Elizabeth Taylor


V.23 No.8 | 2/20/2014

Music

Rooster Roundabout: This week’s music highlights

So … Katy Perry has come out with a music video for her track “Dark Horse.” And let me just preface it by saying that this seems like her attempt at channeling Liz Taylor's take on Cleopatra, but like most current notions that attempt to pay homage to classic ideas, it falls flat. Regardless, Perry fans will go nuts over its ridiculousness. But you don't gotta listen to me, you can watch it below and see for yourself.

I'm a thrash novice … maybe a hardcore one, too. Still, I can appreciate a bunch of guys coming together to whale on some instruments, create new tunes and just do what they do the only way they know how … by laying on the heavy. So it's kind of cool that Dave Grohl's joined with some hardcore veterans to create a new group called Teenage Time Killer. The group also includes Corrosion Of Conformity’s Mike Dean and Reed Mullin, former Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra and much more. You can read more about it at Stereogum.

In 2009, when I first started learning to play the guitar, an acquaintance (who'd played in several bands and was pretty much a guitar virtuoso) was teaching me some basic chords when we had a conversation about guitarists. Naturally I expressed my love of Jimmy Page and Hendrix, and then he asked, “Have you ever listened to Rodrigo y Gabriela?” I hadn't. And though I only know a handful of their songs, their mastery of this instrument is friggin bonkers. It's so easy to get lost in their music because it's manic, precise and brilliant. And now the duo have shared a track from their forthcoming album 9 Dead Alive (out April 29), and you can hear that below.

If you were born in the late '80s, like I was, then you had the privilege to come of age when '90s alternative was peaking in a great way. Looking back, you can think what you will, but back then Vertical Horizon's “Everything You Want” was one of my favorite songs, and just for nostalgia's sake, I still dip into Third Eye Blind's first record. And when listening to Cheap Girls' latest song, I was overcome with that pop-rock liveliness that was prominent in such bands as Everclear and (sometimes) The Wallflowers. Cheap Girls' tune comes off their forthcoming record Famous Graves (out May 13), and you can hear that over at A.V. Club.

When it comes to record labels, I've always appreciated the work put out by Sub Pop. From obsessing over releases by Nirvana, L7, King Tuff, Cocorosie, Red House Painters, etc., it's always a treat to hear new(er) bands that are signed to the label, groups that record and distribute good tracks for wanting listeners. I digress … rock band Dum Dum Girls (another Sup Pop contemporary) has come out with a video for the song “Too True to Be Good.” And you can view that visual snippet below.

I like Pharrell. I like his radio hits, but hey, what do you think makes people buy albums, eh? So I'm not especially excited, nor am I too keen on ignoring the news that he's coming out with a new record, titled G I R L. The album is also said to feature the single “Happy,” which earned Pharrell an Oscar nomination for being on the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack. You can head over to Pitchfork to read more about the record, and you can also watch the 24-hour “Happy” video here. How's that for comin' out with a bizzang?

If former Burqueño Willis Earl Beal had founded an actual cult, under the moniker The Church of Nobody … in the New Mexico desert … and recruited Mischa Barton … and soundtracked it with his excellent song “Coming Through,” which features Cat Power … the below video would have been the only remains of said religion. And it's weird shit. The song itself starts a little after the 7-minute mark.

I promise—this will be the last time I mention St. Vincent's upcoming self-titled LP, which hits stores and online markets next week. The record is now streaming over at The Guardian, and it's phenomenal. I think I'm gonna buy it.

Bob Casale, one of the founding members of new wave band Devo (known for their famous hit “Whip It”), passed away this week. He was 61 years old. Granted, I wasn't that big of a Devo fan, it's always sad to see a musician called home. RIP Bob. And for old time's sake …

I go back and forth about Lana Del Rey. While some of her songs strike a chord, I usually can't get past her bad lyrics: “I'm your national anthem, God you're so handsome.” But I understand why her sound/look appeals to people who are always looking for something vaguely different in the pop world. But now, fans can look forward to her collaboration with Dan Auerbach (of the overrated Black Keys). Supposedly, he's lending a hand on her upcoming album Ultraviolence, and you can read more about that here.

