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Ride the Thunder
By Geoffrey Plant [ Fri Aug 29 2014 12:00 PM ]
There's no greater compliment this writer can bestow on Nik Turner's Hawkwind than describing latest single “Fallen Angel STS-51-L” as reminiscent of the psychedelic-punk sound of Chrome and the ongoing work of main man Helios Creed. When Turner's current Hawkwind incarnation played Low Spirits earlier this year, they kicked out the jams with impressive consistency, complete with visuals, writhing, gyrating and go-go dancing. Nik Turner's Hawkwind doesn't just perform standards in the “greatest hits” style so many bands past their prime tend toward; instead, they offer new material that equals the classics in intensity and weirdness.
The extensive Mighty Thunder Rider tour also features heavy sets by self-described Krautrock/prog rock group Hedersleben—also Nik Turner's backing band, featuring excellent guitar work by U.K. Subs' Nicky Garratt—and Witch Mountain, “top-tier purveyors of American doom.” Also on the bill for this Launchpad (618 Central SW) show tomorrow night are Albuquerque's finest stoner rock outfit Black Maria, who are recording a new album slated for release in the near future; look forward to fresh material from these giants among men. As for the concert, don't worry if the volume makes your ears bleed: That's the way all these bands roll. Doors are at 8pm, and $12 gets you in. Launchpad • Sat Aug 30 • 9pm • $12 • 21+ • View on Alibi calendar
The Daily Word in Inhabitants of Burque on Gawker in Ferguson, an APS social media policy and Tim King Burger Horton's
By Geoffrey Plant [ Tue Aug 26 2014 1:49 PM ]
Gawker (and the rest of America) is trying to figure out the who/what/where&whys of local "Inhabitants of Burque" Facebook magnate Leo York and his being in Ferguson, MO.
APD is hiring a professor at UNM's Institute for Social Research to find out what the hell is up with those lapel cams that rarely seem to work.
The US Defense Department's "1033" program, which unloads military surplus to police departments around the country, is under scrutiny as citizens wake up to the fact that local police departments are extremely militarized.
APS has instituted a social media policy in the wake of superintendent Brooks' resignation.
This non-Swede has been living as an artist in Sweden, unable to be deported for nearly 10 years because he has amnesia and no can figure out his nationality.
There's a device for sale that will prevent the airline seat in front of you from reclining and also can start fights.
Check out this extensive list of booking rates for bands and celebrities.
The Chinese government made a weird cartoon film called "Fragrant Concubine" intended to quell Uighur unrest in northwestern China but which will likely just piss off Uighurs even more.
Someone in Maine caught a rare blue lobster.
The Daily Word in hazing, harrassment and hitchhiking
By Geoffrey Plant [ Tue Aug 19 2014 2:18 PM ]
The UNM women's soccer team is suspected of some weird hazing rituals.
Albuquerque voters will have the opportunity to "Legalize It".
Six New Mexican hospitals had personal patient information stolen in a huge data breach affecting 4 million patients.
A woman in Northern New Mexico snitched on an alleged coke dealer.
Read about the EU's "right to be forgotten" law and how it affects journalism.
More violence in Ferguson, MO last night, now involving guns.
Uganda criminalized the transmission of HIV. Just like many States.
The Daily Word in repetitive headlines about the death of Robin Williams, the sad state of individual rights in the digital age and WIPP!
By Geoffrey Plant [ Tue Aug 12 2014 12:01 PM ]
New York Times obit for Robin Williams.
How far in advance are obituaries written?
Even the President of the United States loves Mork.
Marcos Delgado, suspect and fugitive in the murder of three women in Albuquerque shot himself in the head.
LANL is under fire for even considering biodefense/
APS superintendent Winston Brooks is the subject of a school board investigation as a result of a 911 call. And a tweet that offended "Public Education Secretary Designate" Hanna Skandera.
Drag when the props in your political ad get hard.
The evil overlords could remotely kill your smartphone if this bill passes in California.
Who among the youth of Baltimore will obey a severe blanket curfew?
"Make no bones about it, WIPP has to come back" says the energy secretary.
