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The Shins, Lost in the Trees, Jimmy Ellis RIP, Possums & Penguins   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, March 12, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE SHINS played “Simple Song” and “It’s Only Life” on Saturday Night Live.  They played old and new songs in an NPR Music Presents show at NYC's Le Poisson Rouge.  Also, James Mercer stopped by OPB for a chat and mini-set.

LOST IN THE TREES is advance streaming A Church That Fits Our Needs.

ESPERANZA SPALDING is advance streaming Radio Music Society.

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

GUIDED BY VOICES drop "Keep It In Motion" ahead of the forthcoming new album, Class Clown Spots a UFO.

OF MONTREAL drops "Feminine Effects," part of a split single with Deerhoof.

JIMMY ELLIS, the soulful lead singer of the Trammps, whose 1970s hit "Disco Inferno" was immortalized in the film "Saturday Night Fever," died on Thursday at 74 from complications of Alzheimer's disease.

ANDREW BIRD talks to Weekend Edition about Break It Yourself, and to Spinner about his new business model, The Muppets, and more.

CRAIG FINN talks to the Allentown Morning Call about strictly solo gigs, the semi-popularity of The Hold Steady and more...

BILLY BRAGG talks to Billboard about the Mermaid Avenue box set of unreleased Woodie Guthrie material performed with Wilco.

OLDIES RADIO and our disappearing pop-culture past.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE:  The Lorax repeats atop the chart with 39.1 million -- a 44 percent drop from its debut, but not bad at all for a March release.  The Seussploitation flick now has 122 million domestic against a 70 million budget.  John Carter debuts in second with 30.6 million -- well ahead of projections in the low 20s, but still way short of what's necessary for a 250 million production budget, even with another 70 million in worldwide receipts (especially since much of the audience was over 50).  Project X shows with 11.6 million, its 40 million total proving again its better to make acheap bad movie than an okay budget-buster.  Silent House opened at No.4 with 7 million, but will likely die quickly on bad word of mouth.  Act of Valor rounded out the Top Five with 7 million and a 56 million total against a 12 million budget.  Below the fold, Eddie Murphy's apparently awful A Thousand Words opened sixth with 6.3 million.  I would be tempted to say career-killing, but this Eddie already has Pluto Nash and Meet Dave on his resume.

BRITNEY SPEARS could fill one of the vacant mentor/judge seats next to Simon Cowell on The X Factor, for the low, low price of 10 million -- but one report has her holding out for 20 million.

JESSICA BIEL got a giant engagement ring from Justin Timberlake.

HALLE BERRY & OLIVIER MARTINEZ confirm their engagement.

HEIDI KLUM talks about her split from Seal, sort of.

MICHAEL MADSEN (Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill Vol 2) was arrested in L.A. on suspicion of felony child endangerment.

DENNIS QUAID's wife, Kimberly Buffington-Quaid, is ending their marriage.

DICK VAN DYKE, 86, married his makeup artist, 40-year-old Arlene Silver, on Leap Day.

TERROR in the UK:London resident Shabaaz Hussain was sentenced to five years and three months in prison after he admitted to raising funds for Shabaab.

IRAN: A 30000-lb bunker-buster, designed to smash through some 200 feet of concrete before exploding, could be used by US forces in a clash with Iran over its nuclear program, an Air Force general said on Thursday.

IRAQ: At least 14 youths have been stoned to death in Baghdad in the past three weeks in what appears to be a campaign by Shi'ite militants against youths wearing Western-style "emo" clothes and haircuts, security and hospital sources say.

AFGHANISTAN: Kandahar residents are bracing for trouble in the streets after a US soldier went on a shooting rampage and killed 16 people in villages southwest of the Afghan city.

RATATOUILLE the POSSUM snowboards.  ALSO: Possums invade Toronto.

PENGUINS PETE & PENNY roamed Delta Flight 486 from Atlanta to New York, en route to the NYC premiere of Discovery Channel's Frozen Planet. Video at the link.

PYGMY GOAT wreaks havoc in Muskegon County's Ravenna Township.

DOLPHINS strand themselves, but are rescued by a dozen beachgoers in Brazil.

