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The Hives, Maps & Atlases, PJ Harvey, Mini-Pig   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BETTYE LaVETTE covers The Black Keys' "I'm Not the One" in a lyrical video.

THE HIVES play a Session and do a Q & A at Spinner.

MAPS & ATLASES perform a set of experimental yet accessible songs from their album "Beware and Be Grateful" live on KEXP.

DEVIN tears through a mini-set of garage-pop at KEXP.

PJ HARVEY: The Secret Solo Show.

LAVENDER DIAMOND drops “Oh My Beautiful World” ahead of Incorruptible Heart.


THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS give Spinner a track-by-track tour of their latest LP.

CAT POWER: Chan Marshall talks to Pitchfork about the trial and error that went into her forthcoming LP, Sun.

FIONA APPLE talks to Interview about The Idler Wheel and more..

THE BEACH BOYS: Mike Love has already booked fall dates with his touring version of the Beach Boys, without the group's other principal founding members.  That is soooo Mike Love.

15 GREAT INSTRUMENTALS by vocal bands.

SIMON REYNOLDS & GREIL MARCUS talk and talk and talk...

CHARLIE SHEEN did not trash is hotel room at the Ritz-Carlton in NYC.

ANNA PAQUIN & STEPHEN MOYER are expecting twins.

LINDSAY LOHAN has settled with the 3 men she allegedly abducted and took on a wild drug-fueled car chase through Santa Monica back in 2007.

ROBERT PATTINSON was dissed by Katy Perry, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez.

SETH MacFARLANE and... Alexis Knapp?

THE 25 BEST MOVIES of 2012 (So Far), according to Paste.

FRANKENWEENIE has a new trailer online.

YEMEN: Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has established a new base in the Al Mahfad area in Abyan province. Yemen's foreign minister admitted that the US is conducting drone strikes against AQAP.

SYRIA: Gunmen attacked a pro-Assad TV station near Damascus, destroying the station and killing seven employees. President Assad said the country was at war and no effort should be spared to achieve victory. The UN said violence had worsened since the attempted peace plan in April.

EGYPT: A court struck down a decree giving the military authority to detain civilians.

PAKISTAN: Western states pressured China at closed-door talks last week to address concerns about its plans to expand a nuclear power plant in Pakistan and provide more information, but were rebuffed.

HAMLET the MINI-PIG navigates the stairs.

BOWSER BEER is crafted for a canine clientele.

A TREE-CLIMBING DOG proved less adept at descent.

LARRY the CAT occupies 10 Downing Street.

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Regina Spektor, Summer Music, Pink Floyd, Wrestling Bears   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JENS LEKMAN drops a video for his comeback single, "Erica America."

REGINA SPEKTOR played Le Poisson Rouge; you can stream the whole gig on demand.

SUMMER MUSIC PREVIEW: All Songs Considered previews tracks from The Avett Bros, The Antlers, Cat Power, JEFF the Brotherhood and more....

100 ESSENTIAL NOISE POP SONGS, compiled by KQED and streaming via NPR.

PINK FLOYD on the BBC, 1970-71.

BEST COAST covers Fleetwood Mac's "Rhiannon" for a tribute LP.


KEITH RICHARDS (Lord of the Undead) & JACK WHITE: What could go wrong?

PAUL WESTERBERG & TOMMY STINSON are collaborating on a song for a Slim Dunlap benefit LP.

THE SLITS: Viv Albertine talks to BBC6 about being confined to her room and banned from the bus while on tour with the Sex Pistols and the Clash, and her exile from the music industry.


NORA EPHRON, an essayist and humorist who became one of her era's most successful screenwriters and filmmakers, making romantic comedy hits like "Sleepless in Seattle" and "When Harry Met Sally," died Tuesday night in Manhattan. She was 71.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE rushed to the aid of a teenage girl who collapsed on her front lawn Monday, calling paramedics and waiting with the girl until help arrived.


ASHTON KUTCHER & MILA KUNIS are dating, according to the ever-reliable Life & Style.

JOHN TRAVOLTA, beset by legal claims by strange men, gropes his wife, Kelly Preston, at the "Savages" premiere in Los Angeles.

