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Elvis Costello & The Roots, Sebadoh, Sam Fermin, Affectionate Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, September 09, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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YUCK covers New Order's "Age Of Consent."

ELVIS COSTELLO & THE ROOTS are advance streaming Wise Up Ghost.

SEBADOH is advance streaming Defend Yourself, their first LP in 14 years.

SAM FERMIN is advance streaming an eponymous debut.

PARQUET COURTS stopped by World Cafe for a chat an mini-set, including three new tunes.

STARS drop "The Light" as a B-Side. Because who cares what's on the flip side? I do.

IGGY POP, with an especially destructive "Lust For Life" circa 1977.

KIM GORDON is writing her autobiography and publishing a book of her essays that she wrote for art and culture magazines in the early 1980s.

THE CLASH: Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Nicky 'Topper' Headon re-unite to reflect on their career and their legacy on BBC4, with Joe Strummer appearing archivally. (Thx, LHB.)

SHARON JONES has confirmed that she is recovering following successful cancer surgery.

THE TOP 10 MASTADON SONGS, according to Stereogum.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Riddick tops the chart with 18.7 million, a bit lower than expected, particularly as it was the sole wide release in a traditionally slow weekend. It's good enough against a 38 million budget that we may see another in this series.  The Butler places with 8.9 million on a 40 percent drop that likely was expected after a long weekend.  Instructions Not Included shows with 8.1 million (against a reported 5 million budget), moving up a notch this weekend in a show of good release timing and shrewd targeting of the Hispanic demo.  We're The Millers takes the fourth slot with another 7.9 million and roughly 164 million worldwide against a 37 million production budget.  Planes clings to the bottom of the Top 5 with 4.3 million and 79.3 million domestic (and another 40 mill overseas) against a 50 million straight-to-video budget.  Below the fold, Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine surpasses Vicky Cristy Barcelona and Match Point in total box office.  Sadly, The World's End drops to No. 10, though worlwide it has taken in about 40 million on a 20 million budget.

BRUNO MARS will play halftime at the Super Bowl.

LAMAR ODOM's crack cocaine addiction had reached such dangerous levels that even his dealer cut off his supply last week. Khloe Kardashian has no idea where her husband of nearly four years is.

MILEY CYRUS: Will the VMAs cost her Liam Hemsworth?

ZACH GALIFIANAKIS skipped the Toronto Film Festival premiere of his new film, You Are Here, on Saturday because his wife went into labor.

MAD MEL UPDATE: Gibson had an angry encounter with Malibu cops last Saturday, but he was sober and left the Jews out of it.

JACK OSBOURNE's wife suffered a miscarriage.

SYRIA: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on "the increasing human rights violations that have been committed by the ISIS" (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant). Several fighters from both sides were killed in clashes between Kurds and the Al Nusrah Front, the ISIL, and rebel fighters in Hasakah. The ruling Baath Party leadership said it would go into "permanent session" starting today. The US and allies have not yet established a direct link between the regime leadership and the Aug. 21 chemical attack.The EU urged a "clear and strong" response to the Aug. 21 chemical attack, but stopped short of endorsing military action.

EGYPT: Security sources said that the Egyptian army undertook a massive operation in the Sinai against Islamist militants. Former president Morsi is facing new charges of insulting judges. An IED exploded at a Cairo police station.

IRAQ: Security forces captured four members of an al Qaeda assassination cell in Baghdad, an al Qaeda "money collector" and three aides in Kirkuk, and three "gunmen" in Rubaia near the Syrian border. Police also found a large bomb factory and arrested two al Qaeda operatives in Anbar.

AFFECTIONATE CAT: Let's go to the video.

A WILD BULL ELK gored a shepherd in the mountains in eastern Utah, puncturing one of the man's lungs, knocking him unconscious and forcing him to walk several miles for help.

THE SWARM: A Biblical plague of crickets invades Oklahoma.  

A WILD TURKEY trashes a New Jersey home.

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Sly & the Family Stone, Arctic Monkeys, Yo La Tengo, Cutout Bin, Baby Monkey   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, September 06, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

SLY & THE FAMILY STONE rip through a medley of "Everyday People" and "Dance to the Music," plus "Hot Fun in the Summertime," "Don't Call Me N*gger, Whitey," and "I Want to Take You Higher" on network TV, circa 1969.

