Robot Dinosaurs: A Menace
Friday, Jan 20: Toughest Monster Trucks
Saturday, Nov 5: Orale Lowrider: Custom Made in New Mexico
Get a Lyft to Drift
Saturday, Sep 3: No Coast Drift Party
The Daily Word in Russia, Twenty One Pilots and ART
Trump isn't working with Russia? Riiiiight...
After being completely ignored by the guards, an 18 year old died after she asked for medical help when withdrawing from heroin.
Listen to this mashup song of Twenty One Pilots, Halsey, Melanie Martinez and Sivan.
Speaking of Twenty One Pilots, here's a clip of Tyler Joseph singing My Chemical Romance's song Cancer.
Global Warming is already affecting people in colder climates like Alaska.
Welcome to the Tesla Gigafactory.
Opening statements have begun in a lawsuit that seeks to stop the ART project.
All the charges have been dropped against the three remaining officers in the Freddie Gray trial.
Sunday, May 15: 32nd Annual New Mexico Council of Car Clubs Classic Auto Show
The Daily Word in Courts, Capital and Corruption
Cars, cops and cannabis, too
New Mexico courts get a case management tune-up.
There's a push to change New Mexico's capital outlay funding system to a merit based model.
The change of venue motion in the Boyd case has been denied.
UNM researchers released a report saying that business are afraid to come to New Mexico because they perceive the government as being corrupt.
Albuquerque based Research & Polling found that the majority of residents support legalizing recreational use of marijuana for adults over 21.
Defog your windshield faster with science!
Here we have a former NASA engineer who explains the optimal technique for defogging the windows in your car, as well as how and why it works. It's probably less effective than my technique of not breathing at all, but some people may have a longer morning commute than I do.
Rooster Roundabout: This week’s music highlights
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Best of Burque
Best of Burque Photo Deadline Extended to Noon on Monday March 24
You can email Best of Burque photos to firstname.lastname@example.org now.
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 email@example.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.
The Daily Word in Star Wars, Richard Sherman and Combat Gum
Who won at the 2014 Grammy Awards?
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.
Happy birthday Patton Oswalt.
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 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.
There's going to be a Philip K. Dick festival.
Bill Murray stars in a film about walking in slow motion.
This mean homophobic woman defines "lowest common denominator."
Former Alibi arts&lit editor John Bear has a blog.
On this day in 1927, the fifteen millionth Model T rolled off the assembly line.
Car dealership ditches cool roof
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.
When your wife has to drive alone
The world becomes a confusing and aggressive place. Even the trumpets get anxious.
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.
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Guard for Nazi camp was charged with 28,060 counts of accessory to murder. He was sentenced to five years in prison.
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.
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.