JASON LEE and wife Ceren welcomed a son over the weekend.

CHER reveals producers are at work developing a Broadway musical based on her life.

JAMES CAMERON will shoot three Avatar sequels simultaneously? Please make it stop.

TURKEY: Following Syria's shoot-down of a Turkish jet, Turkey warned Syria to stay away from its borders. Turkey's prime minister said that his country would offer all possible support "to liberate the Syrians from dictatorship."

SYRIA: Fierce fighting broke out around elite Republican Guard posts in the capital of Damascus. The rebel Free Syrian Army captured a military base in the northern town of Daret Ezzah. The UN said Syria is too dangerous for peacekeeping monitors to resume their mission.

IRANIANS protesting soaring food prices launched a spontaneous three-day boycott of milk and bread purchases, in a sign that growing economic hardship could lead to more civil disobedience.

THE UNITED STATES: The FBI disclosed that it has tracked over 100 cases of Islamic extremists within the US military.


BEARS wrestle on a front lawn in Lakewood, FL.

A COLLARED GATOR waits for the bus in... Enfield, CT?

A RARE RHINO BABY could be a vital rescue-line for the dying Sumatran Rhino species.

A THRILL-SEEKING RUNAWAY PIG is rescued at a theme park in Nottingham.

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New Releases, Dirty Projectors, Wussy, Raveonettes, M:I Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MATT & KIM drop a video for "Let's Go" ahead of Lightning, ft. Pat the Roc.

NEW RELEASES from They Might Be Giants, The Offspring, Everclear, A Place to Bury Strangers, Beachwood Sparks, Echo Lake, Jesca Hoop, Joe Jackson and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

DIRTY PROJECTORS play a spare set at KEXP.

WUSSY, whom Robert Christgau calls "the best band in America,"stops by KEXP for a session.

TINARIWEN soundchecks for Oregon Public Broadcasting.

THE RAVEONETTES drop "Observations" ahead of Observator.

THE JON SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION drops "Black Mold" ahead of Meat And Bone.

GARY WRIGHT will always be known as the "Dreamweaver," but add "Love is Alive" (with More Cowbell) and you have Twofer Tuesday.

JACK WHITE pleasantly surpises a BBC interviewer.

DAVID BYRNE talks about his first musical, about the rise and fall of Imelda Marcos, with All Things Considered.

PORTISHEAD: Geoff Barrow shares the soundtrack of his life at The Observer (usually it's Pitchfork doing this) with audio links.

GLEN CAMPBELL's final L.A. show was studded with cameos.

JOHN TRAVOLTA is sued for assault by the cruise ship steward who claims Travolta exposed himself during a neck massage and then embraced him.  Travolta's lawyer calls it ludicrous.

KIM KARDASHIAN's legal team began grilling the reality star's ex, Kris Humphries, in Minneapolis.

JENNY McCARTHY's new Playboy cover is online.

CHANNING TATUM is laughing off accusations that he used the real-life stories of two former male strippers he once worked with in his new movie, Magic Mike.

JENNA JAMESON was charged with DUI after slamming her car into a pole instad of dancing around it.

ZOOEY DESCHANEL may have a new boyfriend. Only Siri knows for sure.

SYRIA: Thirty-three members of the Syrian military and their families defected to Turkey.  Fmr Syrian Brigadier Gen Ahmad Berro, who defected earlier this month, says the Syrian army is tired of fighting the uprising and calls on his colleagues to defy the orders of the Syrian government.

EGYPT: Mohamed Mursi, the Muslim Brotherhood candidate, began forming a new government.

AFGHANISTAN: Poisoning attacks on girls' schools are taking place with increasing frequency in the northern provinces of Takhar and Sar-i-Pul.


MISSION IMPOSSIBLE DOG makes his escape.

A RUNAWAY COW is apprehended by German police after invading a woman's kitchen

DOGS get "Prozac" for their emotional problems.

CALF licks a CAT... Mass hysteria!

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Sexton Blake, Delta Rae, The Heavy, Cockatoo   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, June 25, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE SHINS drop a no-frills video for "No Way Down."

SEXTON BLAKE Plays the Hits, from Springsteen to Supertramp to Milli Vanilli.

