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V.23 No.15 | 4/10/2014
Still from lapel cam video of the James Boyd shooting
Albuquerque Police Department

La Jicarita

Is There Justice For James Boyd?

What explains the relentless history of police violence in Albuquerque? There are no simple answers to that question. But we may begin to seek an answer in the hard life and violent death of James Boyd.

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V.23 No.14 | 4/3/2014

Odds & Ends

From Germany to Mississippi, it’s funny because it happened to someone else.

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V.23 No.2 | 1/9/2014

Book Review

The Art of Losing

Levels of Life

A historical account of late 19th-century ballooning by a master novelist turns out to be a moving extended metaphor for grief.

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Music

Rooster Roundabout: This week’s music highlights

Since last week's Rooster Roundabout, we lost one of rock 'n' roll's truest gods … Mr. Lou Reed. I can't speak for others, but he had a profound effect on how I listen to music, and he showed the immense beauty that exists when poetry and rock meld together seamlessly. It's a practice few can master. And no one did it like Reed. You can read the obituary his wife, Laurie Anderson, wrote here. This one's for you, Lou.

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The Velvet Underground - “Heroin”

According to the folks over at Pitchfork, Beck has signed with Capitol Records and will be releasing a new album (Morning Phase) in February 2014. This has been sort of a long time coming, as his last full-length release was back in 2008, and it wasn't one of his best. They also stated that a good amount of personnel on this new record worked with Beck on 2002's Sea Change, so this should be interesting.

Okay, I'm obviously playing favorites at this point, but I can't help it. Savages is still very much on my radar with their stellar release Silence Yourself. And now they've come out with a new video for album closer “Marshal Dear,” one of the best tracks on the album. Then again, all of the tracks on the album are fantastic. Okay, okay … I'll stop gushing. Just watch the animated, conceptually war-torn video.

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Savages - “Marshal Dear”

Oh those relentless psych-garage rockers! First Ty Segall and now Thee Oh Sees. The latter band is coming out with a third Singles Collection that's scheduled to drop on Nov. 26. They've also made the track “What You Need” available, so get those boomboxes (assuming you still got one) prepared for this probably-pretty-good compilation.

James Blake has one of those magnetic voices that just needs to be heard. It operates on a wavelength that mixes beautiful tones with a soulful prowess rarely seen in male vocalists. Maybe that's why Blake won the 2013 Barclaycard Mercury Prize for his album Overgrown. For those who don't know, the Mercury Prize is given once a year for the best British or Irish album. Past winners include Primal Scream, PJ Harvey and Antony & The Johnsons.

James Blake - “Retrograde”

Dancing at numerous parties in Austin, Texas, it was natural to stumble upon Calle 13, a Puerto Rican outfit who've been steadily releasing albums for years to much acclaim. They've also garnered 19 Latin Grammies. Not bad, eh. Now the group has announced a new single that'll hit the streets on Nov. 13, and a new album that will come out in March, though they've stated that they plan on releasing it independently. So we'll see how that goes. You can hear their awesome track “Atrevete te te” below.

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Calle 13 - “Atrevete te te”

Lady Gaga has unleashed another derivative disco pop-infused club track, titled “Venus,” to the masses. Can we not have a little time to digest the last one, Gaga? Sheesh. Either way … the track is now available for listening via the world wide web. Gaga's ARTPOP is slated for a Nov. 11 release, so keep that pocket change jingling.

Devendra Banhart came out with a substantial release this past year (Mala). It was a release that showed him recycling his worldly sentiments and regurgitating them in a sonically forward-moving motion. Now Banhart has released a music video for the track “Für Hildegard Von Bingen.” You can view that below.

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Devendra Banhart - “Fur Hildegard Von Bingen”

A week ahead of the release of The Marshall Mathers LP2, Eminem has shared his collaborative track with Rihanna, titled “The Monster.” If the song isn't a groundbreaking attempt to boast marketable partnerships, it's at least an okay iteration of Eminem's prowess as a rapper. And at this point, can we hope for anything more? [Editors Note: By the time this was scheduled to go up, Eminem also made his collaboration with Kendrick Lamar available, so you can hear that as well.]

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    The Daily Word in roll-coaster mishaps, a royal baby and Carlsbad farmers

    Something royal this way comes ...

    Police have identified one of three murder victims in East Cleveland, and they've charged 35-year-old Michael Madison with three counts of aggravated murder.

    German roller-coaster manufacturer is sending experts to Arlington, Texas to investigate the death of a victim who died while riding the Texas Giant over the weekend.

    Mohammed Morsi, recently ousted president of Egypt, has gone missing, and family claims he was "abducted by army."

    Police are investigating the drowning of 19-year-old Matthew Mares in Los Lunas that happened over the weekend.

    APD to testify today in court in a wrongful death lawsuit in relation to the shooting of 27-year-old Christopher Torres in 2011.

    Carlsbad farmers could possibly receive less than half the water allotted to them from a network of wells that pump groundwater into the Pecos river.

