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Real Estate, Haden Triplets, Cut Copy, April Fools, Goat Simulator   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, April 01, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BILL MURRAY covers "The House Of The Rising Sun." Oh, yes.

REAL ESTATE stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

THE HADEN TRIPLETS: Tanya, Rachel and Petra stopped by WFUV's Studio A to perform some of their songs and to talk about their family band.

WILD BEASTS stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

CUT COPY chats with and plays for WFUV from an East Village studio.

CONOR OBERST drops "Governor's Ball" ahead of Upside Down Mountain.

APRIL FOOL'S DAY: I'm not a fan, but in honor thereof, how about: "April Fool," by Soul Asylum and "The April Fools," by Dionne Warwick for Twofer Tuesday?

KURT COBAIN: Approaching the 20th anniversary of the Nirvana frontman's death (Get. Off. My. Lawn.), Pitchfork asks whether there's anything left to say or see.

ST VINCENT: Annie Clark talks to Rock Candy about the new album, her show, David Byrne and all her automaton dance moves. (Thx, LHB.)

THE STATUS QUO: The Guardian calls them Britain's Most Underrated Band.

THE FIVE WORST SONGS IN ROCK, according to Cracked, which clearly excluded pop.

GWYNETH PALTROW & CHRIS MARTIN will end their marriage amicably ... in large part because they've each done things during the marriage they don't want ending up in legal docs.

JOHNNY DEPP confirmed his engagement to Amber Heard.

SARA GILBERT married songwriter Linda Perry.

JOSH HARTNETT is dating English actress Tamsin Egerton, his costar in the movie Singularity.

JUSTIN BIEBER's win at this weekend's televised segment of the Juno Awards was booed by the crowd

TORI SPELLING & DEAN McDERMOTT have invited reality TV cameras into a very difficult time in their marriage. That always helps.

CHELSEA HANDLER plans to leave the E! channel when her contract expires at the end of the year, bringing a close to her Chelsea Lately talk show after eight years.

UKRAINE: Potentially easing a diplomatic standoff with the West, Russian President Vladimir Putin told Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday that he'd ordered a partial withdrawal of Russian troops from his country's border area with Ukraine.

VENEZUELA's government will allow foreign airlines to repatriate 3.8 billion in ticket sales revenues that had been stuck inside the country due to currency controls, Venezuela's airline industry association said.

LIBYA: Three years after a NATO-supported revolt toppled Muammar Gaddafi, Libya is at the mercy of rival brigades of heavily armed former rebel fighters who openly and regularly defy the new state.

IRAN has named a member of the militant group that held 52 Americans hostage in Tehran for 444 days to be its next ambassador to the United Nations.  But don't worry; they're totes serious about not working on nukes.

GOAT SIMULATOR: The official launch trailer.

METAL CATS: Documenting the seemingly unlikely duo of hardcore metal musicians and their fluffy cats.

SHEEP stormed The Louvre as part of a protest against industrial reforms to France's Common Agricultural Policy.

A BALTIMORE COP has been inundated with marriage proposals after a photo of him cuddling a stray kitten he rescued and then adopted went viral.

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Monday, March 31, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BEST COAST performs a special, binaurally-recorded version of "Baby, I'm Crying." Best experienced with headphones.

THE FLAMING LIPS stream Flaming Side of the Moon, meant to be heard synced to Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon.

EMA advance streams The Future's Void.

PROTOMARTYR advance steams Under Color of Official Right.

THROWING MUSES visits KEXP to play songs from their first album in a decade. 

TORI AMOS drops "Trouble's Lament" ahead of Unrepentant Gates.

MICHAEL JACKSON beatboxes the demo for "Beat It."

SMITH: Their chart-topping cover of the Bacharach-Dixon-David classic, "Baby, It's You." Because I'm feeling a little Death Proof.

THE BEST SONGS ABOUT BASEBALL, according to Salon. Also...

WHITE DENIM's James Petralli and his father, former major league catcher Geno Petralli, talk about music and baseball at MLB.com.

THE FLAMING LIPS are releasing an LP to be played simultaneously with Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon.

