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New Releases, JD McPherson, Afghan Whigs, Mini-Pig + Great Dane   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE ALABAMA SHAKES drop "Always Alright" from the Silver Linings Playbook soundtrack.

NEW RELEASES from Deftones, School of Seven Bells, El Perro Del Mar, Bush Tetras and more are streaming this week at Spinner.

JD McPHERSON rocked the rockabilly for a full set at World Cafe Live.

THE AFGHAN WHIGS stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

FREELANCE WHALES get indie-baroque in the KEXP studios.

OFF BROADWAY: "Stay In Time" and "Full Moon Turn My Head Around," for Twofer Tuesday.

BRIAN ENO tells The Independent why it pays to be precise, and why that long-awaited Roxy Music reunion tour is never going to happen.

MARTHA WAINWRIGHT talks to the Boston Globe about her family and its new members.

YOKO ONO talks to The Observer about te Meltdown Festival, activism, Paul McCartney and more.

THE BEST BOND MOVIE SONGS, psedoscientifically charted by Grantland.

DON'T TOUCH ME ELMO: Kevin Clash — the man known as the voice of Elmo — has taken a leave of absence from Sesame Street in the wake of allegations he had a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old boy, allegations Clash adamantly denies.


ROBERT PATTINSON & KRISTEN STEWART: She seemed uncomfy with his PDA.

HALLE BERRY and daughter Nahla will not be moving to France anytime soon after a judge ruled against the actress' request Friday.

MATTHEW McCONNAUGHEY sheds 30 lbs for a role.

ANNE HATHAWAY talks to Vogue about Les Miserables

QUENTIN TARANTINO does not want more Star Wars.

THE UNITED KINGDOM: Radical Islamic cleric Abu Qatada won an appeal against his deportation to Jordan; he could be released today.

SYRIAN rebel groups meeting in Qatar formed a national coalition to fight against the Assad regime. Government forces bombarded a town near the Turkish border recently captured by rebels.

IRAQ claims it no longer has a legal basis to hold a Lebanese Hezbollah operative who has been accused of helping to kill American troops in Iraq, and United States officials are concerned that he may soon be released.

MINI-PIG vs GREAT DANE: Who you got?

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Penn State's squirrel whisperer will be among the first when the rodents make their move.

FIGHT OR FLIGHT? How much faith should you put in Fido?

THE BIRDS: Owls shut down Seattle area parks.

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The Evens, Ben Gibbard, Matt & Kim, Baby Elephant   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, November 12, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


CAT POWER may have halted her Eurotour, but she played "Cherokee" for Conan.

THE EVENS: Ian MacKaye and Amy Farina are advance streaming The Odds.

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

MATT & KIM recorded a few tracks live exclusively for The Current.

JULIE DOIRON is advance streaming So Many Days.

DAVID BOWIE & CHER duet on a bizarre 1975 medley of "Young Americans," "Song Sung Blue," "One," "Da Doo Ron Ron," "Wedding Bell Blues," "Maybe Baby" and "Day Tripper," to name but a few.

PATTERSON HOOD talks to Glide about how a book became a song, his admiration for Jim Dickinson and how political leaders could learn from the misjudgments of those in power before them.

TIFT MERRITT is profiled by PopMatters.

CRYSTAL CASTLES: Alice Glass and Ethan Kath talk to Pitchfork about their new album's themes of oppression, and why their beyond-dire outlook is based on much more than a goth-tinted hallucination.

MICHAEL NESMITH talks "Daydream Believer" and Monkeeing around on social media with the L.A. Times.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Skyfall tops the chart with 87.8 million, a well-above-record opening for 007; the Christmas season comes early for the cineplex. Fun fact: about 44.5 million of the 200 million budget was paid for by Heineken, which Bond drinks in the film; I would love to know how much the computer, the car, and clothiers paid.  Bond has already raked in over 518 million worldwide.  Wreck-It Ralph is a distant second with 33 million, but that's still a leggy performance on a mere 33 percent drop.  Flight shows with 15.1 million on a 39 percent drop that's maybe not so bad with Bond dominating adults.  Argo takes the fourth slot with 6.7 million on another leggy 33 percent drop.  The same could be said of Taken 2, which rounds out the Top 5 with 4 million.

LINDSAY LOHAN has officially pulled out of her “20/20” interview with Barbara Walters because her new PR team didn't want questions about the ongoing investigation in her car crash.

