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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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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Tinker, Techie, Solder, Try! at the Albuquerque Mini Maker Faire

Maker Faire has become a moveable, mechanical mecca for the nerdy sect. This worldwide movement celebrates DIY culture and the art of invention for garage tinkerers, roboticists and scrap metal fabricators alike. Albuquerque Mini Maker Faire, now in its third year, brings together some of the Duke City’s most industrious people. Travel from tent to tent, pick up new skills, build a rocket stove from household items, and explore the basics of electronics programming.

There's plenty of contraption building and hacking to be had, but it’s not only about the mechanized world. Live music and performance is part of the day's events, along with tutorials featuring earlier technologies like sewing, knitting and paper arts. ¡Explora! and the Harwood Arts Center will be there, so expect a high family-friendly index. If you go, take cash for workshop materials, maker kits, craft vendors and food truck fare. Take bottled water and sunscreen. If you make it to Maker Faire at the Albuquerque Balloon Museum (9201 Balloon Museum NE), the fun begins on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 10am to 6pm. Tinkering continues Sunday, Sept. 14, from 11am to 5pm. Tickets: $10 for adults, $5 for kids. For more info, visit albuquerque-minimakerfaire.com. Anderson-Abruzzo Balloon Museum • Sat Sep 13 • 10am-6pm • $5-$15 • View on Alibi calendar

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The Daily Word in Zeus, health care and Rebel Donut

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South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius has been found guilty of manslaughter for the fatal shooting of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

The Navy is searching for a missing pilot after two jets crashed into the Pacific Ocean.

A woman in Blackstone, Mass., was arrested after the remains of three infants were found in her home.

Sorry, Mr. President. I was expecting Beyoncé.

Around 250,000 people in Virginia will lose their health insurance at the end of November.

Rebel Donut is going to be featured on the show “Donut Showdown” tonight on the Cooking Channel!

A crafty thief used her kid as she stole a credit card, then proceeded to give herself the royal treatment with a shopping spree.

A woman and her 2-year-old son are on the mend after two dogs brutally attacked them.

On comparing Albuquerque violence to other cities …

Zeus, the world's tallest dog, passed away this week. RIP big guy.

News

The Daily Word in APD, melanoma and kindness

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A USA Today article published yesterday quoted Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden recognizing "a systemic failure in ... ability to track employee misconduct." Eden went to say, "I believe there are people on the force who shouldn't be on the force.'' But Eden told USA Today that police union contracts make it difficult to enforce retroactive discipline within bounds of a union contract, stating "Yes, we may be stuck with them."

Today Albuquerque Police Officers Association President Stephanie Lopez told KOAT that she initially felt disappointed and angered that Eden would represent officers in this light. But Lopez and Eden have since talked and are now on the same page.

SolaranRX Inc. has licensed a groundbreaking method for diagnosing and treating melanoma. The process was developed by UNM Pharmaceutical Sciences and DermatologyAssociate Professor Dr. Yubin Miao. The technology involves a peptide that binds to melanoma cells which can be infused with imaging and therapeutic radionuclides to assess and treat melanoma.

Outfitted in full gear, Albuquerque firefighters climbed stairs 110 stories today in honor of those lost in the 9/11 terror attacks.

Starting next week Alaska Airlines will offer nonstop daily flights from Albuquerque to Seattle.

On this day of remembrance, a quote by Vonnegutian protagonist Eliot Rosewater seems appropriate: "Hello, babies. Welcome to Earth. It's hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It's round and wet and crowded. At the outside, babies, you've got about a hundred years here. There's only one rule that I know of babies: God damn it, you've got to be kind."

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Half and Half: UNM Faculty Concert Series

Speaking musically, the trombone has many functions. It works great in an orchestral setting by creating a sense of emotion. In small ensembles it can define the tone of a work. As a solo instrument in chamber music and jazz, its formidability has been proven over the years. This year’s UNM Music Department Faculty Concert Series features trombone professor Chris Buckholz tomorrow night at 7:30pm at Keller Hall (203 Cornell SE) in the Fine Arts Center. A small, comfortable and acoustically perfect concert hall across the way from Popejoy, Keller offers performances by notable practitioners of the musical arts.

On Friday Buckholz will perform both art music and jazz there. He’ll be joined by cohorts University of Northern Iowa Associate Professor of Piano Sean Botkin, John Marchiando and Paul Gonzales on trumpet, Glenn Kostur handling saxophone, pianist Stuart MacAskie, Michael Olivola on bass, Arnaldo Acosta on drums and percussionist Scott Ney. The program includes recitals of works by Arthur Frackenpohl, Marco Bordogni, Joseph Jongen, Paul Hindemith, Clay Smith and the featured trombonist himself. Tickets range from $5 to $12. Keller Hall, UNM • Fri Sep 12 • 7:30pm • $5-$12 • View on Alibi calendar

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The Daily Word in on-again, off-again pot ballot measures

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Remember the pot question that was going to be on the ballot, then wasn’t going to be on the ballot, then was going to be on the ballot? It’s not going to be on the ballot.

