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Music

Rooster Roundabout: This week’s music highlights

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.

V.22 No.52 |

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The Daily Word in Pussy Riot, New Mexico tourism and Nintendo porn

The Daily Word

Pussy Riot may be out of prison, but their work is far from over.

Conrad Alvin Barrett's getting charged with a hate crime, and he thought he was just playing a game.

A Louisiana man, who was in the middle of a custody battle for his four children, shot and killed three people before killing himself.

Monsignor William Lynn's case involving priest-sex abuse charges was overturned, and he could get released as early as this week after spending 18 months behind bars.

Utah wants to take same-sex marriage ruling to the US Supreme Court.

Speaking of same-sex marriage, now that it's legal in New Mexico, does that mean a boost in tourism?

Robert Ortiz, after drunkenly rolling his Chevy Blazer, goes into a giggle fit when cops issue a sobriety test. Oh, and he also has 10 DWI arrests to his name.

Thanks to good road crews, descansos remain on the highways.

A father in Virginia reported to local news that his son found pornographic images on a Nintendo gaming system he got for Christmas. Sorry buddy.

V.22 No.52 | 12/26/2013

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The Daily Word in Peyton Manning, Pussy Riot and the AK-47

The Daily Word

Now you can erase your memories.

A man jumped off a building with his son.

Pussy Riot is free.

Peyton Manning set the record for touchdown passes.

Today is the deadline to get Obamacare for January.

The inventor of the AK-47 died.

There was a guy John Wayne Gacy didn’t kill.

Review the year in science.

See what drugs look like under a microscope.

Animals are cute.

Map the world’s winds.

SWAT vs. pellet rifle.

A man stabbed his allegedly evil stepson.

Noah Rodney climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.

I remember when a guy climbed Mount Everest.

Happy birthday Eddie Vedder.

V.22 No.45 |

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The Daily Word in the sale of Lovelace Health Plan, a tree-climbing anti-choice nut visits Albuquerque and what Lemmy Kilmister has in common with Dick Cheney

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Rives Miller Grogan, Pastor and anti-choice whack-job, visited Albuquerque yesterday.

Someone found an image of Jesus on a landscaping rock.

One of the original New Mexico same-sex marriage suit plaintiffs died.

Blue Cross/Blue Shield bought Lovelace Health Plan.

The Supreme Court of The United States let stand an Oklahoma Supreme Court decision that struck down a law requiring women seeking abortions to view a detailed ultrasound.

Conditions in parts of the Philippines hit by Typhoon Haiyan are declining rapidly.

Imprisoned Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova is on her way to a new prison in Siberia.

Frozen dirt walls will contain the contaminated areas around Fukishima.

An invisible bike helmet!

Pink Fairy Armadillos.

This guy got a perfectly preserved cold war era fallout shelter with his newly purchased home.

Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister got a pacemaker.

V.21 No.52 | 12/27/2012

Music

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.

Aural Fixation

Macro and Micro Music Review

Sonic news in 2012

Peruse an attempt to milk some meaning out of 2012’s music news.
V.21 No.43 |

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The Daily Word in plankton, clowns, weather, six-toed-cats, and more right wing rape garbage

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A sort-of in depth article about the looming ABQ Health Partners and Lovelace split.

Watchdog group says a LANL weapons laboratory is dangerous. LANL says it's fine.

The U.S. Department of the Interior named the Cumbres & Toltec Railroad a historic landmark.

Putin said something inappropriate.

Even though he's been found guilty of massive tax evasion, rest assured that Silvio Berlusconi will remain in politics.

This senate candidate said in a debate that if you get pregnant after being raped, it's because God wants it to happen.

Video of a very large group of clowns at a convention in Mexico City.

Here's a bunch of hyperbolic and cliched statements from weathermen and others about Hurricane Sandy.

This large-scale man-made plankton bloom project reminds me of James DeMeo's cloudbusting experiments.

Hot Rod Rosie died.

The descendents of Hemingway's six-toed cats live on in great numbers and sponsored by Pfizer.

Is Beck's still Beck's if it's made in America and doesn't taste like Beck's?

James Bond the Mountie.

How Facebook works now.

Here is a website listing and rating New Mexico's ghost towns.

On this day in 1988 the L.A. Times reported that Larry Flynt allegedly hired a hit man to kill Hugh Hefner, Frank Sinatra, Bob Guccione, and publisher Walter Annenberg.

V.21 No.40 |

News

The Daily Word in broken deals, peaceful ideology, eavesdropping and dressing up for the show

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Don't drift away.

Hospital waste ended up in a local landfill.

One of three jailed Pussy Rioters gets released.

A plan to merge two European companies into one aerospace giant has broken down.

