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Specter of haunt-ological Halloween mixes

By Samantha Anne Carrillo [ Wed Oct 31 2012 2:24 PM ]

When it comes to my holiday music obsessions, Halloween ranks right up there with Christmas. (Note to musicians: please create more vaguely Easter-themed music.) As evidence of my aural fixation, I submit my Trick or Treatise playlist from last year. This year, I enlisted the vinyl intelligence of DJ Mello to create a scarily rad playlist for my blog. She delivered in spades, with doo-wop and Latin jazz, an obscure '60s girl group's explanation of the zombie walk, an R&B ode to gorillas and loads more. Stream her Songs That Go Bop in the Night below. See the original post for the full track list.

I hadn't planned to make a Halloween mix this year, but the bad earworm fairy finally relented. I conjured up a spectral, spooky and witchy 13-song tribute to the most makeup and candy-centric day of the year. It features tracks by Zombelle, Dani Shivers, Selma Oxor, Soap&Skin, CRIM3S, Dame Darcy, Lee Noble and others. Stream my 2012 mix, All of Them VVitches after the jump. Happy haunting!

V.21 No.43 | 10/25/2012


Flyer on the Wall: Bela does Mitt

By Samantha Anne Carrillo [ Wed Oct 31 2012 10:00 AM ]

This week’s Flyer on the Wall employs selective color and subjective contrast to hype a Halloween show featuring Mark Mallman, Shoulder Voices and Mrdrbrd. Watch Shoulder Voices and Mark Mallman music videos below. Blackbird Buvette • Wed Oct 31 • 10 pm • FREE • 21-and-over •

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Scaring up fun with cover bands, loudness war and Balkans Halloween

By Samantha Anne Carrillo [ Fri Oct 26 2012 2:00 PM ]

To celebrate the creepiest time of the year, get your spook on with 18 cover bands, 14 noise acts and one Bulgarian wedding band. Soak up all the gory details in this week’s Music to Your Ears. Peruse the flyers after the jump.

V.21 No.44 | 11/1/2012


The Daily Word in Hurricane Sandy, foxy thief, mini Michaels

By B.L. Brennan [ Fri Oct 26 2012 10:55 AM ]
The Daily Word

Man suffering from ALS casts absentee ballot despite physical struggle.

GameStop to open new kid-focused stores.

Teeny tiny Mexican Michael Jacksons are adorable.

Hurricane Sandy leaves the Caribbean, heads toward East Coast.

Drunk guy needs assist in taking mug shot.

Man in Belen to raffle off prized muscle car to raise money for his sick brother.

Delivery date for iPad Mini with LTE pushed back.

Foxy thief returns handbag to owner.

Crazy trick to try on Halloween.

SNL: Brad Pitt for Chanel.

Who knew flash drives could be this cute?

This leopard is really glad it’s Friday!

V.21 No.43 | 10/25/2012

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Webgame Wednesday on Thursday: They Took Our Candy

By Devin D. O’Leary [ Thu Oct 25 2012 3:55 PM ]

The invasion of the Halloween-themed horror games continues on Webgame Wednesday. They Took Our Candy is fairly straightforward. Space aliens have invaded the streets of suburbia and snatched up all the good candy. You must assemble your best team of costumed kiddies (different costumes bestow different special powers), and sidescroll your way though wave after wave of monsters from space. Use the candy you gather to upgrade your powers and unlock new costumes (a kitty cat?). Yay, candy!

V.21 No.44 | 11/1/2012


The Daily Word in Syrian ceasefire, Hurricane Sandy and WikiLeaks

By Marisa Demarco [ Thu Oct 25 2012 10:53 AM ]
The Daily Word

A funeral home sent a family their loved one’s brain in a bag. Court says they can’t sue.

Maximum sentence for a driver who killed a cyclist in January: 90 days in jail, $300 fine.

Syrian army agrees to a ceasefire from Friday to Monday.

Hurricane Sandy is heading our way.

WikiLeaks is releasing the U.S. policies on detaining people in camps and GitMo. The website hacked them from the DOD.

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei goes Gangnam style.

Why it’s so hard to fire a police officer.

Bullied teen throws herself in front of a train.

7-year-old girl writes an opera.

Legalizing marijuana is on the ballot in Washington, Colorado and Oregon.

Rape is rape, says the president.

Don’t worry about convicted sex offenders this Halloween. They’ve got a curfew.

Hobbit spoilers.

Last-minute DIY Halloween costumes.

Nirvana, the Broadway musical.

V.21 No.43 | 10/25/2012

Music to Your Ears

By Samantha Anne Carrillo
Plan your creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky week of concert-going with a little help from Music to Your Ears.
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Flyer on the Wall

Bela does Mitt

By Samantha Anne Carrillo
This week’s Flyer on the Wall ponders the relative scariness of politicians and vampires. It also promotes a Halloween concert at Blackbird Buvette starring Mark Mallman, Shoulder Voices and Mrdrbrd.
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V.21 No.42 | 10/18/2012

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Webgame Wednesday: The Old Tree

By Devin D. O’Leary [ Wed Oct 17 2012 2:58 PM ]

Webgame Wednesday's journey through Halloween Horror Month continues with the darkly atmospheric point-and-click-as-art game The Old Tree. Creepy-crawl your way though a landscape of bizarre bugs and other weird monsters. Less scary than just plain surreal, this one is sure to fuel some strange dreams.


