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Frog Eyes, Phish, Strand of Oaks, Alex G, Elephant   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, June 16, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FIRST AID KIT played "My Silver Lining" at the Ed Sullivan Theater.

FROG EYES advance streams Carey's Cold Spring.

PHISH is advance streaming Fuego.

STRAND OF OAKS is advance streaming Heal.

ALEX G is streaming the lo-fi DSU.

INVISIBLE FAMILIARS drop  “Clever Devil,” the A-side from the New York trio’s new 7-inch.

R.B. GREAVES: "Take a Letter, Maria."

CHRISSIE HYNDE is profiled by the Associated Press.

GOGOL BORDELLO: Eugene Hutz talks to PopMatters about his “singing heart”, why Russians’ literary traditions put them ahead of the Western curve as lyricists, and the paradoxical nature of introspection.

BJORK is battling against big business to defend Iceland's landscape.

ANDERS PARKER talks to Magnet about his influences, who are awesome.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: 22 Jump Street tops the chart with 60 million, much stronger than the original, the second-highest R-rated comedy opening ever, and about where projected. How to Train Your Dragon 2 places with 50 million, lower than projections--but then, the original opened soft at 43 million and there won't be an animated competitior until Planes: Fire and Rescue on July 18.  Maleficent shows with 19 million; the 45 percent drop (likely due to the Dragon training) is a concern, but this is still likely to profit.  Edge of Tomorrow, despite being good, takes the fourth slot with 16.2 million, and will need Tom Cruise's overseas fanbase to have a shot at the 500 million it likely needs to profit.  The Fault in Our Stars, last weekend's champ, rounds out the Top Five with 15.7 million; the 67 percent drop tells you this was frontloaded with fans of the book and Shailene Woodley, but 81 million domestic so far against a 12 million budget is money in the bank.

CASEY CASEM, a disc jockey who never claimed to love rock ’n’ roll but who built a long and lucrative career from it, creating and hosting one of radio’s most popular syndicated pop music shows, “American Top 40,” died on Sunday in a hospital in Gig Harbor, Wash. He was 82. He also voiced Shaggy on the Scooby-Doo cartoons. Time for a long distance dedication.

STAR WARS: Harrison Ford finally weighed in on the original controversy.

KELLY CLARKSON has given birth to her first child.

JENNA FISCHER and Lee Kirk have welcomed a baby girl into their growing family.

ANGELINA JOLIE was made an honorary Dame by Queen Elizabeth II.

LEONARDO DiCAPRIO wants nothing to do with Justin Bieber.

UKRAINE: The Ukrainian flag fluttered over the regional government headquarters in the strategic port city of Mariupol on Friday after government forces reclaimed the city from pro-Russian separatists in heavy fighting and said they had regained control of a long stretch of the border with Russia.

SYRIA's army has been pounding major bases of the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria in coordination with the Baghdad government for the last 24 hours, an activist group says Sunday.

IRAQ: Militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria boasted on Twitter that they had executed 1700 Iraqi government soldiers, posting gruesome photos to support their claim. A Shiite militia seized control of an Iraqi town Saturday, blunting the advance toward Baghdad of radical Sunni fighters in a sign that the widespread mobilization of paramilitary forces may be starting to have an impact. In Mosul, however, the removal of the Iraqi army by ISIS has been interpreted as a local victory; as a means of empowering Mosul residents against Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and the Shia dominated national government who they feel has kept their people “oppressed”. The American Embassy in Baghdad plans to evacuate a substantial number of its personnel this week.

A CHARGING ELEPHANT, stopped by Tor Bowling, a 27-year-old engineer from Chonburi, Thailand.

A COW on the lam in Baltimore.It didn't end well.

LUX THE CAT: Beyond the powers of the Cat Whisperer?

PIGEON MUSEUM opens in Oklahoma. Rechedule your vacation.

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Lovin' Spoonful, Bob Mould, Lee Fields, Cutout Bin, Dear Kitten   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, June 13, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE LOVIN' SPOONFUL! The obligatory "Summer in the City" because it's June, of course.  But let's do the other big hits: "Daydream," "Do You Believe in Magic," and "You Didn't Have To Be So Nice."  Also, the band gets some orchestral backing on "Darlin' Be Home Soon," which is lesser-known today, but which reached No. 15 on the Billboard charts in 1967.

BOB MOULD stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

JESSICA LEA MAYFIELD stopped by World Cafe for a mini-set.