The Daily Word in methane craters, an officer-involved shooting and the Central Avenue underpass flood problem
By Geoffrey Plant [ Tue Aug 5 2014 1:03 PM ]
A BernCo sheriff's deputy shot a man who rammed his patrol car and trapped the deputy inside.
A city councilman introduced a controversial proposal that would substantially reduce marijuana possession penalties.
The remains of a missing hiker were recovered from the Santa Fe forest.
The city may finally do something about the lake that forms in the Central Avenue underpass when it rains heavily.
An Afghan soldier killed an American General, the highest ranking US service member to die in conflict since Vietnam.
There's intense fighting in Ukraine.
Guardians of the Galaxy's James Gunn once made some funny porn spoofs.
Media giant Gannett is splitting its newspaper and broadcast/digital divisions in order to make the lackluster print portion debt-free. And then, presumably, they'll throw it into a black hole so that it remains debt-free. Forever.
Huge methane gas releases caused by global warming appear to be causing the mysterious Siberian craters.
Here are some of the scant details on the Ebola "cure" administered to two American aid workers.
Check out the Disobedient Objects in the Victoria and Albert Museum.
The Daily Word in bomb threats, no more square hamburgers in Russia and Presidential pants
By geoffrey Plant [ Tue Jul 29 2014 1:10 PM ]
The man who was subjected to an extensive and illegal cavity search courtesy of the Hidalgo County Sheriff's department details his story in a new interview.
Someone threatened to blow up the capital building in Santa Fe.
Dead Jackass star Ryan Dunn's photo wasn't supposed to be used in this story.
Behold the motorized sneaker/rocket roller skate thingees.
The Daily Word in killing homeless folk, throwing up in cabs and peeping
By Geoffrey Plant [ Tue Jul 22 2014 11:43 AM ]
Some Albuquerque teens made the national news.
A good old fashioned peeper is haunting one local family.
Bodies from the downed Malaysian airplane are on their way to Holland.
You may never eat McDonald's again.
Puking in a cab in Calgary will cost you.
Celebrity diet still lifes.
Professional troll sues detractors.
The Daily Word in fired cops, frivolous lawsuits and crimes against women, Asians and theater people
RIP Archie of Riverdale
By geoffrey Plant [ Tue Jul 15 2014 10:04 AM ]
Two former APD cops say they were fired for political reasons and not for kicking the shit out of a suspected car-thief.
It seems like a good idea, but you are not allowed to take items left in front of thrift stores.
The Q-Staff theatre company was victim to theft of props and musical instruments.
Betty or Veronica? You might have a chance now they've killed Archie!
Could be you only like people who are like you.
Meet me in Atlantic City, but not at a casino because they're closing down.
Behold the worst-written and most meandering peripheral tale to Orange is the New Black.
A short education on an extremely offensive and common slur.
The Daily Word in Doritos Roulette, Sarah Palin opened her mouth and Insane Clown Posse fans are a "gang"
By Geoffrey Plant [ Tue Jul 8 2014 1:57 PM ]
A Mason Jar exploded in the Jemez Mountains.
New Mexico made the top of another list, this time for slowest internet speeds in the nation.
Obama is asking Congress for 4 million dollars to help deal with all the unaccompanied immigrant children crossing the US-Mexico border.
Insane Clown Posse's lawsuit over their "gang" status was tossed out.
"Doctor Death" Jack Kevorkian's Deathmobile (a bubble window VW microbus, a real deathtrap!) was purchased from a Detroit pawnshop.
One fifth of Detroit is slated for demolition.
Three new species of mushroom were found in a package of dried mushrooms from China.
If you live in Canada you can try the new Doritos flavor: "Doritos Roulette".
The Daily Word in patriotism, spying and scared dogs
By Geoffrey Plant [ Mon Jul 7 2014 1:31 PM ]
LANL is busy determining whether organic cat litter caused the fire at WIPP.
A local veteran is frustrated with the Veteran's Administration.
If you can't turn on your phone, it will not be allowed on some US-bound airplanes.
Hurricane Arthur hit New Brunswick, Canada pretty hard.
"Try burning this one" and other stupid patriotic tattoos.
Germany is retaliating against American espionage by starting to spy on American spies.
Tour De France selfies are dangerous.
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