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V.22 No.24 |

news

The Daily Word in chemical explosion, NSA, child tattooing

In the news: chemical plant explosion, watchful eyes of the NSA, burning apartment building, tattooing his 3-year-old nephew, Super Smash Bros, Christmas, sea mammals, death injection

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V.22 No.1 | 1/3/2013

news

The Daily Word in entertainment 2012, pit bulls and bad lip reading

In the news: fiscal crisis, Christmas Walmart theft, Entertainment 2012:, Super Bowl!, Old temple and ritual vessels, fate of two pit bulls, Kevin Bacon made out of bacon, Kate Winslet, most pirated films of 2012, Bad lip reading

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V.21 No.52 | 12/27/2012

video games

Webgame Wednesday: Mountain Maniac Xmas

Adult Swim’s awesomely destructive, Atari 2600-style game Mountain Maniac gets a holiday makeover in Mountain Maniac Xmas. You're Santa (or a poor approximation thereof) and are tasked with smashing huge boulders off a mountaintop. Control their descent to cause maximum carnage. And watch out for rampaging reindeer!

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news

The Daily Word in killer storm, childhood obesity, Starbucks politics

In the news: Intense storm system, Childhood obesity rates, unwanted Christmas presents, adopt a child, Starbucks cups, lost their home, ISS, dwarves, John Mayer Santa, baby Jesus, IRL online shopping

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V.21 No.51 |

news

The Daily Word in Christmas, guns and Rod Serling.

In the news: publishes the names of gun owners, How to store Christmas lights, Parkour 12-year-old, paranormal Santa, Christmas movie trivia, dead man at Edith and Central, Rod Serling

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music

Xmas music that doesn't suck

At this point in the season, we've all been subjected to a smorgasbord of Xmas muzak that, frankly, is way lame. Gift yourself with holiday sounds that rule. Right now, I'm listening to DJ Mello and DJ Tahnee's holiday-themed Afternoon Freeform on KUNM. These ladies know Christmas music. Listen at kunm.org or tune your dial to 89.9 FM. If you stumble on this blog in an eggnog haze after 4 p.m., access it via KUNM's two-week archive.

If you're in the mood for obscuro Xmas tunes, check out my Jingle and Jingle playlist from last year. It features boss tracks by The Dirtbombs, Mono Men, Nadroj & The Wolrats, The Honeymoon Killers, Thee Headcoatees, James White, Alien Sex Fiend, Culturcide, The Magnetic Fields, Maddox Brothers and Rose, Johnny Cash, Bumble Bee Slim, Jimmy Witherspoon, Victoria Spivey and Vera Ward Hall. Stream it below. Happy listening, y'all!

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".... Add a little soul to this white Christmas."

timewaster

Holiday greetings

Boring and bizarre

Christmas is best tackled with a sense of humor. Otherwise it's a great occasion for a nervous breakdown or a stroke. I hope everyone will heed William Shatner's holiday advice. This Mennonite has a boring Christmas message (with hypnotic music) about saving the world without spending too much on postage. Here are the Christmas greeting cards you wish you'd received, and the family photos you're happy are not yours.

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RECSPEC

music

Have yourself a very Twin Peaks Xmas

I love the internet. You can virtually meet so many fascinating artists, writers, musicians and other creative folks there. Some of the people I learn the most fromon the so-called reglive in Poland, Canada and Mexico. But many of my boss e-acquaintances are stateside.

One of those pals, Laurel Barickman, is the co-founder and lead designer of RECSPEC, an Austin-based design studio. She and her husband, David Milner, are prime movers of Austin's nightlife eye-candy contingent. They do visuals, deejay and create rad flyers. This holiday season, the savvy couple transformed their office space into a Twin Peaks-themed wonderland. We're talking detail here, y'all. Glastonbury Grove-recreatin', Bob-faced and Log Lady-offering ornaments adorn a big, majestic tree. Beneath the One-Eyed Jack's-topped fir, a cherry pie awaits Coop. Leland's getting a golf club. Who'll stumble onto the errant copy of Flesh World? With this level of fantastically weird in the picture, it's not surprising that Barickman grew up in Las Cruces. Check out my fave photos of their psychodramatic Pacific Northwest teevee homage below. Keep on scrollin' to listen to RECSPEC's damn good Twin Peaks/Xmas mix.

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V.21 No.52 | 12/27/2012

news

The Daily Word in John Kerry, Mayan Apocolypse, and Kitten for Christmas.

In the news: John Kerry, racial remarks against RG3, Ben Lujan, Gangnam Style, Is the Force headed to the Land of Enchantment?, Mayan Apocalypse!, most hilarious tweets, working as a call girl, armed police officers, Graham getting a family

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V.21 No.51 | 12/20/2012

Idiot Box

Ho, Ho, Who

Christmas Day Around the Dial

Get your hands on a cold bottle of egg nog, some brandy and a television remote and turn your brain to mush this Christmas.

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The Daily Word in weather delays, The Hobbit and Vodka for Elephants

In the news: Shooting reported, storage locker, winter storm, The Hobbit, hired to kill, tips for safer online shopping, weather photos, these elephants, corgi sleigh, 5 foolish Facebook-using criminals, Stabbing victim, Chunky bracelets, cat for Christmas

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V.21 No.50 | 12/13/2012
Cover art for Sufjan Stevens Christmas hip hop mixtape   Chopped and Scrooged
Cover art for Sufjan Stevens Christmas hip hop mixtape Chopped and Scrooged

Music

Sufjan Stevens likes it “Chopped and Scrooged”

I first encountered the weirdo-meets-troubadour genius that is Sufjan Stevens around 2005. After hearing his album, Seven Swans, I was immediately hooked and fell in love with his hipster folk-meets-navigation of the American landscape aesthetics. But, as my fan-ship of Stevens has progressed over the years, so has my reluctancy to continue being an interested party of his music catalog. I’m not saying that I’m disloyal by any means, but after he released The Age of Adz, which showcased his affinity for electronic dynamo with auto-tuned tendencies, it was lost on me.

But, Stevens is certainly someone who does whatever he feels like doing at any given moment, and that’s something I can respect. Having said that, Stevens (in his love-hate obsession with the Christmas spirit) recently released a Christmas box set of over two and a half hours of music. On top of that, he just released a holiday hip-hop mixtape titled Chopped and Scrooged. Yes, you read that correctly. Taking music and samples from his Silver and Gold box set and featuring hip-hop artists like Heems (of the late Das Racist), Busdriver, Nicky Da B, Electric iLL and more, the mixtape can be streamed on Soundcloud below or downloaded here.

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V.21 No.46 | 11/15/2012

Feature

Buy locally made goods online

Thanks to cottage industry supersite Etsy, you can buy holiday gifts made by people in your city. Amy Dalness outlines her favorite items in this week’s feature: Etsy-Querque. She also lists great local businesses with rad gift options. Keep the cash circulating in our stretch of desert.

And hey, did you know one of the Etsy founders is a Burqueño?

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