ARCTIC MONKEYS: Alex Turner and drummer Matt Helders play an acoustic set live from the WNYC Soundcheck studio.

YO LA TENGO stopped by WFUV to talk about and play some of their new songs for an FUV Live session.

BLACK JOE LEWIS hit the studio at KUTX.

ALPINE played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

SUMMER CAMP advance streams their second album.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS: As summer wanes, let's roll John Darnielle's take on "The Boys Are Back In Town."

JANELLE MONAE gets the fancy cover-story treatment at Pitchfork.

THE CLASH: Five Reasons They Still Matter.

NEIL YOUNG promises his "high-resolution" Pono audio service will be ready to launch in early 2014.

THE WEDDING PRESENT: David Gedge talks to Drowned In Sound about the changing climate of the music industry, that infamous TOTP performance and his affinity for the sea-side.

UNDER 60 SECONDS: 20 Great Songs.

THE CUTOUT BIN: From Martha Reeves & the Vandellas to Devo, from Nancy Sinatra to the Dead Kennedys, from Carole King to Pavement, plus Greg Kihn, Yo La Tengo, Sex Pistols, Art Brut and more  -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

RIDDICK is this weekend's sole wide release, currently scoring 54 percent on the ol' Tomatometer.

LAMAR ODOM, contra other reports, is not in rehab.

MILA KUNIS & ASHTON KUTCHER: Engaged?

ROBIN THICKE & PAULA PATTON put on the PDA as rumors swirl about his cheating.

KATIE COURIC is engaged to boyfriend John Molner.

ROBOCOP: The remake has a trailer online. I'd buy that for a dollar.

SYRIA: US Secretary of State John Kerry's public assertions that moderate Syrian opposition groups are growing in influence appear to be at odds with estimates by US and European intelligence sources and nongovernmental experts, who say Islamic extremists remain by far the fiercest and best-organized rebel elements.

JORDAN: Prime Minister Ensour said Jordan would take no part in a military intervention in Syria, and that Jordan supports a peaceful resolution to the Syrian conflict.

EGYPT: A bomb exploded in the Cairo district of Nasr City, an Islamist stronghold, narrowly missing Interior Minister Ibrahim shortly after he left his home; 22 people were injured by the blast, including 10 police officers and a child. After the attack, in which gunmen also strafed his vehicle, Ibrahim warned of more terrorist attacks; Islamists have increasingly called for violence in the wake of the government's crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood. The Pentagon said the US could incur billions of dollars in costs if it cancels military aid to Egypt.

BABY MONKEY Feeding Time.

STUBBS THE CAT, honorary mayor of the tiny Alaska town of Talkeetna is being treated for a punctured long, bruised hips and other injuries following an assassination attempt by a dog.

THE SWARM: Asian hornets prepare to inavde Britain.

FRED THE FERRET terrorizes a block of flats in Chilwell, Nottinghamshire.

 

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Neko Case, Marshall Crenshaw, OMD, Bison   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, September 05, 2013 - 08:00 AM
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SOUNDGARDEN is "Halfway There."

NEKO CASE stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

MARSHALL CRENSHAW stopped by WFUV for a mini-set, along with his thoughts on portraying Buddy Holly in La Bamba after playing John Lennon in Beatlemania.

OMD plays a mini-set from Cutting Room Studios in NYC for KEXP

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Moby, McCartney, Tim Heckler and more feature in the latest edition. 

ARCADE FIRE drops a trailer for Reflector.

SLADE: "Gudbuy t'Jane" on Dutch TV, circa 1972.

PSYCHEDELIC FURS frontman Richard Butler talks to BOMB about the formation of the Furs, his paintings, Warhol, Dylan, and more... (Thx, LHB.)

STAND BY ME: Singer Ben E King and writer Mike Stoller recall how a song originally intended for the Drifters came alive thanks to a killer bassline.

MGMT have spoken about their forthcoming self-titled album, admitting they "don't even know if it's music we would want to listen to".

15 SONGS that borrow the drum intro from "Be My Baby."

SCARLETT JOHANSSON is engaged to her beau, journalist Romain Dauriac.

