V.23 No.12 | 3/20/2014
Rooster Roundabout: This week’s music highlights
EDITOR'S NOTE: Upon composing this week's column, I heard from friends and news sources about the tragedy that struck SXSW on March 13, around 12:30am local time. A driver evading police drove down Red River, a closed street and ran down numerous people, killing 2 and injuring 23. Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and their families. Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo stated that the man will be charged with capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault.
'Member Stephin Merritt? Of the Magnetic Fields and other ventures? Yeah, the guy's fairly prolific, considering he's recorded enough material to be someone's deserted island go-to 'til the apocalypse comes. But now Merritt's coming out with a book of poems consisting of two-letter words from the game Scrabble. Mmhmm … you read right. The book will also be illustrated by The New Yorker's Roz Chast. You can read more about it at the New York Times, and you can hear one of my favorite Magnetic Fields tracks below … just for the hell of it.
Speaking of musicians writing books, Keith Richards is writing a children's book. Get the details over at Stereogum.
A couple weeks ago, I posted a new track by Brody Dalle (formerly of The Distillers). And since then, Dalle has shared more details about the upcoming album—like its title and release date: Diploid Love comes out on April 29. And now the raging songstress has come out with a new track (“Don't Mess With Me”). You can hear that below.
Can you imagine The Stooges without Iggy? Well you're gonna have to because they're gearing up to release a new record sans Pop. Supposedly, after releasing last year's Ready to Die, Iggy wanted to take 2014 off; however his bandmates were like “nah.” So they hit the studio to record unreleased tracks from their Raw Power days with guest vocalists like Ariel Pink, Jello Biafra and Teri Gender Bender (of Le Butcherettes), among others. The album (Re-Licked) is still in the works, but guitarist James Williamson says he will release a couple tracks for Record Store Day. So keep your ears open for that. (Or not.)
Speaking of unreleased material, a collaborative track featuring Daft Punk and Jay Z has surfaced. Not sure where the track (“Computerized”) is from, when it was recorded or if it will be released, but music blogs are gonna have something to talk about for a spell. I mean … Daft Punk (along with Pharrell and Stevie Wonder) put on a fantastic performance at the Grammys and Jay-Z … well, he's Jay-Z. You can hear the track below.
I can't remember how I heard of War on Drugs, but Slave Ambient was a pretty good LP. And I was delighted to hear that Kurt Vile was one of the founding members before going solo 'cause … you know … last year's Wakin on a Pretty Daze was pretty stellar. I digress … now WoD is coming out with a new album (Lost in the Dream), and it's streaming over at Pitchfork. And while we're on the topic of streaming, you should also take a listen to Kevin Drew's new record Darlings. Drew is most known for his work with Broken Social Scene. You can hear Drew’s record over at NPR. Both albums hit stores this coming Tuesday.
I know I've mentioned Johnny Cash's upcoming album of lost recordings a couple times, but now there’s a reason to mention it again. For one, it's a lost Johnny Cash album. That alone bears repeating. Secondly, a new video for the track's single “She Used to Love Me a Lot” has surfaced. The video was directed by John Hillcoat (known for his directorial works Lawless, The Road and The Proposition). You can view that below, and look for the album on March 25. That's right around the corner, y'all!
Real audio fanatics can attest that listening to mp3s or CDs can seriously diminish the sound quality of recorded material. But for most people, it's not practical to carry a record player around with them to get that realistic feel of a delectable ditty. That's why Neil Young sought to create a platform for people to hear portable music that still retains that real-sound quality. His platform, called PonoMusic, will let people listen to music digitally, but with the vibe of an original analog recording. And he's shared a video of legendary musicians talking about their experience of trying Pono out. You can watch that at Pono's kickstarter page. And thank Neil Young while you're at it.
As I've said before, I have somewhat of a love/hate relationship with electronic music. It either hits or it doesn't, and for me, more often than not—it doesn't. But I did see Miike Snow perform at Antones in Austin for free because a friend who knew one of the members got us on the list. The show was pretty great, and the energy was there. It was just there. And now Snow member Christian Karlsson (also known for being one half of production duo Bloodshy & Avant) is part of a new duo, which also features Linus Eklow from Style of Eye. Together, they are Galantis. Their eponymous EP is set to come out on April 1, but you can get a taste of their sound by listening to “Help” below.
