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Leonard Cohen, Mr Twin Sister, Alt J, Lee Bains III, Skunk vs Puppy   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JACK WHITE shows off his new haircut in "Would You Fight For My Love?"

LEONARD COHEN advance streams his 13th studio album, Popular Problems.

MR TWIN SISTER advance streams their self-titled album.

ALT J advance streams This Is All Yours via Spotify.

LEE BAINS III & THE GLORY FIRES stopped by World Cafe for a mini-set.

JULIANA HATFIELD: The autumnal "My Sister" and the Blake Babies' cover of "Temptation Eyes" for Twofer Tuesday.

U2 manager Guy Oseary tells Mashable that iTunes users don't like getting a free album, they can always delete it. There's an app for that.  It's worked out well for the band: At one point Thursday afternoon, 26 U2 titles charted simultaneously on iTunes top 200 albums rankings.

BOB GELDOF & DAVID BOWIE are against Scottish indepenfence.  Billy Bragg and Annie Lennox are for it.

ROBIN THICKE tries to blame "Blurred Lines" on Pharrell Williams and Vicodin in the litigation with Marvin Gaye's family.

XTC, ranked by Stereogum. Wrongly.

THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY (Pt 1) has a trailer online.

ADRIAN PETERSON is under investigation for a second child abuse case involving one of his other children.

ROSIE O'DONNELL returned to The View, promising, “Everything’s real this year! If we say it, it’s actually true!” She later mused that perhaps the problem of domestic violence amongst NFL players comes from not being able to separate the violence inherent in their profession from their day-to-day lives. The statistics suggest otherwise.

KANYE WEST says he's not apologizing for refusing to perform until a wheelchair-bound concertgoer stood; he's the real vitim, of course.

LINDSAY LOHAN is lying when she says she had to roll Whitney Houston's body bag at the L.A. County Morgue ... because Whitney was never in a body bag.

SEAN PARKER and his wife, Alexandra, are expecting their second child.

DJANGO UNCHAINED actress Daniele Watts, who claimed she was harassed and hurt by cops after making out with her boyfriend, was actually having sex in her car according to witnesses ... then went on a rant with cops accusing them of racism and not knowing who she was.

UKRAINE: President Petro Poroshenko on Monday proposed a series of major concessions to end the uprising by pro-Russian rebels in restive eastern Ukraine, offering the separatists a broad amnesty and special self-governance status for territories they occupy.

THE ISLAMIC STATE: Secretary of State John Kerry made clear during a roundtable with reporters in Paris that the US is open to communicating with both Iran and Syria on their shared concerns regarding the ISIS extremist group, although he insisted it's not "coordinating" with either of them.  Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei tweeted that Iran will not cooperate. Except that Iran is a major player on the ground.  Former CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden on Sunday said he predicts there could be nearly 5,000 U.S. personnel on the ground overseas by the end of the year to fight the Islamic State. The White House on Monday disputed reports that a group of moderate Syrian rebels -- part of the larger coalition that President Barack Obama wants to help fight the Islamic State -- struck a non-aggression pact with the Islamic State. Thirty foreign leaders have committed their countries to fighting IS in Iraq, but the Arab countries in particular are exercising extreme caution.

PUPPY vs SKUNK: Who you got?

A MINIATURE HORSE delayed small claims proceedings.

A DEAD LION was found in a restaurant's freezer during an inspection by environmental health officers in West Sussex.


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Replacements, Tweedy, Perfume Genius, Sondre Lerche, King Tuff, Bat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, September 15, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE REPLACEMENTS dusted off "Unsatisfied" and "Skyway" for their first hometown gig in 23 years.  ISU Daily alumni, including Pat Beach, Mark Flora, and Finn Bullers represented. The Current has some pics.

TWEEDY is advance streaming Sukierae.

PERFUME GENIUS is advance streaming Too Bright.

SONDRE LERCHE is advance streaming Please.

KING TUFF is advance streaming Black Moon Spell.

MILEY CYRUS covers Led Zeppelin's  “Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You." Really.

THE DEAD MILKMEN return with the title track of Pretty Music For Pretty People.

CHRISSIE HYNDE talks to The Guardian about playing a horse, being a single mother and why she loves Jeremy Paxman.