Policy that gives immunity to telecom companies helping the government with warrantless surveillance won't be reviewed by the Supreme Court.

Bitty dino ankle biter.

Proposed California law could land a blow to GMOs.

"We have an ideology that advocates peace. The Taliban cannot stop all independent voices through the force of bullets."

Mail-order drugs.

Yum, Coco Crisp.

Yummm, donuts.

Does your kid's breath stink? Look up their nose.

Boombox.

Philip Glass goes '80s acid clubbing. (This might make the right side of your face twitch.)

"But what if there are no gods? or, suppose them to have no care of human beings."

"projet COMMUNAUTé": highly recommended. (Other series may be NSFW.)

V.21 No.34 | 8/23/2012
Pussy Riot
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Aural Fixation

The Power of Pussy

Thanks, Rioteers

Five punk women took on the state, took on the church and they won. Because even though they're paying for it with two years in jail, their ideas lit people up around the globe, inspiring action.
V.21 No.33 | 8/16/2012

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The Daily Word in Pussy Riot, excessive force, presidential brosefs

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Pussy Riot gets two years for speaking out against Putin.

Several articles on the Washington Post today are pissed off at President Obama. Here’s one of them.

Between Obama, Romney, Biden and Ryan, Who’s the biggest bro?

Eastdale softball rules!

If you’re a cop who likes beating people, tasing them and stepping on their head when they’re trying to surrender, a warrant wouldn’t hurt.

Hatch wins a green chile battle.

Baldwin on fracking.

From Amish to rodeo.

People who can’t spell vs. Islam.

Ow! ... just ow. (may be NSFW)

Speaking of assholes, we all know that Kobe Bryant is one. So is his wife.

V.21 No.32 |

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The Daily Word in Olympic bodies, X-Files, the future

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Behold! The surface of Mars. Looks strangely … familiar.

Someone robs an elderly woman in the South Valley, so two APD officers help her out with gift cards and cash.

Want to buy an APS barrack? (No. But I'll take a gold bar.)

13-year-old shoots a camera-phone video of her bus driver touching girls, saves the day.

How Olympic bodies have changed over time.

The oldest person competing in the Olympics.

Dumbest Olympic dive.

Mulder and Scully might be dating.

Young Sikh Americans speak out.

U.S. starts to clean up Agent Orange in Vietnam. You know. The birth-defect causing chemical our military dumped there more than 30 years ago.

Christina Hendricks is—surprise to the reporter!—way smart.

No one can steal Pussy Riot's inner freedom.

A timeline of the future.

V.21 No.31 | 8/2/2012

Culture

Free Pussy Riot

On the altar of the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow, five masked women prayed. They prayed for an end to President Vladimir Putin’s rein. They prayed for the virgin to become a feminist.

The February protest aimed to highlight the ties between Putin and the Russian Orthodox Church that put him into power. The words convey the weird tangle of church, culture and state. Scope the full text.

Three women were arrested days after the prayer—five had participated in the minute-long event—and have been held in prison ever since on charges of hooliganism. There was a time when this would have seemed more outrageous to free speech-prizing Americans. But we’ve gotten used to arrests after political protests.

Their trial began yesterday and they could do seven years in prison. Two of the defendants have young kids.

The women’s lawyers say they’ve been deprived of sleep and not fed. And though polls indicate most Russians think seven years in jail is too severe a punishment, they seem to agree Pussy Riot should do some time.

Still, internationally, Putin’s looking ever more the fool.

Musicians like Tobi Vail of Bikini Kill and JD Samson of Le Tigre stood in solidarity with Pussy Riot from the start. Hannah Lew of Grass Widow wrote that she feels spoiled as an American musician, and U.S. performers should be inspired to engage in nonviolent protest.

Madonna, Sting, Peter Gabriel and the Red Hot Chili Peppers jumped on the bandwagon today, too, showing support for Pussy Riot.

Freepussyriot.org is keeping track of the collective’s allies.

V.21 No.15 | 4/12/2012

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The Daily Word in Google glasses, Pussy Riot and feathered dinos

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Biologist to argue for year-round cougar hunting in N.M.

Augmented reality glasses.

Heinrich v. Balderas on the drug war and Mexico.

Death Star v. Borg Cube.

Los Alamos National Lab put all of its environmental monitoring info into a public database.

Sky News says it hacked into people’s emails.

No police at Lobo Village, just private security.

The best of rappers on game shows.

The real reason gas costs so much.

Amnesty International says Russia shouldn’t continue to jail Pussy Riot—a female punk rock performance troupe.

Federal judge rules that it’s discriminatory to deny insurance benefits to same-sex couples.

Snakehead is one nasty looking fish.

These great big dinos used to have feathers. Cute.

Is brain food for real?

Toys you used to have that are worth a lot of money now.