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Bat For Lashes, Grizzly Bear, Hot Chip, CMJ, Golden Cam   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JACK WHITE vs JACK WHITE in the video for "I'm Shakin."

BAT FOR LASHES is advance streaming The Haunted Man.

GRIZZLY BEAR stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session. 

HOT CHIP dropped by the KEXP studio recently for an uncharacteristically analog session.

CMJ 2012: College DJs create a streaming mix of bands playing the Music Marathon.

THE WALKMEN drop "Dance With Your Partner" and "Vermeer '65" on Soundcloud.

THE JAGS: "Back of My Hand," from TOTP and the "Where Are They Now?" file.

JENS LEKMAN talks to the Philadelphia Inquirer about humor in song. (Thx, LHB.)

TIFT MERRITT talks to Morning Edition about Traveling Alone.

DEAD CAN GANCE: Lisa Gerrard talks to PopMatters about how an artist views themselves and the work that they do.

THE 10 BEST BOND THEMES, according to Paste.

LINDSAY & DINA LOHAN: Cops were called early Wednesday when the oft-rehabbed starlet and her mom began fighting in a limousine.

OLIVIA WILDE talks about relationships and proves beautiful women can say crazy stuff without anyone calling 'em on it.

BEYONCE is out of Clint Eastwood's version of A Star Is Born.

KATIE HOLMES  is enjoying her new life being single since her divorce from Tom Cruise and has no plans on dating anyone anytime soon.

HULK HOGAN's family fears that another sex tape featuring the wrestling legend could be leaked.

ALEX KARRAS, a fierce and relentless All-Pro lineman for the Detroit Lions whose irrepressible character placed him frequently at odds with football's authorities but led to a second career as an actor on television and in the movies, died Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 77.

MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR heads Flavorpill's list of films with undeservedly bad reputations.

FRANCE: Police found bomb-making materials in a Paris garage linked to recent raids against an Islamic extremist cell that netted 12 suspects and resulted in the death of another.

ISRAEL abandoned plans for an imminent attack on Iran's nuclear facilities. Israeli intelligence concluded that a significant portion of Iran's 20 percent enriched uranium had been diverted to a medical research reactor.

SYRIA: Rebels seized a strategic town on the highway between Damascus and Aleppo. The government rushed reinforcements to the area. British Foreign Secretary Hague said the situation in Syria continues to deteriorate with no end in sight.

IRAQ: The Army detained 21 men on terrorism charges and discovered 52 bombs during raids south of Baghdad. Police seized two bomb-making factories in Hillah.

GOLDEN CAM: Retriever pups, 24/7.

THE MYSTERY MONKEY attacks an elderly woman in Tampa.

BRAINLESS SLIME MOLD has a spatial memory.

A 234-LB BABY WALRUS finds a home in NYC.

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Edward Sharpe, Ben Gibbard, Free Energy, Stone Fish   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE BEN FOLDS FIVE visit Colbert and "Do It Anyway."

EDWARD SHARPE & THE MAGNETIC ZEROES roll through the KEXP studio for a breezy live set.

BEN GIBBARD (Death Cab) is advance streaming Forever Lives.

TAMARYN is advance streaming Tender New Signs.

BLACKBIRD BLACKBIRD is advance streaming Boracay Planet. Not really in my wheelhouse, but pretty alright.

FREE ENERGY drops "Dance All Night" ahead of Lovesign.

JULES SHEAR: "If She Knew What She Wants," unplugged on Unplugged, circa 1990. Check how he's holding his guitar.

ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME NOMINEES: Who, Why And How Likely Are They To Be Inducted?

TORI AMOS talks to Drowned In Sound about what still drives her creatively as an artist, her hatred of the term "confessional", and the anniversary of her debut album, Little Earthquakes.

BAT FOR LASHES: Natasha Khan talks to The Line of Best Fit about her new album, its difficult birth, and the new woman she feels it's made her become.

NIRVANA tried to recruit J Mascis. Yes, really.


TOM CRUISE & MATT. DAMON. got spankings Saturday night at a naughty birthday bash for Damon.

