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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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Nick Lowe, Chuck Prophet, Quasi, SXSW, Koala   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, March 05, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


NICK LOWE released a funny and cameo-studded video for "Sensitive Man," his first clip in 18 years.

CHUCK PROPHET (formerly of Green On Red) brought his band to the KEXP studio for a live, hi-octane rock-a-thon.

QUASI also stopped by the KEXP studio for a live performance.

TANLINES is advance streaming Mixed Emotions.

SXSW: NPR has a 100 song mix of artists attending the big fest, 2/3 of which are downloadable.

ARCADE FIRE drops "Abraham's Daughter" ahead of The Hunger Games soundtrack.

LOVE: "Your Mind and We Belong Together." Rare promo.

THE CIVIL WARS are profiled by The Observer.

fIREHOSE is releasing a 45-track compilation with 15 previously unheard tracks in April.

RONNIE MONTROSE, best known for his fiery guitar work as a member of the band Montrose, died Saturday. It is believed that the cause of death was prostate cancer, which he had been battling for the past few years.  He was 64.

IN SEARCH OF: Pop's Biggest Sellout.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Dr. Seuss' The Lorax rules the cineplex with 70 million dollars, blowing away predictions in the mid-40s (which were beased on the receipts for Horton Hears a Who).  Indeed, this blows away the 55.1 million opening of The Grinch, a holiday release.  Project X placed with 20.8 million against a 12 million budget, which should put into pure profit next weekend.  Act of Valor shows with 13.7 million; that's a 44 percent drop, but the Navy SEALS have raked in 45.2 million against a 12 million budget.  Safe House holds the fourth spot with 7.2 million, having made 108.2 million domestic so far against an 85 million budget.  It looks to be the second biggest movie of Denzel Washington's career.  Tyler Perry's Good Deeds rounds out the Top 5 with 7 million, dropping 55 percent in entirely predictable fashion for a Tyler Perry movie.

LINDSAY LOHAN was mostly pushed to the background on SNL, usually appearing in unchallenging supporting roles in sketches. Don't call it a comeback.

ASHTON KUCHER has visited DEMI MOORE since her hospital stay, but they are not getting back together.

MADONNA is considering a proposal from her toyboy lover, according to the Daily Mail.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON has signed on to play actress Janet Leigh in Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho.

MICHAEL FASSBENDER was left ''bemused'' when a fan vomited on him.

UGGIE the DOG (The Artist) has landed an endorsement deal with Nintendo.

RALPH McQUARRIE, the legendary conceptual artist behind the original Star Wars trilogy, has died. He was 82.

LIBYA: A mob of Islamic extremists desecrated graves at the Commonwealth WWII Cemetery in Benghazi.

IRAN: Conservative rivals of Ahmadinejad appear on course to gain firm control of the Iranian parliament, according to early election results. Reformists were virtually absent from the ballot, showing the crushing force of crackdowns on the opposition.  Meanwhile, US officials say they see Iran's hand in the increasingly brutal crackdown on opposition strongholds in Syria, including evidence of Iranian military and intelligence support for government troops accused of mass executions and other atrocities in the past week.

AFGHANISTAN: If international aid is cut, seventy five percent of health centers in Afghanistan will have to be closed, Acting Minister of Public Health Suraya Dalil said on Sunday.

YABBRA the KOALA roams the halls of the Edinburgh Zoo.

HANK the CAT is running for the US Senate in Virginia as an Independent.

WHAT DO YOU GET when you cross a rhino with a peacock? Prison time.

A GINOROMOUS MOTH was photographed in the Himilayas, just as those two tiny Japanese women sang about.

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Rolling Stones, Hospitality, Cass McCombs, Cutout Bin, Hummingbird   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, March 02, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE ROLLING STONES!  Here's a selection of live, semi-live, and undead clips of less-obvious tracks from the band's heyday: "Mercy, Mercy"; "Heart of Stone," "The Last Time"; "Ruby Tuesday," "Paint It Black"; "Honky Tonk Women"; and "Dead Flowers."  I always tend to think of this period of the Stones at this time of year for biographical reasons, as these songs (and last friday's Talking Heads) tended to soundtrack the preparations for my high school's Russian banquet.

HOSPITALITY dropped by the Cutting Room Studios in NYC to play an upbeat live set for KEXP. The band gets a profile at Blurt.

VERONICA FALLS bring their underwater vintage sounds to the KEXP studio for an energetic live set.

CASS McCOMBS plays a threefer for World Cafe.

KEVIN KINNEY & ANTON FIER: Leaders of Drivin N' Cryin and The Golden Palominos go country at World Cafe.

THE BANGLES: It's getting almost impossible to find this version of their cover of "Hazy Shade of Winter," but worth it.

SLEIGH BELLS are the March/April SPIN cover story.

CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS singer and fiddler Rhiannon Giddens talks to PopMatters about string music and storytelling.

BETH JEANS HOUGHTON talks to The Independent about leaving her past and excitable pride at releasing an album.

THE TOP 25 INDIE LOVE SONGS, according to IGN.

