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V.23 No.36 | 9/4/2014

Idiot Box

Americans in Paris

“The Cosmopolitans” on Amazon

Indie film auteur Whit Stillman tries his hand at a TV pilot with Amazon’s “The Cosmopolitans.”

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Music

Rooster Roundabout: This week’s music highlights

I posted a couple weeks ago that Starbucks was releasing Sweethearts 2014, featuring numerous covers of love songs by the likes of Fiona Apple, Beck, Vampire Weekend and more. Now, Beck has made his track availablea cover of John Lennon’s “Love,” which you can listen to below, and you can head over to Consequence of Sound for the full tracklist. The compilation is set to hit the music-sphere on Valentine’s Day. Que cute.

When did Amazon start streaming full albums? I guess I was napping. Like most weeks in this day and age, there’s free music that’s alive and well, sending sound vibrations across the land ... a sneak preview into an unknown dimension. Or a familiar one if you’re a fan. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks have made their latest opus (Wig Out at Jagbags) available for streaming online, and if that’s not your bag, then Del the Funky Homosapien has you covered.

I don’t consider myself too much of a Flaming Lips fan. I’ve heard some stuff that I’ve liked, and could also do without some other stuff as well. But I do love a band that never stops, and considering I read about them almost every week (minor exaggeration), they’ve gotta be tireless, restless and ____-less. Now they’ve shared a cover of The Beatles’ “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.” You can hear that below.

I don’t care what people say ... I like The Eagles. When I was growing up, my Ma and Pa would always play their Greatest Hits album on the car stereo when we would take long trips or go for leisurely drives. And it always stuck with me. Tracks like “Witchy Woman,” their ever-famous “Hotel California,” and “Take It Easy” shepherded me into adolescence. And now the band is still doing it up, and in kind of a big way. Their 1976 album Hotel California has been made into a giant LP. That’s right, a giant record. You can read more at NME.

You ‘member Foster the People? That band that hit it big with that song “Pumped Up Kicks”? Well they just released a 45-second teaser that contains a snippet of a new track (probably taken from a new album?). You can view that below.

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Foster the People 2014

Wait ... you didn’t think the album streamage was over, did you? Not by a long shot. First up, we got Peter Gabriel’s ... And I’ll Scratch Yours (as well as its predecessor Scratch My Back) streaming in full over at NPR. And then we also got hip-hop artist Angel Haze’s major debut LP (Dirty Gold) streaming over here. Well you can also go buy it, since it’s out and about in stores, but just in case you wanted a sneak peak ...

It’s always a treat when an unreleased, unheard and un-thought-of song from a band you know about or admire comes out. It’s somewhat new. Or new to you. And now avant-pop-rock masterminds Talking Heads have shared a previously unheard track from 1976 (before the band released their debut LP). The instrumental track (with the default title “Theme”) was supposedly recorded from a show the band played at CBGB’s, opening for Television. You can hear that below.

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Talking Heads - “Theme”

EDITOR’S NOTE: As I was about to post this week’s Rooster Roundabout online, I got an email from Pixies’ website, announcing the release of a brand new EP (EP2) and a new video for their track “Blue Eyed Hexe” (which you can view below). I have to admit that since Kim Deal left the band, my interest has sort of waned. Not to say they’re no longer relevant, just a tad less interesting. And being as ADD as I am, it’s easy to lose interest. However, I’m sure some people are really excited for new music from this tweaked institution of a band.

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Pixies - “Blue Eyed Hexe”

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V.22 No.47 | 11/21/2013

Idiot Box

Politics and Bedfellows

“Alpha House” on Amazon.com

The first series out of the Amazon Prime Instant Video chute is the political sitcom “Alpha House.” Just from the opening credits, you can spot the talent.

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news

The Daily Word in The Onion, Atheist Churches and Sunday Mail Delivery

The US Postal Service made a deal with Amazon for Sunday mail delivery.

Typhoon Haiyan killed 10,000 people.

On this day, the end of WWI.

Atheist churches are the new trend. I don’t know if you have to dress up.

The Onion is stopping print operations.

Biologists removed an arrow from a deer’s head, much to the chagrin of geologists.

Miley Cyrus smoked pot on stage.

Dogs don’t want to be friends.

Enjoy these old-timey prostitute photos.

Sleep is good for you.

The tuba player got scared.

Somebody bought a bunch of Carl Sagan tapes at a thrift store.

Jason Kerns’ seven-hour police standoff closed down the freeway Friday night.

Sipapu will open for skiing next Saturday.

Happy birthday Marshall Crenshaw.

V.22 No.17 | 4/25/2013

Idiot Box

Television is Dead

“Zombieland” on Amazon

Network television took another hard hit to the family jewels when Netflix started cranking out original series (“House of Cards,” “Hemlock Grove,” the upcoming “Arrested Development”). Now Amazon is getting in on the action as well, producing an entire network’s worth of shows without so much as a television in sight. Is television dead as a medium? Hard to say just yet. But there are now plenty of other placesbesides your television setto watch bad TV.

