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Rooster Roundabout: This week’s music highlights

The man is back! Jack White has been hinting at a new solo release pretty much since 2012's Blunderbuss hit shelves. And now he's shared a snippet from his upcoming LP, titled Lazaretto, which hits stores and online markets on June 10. It's an all-instrumental track (sorry for those who like when White's wailin' vocals recall Robert Plant), but it's a good indicator of what the album will sound like: pure magic. You can hear that below.

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Jack White - “High Ball Stepper”

For those of you who miss “Breaking Bad” so much that streaming the entire series on Netflix isn't cutting it … well, now you can purchase the show's score. The double LP, titled Breaking Bad (Original Score From the Television Series), is scheduled to be released on April 29. That's right around the corner, y'all. Soon, after listening to the album, you'll relive Walter White's drug-enterprising endeavors and feel the emotional decline of Jesse Pinkman as the show's tunes provide some lovely soundscapes. Or sinister ones, depending on which track you hear. Read more about that over at Billboard.

Here's another exciting thing on the horizon: The mid-’90s lineup of Hole is reuniting. Yup, you read right. According to Courtney Love, she and Eric Erlandson, Patty Schemel and Melissa Auf Der Maur have been rehearsing some new material. If we're lucky, it will have the same ferocity, fragility and angst that made Live Through This such a gem. You can read more about that at the Quietus, and have a listen to LTT album cut “Violet” below.

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Hole - “Violet”

I'm gonna say this … and I'll take whatever flack I get. It's called honesty. But … wow, this is hard … okay … just say it, Mark. Okay … I've always preferred The Jackson 5 to Michael Jackson's solo work. Any and everyone I've told this to throughout the years has basically deemed such a proclamation sacrilegious. I can't help how I feel. But MJ fans will be excited to know a new record of unreleased material (XSCAPE) is slated to come out May 13. Read more about that over at Pitchfork.

It's no secret that Janelle Monáe is a big David Bowie fan because … well … she’s said so several times. But now the funky fresh artist has decided to do Bowie a solid by covering “Heroes.” You don't need me to talk about it. You can hear it below.

My knowledge of Elliott Smith is rudimentary at best. And before you commence to gasping, I'll clarify by stating that most of what I've heard has been through hearing his music in films (like Good Will Hunting and The Royal Tenenbaums). Granted, that makes sense for me. I'm a very cinematic-minded person; it matters to me how music is used to shape a scene and capture a moment. While we're on the topic of film, a new documentary about Smith titled Heaven Adores You will premiere at the San Francisco Film Festival on May 5, and that film will include “unheard songs, personal pictures and lost footage.” So keep an eye (or both eyes) open for that.

My first foray into the world of Swedish duo First Aid Kit was watching a video of them covering Patti Smith's “Dancing Barefoot,” with Smith reduced to tears of gratitude in the audience. It was magical. Now the group is getting ready to release a third LP titled Stay Gold. That record comes out June 10, and you can hear some of what it has to offer by listening to the track “My Silver Lining” below.

Late spoken-word performer and musician Gil Scott-Heron's unreleased recordings are going to see the light of day … or be listened to by people. Apparently he'd recorded some of his older songs during sessions for his 2010 album I'm New Here, but those recordings were shelved. Now, for Record Store Day, a posthumous release, Nothing New, is slated for April 19. Read more about the record over at Rolling Stone.

I don't know much about Stagnant Pools. Nothing, in fact, other than they're a sibling duo that makes noise-inflected rock music, and they're coming out with their second LP Geist. I clicked the link to listen to their new song after reading comparisons to Joy Division and The Jesus and Mary Chain. After listening to their new track from the forthcoming album (which hits stores on June 10), I think I need to pay some attention to their first record Temporary Room. Listen to their track “Intentions” below.

This one may seem to come out of left field, but there's context … at least for me. Country star Martina McBride's new record of pop and R&B covers, Everlasting, comes out next week. And for the hipsters, no … there's no irony here. I grew up in South Texas where '90s country was a staple. Hell, McBride's “Independence Day” was one of my favorite songs growing up. Now that that's out of the way … McBride is streaming her album in its entirety over at Billboard. Head that way to get a first glimpse.

We got another leak, people. Some time back, self-proclaimed “gangsta Nancy Sinatra” Lana Del Rey announced she's releasing a new album (Ultraviolence) later this year. And now a track has appeared online, though there's no clarification about whether the track is from the upcoming record or not. Your guess is as good as mine, and you can listen to that below.

