Rooster Roundabout: This week’s music highlights
Those musicians and their surprise album releases. Indie-rock duo The Raveonettes just released a new record (Pe'ahi), and though I'm sure some knew it was coming, it's still a lovely surprise. Cause new music is new music, no? Have a listen to the album's opening track below, and look for the record … well … everywhere!
It's a good day, y'all. 'Member how I mentioned The Unicorns had sort of reformed to play some live shows (even though they insinuated no plans to record new material)? Well, not that it's exactly new material, but the band has decided to reissue their phenomenal 2003 record Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?. The reissue will be available digitally (July 29) and via CD (Aug. 26) and vinyl (Oct. 7). So depending on your format, mark them dates on your calendars. Among the few unreleased tracks available on the reissue is the Daniel Johnston cover “Rocketship,” which you can tune into below.
Damn that Mr. Jack White and his prolific prowess as a singer/
I know tons of people are excited to see a new release from rock band Weezer. Hell, even I'm excited, and I'm not even that big of a fan. Their new record (Everything Will Be Alright in the End) hits stores on Sept. 30, but the band has made album track “Back to the Shack” available for aural consumption. Here's where you thank them. Have a listen below.
All I know of Blake Mills seems to carry a connection to Fiona Apple. I first found out about him from reading that they were doing a tour together last year. Then came the video of Apple and Mills performing my favorite Apple track “I Know.” Now Apple is appearing on Mills' ditty “Don't Tell Our Friends About Me,” off his upcoming record Heigh Ho. The song also features Jon Brion (who produced Apple's fantastic When The Pawn …). See all those connecting dots? See 'em? You can hear the track below, and look for Mills' record on Sept. 16.
We know you love streaming new albums. And why shouldn't you? It's a nice way to preview an entire album before deciding whether or not you want to spend your heard-earned pennies. We get you. We understand you. And so does Tom Petty, which is why you can stream the new Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers album (Hypnotic Eye) over at NPR. And while you're there, why not check out Jenny Lewis' The Voyager as well. Happy listenin'! Editor’s Note: The streams are only available for a short period of time, so apologies in advance if they’re no longer online.
What would a superhero movie be without a theme song? A superhero movie without a theme song. Regardless, it makes sense that if you're gong to have some dudes (or in this case, turtles) fighting crime, a slick tune is required to kick some ass and take some nombres. So Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J and Ty Dolla $ign have banded together to make “Shell Shocked,” a track from the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (out Aug. 8). Let's not talk about Megan Fox being cast as April O'Neil. It's just upsetting. But who knows? The film could be friggin sweet. Have a listen to the tune below.
Those musicians and their film scores … First we have Jenny Lewis scoring Naomi Foner's Very Good Girls, and now we got James Murphy (formerly of LCD Soundsystem) scoring Noah Baumbach's upcoming film While We're Young. This is essentially exciting because not only do I consider Baumbach to be one of the greatest living directors around (see Margot at the Wedding, Squid & the Whale or his last film Frances Ha), but Murphy is a perfectly reputable guy to get for scoring duties. Oh, and he also scored Baumbach's Greenberg, so this should be somewhat of a kind reunion. PS: Ad-Rock (of Beastie Boys) is also set to star in the film. To read more 'bout it, head to Stereogum.
In case I haven't mentioned it before (though I'm sure I have), A.V. Club does a series called A.V. Undercover where they put out a list of famous songs, and bands come in and choose a song to cover at the publication's headquarters. After a song is covered, it gets crossed off the list, so no bands can do one that's already been done. Their latest is The Coathangers covering The Go-Go's “We Got the Beat.” Though their version is “We Got the Weed.” You know … cause weed makes things better. You can view that below, and don't miss out on The Coathangers, who are playing at Sister on Wednesday, July 30. Your trusty Alibi writer August March wrote a little somethin' 'bout 'em in the latest issue. Enjoy!
I'm sure some people have wondered what Eric Clapton's been up to. Though I'm sure those in the know have gathered that Clapton doesn't really ever stop. Sure, you can search the old record bins for his work in The Yardbirds, or you can listen to his new record: The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale. The album includes 16 tracks and numerous collaborations with such musicians as Tom Petty, Willie Nelson and John Mayer. In fact, you can hear Clapton's “Don't Wait,” featuring the aforementioned Mayer over at Billboard. The album itself hits the music-sphere on July 29, so keep your ears out for that one.
