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M Ward, Dar Williams, Band of Skulls, Kinks, Cat Teherball   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SPINTO BAND drops Afrobeat into their animated clip for "The Living Things."

M WARD performs new material live for WNYC Soundcheck.

DAR WILLIAMS played World Cafe Live; you can stream the whole gig on demand.

PATRICK WILSON stop by WNYC Soundcheck play songs from their new album, "Adventures in Your Own Backyard."

BAND OF SKULLS stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

MYSTERY JETS drop "Greatest Hits" in advance of Radands.

THE KINKS are "The Village Green Preservation Society." God bless 'em.

GARBAGE: Shirley Manson talks to Vulture about Not Your Kind of People, going indie, why the nineties were better, and her penchant for dressing up as Bette Davis.

JASON RINGENBERG, founder of Jason & the Scorchers, talks to Tulsa World about his other career in childrens' music under the Farmer Jason moniker. (Thx, LHB.)

JOHN VANDERSLICE: SF Weekly spends time in his Tiny Telephone studio.

NANCY SINATRA is still pretty ticked at her stepmother.

JOHN TRAVOLTA: Meet Accuser No. 4, a gym employee who accuses the Grease star of groping and fondling him against his will.

NICK STAHL, who played John Connor in "Terminator 3," is missing, according to his wife.  Police seek to question cyborgs.  Too soon?

JENNIFER LOPEZ is the possibly surprising leader on the Forbes Celebrity 100 ranking of the richest and most powerful actors, actresses, athletes, writers and musicians. Is she leaving American Idol?

ROBERT DOWNEY, JR., the lone exception to Marvel's strict cost controls, is set for a highflying payday of about 50 million once box-office bonuses and backend compensation for The Avengers are factored in.

JOEY LAWRENCE just inked a deal with the man-stripper crew at Chippendales in Vegas.

RYAN SEACREST bought Ellen DeGeneres' Beverly Hills estate for the low, low price of ~49 million bucks.

ALGERIA: An Islamic leader of the street protests that forced the Algerian regime to introduce democratic reforms for the first time in 1988, now opposes elections.

SYRIA: Opposition and government forces fought in the city of Rastan. Syrian rebels have begun receiving significantly more and better weapons in recent weeks, an effort paid for by Persian Gulf nations and coordinated in part by the US.

PAKISTAN has delayed the decision on the issue of reopening NATO supply lines to Afghanistan; the US is confident the supply lines will be reopened.

IRAQ: The trial of Vice President Hashemi, who is outside the country, has begun.

CATS play teherball.

MAYBE THE MOOSE ripped the roof off your car. Remember?

TWIGLET the HEN may have laid the world's tiniest egg.

DOGS: The difference between mankind and Neanderthals.

A DUCK survives a fall down a chimney into a roaring fire.

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Keane, Polica, Father John Misty, Nick Lowe, Parrot R2-D2   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


TENACIOUS D drops a seven-minute, NSFW clip for "Roadie," with an appearance from Danny McBride.

KEANE visited Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

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

FATHER JOHN MISTY stops by KEXP for a raucous, playful and above all fantastic live set.

LEE RENALDO and his band join WNYC in studio to play some songs off his new solo album.

THE WALKMEN drop "The House You Made," the B-side of the first single from the forthcoming Heaven LP. Because who cares about what's on the flip side? I do.

NICK LOWE (as part of Rockpile) plays "So It Goes," circa 1978.

THE HIVES do a two-part interview with Drowned in Sound.

DONALD "DUCK" DUNN: A personal rememberance via All Things Considered.

THE 70 BEST ALBUMS of the 1970s, according to Paste.

THE 100 BEST TRACKS of the 1990s, according to NME.

JOHN TRAVOLTA's lawyer says the actor has been completely vindicated after Accuser No. 1 dismissed his sexual assault lawsuit.

TOM CRUISE returns to the publicity circuit to support Rock of Ages, with interviews at W Magazine and Playboy. Look Ma... no couch!

MICHAEL FASSBENDER talks to GQ about Prometheus and his rapid rise in Tinseltown.

HOWARD STERN's judging debut on America's Got Talent included penis jokes. Shocka.

JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT gets vajazzled for special occasions. Howard Stern unavailable for comment.

ALAN RICKMAN has signed on to play Hilly Kristal, the legendary owner and founder of CBGB, in Randall Miller and Jody Savin's project revolving the seminal New York rock club.

LADY GAGA was banned in Indonesia following Islamist protests.

SYRIA: The opposition claimed a military victory in the city of Rastan. Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said the UN-sponsored peace plan was failing.

IRAN: A senior UN nuclear agency official urged Iran to allow access to a suspected nuclear weapons site. A drawing created by a purported witness depicts a nuclear weapons testing chamber. Recent satellite photos show an effort to clean up the site.

AFGHANISTAN: Isaf will support Afghan security forces in combat operations beyond 2014 if necessary, Isaf spokesman, Gen. Carsten Jacobson said.

AN AFRICAN GREY PARROT imitates R2-D2.  But can it speak the language of binary load-lifers?

RATTLESNAKE in a Wal-Mart striving for an authentic garden section.


SHAVED ALPACAS: A great name for a band, particularly one sporting mullets.

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New Releases, Brendan Benson, 'Allo Darlin', Ducklings   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


EDWARD SHARPE & THE MAGNETIC ZEROES play "Man on Fire" at the Ed Sullivan Theater.

NEW RELEASES from Best Coast, Beach House, The Gossip, Tenacious D, Garbage, Willie Nelson, Cornershop, The Cribs and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

BRENDAN BENSON stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

'ALLO DARLIN stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

SHEARWATER stopped by the WFUV studios for a chat and mini-set.

THE KILLERS cover The Raspberries' "Go All the Way" in Dark Shadows... but it's not on the soundtrack?

THE BEACH BOYS' first UK TV appearance, on Ready, Steady, GO!, November 6, 1964.  "I Get Around" and "When I Grow Up," for Twofer Tuesday.

REGINA SPEKTOR is profiled by The Guardian.

JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE talks to the Boston Globe about weathering the years and songwriting in the moment.

QUEEN guitarist Brian May has confirmed plans for a live stage appearance from the band's deceased singer, Freddie Mercury. May tells the BBc it won't be a hologram, so perhaps it will be Zombie Mercury.

TWENTY MUSICIANS talks about using their college majors.

JOHN TRAVOLTA: Accuser No. 2 wants a private trial.  Accuser No. 3 gives detail that do not appear in a cruise ship incident report.

SARAH JESSICA PARKER and KATE HUDSON  will guest-star in multi-episode arcs on the fourth season of Glee.

DEMI LOVATO officially signed her deal and will be a judge on the next season of "The X Factor".

MENA SUVARI's broke ex wants 17K in monthly spousal support.

TYSON BECKFORD: A sex tape featuring the male supermodel is being shopped around the adult entertainment community. Beckford warns it's not very good.

MOONRISE KINGDOM: The NYT reports on Wes Anderson and his upcoming, lo-tech film.

PROMETHEUS puts its first clip online.

SPYING ON AL QAEDA: The double agent who broke up a recent al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula plot is just the latest example.

IRAN: Lebanon's Hezbollah may not want a new war with Israel but an order to attack would come from Tehran in the event of a strike on Iran, a senior military official in Israel's northern command told AFP.

PAKISTAN: From his prison cell, a senior Pakistani officer accused of plotting an Islamist takeover of the military high command has issued a call for the army to break its anti-terror alliance with the US, which he contends is forcing Pakistan to fight its own people.

AFGHANISTAN: Arsala Rahmani, senior member of the Afghan High Peace Council, was gunned down in Kabul.

IRAQ: In the face of spiraling costs and Iraqi officials who say they never wanted it in the first place, the State Department has slashed - and may jettison entirely by the end of the year - a multibillion-dollar police training program that was to have been the centerpiece of a hugely expanded civilian mission there.

A DUCKLING ODYSSEY, minus the music.

BROWN TREE SNAKES are fought with parachuting posioned mice in Guam.

