The Daily Word in sexy baby names, tomato violence, and fine dining for second graders
A punk band made up of musicians with learning disabilities will represent Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest.
According to a recent survey, these are the sexiest baby names.
Lady Gaga had more than a nip slip on a recent movie shoot.
Dictator Kim Jong Un is ever more pissed at the U.S., and has told his army to prepare for war.
Here’s a list of the most offensive foods to eat at your work desk.
The Daily Word in the might of Putin, self-decapitation and what the future holds for the ABQ Isotopes
A 650 year old tree named Yoda died in El Malpais.
Next season the Isotopes may no longer be the LA Dodger's farm team.
Some folks think skateboarders are going too fast through one ABQ neighborhood.
Vladimir Putin is shooting his mouth off about the might of Russian armed forces.
Some letters between RFK and JFK are up for auction.
Justin Bieber was arrested following an ATV collision.
Negativland is releasing a new album of biblical proportions.
Rooster Roundabout: This week’s music highlights
Now that TLC has a biopic coming out, starring Lil Mama (of “Lip Gloss” fame), they've also decided to come out with a greatest hits LP, which drops on Oct. 15. You can head over to Pitchfork for the tracklist, which includes “Waterfalls,” “Red Light Special” and “Creep.”
Your stamp collection just got a little cooler.
The dream of the '90s seems to be alive and kickin' as Veruca Salt have announced via Twitter that they're reuniting and recording with Brad Wood, who they worked with on their first record, American Thighs. Who knows what could become of this, but this is the most exciting news I've heard all week.
Just in case you were wondering what M.I.A.'s upcoming album, Matangi, looks like. You can view the tracklist and see the cover art over at Pitchfork. The album hits shelves on Nov. 5.
If you haven't listened to Mudhoney, you should definitely entertain the notion of listening to Mudhoney. They've been steadily releasing material in their 20+ years as a band, and their newest record, Vanishing Point, is currently available in stores or via online markets. They've just released a video of the track “The Only Son Of The Widow From Nain,” which you can check out now. Probably NSFW.
Dr. Dog's newest album, B-Room, comes out next week, but thanks to the folks over at Rolling Stone, you can stream the whole thing. Oh, and you can read about the band's efforts in making the album.
Jennifer Hudson's voice mixed with Pharrell's production and a cameo by T.I.? Yes, please!
What is it with the Coen brothers and churning out movies that provide killer soundtracks? O Brother, Where Art Thou?, anyone? Their upcoming flick, Inside Llewyn Davis is another Coen film that is getting the star-powered soundtrack treatment, and you can hear Marcus Mumford and Oscar Isaac singing “Fare Thee Well (Dink's Song)” from the film via Billboard.
Ever the chameleon, Madonna channels inspiration from the world around her. But then again, doesn't every other artist? Now, she's channeling inspiration in the fight for freedom of expression, and her latest mode of exacting said message is by covering Elliott Smith's “Between the Bars.” You can see the performance below and check out her Art for Freedom short film here.
Don't act like you're not excited that the tracklist for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has been released. I'm actually surprised at some of the big and interesting names they were able to get for it, but then again, it's got Jennifer Lawrence, so... Some people on this venture include Christina Aguilera (have you heard this woman sing?), Sia, Antony & The Johnsons, Patti Smith and much more.
A couple weeks back, it was announced that Albert Hammond Jr. (most notable from his work with The Strokes) was going to release a solo EP, titled AHJ, on Oct. 8. Well now Mr. Hammond (Jr.) has shared the first single from said release. It's sort of like old-school Strokes with a more crisp, poppy tone to it. Appoved.
Savages, my latest obsession, have shared a video for the track “Husbands,” off their fantastic debut LP Silence Yourself. The black-and-white vid has footage of the band playing interspersed with footage of cells, maggots, rising smoke and white triangles. Sounds about right.
Just in case you wanted to see Justin Bieber getting spanked by Zach Galifianakis.
Peter Gabriel released an album of covers, titled Scratch My Back, in 2010. Now Gabriel has flipped the switch by having artists take a whack at his songs on a second album of covers, titled And I'll Scratch Yours. The album features the likes of St. Vincent, Bon Iver, Lou Reed, Regina Spektor and more. The album is available this week, but you can hear Feist's cover of Gabriel's “Don't Give Up,” featuring Timber Timbre.
The Daily Word in Mobile explosions, Justin Bieber's alleged pot bust and Santa Fe's Gay Marriage Resolution
Missing Brown student's body has been found.
Two fuel barges light up the Mobile River in Alabama.
So, TMZ apparently got the first wind on Justin Bieber's alleged pot bust, but this is still a developing story, people.
Grants High School students aim to get teacher to resign after they say he ignored a student who suffered a miscarriage in the hallway.
Gay marriage resolution passed!
Apparently Steve Kush did not know people could read his Twitter and Facebook comments.
Impostor Seattle nurse stole meds from patients' IVs. ... What is the world coming to?
The Daily Word in Tax Day, La Santa Muerte and Disneyland Tokyo’s birthday
Abortion Doctor’s murder trial becomes a political firestorm.
Happy Tax Day! Here are some tips to help you meet the midnight deadline.
A Missouri school gets parent approval as teachers receive training to carry concealed firearms.
La Santa Muerte becomes the new face of drug dens throughout New Mexico.
Congrats Adam Scott! You won The Masters!
