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James Vincent McMorrow, You Blew It!, Wesley Stace, Micro-Pig   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, January 09, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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LEE RANALDO & THE DUST make a "Late Descent #2."

JAMES VINCENT McMORROW is streaming Post Tropical via iTunes.

YOU BLEW IT! advance streams Keep Doing What You're Doing.

WESLEY STACE, formerly John Wesley Harding, stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set. 

LILY & MADELEINE paly a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR offices.

HOSPITALITY launches "Rockets and Jets" ahead of their new album, Trouble.

SMOKEY ROBINSON & THE MIRACLES: "Tears of a Clown." Originally released in 1967, but it didn't become a hit until 1970. Sometimes, a hit takes time.

CARRIE BROWNSTEIN talked to Stereogum about her memoirs, Portlandia, and the future of Sleater-Kinney.

ST VINCENT: Annie Clark talks to All Songs Considered about the new LP, taking Ambien, running naked in the desert, etc.

DAVID BOWIE: NME listed 10 of his greatest achievements to celebrate his 66th birthday.

STREAMING RADIO: Indie musicians often hate the (lack of) payments, but Spotify and Pandora are lifting independent artists onto the charts with growing regularity, music industry statistics show. 

LINDSAY LOHAN is trying to recover a laptop computer that disappeared in Shanghai. Apparently, there are some naked photos on it.

STEVIE NICKS talks to US Weekly about shooting American Horror Story, John Mc Vie's health, Katy Perry and John Mayer, and more.

MERYL STREEP, who just shot a movie for Disney, savaged Walt Disney in a speech at the National Board of Review Awards.  She also lauded Emma Thompson (whom Streep was introducing) for not making things all about herself.

MARGOT ROBBIE (The Wolf of Wall Street) warns us against making love on a pile of cash.

JANE LYNCH settled her divorce case.

JUSTIN BIEBER & SELENA GOMEZ went camping, sort of, over the weekend.

MADONNA is now dating one of her backup dancers, who happens to be 26 years old. Shocka.

AL QAEDA continues to grow in the Middle East.

SAUDI ARABIA has become the main backer of the Syrian rebels, including many hard-line Islamists who often fight alongside militants loyal to Al Qaeda.

EGYPT: The trial of former president Mohammed Morsi was postponed due to bad weather.

A MICRO-PIG works out on the treadmill.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: An Arlington, VA apartment complex declares war on squirrels and squirrel sympathizers.

A FROG freezes solid whilesearching for a mate on an icy Norwegian lake.

CROCODILES beat the heat by invading a Queensland swimming pool.

 

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Barrence Whitfield, Hiss Golden Messenger, Drive-By Truckers, Dog Siren   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS played "Lariat" and "Stck Figures In Love" for Fallon.

BARRENCE WHITFIELD & THE SAVAGES stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER advance streams Bad Debt.

PAINTED PALMS advance stream Forever.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from St Vincent, Springsteen, I Break Horses and more highlight the latest edition.

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS drop "Pauline Hawkins" ahead of English Oceans.

PLUS/MINUS returns with “The Space Between Us,”ahead of Jumping The Tracks.

THE SMITHEREENS: "Behind The Wall Of Sleep", Live on TheTube, 1987.

CONOR OBERST, frontman of Bright Eyes, responds to anonymous rape allegations.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle explains to Fast Company how he writes narratives, eschews outlining, and lets themes emerge by themselves. (Thx, LHB.)

THE FLAMING LIPS: Wayne Coyne loves Miley Cyrus and dismisses Bob Dylan at Rolling Stone.

THE EURYTHMICS are reuniting for a Grammy Tribute to the Beatles, which will air on the aniversary of the Fabs' seminal Ed Sullivan Show appearance.

CHARLIE SHEEN joked on Twitter about marring a adult film actress Brett Rossi to freak out his ex.

LINDSAY VONN announced she will not compete in the Sochi Olympics due to a knee injury.

JAKE GYLLENHAAL & ALYSSA MILLER have split after nearly six months of dating.

