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Rooster Roundabout: This week’s music highlights

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Here's the thing about Ty Segall. The dude is absolutely relentless. If he's not touring, he's constantly writing and recording. Segall is nothing, if not prolific. Adding to his already expanded catalogue of material, the garage-psych-fuzz wunderkind is gearing up to release a new record this year (Manipulator). And starting in August (well, he's doing one show in June), he's going to tour the shit out of that LP 'til the end of the year. The album drops on Aug. 26, but you can head over to NME for tour dates, tracklisting and whatnot. Also, you can view an album teaser below. Enjoy ...

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Ty Segall Manipulator Album Teaser

Even though I don't consider myself a fan of The New Pornographers, I did have the privilege to interview band member A.C. Newman for my college paper. He proved to be kind and thoroughly interesting, which is basically all you want out of an interview. So it's nice to see the band still going strong. At least strong enough that they're coming out with a new record (Brill Bruisers) Aug. 26, and to give people a taste of what that LP will entail, they've made an album track available. So to hear that, and to read more info on said record, head over to Billboard.

Spoon was one of those rock bands that completely went over my head. But living in Austin, Texas, it was hard not to hear about them. Upon getting the chance to see them at ACL a few years back, I opted to see Gnarls Barkley instead, and I've never regretted it. Now the Texan group are releasing a new record (They Want My Soul), and they've shared a snippet in the form of the song “Rent I Pay,” which you can hear below via an unofficial video. Don't know if officiality is a priority to you, but there you have it. As for the release date: Buy it on Aug. 5.

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Spoon - “Rent I Pay”

Like most people, my only tidbit of knowledge surrounding Kimbra was her guest vox on the hit track “Somebody That I Used to Know,” as made famous by the probably-über-rich Gotye. But Kimbra has her own solo career, her own songs, her own identity, y'all. And if you haven't listened to her yet, her upcoming record (The Golden Echo) might be a good place to start. Some guest musicians include Van Dyke Parks (!), Omar Rodríguez López (from now-defunct Mars Volta) and John Legend, among others. That drops Aug. 19, but for more deets, head over to Pitchfork.

Here's another new album to look forward to, folks: It's Weezer's upcoming record Everything Will be Alright in the End. Produced by the Cars' Ric Ocasek, no release date has been announced. But what does that matter? You should just get excited that the group is coming out with some new material. View an album teaser below.

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Former Burqueño Willis Earl Beal has decided to leave XL Recordings. In an interview with Under the Radar, Beal basically said the direction he's going and the direction of the label were like two separate roads, one road wandering toward a more “trendy” atmosphere, while he wants his music to walk the road less traveled, to be its own entity. Mind you, those are my interpretations, not actual pieces of the interview. But he's coming out with a new record (Experiments in Time) on Aug. 8, and that will be released independently. Read more about it here.

Good news for good news lovers

A friend of mine introduced me to the song “Ferris Wheel” by Possessed By Paul James years ago. And that's really the only thing I've heard, and the only thing I've ever cared about when his name is brought up. It's beautiful. It's heartbreaking. It's songwriting at its finest. And Konrad Wert, the man behind the moniker, is playing Low Spirits on Wednesday, June 25. And why am I so jazzed about this? Because I'll get to hear this song from the man himself. From his own lips. Listen to that below, and see why it's essential for me to attend this concert.

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Possessed By Paul James - “Ferris Wheel”

It's no secret that punk bands haven't exactly been chart-toppers. I mean, isn't that one of the requirements of being a successful punk band … no success? So it's a nice fact that the Ramones first record, their classic self-titled opus that carried a soaring energy, a gritty, yet upbeat mentality and a fun dynamic, has been certified gold after 38 years. That's right, they're officially über-famous. Not just famous. Congratulations dudes.

It's happening, motherfuckers! There'd been some talk about The Unicorns reforming, but that's all it was: talk. Now the band has confirmed that they are, in fact, reuniting, and not just that: They're also going to open for Arcade Fire for a few shows. The band has no touring or recording plans yet, but I’m sure new material will probably trickle out within the next year or so. One can only hope. Listen to my favorite Unicorns track below.

