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Boomtown Rats, Foxygen, Ex Hex, Steve Gunn, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Cats   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, September 29, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE BOOMTOWN RATS play "I Don't Like Mondays" at their first U.S. show in over 20 years.

FOXYGEN advance streams Foxygen... And Star Power.

EX HEX advance streams Rips.

STEVE GUNN advance streams Way Out Weather.

BELA FLECK & ABIGAIL WASHBURN advance stream a self-titled LP.


R.E.M.'s Monster turned 20. Get Off My Lawn. And “What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?”

EDWYN COLLINS talks to The Observer about his recovery from two strokes, with riveting details.

ICEAGE singer Bender Rønnenfelt talks to Pitchfork about mixing beauty and destruction.

PHIL SPECTOR has reportedly not spoken in nine months as he battles illness in prison, where he is serving a 19 year sentence for murder. 

WHEN WAS POP MUSIC At Its Lowest Point?

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Equalizer tops the chart with 35 million;  excepting The Great Deabaters, which barely opened wide, this is Denzel Washington's 11th opening over 20 million. He's Mr. Reliable. Could it be a franchise? Washington has never done a sequel to anything.  The Maze Runner places (for now) with an estimated 17.5 million on a 46 percent drop, probably ensuring a sequel, given 90 million in overseas markets on top of the 58 million domestic.  The debut of The Boxtrolls shows (for now) with an estimated 17.3 million, an even bigger than the studio's Coraline...but it will need to be as leggy to profit on a reported 60 million budget. This Is Where I Leave You takes the fourth slot with 7 million.  Dolphin Tale 2 rounds out the Top 5 with 4.8 million...on track to recoup its 36 million production budget, but will need overseas receipts to profit.

GEORGE CLOONEY and Amal Alamuddin are husband and wife. Clooney had an elaborate security plan.

KIM KARDASHIAN & KANYE WEST have worn out their welcome with so many at Paris fashion week, they've been branded by industry insiders tired of their antics as “fashion flu.”


ADRAIN PETERSON was the target of a criminal sexual assault investigation, but authorities ultimately cleared him.

ROBIN WILLIAMS: Hundreds turned out for a memorial to celebrate the actor's life.

WILLIAM SHATNER confirms he may be in Star Trek 3.

KEVIN BACON is featured at Bloomberg News regarding celebrity speakers making big fees on college campuses.

YEMEN: Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula retaliated by firing an M72 LAW rocket at the US Embassy in Sana'a and wounding several Yemeni guards. Houthi rebels agreed to withdraw their forces from the capital.

SYRIA: The Islamic State advanced in Hasakah after clashes with Kurdish YPG forces. Coalition airstrikes targeted the Islamic State in Aleppo, Deir Izzour, and Homs; coalition airstrikes were carried out also in Deraa, Hama, Hasakah, and Idlib. The pace of the air campaign in Syria is said to be now similar to that in Iraq, with "near continuous" sorties; but only 8 of the 48 coalition airstrikes so far in Syria have targeted al Qaeda.

IRAQ: The Iraqi army and an alliance of Shiite militia groups on Saturday retook a dam northeast of Baghdad after days of fighting believed to have killed dozens, security sources said. Britain, Belgium, and Denmark agreed to join the US in targeting the Islamic State inside Iraq, but not in Syria.

CATS TEXTING CATS in the #SMWCreative contest.

A GOAT was “promptly apprehended” and “charged with disorderly intoxication" in Florida.

IS THAT 51 TURTLES IN YOUR PANTS, or are you...oh.

A LARGE BEAR roaming Port Coquitlam seems to be harmless and staying away from people. The problem is that people can't seem to stay away from him.

