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The Daily Word in pictures of cats, NM food banks and designer genes

The Daily Word

Brussels lockdown results in Belgians tweeting out pictures of cats for a good cause.

San Diego Zoo put down their northern white rhino, now only three remain in the world.

New Mexico's milkshake (weak child porn law) brings all the sex offenders to our yard.

New Mexico scientists working on a spaceship that could reach Mars in days.

Donate, donate, donate! NM food banks need your help this Thanksgiving!

Santa Fe girl helps the homeless by raising money to buy materials to make scarves and hats.

Forget designer handbags, designer babies may become the latest accessory.

How to quell those pesky family arguments this Thanksgiving.

Technology and Its Discontents

Deus Est Machina

He turned to face the machine. "Is there a God?"

The mighty voice answered without hesitation, without the clicking of a single relay.


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

The Daily Word

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

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

The Daily Word

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

Hear works from Biber, Messiaen and Burhans as well as poetry by Liza Wolff-Francis. Arrive early for espresso and goodies.
Storytellers of New Mexico

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Once Upon a Time in Burque


Albuquerque's annual celebration of storytelling featuring Ramona King, Ben Nurry, Kimberly Gotches, Liz Mangual and emcee Bob Kanegis.
Caleb Shomo

Caleb Shomo is Beartooth

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.

Tom Beetz

Event Horizon

Jazz Hands

George Cables Trio • jazz

One of the great living jazz pianists.
via Instagram @kovuu

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Anime in November

Con-Jikan Year Three

An anime, gaming and fandom convention featuring celebrity guests, a masquerade, an exhibitors hall, discussion panels, screenings and more.

Today's Events

Annual Winter Solstice Concert at First United Methodist Church

Bach Violin Concerto in A minor, Cantata BWV 151, a selection of beautiful Renaissance motets of the season and recent music from Irsee Monastery in Bavaria.

7th Annual Pueblo Gingerbread House Contest at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Let It Grow • Grateful Dead tribute • Pink Freud • Pink Floyd tribute at Launchpad

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