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Brian Wilson, Robert Plant, Absolutely Free, Trigger Fish, Cats   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, October 08, 2014 - 08:00 AM
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BRIAN WILSON helps launch BBC Music with a star-studded rendition of "God Only Knows."  Can't tell the players with out a scorecard?

ROBERT PLANT & THE SENSATIONAL SHAPE-SHIFTERS, Live In Brooklyn.

ABSOLUTELY FREE advance streams a self-titled LP.

J MENENDEZ advance streams Memorize Now.

TRIGGER FISH, from Ames IA, is streaming True False via Bandcamp

RANCID drops "Face Up" ahead of Honor Is All We Know.

AC/DC drops "Play Ball" ahead of Rock or Bust. Who doesn't like that record they make?

TV ON THE RADIO drops "Careful You" ahead of Seeds.

SHARON JONES, a cancer survivor, sung "The Star-Spangled Banner" on Monday Night Football.

MORRISSEY revealed that he has previously been treated for cancer, stating, "If I die, then I die. And if I don't, then I don't" regarding the procedures.

LUCINDA WILLIAMS talks to Rolling Stone about getting better with age, getting a nasty kiss-off from producer Gurf Morlix and getting her dues paid via supermarket sausage sales.

STEVE GUNN talks to Stereogum about working with Kurt Vile, living in New York City, & his new LP, Way Out Weather.

STEVIE NICKS interviews HAIM and plays "Rhiannon."

STEPHEN COLLINS— who played the pastor/dad on 7th Heavenapparently confessed to his estranged wife he was a child molester. His estranged wife claims she didn't leak the tape. The LAPD is now revisiting its previously closed investigation. Collins already has been cut from the movie Ted 2

JENNIFER LAWRENCE speaks out to Vanity Fair about her hacked photos.

AMANDA BYNES says she's engaged.

NEVE CAMPBELL is expecting her second child with her longtime boyfriend JJ Feild.

KANYE WEST surprised a bachelorette party.

JENNIFER GARNER shows us her Spanx.

CAMERON CROWE squashed a TV sequel to his 1989 movie Say Anything.

HOOD: Sony is in the midst of making a seven-figure deal to buy a pitch centering on Robin Hood.

HONG KONG: With numbers shrinking rapidly, and hopes of winning meaningful reform fading even faster, the question now is what lies ahead for the pro-democracy protesters.

TURKEY's military is troubled by a broad, vague authorization of military force regarding Iraq and Syria.

SYRIA: A lack of ground support for air strikes against Islamic State jihadists, and Turkey's reluctance to step in militarily, have all but sealed the fate of the besieged Syrian border town of Kobani, analysts said Tuesday. That would be a big deal.  Also, Syria has four chemical weapons facilities that it did not previously disclose to the United Nations, a Western diplomat told CNN on Tuesday.

LEBANON's northeastern border with Syria braced for more violence after fierce clashes between Hezbollah and the Nusra Front over the weekend left nearly two dozen combatants dead, according to security sources.

THE CATS don't want to be walked.

A SACRIFICIAL GOAT takes a child with him.

GIRAFFES: The “forgotten megafauna"?

CHICKENS are four times bigger than they were 60 years ago.

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Greylag, Dads, Kele Okereke, Afghan Whigs, Janis, Nikita the Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, October 07, 2014 - 08:00 AM
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THE BOTH play "Volunteers of America" for Seth Myers.

GREYLAG advance streams a self-titled LP.

DADS advance stream I’ll Be The Tornado.

KELE OKEREKE (Bloc Party) advance streams Trick.

THE AFGHAN WHIGS, on tour, play some of Fleetwood Mac’s “Tusk” during “I Am Fire,” some of Jeff Buckley’s “Morning Theft” during “It Kills,” and Bobby Womack’s “Across 110th Street” during “Faded.”

BILL MURRAY sings Bob Dylan's "Shelter From The Storm."

JANIS JOPLIN with BIG BROTHER & THE HOLDING COMPANY play "Summertime" and "I Need a Man to Love" -- in one of their last performances together -- for Twofer Tuesday

JACKSON BROWNE talks to All Things Considered about revisiting "The Birds Of St. Marks," a Byrds-ian portrait of Nico that he composed as he was leaving New York, many years ago.

BELLE & SEBASTIAN talk to The Quietus in advance of Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance.

MARY TIMONY talks about the soundtrack of her life at Pitchfork.

UNDERAPPRECIATED ALBUMS OF THE CENTURY, according to the Drowned In Sound staff.

BLAKE LIVELY is pregnant and expecting her first child with husband Ryan Reynolds.

TWIN PEAKS returns in 2016. Yes, really. To celebrate, Rolling Stone posts its 1990 cover story on the show, and Mashable looks at some of the cast 23 years later.