OWEN PALLETT talks about his latest LP and songwriting with The Rumpus.

DO YOU EVER Just Get Sick Of Music?


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: No Good Deed tops the chart with 24.5 million, another Screen gems mid-September special, boosted by the presence of Idris Elba. Director Will Packer has made 10 films for Screen Gems; only one has lost money, and this one doesn't look like the second.  Dolphin Tale 2 places with 16.6 million, as it's the first new family pic to open since early August. That's a bit worse than the original, butmay still make a profit if it's near as leggy as the original.  Guardians of the Galaxy drops back out of the top slt to show with 8 million, which is still above the consensus projection for this weekend.  GotG also broke the 300 million mark (600+ million in total) and stands an excellent chance of becoming marve's 3rd biggest, behind The Avengers and Iron Man 3Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is also leggy with another 4.8 million in the fourth slot.  Let's Be Cops also clings to the bottom of the Top 5 with another 4.3 million. The Drop's near-wide debut was enough to land in sixth place, which is alright for a more serious movie.  All in all, pretty typical mid-September behavior at the box office.

KANYE WEST demanded fans at his Melbourne show on Wednesday stand up, then realized at least one was in a wheelchair and another was wavbing a prosthetic limb. He's the Joe Biden of rap.

JAY Z & BEYONCE: Pregnant again?

LAUREN CONRAD and William Tell have officially tied the knot.

MARTHA STEWART thinks GQYNETH PALTROW should shut up and stick to acting.

DJANGO UNCHAINED actress Danièle Watts says she was accosted by police and handcuffed on Thursday in Los Angeles after being mistaken for a prostitute.

LINDSAY LOHAN claims her reality show forced her overseas?

ADRIAN PETERSEN was indicted for child abuse and deactivated for Sunday's game against the Patriots.

UKRAINE: NATO ountries have started delivering arms to Ukraine to help its soldiers fight pro-Russian separatists in the east.

NORTH KOREA sentenced one of the three Americans known to be held in the country to six years of hard labor for committing “hostile acts” against the North.

THE ISLAMIC STATE executed British aid worker David Haines. Prime Minister Cameron vowed that Britain will hunt down the Islamic State killers. Meanwhile, ISIS and "moderate" Syrian rebels  reportedly struck a cease-fire deal on Friday. Also, Islamic State militants, who once relied on wealthy Persian Gulf donors for money, have become a self-sustaining financial juggernaut.

THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD: Leaders of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood exiled in Qatar will leave the Gulf country after it came under enormous pressure to cut support for the Islamist group, a Brotherhood official said.

SYRIA: While the Islamic State group is getting the most attention now, another band of extremists in Syria - a mix of hardened jihadis from Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria and Europe - poses a more direct and imminent threat to the United States, working with Yemeni bomb-makers to target U.S. aviation, American officials say.

A RABIT BAT attacks a folkie.

A MAN-EATING LEOPARD in India is targeting drunks as they stumble home in the dark.

DANGEROUS GIANT SNAILS are targeted by the Florida Department of Agriculture.

A COW gives a cat a tongue bath... mass hysteria!

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ELO, New Pronographers, Jayhawks, Tori Amos, St Paul, Cutout Bin   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, September 12, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


...with the ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA. Live at Fusion, circa 1976.  Your set list includes: "Poker," "Nightrider," "Showdown," "Eldorado Overture," "Can't Get It Out Of My Head," " Poor Boy (The Greenwood)," "Illusions In G Major," "Strange Magic," "10538 Overture," "Do Ya," "Evil Woman," "Ma-Ma-Ma Belle," and "Roll Over Beethoven."

THE NEW PR0NOGRAPHERS, Live at the Brill Building, where a fair amount of America's most popular music was written.

THE JAYHAWKS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

TORI AMOS played World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.

ST PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES performed a rollicking set of live music for a crowd of WFUV Marquee members.

LUCINDA WILLIAMS offers "Protection" ahead of Down Where the Spirit Meets The Bone.

PARQUET COURTS & FUTURE PUNX drop a split single.

THE LAST SHADOW PUPPETS are "Standing Next to Me."

