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Mountain Goats, Helio Sequence, Guards, Sloth   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, February 07, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA is "So Good At Being In Trouble."

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS stopped by Oregon Public Broadcasting for a session.

THE HELIO SEQUENCE stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

GUARDS stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from MBV, Youth Lagoon, Cloud Cult and more highlight the latest edition.

THE JAMES HUNTER SIX  is dropping a soulful new LP this month (produced by one of the Dap-Tone dudes); the title track is "Minute by Minute."

THE HOLLIES: "I Can't Let Go."


CRAIG FINN writes for ClashMusic about Fightened Rabbit and their new track, "State Hospital."

THE 20 BEST-GLAM ROCK SONGS, according to The Guardian's Jon Savage.

"STAND BY YOUR MAN": An Oral History.

KRISTEN STEWART plans to dump ROBERT PATTINSON, a source tells RadarOnline.

RHIANNA... and JUSTIN BIEBER?  Given that she was spotted in court with the heinous Chris Brown, it seems unlikely.

KIM KARDASHIAN's doctor thinks Kim's unborn baby may be at risk, because of the stress Kris Humphries is causing by dragging out their divorce. Litigation is fun!


FERGIE pregnant? Josh Duhamel says there's no new news, which may be a denial.

PHIL SPECTOR: The HBO pic has a trailer online. Wigtastic.

NORTH KOREA: China said it was "extremely concerned" about North Korea's threat to go beyond a third nuclear test.

MALI: France announced it will begin pulling its nearly 4000 troops out of Mali in March, handing over operations gradually to the UN-backed AFISMA force of some 8000 troops."

SYRIA: After a lull, heavy fighting broke out in Damascus. Rebels said they had gone on the offensive against strategic targets in the city's southern neighborhood of Jabar.

IRAN: At the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation summit in Cairo, Ahmadinejad called for a strategic alliance with Egypt and proposed a loan to the cash-strapped country. Egypt's response was cool.

EGYPT: Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the opposition National Salvation Front coalition, denounced a fatwa that authorized the killing of NSF members. An NGO linked to the Muslim Brotherhood called for the National Council for Women and other women's rights associations to be abolished.

SLOTHS: Sink or swim?

THE WORLD'S LONGEST CAT has passed away.

LEAVE THE KID, TAKE THE CORN SNAKE: Not a line from The Godfather.

THE BOBCAT POPULATION is on the rise... in New Jersey.

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The dB's, Foxygen, Black History Month, Moto-Spider   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SUEDE returns with "It Starts Ands With You."

THE dB's play a five-song set at Sound Opinions.

FOXYGEN stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

NIKI & THE DOVE stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session. 

BLACK HISTORY MONTH brings a soulful livestream from The Current.

PRINCE drops another new track, "Breakfast Can Wait."

THE SMITHEREENS: "Behind The Wall Of Sleep" Live on The Tube, 1987.

ROBYN HITCHCOCK spun tunes with Stereogum and talks about his new album, what’s on his reading list, and how eating falafel led to “Balloon Man.”

DJANGO DJANGO is profiled by Scotland's Sunday Mail.

LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM talks to Relix about his live disc, the music biz, and more...

VINYL sales rose a whopping 19 percent over the year before. It’s the fifth consecutive cycle in which purchases in the format have increased, each time to levels beyond any previous year in the history of accurate sales accounting.

BRITNEY SPEARS has a choice between two casinos, one of which is part of Caesars Entertainment Group.

JOHN TRAVOLTA failed to get a sexual assault claim sent to arbitration; it could go to a public trial.

MONICA & CHANDLER, together again?

FRANK OCEAN told police he was called a “f**got” during his brawl with Chris Brown, moments before Brown threatened to shoot him.  BTW, a district attorney says Brown likely faked his community service.

KATIE HOLMES is back dating, tentaively.

JUDY GREER scores a big advance for her first book.

DENMARK: Lars Hedegaard, president of the Danish Free Press Society and a critic of Islam, survived an assassination attempt outside his home.

BRITISH police named seven additional suspects in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing. All of them were said to be members of the Jamahiriya Security Organisation; two died in the Libyan revolution.

NORTH KOREA: South Korea said the UN would impose tougher sanctions if North Korea went ahead with a third nuclear test. North Korea threatened to go beyond a third nuclear test because of "hostile" UN sanctions. North Korea loaded a video on YouTube showing a US city in flames after missile attack.

IRAN: An ally of Ahmadinejad was arrested by his opponents, highlighting a schism in Iran's politics. Ahmadinejad traveled to Egypt, becoming the first Iranian leader to do so since 1979. Iran agreed to a new round of talks with world powers over its nuclear program.


AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: A spider that sounds like a motorcycle.

A KINKAJOU was captured in Wise County, TX.

A BABY ZEBRA debuts at the Phoenix Zoo.

