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The Boy Least Likely To, Junip, Phoenix, Local Natives, Serpentine Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FRIGHTENED RABBIT plays Cheap Trick's "Surrender" for The A.V. Club Undercover.

THE BOY LEAST LIKELY TO advance streams The Great Perhaps, which finds them in a little synthier mode than the debut (though a little less synthy than the leadoff track suggests).

JUNIP advance streams their self-titled LP.

PHOENIX advance streams Bankrupt! via the iTunes.

LOCAL NATIVES perform live in the WNYC Soundcheck studio.

CAMERA OBSCURA drops the frothy "Do It Again" (not the Beach Boys or Steely Dan) ahead of Desire Lines.

BLUE SWEDE: "Hooked on a Feeling," introduced by the late Don Kirshner. Ooga-Chucka.

DIRTY PROJECTORS frontman David Longstreth talks to The Vermont Cynic about the recording process, what the touring lifestyle is like and the surprising influence of Lil Wayne on their style. (Thx, LHB.)

THE ROLLING STONES: Mick and Keith discuss kicking it West Coast style at the L.A. Times.

NICK DRAKE: Producer Joe Boyd talks about the musician's musician on All Things Considered.

DESTROYER albums, ranked by Stereogum.


ROBERT DOWNEY JR talks to GQ about his 50 million dollar turnaround, his future as a superhero, and his prospects for someday winning an Oscar.

KIM KARDASHIAN basically admitted she's been apart from Kanye West longer than they've been together. 

MILEY CYRUS was snapped smokin' something in a club.

JASON SEGEL checked himself into Alcoholics Anonymous in a desperate bid to win his battle with booze in the wake of his heartbreaking split from Michelle Williams, according to the ever-reliable RadarOnline.

BRADLEY COOPER talks to Details about the dangers of playing a**holes, his near miss at the Oscars, and living with his mom again.

EMILY BLUNT talks to InStyle about her style, husband John Krasinsci, and what she really thinks of acting in Hollywood.

MIRANDA KERR wasn't dumped by Victoria's Secret; she moved on. You know how it works.

FRANK BANK, a/k/a Lumpy Rutherford, died Saturday, a day after he turned 71. No cause of death was given.

SAUDI ARABIA ejected and deported three men from the United Arab Emirates for being too handsome.

SYRIA: Rebel forces repelled a government attempt in Idlib to capture the main highway into Aleppo; the artery remains contested.

LIBYA: Congress designated the constitutional election law committee. A conservative women's group aiming to help build Libya as an Islamic state held its first meeting.

IRAQ: Insurgents killed 35 Iraqis yesterday in a series of bombings and armed attacks throughout the country. The Interior Ministry announced that it hanged 21 prisoners convicted of terrorism-related charges.

FELINE IDENTITY CRISIS: Let's go to the video.

PANDA WATCH: The Edinburgh Zoo's giant pandas Tian Tian (Sweetie) and Yang Guang (Sunshine) are arriving at a brief, once-a-year mating window and keepers are anxiously waiting to see if their matchmaking efforts will pay off.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A militant rodent knocks out power to three schools in Tampa.

A ONE-EYED CAT trekked five miles in the snow to get back to its owner after being lost for ten days.

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New Releases, George Jackson RIP, Nick Cave, Corgi Pup   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


GEORGE JACKSON, who wrote songs for James Brown, Wilson Pickett, Clarence Carter, and the Bob Seger hit, “Old Time Rock and Roll,” has died at the age of 68.

NEW RELEASES from Meat Puppets, Art Brut, and Spacehog, along with the Nick Drake Tribute and Arts & Crafts comp plus more are streaming via Spinner.

NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS: Live at Stubb's for SXSW.

YEAH YEAH YEAHS: Live at Stubb's for SXSW.

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

THE HOLD STEADY played “The Bear & The Maiden Fair,” featuring lyrics by Game ofThrones author George R.R. Martin, and music by the show’s composer Ramin Djawadi.

POLICA features Justin Vernon on "Tiff."

THEM: "Baby, Please Don't Go" and a fully live take on "Gloria" for Twofer Tuesday.

