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English Beat, Dawes, Wire, Cutout Bin, Bumblebee   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, July 19, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with THE ENGLISH BEAT!  Why? Mostly because they cranked out great ska-pop.  My personal fave may still be "Best Friend," but you might prefer more signature songs like "Mirror in the Bathroom,"  "Save It For Later,"  "I Confess" or "Doors of Your Heart." Or their adaptations of covers like Smokey's "Tears Of A Clown" and the Andy Williams number "Can't Get Used To Losing You."

DAWES stopped by WNYC Soundcheck for a chat and mini-set.

WIRE stopped by WNYC Soundcheck for a mini-set.

IVAN & ALYOSHA stopped by Studio A at WFUV.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Beck, Okkervil River, and Sarah Neufeld highlight the latest edition.

MOUNTAIN GOATS: Hear the previously-unreleased "You and Me and a High Balcony."

ARCTIC MONKEYS drop "2013", which won't be on their upcoming LP.

7 SECONDS: "My Aim Is You" is the hardcore legends' first track in eight years.

SMASHING PUMPKINS drop an acoustic take of "1979" ahead of their  reissue campaign.

GENERAL PUBLIC: "Tenderness." Obligatory companion to the English Beat.

THE FEELIES talk to The Paris Review about their final show at Hoboken's legendary Maxwell's. (Thx, LHB.)

DAUGHN GIBSON talked to Aquarium Drunkard about the altered states, the mysterious, the alien, and Me Moan.

20 SONGS Directly Addressing Dead Bandmates.

36 THINGS Vinyl Collectors Love.

CUTOUT BIN: From Arthur Alexander to Silver Jews, from Robert Palmer to the Ronettes, from Liz Phair to'Til Tuesday, plus the Clash, Byrds, Sam & Dave, Raspberries and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING:  This weekend's wide releases are Turbo, which opened Wednesday with 66 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Red 2, which is currently scoring 38 percent; R.I.P.D, which wasn't widely screened for reviews; and The Conjuring, scoring 84 percent.How bad does a Jeff Bridges movie have to be to avoid the critics?

JENNIFER LAWRENCE & NICHOLAS HOULT have rebooted their romance.

GEORGE CLOONEY unsuccessfully tried to woo Eva Longoria while he was still dating Stacy Keibler?

EMMYS nominations went to these folks. Congrats!

MICHAEL MOORE has filed for divorce from his wife of 21 years.

JAY-Z wants to be called "Jay Z." No hyphen.

JENNY McCARTHY's Dangerous Views.

SHAILENE WOODLEY, interviewed by Emma Stone.

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2: Teaser footage of Jamie Foxx as Electro.

SYRIA: The head of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff said President Obama has asked him to determine whether the US "could" stage a military intervention in Syria. The outgoing head of the British army warned that the imposition of a no-fly zone would lead to war. The UN reported that about 6,000 Syrians are fleeing the country every day, a rate not seen since the Rwandan massacres of 1994.

EGYPT: A military source claimed that Egyptian forces had killed 10 jihadists in the Sinai in the past 48 hours. Another source said that a major operation against jihadists in the Sinai will begin on Friday. Former president Morsi and a number of his aides reportedly had their diplomatic passports taken away. The public prosecutor is investigating former president Morsi's decision to pardon a number of Islamist prisoners during his rule.

FLOAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY, High-Five Like a Bee.

THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY: A bass weiging roughly 126 pounds. Someone tell Robyn Hitchcock.

A TIGER beats the heat with a bloodsicle.

A PARACHUTING DOG joins an elite Colombian anti-terror squad.

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Fitz & the Tantrums, Love Language, Van Dyke Parks, Puppy   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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BOB DYLAN, JEFF TWEEDY & JIM JAMES cover the gospel song "Twelve Gates to the City" and Neil Young's "Cinnamon Girl" on the Americanarama tour.

FITZ & THE TANTRUMS stopped by KUTX for a weekend mini-set. 

THE LOVE LANGUAGE is advance streaming Ruby Red. Liking it.

