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V.23 No.22 | 5/29/2014
Royal Chicano Air Force silkscreened poster from 1976
Ricardo Favela

Culture Shock

Collective memory

Albuquerque artsworld wonders get their due in Culture Shock, from a poetic convergence to that pony you’ve always wanted.

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The Daily Word in Viagra for horses, unpaid premiums and flavored condoms

It looks like Google Doodle brought out the big guns for Valentine's Day … oh yeah, it's Valentine's Day.

Joel McHale has been chosen to host the White House Correspondents dinner. It might get a little “Soup”-y.

Oscar Pistorius is “consumed by sorrow” over the fatal shooting of his girlfriend.

Word to the wise: If you don't pay your premiums, you don't keep your insurance.

A former teacher is accused of phoning in a bomb threat to the school he used to work at. Where do they find these people?

The mayor will announce the new police chief some time this morning.

So wait … does Viagra help horses run faster? So where should I place my bets? But let's keep this on the hush-hush, know what I'm saying?

Just in case you're getting flavored condoms for tonight …

Music

Rooster Roundabout: Best albums of 2013

Well ... according to me

Now that Christmas is over and the New Year is upon us, many music outlets are looking back at one more year in music and the many bands that inhabited that particular point in time. 2013 was a big year. We had releases from Kanye West, Arcade Fire, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and much more. But I’ve never been one to look at year-end lists because I mostly don’t agree with the writers, or I get bored with them. So if you get bored reading this one, I completely understand and won’t fault you. Now, the idea of a year-end list is to boast the work created that year. I’m not going to do that. Instead I’m going to list the top five albums I listened to this year.

Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean these albums were made this year. Hell, a couple of them were made decades ago. But, in my humble perspective, I always urge people to delve into music of the past. My argument is that you can’t completely focus on the music of today without understanding how past music shaped that sound. IE: I recently heard an interview with Lorde (who is on this list) where she said that if the Beatles hadn’t done what they did, she wouldn’t have done what she did. You get the idea. So ... here’s my list! Enjoy or don’t enjoy. And remember ... there’s always next year.

Lorde - Pure Heroine

This album completely came out of nowhere. I remember hearing “Royals” on the radio and wondering who this pop princess was. Turns out she wasn’t a “princess” per se, but more of a weird little goth chick who made sparse electronic ditties. What won me over was the fact that she wrote her own songs, helped produce the album and she was only 16 when the album was finished. If that’s not an accomplishment, I don’t know what is. Oh, and the album is actually good. Songs like “400 Lux,” “Buzzcut Season,” and “White Teeth Teens” show her range and vivacity.

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Lorde - “400 Lux”

Hank Williams - Wait For the Light to Shine

While I do believe in God, I’m not especially religious. So church hymns, gospel and good ol’ fashioned odes to Jesus via country music rhythms and rhymes always strike a music fancy to my eardrums. And Williams’ homage to the Lord is no exception. Tracks like “Thy Burdens Are Greater Than Mine” and the title track show Williams crooning over typical country ditties, but his voice presents a magic wash over the scratchy record I got at Charley’s for $1.99. My hands-down favorite track on the record is “Devil’s Train.” It’s the most scratchy, and maybe that’s why I like it.

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Hank Williams - “Devil’s Train”

King Tuff - Was Dead

Apparently the original pressing of this record is impossible to find, but due to an overwhelming number of people attempting to get a copy in their sweaty hands, Burger Records reissued the album, making it available for people like me (who find out about bands very late in the game). This LP never left my record player for a good month. Whether I was cleaning, eating or pooping, it was always on in the background. Album opener “Dancing On You” immediately grabs you, and Tuff’s trippy (sometimes whiny) vocals just take over. My personal favorite is “Sun Medallion,” but “Freak When I’m Dead” and “Just Strut” are great songs as well. Actually, just listen to the whole thing. It’s a keeper.

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King Tuff - “Sun Medallion”

Patti Smith - Horses

This record dominated 2013 for me. While I’m an artist, I had gone through a slump, so I started becoming more diligent by painting again. So one day while painting, I played Smith’s most famous album. I’d already been a fan of it, but for some reason, while blending colors and etching out pieces of cardboard with a needle, it just hit me. It’s brilliant. From her opening rendition of “Gloria” to “Land,” the album is genius. If you haven’t listened to it, there’s still time. So from then on, any time I sat down to paint, draw, sketch or take photographs of weird ornaments, it was always on in the background ... and still is. It’s the perfect “art” record.