CRAIG FINN: The Washington Square News features fave lyrics from The Hold Steady's scribe. (Thx, LHB.)

YEAH YEAH YEAHS talk to The Guardian about 13 years fighting the critics, depression and each other.

DAVID LEE ROTH Will Not Go Quietly.

THE NATIONAL'S 10 BEST SONGS, according to Stereogum

LINDSAY LOHAN insists she was clean as a whistle at Coachella.

KRISTEN STEWART & ROBERT PATTINSON get pestered everywhere, including by hipsters at Coachella.

OZZY & SHARON OSBOURNE have split up ... at least temporarily ... and they are now living apart.

ANGELINA JOLIE: Topless with a horse.

AMANDA SEYFRIED is the only actress in Allure's latest issue who doesn't appear nude, and she blames her publicist.

CAREY MULLIGAN is profiled by Vogue in the run-up to The Great Gatsby.

THE UNITED STATES: Twin explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon have killed two people and injured over 140 more.

MALI: France proposed the creation of a UN force of 11200 military personnel and 1440 international police to take over security in northern Mali on July 1.

SYRIA: The UK's Foreign and Commonwealth office expressed concern over reports that chemical weapons have been used by the Assad regime in urban locations in tactical military engagements in Syria.

GERMANY: European security officials are looking into the possibility that an Iranian-run factory in Dinslaken may have been supplying equipment and materials for the Iranian nuclear weapons program.

A CORGI PUP plays ball. Let's go to the video.

BLUETITS offer insight into climate change. The joke writes itself.


A DEAF DOG befriends a hearing-impaired, 10-year-old cancer patient. Is it dusty in here?

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Brass Bed, Steve Martin & Edie Brickell, REM, Chihuahua   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, April 15, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


TEGAN & SARA got "Closer" on the Tonight Show before hitting Coachella.

BRASS BED advance streams The Secret Will Keep You.

STEVE MARTIN & EDIE BRICKELL advance stream Love Has Come for You.

LAURA MVULA is advance streaming Sing to the Moon.

R.E.M.: Murmur turned 30 on Friday (get off my lawn). Check out a dozen demos for one of the albums that made "college rock."

THE LEFT BANKE: "Walk Away Renee."

IAN McCULLCOCH: The Echo & the Bunnymen frontman talks to The Guardian about cleaning up his act, making a solo album and singlehandedly resurrecting David Bowie's career.

CAMERA OBSCURA: Tracyanne Campbell talks to DIY about the tumultuous gestation of the upcoming Desire Lines. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

GUARDS frontman Richie Follin talks to Stereogum about the making of the band’s record, the joys of touring, and what it’s like to step out from the shadow of his previous bands (Cults, Willowz).

MUSIC FESTIVALS' 20 Most Iconic Moments

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: 42 tops the chart with 27.3 million, which means this old-fashioned sports bio will likely turn a decent profit on a 40 million budget. Scary Movie V placed a distant second with 15.2 million, less than projected and much less than the prior installment's 40 million opening. Even so, with a 20 million budget, overseas receipts are likely to men profit for the Weinsteins.  The Croods show with 13.2 million; without competition for family dollars, this looks to be running down, but with a worldwide total to date of almost 350 million against a 135 million budget.  G.I. Joe: Reatliation sinks to the fourth slot with 10.8 million, but has taken in roughly 250 million worldwide.  Evil Dead goes from last week's topper to rounding out the Top 5 with 9.5 million on a 63 percent plunge that looks more like a sequel than a reboot.  However, it has already made 41.5 million domestic against a 17 million budget.

KIM KARDASHIAN showed up in a Los Angeles courtroom for a mandatory closed-door settlement conference in her divorce case Friday, but Kris Humphries was a no-show.

TOM CRUISE has mags that have written scathing stories about Suri and/or Scientology on the persona-non-grata list for the premiere of his movie, "Oblivion."

JUSTIN BIEBER visited the Anne Frank House, and wrote: "Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber." The narcissism at the end is sad, but the silver lining is that a big chunk of his fans probably just learned about Anne Frank.

