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New Releases, Iceage, Matmos, Drive-By Truckers, Dog In Boots   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS have a NSFW video for "Jubilee Street."

NEW RELEASES from Foals, Lisa Germano, P^ssed Jeans, Cuff The Duke, the Stone Foxes and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

ICEAGE is advance streaming You're Nothing.

MATMOS is advance streaming The Marriage of True Minds.

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS: Southern Rock Opera, Live.

THE POSTAL SERVICE unwinds “A Tattered Line Of String."

YOUTH LAGOON goes "Mute" ahead of Wondrous Bughouse.

THE THERMALS are "Born To Kill" ahead of Desperate Ground.

PAUL COLLINS & PETER CASE, formerly of The Nerves, play "Hanging On The Telephone" in-store.

WHAT LEONARD COHEN means to Millenials.

SLIPPED DISCS of 2012, according to PopMatters, Part One and Part Two. At least four were on my Faves List, but I somehow neglected the Young Fresh Fellows.

FAVE LIVE ALBUMS from The Quietus staff.

18 SONGS about one-night stands.

LINDSAY LOHAN's latest fling is Brooklyn-born DJ Julian Cavin.

JUSTIN BIEBER got a post-Grammy diss from Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney.

RHIANNA & CHRIS BROWN were spotted sparking up after the Grammys, which is no surprise to anyone who saw them at the Grammys.

KIM HARDASHIAN & KANYE WEST have their sights set on buying three more multi-million dollar mansions across the globe.

MARK WAHLBERG challenged MICHAEL FASSBENDER to a measurement of manhood on television.  alcohol hmay have been involved.

JENNIFER ANISTON: "Wasn't It Just My Birthday?"

ABRAHAM LINCOLN: Happy 204th birthday to the 16th President of the United States. Even if you saw the Spielberg biopic, here are two things you may not have known about Honest Abe: (1) he was an early adopter of the telegraph; and (2) he once sported a punky haircut.

NORTH KOREA appeared to have conducted its third underground nuclear bomb test Tuesday, as the US Geological Survey reported a seismic disturbance centered near the site of the secretive regime's two previous nuclear tests.  Are they also testiting for Iran?

ISRAEL: Defense Minister Barak left for the United States in a "surprise visit."

SYRIA: Islamist rebels captured the country's largest hydroelectric dam. The government moved tanks to reenforce hard-pressed units in the eastern Jobar district of Damascus. The government said it was ready to meet with the leader of the opposition Syrian National Coalition.

EGYPT: Angry protests broke out on the second anniversary of former President Mubarak's ouster. Clerics from Egypt's leading religious institution chose the country's Grand Mufti, a position previously appointed by the president.

IRAQ: Twelve Iraqis were killed in a suicide attack and shooting in Mosul, and three more were killed in an IED attack in Anbar. Counterterrorism forces captured two insurgent commanders and three fighters in Diyala.

DOG IN BOOTS: But he doesn't seem keen on them.

PYTHON CHALLENGE UPDATE: Reports as of Friday were that 50 Burmese pythons had been captured in the Everglades during the month-long chase that ended at midnight Sunday, but scientists and outdoors experts say the data collected will be invaluable.

SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH has been blasted for ignoring gay animals.

ADOPTED SIBERIAN TIGER CUBS have to leave the house for a new enclosure at Howletts Wild Animal Park.

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Nick Cave, Ivan & Alyosha, Pirate Songs, Puppies vs Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, February 11, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


TITUS ANDRONICUS: Patrick Stickles "Tried to Quit Smoking" for Le Bogotheque.

NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS advance stream Push the Sky Away.

IVAN & ALYOSHA advance stream All The Times We Had.

SON OF ROGUES GALLERY: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys are advance streaming.

LISA GERMANO advance streams No Elephants.

IRON & WINE debuted “Caught In The Briars” and “The Waves Of Galveston" on Austin's KUTX.