VAN DYKE PARKS is streaming Songs Cycled.Liking it, may not be your bag, baby.

HUNX AND HIS PUNX are streaming Street Punk. Snotty as it should be. (Thx, LHB.)

JASON ISBELL covers Neil Young in a Fresh Air interview.

KINGS OF LEON pull out a "Supersoaker" before their Mechanical Bull.

JOHNNY NASH: "I Can See Clearly Now." Because I'm hoping for a bright, sunshiney day.

VAMPIRE WEEKEND gives advice to teen girls.

TUUNG takes Drowned By Sound on a track-by-track tour of Turbines.

25 ESSENTIAL SUB POP LPs, according to PopMatters.

THE ENDURING POWER OF DISCO, essayed by The Big Roundtable.

LEA MICHELE is trying to come to terms with the death of love Cory Monteith — and revelations from coroners on Tuesday that the Glee actor had accidentally overdosed on heroin and alcohol.

TINA TURNER finally married her decades-long beau, Erwin Bach.

CHARLIE SHEEN is a grandpa. Yes, really.

STACY KIEBLER has every intention of remaining friends with her ex-boyfriend George Clooney, whom she recently split with following a two-year courtship.

MARY LOUISE PARKER says she's almost done acting. She blames the internet.

SHARKNADO is getting the inevitable sequel.

BANGLADESH: The country's war crimes tribunal sentenced Jamaat-e-Islami politician Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid to death. Mujahid led a militia responsible for the deaths of intellectuals and other leaders who supported the country's independence from Pakistan; as many as 3 million people are said to have died during the nine-month war of secession.

LIBYA:  Prime Minister Zeidan threatened to "use force" to restore law and order, and said he plans to raise wages for soldiers and policemen. The commander of the Air Force's Search and Rescue Division was assassinated in the Islamist stronghold of Derna on July 15. Four military police vehicles in Tripoli were damaged yesterday in a coordinated attack using bombs attached to the vehicles' rear wheels.

IRAQ: Security forces captured an al Qaeda leader near Mosul. A court sentenced an al Qaeda leader who brutally murdered Iraqis in Baghdad to hang.

IRAN: Three prominent Iranian economists have called for Iranian civil-society activists, intellectuals, academics, artists, and others to reach out to the world and speak out against international sanctions, which they describe as "illogical" and "unfair."

PUPPY vs DANDELION: Who You Got?

MOSQUITOES love beer drinkers. They're not dumb.

A DOG was rescued from a roof with hot dog bits. Video at the link.

A TRANQUILIZED BEAR was saved from drowning by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission biologist Adam Warwick.

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Phoenix, Alice Russell, Mazzy Star< Hang Gliding Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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DAVID BOWIE drops a video for "Valentine's Day."

PHOENIX plays a six-song set at World Cafe

ALICE RUSSELL plays a fiery Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

SKINNY LISTER played a Tiny Desk Concert at the ofices of NPR.

RODRIGO Y GABRIELA premiered three new songs on Morning Becomes Eclectic.

MAZZY STAR drops "California" ahead of their first LP in 17 years.

JOHNNY MARR flips "The It-Switch" as the B-side to "New Town Velocity".

NO AGE makes "An Impression" ahead of An Object.

DIAMOND KNIGHTS: "Destination Diamonds".  For the 70s vibe in the heat of mid-July.

SURFER BLOOD talks to Stereogum about their sophomore album and the charges that nearly derailed their career.

THE POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE Short List is announced.

GREAT UNRELEASED MUSIC DOCS, compiled by Flavorwire.

THE CRAZIEST MUSICIAN CAMEOS, compiled by Rolling Stone.

CORY MONTEITH died from a lethal combination of heroin and alcohol, according to Canadian authorities. Shocka.

JUSTIN BIEBER spit in a man's face. Allegedly.

EMMA ROBERTS was arrested for a domestic violence incident in Canada — after allegedly bloodying her boyfriend, Evan Peters.

LINDSAY LOHAN is getting 2 million bucks for that Oprah interview.

