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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Temples, Pixies, Chihuahua   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, May 08, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JOHN DARNIELLE & JUSTIN VERNON join MEGAFAUN on the Grateful Dead's "Friend of the Devil."

THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART advance stream Days Of Abandon, which often recalls The Cure at their poppiest.

TEMPLES performed live in the KEXP studio with songs from their 2014 album, Sun Structures

THE PIXIES stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic to play new songs and old faves.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Tori Amos, Zee Ami, Solvents and more highlight the latest edition.

CHRISSIE HYNDE drops “You Or No One” ahead of Stockholm.

HAMILTON LEITHAUSER (The Walkmen) drops “In The Shallows,” the B-side to his "Alexandra" single.


THE BLACK KEYS talks to All Songs Considered about the making of Turn Blue.

SHARON VAN ETTEN talks to Exclaim about her "open-ended" LP, Are We There.

JULIANA BARWICK has a new EP and a new...craft beer?


ANGELINA JOLIE opens up at Elle, by which I mean she's promoting Maleficent

WILL & JADA SMITH are not concerned their 13-year-old daughter is tweeting pics of her in bed with a 20-year-old dude.

NEIL PATRICK HARRIS is on the cover of the Rolling Stone. Naked.

MILEY CYRUS advises kids that smoking weed will keep you young and get you laid.

BRUCE WILLIS is now a proud father of five girls after his wife Emma gave birth to their second daughter together.

GEORGE CLOONEY and Amal Alamuddinare reportedly telling friends to save the date.

UKRAINE: Russian President Vladimir Putin appeared to take steps Wednesday to pull Ukraine back from an escalating cycle of violence, asking pro-Russian separatists in the country to postpone a Sunday referendum on independence and indicating that he may be willing to recognize a national election later this month.

VENEZUELA: The government said today it will start rationing electricity in western Zulia state and water in Caracas as drought drains hydroelectric reservoirs.

SAUDI ARABIA: A Saudi court sentenced Raef Badawi, the founder of a human rights group, to 10 years in jail and 1000 lashes Wednesday over "insulting Islam," an activist said.

NIGERIA: Boko Haram militants in armored vehicles stormed the town of Gamboru Ngala in Borno near the Cameroon border, killing at least 300 people, and burning down 200 vehicles and nearly all of the houses and shops, in a 12-hour rampage.


SYRIA: About 1200 civilians and rebels, including fighters with the Al Nusrah Front and other Islamist groups, exited Homs in a deal with the Assad regime; each fighter was allowed to keep a rifle; and each of the buses evacuating them was allowed to take a rocket launcher and a machine gun. As part of the deal, the rebels agreed to allow aid into the pro-regime villages of Nubul and Zahra, which the rebels have besieged for over a year; and the Islamic Front released 45 hostages, including women and children, in Aleppo and Latakia who had been seized by the Islamic Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham in August 2013.

ELMO: The small dog with the quick reflexes.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A militant rodent forced a truck off a bridge in Speegelville, TX.

A CHICKEN struck by a car at 70 m.p.h. lived and damaged the car.

GIANT CARNIVOROUS SNAILS...and they aren't slow.



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Walter Martin, La Sera, Chromeo, Geronimo, Mother Duck   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, May 07, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


COURTNEY LOVE is often a blithering idiot, but "You Know My Name" is pretty darn sharp.

WALTER MARTIN (The Walkmen) is advance streaming the kid-friendly We're All Young Together, with cameos from Karen O and the National's Matt Berninger.

LA SERA advance streams the less kid-friendly, but nevertheless nifty Hour of the Dawn. (Picks up for me after the first track.)

CHROMEO advance streams White Women via iTunes.

GERONIMO! advance streams Cheap Trick.

GUIDED BY VOICES drop “Table At Fool’s Tooth”ahead of Cool Planet.

ANTLERS drops "Hotel" ahead of Familiars.

WRECKLESS ERIC: The "Whole Wide World," of course. With Ian Dury on the throne.

SWANS leader Michael Gira talks to The Quietus aboutthe new LP's ferocious grooves, his role as band leader, Haitian history, the early days of the group, and his terror at the ever-increasing commercialisation of our society.

THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART frontman Kip Berman talks to Billboard about changing lineups and labels before their new pop opus.

ROSE ELINOR DOUGALL talks to Under The Radar about tapping into more equivocal emotions on her latest album. (Thx, Frank Yang.)

