The Bernalilllo County Commission will take legal action against the Secretary of State to ensure key issues (including decriminalization of marijuana possession) will be on the ballot in this November’s election.
We lost another one: Robert “Throb” Young, the former guitarist for Scottish rock group Primal Scream, died on Tuesday, Sept. 9. He was 49 years old, and no cause of death has been listed. If you've ever listened to the band's album Screamadelica, then you know what a loss this is. Safe journey, Throb. Here's a little sendoff.
Primal Scream - “Movin’ On Up”
We really got something
Can you believe The Kinks have been around for 50 years? Not a lot of people can, or do, considering the band hasn't released a full-length record since 1993, and they've been hinting at a possible reunion tour for years to no avail. Regardless, their record label sees a reason to celebrate, as they've taken the initiative to release a “career-spanning anthology” of The Kinks' greatest hits, including songs like “You Really Got Me,” “Lola” and “Waterloo Sunset.” That hits stores and online markets on Oct. 14. And that's just for starters. They're also going to release a deluxe version of their 1971 record Muswell Hillbillies on Nov. 10. To read more about these upcoming auspicious endeavors, head over to Consequence of Sound.
The color pink
With Nicki Minaj's “Anaconda” video making splashes all over the interwebz (the big booty kind), people have been wondering when her next full-length effort will be released. The wait is over, y'all. Well, the wait for the release date, which is Nov. 24. That record (The Pinkprint) will feature the aforementioned “Anaconda,” as well as another track she released some time back: “Pills N Potions.” So if you're ready to hear Ms. Minaj spew some rhymes, mark those calendars. At least you'll have the “Anaconda” video to tide you over. View that below.
Nicki Minaj - “Anaconda”
Meester’s got heart
Like most people who've heard the name Leighton Meester, my only real knowledge of her prowess as an actress is embedded within the no-longer-with-us “Gossip Girl.” Besides that, not a whole lot I know. And in regard to her singer-songwriter abilities? She's got 'em? Apparently so, as Meester is gearing up to release her debut full-length record Heartstrings on Oct. 28. She's released the title track exclusively on Billboard, and if the tune is anything to go by, she's actually got some nice pipes. And the fact that she wrote all of the songs herself is pretty impressive. Head to Billboard to give that a listen.
Oh, the tyranny
It's finally here, y'all: a full-length track and video from Julian Casablancas' new solo project, Julian Casablancas + The Voidz. Though my enthusiasm over the Strokes' latest works has somewhat waned, I'm happy to hear Casablancas return to a more sinister, garage sound. The song (“Where No Eagles Fly”) comes off his upcoming record Tyranny, out Sept. 23, which is right around the corner. Have a looksie at the video below.
Julian Casablancas + The Voidz - “Where No Eagles Fly”
U2? What about me?
What people are excited about U2's surprise record? Not me, but I'm sure they're out there ... wandering through dark alleyways, guitar picks between thumb and index, waiting for Bono's voice to hail from the gutters. The band has released Songs of Innocence, which is available for anyone who is on iTunes, iTunes Radio and Beats Music. You can hear the record exclusively on those sites before it gets a physical release on Oct. 13. Oh, did we mention it's free? So have at it!
Sure, most people are upset with Robert Plant over his refusal to reunite with former bandmates Led Zeppelin. But I say if the guy's got a good thing going by his lonesome, leave him be. Have you not heard his collaboration with Alison Krauss (Raising Sand)? It's flawless. Now Plant has just released his latest solo effort lullaby And... The Ceaseless Roar. To add to that, he's also come out with a video for the album's lead single “Rainbow,” which you can take a gander at below. Enjoy!
Robert Plant - “Rainbow”
Here with Keys
This past week, Alicia Keys posted a video for her new song “We Are Here,” which turned the microphone away from that godawful “Girl on Fire.” And though her new ditty has a hefty amount of inspirational cheese, it's definitely a step in the right direction. The song is meant to inspire a dialogue between people of various cultures and nations, so unity is the theme here. Not sure if the song will get a proper release, though Keys did say she's working on new material in an interview with AP. To watch the video, head to Billboard.
Perfume on the grid
Singer-songwriter Mike Hadreas, who performs under the guise of Perfume Genius, never really caught my attention until I heard the first single from his upcoming record Too Bright. That song (“Queen”) didn't leave my head for days, maybe weeks. Touted as a gay rights anthem, the song just hits. But I'm sure for most internet aficionados, that's old news! Now Hadreas has come out with another single from the same record: “Grid.” And the video can be watched below. PS: The album drops on Sept. 22.
