Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story
Portrait of unsung guitar god lets you doc out with your rock out
The Daily Word in Rubik's Cubes, Rockets and the Plague
The state's first ever skijoring competition began yesterday. It's a sport that combines downhill skiing, horseback riding and water skiing, apparently. Scratch your head all you like, the world still won't make any sense.
David Bowie's music sales made up 25% of this week's Top 40, with 241,000 albums and 167,000 singles sold. Still waiting on the numbers from the platform shoes and glitter markets.
Argentina's complicated economic problems (like the bizarre coin shortage related to black market bus fares) has made it the the perfect spot for bitcoin to strut its stuff.
A lunatic with a 3D printer has created a functioning 22x22 Rubik's cube. If solved, it will open a doorway to Hell (I assume).
Two Santa Fe dogs were treated for the plague. City officials remind citizens to keep pets away from dead animals. Don't worry. The dogs are ok.
SpaceX will be attempting to launch and land a rocket today. Watch the live feed at 11:42am, or check in later to see how it fared.
A 32-acre fake town, complete with graffitied street signs, traffic lights and storefronts has been built near the University of Michigan to test self-driving cars.
A report concludes that negligence was to blame for the shipping of live anthrax from an Army biodefense lab to spots all over the country and abroad. Cough. This does not help my hypochondria.
A city official in Cranston, RI talked a man into disguising himself as a woman to improve a photo op.
New Mexico company develops a sweet-ass hoverboard. For a mere $19,900, you can make me one happy writer.
The Daily Word in Death, Twitter and Film
The brilliant and wonderful Alan Rickman has died at the age of 69.
Let’s be real: Alan Rickman is probably Metatron now.
ISIL claims responsibility for a terror attack in Jakarta.
Straight pride parades, brought to you by bigoted, chagrined closeted people.
The Population Institute grades States on their reproductive rights. I’m pretty happy about New Mexico, but as a nation, we can do better.
Here’s a short history of Twitter rules.
An APD officer is suing the city for not promoting him after he wrongfully shot and killed a person. Wow.
Did you know a local Burqueno teen played Leo D’s son in his newest film, The Revenant?
David Bowie's Reading List
You, too, can become great
In case you live under a rock and only get your news from the Alibi's blog- David Bowie passed away on Sunday.
As images and playlists crowd your various feeds, it might be revealing to take a look at the books that fed an impressive creative mind.
Here New York Public library compiled Bowie's top 100 books as drawn from a 2013 Facebook post from Bowie himself. Stand outs for me include titles by Don DeLillo, James Baldwin and Yukio Mishima. Cue up your preferred Bowie mix and get to reading.
The Daily Word in David Bowie, the Golden Globes and the lottery
Didn’t catch the Golden Globes last night? Here are the best and worst moments so you don’t feel left out of the office gossip.
Someone did the math and broke down when it actually pays to play the lottery.
The elephants of Ringling circus are retiring, and going where all good retirees go: Florida.
Want a little less public and a little more private PDA in Times Square? This February you can.
Yesterday was No Pants Subway Ride, and more than 60 cities around the world participated.
The Daily Word in democracy, pizza and Hotel California
Yesterday's Daily Word proffered in-depth coverage of the Paris terror attacks on French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. In the spirit of promoting the universal values of democracy and freedom of expression, here's a link to an English translation of Charlie Hebdo's website. Parlez-vous français? Here's the original, untranslated link.
The drought-sapped rivers of the Southwest formally invite El Niño to kick up "the oomph."
Northbound Girard at Coal is closed as police investigate a city bus crashing into a home. According to APD, no one in the home was injured, and information on passenger injuries is forthcoming.
FREE download OTD = Lydia Lunch and Cypress Grove's truly creepy cover of the Eagles' "Hotel California." Stream and download it here.
Wherever you're heading, "bring your Alibis" along for our websclusive weekly pop quiz, a review of dirty German sex comedy Wetlands, your weekly rock sermon, a Netflix-centric We Like to Watch (Instantly) column on Finding Fela!, The Weird World of Blowfly and Hit So Hard, an interview with awesome Native comedy troupe the 1491s and a review of Indian-slash-Nepali restaurant Taste of Himalayas.
Rooster Roundabout: This week’s music highlights
The man is back! Jack White has been hinting at a new solo release pretty much since 2012's Blunderbuss hit shelves. And now he's shared a snippet from his upcoming LP, titled Lazaretto, which hits stores and online markets on June 10. It's an all-instrumental track (sorry for those who like when White's wailin' vocals recall Robert Plant), but it's a good indicator of what the album will sound like: pure magic. You can hear that below.
