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New Releases, Hot Chip, Flavor Crystals, Otter   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


GUIDED BY VOICES "Keep It In Motion," which tends to be an understatement.

NEW RELEASES from Passion Pit, Alberta Cross, Fang Island, The Blakes, Shawn Lee and more are streaming this week at Spinner.

HOT CHIP played Celebrate Brooklyn; you can stream the whole gig on demand.

FLAVOR CRYSTALS return to The Current for a chat and psychedelic mini-set.

THE FAMILY BAND gets twofered on World Cafe Next.

QUESTION MARK & THE MYSTERIANS: "96 Tears" and " Girl (You Captivate Me)" for Twofer Tuesday.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN a long, meaty profile of the Boss runs at The New Yorker.

ANTONY HEGARTY struggles against an interview with The Independent.

PURITY RING talks to the New York Times about Edmonton, Soulja Boy, and more...

GIVE THE DRUMMER SOME: Who Are The Most Underrated Drummers In Rock?

MINKA KELLY is the latest actress to star in a sex tape that is now being peddled to the highest bidder, but it's possible she was a minor when it was shot.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: As estimated, The Dark Knight Rises tops the chart with 160.9 million -- the biggest 2-D opening ever, but less than anticipated before the Aurora, CO theater shooting.The impact of the shooting on the film may never be known, nor cared about, with the possible exception of Warner Bros. accountants. Ice Age: Continental Drift places with 20.4 million on a steep 56 percent drop, perhaps suggesting a wider effect of the shooting.  The Amazing Spider-Man shows with 10.9 million, but that's a 68.5 percent collapse in the face of TDKR.  Ted takes the fourth slot with 10 million on a 55 percent drop and a projected 220 million total by the time it leaves theaters.  Brave rounds out the Top5 with six million on a comparatively decent 46 percent drop.

TOM CRUISE intends to be spending a lot more time in New York to be near daughter Suri, and he's shopping for a bachelor pad for himself.

CYBILL SHEPHERD got engaged to a psychologist.

MARIAH CAREY is confirmed as a new American Idol judge.

ORLANDO BLOOM & MIRANDA KERR have been spotted without their wedding rings, sparking rumors their marriage is in trouble.

MAN OF STEEL has a teaser trailer online.

SALLY RIDE, the first American woman to fly in space, died peacefully Monday after a courageous 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 61.

YEMEN: Several Iranian diplomats were reportedly deported for spying and providing support to al Qaeda.

IRAN added a new batch of enriched uranium to a research reactor in Tehran.

SYRIA acknowledged for the first time on Monday that it had chemical and biological weapons, saying they could be used if the country faced foreign intervention.

AFGHAN military experts said that it was a lack of proper intelligence on the Taliban that allowed the insurgent militants to infiltrate the Afghan National Security Forces.

AN OTTER juggles a rock.

A 21-LB LOBSTER will be released back into the waters of Cape Cod.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Putting them on motorcycles will prove disastrous to manking in the long run.

A BABY SLOTH bonds with a two-year-old girl's teddy bear.

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Micachu & the Shapes, thenewno2, 50 Yrs of Reggae, Newport Mix, Barking Bird   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, July 23, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BEACHWOOD SPARKS don't "Forget the Song," fortunately.

MICACHU & THE SHAPES advance stream Never. Mica Levi is interviewed by The Guardian.

THENEWNO2, ft. Dhani Harrison, is advance streaming thefearofmissingout.

OUT OF MANY: 50 Years of Reggae Music.

NEWPORT: Folk Alley is streaming a mix of artists playing the Newport Folk Festival July 27-29, including tracks from Alabama Shakes, Billy Bragg & Wilco, Charles Bradley, Dawes, First Aid Kit, Iron & Wine, Jackson Browne, My Morning Jacket, Of Monsters And Men, Sharon Van Etten, Tallest Man On Earth, tUnE-yArDs and more...

TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB drops "Sleep Alone" ahead of Beacon.