A ROGUE OTTER ate £10,000 worth of an elderly couple's fish.

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Reg Presley RIP, New Releases, Bryan Ferry Orchestra, Baby Panda   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, February 05, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PATE REUNION UPDATE:  Jon, Mike & Jon (and we hope Ron) will be retaking a stage somewhere near Iowa State University on July 5th, 2013, just one short decade after their last reunion gig.  Clear your calendar for something transcendent, a train wreck, or both!  If you're on the Facebook, check in with the event page.

REG PRESLEY, lead singer of 60s rock band The Troggs, has died aged 71, following a bttle with lung cancer.  Here, then is "Wild Thing" and "Love Is All Around" for Twofer Tuesday -- plus "With a Girl Like You"as a bonus track.

NEW RELEASES from Jim James, Eels, Ron Sexsmith, The Bronx, Guards and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

THE BRYAN FERRY ORCHESTRA is advance streaming The Jazz Age, which re-imagines Ferry's work and the songs of Roxy Music as if they were performed by a 1920s jazz band.

CUFF THE DUKE is advance streaming Union. I dug it.

P^SSED JEANS is advance streaming Honeys.

MELODY'S ECHO CHAMBER drops “Je Me Perds De Vue” is a B-side to the "Crystalized" single.

ORCHESTRAL MANOEUVRES IN THE DARK drop "Atomic Ranch" ahead of English Electric.

FRIGHTENED RABBIT: Scott and Grant Hutchison talk to Drowned In Sound about the importance of honest songwriting, the band’s fresh approach to recording and the transition to a major record label.

CHRISTOPHER OWENS: How self-doubt, touring and a brush with armed robbers inspired the medieval troubadour vibe of his debut solo album, Lysandre.

YO LA TENGO talks to Bon Appetit about their new foodie video and eating on the road. (Thx, LHB.)

ELTON JOHN's Top 10 Crazy Concert Costumes.

BRITNEY SPEARS has been in negotiations to do a residency in Las Vegas the past several months, and now she's one step closer to inking a deal.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE denies calling Britney Spears a "b^tch," except possibly in that Britney way.

SUPERBOWL BLACKOUT: Boomer Esiason claims he was told that the Superdome power went out twice during Beyonce's halftime rehearsals. Just sayin'.

LINDSAY LOHAN decides to pay her old lawyer.

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY talks acting, fashion and such at Marie Claire.

IRON MAN 3: The extended Super Bowl spot.

THE UNITED STATES expects to keep some troops in Afghanistan after the NATO mission ends in December 2014. The US also is developing new rules for its cyberwarfare program to address growing security concerns.

IRAQ: The head of the Awakening warned that al Qaeda is returning to Anbar province.

IRAN could consider a new round of talks between Iran and six world powers over its nuclear program. Delaying tactic?

LEBANON: A judge issued arrest warrants for two top Syrian intelligence officials.

SYRIA: The leader of the rebel Syrian National Coalition called on President Assad to respond to his offer for a dialogue.

A BABY PANDA and her Mom.

IRANIAN SPACE MONKEY: A senior Iranian space official says one of two official photos of its famed simian space traveler depicted the wrong monkey, but that the primate really did fly up into orbit and return safely.

MARTA was voted MVP of Puppy Bowl IX.

POLAR BEARS: Not in as bad a shape as the conventional wisdom had led us to believe.

BABOONS vs SAUDIS: Who you got?

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My Bloody Valentine, Screaming Females, Lone Bellow, Horse Flute   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, February 04, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SATURDAY was a record-shattering day of traffic here; thanks to everyone for stopping by!

PATE REUNION UPDATE:  Jon, Mike & Jon (and we hope Ron) will be retaking a stage somewhere near Iowa State University on July 5th, 2013, just one short decade after their last reunion gig.  Clear your calendar for something transcendent, a train wreck, or both!  If you're on the Facebook, check in with the event page.

TEGAN & SARA: The twins get "Closer" on Kimmel.

MY BLOODY VALENTINE released mbv, their first LP in 21 years, to stream and buy. The Quietus and NME are among those with track-by-track analyses.

SCREAMING FEMALES are advance streaming their Chalk Tape EP.

THE LONE BELLOW talks opening for The Civil Wars and plays songs from their debut at WNYC Soundcheck.The band was recently profiled at USA Today.

JENN GRANT plays songs from The Beautiful Wild at WNYC Soundcheck.

SAM COOKE & JACKIE WILSON unexpectedly meet up on "Everybody Loves To Cha Cha Cha."

ROBYN HITCHCOCK talks Alfred Hitchcock (no relation) at WNYC Soundcheck.

BRENDAN BENSON talks to Stereogum about parenthood and premieres the video for “Happy All The Time.”

THOM YORKE talks to All Songs Considered about Atoms For Peace.

