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XTC, Dirty Projectors, David Byrne & St. Vincent, CVB, GbV, Cutout Bin, Quokka   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, January 11, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with XTC! Live on Rockpalast, February 10, 1982. Your setlist includes: "Respectable Street" (still one of my faves), "Towers of London," "Runaways," "Jason and the Argonauts," "Burning With Optimism's Flames," "Snowman," "Ball And Chain," "Sgt. Rock (Is Going to Help Me)," "No Thugs In Our House" (another fave), "Senses Working Overtime" (ditto), "Making Plans For Nigel," "Living Through Another Cuba," "Generals and Majors," "Real By Reel," and "Life Begins At The Hop."

DIRTY PROJECTORS visited WNYC Soundcheck for an unplugged set in the studio -- and to make some predictions for 2013.

DAVID BYRNE & ST. VINCENT perform a full set, culminating with "Burning Down the House," at NPR.

THE HELIO SEQUENCE stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

TOWNES VAN ZANDT, Live in Mpls, 1973.

CAMPER VAN BEETHOVEN drops “Someday Our Love Will Sell Us Out” from their first LP of new stuff in eight years.

GUIDED BY VOICES drop "Copy Zero" ahead of a new EP.

TEGAN & SARA cover the Stones' "Fool To Cry" for HBO's Girls Season 2 soundtrack.

THE BESNARD LAKES drop "People Of The Sticks."

WHITE RABBITS cover "Instant Karma." Gonna knock you right on the head.

MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle spoke to Spinner on his new son's strange affinity for "Scarface," his opinions of his own songs and the importance of throwing things away.

BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB: Robert Levon Been and drummer Leah Shapiro talk to Rolling Stone about coping with the loss of Been's father, former Call frontman Michael Been.

SOLANGE KNOWLES talks to The Guardian about her sister, her career, and her new project with Dev Hynes.

THE 16 BEST POSTHUMOUS ALBUMS, according to Spinner.

CUTOUT BIN: From the La's to AC/DC, from Don Dixon to Paul Anka, from Marvin Gaye to the Violent Femmes. plus Robyn Hitchcock, CCR, the Velvet Underground, the Jam and more -- this year's final fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include: Gangster Squad, which is currently scoring 36 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and A Haunted House, which was not screened for critics. In addition, Zero Dark Thirty expands wide, scoring 94 percent (Here's my take from Monday).

LINDSAY LOHAN: Here Is What Happens When You Cast Lindsay Lohan in Your Movie.

BRITNEY SPEARS: Y'all can't fire me; I quit.

THE OSCAR nominations went to these folks. Congrats.

ELTON JOHN and David Furnish have welcomed their second baby via surrogate.

LILY ALLEN and husband Sam Cooper became second-time parents when Allen recently gave birth to a baby girl in London.

CHARLIE SHEEN is covering a huge chunk of the funeral costs for the paparazzo who died while covering Justin Bieber.

IRAN is the likely culprit in a wave of cyber-attacks on US banks. Iran's oil minister acknowledged that oil exports have fallen by more than 40 percent due to economic sanctions. Iran's leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, warned the Iranians not to criticize upcoming presidential elections.

PAKISTANI transporters who carry NATO supplies to land-locked Afghanistan have gone on strike, disrupting the flow of goods to Western forces in a protest against a new customs regime aimed at cutting theft.

AFGHANISTAN: Lawmakers said disaster and civil war would follow if Washington pushed ahead with a suggestion to withdraw all its troops from the country after 2014.


A QUOKKA: I had no idea.

DOLPHIN STAMPEDE in the waters off Dana Point in SoCal.  So long, and thanks for all the fish.

QANTAS had its own dramatic ''snakes on a plane'' episode when a three-meter python joined passengers on an early morning flight to Papua New Guinea.

A NEW CAT BREED uglier than the sphynx.

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Christopher Owens, Lucius, Bob Mould & Friends, Fugitive Kangaroo   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FOXYGEN pays tribute to "San Francisco," sans flowers in their hair.

CHRISTOPHER OWENS (ex-Girls) is advance streaming Lysandre, an early candidate for one of 2013's best. Owens talks about his life and album with the New York Times.

LUCIUS played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR. "Turn It Around" is my pick to click.

SEE A LITTLE LIGHT: Bob Mould and Friends Live. Free (if you give Google your CC info to set up an account).

