The Daily Word in mine sweeping rats, spray-on condoms and Morrissey’s junk
Citizens live without cell phones or WiFi in this West Virginian town.
Iconic percussionist and drumstick maker Vic Firth has died at the age of 85.
Zimbabwe is seeking the extradition James Palmer, who is currently nowhere to be found.
Everything you hate about wearing glasses.
I present to you the spray-on condom.
Prepare to be disappointed by tonight's blue moon.
Check out Prince's new song!
Rooster Roundabout: This week’s music highlights
Saint Vitus on doom
Rooster Roundabout: This week’s music highlights
I'm sure a lot of people were sad when Rilo Kiley called it quits. Personally, I could care less. I've always liked Jenny Lewis' solo work much more. But, in keeping with their faithful fans, the band released a compilation of rarities and b-sides, titled RKives. Now they've shared a video for the track “Emotional” off said record. You can watch that below.
Roger Waters, the former bassist and singer of Pink Floyd, has announced that he's got a new album of “rock material” in the works. It's always hit-or-miss when aging rockers try to maintain a certain edge in this “shock-less” culture, but who knows? Maybe he's still got it.
Still reeling from Lou Reed's death, musicians and fans have come out and shared their condolences, goodbye thoughts and whatnot. Now Morrissey has announced that his live cover of Reed's “Satellite of Love,” which was recorded a couple years ago, will be released as a single on Dec. 2 (Dec. 3 digitally), which is the same day his autobiography comes out. Go figure.
I never really cared for Phoenix (and still don't). Their brand of electro-pop-rock just never sat with me. It just never seemed to bring anything new to the table. But that's just me. However, I love frontman Thomas Mars' wife, Sofia Coppola. Yes, I'm a huuuuge fan of her movies, so naturally I was excited to read that she directed Phoenix' new video for their track “Chloroform.” You can head to MoMa's PopRally to view the video.
We shared a while back that Shearwater was releasing an album of covers, featuring tracks originally penned by the likes of St. Vincent, Xiu Xiu, Coldplay and more. Now they've made a video for their Xiu Xiu cover (“I Luv the Valley OH!”) available for viewing. You can check that out below, and don't forget to look for the album (Fellow Travelers) on Nov. 26.
Willis Earl Beal released the so-so Nobody knows. earlier this year, and while the album wasn't epic, it had some great moments. Now Stereogum reports that Beal shared two new songs on Youtube, though it's unclear when they were recorded or what was intended for them. But you can head over to their site to hear the tracks, titled “Babble On.” and “Coriander Tree Life.”
Regardless of Lily Allen's pop leanings, I always appreciate a musician with a sense of humor. Allen has sort of been MIA for the past couple years … but then again, motherhood'll do that to you. Now she's back with a new track/video titled “Hard Out Here.” In the track Allen talks about the injustice of sexism in the music industry and describes how hard it is “for a bitch.” And already it's generating a heap of criticism. You can watch the video below.
Considering Jack White's repertoire and every magical note he's recorded, it's no wonder that a band of legendary musicians have come together to record a series of covers of White's creative catalog. The collection of covers is set to come out on Nov. 19 and is titled Rockin' Legends Pay Tribute to Jack White. It features the likes of Wanda Jackson, Bobby Vee, Rosie Flores and more. You can hear Wanda Jackson's cover of “In the Cold, Cold Night” (originally performed by The White Stripes) here. And you can get more details about the release via Rolling Stone.
A couple weeks ago, we shared Norah Jones and Billie Joe Armstrong's cover of “Long Time Gone,” originally by the Everly Brothers. The track comes off their forthcoming covers record (Foreverly). Now they've made another track available, titled “Silver Haired Daddy of Mine,” which … you guessed it … is another Everly Brothers cover. The album itself hits stores and online markets on Nov. 25, and in the words of Wayne Campbell, “I think I'm gonna buy it.”
Just because “Breaking Bad” is over doesn't mean that the people who inhabited the controversial and edgy world it created have withered into dust. Actor RJ Mitte, who played Walt Jr. on the show, has expressed an interest in starting a music career. While attending MTV's European Music Awards, he said he's in the process of learning guitar and piano and hopes to break into the music industry. You can read more at NME.
Music to Your Ears
The Daily Word in sound barrier breakage, cop texts and heavy metal India
On Monday, "Fearless Felix" will jump out of a balloon over New Mexico, and try to fall faster than the speed of sound.
