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V.23 No.16 | 4/17/2014

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On the Periphery

David Sylvian solo career bio proves exhaustive

By August March
Wherein August March reviews dancing about architecture, specifically On the Periphery, a complex, scholarly biography of David Sylvian’s post-Japan solo career.

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The Daily Word in mudslides, derailments and Gwar.

A Washington mudslide has claimed at least eight fatalities.

An O’Hare Airport train derailment has injured at least 32 people.

Rest in peace, James Rebhorn.

Rest in peace, Oderus Urungus.

Japanese manhole covers are cool.

Do you want to build a snowman?

There was a police shooting in Los Lunas.

A man was rescued from Rio Grande quicksand.

Check out Albuquerque’s future buses.

Happy birthday, Harry Houdini.

news

The Daily Word in New Mexico land, a general's court-martial and ninjas

CNM's getting a Downtown location, y'all.

Albuquerque is getting a “Living Cities” grant, which will help with Downtown revitalization, low-income residents and community improvement.

President Obama's budget proposal could result in more access to New Mexico public lands.

Three more accusers have come forward against Rusty Glanton, a tumbling coach who was accused of “criminal sexual contact of a minor” in January.

The court-martial is underway for a US general accused of sexually assault.

A transgender woman was told by CrossFit that she couldn't compete in the women's strength competition. Now she's suing them.

Brig. Gen. Peggy C. Combs is the first woman to take command of Fort Knox. Not bad.

An abortion clinic in McAllen, Texas closed its doors yesterday due to new state restrictions. The law is expected to be “fully implemented” in September, which will leave only six clinics in the state of Texas.

Wait … there's actual employment for ninjas? With no experience required? Guess I'm moving to Japan.

news

The Daily Word in John Mellencamp, Wayne Bent, Obama and Guillermo del Toro.

John Cougar’s sons were sucking on chili dogs behind the Tastee Freez.

Now Japan has Pepsi flavored Cheetos to go with their dirty underwear vending machines.

Obama played cards during the Osama bin Laden raid. The intern kept losing, but wouldn’t take her bra off.

A shark ate a lady’s arm in Maui.

Death came calling for both troubled sitcom star Lisa Robin Kelly and Spain’s wealthiest woman, Rosalia Mera.

Area 51 exists.

Take a peek at Guillermo del Toro’s sketchbook.

Google yanked YouTube access from Microsoft’s Windows Phone app.

Shittens are now available.

Enjoy these pictures of animals wearing clothes.

Albuquerque programmer Sean McCracken wrote the first game for Google Glass. The game involves killing aliens.

Wayne Bent will remain in prison. The Alibi covered Bent’s case extensively.

Happy birthday, Robert Culp. I don’t believe I’ve mentioned I’m related to Robert Culp. Or perhaps I have!

Music

I’m Happy When it’s Sad

Study concludes sad music evokes positive emotions

A group of researchers from Tokyo University of the Arts and RIKEN Brain Science Institute have decided to tackle an interesting subject: Why do we love sad songs? It's a valid question, considering many sad songs have entered the top-40 and kept listeners on their toes while belting out minor chords over hopeless lyrics. Adele's “Someone Like You” is one example that comes to mind. These researchers not only wanted to discuss the various reasons why people listen to sad music but also to see if they could pinpoint certain characteristics within the music that pique certain emotions.

They had 44 volunteers listen to two pieces of sad music and one piece of happy music, and they basically came to the conclusion that sad music actually made people feel more positive about their own lives. They concluded that while the volunteers listened to these despairing, emotionally-driven opuses, they found “sad music to be more tragic, less romantic, and less blithe than they felt themselves while listening to it,” according to an article in Science Daily. So maybe we do listen to sad music to realize how good we have it?

This got me thinking about what sad songs I enjoy listening to, or better yet, got me thinking what my favorite sad song is. As a music journalist, that's a hard question to answer because I like different things at different times. But one sad song that did come to mind was Joanna Newsom's “Go Long,” from her 2010 album Have One On Me. It's one of those songs that if you see her play it live, it utterly kills you. I witnessed the most rough-looking dudes crying like babies when the song was over. I don't cry when I hear it, but I do really enjoy it. It's a beautiful number that dissects the “Bluebeard” story in its most poetic, morbid sense. But now I'm curious … what's a notable sad song for you?