KAREN O talks to Pitchfork about the soundtrack of her life.

CANDI STATON talks to The Guardian about her legendary career.

THE MERCURY PRIZE nominations are out

ELVIS COSTELLO & WEIRD AL YANKOVIC join The Who, R.E.M., Aerosmith, James Brown, Tom Jones & others as Simpsons action figures.

THE CUTOUT BIN: By popular demand, it's another special back-to-school edition streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING:This weekend's wide releases include: Dolphin Tale 2, which is currently scoring 73 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; No Good Deed, which was not screened for critics; and The Drop, which opens near-wide scoring 78 percent.

RAY RICE told NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on June 16 that he punched his then-fiancee in a casino elevator, four sources have told ESPN's "Outside the Lines," an assertion that contradicts Goodell's statement this week that "when we met with Ray Rice and his representatives, it was ambiguous about what actually happened."

KANYE WEST was taken to the hospital in Australia on Wednesday, but he's alright, as Kanye goes. He had a migraine.

JOAN RIVERS: Here's Melissa's eulogy.  Also, Hugh Jackman told Jimmy Fallon that the late Joan Rivers had asked him to perform at her funeral, long before she passed away. The surgery clinic where Joan Rivers' heart stopped beating is calling BS on a report suggesting her death was caused by a biopsy that should have only been performed at a hospital.

KHLOE KARDASHIAN has called it quits with rapper French Montana ... because she still hasn't fully recovered from her disastrous breakup with Lamar Odom.

MARRED...WITH CHILDREN is getting...a spinoff.

THE UNITED KINGDOM: Defence Secretary Hammond said after consulting with his German counterpart that the UK will not be taking part in any airstrikes in Syria, as that was ruled out last year. The Prime Minister's office maintained, however, that regarding the use of air power and the like in Syria, "nothing has been ruled out," and said Hammond had been referring to strikes against the Assad regime.

FRANCE: Foreign Minister Fabius said France wants to participate in the airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria. Yesterday France had expressed willingness to "participate, if necessary, in military air action" in Iraq.

GERMANY: Foreign Minister Steinmeier said Germany would not be participating in airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria, and also said his country had not been asked to do so.

RUSSIA has warned that US air strikes against militants in Syria would be a "gross violation" of international law.

THE UNITED STATES signed up Arab allies on Thursday to a "coordinated military campaign" against Islamic State fighters, a major step in building regional support for President Barack Obama's plan to strike both sides of the Syrian-Iraqi frontier.

THE ISLAMIC STATE: A CIA spokesman says a new intelligence assessment estimates that the Islamic State group can muster between 20,000 and 31,500 fighters across Iraq and Syria, up from a previous figure of 10,000.

BRETAGNE is believed to be the last surviving search dog who worked at Ground Zero in New York City after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

50 FROZEN CATS weren't the wrost thing found in a Greenacers, FL home.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A militant rodent made off with some students' drugs.


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The Replacements, Generationals, Rosebuds, Haley Bonar, Baby Bear   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE REPLACEMENTS: Paul and Tommy played "Alex Chilton" on The Tonight Show, returning to the Peacock after getting banned from SNL.  Lorne Michaels only held that grudge for 28 years.  BONUS: Here are those infamous performances of "B^astards of Young" and "Kiss Me on the Bus."

THE GENERATIONALS are advance streaming Alix.

THE ROSEBUDS perform in the KEXP studio.

THE MURDER CITY DEVILS shake the KEXP walls with a live in-studio performance.

HALEY BONAR plays live at the Minnesota State Fair.

ARTHUR BROWN is the god of hellfire... and he brings you "Fire!" It's a crazy world.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS' John darnielle has a novel published; io9 has an excerpt.

ALT J: Keyboardist Gus Unger-Hamilton talks to Stereogum about making their new LP, sampling Miley Cyrus, and soldiering on as a trio.

THE REPLACEMENTS, played for someone who's never heard them.


GWYNETH PALTROW reportedly is converting to Judaism.

RAY RICE: A law enforcement official says he sent a video of Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee to an NFL executive three months ago, while league officers have insisted they didn't see the violent images until this week.

JOAN RIVERS underwent an unplanned throat biopsy that reportedly cut off her air supply.

