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Tune-Yards, Stiff Little Fingers, Eccentric Soul, The Ducks   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

LA SERA drops a video for "Fall In Place."

TUNE-YARDS play a full set at DC's 9:30 Club.

STIFF LITTLE FINGERS is streaming their recent No Going Back, in support of a tour.

ECCENTRIC SOUL: CAPITAL CITY SOUL is advance streaming at Pitchfork.

ECCENTRIC SOUL: WAY OUT LABEL is advance streaming at Pitchfork.

RED RIDER: Younger folks may remember Tom Cochrane for telling us life is a highway, but "Lunatic Fringe" found his prior band featured on the Vision Quest soundtrack, delivering the pseudo-Floyd-goods.

THE ANTLERS: Peter Silberman talked to Morning Edition about conjuring monsters, demons and alter-egos on the new album Familiars — as well as what happened when fans of 2009's Hospice began coming to Silberman with their own stories of death and loss.

BJORK: Beginning in March, the Museum of Modern Art in New York will hold a full-scale retrospective of the Icelandic musician's works.

CHAD VanGAALEN tells PopMatters Shrink Dust is his country album.

TORI AMOS: Her 10 best songs, according to Stereogum.

SELENA GOMEZ threw a party that drew the police, coincidentally right after reuniting with Justin Bieber.

JENNIFER LOPEZ & MARC ANTHONY are officially single, and have an anti-paparazzi clause.

ROBERT PATTINSON & KATY PERRY caught canoodling?

TAYLOR SWIFT's palace was attacked with beer bottles.

TIM McGRAW talks about sobering up.

DESTINY'S CHILD reunites for one song.

UKRAINE: After Ukraine’s new president, Petro O. Poroshenko, told reporters in Kiev on Wednesday that he might soon order a temporary, unilateral cease-fire as part of a broader 14-point peace plan, it took all of several seconds for pro-Russian militants to rule it out.

VENEZUELA: American Airlines Group, the U.S. carrier with the most flights to Latin America, will reduce weekly trips to Venezuela to 10 from 48 because of an unresolved dispute over cash trapped there.

THE UNITED KINGDOM: Prime Minister Cameron warned that the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham threatens not only the Middle East but is also planning attacks on the UK. The ISIS is estimated to have up to 500 fighters from the UK.

SYRIA: The United States suggested on Tuesday that the global organization responsible for overseeing the ban on chemical weapons would have to take more assertive action than a simple condemnation concerning Syria, which will miss a June 30 deadline for the destruction of its chemical munitions and has been accused of using chlorine-gas bombs in its civil war.

IRAQ formally called on the United States to launch air strikes against jihadist militants who have seized several key cities. Pres Obama and congressional leaders believe he does not need authorization from Congress for some steps he might take to quell the al-Qaeda-inspired insurgency sweeping through Iraq, the Senate's top Republican and Capitol Hill aides said after the president briefed senior lawmakers Wednesday. Obama's decision-making on airstrikes has been complicated by intelligence gaps that resulted from the U.S. military withdrawal from Iraq in late 2011, which left the country largely off-limits to American operatives. In Baghdad, Sunnis are being forced from their neighborhoods, with Shiite militias painting X's on their homes.

THE DUCKS: Worthy of Hitchcock.

A RAVEN caused a power outage in Yellowknife and a forest fire outside the community Monday night in a series of unfortunate events, says the NWT Power Corporation.

BROWN BEARS love to stay at the WMCA.

CHIMPS gave early humans Herpes, in a trial run for Planet of the Apes.

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Lana Del Rey, Black Bananas, Austra, Aphex Twin, Game of Goats   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

BISHOP ALLEN drops a video for "Start Again."

LANA DEL REY is streaming Ultraviolence on Spotify.

BLACK BANANAS, a/k/a Royal Trux's Jennifer Herrema, is advance streaming Electric Brick Wall.

AUSTRA is advance streaming Habitat.

APHEX TWIN's lost 1994 album, Caustic Window, has surfaced online. Not really my thing, but the crowdfunded backstory is fun.

THE VASELINES drop “One Lost Year” ahead of V For Vaselines.

JULIA HOLTER covers the The Burt Bacharach/Hal David tune “Don’t Make Me Over” as a single.

THE MOLES drop “Beauty Queen Of Watts,” the first new music under that brand in 21 years. Click for the GbV connection.

HEAVEN'S JAIL drop "Mother Mary Madonna" ahead of Ace Called Zero.

EVERCLEAR: "A.M. Radio." Because my brother's Pinto said so.

