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Dr Dog, Ariel Pink, Dismemberment Plan, Fox   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DEVENDRA BANHART drops a clip for "Mondo Taurobolium," ft. voice work from Rose McGowan.

DR DOG streams their new four-track Oh My Christmas Tree EP.

ARIEL PINK streams Early Live Recordings.

THE DISMEMBERMENT PLAN played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR. 

EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY: Live in Nottingham, Feb. 9, 2004

ST. VINCENT: Annie Clark drops "Birth In Reverse" ahead of her self-titled fourth LP.

SUMMER CAMP covers Wham!'s "Last Christmas."

THE FLAMING LIPS, KE$HA & NEW FUMES cover The Stone Roses' "Elizabeth My Dear."

BOB GELDOF, by his own admission, is responsible for two of the worst songs in history: "'Do They Know It's Christmas?" and "We Are The World."

RAY DAVIES stopped by World Cafe to talk about his new memoir, Americana: The Kinks, The Riff, The Road: The Story.He talks to The Observer about London's changing face, eavesdropping and his fear of big fish and artichokes.

JIMI HENDRIX: The Guardian excerpts a new collection of interviews.

BAD RELIGION talked to Weekend Edition about their Christmas album. 

THE BEST ALBUMS of 2013, according to Q magazine

LINDSAY LOHAN may be sued by Barron Hilton after he as attacked at the Miami masion where she has been staying.Looks like there were drugs at the party.

LAMAR ODOM cut a deal in his DUI case — agreeing to plead “no contest” to the crime and in exchange he'll be on probation for the next 3 years.

BRITNEY SPEARS talks motherhood, perfectionism, heartbreak - and why, with her Vegas residency starting, she's feeling the pressure.

MACAULAY CULKIN has formed a pizza-related Velvet Underground tribute band.

MEREDITH BAXTER and her longtime partner, contractor Nancy Locke, were married in an intimate ceremony on Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles.

ADAM SANDLER tops the new Forbes list of Hollywood's most overpaid actors.

AFGHANISTAN & IRAN signed a security pact. This will end well.

SAUDI ARABIA: The Interior Ministry is expanding the kingdom's jihadist rehabilitation program, due to fears that jihadists in Syria will engage in terrorism when they return; three more rehab centers are planned in addition to the two already in operation.

LIBYA: A car bomb at the funeral of a Benghazi intelligence official yesterday killed one person and injured six others; it is believed to be the first time a car bomb has targeted a terror victim's funeral in Libya, although the tactic is common in Iraq.

SYRIA: Regime troops and Hezbollah allies advanced against fighters from the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham in the town of Nabek near the Lebanon border.

IRAQ: The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham killed 39 people in a series of bombings and attacks throughout Iraq.


A FOX jumps for joy. And treats.

THE IKEA MONKEY: One year after becoming (in)famous, Darwin is growing into a healthy adolescent.

A TEEN GORILLA uses a human skin care supplement to attract a mate.


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Cults, Warren Haynes, Crocodiles, Guard Cats   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, December 09, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BEST COAST serves up a tennis-themed clip for "This Lonely Morning."

CULTS dropped by WFUV's Studio A to share some of their new songs and talk about the making of the Static album.

WARREN HAYNES (Gov't Mule) shared some of his new songs and to talk about the making of the cameo-laden Shout! album during this WFUV Live Session.

CROCODILES stopped by the KEXP studio to play songs from their new album, Crimes of Passion

THE DEVIL MAKES THREE bring punked-up bluegrass to WNYC Soundcheck.


THE WAITRESSES' Chris Butler talks to NME about "Christmas Wrapping."

NOEL GALLAGHER airs his grievances -- and praises Bowie -- at Rolling Stone.

THE 2014 GRAMMY NOMINATIONS: Winners and Losers.


THE A.V. CLUB lists Best Albums and Least Essential Albums of 2013.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Frozen tops the chart with 31.6 million. The 53 percent drop looks steep, but post-Thanksgiving drops tend to be steep.  More significant is Frozen crossing the 100 million mark in 8 days -- just half the time it took Tangled to do so and more in line with a Pixar-like performance.  With school vacation time yet ahead, Frozen should top Tangled with roughly ~225 million domestic by the end of its run.The Hunger Games: Catching Fire also took a steep Post-Thanksgiving drop of 64 percent, but places with 27 million and 336.7 total domestic (though again the matching amount overseas is actually more important for this sequel).  Whether these Games reach 400 million domestic depends on the reseption the next Hobbit gets this upcoming weekend (the reviews so far have been better than for the first Hobbit).  Out of the Furnace shows with a mere 5.3 million, which seems to have been to gritty for the holdiays and not serious enough for the Oscars crowd. Ouch.  Thor: The Dark World slips to fourth with 4.7 million, but comes within spitting distance of 200 million domestic (and 610.3 million worldwide -- the original made 450 mill total). Delivery Man climbed onto the bottom rung of the Top 5 with 3.8 million, but has yet to recoup its production budget.

