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Sharon Van Etten, Owen Pallett, Lee Fields, Lee Bains III, Charcoal   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, May 19, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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ST VINCENT parfomed "Digital Witness" on SNL, and many of Twitter were put off.

SHARON VAN ETTEN is streaming Are We There via iTunes.

OWEN PALLETT is advance streaming In Conflict.

LEE FIELDS is advance streaming Emma Jean.

LEE BAINS III & THE GLORY FIRES advance stream Dereconstructed.

JACK WHITE has "Just One Drink" ahead of Lazaretto.

CARL DOUGLAS, with the classic "Kung Fu Fighting."

BOB DYLAN's Chronicles contains at least a thousand items from other authors.

THE TWILIGHT SAD talks to Drowned In Sound about the reissue of  Fourteen Autumns And Fifteen Winters, touring and their as-yet untitled fourth album, scheduled to come out in October.

LED ZEPPELIN: The first part of "Stairway to Heaven" sounds a lot like "Taurus" by Spirit.

LINDA PERHACS talks to American Songwriter.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Godzilla destroys the competition with 93.2 million, when most projections were in the 60-70 million range. Against a 160 million budget, this is likely to make big profits, with the Chinese market being the only major question mark. Neighbors places with 26 million; that's a 47 percent dro, but a 91.5 million total against an 18 million budget is very much like money in the bank. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 shows with 16.8 million on a big lizard-inspired 53 percent drop. Spidey is at 172 million domestic and will likely finish well below the last one's 262 million, but that 461 in overseas revenue guarantees more of this franchise. Million Dollar Arm debuts in the fourth slot with 10 million, which is passable against a 25 million budget, given that the cross-cultural tale may play well overseas.The Other Woman rounds out the Top 5 with 6.3 million; here again, international receipts are taking this one into the black.  Below the fold, Legends of Oz is flopping spectacularly with 6.6 million total against a reported 70 million budget.

PAMELA ANDERSON shocked guests at a fundraiser during the Cannes Film Festival when she revealed she is a victim of sexual abuse.

AMY POEHLER gave up a first-class seat to a mother and flew coach.

KENDRA WILKINSON gave birth to a baby girl in a manner violating hospital rules.

DANIEL RADCLIFFE denied rumors he's engaged and involved in more Harry Potter projects.

THE COEN BROS' next film is about 1950s Hollywood fixer Eddie Mannix.

INTERSTELLAR: Christopher Nolan's next film, starring Matthew McConnaughey, has a trailer online.

UKRAINE is edging towards "the point of no return", a senior UN official says, amid rising tensions between security forces and pro-Russia separatists.

VENEZUELA: Foreign ministers from three South American countries will meet with Venezuela's opposition group Sunday in a bid to revive stalled talks with the government and end more than three months of protests that have left at least 41 dead.

LIBYA: Fighting in Benghazi between Islamist militants and forces led by retired General Khalifa Haftar left scores of people dead and wounded. A bomb destroyed Ansar al Sharia's radio station in Benghazi. The violence has caused the closure of Benghazi airport.

IRAN: The Revolutionary Guards are reportedly recruiting Afghan refugees to fight alongside Assad regime forces in Syria.

EGYPT: A court sentenced 126 Muslim Brotherhood supporters to jail terms of 10 years.

CHARCOAL loves his red bucket.

TARA the CAT, who saved a boy from a vicious dog, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the next home gameof the Bakersfield Blaze minor league baseball team.

KANGAROO vs PYTHON: Who you got?

AN ALLIGATOR took a surprise dip in a Bradenton pool.

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Harry Nilsson, Old 97s, Stephen Malkmus, Lake Street Dive, Cutout Bin, Godzilla   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, May 16, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with HARRY NILSSON! The BBC aired "The Music of Nilsson" in 1971, including a mashup of "Mr. Richland's Favorite Song" and "One," "Gotta Get Up," a medley of "Walk Right Back," "Cathy's Clown" and "Let The Good Times Roll," followed by a really moving take on "Life Line." Then there are "Joy," "Without Her," "Coconut" and "1941."