ROBIN THICKE cheated on his wife, Paula Patton, with 20-year-old Lana Scolaro, she tells Life & Style magazine.

LAMAR ODOM has checked himself into a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center.

GWEN STEFANI & GAVIN ROSSDALE are expecting a third baby.

SOFIA VERGARA is the top-earning actress on television again, according tothe latest Forbes list.

JACK NICHOLSON, contra tabloid stories, is not retiring from acting due to memory loss, according to Maria Shriver.

CLINT EASTWOOD is reportedly dating Erica Tomlinson-Fisher, the ex-wife of Scott Fisher - the man who's now romancing Eastwood's estranged wife Dina.

UNITED STATES Secretary of State Kerry urged support for a US military intervention in Syria, arguing that the US must show the Assad regime it cannot use chemical weapons with impunity. He said the intervention could include boots on the ground but not "with respect to the civil war." Polls show that most Americans, from all parties, oppose the idea of intervening militarily in Syria.

SYRIA: A top Syrian diplomat said Syria does not want wars with the US, and called for dialogue, but said Syria would strike Israel, Jordan, and Turkey if they take part in an intervention in Syria.

LIBYA has almost entirely stopped producing oil as the government loses control of much of the country to militia fighters. Government authority is disintegrating in all parts of the country putting in doubt claims by American, British and French politicians that NATO’s military action in Libya in 2011 was an outstanding example of a successful foreign military intervention which should be repeated in Syria.

MEETING A BISON on the trail at Yellowstone.

RECORD SWARMS OF "JOBLESS" WASPS  are more likely to attack because they are drunk and aggressive, the British Red Cross has warned.

PSYCHIC CROCODILE predicts the Australian election.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT A bus driver in Gothenburg, western Sweden swerved to avoid a militant rodent and then crashed into a grove of trees leaving six of his 40 passengers requiring hospital treatment.

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Arctic Monkeys, Man Man, Delorean, Kitten Cam   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, September 04, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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DENT MAY hits the county fair for "Born Too Late."

ARCTIC MONKEYS are advance streaming AM via iTunes.

MAN MAN is advance streaming On Oni Pond.

DELOREAN is advance streaming Apar.

JANELLE MONAE is advance streaming The Electric Lady.

THE PIXIES drop "Indie Cindy" from a brand-new EP. 

MICHAEL STIPE & BILLY BRAGG sing The Only Ones' "Another Girl, Another Planet" in the Czech Republic, as Natalie Merchant dances.

THE CLASH: Mick Jones talks to Rolling Stone about the band's new -- and likely final -- 13-disc box set.

NEKO CASE spoke with All Songs Considered about The Worse Things Get, and answered questions from listeners. 

THE BEST LE TIGRE SONGS, according to Stereogum

THE 50 SEXIEST SONGS, according to Paste

KATE UPTON graces the cover of Vanity Fair’s 100th-anniversary issue.

AMANDA BYNES: Psych treatment ain't cheap.

SIMON COWELL is reportedly expecting a boy with his baby mama Lauren Silverman.

KHLOE KARDASHIAN's tough love approach to Lamar Odom isn't working.

STACY KIEBLER turned up at Burning Man with her rumored boyfriend, entrepreneur Jared Pobre.

50 SHADES OF GREY: The movie's producers defend the casting of Dakota Johnson and Charlie Hunnam as Batman. No, wait.

FRED STOBAUGH, the 96-year-old songwriter whose song about his late wife went viral, is outselling Justin Timberlake and Miley Cyrus.

SYRIA: Polls show that most Americans, from all parties, oppose the idea of intervening militarily in Syria. The top Democratic and Republican House leaders expressed support for the intervention. The Syrian military continues to redeploy in advance of the threatened US military intervention.

IRAQ: Al Qaeda killed 67 people in a series of bombings and attacks in and around Baghdad.

LIBYA: An armed gang forced the Egyptian consul out of his car in Tripoli yesterday and stole it; there have been a number of carjackings of diplomatic vehicles in the capital recently.

EGYPT: Eleven supporters of former president Mohammed Morsi were sentenced to life in prison for attacking the army. A court ordered the closure of a number of television stations, including Al Jazeera, and one tied to the Muslim Brotherhood.

