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Monday, Oct 3: Miike Snow
The Daily Word in Kalamazoo shooting, Kesha and Apple
Kesha’s court battle with her producer has everyone riled up and it’s for a damn good reason.
My heart strings are about to be tugged right out of my chest because what can be sweeter than this?
FBI VS Apple. Who will win?
For 2 minutes and 40 seconds I forgot that this Game of Thrones and Donald Trump mashup actually has real footage of things Donald Trump has said.
Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool is the best of all time.
The Daily Word in Nazis, bears, more Nazis and Kanye West, oh my!
Kanye for president? Kanye's 2020 vision.
APS Superintendent resigns; will take settlement and salary through October.
Wanna grab lunch? Titanic's last lunch menu up for auction.
Hurricane Fred hits Africa's Cape Verde Islands, which have been hurricane-free since 1892.
First prayer, then medicine: India's new psychiatric clinic.
Yellowstone receives disappointing comment card about lack of bears.
Seeing double? The consequences of seeing your doppleganger face-to-face.
Poland police block access to the alleged Nazi “gold train.”
The Daily Word in Beck, brains, vaginas and soy sauce
Exculpating evidence suggests no criminal charges will be filed in the Bruce Jenner traffic fatality.
Kanye tried to interrupt Beck’s Grammy Award accpetance speech.
I am so tired of all the complaining.
What would you pay for Abe Lincolns hair?
Learn how to escape from a moving car.
When you microwave humans the brains are always cold in the middle.
Goodbye, Tent City.
A shoplifter was shot on Menaul.
Happy birthday, Brian Donlevy.
You're probably cleaning your vagina all wrong.
Your Samsung TV might be spying on you. No, seriously. It's listening.
It's a sad day for Chinese food and fast locomotives.
Blood type and brain function: something else to worry about.
Ozzy Osbourne's bat karma has caught up to him.
Darth Vader's toilet is free on Craigslist in Albuquerque.
Rooster Roundabout: This week’s music highlights
The Daily Word in robots, rats and rockstars.
Kanye West stopped his concert because a fan in a wheelchair wouldn’t stand up.
Country crooner Lynn Anderson was arrested after a drunken car smash.
Courtney Love rocks the guitar lamely.
A Samsung robot sentry shoots everyone, period.
Quadrupedal robots frolic gracefully to the tune of a new cheetah algorithm.
An Albuquerque pumpkin heist will likely scar toddlers’ psyches.
A virtual Boobie Squeezing Simulator makes girlfriends obsolete.
Scottish independence might be an actual thing.
A sleeping Brooklyn toddler survived a savage rat attack.
A gravedigger photographed himself with the exhumed remains of his long deceased nephew.
The Bernalilllo County Commission will take legal action against the Secretary of State to ensure key issues (including decriminalization of marijuana possession) will be on the ballot in this November’s election.
It’s State Fair time.
Jose Nino’s baby won’t go to sleep.
Let the shooting competition begin.
What’s happening in Albuquerque today?
Happy birthday, Tom Hardy.
Today’s Daily Word was made possible with generous link-cullling assistance from Constance Moss, Geoffrey Plant, Janet Miller, Lisa Barrow, Kyle Silfer and Susan Petersen. Thanks, you guys!
Rooster Roundabout: This week’s music highlights
'Member how I mentioned that Veruca Salt was getting back together? Well guitarists/vocalists Nina Gordon and Louise Post have had their first joint interview in … oh … 17 years? Yes, it's definitely worth reading. Head over to Stereogum to see what these women have been up to and what the future holds for one of the most welcomed reunions ever. Oh, and you can also hear their excellent new track, “The Museum of Broken Relationships,” below.
Nothing like a 40th anniversary to inspire new material. Rock band Blondie has decided to come out with a new double LP that will feature new songs as well as their greatest hits. The album, titled Blondie 4(0) Ever, will contain their 10th studio album (Ghosts of Download) as the first disc; the second portion will be a compilation of their most famous tracks. That hits stores on May 13, but in the meantime, you can head over to Billboard to read more.
Most people know of punk band Death from watching A Band Called Death (a documentary by Mark Christopher Covino and Jeff Howlett). While the band didn't see much mainstream success in their heyday (early to late '70s), they're now regarded as precursors to later punk sounds and revolutionary for being an all-black trio of brothers who created wild and uncompromising tunes. The group recently played on “Arsenio,” and you can view that performance below. Also, look out for III, a Drag City reissue of unreleased material, which is out now.
