This week’s Flyer on the Wall employs selective color and subjective contrast to hype a Halloween show featuring Mark Mallman, Shoulder Voices and Mrdrbrd. Watch Shoulder Voices and Mark Mallman music videos below. Blackbird Buvette • Wed Oct 31 • 10 pm • FREE • 21-and-over • blackbirdbuvette.com
To celebrate the creepiest time of the year, get your spook on with 18 cover bands, 14 noise acts and one Bulgarian wedding band. Soak up all the gory details in this week’s Music to Your Ears. Peruse the flyers after the jump.
Man suffering from ALS casts absentee ballot despite physical struggle.
GameStop to open new kid-focused stores.
Teeny tiny Mexican Michael Jacksons are adorable.
Hurricane Sandy leaves the Caribbean, heads toward East Coast.
Drunk guy needs assist in taking mug shot.
Man in Belen to raffle off prized muscle car to raise money for his sick brother.
Delivery date for iPad Mini with LTE pushed back.
Foxy thief returns handbag to owner.
Crazy trick to try on Halloween.
Who knew flash drives could be this cute?
This leopard is really glad it’s Friday!
The invasion of the Halloween-themed horror games continues on Webgame Wednesday. They Took Our Candy is fairly straightforward. Space aliens have invaded the streets of suburbia and snatched up all the good candy. You must assemble your best team of costumed kiddies (different costumes bestow different special powers), and sidescroll your way though wave after wave of monsters from space. Use the candy you gather to upgrade your powers and unlock new costumes (a kitty cat?). Yay, candy!
A funeral home sent a family their loved one’s brain in a bag. Court says they can’t sue.
Maximum sentence for a driver who killed a cyclist in January: 90 days in jail, $300 fine.
Syrian army agrees to a ceasefire from Friday to Monday.
Hurricane Sandy is heading our way.
WikiLeaks is releasing the U.S. policies on detaining people in camps and GitMo. The website hacked them from the DOD.
Chinese artist Ai Weiwei goes Gangnam style.
Why it’s so hard to fire a police officer.
Bullied teen throws herself in front of a train.
7-year-old girl writes an opera.
Legalizing marijuana is on the ballot in Washington, Colorado and Oregon.
Rape is rape, says the president.
Don’t worry about convicted sex offenders this Halloween. They’ve got a curfew.
Last-minute DIY Halloween costumes.
Nirvana, the Broadway musical.
Webgame Wednesday's journey through Halloween Horror Month continues with the darkly atmospheric point-and-click-as-art game The Old Tree. Creepy-crawl your way though a landscape of bizarre bugs and other weird monsters. Less scary than just plain surreal, this one is sure to fuel some strange dreams.
Five key moments from the Vice Presidential debate.
Abusive mom pleads guilty, now faces life sentence.
Saggio’s owner sends 130 children to see The Lion King.
European Union awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
Wayne Newton owns wallabies, but this is not one of them.
One Albuquerque schools officials urge parents to leave the flamin’ hot cheetos at home.
Giant Eyeball washes up on Florida beach
Anybody need a Halloween costume?
Halloween Horror Month continues here on Webgame Wednesdays with Free Ice Cream. What's so scary about free ice cream? Well, if you're a little girl, you really shouldn't be accepting it from a strange ice cream vendors. Particularly when that ice cream vendor is wearing a hockey mask. Now, you've got to escape from his blood-spattered basement in this nasty-humored point-and-click adventure.
Romney and Obama are all tied up.
SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft launched successfully yesterday towards the ISS.
Lobo football caught another win over the weekend.
One dead and three arrested after a massive brawl between two wedding parties in Philly.
Felix Baumgartner’s supersonic free fall will go down tomorrow over Roswell, pending weather conditions.
Group of grown-up rescue ducks experience a pond for the first time, adorableness ensues.
Three teens who broke out of a juvenile corrections facility in Sandoval County are now back in custody.
Two pre-teen girls arrested after sneaking back into a school and spending the night there running through the halls, eating snacks, making prank phone calls and hacking into computers.
High School students in Illinois suspended for eating mints at school.
British teen has to have a large part of her stomach removed after indulging in a nitrogen-infused cocktail.
Mitt Romney does have fabulous hair.
Halloween month is upon us, so we figured we'd spend October's Webgame Wednesday highlighting freaky, awesome horror-based video games. We start off on a high note with Infectonator 2. There's no greater joy than traveling the world, infecting people with a zombie virus and then watching flesh-eating monsters devour an entire city. Be sure and pick the pockets of all those cute, little dead people along the way so you can upgrade your army of the undead, making them longer-lived, more resistant to damage and, of course, more infectious. There are simply no words to describe how maniacally fun this game is. ... Oh, wait, yes there are: "Summon Zombie Kim Jong-Il."
When Marisa first offered me the job of Food Editor, lo those many weeks ago, I rubbed my hands together and chuckled evilly. “The power! The influence!” I thought to myself. “The free food!”
Yes, I could just picture it: Albuquerque’s restauranteurs quivering in fear at the clacking of my keyboard and sending nervous, obsequious emissaries to deliver piping hot gourmet meals to my desk every lunch time in the hope of avoiding my wrath. Oh, I would be so very corrupt, and so very well fed.
Finally, someone was trying to bribe me! With spooky treats! And tasty eats!
But Marisa, with her ridiculous “ethics” and nonsensical “sense of fair play” quickly disabused me of that idea. There would be no gifts, no bribery. I was, in fact, supposed to remain as anonymous as possible so that my reviews could be objective and based on the experience of the typical diner. I choked back a sob as my dreams of a graft-fattened future evaporated.
For one brief moment this morning, however, those crooked visions returned. I came in to my office, and there on my desk sat a box. A black box from McCormick & Co. with a photograph of day-glo colored cookies on it and the text “Spooky Treats. Tasty Eats,” written below. Finally, someone was trying to bribe me! With spooky treats! And tasty eats!
After a brief glance out into the hallway to make sure that Marisa and her damnable moral compass weren’t around, I cackled triumphantly and tore the package open.
And stared bewildered at what lay inside. There were no cookies. There were no spooky treats, nor tasty eats.
Instead, nestled in orange packing material were three boxes. Of food coloring. Let me repeat. Three boxes. Of food coloring.
I cried for an hour.
So, let me say to you, McCormick & Co., manufacturers of such fine products as McCormick Brand Vanilla Extract and McCormick Brand Fajita Seasoning: I may very well be susceptible to bribery, but this piss poor effort embarrasses us both.
A friend sent me this photo. It may or may not be the guy I bumped into Downtown on Saturday who gave me a teener of blue meth (i.e., cotton-candy flavored rock candy). Happy Halloween, Burque!