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The Daily Word in Environmental Disasters, the Patriarchy and Big Brother
Two main oil pipelines in Peru have leaked over 3,000 barrels of crude oil in two rivers in the Amazon Rainforest.
There’re laws about police body cams?
Wanna boycott the Oscars? Here’s some ideas.
Listen to M. Ward’s newest album (for free and legally!).
Gaga supporting Kesha gives me hope.
Let’s talk about why women are killed every day.
Faceplace is tracking your emotions now.
How male pop stars are changing the game of ~attraction~
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.
Rooster Roundabout: This week’s music highlights
Last week, we said goodbye to the last surviving founding member of The Ramones: drummer Tommy Ramone. He was 65 and had been battling cancer. If you know anything about The Ramones, there really is nothing left to say, other than we'll always have the music. RIP Tommy and a safe journey to the worlds beyond. EDITOR'S NOTE: As of press time, it was also announced that legendary blues guitarist Johnny Winter passed away at the age of 70. We bid you a kind farewell, sir. Rest in peace.
It's finally here, y'all. Well, not here exactly, but you can now stream La Roux' new record Trouble in Paradise. Though the record doesn't come out till next week, this'll at least give you an opportunity to decide whether you wanna drop some coin for it. Happy listening! And since we're on the topic of album streamage, why not check out White Fence's The Recently Found Innocent over at NPR. Assuming you can't wait for it to drop on the 22nd.
If there's a fun video out there right now, Jenny Lewis' visual for “Just One of the Guys” takes the cake. The single comes off her latest solo record (The Voyager), which hits stores on July 29. What makes the video so good are probably the dude-bro performances by such notable actresses as Kristen Stewart (Panic Room), Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables) and Brie Larson (Short Term 12 (!)). Donning men's tracksuits and mustaches, it's pretty laughable and great. Have a looksie below.
Stuart Murdoch's long-in-the-works film (God Help the Girl) is finally getting its release date. Oh, and the official motion picture soundtrack too. The film hits movie theaters in the US on Sept. 5, and the soundtrack will be available in stores on Sept. 2, which isn't too far off. The Belle and Sebastian singer-songwriter wrote and directed the movie after some hefty crowd-funding and whatnot. Most of us already know that he's a great musician, but what of his prowess as a filmmaker? We'll soon find out. You can listen to a cut from the soundtrack below. PS: The film also stars Emily Browning (of Sucker Punch and Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events), who sings the aforementioned track.
What is a world without “Weird Al” Yankovic parodying the obsessions of his modern compatriots. If it wasn't Nirvana, it was Lady Gaga; nothing really seems to be off limits for Mr. Al. Now he's decided to take on Robin Thicke's “Blurred Lines” with a song called “Word Crimes,” which aims to teach people how to use proper grammar. The song comes off his latest record (Mandatory Fun), which is out now. But have a listen of the track below. You can also head here to see his parody of Pharrell's “Happy” or here to see his parody of Lorde's “Royals.”
Since you can't really find music shows on MTV anymore (unless you have weird cable channels that give you MTV 2, 3, 4, 5 …), there's little in the way of seeing interactions between various musicians on cable television. To remedy that, VH1 has come out with a new series (“SoundClash”) that puts various artists on stage together to give it more of a music festival feel. The first episode airs on July 23 and has performances from Fall Out Boy, T.I. and London Grammar. You can head to Stereogum to view those performances now. How's that for a special preview?
I first heard of Vashti Bunyan from interviews with Devendra Banhart, in which he listed her as a major influence. That was during my “freak folk” phase. Singer-songwriter Bunyan released her first album in 1970 and waited 35 years to come out with her second offering. And now, the third album approaches. Titled Heartleap, that will see the light of day in October, but you can take a listen to the record's opening track (“Across the Water”) below. Enjoy!
Talk about coming together: Over 700 independent record labels have gathered to form the “Fair Digital Deals Declaration,” which seeks to make a more cohesive and transparent policy in regards to how they deal with their artists. There are five stipulations, one of which is to support artists who oppose unauthorized uses of their music. Another stipulation is to clearly explain downloading and streaming revenues to musicians. Some labels who are taking part are Domino, Drag City, Sub-Pop, Epitaph and Saddle Creek. Head over to Billboard to read more about that.