BUFFALOS:  A water buffalo injured 10 people in central Vietnam while rampaging down crowded streets, across a river and through a house before being gunned down at a kindergarten, an official said Monday. Meanwhile, the Lakota Sioux Tribe mourned the death of a sacred rare white buffalo calf.

ARE DONKEYS STUBBORN? Scientists investigate.

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Donald "Duck" Dunn RIP, Spiritualized, Soul Asylum, Baboons   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, May 14, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DONALD "DUCK" DUNN, the pioneering bass player whose grooves drove Booker T and the MGs and a slew of sothern soul hits for Stax artists including Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, the Staple Singers and many more, died in his sleep at age 70, while in Tokyo for shows with fellow MG Steve "The Coronel" Cropper and Eddie Floyd.  So after a two-minute bio, let's watch the Duck live on Booker T's seminal "Green Onions" and Otis Redding's "Try a Little Tenderness."  He would later help revive southern soul music for future generations backing The Blues Brothers on covers of songs like Solomon Burke's "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love."  I saw him play with both the Blues Bros. and Eric Clapton; he was fantastic on both occasions.

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

MOUNT EERIE is advance streaming Clear Moon.

KIMBRA is advance streaming Vows.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: New tracks from Patti Smith, Fun, Best Coast and more feature in the latest edition of the long-running series.

SOUL ASYLUM frontman Dave Pirner talks to The Current and drops "Gravity" from the band's upcoming LP. Oh yes.

THE CIVIL WARS put their spin on "Billie Jean." Yes, that one.

WILCO: Jeff Tweedy talks to the Birmingham News about Olive Oyl, Woody Guthrie and the ageism of rock. (On the last subject, I find it hard to believe he doesn't understand the ageism comes from the sociopolitical roots of the genre. Pete Townshend, anyone?)

BEACH HOUSE talk the internet, leaks and their new album with DIY and about sampling, licensing and more with Pitchfork.

R.E.M.: The A.V. Club posts the fourth part of its history of the band.

HEARTLESS BAST^RDS are profiled by Orlando Weekly. (Thx, LHB.)

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE:  The Avengers repeats atop the chart with 103.2 million smackers.  No film has ever earned more than 100 million in its second weekend -- not Avatar (75.6), and not The Dark Knight (75.2).  The domestic total stands at 373.2 million, the worldwide total breaks one billion dollars.  It will likely become the third biggest grosser ever within three weeks.  Dark Shadows was always going to debut in the second spot; it did so with 28 million, a bit below the 30-40 million most trackers expected (and before The Avengers' stunning opening, some had thought Dark Shadows might make as much as 50 million in its debut).  Johnny Depp may have to carry this one into the black overseas.  Think Like A Man shows with 6.3 million in a remarkably leggy performance, having taken in 82 million against a 12 million budget.  The Hunger Games takes the fourth slot with 4.4 million.  Its 387 million domestic total is impressive, but The Hunger Games needed 52 days to become the 13th biggest film of all-time; The Avengers will do it in under 14 days.  The Lucky One rounds out the Top 5 with 4 million.

CHRIS HEMSWORTH (Thor) and his wife welcomed a baby girl on Friday.

LADY GAGA denies engagement rumors.

STEVIE WONDER: A man claiming to be the singer's nephew has been charged with attempting to extort him by threatening to go to the tabloids and say he's the product of an incestuous relationship between Stevie and Stevie's sister.

WHITNEY HOUSTON's family is launching a reality show -- and maybe Bobbi Kristina's career -- on Lifetime.

SOFIA VERGARA: People claims details of her split with Nick Loeb.

REESE WITHERSPOON showed up in court Friday addressing her father's alleged illegal second marriage and mental incapacity.

YEMEN: US drones killed 11 al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula fighters, including an Egyptian, in two strikes in Marib. Yemeni officials denied that US troops are in combat in southern Yemen.

HEZBOLLAH leader Nasrallah accused the US and Israel of stoking terrorism in Syria. He also claimed Hezbollah had weapons that could hit any part of Israel.

SYRIA: After three decades of persecution that virtually eradicated its presence, the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood has resurrected itself to become the dominant group in the fragmented opposition movement pursuing a 14-month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.