KITTEN CAM features a group of foster kittens until they become adopted, and then shows a new group.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT comes to Malmstrom Air Force Base, home to 150 nuclear ICBMs.

A BLACK BEAR was spotted in Endicott, NY late Sunday night, prompting road closures and a several block chase.

THE FERAL HOG BOUNTY doubles in Hays and Caldwell counties, TX.

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Body/Head, Willis Earl Beal, Potty Mouth, Imitating Wolves   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, September 03, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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PEARL JAM hasn't made many videos since "Jeremy", but they did for "Mind Your Manners."

BODY/HEAD: Kim Gordon's new band is streaming Coming Apart.

WILLIS EARL BEAL is advance streaming Nobody knows.

POTTY MOUTH is advance streaming Hell Bent.

KEN STRINGFELLOW & JAMES DODSON play on each other's songs here and here for KEXP. 

ARCTIC MONKEYS drop the B-side, "Stop The World I Wanna Get Off With You." 

THE MOODY BLUES "Ride My Seesaw" on French TV for Twofer "Tuesday Afternoon."

BELLE & SEBASTIAN: Stuart Murdoch and Stevie Jackson take a track-by-track tour of their rarities collection at Under The Radar.

SLY STONE: The Observer chronicles the rise and fall of the Family Stone -- and hears about his new plan for an albino band to neutralize racial problems.

LOS CAMPESINOS! Gareth talks to Drowned In Sound about keepiing his day job, "What Death Leaves Behind," plus other singles and rarities.

THE BEACH BOYS: American Songwriter talks to producer-archivists Mark Linett and Alan Boyd.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The One Direction concert movie topped the chart with 17 million, more like 20 million over the whole holiday weekend. Not as good as Miley Cyrus or Justin Bieber, but better than the Jonas Bros or Katy Perry and not bad on a 10 million budget, especially after global rceipts are tallied.The Butler places with14.7 million on a leggy 11 percent drop.  We're The Millers shows with 12.6 million on a very leggy 3.5 percent drop.  Planes hangs around the No. 4 slot with 7.8 million, because it has the family crowd pretty much to itself.  Instructions Not Included -- targeted to Hispanic audiences -- rounds out the Top 5 with 7.5 million on a mere 347 screens.Below the fold, the poorly reviewed Getaway debuted in the ninth slot with 4.5 million, which is bad new, even against an 18 million budget.

MILEY CYRUS admits she's messed up.

KHLOW KARDASHIAN has given Lamar Odom an ultimatum — get help or get an apartment.

SETH MEYERS married his longtime girlfriend Alexi Ashe on Sunday.

KATE BOSWORTH and fiance Michael Polish officially exchanged vows and became husband and wife in an intimate ceremony in Philipsburg, Montana.

LANCE BASS proposed to his boyfriend Michael Turchin in New Orleans.

DAVID FROST, who will be remembered for his revealing interviews with former US President Richard Nixon, died on a cruise ship at age 74.  He was instrumental in bringing the future members of Monty Python together as writers on That Was The Week That Was and The Frost Report.

FRENCH Interior Minister Valls said that France "cannot go it alone" on Syria and would wait for the US Congress' decision. A government source said secret documents would be released showing that Syria had stockpiled sarin, mustard gas, and other chemical agents. The leaked French intelligence report claims that the Assad regime has over 1,000 tons of such agents, including the extremely lethal nerve toxin VX.

SYRIA: The Obama administration began a full-press campaign on Sunday for Congressional approval of its plan to carry out a punitive strike against the Syrian government. The adminsitration's draft AUMF is so broadly worded that it could authorize a ground invasion, if Pres. Obama deemed it "necessary and appropriate" to deter the proliferation of WMD. The Arab League passed a resolution urging the UN and the international community to "take the deterrent and necessary measures against the culprits ... that the Syrian regime bears responsibility for.

NORTH KOREA is conducting major new construction to expand facilities at a launch site where it fired a rocket into orbit last December.

EGYPTIAN authorities have detained a migratory bird that a citizen suspected of being a spy.

CECIL The DOG imitates wolves.

A CROC stalks a New Zealand tourist for two weeks.

A LONG ISLAND GOLFER loses two fingers to a crocodile (in Cancun).

A ZORSE is a zorse, of course, of course.

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