THE OLD 97s played a set at Hill Country Live for WFUV.

STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS stopped by KEXP to perform songs from Wig Out at Jagbags.

RICHARD BARONE (The Bongos) visited WFUV for a chat and mini-set. 

LAKE STREET DIVE plays a short set on the Mountain Stage.

DOBIE GRAY is in with "The In Crowd."

BOB DYLAN & FRANK SINATRA: Twin Titans of American Music.

BILLY CORGAN writes about opening for Jane's Addiction in 1988 to mark the upcoming 25th anniversary of Nothing's Shocking.

NINA PERSSON (The Cardigans) talks to Under The Radar about going solo, and motherhood.

ST VINCENT: Annie Clark playlists her dinner party on the moon.

CUTOUT BIN: From Eddie & the Hot Rods to Rickie Lee Jones, from Pavement to Steely Dan, from The Crs to Tom Waits, plus Wreckless Eric, Baby Huey, Three Dog Night, Guded By Voices 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: Godzilla, which is currently scoring 84 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Million Dollar Arm, currently scoring 58 percent.

GODZILLA: Now that's more like it. A much bigger film than the trailers might lead you to believe (surprisingly, I could do actual spoilers), a more satisfying rendition of the beast than the prior, failed reboot of the franchise, and the disaster movie it should be.  The humans alright, particularly Ken Watanabe, Bryan Cranston, and David Strathairn...but the real star here is the big lizard.  The filmmakers here wisely go the Jaws route of showing you glimpses of the legend before the full reveal, which iseverything it should be, followed by one of the funniest moments in the movie.  Godzilla is not perfect. The pacing goes a little off in Act 2.  Chances are missed to make you care more about the main human characters (and to give you more Cranston).  And for some, the adjustment of the nuclear element in this telling will disappoint some hoping for the familiar morality tale.  But overall, a very solid popcorn movie.

SOLANGE KNOWLES & JAY Z state they have worked through their differences and moved on since a video emerged this week showing Solange kicking Jay Z as Beyonce looked on.

JAY Z's company, btw, may be holding up the Kanye/Kim wedding.

ROBIN THICKE will be debuting a new song in his campaign to woo back wife Paula Patton.

LILY ALLEN passed on an icky role in Game Of Thrones.

KATE MIDDLETON's phones were hacked 155 times in eight months.

UKRAINE: Steelworkers employed by Ukraine's biggest tycoon have joined police on patrol in some disputed eastern Ukrainian cities, and the company said Thursday that its officials had struck a deal with police and pro-Russian separatists in one of the cities for the insurgents to leave occupied government buildings.

VENEZUELAN security forces arrested scores of people during a sweep of a busy Caracas avenue as protests against the government heated up amid a widening split within the opposition over whether to back possible US sanctions.

EGYPT: Presidential candidate Abdel Fattah al-Sisi called for US support and equipment to help Egypt fight terrorism. The Army seized 15 tons of bomb-making material from two locations in al Quantara, a town that straddles the Suez Canal.

IRAN: Despite apparently reducing illicit purchases that breach UN sanctions, Iran is pursuing development of ballistic missiles, a confidential UN report says, posing an acute challenge to six powers negotiating with Tehran to rein in its nuclear program.

FEDOR THE CAT catches a bat in mid-air. (NSFW language)

TARA, the cat who defended a small boy from a vicious dog, is getting a photoshoot with Cat Fancy.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Militant rodents take over a palace built for birds.

A SERVICE PIT BULL accepts a diploma for his late owner.

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Cloud Cult, Dean Wareham, Syd Arthur, I Saved Latin, Cat vs Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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KEVIN DREW (Broken Social Scene) covers Lou Reed's "What's Good" for at tribute show.

CLOUD CULT played electric and acoustic sets at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN (Also the home for A Prairie Home Companion).

DEAN WAREHAM stopped by WFUV's Studio A to share some of his new songs (and a classic Luna song).