THE 20 BEST TV SERIES FINALES, according to Paste.

JONATHAN WINTERS, the comedic film and TV actor who was huge in the '70s and '80s on shows like “Mork and Mindy,” has died at age 87.

ROMEO & JULIET: Oscar-nominated True Grit star Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth play the star-crossed lovers in the new William Shakespeare adaptation from Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes. Damian Lewis, Ed Westwick, Paul Giamatti and Stellan Skarsgård among its supporting cast. Here's the trailer.

NORTH KOREA: Secretary of State Kerry warned North Korea that going ahead with its threatened missile launch would be a "huge mistake"; he also said a recent intelligence report did not suggest that North Korea had "fully tested, developed" nuclear capabilities.

SYRIA: Evidence of the use of chemical weapons has been discovered in a soil sample smuggled out of Syria, The Times of London reported on Saturday.

IRAN: After a fruitless Six Powers meeting with Iran on its nuclear program, US Secretary of State Kerry said that President Obama "has determined to continue to pursue the diplomatic channel."

IRAQ: Al Qaeda killed 14 people in two bombings outside of a mosque in the town of Kaanan in Diyala. An Awakening leader was assassinated in Kirkuk. Security forces uncovered a bomb factory in Kirkuk.

A CHIHUAHUA  that caused quite a traffic jam on H-1 Eastbound in Hawaii Thursday morning has finally been reunited with his owner. (Thx, Zoey.)


FROZEN TURKEY VULTURES fall from the sky in South Dakota. With God as my witness, I thought they could fly.

THE SWARM: Police in San Sebastián de la Gomera have cordoned off an abandoned house after finding a seven-meter-long wasp nest.

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YFFs, Telekinesis, Mudhoney, Cutout Bin, Cat + Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, April 12, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with the YOUNG FRESH FELLOWS! Live at Cicero's in St. Louis, On November 23rd,1985, so this is Chuck Carroll-era YFFs.  Selections include: "Gus Theme," "White Bird," "If I Had A Hammer," "Power Mowers' Theme," "Where Is Groovy Town?", "Sharing Patrol," "Topsy Turvy," "Young Fresh Fellows Theme," "Hang On Sloopy," "All Messed Up," "Big House/ Love Boat Theme medley" "Mr. Salamander's Review," "Down By The Pharmacy," "Close to You/ Someone I Care About," "Aurora Bridge," "How Much About Last Night Do You Remember?" "This Little Mystery," "Searchin' USA," "Fair Exchange," and "My Friend Ringo."

TELEKINESIS stops by the KEXP studios for a quick unplugged set.

MUDHONEY stopped by KEXP for a raging live set.

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

THAO & THE GET DOWN STAY DOWN visit WNYC Soundcheck for an in-studio performance and conversation.

DALE EARNHARDT JR JR drops "Hiding" ahead of the Patterns EP.

THE NATIONAL drops "Don't Swallow The Cap" ahead of Trouble Will Find Me.

MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND, "Blinded by the Light," Live in '75.

CAMERA OBSCURA: Tracyanne Campbell talks to DIY about the tumultuous gestation of the upcoming Desire Lines. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

CRAIG FINN: The Washington Square News features fave lyrics from The Hold Steady's scribe. (Thx, LHB.)

THE NATIONAL'S 10 BEST SONGS, according to Stereogum.

R.E.M.'s albums, ranked by Spinner (which gets it wrong immediately).

CUTOUT BIN: From the 5th Dimension to Soft Cell, from Funkadelic to Tikashi Miyaki, from Wilson Picket to the Stray Cats, plus Springsteen, Ian McCullough, Elton John, Sonny & Cher 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 generally unscreened Scary Movie V; and 42, currently scoring 71 percent on the ol' Tomatometer.

LINDSAY LOHAN was back to her hard-partying, tantrum-throwing, glass-tossing ways at Chelsea club 1Oak hours after a tearful talk about rehab with Dave Letterman.

JAY-Z responded to critics of his Cuba trip in rap.  The White House denied involvement.

JOE JONAS got one of those fan videos inviting him to a college dance. His response was both creepy and amusing.