    In a nutshell: If you fake cancer and take $9,000 in donations from your community, then you're probably gonna go to jail.

      V.22 No.27 | 7/4/2013
      Adrian Toto and Andrew Lyman at The Tan in Barelas, where their exhibit DANGERshow: Things of Death opens on Friday, July 5.
      photo by Miguel Villalobos

      Art Preview

      Peril in the Art World

      New exhibit aims to alarm

      Wear your ear plugs and your eye protection—no one is safe from DANGERshow: Things of Death!
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      video games

      Webgame Wednesday: Fear Less!

      Fear Less! is a cute-looking, Nintendo-esque run-and-jump. The protagonist is a little girl who finds herself chased through her nightmares by the specter of Death. Can you help her avoid the dreamy dangers and learn to fear less?

        V.22 No.18 | 5/2/2013
        Julia Minamata juliaminamata.com

        News Feature

        Neighborhood Watch

        Mitchell shooting investigation continues

        It's been almost seven weeks since a neighborhood standoff left 23-year-old African American Iraq War veteran Jonathan Mitchell dead from a gunshot a few feet from his back door.

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        V.22 No.12 | 3/21/2013
        Billy Bragg

        Aural Fixation

        Bragging Rites

        Tooth & Nail proves more personal than political

        Performance artist, musician and zinester Marya Errin Jones meditates on Billy Bragg’s new album, Tooth & Nail.
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        V.22 No.7 | 2/14/2013
        One day, you will get old and die. Happy Valentine’s Day.

        Film Review

        Amour

        Emotionally draining French drama confronts life, love and (most of all) death

        Amour, the lavishly praised, Oscar-nominated film from Bavarian/French director Michael Haneke, is really no fun at all. Not for a second. It’s a brutal, unflinching tearjerker about end-of-life issues. It may be one of the best films you’ll see all year. But will you see it? That’s the million-dollar question.

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        Food

        Killing yourself with coffee

        Knowing when to say when

        Just one more cup.
        Just one more cup.

        Here it is, 10:51 on Monday morning and I’m starting in on my fourth cup of java, hoping to find that sweet spot between drowsiness and the shakes, and then I wonder: could I actually OD on this stuff?

        I don’t mean jittery, can’t-stop-talking, eighth-time-to-visit-the-toilet overdosing–God knows I’ve had plenty of experience with that–but you know, for real collapsing-into-seizures, burst-blood-vessels-in-the-brain, dying-an-angry-noisy-death overdosing.

        One internet search for “will coffee kill me?” later, and I have my answer: Yes, coffee can kill you.

        One internet search for “will coffee kill me?” later, and I have my answer: Yes, coffee can kill you. But not easily.

        Death By Caffeine is a web app that offers precisely this information. You enter your caffeine based drink of choice–whether it’s Mountain Dew, Red Bull or plain old brewed coffee–and then your weight. Push the handy little “Kill Me” button, and you’ll have a surprisingly specific answer as to how much of the poison you can drink before keeling over.

        In my case, it would take 94.14 cups of drip coffee to put me in the ground. Useful information, because now I know that if I’ve already had 94 cups of coffee and somebody says “Hey, Ty, can I get you another .15 cup?” I should answer with “No thanks, friend. I’m aware of my limits.” And then quiver my way homeward to spend the rest of the day screaming obscenities at the ceiling, secure in the knowledge that, while I won’t be able to close my eyes for a week, I haven’t actually risked death.

          Timewaster

          What’s that humming sound?

          Nevermind. It stopped.

          NEWS

          The Daily Word: 7.9.11: R.I.P. Betty Ford; News of the World kaput; federal marijuana prohibition renewed; bestiality

          Betty Ford died.

          So did this woman (coroner report.)

          President Obama has FAILED on his promise to end federal agencies fucking with the states' medical marijuana programs.

          Satisfaction played on Peanut Butter Captain Crunch bass and other garbage made by the Garbage Kids.

          Ready Steady Go! Cathy McGowan and the Rolling Stones lip-sync I Got you Babe.

          News of the World, WTF. AND R.I.P. Murdoch empire?

          Gay Marriage in New Mexico? Thanks to Steve Terrell.

          Funereal strippers.

          Sackville, New Brunswick is almost 250 years old.

          Yes, Virginia, Al Capone had a hide-out in NM.

          On this day in 1793, buying slaves was outlawed in Canada.

            news

            The Daily Word 2.18.11: Darren White and Justin Bieber

            Person killed in overnight crash.

            APD votes no confidence in Darren White.

            Police nab suspects accused of stealing over 700,000 condoms.

            Art made by kids thrown away.

            Three officers injured in two days.

            Cubs missing from bear sculpture.

            Bahrain troops fire on crowds.

            Dude had knife in head for four years without noticing.

            Justin Bieber is against abortion, even in cases of rape.

            Five killed in multi-vehicle crash.

              Music

              Dude. Gerry Rafferty died.

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              This time I'm not kidding. He Died. Rest in peace, scary little Rafferty man.

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