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The Go-Gos, Tweedy, Ryan Adams, Zeus, ELO, Cutout Bin, Maru   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, September 26, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE GO-GOs!  They made history as the first all-female band that both wrote their own songs and played their own instruments to top the Billboard album charts. Kind of a hard band to place seasonally. Their debut, Beauty and the Beat, which yielded hits like "Our Lips Are Sealed" and "We Got the Beat," as well as great album cuts like "This Town," "Lust to Love," "Tonite" and "How Much More," came out in late Summer 1981, iirc, and "Lips" was climbing the charts that Fall, so I mentally place the band in this time of year. And it's still warm enough that the title track to the too-quick sophomore album, "Vacation," -- or their cover of the Capitols' "Cool Jerk" -- doesn't sound too out of place. "Get Up and Go" was also a single from that LP, but it didn't make the Top 40.  The band would chart twice more -- in 1984, with "Head Over Heels" and "Turn to You" -- before splitting and the near-inevitable reunion tours.

TWEEDY plays a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

RYAN ADAMS performs on WNYC Soundcheck.

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

THE ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA: I featured 'em here a couple of Fridays back, but Jeff Lynne fronted a version for the first time in 28 years at Hyde Park, in a set including their big hits and other well-known tracks (as well as the Travelling Wilburys' "Handle With Care")..

DUMPTRUCK: "Back Where I Belong."

THE ALLAH-LAs talk to Drowned In Sound about touring, the internet, and more...

LINDA THOMPSON & JON BODEN talk to The Guardian about the revival of Island's folk label.

RICHARD RUSSELL, the head of the pioneering independent XL label, talks to Pitchfork aout the soundtrack of his life.

THE KINKS, ranked by Stereogum.

CUTOUT BIN: By popular demand, it's another special back-to-school special streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING:This weekend's wide releases include The Boxtrolls, which is currently scoring 70 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and The Equalizer, currently scoring 58 percent.

KIM KARDASHIAN was tackled and almost knocked to the ground in an alarming assault during a Paris Fashion Week event.

LINDSAY LOHAN was a disaster in her first performance of David Mamet's legendary play Speed-the-Plow in London. Who could have predicted it?

RACHEL McADAMS is said to be locking down the lead role in season 2 of HBO's True Detective.

SAM WORTHINGTON and his girlfriend Lara Bingle are expecting their first child together.

JUPITER ASCENDING: The Wachowskis' latest, moved from July to February (uh-oh), now has a new trailer.

THE ISLAMIC STATE is spreading into Pakistan.

THE KHORASAN GROUP attacked by the US in Syria, as it turns out, are not a particularly new threat at all.

LIBYA has asked the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to draw up plans to ship a stockpile of 850 tons of chemicals overseas due to deteriorating security. It's worth noting the disarmament of Libya was not unrelated to US policy after 9/11, including the invasion of Iraq.

IRAQ: The Islamic State overran an Iraqi military base in Saqlawiya in Anbar province. The extent of Iraqi casualties is unclear; upwards of 800 soldiers are said to have been killed or captured during the opening suicide attack, the storming of the base, and while retreating. An estimated 200 soldiers are said to have escaped.

IRAN's president says a nuclear deal is possible before a November deadline if the West is flexible.  The US said it will refuse any effort by Iran to gain its co-operation on fighting Islamic State forces by being more flexible about Tehran's nuclear program.

MARU demonstrates the many ways he can sit in a box.

FAMED GROUNDHOG STATEN ISLAND CHUCK died after being dropped by NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio; the zoo then covered it up.

POLITICIANS & POSSUMS: It's complicated.

TWO AMOROUS DONKEYS who were separated because of an outcry over their lovemaking have been reunited at a zoo in Poland.

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Pavement Tribute, TPOBPAH, Alt J, Luluc, Greyhound   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


STRAND OF OAKS performs a downbeat version of Asia's "Heat Of The Moment" for the A.V. Club Undercover.

PAVEMENT gets a Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain 20th anniversary tribute LP. Get off my lawn.

THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART stopped by WFUV's Studio A for a chat and mini-set. 

