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Hunger Games, Emily Jane White, Neko Case, Beatles, Kitsu   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


STEPHEN MALKMUS &THE JICKS drop a video for "Lariat" ahead of Wig Out At Jagbags.

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE soundtrack, ft. music from the National, Lorde, Coldplay, the Weeknd, Santigold, Antony & The Johnsons, Patti Smith, and more, is streaming at iTunes. For example, Lorde covers Tears For Fears' "Everybody Wants To Rule The World."

EMILY JANE WHITE advance streams Blood/Lines.

NEKO CASE stopped by Studio 1A at WFUV for a chat and mini-set. 

THE BEATLES Never Broke Up

WANDA JACKSON (and Shooter Jennings) drop "In the Cold, Cold Night" from Rockin' Legends Pay Tribute to Jack White, which is exactly what it sounds like.

THE SMALL FACES play "Itchycoo Park," their only US charter.

ARCADE FIRE: The band and its marketing plan

RONNIE SPECTOR talks to Noisey about Phil, Kanye, Lady Gaga, Keith Richards and much more...

SLEIGH BELLS: Alexis Kraus appears on the self-explanatory Kids Interview Bands

PU$$Y RIOT leader Nadezhda Tolokonnikova is  now in a prison hospital near Krasnoyarsk in central Siberia.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE jumped off the Hunger Games red carpet to comfort a crying girl in a wheelchair.She also talked to the BBC about the lack of strong female roles in Hollywood, and the pressure that faces young actresses to be thin.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE is GQ's Man of the Year.

JUSTIN BIEBER: The Brazilian model and bodybuilder who filmed the Biebs sleeping in bed last weekhas nothing but good reviews.

KIM KARDASHIAN  was pulled over on an L.A. freeway — and it caused total pandemonium.

ALEC BALDWAN cried and was heckled during the trial of an accused stalker.

NICOLAS CAGE sex photos are out there somewhere.

KATE UPTON is being eyed for the female lead in the Entourage movie.

THE ARAB SPRING's biggest losers? Women. Shocka.

SYRIA: Islamist and al Qaeda-linked forces in Aleppo reportedly issued a declaration yesterday calling on fighters to come to the fronts to help repel an alleged offensive by regime, Hezbollah, and Iraqi Abu al-Fadl Abbas forces to retake Aleppo. The Syrian National Coalition named a provisional government for rebel-held areas, to be based in Gazientep, Turkey.


IRANIAN officials said the country made progress with world powers during “serious” talks over Tehran’s nuclear program, but insisted the nation cannot be pushed to give up uranium enrichment.  In fact, they probbaly cannot be pushed to give up weapons-grade enrichment at its Arak facility, once built. So what's the point of the negotiations?

KITSU falls asleep. Hello, Kitsu!

CRABS ON A TRAIN: A number of large crabs escaped from a box on a German train and not all have been found, police said on Tuesday.

HYENAS have a social network. And it smells bad.

PINK FAIRY ARMADILLOS: The smallest armadillo species in the world, and the opening act for the B-52s.


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Okkervil River, Basia Bulat, Sallie Ford, Garage Rock, Vets' Dogs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BEST COAST: "I Don't Know How" verges on country, as surf-pop goes. Then they kick it up a notch.

OKKERVIL RIVER stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

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

SALLIE FORD & THE SOUND OUTSIDE played live at the Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival.

SHAKE APPEAL: Pitchfork rounds up tracks from recent garage rock releases, including a bad-trip cover of Flipper's "Sex Bomb."

WILLIS EARL BEAL drops “Babble On” and “Coriander Tree Life” out of nowhere.

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

THE LONG WINTERS' John Roderick reflects on his unlikely career in rock at Rolling Stone.

THE MUSCLE SHOALS SOUND is the subject of a new documentary.

KETH MOON's wild ride looks to be headed for the big screen.

NOT AUTOMATIC FOR THE PEOPLE: Weaver D's Fine Foods, which spawned the title of an REM album, is closing for good

GEORGE CLOONEY has words for Russell Crowe and Leonardo DiCaprio at Esquire. Ironically, he notes these sorts of comments do not benefit him, even as he makes them.

KATY PERRY: Wearing a diamond ring, denying an engagement.

KALEY CUOCO very much wants you to know she's not pregnant.

SACHA BARON COHEN pushed an old lady offstage at the Britannia awards.

