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Tweedy, Sondre Lerche, Tusuf, French For Rabbits, Weather Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THURSTON MOORE drops a video for "Speak to the Wild."

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

SONDRE LERCHE stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

YUSUF (formerly Cat Stevens) advance streams Tell 'Em I'm Gone.

FRENCH FOR RABBITS advance streams Spirits.

WE FIVE were on my mind when I woke up this morning, introduced by no less than Fred Astaire.

RAPHAEL RAVENSCROFT, the musician behind one of the most recognisable saxophone solos – on Gerry Rafferty’s hit "Baker Street" – has died aged 60.  His passing inspired The Guardian to list other little-known musuicians with well-known moments.

TWIN PEAKS talks to Aquarium Drunkard about making Wild Onion.

ARIEL PINK is trolling the world.

CHRIS DIFFORD of Squeeze will be teaching songwriting.

MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY is profiled by GQ, where he reveals he's a Washington Redskins fan.

COBIE SMULDERS and her husband, actor Taran Killam, are expecting their second child.

STEPHEN COLLINS will not face a civil action after confessing to child molestation.

KESAH has accused Dr. Lukeof sexual assault, but said something different under oath.

RENEE ZELLWEGER's face has become a topic of converstaion.

OSCAR PISTORUS has been given five years in jail for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

OSCAR de la RENTA passed away, and was remembered by Anna Wintour and Sarah Jessica Parker, among others.

KRISTEN STEWART is overly happy and taking a break from movies.

DANIELE WATTS (Django Unchained) has been charged with getting it on in a car.

GREAT SCOTT! The Back to the Future hoverboard has arrived.

ISLAMIC STATE militants launched about 15 near-simultaneous attacks on Kurdish forces in northern Iraq on Monday in what Kurdish government officials and the news agency Rudaw said was a fierce and renewed push for territory. And they may have their hands on weapons the US airdropped.

SYRIA: Washington has directed little effort toward helping Sunni Arabs who want to fight the militants but lack the resources to do so, fueling resentment.

IRAN: The Obama administration has sweetened its offer to Iran in ongoing nuclear negotiations, saying it might accept Tehran operating 4,000 centrifuges, up from the previous 1,300, according to a semiofficial Iranian news agency.

RIPPLE is not sitting. That's for sure.

JURASSIC PARK: The National Zoo tried...

SCOTTISH SQUARE DANCING FISH: Australian scientists have traced the origin of sex back the first intercourse to a pair of tiny fish in a chilly Scottish lake. Many miles away.

A SHEEP crosses London Bridge for Dylan Thomas.

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His Name is Alive, PBTT, Foo Fighters, Medicine, Bunny   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


TWIN PEAKS are "Making Breakfast" in their new video.

HIS NAME IS ALIVE advance streams the pschedelic concept LP Tecuciztecatl.

PIANOS BECOME THE TEETH advance stream Keep You.

FOO FIGHTERS, Live at the Cubby Bear, with Rick Nielsen and Jeff Pezzati.

MEDICINE advance streams Home Everywhere

CHVRCHES drop "Get Away" from an alternate Drive soundtrack?

SAINTSENECA covers Lucinda Williams' "Passionate Kisses."

ARIEL PINK drops "Black Ballerina" ahead of pom pom.

SMASHING PUMPKINS drop "Being Beige" (ft Tommy Lee on the throne) ahead of Monuments To An Elegy.

WORLD PARTY: Karl Wallinger "Put the Message in the Box" and gets "Way Down Now" for Twofer Tuesday.

JESSIE WARE explains to Details how she's about to infiltrate the radio, why she didn't want to be pigeonholed by dance music, and that first time she felt, kinda-sorta famous. (Thx, Frank Yang.)

ROYAL BLOOD gives Drowned In Sound a track-by-track tour of their debut LP.

JULIAN CASABLANCAS clarifies a few things on Twitter.

ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME Gripes Evaluated.

THE DUKE & DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE confirm they are expecting a baby in April 2015.

STANLEY TUCCI & FELICTY BLUNT are expecting their first child together.

RYAN REYNOLDS trolls the world regarding the name of his expected child with Blake Lively.

BRAD PITT talks about meeting the Queen of England.

KIM KARDASHIAN's endorsement deals are off the hook.

NICKY MINAJ is profiled by GQ

ROB LOWE adds Bloody Surfing Rob Lowe to his repertoire.

