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MLK Jr Day, Joy Formidable, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Maru   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, January 21, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


U2: "Pride" and "MLK." Crushingly obvious. Have a dream.

THE JOY FORMIDABLE is advance streaming Wolf's Law.

UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA is advance streaming II.

BLAUDZUN is advance streaming Heavy Flowers.

BUKE & GASE are advance streaming General Dome.

SHUGO TOKUMARU is streaming In Focus? (Thx, Chromewaves.)

MENOMENA drops "Toomer" as a bonus from the Moms sessions.

DION: A vintage performance of "Abraham, Martin & John."

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle talks to The Quietus about piano tuning, his pro-choice activism and the tensions between fiction and non-fiction in his work.

VAMPIRE WEEKEND: Ezra Koenig and Rostam Batmanglij talk to Rolling Stone about the long road to their third album.

MELODY'S ECHO CHAMBER: Melody Prochet talks to TLOBF about her new perspective on music, and more.

THE FLAMING LIPS, ranked by Stereogum.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Mama tops your chart with 28,1 million against a 15 million budget for instaprofit.Zero Dark Thirty places with leggy Oscar buzz, with a 56 million total against a 40 million budget2; Jessica Chastain stars in your top two films this weekend. The platform expansion lifts Silver Linings Playbook to show with 11.4 million and a 55 million total against a 21 million budget.  Gangster Squad drops to the fourth slot with 9.1 million and a 32.2 million total against a 60 million budget.  The debut of Broken City rounds out the Top 5 with 9 million against a 35 million budget.  Below the fold, The Last Stand opened in tenth place with 6.3 million -- a measure of the cumulative damage to the Schwarzenegger brand. Ouch.

MANTI TE'O quietly began dating an actual living, breathing female human being ... shortly after he learned “Lennay Kekua” had died from cancer.

LINDSAY LOHAN doesn't care that the prosecutor in her car crash case is willing to let her skate without spending a day in jail ... because she won't plea bargain a case in which she says she's innocent.

MAD MEL UPDATE: Could Mel Gibson be the biological father of Jodie Foster's two sons?

EMMA STONE talks to W Magazine about Gangster Squad, the Oscars, and more...

KRISTEN STEWART & ROBERT PATTINSON top the Forbes list of Hollywood's Highest-Grossing Romantic Couples.  For now.

LEONARDO DiCAPRIO is planning to take a significant break from filming and concentrate on his environmental campaigning.

ALGERIA: The US and British defense ministers on Saturday vowed to hunt down al Qaeda-linked militants in north Africa following a deadly Algerian hostage crisis, but said they would not be sending in any ground troops.

MALI: ECOWAS appealed urgently to the UN for financial backing and logistical support in assembling the planned African-led intervention force in Mali; so far only 100 troops have arrived. French troops advanced north to Nionno and Sevare.

SYRIA: The opposition National Coalition discussed the idea of a government-in-exile in Turkey. Syria's foreign minister said any discussion of President Assad's future was "unacceptable." Government and rebel forces fought in eastern and southern Damascus.

IRAN: With time running out on efforts to monitor Iran's nuclear program, 2013 could well be the year when the United States must decide whether to take military action to block Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.

EGYPT: Opposition groups called for anti-Muslim Brotherhood demonstrations for Jan. 25. Protesters clashed with police outside a courthouse in Alexandria where policemen are being tried for allegedly killing protesters. Police seized a truck carrying a ton of explosives that was on its way to Sinai.

MARU the BOX CAT opts for a hoodie and the snow.

TINY THE CAT, formerly obese, lost half his body weight and found a new home.

PYTHON CHALLENGE UPDATE: 21 Burmese pythons whacked as of Thursday.

PLAYING WITH A GATOR: Bound to end well.

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CCR, Django Django, Foxygen, Aimee Mann, Cutout Bin, Kitten vs Foot   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, January 18, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL! Live at the Royal Albert Hall, 1970.  Your setlist includes: "Born On The Bayou," "Green River," "Tombstone Shadow," "Travellin' Band," "Fortunate Son," "Commotion," "The Midnight Special," "Bad Moon Rising," "Proud Mary," "The Night Time Is The Right Time," "Good Golly, Miss Molly," and "Keep On Chooglin'."

DJANGO DJANGO played a Takeaway Show for Le Blogotheque.

FOXYGEN is advance streaming We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic.

