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Phoenix, Eluvium, Shovels & Rope, Skateboarding Beagle   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, May 06, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PHOENIX, performed "Trying to Be Cool" and "Drakkar Noir" at the Ed Sullivan Theater before a full Live on Letterman webcast.

ELUVIUM advance streams Nightmare Ending.

CLASSIXX advance streams Hanging Gardens.

SHOVELS & ROPE play songs from their debut on Mountain Stage.

THE MEN brought an alt-country, punk rock-americana set to the KEXP studio for a session of songs mostly off of the album "New Moon".

QUEEN was killer back in '74.

VAMPIRE WEEKEND: Ezra Koenig and Rostam Batmanglij talk to All Songs Considered about New York, mischief and the new LP.

JEFF HANNEMAN, who died of liver failure at 49 on Thursday, was the songwriter, sometimes-lyricist and shredding fingers behind some of Slayer's most enduring songs.

RID OF ME: An oral history of the PJ Harvey album that just turned 20. Get Off My Lawn.

13 SONGS About Losing Your Virginity. There Will Be Meatloaf.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Iron Man 3 dwarfed all competition with 175.3 million, the second-highest opening ever afterThe Avengers.  IM3 already has a worldwide gross of 680.3 million -- easily beating the total grosses for the first two Stark sagas.  It will likely finish somewhere around the 5th to 7th all-time grosser... until 2015 brings and Avengers sequel, anyway. Marvel magic plus Disney marketing = Box Office Gold, Jerry. Pain And Gain placed a distant, distant second with 7.6 million on a 62.5 percent drop.  42 shows with 6.2 million.  Oblivion heads there with 5.8 million (thanks the marketers for opening this abroad well ahead of Iron Man).  The Croods round out the Top 5 with 4.2 million.

LINDSAY LOHAN checked into the Betty Ford Clinic for what is to be a three-month stay.

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY married Klaxons keyboardist James Righton in a low-key ceremony.

CHARLIE SHEEN's twin boys were removerd from the home of their mother Brooke Mueller, after officials decided her house was an “unsafe environment” for children. The children are now in the care of Denise Richards.

REESE WITHERSPOON: Bonus crazy arrest video.

JAIME KING and husband Kyle Newman are expecting their first child later this year.

SNOW WHITE & THE HUNTSMAN could become a trilogy. Sigh.

THE UNITED STATES: The FBI has found radical Islamist material, including al Qaeda's online magazine, on the computer of the widow of slain Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

SYRIA: anonymous Obama administration officials now tell the New York Times the President's comments about a "red line" in Syria was an ad-lib. Oh boy. Regardless of whether this is truth or spin, and whatever one thinks about US involvement in Syria, or about the Obama administration, one has to wonder how the world's less rational regimes will take this sort of story.

EGYPT: The secular opposition is reaping scant benefit from the Muslim Brotherhood's difficulties in government.

LIBYA: An armed militia attacked and broke up a meeting of government supporters in Benghazi.

IRAQ: Insurgents killed seven Iraqis in a bombing at a Sunni mosque in Baghdad. Al Qaeda killed two soldiers in Taji. Security forces detained a wanted al Qaeda leader in Mawahil and three al Qaeda propagandists in Anbar.


MURPHY THE BEAGLE skateboards, plays rugby.

I WAS SWALLOWED BY A HIPPO: "The hippo who tried to kill me wasn't a stranger – he and I had met before a number of times..."

MAN AGAINST SNAIL: An epic battle is raging in South Florida.

SHOW AND TELL: University students have been known to get up to wild antics in the past but no-one could have imagined an alligator would be found in one of their cars on campus.

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Tres de Mayo, Iron Man Tres, 100 Underrated Indie Songs, Driving Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, May 03, 2013 - 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.

LAURA MARLING talks to The Observer about lyrics, love, her new album and why she decided to move from London to L.A.

JOE BOYD spoke recently with Rolling Stone about Nick Drake's legacy, the similarities between Lucinda Williams and Drake and why he doesn't see there ever being a Nick Drake biopic.

SAVAGES get the big feature treatment at Pitchfork.

THE 100 MOST UNDERRATED INDIE SONGS, according to Mandatory

CUTOUT BIN:  From Cheap Trick to The Church, from Johnny Cash to Taco, from Fountains of Wayne to Frank Zappa, plus Guided By Voices, Humble Pie, James Brown, The Smiths and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

IRON MAN 3 is this weekend's sole wide release, scoring 83 percent on the ol' Tomatometer... and rightly so.  It's not quite the sheer Summer box office delight The Avengers delivered, but better than the Stark sequel that was overstuffed to pave the way for The Avengers.  Back on his own (sort of), this is Tony Tony Tony, which is to say Robert Downey Jr at his Downiest, thanks in part to director / co-writer Shane Black, who was previously responsible for the very Downey Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (Black takes the chair from Jon Favreau, who nonethless reprises his role as Happy Hogan here). Downey and Black again demonstrate a remarkable ability to balance the glib with the humainty, this time accomplishing it within the Marvel Universe's unique blend of the epic and absurd. The Iron Man movies have previously borrowed some elements from the Extremis reboot in the comic book, starting with the nifty relocation of the origin from Vietnam to Afghanistan.  IM3 lifts much more from Extremis, albeit with some twists to pump of the comedy and the action.  Ten-year-old comic book geek me would be dismayed with the treatment of the Mandarin (Irona Man's primary nemesis) in this flick, but middle-aged me smiled and let it drop, particularly because the script allows the great Ben Kingsley to really play. Rebecca Hall and Guy Pierce also have fun with their roles as Maya Hansen and Aldrich Killian (both of whom figured in the Extremis books).  Post-Avengers, should you stay to the end of the credits? Yes.  Should you linger even a little longer than that? Yes again.