DANNY DeVITO's split from wife Rhea Perlman was due to his wandering eye, according to RadarOnline.

GUY RITCHIE got engaged to his longtime girlfriend, currently knocked up.

HULK HOGAN confirmed the woman in his sex tape is the estranged wife of his best friend, Bubba the Love Sponge, who reportedly who gave Hulk his blessing.

LADY GAGA visited Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

ANNE HATHAWAY will star in The Low Self-Esteem of Lizzie Gillespie, written by Mindy Kaling.

VARIETY has been bought out by the owners of Deadline.

FRANCE: Interior Minister Valls warned that hundreds of Islamist militants may still be at large in France.

AZERBAIJAN: A court convicted 22 people for assisting Iran in plotting terrorist attacks on US and Israeli targets in the country.

IRAN repelled cyberattacks against its communication networks on offshore oil and gas platforms. A think tank estimated Iran could produce enough enriched uranium for a nuclear bomb within two to four months.

SYRIA: The Al Nusra Front jihadist group carried out a complex attack on an intelligence agency compound in the capital, Damascus.

IRAQI and US officials said al Qaeda in Iraq has doubled in strength to 2,500 fighters and has re-established training camps.

THE STONE FISH not only camoflages itself, but can live out of water for an entire day.

TOXIC TOADS threaten Florida pets.

A MASSIVE FINBACK WHALE was found dead in Boston Harbor Sunday morning.

A LIONESS adopts a BABY ANTELOPE after killing its mother...

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New Releases, Godspeed You Black Emperor, Mt Goats Tribute, Stag   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, October 09, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE CIVIL WARS cover the Jackson 5 classic, "I Want You Back."

NEW RELEASES from Freelance Whales, Franz Nicolay, PAWS and more are streaming this week at Spinner.

GODSPEED YOU BLACK EMPEROR is advance streaming Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!, the band's first new album in more than a decade.

TALLAHASSEE TURNS TEN: Advance stream a Mountain Goast tribute LP, featuring Kimya Dawson, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Jeffrey Lewis and more...

TORI AMOS, live in NYC; you can stream the whole gig on demand.

THE FOUNDATIONS: "Build Me Up, Buttercup" and "Baby, Now That I Found You" are your Twofer Tuesday.

KENNY ROGERS talks to Morning Edition about his enduring career, his early days fronting the country-rock band The First Edition and what fans expect of him after all this time.

BEN FOLDS talks to the Toronto Sun about artistic types, being skillfully reckless and feeling like an heirloom tomato.

BETH ORTON talks to The New Yorker and the Chicago Sun-Times about all of her life changes since her last LP in 2006. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

THE ABBA MUSEUM is set to open next year.

MILA KUNIS is the Sexiest Woman Alive, according to Esquire.

DANNY DeVITO & RHEA PERLMAN separate after 30 years of marriage.


LADY GAGA pukes onstage. Bieber did it first. Bad medicine?

KATY PERRY & JOHN MAYER: Off again. Reset to Defcon 3.

WHITNEY HOUSTON's mother Cissy is deathly afraid Bobbi Kristina will die like just the singer — in a haze of drugs and other bad influences.

EMILY BLUNT may have the inside track for a role in The Avengers 2.

A RUTTING STAG trees a man.

RACCOONS are taking over Brooklyn.

FAKE CAT INSURANCE CLAIM results in a conviction after a claim about a fake dead parrot.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Militant rodents diversify their portfolios, as scientists race the clock to discover their evil plan.

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Jason Lytle, Martha Wainwright, David Wax Museum, Cate LeBon, Maru   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, October 08, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE RAVEONETTES play "She Owns the Streets" at the Ed Sullivan Theater.

JASON LYTLE (Grandaddy) is advance streaming Dept. of Disappearance.

MARTHA WAINWRIGHT is advance streaming Come Home to Mama.

DAVID WAX MUSEUM brings their "Mexo-Americana" to the World Cafe.

CATE LeBON performs at WNYC Soundcheck.

SATURDAY LOOKS GOOD TO ME drops "Sunglasses," their first new song since 2008.

THE BEATLES: "Love Me Do" turned 50 on Friday, bringing retrospectives from The Guardian, the BBC and the NME.