TORO Y MOI are advance streaming Anything in Return.

AIMEE MANN stopped by Sound Opinions for a mini-set.

MARNIE STERN drops "East Side Glory" ahead of The Chronicles Of Marnia.

AC/DC: "Back In Black." Because I am.

YO LA TENGO is profiled by the National Post.

DAVID BOWIE's Not-So-Lost Decade.

THE 40 GREATEST LED ZEPPELIN SONGS, according to Rolling Stone (which didn't much care for Zep back in the day).

ROLLING STONE'S GREATEST MISSES: The Zep list led me to see if this classic 1997 piece from the Chicago Reader was online, and it is.

CUTOUT BIN: From Henry Mancini to The Clash, from Huey Lweis & the News to Wall of Voodoo, from Belle & Sebastian to the Dramatics, plus Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Christopher Owens, Galaxie 500, Tears For Fears and more -- this year's final fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include The Last Stand, which is currently scoring 59 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Broken City, currently scoring 22 percent; and Mama, scoring 63 percent.  In addition, Silver Linings Playbook finally expands wide at 91 percent (You can read my take on SLP here).

BRITNEY SPEARS:  There is a raging war among 3 Las Vegas properties to snag the pop tart as their headliner. Spears and Jason Trawick have ended their relationship, but the pop star's ex is still planning to be a part of her life.

TAYLOR SWIFT: Has she had some work done?

NICOLE KIDMAN talks sex scenes, Scientology and saying "no" to studios.

JESSICA SIMPSON's dad is the executive producer on her daughter Jessica's new TV show, but don't expect the pair to reconcile any time soon. 

ELLEN PAGE scored what might've been a lifesaving victory against an alleged stalker who threatened to kill her online.

MALI: Islamist militants fighting French forces in the Diabaly area are said to be hiding among civilians. French troops in Mali now number about 1,400. Germany provided two transport planes to assist the intervention. The European Union agreed to send a military training mission to Mali.

EGYPT: Three dissidents were charged in court with "insulting the president" and with a new charge, "tarnishing the president's image."

SYRIA: Three car bombs exploded near government facilities in Idlib, killing 24 people.

KITTEN vs FOOT: Who you got?

A HEARTBROKEN DOG  whose owner died two months ago is missing her so much he is attending services at the Italian church where her funeral was held, patiently waiting for her to return.

TWO RARE SIBERIAN TIGER CUBS are getting plenty of attention at a zoo in southern Ukraine.

A PUPPY dying after drinking anti-freeze was saved -- by vodka.

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Bad Religion, Mountains, Joe Pug, Evil Hamster   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


YO LA TENGO brought "Ohm" and "I'll Be Around" to Fallon, with an assist from... Fred Armisen.

BAD RELIGION is advance streaming True North.

MOUNTAINS are advance streaming Centralia.

DUTCH UNCLES are advance streaming Out of Touch in the Wild.

JOE PUG, Live at Bottom of the Hill, Jan. 5, 2012.

THE BAND: "The Weight," from their dancing movie.

PAZZ & JOP 2012: You youngsters will never know how important this was in the 80s.

RICHARD HAWLEY talks to Drowned In Sound about the phenomenal success of Standing At The Sky's Edge , being wired on tramadol after breaking his leg and why he has no time for "Strictly Comefuckwit".

MARIANNE FAITHFULL talks to The Guardian about being cast as a sex kitten of the 60s, drugs, homelessness, and why she will never sell Mick Jagger's love letters.

VILLAGERS: Conor talks songwriters -- and his fave songs from each -- with Drowned In Sound.

NIKI & THE DOVE are profiled at the Village Voice.

CHARLIE SHEEN is going to be a grandpa. What could go wrong?

JEREMY RENNER is going to be a father; the baby mama is reportedly living in his L.A. pad.

ROBERT PATTINSON & KRISTEN STEWART are dunzo again, according to the ever-reliable Sun.

LINDSAY LOHAN is still living the high life by working as a professional escort, according to the ever-reliable Star magazine. Her dad -- one of the sources quoted -- is already denying the quotes.  Meanwhile, her movie The Canyons has been snubbed by Sundance.

JUSTIN BIEBER & SELENA GOMEZ: The latter confirms their split.

JESSICA SIMPSON says getting knocked up is again interfering with her wedding plans.

