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Music

Sonic macro and micro news in 2012

In addition to being a vital aspect of entertainment, music and the news surrounding it often serve as a lens for considering important cultural phenomena. Rather than providing the overdone top ten album list, like I did last year, I focused on overarching themes in national, international and hyper-local music news in Macro and Micro Music Review. Since I neglected to mention Of God and Science in my local band R.I.P. list, check out their music video for “Turbulence” below.

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Of God and Science - “Turbulence”

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V.21 No.52 | 12/27/2012
Beasts of the Southern Wild

Film News

Gunfighters, Presidents and Beasts

Top 10 Films of 2012

From Ben Affleck to Wes Anderson, which movies made 2012 a spectacular year for cinema?

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Reel World

Bottom 10 of 2012

Oogieloves, Woody Allen and Adam Sandler unite for the year’s worst stinkers.

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The Worst: Charlie Sheen’s revived career in “Anger Management”

Idiot Box

Top of the Box

Best/Worst TV of 2012

Which TV shows were and weren’t worth frying our brain cells for in 2012?

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Aural Fixation

Macro and Micro Music Review

Sonic news in 2012

Peruse an attempt to milk some meaning out of 2012’s music news.

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news

The Daily Word in debate hangovers

Consensus is that President Obama and KitchenAid lost last night's debate, leaving Neil deGrasse Tyson and Big Bird the clear winners.

Facebook has a billion daily users and none of them will like the picture of your kid doing that thing you posted.

White college kids from Texas do the craziest things.

Food prices rising at Balloon Fiesta.

Chicago police find 1,000 pot plants growing in a field.

Arrests made following this weekends shooting at Fantasy World.

Miguel Cabrera wins baseball's first Triple Crown since 1967.

Cheese smugglers busted in Canada.

What if everyone on earth pointed a laser pointer at the moon at the same time?

Chevy dealer totally sorry he had you arrested over pricing error.

Can a new font help dyslexic readers?

Happy Birthday Charlton Heston!!!

V.21 No.36 | 9/6/2012

Film News

Cinematic Superheroes and Box Office Bozos

A look back at the winners and losers of summer 2012

The last day of summer hits Sept. 21. But for most folks, the season has a Memorial-Day-to-Labor-Day symmetry to it: 15 glorious weekends to luxuriate in swimming pools, ice cream trucks and air-conditioned movie theaters. For the box office, however, summer petered out weeks ago, coming to a dead stop the weekend after The Bourne Legacy got released and limping forward for another three weeks on cheap-ass horror movies (The Apparition, The Possession). So, now that it’s all over, who triumphed and what got marked as a tragedy in the dog days of 2012?

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Film

Summer Film Guide 2012

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Now that Memorial Day is come and gone, the official summer movie season is in full swing. From now until Labor Day, we’ve got dozens of big-budget, explosion-filled films vying for our attention. Hidden among those Will Smith-filled blockbusters are assorted smaller-budgeted indie films worth your attention as well. To help guide you through this crowded battlefield of Hollywood offerings, we give you Alibi’s Summer Film Guide. Week-by-week Film Editor Devin D. O’Leary will provide you with all the pertinent info. Plus, we’ve got trailers! Read it over, mark up you calendar and get to the movies.

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V.21 No.21 | 5/24/2012

Idiot Box

You’re Outta Here!

The Canceled Shows of 2012

The broadcast networks have already started showing off their shiny new fall schedules. That means, of course, the conspicuous absence of several shows you may or may not have liked. Yup, the ax has fallen, and a whole host of network shows have been canceled. Some escaped by the skin of their teeth. (ABC’s low-rated but highly regarded “Cougar Town” is moving to TBS in 2013.) Others emerged battered and beaten. (Fan-fave “Community” will return next season. For a truncated 13 episode run. On Friday nights. Paired with “Whitney.” Also, creator Dan Harmon was told to take a hike.) So which shows are gone, gone, gone?