MARK EITZEL talks to Stereogum about musicals, being broke, the American Music Club, his new LP, and more.

JOHN CALE talks and spins tunes in a Turntable interview at Stereogum.

JENNY LEWIS talks to Inland Empire Weekly about Rilo Kiley, her solo work, film scores and more... (Thx, LHB.)

THE BEACH BOYS: Mike Love gives his side of the latest breakup, which sounds fishy to anyone who followed the news during the last tour.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Taken 2 tops the chart with an impressive 50 million opening -- the third (possibly second) biggest October opening ever. But pent-up demand and possibly disappointing word-of-mouth may result in a less leggy performance than the original's 145 million (but willeasily profit on a 45 million budget).  Hotel Transylvania places with 26.3 million on a solid 38 percent drop under direct competition with Frankenweenie.  Pitch Perfect shows with 14.7 million and will easily profit.  Looper takes the fourth slot with 12.2 million; its 40 percent drop is good in light of cometition with Taken 2, and will easily profit.  Frankenweenie rounds out the Top 5 with 11.5 million, which is probably disappointing to Disney, despite the fact that it's about a child's beloved pet dying.

FRANKENWEENIE: Picking up where I left off, the fact that this is a Tim Burton film based on a short film by Tim Burton ought to tell you what to expect here.  Incidentally, the short was rejected for theatrical release by Disney in the 80s due to its macabre subject; the gamble here was that times have changed, and maybe they haven't.  Ironically, the sensitivity of the underlying subject may make this one of Burton's most personal and emotionally present films in years.  At the same time, the animated format allows him more license for homage to the horror classics (a Hammer Dracula flick has a TV cameo) and to take the original concept to epic proportions I won't spoil for all of those hesitant or waiting for home video. A film which haunts on more than one level.

KRISTEN STEWART & ROBERT PATTINSON are being pushed together by K-Stew's mom, according to RadarOnline.

STEVEN TYLER thinks the entire Nicki Minaj/Mariah Carey beef is being orchestrated by American Idol for ratings. Shocka!

GWYNETH PALTROW had a star-studded 40th birthday party.

HULK HOGAN is threatening legal action over a leaked sex tape.

CHRISTINA HENDRICKS: Mad Men's ginger bombshell does not like being called "full figured." Pro tip.

COLUMBUS DAY:  I get it as a holiday, so I thought a few words might be in order. Over the course of my life, I have seen the image of Columbus swing from unvarnished hero to genocidal criminal. Columbus was certainly no sweetheart, but at the end of the 15th Century, it is fair to say that Europeans often did not treat each other all that well. Moreover, before the furriners showed up, Native North and South Americans engaged in tribal massacre, infanticide, scalping, human sacrifice, and the ritual skinning of slaves for their priests to wear. It was a far less civilized time all 'round. But the West is civilized today in part because of Columbus. Some four centuries-plus later, we all are still struggling to become more civilized, but focusing criticism o­n the more-civilized while giving the less civilized a pass is not particularly useful to that struggle.

SYRIA: Government forces killed at least 36 people in operations in Damascus suburbs. The government said it had "cleansed" the area of terrorists; rebels called it a massacre.

IRAN withdrew 275 members of its elite Qods Force from Syria. The force had been supporting the Assad regime.

IRAQ executed 10 Iraqis and an Algerian who were convicted on terrorism charges. Iraq has executed 113 people so far this year.

MARU the BOX CAT tries a pink truck.

GATOR POOL PARTIES are ruled unsafe by FL wildlife officials.

SASQUATCH sighting in the Canadian wilderness. Or possibly the evil mutant Sabertooth.

GREAT WHITE SHARK: Gonna need a bigger camera

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REM, White Rabbits, Iris DeMent, Cutout Bin, Snoring Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, October 05, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PATE REUNION WATCH: Conditions have created a significant risk of a band reunion occurring in early July 2013. Pate is looking for input from friends and fans via the Claude Pate Facebook page.  I have also set up and will monitor PateBlog on the Twitter, as well as PateBlog -at- aol.com for email (laugh at the aol, but why not be period?). We'll also be looking to set up additional lines of communication as needed and as plans warrant.  The last reunion was great; get involved to help get another one rolling!