REESE WITHERSPOON pleaded no contest to disorderly conduct. Frankly, the crazytown arrest video speaks for itself.

LINDSAY LOHAN violated her rehab deal and checked into a different facility that is reportedly unlicensed.

CHRIS KELLY: The Krs Kross rapper's untimely death may involve cocaine and heroin.

KIERA KNIGHTLEY will reportedly wed Klaxons keyboardist James Righton in France this weekend.

GWYNETH PALTROW cops to the occasional marital problems.

FHM's 100 SEXIEST WOMEN OF 2013: Mila Kunis tops the list.

SYRIA: Government forces launched intense assaults against rebel forces in Homs and Deir al Zour.

IRAN: The Basij force of Iran's Revolutionary Guard has said in a statement posted by Iranian news outlets that several of its websites have come under cyberattack.

IRAQ: The UN said that more people were killed in April than in any month since 2008.

MAX THE DOG goes viral by driving thru Brooklyn.

GEMUNU THE ELEPHANT ambushes wildlife travelers for food.

A MYSTERY MARSUPIAL sparked a police hunt in Lancashire.

JACK THE CATTLE DOG has mad balancing skills.

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Free Energy, Josh Ritter, Leagues, Thirsty Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, May 02, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PATE REUNION:  Jon, Mike & Jon (and we hope Ron) will be retaking a stage somewhere near Iowa State University on July 5th, 2013, just one short decade after their last reunion gig.  Clear your calendar for something transcendent, a train wreck, or both!  If you're on the Facebook, check in with the event page.

PATE's MIKE KELLY & RON HAHM added bass, dums, and backing vocals to JON PRATT's rockabilly reboot of "She's So Special."  Mike sent it to me, but props to Ron for putting it on the Tube.

FREE ENERGY stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

JOSH RITTER stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set. 

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

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Iggy and the Stooges, The National, Black Angels and more highlight the latest edition of the series.

HOT CHOCOLATE: "You Sexy Thing." Believe in miracles?

GUIDED BY VOICES: Tobin Sprout talks to PopMatters about picking up where the "classic" lineup left off in 1997.

DEERHUNTER: Are Bradford Cox's antics overshadowing his art?

MY MORNING JACKET, ranked by Stereogum.

THE 10 BEST BRIGHT EYES SONGS, according to Stereogum.

CHRIS KELLY, half of the 1990s kid rap duo Kris Kross who made one of the decade's most memorable songs with the frenetic "Jump," has died, according to authorities. He was 34. What say you, Justin Timberlake?

LINDSAY LOHAN has less than 24 hours to hightail it to Seafield Center in New York ... but even as she packs her bags she's telling people she may bail on the rehab facility because they won't let her smoke.

JENNIFER ANISTON & JUTSIN THEROUXdelayed their wedding to avoid competing with the Bradgelina nuptuals.

AMANDA BYNES says she's not crazy. Which settles it.

MARIAH CAREY & NICK CANNON renewed their vows on their 5th wedding anniversary at a lavish private ceremony at Disneyland.

NAOMI CAMPBELL's five-year relationship with her Russian billionaire boyfriend, Vladimir Doronin, is on the rocks.

KELSEY GRAMMER is cast as the villain in the next Transformers flick.

THE UNITED STATES: Federal prosecutors charged three acquaintances of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev with helping to cover up the crime. Kazakhstan nationals Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov are accused of deliberately destroying evidence; and Robel Philippos, a US citizen, is accused of lying to investigators.

MALI: The Pentagon said the US has sent about 10 military personnel to Mali to provide "liaison support" to French and African troops in the battle against Islamists in the north, and that 12 other US military personnel are assigned to the US embassy in Bamako.

ISRAEL: Former Prime Minister Olmert warned that Hezbollah may already possess chemical weapons.

LIBYA: Some 170 detainees escaped from Sebha prison yesterday; some have returned voluntarily to their cells, but a large number have disappeared.

EGYPT: A blogger and activist known for criticizing President Morsi was detained by authorities.

A CAT ASKS: "Got Milk?"


THE FLANNEL MOTH that looks like Donald Trump.

A WILD TIGER visits the zoo, looking for a date.

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Fitz & the Tantrums, Fleetwood Mac, Black Keys, Lion Cub   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



FITZ & THE TANTRUMS advance stream More Than Just A Dream.

FLEETWOOD MAC streams Extended Play. Check the sidebar.