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Patti Smith - “Land”

Savages - Silence Yourself

I can’t remember the last time I got this excited about a band. While every music blog was riding the wave of salivating over this “post-punk” prodigy, I just couldn’t get over their stark single “I Am Here.” It was my obsession with that song that prompted me to buy the album (at Urban Outfitters no less). While it has a dark, menacing tone, the musicality at work is of the upmost cohesive. Each song blends into the next, but each track is a stand-alone gem. “Husbands” is quick and painful. “City’s Full” is fantastically dreadful. And album closer “Marshal Dear” ties it all together with some horns and piano. It’s a masterpiece, and it makes me brim with anticipation for what they’ll put out next.

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Savages - “Husbands”

Those were my top five albums of the year. What were yours? Feel free to comment.

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The Daily Word in more minimum wage increases, horse murders and George R.R. Martin's new movie theater

Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin just bought the Jean Cocteau theater in Santa Fe. “I’ve always loved movies and I’ve always loved old theaters,” he said, as naked prostitutes writhed around him in a way that didn't really seem to advance the plot.

Despite the opposition of the Obama administration, the wrath of PETA and a voicemail in-box full of death threats, Valley Meat Co. in Roswell is one step closer to slaughtering horses.

Bernalillo County voted to pass its own minimum wage increase. Route 66 Malt Shop co-owner Eric Szeman spoke against it. Because nobody's sick of that guy yet.

It turns out the Elvis impersonator did not, in fact, mail ricin laced letters to the President. Suspicions now fall on his nemesis, the evil martial arts instructor, Master Dutschke. Somehow, this is real.

The Post Office is super mad at Lance Armstrong.

Swedish llamas protect sheep from wolves.

And, as always, when it comes to big news, remember to look for a second source.

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The Daily Word in Judo, Annan and Doctor Who

A smiling tribute to American blubber was stolen from Dairy Queen.

Horse owners like N.M. horse slaughterhouse.

Ex-APD officer who kicked a suspect in the head a bunch of times wants his job back.

Kofi Annan quits gig as Syrian peace envoy because no one's got his back.

Bone marrow transplants eradicate HIV.

What Robyn Lawleythe prestigious plus-size lacy underpants modeleats.

The lady who takes pictures of babies dressed like flowers and peas and things is totally nuts. (Satire)

The Olympic rings as fascinating infographics for nerds like me.

Is being an Olympic gymnast any fun anymore?

Swimmer Ryan Lochte digs one night stands, says his mom.

Kayla Harrison becomes the first American to win the gold in Judo.

How not to write about female musicians.

"Doctor Who" trailer for series 7 features dinosaurs.

news

The Daily Word in Lara Croft, Game of Thrones and bacon sundaes

Egypt's high court orders that its parliament be dissolved.

Officers stumble across starving horses while looking for a man with a gun.

APD used stun guns, bean bag rounds and a police dog in the arrest of a 60-year-old man. Judge says: Pay up.

"Game of Thrones" sorry about using President Bush's head in scene about heads on pikes.

When is it OK to shoot someone in Albuquerque?

Drake and Chris Brown maybe got in a fist fight at a NY club, say police.

State's paying too much in jail and prison contracts.

The flavorful space between fresh and rotten.

Lara Croft to be put through harrowing attempted gang rape in Tomb Raider reboot so male players will feel compelled to protect her.

After a series of workers who make Apple products committed suicide, the company attempted to improve conditions. Yesterday, another worker committed suicide.

We're going to spy on Africa more.

Wine glass chess set makes for classiest drinking game ever.

Movies for women turn huge profits. So why doesn't Hollywood want to make those films? asks Meryl Streep.

Burger King's bacon sundae.

Ditch your car, city-dweller, and buy this folding pod on wheels.

news

The Daily Word in Ad-Rock, aliens vs. gods and working too hard

African American father and son say they were racially profiled, and APD took $17,000 in cash off their hands for no good reason.

Neil Armstrong almost never does interviews, but he spoke with Australian accountants about his trip to the moon.

Ad-Rock talks about MCA's death.

Who puts in the most hours at work, country-wise? How do you stack up?

KRQE scrutinizes New Mexico's pork barrel projects.

George Zimmerman was pretty tight with Sanford police.

Top two Mexican cartels stage public massacres to taunt authorities and frighten civilians.

Office break rooms are disgusting pits of germs, says guy who cares.

There may be no daily newspaper in New Orleans after The Times-Picayune announces cutback plans.

The company that owns Chicago's daily bought its weekly. (That's like the Journal purchasing the Alibi.)

Tennessee walking horse trainer pleads guilty to cruelty.

