The Daily Word in food trucks, Hanukkah song parodies and mall Santas
Food truck ordinance is driving food trucks out of downtown.
Man claims he gave his infant son a bear hug and that's where the injuries came from. Yeah, right.
City of Beijing issues a red alert for smog, closing schools and making cars drive on alternate days.
One photographer is photoshopping herself into other people's old family photos and it's genius.
The Daily Word in drugs, terror and smog.
Terrorists promise a surprise for the Sochi Olympics.
Seattle and Denver will face off in the Superbowl.
Welcome to Justin Bieber’s treasure trove of drugs.
Snorting Smarties can lead to nasal maggots.
Scientists ponder the magical appearance of a strange Martian rock.
Ron Jeremy sings “Wrecking Ball.”
Yoko Ono sings “Fireworks.”
Due to smog, sunrise in Beijing is televised.
We may have found the remains of Alfred the Great.
Here’s a list of what the NSA can do.
Meet the Paranormal Intelligence Agency.
A woman crashed into a pole at Grant Middle School.
A man was stabbed at Third and Central.
Happy birthday DeForest Kelly.
The Daily Word in dirty needles, dirty air and decapitations on Facebook
A Downtown Grower's Market vendor was poked by a used needle in Robinson Park last weekend.
Live near Central Ave? Free WiFi for you then.
Cancer diagnosis spurs Walmart employee to skim from his cash register in order to pay for treatment.
Another sea monster washed up on a beach.
Smog in and around Beijing is bad. Really bad.
With some caveats, Facebook is once again allowing beheading videos to be posted.
Malcolm Gladwell (writer for The New Yorker, author of The Tipping Point) may make local independent bookstore Bookworks a stop on his tour promoting his new work David and Goliath but only if you vote (only takes five seconds) for Albuquerque/
Rooster Roundabout: This week’s music highlights
Do you remember where you were when you first heard Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP? I remember trying to be cool with my older brother and his friends, jamming out to it at someone's house … or was that in a dream? Regardless the sequel is headed our way in the form of MMLP2, which comes out Nov. 5. But Eminem (who's blonde again) shared the track, “Berzerk,” which you can hear below:
You gotta love NPR and their “first listen” antics. Right now, they're streaming The Julie Ruin's Run Fast, which hits stores Sept. 3. Don't think, just hit play.
When I was a kid, I watched Almost Famous, and the song “Sparks” by The Who completely enthralled me to the point where it sort of became my own personal mantra to follow. It’s fantastic. On that note, Universal is going to reissue The Who’s Tommy in a deluxe edition, set to break down walls on Nov. 11.
In honor of The Breeders’ Last Splash turning 20, Stereogum writer Tom Breihan did a little write-up about his love/hate relationship with one of the best records of the ’90s.
Spike Jonze and Karen O collaborate again! After Karen O of Yeah Yeah Yeahs handled the soundtrack to Jonze's rendition of Where the Wild Things Are, she has now provided a track, titled “The Moon Song,” for his new film, Her, starring Joaquin Phoenix. You can hear the track below as well as view a trailer for the flick.
Apparently, some lost Joy Division and New Order tapes have been recovered and former member of both bands, Peter Hook, is in talks to buy them back. Unheard material? Yes please!
Cursive's The Ugly Organ confirmed two things for me. The first was that a rock band could be self-critical but with a poetic, angry prowess, and that Tim Kasher had one of the most tragically unique voices I've ever heard. But here's Kasher in a more synth-friendly, less angsty light, with his new track, “Truly Freaking Out,” taken from his new solo record, Adult Film, which hits the music-sphere on Oct. 8.
Alibi Arts Editor Lisa Barrow has suggested I tune in to watch “Boardwalk Empire.” I still have yet to get see it because I'm always weary when it comes to getting obsessed with a new show. I still haven't gotten into “Breaking Bad,” and that show's already coming to a close. But I digress, the soundtrack for “Boardwalk Empire,” which features Patti Smith (!), St. Vincent, Stephan DeRosa, Elvis Costello and more, drops next week (Sept. 3), but thanks to the folks at Billboard, you can hear it now.
In case you're wondering what Paul McCartney is up to, he's released a new track, titled “New,” from his upcoming album of the same name. The track maintains that whimsical style that made The Beatles so legendary. Look for the new record on Oct. 15.
According to Consequence of Sound, The Dead Weather just got a little deadlier. The band, featuring Jack White on drums, singer Alison Mosshart, guitarist Dean Fertita and Jack Lawrence handling bass, released two albums, their last being 2010's Sea of Cowards. But Third Man Records announced, via Twitter, that the band is working on some new material (!).
4AD American pioneers, Throwing Muses, are coming out with an art book/album. According to Pitchfork, the release, titled Purgatory/Paradise, is scheduled for release on Oct. 28, with a full(er) release set for Nov. 11. So, if you're feeling nostalgic, pull out those late-'80s, early-'90s albums, or have a listen to their new track, “sleepwalking 1.”
I love A.V. Club. From their “Hatesong” columns to their Undercover music series, they know how to wrangle interesting musicians and make them do interesting things. Like here … we have Kurt Vile covering “Down In It” by Nine Inch Nails.
If you've never listened to “I Luv the Valley, OH!” by Xiu Xiu, where've you been? It's a fantastic song that captures the sadness and anger of misspent youth and the hardships of all-consuming love. At least that's my interpretation. But, Shearwater's covering it for their new LP (of covers) titled Fellow Travelers. The album drops on Nov. 26 via Sub Pop, and will feature covers of songs by St. Vincent, Smog, Coldplay, etc.
Don't call 911
That intense smoke smell in the air tonight and the thick haze are from a fire in Eastern Arizona, news outlets are reporting. More than 60,000 acres have been swallowed by the flames.
Albuquerque officials are asking that you don't call the emergency lines about the haze.