BIKINI KILL: All Things Considered looks at Riot Grrrl Power plus 20 years.

JENS LEKMAN drops a freebie called “Olivia & Maddy,” as payment to two fans who helped him after Superstorm Sandy.

DAVENDRA BANHART drops "Für Hildegard von Bingen" ahead of Mala.

JIM JAMES drops "A New Life" ahead of Regions of Light and Sound of God.

THAO & THE GET DOWN STAY DOWN drop the title track to "We The Common."

DAVID BOWIE is back in the spotlight, so how about some "Queen B^tch" from the OGWT? 

ELVIS PRESLEY: Musicians recount their odd encounters with The King.

THE SMITHS' albums ranked from worst to best, according to Stereogum.

THE POSTAL SERVICE reunion rumor.

BOB DYLAN and the Copyright Extension Collection.

LINDSAY LOHAN: Still Partyin' Like a Free Woman.  Li-Lo also has been accused of stealing a pricey bracelet that once belonged to Elizabeth Taylor during filming of the Lifetime television movie based on the life of the late screen legend, according to RadarOnline. Meanwhile, Michael Lohan is threatening ex-wife Dina Lohan — either stop accusing him of rape, or face his legal wrath.

KIM KARDASHIAN does not feel the need to marry Kanye West, even though she's having his baby. But she does not want to be legally married to Kris Humphries when she gives birth.

JUSTIN BIEBER & SELENA GOMEZ: Now more dunzo than ever.

CHRIS BROWN & RHIANNA: Together at the Grammys?

KEVIN GARNETT vs CARMELLO ANTHONY: Video of the postgame screaming match involving Carmello's wife.

JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT is joining the long-gestating Sin City sequel, passes on Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy.

TOM CRUISE: THR is excerpting a new book about Scientology and Hollywood, along with a response.

VENEZUELA: President Hugo Chavez, who has not been seen publicly in a month since undergoing a complex cancer surgery in Cuba, will not be back in Venezuela on Thursday to be sworn in for a fourth term, his government announced Tuesday.

INDIA: The lawyer representing three of the men charged with the gang rape and murder of a medical student aboard a moving bus in New Delhi has blamed the victims for the assault, saying he has never heard of a "respected lady" being raped in India.

THE UNITED KINGDOM: Whitehall is said to be increasingly concerned that Syrian chemical weapons may fall into the hands of extremists.

SYRIA: A jihadist group with links to al Qaeda has become the most effective of the different factions fighting the regime, according to a new analysis, and now has some 5000 fighters.

FUGITIVE KANGAROO: Now we have video.

IT'S A LABRADOODLE, not a lion, you nervous Nellies.

HEDGEHOG CHEERLEADERS are coming to Puppy Bowl IX. Dinsdale!

BUSTER THE DOG, who went missing after Hurricane Sandy, narrowly escapes euthanasia.

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Yo La Tengo, Cody ChesnuTT, Tom Waits & Keith Richards, Fluffy Kitten   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BEACH HOUSE droppped a homemade video for "New Year" for the new year.

YO LA TENGO is advance streaming Fade.

CODY CHESNUTT stops by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

PEOPLE GET READY stop by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

TOM WAITS & KEITH RICHARDS join for a sea shanty featured on All Songs Considered, along with tracks from Villagers, Ra Ra Riot, Foxygen and more.

PRINCE: A track called " Same Page, Different Book" surfaced via Twitter.

TELEKINESIS drops "Ghosts and Creatures" as a single ahead of Domarion. A new level of sophistication in this one.

ICEAGE drops "Coalition" ahead of You're Nothing.

GENERATIONALS drop "Spinoza" ahead of their third album, Heza. Yum.

EDDIE MONEY singing "Baby, Hold On To Me" circa 1977 is proof the dude wasn't 100 percent decades before the current GEICO commercial.

THE ZOMBIES: Colin Brumstone took some time to speak with Prefix about the English band's impressive career, their influence on younger generations and what they may have in store for the near future.

MELODY'S ECHO CHAMBER: Parisian chanteuse Melody Prochet talks to Drowned In Sound about her critically acclaimed LP and her influences.

DAVID BOWIE: 66 facts about the returning icon to mark his 66th birthday yesterday.

THE TOP 10 ELVIS COSTELLO LPs, according to Faster Louder. (Thx, LHB.) 