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Hoodoo Gurus, New Multitudes, Walkmen, Cutout Bin, Baby Monkey vs Kitten   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, March 09, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with the HOODOO GURUS! As Trouser Press reminds us: "Australia has produced few bands as crazily entertaining as Sydney's Hoodoo Gurus." In their prime, few could match Dave Faulkner and Co. in the marriage of pop hooks and garage rock riffs. Their debut album contained "I Want You Back," "Leilani," "Tojo" and "My Girl" -- and that leaves out some of my favorite tracks from the LP.  The gems kept coming on later albums, too: "Bittersweet," "In the Wild," "What's My Scene" and "Good Times" (featuring backup vox from the Bangles), the incredible "Come Anytime," and "Axegrinder," the psychedelic "Miss Freelove '69" and the crunching rawk of "The Right Time" -- again, just to name a few.  The Gurus could (and can) also deliver the goods live as these vintage live clips of "Like Wow, Wipeout!" " Let's All Turn On,"and "Middle of the Land" prove.

NEW MULTITUDES: Jay Farrar, Will Johnson, Anders Parker and Jim James stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

CLOUD NOTHINGS play a high-intensity set of songs from their new, critically-lauded album "Attack on Memory" live on KEXP.

JULIA HOLTER played NYC's Le Poisson Rouge; you can stream the whole gig on demand.

DINOSAUR, JR, Live in Stockholm, August 13, 1987.

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

THE WALKMEN goof off on U2 covers while finishing their new album.

BOBBY WOMACK drops "Please Forgive My Heart" from his upcoming solo album, The Bravest Man In The Universe.

TOTO: "Hold the Line." Guilty pleasure.

ANDREW BIRD talks toThe A.V. Club about collaboration and improvisation on his new album, his experimentations with sound, and letting his music evolve organically.

GUIDED BY VOICES: Robert Pollard and Tobin Sprout talk to Loud & Quiet about the unexpected reunion. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

BOWERBIRDS' Phil Moore talks to Consequence of Sound about the band's new direction, creating a bigger, broader sound, recording at Bon Iver's studio, and the UK's love of all things folky.

PINK FLOYD talks to Spinner about the making of The Wall, ongoing disagreements and more.

CUTOUT BIN: From Bill Cosby to Pink Floyd, from Cheap Trick to Brook Benton, from The Smiths to Mudhoney, plus Robyn Hitchcock, Stiff Little Fingers, The Guess Who, Jayhawks 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 John Carter, which is currently scoring 49 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Silent House, which is scoring 56 percent; and A Thousand Words, scoring, er, zero percent.

JESSICA SIMPSON says her daughter made her presence known just before a roadtrip.

TAYLOR KITSCH talks to GQ about a year including roles in John Carter and Battleship.

EVA LONGORIA and Eduardo Cruz are dunzo.

SNOOKI found out she was pregnant after going on a bender in Vegas.

WILLIAM SHATNER talks to Fresh Air about his new one-man Broadway show.

ELISABETH MOSS is nothing like Mad Men's mousy Peggy Olsen in Page Six magazine, where she also discusses her short marriage to SNL's Fred Armisen.

THE LONE RANGER: USA Today has a first look at Arnie Hammer and Johnny Depp in costume and makeup.

LIBYA: Gaddafi was running a covert program to conceal weapons in Libyan embassies across the globe, a senior official in the new government said on Thursday.

IRAN: Satellite images of an Iranian military facility appear to show trucks and earth-moving vehicles at the site, indicating an attempted cleanup of radioactive traces possibly left by tests of a nuclear-weapon trigger.

PAKISTAN possessed up to 110 nuclear weapons and spent a whopping 2.2 billion dollars on its atomic arsenal last year, claims a report by an international NGO, prompting Islamabad to call it "highly exaggerated."

AFGHANISTAN: The US is investigating charges that the Afghan Air Force is involved in drug smuggling.  US military commanders said Wednesday there are no plans to turn the Afghan war over to CIA control after 2014.

BABY MONKEY vs KITTEN: Who you got?

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: An undercover squirrel turns up in a Wisconsin toilet.

HAMISH the COCKER SPANIEL saves his diabetic owner four times.

A TINY PIGLET was found roaming the lobby of a hotel near the Honolulu International Airport.

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Sharon Van Etten, Chains of Love, Islands, Beach House, Hungry Puppy   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, March 08, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SHARON VAN ETTEN drops a video for "Leonard."