DIAMOND KNIGHTS: "Destination Diamonds".  For the 70s vibe in the heat of late July.

DIRTY PROJECTORS: Amber Coffman talks to Straight about the gestation of Swing Lo Magellan, for which 70+ songs were written.

CURTIS MAYFIELD gets a great 70th birthday tribute from The New York Times.

RHETT MILLER talks to NoiseTrade about his approach to full band and solo work, his first experience in the producer's chair and his creative efforts outside of songwriting. (Thx, LHB.)

IS PUBLIC ENEMY "RUBBISH"? Should a NPR intern's youthful individuality should be applauded?

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: In the wake of the theater shooting in Aurora, CO, Warner Bros., other studios and Rentrak decided to delay reporting weekend box office numbers. Nikke Finke has some rough estimates and news of how studios and networks are addressing the evil act.

FRED WILLARD says his lewd conduct arrest at an adult movie theater was a "big misunderstanding" and says flat out, "It didn't happen." PBS said that Mr. Willard had lost his job as the wisecracking narrator of its new show "Market Warriors."  The L.A. City Attorney is willing to drop any prosecution if Fred enrolls in a 2-week course on obeying laws relating to the alleged offense.

MILA KUNIS & ASHTON KUTCHER, caught canoodling on camera at a party in L.A.

TOM CRUISE reportedly has issues with Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" - rumored to be based on the origins of Scientology.

KATIE HOLMES is bouncing back from her failed marriage to Tom Cruise by returning to Broadway in Dead Accounts.

MARIAH CAREY is finalizing a deal to join American Idol as a new judge, for a whopping 17 million.

TARA REID has been hospitalized in Nice, France for acute pancreatitis.

NICK STAHL: Back home, back in rehab.

THE UNITED STATES: Rezwan Ferdaus, a physics graduate student and al Qaeda supporter, pled guilty to plotting to fly explosives-laden model airplanes into the White House and the Pentagon, and was sentenced to 17 years in prison.

THE UNITED KINGDOM: Shasta Khan, a thrice-married hairdresser, was jailed for eight years for her role in planning terror attacks on Jewish targets in Manchester.

SWEDEN: A Scottish jury found Glasgow resident Nasserdine Menni guilty of financing the December 2010 Stockholm suicide bombing.

SYRIA: Government forces staged counterattacks against rebel-held districts of Damascus. Heavy fighting broke out in Aleppo. Rebel forces seized a second of three border crossings between Iraq and Syria. Refugees flooded into Lebanon. The UN Security Council extended its monitor mission for 30 days.

AFGHANISTAN: Taliban militants lashed two men in public on Saturday, witnesses and officials said, just weeks after a video surfaced of a woman being executed for adultery before a crowd of cheering men.

A BARKING BIRD makes a good watchdog.

A GOPHER lives under a rocket pad in Kazakhstan. Varmint.

...AND THERE WERE SARDINES all over the road.

EULAGISCA, the giant Antarctic scaleworm... now in the one-gallon jug.

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The Animals, Best Coast, Cutout Bin The Dark Knight Rises, Bunny + Kitty   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, July 20, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with THE ANIMALS! I may have been quite remiss in not featuring them so let's dive in with their signature cover of "House of the Rising Sun" and "Please Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" from Top Gear, "We Gotta Get Out of This Place" from Shindig, a creepy clip for  "It's My Life" from Hullabaloo, and "Don't Bring Me Down" on the Ed Sullivan Show.

BEST COAST played DC's 9:30 Club; you can stream the gig on demand.

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

BEAR IN HEAVEN stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

DIAMOND RUGS: The indie supergroup stopped by WFUV for a chat and mini-set.


THE VACCINES drop "Teenage Icon" and talk to The Sun about their punkier sophomore LP.

THE ROLLING STONES Paste has 26 artists weigh in on the group's legacy and lists the 50 Best Stonesongs.

ALLO DARLIN': Elizabeth Morris and Bill Botting talk to DIY about the universal qualities of pop music, and their relationship with their work to date.