ADAM LEVINE is engaged to Victoria's Secret Angel Behati Prinsloo.

FERGIE & JOSH DUHAMEL are having a boy.

ROBERT DOWNEY JR tops the Forbes list of Hollywood's Highest Paid Actors.

RUSSIA: NSA leaker Edward Snowden applied for temporary asylum.

IRAN: President-elect Rowhani said Iran's economy has contracted for the first time since the 1980s and that inflation is now at 42 percent. Russia, backed by China, has blocked a UN report that accused Iran of violating UN sanctions by conducting missile tests and shipping weapons to insurgents in Yemen; the move prevents the UN from imposing new sanctions on Iran at present.

EGYPT: At least seven were killed in clashes between security forces and supporters of former president Morsi.

A SERVICE DOG hang glides with his owner.

A PIGLET eats ice cream.

A STORK lays siege to a sleepy village in north Germany.

THAT HEADACHE? Flesh-Eating Maggots.

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Mudhoney, Gogol Bordello, Okkervil River, Big Country, Micro-Pig   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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MUDHONEY celebrated SubPop's 25th anniversary by playing a mini-set atop Seattle's Space Needle, starting with their classic, "Touch Me I'm Sick." More than TwoferTuesday.

GOGOL BORDELLO advance streams Pura Vida Conspiracy.

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

FRANK TURNER: The bawdy UK singer songwriter played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

OKKERVIL RIVER drops "Down The Deep River," while Will Scheff explains "Growing Up In Meriden."

J MASCIS covers Mazzy Star's "Fade Into You."

DISMEMBERMENT PLAN's new song is available by telephone.

ELF POWER drops "Sunlight On The Moon."

BIG COUNTRY's debut LP turns 30. Get Off My Lawn, but enjoy "In a Big Country" and "Fields of Fire" for Twofer Tuesday.

ELEANOR FRIEDBEREGER spins tunes (including Ace Frehley and Richard Thompson) and talks about her Personal Record with Stereogum.

BLOC PARTY: Kele Okereke talks to The Guardian about life beyond the band.

WILKO JOHNSON, the former Dr Feelgood guitarist and sometime member of the Blockheads, is diagnosed with terminal cancer, headlines a festival

15 POST-60s ONE-HIT WONDERS: Compiled by NME, three of which I have put on Summer mixes.

 

CORY MONTEITH: Sources tell E! News that "numerous amounts of alcohol" and other as yet unidentified substances were allegedly found in the late Glee star's hotel room Saturday.

JENNY McCARTHY was hired by The View. The announcement will not be treated as good news in certain circles: Some members of the medical profession have expressed their dismay, via social media, owing to her aggressive anti-vaccination campaign

CHRIS BROWN's probation in the Rhianna beating case was revoked in the wake of hit-and-run charges stemming from a car accident in May.

DAVE MATTHEWS hitched to a concert.

KELLY OSBOURNE and her fiancé Matthew Mosshart confirm they are officially engaged.

TEEN MOM: Rejected by Playboy.

THE UNITED KINGDOM: Prime Minister Cameron is said to have abandoned plans to arm the Syrian rebels after warnings from senior military officials that sending arms would not likely alter the course of the conflict or could empower jihadist elements, and that the imposition of a no-fly zone or more significant measures could embroil Britain in a lengthy war.

IRAN: European courts are dismantling sanctions against the Islamic theocracy.

EGYPT: An NGO charged that the government has failed to properly protect the Coptic community, which has faced increasing attacks over recent weeks. An Islamist cleric who was previously given an 11-year suspended sentence for burning Bibles was sentenced in a separate case for offending Christianity. A Salafi leader said his group did not join pro-Morsi protests because Morsi had failed to apply sharia.

IRAQ: Terrorists killed 38 Iraqis in attacks throughout the country Sunday and nine more Monday.

A MICRO-PIG bathes in a bidet.

CHEEKY MONKEY swims at the Mumbai public pool.

CRICKETS talk trash, brag, dance, back Buddy Holly.