EGYPT: With landmark elections set to begin May 23, many of the country's Christians fear that the next president could turn Egypt into a conservative Islamic state that does not have room for their community of at least 8.5 million.

40 SAFARI PARK BABOONS tear apart a Hyundai. Video at the link.

A GIANT JELLYFISH was caught by underwater cameras recently during deep-sea drilling near the United Kingdom.

A HUNGRY 5-FOOT PYTHON headed for a pizza parlor.

DOG DUO Ashleigh and Pudsey have won ITV's Britain's Got Talent, scooping a £500,000 prize.

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Three Dog Night, Shins, Frankie Rose, GbV, Cutout Bin Dog vs Wallaby   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, May 11, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THREE DOG NIGHT! The guilty pleasure of enjoying "Eli's Coming" with fellow fans of the late, lamented SportsNight, along with memories of The Service's cover of "Shambala" led me to compile a few more, including "Mama Told Me Not to Come," "Joy To The World," "One," "Liar," and "Celebrate."

THE SHINS play Morning Becomes Eclectic for a live audience at Berkeley St. Studios.

FRANKIE ROSE stops by KEXP for a clockwork-tight mini-set of solo material.

CEREMONY brings the Punk to KEXP from The Cutting Room Studios in NYC.

VAN DYKE PARKS hits the Mountain Stage for a short set.

GUIDED BY VOICES drops "Class Clown Spots A UFO," the title track from the forthcoming LP.

THE SMALL FACES play "Itchycoo Park," their only US charter.

BEST COAST: L.A. Weekly surveys the backlash against the band as its sophomore LP comes due. (Thx, LHB.)

STEVE ALBINI did Ask Me Anything on Reddit.

THE SIX WORST SONGS on great albums, according to the Riverfront Times.

THE 50 BEST BAND LOGOS, according to Paste.

CUTOUT BIN: From the Original Pistols to the Bee Gees, from Coldplay to the Beastie Boys, from Pete Townshend to Seals & Croft, plus the Velvet Underground, 999, Billy Paul, Elivis Costello, the Beatles and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

DARK SHADOWS is this weekend's sole wide release, as everyone else still cowers before the might of the Avengers.  The Tim Burton / Johnny Depp reimagining of the 60s vampire soap is currently scoring 40 percent on the ol' Tomatometer.

JOHNNY DEPP denied that he and Vanessa Paradis, his partner of 14 years, had split.

ANNA FARIS & CHRIS PRATT are going to be parents.

SEAN BEAN: The Game of Thrones star Sean Bean was arrested and questioned on suspicion of sending abusive text messages and making harassing phone calls to his ex-wife.

RHIANNA has finally had enough of Chris Brown?

ROBERT PATTINSON claims that filming David Cronenberg's sex-and-violence filled Cosmopolis helped give him the confidence he needed to tackle heavier roles.

JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT is ready to throw her hat in the ring for the female lead in "Fifty Shades of Grey." Guessing she'll have competition.

GERMANY is considering a legal ban on ultra-conservative Salafist Muslim groups, its interior minister said on Wednesday after violent clashes with the police, one of which was provoked by German ultra-rightists.

YEMEN: US drones killed eight al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula fighters in a strike in Jaar.  The agent who penetrated al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and returned from Yemen with the group's new "airline bomb" was always under Saudi control and was not a double-agent, two sources briefed by Saudi counterterrorism officials have told CNN. Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri, who runs a clandestine bomb factory in Yemen, has built a reputation as al Qaeda's bomb-making savant one potential near miss at a time.

AFGHANISTAN: The parents of the only American soldier held captive by Afghan insurgents have broken a yearlong silence about the status of their son, abruptly making public that he is a focus of secret negotiations between the Obama administration and the Taliban over a proposed prisoner exchange.

IRAN: Please note that it's The Onion reporting "Ahmadinejad Kind Of Getting Back Into Old R.E.M. Again."

DOG vs WALLABY: Who you got?

A PIT BULL saved her owner from an oncoming freight train, risking life and limb, to pull her off the tracks.

ORANGUTANS at Miami's Jungle Island use an iPad to communicate and as part of a part to overthrow humankind.

BIONIC ELEPHANTS: We have the technology.

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