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Punxsutawney Phil, Richard Thompson, Yo La Tengo, Cutout Bin, Disabled Piglet   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, February 01, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



I got flowers...in the Spring...

First D.J.: "Rise and shine, campers and don't forget your booties 'cause it's cooooold out there today." Second D.J.: "It's cold out there every day. What is this, Miami Beach?" First D.J.: "Not hardly. So the big question o­n everybody's lips..." Second D.J.: "O­n their chapped lips..." First D.J.: "...their chapped lips is, 'Does Phil feel lucky?' Punxsatawney Phil! That's right, woodchuck chuckers it's...


Tomorrow, Punxsutawney Phil ---  the Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators, and Weather Prophet Extraordinary will predict whether we will have six more weeks of winter.  According to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, Phil has seen his shadow 97 times, and hasn't seen it (predicting an early spring) only 14 times.  Phil's track record is hotly disputed, though he's has had a pretty good run recently.  Nevertheless, thousands will await the sunrise and the groundhog at Gobbler's Knob in the tiny Pennsylvania hamlet that has become known as the "Weather Capital of the World," due in no small part to the movie that makes every day Groundhog Day.

This is o­ne time where the Internet really fails to capture the true excitement of a movie about a large squirrel predicting the weather. However, you can see the trailer as a refresher (while BuzzFeed compiles trivia).

In 2005, Roger Ebert revisited Groundhog Day, declaring that the film "finds its note and purpose so precisely that its genius may not be immediately noticeable. It unfolds so inevitably, is so entertaining, so apparently effortless, that you have to stand back and slap yourself before you see how good it really is."

At the other end of the political spectrum, Jonah Goldberg's equally effusive movie meditation grabbed the cover of National Review: "When I set out to write this article, I thought it'd be fun to do a quirky homage to an offbeat flick, o­ne I think is brilliant as both comedy and moral philosophy. But while doing what I intended to be cursory research -- how much reporting do you need for a review of a twelve-year-old movie that plays constantly o­n cable? -- I discovered that I wasn't alone in my interest. In the years since its release the film has been taken up by Jews, Catholics, Evangelicals, Hindus, Buddhists, Wiccans, and followers of the oppressed Chinese Falun Gong movement."

Indeed, a 2004 article mentioned by Ebert (but not linked) from London's Independent observes that the Harold Ramis comedy has been hailed by some religious leaders as the most spiritual film of all time. More examples can be found at the NYT and the Christian Science Monitor.

As Phil Connors ultimately observed: "When Chekhov saw the long winter, he saw a winter bleak and dark and bereft of hope. Yet we know that winter is just another step in the cycle of life. But standing here among the people of Punxsutawney and basking in the warmth of their hearths and hearts, I couldn't imagine a better fate than a long and lustrous winter."

ACCORDINGLY, we start off the weekend:

...with Sonny & Cher o­n Hullabaloo and famously o­n Letterman years later, plus UB40 with Chrissie Hynde, not to mention The Cynics (from the Bonograph tribute CD), and David Bowie & Marianne Faithfull. A bit more for Fivefer Friday.

UPDATE: Phil predicts an early Spring.

RICHARD THOMPSON rolled out new tracks from his upcoming LP on  Morning Becomes Eclectic

OF MONTREAL plays a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR. 

YOU LA TENGO stopped by the KEXP studio to showcase a few of Fade's breezy, ice-cool singles.

PINBACK played a taught and propulsive mini-set at KEXP.

DEPECHE MODE drops "Heaven," their first new music since 2009.

STEVE EARLE drops "Calico Country" ahead of The Low Highway.


DAVID BOWIE: Guitarist Earl Slick talks to Rolling Stone about the new songs, the possibility of a tour and his memories from the famously debauched Station to Station sessions. So let's revisit "Golden Years" and "Fame" circa 1975.

THE HISTORY OF APPLE PIE: Stephanie Min talks to DIY about the band's full-length debut, Out Of View.

TEGAN & SARA talk to Spinner about the more personal tone and commercial sound of Heartthrob.

DAVID LOWERY (CVB, Cracker) talks to Spinner about streaming music royalties.