Pre-debate fact checking …
… and what will be left out.
Amorous APD officer pulls teen girl over, gets her number and starts texting.
Are you qualified to be a U.S. citizen?
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer calls for "righteous anger" over border agent's death.
Todd "Legitimate Rape" Akin has a "dystopian nightmare vision."
L.A City Council banned medical marijuana dispensaries, then didn't.
Arrest of "Innocence of Muslims" douchebag raises questions about free speech.
Mexicans heart Morrissey por vida, and vice versa.
"Tommy never seems to complain, although sometimes he bites Mrs. Bullis."
Heavy metal idolatry in India is often preceded by an engineering degree.
Neo-Nico's deadpan drones.
The Daily Word with drunk children, airline shutdowns, dyslexia, gluten and Amy Winehouse secrets
Santa Fe 12-year-old charged with DWI.
It’s plague season: the fifth case of Hantavirus has been reported in N.M.
After nickel-and-diming the debt ceiling, lawmakers ran out to summer recess before resolving an FAA shutdown that’s costing taxpayers $1 billion a month.
The U.S. is finally joining the developed world by moving birth control under health insurance coverage—but there are some catches and a whole lot of misinformation.
A new font designed to help dyslexics read.
The FDA still hasn’t defined when foods can be labeled “gluten free.”
If your house was on fire, would you take this stuff with you?
Ousted Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak stands trail.
Pro-bike mayor of Vilnius, Lithuania says “Nice parking job, asshole!” to a Mercedes ... with a tank.
Steer clear of ground turkey for a while.
Haiti braces for tropical storm Emily, more devastation.
Everyone stop what you’re doing: Miley Cyrus got a “gay marriage” tattoo.
Also, Amy Winehouse was secretly engaged.
The Daily Word where a dog bites Morrissey, Ron Paul Retires and there's Carmageddon in LA
Republicans gave away the debt ceiling fight.
The House fails to pass the Bulb Act.
Americans are having fewer children.
The Westboro Baptist Church chickens out of protesting Betty Ford's funeral.
Bronze letters stolen from buildings in Belen.
Recall elections begin in Wisconsin.
OUTRAGE after Michelle Obama eats a hamburger.
Ron Paul is retiring from Congress to focus on losing his presidential election.
Why the dollar store is a ripoff.
Bring your protractors to Pittsburgh.
The National League wins the All-Star Game.
Some dog hates Morrissey almost as much as I do.
L.A. is preparing for Carmageddon.
I've been a Netflix member since 2000, and in that time they've never raised my rates, but what the hell Netflix?
Greatest headline ever.
Best ever cover of They Might Be Giants' Istanbul (Not Constantinople).
The last know surviving dinosaur was the triceratops.
What is a derecho?
Front row on world's steepest roller coaster.
Five million 4chan posts visualized.
The Daily Word: Fire, Facebook faces, Morrissey
Arizona fire nears an electrical grid and may reach it tomorrow. Thousands in New Mexico could lose power.
The smoke is bad for your pets.
Lady found her engagement diamond—which she lost in 1997.
Belgian festival to ban meat (including its specialty horse sausages) on the day Morrissey will perform.
Who wouldn't want to play with deer guts?
Why Rep. Weiner is probably terrified of Hillary Clinton.
Earth is full-up.
Primus still sux.
Europe also not a fan of Facebook's facial recognition software.
Repairman rigged computers so they would take pictures of their female owners.
Gentler video games.
Morrissey Was Worth $45
Let's just get that out of the way. When Morrissey performed at the Sunshine Theater last year, at the ripe old age of 50, he didn't hand the people in the crowd a wilted bouquet of gladiolas. He gave them their money's worth. And then some.
The Daily Word 10.25.09: National emergency, uranium mining, Morrissey, snow
Mayor-Elect Berry talks about transition.
Warrant for your arrest? The fuzz is looking for you.
Ghost towns—including those in New Mexico—attract folks in search of the wild west.
Uranium mining planned on sacred New Mexico mountain.
How to install Windows 7.
Things in Somalia are messed up again.
Banker convention sparks protest in Chicago.
Madoff investor Picower found dead in a pool.
Morrissey collapsed on stage ... because he was soooo saaaad.
Director Paul Haggis publicly leaves Scientology because they were for the ban on gay marriage in California.
Violet cocktails make a comeback.
Weather: Temps drop into the mid '50s this week, snow possible.