LINDSAY LOHAN denied masterminding an attack on Barron Hilton at the Miami mansion where Lohan has been staying. Cocaine and booze were in abundance at Lohan's party, where the little brother of Paris was beaten to a pulp. Paris threatened Lindsay on Instagram afterwards.

JESSICAL BIEL definitely wants kids with Justin Timberlake.

PAUL WALKER's death will not stop Fast and Furious 7.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC: LIVE did boffo ratings but was not particularly well reviewed.

INDIANA JONES and the Mouseketeer Ears.

THE UNITED STATES: Turns out the CIA's NOC program is a bit of a flop. Or is that just what they want us to believe?

IRAN: President Obama said Iran was not likely to give up its nuclear program, and put the odds for successful international negotiations on the program at 50/50 at best.

AFGHANISTAN: James Dobbins, the special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, warned the Afghan government that failing to sign the Bilateral Security Agreement could lead to civil war in Afghanistan, and that in the absence of such an agreement, US troops had no reason to stay.

SYRIA: Regime forces continued to battle the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, the Al Nusrah Front, and allied rebels on the Damascus-Homs highway in Reef Dimashq near Nabek. The Syrian National Coalition said the bodies of 40 men, women, and children were found near the city.

CATS as GANDALF: None shall pass!

AN ELEPHANT goes on the lam in Rome after a circus breakout.

BREEDING SLOTHS works better with females. Just a tip.

HO HO HO: A woman jogging was hit by a flying deer on Thursday night in Ashburn, VA.



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Elton John, Superchunk, Ghost Wave, Cutout Bin, Pug   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, December 06, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with ELTON JOHN! Half of a live show captured by the OGWT on Christmas Eve, 1974.  Your setlist includes: "Grimsby" (incompete), "Rocket Man," "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," "Daniel," Grey Seal,"  "Bennie And The Jets," "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds," "I Saw Her Standing There," "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me," "Honky Cat," "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting," "Crocodile Rock," "The B^tch Is Back," "Your Song," and "White Christmas."

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

GHOST WAVE brings their brand of shambling vintage rock to KEXP, live from Judson Memorial Church in NYC during CMJ 2013.

GARY CLARK, JR. performed a mini-set at the UBS Forum.

MIKE DOUGHTY stopped by Studio 1A at KUTX for a mini-set.

!!! drops "And Anyway, It's Christmas," featuring the Yule Log.

THE SPECIALS AKA: "Free Nelson Mandela." Obvsly. This appearance was also singer Stan Campbell's last appearance with the band. Played this one occasionally on the radio.

NICK LOWE talks to the Associated Press about his new Christmas album.

LOCAL NATIVES talk about long tours, cathartic recordings and more at Drowned In Sound.

THE BEST INDIE ROCK LPs of 2013, according to PopMatters.

THE BEST ALBUMS of 2013, according to SPIN.

CUTOUT BIN: From James Brown to Belle & Sebastian, from Supertramp to the Velvet Underground, from Billy Bragg to Smokey Robinson, plus Edwyn Collins, the Yardbirds, Matthew Sweet, Guided by Voices and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: Out of the Furnace is this weekend's sole wide release; it opened wednesday with 55 percent on the ol' Tomatometer. The real story of the weekend will likely be whether Frozen can top Catching Fire.

NELSON MANDELA, who led the emancipation of South Africa from white minority rule and served as his country's first black president, becoming an international emblem of dignity and forbearance, died Thursday.  He was 95.

AMANDA BYNES has completed inpatient treatment and is recovering at her parents' Los Angeles home.

MILEY CYRUS has an odd conception for her next boyfriend.

BRITNEY SPEARS is being shielded from negative reviews, reportedly.

KERI RUSSELL and Shane Deary, her husband of nearly seven years, have split.

DECEMBER 7, 1941: A "date which will live in infamy." I'll be watching Tora! Tora! Tora! tomorrow. BTW, the first nation invaded by the US after entering WWII was Morocco, then Algeria, iirc.

MEXICO: The day after a load of stolen radioactive material was found in a field, Mexican authorities had formed a perimeter around the area and were measuring for contamination as they planned the recovery process Thursday.

EGYPT: Al Qaeda emerges amid the nation's turmoil.

AFGHANISTAN: The US Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction said the Pentagon's Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan has not been able to track the flow of US funding for Afghan forces, which is handled by the Afghan finance ministry.

PUG in a MUG: Okay, a flowerpot. Let's go to the video.

HUMBUG the REINDEER fled a festive holiday market.

CATS are more than capable of recognizing their owner’s voice; they simply choose to ignore them.

CHEETAH CUBS were born at the National Zoo.

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Robert Pollard, Eleanor Friedberger, Bill Callahan, Kitten vs Dragon   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, December 05, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE KINKS, with the evergreen "Father Christmas."

ROBERT POLLARD is streaming Blazing Gentlemen.

ELEANOR FRIEDBERGER visited Judson Memorial Church in NYC to perform songs from her Personal Record live on KEXP as part of CMJ 2013.

BILL CALLAHAN stopped by KUTX for a mini-set.