DEVENDRA BANHART drops the Spanish-language "Mi Negrita."

THE JAGS have your number written on the "Back of My Hand." From TOTP and the "Where Are They Now?" file.

SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS' Benjamin Curtis is battling cancer.

JIM JAMES is profiled by Leo Weekly. (Thx, LHB.)

THE 10 GREATEST TV POP PERFORMANCES of the 60's, according to Paste.

PAUL TANNER, who created the electrotheremin heard on "Good Vibrations" and "I Just Wasn't Made For These Times," has died.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Identity Thief tops the chart with 36.6 million against a 35 million budget.  That's bigger than Bridesmaids, though this McCarthy outing is likely less leggy.  Warm Bodies places with 11.5 million on a decent 43 percent drop; it has a 36 million total against a 30 million budget. Steven Soderbergh's Side Effects shows with 10 million, about in line with projections.  Silver Linings Playbook continues to ride the pre-Oscars wave with another 6.9 million.  Hansel & Gretel rounds out the Top 5 with 5.8 million and 43.8 million total against a 50 million budget.

THE GRAMMYS went to these folks.

CHRIS BROWN was involved in a car crash and totaled his vehicle, but escaped uninjured.  He blames paparazzi, who are having none of it.

LINDSAY & DINA LOHAN face foreclosure on their Long Island manse, but (contra other reports) is holed up in a NYC penthouse.

CHARLIE SHEEN has asked accused cop-killer Christopher Dorner to call him to talk things out.

KATE UPTON repeats as the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover girl. Full coverage (or uncoverage) should be posted at SI today. Happy Gratuitous Monday.

PALESTINIAN factions meeting in Cairo for unity talks have failed to reach a breakthrough in their discussions. One official involved in the discussions said the meetings "did not achieve anything." Hamas has already begun blaming Palestinian Authority President Abbas for the failure of the talks.

ALGERIAN  troops intercepted two al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb suicide bombers in Tinzouatine near the Malian border.

THE UNITED KINGDOM: Ofcom, the UK's independent communications watchdog, disclosed a number of instances in which Muslim TV channels have broadcast "inflammatory" programs in violation of rules that prohibit the one-sided airing of extremist views. Instances include advocacy of: death for apostasy, torture for homosexuals, and the "elimination" of anyone who insults the Prophet Mohammed.

RUSSIA: Authorities detained 271 people, including migrants from Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Egypt, and Afghanistan, at Muslim prayer rooms in St. Petersburg. Security officials are seeking to dismantle a terrorist group said to be operating in the city and planning attacks.

IRAN appears to have resumed converting small amounts of its higher-grade enriched uranium into reactor fuel, diplomats say, a process which if expanded could buy time for negotiations between Washington and Tehran on its disputed nuclear program.


PUPPIES vs CAT: Who You Got?

A LIVE CONDOR is brought to a Bakersfield Condors hockey game. What could possibly go wrong?


THE OCEANIC SQUID can fly more than 100 feet through the air at speeds faster than Usain Bolt if it wants to escape predators.

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Schoolhouse Rock, Yo La Tengo, Ra Ra Riot, Cutout Bin, Pygmy Goat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, February 08, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with  SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK!  The seminal series of animated shorts premiered 40 years a go last month, so if you are certain age, they are seared in your memory.  If not, you're in for a treat. They covered any number of subjects, but most memorably multiplication in nuggets like "My Hero Zero", "Three Is a Magic Number" and "Lucky Seven Sampson".  The best-known short may be "Conjunction Junction", part of a grammar series including "Nouns" and "Verb - That's What's Happening".  The bicentennial brought forth a series of "America Rock" cartoons like "No More Kings" ,"The Preamble" to the Constitution, and the other best-known candidate, "I'm Just a Bill".

YO LA TENGO dropped by The Current studios to chat with Mary Lucia and play a few songs. Ira Kaplan talks to Fresh Air about the new LP.

RA RA RIOT stopped by WNYC Soundcheck or a preview of their synthier new album, Beta Love.