...and now, our regularly scheduled programming...


...with R.E.M! Live at the Capital Theater, in Passaic, NJ, on June 9, 1984. Your set list includes: "Pale Blue Eyes"; "Second Guessing"; "Hyena"; "Letter Never Sent"; "Harborcoat"; "7 Chinese Brothers"; "Pretty Persuasion"; "So. Central Rain (I'm Sorry)"; "Gardening At Night"; "9-9"; "Windout"; "Old Man Kensey"; "Sitting Still"; "Driver 8"; "Carnival Of Sorts (Boxcars)"; "Radio Free Europe"; and "Little America."

WHITE RABBITS visited WNYC Soundcheck for a live performance and to tell us the meaning of Milk Famous.

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

THE CALM BLUE SEA isn't always so calm in a session at KUT's Studio 1a.

SALLIE FORD & THE OUTSIDE SOUND bring some blues-rock to Oregon Public Broadcasting, including a trio of unreleased songs.

ADELE: The full version of her Bond theme, "Skyfall" is online.

ART BRUT get you off to a "Good Weekend."

PETER BUCK talks about the solo LP he said he'd never make at REM HQ.

GRIZZLY BEAR talks to Pitchfork about how they overcame creative difficulties by working more collaboratively.

JEFF TWEEDY talks to the Inland Empire Weekly about Wilco's controversial beginnings and love of the road. (Thx, LHB.)

THE NUMERO UNO GROUP, which does fantastic reissues of rarities and obscurities, gets a lengthy profile from SPIN.

BIG JIM SULLIVAN, reputed to have played guitar on more than 1000 hits --  including 55 number one singles -- died peacefully at home in West Sussex on Tuesday. He was 71.

CUTOUT BIN: From Echo & the Bunnymen to Sam & Dave, from Van Halen to They Might Be Giants, from the Sweet to the English Beat, plus Hot Chocolate, Afghan Whigs, Golden Smog, Nick Gilder and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are: Taken 2, which is currently scoring 15 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Frankenweenie, which is scoring 83 percent.  Pitch Perfect expands wide, scoring 74 percent.

TOM CRUISE & KATIE HOLMES: The marriage reportedly was over for six months before Holmes filed for divorce.

RHIANNA & CHRIS BROWN  were apparently getting cozy at the Jay-Z concert Wed. night ... and, based on Twitter, everyone in Brooklyn saw it.

JULIANNE MOORE wuz robbed!

AMERICAN IDOL: Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj reportedly buried the hatchet.

HEIDI MONTAG is appearing at a strip club.  But not stripping.  Yet.

TWILIGHT: BREAKING DAWN, PT. 2 advance ticket sales exceeding those of Part 1.

THE LONE RANGER has a trailer online.

A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD has a teaser trailer online.

TURKEY retaliated with artillery strikes against a Syrian border town after a Syrian army mortar killed two women and three children yesterday inside Turkish territory. The Turkish parliament approved military action beyond Turkish borders. Damascus apologized for the incident. World leaders are seeking to prevent escalation of hostilities between Turkey and Syria.

SYRIA: Four large suicide car bombs exploded in a government district of Aleppo. Assad ordered 30000 more troops into the battle for Aleppo. A regional peace initiative including Egypt, Iran, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia appeared to be failing. Syrian state TV attacked Hamas' leader and Egypt's president for their support of the rebellion.

EGYPT: The political dawn of the Salafists in Egypt has hit a snag.  However, they are running Maria TV, a new Egyptian channel that solely features veiled women.

IRAN: Riot police clashed with demonstrators protesting against Ahmadinejad, blaming him for the plummeting currency. Cyberattacks on Iranian infrastructure and communications companies disrupted internet services.

THEODORE the CAT, snoring loudly.

DINKY the POT-BELLIED PIG scores a redhead as a soulmate.

MAGIC the PONY eats like a college student.

A KING CHARLES SPANIEL has been crowned Britain's pet slimming champion after shedding nearly a third of his bodyweight.

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