Hey Zeppelin lovers! Mark June 3 on your calendars because on that day, Led Zeppelin will reissue their first three albums (Led Zeppelin I, Led Zeppelin II and Led Zeppelin III). And those reissues are said to contain unreleased music. It's gonna be a good day. Head over to Consequence of Sound for more info on that.
Why'd you do it, Courtney? Why? Fall Out Boy? Really? You're way better than that. Granted, Courtney Love isn't exactly the most down-to-earth or stable personality, but you can't deny the woman has recorded and written some awesome stuff. Just listen to Live Through This. That entire album is magic. But now a video of Love's collaboration with Fall Out Boy (from their album Save Rock and Roll) has surfaced. The song (for those like myself who didn't waste time or money on the album) is called “Rat a Tat.” And basically the only reason worth watching or listening is Courtney Love. You can view the video below.
V.21 No.6 |
The Daily Word in Whitney's death, Obama's new budget, an ultrasonic monkey
Supreme Court ruling on GPS tracking leaves some gray areas.
Italian daily suggests that the Pope will die within a year.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter trailer.
Study finds that people with easier-to-pronounce names are more likely to get ahead in business.
South Carolina man having trouble getting a loan because, according to his bank, he's been dead since 2009.
The considered-to-be-silent-until-just-now tarsier's super power is an ultrasonic scream.
Fart joke leads to bomb scare.
Police in South Bend, Ind. say a man broke into a home and proceeded to sweep the floors, fold the laundry and cook some dinner.
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Thanks to T&C for help with today's stories.
V.20 No.48 |
The Daily Word in power outages, Craigslist killings, monkey crotch
More on the winds that knocked out PNM power lines, causing thousands of blackouts.
Jobless rate falls to 8.6 percent; best since 2009.
More than 100 people in Ohio responded to a Craigslist ad asking them to "watch over a 688 acre patch of hilly farmland and feed a few cows." Some of them are buried in shallow graves.
Winds tear off part of a roof at Valencia high school. School's out for ... Friday.
Romney's case for GOP front runner.
This is a perfectly acceptable gallery of Santa photos for your children. If your name is Rob Zombie.
Weather closes I-40 in eastern New Mexico.
Grammy—"I'ma Let you finish, but Beyonce has one of the best videos of all time!"—nominations released.
Guy wearing Gorilla suit dumps sand all over a Little Caesars. Kids these days.
Unidentified flying object crashes through Massachusetts warehouse.
Pakistani text crackdown censors the term "monkey crotch."
V.20 No.17 | 4/28/2011
This Week's Feature: Gathering of Nations guide, Grammys ditch Native American category
Gathering of Nations entertainment schedule
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V.20 No.14 |
The Daily Word: Government shutdown, another earthquake,
Student says Cibola told her: You're either a boy or a girl, so no pantsuit at graduation.
See video of a San Juan County sheriff's deputy beating a guy in the head with his flashlight.
Another quake hits Japan.
President Obama says there won't be a government shutdown.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says it's going to happen.
What it would mean to you.
If the government does shut down, Congress will still be paid as usual.
The Recording Academy will no longer offer a Grammy for Native American music.
Land Comish Powell returned White Peak to the nature-loving and -hunting public.
16 campus security officers (called "narcs" at my ABQ high school) were slashed from the APS budget.
Read an interview with the journalist who was captured and then released in Libya.
Can we blame Britain for everything?
Alec Baldwin says "30 Rock" ends next year.
A history of stoner movies.
V.19 No.48 |
The Daily Word 12.02.10: The exclamation point edition!
Lobo Lucy was groped, according to APD.
No condoms for APS students, say emotional parents.
New major at UNM.
Interpol issues an arrest warrant for Dick Cheney. Ex-VP will be charged in a Nigerian bribery case.
Holy matrimony! Same-sex couples can't divorce in Iowa.
Ant-covered Jesus smote.
Usher Molests Inanimate Objects: A Guide
Eminem hoards Grammy nods for his tired b.s.
300 sextillion real stars!
Bad Penguin Comedy Show! at Box Performance Space and Improv Theatre
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