Weekly Alibi
 Mar 27 - Apr 2, 2008 
More than one-and-a-half centuries later, Explorer Ignacio Maximo de Chavez' dairy is unearthed. Behold his harrowing and mule-filled last days searching for the legendary Crystal Canyon.
NEWS/OPINION
North Valley residents are furious that a cement transfer station wants to spew more pollution. A humanitarian photographer discusses his life's work, and Comcast pays passersby to take up space at a public hearing.
FASHION
Saul Williams models his new line of knuckle-and neck-accessories. Meanwhile, the Alibi's foray into spring fashion reveals hipster trends from across the region.
BOXCAR
Our new "Boxcar" section has all kinds of tips for eating and drinking on the outrageously cheap. From street fare to hooch, learn to live like hobo royalty.
FILM & TV
21 provides yet another Vegas-bound drama for people who've watched “Celebrity Poker Showdown” once or twice and can sing at least the chorus to Kenny Rogers’ “The Gambler.”
SOAP
Our first-ever "Soap" section will have you feeling clean as a whistle with a new caffeine-infused body cleanser and an in-depth analysis of which cleaner is king: Bar or liquid soap?
MARTIAL ARTS
In the debut of the Alibi's "Martial Arts" section, we uncover the truth about improv comedians' secret ninja backgrounds, and sci-fi author and black belt Walter Jon Williams teaches you how to defend yourself from monsters.

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The Daily Word in robots, rats and rockstars.

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Kanye West stopped his concert because a fan in a wheelchair wouldn’t stand up.

Country crooner Lynn Anderson was arrested after a drunken car smash.

Courtney Love rocks the guitar lamely.

A Samsung robot sentry shoots everyone, period.

Quadrupedal robots frolic gracefully to the tune of a new cheetah algorithm.

An Albuquerque pumkin heist will likely scar toddlers’ psyches.

A virtual Boobie Squeezing Simulator makes girlfriends obsolete.

Scottish independence might be an actual thing.

A sleeping Brooklyn toddler survived a savage rat attack.

Switzerland will take Snowden.

A gravedigger photographed himself with the exhumed remains of his long deceased nephew.

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.

It’s State Fair time.

Jose Nino’s baby won’t go to sleep.

Let the shooting competition begin.

What’s happening in Albuquerque today?

Happy birthday, Tom Hardy.

Today’s Daily Word was made possible with generous link-cullling assistance from Constance Moss, Geoffrey Plant, Janet Miller, Lisa Barrow, Kyle Silfer and Susan Petersen. Thanks, you guys!

Music

Rooster Roundabout: This week’s music highlights

Jesse Schulz

Spirit in the sky

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!

Plant’s roar

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.

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Preserve the Preserves: 7th Annual Urban Farm and Harvest Festival

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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

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