ARE GUITARISTS' BRAINS different from everyone else's?

MONICA LEWINSKY writes in Vanity Fair for the first time about her affair with President Clinton...and why she's writing about it.

JESSICA ALBA explains the no-nudity clause in her contracts.

JON HAMM: The star of Mad Men and Million Dollar Arm talks to Vanity Fair about his long road to success—and his formative friendship with Paul Rudd.

TOM BRADY sports blonde fauxhawk, twerks. Good thing he's already drafted.


GERARD BUTLER drops out of the Point Break remake. You're heartbroken, I know.

UKRAINE: Russia and the West maneuvered on Tuesday ahead of a seemingly inevitable clash over Ukraine’s plan to hold a presidential election on May 25 that Western powers view as crucial to restoring stability and that the Kremlin says will be illegitimate, particularly if the government in Kiev cannot first stabilize the country.

VENEZUELA: U.S. automaker Ford has halted operations in Venezuela on Monday due to a lack of foreign currency to import parts for assembly, workers at its plant said.

EGYPT: Egyptian presidential frontrunner Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Monday appeared to rule out reconciliation with the Muslim Brotherhood movement, raising the specter of a prolonged conflict with a group he said was finished.

LIBYA: U.S. intelligence now assesses that leaders from at least three regional al Qaeda affiliates—al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and members of the organization of Al-Mulathameen Brigade loyal to Algerian terrorist, Mokhtar BelMokhtar—have all established havens in the lawless regions of Libya outside the control of the central government.

A MAN becomes a mother duck.


A GIANT GATOR crossed the road near Sandy Island in South Carolina.

WILDCAT RED, the 18th-place horse in Saturday's Kentucky Derby, was hosed down by firefighters during a traffic jam.

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Black Keys, Amen Dunes, Sean Nicholas Savage, Walrus   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, May 06, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SHARON VAN ETTEN covers Springsteen's "Drive All Night" at the Stone Pony.

THE BLACK KEYS advance stream Turn Blue via iTunes.

AMEN DUNES advance streams Love.

SEAN NICHOLAS SAVAGE advance streams Bermuda Waterfall.

TOBACCO (Black Moth Super Rainbow) advance streams Ultima II Massage.

JULIANA HATFIELD covers Elliott Smith's "Needle In The Hay" for a Wes Anderson tribute.

I WANT CANDY from The Strangeloves and a super-charged Bow Wow Wow for Twofer Tuesday.

LIZ PHAIR, BEN FOLDS, WEIRD AL & MORE audition for the Star Wars Cantina Band.

FATHER JOHN MISTY talks to Pitchfork about misbehavior, marriage, music and more.

LIAM FINN talks to Magnet about recording The Nihilist.

NELS CLINE is profiled by the L.A. Times.

SHAILENE WOODLEY talked to TIME about sisterhood, revenge and her reasons for avoiding the "feminist" label.

KIM KARDASHIAN & KANYE WEST deny a secret wedding.

BRYAN SINGER picks up a second accuser. Singer has adamantly denied the allegations.

ADELE teases a third album on Twitter.

LINDSAY LOHAN is desperately trying to conceal her wild partying from Oprah Winfrey. 

HAYDEN PANETTIERRE's wedding to Wladimir Klitschko has been delayed by Ukrainian unrest.

THE BIG BANG THEORY creator Chuck Lorre responded to being banned in China...on Chinese social media.

NIGERIA:The US says it considers the abduction of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls by Islamist militants "an outrage" and is offering help to try to rescue them.

UKRAINE: There was heavy fighting Monday on the outskirts of the eastern Ukrainian city of Slovyansk, as government security forces resumed operations aimed at wresting control of the town from pro-Russian militants. But the government lost another helicopter, and it isn’t winning the battle for hearts and minds.

VENEZUELA: Judges and prosecutors in Venezuela have repeatedly ignored evidence of systematic human rights abuses by government security forces, a prominent human rights group said Monday.

PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES: Hamas isn't giving up its weapons, despite the reconciliation agreement with Fatah. Shocka.

LIBYA: Ahmed Mitig, a Misrata businessman backed by Islamists, was named prime minister, but the president of the GNC instructed current prime minister Abdullah al Thinni to remain in office as Mitig lacked the requisite number of votes.

HE IS THE WALRUS: Goo goo goo joob.

A LARGE BIRD tried to make off with a small dog in Washington State.