In case you haven't been keeping tabs on Pixies, they've released three EPs in the past year (EP-1, EP-2 and EP-3). And you'd think that with a steady stream of new material, they'd hop back in the studio to record what I would consider to be an appopriate full-length. But I guess laziness prevailed, as they've compiled all three releases into one album (titled Indie Cindy) that comes out on April 29. You don't need me (or want me) to comment on the recordings themselves; rather, you should provide your own educated analysis of the band's material post-Kim Deal's departure. Head over to The Guardian to give that a listen.
Music: the gift that keeps on giving. Jack White broke records this past Saturday by recording and distributing the “world's fastest released record.” And on top of that, he's also given fans another taste of his upcoming LP (after sharing “High Ball Stepper” a week or two ago) in the form of the album's title track. The record comes out on June 10, so keep your eyes and ears open for that. You can give “Lazaretto” a listen below and view some recaps of his record-breaking record making over at Pitchfork. Enjoy!
Austin City Limits is a festival always worth mentioning. Having gone three times, it's one of those experiences that can't be replicated. The only way to truly experience it is to go. And now the fest is two weekends instead of one (Oct. 3-5, 10-12), fancy that. Folks gracing the stage(s) include Beck, Lorde, Eminem, Outkast, Belle & Sebastian, St. Vincent, Juanes, Mac Demarco and many, many more. You can view the full lineup at the ACL website.
When I think of Courtney Love, the first thought that comes to mind is “bitch be crazy.” Granted, she's done little to prove otherwise, but feeding that particular beast has done well for her songwriting. Take her latest track “You Know My Name,” being released as a single with the tune “Wedding Day”; that's scheduled to hit stores on May 4. You can take a listen to the punk-inflected ditty below.
Ever so prolific, Neil Young surprised fans with a new album of covers (titled A Letter Home) via Jack White's Third Man Records. The LP contains covers of songs by Bob Dylan, Gordon Lightfoot, Willie Nelson, Bruce Springsteen and more. Rolling Stone reports that there was no official announcement, but you can order the album on Third Man's website. To add to that, the album is also getting the deluxe box set treatment, with the vinyl record, CD, singles, picture book, the works. So have at it!
Songwriter/composer and performer Owen Pallett first caught my attention when a friend sent me a recording of him covering Joanna Newsom's “Peach, Plum, Pear.” I liked his voice, but as far as delving into his sonic landscapes, there wasn't much in the way of follow-up. But I've heard several excited whispers about his upcoming LP In Conflict, which hits physical and online markets on May 27. And now Pallett has posted a video for his track “Song for Five & Six.” You can view that below.
When Lily Allen announced the title of her forthcoming record (Sheezus), many thought she was parodying Kanye West's last full-length effort Yeezus. However, Allen was quick to point out that it was an homage, rather than making fun of anyone. And now Allen has shared a video of the title track of said LP, wherein she compares herself to a fighter, while also name-checking various pop divas. You can hear the track below.
Damon Albarn, of Blur and Gorillaz fame, has announced that he's coming out with a solo LP, titled Everyday Robots. The album comes out on April 29, which is still a little down the road, so that gives you time to save some pennies. But Albarn has made the title track and video available, so you can check that out below.
Amnesty International is putting together a Human Rights Concert (well, putting it back on, so to speak), and they've gotten some good names to provide the tunes, like Flaming Lips, Lauryn Hill, Cold War Kids, etc. But most importantly, they're gonna have Pussy Riot at the festivities … or at least the two members who were formerly imprisoned, but released about a month ago. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina will make an appearance on Feb. 5 at the Bringing Human Rights Home concert at Brooklyn's Barclay's Center. So pack those bags and get to steppin'!
I've probably said this before, but I don't mind saying it again. I hate Kanye West. No. Hate is a strong word. I severely dislike Kanye West. Is the man talented? Yes. Does he need to shut his mouth if he's not spitting fierce rhymes over intricate beats? Yes. But he doesn't. That's the problem. Regardless, when Kanye isn't on a soap-box, he's actually an extremely talented individual. So I guess it's fitting that Interview Magazine paired him with innovative filmmaker Steve McQueen (Shame, 12 Years a Slave) for a print interview. You can read that here.
When you see a music project simply called Miserable, you have to take a listen. So it was a leap that I took when Stereogum highlighted a new track by Miserable, or Kristina Esfandiari (formerly of Whirr). Granted, I've never listened to her former band; this dark, brooding track immediately drew me in. The wall of sound existing within the short expanse of time it takes to get through it is immediately apparent, the thundering drums that quietly linger in the background before becoming a full force all their own. It's a nice treat. The track (titled “Bell Jar”) comes off her Halloween Dreams 7-inch, which hits the streets on Feb. 18. But you can hear the track below.
According to NME, in 1992 Columbia Records threw a special 30th anniversary concert for Bob Dylan at Madison Square Garden, which featured performances by numerous legends, from Johnny Cash to George Harrison, from Tracy Chapman to Lou Reed. And now that special concert is going to be released on CD and DVD on March 4. You can click here to get a full tracklisting of the CD and see a trailer for the DVD release.
