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Turtles, Tegan & Sara, Gary Louris, Smith Westerns, Cutout Bin, Bunny   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, July 26, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE TURTLES!  First cracking the Top Ten in 1965 with their cover of Bob Dylan's "It Ain't Me, Babe."  they made the Top 30 later that year with the similar-sounding "Let Me Be," written by P.F. Sloan.  Their early 1966 hit, "You Baby," was written by P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri; you may recognize the voice introducing the sync of the band performing on the streets of L.A.  An album cut from the You Baby album, "Outside Chance," was co--written by Warren Zevon.  "Happy Together," rejected by countless performers, became both their biggest hit and their signature song, knocking the Beatles' "Penny Lane" from the No. 1 slot in the Spring of 1967.  "She'd Rather Be With Me" was of the same vintage.  "Elenore," with its unique use of the term et cetera, was a jab at their label for demanding more hits like "Happy Together," but went on to hit the Top Ten anyway.  Near the end, the band appeared on the Mike Douglas show to play "House on the Hill."  For many years after the band dissolved, Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman went by the name Flo & Edde, because their contract barred from using the Turtles name or their own names.  The duo continued to record their own material, but were heard by most adding their trademark harmonies to hits like T. Rex's "Bang A Gong" and Bruce Springsteen's "Hungry Heart."

TEGAN & SARA stopped by WNYC Soundcheck for a mini-set.

GARY LOURIS (Jayhawks) stopped by KUTX for a mini-set.

SMITH WESTERNS played a mini-set at WFUV.

ISOLATED VOCALS are compiled at Reddit

EDDIE COCHRAN: "Summertime Blues." Ain't no cure for 'em.

MAXWELL'S: The New Yorker has a video-laden history of the historic club; Vulture has an oral history. (Thx, LHB.)

SAM PHILLIPS & THE SUN RECORDS LEGACY, essayed by the Oxford American. (Thx, LHB.) 

THE BEST ARCADE FIRE SONGS, according to Paste.

SPOTIFY: The cultural equivalent of a McDonald’s burger?

CUTOUT BIN: From Marvin Gaye to Wang Chung, from The Beatles to Harold Faltermeyer, from the Three O' Clock to Outkast, plus Lloyd Price, Queen and David Bowie, the Go-Gos, Roxy Music and more  -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: The Wolverine is the weekend's sole wide debut,which is scoring 66 percent on the ol' Tomatometer. However, Fruitvale Station expands wide at 92 percent; and The Way Way Back goes near-wide at 83 percent.

AMANDA BYNES' parents have just filed court documents asking a California judge to impose a conservatorship on their daughter due to her apparent mental illness. She's completely lucid for long stretches, and then goes off the handle crazy.

KANYE WEST is unlikely to be charged in last week's attack on a photog.

MICHAEL JACKSON's surrogate Debbie Rowe will reportedly testify in the Michael Jackson wrongful death case that MJ was a secret, hardcore drug addict for decades.

JENNIFER ANISTON & JUSTIN THEROUX are still getting married.

MELISSA McCARTHY may play a secret agent, and not in a spoof.

STAR WARS VII: Ryan Gosling's rep denies a part in the Disney resumption.

LEBANON: Hezbollah's official in charge of international relations warned that the EU's decision to blacklist the group's military wing "will have repercussions."

SYRIA: The UN said the Syrian conflict has now claimed over 100K lives, and US Secretary of State Kerry said there is no military solution to the conflict. Rebels disillusioned by infighting with Islamist fighters are said to have begun accepting reconciliation offers from the Assad regime.

IRAQ: Al Qaeda fighters executed 14 Shia truck drivers at a fake checkpoint near Sulaiman Pak.

A BUNNY attacks a cat.

IS THAT A BABY GATOR IN YOUR SHIRT, or are you ... oh.

A BABY CROCODILE is a baby gift to Prince George from Australia's tropical Northern Territory.

A BABY ZONKEY was born at an animal reserve in Florence, Italy.

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CYHSY, Father John Misty, Guards, Rabbit Island   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE LOVE LANGUAGE drops a video for "Calm Down."

CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH streams the Little Moments EP.

FATHER JOHN MISTY played a mini-set in Minnesota Public Radio's UBS Forum.

GUARDS brought their vintage pop stylings to a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

CHEYENNE MIZE plays a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR. 

THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE: "Stone Free," live in Frankfurt. Dig this, baby.

WIRE: Colin Newman talked to The Daily Swarm about Change Becomes Us, Pitchfest, and his upcoming solo project.

JOHN VANDERSLICE talks to PopMatters about self-releasing and house tours.

VAN DYKE PARKS offers amusingly cantankerous observations to the New York Times.

THE BEST OF 2013 (So Far), according to The A.V. Club.

AMANDA BYNES is exhibiting signs of schizophrenia; medical professionals and others will seek a 2 week extension on her 5150 psychiatric hold so doctors can properly diagnose her.  Bynes accidentally drenched her pet Pomeranian with gasoline while building a fire in a residential neighborhood ... then raced to a nearby liquor store to clean the pooc; there's video.

THE ROYAL BABY is named George Alexander Louis. Are the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge fans of Seinfeld?

TYLER HOECHLIN: The next Batman

ROMAN POLANSKI: After nearly 35 years of silence, the 13-year-old girl the director raped in 1977 is finally telling her full story in The Girl: A Life in the Shadow of Roman Polanski.

AUBREY PLAZA is profiled by GQ.

ROCKY is spinning off Creed, about he grandson of Apollo Creed.

THE UNITED STATES: President Obama decided to suspend the delivery of four fighter jets to Egypt. The Pentagon will proceed with planned joint military exercises in Egypt, however. The US is asking Russia for clarification on the status of NSA leaker Edward Snowden, who is said to be likely to soon receive temporary asylum in Russia.

EGYPT: Army chief el Sisi called on Egyptians to take to the streets on Friday to give the army a mandate to "confront violence and potential terrorism." A senior Muslim Brotherhood official responded by saying that protests against the army would continue.

IRAQ: Al Qaeda killed 14 people in attacks throughout Iraq; nine policemen were killed in an assault on a police headquarters outside of Mosul. Security forces captured an al Qaeda leader in Kirkuk and five fighters in Salahuddin.

RABBIT ISLAND at feeding time.

A BEAR IMPRISONED IN OHIO enjoys doughnuts, dog food and Gatorade.

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: An endangered lizard that shoots blood out of its eyes.

THE BIRDS: A greedy seagull swooped down and stole a pensioner's false teeth after she took them out to eat a biscuit.

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Franz Ferdinand, Savages, Mayer Hawthorne, Skunk   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FRANZ FERDINAND performed a set for Live On Letterman.

SAVAGES played in-studio at The Current and Morning Becomes Eclectic.

MAYER HAWTHORNE brought his revamped, less retro sound to The Current.

MAC DEMARCO is streaming a live set including a 10-minute medley of covers.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Sebadoh, Archers of Loaf, The Civil Wars and more...

PAPER LACE: "The Night Chicago Died." Live.

TALKING HEADS: The Quietus reevaluates Speaking In Tongues after 30 years. I received the Robert Rauschenberg–designed limited edition as a gift. Get Off My Lawn.

HARRY NILSSON: Writer and radio host Alyn Shipton talks to WNYC Soundcheck about his new biography, Nilsson: The Life Of A Singer-Songwriter.

CHEAP TRICK: Bun E. Carlos is suing his bandmates... or are they?

A FLOCK OF SEAGULLS wuz robbed of over 70K in equipment. Presumably, the culprit ran so far away.

AMANDA BYNES was hospitalized Monday night on an involuntary psychiatric hold after she was seen near a gas can and a small fire (possibly a makeshift bomb) on a household driveway in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

THE ROYAL BABY was shown to the public.

BEYONCE hits the fan.

CHRIS BROWN pled not guilty to the charge of hit-and-run, stemming from that minor car accident — which led to his probation getting revoked.

LADY GAGA once again ranks as the top-earning celebrity under the age of 30, according to Forbes.