ROBBIE ROBERTSON (The Band) stopped by World Cafe for a chat about his book, Legends, Icons & Rebels.

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND drops a 19-minute "Sister Ray" from the White Light/White Heat box.

ROY ORBISON passed away 25 years ago this week. The Guardian reprints his final interview. "It's Over," but only on this plane.

PHIL COLLINS: The Godfather of Pop Culture?

REM expresses a healthy contempt for what now passes for rock n' roll in a vintage interview.

THE BEST ALBUMS of 2013, according to Paste.

PAUL WALKER and his friend Roger Rodas were apparently going over 90 mph when their special-edition Porsche crashed, killing both of them. The two died from the combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries.

KANYE WEST was accused of anti-Semitism by the Anti-Defmanation League. He and Kim Kardashian have set their sights on France's famed Palace of Versailles for their much-anticipated nuptials.

ORLANDO BLOOM and... Lord of the Rings co-star Liv Tyler?

CHRIS BROWN is getting sued for millions by Frank Ocean's cousin over that massive brawl outside a recording studio.

GAL GODOT has been cast as Wonder Woman in Batman vs. Superman.

EMILIA CLARKE & BRIE LARSON are in the running to play the role of Sarah Connor in a Terminator reboot.

LEBANON: A Hezbollah commander who fought in Syria and had a key role in the group's drone program, was shot dead in Beirut. The Ahrar al-Sunna Baalbek brigade claimed the attack, but Hezbollah blamed Israel and claimed it had targeted him in the past. Israeli officials denied involvement in the killing of a Hezbollah commander near Beirut.

EGYPT: The brother of the leader of Ansar Jerusalem said "it is possible" the group is tied to al Qaeda. US officials said AQAP is in regular contact with jihadist groups in the Sinai.

ISRAEL: Authorities completed the construction of the Israel-Egypt border fence.

LIBYA: A General National Congress vote made sharia law the basis for all legislation and all state institutions.


THE SQUIRREL THREAT: "This is the worst squirrel infestation I have ever seen."

A JACK RUSSELL TERRIER MIX learned a valuable lesson recently after getting his head stuck in a irrigation pipe while chasing a militant squirrel.

WOTTIES: A Westie and a Rottweiler, living together... mass hysteria!





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Of Montreal, Neil Finn, Laura Veirs, Au Revoir Simone, Piano Pachyderm   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, December 04, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE KILLERS celebrate "Christmas in L.A." with Dawes, Harry Dean Stanton and Owen Wilson.

OF MONTREAL stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

NEIL FINN stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

LAURA VEIRS recently stopped by WFUV's Studio A to share some of her new songs and chat about the making of the new album.

AU REVOIR SIMONE plays a set live on KEXP from Judson Memorial Church in NYC during CMJ 2013.

THE RAVEONETTES' 2011 video for 2001's "The Christmas Song."

THROWING MUSES: Kristin Hersh talks to Rolling Stone about the band's first new album in a decade.

PHOSPHORESCENT: Matthew Houck talks to The Guardian about turning his life around.

LEE HAZLEWOOD: The psychedelic cowboy's career is essayed by The Guardian.

THE BEST LPs OF 2013, according to MOJO

PAUL WALKER: TMZ has grisly video of the crash that ended the actor's life; a witness tells THR something was wrong with the car.

KATY PERRY & JOHN MAYER signaled that they had greenlit their romance again with the release of “Who You Love."

JESSICA HART won't get the ax from Victoria's Secret for snarking on Taylor Swift.

ZOOEY DESCHANEL has gone from new girl to mean girl on her sitcom set?

CHRISTIAN SLATER married Brittany Lopez, his girlfriend of a few years.

SOFIA VERGARA tops the new Forbes list of highest-paid TV actors.

GILLIAN ANDERSON wears a giant eel for charity.

THE UNITED KINGDOM: Prime Minister Cameron said the government plans to classify "Islamist extremism" as a distinct ideology that distorts and betrays the principles of Islam. In the wake of the savage murder of an unarmed British soldier by Islamists in Woolwich this summer, Home Secretary May will set out measures to deal with extremism, which may include means to ban groups that preach hatred.

SYRIA: Four rebel battalions in Idlib-- al-Ansar, al-Naser al-Qadem, al-Naser, and al-Muntaser Billah -- split from the Ahfad al-Rasoul brigade and declared they would proceed independently with "armed jihadist struggle" against the Assad regime.

EGYPT: Authorities are reportedly probing whether former president Mohammed Morsi had conspired with jihadists in Egypt.

IRAQ: The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham killed 24 people in a series of bombings and attacks. Security forces captured the ISIS's governor for Basra and five fighters.

PETER THE ELEPHANT tickles the ivories.

A BRAZEN EAGLE snatched a video camera that was recording crocodiles in northwest Australia and captured fascinating footage of its 70-mile journey across the country's remote landscape.

THOUSANDS OF MICE parachute into Guam to fight snakes. Again.

LIONS halt traffic in Nairobi.



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