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The Unicorns - “Sea Ghost”

For all of you nostalgic folks who are still in the know (or would like to be) about Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys ... it looks like he's working on some new material. And some folks that might get featured on the record include Lana Del Rey, Frank Ocean and Zooey Deschanel. A lot of this is speculation, so fingers crossed that these assumptions bear fruit. Ya dig? Head over to Stereogum to read more about it.

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Best of Burque

Best of Burque Photo Deadline Extended to Noon on Monday March 24

You can email Best of Burque photos to bob2014@alibi.com now.

“Ask me about my growling!”
“Ask me about my growling!”

I wanted to enter Gomez in Best of Burque, but when I tried to send his picture in (to me) there was some kind of … photorazzle.boogerbomb thing I had to register on … and then the phone rang, and I spilled my coffee, and Dr. Cyclops was on and I just never got back to it. Does everything have to be so complicated?

No, it doesn’t. And it’s not fair we should miss out on so many photos of babies, dogs, cars and tattoos because of some complicated thing we set up a few years ago. My apologies to the 50 or so of you who jumped through the hoops.

Now you can just email your photos to bob2014@alibi.com by noon on Monday, March 24. We’ll put some of them in our Best of Burque issue, on stands Thursday, April 3. (Yes, I know it will actually be out on Wednesday April 2, but we like making that complicated, too. Don’t ask. It’s a weird little publishing thing.)

And remember, you still have until midnight tonight (Tuesday, March 18) to submit your Best of Burque votes, or even just change them around in case you just discovered a great new … furniture store or something.

Also, dog photos aside, we really do just count up the votes with no monkey business—so don’t call me complaining if your grandma’s nicknack nook didn’t win an award. It’s not my fault. Believe in us. Believe in the system.

news

The Daily Word in Star Wars, Richard Sherman and Combat Gum

Who won at the 2014 Grammy Awards?

Get the flu for $3,000.

Finally. Combat Gum.

China’s Jade Rabbit crapped out.

Should major cities ban cars?

Richard Sherman is smart.

The French make bad coffee, claim coffee snobs.

The new Star Wars script is done.

What happens if you try to fly weed out of Colorado?

George gave me a credit card knife. It’s cool.

An El Paso woman died skiing at Ski Apache.

A house on Bellamah burned down.

Happy birthday Patton Oswalt.

news

The Daily Word in Quebecois student protests, oral contraception for men, the comic sans song, and John McAfee's action film worthy life in Belize

The fire in the Gila forest is zero percent contained.

"Investigative grand juries" may no longer determine whether Albuquerque Police shootings are justified. An investigative grand jury has never found an officer involved shooting unjustified.

John McAfee, founder of McAfee Anti-Virus is in hiding in Belize.

A Washington Post writer says Dan Quayle was right about Murphy Brown.

The Comic Sans Song.

A dude reassembled a 1925 MG that was discovered buried in pieces underneath a cattle barn.

Remembering the Easy-Bake Oven.

Some Canadians are facing a Kafkaesque post-9/11 problem in proving their citizenship.

Hawaii responds to AZ Secretary of State Ken Bennet's Obama birth certificate request by asking Bennet to prove who he is.

Young man with purpose squatted in AOL's headquarters for two months.

Steve Miller Venn Diagram.

There's going to be a Philip K. Dick festival.

There are huge student protests happening in Montreal and there is a lot of banging on pots....

Bill Murray stars in a film about walking in slow motion.

Crass Serbian seeks wife.

This mean homophobic woman defines "lowest common denominator."

Former Alibi arts&lit editor John Bear has a blog.

An oral contraceptive for men?

On this day in 1927, the fifteen millionth Model T rolled off the assembly line.


Architecture

Car dealership ditches cool roof

Albuquerque should be glorifying flashy, vintage buildings like this one—not homogenizing them.
Albuquerque should be glorifying flashy, vintage buildings like this one—not homogenizing them.