STAR WARS: The blooper reel.

EGYPT: Authorities seized a variety of weaponry and arrested a number of Islamist militants during operations in the Sinai.

IRAN: The Ayatollah has a 95 billion dollar empire, financial resources whose value rivals the holdings of the shah.

HOW DOGS aid veterans with PTSD.

A BISON is an Alberta man's best friend.

THREE LITTLE PIGS not so little after a month on the lam.

A WILD AND CRAZY DEER stops imitating Steve Martin.


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Polica, Gary Numan, North Mississippi All-Stars, Tiger Cub   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, November 11, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, "Dancing In The Dark," unpluggedy, at Stand Up For Heroes 2013 (at 2:24 min, though the link should take you there). Also, he tells a dirty joke.

POLICA played a set at DC's 9:30 Club.

GARY NUMAN played a set at Mountain Oasis.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: The Beatles, Colin Meloy, Shearwater, and more appear in the latest edition of the series.

THE NORTH MISSISSIPPI ALL-STARS stopped by WFUV for a mini-set.

THE WHO: "Substitute," in a clip introduced by a familiar voce.

THE BEATLES Succeeded Through Talent, Ambition, and a Lot of Arrogance.

THE KILLERS: Brandon Flowers takes NME on a track-by-track tour of the band's greatest hits LP. 

THE RAVEONETTES: Sahrin Foo talks to The Line Of Best Fit about the band's next album, Los Angeles, Lou Reed, and more. (Thx, Chromewaves.) 

A LONDON RECORD STORE ON eBAY: Live the High Fidelity Lifestyle!

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Thor: The Dark World tops the chart with 86.1 million. That's a shade less than Skyfall's record performance less year, but well above the original Thor's 65.7 million -- a feat doubly impressive when you consider this is the first superhero movie released outside the Summer season.  The Norse god has laready raked in another 240 million in overseas markets, where the original took in 265 million in its entire run.  They're celebrating in Asgaard.  Bad Grandpa places a distant second with 11 million, but with 78.7 million total against a 15 million budget.  Free Birds showed close behind with11.2 million and 30.2 million total against a 55 million budget.  Last Vegas is in a virtual tie with 11.1 million and 33.5 million total against a 28 million budget.  Ender's Game suffered a blow from Thor's hammer, sliding from the top slot to the bottom of the Top 5 with 10.3 million, and a 44 million total against a 110 million budget.

TOM CRUISE, contra some reports, didn't really compare making a movie to serving in Afghanistan. I find the man bizarre, but I want to be fair to him and to veterans, who don't need the annoyance.

MILEY CYRUS smoked a joint on stage and twerked with a dwarf during the MTV EMAs on Sunday. Nero made a cameo on the fiddle.

JUSTIN BIEBER was ejected from a hotel in Argentina, due to unruly fans.

JESSICA SIMPSON resumed the Weight Watchers program after giving birth to son Ace.

SUPERMAN-BATMAN will be sporting a Darkwing.

LOVE, ACTUALLY: Cast and crew reminisce upon the film's 10th anniversary. Get off my lawn.

VETERANS' DAY: Today is the observation of the anniversary of the end of WWI; thank a vet today, and read the excellent 2009 piece by the WaPo's David Ignatius that may be more true today. 

AFGHANISTAN: The Pentagon's semiannual report on Afghan operations noted that during the April-September period, US and Coalition deaths dropped by almost 60 percent compared to the same period last year, but that Afghan troop deaths went up by 80 percent. It said Afghan forces are now conducting 95 percent of conventional operations and 98 percent of special operations.

SYRIA: The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, the Al Nusrah Front, and allied rebels retook the 80th Brigade army base near Aleppo airport from regime forces, who had captured it earlier this week.

LIBYA: Italy's foreign minister said Libya is "absolutely out of control" and noted that ENI, Libya's biggest foreign oil partner, has threatened to close wells.

IRAN: France raised questions Saturday about whether a proposed deal to temporarily curb Iran's nuclear program went far enough, complicating negotiations with the Iranians and casting doubt on whether an agreement could be reached during the current round of negotiations.

A TIGER CUB, and a boy dressed as a tiger cub.

A DOG saves a hiker from a bear, gets eaten...by the hiker.

MORE THAN 600,000 BATS were killed by US wind turbines last year.

A CHOCOLATE WEDDING CAKE with the lizard surprise.