You don’t have to dig up an Alamogordo landfill to find a lot of copies of a terrible game from the last century. A store in Albuquerque has hundreds of copies of “Night Trap,” the 1993 game that sent Senaotor Lieberman into apoplexy and pushed the industry to adopt a rating system.

Roses!

A Colorado teen has plead guilty to conspiring to help ISIS.

Does your Internet seem slow today? Time to learn about net neutrality.

And Facebook likes Harry Potter better than the bible.

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The Daily Word in Miley Cyrus' junk, Pablo Escobar's weird brother and Albuquerque's delicious tap water

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Members of a church in Alamogordo showed their distaste for Satan by burning the Devil in effigy.

Albuquerque has some of the tastiest water in the nation.

Mayor Berry and APD chief Eden are on a junket to Vegas for better policing ideas.

That controversial national police shooting competition is on for this weekend in Albuquerque.

Meet Pablo Escobar's eccentric brother Roberto!

Miley Cyrus is having her first art show featuring "a bunch of junk glued to stuff".

Nifty-neato collection of c. 1900 "lifeboat men" drawings.

Much to others' dismay, China is building it's own islands in the South China Sea.

Live coverage of today's iPhone 6 release.

Climate change will likely cause some species of birds to move or go extinct.

There's a longer video of Ray Rice knocking out his girlfriend in an elevator.

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The Daily Word in Olive Garden, Chick-Fil-A and the destruction of the universe.

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I suspect I’ve been fighting the new unidentified respiratory virus for two weeks as of tomorrow.

Atlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenson comes clean with a racist email.

Stephen Hawking says the God particle could destroy the entire universe.

Behold the viking ring fortress.

Put a coin in dry ice.

Olive Garden offers you endless noodles for seven weeks.

The founder of Chick-Fil-A died.

Kate Middleton is pregnant again.

Will Bernalillo County commissioners put pot on the ballot?

The return of “Cops” makes some people angry.

The Grim Reaper spoke to KRQE.

Happy birthday, Aimee Mann.

Opinion

County Commission Offers Alternative to Berry's Tender Mercies

On Friday, Aug. 29, Mayor Richard J. Berry made history. In his YouTube communiqué debut, Berry became the first Albuquerque mayor to veto an election amendment. According to Berry's statement, R-14-91 contained proposals he couldn't "in good conscience" allow Albuquerque citizens to vote on. Translation: Berry claims his ethics prevented him from permitting us to weigh in at the polls on a) raising sales tax one-eighth of a centto fund social services for the addicted, homeless and mentally illand b) to reduce criminal penalties for the possession of less than one ounce of marijuana.

R-14-91 also contained ballot initiatives to a) grant the City Council approval authority over the Mayor's hiring of police and fire chiefs, b) change the voter-initiative process to prevent costly special elections and c) a bond proposal to fund "metropolitan redevelopment." In layman's terms, Berry's veto was a political strong-arm tactic to get the City Council to drop the tax increase and penalty reduction initiatives. Otherwise, these other three issues wouldn't get to voters. And it worked. On Wednesday, Sept. 3, the Council compromised (read: caved).

And that, as they say, could have been that. But on Friday, Sept. 5, the Bernalillo County Commission issued a press release calling for voter input on the tax increase and marijuana penalty reduction initiatives that Berry nixed. In the release Commission Chair Debbie O’Malley said, “It’s critical that we hear directly from the people about how to move forward on these two issues that have such a major impact on our community. We need to look for ways to divert people with serious mental illness out of jail and into treatment instead. This issue impacts all of us and Bernalillo County residents are ready to talk about solutions.”

In the same release, Commissioner Maggie Hart-Stebbins states, “Better access to mental health services and marijuana penalties are clearly on the minds of Bernalillo County residents. Both of these issues have a significant impact on public safety and county government so it makes sense to give the voters a say in this community discussion.”

The County Commission will convene on Monday, Sept. 8, at 10am to make a final decision on which questions voters will get to address. That's where you come in. O'Malley and Hart-Stebbins want your input on the tax and marijuana penalty initiatives. Based on the overwhelmingly critical responses to Berry's veto video and the veto post on his Facebook page, many of you have something to say. So say it. If the Commission adds these initiatives to the ballot, all Bernalillo County residentsnot just city folkwill have an opportunity to make a meaningful difference in creating local public policy.

These are difficult times for our city, and we appear to be at a crossroads. It's easy to be cynical. But rather than reposting memesespecially those featuring Mark Twain's belief that voting makes no differencetake a few minutes this weekend to engage your representatives on issues that matter to you. To facilitate that conversation, scroll on for quick links to contact O'Malley and Hart Stebbins. Use your voice. It's more powerful than you know.

Click here to email Debbie O'Malley or call her at (505) 468-7027.

Click here to email Maggie Hart-Stebbins or call her at (505) 468-7108.

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The Piano in a Factory at National Hispanic Cultural Center

Zhang Meng's whimsical film about a father's attempt to build a piano for his daughter in the wake of his unending marriage.

Michael D Band • country at Dirty Bourbon

Pajama Storytime at Taylor Ranch Library

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