THE 100 HOTTEST WOMEN of the 21st CENTURY, according to GQ. Portions NSFW.


CONRAID BAIN, a veteran stage and film actor who became a star in middle age as the kindly white adoptive father of two young African-American brothers in the TV sitcom “Diff’rent Strokes,” has died of natural causes at 89.

MALI: In the first stages of a ground offensive, French special forces engaged in combat with Islamist fighters in Diabaly. France estimates it is facing about 1300 jihadist fighters based in the north. The MNLA said it was against al Qaeda and terrorism but would not fight alongside the French.

SYRIA did not use chemical weapons against residents of Homs in a December attack, a US State Department investigation shows, but did apparently misuse a riot-control gas in the incident, according to senior US officials. Mind you, that would also be the conclusion the US would want to reach, given that our govt had threatened to intervene if Assad used WMDs.

LIBYA: A car bomb killed a member of the National Security Directorate in Benghazi.

EGYPT: A spokesman for Pres Morsi said on Wednesday that inflammatory comments that he made about Jews before taking office had been intended as criticism of Israeli policies toward the Palestinians but had been taken out of context. LOL.

IRAN could produce enough weapon-grade uranium for one or more nuclear bombs by mid-2014, and the United States and its allies should intensify sanctions on Tehran before that point is reached, a report by a group of US nonproliferation experts said.

EVIL HAMSTER: Let's go to the video.

ORLANDO THE CAT beats the pros in a British stock-picking challenge.

THREE FUGITIVE PIGS: What makes them go whee whee whee whee home?

A BUNNY thrown from a bridge by a hooligan gets the kiss of life from a homeless man.

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Four Tet, Petra Haden, Fidlar, Hey Bulldog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FATHER JOHN MISTY covers R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly" aboard the S.S. Coachella.

FOUR TET drops a free EP of rarities.

PETRA HADEN is advance streaming Petra Goes to the Movies.

FIDLAR is advance streaming their self-titled album.

EBSEN & THE WITCH advance stream Wash the Sins Not Only the Face.

KIM DEAL's solo single turns up online.

OKKERVIL RIVER'S Will Scheff drops "Shock Corridor" from his new, un-Okkervil Lovestreams project.

JUNIP drops "Line Of Fire" ahead of their self-titled LP.

R. DEAN TAYLOR: "Indiana Wants Me." I have fond memories of The Service's cover version.

STEVIE NICKS gets a meaty profile (w/ interview) at The Observer.

TEGAN & SARA talk to Rolling Stone (separately) about making Heartthrob, why they decided this was the time to broaden their sound and how they got over their vicious sibling rivalry.

WHERE THE HELL IS MEMPHIS? NPR's "Sense of Place" series interviews Memphis author Robert Gordon and Stax Museum curator Levon Williams, adding archival pieces with Booker T. Jones and Steve "The Colonel" Cropper, and the late Issac Hayes

THE TOP 15 AMERICAN POWER POP ALBUMS, according to MAGNET. (Thx, Ken King.)

LINDSAY LOHAN's maybe-fired attorney pleaded not guilty on Li-Lo's behalf of lying to police, preventing a bench warrant... and a plea deal that would've involved rehab.

JESSICA CHASTAIN once swore off dating actors, but there she is with Tom Hiddleston, whom the Daily Mail fails to identify as Loki.

JESSICA SIMPSON will star in a semi-autobigraphical comedy pilot.

BRITNEY SPEARS: The pop tart's split from fiancee-conservator Jason Trawick was engineered by her father and Trawick.

MEGAN FOX bemoans fame and fortune - likening herself to an Aztec sacrifice -  but won't go away.

VICTOR GARBER came out to a blogger after the Golden Globes.

JOHN McTIERNAN: The director of Die Hard, Predator, The Hunt For Red October, The Thomas Crown Affair remake and more, heads to federal prison for his role in the Anthony Pellicano wiretap case.

BLAZING SADDLES: Headed to Broadway?

MALI: West African troops are expected to arrive in Mali "within days" to repel Islamist forces, which are said to have pulled out of Gao and Timuktu after several days of French airstrikes. Ansar Dine said it made a "tactical withdrawal.  French Pres Hollande said France's goals in Mali were: "stop[ping] the terrorist aggression... making Bamako safe... and enabling Mali to recover its territorial integrity."