DELTA RAE stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session. 

JOHN WESLEY HARDING, btw, is now hosting a variety show called Cabinet of Wonders.

THE MIX: The Songs Of The Summer, 1962-2012, courtesy of NPR and Spotify.

THE HEAVY drops "What Makes a Good Man?" ahead of The Glorious Dead. How do you like them now?

YEASAYER drops "Henrietta" ahead of their Fragrant World LP.

JOY DIVISION's surviving members talk about "Love Will Tear Us Apart."

WILCO frontman Jeff Tweedy discusses good and bad infliences at Boise Weekly. (Thx, LHB.)

FIONA APPLE talks to Pitchfork about the joys of feeling pain, the most consistent relationship of her life, and her bold new album.

WOMEN WHO ROCK, according to Rolling Stone. Empowering or ghettoizing?

EARWORM: More science.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Brave tops the chart with 66.8 million, solidly in line with non-Toy Story Pixar openings (a little less than Up, which had the benefit of a Memorial Day weekend debut).  Despite this formidable competition, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted placed with 20 million on a mere 40 percent drop, leaving a 200 million domestic gross a possibility. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter showed with 16.5 million, but a 69 million budget and limited overseas prospects makes this a cruel summer for producer Tim Burton and his brand of vampires.  Prometheus drops 52 percent from second to fourth, but will still turn a tidy profit worldwide.  Rock of Ages and Snow White and the Huntsman photo finish to round out the Top 5 with 8 million apiece -- but they're quite different stories.  Rock of Ages is tanking with little more than its  28 million domestic total against a 75 million budget.  Below the fold, That's My Boy is similaly tanking in the seventh slot.  Seeking a Friend for the End of the World debuts in the ten slot with 3.8 million, but cost only 10 million to make.

KIM KARDASHIAN: Kris Humphries told his ex, Myla Sinanaj he knew Kim hooked up with Kanye West because he was mysteriously absent from the big wedding.

ALEX TREBEK: What is a mild heart attack?

GWYNETH PALTROW & CHRIS MARTIN are in escrow on one of the most spectacular estates on the westside of Los Angeles.

CALEB FOLOWILL & LILY ALDRIDGE welcomed their first child, daughter Dixie Pearl Followill, on Thursday, June 21 in Nashville.

JAMES MARSDEN is expecting a baby with sultry Brazilian model Rose Costa just months after splitting with his wife of 11 years.

JOHN TRAVOLTA and his lawyer were sued Thursday for trade libel by the author of an incendiary book about the actor.

MIA WASIKOWSKA and Zoe Aggeliki are in the running for the Hunger Games sequel.

SYRIA: As evidence mounts of militant forces among the Syrian opposition, senior US and European officials are increasingly alarmed by the prospect of sophisticated weapons falling into the hands of rebel groups that may be dangerous to Western interests, including al Qaeda.

EGYPT: Election regulators named Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood the winner of Egypt's first competitive presidential elections, handing the Islamist group a symbolic triumph and a new weapon in its struggle for power with the ruling military council.

PAKISTAN: A State Department report notes that harassment of US official entities in Pakistan has "reached new levels of intensity" since the events of 2011. The report describes the harassment as "deliberate, willful and systematic" and says it included blocking shipments for both assistance programs and construction projects.

AFGHANISTAN: The US made remarkable progress in part of southern Afghanistan with the deployment of thousands of Marines. But was it worth it?

A COCKATOO dances to AC/DC.

BABY RACCOON freed from storm drain.

SEAL PUP rescued from a bathtub.

LONESOME GEORGE, a giant tortoise believed to be the last of its subspecies, has died.

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Thin Lizzy, Glen Hansard, Rhett Miller, Cutout Bin, Brave   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, June 22, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THIN LIZZY! Won't be long 'till Summer comes, now that Thin Lizzy is back in rotation. Here's Phil Lynott & Co. live at the Sydney Opera House in 1978, playing "Jailbreak," "Bad Reputation," "Cowboy Song," "The Boys Are Back In Town," "Waiting For An Alibi," and "Are You Ready?"