MONICA LEWINSKY has broken a decade-long silence to announce her campaign to end cyberbullying and today’s toxic culture of internet shaming. She also joined Twitter and immediately got another round of internet shaming.

NIGERIA: Boko Haram militants are suspected to have killed dozens of people in five attacks on Nigerian villages after a government-announced cease-fire to enable 200 abducted girls to be freed, security sources and witnesses said Saturday.

TURKEY will allow Iraqi Kurdish forces, known as pesh merga, to cross its border with Syria to help fight militants from the group called the Islamic State who have besieged the Syrian town of Kobani for more than a month, the Turkish foreign minister announced Monday.

IRAQ's parliament voted Saturday to put an affiliate of an Iranian-backed paramilitary group in charge of a key security ministry, a move that could strike a serious blow to efforts to unite Sunnis and Shiites to wrest back their country from Islamist extremists.


A PUPPY-SIZED SPIDER surprises a scientst in the rainforest.

THE SWARM: Thousands of bees attracted to a honey spill on a busy road ended up getting crushed by vehicles.

A 130-LB TORTOISE has been abducted in LaVerne, CA.

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Flaming Lips, Restorations, Lily & Madeleine, Daniel Lanois, Buck & Bulldog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, October 20, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE FOO FIGHTERS, with Rick Nielsen, cover Cheap Trick's "Stiff Competition" on Letterman.  Rick also turned up at their Cubby Bear gig for "Surrender."

THE FLAMING LIPS  advance stream the cameo-laden With A Little Help From My Fwends.

RESTORATIONS advance streams LP3.

LILY & MADELEINE advance stream Fumes.

DANIEL LANOIS advance streams Flesh And Machine.

SLEATER-KINNEY drops “Bury Our Friends," a surprise, perhaps ahead of No Cities To Love.

DEAN & BRITTA: "Words You Used to Say."

LUCINDA WILLIAMS talks to PopMatters about flout all manner of conventions with her latest release, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone.

ARIEL PINK is inteviewed by BrooklynVegan about the new LP, being a "cult" artist, etc.

U2: Bono claims he always wears sunglasses because he's had glaucoma for decades.

GLEN CAMPBELL and the country stars staring death in the face.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Fury tops the chart with 23.5 million; not bad against a 68 million budget, given that Brad Pitt travels well overseas.  Gone Girl places with 17.8 million on a leggy 33 percent drop, and breaks the 100 million mark domestically (it will do the same this week in overseas markets).  The debut of The Book of Life shows with 17 million, suggesting it will recoup its 50 million production budget and need overseas receipts to profit.  Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is a leggy fourth with 12 million in competition with The Book of Life for the family demo.  The debut of The Best of Me rounds out the Top 5 with 10.2 million against a 26 million budget, probably subpar for a Nicholas Sparks weeper.  Below the fold, Dracula Untold skids 58 percent, suggesting this reboot may not get much of a boost from halloween...which falls on a Friday this year, which usually is lethal for box office.

FURY is more or less an old school war movie, albeit with post-Saving Private Ryan levels of realism and character development.  Brad Pitt, along with Logan Lerman (The Perks of Being a Wallflower), Michael Pena, Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead), and even real-life nut Shia LaBeouf, deliver strong performances as a fatalistic band of brothers who crew the tank which gives the film its name.  We (and Lerman, who is particularly good here) join the crew very late in WWII, when everyone but Hitler knows the outcome.  However, as Pitt's character puts it, "It will end, soon. But before it does, a lot more people have to die."  Over the course of roughly two hours, we see the toll the war has taken on the crew and the layers of masks they wear to endure the daily, deadly grind.  A number of war movie tropes insert themselves here, and the third act spends a fair amount of the credibility earned in the first two acts, but manages not to overdraw on it. ALSO: Director David Ayer gives good interview.

STEPHEN COLLINS will likely not be prosecuted for either molesting or exposing himself to three victims.

BRUCE JENNER is dating Kris Jenner's best friend (soon to be ex-best friend).

MISTY UPHAM's fall into a ravine may have been accidental.

CHARLIE SHEEN broke off his engagement to adult film actress Bret Rossi. Shocka!

JAMES FRANCO took down a photog while leaving the Lana Del Rey concert Friday night in Hollywood.

BATMAN v SUPERMAN: Is Jena Malone plaing Carrie Kelley (Robin)?

DOCTOR STRANGE: Casting is now focused on Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Farrell, and Keanu Reeves.

THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER?  Ships and helicopters of the Swedish Navy searched intensively over the weekend in coastal waters after detecting what the military said were signs of “foreign underwater activity” near the capital, Stockholm.

NIGERIA's military says it has agreed a ceasefire with Islamist militants Boko Haram - and that the schoolgirls the group has abducted will be released.

IRAN:  The Ayatolla tweets that ISIS was created by the British government, on the off chance you thought the regime was rational.

IRAQ: The Islamic State killed 47 people in a series of attacks that included a suicide bomber, roadside bombs, and mortars, in Baghdad and areas south of the capital.

A FRENCH BULLDOG and a BUCK, playing together...

SHEEP got stoned after crooks dumped thousands of pounds worth of marijuana on their farm.

BEAVERS with parachutes in Idaho?

A POLAR BEAR ruins Halloween.

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Lemonheads, New Pronographers, Sloan, Mark Lanegan, Cutout Bin, Hawk   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, October 17, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE LEMONHEADS!  Evan Dando's songbook has always struck me as autmnal, though not all of it really is.  For example, a very young Dando released his take on Suzanne Vega's hit "Luka" in May '89.  He dissolved the band after releasing the Lovey LP, but returned with a new lineup on "It's A Shame About Ray" in July '92. Despite Johnny Depp's appearance in that video, the Ray album lingered in the lower reaches of the charts, despite being filled with grunge-pop goodness like "Rockin' Stroll" and "Confetti."  But that November, Atlantic released the band's take on Simon & Garfunkel's "Mrs. Robinson," which shot to No. 19 on the UK charts and landed Dando unlikely US gigs like "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee."  The flip side of that single was the goofy "Being Around," which becomes a singalong live.  The followup LP, C'mon, Feel the Lemonheads, hit the Top 5 in the UK, but only No. 56 in the US, with the single "Into Your Arms," which would later turn up on the soundtrack to Before Sunrise and in an FTD commercial.  The other two videos from the LP, like "Ray," sport celeb cameos -- Angelina Jolie turns up in "It's About Time" and a young Chloë Sevigny can be seen in "Big Gay Heart" (though I went with Conan because the original is offline).  Unfortunately, Dando would soon slide into heavy drugs and the next album, Car Button Cloth was not nearly as successful -- commercially or artistically.  An unremarkable solo album and sporadic gigs would follow, until Dando got his personal life together and revived The Lemonheads brand with a self-titled LP in 2005, from which "Black Gown" was the lead track.  BONUS:  Dando and Mudhoney's Mark Arm fromted the DKT-MC5 on a ripping version (is there any other kind) of the classic "Kick Out the Jams" of The Late Late Show.

THE NEW PR0NOGRAPHERS: A.C. Newman and dan Bejar stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

CHUCK PROPHET stopped by World Cafe for a mini-set.

SLOAN stops by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

MARK LANEGAN advance streams Phantom Radio.

BOB DYLAN drops “Dress It Up, Better Have It All” ahead of The Basement Tapes Complete.

PARQUET COURTS, a/k/a Parkay Quarts, drops  “Uncast Shadow Of A Southern Myth” ahead of Content Nausea.

THE CREATION:  "Making Time."  Always singing the same old song.

BELLE & SEBASTIAN: Stuart Murdoch talks to Flavorwire about every one of the band's LPs.

THURSTON MOORE talks to The Guardian about his divorce from Kim Gordon, life in London and whether Sonic Youth have a future.

CANDI STATON talks to The Quietus about Elvis Presley, Bobby Womack, America's gun culture, how to escape a hellish marriage and more.

BOB GELDOF “blames himself” for the heroin death of his daughter Peaches.

CUTOUT BIN: I'm streaming Rocktober with a little less cheese via the Pate page at the ol' HM.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: This weekend's wide releases include Fury, which is currently scoring 79 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; The Book Of Life, currently scoring 74 percent; and The Best Of Me, scoring 7 percent.

BRAD PITT had a breakdance converstaion with Jimmy Fallon, in lieu of a sitdown interview.

MISTY UPHAM's body was discovered in a ravine near Auburn, WA.

JUDE LAW is going to be a father for the fifth time.

KESHA spilled her guts to her shrinks in rehab about alleged sexual and physical abuse at the hands of Dr. Luke.

HALLE BERRY claims baby daddy Gabriel Aubry has been living entirely off her child support, and she is asking a judge to cut the payments.