JERRY SEINFELD did a Reddit Ask Me Anything.

LILY TOMLIN married Jane Wagner after 42 years together.

THE DIRECTORS GUILD of AMERICA announced the nominees for its feature film awards.

STEVEN SPIELBERG is circling an epic about Montezuma and Cortez, with Steve Zaillian reworking a 50-year-old script by once-blacklisted Dalton Trumbo (Spartacus).

RUN RUN SHAW, the Hong Kong media mogul and philanthropist whose movie studio exported Chinese cinema to a global audience in the 1960s, has died. He was 106. His films were a big influence on Quentin Tarantino.

THE TOP 5 F-BOMB FILMS, according to the New York Post.

SYRIA: The head of the Al Nusrah Front called for a ceasefire between the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham and clashing rebel groups in Syria, the creation of an independent Islamic council to mediate disputes, and the exchange of prisoners. An opposition activist group said that 274 people have been killed in four days' fighting between ISIS and rebel groups, including at least 99 ISIS fighters, of whom 34 were executed by rebels. The activist group also claimed that regime airstrikes in Aleppo have killed over 600 people in the last three weeks.

EGYPT: Influential Qatar-based cleric Yusuf al Qaradawi issued a fatwa banning participation in Egypt's upcoming constitutional referendum.

IRAQ: The stunning conquest of Fallujah and Ramadi by al Qaeda fighters highlights Washington's refusal to provide Baghdad with the F-16s and Apache attack helicopters that could turn the tide in the bloody fight to recapture the key cities.

A DOG imitates a police siren.

WHAT YOUR CAT IS THINKING: The New York Times is on it.

THAT SCORPION was b-a-n-a-n-a-s.

CATTLE RUSTLERS gonna need a bigger car trunk.

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Grizzly Bear, Big Ups, Ron Sexsmith, Onesie Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, January 07, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS drop a video for "Stranger to My Happiness."

GRIZZLY BEAR: Watch the final show of the Shields tour in full.

BIG UPS are advance streaming Eighteen Hours Of Static.

RON SEXSMITH played a mini-set for World Cafe's "Sense of Place" series.

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

ST VINCENT drops "Digital Witness" ahead of her self-titled third LP.

TALKING HEADS: "Theme," a previously unheard 1976 instrumental, surfaces online.

LOVE TRACTOR plows through "Paint" and "Fun To Be Happy" in Athens, GA, circa 1983, for an instrumental Twofer Tuesday.

STEPHEN MALKMUS talks to BuzzFeed about how his taste in music has changed over the years, and how he made his new album, Wig Out At Jagbags.

THE AVETT BROS' acendency is essayed by Rolling Stone. Is it a thinkpiece?

THE KINKS: A reunion is closer than ever, says Ray Davies.

THE PITCHFORK READERS POLL of 2013.

MILEY CYRUS: Kellan Lutz denies dating rumors, concidental to the opening of his Hercules movie.

DREW BARRYMORE talks to Marie Claire about her estrangement from her mother, seders, and more.

EMMA WATSON has split from her long-term boyfriend.

EMMA ROBERTS got engaged to boyfriend Evan Peters.

LINDSAY LOHAN may not be writing a tell-all, but her mother reportedly is.

STEVEN SEAGAL is considering a run for the Arizona governor's office.

LARRY D. MANN, who voiced Yukon Cornelius in the animated Christmas favorite Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, has died. He was 91.

THE UNITED STATES: A judge sentenced an American woman who called herself Jihad Jane to 10 years in prison - at least a decade less than prosecutors had sought for her role in a failed plot to kill a Swedish artist who had depicted the head of the Muslim Prophet Mohammad on a dog.

SAUDI ARABIA and other Gulf states are funding Armies elsewhere in the Middle East.

IRAQ: Al Qaeda gunmen seeking to form a radical Islamic state out of the chaos of Syria's civil war are fighting hard to reconquer the province they once controlled in neighboring Iraq, stirring fears the conflict is exporting ever more instability.