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Following in Giant Steps

The alt music scene here in the 1990s was a diverse and fertile workshop for sounds that varied from sludgy proto-grunge and pure punk-rock to melodic, danceable and jazzy reggae and ska. Perhaps the local band that best personified the latter description in this burg's old-school narrative was Giant Steps.

A ska band active in Burque from 1993 to 1999, Otto Barthel, Rob Kerley, Tom Siegel and company have made it a matter of habit to regularly schedule reunion shows here in town, much to the delight of lingering fans and plain old folks who just wanna dance the night away. The eight-piece Giant Steps return with their “in your face” horn section and their “rude” rhythm section for their latest reunion concert tomorrow at Launchpad (618 Central SW). CrazyFool and The Reagan Motels open the show. Doors for this 21-plus show open at 8pm, and tickets are available through holdmyticket.com. Launchpad • Sat Apr 5 • 9:30pm • View on Alibi calendar

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    Rise and Shine: De las Cenizas benefits ABQ

    At a time when Albuquerque is making national headlines for all the wrong reasons, let’s remember what we’re fighting for: a culture that celebrates life, community and passion. The National Institute of Flamenco has been a force for good in the Duke City since its founding in 1982. Even now, having lost its Downtown space of 15 years to a calamitous blaze last December, what’s come to light is not destruction, but a vibrant, spirited community of support. De las Cenizas, a benefit for the institute tomorrow, April 5, at 7:30pm, is a grand, gutsy first step toward raising the money needed to plan new facilities. Artists and companies donating their talents to the night include Kalpulli Ehecatl, directed by Mapitzmitl Xiukwetzpaltzin, performing warrior-style traditional Aztec dances; Donna Jewell’s Ecotone Physical Theater, dedicated to improvisational performance through sound, movement, gesture and unexpected props; Niños Flamencos, kid dancers both adorable and surprisingly intense directed by NIF founder Eva Encinias Sandoval; and many more. Your $25-to-$75 ticket for the show at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (1701 Fourth Street SW) will do a world of good toward reminding the world just what Albuquerque is known as: a locus for the flamenco arts, a place where art and history are kept fiercely alive with loving dedication. National Hispanic Cultural Center • Sat Apr 5 • 7:30pm • $25-$75 • View on Alibi calendar

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      The Daily Word in faulty ATMs, faulty meter readings and a faulty chemistry teacher

      The Daily Word

      Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich stepped down after being protested against for his intolerant views against same-sex marriage. Now some think this is reverse-intolerance.

      Sparks from welders are thought to be the cause of a Boston fire that killed 2 firefighters and injured 13 people.

      A mother in South Carolina could face 20 years to life in prison after her infant died of an overdose of morphine from her breast milk.

      Former President George W. Bush has been getting crazy with the oil paints.

      Have you heard of these firefly devices? Apparently they can screw up your water meter readings.

      A child abuse prevention rally is scheduled to take place today at noon at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

      City websites back on track after Anonymous unleashed a “cyber hurricane” this past weekend.

      A political science professor from Johns Hopkins University wrote an analytical paper stating how Walter White was a “bad teacher” and a “failure.”

      A man requested $140 from an ATM in Maine, but got $37,000 … can you point out its exact location on this map I'm holding?

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        The Daily Word in the great outdoors, transuranic waste and APD

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        Prepare to be boarded, APD.

        On this list, Austin is number one and Burque is 89.

        Check out this year’s Isotopes.

        LANL began removing 3706 cubic meters of transuranic waste from above ground storage. The stuff is headed to Texas until WIPP reopens.

        The vast Union-Pacific railyard in Santa Teresa is open for business.

        The Griffin Art Center in Frederick, Maryland has a new exhibit called New Mexico: Land of Enchantment.

        An oil well in Loco Hills, NM exploded.

        New Mexican chile crop acreage declined in 2013.

        After a two-year closure, Manzano Mountains State Park is reopening on April 21.

        Here's this week’s New Mexico fishing report.

        Last night, the Lobos pounded the NMSU Aggies.

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          Paying Tribute to Woody

          This spring legendary folkie Arlo Guthrie hits the road with a small ensemble to celebrate the work of his renowned father, Woody. With only a dozen stops scheduled, each of these intimate concert appearances is destined to be a flavorfully significant reiteration of Woody’s immense stature in the annals of American music, as well as an opportunity to show off a folk family whose musical cred ranks right up there with Dylan and Cohen.