V.22 No.13 | 3/28/2013
They’re like Pokémon. You’ve got to collect ‘em all.

Film Review

Like Someone in Love

Minimalist drama finds Iranian master Abbas Kiarostami peeping on Tokyo trio

By Devin D. O’Leary

When we first meet fresh-faced, girl-next-door type Akiko (actress Takanashi Rin, who played the “pink” team member in several “Power Rangers”-esque TV shows), she’s sitting in a Tokyo cafe arguing with someone on her cell phone. As mere observers, we aren’t privy to the other side of the conversation, but we eventually figure out that Akiko is verbally fencing with her overly jealous boyfriend. This one-sided, information-light style of storytelling is part-and-parcel to Like Someone in Love, the low-key new drama from award-winning Iranian auteur Abbas Kiarostami (Close-Up, Taste of Cherry, The Wind Will Carry Us, Certified Copy).

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The Daily Word in a female president, Japan gun laws, APS suspensions

South Korea elects first female president, conservative Park Geun-hye.

The sky (of The Pit) is falling!

Penn State scandal voted top sports story of the year (again).

APD officer arrested and accused of theft.

Tebow’s sad, sad story.

American pastor imprisoned in Iran while visiting family.

Rumors of school violence lead to 7 suspensions at Manzano High School.

Those darn foxes getting their heads stuck in everything.

A menagerie of adorable things that happened in 2012.

Viral videos.

How gun control works for Japan.

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The Daily Word in selling Twinkies, poop coffee and Grammy snubs

US job growth picked up in November.

Changes have been made to Bernalillo county animal law.

Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen welcome baby girl.

Who wants a a steaming hot cup of really expensive elephant poop coffee?

Man who lost $20,000 in drug money, asks police for excuse note to prevent the cartel from killing him.

In the spirit of Christmas, here are some tips to avoid giving a gift that will later be returned.

Grieving father writes 14-song tribute album for missing daughter.

High magnitude earthquake hits northeast Japan.

Following the demise of Hostess, Burque residents have started selling Twinkies on Craigslist.

The Biebs didn’t get a single Grammy nomination.

Nurse involved in Kate Middleton prank call found dead.

This years top most perfectly timed photos.

NEWS

The Daily Word in bubonic plague, human trafficking, deadly shootout, flesh-eating bacteria

What a terrible Monday

Couple from Santa Fe are writing a book about surviving the bubonic plague after a visit to New York. Apparently though, cases still pop up in New Mexico.

Heavy rains leave at least 28 dead on island in southern Japan.

Let the FBI know if you have any information that could help solve an armored van murder from 1994.

Albuquerque police arrest two people in human trafficking case.

Mom infected with flesh-eating bacteria seems to be on good road to recovery.

Violent police standoff in northern New Mexico leaves one man dead.

This Monday just keeps getting worse and worse: Gemini the two-faced kitten died.

Budget cuts in Oregon prison mean nearly 100 released inmates.

Everybody wants Jeremy Lin, but not everybody can afford him.

One does not simply cut off the power to Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen's microphones just as they are about to start a duet.

10 extremely absurd lawsuits.

Breaking Bad back for 5th (and final) season.

Rocking chair bed.

Food

Instant McDonalds in Japan (Just Add Water)

Japan, as a nation, is filled with people doing incredibly brilliant and incomprehensively weird things. There may be no clearer proof of that than this video in which someone goes through the unbelievably labor intensive process of creating Japan’s hottest new snack food: a powdered McDonalds Happy Meal. This thing is as fascinating as it is repulsive. I’m craving one right now.

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NEWS

The Daily Word: extreme Nuge; low tolerance of nude public art or abortion in AZ; bikini guitars and the Whole Foods effect

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A fight broke out at the last Sunland Park council meeting, postponing the process of finding a suitable mayor.

Some people won't let this sculpture in Tempe be.

The trial of former APD officer Levi Chavez is delayed for at least a year.