The Daily Word in GOP demands, more NSA revelations, and a free tour of Old Main
Survivors of the 1980 Penitentiary of New Mexico prison riot are offered a free tour of Old Main by the Department of Corrections.
The zoo wants you to name their baby elephant.
A rabbit stolen at a the southern New Mexico Fair was returned to its young owner.
The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government considered awarding Susana Martinez for "doing the right thing."
Eating bacon lowers a man's sperm count.
Switzerland appears on the brink of instituting a "universal basic income."
Mike D. makes wallpaper.
The NSA is collecting our electronic address books.
Here are the details of GOP demands that would end the government shutdown.
Return of The Beastles
Listen while you can
via boing boing.
Glut yourself at an aural buffet
Whether you’re working on Thanksgiving or are lucky enough to have the day off, you’ll need something to listen to. Drown out family arguments with the sonic feast laid before you. The Rest is Gravy mix features 23 tracks from artists ranging from Gore Gore Girls to Little Eva to The Ohio Players. Stream it below or view the full track list on the original blog post. Good gravy, y’all!
Kenta Henmi shuffles for us
Kenta Henmi wields his axe with precision and style. He played Song Roulette with us this week. The guitarist’s current projects include the Jonny Cats, Glitter Dick, High Iron, Suicide Lanes and Pumpin’ for Jill. The newest, Pumpin’ for Jill, is named for an Iggy Pop tune and Henmi’s wife, Natalie Bruce, is the principal songwriter for the group. See the reborn Jonny Cats perform on Wednesday night. Check out music from the Jonny Cats, Koffin Kats, Terri Schiavo Dance Party and Glitter Dick after the jump. Launchpad • Jonny Cats • Koffin Kats • Glitter Dick • Terri Schiavo Dance Party • Wed Nov 7 • 9:30 pm • $8 • 21-and-over • launchpadrocks.com
Kenta Henmi’s random tracks
Balloon-y tunes for all your fiesta needs
I like making mixes. It started with a Christmas music obsession and snowballed from there. I'm not a DJ, but I get obsessed with themes. I readily admit my thematic mixes are indulgent and perhaps even a tad autistic, but I know—or maybe hope?—that at least one other person digs each obsessive attempt at theme-casting.
Last year, I made a balloon-centric podcast to celebrate the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. When you start searching for balloon-themed tunes, you find yourself running into a lot of children's music and a couple of songs smack you in the face over and over again. Jimmy Webb's “Up, Up and Away,” as performed by The Fifth Dimension, is the classic balloon song. German pop-rock quintet Nena's protest song “99 Luftballoons” and its English-language version, “99 Red Balloons,” are catchy, imaginative and overplayed.
My Balloon Fiesta mix showcases 12 lesser-known songs from bands like Twin Shadow, The Kills, Spell, Ween, Beastie Boys and Matmos and a sprinkling of stand-up comedy, vintage educational radio and spoken word. Stream it above or visit my blog for the full track list. Happy ballooning! (Depending on where you work, the opening Mitch Hedberg excerpt may qualify as NSFW.)
The Daily Word in Olympic butts, Albuquerque bomb threats and bunker children
Three American soldiers killed by an Afghan pretending to be a cop
The memorial for the Sikh temple victims is happening today.
July: Hottest. Month. Ever.
There was a bomb threat at Pro’s Ranch Market
A new early species of human was discovered
Deceased Beastie Boy Adam Yauch is supernaturally awesome.
You, too, can learn to speak four languages in a year.
Play with Politico’s nifty swing state map
Seven missing athletes from Cameroon probably defected in London. It happens.
“If you could see the earth illuminated when you were in a place as dark as night, it would look to you more splendid than the moon.”
Sometimes you love God so much, you just wanna make your children live in an underground bunker for their entire lives.
Romani people in France continue to get merde-ed upon.
“Walking Dead” deleted zombie horde scene
Anonymous hacked Australia.
The Stranglers’ Hugh Cornwell does a mariachi “Golden Brown.”
Have a gooey, flaming National S’more Day!
The Daily Word in Ad-Rock, aliens vs. gods and working too hard[ Thu May 24 2012 9:12 AM ]
African American father and son say they were racially profiled, and APD took $17,000 in cash off their hands for no good reason.
Neil Armstrong almost never does interviews, but he spoke with Australian accountants about his trip to the moon.