I'm a huge Beck fan, just in case that's not already been made painfully obvious. Whether I'm listening to the gutter-soaked ramblings of a “loser” on Mellow Gold, or the electronic intonations of a veteran on The Information, the man just doesn't stop. And now Beck has released the audio of a track (“Blue Moon”) off his upcoming record Morning Phase. The album comes out on Feb. 25, which is right around the corner, so just bear with me while I try to contain my excitement. You can hear the track below.
Nicki Minaj and Drake have proven to be ubiquitous entities in the music-sphere. Good for them. It's a hard business, ain't it? So then it must be time to celebrate. I guess that's why their label is releasing Young Money: Rise of an Empire, which features tracks from Lil Wayne, the aforementioned Drake and Minaj, Birdman, Tyga and others. You can hear the Lil Wayne's track (“We Alright”) with Birdman and Euro, and read more about the compilation here.
Doesn't retiring from the music business mean not releasing any more albums? Or does it just mean releasing music but not making a public statement over it? In Tina Turner's case, it's the latter. The 74-year-old rock and soul icon has announced an album of love songs, titled Love Songs, to be released on Feb. 4. According to Billboard, the album will have some Turner classics like “What's Love Got to Do With It?” and “Private Dancer,” and some unreleased tracks. So get ready for that one.
I've only sporadically heard songs from Gary Clark Jr., but the amount of praise that's been thrown his way has been hefty. I remember reading a glowing story about the blues musician in Texas Monthly, and that made me curious about him. Of course, I forgot his name and never looked back. That won't happen twice. Now Gary Clark Jr. is coming out with Blak and Blu: The Mixtape, which features unreleased tracks and remixes featuring such names as Big K.R.I.T., Erykah Badu, Talib Kweli and more. You can hear the Big K.R.I.T. Remix of “Blak and Blu” over at Consequence of Sound. Apparently the mixtape doesn't have a release date yet. So keep your eyes and ears open.
Bet you never thought Patti Smith would cover a Rihanna track. Well, she did. A video recently surfaced of a concert performance from December that features Smith singing the somber ballad “Stay.” You can view that below.
Drag City, a record label hosting such contemporaries as Joanna Newsom (one of my all-time favorites), Bill Callahan and Ty Segall, has teamed up with Fred Armisen to release a series of 7” records of … wait for it … “Saturday Night Live” songs from Armisen's time on the show. You can head over to Stereogum to read more about that.
Uh-oh, someone's trying to bring the roof down in a big way. English electro duo Disclosure released their debut LP (Settle) last year. Now they've redone their track “F For You,” but they've added Mary J. Blige to the mix. This version of the bombastic club jam will definitely hit some turntables in the coming months (if it hasn't already). You can see the video for the track below.
The Daily Word in assisted suicide, an APD shooting settlement and Third Reich space aliens are running the United States
"Human Waste Disposal" APD cop Economidy cost the city about $300,000 by justifiably shooting a man three times in the back.
A New Mexico District Judge's decision paves the way for changes to the state's assisted suicide law.
Farmington has Blue Meth. It's real, but of low quality apparently.
An Iranian news agency is reporting that a new Snowden leak proves that since 1945 the US has been run by the same space aliens that comprised the Third Reich.
Here are some laughably misogynistic ads of yore.
Meet the "Swiss Cheese Pervert."
There was an argument over texting in a theater that ended in a fatal shooting.
Ford is going to start making aluminum trucks.
-Look! A woolly pig.
Another Juggalo lawsuit against the FBI. And DOJ.
It appears that the DEA has been backhandedly assisting the importation of muchas drogas into the US.
Kanye West punched a guy in Kim Kardashian's chiropractor's office.
The Daily Word in the KKK, French bakers angry at Kanye West, and good news about Ariel Castro
Creepy, evil kidnapper Ariel Castro hanged himself in his cell last night. I don't have anything to add other than "Good."
The Los Alamos County Clerk has decided not to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. Mainly because she has the wrong forms.
Speaking of gay marriage, listen to how the extremely eloquent Australian Prime Minister explains his "flip-flop" on the issue.
UNM is introducing a new "Sexual Assault Response Team" this semester.
French bakers are upset with Kanye West's unfair demands re: croissants.
And, in news from Bizarro Earth, the Imperial Wizard of the Wyoming KKK met with, and joined, the NAACP last Saturday.