Ted Nugent takes more dying boys and girls on last fishing trips than anyone else.

Russians invented everything.

This bee's nectar is your tears.

Albuquerque Public Access Television meeting this Monday May seventh at City Hall.

The Whole Foods effect.

The New York Times was able to claim a staggering 73 percent increase in circulation since last March. Here's the why.

Here's a Gretsch guitar catalogue from 1961.

Arizona Governor signs bill that would cut off any funding to Planned Parenthood and other health providers who perform abortions.

One can't expect the Olympics in London to go on without a Falkland Islands flap.

Fifty hottest female inmates, the webpage.

“If an act is designed to arouse or the result is arousal, than it’s adult entertainment.”

Notman's World.

Japan took the last of its fifty nuclear reactors offline.

Suit yourself.

Connecticut passed a medical marijuana bill.

On this day in 1943 Michael Palin was born.

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The Daily Word in job drought, Kiwi tree-drinking, bin Laden’s memoirs

Japan to go nuclear energy free.

Better buckle up if you’re out cruising today.

Dog kills its Santa Fe owner.

April’s unemployment rate lowest in three years.

Pakistani suicide bomber kills at least 19.

Best closer of all-time may have just suffered a career-ending injury.

A game in which you drink in a tree until you get drunk and fall off the tree is apparently all the rage in New Zealand.

Obama’s attention-seeking college girlfriend dishes on their love life, and on the Prez’ literary smugness.

South African cat survives almost two hours in the washing machine.

Remeber that bear from last week that got shot with a tranquilizer and fell out of a tree? It’s dead.

Inside the mind of bin Laden.

Buy Neil Armstrong’s ’67 Corvette.

The alco-bra. ... Kids these days.

news

The Daily Word where you can get fired for wearing an orange shirt, worry about blood-cashews and enjoy some pig testicle tacos

Mitt Romney wins the Illinois Republican Primary while in turnout in Chicago was the lowest in city history.

Japan threatens to shoot down North Korean rocket if it gets too close.

"That's a big lava lamp, congratulations."

Pink slime to be removed from NM public school lunches by July.

Is it cruel and unusual to sentence a 14-year-old to life without the possibility of parole?

I've been to Tennessee and this anti-science Monkey Bill recently passed seems about right.

Religious exemptions for childhood vaccinations will doom us all.

Now you've got to worry about blood-cashews.

Nokia patents text-message tattoos.

Four guys walk into an Australian bar, order fancy drinks, then parachute off the roof without paying.

Blood Urine Man wins top prize at the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts competition.

In Florida, wearing an orange shirt is a fireable offense.

$200 for a cup of organic green tea grown in panda crap? I'll take two!

Pfizer's recipe for pig testicle tacos sounds positively delicious.

The women of "Mad Men" supercut.

How to tell if you're being monitored at work.

Photos from Frida Kahlo's private collection are on display.

Sigh, another reason to hate The Phantom Menace.

Happy Birthday James Coco!!!

Culture

Valentine’s Day is Different in Japan

It’s not all that surprising that Hello Kitty has teamed up for a Valentines’ Day promotion with the Hooters restaurant chain in Tokyo, because, you know ... Japan. But look at the thing Hooters Kitty is promoting! The “Volcano of Love” parfait is a two-foot Eiffel Tower of calories that will set you back $30. If you’re one of the first 1,000 couples to order it, though, you do get a free pin featuring Hello Kitty in a sexy Hooters T-shirt and hotpants. And we think “Toddlers & Tiaras” is inappropriate.

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The Daily Word in Gary Johnson, apes and Buddhist bartenders

Buffalo rampages through Edgewood, N.M.

Former Gov. Gary Johnson ditches the GOP and goes Libertarian in his quest to become president of these United States.

Should be a $4.2 million surplus in the state budget. Gov. Susana Martinez wants to spend it on college prep programs.

Barbie is a hoarder.

Best insta-celebs of the year.

The 10 most absurd quotes about women in 2011.

Apes to video chat on iPads.

Wendy's $16 foie gras burger.

At Vow's Bar in Tokyo patrons are served by real Buddhist monks.

The professional laugher.

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