BEN HARPER & CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

THE CHAPIN SISTERS play songs from their covers LP, A Date With the Everly Brothers, on Mountain Stage.

THE BLACK KEYS go "Cruising" on an Adult Swim comp.

BLONDIE: Debbie Harry and Chris Stein talk to The Guardian about the making of "Heart of Glass."

THE FLAMING LIPS: Wayne Coyne talks to Stereogum about The Terror, nothing, and absolutely everything.

MICK RONSON: Sideman and Starman.

OLOF ARNALDS talks to The Rumpus about her first English-language record.(Thx, LHB.)

10 OF THE MOST UNDERRATED BANDS of the 21st Century.

LINDSAY LOHAN may blog about her lessons learned after rehab.

KIM KARDASHIAN & KANYE WEST don't wnat your baby gifts; just donate to Chicago Children's Hospital.

AMANDA BYNES has access to all of her money, despite her reportedly erratic behavior.


CATHERINE ZETA-JONES is returning to treatment for her bipolar II disorder.

PINK tells Glamour she's a "reformed slut."

JASON COLLINS' ex-fiance had no idea he was gay.

WORLD WAR Z, from Stunning Budget Overages and a Reshot Ending to Lots of On-Set Drama.

THE UNITED STATES:  One of the brothers suspected of carrying out the Boston bombings had made links with two figures in the Islamist anti-Kremlin insurgency in the Northern Caucasus, both of whom were killed by Russian security forces, a security source said Monday.

SYRIA: President Obama is preparing to send lethal weaponry to the Syrian opposition and has taken steps to assert more aggressive US leadership among allies and partners seeking the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad, according to senior administration officials. The British government is exercising more caution in its attempts to arm the rebels fighting the Bashar Assad regime in Syria, following intelligence reports and warnings by other governments that the major part of the rebel movement has been taken over by Jihadist groups with links to Al-Qaeda.

IRAQ: Insurgents killed six Iraqis in bombings in Baghdad and Nahmudiyah. Tribes in Anbar handed over 16 al Qaeda operatives to the government.

A LION CUB, A DOG, and and a ball of yarn.

AN INVASIVE PREDATOR FISH that can live out of water for days is to be hunted in Central Park.

MOTORWAY drivers were left astonished after spotting two dairy cows crammed onto the back seat of a small family car.

HAMSTER BOWLING: Can the Olympics be far behind?

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New Releases, Flaming Lips, Kurt Vile, Baboons   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


IRON & WINE played "Grace for Saints and Ramblers" for Fallon.  That's quite an ensemble, Sam.

NEW RELEASES from Cayucas, Hawk & Dove, Midnight Oil and more are streaming this week via Spinner, or until AOL shuts down Spinner entirely.

THE FLAMING LIPS perform Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, from start to finish.

KURT VILE played live on Sound Opinions.

VILLAGERS: Conor O'Brien plays a solo acoustic set featuring songs from Villagers' second album "{Awayland}" live on KEXP from the Cutting Room studios in NYC.

BEADY EYE takes a "Second Bite Of The Apple" before releasing BE.

THE WALKER BROS: I cauht Seeking A Friend For the End of the World again on cable recently, reminding me to link  "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore)" and "Stay With Me, Baby" for Twofer Tuesday.

PRIMAL SCREAM: Bobbie Gillespie talks to Drowned In Sound about the new record, Primal Scream's legacy, former band members, the lack of dissent within the arts and how fatherhood has changed him.

NEIL YOUNG: Inside the making of 1969's classic 'Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere'

DAVID BOWIE summarizes The Next Day in 42 words.

IGGY POP's High School Yearbook Photo.

IRON MAN 3 opens to a massive 198.4 million overseas, beating out The Avengers' 185.1 million.

JOHNNY DEPP & AMBER HEARD were spotted getting cozy again at a Rolling Stones concert.

REESE WITHERSPOON claimed her baby son stole her brain shortly before her disorderly conduct arrest.

MICHAEL JORDAN got hitched to Cuban-American model Yvette Prieto.

MICHAEL JACKSON's wrongful death trial opened.

TEEN MOM star Farrah Abraham who finally struck a high six-figure deal for her sex tape. Klassy.

JASON COLLINS, an NBA center, came out as the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport.

THE UNITED STATES: Two Congressmen said there are "persons of interest" in the Boston Marathon bombing case who are in the United States.

ISRAEL: Prime Minister Netanyahu ordered his ministers not to comment on the ongoing situation in Syria. Netanyahu also said that Iran has not yet crossed the nuclear red line he set at the UN.

SYRIA: A bomb attack in Damascus on the convoy of the Prime Minister killed six people but he escaped the assassination attempt.

IRAQ ordered 10 predominantly Sunni Muslim satellite television channels to cease broadcasting Sunday, accusing them of encouraging the sectarian unrest that left more than 200 people dead in a week of violence.


BABOONS invade and ransack homes in South Africa.

GIANT RATS terrorize Rotorua, New Zealand.

IS THAT A KING SNAKE slithering between your legs on the highway?

DRUG-SNIFFING DOGS are available for hire to suspicious parents.

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