TAYLOR SWIFT believes Katy Perry is a thief, which is the reported basis of their feud.

LIV TYLER is expecting her second child.

SHIA LeBEOUF admitted guilt in is disorderly conduct case.

RICHARD KIEL, best known for his role as the Bond villain "Jaws" in the 007 movies The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker, has died at 74.

9/11: The first five minutes of CNN coverage. I came out of the shower, saw the second plane hit on NBC, and knew had had to contact my boss, whose daughter lived in NYC. There is still a lot of crazy stuff going on around the country and the world as a result, so consider taking a moment to watch and remember

RUSSIA carried out a successful test of its new Bulava intercontinental nuclear missile on Wednesday and will perform two more test launches in October and November, the head of its naval forces said.

LIBYA: Islamist militias continued their onslaught in Warshefana in an attempt to capture it; at least 43 people, mainly civilians, have been killed by shelling since Sept. 7.

THE ISLAMIC STATE: President Obama announced the United States will lead a “broad coalition” to defeat the Islamic State "wherever they exist"  through air strikes and support for military partners on the ground.

IRAQ: The NYT's Baghdad bureau chief recently did a Reddit Ask Me Anything, in which he stated that "after 2011 the administration basically ignored the country, and when officials spoke about what was happening there they were often ignorant of the reality."

A BABY BEAR makes for an unusual golf hazard.

AN ANCIENT SWAMP PIG with a huge pout has been named after Mick Jagger. No word on its moves.

KING LEO the CAT looks to shed some of his 23 pounds.

MUTANT BACTERIA thrives on radioactive waste

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Justin Townes Earle, Lees of Memory, Blake Mills, So Cow, Rabbit Island   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SPOON went "Inside Out" for Letterman.

JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

THE LEES OF MEMORY advance stream Sisyphus Says.

BLAKE MILLS advance streams Heigh Ho.

SO COW advance streams The Long Con.

THE HUSSY drops "EZ/PZ".

THE SPINNERS: "Rubberband Man." Guaranteed to blow your mind.

U2 dropped Songs of Innocence as a free download at iTunes (Apple footed the bill); it'll be available elsewhere on Oct. 13.

KAREN O talks to The Quietus about expressing more of her persona from a standpoint that’s outside the construct of Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

JEFF TWEEDY talks to MassLive about... Tweedy. (Thx, LHB.)

ARIEL PINK talks to Pitchfork about his colorfully bizarre forthcoming album -- -and explains why American culture is too politically correct for its own good.

ZOE SALDANA is having twins, according to...Britney Spears?

RAY RICE: The NFL never contacted the casino to request video of Ray Rice brutalizing his fiancee, Janay Rice, who posted a message on Instagram.

ROBERT DOWNEY JR talks to Vanity Fair about addiction, his and his son's.

SOFIA VERGARA's ex-bf Nick Loeb may have kinder words about her new bf than he does about her.

TOP GUN 2 moves forward, possibly with the screenwriter from The Jungle Book.

MINORITY REPORT is headed to TV, where it presumably won't be called Person of Interest.

UKRAINE: Eight weeks after a Malaysia Airlines plane disintegrated over eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people aboard and triggering a frenzy of East-West finger-pointing, investigators, in their first account of the calamity on Tuesday, released evidence consistent with an attack by a surface-to-air missile but shed no clear light on who was responsible.

THE UNITED KINGDOM is sending £1.6 worth of arms and ammunition to the Iraqi government and the Kurdish regional government in Iraq to help them in their battle against the Islamic State.

SYRIA: An explosion killed the leader of one of Syria's most powerful Islamist insurgent groups Ahrar al-Sham on Tuesday, the group said, and an organization that monitors violence in the civil war said at least 28 of its commanders had died.

IRAQ: The he head of Kurdish intelligence service, which is helping pick the targets for U.S. pilots in support of Kurdish forces on the ground, wants airstrikes in Syria also.

SMOTHERED on Rabbit Island!

SHARK ATTACK Victim identified in Byron Bay on the New South Wales coast. Right at the height of tourist season.

LEMON the DOG works the plow and the pump at a farm in Siberia.

SPENDING A WEEKEND with...a movie star vulture?

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