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news

The Daily Word in racist comics, staff cuts for Newt and Winrock revitalization

Why is a there an effort to smear the reputation of Trayvon Martin?

Construction to revitalize Winrock Mall begins next week.

Dude, this racist cartoon is pretty racist, even for Texas.

Guess which Republican Presidential candidate just let go of a third of his full-time staff?

Magdalena's only grocery store is closing.

Fox News hoodies disappear from online store and somehow it's not a conspiracy.

New species of hammerhead shark discovered.

'Dinosaur' and 'dancing' are some of the 50 forbidden words to be removed from standardized tests in New York.

JFK airport employees responsible for 200 thefts per day.

Pharmacies are lying to teenagers about emergency contraception.

Sometimes it's hard being an asshole atheist.

Taiwanese woman chats with Facebook friends as she kills herself.

According to a new study, rubbing toothpaste onto your teeth with your fingers will increase fluoride protection by a whopping 400%.

Someone's got a case of the Mondays.

How to work for a micromanager.

Watch 130 'Simpsons' openings at the same time, for science.

Fish McBites are a real thing, so is Chicken-n-Waffles-flavored syrup.

Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson says "Thick as a Brick 2" is coming.

Trailer for a new "Lupin the 3rd" TV series.

Laugh at these treadmill fails.

De-porn your browser before your mom comes to visit.

Hey, remember Luscious Jackson?

Happy Birthday Reba McEntire!!!

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The Daily Word where you can get fired for wearing an orange shirt, worry about blood-cashews and enjoy some pig testicle tacos

Mitt Romney wins the Illinois Republican Primary while in turnout in Chicago was the lowest in city history.

Japan threatens to shoot down North Korean rocket if it gets too close.

"That's a big lava lamp, congratulations."

Pink slime to be removed from NM public school lunches by July.

Is it cruel and unusual to sentence a 14-year-old to life without the possibility of parole?

I've been to Tennessee and this anti-science Monkey Bill recently passed seems about right.

Religious exemptions for childhood vaccinations will doom us all.

Now you've got to worry about blood-cashews.

Nokia patents text-message tattoos.

Four guys walk into an Australian bar, order fancy drinks, then parachute off the roof without paying.

Blood Urine Man wins top prize at the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts competition.

In Florida, wearing an orange shirt is a fireable offense.

$200 for a cup of organic green tea grown in panda crap? I'll take two!

Pfizer's recipe for pig testicle tacos sounds positively delicious.

The women of "Mad Men" supercut.

How to tell if you're being monitored at work.

Photos from Frida Kahlo's private collection are on display.

Sigh, another reason to hate The Phantom Menace.

Happy Birthday James Coco!!!

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The Daily Word in Mediocre Wednesday, money for Paseo and taco-flavored ramen

Super Tuesday, blah, blah, Ohio, blah, tortoise, blah, blah.

Money approved for the long-awaited Paseo del Norte/I-25 rebuilding project.

Iran agrees to nuclear inspections and talks.

U.S. military sued over rapes.

107% voter turnout in some of Checnya's precincts.

Billionaire Koch brothers trying to take control of the Cato Institute.

College student sues school after roommate has too much sex.

This is how you cite a tweet in an academic paper.

You really should be eating more lentils.

This Australian town covered in spider webs is the stuff on nightmares.

Peyton Manning to become a free agent.

Toddler swallows 37 high powered magnets, somehow survives.

R.I.P. the Miller sisters.

Batman Running Away From Shit is a blog about Batman running away from shit.

Speaking of Batman, why doesn't he just kill the Joker already?

Everyone knows the right way to wash pants, right?

R.I.P. Disney songwriter Robert Sherman.

The apex of human achievements: taco flavored ramen and the McRibster.

The Crazy Cuban Honey Badger doesn't give a shit.

Happy Birthday Wanda Sykes!!!

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The Daily Word in Leap Years, wins for Romney and APS lockdown

Kick out the jams, it's Leap Day!