ICEAGE: the Danish post-punkers play a quick and dirty set at KEXP.

RON SEXSMITH has an interview plus tracks up at All Things Considered. His new album streams in full this week at Spinner.

SMOKEY ROBINSON & THE MIRACLES: "Tears of a Clown." Originally released in 1967, but it didn't become a hit until 1970. Sometimes, a hit takes time.

TITUS ANDRONICUS frontman Patrick Stickles talks to PopMatters about keeping overheads low on tour while being on a major label, the relationship between punk rock and masculinity, and what he’d be up to if the band ceased to exist.

EELS: Mark ‘E.’ Everett talks to The Line Of Best Fit about the making of Wonderful, Glorious... and about further topics with Drowned In Sound.

SLEATER-KINNEY, ranked by Stereogum.

30 EXCELLENT SONGS (With Parentheses in Their Titles).

CUTOUT BIN: From X to Harry Belafonte, from Fountains of Wayne to UFO, from the Rolling Stones to the Specials, plus Pete Townshend, Chris Stamey, Suede, The Crystals and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include Identity Thief, which is currently scoring 28 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Side Effects, currently scoring 82 percent.

MARILYN MANSON passed out on stage in Canada after coming down with the flu.

LINDSAY LOHAN is spending her days and most nights back in her teenage bedroom on Long Island?

KRISTIN CAVALLARI says JAY CUTLER (a/k/a Jerkface) proposed by text message and sent her ring in the mail.

KIM KARDASHIAN wants her legal battle with Kris Humphries to be over by the time she gives birth to her and Kanye West's child in July. So old-fashioned.

STAR WARS spinoffs reportedly include a young Han Solo saga, and a bounty hunter adventure with Boba Fett.

THE UNITED STATES is urging the European Union to designate Hezbollah a terrorist entity.

TUNISIA: Hundreds of protesters in Tunis and Gafsa called for regime change and clashed with police, continuing protests that began yesterday when opposition leader Chokri Belaid was shot dead by two unknown assassins.

ALGERIAN warplanes and attack helicopters repelled a three-hour coordinated assault on an army barracks by some 50 militants armed with rocket-propelled grenades.

IRAN's leader Khamenei rejected an offer from the US for direct talks over its nuclear program. The US and Western nations imposed a new round of economic sanctions on Iran.

SYRIA: Inching closer to the center of Damascus, rebels overran government positions on a key road. Government forces responded with air and artillery attacks. The Pentagon's top leaders said that they favored supplying weapons to rebels locked in a grinding civil war with the Syrian government, a position that put them directly at odds with the White House.

EGYPT: Several hardline Muslim clerics issued a fatwa calling for the killing of prominent opposition leaders. The government condemned the action and increased security around the opposition leaders' homes.

PYGMY GOAT, Happy Feet.

A DISABLED GOLDFISH gets an underwater wheelchair.

DOGS are now forced to be microchipped in England.

A HEN makes pancakes with the help of a new gadget.

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Mountain Goats, Helio Sequence, Guards, Sloth   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, February 07, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA is "So Good At Being In Trouble."

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS stopped by Oregon Public Broadcasting for a session.

THE HELIO SEQUENCE stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

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

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from MBV, Youth Lagoon, Cloud Cult and more highlight the latest edition.

THE JAMES HUNTER SIX  is dropping a soulful new LP this month (produced by one of the Dap-Tone dudes); the title track is "Minute by Minute."

THE HOLLIES: "I Can't Let Go."


CRAIG FINN writes for ClashMusic about Fightened Rabbit and their new track, "State Hospital."

THE 20 BEST-GLAM ROCK SONGS, according to The Guardian's Jon Savage.

"STAND BY YOUR MAN": An Oral History.

KRISTEN STEWART plans to dump ROBERT PATTINSON, a source tells RadarOnline.