LINDSAY LOHAN's mother Dina claims that her husband Michael abused her during their marriage (which he denies). ET has obtained vintage photos of the mother of four with a black eye, fwiw.

KIM KARDASHIAN & KANYE WEST just bought an 11 million dollah manse.

AL ROKER: Obligatory. Ew.

LARRY MILLER, a familiar face from his appearances on Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld, The Nutty Professor and several Garry Marshall-directed movies (Princess Diaries, Runaway Bride, Valentine's Day, New Year's Eve), has recovered from a life-threatening brain injury.

RYAN LOCHTE: The Olympic swimming star lands his own reality show.

CHARLIE SHEEN confirms he has a new adult film galpal.

JENNIFER ANISTON pregnancy rumors continue.

AL PACINO talks about playing Phil Spector for HBO.

THE DGA AWARDS nominations went to these folks. Congrats.

THE RAZZIES nominations went to these folks. Congrats?

TUNISIA: A Tunisian court freed Ali Harzi, a key suspect in the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. You don't want to know how much foreign aid Tunisia gets from the US.

YEMEN: Ali Hassan al Ahmadi, yemen's national security chief, said that "the use of friendly aircraft" to target al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, would continue.

EGYPT: Security forces foiled a car bombing attempt in northern Sinai. It is suspected the militants were from Gaza and had entered Egypt through underground tunnels.

AFGHANISTAN: The Obama administration hasn't ruled out a full withdrawal from Afghanistan.

FLUFFY KITTEN is confused. A simple idea, well executed.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A crafty rodent attempted to lure passers-by into a watery grave.

A GOAT tried to take it on the lam by train in Switzerland.

A KANGAROO had the jump on authorities at a Melbourne airport car park. 

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New Releases, Free Energy, Alt -J, Bowie, Fat Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


OVER 15 MILLION SERVED. This past month in particular has been very big for the site, with yesterday setting a new traffic record. Thanks for stopping by... and stay tuned for more news on the materializing Pate reunion...

NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS drop a video for "We No Who U R."

NEW RELEASES from Dropkick Murphys, Sunrunners, The Coasts and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

FREE ENERGY is advance streaming the Love Sign album. More Cowbell!

MOUNT EERIE plays a complex acoustic version of "Ocean Roar" to a sea of empty red seats at the Folger Shakespeare Library.

ALT-J: The Mercury Prize-winners stopped by Oregon Public Broadcasting for a soundcheck.

DAVID BOWIE, widely thought to have retired, announced a new album with a new video, “Where Are We Now?”

JOHNNY MARR joins THE CRIBS on "Leather Jacket Love Song."

SUEDE drops "Barriers," which is also a free download (in exchange for your email addy).

DEVO: It's not always easy to find these live takes on "Satisfaction" and "Jocko Homo" online, so up they go for Twofer Tuesday.

DJANGO DJANGO: Dave Maclean talks to PopMatters about the group's past, present, and future.

GINGER BAKER: The former Cream drummer talks to The Guardian about his battle with heroin, how he was the original Rolling Stones drummer and being the subject of a new documentary.

THE REPLACEMENTS' reunion EP deets.

HENRY ROLLINS says he has stopped thinking lyrically.

SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK: Weekend Edition Sunday spoke with Bob Dorough, who composed, conducted and even sang much of the music for the classic cartoons.


LINDSAY LOHAN was a no-show in a NYC courtroom for her nightclub assault case — but, luckily for her, prosecutors delayed the proceedings.

KIM KARDASHIAN & KANYE WEST reportedly turned down a chance to rake in some serious coin off baby pics.

JUSTIN BIEBER's team is unhappy that pot smoking pics leaked online, which may be the wrong thing to be unhappy about.

TAYLOR SWIFT is reportedly dunzo with One Direction's Harry Styles.

HEIDI KLUM talks about her "wild and crazy" sex life, marriage, divorce and more with Marie Claire.

PAM ANDERSON was voted off Dancing On Ice following a wardrobe malfunction.

WES ANDERSON: On a train ride in Germany where he was prepping his next film The Grand Budapest Hotel, Anderson talked to Deadline about how he learned to be confident in and satisfied with his unique voice.

IRAN targets dissidents with an army of 30000 spies.

