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Rooster Roundabout: This week’s music highlights

Jesse Schulz

Social awakening

When it comes to speaking out on injustice, who better to share words than people who've been held in high regard for their artistic and thought-provoking contributions within a specific canon. Hip-hop artist Killer Mike took to the written word (via an op-ed for Billboard) to speak his mind on the horrible outcomes surrounding the fatal shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown. He not only addresses the shooting, but addresses the abuse of power in regards to the unsightly tactics law enforcement have undertaken in an effort to keep protesters at bay. Head to Billboard to read the article in its entirety. The rapper also went on CNN to talk about the piece and his thoughts on Ferguson. You can watch it below.

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Killer Mike CNN Interview

Delivering the rage

And while we're on the topic of Ferguson, rapper/singer Lauryn Hill posted an old sketch track (“Black Rage”) on SoundCloud, dedicating it to what's going on over in Missouri. The song is a version of the famous number “My Favorite Things.” You can hear that ditty below.

The voodoo chile returns

If you have a pen, highlighter or Sharpie in hand, you should flip your calendar over to September, work your magic little finger over to the 15th and circle, circle, circle. Because on that day, two out-of-print records from the late, great Jimi Hendrix are set to be re-released. Both records (The Cry of Love and Rainbow Bridge) were recorded in 1969 and 1970, but weren't released until after Hendrix' death in 1970. Those albums will get the full treatment, meaning people can purchase them on CD, vinyl and digital formats. So, again, mark that calendar.

A swift return

Well ... it's official. Taylor Swift has abandoned her country roots. Rebranding herself under the pop umbrella, Swift released the video for the first single (“Shake It Off”) off her upcoming record (1989), which comes out on Oct. 27. If we're looking at the single from a very distant eye-glance, it's not really anything special, though Swift is using her cutesy wiles to poke fun at herself, while alerting listeners to shake off the bad vibes. Cause that hasn't been heard in music before. Have a looksie below.

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Taylor Swift - “Shake It Off”

Tuff it out

I mentioned a while back that King Tuff was coming out with a new record (Black Moon Spell) on Sept. 23. Well, that's still happening. Gasp! But Tuff has taken the initiative to make the title track available for your listening pressure. And let's just say that this is a real treat of a song, and if the tune is any indication of the record itself ... it's gonna be one ferocious little gem. Have a listen below.

Still not fadin’ away

Talk about a sneaker-upper ... a group of country musicians have banded together to create a tribute album to one of rock's greatest gifts: Buddy Holly. Mmhmm, you read that right. Artists like Merle Haggard, T. Graham Brown and Helen Cornelius will tackle songs from Holly's oeuvre and give them a good ol' country spin. The record, The Buddy Holly Country Tribute: Remember Me, hits stores and online markets on Sept. 7, on what would have been Holly's 78th birthday if he'd still been alive. Whether or not you dig country (or what passes for country nowadays), this should be an exciting release.

The last slice

This is a sad one, y'all. Swedish experimental duo The Knife have announced that they're calling it quits. After their tour is finished in November, the band is going to dissolve, though they didn't specify as to what's next for each of the members. All speculation aside, I'm sure that they'll both go on to do interesting and innovative things. So as a goodbye, have a listen to their song “Heartbeats” below. Head over to Dazed to read what the band had to say about the break-up and the future.

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The Knife - “Heartbeats”

Something savage this way comes

In case I wasn't overtly explicit, I love Savages. Well, at least their debut record (which made my Best Albums of 2013 list). I'm not going to go into my love over it because it would take all day, and I'm sure you've got important things lined up in your schedule. To the point: Savages is teaming up with “acid punk” band Bo Ningen for a collaborative record. Apparently, the album is going to be one 37-minute track, described as a “Sonic Simultaneous Poem.” And that's expected to be out and about on Nov. 17. Any way you spin this, it's exciting news. Head over to Pitchfork to read more about the upcoming release.

Out of the basement

It was announced a while back that unearthed Bob Dylan lyrics from 1967 were going to be recorded and released as Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes. The record is produced by T. Bone Burnett and includes performances by Jim James (of My Morning Jacket), Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford and more. The first snippet of what the record will entail has been posted online. Have a listen to Jim James' version of Dylan's “Nothing To It.”