A DOG in a BATMAN ONESIE: Let's go to the video.

JASPER THE TABBY disappears for weeks at a time, by taking public transportation.

A DOG rescued treading water had been missing for two years. That's stamina.

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: A two-headed calf.

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Phil Everly RIP, Springsteen, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Wind-Up Pug   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, January 06, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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PHIL EVERLY, whose hits with his older brother, Don, as the Everly Brothers were models to generations of rock vocal harmonies for the Beatles, Linda Ronstadt, Simon and Garfunkel and many others, died Friday from complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 75. In 2013, younger musicians released two albums of Everly Brothers songs: What the Brothers Sang by Dawn McCarthy and Bonnie Prince Billy (the indie rocker Will Oldham), and Foreverly by Norah Jones and Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, a remake of every song on Songs Our Daddy Taught Us. Don released a statement, of course. Tributes poured in, including tweets from the accounts of Brian Wilson and Johnny Ramone.  The Rolling Stone obit is also pretty good, as is this essay at the L.A. Times.  The Everlys' hits included "Bye Bye Love," "Wake Up, Little Susie," "All I Have to Do is Dream," "Gone Gone Gone," "When Will I Be Loved," "'Til Kissed You," "Love Hurts," and "Bowling Green," which was their last time on the Billboard Hot 100 for many years to come.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN is advance streaming High Hopes.

SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS advance stream Give the People What They Want. Oh, yes.

DAMIEN JURADO is advance streaming Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son.

ROSEANNE CASH advance streams The River & The Thread.

THE PIXIES drop EP-2, available exclusively through the band. Plus, a video at the link.

BRITT DANIEL: The Spoon frontman covers Shelley Fabares' "Love Letters."

R.E.M.: Michael Stipe just had a birthday, and given the other news of the weekend, I picked "All I Have to Do Is Dream" from Athens, GA - Inside/Out, a soundtrack I played on the radio at the time.

PAUL SIMON: "All of the hits I had were pretty oddball."

ARCADE FIRE: Rainn Wilson interviews Win Butler in the back of a van.

NOTABLE UPCOMING LPs of 2014, according to All Things Considered.

SAUL ZAENTZ, who parlayed a successful career in the music business (Including tormenting CCR frontman John Fogerty) into a Oscar-winning second act as an independent movie producer, died Friday at his home in the San Francisco area from complications of Alzheimer's.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Frozen climbs back to the top of the chart with 20.7 million, in a phenomenally leggy performance. It now has a 297.8 million domestic box office, and will likely dethrone The Lion King (312.9 million) as Disney's biggest-grossing, non-Pixar animated first run. Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones places with 18 million against a 5 million budget for what is more a spinoff than sequel. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug shows with 16.3 million, on a sizable 44 percent drop roughly matching the trajectory of the first Hobbit installment and thus decreasing the odds this one will clear a billion worldwide.  Competing for the same demographic, The Wolf of Wall Street (13.4 million) looks to edge American Hustle (13.2 million) for the fourth slot, though this could change when estimates become actuals.The difference is that American Hustle cost much less (40 million) to produce than the Wolf (100 million), and is thus more likely to reap profits, even after creative accounting.  Below the fold, Anchorman 2 and Saving Mr Banks continued to do strong biz. Walter Mitty struggles, but may get bailed out overseas, where it's playing pretty well.

KE$HA has gone to rehab for an eating disorder.

MILA KUNIS & ASHTON KUTCHER obliged Kiss-Cam at a Lakers game.

JUSTIN BIEBER & SELENA GOMEZ, together again... on Segways.

PAUL WALKER will appear in the next Fast & Furious, a franchise planned to continue after his death.

LACEY CHABERT tied the knot with her longtime boyfriend. That is so fetch.

THE YOUNG & RESTLESS: Michael Muhney was fired last month after one of his co-stars complained of groping incidents.

THE WORLD'S LOSERS of 2013, according to Walter Russell Mead.

