to chat with Leza via email about a new young adult novel she and her husband worked on together, Jet Black and the Ninja Wind (Tuttle, $17.99). The first in a planned trilogy, it’s both a balls-out adventure tale and an intriguing portrait of multiple cultures. It’s also the recent winner of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Young Adult Literature, putting it in company with folks like Ruth Ozeki, whose A Tale for the Time Being won for Adult Fiction.

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Alibi Picks

Cranes and Songbirds: Chatter Sunday

Alice Popkorn

Using a combination of wind instruments and percussion to describe the essentially airborne, song-like life of birds, composers John Luther Adams and Shirish Korde have succeeded in creating musical interludes that signify the delicate balance and struggle involved in the natural existence of the avians with whom we share this planet. On Sunday, Aug. 3, at 10:30am at The Kosmos (1715 Fifth Street NW), Chatter presents a concert of airy music of these composers’ works, as well as delving into a selection of sonatas by Bach. This musical experience is preceded by a poetry reading by John Macker.

The concert, featuring flautists Jesse Tatum and Shelley Brown, as well as Alexis Corbin, Hovey Corbin and Jeff Cornelius on percussion, focuses on naturalistic interpretation as well as the ornate restraint typical of Bach’s sonatas. The musicians will perform Adams’ songbirdsongs, Korde’s Tenderness of Cranes and “Trio Sonatas” from The Musical Offering. While Pulitzer Prize-winner Adams' work is directly inspired by nature, Korde took his inspiration for Tenderness of Cranes from Japanese shakuhachi flute techniques, created by a wooden instrument used in the Edo period and by Zen monks. The elegant subtlety of the Sonatas provide a rich counterpoint to the proceedings. As always, the prices range from $5-$15, and the happening includes gratis espresso. The Kosmos • Sun Aug 3 • 10:30am • $5-$15 • View on Alibi calendar

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Be a Running Hero

Courtesy of Paws and Stripes

Now that summer is slowly starting to wind down and those Back to School sales are picking up speed, there's no better way to bask in the tidings of the season than a good run. If you're the kind of person who likes to climb rocks, walk on tightropes or take your dog for a 5K, then the Helping Dogs Helping Heroes 5K is right up your alley. In an effort to kick off International Assistance Dog Week, Paws and Stripes have put together this little fun run for those who want to show their athletic chops and those who want to do something special with their canine companions, all while supporting military veterans, of course.

The event will have food trucks, family activities and dog washes. The run itself is dog-friendly, so you and your barking buddy can go for the gold together. The sprinting commences Sunday, Aug. 3. Check-in is at 7:30am, and the race starts at 8am at the Aperture Center Park at Mesa del Sol (5700 University SE). To participate, adults pay $30, and it's $15 for young ones ages 10-15. Be sure to stretch. Aperture Center, Mesa del Sol • Sun Aug 3 • 8am • $15-$30 • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar

news

The Daily Word in border bills, CIA spies and a penis cloud

The Daily Word

A three-day truce between Israel and Palestine was interrupted after Israel reported one of their soldiers went missing in the southern Gaza Strip.

The House Republican leadership will present a new border bill today that “further tightens a 2008 trafficking law.”

The FBI are assisting authorities in Oregon in trying to find a mother who went missing seven days ago.

Former president Bill Clinton says he had the chance to kill Osama bin Laden hours before the 9/11 attacks.

After an internal investigation, it was confirmed that the CIA spied on the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Bernalillo County deputies took down an alleged drug and prostitution ring on Second and Alameda streets.

It's tax free weekend, y'all!

A nationwide warrant has been issued for a Las Cruces teen accused of voyeurism.

Teenager Tony Day is expected to plead guilty for the 2012 murders of his adoptive mother and her daughter in Tucumcari.

Penis cloud!

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Nostalgia Ain’t What It Used to Be

September: A New Show by Laurel and Ewen

Ewen Wright and Laurel Butler

Will you ever look back on right now with longing? When Ewen Wright and Laurel Butler left Burque for San Francisco in 2011, the couple—longtime performance collaborators—found themselves unexpectedly thrown out of sync as they tried to stay afloat in the pricey, tech-obsessed city. “We both had jobs that put us in front of computers most of the day,” says Wright, “and then had phones that we looked at on the way home, and then computers we could get in front of for the evening.”

