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The Daily Word in Republicans, dry-cleaning spills and Islamic State Fighters

By Peter Karlsen [ Sat Nov 21 2015 1:20 PM ]
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UNM is not alone with difficulties providing students resources to report sexual assault.

Growing Marijuana on tribal land is especially sticky—legally speaking.

The dry-cleaning chemical spill Downtown is large enough to warrant vapor testing in area homes.

Theocon Damon Linker continues to be increasingly alienated by his former conservative colleagues.

The Nation's Lydia Wilson interviews an imprisoned ISIS fighter.

I can be a doctor if I say I am.



Letters From Downtown

Signs of Compassion

By Ty Bannerman [ Fri Nov 20 2015 1:58 PM ]

When you work Downtown, when you're here day after day, you deaden a bit to some of the things you see. A couple huddled in a doorway on a cold November morning, a worn-out blanket barely covering them; cops on bikes pulling a homeless man up off of the sidewalk, a puddle of vomit at his feet; an elderly gentleman in suit and tie, stalking down the street and shouting curses at the demons leaking from his head; none of these things provoke a second glance after a while. There's a lot of suffering here for sure and very little that one person can do. A dollar here, a dollar there, maybe that helps a bit, but the overall feeling is one of powerlessness, and slowly you become hardened to it.

Today, though, I noticed this sign in the window of Lindy's Diner, and that numbness thawed just a little bit. No, Lindy's isn't going to solve the problems of homelessness and hunger. And one single meal on one single day isn't "enough." But it is something, a reminder that hardness isn't the answer, that compassion is. And that even if we can never do enough, we can, and should, still try.



The Daily Word In JLaw, Latin Grammys and Black Friday

By Desiree Garcia [ Fri Nov 20 2015 1:17 PM ]
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Mali commandos rescue hostages from Radisson Blu Hotel attack.

Bill passed to slow refugees entering the US.

Israel spy gets released from U.S. prison.

Donald Trump gets dragged at the 2015 Latin Grammys.

Now I kind of want to be broken up with through text message on my wedding day because this looks pretty fun and I’m slightly jealous.

Let’s talk about how awkwardly cute JLaw is. I mean, who gets super drunk to get through filming a sex scene?

Retailers just really want you to remember what’s important on Thanksgiving -- Black Friday Sales.

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Baroque? You Can Afford This!

Chatter Sunday: Baroque Gems + Contemporary Works

By August March [ Fri Nov 20 2015 12:00 PM ]
Hear works from Biber, Messiaen and Burhans as well as poetry by Liza Wolff-Francis. Arrive early for espresso and goodies.
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Storytellers of New Mexico

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Once Upon a Time in Burque


By Cerridwen Stucky [ Fri Nov 20 2015 4:00 AM ]
Albuquerque's annual celebration of storytelling featuring Ramona King, Ben Nurry, Kimberly Gotches, Liz Mangual and emcee Bob Kanegis.
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Caleb Shomo is Beartooth

By Megan Reneau [ Thu Nov 19 2015 2:35 PM ]

Shane Told of Silverstein has created a podcast called Lead Singer Syndrome. The show is about lead singers in the alternative music scene and their life and struggles as told by themselves. The first episode is an interview with Caleb Shomo of Beartooth, formerly Attack! Attack!, and was recorded during Warped Tour 2015. As a huge fan of Beartooth, I was excited to listen to Shomo's first hand account of his career and the path he's taken.

Shomo started touring when he was 15 as a keyboardist with the band Attack! Attack!, eventually making his way to lead singer. I never was really into A!A! and after listening to the interview, I realize I wasn't the only one (it seems comparable to how people feel about Black Veil Brides, you love them or hate them). Shomo talks about the depression and ADHD that he dealt with prior to being a musician and those same health issues coupled with eating disorders and alcoholism that surfaced fully while working in A!A!

I found Shomo very relatable. While I may not be a professional musician, I'm also in my early 20s and have dealt with many of these things, too: depression, ADHD, eating disorders, alcoholism, being with people who aren't good for me, etc. And to hear one of my favorite musicians talk about their personal experiences and considering how that translates to their music is almost cathartic. I feel like I really connect to Beartooth on a deeper level than before.

I was surprised to learn that all the recording for Beartooth's album was done by Shomo. He wrote all the lyrics and recorded all the instruments for the album Sick. The four other members are featured for touring and live music in general. Beartooth has been astonishingly well received and for that all to be based on the experiences and the talent of one person is incredible. Sick comes straight from Shomo's heart and is his truth. While musing over being a highly metaphorical writer, Shomo says in his songs he alludes to his struggles with Attack! Attack! and his depression and suicidal thoughts that come from them. The day after he wrote the song "I Have a Problem" he quit A!A!

Most people that have listened to the album would assume that he wrote a lot about alcoholism and substance abuse issues, but that was all metaphorical, although he has dealt with alcoholism. He says it's easier for people to understand and accept that musicians deal with substance abuse issues rather than mental issues such as depression, which can be argued about most people with mental health issues.

The primary focus in this podcast is Shomo's journey with Attack! Attack! which Shomo hasn't spoken very much about, so it's very illuminating for folks that have been following him for the last seven years. Originally Shomo was the keyboardist and transitioned to guitar then to lead (clean and unclean) vocalist. After being signed to Rise Records via myspace, A!A! began recording their first album shortly after. Someday Came Suddenly, A!A!'s first recorded album after being signed, sold approximately 150,000 in the first year of sales which came as a huge surprise to most people considering the amount of criticism they received.

Told is an excellent interviewer, and is able to ask very perceptive questions because he's been an active musician for well over a decade. He's able to relate to his guest on a very personal level. Told is very astute and able to draw out some wonderfully insightful observations and stories. New episodes are released every Monday for the foreseeable future and I plan on listening to every single one.

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Jazz Hands

George Cables Trio • jazz

By August March [ Thu Nov 19 2015 12:30 PM ]
One of the great living jazz pianists.
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Anime in November

Con-Jikan Year Three

By Devin D. O'Leary [ Thu Nov 19 2015 12:00 PM ]
An anime, gaming and fandom convention featuring celebrity guests, a masquerade, an exhibitors hall, discussion panels, screenings and more.
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The RETURN of the Alibi's Not Quite Weekly Podcast

We interview author Isabel Allende

By Ty Bannerman [ Thu Nov 19 2015 11:46 AM ]

Hey! Remember how we used to have a podcast? Well, we have a podcast again! This episode, we talk about gifts, chat about upcoming events and interview author Isabel Allende!

Check it out!


The Daily Word in emojis, the flu and the future via Twitter

By Megan Reneau [ Thu Nov 19 2015 10:59 AM ]
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Only a twitter bot can predict the future.

The suspected organizer of the terrorist attacks in Paris is reportedly killed.

A summation of anti-feminists to induce your daily rage.

Learn more about the history of lesbianism on the island of Nantucket.

Good Charlotte is back, thank Satan.

Morsels by Megan Foldenauer is deliciously lovely.

Where revenge porn and sex work intersect.

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Take-out flu shots delivered by Uber? Alright.

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