'Member how I told yous guys that Jordan Knight (of New Kids on the Block) and Nick Carter (of Backstreet Boys) were becoming a dynamic duo (Nick & Knight)? That's still true. In fact, they've put out their debut single “One More Time.” Their self-titled album doesn't hit stores until Sept. 2, but I'm sure they wanted their single to gain traction, what with it being somewhat of a summer jam and all. Listen to the ditty below.
Attention: The first official Beatle's film in 44 years is about to commence! Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard (you know ... from “Happy Days”) is gonna direct a documentary about the band's touring years from 1960 to 1966. The surviving members and spouses of the late members have all signed off on it, so you know it's going to be fairly legit. The filmmakers are also looking for live footage of The Beatles, so who knows? Your footage could make it into the film. Head to Consequence of Sound to read more 'bout it.
Since last week's Rooster Roundabout, we lost one of rock 'n' roll's truest gods … Mr. Lou Reed. I can't speak for others, but he had a profound effect on how I listen to music, and he showed the immense beauty that exists when poetry and rock meld together seamlessly. It's a practice few can master. And no one did it like Reed. You can read the obituary his wife, Laurie Anderson, wrote here. This one's for you, Lou.
According to the folks over at Pitchfork, Beck has signed with Capitol Records and will be releasing a new album (Morning Phase) in February 2014. This has been sort of a long time coming, as his last full-length release was back in 2008, and it wasn't one of his best. They also stated that a good amount of personnel on this new record worked with Beck on 2002's Sea Change, so this should be interesting.
Okay, I'm obviously playing favorites at this point, but I can't help it. Savages is still very much on my radar with their stellar release Silence Yourself. And now they've come out with a new video for album closer “Marshal Dear,” one of the best tracks on the album. Then again, all of the tracks on the album are fantastic. Okay, okay … I'll stop gushing. Just watch the animated, conceptually war-torn video.
Oh those relentless psych-garage rockers! First Ty Segall and now Thee Oh Sees. The latter band is coming out with a third Singles Collection that's scheduled to drop on Nov. 26. They've also made the track “What You Need” available, so get those boomboxes (assuming you still got one) prepared for this probably-pretty-good compilation.
James Blake has one of those magnetic voices that just needs to be heard. It operates on a wavelength that mixes beautiful tones with a soulful prowess rarely seen in male vocalists. Maybe that's why Blake won the 2013 Barclaycard Mercury Prize for his album Overgrown. For those who don't know, the Mercury Prize is given once a year for the best British or Irish album. Past winners include Primal Scream, PJ Harvey and Antony & The Johnsons.
Dancing at numerous parties in Austin, Texas, it was natural to stumble upon Calle 13, a Puerto Rican outfit who've been steadily releasing albums for years to much acclaim. They've also garnered 19 Latin Grammies. Not bad, eh. Now the group has announced a new single that'll hit the streets on Nov. 13, and a new album that will come out in March, though they've stated that they plan on releasing it independently. So we'll see how that goes. You can hear their awesome track “Atrevete te te” below.
Lady Gaga has unleashed another derivative disco pop-infused club track, titled “Venus,” to the masses. Can we not have a little time to digest the last one, Gaga? Sheesh. Either way … the track is now available for listening via the world wide web. Gaga's ARTPOP is slated for a Nov. 11 release, so keep that pocket change jingling.
Devendra Banhart came out with a substantial release this past year (Mala). It was a release that showed him recycling his worldly sentiments and regurgitating them in a sonically forward-moving motion. Now Banhart has released a music video for the track “Für Hildegard Von Bingen.” You can view that below.
A week ahead of the release of The Marshall Mathers LP2, Eminem has shared his collaborative track with Rihanna, titled “The Monster.” If the song isn't a groundbreaking attempt to boast marketable partnerships, it's at least an okay iteration of Eminem's prowess as a rapper. And at this point, can we hope for anything more? [Editors Note: By the time this was scheduled to go up, Eminem also made his collaboration with Kendrick Lamar available, so you can hear that as well.]
Now that Lauryn Hill is a free woman (after having spent a little under three months in prison for tax evasion), she can get back to work! And Hill has wasted no time: She just released a new track, titled “Consumerism.” Her fast rhyming moves over a scattered beat … and a lot of ism's get thrown around, but hey, it's Lauryn Hill, man. Also, the track is said to be the first part of a collection titled Letters From Exile. Judging from this, I'm sure the second part will be interesting.