PENELOPE CRUZ & JAVIER BARDEM welcomed their second child on Monday. She's a girl.

JIMMY FALLON  and wife Nancy Juvonen Fallon welcomed a baby girl on Tuesday.

TURKEY: The army vowed to retaliate "in multiples" against any fire from Syria; tensions are rising along the border since Kurdish forces seized the town of Ras al-Ayn from the Al Nusrah Front last week. Turkey said it will not tolerate Kurdish autonomy in Syria.

EGYPT: At least six people were killed in clashes near Cairo University between supporters and opponents of former president Morsi. A new poll revealed that 44 percent of Egyptians do not know the name of their president.

IRAQ: Al Qaeda in Iraq claimed credit for the suicide assaults on two prisons that freed more than 500 terrorist commanders and fighters. Parliament's foreign relations committee asked Iran to halt the flow of al Qaeda and "Iranian-backed militants" into Iraq.

A SKUNK grooms a DOG... mass hysteria!

300 PIGS were rescued from a Chinese flood by speedboat.

THE FOX & THE HOUND, a real-life version... mass hysteria!

A KITTEN almost died on a vegan diet.

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Grant Hart, Lissie, Matthew Sweet, Faye Hunter RIP, Jiff   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE FLAMING LIPS attack Devo's "Gates Of Steel." Even stranger than the original.

GRANT HART performs songs from The Argument at The Current

LISSIE played a set at SXSW, but only recently posted by WFUV.

GILLIAN WELCH & DAVID RAWLINGS play the Mountain Stage.

MATTHEW SWEET's Superdeformed Demos.

THE CIVIL WARS premiere "Dust to Dust" from their second andpossibly final LP.

DR. DOG brings the Philly sound to "The Truth," ahead of B-Room.

FAYE HUNTER, the founding bassist of the Mitch Easter-led jangle-pop outfit Let’s Active who played on the band’s 1983 debut EP Afoot and follow-up full-length Cypress in 1984, died Saturday night in Advance, N.C., of an apparent suicide. She was 59. Celebrate "Every Word Means No" and "Waters Part" for Twofer Tuesday.

BELLE & SEBASTIAN: Stuart Murdoch and Stevie Jackson talk to Under The Radar about the band's upcoming rarities collection. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

JUNIP: Jose Gonzalez talks to The Independent about  the reunited band following his solo success.

PETER GABRIEL, ranked by Stereogum.

THE TOP 100 LPS OF THE 80s, according to FACT, which also has downloadable mixes. (Thx, LHB.)

ROYAL BABY: ICYMI or just want to wallow.

DENNIS FARINA, a onetime Chicago cop who as a popular actor played a cop on “Law & Order,” has died after suffering a blood clot in his lung.  He was 69.

LINDSAY LOHAN's mother has been banned from participating in her rehab treatment after a drunken phone call a few weeks ago.

MILEY CYRUS admits she's singing about Ecstacy n her new single.

BILLY RAY & TISH CYRUS, meanwhile, call off their divorce.

SACHA BARON COHEN left the Freddie Mercury biopic over creative differences with Queen.

SPIKE LEE is crowdfunding his next movie.

EGYPT: Clashes between supporters and opponents of former president Morsi wounded 112 people in Suez, and left at least four people dead near Cairo. A health ministry official said 21 people have been killed in attacks in the Sinai since Morsi's ouster. Authorities arrested 18 terrorists who were reportedly planning attacks on foreign embassies, and extended the detention of seven people accused of forming a terrorist group. The family of former president Morsi said they plan to take legal action against the army, which they accuse of abducting Morsi. The EU said the Egyptian army should step aside and not play a role in politics. A senior Muslim Brotherhood official called on Egyptians to besiege the US Embassy for its alleged role in Morsi's ouster.

AFGHANISTAN's parliament has voted to dismiss the country's interior minister in a very public reprimand for the way his 157000-strong police force has failed to deliver security. 

IRAQ: Al Qaeda in Iraq launched suicide assaults on prisons in Abu Ghraib and Taji; more than 500 al Qaeda leaders and fighters escaped Abu Ghraib, while the attack on Taji was defeated.

