Scion Presents Daptone Remixes. Tracks from the nouveau soul imprint remixed by mostly hip hop luminaries new (Cool Calm Pete) and old (Hank Shocklee). You get dub, afrobeat, hip hop, and a double slice of soul Sharon Jones style (read "museum grade authentic"). And the whole album's free.
"Taken Too Young." Swedish pop remixed? mixed? by the, um, thugs of Swedish pop, The Tough Alliance. Seriously, that name deserves its very own spit take. Reminds me of The Guilloteens from Half-Cocked (and no, I'm not foreshadowing anything). Anyway, the internet says they are crazy yobs, their website is charmingly impenetrable (web pages titled "Untitled Document" are totally hilarious all over again), and this song is the best thing out of Sweden since "Young Folks." Bonus for all you scooter kids: "Uneasy Riders" wherein The Tough Alliance doubles up on a scooter to go tree shopping (not foreshadowing).
The VICE boys have been making the teevee. Of particular note is Ian Svenonious' "Soft Focus UK," a series of discussions with the Britons behind My Bloody Valentine, The Fall, The Happy Mondays, etc. Ian has distilled his art-rock (Nation of Ulysses, The Make Up, others), agitprop schtick into a sort of unstrained workingman's intellectualism clad in the very best of menswear.
Shit. I just realized that music + interwebs != talking about Albuquerque. So what? I'm evil, jack.
OK. Fine. I bought my Christmas tree behind the Sunshine Market (yeah, who knew?). It was right down the street, took 15 minutes, we got one of the "good" ones, a "Frosty Noble Supreme" or something, and, uh, how much are they supposed to cost again? I think I paid a lot but I have no idea how much they are normally which I guess in this case would mean like "last year." How do people know? It's not like you go to a store to get them; you buy them on a street corner from traveling carnies or drug dealers as far as I can tell...