EMMYLOU HARRIS was charged with hi-and-run after a freeway accident.

CUTOUT BIN: From the Sonics to Sonic Youth, from Dean Martin to David Bowie, from Japandroids to Josie & the Pussycats, plus Robyn Hitchcock, Buffalo Springfield, Shoes, Pavement  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 Warm Bodies, which is currently scoring 73 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Bullet To The Head, which is scoring 43 percent.

DAN MARINO knocked up a CBS Sports production assistant in 2004. Happy 28th wedding anniversary, Mrs. Marino.

LINDSAY LOHAN has a new baby brother.

BRADLEY COOPER has a foot fetish?

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER sex photo may fetch 150K.

SHARON STONE reportedly split from 27-year-old Martin Mica. Basic Instinct turns 21 in March.

PULP FICTION: Vanity Fair teases The Oral History.

SCTV: The A.V. Club lists 10 episodes making the case for the show as one of the greatest. Certainly, I have very fond memories of "Play It Again, Bob." But what really struck me about the piece is the degree to which the culture SCTV satirized -- from Bob Hope to Joey Heatherton to local horror movie shows to William F. Buckley to the Midnight Special -- no longer exists.

IRAN: The IAEA has warned its member states that Tehran has embarked on a modernization program of its uranium enrichment facilities that will speed up production of weapons-grade fissile material — by a factor of five. Nonproliferation expert Mark Fitzpatrick described the planned upgrade as a potential “game-changer.”

ISRAELI jets bombed a convoy near Syria's border with Lebanon. The convoy, believed to destined for Hezbollah, was carrying antiaircraft missiles but apparently not chemical weapons.

MALI: France said Islamist forces are "in disarray" as some had returned home and others had made a "tactical withdrawal" to a mountainous 96,000-square mile area east of Kidal. President Traore ruled out talks with Islamist groups but is willing to negotiate with the Tuareg MNLA if it gives up territorial demands and agrees to reintegrate into Mali.

LIBYA: The UN envoy warned that the conflict in Mali may spill over to Libya, and said 200000 fighters remain in "revolutionary brigades" in Libya. More than 20000 former revolutionary fighters are training for the police force. An estimated 15000 to 20000 personnel are needed to secure Benghazi.

EGYPT: Secular and Islamic groups met to try to defuse the political crisis. Protesters in Cairo rejected prosecutors' decision to arrest members of the Black Bloc group on terrorism charges. Islamist parties said Black Bloc members must be killed.

A DISABLED PIGLET pops wheelies just fine.

"GAY" DOG faces a death sentence in Tennessee.

MOUSE PATÉ is off the menu in Switzerland.

A GIANT EAGLE OWL has been causing a major flap in a Scottish city center by terrorizing passing pedestrians.

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Veronica Falls, Django Django, Soft Moon, Kitty & Hedgehog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


YO LA TENGO: The video for "I'll Be Around" features... Superchunk frontman Mac McCaughan.

VERONICA FALLS is advance streaming Waiting For Something To Happen.

DARKSTAR is advance streaming News From Nowhere.

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

THE SOFT MOON stopped by KEXP to showcase their neo-shoegaze sound.

JOHN HIATT: It's been a "Slow Turning."

RIOT GRRRL: The Quietus looks back across two decades at the liberating musical and political movement and assesses what its legacy is today.

AIMEE MANN talks to Wears the Trousers about her new album, the economics of the biz, and more. (Thx, LHB.)

FREELANCE WHALES: Chick Criss talks to the Village Voice about being indie and poor.

JIM JAMES has a new solo LP coming, but he is also talking about what's next for Monsters Of Folk and My Morning Jacket.

PATTI ANDREWS, the last surviving member of the Andrews Sisters trio, died of natural causes at her home in Los Angeles on Wednesday, according to her management. She was 94.


LINDSAY LOHAN flew back to L.A. for her court date, only to be rejected by a swanky hotel and mocked by the judge hearing her case.

JIM NABORS, a/k/a Gomer Pyle, married his longtime male partner early this month. Surprise, surprise, surprise...