JIFF THE POMERANIAN knows his tricks.

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: Next time, let the horse use the drive-thru service.

THE BIRDS: Experts investigating a rise in seagull attacks around Bristol claim the birds are lashing out because they are getting drunk on record numbers of flying ants.

HOLY SHIH-TZU: A rare infection resulting from a dog bite cost an Ottawa woman her left arm and both legs, according to a Canadian newspaper.

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Blitzen Trapper, Cayucas, Poor Moon, Geese Police   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, July 22, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PEARL JAM debuts "Lightning Bolt" and "Future Days" at Wrigley Field, suffered a rain delay.

BLITZEN TRAPPER stopped by KUTX for a mini-set.

CAYUCAS stopped by KUTX for a weekend mini-set.

POOR MOON, ft. Christian Wargo (Fleet Foxes), plays a set of new material for the first timeat KEXP.

SAVOIR ADORE stopped by WNYC Soundcheck for a few tunes.

ELVIS COSTELLO: "The Other Side of Summer." Gotta fee-vah.

ORCHESTRAL MANOEUVRES IN THE DARK were profiled by Weekend Edition, before the band cancelled the remainder of their tour for the year after their drummer became ill during a show in Toronto.

MACARTHUR PARK: Suzy Horton Ronstadt, the inspiration for the Jimmy Webb classic (and "The Worst That Could Happen") talks to the L.A. Times.

MUSIC LOVERS: Should you ditch Spotify?

34 THINGS You Miss About Mixtapes.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE:The Conjuring tops the chart with 41.5 million, more than twice its production budget. It also opened bigger than The Purge, and is more likely to have legs.Despicable Me 2 places with another 25 million bucks; its 276 million total eclipses the end total of the original. Turbo shows with 21.5 million (and 31.2 since opening Wednesday); against a 135 million production budget (and significant marketoing costs) this is a disappointment (Consider the Croods opened well over 40 million). Grown Ups 2 drops to No.4 with 20 million; this has almost recouped its 80 million budget. Red 2 rounds out the Top 5 with 18.5 million against an 84 million budget; that's less than the original's 2010 debut.  But the real OUCH this week is the seventh-place debut of R.I.P.D., at 12.8 million against a 130 million budget (that's really likely closer to 155 million). And Ryan Reynolds thought Green Lantern bombed? He's in this one and the voice of Turbo. But R.I.P.D. is such a bomb that folks will likley overlook Pacific Rim's disappointing 57 percent slide in only its second weekend.

CORY MONTEITH will get a tribute on Glee, of course.

KANYE WEST viciously attacked a photog at LAX Friday afternoon and it was bad enough to require paramedics. West is now a felony suspect.

EMMA ROBERTS: Some friends worry she's becoming the next Lindsay Lohan.

SHARKNADO did 38 percent better in last Thursday's rerun. The power of Twitter.

SPINAL TAP may return next year.

MAN OF STEEL: The sequel will include... Batman.

THE AVENGERS 2 will be titled Age of Ultron. Not even Captain America and the Black Widow knew. Presumably, Ultron will be reworked a bit to fit within Marvel's movie universe.

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: A Norwegian woman sentenced to 16 months in jail in Dubai for having sex outside marriage after she reported an alleged rape said she decided to speak out in hopes of drawing attention to the risks of outsiders misunderstanding the Islamic-influenced legal codes in this cosmopolitan city.

SYRIA: The deputy director of the US Defense Intelligence Agency predicted that the Syrian conflict could continue for years. He warned that al Qaeda in Iraq will emerge stronger as a result of the conflict, and said sooner or later the West will have to confront the growing radical Islamist elements in Syria.

EGYPT: President Mansour ordered work to resume on amending Egypt's constitution. Defense Minister el Sisi said he has no plans to run for the presidency.

A SWEDISH VALLHUND teaches a puppy to walk.

THE GEESE POLICE: They come to me in Xinjang.

SHOREBIRDS prefer a good body to brains, much like everyone else.

A SHIH-TZU adopts a KITTEN... mass hysteria!

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