Perfume Genius - “Grid”
Blige in London
It's the opposite of a British invasion! It's an American invasion! Wait ... is that the opposite? Either way, diva Mary J. Blige has announced a new record (The London Sessions), and she's enlisted the help of a few Brits (Disclosure, Sam Smith, Jimmy Napes, etc.) to provide some collaborative magic on the proceedings. That record'll see the light of sound on Nov. 24, and Ms. Blige has released a trailer for said release, which you can watch over at Pitchfork.
Slow down, or you could miss the Open Space Visitor Center (6500 Coors NW) as you attempt to keep up with the traffic on Coors that seems to have pierced the ever-loving sound barrier. Then you see it: 144 jetty jack angle irons sticking out of the ground; Robert Wilson’s homage to the flight path of birds guides you in. Don’t miss the 7th annual Urban Farm and Harvest Festival on Sunday, Sept. 14. It’s a great opportunity to explore nature and partake in the bountiful harvest of fresh fruits, herbs and vegetables delivered by local farmers.
In keeping with this year’s theme, “Preserving the Harvest,” events start at 10am with workshops in fruit tree selection, basic beekeeping and a wild plant walk. Stroll the stands of various local farmers and artisans. Partake in live music and food demos throughout the day, as well as kid workshops, juggling, magic shows and other events like a 3-legged race and a hay-bale ride for family fun. Have lunch at Soo Bak Korean BBQ Food Truck, and satisfy your sweet tooth with ice cream from Pop Fizz. Event is free. Open Space Visitor Center • Sun Sep 14 • 10am-4pm • FREE • View on Alibi calendar
Maker Faire has become a moveable, mechanical mecca for the nerdy sect. This worldwide movement celebrates DIY culture and the art of invention for garage tinkerers, roboticists and scrap metal fabricators alike. Albuquerque Mini Maker Faire, now in its third year, brings together some of the Duke City’s most industrious people. Travel from tent to tent, pick up new skills, build a rocket stove from household items, and explore the basics of electronics programming.
There's plenty of contraption building and hacking to be had, but it’s not only about the mechanized world. Live music and performance is part of the day's events, along with tutorials featuring earlier technologies like sewing, knitting and paper arts. ¡Explora! and the Harwood Arts Center will be there, so expect a high family-friendly index. If you go, take cash for workshop materials, maker kits, craft vendors and food truck fare. Take bottled water and sunscreen. If you make it to Maker Faire at the Albuquerque Balloon Museum (9201 Balloon Museum NE), the fun begins on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 10am to 6pm. Tinkering continues Sunday, Sept. 14, from 11am to 5pm. Tickets: $10 for adults, $5 for kids. For more info, visit albuquerque-minimakerfaire.com. Anderson-Abruzzo Balloon Museum • Sat Sep 13 • 10am-6pm • $5-$15 • View on Alibi calendar
A USA Today article published yesterday quoted Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden recognizing "a systemic failure in ... ability to track employee misconduct." Eden went to say, "I believe there are people on the force who shouldn't be on the force.'' But Eden told USA Today that police union contracts make it difficult to enforce retroactive discipline within bounds of a union contract, stating "Yes, we may be stuck with them."
On this day of remembrance, a quote by Vonnegutian protagonist Eliot Rosewater seems appropriate: "Hello, babies. Welcome to Earth. It's hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It's round and wet and crowded. At the outside, babies, you've got about a hundred years here. There's only one rule that I know of babies: God damn it, you've got to be kind."
Speaking musically, the trombone has many functions. It works great in an orchestral setting by creating a sense of emotion. In small ensembles it can define the tone of a work. As a solo instrument in chamber music and jazz, its formidability has been proven over the years. This year’s UNM Music Department Faculty Concert Series features trombone professor Chris Buckholz tomorrow night at 7:30pm at Keller Hall (203 Cornell SE) in the Fine Arts Center. A small, comfortable and acoustically perfect concert hall across the way from Popejoy, Keller offers performances by notable practitioners of the musical arts.
On Friday Buckholz will perform both art music and jazz there. He’ll be joined by cohorts University of Northern Iowa Associate Professor of Piano Sean Botkin, John Marchiando and Paul Gonzales on trumpet, Glenn Kostur handling saxophone, pianist Stuart MacAskie, Michael Olivola on bass, Arnaldo Acosta on drums and percussionist Scott Ney. The program includes recitals of works by Arthur Frackenpohl, Marco Bordogni, Joseph Jongen, Paul Hindemith, Clay Smith and the featured trombonist himself. Tickets range from $5 to $12. Keller Hall, UNM • Fri Sep 12 • 7:30pm • $5-$12 • View on Alibi calendar