Yeezus comin’ on June 18
Kanye West’s newest LP confirmed
Think what you will about Kanye West. Personally, I’ve always appreciated his music, but his personality always got in the way of me finding him likable. So, I just tend not to focus on him outside of his righteous rhymes. Sure, the rapper has garnered himself some controversy. (Remember that whole Taylor Swift speech interruption? Way to steal a young girl’s spotlight, K-Dubs). But music blogs are going nuts today over the announcement that West’s upcoming record, titled Yeezus, is dropping on June 18 and is already available to preorder on iTunes.
West performed two new tracks from his forthcoming LP on “Saturday Night Live” this past weekend, giving fans a taste of what’s to come. And Kim Kardashian posted a photo on Instragram, which has already been confirmed to be the cover art for the album. You know ... because they gotta keep it in the family (but only if it’s in front of the entire world). So, be on the lookout for what will no doubt be another interesting and thought-provoking record from one of hip-hop’s most notable figures.
The Daily Word in Obama cyberattacks, Zombie Apocalypse, Kanye tweets
UN Rights Council looking into mass killings in Syria which many believe to be the work of Syrian government.
Obama’s role in cyberattacks on Iran.
Motorcyclist killed in hit-and-run on I-25.
Saturday is Free Fishing Day—no licenses or stamps required.
Looks like John Edwards will walk free.
Details on the Seattle man who killed five in a cafe on Wednesday and then offed himself.
Relatives of the homeless (and now faceless) man who was attacked in Miami didn't know he was still alive. In related news, a Baltimore student snacks on a man’s brain and heart. Meanwhile, CDC denies Zombie Apocalypse.
Bieber has a thing for walking into plate-glass.
Where to go for free doughnuts on National Doughnut Day.
If you've ever been pissed that your custom-ordered Persian rugs didn't come with the proper cherub imagery, maybe you'll sympathize with these embroidered Kanye tweets.
Invention of the year— spray-bottle Sriracha. Somebody get a patent, stat!
Speaking of inventions, MIT students turn bananas, cat tongues and stairs into computer keys.
This guy should teach New Mexicans to parallel park. Just sayin’.
The Daily Word in danger on Lead, Kanye West inspiration and scotch in a can
APD shoots and kills suspected burglar at St. Pius High.
Casey Anthony releases first installment of her video diary.
5-year-old boy falls into open manhole in the Lead construction zone, family says, and swallows sewage.
The final tally of U.S. casualties in the Iraq War: 4,486.
Mom wraps up real-live sergeant as Christmas present.
Songs Michele Bachmann should have resigned to.
iPhone app will pay you to work out.
Robert Frank chosen to be UNM’s president.
Inspirational Tweets from Kanye West.
Best sub-headline of the year thus far: At the Iowa caucuses, the corpse of the Republican Party was wandering around Des Moines, hungry for brains.
Drunk woman rubs her butt on a $30 million abstract painting.
Facebook makes in-person conversations redundant.
Scientists distort light for the Pentagon to create time holes.
“Code Red Velvet,” a song about the cupcake that threatened national security.
Romney wants Big Bird to run on advertisements.
Satellite discovers a buried city in Egypt.
Waxing philosophic on Frederico Vigil’s new fresco, Kanye West and impermanence
It’s odd that we invest in stuff. Every thing we buy gets frozen in its moment, in our past, and achieves obsolescence as fast as it takes to get to the next version. Art does the same thing. And maybe that’s why we’ve become so comfortable with conceptual art, because it can feel timeless.
The Daily Word 01.12.11: Blood Libel, Insane Clown Posse, Simpsons Porno
Sarah Palin is accusing the media of blood libel.
Arizona says only more guns can stop gun violence.
The perfect drug mule was caught in Philadelphia.
You will not be able to unsee this trailer for the Simpsons porno parody.
Professor arrested for having a suspicious bagel on a plane.
Get your facepaint! Insane Clown Posse has officially confirmed the Gathering of the Juggalos 2011.
Fermilab's particle accelerator is shutting down, leaving the search for the Higgs boson up to the Large Hadron Collider.
Soon we'll be eating bugs for dinner.
The Roll Your Own iPhone app attracts 25,000 downloads its first day available.
Watch as flash floods in Australia clear an entire parking lot of cars.
How does compound interest work if you're immortal?
Local hoarder's home to be cleaned by neighbors, and again in six months.
New metallic glass is stronger than steel. Just like that Star Trek movie!
Woman arrested for allegedly shooting her husband's penis off.
Turns out Kanye West's banned album cover publicity stunt really was a publicity stunt.
The best streaking video I've ever seen!
The film industry is not happy about Gov. Martinez's plan to raise their taxes.
Just try to bring a killer chocolate egg into the country. Just try.
If I wasn't so damn hungry, I'd probably think Burger King's new Jalapeño & Cheddar Stuffed Steakhouse burger was pretty gross.
Happy birthday Rob Zombie!