ALEC BALDWIN and his yoga instructor wife, Hilaria Thomas, are reportedly expecting a baby.

ASHLEY JUDD and Dario Franchitti are splitting after more than a decade of marriage.


MANTI TE'O's fake dead girlfriend may be gay or something.

RON JEREMY was hospitalized following a heart aneurysm.

SAUDI ARABIA: The sheikh of the tribe which al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula deputy emir Said al Shihri belonged said the tribe would not bury the AQAP leader.

MALI: French and Malian troops secured the airport in Kidal. Islamist fighters had fled, offering no resistance.

FRANCE: The Interior Minister said France will deport several hardline imams who advocate global jihad, describing them as foreign-born Salafists who "target women, make remarks contrary to our values and refer to the need to fight against France."

TUNISIA: The government deployed special combat forces to areas near the Algerian and Libyan borders to protect Tunisia's oil and gas fields from terrorist attacks. Salafists continued their attacks on Sufi shrines, ransacking and desecrating the mausoleum of Sidi Ben Naji in Gafsa and the mausoleum of Sidi Baghdadi in Monastir, one day after the government announced plans to create a force to protect such sites.

ALGERIA: Acting on information from an al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb terrorist arrested in December 2012, authorities broke up an al Qaeda support cell in the Tiaret region on Monday.

EGYPT: The Holocaust was a U.S. intelligence hoax and the 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis actually moved to the United States, said Fathi Shihab-Eddim, a senior figure close to Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi responsible for appointing the editors of all state-run newspapers.


KITTY MEETS HEDGEHOG: Let's go to the video.

THAT CUDDLY KITTY Is Deadlier Than You Think.

KANGAROO DUNDEE left Sydney to open his own sanctuary in the Australian bush to care for more than 200 orphaned marsupials.

LION AND TIGER CUBS... snuggling together... Mass hysteria!

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Matt Pond, Guards, Dinosaur Jr, Monkey Snowsuit   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


GRIZZLY BEAR drops a video for "gun-shy" that may make some of you squirm.

MATT POND is advance streaming The Lives Inside the Lines in Your Hand.

GUARDS are advance streaming In Guards We Trust.

NIGHT BEDS is advance streaming Country Sleep.

DINOSAUR JR stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set. 

SURFER BLOOD drops "Weird Shapes" ahead of Pythons.

WAVVES drops "Demon To Lean On" ahead of Afraid Of Heights.

TALKING HEADS: A vintage clip of "Psycho Killer" from the OGWT.

LOCAL NATIVES and their upcoming LP are profiled by L.A. Weekly.

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS: Mike Cooley talks to Austin CultureMap about his solo album, how the internet changed the South and more. (Thx, LHB.)

FLEETWOOD MAC: The Telegraph examines their new popularity among the Millenial generation.

PETRA HADEN talks to Weekend Edition about going to the movies, musically.

LINDSAY LOHAN planned to skip a required court date, claiming illness... but pictures suggested otherwise. So she's hopping a plane for L.A.

CHRIS BROWN swears he didn't start Sunday night's violent brawl with Frank Ocean. A witness disagrees.

ANNE HATHAWAY reminds Oscar voters she had a run of bad boyfriends.


ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER: There are reports that an old photo of a “young Arnold” performing a sex act has come to light.

JAMIE-LYNN SIGLER is engaged to Washington Nationals infielder Cutter Dykstra.

JASON LONDON had a really bad evening in Arizona.

THE VANITY FAIR HOLLYWOOD ISSUE has a kinda boring cover this year.

DID IRAN really put a monkey in space? Experts are skeptical.

MALI: Britain is prepared to take the risk of sending a "sizeable amount" of troops to Mali and neighboring West African countries as David Cameron offers strong support to France in its operation to drive Islamist militants from its former colony.

NORTH KOREA: Google has rolled out a detailed map of one of the world's most secretive states, including everything from Pyongyang's subway stops to the country's several city-sized gulags.

AFGHANISTAN: Foreign troops would be willing to assist Afghan security personnel during the presidential vote, scheduled to be held in 2014, a spokesman for the NATO-led ISAF said.

