The Daily Word in New Mexico jobs, Costa Concordia and record-breaking rain
A shooting at Washington Navy Yard broke out this morning, with police reporting that one of three possible shooters was “down,” though reports aren't clear on exactly what that means. Reports also state that at least seven people have been killed, and eight have been injured. This is still a breaking story, so check news sources for more information.
Engineers are attempting to raise the Costa Concordia cruise ship that capsized off the island of Giglio in Italy. The ship, which capsized in January of 2012, killing 32 people, is being watched closely by environmentalists who fear that a toxic spill from the ship could pollute the waters.
Search-and-rescue teams in Colorado are grounded due to heavy clouds in the sky, and more than 1,000 people are still unaccounted for after massive floods in Larimer County and surrounding areas.
New Mexico's health care system is in turmoil as an investigation looks into allegations that 15 of its largest mental health providers defrauded Medicaid of $36 million over the course of three years.
In today's city council meeting, a proposal will be introduced that will make it illegal for Albuquerque's employers to refuse paying the new minimum wage, unless they want to face criminal charges.
Albuquerque's rainfall over the weekend broke a record, y'all.
I think someone in Northampton took Stephen King's IT a little too seriously.
Sound the Alarm: Willis Earl Beal still has juice
I heard of Willis Earl Beal late … at least later than all of the indie/hipster music blogs that cause artists to catch on like a quick flame and spread their ashes into the atmosphere before anyone had a chance to know what was coming. It's a very ADD complex with music. Nothing gets a chance to settle, to simmer, to fully sink in … but Beal is separate from all of that. First of all, he doesn't really have an online presence, so the only thing people had to work with was his first album of experimental bedroom recordings, Acousmatic Sorcery. For those who have cable, you might have seen him on “The X Factor.”
But Beal is weird. His interviews boast a vagabond background mixed with rock star arrogance—because he doesn't bullshit. He knows who he is, and he truly doesn't care what anyone thinks, as long as he has room to make music at his own pace. Give the man some room so he can make magic happen. He recently shared a new track from his upcoming record Nobody knows. That song, titled “Too Dry to Cry,” showcases his poignant and forthright lyrics as well as his soulful, ridiculously good vocals. Seriously, this dude has the ferocious authenticity of Robert Johnson with an affinity for slowly slithering into your eardrum like Otis Redding.
Comparisons aside, the guy is prolific. If you haven't seen his performance on “Later … with Jools Holland,” watch it immediately. If it doesn't bring a minor tear to your eye, there's no humanity left in you; all that's left is a shell, a flicker of what used to be a vibrant example of humanity. Okay, I'm being a little dramatic, but it's that good. If his new track is anything to go by, we can expect some great things from his new record. Nobody knows. hits stores September 10. So keep an eye and ear out.
Second Annual Year of Creedence Clearwater Revival
Celebrating CCR the right way ...
Yeah, you know ‘em. John Fogerty and company. The men that shaped the southern bayou swamp sound for mass consumption, but not in a contrived, overdone fashion. Seeing as how I’ve been replaying their “Greatest Hits” record nonstop for the past few days, it was only appropriate to share my musical forays with Alibi Music and Managing Editor Samantha Anne Carrillo, who informed me that this is the Second Annual Year of CCR. Is this made up? Probably, but who cares?! It’s Creedence, man! (Editor’s note: I made this up, but it’s a damn fine idea, right?) This is a band that came to prominence in the late-’60s, when rock and roll was taking multiple turns toward the psychedelic—leaving little in the way of rootsy rhythms—but CCR was there to deliver it, and they did so with a gusto and magic that is rarely seen in bands playing today.
Listening to “Have You Ever Seen The Rain” or “Bad Moon Rising” still evokes feelings of nostalgia—the kind that exists from knowing music that once made a mark still has the ability to break on through, so to speak. “Up Around the Bend” is still one of my favorite road trip songs. Have you heard that opening guitar riff? If you’re not a fan or (God forbid!) you’ve never heard of Creedence Clearwater Revival, do yourself a favor and pick up a cassette/LP/CD or head over to YouTube for some good ol’ concert footage and get crackin’. At least this way you’ll be ready for the Third Annual Year of CCR ... and yes, it’s coming.
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's pressing conference, stray bullets and a grave-robbing decorator
I hope you got some good notes handy, Mr. President.
Sorry Monsanto, I didn't know these were your beans.
Just in case you want to know what's going on with Dr. Kermit Gosnell ...
Woman struck by stray bullet on Mother's Day "expected to be alright."
Steven Michael Quezada to speak at LULAC convention.
Wow, Brad Tate's got some record there.
Our local K-9's have got some good scent magic going on.
Debra Farinella, I think those deceased people would like their flowers back.
Nudes in the News
Remember how paranoid you were when you first heard about those whole body scanners at the airport? You know, the ones that make your clothes disappear so fat people in uniforms can make sure you aren’t trying to smuggle more than 3 ounces of hair gel onto a Delta flight. Remember how the Transportation Security Administration reassured you by saying “scanned images cannot be stored or recorded.” Well, it turns out that “cannot” in government speak means “Oh they totally can!” The U.S. Marshals Service admitted this week that it had secretly saved “tens of thousands” of high-tech nudie pictures recorded with a millimeter wave system at the security checkpoint of a single Florida courthouse. CNET news has got the whole freaky story. This follows an earlier disclosure by the TSA saying the government organization requires all airport body scanners it purchases to be able to store and transmit images for “testing, training and evaluation purposes.” Not to mention masturbation purposes, as well.
There are several different full body scanning systems in use today, each offering a varying degree of resolution. Millimeter wave systems are fuzzier, while backscatter X-ray machines show fairly precise anatomical detail. Defenders of the program say the computerized images are hardly erotic. Those people have clearly never spent time on the Internet—which has found ways to eroticize everything from vinyl pool toys to farting on cakes. (Those two sites are not safe for work, by the way.)
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced last week scanners will soon become standard issue in virtually every major airport in America. (We’ve had them at the Albuquerque International Sunport for some time now.) In response, the Electronic Privacy Information Center has filed suit asking a federal judge to grant an immediate injunction against the TSA’s body scanning program. Good luck with that.