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Friday, November 08, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE WRECK of the EDMUND FITZGERALD: The legend lives o­n from the Chippewa o­n down of the big lake they called Gitche Gumee. Nov. 10 marks the 38th anniversary of the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald -- 729 feet-long, 75 feet in breadth, 39 feet in depth, weighing 13,632 gross tons -- an ore bulk carrier with a capacity of 25,000 tons. When it was launched o­n June 7 1958, at the Great Lakes Engineering Works in River Rouge, Michigan, Fitzgerald was the largest ship o­n the Great Lakes. Here's misty, water-colored video of the launch.

The "Queen of the Great Lakes" sank in the eastern end of Lake Superior during a fierce storm -- including snow squalls -- that pounded the ship with 30-foot waves. The crew of 29 men perished; without witnesses, a definitive reason has never been determined. A Coast Guard report suggested that faulty hatches failed to keep water out of the ship's cargo holds, though others believe the ship struck an uncharted shoal and took o­n water. A documentary created and aired by the Discovery Channel concluded the loss was due to freak waves that overwhelmed the faulty hatches.

After the wreck, the Rev. Richard Ingalls went to Mariners' Church in Detroit and rang its bell 29 times, o­nce for each life lost. The church continues to hold an annual memorial, which includes reading the names of the crewmen and ringing the church bell. Here's video of Rev. Ingalls recounting that night. 

At the request of family members surviving her crew, Fitzgerald's 200 lb. bronze bell was recovered by the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society in 1995, as a joint project with the National Geographic Society, Canadian Navy, Sony Corporation, and Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. The bell is now o­n display in the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum. Here's a brief video from o­ne of the underwater explorations of the wreck. Throw in the 3-D animation, and you'll feel just like Bill Paxton.

The song by Gordon Lightfoot spent 21 straight weeks o­n the pop charts, peaking at No. 2. And there's a homemade video for it, which I highly recommend. Beats the tar of Celine Dion! (PS:  Ken King -- who has lived o­n the U.P. of  Michigan, says the gales of November are quite something.)


OF MONTREAL stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set. 

FRANK TURNER stopped by The Current for a chant and mini-set, including a cover of "Live And Let Die."

WHITE DENIM stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

WILCO: Summerteeth Demos.

TODD RUNDGREN: "Bang the Drum All Day." Because it's Friday.

ALBERT HAMMOND JR of The Strokes talks to PopMatters about the genesis of his latest solo EP.

SUB POP co-founder Bruce Pavitt talks to PopMatters about the early days of grunge to promote his new book on the bubject.

RIOT GRRRL is featured as part of 1993 Week at The A.V. Club.

CUTOUT BIN: and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include Thor: The Dark World, which is currently scoring 70 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; plus the expansions of About Time, which is scoring 65 percent; and 12 Years A Slave, scoring 96 percent.  I have already reviewed About Time and 12 Years A Slave, so how about...

THOR: THE DARK WORLD is the second of Marvel Studios' post-Avengers "Phase 2" films, and our third look at the heir to Asgaardian throne. In general, I would say that if you liked the first Thor pic, you'll most probably like this one as well (and if you're one who finds the whole Norse god thing takes you out of the reality you want from the Marvelverse, probably not).  The script has two weaknesses. First, the narrative takes longer than it should to build momentum. With a sequel, you should be able to jump into the main narrative a bit more quickly.  The third act, in which all heck breaks loose in a unique way not seen before in a superhero pic -- perhaps any pic -- tends to compensate for this. Second, the villain, Malekith, is really sort of weak in his characterization. This is really an underlying sub-issue of the Norse mythology thing; you're asked to simply accept his evil based on writ.  However, you also get healthy chunks of Loki, and Tom Hiddleston is again a delight to be savored in the role. The rest of the cast is up to the quality of their prior performances, though one wishes the subplot involving Lady Sif had been more developed, if only to see more of Jaimie Alexander.  As with the "Phase 1" Marvel flicks leading up to The Avengers, stay at least part of the way through the credits, and those who stay past the end will be further rewarded.

WILL SMITH was just "being silly" in risque photos taken with his Focus co-star Margot Robbie, says his camp.

JUSTIN BIEBER, filmed sleeping by a mystery girl in Brazil.

KHLOE KARDASHIAN & LAMAR ODOM are secretly selling their Tarzana mansion.