A SNAKE caused a power outage for 10000 customers in Arlington and Alexandria, VA over the weekend.Squirrels wanted for questioning.

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Edward Sharpe, Weekend, Junip, Pickwick, Freaky Rabbit   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, July 15, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE BEN FOLDS FIVE drops "Sky High," a softer selection fromThe Sound Of The Life Of The Mind.

EDWARD SHARPE & THE MAGNETIC ZEROS advance stream a self-titled album.

WEEKEND advance streams Jinx.

JUNIP stopped by Studio A at WFUV for a chat and mini-set.

PICKWICK stopped by Studio A at WFUV for a chat and mini-set.

FRANKIE FORD takes folks on a "Sea Cruise", circa 1959.

KING CRIMSON: PopMatters makes the case for the quintessential prog rockers.

THE BEST OF 2013 (So Far), according to Stereogum, State, The Guardian, Crave, Flavorwire and Soundblab

ALICE COOPER: Not a fan of Mumford and Sons or The Lumineers.

THE DAFT PUNK CONDOMS? Not really.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Despicable Me 2 tops the chart with 44.8 million, an unexpectedly strong showing upsetting Grown-Ups 2 at 42.5 million and Pacific Rim at 38.3 million. DM2, which cost less than either of this weekend's big debuts, has already crossed the 200 million mark, so this may be a case of pent-up demand. Meanwhile, Adam Sandler's first sequel fares much better than his recent efforts (Jack And Jill, That's My Boy).  Pacific Rim is described in disappointing terms by some,given a 190 million budget, but will likely do 100 million domestic and fare much better overseas than, say, The Lone Ranger, which dropped to No. 5 this weekend with 11.1 million and 71 million against a 250 million budget. The Heat took the fourth slot with another 14 million in the bank.

PACIFIC RIM was alright, but not the great film it could have been. After all, the giant robots (or here, exoskeletons) fight griant beasts was already a well-established niche when I was a kid with Shogun Warriors, and Japanese anime had been doing it since the Fifties.  But the human cliches brought out here (chiefly the psychologically fragile pilot common from Zero Hour to Top Gun) are never fully paid off -- and this film has at least two of them. Over-the-top turns from Idris Elba as the hard-bitten commander and Ron Perelman as a black-marketeer in monster parts helps save Pacific Rim from ever truly sinking into the depths, bt Guillermo del Toro could -- and has -- done so much better.

CORY MONTEITH, who famously played Finn Hudson on the TV show “Glee”, died Sunday in a Vancouver hotel room. The cause of death is not yet known (he completed a stint in rehab in April) but police ruled out foul play.

HALLE BERRY & OLIVIER MARTINEZ married in a small wedding in France on Saturday.

JIMMY KIMMEL married longtime girlfriend Molly McNearney on Saturday.

JENNY McCARTHY & DONNIE WAHLBER are dating.

CHARLIE SHEEN is hunting the Loch Ness monster. Yes, really.

LINDSAY LOHAN will do an exclusive sit-down with Oprah post-rehab.

JANE LYNCH officially files for divorce from her wife.

FERGIE wants to change both names. About time.

JAMES BOND 24 will again be directed by Same Mendes and written by John Logan.

MALI: The French military signed a deal to protect the new UN peacekeeping force in Mali against terrorist attacks.

IRAQ's foreign minister said that his country is unable to effectively halt Iranian arms transfers to Syria. The provincial government in Anbar rejected Iranian companies' bids to build roads and schools.

EGYPT:  Supporters of Mohammed Morsi said they plan to carry out more protests to condemn his removal as president. The public prosecutor's office announced it was reviewing a number of criminal complaints against former president Morsi. The Pentagon denied rumors that US ships near Egypt were preparing to partake in an invasion of the country.

ONE FREAKY RABBIT: Freaky. Deaky

A COW plummeted through a Brazilian man's roof. The man died while awaiting medical treatment.

THE BIRDS: A pigeon kills a biker in Mumbai.

SNAKE IN A TOILET Bites Man.

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