ALT J stops by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

LULUC plays a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

BLITZEN TRAPPER covers Ryan Adams's “To Be Young (Is To Be Sad, Is To Be High).” And is a wee bit Dylanesque.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN has turned 65, and is reissuing his seminal work.Here's the Boss  "Growing Up" at Max's Kansas City, in 1972.

JEFF TWEEDY talks to The Quietus about lyrical processes and music as a means of consolation.

BOB GELDOF talks to BrooklynVegan about the Boomtown Rats, U2, why Rock isn't important anymore, etc.

AC/DC have announced details of their 17th studio album as well as the permanent departure of their founding guitarist, Malcolm Young. 

THE REPLACEMENTS will be fined for playing too loud at Forest Hills.

JEREMY RENNER confirmed he’s a married man — to Sonni Pacheco, the mother of his baby daughter, Ava Berlin.

KEANU REEVES has had two home invasions in two days.

GWYNETH PALTROW reportedly has drawn up a schedule to ensure Chris spends enough time with her and their children.

NORMAN REEDUS (The Walking Dead's Daryl) is profiled by GQ.

TONY STEWART will not face criminal charges in the death of Kevin Ward Jr., who reportedly had marijuana in his system at the time of his death.

MIKE "THE SITUATION" SORRENTINO was indicted for tax fraud. Ab-Scam?

BRITNEY SPEARS is sending her lingerie collection to Kate Middleton. Yes, really.

THE 20 BEST TV THEMES, according to CBS, is woefully short on Mike Post compositions.

YEMEN: More than 340 people were killed in the past week as Houthi rebels pushed to take control of the capital of Sana'a.

THE ISLAMIC STATE: At the UN, US president Barack Obama claimed the backing of five Arab nations for intensive military attacks against IS targets in Syria on Tuesday showed the offensive was not “America’s fight alone”, as his military chiefs warned the intensive air assault was only the start of a sustained campaign likely to last years. British Prime Minister David Cameronsaid Tuesday that he is certain ISIS is plotting attacks in Europe. The number of Europeans joining Islamist fighters in Syria and Iraq has jumped by a third to around 3,000 in a few months, the EU counter terrorism chief said Tuesday.

AN ITALIAN GREYHOUND goes wild for iPad fish.

A RAMPAGING AUSSIE PIG drank 18 beers and got in a fight with a cow.

SKUNK vs SCOOTER: Who you got?

ZEBRAS maintained a stiff upper lip as they were battered by a crowd of 50,000 panicking wildebeest.

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The History of Apple Pie, Growlers, Steve Arrington, Lydia Ainsworth, Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ARIEL PINK plays pickup artist in "Put Your Number In My Phone."

THE HISTORY OF APPLE PIE advance streams Feel Something.

THE GROWLERS advance stream Chinese Fountain.

STEVE ARRINGTON is streaming WAY OUT (80-84), a collection that matches one disc of his biggest hits with a second disc of previously unheard rarities.

LYDIA AINSWORTH advancs streams Right From Real.

THE DEAD MILKMEN "Make It Witchy" over at BrooklynVegan.

BRYAN FERRY goes "Loop De Li" ahead of Avonmore.

O'JAYS: "Backstabbers."

THE VASELINES talk to Pitchfork about old times, new songs, and yoga.

SONDRE LERCHE talks to PopMatters about finding new ways to write for Please.

DAVID BOWIE is the subject of an exhibition at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

UKULELE ORCHESTRAS battle it out in a British court.

COLIN FARRELL & VINCE VAUGHN are both confirmed for True Detective Season 2.

CHARLIE SHEEN would like to be part of the end of Two and a Half Men.

TOTAL RECALL, as it turns out, inspired a hoax.

SARAH HYLAND (Modern Family) got a temporary restraining order against her ex-BF.

CHRIS BROWN: Another club gig, another stabbing.

WILLIAM SHATNER may have a role in Star Trek 3.