MGMT have cited Aphex Twin and house music as influences during writing their forthcoming album.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Warm Bodies was the hottest this weekend, with a 19.5 million debut against a 30 million budget.  Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters plummets 53 percent to place with 9.2 million; even so, this has about 70 million in worldwide receipts aginst a 50 million budget.  Silver Linings Playbook climbed a notch to show with 8.1 million on a leggy 14.1 percent drop.  Mama drops two to the fourth slot with 6.7 million on a 49 percent drop.  Zero Dark Thirty rounds out the Top 5 with 5.3 million on a 45percent drop. I wonder whether the predominant male interest in the Super Bowl accounts for SLP doing better relative to Oscar competitor ZD30.  After all, below the fold, Bullet to the Head debuted in sixth place with 4.5 million against a 55 million budget.  Apparently, the success of The Expendables does not imply a residual audience for Schwarzenegger or Stallone separately.

PENELOPE CRUZ & XAVIER BARDEM are expecting their second child.

JUSTIN BIEBER: More weed, more problems. Plus codeine?

LINDSAY LOHAN is desperately trying to hire new counsel.

49'ERS FRANK GORE & MICHAEL CRABTREE prepped for the Super Bowl in a Nawlins strip club.


AMANDA BYNES moves out of her NYC pad after an eviction threat.

JEREMY LONDON is off the hook in his domestic violence beef.

ED KOCH, the master showman of City Hall, who parlayed shrewd political instincts and plenty of chutzpah into three tumultuous terms as New York’s mayor with all the tenacity, zest and combativeness that personified his city of golden dreams, died Friday. He was 88.

NORTH KOREA: Kim Jong Un has told his frontline troops to prepare for war and has issued martial law for North Korea, South Korean media report.

THE UNITED STATES said it would conduct its own investigation of the suicide bombing today at the US Embassy in Ankara that killed two people, and warned Americans to avoid US diplomatic facilities in the country.

ALGERIA: The UK and Algeria agreed to strengthen their strategic partnership by sharing intelligence and cooperating in counterterrorism.

LIBYA: The European Union agreed to help Libya with border security for the next two years. The UK pledged to provide military trainers and police advisers. A Benghazi police station was bombed but no one was hurt.

SYRIA: US Secretary of State Clinton said Iran has stepped up its military and financial support to the Syrian government.

EGYPT: Thousands of protesters hurled stones and firebombs at President Morsi's palace gates as security forces fired tear gas and water cannons; at least 48 people were injured. More demonstrations occurred across the country.


AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: A horse plays the flute with his nose.

86 CAMELS died in a fire at a camel farm in southwest Germany. You're gonna cry.

A 15-FT GIANT PYTHON babysits for a 13-year-old boy in China.

A PIGLET is convinced it's a dog. That'll do.

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Punxsutawney Phil, Richard Thompson, Yo La Tengo, Cutout Bin, Disabled Piglet   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, February 01, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



I got flowers...in the Spring...

First D.J.: "Rise and shine, campers and don't forget your booties 'cause it's cooooold out there today." Second D.J.: "It's cold out there every day. What is this, Miami Beach?" First D.J.: "Not hardly. So the big question o­n everybody's lips..." Second D.J.: "O­n their chapped lips..." First D.J.: "...their chapped lips is, 'Does Phil feel lucky?' Punxsatawney Phil! That's right, woodchuck chuckers it's...


Tomorrow, Punxsutawney Phil ---  the Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators, and Weather Prophet Extraordinary will predict whether we will have six more weeks of winter.  According to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, Phil has seen his shadow 97 times, and hasn't seen it (predicting an early spring) only 14 times.  Phil's track record is hotly disputed, though he's has had a pretty good run recently.  Nevertheless, thousands will await the sunrise and the groundhog at Gobbler's Knob in the tiny Pennsylvania hamlet that has become known as the "Weather Capital of the World," due in no small part to the movie that makes every day Groundhog Day.

This is o­ne time where the Internet really fails to capture the true excitement of a movie about a large squirrel predicting the weather. However, you can see the trailer as a refresher (while BuzzFeed compiles trivia).

In 2005, Roger Ebert revisited Groundhog Day, declaring that the film "finds its note and purpose so precisely that its genius may not be immediately noticeable. It unfolds so inevitably, is so entertaining, so apparently effortless, that you have to stand back and slap yourself before you see how good it really is."

At the other end of the political spectrum, Jonah Goldberg's equally effusive movie meditation grabbed the cover of National Review: "When I set out to write this article, I thought it'd be fun to do a quirky homage to an offbeat flick, o­ne I think is brilliant as both comedy and moral philosophy. But while doing what I intended to be cursory research -- how much reporting do you need for a review of a twelve-year-old movie that plays constantly o­n cable? -- I discovered that I wasn't alone in my interest. In the years since its release the film has been taken up by Jews, Catholics, Evangelicals, Hindus, Buddhists, Wiccans, and followers of the oppressed Chinese Falun Gong movement."