A RARE GOBLIN SHARK was caught in Florida. A promo for The Amazing Spider-Man 2?

A WHALE washed ashore in New Jersey...and someone tagged it with graffiti.

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Future Islands, Swans, Sturgill Simpson, Pig   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, May 05, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

ARCADE FIRE covers R.E.M.'s "Radio Free Europe" in Atlanta.

FUTURE ISLANDS played a full set at DC's 9:30 Club.

SWANS advance stream To Be Kind.

STURGILL SIMPSON advance streams Metamodern Sounds in Country Music.

PAPERCUTS streams Life Among the Savages.

LIAM FINN streams The Nihilist.

THE CLASH perform "Police On My Back" at the US Festival in 1983.

SHARON VAN ETTEN talks to Drowned in Sound about having her own band, catharsis, etc.

THE FLAMING LIPS have an acrimonious split with their drummer.

ROCK's WOMEN OF THE 70S: Don't call it a comeback.

TWEE: The A.V. Club suggests entry points for the genre.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 dominated the chart with 92 million. Given the mediocre-to-poor reviews and tepid word of mouth (B+ CinemaScore), the fact that this opened as well as Captain America: The Winter Soldier is atestament to how much people (and kids in particular) love Spidey.  Speaking of kids, unless this plays more like a family film, the sequel will slikely to struggle to break 200 million domestic, well behind the next-poorest performing Spidey (256 million).  Of course, overseas revenues are increasingly important, and the Amazing 2 has already raked in another 277 million abroad, which means likely profit here, even with a reported 200-255 million production budget, plus marketing, etc.  The Other Woman places with 14.2 million on 43 percent drop that's kinda steep for a comedy, but with 47 million domestic and another 30 million to date overseas, this should remind Hollywood there's amarket for female-focused films (even if the three in this pic are obsessed with one man). Heaven Is Real shows with 8.7 million on a 39 percent drop; 65.6 million domestic against a 12 million budget will keep faith-based films coming to the market for the foreseeable future (Moms' Night Out arrives next week).  Captain America: The Winter Soldier slips to the fourth slot in its fifth weekendwith 7.8 million.  Cap's 52 percent drop is a function of both time and Spidey, methinks -- but with 680 million in worldwide grosses, no one is crying for the fate of Steve Rogers.  Rio 2 rounds out the Top 5 with 7.6 million; it's lagging the original in the US, but doing boffo biz overseas and may yet outgross the original overall.

BEN AFFLECK was banned from the Hard Rock Cafe in Vegas after he was reportedly caught counting cards during a game of blackjack.

KERRY WASHINGTON secretly gave birth to a baby girl almost two weeks ago.

LINDSAY LOHAN cited her miscarriage as the reason for defaulting in a lawsuit regarding her clothing line.

BRADGELINA: Angelina Jolie is in early talks to star with Brad Pitt in an original script that she has written.

ADRIANA LIMA and former NBA star Marko Jaric have split after five years of marriage.

HILARY DUFF: Is her separation in limbo?

LIAM SMITH of One Direction has split from his girlfriend Sophia Smith.

UKRAINE: the release of seven international observers and five Ukrainians from the defense ministry who'd been seized together was a bright spot amid deepening unrest.  The Odessa Massacre, as some are already calling it, was the greatest single loss of life in Ukraine's unrest since the revolution in February. It has brought the country closer to civil war than ever before.

VENEZUELA said 58 foreigners had been arrested on suspicion of inciting anti-government protests and violence that have rocked the South American for the last three months.

LIBYA: The death toll rose in the clash between special forces and Ansar al Sharia in Benghazi, as eight special forces troops are said to have been captured and killed, in addition to the nine already reported dead.

SYRIA: Ryan Crocker, who has served as US ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Kuwait, and Lebanon, warned the US against making the "grave mistake" of a military intervention in Syria and said that forcible regime change would probably result in a Syria dominated by "the worst of the worst" extremists. The emir of al Qaeda, Ayman al Zawahiri, told the Al Nusrah Front to stop fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham and urged ISIS to concentrate its efforts in Iraq.

LEON the PIG is so tiny he needs these wheels to get around until his legs are big enough for surgery to fix his injuries.

AN ANGRY BEAVER caused traffic delays and panic in Miramichi, New Brunswick.

THE NATIONAL GOAT FAIR has 'em excited in Phuket.

AN ESCAPED PYTHON ended classes at a school in DeLand, Florida.

