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V.25 No.46 | 11/17/2016

The Daily Word in Space Junk, Presents and Kristen Wiig

The Daily Word

We're made of what stars are made of... meaning space trash (I knew it).

Treat yourself to something healthy this holiday season.

Step one choosing a Secretary of Education: Pick someone who has virtually no experience in public education.

Getting your own island may be easier than you thought!

The newest apartment complex in Nob Hill caught on fire overnight.

Kristen Wiig is literally a goddess.

V.25 No.16 | 04/21/2016
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Not Your Average Dream Blog

I was in New York City. I was watching a beautiful young man explain that “bucket drummers are particularly impressive because no one trains them” so very kindly to an elderly woman.

Suddenly I was in my chair at work seeing his face on my screen. “Hannibal Buress Live at The Historic El Rey Theater this Tuesday night!” the page said.

I became hot as I ferociously typed away buying tickets. Click. Click-click. Tap-tap-tap-tap. Click. CLICK.

Then I realized it wasn't a dream, but a dream come true. The brilliant comedian Hannibal Buress will be in Albuquerque Tuesday, April 26, at 7:30pm for those of us lucky sinners that are over 21.

Mr. Buress will also be in Santa Fe to perform at Skylight at 8pm, so those lucky bastards in Santa Fe get to be closer to him but it's not like it really matters because we all have the chance to absorb some of his near-perfect comedic genius.

V.25 No.8 | 2/25/2016

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The Daily Word in Kalamazoo shooting, Kesha and Apple

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Kalamazoo gunman suspect charged with 6 counts of murder.

Kesha’s court battle with her producer has everyone riled up and it’s for a damn good reason.

My heart strings are about to be tugged right out of my chest because what can be sweeter than this?

Jeb Bush has parted ways with the 2016 Presidential election, folks.

FBI VS Apple. Who will win?

For 2 minutes and 40 seconds I forgot that this Game of Thrones and Donald Trump mashup actually has real footage of things Donald Trump has said.

Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool is the best of all time.

V.24 No.48 | 11/26/2015

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The Daily Word in pictures of cats, NM food banks and designer genes

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Brussels lockdown results in Belgians tweeting out pictures of cats for a good cause.

San Diego Zoo put down their northern white rhino, now only three remain in the world.

New Mexico's milkshake (weak child porn law) brings all the sex offenders to our yard.

New Mexico scientists working on a spaceship that could reach Mars in days.

Donate, donate, donate! NM food banks need your help this Thanksgiving!

Santa Fe girl helps the homeless by raising money to buy materials to make scarves and hats.

Forget designer handbags, designer babies may become the latest accessory.

How to quell those pesky family arguments this Thanksgiving.

V.24 No.47 | 11/19/2015

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The Daily Word in France responds to terrorist attacks, Holly Holm celebrates and Pastafarianism is a recognized religion

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French President Francois Hollande seeks to extend state of emergency to three months, claiming “France is at war” during an address to joint session of parliament.

France bombs Islamic State's capital in Syria in wake of Paris attacks on Friday.

John Oliver tells it like it is.

NM Islamic community leader speaks out against terrorist attacks.

If you've been living under a rock, New Mexico darling Holly Holm beat Ronda Rousey for the UFC Bantamweight title Saturday night.

SNL dares to tell the adventures of young Ben Carson.

Pastafarian woman allowed to wear pasta strainer on her head in her driver's license photo.

Tatooine irl.

V.24 No.43 | 10/22/2015

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The Daily Word in Bearded Villains, SNL spoofs the Democratic debate and Eddie Murphy’s Bill Cosby impression

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UNM has stopped dicking around and is now actually trying to help its students.

What to do when your groom splits before the wedding? Host the reception for area homeless people, of course.

Larry David as Bernie Sanders on SNL is everything this country needs.

Eddie Murphy was presented a Mark Twain Prize for American Humor and surprises the audience with a mini stand-up set.

APD gets facial recognition technology to identify crooks.

A group of bearded men were mistaken for ISIS members, but to be fair, their group name is Bearded Villains.

Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a (dog) match.

Homeland hired graffiti artists to decorate the set, and didn't bother checking the final product.

Here is your Monday morning jam, “Sing” by Pentatonix.

V.24 No.32 | 8/6/2015
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Idiot Box

Now What, News?

“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” on Comedy Central

Now that “The Daily Show” is ending on Comedy Central, where will we go for our fake news?
V.24 No.16 | 4/16/2015
And yet he looks so normal.
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Comedy Matters

John Mulaney’s Delicate Weirdness

Boy-next-door comedian talks stand-up, SNL and human absurdity

Don’t let the innocent persona fool you—John Mulaney’s comedy cuts to the heart of weird humanity.
V.24 No.8 | 2/19/2015

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The Daily Word in weather control, x-ray vision, high school detention, and falling beautifully

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ISIS chopped more heads and threatened to conquer Rome for some reason.

Weaponized weather control is a possibility and a concern.

Party down at Studio 54.

Earth’s oldest living people share their secrets of longevity.

Don’t wear one of these gun t-shirts in Albuquerque, is my advice.

Scientists have discovered how to see through walls.

Who is box office champ of all SNL stars?

As the flick turns 30, here are 15 things you didn’t know about The Breakfast Club.

Interplanetary reality show set to launch: If you need me, I'll be on Mars.

Does the thought of having to live without Fido someday tear you apart inside? You can now custom order a stuffed animal that looks exactly like your pet.

Russian girls gone wild, and it's not pretty.

This pretty model bit it twice on the cat walk and kept on smiling. Happy Birthday, Agyness Deyn!

Wish you were here: Postcards from lands far, far away.

Boldly going where no man has gone before; every child’s favorite bibliophile turns 58 today. Live long and prosper, LeVar Burton!

Here's a clip of Jimmy Fallon as Jim Morrison, performing the theme song of Reading Rainbow.

V.24 No.7 | 2/12/2015
Gordy Andersen, rippin’
Gordy Andersen

Music History

An Interview with Gordy Andersen: Part 1

August March rang Albuquerque legend Gordy Andersen (Black Maria, Cracks in the Sidewalk, Jerry’s Kidz, et al) to discuss his formative experiences coming of age as a first generation high desert punk.
V.23 No.4 | 1/23/2014

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.33 | 8/15/2013
Jack Handey
Brad Wilson

Arts Feature

Jack Handey is Real

And he is funnier than you

The Stench of Honolulu: A Tropical Adventure

To all would-be comedians: Jack Handey of “Deep Thoughts” fame did it 30 years ago, he did it smarter than you, and he continues to be funnier than you.