LEE FIELDS & THE EXPRESSIONS stopped by WFUV's Studio A to perform some of their new songs.

WARREN HAYES (The Allman Brothers Band, Gov't Mule) performs in the WNYC Soundcheck studio.

DAVE SITEK (TV on the Radio) drops "God D**n Beauty" as a solo single.

OPERATORS, the new wave project featuring Divine Fits members Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs) and Sam Brown (New Bomb Turks, etc.) plus Devojka, drops "True."

CASTANETS: Raymond Raposa drops  “Out For The West,” the lead single from the upcoming Decimation Blues.

STEVE PERRY rejoins THE EELS for more Journey tunes, an Eels tune, and a Sam Cooke tune. Sounds better this time, esp. on "Lights."

PARQUET COURTS: Ptichfork spent two days on the road with a band the writer later describes to his cab driver as “punky and a little weird.”

THE RAMONES' debut album goes Gold after 40 years.

LANA DEL REY: "I wish I was dead already."

JEFF BECK turns 70; Rock's Backpages has a profile from 1973. 

LEA THOMPSON lists her Top Ten Eighties Songs.

CUTOUT BIN: From The Who to Camera Obscura, from Issac hayes to Arctic Monkeys, from the Replacements to Howard Jones, plus Eels, the Psychedelic Furs, the Rolling Stones, The Cars 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: How to Train Your Dragon 2, which is currently scoring 92 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and 22 Jump Street, which is scoring 87 percent. Both sequels are projected to open in the mid-60 millions..

HARRISON FORD was injured by the door of the Millennium Falcon on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII. Obligatory.


JUSTIN BIEBER is off the hook for a felony in an attempted robbery investigation.

ROBIN THICKE names his next album after his estranged wife, Paula Patton.

RUBY DEE, who personified grace, grit and progress at a time when African-American women were given little space in movies and on stage, died Wednesday in New Rochelle, N.Y. She was 91.

UKRAINE: Three Russian tanks and other military vehicles crossed the border on Thursday, prompting a skirmish between Ukrainian and Russian forces, acting Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said.

IRAN: Five weeks before a deadline to broker limits on Iran’s nuclear program, Iranian and American negotiators are far apart on crucial issues and digging in their heels.

IRAQ is falling apart; here are four things to know. Parliament in Baghdad has delayed voting on a request to grant the prime minister emergency powers as the north slips out of government control.The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham has set out a list of rules for residents of Mosul as it seeks to impose its Islamist rules on Iraq's second city. One is "Repent or Die." Females should only go outside "if necessary". With the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, an offshoot of al Qaeda, rapidly gaining territory, Iran deployed Revolutionary Guards units to Iraq, according to Iranian security officials. ISIS is currently trying to take a power plant in Baiji that powers much of Baghdad.  President Obama said Iraq is going to need help due to the jihadist advance, and that his team is working to determine the most effective aid to offer. The White House has refused previous Iraqi requests for American airstrikes against Iraqi insurgents. The US has been flying reconnaissance drones over Iraq since last year. US officials are now considering options including US airstrikes, intelligence sharing, stepped up provision of military equipment, and enhanced training of Iraqi and Kurdish forces. Officials said US ground troops would not be deployed in Iraq.

DEAR KITTEN: It's a Friskies ad, but well played.

THE 100000 COCKROACHES are her children.

A FROG's tongue can lift three times its body weight.

THIS LITTLE PIGGY ain't going to market.

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Jack White, The Emersons, Promise Ring, Allah-Las, Cheetah+Puppy   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN cover the Velvet Underground's "I'm Waiting For The Man," unplugged.

JACK WHITE played a full set at the historic Fonda Theater in Hollywood, Calif.

THE PROMISE RING's Nothing Feels Good is one of the Jade Tree catalog streaming via Bandcamp.

DONNIE & JOE EMERSON are advance streaming Still Dreamin' Wild: The Lost Recordings 1979-81. Here's a refresher on the lads.

THE ALLAH-LAs drop "501-415" ahead of Worship the Sun.

JOHNNY MAESTRO: "The Worst That Could Happen." A great self-indulgent song written by Jimmy Webb, sung by the man who made it a hit with the Brooklyn Bridge.

GUIDED BY VOICES: "Every other lo-fi indie band from the mid-'90s onward sounds like them." (Thx, LHB.)

NEKO CASE talks festival fashion with The New York Times.

ALEX CHILTON biographer Holly George-Warren talks to World Cafe.