IRAN was informed by the US in advance of its intention to strike Islamic State militants in Syria and assured Tehran that it would not target the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a senior Iranian official told Reuters.  Iran also stands to benefit from the Houthi-backed government in Yemen.

THE UNITED STATES, in addition to striking the Islamic State, also struck at the Khorasan Group, a Islamist group whose profile was kept clssified by the government for some time. I first heard of them a little over a week ago.

SYRIA: Bashar al-Assad said Tuesday that Damascus backed any international effort against "terrorism," after a US-led coalition against jihadists launched airstrikes in the country, state media reported.

IRAQ: The Islamic State overran an Iraqi military base in Saqlawiya in Anbar province. The extent of Iraqi casualties is unclear; upwards of 800 soldiers are said to have been killed or captured during the opening suicide attack, the storming of the base, and while retreating.

A COURAGEOUS CAT escapes the fiery wreckage of a collapsing building.

A DOG wasre cued from a rabbit hole...by a doorbell.

A WHITE TIGER acts like a tiger to a man who enters his enclosure.

A SEA TURTLE recovers from a respiratory ailment and returns to the sea.

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Christopher Owens, Vaselines, Imelda May, Gary Clark, Marianne Faithfull, Frogs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE BLACK KEYS cover the Edwyn Collins gem "A Girl Like You." And Edwyn digs it.

CHRISTOPHER OWENS advance streams A New Testament.

THE VASELINES advance stream V For Vaselines.

IMELDA MAY advance streams Tribal.

GARY CLARK JR advance streams a live album.

MARIANNE FAITHFULL drops collaborations with Nick Cave, Roger Waters and Anna Calvi ahead of Give My Love to London.

THE MOODY BLUES "Ride My Seesaw" on French TV for Twofer "Tuesday Afternoon."

THE REPLACEMENTS are profiled by Rolling Stone, and reveal they'll likely make an album at some point in the future.

A.C. NEWMAN & NEKO CASE talk to Morning Edition about pop songwriting. And mondegreens.

PERFUME GENIUS: Mike Hadreas talks to Drowned In Sound about the new album and video, etc.

30 UNDERRATED ALBUMS, rated by musicians.

AMBER HEARD, Johnny Depp's fiance, is the latest victim of the celebrity photo hacking scandal.

ARIANA GRANDE has become such a diva that even her life coach couldn't handle it.

KRIS JENNER  has filed for divorce, and TMZ reports it's already a done deal.

TOM HARDY & CHARLOTTE RILEY: Secretly married?

BRYAN SINGER has inked a  to direct X-Men: Apocalypse.

TOTAL RECALL inspires some odd plastic surgery.

THE UNITED STATES: Some of the estimated 100 Americans who have tried to get to Syria and join up with groups like the Islamic State have returned to the United States and are under FBI scrutiny, a top US official told reporters on Monday.

JORDAN arrested 11 members of the Islamic State group who it said confessed to planning "terrorist operations" in the kingdom, a security official said on Sunday.

YEMEN: Shiite rebels seized the Yemeni government headquarters Sunday and the premier resigned as violence raged despite a UN announcement of a power-sharing deal to end days of fighting, officials said.

SYRIA: The US and partnered forces began striking the Islamic State in Syria. Meanwhile, Al-Qaeda-linked rebels have, for the first time, established a permanent presence on the Syrian frontier.

IRAQ: After six weeks of American airstrikes, the Iraqi government’s forces have scarcely budged Sunni extremists of the Islamic State from their hold on more than a quarter of the country, in part because many critical Sunni tribes remain on the sidelines.

PAKISTAN is advancing toward a sea-based missile capability and expanding its interest in tactical nuclear warheads, according to Pakistani and Western analysts.

FROGS go wild for worm videos.

A GOLDFISH is saved from a door step by a police sergeant.

A PUPPY sparks a fatal sword duel near Lawrenceville, GA.


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