The Daily Word in Nobel Peace Prize, flamin’ hot cheetos and giant eyeball

By B.L. Brennan [ Fri Oct 12 2012 10:42 AM ]
The Daily Word

Five key moments from the Vice Presidential debate.

Abusive mom pleads guilty, now faces life sentence.

Saggio’s owner sends 130 children to see The Lion King.

European Union awarded the Nobel Peace Prize

Wayne Newton owns wallabies, but this is not one of them.

One Albuquerque schools officials urge parents to leave the flamin’ hot cheetos at home.

Tom Hanks heads to Broadway. Sarah Brightman heads to Space.

Giant Eyeball washes up on Florida beach

Anybody need a Halloween costume?

Celebrities that are related to other celebrities!

V.21 No.41 | 10/11/2012

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Webgame Wednesday: Free Ice Cream

By Devin D. O’Leary [ Wed Oct 10 2012 12:51 PM ]

Halloween Horror Month continues here on Webgame Wednesdays with Free Ice Cream. What's so scary about free ice cream? Well, if you're a little girl, you really shouldn't be accepting it from a strange ice cream vendors. Particularly when that ice cream vendor is wearing a hockey mask. Now, you've got to escape from his blood-spattered basement in this nasty-humored point-and-click adventure.

V.21 No.40 | 10/4/2012


The Daily Word in wedding fights, puking celebrities, rescued ducks

By E.J. Maliskas [ Mon Oct 8 2012 10:22 AM ]
The Daily Word

Romney and Obama are all tied up.

SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft launched successfully yesterday towards the ISS.

Lobo football caught another win over the weekend.

One dead and three arrested after a massive brawl between two wedding parties in Philly.

Lady Gaga upstages the Biebs and vomits three times during a performance in Barcelona without missing a beat.

Altitude sickness” seems to be the main reason so many darn people visit the Balloon Fiesta ER. President Obama can relate.

Felix Baumgartner’s supersonic free fall will go down tomorrow over Roswell, pending weather conditions.

Group of grown-up rescue ducks experience a pond for the first time, adorableness ensues.

Three teens who broke out of a juvenile corrections facility in Sandoval County are now back in custody.

Two pre-teen girls arrested after sneaking back into a school and spending the night there running through the halls, eating snacks, making prank phone calls and hacking into computers.

High School students in Illinois suspended for eating mints at school.

Men’s costumes vs. women’s costumes.

British teen has to have a large part of her stomach removed after indulging in a nitrogen-infused cocktail.

Mitt Romney does have fabulous hair.

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Webgame Wednesday: Infectonator 2

By Devin D. O’Leary [ Wed Oct 3 2012 12:46 PM ]

Halloween month is upon us, so we figured we'd spend October's Webgame Wednesday highlighting freaky, awesome horror-based video games. We start off on a high note with Infectonator 2. There's no greater joy than traveling the world, infecting people with a zombie virus and then watching flesh-eating monsters devour an entire city. Be sure and pick the pockets of all those cute, little dead people along the way so you can upgrade your army of the undead, making them longer-lived, more resistant to damage and, of course, more infectious. There are simply no words to describe how maniacally fun this game is. ... Oh, wait, yes there are: "Summon Zombie Kim Jong-Il."

V.21 No.39 | 9/27/2012
The bounty.



By Ty Bannerman [ Tue Sep 25 2012 10:26 AM ]

When Marisa first offered me the job of Food Editor, lo those many weeks ago, I rubbed my hands together and chuckled evilly. “The power! The influence!” I thought to myself. “The free food!”

Yes, I could just picture it: Albuquerque’s restauranteurs quivering in fear at the clacking of my keyboard and sending nervous, obsequious emissaries to deliver piping hot gourmet meals to my desk every lunch time in the hope of avoiding my wrath. Oh, I would be so very corrupt, and so very well fed.

But Marisa, with her ridiculous “ethics” and nonsensical “sense of fair play” quickly disabused me of that idea. There would be no gifts, no bribery. I was, in fact, supposed to remain as anonymous as possible so that my reviews could be objective and based on the experience of the typical diner. I choked back a sob as my dreams of a graft-fattened future evaporated.

Finally, someone was trying to bribe me! With spooky treats! And tasty eats!

For one brief moment this morning, however, those crooked visions returned. I came in to my office, and there on my desk sat a box. A black box from McCormick & Co. with a photograph of day-glo colored cookies on it and the text “Spooky Treats. Tasty Eats,” written below. Finally, someone was trying to bribe me! With spooky treats! And tasty eats!

After a brief glance out into the hallway to make sure that Marisa and her damnable moral compass weren’t around, I cackled triumphantly and tore the package open.

And stared bewildered at what lay inside. There were no cookies. There were no spooky treats, nor tasty eats.

Instead, nestled in orange packing material were three boxes. Of food coloring. Let me repeat. Three boxes. Of food coloring.

I cried for an hour.

So, let me say to you, McCormick & Co., manufacturers of such fine products as McCormick Brand Vanilla Extract and McCormick Brand Fajita Seasoning: I may very well be susceptible to bribery, but this piss poor effort embarrasses us both.

V.20 No.44 | 11/3/2011


Scary Songs

By Jessica Cassyle Carr [ Mon Oct 31 2011 7:25 PM ]

Music writer Samantha Anne Scott made us a cool, Halloween-themed 8tracks playlist. Read her article about it here. Happy Halloween!

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