BLONDIE: Debbie Harry surveys the soundtrack of her life at The Observer.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Noah tops the chart with 44 million, right about as predicted. With another 51 million overseas, this might make a mild profit against its 125 million budget...but a "C" Cinemascore and a mere 51 percent positive review from audiences at RottenTomatoes (likely for reasons explored in my blurb below) raises the odds of an underperformance here.  Divergent places with 26.5 million onthe predicted 52 percent drop.  Like Noah, this one may yet prove mildly profitable. Muppets Most Wanted shows with 11.4 million on a 33 percent drop, continuing to play somewhere between a family film and a regular movie, which has to disappoint Disney a bit. Mr Peabody and Sherman takes the fourth slot with 9.5 million on a 20 percent drop, which is fairly leggy, but maybe not leggy enough against a 145 million budget.  God's Not Dead rounds out the Top 5 with 9 million on a mere 2 percent drop, which suggests the devout Christian audience may have turned out for this as a quasi-protest against Noah.  Below the fold, The Grand Budapest Hotel's first wide weekendbrings in 8.8 million on a 30 percent increase in receipts, making for a wildly successful platform release; with 24.5 million domestic and 33 million more overseas so far, the Hotel may ultimately end up second only to The Royal Tenenbaums as a commercial success for for Wes Anderson. Sabotage opens in seventh, suggesting Schwarzenegger is just about done at the box office.

NOAH probably should've been titled "Darren Aronovsky's Noah," which would've lessened the bait-and-switch anyone who has read the Bible likely felt in the theater.  In The New Yorker, Aronovsky dubbed Noah “the least Biblical Biblical film ever made” -- and by that metric, I suppose the film is a success.  Slate catalogs the film's various deviations from the Bible --many of which are tolerable to one degree or another-- but downplays the one I found to be a dealbreaker: It gets God's message to Noah wrong, and puts the Scripturally correct version of mankind's relation to the animals in the mouth of the villain, well-played by Ray Winstone.  (Indeed, it gets God's message wrong - and changes other aspects of the story - in ways that make the ensuing drama incoherent).  I personally consider this to be a mortal sin for a Biblical epic.  I really went into this movie hoping the criticism from some Christian media outlets was overblown -- and some of it is over the top. For example, the fact that God is referred to as "The Creator" is not out of line, and even the presentation of God's message as visions would be acceptable in a primarily visual medium like film. But there's ultimately a line between taking artistic liberties and getting the source material wrong.  I think a remake of Gone With The Wind where the South wins, or Scarlett and Rhett live happily ever after would be subject to the same sort of critique.  You would not film Wicked and sell it as The Wizard of Oz. The film Arononvsky made -if you get past its incoherence- is an interesting, occasionally riveting take on themes found elsewhere in the Old Testament -- the consequences of disobeying God, the sacrifices that may be required to obey God, the qualities of justice and mercy, mankind's fallen state in the face of temmptation. It's just not the story of Noah, other than some similarity in the names of characters, and the presence of a flood.

FROZEN is now the highest-grossing animated film evah.

GWYNETH PALTROW broke her silence regarding the breakup with Chris Martin.

CHRISTINA AGUILERA and her fiance Matthew Rutler are expecting a baby girl together.

ELTON JOHN and David Furnish will get married in May.

NIKKI REED and Paul McDonald are ending their marriage.

KESHA is trying to ditch the negative influences which were in her life before rehab.

RUSSIA: One of Vladimir Putin's ex-advisers has claimed that the ex-KGB agent ultimately wants to reclaim Finland for Russia. Also, Russia threatened several Eastern European and Central Asian states with retaliation if they voted in favor of a United Nations General Assembly resolution declaring invalid Crimea's referendum on seceding from Ukraine.

VENEZUELA: Armed and masked pro-government militias have claimed at least seven lives and left more than 30 people wounded since the anti-government protests began in mid-February.

SYRIA: Regime forces backed by Hezbollah captured two towns in the strategic Qalamoun region near the Lebanese border.

EGYPT: Islamist militants killed one soldier and wounded three other security personnel in a shooting attack in North Sinai. The Foreign Ministry said 439 security personnel and 57 civilians have been killed in militant attacks since July 2013. Seven suspected terrorists were referred to trial for their involvement in attacks, including one outside a church near Cairo. The Interior Minister announced the arrest of Ansar al Sharia members linked to recent shooting attacks as well as members of a terror cell with links to Libya and Syria.

A TWO-LEGGED DOG makes his first trip to the beach.

AN OLD BULL was rescued from drowning -- and gators -- by heroic Hillsborough County deputies.

A BABY PORCUPINE was delivered by c-section from its mothers' corpse.

SAVED SOCHI DOGS go to Washington.

