V.23 No.13 | 3/27/2014
Rooster Roundabout: This week’s music highlights
I'd like to take a quick moment to honor the memory of Scott “Rock Action” Asheton, drummer and one of the founding members of The Stooges, who passed away this week at the age of 64. We'll miss you. And here's a tune from The Stooges eponymous debut as a little send-off to the man. R.I.P.
Wu-Tang fans rejoice! The legendary hip-hop group has come out with a new single (“Keep Watch”), which comes off their upcoming LP A Better Tomorrow. The track features Method Man, GZA, Cappadonna, Inspectah Deck and Nathaniel. You can head to MissInfo to hear the tune.
I like a powerful pop tune as much as the next guy and that's what Lykke Li has delivered with her new track “No Rest For The Wicked.” Unfortunately most of what I know about Li has been that song where she calls herself a prostitute or some such … and I didn't dig it at all. Thank Urban Outfitters for overplaying that one. But the track comes off her upcoming LP I Never Learn, which hits stores and online markets on May 5. So keep your eyes and ears out for that. You can hear the track below.
This is one that bears repeating. 'Member a few weeks (or months) ago when I mentioned that Veruca Salt might be getting back together. Well the band has announced that they are, in fact, reuniting with the original lineup (including Louise Post, Nina Gordon, Steve Lack and Jim Shapiro), and they're scheduled to come out with new material for Record Store Day. It's a good day, indeed.
It's another sad one, folks, and I found out about this one too late to include in last week's column. Gary Burger, lead singer/guitarist of garage rock band The Monks died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 72 on March 14. The band was formed in the '60s by five American soldiers who were stationed in Germany, and they only came out with one album (the excellent Black Monk Time). It is a sad day for rock and roll. R.I.P. Gary. And as a salute to the contributions he made to music, here's the band playing my favorite Monks tune.
I don't know much about BANKS. Nothing, in fact. The only reason I'm sharing this next bit is because I was, and still am, a fan of the late Aaliyah. Her music just has that capability of taking you back to when times were simpler (considering I was a kid when she came to prominence). But the aforementioned artist BANKS did a cover of Aaliyah's track “Are You That Somebody?” for BBC Live Lounge. It's a pretty great acoustic cover, and her voice is pretty stellar. You can hear that (as well as her track “Brain”) over at Stereogum.
And the good news just keeps on comin'. The fantastic Kim Deal (of The Breeders and former bass player for Pixies) is coming out with a fourth installation of her 7” series. The upcoming release will be available for purchase on April 1, and it will include the tracks “The Root” and “Range on Castle.” You can view the official video for “The Root” below.
There's not really a whole lot you can say about Joy Division that hasn't already been said before, so I'm just gonna get right to it. Their debut EP An Ideal for Living is getting reissued for Record Store Day, and the release features notable tracks like “Warsaw,” “Leaders of Men” and my personal favorite “No Love Lost.” You can read more about it over on Facebook, and save them pennies for this illustrious event.
I'm not that into the Melvins, but the band is an institution, considering they've been playing for over two decades and were a favorite of the late Kurt Cobain. I also got to interview frontman Buzz Osborne via phone before a show in Austin, Texas, and he was funny as all hell ... comparing listening to your own records to looking at yourself in a mirror while masturbating. I digress ... now Buzz Osborne is coming out with an acoustic solo LP, titled This Machine Kills Artists, and he's shared a track off the album. And Judging from the song, this release is something I could get on board with.
Seaking of Kurt Cobain, who died nearly 20 years ago, I should mention that Seattle police are looking at four rolls of 35mm film that investigators found in Cobain’s home at the time of his suicide in 1994. The film was recently developed, and police report that “they depict the scene more clearly than the earlier Polaroid photos taken by investigators.” You can read more about that over at CBS News.
V.21 No.31 | 8/2/2012
Julia Minamata juliaminamata.com
The banks didn’t want you anyway
I ran across this Wall Street Journal article today, which says those great big financial institutions lots of folks ditched after Bank Transfer Day aren’t shedding any tears over the loss. Instead, the bigwig at Morgan Chase indicates that customers who don’t have $100,000 in assets don’t make the banks any cash anyway.