ARIEL WINTER: Authorities have serious doubts about allegations made by the mother of 14-year-old "Modern Family" actress Ariel Winter; they think the mother is making up stories of an illicit sexual relationship to save face after she was stripped of custody.

JUSTIN BIEBER & SELENA GOMEZ broke up. A nation grieves.

JONAH HILL is a rude, arrogant a-hole who treated CNN anchor Don Lemon like “the help” when he tried to shake the actor's hand during a recent run-in at a hotel, according to Don.

STORAGE WARS: Is the show faked?

MARK WAHLBERG has agreed to join Transformers 4.

STAR WARS VII may be in the hands of screenwriter Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3, Hunger Games, Little Miss Sunshine).

WORLD WAR Z has a trailer online, full of fast zombies.

VETERANS' DAY: Today is the observation of the anniversary of the end of WWI; thank a vet today, and read the excellent 2009 piece by the WaPo's David Ignatius that may be more true today.

THE UNITED STATES Air Force stationed a detachment of 10 troops at a base in central Poland to support US fighter plane squadrons that come to Poland to train Polish pilots on F-16s. Poland has long requested a US military presence, and this is the first permanent posting of US soldiers on Polish soil.

SYRIA: The leader of the Free Syrian Army has called on the outside world to back the rebels before they all "turn into terrorists."

IRAQ: Al Qaeda in Iraq killed the head of the Awakening forces in Abu Ghraib, as well as his wife and son. Security forces recaptured nine al Qaeda fighters who had escaped from prison and captured two fighters near a weapons depot in Abu Ghraib.

A BABY ELEPHANT plays in water for the first time.

A 26-FT ANACONDA is this diver's companion.

A CARNIVOROUS SPONGE has been spotted in deep ocean waters off California's Monterey Bay.

TENTACLED SNAKES were born at the Smithsonian's National Zoo.

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The Gales of November Came (One Day) Early   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, November 09, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE WRECK of the EDMUND FITZGERALD: The legend lives o­n from the Chippewa o­n down of the big lake they called Gitche Gumee. Nov. 10 marks the 37th anniversary of the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald -- 729 feet-long, 75 feet in breadth, 39 feet in depth, weighing 13,632 gross tons -- an ore bulk carrier with a capacity of 25,000 tons. When it was launched o­n June 7 1958, at the Great Lakes Engineering Works in River Rouge, Michigan, Fitzgerald was the largest ship o­n the Great Lakes. Here's misty, water-colored video of the launch.

The "Queen of the Great Lakes" sank in the eastern end of Lake Superior during a fierce storm -- including snow squalls -- that pounded the ship with 30-foot waves. The crew of 29 men perished; without witnesses, a definitive reason has never been determined. A Coast Guard report suggested that faulty hatches failed to keep water out of the ship's cargo holds, though others believe the ship struck an uncharted shoal and took o­n water. A documentary created and aired by the Discovery Channel concluded the loss was due to freak waves that overwhelmed the faulty hatches.

After the wreck, the Rev. Richard Ingalls went to Mariners' Church in Detroit and rang its bell 29 times, o­nce for each life lost. The church continues to hold an annual memorial, which includes reading the names of the crewmen and ringing the church bell. Here's video of Rev. Ingalls recounting that night. 

At the request of family members surviving her crew, Fitzgerald's 200 lb. bronze bell was recovered by the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society in 1995, as a joint project with the National Geographic Society, Canadian Navy, Sony Corporation, and Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. The bell is now o­n display in the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum. Here's a brief video from o­ne of the underwater explorations of the wreck. Throw in the 3-D animation, and you'll feel just like Bill Paxton.

The song by Gordon Lightfoot spent 21 straight weeks o­n the pop charts, peaking at No. 2. And there's a homemade video for it, which I highly recommend. Beats the tar of Celine Dion! (PS:  Ken King -- who has lived o­n the U.P. of  Michigan, says the gales of November are quite something.)


HOW TO DESTROY ANGELS_: Trent Reznor's new project is advance streaming the An omen_ EP.

SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS is advance streaming the Put Your Sad Down EP.

BOB MOULD talked about struggles, self-expression, and kicked out the jams in WFUV's Studio A.

SEA WOLF stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

THE ROLLING STONES drop "One More Shot" ahead of their zillionth hits collection.

MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle choreographs Ace of Base's "The Sign." (Language warning) A perennial fave.