HOW DAVID BOWIE SPENT 1974: The Record examines his first big reinvention.

SLOWDIVE: Neil halstead talks to Brooklyn Vegan about putting the band back together.

PAUL SIMON & EDIE BRICKELL will not be prosecuted for disorderly conduct.

THE BEST of 2014 (So Far), according to Stereogum. With Spotify playlists and streams galore.

BRIAN WILLIAMS: "Baby Got Back." It's his best work yet.

KANYE WEST says famed photographer Annie Leibovitz practically ruined his honeymoon with Kim Kardashian by not taking their wedding photo, which then took days to retouch. Boo. Hoo.

KOURTNEY KARDASHIAN threw Scott Disick out of their Hamptons summer rental.

JUSTIN BIEBER & SELENA GOMEZ: Together again.

TRACY MORGAN: Upgraded to "fair" condition following his multi-vehicle collision.

EMMA STONE & ANDREW GARFIELD use the paparazzi... to promote charities.

MIKE "THE SITUATION" SORRENTINO was arrested after a physical altercation at the Boca Tanning Salon in Middletown, New Jersey. Shocka.

SCOOBY-DOO is the latest film reboot. Ruh-roh.

UKRAINE: A major natural gas pipeline exploded in central Ukraine on Tuesday, a day after the Russian energy behemoth Gazprom said that it was cutting off supplies to Ukraine in a dispute over pricing, and officials immediately labeled it a possible act of sabotage. A Russian state TV journalist has been killed in a mortar attack near a village outside the east Ukrainian city of Luhansk.

LIBYA: U.S. Special Operations forces captured one of the suspected ringleaders of the terrorist attacks in Benghazi in a secret raid in Libya over the weekend. Mind you, journalists haven’t had trouble locating him since shortly after the attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

TURKEY: The Kurds of Iraq have the right to decide the future of their land, said Huseyin Celik, a spokesman for Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) on Friday.

IRAQ: ISIS moves on Baquba, the capital of Diyala province. Nearly 300 armed American forces are being positioned in and around Iraq to help secure U.S. assets. Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki broadcast a joint appeal for national unity on Tuesday with bitter Sunni critics of his Shi'ite-led government - a move that may help him win U.S. help against rampant Islamists threatening Baghdad. U.N. human rights chief Navi Pillay said on Monday forces allied with ISIL in northern Iraq had almost certainly committed war crimes by executing hundreds of non-combatant men over the past five days.

GAME OF GOATS: It's not TV, it's not HBO.

A DRUNKEN MOOSE had to be rescued from a pond after a drunken rampage through a Russian city.

A COW, stuck on a roof in Bern, Switzerland.

FRENCH RABBIT HEADS: They're what's for dinner in China.

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Lana Del Rey, Black Bananas, Austra, Aphex Twin, Game of Goats   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

BISHOP ALLEN drops a video for "Start Again."

LANA DEL REY is streaming Ultraviolence on Spotify.

BLACK BANANAS, a/k/a Royal Trux's Jennifer Herrema, is advance streaming Electric Brick Wall.

AUSTRA is advance streaming Habitat.

APHEX TWIN's lost 1994 album, Caustic Window, has surfaced online. Not really my thing, but the crowdfunded backstory is fun.

THE VASELINES drop “One Lost Year” ahead of V For Vaselines.

JULIA HOLTER covers the The Burt Bacharach/Hal David tune “Don’t Make Me Over” as a single.

THE MOLES drop “Beauty Queen Of Watts,” the first new music under that brand in 21 years. Click for the GbV connection.

HEAVEN'S JAIL drop "Mother Mary Madonna" ahead of Ace Called Zero.

EVERCLEAR: "A.M. Radio." Because my brother's Pinto said so.

HOW DAVID BOWIE SPENT 1974: The Record examines his first big reinvention.

SLOWDIVE: Neil halstead talks to Brooklyn Vegan about putting the band back together.

PAUL SIMON & EDIE BRICKELL will not be prosecuted for disorderly conduct.

THE BEST of 2014 (So Far), according to Stereogum. With Spotify playlists and streams galore.

BRIAN WILLIAMS: "Baby Got Back." It's his best work yet.

KANYE WEST says famed photographer Annie Leibovitz practically ruined his honeymoon with Kim Kardashian by not taking their wedding photo, which then took days to retouch. Boo. Hoo.

KOURTNEY KARDASHIAN threw Scott Disick out of their Hamptons summer rental.

JUSTIN BIEBER & SELENA GOMEZ: Together again.

TRACY MORGAN: Upgraded to "fair" condition following his multi-vehicle collision.