ADRIAN PETERSON, an alleged orgy involving a minor and misused charity funds.

MIA FARROW made six figures to promote a bogus lawsuit against Chevron.

MARIAH CAREY struggles on tour.

ROBERT DOWNEY JR will do Iron Man 4...if Mel Gibson directs.

SIGOURNEY WEAVER talks about Alien, which turned 35 this year (Gert Off My Lawn).

STAR WARS, EPISODE VII: Set secrecy is a watchword.

HONG KONG: The Hong Kong government and pro-democracy protestors laid down a framework for formal talks late Monday, opening the door for a negotiated solution to the standoff that has gripped the city.

GERMANY is planning to do more to help Kurdish and Iraqi troops fighting militants who have captured large amounts of territory in northern Iraq, the Defense Ministry announced on Saturday.

IRAQ: The Islamic State has been accused of using chlorine gas against Iraqi soldiers who were besieged in Anbar province.  RAF jets carried out an airstrike last night against Islamic State fighters near Ramadi who were firing on Iraqi forces.

EGYPT: Security forces arrested four men in Port Said suspected of recruiting fighters for the Islamic State.

SYRIA: "A terrible slaughter is coming." Two weeks after US warplanes began bombing Islamic State positions in Syria, the Pentagon leadership has yet to make critical decisions about building the proxy rebel force central to its plan for taking territory away from the jihadist army.

NIKITA the CAT: Let's go to the video.

WORLD COW MILKING CHAMPIONSHIPS: Mired In Controversy.

NORWAY's REINDEER are radioactive.

LAZARUS, the dog who survived being put down.

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Paul Revere RIP, Stars, Frazey Ford, Meatbodies, WWPJ, Dog + Kitten   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, October 06, 2014 - 08:00 AM
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PAUL REVERE, a/k/a Paul Revere Dick (Yes, really), organist and ringleader of the long-running rock band the Raiders, kicks the bucket at his home in Idaho. Although his cause of death was not officially released, he was belived to have been battling cancer.  He was 76. Video of "Louie Go Home," "Kicks," "Hungry," "Him or Me, What's It Gonna Be," and "Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian)" at the link. So proud to die.

STARS advance stream No One Is Lost.

FRAZEY FORD advance streams Indian Ocean.

MEATBODIES advance stream their self-titled LP.

WE WERE PROMISED JETPACKS advance streams Unravelling.

RYAN ADAMS covers Bryan Adams' "Run To You." I love the bleated hipster recognition. A few at the beginning, many more later.

CRAIG FINN's essay about his fave bar from Come Here Often is republished in Men's Journal. (Thx, LHB.)

CARIBOU's Dan Snaith shares the soundtrack of his life at Pitchfork.

ANDREW W.K. talks to Stereogum about his  new family television show Meet Me At The Reck, and authenticity in music. And follows me on Twitter.

DELTA SPIRIT's Matt Vasquez shares tips for preserving your voice on tour.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Gone Girl tops the chart with 38 million, well beyond tracking estimates in the mid-20s. While not as big as Gravity debuting in this frame, it almost certainly means Oscar buzz for director David Fincher and his cast, but more on that in my review below.  Annabelle places with 37 million against a reported 6.5 million budget (much smaller than The Conjuring's 20 million).  That means profit, though marketing costs were likely in the 30-40 million range.  The Equalizer shows with 19 million on a 44 percent drop that's pretty leggy in light of the competition from both Gone Girl and Annabelle.  Breaking the 100 million mark worldwide, The Equalizer looks like a solid hit.  Leggier still was The Boxtrolls, which took 12.4 million in the fourth slot on a mere 28 percent drop, reflecting the overall lack of family fare on screens at the moment.  Rounding out the Top 5 is The Maze Runner with 12 million; its 73 million total is more than matched overseas, where it has broken the 100 million mark.

GONE GIRL: Aside from his directorial debut on Alien 3, David Fincher doesn't make bad movies. He delivers again with an adaptation of Gillian Flynn's hit novel, for which she supplied the screenplay about the suspicion falling Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) when his wife (Rosamund Pike) disappears.  Not having read the novel, but having read about it, Gone Girl plays well not only as a mystery potboiler, but also as an acid commentary on marriage...or at least dysfunctional marriages. The movie opens with Nick noting that when he thinks about his wife, he thinks about her head. In particular, cracking open her skull to find out what is really going on inside.  Ben Affleck is easy to dislike in the role, and obviously brings some real-world experience to being an object of harsh media scrutiny.  Rosamund Pike, who has played everything from a Bond girl to Jane Bennett in Pride and Prejudice, excels here asmissing wife Amy Dunne, whose diary entriesultimately reveal a woman as enigmatic as Nick suspects.  Tyler Perry will find a broader audience with his portrayal of a Johnnie Cochran-esque defense attorney, while Neil Patrick Harris also turns in a creditable performance as one of Amy's former beaus, who seems to be carrying a torch for Amy years later.  I won't spoil any of the twists, but I will say the final one may be the most disturbing.