NEIL YOUNG & PATTI SMITH have a discussion at BookExpo America.

TITUS ANDRONICUS: Patrick Stickles talks to the Village Voice about values and self-conflict.

INTERPOL drummer Sam Fogarino talks to SPIN about the 10th anniversary of Turn On the Bright Lights.

THE 20 BEST WHO SONGS, according to Paste.

CUTOUT BIN: From Lalo Schiffrin to David Naughton, from Big Star to Big Audio Dynamite, from Kenny Rogers to The Jam, plus Peter Buck, Rolling Stones, TMBG, the Five Stairteps and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

SKYFALL is this weekend's sole wide release, currently scoring 93 percent on the ol' Tomatometer.  Bond movies always tend to wrestle the legacy of the franchise -- how much to play to it, how much to play against it.  No doubt such struggles were particularly acute as those repsonible faced the 50th anniversary of Dr. No.  Casino Royale, the first of Daniel Craig's outings, succeeded as a reboot by wiping the slate clean and stripping away or playing against most of the Bond tropes.  This helped reposition Bond as Bourne again for a new action movie era... but to be Bond, it was inevitable that the Craig line would be one of evolving into something approaching the more familiar Bond.  If Quantum of Solace disappointed as a follow-up, it was perhaps that it tried to be a bit too much like some of the lesser Bond efforts.  While Casino Royale dealt with the very current concern of terrorism and its finances, QoS lapsed back into the global threat posed by an amorphous crime syndicate.

Thankfully, Skyfall is not a proto-Spectre story, but one concerned again with concerns drawn ever so loosely from our real ones.  If it borrows its MacGuffin from the Mission Impossible reboot, it may be excused by the brilliance of Javier Bardem as a villain who is equal parts Julian Assange and Heath Ledger's Joker.  In the post-9/11, internet age the real world has been debating the tension between transparency andthe secrecy demanded by national security organizations, as well as the value of human intelligence and field work versus high-tech intell.  We behold threats from non-state actors who may live close to the third-world, but with first world tech.  Skyfall plays with all of these contradictions while weaving in the aforementioned struggle with Bond legacy in a fairly brilliant manner.  Craig gets the usual assistance -- if it can be called that here -- from Judi Dench as "M",but in addition to Bardem, the fine supporting cast includes Noemi Harris, Ben Winshaw (The Hour) and Ralph Finnes in roles we should be glad to see continue.  And while the film initially plays against the trope of Bond gadgetry, my one quasi-spoiler is that Skyfall may boast the best Bond car ever.

ARIEL WINTER's mother denied allegations she abused her daughter, who has a restraining order against her mom and has moved out of the house.

CHARLIE SHEEN: Accused of making a death threat.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE talks to Elle about becoming one of Hollywood's rising stars.

JOHN TRAVOLTA is not gay, according to fellow Scientologist Kirstie Alley. NTTAWWT.

CHRISTINA AGUILERA wanted a threesome with Vanessa Hudgens and her boyfriend, according to the ever-reliable Star magazine.

THE VICTORIA'S SECRET FASHION SHOW: Early pics. Call it Gratuitous Friday.

LIBYA: Egypt closed its consulate in Benghazi due to security concerns; embassies in Tripoli are also worried about rising instability. In Benghazi, two security officials' cars were bombed, and a retired colonel was murdered. Former political leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil is being questioned about the death of Libyan insurgent commander General Abdel Fattah Younes.

EGYPT: Political groups represented in the Constituent Assembly have tentatively agreed on four controversial articles in the draft constitution, leaning toward Islamist positions on gender equality, children's rights, forced labor and freedom of belief.

PAKISTAN: Almost a year after suspension of oil supply to NATO forces, it was resumed via Khyber Pass on Wednesday here in Torkham border of tehsil Landi Kotal, official sources said.

A FAITHFUL DOG stayed with a missing Aussie toddler for 14 hours.

A BABY KOALA, sitting in a teacup.

"THE LION CAT OF WINGRAVE" has been sentenced to herbal therapy and house arrest.

A 10-FT GATOR stops by a suburban Florida home.

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AC Newman, Afghan Whigs, Dwight Yoakum, Pug   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, November 08, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE BLACK KEYS back a demented Val Kilmer as part of the next Terence Malick movie. Look closely and you'll see Rooney Mara and Michael Fassbender.

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

AFGHAN WHIGS stop by World Cafe to play and discuss songs they'd written as younger artists.