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Friday, March 28, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with THE BYRDS!  Pretty much because I dig them as we turn into Spring (or Fall).  Let's start with a rare 1965 clip of their breakthrough smash cover of "Mr. Tambourine Man."  There are screaming girls, plus go-go dancers when they hit Shivaree for "All I Really Want to Do" and "Feel A Whole Lot Better."  Next up is a rare sync of "I Knew I'd Want You." There are even more dancers when they cover Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away" for Shindig! on June 23, 1965, while I'm pretty sure that's Ed Wynn introducing "Chimes of Freedom."  You might recognize the voice introducing "Bells Of Rhymney" from poolside in August 1965 and "It Won't Be Wrong" from a corral in January 1966 on Where The Action Is.  BONUS:  Want a couple in color?  Here's "Turn, Turn, Turn!" and "Mr. Spaceman." DOUBLE BONUS: A rare 1967 sync of "Eight Miles High."

ST VINCENT: Annie Clark plays and chats at World Cafe Live in Philly. 

PERFECTPUSSY plays a full set at Stubb's BBQ for NPR Music's 2014 SXSW showcase.

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

THE BLACK ANGELS stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

NAIL HARVEST covers Teenage Fanclub's "Ain't That Enough," emphasizing its Byrdsy qualities.

GNARLS BARKLEY: "Crazy," Galactic Empire-style from the 2006 MTV Music Awards. Chewbacca on the throne.

THE HOLD STEADY: Craig Finn talks to SPIN about religion, SXSW, and writing female characters.

PETER HOOK talks to Drowned In Sound about the split with his former New Order bandmates and the prospects of ever working with them again, the current state of the music industry and his beloved Manchester United.

KICKING METHADONE with Johnny Winter.

ROCK & ROLL: In One Tweet.

CUTOUT BIN: and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide openings are Noah, which is currently scoring 73 percent on the ol' Tomatometer (88 percent with top critics); and Sabotage, currently scoring 19 percent.  The Grand Budapest Hotel finally expands wide, scoring 91 percent (my blurb).

GWYNETH PALTROW & CHRIS MARTIN flew to the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas the day before announcing their separation. Martin struggled to deal with various aspects of Paltrow's lifestyle which is believed to have led to their split.

ZAC EFRON was violently socked in the mouth by a sketchy transient in a bad area of downtown L.A. just after midnight.

L'WREN SCOTT bequeathed all of her possessions to Mick Jagger.  He also got half her ashes.

LIAM NEESON is profiled by GQ.

JAMES FRANCO talks to L.A. magazine about his new poetry book and being on Lindsay Lohan's list of lovers.

UKRAINE: The UN General Assembly has approved a resolution describing the Moscow-backed referendum that led to Russia's annexation of Crimea as illegal.  As though Vladmir Putin cares.

VENEZUELA: Opposition lawmaker Maria Corina Machado has returned to Caracas after having her mandate revoked.

TURKEY: Authorities shut down YouTube after the airing of leaked audio in which the foreign minister, the intelligence head, and a top general are heard discussing possible military operations in Syria.

IRAQ: The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham killed 26 people in a series of bombings in Baghdad.

A SICK, HOMELESS PIT BULL has begun to interact with humans again after being abandoned for several months by his previous owners.

"LET'S GO TICKLE SOME RATS": Do animals have a sense of humor?

RATZILLA: A 16-inch rat terrorized a Swedish family.

A SKUNK assisted in the arrest of Arthur "Two Sheds" Jackson.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


KING KHAN & THE SHRINES drop a video for "Born to Die."

SPLIT SINGLE, ft. Jason Narducy (Bob Mould Band, Superchunk, Verbow), Britt Daniel (Spoon, Divine Fits), and Jon Wurster (Superchunk, The Mountain Goats, Bob Mould),is advance streaming their debut, Fragmented World.

PURE X is advance streaming the country-psych Angel.

COVES, a garage-psych duo, advance stream Soft Friday.

MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA is advance streaming Cope.

MIKAL CRONIN drops “Soul In Motion” as the A-side of a new single.

THE EXCITERS: What's a bear doing in the video for "Tell Him"? I have no idea.

THE HOLD STEADY: Craig Finn and guitarist Tad Kubler did a Reddit Ask Me Anything, including which version of the Replacements' "Can't Hardly Wait" they prefer.

ANGEL OLSEN talks to SPIN about success forcing introspection.

JOHNNY CASH may have a few more posthumous albums in the vault.

THE 100 most influential music blogs in the world, according to Style of Sound.