But the five biggest credit unions have seen a 45 percent increase in deposits.
In the Alibi’s news section last week, reporter Margaret Wright explores fallout from Bank Transfer Day locally. Scope her article Cash Out: Making sense of last year's run on the banks.
Julia Minamata juliaminamata.com
Making sense of last year's run on the banks
It's been 10 months since a groundswell of discontent engulfed the country, and Occupy Wall Street and Bank Transfer Day emerged. But did people really cash out of corporate coffers?
V.21 No.30 | 7/26/2012
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com
Crimes of the Anasazi: Getting busted in Downtown’s embattled high-rise
It wasn’t a good idea. We knew that at the time, but I guess we thought we would get away with it.
On March 23, 2011, Mike Smith and I took the bus down Central through Albuquerque’s neon-lit Downtown. We were headed toward the Anasazi building. At nine stories tall, it towered over other buildings on the block, and its pueblo-influenced, multitier design gave its dark, empty windows romantic intrigue. Could we get in? What was inside? What would it be like to be one of the few people who had looked out of those lofty windows?
Near the very top of its eastern face, there was a tantalizing sign that entry was possible: A graffiti rainbow coursed from the rooftop down the bare side. If that artist could get in, so could we. We didn’t think about what would happen if we got caught; we just wanted to see it from the inside.
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com
Crimes of the Anasazi
Getting busted in Downtown’s embattled high-rise
V.21 No.10 |
The Daily Word in high-speed bus chase, new iPad, Kony 2012
Man steals school bus, say police, who chase him down I-40 from Grants to Albuquerque.
People want politicians to do something about gas prices, poll says.
BernCo Sheriff Dan Houston gets a vote of no confidence from his deputies.
Los Lunas judge fails alcohol test, steps down.
LSD might help people quit the booze.
Lots of new jobs, but unemployment rate holds steady.
Vogue Italia shoots for ghetto fabulous, rips off regular people, maybe wanders into racist and classist territory.
Banks are foreclosing on many churches now.
NPR fact-checks viral video "Kony 2012," which aims to take down Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony with charges that he kills and rapes children.
Philosophy student at McGill is intentionally homeless.
New iPad not as fast as they say it is.
Coke and Pepsi change their recipes to be less cancerous.
Speaking of soda pop, Blue Sky may owe you a refund for not being made in New Mexico for a few years.
Filmmakers and Sarah Palin talk about the relative truthiness of Game Changer.
V.20 No.46 | 11/17/2011
The real bad guys
Yesterday, state Supreme Court Justice Michael Stallman ruled in favor of New York City and its eviction of the original Occupy Wall Street protesters from Zuccotti Park. The judge said demonstrators are allowed to be there but can’t stay overnight or bring their tents, sleeping bags, generators and semi-permanent structures.
It happened here first. A couple weeks ago, (Un)occupy Albuquerque protesters were evicted from UNM by police on similar grounds: Conditions were unsafe, said the university. Protester Andrew Beale wrote about getting arrested in an opinion piece for the paper. But he also pointed out who he thinks the real bad guys are: Big banks that are risking the country’s economy again and arranging it so taxpayers might have to pay off their gambling debts if they lose.
V.20 No.45 | 11/10/2011
Occupy the Alibi
Nah, it’s those kids in the park that are really dangerous
They don’t call it gambling. They call it "outstanding derivatives exposure."
V.19 No.40 |
The Daily Word 10.07.10: Honeybees, thin women, the Danube
Need a job? The city needs bus drivers.
A teen with a machete gets the Taser treatment from APD.
A lawyer in Mississippi was thrown in jail for not saying the Pledge of Allegiance.
Year 10 of war in Afghanistan.
Soldiers and scientists may have figured out what's killing the honeybees.
A bill to help banks snuck through the Senate with no debate.
Very thin women make way more money.
Why does everyone hate the weather so much?
A Pakistani diplomat says President Obama exaggerated the terror threat to Europe.
Hispanics will likely vote Democrat this year.
Forbes named the first lady the most powerful woman in the world.
Toxic red sludge reached the mighty Danube in Hungary.
Got to read books by Mario Vargas Llosa. He just won the Nobel for literature.
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