BRIAN WILSON: "Songs in contention" for inclusion on his next album feature appearances from Frank Ocean, Lana Del Rey, Zooey Deschanel, and country singer Kacey Musgraves.

ANNA KENDRICK is this month's Elle cover story.

GRUMPY CAT is starring in a Lifetime Christmas movie.

ADAM LEVINE is reaching out to some of his ex-girlfriends to make amends as  he preps for his July wedding to model Behati Prinsloo.

LEA MICHELE's new boyfriend is just a (former) gigolo.

BILL MURRAY crashed another wedding...photo.

CASEY CASEM's family is pulling the plug.

SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR has a new trailer online.

IRAQ: Al-Qaeda-inspired militants pushed deeper into Iraq's Sunni heartland Wednesday, swiftly conquering Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit as soldiers and security forces abandoned their posts and yielded ground once controlled by U.S. forces. As many as 500000 people have been forced to flee Mosul after hundreds of Islamist militants took control. Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki secretly asked the Obama administration to consider carrying out airstrikes against extremist staging areas, according to Iraqi and American officials.

SYRIA: The Assad regime began freeing inmates from prisons in Damascus and Hama after declaring an amnesty for all crimes except terrorism; it extends to foreigners who entered Syria for terrorism, so long as they surrender within 30 days.

UKRAINE: Russia on Wednesday offered to restore the discounted gas price it granted Ukraine under the ousted pro-Russian president, but Ukraine demanded an even better deal and called for arbitration to settle the dispute.

VENEZUELA's attorney general ordered the arrests Wednesday of three government opponents, including a former presidential candidate and a former state oil company executive, who are wanted for questioning in an alleged plot to assassinate President Nicolas Maduro.

A CHEETAH CUB and a PUPPY, playing together... mass hysteria!

THE SWARM: Giant moths have descended on Malaysia, invading homes and even disrupting a national football match.

17 PIT BULL PUPS were dognapped in Florida. A scarred Cruella DeVille was unavailable for comment.

DATE OF THE DOLPHIN? A female animal researcher has admitted to sex with a male dolphin during a 1960s NASA-funded experiment.


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First Aid Kit, Jeff Tweedy, New Pronographers, Tom Petty, Lions in Love   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BLOOD ORANGE: Dev Hynes and director Gia Coppola go a bit 80s in the video for "You're Not Good Enough."

WE HAD A TECH GLITCH TUESDAY MORNING, but we had stuff yesterday, icymi.

FIRST AID KIT stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

JEFF TWEEDY played a full set at Mountain Jam fest in Hunter Mountain, N.Y., featuring a dozen new songs and some old faves.

THE NEW PR0NOGRAPHERS drop "Brill Bruisers" as the title track to their next LP, which includes Dan Bejar and Neko Case.

TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS drop  “U Get Me High” and “Red River” on Spotify ahead of Hypnotic Eye.

THE DOOZIES and FLOWER GIRL both share tracks from a split LP.

THE RAMONES: "California Sun."

BILLY BRAGG has compared Glastonbury headliners Kasabian to fictional comedy rock group Spinal Tap, declaring that the Leicester band's role in music is primarily to "to remind us how true" the famous parody was.

ST VINCENT: Annie Clark is profiled by the Winnipeg Free Press. (Thx, LHB.)

LANA DEL REY talks to Fader about instant buzz, feminism, indecisiveness, submissiveness, reverence for American icons and self-destructiveness, and more...

RUSH albums, ranked by Stereogum.

SANDRA BULLOCK's alleged stalker had a machine gun  (but not when he broke in) and was interested in her, not her property.

JERRY SEINFELD talks to Esquire about celebrity stand-up, his full head of hair, the new season of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, and why our dads wouldn't have considered turning down a job.

JASON SCHWARTZMAN and wife Brady Cunningham have welcomed their second child.

KELLY ROWLAND and her new husband Tim Witherspoon seem to be expecting their first child.

JAMES FRANCO wrote a short story about Lindsay Lohan.

JAKE GYLLENHAAL & RACHEL McADAMS: Dating...or just prepping a movie?

AMAZON is putting the screws to Warner Bros.

UKRAINE: Check out the liveblog at Radio Free Europe for new developments.

VENEZUELA: Prostitutes run afoul of the government in an unsual way.