For those of you who miss “Breaking Bad” so much that streaming the entire series on Netflix isn't cutting it … well, now you can purchase the show's score. The double LP, titled Breaking Bad (Original Score From the Television Series), is scheduled to be released on April 29. That's right around the corner, y'all. Soon, after listening to the album, you'll relive Walter White's drug-enterprising endeavors and feel the emotional decline of Jesse Pinkman as the show's tunes provide some lovely soundscapes. Or sinister ones, depending on which track you hear. Read more about that over at Billboard.
Here's another exciting thing on the horizon: The mid-’90s lineup of Hole is reuniting. Yup, you read right. According to Courtney Love, she and Eric Erlandson, Patty Schemel and Melissa Auf Der Maur have been rehearsing some new material. If we're lucky, it will have the same ferocity, fragility and angst that made Live Through This such a gem. You can read more about that at the Quietus, and have a listen to LTT album cut “Violet” below.
I'm gonna say this … and I'll take whatever flack I get. It's called honesty. But … wow, this is hard … okay … just say it, Mark. Okay … I've always preferred The Jackson 5 to Michael Jackson's solo work. Any and everyone I've told this to throughout the years has basically deemed such a proclamation sacrilegious. I can't help how I feel. But MJ fans will be excited to know a new record of unreleased material (XSCAPE) is slated to come out May 13. Read more about that over at Pitchfork.
It's no secret that Janelle Monáe is a big David Bowie fan because … well … she’s said so several times. But now the funky fresh artist has decided to do Bowie a solid by covering “Heroes.” You don't need me to talk about it. You can hear it below.
My knowledge of Elliott Smith is rudimentary at best. And before you commence to gasping, I'll clarify by stating that most of what I've heard has been through hearing his music in films (like Good Will Hunting and The Royal Tenenbaums). Granted, that makes sense for me. I'm a very cinematic-minded person; it matters to me how music is used to shape a scene and capture a moment. While we're on the topic of film, a new documentary about Smith titled Heaven Adores You will premiere at the San Francisco Film Festival on May 5, and that film will include “unheard songs, personal pictures and lost footage.” So keep an eye (or both eyes) open for that.
My first foray into the world of Swedish duo First Aid Kit was watching a video of them covering Patti Smith's “Dancing Barefoot,” with Smith reduced to tears of gratitude in the audience. It was magical. Now the group is getting ready to release a third LP titled Stay Gold. That record comes out June 10, and you can hear some of what it has to offer by listening to the track “My Silver Lining” below.
Late spoken-word performer and musician Gil Scott-Heron's unreleased recordings are going to see the light of day … or be listened to by people. Apparently he'd recorded some of his older songs during sessions for his 2010 album I'm New Here, but those recordings were shelved. Now, for Record Store Day, a posthumous release, Nothing New, is slated for April 19. Read more about the record over at Rolling Stone.
I don't know much about Stagnant Pools. Nothing, in fact, other than they're a sibling duo that makes noise-inflected rock music, and they're coming out with their second LP Geist. I clicked the link to listen to their new song after reading comparisons to Joy Division and The Jesus and Mary Chain. After listening to their new track from the forthcoming album (which hits stores on June 10), I think I need to pay some attention to their first record Temporary Room. Listen to their track “Intentions” below.
This one may seem to come out of left field, but there's context … at least for me. Country star Martina McBride's new record of pop and R&B covers, Everlasting, comes out next week. And for the hipsters, no … there's no irony here. I grew up in South Texas where '90s country was a staple. Hell, McBride's “Independence Day” was one of my favorite songs growing up. Now that that's out of the way … McBride is streaming her album in its entirety over at Billboard. Head that way to get a first glimpse.
We got another leak, people. Some time back, self-proclaimed “gangsta Nancy Sinatra” Lana Del Rey announced she's releasing a new album (Ultraviolence) later this year. And now a track has appeared online, though there's no clarification about whether the track is from the upcoming record or not. Your guess is as good as mine, and you can listen to that below.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This video has since been removed. Sorry for any inconvenience.
Now that “Breaking Bad” is over, fans are going to miss Jesse Pinkman saying “bitch” all the time. But now they can rest easy by listening to the track “Dance Bitch,” which features Aaron Paul. The track was recorded and produced by Zen Freeman and Tom Neville.
YouTube is coming out with its own music awards show … and Jason Schwartzman is hosting. This should be interesting.
People will now say, “It was the 3rd of December.” And what will that be in reference to? The reissue of The Velvet Underground's White Light/White Heat, of course. Sure, most people think of The Velvet Underground and Nico when they think of these guys, and they tend to overlook their second (and some would say revolutionary) album. The reissue comes with three discs of remastered versions of the songs and much more.
I never cared for Fall Out Boy. Their brand of pop-rock just never sat well with me, so it was easy to blow them off as derivative poster children for the uncreative b-team. But now, they're releasing a surprise album (surprise as in it comes out Oct. 15, which is pretty short notice). The album was produced by Ryan Adams and sees the band going towards a more hardcore punk style. And it's not as bad as I thought.