MICHAEL PHELPS says he's going to rehab.

GEORGE CLOONEY and Amal Alamuddin are honeymooning in the Seychelles or their new mansion on the Thames.

GWYNETH PALTROW banned CHRIS MARTIN from mentioning new galpal JENNIFER LAWRENCE to the kids? Too good to check.

TAYLOR SWIFT is joining The Voice as an advisor.

AMANDA BYNES continues her, um, eccentric behavior in NYC.

NICK HOGAN became the first male celebrity to have his naked photos hacked in the iCloud scandal.

HONG KONG pro-democracy demonstrators have partially abandoned two protest sites in the city's center as a government-imposed deadline to clear the streets approaches.

THE UNITED KINGDOM: Police are investigating the appearance of UK jihadist Abu Saeed al Britani in a recent IS video. Prime Minister Cameron called for a special forces raid to capture IS executioner "Jihadi John."

TURKEY: A diplomatic rift between Turkey and the United States was patched over late Saturday after the American vice president, Joseph R. Biden Jr., officially apologized to Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, for remarks suggesting that Turkey helped facilitate the rise of the Islamic State terrorist group.

LIBYA: The Shoura Council of Islamic Youth, a Derna-based Islamist group, declared its support for the Islamic State and its allegiance to Abu Bakr al Baghdadi as caliph.

SYRIA: US-led air strikes in northern Syria have failed to interrupt the advance of Islamic State fighters closing in on a key city on the Turkish border, raising questions about the western strategy for defeating the jihadi movement.

IRAQ: The Islamic State took control of Hit and Anbar province and attacked military headquarters in Ramadi and at Al Asad Airfield. The United States sent attack helicopters into combat against Islamic State targets west of Baghdad on Sunday, the first time low-flying Army aircraft have been committed to fighting in an engagement that the Obama administration officials has promised would not include “boots on the ground.”

A GIANT DOG wants A TINY KITTEN's attention.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: The "free range chicken of the trees" is the main talking point of a food festival in Gloucestershire.

MOSQUITOES think and act 100 times faster than you can.

A HORDE OF HUNGRY BULLFROGS invade along the Yellowstone River, eating nearly anything, including other bullfrogs.

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Big Star, The Hold Steady, Delta Spirit, Those Darlins, Cutout Bin, Cheetahs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, October 03, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with A BIG STAR TRIBUTE!  Also, a benefit for the Autism Think Tank. Jody Stephens, the only surviving original member of the influential 70's power pop  band,was joined by Big Star alums Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer (The Posies), Mike Mills (R.E.M.), Susanna Hoffs, Vicki & Debbi Petersen (The Bangles), Chris Stamey (The dB’s), Dean Wareham (Galaxie 500), Mitch Easter (Let's Active),  Ira Kaplan (Yo La Tengo), Aimee Mann, Pat Sansone (Wilco), Dan Wilson (Trip Shakespeare, Semisonic),Van Dyke Parks,  Pete Yorn, Grouplove, and more.  Highlights on the Tube include: "In The Street," "Don't Lie To Me," "The Ballad of El Goodo," "When My Baby's Beside Me," "The India Song," "Watch The Sunrise," "Give Me Another Chance," "Blue Moon," "Jesus Christ," "Femme Fatale," "Downs," "Dream Lover," "Thank You Friends," "I Am The Cosmos," "September Gurls," and "I'm In Love With A Girl."

THE HOLD STEADY stops by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set, including a selection Craig Finn describes as his favorite Hold Steady song.

DELTA SPIRIT plays a mini-set at KUTX.

THOSE DARLINS perform in the WNYC Soundcheck studio.

WHITE LACES is advance streaming Trance.

THE KINKS released their first LP in the UK 50 years ago yesterday, on the strength of the truly classic "You Really Got Me."

THE REPLACEMENTS and the Legacy of Let It Be.

U2's The Unforgettable Fire, turns 30 (get Off My Lawn); The Quietus reconsiders.

VASTI BUNYAN takes Drowned In Sound on a track-by-track tour of Heartleap.

THE WALKMEN's Walter Martin talks to SPIN about solo work and family life.

THE CUTOUT BIN: By popular demand, Rocktober kicks off with another special back-to-school special streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING:This weekend's wide releases are Annabelle, which is currently scoring 28 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Gone Girl, currently scoring 86 percent; and Left Behind, the faith-based Nicolas Cage flick that somehow is scoring 4 percent.

CHARLIE SHEEN is under investigation for assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly going nuts in a dental chair in a rock cocaine-fueled rage.  Charlie's lawyer Marty Singer calls the allegations “completely fabricated.” 