V.20 No.12 |

NEWS

The Daily Word 3.26.11: No confidence vote for Stephen Harper; marionettes; The Beardpick Challenge; TMZ style Gandhi revelation

The Daily Word

Geraldine Ferraro is dead.

Elizabeth Taylor lives on in pictures.

Parliament has voted no confidence in Canada's conservative govt. Here's how that works.

Bill Maher has found the perfect anti-Obama GOP presidential candidate and his name is Karab Amabo.

The FBI still doesn't know who was behind the anthrax-letters in 2001.

Sucker Punch: the newest worst-movie ever. Movie review.

Police in Texas took a woman into custody for driving without a license. The cops left her two year old kid behind in the car.

Brett Michaels claims his stroke was caused by a Spinal Tap styled stage mishap. AND he's suing over it. W/ video!

Gandhi was in love with a German bodybuilder named Hermann.

"Where there's smoke, there's fried chicken." Latest Rio Grande Sun Police Blotter.

Two guys in Mississippi got into a shootout over dog shit.

Get a %25 discount at a Santa Fe smoke shop if your pic... uh, mugshot, appears in the "Jailbyrd" free newspaper.

Some of the rebel forces battling Gaddafi are affiliated with Al Qaida....

Radioactive sea; CNN's Nancy Grace argues with a weatherman about "made in Japan" radiation coming to the U.S.

The Beardpick Challenge.

The Internet Archive has a great collection of films, including these Civil Defense films with marionettes.

On this day in 1885, the Second Louis Riel Rebellion began at Duck Lake in Saskatchewan, Canada.


V.20 No.11 |

News

The Daily Word: God's Wife, Red Light Cameras, RIP Elizabeth Taylor, Strip Search

The Daily Word

Howard Dean defends Obama's decision to attack Lybia Libya: This time our government isn't lying to us.

South Dakota now requires a three day wait before an abortion.

Albuquerque is losing money on red light cameras.

Homeland Security says they could strip search every airline passenger if they wanted to.

13 illegal immigrants arrested in California wearing US Marine uniforms.

Explosion at a Jerusalem bus stop.

Seven black men shot and killed so far this year in Miami.

Another thing to worry about: the status of US nuclear spent-fuel storage.

Fox News is sending security guards do its war reporting.

The town of Bernalillo files suit against NM Gas Company to recover damages from last month's gas outages.

Santa Fe Police Chief Aric Wheeler is resigning from his position.

Maybe you should help James O'Keefe pay off his credit card debt.

Should you give money to homeless people?

Was God's wife edited from the Bible?

Finish those episodes of Dexter and Weeds quickly, Showtime won't be renewing it's contract with Netflix to stream them instantly.

Iran unveils its flying saucer to the world.

Elderly man stoned to death for making gay advance.

Beloved old-timey actress Elizabeth Taylor is dead at 79.

Whatever you do, don't take a picture of this guy's mohawk.

Someone found a 50-million-year old piece of lizard skin.

I'm not sure what to think about the costume for the new Wonder Woman TV show.

Meet Lu Mao, the 132 pound 3-year-old.

Barella redesigns its spaghetti box to announce it is redisgning its spaghetti box.

Dr. Phil's six biggest scandals.

Is your blog among the 100 web sites the movie and music industry want shut down?

I guess yesterday's rumors of Charlie Sheen coming back to Two And A Half Men weren't true.

The Lord of the Rings is finally being released on Blu-Ray this summer (not that I have a Blu-Ray player).

For some reason I really identify with Paranoid Parrot.

Coming soon: Koala burgers.

Twenty-five police officer fails.

Seven supermarket rip-offs.

I haven't watched the Masters of the Universe in a long time, but I don't remember He-Man being all sweary.

Happy Birthday Akira Kurosawa!