David Byrne (of Talking Heads fame) has written an editorial piece in which he asserts that economic inequality in New York has stunted creative culture.
Fiona Apple played a new song at a show in Portland, Ore., right before she asked a heckler to leave for allegedly telling her to “get healthy.” The sound quality isn't great considering it was recorded from a live show, but it's good to hear something new from what I consider one of our generation's most elusive and genius minds. You can also hear her duet with Blake Mills, titled “Tipple,” over at Consequence of Sound.
Don't you just love it when music awards season hits? Or at least a portion of it. For interested parties, the nominees for the 2013 American Music Awards have been announced. And the musical line-up for the 2013 Soul Train Awards has also been made public by the folks over at Billboard.
It seems that David Byrne isn't the only one who wanted to write about his artistic pursuits this past week. Madonna wrote an essay for Harper's Bazaar about her early work and her so-called “daring.” In the essay she talks about her expectations vs. the reality of moving to New York, being raped at knifepoint, her marriages and more.
I pretty much stopped paying attention to Interpol after Turn On The Bright Lights, and after hearing that Paul Banks had attempted a rap album earlier this year (Everybody on My Dick Like They Supposed To Be), that further cemented my disinterest. But now, Banks is collaborating with RZA (of Wu-Tang Clan) on a record, which they've been recording for the past six months. This should be interesting.
I'm sure them little monsters are jumping for joy this week. Lady Gaga revealed not only the cover art for her new album, ARTPOP, but she also shared the tracklist and a new track, “Aura.” She released the track as a lyric video, which also contains clips and pieces of the Robert Rodriguez flick Machete Kills. You can see that below.
A lot of people know Questlove from his work with The Roots. A lot of people see him every night on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” A lot of people may not know who Questlove is, and for those who don't, there's always time. But now Questlove has written a book, titled Soul Train: The Music, Dance, and Style of a Generation, which hits shelves on Oct. 22. Thanks for the astute warning, man.
I first encountered Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings while wandering Austin City Limits in search of water or whiskey or my friends who had wandered away. They were playing lively funk, and Jones' voice was magnetic. Now Jones and company have shared a new video for their track “Retreat!” from their forthcoming album Give The People What They Want. The album doesn't come out 'til January, but you can listen to this snazzy track until that fateful day arrives.
I mentioned a few weeks back that Pixies had come out with a new release (EP-1). They've been slowly making the rounds on network television appearances, and now they've shared a video for their track “Andro Queen.” The video is directed by Ondi Timoner (Dig).
Rooster Roundabout: This week’s music highlights
For those of you who are wondering whether ‘N SYNC will reunite at the VMAs this weekend ... here’s what Joey Fatone has to say about it.
In case you're still keeping tabs on Nine Inch Nails (I stopped around The Downward Spiral), Trent Reznor shared a couple new songs from Hesitation Marks (out Sept. 3). One song is titled “Everything,” which is streaming at NPR. Newer track, “Find My Way,” you can hear below via Zane Lowe’s BBC radio show:
Jack White, Marcus Mumford, Joan Baez and The Avett Brothers are just some of the acts scheduled to perform at the benefit show on Sept. 29 for the Coen brothers' upcoming film, Inside Llewyn Davis.
Remember John Frusciante? The guitarist who left Red Hot Chili Peppers and disappeared to the nether-sphere? Well, he's back. And instead of returning to rock n' roll, he's back with some “Progressive Synth Pop.”
Lady Gaga shared the music video for the track, “Applause,” the first single from her upcoming album, ARTPOP, thus confirming that if you put a woman in skimpy outfits with dramatic lighting, she'll believe she's an artist. Where's the challenge? Oh, and the album hits stores on Nov. 11.
Let me just say that I never really got Grimes. I guess her brand of electro-pop just went over my head. But people seem to like her. So much so that it's been confirmed she'll be cohost MTV Style's Red Carpet Report, along with designer Rachel Antonoff.
Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond, Jr. is coming out with a solo EP, titled AHJ, via Julian Casablancas' Cult Records. The EP is set to hit stores on Oct. 8.