A MONKEY IN A SNOW SUIT: Let's go to the video.

PYTHON CHALLENGE UPDATE: Florida's "Python Challenge" is more than halfway through, with more than three dozen Burmese pythons killed so far.

MIAMI-DADE POLICE DOG participates in the Science Fair.

COYOTE ALERT: Some Orange County, FL residents claim their pets are being threatened, and in some cases, disappearing.

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Sugarfoot RIP, New Releases, Frightened Rabbit, Eels, Dogs Skype   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PATE REUNION UPDATE:  I am excited to announce that Jon, Mike & Jon (and we hope Ron) will be retaking a stage somewhere near Iowa State University on July 5th, 2013, just one short decade after their last reunion gig.  Clear your calendar for something transcendent, a train wreck, or both!  If you're on the Facebook, check in with the event page.

LEROY "SUGARFOOT" BONNER, frontman for the hit-making funk music band the Ohio Players, has died. He was 69. Thus, we roll out "Love Rollercoaster" and "Fire" (which starts with a Munsters allusion) for Twofer Tuesday.

NEW RELEASES from Tegan & Sara, Adam & Binki, Eric Burdon, The History of Apple Pie, and more stream this week via Spinner.

FRIGHTENED RABBIT is advance streaming Pedestrian Verse.

EELS are advance streaming Wonderful, Glorious.

JESSIE WARE brings her British R & B to Morning Becomes Eclectic

THE BOOMTOWN RATS will perform at the Isle of Wight festival, playing together for the first time since 1986.  So let's roll out "Rat Trap" and "Someone's Looking At You" for Twofer Twofer Tuesday.

JIM JAMES of My Morning Jacket talks to Stereogum about his new solo LP and much more.

RADIOHEAD: Thom Yorke talks to Dazed and Confused about producers, inspiraion, writer's block and more. (Thx, LHB.)

ADAM ANT talks to All Things Considered about taking time off to be an actor and a parent, storyboarding his own music videos, struggling with bipolar disorder and moving from the U.K. to Los Angeles to rural Tennessee.

XTC: The Guardian features a vintage interview from Rock's Backpages.

LINDSAY LOHAN was freaked out by her sex scene in The Canyons, according to co-star James Deen.

CHRIS BROWN is under investigation of assaulting Frank Ocean over a parking space at a recording studio.

RICK ROSS crashed his Rolls-Royce while escaping gunfire.

ASHTON KUTCHER & MILA KUNIS are probably not moving to London.

JUSTIN BIEBER is singing about his split from Selena Gomez.

TAYE DIGGS single-handedly apprehended a guy who tried to break into his home after the SAG Awards.

BRADLEY COOPER denies rumors that he will play disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong in an upcoming J.J. Abrams-directed biopic.

PAUL GIAMATI may play The Rhino in the Spider-Man reboot sequel.

THE UNITED STATES military plans to establish an additional drone base in Africa, most likely in Niger, for better surveillance of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and affiliated groups in Africa's northwest.

FRANCE urged donor nations to honor pledges of support for a viable Syrian opposition, warning that delay raises the risk extremists will prevail in Syria.

MALI: Islamists fleeing Timbuktu torched a major historical library before French and Malian troops arrived.

BAHRAIN: Opposition groups said they are willing to open dialogue with the government over the country's long-running political crisis.

IRAN claims it launched a monkey into space.

EGYPT: Protesters and riot police clashed in Cairo and Port Said for a fifth day in spite of President Morsi's declaration of a state of emergency on Sunday; 50 people have died in the violence so far. Morsi's call for national dialogue was rejected by the main opposition alliance.

DOGS On Skype. My favorite part of this may be the dude in the background.

A CANCER-STRICKEN DOG feasts on an epic last meal.

A PENGUIN on the verge of a very bad day indeed.

A TORTOISE has been found alive in Brazil - after more than 30 years locked away in a storeroom.

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Richard Thompson, Jim James, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, Attack Goat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, January 28, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ICEAGE drops a video for "Ecstacy," the first single from the band’s forthcoming album, You’re Nothing.

RICHARD THOMPSON is advance strreaming Electric.