Indeed, a 2004 article mentioned by Ebert (but not linked) from London's Independent observes that the Harold Ramis comedy has been hailed by some religious leaders as the most spiritual film of all time. More examples can be found at the NYT and the Christian Science Monitor.

As Phil Connors ultimately observed: "When Chekhov saw the long winter, he saw a winter bleak and dark and bereft of hope. Yet we know that winter is just another step in the cycle of life. But standing here among the people of Punxsutawney and basking in the warmth of their hearths and hearts, I couldn't imagine a better fate than a long and lustrous winter."

ACCORDINGLY, we start off the weekend:

...with Sonny & Cher o­n Hullabaloo and famously o­n Letterman years later, plus UB40 with Chrissie Hynde, not to mention The Cynics (from the Bonograph tribute CD), and David Bowie & Marianne Faithfull. A bit more for Fivefer Friday.

UPDATE: Phil predicts an early Spring.

RICHARD THOMPSON rolled out new tracks from his upcoming LP on  Morning Becomes Eclectic

OF MONTREAL plays a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR. 

YOU LA TENGO stopped by the KEXP studio to showcase a few of Fade's breezy, ice-cool singles.

PINBACK played a taught and propulsive mini-set at KEXP.

DEPECHE MODE drops "Heaven," their first new music since 2009.

STEVE EARLE drops "Calico Country" ahead of The Low Highway.


DAVID BOWIE: Guitarist Earl Slick talks to Rolling Stone about the new songs, the possibility of a tour and his memories from the famously debauched Station to Station sessions. So let's revisit "Golden Years" and "Fame" circa 1975.

THE HISTORY OF APPLE PIE: Stephanie Min talks to DIY about the band's full-length debut, Out Of View.

TEGAN & SARA talk to Spinner about the more personal tone and commercial sound of Heartthrob.

DAVID LOWERY (CVB, Cracker) talks to Spinner about streaming music royalties.

EMMYLOU HARRIS was charged with hi-and-run after a freeway accident.

CUTOUT BIN: From the Sonics to Sonic Youth, from Dean Martin to David Bowie, from Japandroids to Josie & the Pussycats, plus Robyn Hitchcock, Buffalo Springfield, Shoes, Pavement  and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are Warm Bodies, which is currently scoring 73 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Bullet To The Head, which is scoring 43 percent.

DAN MARINO knocked up a CBS Sports production assistant in 2004. Happy 28th wedding anniversary, Mrs. Marino.

LINDSAY LOHAN has a new baby brother.

BRADLEY COOPER has a foot fetish?

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER sex photo may fetch 150K.

SHARON STONE reportedly split from 27-year-old Martin Mica. Basic Instinct turns 21 in March.

PULP FICTION: Vanity Fair teases The Oral History.

SCTV: The A.V. Club lists 10 episodes making the case for the show as one of the greatest. Certainly, I have very fond memories of "Play It Again, Bob." But what really struck me about the piece is the degree to which the culture SCTV satirized -- from Bob Hope to Joey Heatherton to local horror movie shows to William F. Buckley to the Midnight Special -- no longer exists.

IRAN: The IAEA has warned its member states that Tehran has embarked on a modernization program of its uranium enrichment facilities that will speed up production of weapons-grade fissile material — by a factor of five. Nonproliferation expert Mark Fitzpatrick described the planned upgrade as a potential “game-changer.”

ISRAELI jets bombed a convoy near Syria's border with Lebanon. The convoy, believed to destined for Hezbollah, was carrying antiaircraft missiles but apparently not chemical weapons.

MALI: France said Islamist forces are "in disarray" as some had returned home and others had made a "tactical withdrawal" to a mountainous 96,000-square mile area east of Kidal. President Traore ruled out talks with Islamist groups but is willing to negotiate with the Tuareg MNLA if it gives up territorial demands and agrees to reintegrate into Mali.

LIBYA: The UN envoy warned that the conflict in Mali may spill over to Libya, and said 200000 fighters remain in "revolutionary brigades" in Libya. More than 20000 former revolutionary fighters are training for the police force. An estimated 15000 to 20000 personnel are needed to secure Benghazi.

EGYPT: Secular and Islamic groups met to try to defuse the political crisis. Protesters in Cairo rejected prosecutors' decision to arrest members of the Black Bloc group on terrorism charges. Islamist parties said Black Bloc members must be killed.

A DISABLED PIGLET pops wheelies just fine.

"GAY" DOG faces a death sentence in Tennessee.

MOUSE PATÉ is off the menu in Switzerland.

A GIANT EAGLE OWL has been causing a major flap in a Scottish city center by terrorizing passing pedestrians.

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