SYD ARTHUR advance streams Sound Mirror. 

I SAVED LATIN!, a tribute to Wes Anderson is streaming online.

SHARON VAN ETTEN is sharing “Your Love Is Killing Me" ahead of Are We There.

DAVID BOWIE sings "Ziggy Stardust" circa 1973.

TORI AMOS: Several critics examine her then and now, for The Record.

SWNAS frontman Michael Gira talks to PopMatters about the extensive process behind To Be Kind, compositional styles, and a very interesting—and humorous—aside about the scrapped cover art for the album.

KATHLEEN HANNA has had a relapse of Lyme Disease.

THE TOP 10 JOHN LENNION (SOLO) SONGS, according to Stereogum.

JUSTIN BIEBER is under investigation for attempted robbery.

NICOLE KIDMAN: New questions about her face.

JAY-Z: Kanye's Best Man?

ANGELINA JOLIE is talking about her wedding and coincidentally has a big movie coming out.

LINDSAY LOHAN wants a judge to take her at her word that she had a miscarriage ... because she refuses to be grilled about it in court, even though she brought it up herself.

JESSICA SIMPSON and Eric Johnson plan to tie the knot over the July 4 weekend.

JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT's girlfriend may be identified.

OLIVIA MUNN & AARON RODGERS are dating. Reportedly.

CASEY CASEM was found by police in Washington State.

TWO AND A HALF MEN will end after Season 12.

UKRAINE: Townspeople in the eastern Ukraine were frightened of more violence Wednesday following the killing of seven soldiers here and refusal of militants to attend peace talks.

VENEZUELA's opposition warned that talks with the government of President Nicolas Maduro are "in crisis" due to repression of student demonstrations and officials' refusal to grant concessions that could defuse three months of street protests. Police in Venezuela have detained at least 80 demonstrators who were demanding the release of those arrested in recent anti-government protests.

HEZBOLLAH has begun to take budget-cutting measures due to the shortage of Iranian aid caused by the Islamic Republic’s tough economic situation.

A CAT saves a child from a vicious dog.

CAMELS aren't contributing to climate change. But still stinky.

BAT-EATING SPIDERS: Look at your peril.

THREE PET GOATS  were viciously killed in Suffolk, VA over the weekend.

 

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Black Keys, Conor Oberst, Dan Croll, The Roots, Kittens   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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BILLY BRAGG & COURTNEY BARNETT cover the Velvet Underground's "Sunday Morning." She doesn't seem used to TV, but warms up to it.

THE BLACK KEYS play a set Live on Letterman.

CONOR OBERST previews songs off his latest solo album, Upside Down Mountain, live at WNYC's Greene Space.

DAN CROLL stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

THE ROOTS stream …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin.

MICHAEL JACKSON: The posthumous stream of XSCAPE.

THE CREATION:  "Making Time." The same old song (but a good one).

GUIDED BY VOICES: Robert Pollard talks to Brooklyn Vegan about artistic evolution, inspirations, working at a craft, besting the Beastie Boys at basketball, and more...

THE FLAMING LIPS' former drummer apologizes and retracts his accusations against Wayne Coyne.

EFFED UP: Damian Abraham and Mike Haliechuk talk to Pitchfork about what it means to sustain success in an underground genre like hardcore, the realities of living out your teenage rock'n'roll fantasies, and their raw new album, Glass Boys.

THE MEMORABLE CHOREOGRAPHY of Music Videos.

SOLANGE KNOWLES: Was she provoked before attacking Jay-Z? Was it business, or personal? Has it happened before? Have they patched things up, or is it just PR?

ALEC BALDWIN was busted for illegal biking in NYC.

MIRANDA KERR's billionaire boyfirend brawls with a pal after splitting from his wife for the supermodel.

MICHELLE WILLIAMS has reportedly split up with Dustin Yellin after a year of dating.

CASEY KASEM has gone missing, withut so much as a long-distance dedication.

BEN AFFLECK appears as Batman. Sigh.

CHANNIN TATUM has been cast as Gambit in an X-Men spinoff flick. Oy.