MILA KUNIS & ASHTON KUTCHER named their daughter Wyatt.

ZOE SALDANA is pregnant with twins.

HACKED CELEBS threaten to sue Google.

REAL FRAUDSTERS OF NEW JERSEY: Hours after her husband learned he would spend more than three years in prison, “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Teresa Giudice was sentenced to 15 months behind bars for her part in a bankruptcy and mortgage fraud scheme

NICHOLAS SPARKS is accused of being homophobic, anti-Semitic, and racist in a lawsuit filed by the former headmaster of a school Sparks founded.

TURKEY: The Parliament authorized the deployment of Turkish troops in Syria and Iraq and the temporary basing of foreign troops in Turkey; the opposition called the vote an attempt to curry favor with the West and topple the Assad regime, not a serious move against the Islamic State.

LIBYA: A double suicide car bombing attack on Saiqa special forces and Operation Dignity troops at Benghazi's Benina airbase has killed at least 12 people and wounded 60.

ISLAMIC STATE terrorists carried out mass executions, sold women into sex slavery and recruited child fighters, according to a United Nations report that paints a grim picture of the extremist group.

PAKISTAN: A mass of bombing attempts pointed to a concerted effort by militants to intensify their attacks on government targets.

BABY CHEETAHS: Let's go to the video.

TWO HYENAS encouraged to mate by the Maruyama Zoo in Japan, are both male. NTTAWWT.

THE PET ROOSTER hitched 112 miles.

A PERSISTENT BEAVER battles road crews in Kitsap County, Washington. Hey, nice beaver!

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Johnny Marr, the VU, Real Estate, the Baseball Project, Dog in Hot Tar   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, October 02, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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LUCINDA WILLIAMS played "Protection" with The Roots on the Tonight Show.

JOHNNY MARR is advance streaming Playland via Spotify.

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND is releasing a "lost album" as part of the super-deluxe reissue of the third LP. Meanwhile, there's always The Matrix Sampler.

REAL ESTATE's set at the Pitchfork Music Festival is online.

THE BASEBALL PROJECT:  Scott McCaughey, Steve Wynn, Peter Buck and Linda Pitmon drop by KEXP.

BENJAMIN BOOKER covers Otis Redding and Furry Lewis at Aquarium Drunkard.

STEVIE NICKS drops “Mabel Normand” and “Watch Chain” ahead of 24 Karat Gold: Songs From The Vault.

SHOCKING BLUE: She's your "Venus."

THE REPLACEMENTS' seminal Let It Be turns 30 today. Get Off My Lawn and read a classic 1986 inteview from Creem.

SPANDAU BALLET is reuniting. Gary Kemp talks aboutwhat the band meant to him with The Guardian.

LINDA THOMPSON writes about Leonard Cohen's Popular Problems. (Thx, LHB.)

GREIL MARCUS talks to Pitchfork about his new book, The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll in Ten Songs.

MILA KUNIS & ASHTON KUTCHER are the parents of a baby girl.

BRAD PITT says his family makes him the richest man alive. Much like George Bailey, if George Bailey also had millions upon millions of dollars.

ISLA FISHER & SACHA BARON COHEN are expecting their third child.

AMANDA BYNES was kicked out of fashion school.

TRACY MORGAN has relied upon a wheelchair and walker since his accident in June — and his career could be in jeopardy.

JUSTIN BIEBER mixed it up Tuesday with the paparazzi in Paris and appeared to throw a punch during the fracas.

TAYLOR SWIFT is the cover of November's British Vogue.

ETHAN HAWKE is reportedly now the lead candidate to play Marvel's Doctor Strange.

HONG KONG: As China marked its National Day Wednesday, a defiant gathering of thousands of people demanding deeper electoral reforms for the port city cast a shadow over Beijing’s celebration. How defiant? This defiant.

TURKEY: Prime Minister Erdogan said Turkey will fight the Islamic State "and all other terrorist organizations in the region." Turkey is planning to establish safe havens inside northern Syria to protect areas controlled by the Free Syrian Army and the Islamic Front. The government is also asking Parliamentary approval for deployment of Turkish troops abroad and allowing foreign troop deployments on Turkish territory.

IRAN plans to offer equipment to the Lebanese army to bolster its battle against jihadists, a senior Iranian official said on a visit to Beirut Tuesday.  

IRAQ: Politics are heating up amid the threat from the Islamic State. Meanwhile, the IS is selling ancient Iraqi artifacts in the black market to finance its military operations in the region, Iraqi and Western officials said. The terror group also now controls a large chunk of Iraq’s wheat supplies.

A DOG is rescued from a pool of hot tar.

A COYOTE is recovering after it got stuck in a bumper in north suburban Waukegan, IL.

A HERD OF DEER photobomb a wedding.

EINSTEIN the DOG is running for Mayor of Oakland.

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