Their burgeoning disconnection ultimately led to a new act that incorporated dance, physical theater and poetic narrative into absurdist vignettes about memory and togetherness. “We began to imagine having a sense of nostalgia, in the future, for all of the things as they are now—smartphones, Facebook, Buzzfeed, apps, etc.,” Wright says. September: A New Show by Laurel and Ewen captures real and imagined eras in a couple’s lifespan, and “gluing it all together is the outline of a love story.” The show comes to the Box (100 Gold SW) on Saturday, Aug. 2, at 10:30pm, and Sunday, Aug. 3, at 7:30pm. Get your $10 tickets at theboxabqtickets.com. Box Performance Space and Improv Theatre • Sat Aug 2 • 10:30pm • $10 • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar

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The Daily Word in Albuquerque, Burque and the Duke City

The Daily Word

In recent, local developments:

Allegedly, a very drunk couple took a stroll with their children and a marijuana pipe. They were arrested.

A naked intruder was allegedly found sleeping in someone else’s bed. He was arrested.

According to APD, a woman pulled a gun on a Comcast technician. She was arrested.

APD is getting rid of its Mine Resistant Ambush Protected armored vehicle.

The School of Rock will be housed in downtown Burque.

The Sunport was at the center of a copper theft ring.

Developers are planning to build a hotel modeled after the ruins at Chaco Canyon.

Someone left the sprinklers running in the rain.

UNM’s Director of Government and Community Relations has now been arrested three times for DWI. He has been previously convicted twice for this offense.

After numerous setbacks and a countless number of losing seasons, UNM’s football coach looks to the future.

news

The Daily Word in mole man invasions, pot blocking and lame witchcraft

The Daily Word

Well, kids, let’s see what’s going on in the news today:

The city of Albuquerque has decided that supporters of a marijuana decriminalization measure need to have more signatures on their petition than the city had originally told them. OOPS. Too bad the deadline was Monday. And no, they don’t get an extension.

Murderers of a retired educator in Chimayo claim to have held a ‘witchcraft’ ceremony after the killing. Which sounds super creepy, but apparently only involved "wrapping a ribbon in something and putting it in a baggie." I guess it's creepy if the 'something' was an eyeball. But way less creepy if the 'something' was a, I dunno, pencil. Basically, my feelings about this story are dependent on what got wrapped in a ribbon and then put into a baggie.

An Albuquerque man tried to stretch the family food budget by killing, then butchering the family dog. Which was a chihuahua, by the way, which could feed maybe one person? I don't think this guy thought things through.

And the Duke City is due to become the Cake City this weekend. Cake kind of sounds like Duke and it’s the best I could come up with before my coffee hits bottom. Also, I’m still thinking about that witchcraft thing. And the pot thing. And the dog thing. Is there something wrong with the state this week?

A team of surgeons removed 232 teeth from the mouth of a 17-year old boy in India.

Two more mysterious holes leading to the blackest depths of the Earth have opened up in Siberia. Scientists think it’s happening because of an eruption of gas, but the Internet thinks it’s probably mole men.

And Harrison Ford’s ankle injury is probably going to prevent puffins from having sex. Dammit, Harrison Ford. First Indy 4 and now this?

NEWS

The Daily Word in bomb threats, no more square hamburgers in Russia and Presidential pants

The Daily Word

Huning Highland shall not be home to a Subway.

The man who was subjected to an extensive and illegal cavity search courtesy of the Hidalgo County Sheriff's department details his story in a new interview.

Someone threatened to blow up the capital building in Santa Fe.

Naked intruder alert.

Dead Jackass star Ryan Dunn's photo wasn't supposed to be used in this story.

Behold the motorized sneaker/rocket roller skate thingees.

No more Wendy's in Russia.

March of the Juggalos.

The time President Johnson ordered pants.

A satanist group is leveraging the Hobby Lobby decision to challenge "informed consent" laws.

An American Hippie in Israel.

news

The Daily Word in WWI, wacky weather and other worries.

The Daily Word

Happy 100th birthday, World War I.

Massive, explosive decompression brought down MH17.

A tornado hit near Boston.

A lightning storm hit Venice Beach.

I wonder if Palin TV will show Lidsville.

Watch the trailer for the Simpsons/Family Guy crossover episode.

Now worry about kissing-bug disease.

A UFO terrifies Toronto.

Sexual harrassment at Comic-Con exists.

Get ready for the new mass extinction.

Progress Now NM is pushing for $25 fines for marijuana possission.

An Albuquerque hot dog cart was stolen.

What’s happening in Albuquerque today?

Go swimming!

Happy birthday, Steve Morse.

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