Former Burqueño Willis Earl Beal, whose new record, Nobody knows., comes out on Sept. 10, can also add actor to his résumé. Beal is set to star in a film titled Memphis, which was written and directed by Tim Sutton.
So Dan, was it really hard to give up Bob Dylan's hair?
I came across this nice little write-up by Sam Hockley-Smith for Stereogum, wherein he sentimentalizes Modest Mouse's The Lonesome Crowded West. It's an oldie but goodie.
Just in case you wanted to see Nirvana's original record contract with Sub-Pop.
M.I.A. released a new track, titled “Unbreak My Mixtape.” Not quite sure if this song is from her upcoming album, Matangi, which her label states is scheduled for a Nov. 5 release. The song samples Blur's “Tender” and Karen Dalton's “I Love You More Than Words Can Say.”
The Daily Word in zombie alert, injured Gaga, V-day ads
Cibola High School student arrested after officials said she brought a knife to school.
A New Mexico TV station sent out an official emergency alert yesterday for a zombie attack.
Could minimum wage go up to $9?
Pope Benedict XVI holds his last mass.
Lady Gaga postpones tour due to a serious injury that has left her unable to walk.
How’s that disposable penis treatin’ you there, sea slug?
Police in Florida said they arrested a man accused of stealing wallets from women's purses after he left his own wallet and ID behind at the scene.
The Daily Word in wedding fights, puking celebrities, rescued ducks
Romney and Obama are all tied up.
SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft launched successfully yesterday towards the ISS.
Lobo football caught another win over the weekend.
One dead and three arrested after a massive brawl between two wedding parties in Philly.
Felix Baumgartner’s supersonic free fall will go down tomorrow over Roswell, pending weather conditions.
Group of grown-up rescue ducks experience a pond for the first time, adorableness ensues.
Three teens who broke out of a juvenile corrections facility in Sandoval County are now back in custody.
Two pre-teen girls arrested after sneaking back into a school and spending the night there running through the halls, eating snacks, making prank phone calls and hacking into computers.
High School students in Illinois suspended for eating mints at school.
British teen has to have a large part of her stomach removed after indulging in a nitrogen-infused cocktail.
Mitt Romney does have fabulous hair.
The Daily Word in a name change for Al Qaeda, government shutdown and no more bookstores
Another government shutdown is looming. (How many times have I written that headline this year?)
Al Qaeda needs a better PR firm.
Ex-Richardson officials appear before grand jury.
Time's person of the year is … sigh.
Government to stop minting $1 coins.
The fifty funniest tweets of 2011.
"If you could rape someone, who would it be?" Asking for a friend.
Listen to Terry Gross make Louis CK cry.
Women should excel from the bedroom to the boardroom, right?
Lady Gaga posed nude for Tony Bennett.
Birthers fly message about Obama's birth certificate over closed dome of football stadium.
Robert Downey Jr. acting venn diagram.
The trailer for Sahsa Baron Cohen's new movie The Dictator is here.
Don't forget the world is supposed to end next month.
Wonder Woman gives herself a breast exam.
John Updike's boyhood home is for sale.
Facebook launches a suicide prevention tool this week.
Longest article I've ever read about pubic hair.
The Daily Word: Brown haze, war on drugs, gluten free
The haze in the sky is smoke from wildfires.
Chief justice of the state Supreme Court says he did not buy his job.
Driver facing vehicular homicide charge after cyclist’s death last month.
Arizona sues the feds over medical marijuana.
Unemployment fell in New Mexico.
Google says hackers in China got into hundreds of Gmail accounts. Chinese government says that’s baloney.
Lady Gaga killed the notion of “the album.”
Two senators warn that the government is using the Patriot Act in alarming ways. But they say they can’t talk about it because it’s classified.
The war on drugs hasn’t worked, say politicians around the world. The United States and Mexico disagree.
T-Pain renounces auto-tune.
Europe’s mutant E.coli killed almost 20 people so far.
Nudism is on the decline.
Demand goes up for gluten-free, vegan baked goods, which means they’re becomming more delicious.
You can’t scrub yourself off the Internet.
Daily Word 5.15.11: death of the arcade; Eurotras... er vision; Tim Horton expansion
Dolores Fuller, once Ed Wood's wife, died.
British woman beheaded in supermarket.
Eurovision contest winner AND links to all the other countries' performances. Woah, what's that smell?