TOM CRUISE reportedly testifed that Katie Holmes indicated she left him in part over Scientology, and offered a glimpse of the aftermath of his divorce from Nicole Kidman, during a deposition in his libel suit against Life & Style magazine.

CHARLIE SHEEN is under a gag order.

JOHNNY GALECKI breaks his silence about his past relationship with Big Bang Theory co-star Kaley Cuoco.

SUPERMAN-BATMAN: Are actresses testing for Wonder Woman? Or Bruce Wayne's love interest?

AN IRANIAN lawmaker claimed that Iran has "hundreds" of troops in Syria assisting Assad regime forces; the IRGC countered that "Iran has only advisers in Syria to transfer its military experience to the Syrian army." Iran entered talks with world powers in Geneva about its nuclear program.

EGYPT: Security forces reportedly killed three Islamist militants during clashes in the Sinai. Al Gamaa al Islamiya said it plans to demonstrate against a new protest law.

LIBYA: Heavy fighting erupted in east Tripoli after reports that the leader of the Misrata Nosoor Battalion had been killed at a checkpoint.

SYRIA: Regime and Hezbollah forces recaptured the strategic rebel-held suburb of Sbeineh, south of Damascus, effectively cutting off much of the supply line for rebels in southern Damascus. The OPCW said it has verified the inoperability of one of the two remaining chemical weapons sites on its list, with "sealed cameras used by Syrian personnel" at the northern Aleppo site.

A TINY KITTEN kisses her face.

TOFFEE THE HORSE: Always a bridesmaid...

MYSTERY FISH caught near Malaysia. It lookslike it might jump onto your face.

MUTANT SUPER-RATS which cannot be killed by regular poisons may be spreading across the UK.

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Jimi Hendrix, Erasure, Joy Formidable, Laura Veirs, Balloon Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, November 07, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


METRIC offers a kaleidoscopic view of Emily Haines in "Synthetica."

JIMI HENDRIX: HEAR MY TRAIN A COMIN' is streaming in full at PBS.

ERASURE is advance streaming... wait for it... a Christmas album, Snow Globe.

THE JOY FORMIDABLE played live at the Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival.

LAURA VEIRS stopped by Oregon Public Broadcasting for a chat and mini-set. 

SNOWBIRD, the duo of singer/songwriter Stephanie Dosen and Cocteau Twins' Simon Raymonde, drop "Porcelain" ahead of their debut.

THUNDERCLAP NEWMAN: Because there's "Something In The Air." And you know that it's right.

LOU REED, remembered by Patti Smith.

THE OLD 97's: Rhett Miller talks to Rolling Stone about the band's work on a new album and why he still can't believe he gets paid to play music.  

WYE OAK tells SPIN they've abandoned the guitar on their next LP.

SKY FERREIRA talks to the L.A. Times about the long road to banging out Night Time, My Time in a feverish 21/2-week burst of writing and recording.

WILL SMITH and his Focus co-star, beauty Margot Robbie, got too close at a New Orleans party last month and their salacious photo booth pictures that were meant to stay private, prove it. Sources tell Us Weekly his marriage with Jada Pinkett Smith is “great”.

ASHTON KUTCHER & MILA KUNIS engagement on tap?

ANNE HATHAWAY is not pregnant, according to her rep.

TOM CRUISE defends his parenting in his suit against Life & Style magazine.

ELIZABETH VARGAS checks into rehab for alcohol abuse.

LADY GAGA to sing in space, where no one can hear you scream. I kid. Maybe.

TURKEY: Authorities seized chemical materials from a three-vehicle convoy that was attempting to cross the border near Reyhanli into Syria on Nov. 2; two of the three drivers managed to flee into Syria but a third was arrested. The confiscated materials, which "could be transformed into weapons," the Army said, included about a ton sulphur and eight barrels of another substance. Some reports alleged that al Qaeda forces had seized a chemical arms facility in Homs and needed raw materials.

EGYPT: Leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood who fled Egypt after the overthrow of Mohammed Morsi have been reorganizing in a number of locations including Turkey, Qatar, and the UK. A court upheld a ban on the Muslim Brotherhood.

MUNCHKIN CAT pops water balloons.

UPDATE: THE 20-LB CARP lost its bid for the Ann Arbor City Council.

A TESTICLE-EATING FISH caught in Cedar Lake, IL.

SNAKE IN AN OVEN: A python turns up in Northumberland.



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