Egypt is voting for president for the first time.

Can the human race tell aliens from gods?

Beautiful rot.

MIT alleviates an age-old human frustration: getting ketchup out of the bottle.

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The Daily Word in equestrian milkshakes, copulating crabs, inebriated apes

Grand jury clears cop who fatally shot a man. Historically, it’s not surprising.

Kentucky Derby winner’s owner has been accused of drugging his horses.

Trash on your sidewalk?

Jon Stewart on the Prez’ gay marriage stance.

The guy who was accused of shooting a speeding-ticket van in Santa Fe got released.

Wi-Fi disabling wallpaper.

Further proof on why Florida sucks.

And why Texas also sucks.

And why Germany doesn’t.

It’s horseshoe crab orgy season!

Pescatarian pink slime.

South African apes like getting hammered and messing with stupid tourists.

This 70-year-old who claims to be a virgin is awesome, and also batshit crazy.

Robutts.

Beastie Boys “Chappelle Show” video you probably haven’t seen.

News

Help for horses

A horse named Stretch just after he arrived at Four Corners Equine Rescue
Courtesy of Debbie Coburn
A horse named Stretch just after he arrived at Four Corners Equine Rescue

By now you’ve read the New York Times article on the ills of the horse-racing industry nationwide. The report spotlights New Mexico has having some of the worst rates of illegal drugging and injuries to steeds and jockeys alike. In this week’s news section, Christie Chisholm spotlights animal rights activists, who, in the aftermath of the exposé, are trying to help.

V.21 No.17 | 4/26/2012
A horse named Stretch just after he arrived at Four Corners Equine Rescue
Courtesy of Debbie Coburn

News Feature

Spurring Change

The aftermath of the NY Times horse-racing exposé

The thing that hooked Debbie Coburn into nonprofit horse care: a 50,000-horse-long pee line. That’s the odd name for a controversial practice. Coburn explains that pregnant mares excrete a hormone in their urine that can be readily absorbed by humans. “There are pharmaceutical companies who buy the urine from farmers who collect it,” she says. The companies extract the hormone from PMU (pregnant mare urine) and put it in hormone replacement therapy drugs.

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dreams

Rowdy’s Dream Blog #243: There are horses with hats.

I am watching a parade. There are horses with hats and painted elephants. I think I see my sister-in-law and try to rewind the dream to make sure. Now there is an all-child marching band dressed in white shoes and red sequins. Somewhere a kid shouts "Peanuts!"

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The Daily Word in Earl Scruggs, Starbucks bugs and a billion stars

Trayvon Martin's parents say video of George Zimmerman the night of the shooting show Zimmerman wasn't seriously injured.

Congressman tries to wear a hoodie on the House floor, gets escorted out.

CEO's saw pay raises last year.

KOB busts Housing Authority director getting her nails done on Fridays while driving the agency's car. She got a raise, too.

Jerome Block Jr. is on probation and out of jail.

Starbucks uses crushed bugs in Strawberries and Creme Frappuccinos.

R.I.P banjo hero Earl Scruggs. Steve Martin wrote an article about him earlier this year.

Video of horses so weak they can't stand in Los Lunas auction house. Commenters say people bring them in that way because they can't take care of them.

If the Supreme Court throws out health reform, will Obama be re-elected?

A picture of a billion stars.

The pope and the Castros did not find common ground.

Downton Arby's.

V.19 No.42 | 10/21/2010
Courtesy of Active 2030 Club

Mina's Dish

Pony Up for a Good Cause

Equestrian Cup Wine & Food Tasting

Ladies and gents, it’s time for the 22nd annual Equestrian Cup Wine & Food Tasting. Hosted by Albuquerque’s Active 2030 Club and Wells Fargo bank, this gala event will benefit the Children’s Safe House (run by All Faiths Receiving Home) and other children’s charities. In keeping with the spirit of the national Active 2030 Club, the Albuquerque chapter is dedicated to community service, particularly to provide financial and in-kind assistance to kids. Jason Deshayes, four-year member and president of the Albuquerque club for the past two years, tells me that this event is the highlight of the club’s activities and that it engages a broad cross-section of Duke City businesses.

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Today's Events

Fierce Women Warriors Labor Day Party at Tractor Brewery Wells Park

Rick Overton is ready to bring out the Fierce Woman Warrior in you.

Comedy superstar Rick Overton headlines a Labor Day party in honor of the backbone of our communityworking men and women.

New Mexico Wine Festival at Loretto Park

Whiskey Business Karaoke! at Blackbird Buvette

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