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News

The Daily Word in Chick-fil-A, Chick-fil-A, and Chick-fil-A

Student Ghetto residents are trying to stop a townhouse under construction at Garfield and Girard.

The 101 year old Peterson Dam in Las Vegas New Mexico is leaking 60 million gallons of water per year.

Albuquerque's Hope Christian School denied enrollment to a boy because his parents are gay.

Last Thursday Rick Santorum weighed in on the Chick-fil-A controversy. Friday, Sarah Palin ate some Chick-fil-A. Saturday, The Vice President of public relations at Chick-fil-A died. The Mayor of D.C. calls Chick-fil-A "Hate Chicken."

"Little girls point and laugh."

Tourette's syndrome can really make your life complicated.

The Plaid wasn't a particularly loud pattern but I tried to kill him anyway.

Heard of "concierge medicine" yet?

The founder of Amazon has pledged 2.5 million dollars to support marriage equality in Washington.

London's Zil Lanes.

Money awarded to record labels that won their case against Pirate Bay will not be shared with the artists whose rights were being defended.

Kim Jong Eun on a roller coaster.

On this day in 1968, Brian Jones was eating goat cheese and honey, smoking a lot of hash, and recording the Master Musicians of Jajouka.

NEWS

The Daily Word in what happened in 2011, what's coming in 2012, a divorce over something that happened in the 1940's

Beloved elderly man dies in the cold on his porch in La Mesilla, NM.

New state laws for 2012 bring about happy hour bans, fire-breathing regulations and more.

Canadian drug found successful in treating ovarian cancer.

99-year-old Italian man divorcing his wife of 77 years over her 1940's affair.

Anti-theft butt cheek recognition car seats.

Amazon, Facebook and Google consider a coordinated anti-SOPA blackout.

Target becomes target (hehe) for large public gathering of breast-feeding moms.

CNN's top stories of 2011.

Too bad Christmas is over: I would have wanted a Batman iPod dock with built in taser.

Let's make some New Year's Eve resolutions.

Fox apologizes to Jews for Facebook poll on Jesus' death.

Words of comfort: Russia test fires long-range missile with new warhead.

Apparently Rihanna's forehead has its own Uncyclopedia page.

Thanks C!

NEWS

The Daily Word in the tea party backing Mitt, more red light changes, and some celeb booing.

Huckabee says the Tea party should rally around Mitt Romney if he is nominated as GOP candidate. Also, watch Romney “shake it up” on SNL.

New York man charged with plotting city pipe-bomb attacks.

Albuquerque traffic signals could get some changes via city councilors.

Woman arrested for trying to sell a purse back to the lady from whom she stole it ... who also happened to be her own next door neighbor.

Alford's Lobos get 76-71 win against Arizona State - a good feeling after the New Mexico State incident.

Did you miss the American Music Awards? Here are the "five biggest jaw droppers" of the night.

Michelle Obama and Jill Biden were booed at a NASCAR event.

Also, Vladimir Putin was booed at a martial arts fight.

Extreme sidewalk chalk.

Rumors floating around of an Amazon Kindle phone for 2012.

A pothole "saves a girl's life" after she swallows a heart-shaped locket.

The Oatmeal on recent Wikipedia donation pleas.

Who doesn't like adorable pictures of cats snuggling with stuffed animals? Or of ones that jump like kangaroos?

NEWS

The Daily Word in Locksley boot, affirmative action brownies, and Amazon's latest technology.

Brought to you by the artist formerly known as the US Space Program.

Mike Locksley gets canned after loss to Sam Houston State.

Albuquerque teen gets arrested for burping in class.

Casino shooting leaves Hells Angels leader dead and two others injured.

City acquires some more balloon landin' land.

NASA's dead satellite takes its fall.

Earth-shattering news about Catwoman's mask.

Controversy erupts over affirmative action bake sale at Berkley.

Doesn't this guy know you aren't supposed to try to reenact movie premises that involve having to cut off your own limbs?

Neil Armstrong labels the US Space Program as "embarrassing".

So what did we get from the US Space Program?

Amazon gets ready to release new tablet, Apple is actually a bit worried.

Bathroom graffiti responses.

The Oatmeal on the Netflix changes.

Man calls police during a 30-mile chase Thursday to tell them that deputies "needed to leave him alone."

Princess Bride Monopoly Board!

Today's Events

Screen Talk at Jean Cocteau Cinema

An evening of behind-the-scenes screenwriting stories, straight-talk advice and good humor with screenwriter and Santa Fe resident Kirk Ellis.

Banned Books Week at Loma Colorado Public Library

Cowgirl Karaoke hosted by Michele Leidig at The Cowgirl BBQ

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