GWYNETH PALTROW & CHRIS MARTIN are "consciously uncoupling" now, but they 'haven't been a couple for a number of years,' according to the NYDN. Even so, they sang together recently.

KANYE WEST recently “blew a gasket” after learning about a previous association between his fiance Kim Kardashian and bad boy singer Chris Brown.

CHARLIE SHEEN breaks bad on John Mayer.

INDIANA JONES and the Recasting of Someone Younger?

YOUNG PEOPLE went to movies much less in 2013.

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST has a new trailer online.

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 has a final trailer online.

UNITED STATES intelligence and counterterrorism officials expressed concern that al Qaeda's central command is trying to establish bases and recruit fighters in Syria for attacks against the West. US military officials said North Korea has the capacity to fire missiles on short notice and the US lacks assets to conduct amphibious operations in the Pacific. In the wake of Russia's annexation of Crimea, President Obama called Russia "a regional power" and dismissed allegations that a perceived US retreat abroad had emboldened Russia.

MALAYSIA: A satellite image shows up to 122 potential objects in search for Flight 370 debris.

UKRAINE: How the last Ukrainian military vessel in Crimea tried to avoid being seized by the Russian navy.

VENEZUELA's military on Wednesday reaffirmed its support for President Nicolas Maduro following the arrest of three air force generals accused of plotting a coup amid ongoing anti-government protests.

DOGS react to magic tricks.

UKRAINIAN COMBAT DOLPHINS were also annexed by Russia.

CLOBBER: "Woof!" "What's that you say?" "Woof! Woof!" "Natural gas filling the house with a sparking heater?"

PET HOARDING: Pennsylvania SPCA officers spent the day removing 260 cats from a property in Frankford.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE HOLD STEADY drops an animated clip for "Spinners," about the possibility of making it happen.

S CAREY, whom the NYT calls "Bon Iver's secret weapon," is advance streaming Range of Light.

NICKEL CREEK is advance streaming A Dotted Line.

FOUR TET played a full set for the Ray-Ban x Boiler Room SXSW Warehouse Broadcast.

LEE FIELDS & THE EXPRESSIONS uncork a classic soul twofer for KUTX at SXSW. 

DAMON ALBARN dropped "Heavy Seas Of Love" ahead of Everyday Robots.

SIMON & GARFUNKEL: "I Am a Rock" on French TV.

KEVIN DREW talks to Pitchfork about the music he would play in certain life situations.

THE SWEDISH POP MAFIA: At some point over the last 15 years—it became an inescapable fact that if you want to understand American pop music, you pretty much have to understand Sweden.

JONATHAN WILSON: The hippie singer-songwriter with legendary friends is profiled by Magnet.

KISS makes the cover of the Rolling Stone after a mere 40 years. 

GWYNETH PALTROW & CHRIS MARTIN are...um..."consciously uncoupling."

CHRIS EVANS is Captain America for now...but what he really wants to do is direct.

LADY GAGA claims she's submissive at home. Might be the first truly edgy thing she's said.

TAYLOR SWIFT's strange personality chases men away, according to the ever-reliable RadarOnline.

IS JAY-Z older than I am?

SEAN PENN is heading to Venezuela to offer government-sponsored acting classes to aspiring thespians.

COLUMBUS SHORT, of ABC's Scandal, now has his own.

NORTH KOREA has test-fired what appeared to be two medium-range ballistic missiles, just hours after the US, South Korea and Japan met in the Netherlands to discuss the country.

UKRAINE's lawmakers on Tuesday dismissed acting Defense Minister Ihor Tenyukh over his handling of the Crimea crisis following Russia's annexation of the Black Sea peninsula. A Ukrainian ultra-nationalist leader has been shot dead in what officials describe as a special forces operation.

VENEZUELA arrested three air force generals accused of plotting a coup in league with opposition politicians during the country's rumbling civil unrest, the president said on Tuesday.

TURKEY: The military said Syrian missile systems locked on to five Turkish jets patrolling the border. The military is on heightened alert after Turkish forces shot down a Syrian jet on March 23 that allegedly strayed into Turkish airspace.

A GOSHAWK flies through a tiny hole. Watch in super slo-mo.

HOW ANIMALS See The World.

FOUR LIONS were put down by the Copenhagen Zoo just a few weeks after killing and publicly dissecting a young giraffe, causing outrage among animal lovers around the world.

SHEEP are still needed for this year's Golden Shears World Championships.

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