JIM JAMES is advance streaming Regions of Light and Sound of God.

THAO & THE GET DOWN STAY DOWN advance stream We The Common.

AMOR de DIAS is advance streaming The House at Sea.

MY BLOODY VALENTINE unveils a new song live and says a new LP could be due in 2 or 3 days.

THE FLAMING LIPS drop "Sun Blows Up Today," which will be featured on a Superbowl commercial for Hyundai.

EELS drops “I’m Your Brave Little Soldier" ahead of Wonderful, Glorious.

LEONARD COHEN plays "So Long, Marianne," circa 1979.

NEW ORDER: Bernard Sumner gives Spinner his version of Peter Hook's acrimonious departure.  Hooky gives The New York Times a glimpse of Joy Division, while the L.A. Times reviews his memoir. Stereogum ranks their 10 best songs.

FRIGHTENED RABBIT: Scott Hutchison talks to The Guardian about playing to a crowd of two, their label not knowing them, and more...

TINA TURNER will soon receive Swiss citizenship and will give up her US passport, Swiss media reported Friday.

GET OFF MY LAWN: Coachella edition.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: For the traditionally awful post-MLK weekend, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters tops the chart with 19 million. It was expected to clear 25 million, esp. given the 3-D premium -- but with a 50 million budget, the studio won't lose much.  Mama places with 12.9 million, but with a 48.6 million total against a 15 million budget.  Silver Linings Playbook holds the third slot with a leggy 10 million; it has made 69 million to date against a 15 million budget and could make 100 million if it takes home some Oscars.  Zero Dark Thirty slips past SLP to fourth place with 9.8 million; ZD30 has made just a bit more than SLP against a higher 40 million budget.  The debut of Parker rounds out the Top 5 with 7 million.  Below the fold, Django Unchained becomes the Weinstein Company's biggest film evah, with close to 200 million worldwide, while Movie 43 opened in seventh place with 5 million against a 6 million budget.

THE SAG AWARDS went to these folks, with the big win going (somewhat surprisingly) to Argo. Congrats.

KIM KARDASHIAN & KRIS HUMPHRIES: Did he turn down a 10 million dollar divorce settlement?  Or is she refusing to pay him a dime and demanding legal fees?

LIBERTY ROSS has filed for divorce from Rupert Sanders, after he got caught with Kristen Stewart.

MANTI TE'O Hoax mastermind Ronaiah Tuiasosopo's pretty young cousin played the part of “Lennay Kekua,” the fake girlfriend.

HEIDI KLUM table danced for Jay Leno.

TIGER WOODS... and Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn?

BURT REYNOLDS is leaving the ICU after battling a scary case of the flu this week.

AMANDA SEYFRIED talks to Indiewire about Lovelace and why Mean Girls is still her best work.

JUSTICE LEAGUE: Who will be left out of DC's answer to The Avengers?

THE COEN BROTHERS have released the first trailer for their upcoming folk-rock film Inside Llewyn Davis.

THE UNITED STATES Defense Department warned that threatened budget cuts would adversely affect the war in Afghanistan.

EGYPT: Pres. Morsi declared on Sunday a 30-day state of emergency and night curfew in the three Suez Canal provinces hit hardest by a wave of violence that has left more than 50 dead in three days.

MALI: French and Malian troops are securing Timbuktu; the Islamist fighters who have held it for months appear to have fled. Residents say the fleeing fighters dress as civilians and head for the Mauritanian border.

IRAN:  A senior official said Iran would consider any attack on Syria as an attack on itself.

SYRIA: As fighting continued over the strategically important city of Homs, the government brought in pro-regime militia to target civilians. Government troops attacked rebels in Damascus.

LIBYA: The Foreign Minister warned that extremists networking in the Sahel have an Afghan connection and recommended strict control of the Algeria-Mali border.

A GOAT takes on the media.

RABBITS Wreaking Havoc On Cars At DIA.

MELLOW MICE chewed into and nested in three bags of marijuana in the Wichita Police Department’s evidence and property building.

DUNG BEETLES can navigate using the starry sky and the glow from the Milky Way, new research shows.

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