MIRANDA KERR was not fired as a Victoria's Secret Angel for “being difficult” but is stepping down because she could not devote enough time to the demanding brand, sources exclusively tell Page Six.

GWYNETH PALTROW talks about Iron man 3, Botox and more at Harper's Bazaar. Come for the infor, stay for the sycophancy.

RACHEL McADAMS, BRADLEY COOPER & EMMA STONE in the next Cameron Crowe pic? It's all happening.

TURKISH police disclosed that a February raid on two terrorist cells in Istanbul and Tekirdag revealed an al Qaeda plot to bomb the US Embassy in Ankara, an Istanbul synagogue, and other targets.

MALI: The US assistant secretary of defense for special operations said the current UN-backed ECOWAS force in Mali is "completely incapable" and that the al Qaeda-linked militants would try to regroup in Mali once the French forces left.

SYRIA: The Assad regime called on the UN to designate the Al Nusrah Front as a terrorist organization, following the group's announcement of its affiliation with al Qaeda. At least 57 people were killed in Deraa province after government forces assaulted two towns linked to defections from the Syrian army.

EGYPT: President Morsi withdrew a number of complaints against journalists that his office had filed.

CAT dances on DOG's head.

WHEN DUCKS AQUACK: Residents of a Florida city are complaining to officials about unprovoked and unexpected attacks from aggressive ducks.

BEAVERS REHAB after their dam helped stop an oil spill.

CLOUDED LEOPARD CUBS born at the Nashville Zoo.

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Divine Fits, Phosphorescent, Jessie Ware, Woodchuck   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


AKRON/FAMILY drops a video for "Until The Morning."

DIVINE FITS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set, including a Nick Cave cover. 

PHOSPHORESCENT, a/k/a Matthew Houck, stops in at the Cutting Room Studios for a live session with a full band.

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

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Guest DJ Wayne Coyne spins the Beatles, Tom Jones, Beach House... and the Flaming Lips.

SHE & HIM drop "I Could've Been Your Girl" ahead of Vol. 3.

BLITZEN TRAPPER drop "On A Tuesday," an unrealeased track from their debut (Which turns 10 this year. Get Off My Lawn).

THE WASHINGTON SQUARES cover Leonard Cohen's "Everybody Knows."

THE BESNARD LAKES frontman Jace Lasek talks to The Quietus about city snow panics, the new LP and more. (Thx, Chromewaves.) 

MUDHONEY looks back at a quarter-century of grunge. Get Off My Lawn.

RUSH: An argument for the Hall Of Fame at PopMatters.

VINYL sales hit their highest point since 1997, but overall physical sales fell.

KATE UPTON & P. DIDDY deny canoodling at club LIV in Miami Beach.

LINDSAY LOHAN will do rehab 15 minutes from the hottest summer club scene in the country.

KRISTEN STEWART & ROBERT PATTINSON looked fully reconciled at her 23rd birthday party.

TOM CRUISE: 50 and loving it.

RYAN SECREST is your latest SWATting victim.

MIRANDA KERR: An angel loses her wings at Victoria's Secret.

LEBANON: A bizarre series of leaks and hacks is threatening to reignite still-simmering anger over the 2005 murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri.

SYRIA: Many are bracing for what they fear will be another war, between the relatively moderate fighters who first took up arms against the government and the Islamist extremists who emerged more recently with the muscle and firepower to drive the rebel advance.

EGYPT: Leaked documents revealed that Egypt's armed forces tortured and killed people during the uprising against Hosni Mubarak. A leading cleric known for his role in the uprising against Hosni Mubarak was suspended due to comments critical of President Morsi.

IRAQ: The UN said that 229 civilians and 227 security personnel were killed in acts of terrorism in March.


A WOODCHUCK eats an ice cream cone.

SCAREDY CATS: Kitties that know the true meaning of terror.

A 370 MILLION-YEAR OLD FISH sported a weird pair of fins just below its anus, new research shows.

THE MONGOLIAN DEATH WORM is a legendary animal with an unconfirmed existence that has preoccupied the imagination of the inhabitants and travelers in the region.

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