GLEN HANSARD stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

KELLY HOGAN stopped by WFUV for a chat and mini-set.

RHETT MILLER visited the basement of KUT's Studio 1a to chat and play.

ROCKY VATOLATO visited KEXP to perform an intimate set of songs from his latest album, "Television of Saints."

INDIE JAMS OF THE SUMMER? Seattle Weekly reviews the candidates. (Thx, LHB.)

RAY DAVIES turned 68 yesterday, so we conclude a week of big belated birthday wishes with "You Really Got Me" and "Waterloo Sunset."

DENT MAY talks to the Oxford American about his songwriting process, his complicated relationship with Oxford, and the real reason why he won't be returning to the ukulele any time soon.

PATTI SMITH is profiled by The Telegraph.

THE BEST SONGS of 2012 (So Far), according to NME.

THE TOP 10 FEMALE PUNK BANDS, according to PopMatters.

CUTOUT BIN: From AC/DC to Iron & Wine, from Paper Lace to Warren Zevon, from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers to the Minuteme, plus Soundhog, Beach Boys, the Undisputed Truth, R.E.M. 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: Pixar's Brave, currently scoring 70 percent on the ol' Tomatomter; Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, currently scoring 34 percent; and Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, scoring 54 percent.

BRAVE is an entertaining and often engaging movie, but not an entirely successful one.  Pixar's latest offering, like all of its offerings (excepting possibly Cars 2), has the ambition to not only entertain, but also to do so in ways that are both inventive and deeply emotional.  For example, Up has a plot unlike any other movie, yet has a tear-jerking opening sequence unlike any in the field of animation (and few live action films are that emotionally gripping right out of the gate).  As was suggested by the trailer, the Brave tale of Princess Merida moves Disney into an era where its princesses are not always damsels in distress.  The movie certainly succeeds on that level.  However, Brave strives to be not only a tale of girl power, but also an exploration of how daughters relate to their mothers as they become women.  The movie is less successful on this level, for reasons not easy to explain without spoiling the plot.  Suffice it to say that the quirky plot twist in the second act, while fully consistent with a sort of classic fairy tale storytelling, tends to impede fully developing the character of Queen Elinor.  Thus, the mother-daughter relationship develops in a way that meets the inventiveness quotient in a way that detracts from the emotional resonance a bit (for me, anyway; perhaps mothers and daughters will feel differently).  This would be less of a problem if the other characters were better developed, but they mostly play the role of comic relief.  Overall, I enjoyed Brave, and I think most will... but it will likely suffer a bit when measured against the very high exectations Pixar has set since the original Toy Story.

JOHNNY DEPP has been maintaining a bachelor's lifestyle for a while and it's being reported that things ‘seem to be heating up' between Depp and Amber Heard.

LINDSAY LOHAN seems to be, er, having problems on the set of Liz & Dick.

KIM KARDASHIAN and here family were trashed in conversations and text messages from Kris Humphries to his former girlfriend.

KATY PERRY talks fame love and religion with THR.

MONSTERS UNIVERSITY, the Monsters Inc. prequel, has teaser trailers online.

THE TOP 10 USES OF MUSIC in Modern Film, according to PopMatters.

THE TOP 10 EVIL MOVIE CORPORATIONS, according to TIME. It's such a cliche as to be a target-rich environment.

SWEDEN: Sniffer dogs near the reactor of the Ringhals nuclear plant south of Gothenburg found a plastic explosive device attached to the underside of a truck used on the premises.

IRAN: With high-stakes negotiations over Iran's nuclear program at an impasse, the Obama administration is under mounting pressure to rethink a diplomatic exercise that many argue is simply stringing along the rest of the world.

PAKISTAN: A judge ordered the arrest of President Asif Ali Zardari's preferred candidate for prime minister, just a day after he was nominated.

LION CUB plays with a DOG & RABBIT...

SEALS AND A POLAR BEAR escaped from the Lake Superior Zoo, amid floods that killed a donkey, sheep and goats.

GIANT WOMBAT GRAVE discovered in Queensland.

MACARONI PENGUIN CHICKS keep the Tennessee Aquarium busy.

MILLIE the CAT guards a toy warehouse in the UK.

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