This photo was taken a few weeks ago at the northwest corner of Lomas and University. By now the exuberant, mid-century roof (a style referred to as mannered modernism), dating back to the glory days of the American automobile, is mostly obscured by a bland facade.

Culture

When your wife has to drive alone

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The world becomes a confusing and aggressive place. Even the trumpets get anxious.

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news

The Daily Word: AIDS vaccine, Nazi guard, self-driving cars

Man found dead with his throat cut near Mountain and Sixth Street.

Guy goes to the lost and found at Sandia Casino looking for his cocaine.

Bears in Roswell and Belen.

AIDS vaccine works in monkeys. A human vaccine may be just around the corner.

Paramedic says he was discriminated against because of his beard in Española. He's a Sikh, and it's part of his religion.

The M-I-crooked letter-crooked letter-I-crooked letter-crooked letter-crooked letter-I-humpback-humpback-I River is flooding at historic levels.


Guard for Nazi camp was charged with 28,060 counts of accessory to murder. He was sentenced to five years in prison.

Google lobbies for self-driving cars. Guess Google never watched the "Doctor Who" episode about the ATMOS system in cars.

This technology can read your mind.

World wastes more than a billion tons of food every year.

Bin Laden's diary (crushes revealed! jk).

Dems try to repeal tax incentives for big oil, given the companies are seeing profit.

V.20 No.14 | 4/7/2011
View all of the city’s public art here.

Council Bite

Bikes, Art and Green Cars

Without a word and in less than a blink of an eye, councilors paid $626,000 to three law firms for defense of the city in pending litigation. The shell-out was among dozens of other items on the consent agenda at the short April 4 meeting.

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Tech

Robo Voices and GPS Girls

In last week's New York Times Style section, there was an article that explored our inherent attraction to the GPS voice, a connection that takes our relationship with machines to a whole new level. According to the article, we were originally supposed to take directions from men. But car companies switched the GPS to a female voice since they rated higher in friendliness and were more likely to be comforting to a lost traveler. Indeed, drivers all over the world have responded to "American Jill," "Australian Karen" and "Español Paulina." Though these faceless ladies have inspired their fair share of lascivious blog posts, Australian Karen, through her website www.thegpsgirl.com, has been praised for her role as a marriage counselor. As quoted in the Times, her soothing voice "takes the focus off blaming one person or another." Australian Karen (aka Karen Jacobsen) has proven she is more than just a pretty voice. A songwriter and inspirational speaker, she has recorded seven albums and helps people find their "inner-GPS" with her goal-setting workshops. Her next album is due out in the fall. The title track? “Take A Little Drive.”

V.19 No.20 | 5/20/2010
From 2009’s Hot Rod Rumble
Ana June

Car Culture

Rubber, Meet Road

Hot rods for drivers

Trailer queens. That's what you call classic cars put on trailers and driven to car shows. They live in locked garages, Nan Morningstar says. "People buy antique cars as an investment and spend thousands making them beautiful."

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Alibi Picks

Car Talk

Albuquerque is a safe haven for passionate gearheads and DIY mechanics. On top of the endless days of radiant sunshine and mild, salt-less winters, it also boasts a thriving car culture built on the rock-solid foundation of old Route 66. On the last Saturday of each month through October, bring your pre-’65 auto project and your own tools to Free Radicals (300 Yale SE) for Wrecks, Rods and Wrenches. Meet up with like-minded wrench-turners and swap tricks of the trade to make that old hot rod or muscle car road-worthy once again. For more information, call 254-3764 or visit freeradicalshq.com. (Adam Fox)

V.18 No.51 | 12/17/2009

Idiot Box

Auto Erotica

Love the Beast on SPEED

For me, the SPEED Channel has always been chaff. A specialty station that sits unused somewhere in the middle of my satellite dish menu. I’m not what you’d call a gearhead and was extremely happy the day my paychecks got big enough that I could pay someone else to change the spark plugs in my car. I realize, however, that there are plenty of people for whom motor vehicles are a downright obsession.

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