V.23 No.50 | 12/11/2014
Odds & Ends
From North Korea to Ohio, it’s funny because it happened to someone else.
V.23 No.12 |
The Daily Word in golden parachutes, flight MH370 and Hawaii's prostitution
No debris has been found after the second day of an international search for missing Malaysia flight MH370.
I want an $80 million golden parachute!
A motel on the Jersey shore caught fire this morning, leaving at least three people dead and others injured.
Doris Lark, 71, and Floy Watson, 74, say they didn't steal the scrapbooks.
A pedestrian was killed last night while trying to cross I-40 near Route 66 Casino.
A man has been put in jail after he allegedly “targeted” an Albuquerque police officer and his family.
A video of the Foothills shooting on March 16 has surfaced.
A woman withdrew her membership to Planet Fitness because they told her that her body was too rockin'.
V.22 No.51 | 12/19/2013
Rooster Roundabout: This week’s music highlights
While I'm not much of a Robin Thicke fan, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked “Blurred Lines” because it reminded me of my favorite Marvin Gaye track “Got to Give it Up.” (Lest we forget that's the reason the Gaye family is suing Thicke.) Regardless, Thicke has released his new video for the track “Feel Good,” and while this one doesn't have the same laid-back, good-time vibe of “Blurred Lines,” I can foresee it becoming a club favorite. I think that's the goal at this point for most pop musicians, right?
Reverend Horton Heat was one of those musicians that various friends played, but never really stuck. Maybe I was sleeping … maybe my mind just wasn't too much into the psychobilly fanaticism that permeated an outsider group of friends around 2008. Regardless Reverend Horton Heat (real name Jim Heath) is prepping a new album, titled Rev, that's scheduled to be released on Jan. 21. You can hear a track from it, titled “Spooky Boots,” (which also gives a shout-out to the Land of Enchantment) over at Billboard. Because why not.
What would it be like if Megadeth released an album of Christmas standards? And what would it be like if Jenny Lewis did a duet with them?
Soul singer Charles Bradley is proof that it doesn't matter how old you are or what your background is. If you have natural, raw talent, people will notice. Having two albums under his belt, Bradley has taken a somewhat unthinkable turn: He's provided a soulful cover of Black Sabbath's “Changes.” And it's fantastic. You can listen to that below.
It's that time again, y'all. Time for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to announce the newest pool of inductees. Among the musicians to be inducted and honored at this year's festivities is Nirvana, Peter Gabriel, Kiss, Hall and Oates, Cat Stevens and Linda Ronstadt. The ceremony takes place at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on April 10.
My first introduction to Swedish singer-songwriter Jose Gonzalez was his cover of The Knife's “Heartbeats.” While that track was excellent, it couldn't have compared to the magnetic prowess that made the original so noticeable. But that's neither here nor there. Now Gonzalez has a few tracks on the soundtrack to the Ben Stiller flick The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. And Gonzalez has released a video for the track “Stay Alive,” which was written by Ryan Adams. You can watch that below.
I'm a fan of bare acoustic ditties. Maybe that's why it took me hearing A Sleep & A Forgetting to finally notice Islands, even though a friend had tried to get me to listen to them for years. Nick Thorburn (the front man, songwriter, extraordinaire) released Islands' latest opus, Ski Mask, earlier this year, and now he's shared an acoustic track that he recorded last Friday. You can hear it below.
Girls who were 16 circa 1998 are about to be very, very excited … and cry. For what, I don't know. But, Dave Matthews, Jakob Dylan and a host of other musicians have formed a new band (The Nauts). Apparently they got together at Brady Blade's Studios in Shreveport, La., to record some material, and now they've booked some live shows. Let the crying commence!
Country music legend Ray Price died at the age of 87 this past week. Though a lot of people (myself included) weren't too familiar with Price's repertoire, his indelible imprint in the music country sphere has been felt and ruminated over since his death to pancreatic cancer was announced. It's always hard to see a legend called home. So here's “Crazy Arms.”
I've said it once, and I'll say it again: If it's free, it's me. Texas group Okkervil River have released a third EP of '80s covers, titled Golden Opportunities 3. The mix features covers of artists ranging from Roseanne Cash to Don Henley. You can download or stream the EP (and get the two previous Golden Opportunities releases) here.
Every bit as dark and seductive as they were when they first started, the Dead Weather's latest song, “Open Up (That's Enough),” shows the group in a stylized light that further exemplifies their hard blues rock tendencies. Maybe the cigarettes are helping Mosshart's voice because it's working on this track. But enough of my gushing. You can hear the track below, and you can download it digitally on Jan. 14.
Sufjan Stevens has gotten together with Son Lux and Serengeti to form a trio of ideas (and music, obviously) called Sisyphus. And they're coming out with their eponymous debut on March 18, and they've shared a track, titled “Calm It Down.” Judging from the single alone, it could be interesting, or it could get old really fast. Let's see what happens.
V.22 No.33 | 8/15/2013
Jack Handey is Real
And he is funnier than you
The Stench of Honolulu: A Tropical Adventure
To all would-be comedians: Jack Handey of “Deep Thoughts” fame did it 30 years ago, he did it smarter than you, and he continues to be funnier than you.
V.20 No.32 |
The Daily Word 8.12.11: debate over Republican debate, blanket octopus and the fluctuating Dow Jones.
Plus, kid spends a long time under water and doesn't drown.
Dow Jones sets a record by moving at least 400 points for four consecutive days.
The Pentagon releases names of the 38 people who were in the military transport helicopter shot down by the Taliban last Saturday.
Cleveland serial killer sentenced to the death penalty.
A twelve-year-old rescued off the coast of Washington spent approximately 15 minutes under water and is alive and speaking.
Why we don't stand up and fight back in the U.S.
London teen who predicted riots predicts more.
Security forces open fire on Syrian protestors; killed 11 earlier.
Hawaiian boy catches rare and weird-looking blanket octopus.
The Oatmeal's Minor Differences Part 4, including how American accents sound to the British.
V.20 No.23 | 6/9/2011
The Daily Word with Condom-Stuffed Acorns, Creepy Red Skies, Red Light Cameras Back
Did you feel like you vacationed in Hell last night, or at the very least had a front row seat on the set of Terminator 2: Judgment Day? Me too. That Arizona fire has scorched nearly 350 square miles so far.
A devastating heat wave including “oppressive humidity” is heading east ...
... While Hawaii gets a smattering of summer snow.
Obama’s not too popular with the college crowd anymore.
A “voodoo mom” has been sentenced to 17 years in prison for bypassing doll, burning daughter.
Okay, okay, now I’m totally convinced the world is ending. Mexican drug gangs are building heavily armored tanks a la Mad Max.
The drug wars get even creepier with these bodies hanging from a bridge in Monterrey.
Singapore is going to pass Las Vegas as the world’s second-largest gambling center this year.
The Boston Bruins obliterated the Vancouver Canucks 8-1 last night in the Stanley Cup Finals, probably prompted by this vicious hit on Nathan Horton.
I’ve gotten some strange things before, but never anything like condom-stuffed acorns.
I always referred to them as “moon walks,” but watch this “bounce house” go airborne with kids inside.
Red light cameras are back on. Again.
V.20 No.15 | 4/14/2011
Courtesy of Flory Olguin
The Last Days of Joey Limas
Joey Limas—he was never anything but Joey to me—resided in an Albuquerque nursing home, and I was positive I would see him again. Sure, he was 78 or 82 years old, depending on the source. But in my mind he was still tough as cactus. Then suddenly he was gone, bested by a flurry of ailments. Old prizefighters seldom meet death gently.
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