LIBYA: One of two assailants died in an assassination attempt on Ahmed Abu Khattala, who is a suspect in the attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi and the murder of rebel commander General Abdelfattah Younes. Mohamed Magarief, the head of Libya's parliament, survived an assassination attempt while on a state visit to the city of Sebha, in an area declared a closed military zone last month; three of his guards were wounded in the attack.

IRAQ: Al Qaeda killed an Awakening leader and his son in Abu Ghraib. Volunteers for the Awakening are growing.

EGYPT: The government swore in 10 new cabinet ministers, strengthening the role of Islamists.

A FAT CAT in a bathtub. Call Lowell George.

ANIMAL HOARDERS busted with 300 pets after reporting their daughter missing.

A BOBCAT attacked a Massachusetts man in his garage.

A TURTLE escapes after 70 years.

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Jack White, The Lone Bellow, Indians, Turtle   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, January 07, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JACK WHITE, Live on Austin City Limits.

THE LONE BELLOW is advance streaming their self-titled debut.

INDIANS are advance streaming Somewhere Else.

FLUXBLOG has posted a 10-disc, 191-song, 2012 Survey Mix.

LOCAL NATIVES drop the studio version of "Heavy Feet."

FREE ENERGY drops "Girls Want Rock."

PERE UBU unleases "414 Seconds" from Lady From Shanghai.

COMPRESSORHEAD: Robots cover Motorhead's seminal "Ace of Spades." It's like watching General Grievous drum.

JOHNNY MARR talks to Stereogum about The Messenger, The Smiths, and why he can't stop joining bands.

BLOOD ORANGE: Dev Hynes talks to BlackBook abouthis personal, professional, and recreational highlights of 2012.


10 MUSICAL ACTS TO WATCH in 2013, courtesy of Flavorwire.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Texas Chainsaw 3D tops your chart with a better-than-expected 23 million (the last Chainsaw movie opened with 18 million).  And this one cost 8 million to make, about half the last budget.  Django Unchained places with 20 million; it crosses the 100 million mark and recoups its production budget domestically.  If not for that budget, it would be a much bigger deal that Django is already the third biggest grossing Western evah, behind Dances With Wolves and the True Grit remake.The Hobbit shows with 17.5 million, but the 45 percent drop suggests it may fall behind the total gross for Fellowship of the Ring, released 11 years of inflation ago.  That said, it already has 825 million in the till worldwide.  Les Miserables takes the fourth slot with 16.1 million; it crosses the 100 million mark, but with less legs than Django.  Parental Guidance rounds out the Top 5 with 10.1 million from people who can't find people being hit in the groin on YouTube.

ZERO DARK THIRTY: The long and winding road that led Seal Team Six to Osama bin Laden's door becomes a long and winding movie from director Katherine Bigelow -- but the movie never feels long, which is a tribute to Bigelow's direction and Marc Boal's screenplay.  Mind you, the screenplay mischaracterizes the role enhanced interrogation of detainees played in the story, though they were important.  Otherwise, the politics that cause so much discussion during the making of the film are largely footnotes to the narrative.  Considerable dramatic license is also taken in focusing the effort on the semi-fictional "Maya" to whom Jessica Chastain brings her considerable talent and restraint.  These issues aside, Zero Dark Thirty plays out as a taut police procedural, with just enough touches of comic relief to keep the audience in the picture.

JUSTIN BIEBER & SELENA GOMEZ just ain't workin'.  But he is smokin' something hand-rolled.

JOSH BROLIN was busted for public intoxication on New Year's Day.

CHARLIE SHEEN has taken up with another adult fil actress. Always ends well.

BRADGELINA's kids accidentally pushed the panic button, sommoning a platoon of cops to the manse.

STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS was screened as a very rough cut for a fan with terminal cancer days before his death.

SAUDI ARABIA denied that its Air Force has targeted al Qaeda militants in Yemen.

SYRIA: Government artillery and aircraft bombarded rebel strongholds in the suburbs of Damascus. Fighting also raged south of the capital. The government claims it captured Mohamed al Zawahiri, brother of al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri.

IRAN began developing software to control social media networking sites. Although the specific sites was not disclosed, both Facebook and Twitter are popular in the country.

A TURTLE checks out a commercial diver.

A CAT carrying a saw and a mobile phone was "detained" as it entered a prison gate in northeast Brazil, Brazilian media reported on Saturday.

A BLIND DOG gets a seeing-eye cat.

A COYOTE killed a puppy in Riverside, IL.

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