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The New Basement Tapes - “Nothing To It (Official Lyric Video)”

Dream of the stream

Oh snap, it's time for some album streamage. You know you've been waiting for this one ... it's the New Pornographers' new record (Brill Bruisers)! Exciting news for people who like the band. I can't count myself in that group, though I've not heard enough from them to make a valid listening decision. You know ... laziness and all. It gets the best of us. Regardless, head over to iTunes Radio to give that a listen before it gets stale from staying out too long. Wait ... that's bread. And since you're getting it for free, you may as well head over to NPR to hear Ty Segall's new record Manipulator. EDITOR’S NOTE: These streams are only up for a limited time, so apologies if they’re no longer available by the time you click these links.

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The Daily Word in college woes, a handsy officer and BDSM

Kentucky firefighters were hurt while trying to perform the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge for charity.

Daniel Ken Holtzclaw, a 27-year-old police officer in Oklahoma City, has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting six women.

A Tallahassee federal judge ruled Florida's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional.

According to a new New York Times poll, most white people “reserve judgment” in regards to whether the Michael Brown shooting was justified. Blacks, on the other hand, stand firm that it was not.

Surprise, surprise: College students are wondering whether getting a degree is worth the cost and debt they'll undertake from acquiring it.

Today the APS board will interview four interim superintendents to take over for Winston Brooks, who resigned last Friday.

Alex Gallegos, an Albuquerque murder suspect, has been apprehended after a shootout on Wednesday afternoon that left several schools on lockdown and shut down Taylor Ranch Road.

A woman who was admitted to UNM Hospital and tested for Ebola is not infected with the virus. So don't be all paranoid.

According to police data: Despite recent acts of violence, Albuquerque is on course to have “far fewer” homicides this year than in past years. So … good news?

NSFW: In case you were curious, here are some photos of the dual lives of everyday people who practice BDSM. It beats 50 Shades, no?

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The Daily Word in the Ferguson shooting, World of Warcraft and the Pope

World of Warcraft memorializes late comedian Robin Williams.

Darren Wilson has been identified as the police officer who shot unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.

North Korea says projectiles fired during the Pope's visit were just a coincidence.

A mother in South Carolina was arrested for dropping the F-bomb in front of her kids in a grocery store. Wait … that's it?

Three Fort Lauderdale men face criminal charges for digging up the cremated remains of relatives in an effort to move them to a cemetery in Maine.

The APS board voted unanimously for Superintendent Winston Brooks' resignation.

Santa Fe police apprehended a suspect in a fatal shooting that occurred Thursday evening.

An Albuquerque woman allegedly had sex with two German shepherds, then tried to poison her roommates when they found out about it.

APD is investigating a “slaying” after a woman's body was found in a vacant lot in southeast Albuquerque.

Booty shorts, boxers, bourbon and beer, oh my!

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The Daily Word in Mark Zuckerberg's complaints, a WIPP truck and a dog-eating python

High schools are just now catching on that a later start time means healthier students. Did you think beauty rest was a myth?

Authorities now think the Malaysian plane that's been missing for almost a week was “deliberately flown off-course.”

The NSA has made Mark Zuckerberg so mad that he called the President to complain.

Police in California arrested a teen father for allegedly biting the nose off his 1-month-old son because he wouldn't stop crying.

It's looking like fewer planes are gonna land in Albuquerque.

Renatta Torres, mother of Christopher Torres (who was fatally shot by APD almost three years ago), took to the stand to talk about her son.

Anthony Samora, 46, is getting life in prison, plus 27 years, for raping and murdering a 16-year-old boy. This was his second conviction for rape.

According to a report released today, a truck that caught fire at WIPP was “improperly maintained.”

I guess this just adds to the many reasons I don't like snakes.

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The Daily Word in Tax Day, La Santa Muerte and Disneyland Tokyo’s birthday

Abortion Doctor’s murder trial becomes a political firestorm.

Happy Tax Day! Here are some tips to help you meet the midnight deadline.

A Missouri school gets parent approval as teachers receive training to carry concealed firearms.

La Santa Muerte becomes the new face of drug dens throughout New Mexico.

Congrats Adam Scott! You won The Masters!

Justin Bieber hopes that Anne Frank would have been a belieber.

6-year-old killed in car accident on I-40.

Happy 30th Birthday Disneyland Tokyo!

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