SYRIA: A secret State Department cable has concluded that the Syrian military likely used chemical weapons against its own people in a deadly attack last month.

EGYPT: A 2010 video shows now-Pres. Morsi urging Egyptians to "nurse our children and our grandchildren on hatred" for Jews and Zionists. In a television interview months later, the same leader described Zionists as "these bloodsuckers who attack the Palestinians, these warmongers, the descendants of apes and pigs." Representatives of Morsi have declined repeated requests over more than three days for comment on his remarks.

PAKISTAN has plunged into a leadership crisis. As hundreds of thousands demonstrate against corruption, the country's high court has ordered the arrest of Prime Minister Ashraf. Populist cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri has declared a "revolution." Meanwhile, the government took administrative control of a vast province bordering Afghanistan and Iran, responding to an increasing number of sectarian attacks linked to homegrown Islamist extremists there.

IRAQ: Assassinations and attempts may provoke another civil war.


A DEAF BULLDOG senses the Blues.

GINA THE CHIMP is addicted to adult videos.

PRO TIP: Don't stand close to the rhino.

A MOUSE carefully released into the wild was killed within seconds by a hawk. Video at the link.

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New Releases, Yo La Tengo, Graham Parker, Polar Bear   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE SOFT MOON drops a video for the fuzzy "Die Life."

NEW RELEASES from Christopher Owens, Free Energy, Erin McKeon and more are streaming this week at Spinner.

YO LA TENGO played five new songs at World Cafe Live, plus a cover of The Spinners' "I'll Be Around."

GRAHAM PARKER & THE RUMOUR stopped by World Cafe to chat about the reunion and play a mini-set of new stuff.

NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS dropped a lyric video for "Jubilee Street."

ROY ORBISON provides vintage performances of "Running Scared" and "Oh, Pretty Woman" for Twofer Tuesday.

JOHNNY MARR talks to The Guardian about finally embracing his old sound, David Cameron and why he and Morrissey don't talk any more.

BLOC PARTY: Kele Okereke talks to the Aquarian Weekly about where the band draws musical inspiration, touring, and Four. (Thx, LHB.)

BJORK talks to Filter about Biophilia and nature.

JOHNNY CASH: At Paste, six musicians discuss Cash, the 45th anniversary of At Folsom Prison, and the legacy of The Man in Black.

BRADLEY COOPER & JENNIFER LAWRENCE are not dating, according to the former: "I could literally be her father."

JODIE FOSTER clarified her Golden Globes speech, whatever it was.

GLENN CLOSE: The obligatory drunken Golden Globes GIF.

LINDSAY LOHAN may or may not have fired the man keeping her out of jail.

RUSSELL CROWE has been sharing some intimate rubdowns with burlesque goddess Dita Von Teese, according to the NYP.

ZACK SNYDER denies reports of involvement with the new Star Wars.

SOUTH PARK's Trey Parker and Matt Stone have wooed investors and raised money to form their own production studio.

NATALIE WOOD: New details released today by the Los Angeles Coroner's Office that show the actress had bruises on her body that "appeared fresh and could have occurred before she entered the water" and drowned three decades ago.

JURASSIC PARK 4: June 13, 2014. Oh dear.

MALI: For years, the United States tried to stem the spread of Islamic militancy in the region by conducting its most ambitious counterterrorism program ever across these vast, turbulent stretches of the Sahara. But as insurgents swept through the desert last year, commanders of this nation’s elite army units, the fruit of years of careful American training, defected when they were needed most — taking troops, guns, trucks and their newfound skills to the enemy in the heat of battle, according to senior Malian military officials. US planning collapsed swiftly when heavily armed, battle-hardened Islamist fighters returned from combat in Libya.

GERMANY: The Foreign Ministry said Germany would provide cargo planes and medical personnel to assist France in the military intervention in Mali, but ruled out deploying troops.

IRAN is working with southern secessionists in Yemen to expand its influence and destabilize the strategic region around the Straits of Hormuz, the US envoy to Yemen was quoted as saying on Sunday.


POLAR BEAR rattles a BBC cameraman's cage. Where is Werner Herzog when you need him?

THE PYTHON CHALLENGE, essayed by Dave Barry.

A 7-FOOT GATOR was apprehended near the main runway of the Punta Gorda Airport.

A THIEVING 3-LEGGED DOG walks into an Invercargill dairy, helps himself to a dog roll and gets away with the loot.

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