JIMI HENDRIX's record collection.

OLD ALBUMS now outsell new ones.

THE TOP 10 BATMAN SONGS, according to PopMatters.

CUTOUT BIN:  From the Rolling Stones to the Muppets, from the Decemberists to Wild Cherry, from Stevie Wonder to Billy Idol, plus Robert Pollard, Fleetwood Mac, Ike & Tina Turner, Bob Dylan & The Band and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES is this weekend's only wide releases (shocka) and is currently scoring 87 percent on the ol' Tomatometer.

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES:  This is that Batman movie you may have heard about.  My critical notes? The second act is a bit convoluted.  Christopher Nolan likely could have trimmed 10-15 minutes from the 2 hour, 44 min. running time and had a tighter movie.  Anne Hathaway does a bit better job filling out the Catwoman suit literally than she does figuratively.  Bane is a formidable match for the caped crusader, but has never been as compelling a character (imho) as The Joker or Two-Face.  That said, I don't think the film ever loses people, and the third act largely makes up for the second act's flaws (although longtime Batfans should see one major plot twist coming well in advance).  I have heard and read about the film's politics from those who haven't seen it, but don't worry; the politics here are pretty much those of the first two installments.  Nolan has been mining the anxieties of post-9/11 America throughout the series, and this is no major departure.TDKR may return a bit more to the question raised in Batman Begins about what happens when institutions break down, but the comic book genre also dictates that some types of lawlessness will be favored and others not so much. None of it distracts from what is overall a satisfying conclusion to Nolan's trilogy.

FRED WILLARD was arrested for lewd conduct in Hollywood when police allegedly caught him with his pants down in an adult movie theater. Wha Hoppen?

SOFIA VERGARA has a multi-million dollar media empire.

TOM CRUISE whisks Suri away on a helicopter, presumably temporarily.

SYLVESTER STALLONE: Authorities investigating the death of Sly's son Sage believe a "likely scenario" is he was dealing drugs - specifically Hydrocodone, according to TMZ.

ALMOST FAMOUS: The 15 best lines, according to Paste.

THE EMMY NOMINATIONS went to these folks. Congrats.

TOM DAVIS, comedy partner of Al Franken and one of the original SNL writers, died Thursday at 59 of neck and throat cancer.

NORTH KOREA: Kim Jong-un was named marshal of the army, the country's top military rank, in a move that adds to his glittering array of titles and cements his power in the isolated and impoverished state that has a 1.2 million strong military.

IRAN: Security experts have uncovered an ongoing cyber espionage campaign targeting Iran and other Middle Eastern countries that they say stands out because it is the first such operation using communications tools written in Persian.

IRAQ said it would sue Syria's former ambassador after he said he helped jihadists enter Iraq starting in 2003.

BUNNY & KITTY, making friends... Mass hysteria!

TURTLES flee a farm outside Summerville GA. Slowly.

CROWS are blamed for a "suspicious powder" scare at Washington state intersection that detoured traffic for more than an hour.

THE SOUTHERN DUMPLING SQUID usually manages to survive for less than a year, which the researchers believe might be a direct result of their risky, sex-filled lifestyle.

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Codeine, Liars, Damien Jurado, Lumineers, Panda Cubs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, July 19, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BEST COAST covered Fleetwood Mac's "Storms" on Fallon.

CODEINE recently stopped by KEXP to play a pristine live set of old favorites.

LIARS bring their unique brand of circular, electronically-driven avant-rock to the KEXP studio.

DAMIEN JURADO stopped by World Cafe to talk and play, including a 12-minute web extra.

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

STARS drops "Hold On When You Get Love And Let Go When You Give It" ahead of The North.

MENOMENA drops "Heavy Is as Heavy Does" ahead of Moms.

ART BRUT:I can't get over "Emily Kane."

SONIC YOUTH: Lee Renaldo confirmed that he was currently working on digitizing the band's 30 year archive - as well as a potential deluxe edition of their 1987 album 'Sister' and a live film from 1985.