          Accompanied by his son (Woody’s grandson) Abe and longtime collaborators Terry Hall and Bobby Sweet, the storied composer of seminal '60s protest tune “Alice’s Restaurant” will perform a cross-section of the Guthrie family legacy. Besides grand distinction as an American musical voice, Guthrie is known for his sharp wit and gift for telling stories that turn out to be pertinent reflections on the quintessential American cultural experience. The “Here Comes the Kid” tour makes Burque its second destination tomorrow at the KiMo Theatre (423 Central NW). Doors open at 6:30pm, and the show begins at 7:30pm. Ticket prices range from $39 to $59 and are available at holdmyticket.com and the KiMo box office. KiMo Theatre • Thu Apr 3 • 7:30pm • $39-$59 • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar

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            The Daily Word in Harvard Library's human flesh collection, more police shootings and Trinity test downwinders

            The Daily Word

            It's Wednesday, April 2

            and there's been another police shooting in Albuquerque, although this time it was the US Marshals and not APD,

            a former Albuquerque policeman who was fired in 2011 after kicking a prone suspect "repeatedly" in the head would like his job back,

            and family members of civilians exposed to radiation from the Trinity test are getting ready to protest at the bomb site's annual opening.

            Meanwhile, Chile has been rocked by a deadly earthquake,

            the Supreme Court struck down even more campaign finance limitations,

            the latest Facebook scare campaign is claiming that kids are smoking coffee to get high; this guy tried it and says it sucks,

            and Harvard's library discovered that at least three of their books have bindings of human flesh, one of which belonged to a man who was flayed alive.

            Have a good day!

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              Bringin' the Glory Holm

              via Holly Holm's Twitter

              A hook to the right, a kick to the side, over, under ... just a mere glimpse of the jargon I'd hear while watching MMA fights with my brother. Moments like this captured the epic mentality that went with watching a sport where people beat each other up for glory and some cold, hard cash. When it's a fight between opponents of formidable talent, it's always reason to take a closer look and maybe even throw some money in the pool. Albuquerque's very own MMA superstar Holly Holm is scheduled to have an intense bout with Juliana Werner in the Legacy 30 Fighting Championship.

              Welterweight Holm is an Albuquerque icon who was once named Ring Magazine's female Fighter of the Year and has numerous wins in both her boxing and MMA careers. It's no small feat that Holm is still an undefeated MMA champ, so if Werner is gonna be the one to change that, she's gotta bring all her force into those jabs and kicks. The fight happens tomorrow at 7pm at Route 66 Casino's Legends Theater (14500 Central SW). Tickets for the all-ages match range from $30 to $200. But aim for front row. After all, that's where the action happens. Legends Theater @ Route 66 Casino • Fri Apr 4 • 7pm • $30-$200 • View on Alibi calendar

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                Rowdy’s Dream Blog #341: I Meet the Farmer’s Daughters

                Song: "All my life, all your life, yer numb, yer numb, yer dumb, and then you die…"

                In a field near the top of my childhood street I search for a place to build a fort for my nephews. I examine a shady, overgrown area behind some rusty corrugated siding. An old farmer appears. He is friendly and leads me into a huge house he is remodeling. I see his wife down a long hallway with a plywood floor. In the living room, I meet his three daughters. The farmer resumes painting above the mantle. The middle daughter tells a story about my old friend S. I ask about S’ sister. I ask if S is married.

                "No, but close to it—with (girl's name)!"

                "That's even better!" I say.

                  Personals

                  "I Saw You" Explaining a Brilliant Idea

                  Who saw? Who was seen? Was it you?

                  “An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.” –Oscar Wilde | Reply or see more “I Saw You” ads at alibi.com/personals.

                  I saw you at Two Red Brothers...

                  Your eyes were filled with tears, your face was all red, and you were asking about herbs for allergies. Ain't nobody got time for allergies!

                  Your Idea For New Mexico-Based Superhero

                  Hi. I am a cartoonist and I overheard the idea you were bouncing off your attractive lady friend at the Frontier this morning, 4/1/2014. I think your idea of 'The Green Cloud' as a new superhero who inhaled toxic wastes at WIPP has a lot of potential and I want to get together with you to discuss a business partnership. You left as I was getting my order! This is not an April Fools' gag!

                  What Would Marshal Matt Dillon Do?

                  Warning! Unauthorized Campers in the Foothills Area of Albuquerque Will Be Summarily Executed! By Decree of the Hungry Guns of the Albuquerque Police Department.

                  University and Coal like 47 minutes ago

                  Like 48 minutes ago (1:30pm 3/28/14) you were turning west on Coal off University in a silver truck. I smiled at you and you gave me a reserved but kind smile back as you drove along your way. I watched you take off up the hill with no way of saying hello. I can't get that smile out of my head. Hello.

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