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Dos de Mayo, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Hungry Monkey   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, May 02, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with LOS LOBOS: "I Got Loaded" (with an added snippet of "Turn On Your Lovelight") from their fabulous first full-lengther, How Will the Wolf Survive? "Don't Worry Baby," "Evangeline," "Our Last Night," and "A Matter of Time" were on that album, too.

PEE WEE HERMAN: "Tequila." Obvs.

HERB ALPERT & THE TIJUANA BRASS: Rare video of "A Taste of Honey" from 1967.

CHEAP TRICK brings you the Mariachi mash-up of "Surrender."

JIMMY BUFFETT: Margaritaville. Obvs.

LIZ PHAIR: "Cinco de Mayo." Obvs.


PATRICK STICKLES of Titus Andronicus defends Lily Allen and disses Courtney Love.

LYKKE LI is profiled in the latest Pitchfork cover story.

TELEVISION's coolest and weirdest musician cameos.

CUTOUT BIN:  From Paul Westerberg to the Hollies, from The Clash to The Association, from the Minutemen to the Supremes, plus Aztec Camera, the Four Seasons, Bob Mould, R. Dean Taylor and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 is this weekend's sole wide release, currently scoring 56 percent on the ol' Tomatometer. And as I was on record as suggesting the reboot of this franchise was mostly about a cash grab (and it is), I should say I actually preferred this one to the last one, though: (a) this is a fairly low bar; and (b) I think this would put me in a distinctly minority position if I was an actual film critic (Note: The original averaged 6.7/10 on RT; this one to date is at 6/10; that smaller gap juxtaposed against a much wider difference in overall Tomatometer suggests this one is more polarizing).  I'm also on the record as being predisposed against the multiple-villain sequel, but unlike a number of critics who find the result jumbled, I think this script sequences things to (mostly) avoid the overstuffed effect you get from other sequels.  The script also handles its characters fairly well, although Electro's backstory is a bit too Batman Forever-level of ham-fisted. The script also returns to more of the core themes of the Spider-Man comic, i.e., the personal toll being Spider-Man takes and how the characters (and we) deal with loss. And the reboot series continues to exploit the more comic tone Spidey often displays in the books, moreso than the original Sam Raimi-directed films (though I would still take his first two over the two reboots).  Given how premature the reboot is, this film succeeds--to the extent it does--on the strong chemistry of its cast, particularly Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone.  And in that context, the script makes one particularly brave choice, though not one surprising to old skool comic book nerds. So count me as pleasantly, but not enthusiastic...and now with more reason to think another Spidey will disappoint as much as Spider-Man 3.

ROB FORD: The Toronto Mayor's latest spiral into substance abuse began on St. Patrick's Day and has a Justin Bieber cameo.

GEORGE CLOONEY proposed over a home-cooked meal. Aw.

SAMUEL L. JACKSON is catching flak from adult video performers.

JOSH HARTNETT talks about his hiatus from Hollywood.

ELIZABETH OLSEN is profiled by Marie Claire.

PEACHES GELDOF: Heroin is “likely” to have played a role in her death, an inquest has revealed.

JASON PRIESTLEY is dishing on his 90210 co-stars, Brad Pitt, and others in a new book.

FHM'S 100 SEXIEST WOMEN OF 2014 is just in time for Gratuitous Friday.

UKRAINE: Pro-Russian activists and Ukrainian riot police clashed Thursday inside the compound of the prosecutor's office in the eastern city of Donetsk, as simmering tensions escalated into violence. Ukraine's acting President Olexander Turchynov has reinstated military conscription to deal with deteriorating security in the east of the country.

VENEZUELA: Authorities have arrested a suspect in the mysterious murder of a Venezuelan ex-intelligence chief, Eliezer Otaiza, who had close personal ties to the late President Hugo Chavez.

NIGERIA: A negotiator for the Boko Haram militants who have kidnapped over 200 schoolgirls said the kidnappers are demanding a ransom and that the military knows their location; some reports said the girls had been taken to Chad or Cameroon. Protests demanding the girls' release have spread since their abduction on April 14.

A HUNGRY MONKEY slaps a teasing TV host.

WHEN GOATS ATTACK: On the evening of 19 April, the goats broke free and walked all over a neighbor’s Ford Focus in Richmond, Maine.

AN OX charges through a hospital in Rio.

NAME THAT ANIMAL: Dizzy Canadians Don't Even Know What Kind Of Adorable Tiny Animal They're Bottle-Feeding.

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