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V.24 No.34 | 8/20/2015

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The Daily Word in asexuality, bad hair and breakfast of champions

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It's Friday, Friday, Friday!

The President made a summer mixtape.

This is what current celebrities would look like with '90s hairdos.

A guide to understanding asexuality.

Wheaties has released a Hefeweizen.

This man is getting back at Target over their new gender neutral toy-stocking policy.

This is how the explosion in China looked from space.

Steve Martin and Wim Wenders celebrate birthdays today!

Thanks to Geoff Plant for the links!

V.23 No.23 | 6/5/2014

Music

Rooster Roundabout: This week’s music highlights

It's the moment some of you have been waiting for … finally here in all its glory … a new Lana Del Rey track. All bullshittery aside, the song is a good number. The tune (titled “Shades of Cool”) comes off her forthcoming record Ultraviolence. And as with most Del Rey tracks, it has a lovely, atmospheric tone that drives it forward. I wasn't particularly excited about her new record after hearing “West Coast,” but this definitely changes the game a tad. In the words of Karen Walker (of “Will and Grace”): “Denied. Denied. APPROVED!” Have a listen below.

Did you know there's going to be a Duran Duran tribute album coming out later this year, titled Making Patterns Rhyme? I sure as hell didn't. But now that I do, why not share Moby's contribution to said release, in the form of a cover of Duran Duran's “Rio.” You can hear that below. The record, which doesn't have a release date yet, will also feature Warpaint, Juliette Lewis and Austra, among others. So keep an eye out.

I guess for some people, all it takes is getting arrested to fuel the creative fires and come out with some fresh material. Or maybe that's just the case with Wiz Khalifa. Upon being released from jail for marijuana possession, the rapper released a mixtape (28 grams), which is free and available for download. So head to DatPiff to get your copy.

Who wants to see 65-year-old, former Journey frontman Steve Perry perform some songs with Eels? You do, that's who! I mean, come on, the guy hasn't performed in, what, 20 years? Do yourself a favor and watch below to hear him use those amazing vocals. And you wonder why they said, “Don’t stop believin.’”

I don't know much about RiFF RAFF, other than that whole kerfuffle over James Franco allegedly stealing his likeness for the snooze-fest that was Spring Breakers. But the Texas-born rapper has been teasing his debut LP for years now, and it looks like it's going to finally see the throng of awaiting fans. His record, NEON iCON, comes out on June 24, and RAFF has shared a snippet from said album in the form of “Kokayne.” Have a listen below.

Just because Freddie Mercury is no longer with us doesn't mean that Queen has ceased to exist. Case in point: They're coming out with a new record around the end of the year. Tentatively titled Queen Forever, it's supposedly going to have some unreleased songs that Mercury sang, dating back to the '80s. Should be a hoot. But the band obviously needs some time to work out the kinks, as guitarist Brian May said they're basically piecing the album together from scraps. For more info on that, head over to Billboard.

I mentioned a while back that Led Zeppelin are in the process of reissuing their entire catalog. That's still happening; what with reissues of Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II and Led Zeppelin III coming out on June 3, each containing unreleased material and live recordings. But now, the band has released a video for the “rough mix” version of “Whole Lotta Love,” which features some rare concert footage. Scope the video below and read some info about the song, as told by Jimmy Page himself, over at Consequence of Sound. Enjoy … And after you're done enjoying, listen to a previously unreleased instrumental track, titled “La La,” over at NME.

La Roux struck a chord a few years ago with her track “Bulletproof,” showing that retro-dynamic pop could still be a thing. And it worked in her favor. Now they've posted a track from their upcoming album Trouble in Paradise, which is set to hit stores and online markets on July 8. Listen to the track “Uptight Downtown” below, and head over to Pitchfork to check out the new music video for the song “Let Me Down Gently,” which is also on the forthcoming LP.

Say … what has Billy Idol been up to? Besides his cameo in The Wedding Singer, I haven't heard anything 'bout the guy. Apparently he's been hard at work on a new memoir (Dancing With Myself), which is “bold, searingly candid and written by Idol himself in his inimitable voice.” The book is said to chronicle Idol's life from his childhood to when he hit it big with tracks like “Rebel Yell” and “White Wedding.” Should be an interesting read, assuming he has the writing chops to relay such material. The text is set to come out on Oct. 7, but you can head to Rolling Stone for more info on it.

I don't know about you, but I wasn't exactly in the know about an upcoming biopic about the Godfather of Soul, Mr. James Brown. But since I'm a lover of musical biopics (Ray, La Bamba, The Temptations, Sweet Dreams, etc.), this is definitely something I have to see. The film (Get On Up), which heads to a theater near you on Aug. 1, stars Chadwick Boseman (42), Dan Aykroyd, Octavia Spencer and the great Viola Davis (The Help, Doubt). With a cast like that, I'm sure this is going to be one enjoyable movie-viewing experience. But we'll have to wait and see. You can view the latest trailer for the film below.

V.21 No.49 | 12/6/2012

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The Daily Word in Glitter Dick, Andrew W.K. and Chinese sex slaves.

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Rest in peace guitarist Mickey Baker.

The Onion fooled China.

Bjork shares her favorite TED Talks.

He was a Chinese sex slave dungeon master.

A cat made of fur and anger.

Two students were forced to hold hands.

Here’s what that fire was yesterday.

A New York man got a DWI on his way to a DWI.

A false Messiah gets three years for spitting.

A church in Milan has set up an exorcist hotline.

Amazing anamorphic illusions.

Apparently Andrew W.K. will not be a Cultural Embassador to Bahrain.

Glitter Dick posters on UNM campus sparked a controversy.

Commissioner Wiener wants Charlie Sheen to play him in a movie. Wiener's writing a screenplay.

The lesser prairie chicken is threatened.

Gawker interviews the pale nerd king.

Happy birthday Billy Idol.

Contance Moss, Marisa Demarco and Emily Aragon: Thanks for the linkies!

V.21 No.43 | 10/25/2012

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The Daily Word in James Blunt, Billy Idol and the Daily Planet.

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Watch last night’s presidential debate sober.

James Blunt is quitting music!

Clark Kent is quitting the Daily Planet!

There was a giant rectangular UFO in Texas.

Billy Idol is playing a birthday party.

New York’s highest court declares that lap dances are not art.

The Manson Family may be linked to 12 additional unsolved homicides.

A woman breastfeeds her dog.

Here’s a brain-like scalp.

A meteorite hit a house. Perhaps it can become a meteorite doorstop.

A Hawaiian Punch spill.

Enjoy these old-timey photo manipulations.

The sad little dotted zebra has no herd.

Pretending to love cats on the internet.

Billy Graham left some final advice about voting.

A woman was raised by monkeys then sold into prostitution.

Donna the Deer Lady.

Ralph Davis has been found.

UNM researchers have help for your burned tongue.

Happy birthday Weird Al Yankovic.

Thanks for the many assists from Constance Moss, E.J. Maliskas, Tom Nayder and Robert Masterson.