The Sabbath has returned … Black Sabbath that is. They came out with an album earlier this year, titled 13, and after touring said release, they decided to come out with a concert DVD. Black Sabbath: Live...Gathered in Their Masses hits stores and online markets on Nov. 26th. You can get more details at Consequence of Sound.
'Member the Dead Weather? That band that had Jack White, Alison Mosshart (of The Kills), Dean Fertita (of Queens of the Stone Age) and Jack Lawrence (of The Raconteurs)? Well, they've shared a snazzy sample of an upcoming track titled “Open Up (That's Enough).” And you can hear a preview of that little ditty below.
Lady Lamb the Beekeeper's Ripely Pine was one of my favorite releases this year. It had a clever mix of folk and rock that is cute, yet punishing all at the same time. You shouldn't take my word for it, you should go buy it or stream it or download it or what-have-you. But Aly Spaltro (her real name) has recorded a mini documentary detailing her return to Maine (where she's from) to play a show following the album's release. You can check it out over at Consequence of Sound.
It makes me angry that you have to be an active Facebook user to enter a contest. But oh well. Since Paul Simon turns 72 this month, Legacy Recordings has decided to commemorate that special year by releasing The Complete Album Collection. You heard right. That's 12 studio albums, 2 live albums and so much more. This ginormous release comes out on Oct. 15, and you can go to Stereogum for info on how to win this awesome package.
David Bowie released his first album in a decade earlier this year, titled The Next Day. Now Bowie's decided to expand on said release by … well, expanding the release itself. By this, I mean that Bowie's coming out with an extended version (The Next Day Extra), which is scheduled to hit the globe on Nov. 5. So, keep an ear out for that 3-disc nugget.
Think what you want about Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros … sure they're hippy hipsters with an affinity for whimsical, heartfelt music, but these band of cool fools know how to lay it down when it matters (see Here). Now they've turned their harmonious energy toward covering The Beatles' “I Saw Her Standing There” for a new album, titled Beatles Reimagined—an album of Beatles covers by modern musicians. That record hit stores this past week, so get to shopping.
I love The Doors. Hell, I even have Jim Morrison tattooed on my left forearm. But that's neither here nor there. I bring them up because the band's remaining members have decided to release a video, titled R-Evolution, on Dec. 3, which contains early concert and TV footage with the band and much more. You can read more about it at Rolling Stone.
The Daily Word in dinosaur erotica, reading along with David Bowie, and yes, the government shutdown
Especially if you're a kid with difficult-to-treat cancer.
But hey! At least congress will still get paid!
To take your mind off of it, read about several alternate endings that Breaking Bad writers kicked around. Basically, different horrible things happen to different horrible people.
If you're too high-brow for that, you could check your favorite-books list against David Bowie's.
Or maybe read some "dinosaur beast erotica" if that's your thing.
But definitely check out this lake that turns animals into stone.
RIP Tom Clancy, master of the political techno-thriller. I bet Jack Ryan could use his testosterone-powers to get those congressional malingerers back to work.
Sonic reductions of Kopecky Family Band, David Bowie and Youth Lagoon
Music writer M. Brianna Stallings and Alibi Staff Writer Mark Lopez listened to new releases from Kopecky Family Band, David Bowie and Youth Lagoon. They share their critical takes in this week’s Sonic Reducer. While David Bowie and Youth Lagoon aren’t visiting Burque anytime soon, Nashville, Tenn.-based sextet Kopecky Family Band bring their “mellifluous banter” to Low Spirits (2823 Second Street NW) on Monday, April 8, along with Austin indie rock outfit The Eastern Sea. Scope related A/V below. Low Spirits • Kopecky Family Band • The Eastern Sea • Mon Apr 8 • 9 pm • $6 • 21+ • lowspiritslive.com
The Daily Word in Bowie, dreadlocks and crime vehicles.
Tragic escalator accident.
Stone breasts survive lightning strike.
Time to shoot an ibex.
Happy birthday Wilkie Collins.
Thanks to Plant and Maliskas for the help!
I’m not breaking up with anybody. I’m just breaking up with my job, so I made you this mix. We’ll always have the music!
Labyrinth Society Gathering
More than the protected realms of cryptic man-bulls and goblin kings, labyrinths are quite the peacemakers. The complex and aesthetically pleasing designs are said to aid in meditation and contemplation. The Labyrinth Society holds their annual gathering at the Best Western Kachina Lodge in Taos (413 Paseo del Pueblo Norte) all weekend long. Labyrinthian enthusiasts from around the world converge for a five-day fest featuring speakers, workshops, vendors, a silent auction and labyrinth installations. You might want to leave a trail of bread crumbs before you venture inside. For a complete schedule of events, visit labyrinthsociety.org.