George W.Bush was eating souffle when he got the call about Bin Laden's death.
Lady Gaga's penis shoes.
Penis-related Cannes update.
Switzerland seeks to stopper suicide tourism.
Bin Laden compound porn stash.
Army Corps of Engineers opened a spillway to ease swollen Mississippi river.
Review of awesomely bad film "Priest," with trailer.
Death of the arcade.
The Daily Word: Gary For President, iPhones Track Your Every Move, Glowing Pork
Former governor Gary Johnson skips the exploratory committee and announces he is running for president.
UNM President David Schmidly says he won't seek contract extension.
Your iPhone keeps a record of everywhere you go.
Homemade bombs found at mall near Columbine High School.
How to get ready to be fired.
Stranger catches toddler falling from Florida hotel balcony.
People fake being sick to get sympathy online.
Michigan police are using cellphone hacking devices during routine traffic stops.
BP sues Transocean for at least $40 billion for the Gulf oil disaster.
The Weird Al / Lady Gaga feud appears settled.
A professor vanished into another dimension.
Director of the Oscar-nominated documentary Restrepo and Pulitzer Prize-nominated photographer Chris Hondros were killed in Libya.
Glee extra tweets career-ending spoiler.
Looks like Gordon Ramsay has a real kitchen nightmare on his hands. Get it?
It's science: cancelled TV shows make you sad.
How did you think you'd look in junderpants?
Something tells me this guy is in a gang.
Make a bunny rabbit cake for Easter!
Glowing blue pork found in China.
Jerry Seinfeld pulls out of a Donald Trump-sponsored benefit.
Robot throws out first pitch, chokes.
The Daily Word: 3-Year-Old Found Safe, Pornwikileaks, Perfect Prehistoric Pickled Brain
Police find missing 3-year-old Ismyella Rodriguez safe.
A government shutdown is looming.
Daytona Beach newspaper publisher is offering bonuses to reporters who sell advertisements and subscriptions.
Espanola man delivers decomposing body to the ER, says his friend was sick.
Everything you ever wanted to know about the Koch brothers.
Security company HBGary's latest terrible idea is a paranoia meter.
One dead after attempted Apple Store burglary.
Read all about the war of words between Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin and Lost creator Damon Lindelof.
Prehistoric human brain found pickled in bog.
Mental disorders represented as minimalist posters.
Watch these fresh frog legs twitch when salt is added.
Scientists genetically modify cows to produce more human milk.
That's hardcore! Website pornwikileaks reveals porn stars real names and home addresses.
Listen to the world's most nonchalant crash landing.
Netflix announced it obtained exclusive rights to stream all seasons of Mad Men.
New study says biology grad students are the most unhappy.
Keanu Reeves confirms that Bill and Ted 3 is on the way.
Six of the most bizarre medical hoaxes people actually believed.
Watch the intro to the Russian version of How I Met Your Mother.
Burger King introduces the Meat Monster Whopper.
Mall-pizza chain Sbarro is planning on filing for bankruptcy.
The Daily Word, starring Robert Gibbs, Lady Gaga and Randy Quaid.
A deadly Egyptian cobra is loose in the Bronx Zoo.
Facebook may hire Robert Gibbs, Obama’s former press secretary.
Teens get sad when they can’t tell Facebook is full of phoneys.
Scientists have created an amazing plastic from fruit fibers and this is the last you will ever hear of it.
Learn how to write a Manifesto and read some that others have written.
All animals are tasty in a city under siege.
Urine-boiled eggs are also tasty, but the recipe is hard to read.
Hear the song “Star Whackers” by Randy Quaid.
See the Colorado UFO.
A misunderstanding caused Tolkein to reject Maurice Sendak’s Hobbit illustrations.
There were almost some snakes on a plane.
There’s a magazine for the gay military.
Share in the scientific passion for severed heads.
DCF reports on crippling new developments in the Lead/Coal Construction.
Something might finally happen with the Anasazi building.
Albuquerque may get a new nudie bar.
A drunk driver hit five people in a parking lot at 4770 Montgomery (Graham Central Station?) yesterday.
Take Ben Radford’s Chupa Challenge for a quick $250.
Happy birthday, Lady Gaga.
Thanks to Geoffrey Anjou and Tom Nayder for today’s un-boring links.