CUTOUT BIN: From the Monkees to Earth Wind & Fire, from Billy Bragg to the Partridge Family, from Nina Simone to Big Country, plus the Beatles, ELO, Modern Lovers, Edison Lighthouse and more  -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING:This weekend's wide releases are: The Lorax, currently scoring 62 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Project X, scoring 23 percent.

JUSTIN BIEBER turned 18 in style with a Fisker Karma – the highly coveted, ultra-exclusive plug-in hybrid luxury sports sedan. He's reportedly buying mega-mansions for himself and his mother.

DEMI MOORE has checked out of rehab at Utah's Cirque Lodge.

BRITNEY SPEARS settled a lawsuit filed by a former bodyguard who claimed Britney was a sex-crazed maniac who came on to him and flashed him.

KATE BECKINSALE talked to Parade about her Hunger Games obsession, working with her husband on the set of Total Recall, and relating to her daughter’s difficult teen years.

JOHNNY DEPP has started work on The Lone Ranger.

CHRISTINA HENDRICKS, in leather, brandishing a weapon. Call it Gratuitous Friday.

NORTH KOREA agreed to suspend its nuclear weapons program in exchange for food aid from the US. In the past, North Korea has made similar promises.

TERROR in TURKEY: A remote-controlled bomb mounted on a motorbike exploded as it passed close to the Istanbul headquarters of Turkey's ruling AK Party, injuring 10 people. Kurdish separatist groups as well as Islamist militants have carried out similar bomb attacks in Turkey in the past.

SYRIA: The Free Syrian Army retreated from the Bab Amr neighborhood in Homs. The civilian Syrian National Council and the military Free Syrian Army set up a joint command center. A Free Syrian Army commander said Iranian Revolutionary Guards and Hezbollah brigades were fighting alongside the Syrian army.

AfPAK: The US military's top transport commander says overland cargo routes through Pakistan must be reopened to NATO for the United States to complete its pullout from Afghanistan by the end of 2014.


GIANT "TREE LOBSTER" BUGS rediscovered on the remote island of Bell's Pyramid.

FEMALE BONOBOS "advertise" their homosexual activity to important audiences, say scientists.

SNAKE in a rental car.

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Davy Jones RIP, Real Estate, Del Fuegos, Bow Wow Wow   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, March 01, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DAVY JONES, the former child actor who became a star with the 60s pop group the Monkees, has died after a heart attack, aged 66. His former bandmates react. His highlight may be the John Stewart-penned "Daydream Believer," but I liked him on Boyce & Hart's "Valleri," as well as "Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)" and "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You," both written by Neil Diamond. TIME collects still more video, including from his Brady Bunch cameo.

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

LAURA GIBSON also stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

THE DEL FUEGOS stopped by WFUV's Studio A for a chat (including Replacements war stories) and some songs.

CEREMONY is advance streaming Zoo.

TITUS ANDRONICUS frontman Patrick Stickles unveiled new band and solo songs on WFMU.

BOW WOW WOW are reforming for 12 UK shows this spring. I think you know what I want.

DIE KREUZEN is also reuniting for a one-off event.

ST. VINCENT: Annie Clark talks to Drowned In Sound about technology, Tom Waits, and Strange Mercy.

FANFARLO: Simon Balthazar and Cathy Lewis talk to DIY about branching out on their new LP. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

BOB MOULD talks to Billboard about the endurance of "Copper Blue," the '90s revival and the return of his "loud" guitars.

THE TOP 10 INDIE BUZZ BANDS you may have forgotten. (Thx, LHB.)

THE AVENGERS has a new trailer online that's much better than the one I saw at the theater last weekend.

JENNIFER GARNER & BEN AFFLECK welcomed their third child, a baby boy.

SNOOKI is indeed pregnant and has plans to bankroll her mommy-to-be status into becoming "the next Kourtney Kardashian"?

WHITNEY HOUSTON's sudden death on Feb. 11 is expected to be officially ruled an accident.

TIM TEBOW and... Taylor Swift

EDDIE MURPHY and... Toni Braxton?

LINDSAY LOHAN tells Matt Lauer that she is "clean and sober" and she wants "to continue to move forward and in the right direction."  Apparently, that direction includes facial fillers.

TATUM O'NEAL, otoh, has voluntarily checked back into rehab after having a full-fledged cocaine relapse last month, reports RadarOnline.

BRADGELINA had an imaginary fight that stopped their imaginary wedding.

GEORGE CLOONEY talks about Brad Pitt, gay rumors and more.

IRAN's underground nuclear sites are not immune to US bunker-busters, experts say.

IRAQ: A senior Iraqi security official on Wednesday hailed improving security ties with neighbouring Saudi Arabia amid a tentative rapprochement between the two countries in recent weeks.

AFGHANISTAN must act quickly to tackle infiltration of its security forces or another fatal attack on Western forces could undermine ties with NATO, a senior Afghan defense ministry official said on Wednesday, in a rare admission of the threat within.

BABY SLOTHS take a bath.

AN ORLANDO MAN was arrested for allegedly punching and injuring a police horse during the All-Star weekend. The man is not named Mongo.

GRAVE-DISTURBING BADGERS: Swindon is powerless to stop them.

DOGS may be allowed in outdoor dining areas of L.A. eateries.

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