EMMA STONE & ANDREW GARFIELD use the paparazzi... to promote charities.

MIKE "THE SITUATION" SORRENTINO was arrested after a physical altercation at the Boca Tanning Salon in Middletown, New Jersey. Shocka.

SCOOBY-DOO is the latest film reboot. Ruh-roh.

UKRAINE: A major natural gas pipeline exploded in central Ukraine on Tuesday, a day after the Russian energy behemoth Gazprom said that it was cutting off supplies to Ukraine in a dispute over pricing, and officials immediately labeled it a possible act of sabotage. A Russian state TV journalist has been killed in a mortar attack near a village outside the east Ukrainian city of Luhansk.

LIBYA: U.S. Special Operations forces captured one of the suspected ringleaders of the terrorist attacks in Benghazi in a secret raid in Libya over the weekend. Mind you, journalists haven’t had trouble locating him since shortly after the attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

TURKEY: The Kurds of Iraq have the right to decide the future of their land, said Huseyin Celik, a spokesman for Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) on Friday.

IRAQ: ISIS moves on Baquba, the capital of Diyala province. Nearly 300 armed American forces are being positioned in and around Iraq to help secure U.S. assets. Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki broadcast a joint appeal for national unity on Tuesday with bitter Sunni critics of his Shi'ite-led government - a move that may help him win U.S. help against rampant Islamists threatening Baghdad. U.N. human rights chief Navi Pillay said on Monday forces allied with ISIL in northern Iraq had almost certainly committed war crimes by executing hundreds of non-combatant men over the past five days.

GAME OF GOATS: It's not TV, it's not HBO.

A DRUNKEN MOOSE had to be rescued from a pond after a drunken rampage through a Russian city.

A COW, stuck on a roof in Bern, Switzerland.

FRENCH RABBIT HEADS: They're what's for dinner in China.

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Sunny Day in Glasgow, Phox, Circulatory System, Hedgehog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

'SUMMER NIGHTS": The Grease classic, sung by  Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig, Boy George, Rufus Wainwright, Brent Carver, Steven Page, Brennan Hall, David Byrne, and Josh Groban.

A SUNNY DAY IN GLASGOW advance streams Sea When Absent.

PHOX is advance streaming their self-titled album.

CIRCULATORY SYSTEM is advance streaming Mosaics Within Mosaics.

YOUNG AND HEARTLESS is advance streaming their debut album, The Pull of Gravity.

TEEN SPIRIT drops “Teenage Heart,” the lead single from their upcoming Killing Time.

HONEYBLOOD drops “Super Rat" ahead of their self-titled LP.

MORRISSEY drops “The Bullfighter Dies" ahead of World Peace Is None Of Your Business.

CROWDED HOUSE, which hit the Top Ten twice in 1987 with "Don't Dream It's Over" and "Something So Strong," are your Twofer Tuesday.

GENESIS of a reunion?

AMERICAN ANALOG SET talks to Sloucher about the recent re-release of Know by Heart. (Thx, Frank Yang.)

THE THREE-CHORD MEDLEY: Pate used to meld "Louie, Louie," "Hang On Sloopy," "Best Friend's Girl," and even the above mentioned "Summer Nights" for laughs. NME lists 12 other songs thta do more with less.

ULTRA VIOLET: Isabelle Collin Dufresne, the French-born artist, actress and autho, the beauty among the superstars of Andy Warhol’s glory days at his studio, the Factory, died early Saturday morning at a Manhattan hospital. She was 78 and lived in Manhattan and in Nice, France.

HARRISON FORD will miss as many as eight weeks of filming on Star Wars: Episode VII after the actor broke his ankle on set.

JUSTIN BIEBER was expected to be charged with criminal vandalism Monday in connection with the egging case.

GWYNETH PALTROW & CHRIS MARTIN reconciling?

TERRY RICHARDSON: Artist or predator?

X-MEN: The next installment takes place in the Eighties.

UKRAINE: Russia cut off gas to Ukraine on Monday in a dispute over unpaid bills that could disrupt supplies to the rest of Europe and set back hopes for peace between the former Soviet neighbors.

VENEZUELAN funeral homes are struggling to find coffins, with production crimped by a shortage of brass, varnish and satin, complicating the process of burying the dead in one of the world’s most murderous countries.

PAKISTAN: As a full Pakistani military offensive in the tribal district of North Waziristan took shape on Monday, commanders promised a crushing blow to the jihadi groups that have flourished there in the past decade, spreading chaos in the region and posing a security threat to the West.