EGYPT: The government said it planned to confront the Muslim Brotherhood with "full force."

IRAQ: The Iraqi army shelled Falluja on Saturday in an effort to clear out al Qaeda-linked fighters amid dueling claims by the terror group and government forces about just who was in control of the flashpoint city in the Anbar province. Secretary of State Kerry said the US is not contemplating sending troops to Iraq to fight al Qaeda, and added that although the US could help Iraq, the fight was Iraq's.

POWER VACUUM: The bloodshed that has engulfed Iraq, Lebanon and Syria in the past two weeks exposes something new and destabilizing: the emergence of a post-American Middle East in which no broker has the power, or the will, to contain the region's sectarian hatreds.

A WIND-UP PUG, courtesy of America's Funniest Videos.

SHARKS tracked by Twitter. Gonna need a bigger social network.

LION ON THE LAM nabbed in Florida.

DEAD GOLDFISH blamed for a late tax return. Good luck with that.

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The Pretenders, The National, Grant Hart, Yo La Tengo, Cutout Bin, Wild Turkey   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, January 03, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

....wtih THE PRETENDERS! Circa 1981, via one of Pate's two fab drummers, Jon Hahn.  Your setlist includes "The Wait," "The Adultress," "Message of Love/Louie Louie," "Talk of the Town," "English Roses," "Birds of Paradise," "Kid," "Stop Your Sobbing," "Private Life," "Day After Day," "Jealous Dogs, " Up the Neck," "Tattooed Love Boys," "Bad Boys Get Spanked," "Precious," and "Brass In Pocket/MysteryAchievement."

THE NATIONAL plays a set at the UBS Forum in this January-doldrums encore link.

GRANT HART stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set in this January-doldrums encore link.

TELEKINESIS stopped by KEXP in this January-doldrums encore link.

YO LA TENGO stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic in this January-doldrums encore link.

BAY CITY ROLLERS: The immortal genius of "S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y... NIGHT!"

BOZ BOORER, Morrissey’s musical right-hand man, talks to Las Vegas Weekly. (Thx, LHB.)

THE CULT: Ian Astbury talks to Esquire, also about Morrissey, plus the death of the rock star, and more.

WHITE DENIM:  James Petralli talks to Drowned In Sound about fatherhood, Texas Music, and wanting recognition.

FIVE FICTIONAL BANDS of Dubious Quality

CUTOUT BIN: From Foxygen to the Rolling Stones, from Della Reese to Lloyd Cole, from the Costers to Wilco, plus the Walkmen, King Floyd, the Nerves, Sppon and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones is this weekend's wide release, currently unscreened for critics. Shocka.

MILEY CYRUS furiously denies dissing Beyonce.

CAMERON DIAZ advises women on personal grooming, iykwimaittyd.

BRITNEY SPEARS put her boyfriend on a leash. Literally.

SHIA LaBEOUF aplogizes to Daniel Klowes for plagarism via skywriting...in the wrong city.

KATE WINSLET talks to Glamour UK about being a working mum, the perils of Hollywood and why she still thinks acting is scary.

THE BEST FILM SOUNDTRACK MOMENTS of 2013, according to Stereogum.

SYRIA: The Syrian National Coalition charged that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham is linked to the Assad regime and serves its interests.

LEBANON: A car bombing in Beirut killed four people and wounded 77; a Hezbollah official said the attack took place just meters from the party's political council.

EGYPT: A tinderbox that could ignite with any spark, entirely derailing the political process and converting Egypt’s episodic tumult into severe instability. What might that spark be?

IRAQ: The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham has taken over large areas of the cities of Ramadi and Fallujah; a police chief was killed during clashes in Ramadi.

WILD TURKEY vs FEDEX DRIVER: Who you got?

DOGS apparently align themselves along the magnetic north-south axis before they defecate.

BEE THIEVES made off with a hibernating hive of 20 to 60 thousand.

WRIGLEY THE DOG reenacts classic movie scenes.

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