Ad-Rock talks about MCA's death.
Who puts in the most hours at work, country-wise? How do you stack up?
KRQE scrutinizes New Mexico's pork barrel projects.
George Zimmerman was pretty tight with Sanford police.
Top two Mexican cartels stage public massacres to taunt authorities and frighten civilians.
Office break rooms are disgusting pits of germs, says guy who cares.
There may be no daily newspaper in New Orleans after The Times-Picayune announces cutback plans.
The company that owns Chicago's daily bought its weekly. (That's like the Journal purchasing the Alibi.)
Tennessee walking horse trainer pleads guilty to cruelty.
Egypt is voting for president for the first time.
Can the human race tell aliens from gods?
MIT alleviates an age-old human frustration: getting ketchup out of the bottle.
The Daily Word in electoral politics, lack of confidence and not-so-fun bags
North Carolina’s constitutional amendment barring gay marriage (along with some legal rights for unmarried straight couples) passed by a wide margin.
A felon serving time in Texas for extortion threats at UNM in 1999 beat President Obama in the West Virginia Democratic primary. Among the victor's other resumé highlights: Federation of Super Heroes, 1976-1982.
Attorney to accused child molester/former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky asked for more time to get ready for the trial.
Tea party-backed candidate defeated one of the senate’s longest-serving members.
The Beastie Boys were nailed with a lawsuit just one day before Adam “MCA” Yauch’s cancer-related death.
Republican super-PAC fundraising soars beyond Democratic counterparts'.
The most recent bombing attempt by al-Qaeda against the U.S. was averted by a C.I.A. double agent.
Albuquerque teachers union representatives have “no confidence” in state Education Secretary Hanna Skandera.
Bernalillo County Commissioners voted to censure their scandal-plagued colleague Michael Wiener.
John Travolta's attorney says two legal suits alleging the actor committed sexual battery and harassment are bogus.
Coincidentally, on this day in 1950, L. Ron Hubbard published his Dianetics book which led to the launch of Scientology.
A warming planet could help spread tropical illness.
Researchers have begun documenting the impact of the massive Pacific Ocean “garbage patch” on underwater ecosystems.
Turns out plastic bags are disgusting in all kinds of ways!
The Daily Word with Migraines, Mullah Omar and Manatees
Taliban leader Mullah Omar may be dead.
House Republicans pass a crazy Tea Party debt plan.
Albuquerque judge arrested and charged with rape.
gives gets migraines.
Former Santa Fe county sheriff faces 250 counts of embezzlement.
Check out this fake Chinese Apple Store.
Photos from a ghost town in Cyprus, untouched by humans for almost 40 years.
McDonald's will open a 10,000 square foot, double-decker restaurant in London, for the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Your crazy wife will love these crazy milk ads.
Game of Thrones adds two new cast members.
75 ex-football players sue the NFL for concealing brain injury risks.
The Hubble Space Telescope discovers a new moon around Pluto.
South Park will continue for at least two more seasons.
Loch Ness-type cryptid sighted in Alaska.
Here's the new Spike Jonze directed Beastie Boys video!
This Week's Music: Skalbuquerque, music in the movies, Tenderizor’s random tracks, micro reviews[ Fri May 20 2011 4:00 PM ]
The Blue Hornets unleashes the “Selekta EP” on Skalbuquerque
Aural Fixation: Music in the movies and the movies on music
Song Roulette: Tenderizor’s random tracks
Sonic Reducer: Micro reviews of Thurston Moore, Beastie Boys and Seapony
Flyer on the Wall: Free CanyonLands show with free downloads
The Daily Word 5.8.11: Beastie Boys short; Jon Hamm; Rio Grande Sun Police Blotter; Decrepit Amusement Park
There was a riot in the San Li Tun Apple Store in Beijing where the iPad 2 was released yesterday.
Miscreants of Taliwood film by George Gittoes.
Best news coverage of The Shaker exercise doohickey yet.
Trippy/ridiculous new Beastie Boys short film HEAVY with Big Hollywood talent: Fight For Your Right Revisited.
Update on Harold Camping's prediction for a May 21st Rapture.
Neat pictures/video of abandoned American amusement park called Joyland.
It's "propaganda period" for Chinese television.
1943 war-time patriotic-fridge advertisement.
Dick Cheney and his heart are in the news again.