H.R. GIGER, the fantastical artist best known for his concepts in Alien, has died at the age of 74 following a fall.

UKRAINE: Militants ambushed a convoy of Ukraine soldiers Tuesday, killing six soldiers as both sides had been moving toward possible peace talks in Kiev. The people of Ukraine feel much more loyal to Europe than to Russia, and a clear majority back economic sanctions against Russia, according to a CNN poll of 1000 people across the country conducted in the past week.

NIGERIA: US surveillance planes and commercial satellites are being used to help find a large group of girls kidnapped by Boko Haram. The Nigerian government indicated it is open to talks with the kidnappers.

IRAQ: The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham killed 24 people, including three soldiers, in a series of bombings in Baghdad.

 

 

DANCING KITTENS: An oldie but a goodie.

PANDA LOOK-ALIKES are the hot pet in China.

A 12-FOOT PYTHON has been returned to its owner after a slithery stop at a Central Texas home where a woman earlier bathed her pet guinea pigs.

SMARTER DOGS through technology.

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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EUGENE McGUINNESS drops a video for "Godiva" that's filled with guitar face.

THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART played songs from its upcoming album live in WNYC's Greene Space

TEMPLES visited The Current for a chat and mini-set. 

WARPAINT stopped by WFUV's Studio A for a chat and mini-set.

COLDPLAY is streaming Ghost Stories via iTunes.  It's not my bag, even though I enjoy the idea of somehow annoying Gwyneth Paltrow.

LYKKE LI drops “No One Ever Loved” from The Fault In Our Stars soundtrack.

COCKTAILS drop  “Bob Pollard’s Mind" as a single from Adult Life.

URGE OVERKILL:  Their killer '93 single "Sister Havana" and their even more famous cover of Neil Diamond's "Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon" are your Twofer Tuesday.

SHARON VAN ETTEN gets the big feature treatment at Pitchfork.

THE FLAMING LIPS will play on the next Miley Cyrus LP.

THE HORRORS frontman Faris Badwan listed his favorite album...covers at The Quietus.

ST VINCENT has her own signature coffee.

JAY-Z was attacked by SOLANGE KNOWLES (his sister in law) in an elevator at the Met Gala. Beyonce cannot keep 'em separated.The hotel is shocked the video leaked. Shocked, I tell you.

BEN AFFLECK's card-counting bust was also caught on video.

GEORGE CLOONEY and Amal Alamuddin celebrated their engagement at a party in Malibu on Sunday. But is his engagement....good for the Druze?

DONALD STERLING is asking for forgiveness. Oh sure.

LINDSAY LOHAN  is set to swap her wild New York nights for a potentially more lucrative life in London.

BRITNEY SPEARS is extending her Vegas residency for a reported 12 million bucks.

SHERRI SHEPHERD has filed her own legal docs for divorce ... days after her estranged husband Lamar Sally filed his own docs.

UKRAINE: Buzzfeed goes inside the separatists' shadow war. Russia stopped short on Monday of outright recognition of the contentious referendums organized by separatists in Donetsk and Luhansk, Russian-speaking provinces of southeast Ukraine, instead using the results to intensify pressure for a negotiated autonomy for those provinces.

NIGERIA has insisted it will not agree to a request to free imprisoned Islamic militants in return for the release of dozens of kidnapped schoolgirls.

IRAN: A report by U.N. experts says Iran’s purchases for its banned nuclear and missile programs have slowed recently which could be the result of the changed political climate under President Hassan Rouhani or its use of new clandestine methods.

SYRIA: The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham's spokesman blamed al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri for the jihadist infighting in Syria, dismissed his order for ISIS to quit Syria, and said ISIS had refrained from attacking Iran at al Qaeda's request.

A HUNGRY BUNNY eats raspberries.

BLOODTHIRSTY CANNIBAL RATS cause walls to bleed in British public housing.

ACID-SPEWING BEETLES inspire bank security.

GOATS don't have it so baaaad.

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