IRAQ: Sunni insurgents seized Tal Afar after heavy fighting, solidifying their grip on the north after a lightning offensive that threatens to dismember Iraq.The US and Iran could team up to legitimize an Iranian military presence in Iraq, Secretary of State John Kerry told Katie Couric. Hours later, the White House shot down that trial balloon. It's also not clear what Iran would want. The White House is considering sending a small number of American special forces soldiers to Iraq in an urgent attempt to help the government in Baghdad slow the nation's rampant Sunni insurgency, U.S. officials said Monday.

A HEDGEHOG licks a finger.

A RHINO and DONKEY, living together... mass hysteria!

AN ICELANDIC CAT accused of arson.

A HORSE, hanging out on a balcony.

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Frog Eyes, Phish, Strand of Oaks, Alex G, Elephant   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, June 16, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

FIRST AID KIT played "My Silver Lining" at the Ed Sullivan Theater.

FROG EYES advance streams Carey's Cold Spring.

PHISH is advance streaming Fuego.

STRAND OF OAKS is advance streaming Heal.

ALEX G is streaming the lo-fi DSU.

INVISIBLE FAMILIARS drop  “Clever Devil,” the A-side from the New York trio’s new 7-inch.

R.B. GREAVES: "Take a Letter, Maria."

CHRISSIE HYNDE is profiled by the Associated Press.

GOGOL BORDELLO: Eugene Hutz talks to PopMatters about his “singing heart”, why Russians’ literary traditions put them ahead of the Western curve as lyricists, and the paradoxical nature of introspection.

BJORK is battling against big business to defend Iceland's landscape.

ANDERS PARKER talks to Magnet about his influences, who are awesome.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: 22 Jump Street tops the chart with 60 million, much stronger than the original, the second-highest R-rated comedy opening ever, and about where projected. How to Train Your Dragon 2 places with 50 million, lower than projections--but then, the original opened soft at 43 million and there won't be an animated competitior until Planes: Fire and Rescue on July 18.  Maleficent shows with 19 million; the 45 percent drop (likely due to the Dragon training) is a concern, but this is still likely to profit.  Edge of Tomorrow, despite being good, takes the fourth slot with 16.2 million, and will need Tom Cruise's overseas fanbase to have a shot at the 500 million it likely needs to profit.  The Fault in Our Stars, last weekend's champ, rounds out the Top Five with 15.7 million; the 67 percent drop tells you this was frontloaded with fans of the book and Shailene Woodley, but 81 million domestic so far against a 12 million budget is money in the bank.

CASEY CASEM, a disc jockey who never claimed to love rock ’n’ roll but who built a long and lucrative career from it, creating and hosting one of radio’s most popular syndicated pop music shows, “American Top 40,” died on Sunday in a hospital in Gig Harbor, Wash. He was 82. He also voiced Shaggy on the Scooby-Doo cartoons. Time for a long distance dedication.

STAR WARS: Harrison Ford finally weighed in on the original controversy.

KELLY CLARKSON has given birth to her first child.

JENNA FISCHER and Lee Kirk have welcomed a baby girl into their growing family.

ANGELINA JOLIE was made an honorary Dame by Queen Elizabeth II.

LEONARDO DiCAPRIO wants nothing to do with Justin Bieber.

UKRAINE: The Ukrainian flag fluttered over the regional government headquarters in the strategic port city of Mariupol on Friday after government forces reclaimed the city from pro-Russian separatists in heavy fighting and said they had regained control of a long stretch of the border with Russia.

SYRIA's army has been pounding major bases of the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria in coordination with the Baghdad government for the last 24 hours, an activist group says Sunday.

IRAQ: Militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria boasted on Twitter that they had executed 1700 Iraqi government soldiers, posting gruesome photos to support their claim. A Shiite militia seized control of an Iraqi town Saturday, blunting the advance toward Baghdad of radical Sunni fighters in a sign that the widespread mobilization of paramilitary forces may be starting to have an impact. In Mosul, however, the removal of the Iraqi army by ISIS has been interpreted as a local victory; as a means of empowering Mosul residents against Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and the Shia dominated national government who they feel has kept their people “oppressed”. The American Embassy in Baghdad plans to evacuate a substantial number of its personnel this week.

A CHARGING ELEPHANT, stopped by Tor Bowling, a 27-year-old engineer from Chonburi, Thailand.

A COW on the lam in Baltimore.It didn't end well.

LUX THE CAT: Beyond the powers of the Cat Whisperer?

PIGEON MUSEUM opens in Oklahoma. Rechedule your vacation.

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