CHAINS OF LOVE are advance streaming Strange Grey Days. It hits almost all of my genre hot-buttons. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

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

THE PUNCH BROTHERS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

EMELI SANDE stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

POOR MOON: The Fleet Foxes side project is streaming their Illusion EP.

BEACH HOUSE drops "Myth," perhaps from their upcoming LP.

S / S / S: Serengeti, Sufjan Stevens, and Son Lux drop "Museum Day" from their upcoming collaboration.

KENNY ROGERS & THE FIRST EDITION: "I Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)." Yeah. Yeah. Oh, Yeah.

BJORK gets a lengthy profile in New York magazine.

WHITE RABBITS: Alex Even talks to Washingtonian about the band's tour, the new album, his can't-miss DC food fixes, and why this week's concert will be way better than one of their last local shows. (Thx, LHB.)

THE WOODEN SKY: Gavin Gardiner talks to The A.V. Club about the band's early days.

THE LIBERTINES tentatively agreed to release a 'lost' album featuring songs that were recorded before the band signed to Rough Trade in 2001.

WHITNEY HOUSTON's will reveals (as generally expected) that her daughter Bobbi Kristina gets everything.

JESSICA SIMPSON imitates Demi Moore on the cover of Elle and reveals she's having a girl.

AMANDA SEYFRIED & JOSH HARTNET have been quietly dating since January.

SIENNA MILLER has opened up about expecting her first child.

SNOOKI confirms she's pregnant and engaged.

HULK HOGAN sex tape being shopped.

ROBERT B. SHERMAN, the Disney composer who -- with brother -- Richard composed scores for films including "The Jungle Book," ''The Aristocats," ''Mary Poppins" and "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang., and wrote the most-played tune on Earth, "It's a Small World (After All)," died in London at age 86.

YEMEN: The slaying of nearly 200 Yemeni soldiers by al-Qaeda militants in a brazen weekend attack poses the first major test to the country's newly elected president, who has vowed to crush the terror network and purge military commanders still loyal to his predecessor. The Interior Ministry has deployed two units to Al Huta, the provincial capital of Lahj. The Yemeni Army is preparing to launch a "decisive battle" in Abyan with al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

LIBYA: In a symbolic gesture of defiance, militia and tribal chiefs from eastern Libya gathered here on Tuesday to demand a return to the loose federation that prevailed before Gaddafi took power four decades ago.

NORTH KOREA has made progress in recent months on a home-built reactor that experts fear could be used to bolster the communist state's nuclear weapons program, satellite images show.

THIS PUPPY is really excited about eating.

SPIDERS spin for their lives as floodwaters rise in New South Wales.

A JAPANESE ZOO has turned to rhythmical banging on traditional drumsto encourage sex among lust-lacking alligators.

CHUPACABRAS WITH FANGS blamed for Mexican sheep deaths.

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Decemberists, Craig Finn, Monkees, Radiohead, Squirrel Ninja   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, March 07, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


WHITE RABBITS rocked their sinewy single, "Temporary" at the Ed Sullivan Theater.

THE DECEMBERISTS are advance streaming We All Raise Our Voices to the Air (Live Songs 04.11-08.11).  Here's Disc One and Disc Two.

CRAIG FINN stopped by the KEXP studios with his solo band.

MILAGRES played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

THE MONKEES, Live at Budokan, 1968.  BTW, the remaining members are staying away from the Davy Jones funeral out of respect for the family.

RADIOHEAD rolled out another new song on tour, called "Skirting On the Surface."

LIZ PHAIR: "Jealousy." It sneers like she does.

SHARON VAN ETTEN talks to Mother Jones about recording Tramp, social anxiety, and more. (Thx, LHB.)

THE MC5: Wayne Kramer has formed Jail Guitar Doors USA, donating instruments to inmates.  Bill Bragg founded the original group, and Kramer has a funny story about that.

PU$SY RIOT: A Russian punk band was arrested over a protest concert the day before Putin's return to power and faces seven years in prison.

EARWORMS: The BBC investigates.

WHITNEY HOUSTON: The L.A. County Coroner's Office has received phone calls and emails from people claiming to be relatives of the late singer, demanding a murder investigation.

KIM KARDASHIAN & KRIS HUMPHRIES are feuding over unreturned wedding gifts.