MARIA MENOUNOS was victim to a random act of vandalism on Thursday.

RYAN GOSLING is looking at Marvel's Doctor Strange, DC's Suicide Squad, and The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero.

JOHN GRISHAM got himself into hot water with comments about people convicted of sex crimes.

JUSTICE LEAGUE: The two movies announced this week will be two "parts" directed by Zach Snyder, though there will be movies between them.

IN THE HEART OF THE SEA, starring Chris Hemsworth and directed by Ron Howard, has a trailer online.

YEMEN: Houthi rebels took control of the city of Ibb and advanced to the outskirts of Rada'a,where they fought with al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

SYRIA: Despite years of diplomacy and a CIA operation to vet and train moderate rebels, the U.S. finds itself without a credible partner on the ground in Syria as it bombs the Islamic State group.

IRAQ: Baghdad isn't panicked yet... perhaps because they're used to fear.  But nearby Abu Ghraib is seen as a weak point, and sympathy for the Islamic State is growing here, residents say, because of the heavy-handed actions of Shiite militias

A HAWK knocks a drone out of the sky.

WHEN A SPIDER burrows under your surgical scar.

BLOSOM THE COW is saved because she's too tall to slaughter.

A GOAT is questioned regarding a girl's death from E. coli.

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Ryan Adams, Owen Pallett, Jesse Ware, Shovels & Rope, Autumn Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


TV on the RADIO drops a clip for "Happy Idiot," ft. Paul Reubens (Pee-Wee Herman) and Karen Gillan (Doctor Who, Guardians of the Galaxy).

RYAN ADAMS stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

OWEN PALLETT stops by KEXP to perform songs from In Conflict

JESSE WARE advance streams Tough Love.

SHOVELS & ROPE stop by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

THE BEATLES: "You're Gonna Lose That Girl." "Yes, yes" from the "Yeah, yeah yeah" guys.

FIRST AID KIT talks to Drowned In Sound about their second recording trip to Omaha, Nebraska, their increasingly diverse influences, and the surreal nature of working with some of their heroes.

VASHTI BUNYAN talks to Pitchfork about the soundtrack of her life. Perhaps the most eclectic list I've seen in the series.

U2: Bono apologized for the band's latest album being automatically added to about 500 million users' iTunes playlists last month.

THE SMITHS: Spare them from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?

AMANDA BYNES is headed for another conservatorship, possibly a year in involuntary confinement.

STEPHEN COLLINS is now under investigation by a third law enforcement agency for allegedly molesting and/or exposing himself to young girls.

NEIL PATRICK HARRIS will host this year’s Oscars

ROBERT PATTINSON is on the road with his new girlfriend, British singer-songwriter FKA twigs, as she travels around Europe on her current concert tour.

UMA THURMAN was sued in Manhattan Tuesday by the French financier Andrew Arpad Busson who wants custody of their 2-year-old daughter, Rosalind.

DC COMICS unveiled their film schedule through 2020, including the casting of Ezra Miller in the film version of The Flash, and Duane Johnson as the villain in an adaptation of Shazam. Elsewhere, producer Charles Roven talks Baffleck.

ELIZABETH PENA, who had roles in Down and Out in Beverly Hills, La Bamba, Lone Star, Rush Hour and The Incredibles, died Tuesday in Los Angeles after a brief illness, according to her manager, Gina Rugolo. She was 55.

THE ISLAMIC STATE has “tactical momentum on several fronts,” but the U.S. and its allies believe they have “strategic momentum,” the coalition’s defense chiefs agreed Tuesday.  The coalition, however, remains beset by lingering strategic differences that threaten to undermine the fight. US and coalition forces carried out 22 airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria, all in Kobane except for one in Deir al Zour; Tuesday's strikes were the most intense targeting yet by the coalition in Kobane. US forces also carried out one airstrike in Iraq against the group.

RUSSIA and the US agreed to begin sharing intelligence on the Islamic State.

IRAQ:: The Islamic State killed Ahmed al Khafaji, a member of parliament as well as a senior commander in the Shiite Badr militia.


STELLA the DOG welcomes Autumn in the time-honored tradition.

WOMAN GETS SNAKE She Didn't Order in the Mail.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A panda at the Toronto Zoo was harrassed by a militant rodent.

THIS ANGRY IGUANA, otoh, seems to have been provoked.

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