DIRTY PROJECTORS: David Longstreth talks to The Quietus about shifting towards a more direct and heartfelt approach to songwriting.

THE POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE unveils its 2012 Short List.


TOM CRUISE: Miserable over his divorce or choosing Wife No. 4 already?

HALLE BERRY was rushed to a hospital in Los Angeles following an accident on the set of her latest movie.

JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT takes issue with part of the GQ profile linked here yesterday.

MILA KUNIS is Interviewed by James Franco.

KRISTEN STEWART: Enhanced, or Kristen's Secret?

THE BEST FILMS of 2012 (So Far), annotated by The A.V. Club.


SYRIA: A lethal bomb attack in Damascus struck at the heart of Assad's inner circle Wednesday, killing at least three of his most senior aides, including his minister of defense and brother-in-law, in the most audacious challenge to Mr. Assad's grip on power since the Syria uprising began 17 months ago. Randa Kassis, president of a secular opposition group, paints a gloomy picture of Syria's future, claiming Islamist rebels supported by the Gulf states are driving a wedge in the opposition by labeling secular adversaries of Assad enemies.  A senior defector said Assad will not hesitate to use chemical weapons. Peace negotiations in the UN have deadlocked.

LIBYA: In parliamentary elections, the National Forces Alliance, a moderate Islamic coalition, won the largest number of seats, 39 out of 80. The Islamic Muslim Brotherhood won 17 seats.

IRAN's parliament speaker has acknowledged that tightened sanctions are hurting. But is the behavior changing?

PANDA CUBS on a slide. Let's go to the video.

A CAT pushes an orphaned kitten in a shopping cart. Aw.

RABID BEAVER attacks two sisters in Spotsylvania.

AN ORPHANED KOALA, nursed back to health, returns to the wild.

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Gaslight Anthem, Delta Rae, Hot Chip, Tabby on Wheels   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BLITZEN TRAPPER drops a video for "Girl in a Coat."

THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM is advance streaming Handwritten.

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

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

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

BOB BABBITT, the Funk Bros bassist who played on Stevie Wonder's 'Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours', Smokey Robinson's 'The Tears of a Clown', and over 200 more Top 40 hit singles, died at the age of 74 from brain cancer.

JAPANDROIDS talk to Loud & Quiet about the evolution from Post Nothing to Celebration Rock. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

MAXIMO PARK talks to DIY about The National Health.

KITTY WELLS, the first female country star died from of complications from a stroke. She was 92 years old.


DEMI MOORE's three daughters are contemplating getting a restraining order against their troubled mother, according to RadarOnline.

KATIE & SURI HOLMES: Struck by a garbage truck! Just a fender-bender, really. Tom Cruise turned up to visit his daughter.

JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT, from 3rd Rock to The Dark Knight Rises, is profiled by GQ.

RUSSELL BRAND: Rebounding from Katy Perry with Jordana Brewster's younger sister.

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER was all over a 25-year-old chick at a party over the weekend.

MICHAEL CLARKE DUNCAN is on a respirator after suffering a heart attack. His girlfriend Omarosa Stallworth performed CPR to resuscitate him when he was undergoing cardiac arrest .

JOHNNY DEPP will star in The Grand Budapest Hotel, the next film that Wes Anderson wrote and will direct.

TOTAL RECALL: Yes, the remake brings back the three-breasted hooker.

SYRIA: Rebels and government troops clashed in central Damascus for a third day in the fiercest fighting inside the capital since the revolt against Assad erupted last year, but neither side appeared able to deliver a decisive blow.

AFGHANISTAN: What is emerging in ever starker relief is a governance vacuum as US forces begin to draw down.

A DISABLED TABBY gets around on wheels.

A CIRCUS TIGER urinates on the one percent.

SNAKE IN A BATHROOM... for six months?

BOO the POMERANIAN has taken an executive position with Virgin America airlines.

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