LINDSAY LOHAN should be worried that photogs thought Debbie Harry, 66 was her.

ELIZABETH BERKLEY and husband Greg Lauren, an artist and clothing designer, are expecting a baby.

TILA TEQUILA tried to kill herself all week.

PAULA DEEN: An explosive new lawsuit accuses celebrity chef and her brother of using the N word and of sexual harassment, infliction of emotional distress and assault, RadarOnline reports.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE is sick of young girls on diets.

ANIMAL HOUSE is headed to Broadway as a musical with a score by Barenaked Ladies.

SWEDISH PM Reinfeldt is under pressure to clarify a report that his government is helping Saudi Arabia plan an advanced arms plant.

SYRIA: The Syrian military expanded its crackdown after eliminating the opposition in the Baba Amr district of Homs. China urged an end to violence but rejected any outside interference. Saudi Arabia said Syrians had a right to take up arms against the regime.

EGYPTIAN cleric Abd Al Maguid Al Shazli said "the banner of jihad will be raised in Egypt" and praised al Qaeda's operations and leaders. Shazli made his statement at a funeral attended by Egyptian presidential candidate Hazem Abu Ismail.

IRAN says they will let nuke inspectors into facilities... two weeks after the inspectors were sent home.  Ahmadinejad suffered a defeat in parliamentary elections as Ayatollah Ali Khamenei loyalists made substantial gains, winning over 75 percent of the seats. An Iranian court overturned the death sentence for an American accused of spying.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A ninja skills demo.

AN OBESE PET BIG inspires churchgoers to get healthy. That'll do, pig.

A PREHISTORIC EEL CREATURE discovered in a Canadian shale bed has been identified as the earliest known ancestor of man.

A GIANT GROCODILE took a chunk out of a boat engine while an Australian fisherman and a friend were sleeping in the craft.

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New Releases, Springsteen, Dr. Dog, Elvis Costello, Trampolining Yorkie   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, March 06, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ARCTIC MONKEYS drop a clip for a hard-rocking new song "R U Mine," introduced by fmr Sex Pistol Steve Jones.

NEW RELEASES from Andrew Bird, Kaiser Chiefs, Big Brother & the Holding Company, White Rabbits, Bowerbirds, Yellow Ostrich, Good Old War, Now Now and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN is streaming Wrecking Ball in full. The New York Times music critics debate.

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

CATE Le BON stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

ELVIS COSTELLO covered Springsteen's "Brilliant Disguise" and "Fire" (giving the latter some Two-Tone flavor) on Fallon. Call it Twofer Tuesday.

SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS: Ben Curtis lists his favorite albums at The Skinny. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

!!!: Nic Offer spoke with The L.A. Times about their forthcoming record steeped in a mixture of unapologetic electro, rough-and-tumble rock guitars and a newfound work ethic inspired by Prince.

BRITISH SEA POWER guitarist Martin Noble talks to The Quietus about the band's residency at Klub Krankenhaus and their new material.

THE 90 BEST ALBUMS OF THE 1990s, according to Paste.

CHRISTINA HENDRICKS says her cellphone was hacked, but the headless topless photo on the internet is not her.

OLIVIA MUNN's friends deny headless topless shots circulating on the internet are of Munn. Or Christina Hendricks.

VANESSA MINNILLO & NICK LACHEY are expecting their first child.

LINDSAY LOHAN was bad on SNL, but pulled big ratings.

SNOOKI is not only pregnant, but also engaged.

JOHN CARTER: Watch ten minutes before it hits theaters.

YEMEN: AQAP overran a military base near Zinjibar and killed 85 troops and seized heavy weapons.

IRAQ: Sunni tribal leaders warn against arming Syrian rebels.

AFGHANISTAN: The US has suspended talks on a long-term strategic partnership over a disagreement on the transfer of detainees.

TRAMPOLINING YORKIE goes crazy for a hamster.

GOBLIN BABOONS attack girls in Zimbabwe.

JUNIOR THE BLOODHOUND has run up a cosmetic surgeon's bill totalling more than £10,000 in just two years.

TOOLA the OTTER, who raised more than a dozen orphaned otter pups, inspired legislation and changed the way scientists handle abandoned otter babies, died after battling a chronic neurological illness. She was 15 or 16.

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