Justin Bieber hopes that Anne Frank would have been a belieber.
6-year-old killed in car accident on I-40.
The Daily Word in water wars, Elmo's further transgressions and Justin Bieber's monkey
The next battle in the New Mexico water wars has begun: Carlsbad issues a "priority call" to stop Roswell and Artesia from pumping groundwater.
Round about we go, arguing about a roundabout. Perhaps some circular logic is in order?
The AP style book agrees: People aren't illegal.
The ACLU wants to make sure the Albuquerque Police Oversight Commission actually listens to its constituents.
The mean old Germans took Justin Bieber's monkey away!
C'mon guys, we ran out of "tickle-me-Elmo" jokes months ago. This stuff is just depressing now.
Now, let Yogi Okie Dokie entertain and unsettle you.
The Daily Word in foothills fire, squid bomb and Jay Leno
An Amber Alert was issued after a car, with an 11 month old inside, was stolen
Investigation of the fire in the foothills continues.
The man who plotted to kill Justin Bieber is now behind bars.
Punxsutawney Phil predicted and early spring. Now he is being charged with fraud.
Due to overcrowding issues, Albuquerque’s Animal Humane has taken in 46 dogs and puppies from the shelter in Roswell.
It could be fun to bring back these obsolete words.
Is Jay Leno getting the boot?
The Daily Word in Sandy aid bill, anteater legs and Rex Ryan
Malala Yousafz, the 15 year old who was shot in the head by a Taliban assassin, has been discharged after 3 months in a British hospital.
School bridge program boosts a New Mexico county’s graduation rate.
Rex Ryan may think a little too highly of Mark Sanchez … and Tim Tebow?
The House passes a $9.7 billion Sandy aid bill.
Selena and the Biebs broke up again.
Bill Richardson is taking a potentially risky trip to North Korea.
Naomi Campbell was apparently mugged last month in Paris, but no official report was filed.
Los Lunas police are willing to pay in order to retrieve the stolen Wal-Mart guns.
Patrick Dempsy is now the proud owner of a coffee shop.
Young Christopher Walken looks freakishly like Scarlett Johansson
Ever seen an anteater with panda bear legs?
The Daily Word in fiscal cliff deal, The Great Gatsby and champagne
Controversial fiscal cliff deal sends stocks up internationally.
Accused Aurora, Co. shooter James Holmes is in court today.
20 year old Marco Bequett found dead in Rio Arriba county.
A new iPhone already?
Paparazzo died trying to get a photo of Justin Bieber and his Ferrari.
Looking for a place in the Albuquerque/Rio Rancho area to recycle your Christmas tree?
Jay-Z and The Bullitts are co-writing the score for The Great Gatsby.
Most of New Mexico’s senators were all for the fiscal cliff deal.
Remember to be very careful when opening a bottle of champagne.
Sonic macro and micro news in 2012
In addition to being a vital aspect of entertainment, music and the news surrounding it often serve as a lens for considering important cultural phenomena. Rather than providing the overdone top ten album list, like I did last year, I focused on overarching themes in national, international and hyper-local music news in Macro and Micro Music Review. Since I neglected to mention Of God and Science in my local band R.I.P. list, check out their music video for “Turbulence” below.
Macro and Micro Music Review
Sonic news in 2012
The Daily Word in weather delays, The Hobbit and Vodka for Elephants
Shooting reported at elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.
Lindsay Lohan’s storage locker could be auctioned off. Cue the Storage Wars jokes!
Some New Mexico schools delayed due to winter storm.
Is The Hobbit not living up to its hype?
Two New Mexico men alledgedly hired to kill Justin Bieber.
Prefer online shopping to braving the holiday crowds? Here are some tips for safer online shopping.
Memorable weather photos of 2012.
Apparently Vodka kept these elephants alive.
A corgi sleigh that is just too cute.
Stabbing victim found at sobriety checkpoint.
Chunky bracelets aren’t just for wearing anymore.
If you got your loved one a cat for Christmas.
The Daily Word in Cat Power, Bieber fever and love letters
Kids with Cat Power.
Police say guys from N.M. were planning to kill Justin Bieber.
Have you seen this man?
Dispatches from the Congo, where rebel fighters are terrorizing civilians.
"While Euphorbia pulcherrima is not something you want to be munching on, it’s certainly not a killer."
Mick Jagger's pricey love letters.
The Pope tweets.
“Sometimes I still can’t believe myself it could happen in America.”
Analog photo manipulation.
Shel Silverstein reads The [animated] Giving Tree.
RIP, Ravi Shankar.
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.
The Daily Word in Israel, miracle Lobos, Nativity spats
Israel is prepared to send troops into Gaza, but would still prefer a diplomatic solution.
Fight over Nativity displays in California heading to court.
Some animals were in fact harmed in the making of The Hobbit.
Two APD officers under investigation for sexual misconduct.
Curiosity rover suggests that astronauts might be able to survive on Mars.
Bill Nye and Shia LeBeouf: A glorious combination.
Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez appear to be back together.
Nob Hill business owners will meet tonight to duke it out over food trucks.
Apparently the KC Chiefs killed a guy.
Gas prices drop in New Mexico, AAA shows state at below the national average (finally something we WANT to be below average!).
Hubble may have photographed its farthest galaxy yet.
If you are going to counterfeit bills, at least use the right president.
Ah, action figures.