AFGHANISTAN: The Afghan economy, which had been expanding by as much as 14 percent a year, has slumped. Growth this year is expected to be just 3.2 percent, according to the World Bank. That slowdown reflects the declining American spending as well as apprehension about security.

IRAQ's prime minister has asked parliament to declare a state of emergency after Islamist militants effectively took control of Mosul and much of its province of Nineveh. The loss of Mosul to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), U.S. officials and experts acknowledged, is a powerful demonstration of the extremists’ growing effectiveness and reach.

THE LIONS steal the show. Loudly. Passionately.

A GUINEA PIG managed to escape his enclosure and infiltrate the female-only enclosure.

A BOA is hanging around Boca. Does not seem to have retired.

WHEN CROCS ATTACK: The remains of a man taken by a crocodile in front of his family in the Northern Territory's Kakadu National Park have been recovered.

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Klaxons, Lily Allen Death Grips & Bjork, Spoon, Baby Goats   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SPOON debuts  "Rent I Pay," the lead-off cut to They Want My Soul.

THE KLAXONS are streaming Love Frequency.

LOWER is advance streaming Seek Warmer Climes.

LILY ALLEN posted demos of unreleased songs, just for laughs.

DEATH GRIPS... and BJORK.  Yes, really.

JEFF TWEEDY plays the new “Low Key” at Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Arts Festival.

FATHER JOHN MISTY covers Cat Stevens’ “Trouble."

THE ROSEBUDS drop "In My Teeth" ahead of Sand + Silence.

THE UNDERTONES: "Teenage Kicks" and "Here Comes the Summer" are your Twofer Tuesday

THE OLD 97s bassist Murry Hammond talks to PopMatters about a quarter century leading to Most Messed Up.

MINOR ALPS: Juliana Hatfield and Matthew Caws talk to Drowned In Sound about their record’s genesis, the nature of songwriting, and the future of their individual careers.

THE PIXIES leave the door open for Kim Deal.

YOU TUBE: Dictating terms to Indie labels. Remember when Google's motto was, "Don't Be Evil"?  Good times.

TRACY MORGAN underwent surgery for numerous broken bones as he recovers from injuries sustained during a fatal traffic accident. He's responsive, which encourages the docs. A truck driver charged in the weekend crash that killed a man and injured Morgan and others in New Jersey was awake for more than 24 consecutive hours before the incident, a criminal complaint filed in the case says.

SANDRA BULLOCK may have been in harm's way when someone broke into her house over the weekend.

HALLE BERRY was ordered to pay baby daddy Gabriel Aubry 16 grand monthly in child support.

JESSICA SIMPSON: Drunk enough to have Jack In The Box brought to her in a nightclub.

RIK MAYALL of The Young Ones and Drop Dead Fred has died at age 56. The Metropolitan Police said the death was not believed to be suspicious.

TAYE DIGGS talks to Redbook about his divorce from Idina Menzel. or, as she is known to John Travolta, Adele Dazeem.

LIL' KIM  gave birth to her first child, a baby girl, on Monday.

HOW TO TRAIN YOU DRAGON 2: Here's the first five minutes.

UKRAINE, separatists battle to control the border with Russia. Numerous Russians, most of them war veterans, Cossacks or ultranationalists, have signed up to fight in Ukraine in recent weeks, either with recruiters or through one of several websites established expressly for enrolling them.

THE UNITED KINGDOM: Administrators of several majority-Muslim state schools exposed students to extremist ideas and endangered their welfare by fostering a culture of fear and intimidation, Education Secretary Michael Gove told Parliament on Monday.

THE PAKISTANI TALIBAN threatened more violence after a five-hour assault on the nation's busiest airport killed 29 people - including all 10 attackers - raising a new challenge for a US ally trying to end years of fighting that has claimed thousands of lives.

LIBYA's Supreme Court yesterday ruled against the acting prime minister, Ahmed Meteeg, in effect placing his predecessor back in power in a case that has become a battle between the two main political camps.

SYRIA: Assad announced a wide-ranging amnesty on Monday, less than a week after he was re-elected to another seven-year term in the midst of civil war.

EGYPT:  Mob sex assaults overshadow the inauguration of Egypt's new president.

BABY GOATS Stampede.

URBAN FROGS seem to be using city drains to amplify its serenades to attract females. It's the froggy version of Mr. Microphone.

A FOX is stealing dozens of shoes in a Leeds suburb and dumping them outside a woman's house.

RATS are capable of feeling regret about their own actions, an emotion that has never previously been found in any other mammals apart from humans.

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