RHIANNA... and JUSTIN BIEBER?  Given that she was spotted in court with the heinous Chris Brown, it seems unlikely.

KIM KARDASHIAN's doctor thinks Kim's unborn baby may be at risk, because of the stress Kris Humphries is causing by dragging out their divorce. Litigation is fun!


FERGIE pregnant? Josh Duhamel says there's no new news, which may be a denial.

PHIL SPECTOR: The HBO pic has a trailer online. Wigtastic.

NORTH KOREA: China said it was "extremely concerned" about North Korea's threat to go beyond a third nuclear test.

MALI: France announced it will begin pulling its nearly 4000 troops out of Mali in March, handing over operations gradually to the UN-backed AFISMA force of some 8000 troops."

SYRIA: After a lull, heavy fighting broke out in Damascus. Rebels said they had gone on the offensive against strategic targets in the city's southern neighborhood of Jabar.

IRAN: At the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation summit in Cairo, Ahmadinejad called for a strategic alliance with Egypt and proposed a loan to the cash-strapped country. Egypt's response was cool.

EGYPT: Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the opposition National Salvation Front coalition, denounced a fatwa that authorized the killing of NSF members. An NGO linked to the Muslim Brotherhood called for the National Council for Women and other women's rights associations to be abolished.

SLOTHS: Sink or swim?

THE WORLD'S LONGEST CAT has passed away.

LEAVE THE KID, TAKE THE CORN SNAKE: Not a line from The Godfather.

THE BOBCAT POPULATION is on the rise... in New Jersey.

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Wednesday, February 06, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SUEDE returns with "It Starts Ands With You."

THE dB's play a five-song set at Sound Opinions.

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

NIKI & THE DOVE stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session. 

BLACK HISTORY MONTH brings a soulful livestream from The Current.

PRINCE drops another new track, "Breakfast Can Wait."

THE SMITHEREENS: "Behind The Wall Of Sleep" Live on The Tube, 1987.

ROBYN HITCHCOCK spun tunes with Stereogum and talks about his new album, what’s on his reading list, and how eating falafel led to “Balloon Man.”

DJANGO DJANGO is profiled by Scotland's Sunday Mail.

LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM talks to Relix about his live disc, the music biz, and more...

VINYL sales rose a whopping 19 percent over the year before. It’s the fifth consecutive cycle in which purchases in the format have increased, each time to levels beyond any previous year in the history of accurate sales accounting.

BRITNEY SPEARS has a choice between two casinos, one of which is part of Caesars Entertainment Group.

JOHN TRAVOLTA failed to get a sexual assault claim sent to arbitration; it could go to a public trial.

MONICA & CHANDLER, together again?

FRANK OCEAN told police he was called a “f**got” during his brawl with Chris Brown, moments before Brown threatened to shoot him.  BTW, a district attorney says Brown likely faked his community service.

KATIE HOLMES is back dating, tentaively.

JUDY GREER scores a big advance for her first book.

DENMARK: Lars Hedegaard, president of the Danish Free Press Society and a critic of Islam, survived an assassination attempt outside his home.

BRITISH police named seven additional suspects in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing. All of them were said to be members of the Jamahiriya Security Organisation; two died in the Libyan revolution.

NORTH KOREA: South Korea said the UN would impose tougher sanctions if North Korea went ahead with a third nuclear test. North Korea threatened to go beyond a third nuclear test because of "hostile" UN sanctions. North Korea loaded a video on YouTube showing a US city in flames after missile attack.

IRAN: An ally of Ahmadinejad was arrested by his opponents, highlighting a schism in Iran's politics. Ahmadinejad traveled to Egypt, becoming the first Iranian leader to do so since 1979. Iran agreed to a new round of talks with world powers over its nuclear program.


AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: A spider that sounds like a motorcycle.

A KINKAJOU was captured in Wise County, TX.

A BABY ZEBRA debuts at the Phoenix Zoo.

A ROGUE OTTER ate £10,000 worth of an elderly couple's fish.

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