Catholic priest in Washington D.C. denies lesbian communion at her mother's funeral mass, leaves during eulogy.

Romney manages to win in Michigan and Arizona.

Lockdown at 5 APS schools after student found with gun.

Hilarious 9/11 joke.

Was that the dean from "Community" accepting an Oscar on Sunday?

I'm sorry, but this is just jacked.

McDonald's newest/saddest sandwich is the McBaguette.

The Pirate Bay replaces all torrent links with magnet links, nothing really changes.

Women's health experts discuss birth control.

Kickstarter poised to provide more arts funding than the National Endowment of the Arts.

Was Elvis' manager, Colonel Parker a murderer?

New bat species discovered in Vietnam.

After seeing these official LEGO Avengers sets, I'm still not sure who the villains in the movie are going to be.

Trouble in Bronyville.

Nice collection of unproduced Star Wars merchandise.

Is it even possible to fix The Phantom Menace? (YES!)

"The Wire" wind up toys you'll never see in your happy meal.

Say it with me: umami

Happy Birthday Dennis Farina!!!

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The Daily Word in Sheriff Joe, the Governor needs a hairdresser and the Death Star IRL

The Supreme Court will review racial profiling affirmative action .

R.I.P. journalist Marie Colvin, killed in Syria.

Nuclear inspectors kicked out of Iran.

Elliot Spitzer explains why Mitt Romney's campaign is collapsing.

Gov. Martinez' hair stylist refuses to cut her hair until she changes her stance on gay marriage.

Indiana lawmaker says Girl Scouts are a "radicalized organization" promoting "homosexual lifestyles."

Sheriff Joe Arpaio to release the results of his investigation into President Obama's birth certificate.

Georgia Democrats proposing vasectomy limitations in response to proposed abortion prohibitions.

Producer for "Amazing Race" found dead in Uganda.

Fox News needs a new chart designer.

Waterworld found by the Hubble telescope.

14-year-old about to graduate from college. WHO ARE YOU TRYING TO IMPRESS?

One of the nine disembodied feet discovered on Vancouver shore has been identified.

Long list of ancient computers still being used.

This San Juan Mountain Bigfoot footage "appears" to be authentic.

How many gigs of data does your vibrator hold?

Don't fall for these brainwashing techniques!

Lemmy doesn't want you to buy the $600 Motörhead box set even though it comes with a sweet chrome skull.

Look at this Transformer's junk!

Flying kick self-knockout!

A bunch of economic students figured out how much it would cost to build a Death Star.

Community returns to television next month. KRUMPING CELEBRATION!!!

No one ever likes Worf's dumb ideas on Star Trek TNG.

Have you been looking for a new squirrel recipe?

Happy Birthday Jeri Ryan!!!

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The Daily Word in personhood amendments, cattle mutilations and a 99 Problems supercut

Thai police detain an Iranian national in connection to Tuesday's terrorist attacks.

Why Rick Santorum will be Mitt Romney's toughest opponent.

Pakistani general accuses ex-president Pervez Musharraf of harboring Osama bin Laden.

Almost a deal on the payroll-tax cut.

Creepy personhood-amendment making its way through the Virginia house.

Meth Boss arrested in Mexico.

How did a White House staffer loose a finger?

Wild dogs blamed for cattle mutilations in Valencia County.

Ponytails explained, with science!

Even though the book The Wizard of Oz is in the public domain, Warner Bros. are trying to trademark the hell out of it.

Jeremy Lin's awesomeness continues.

Do you feel bad that about how badly the creators of this summers biggest comic book movies got screwed?

Supercut of Jay-Z's 99 Problems.

How much does an average McDonald's restaurant make?

David Lee Roth explains why brown M&M's were forbidden at Van Halen concerts.

What's it like to open a 30 year-old Snickers bar?

This guy has been digging out his basement for 15 years using only R/C scale model construction equipment.

Happy Birthday Cesar Romero!!!

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