DWIGHT YOAKUM stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Andrew Bird, Ty Sehall, Brian Eno and more highlight the current edition of the series.

BEN GIBBARD recorded "Hard One To Know" and "Bed of Roses" exclusively for The Current.

IKE & TINA TURNER cover "Respect" in Olympia, circa 1970. 

MUMFORD & SONS: The band's rise to what passes for mainstream success these days is assessed by the L.A. Times.

KATHLEEN EDWARDS divulges to DIY just what went into the voyage for her next chapter.

TORI AMOS talks to Spinner about the election, teens and sandwiches.

NICOLE ATKINS, who named an album after Neptune City, talks to the Village Voice about Hurricane Sandy and more.

KRISTEN STEWART & ROBERT PATTINSON: K-Stew dodges the relationship question on the Today Show.

ARIEL WINTER, the 14-year-old actress who plays Alex Dunphy on "Modern Family," has been removed from her home by a judge amid pparental abuse allegations.

LINDSAY LOHAN is telling friends the cops are on such a vendetta to bring her down.

CEE LO GREEN and the woman accusing him of drugging and sexually assaulting her have a history.

JOHNNY DEPP & AMBER HEARD were spotted getting cozy at AV Nightclub in LA.

DIANE SAWYER: Punchy -- or drunk -- on election night?

CARRIE FISHER, like Harrison Ford, wants in on more Star Wars movies. Lordy.

IRAN: The U.N. nuclear chief said Monday that Iran is not cooperating with an investigation into suspected secret work on nuclear weapons.

EGYPT: Four months since Egypt elected veteran Muslim Brotherhood politician Mohamed Mursi as president, human rights activists say hardliners are trying to impose Islamist ways on society.

AFGHANISTAN: The United Nations added the Haqqani Network to its list of designated terrorist groups. The UN said the Haqqani Network works with the Taliban to destabilize Afghanistan and has links to al Qaeda.

A PUG barely touches these stairs.

50 WILD ELEPHANTS went on a drunken rampage through an Indian village.

A BREACHING WHALE leapt out of the sea off South Africa and landed on a boat, injuring three men.

AN AGORAPHOBIC OWL who is afraid of flying outside has been given his own red brick house.

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El Perro Del Mar, Babies, Wild Nothing, Only Ones, Talking Elephant   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, November 07, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE LUMINEERS: "Ho Hey." Let's go.

EL PERRO DEL MAR is advance streaming Pale Fire; she's officially a dance artist now.

THE BABIES are advance streaming Our House On The Hill.

WILD NOTHING brings dreamy, expansive pop to KEXP's CMJ broadcast from Union Square Ballroom.

CALEXICO stopped by KEXP for a live performance.

ANIMAL COLLECTIVE drops the non-LP track "Crimson."

THE ONLY ONES: "Another Girl, Another Planet," live in '79.

THOM YORKE talks Atoms For Peace with Rolling Stone.

SAMBASSADEUR guitarist Joachim Läckberg talks to Interview about the band's forthcoming full-length, due in late 2013, and premieres the "Memories" B-side, "Hours Away."

PUBLIC ENEMY: A 25-year legacy, reviewed by TIME.

KEITH RICHARDS & ROD STEWART will be best men at Ronnie Wood's wedding.

LINDSAY LOHAN reportedly will be charged with the crime of lying to police after her car accident in June on Pacific Coast Highway.

CHANNING TATUM will be announced as "Sexiest Man Alive" by People next week.

JACK NICHOLSON: If he knew then what he knows now. Pls, tales of The Shining.

HARRISON FORD is up for another turn as Han Solo. Oh boy.

ALFRED HITCHCOCK: His 20 Best Quotes, according to Paste.

SAUDI ARABIA's support for Afghanistan has been steady but inconspicuous over the years. But that is about to change.

IRAN's quest for a nuclear weapon has been the subject of much debate this election season, but the presidential candidates rarely discuss the most imminent danger Iran poses to the United States: cyberwarfare.

AFGHAN CORRUPTION... and how the US facilitates it.

AN ELEPHANT learns to speak Korean.

A ROGUE LEOPARD believed to have killed - and eaten - up to 15 villagers, including 10 small children over the past year is being hunted by Nepalese wildlife officials.

SNAKE in a MAIL BAG: Slithery delivery.

FIGARO the COCKATOO has learned to make and use tools.

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