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Justin Townes Earle, Lees of Memory, Blake Mills, So Cow, Rabbit Island   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

SPOON went "Inside Out" for Letterman.

JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

THE LEES OF MEMORY advance stream Sisyphus Says.

BLAKE MILLS advance streams Heigh Ho.

SO COW advance streams The Long Con.

THE HUSSY drops "EZ/PZ".

THE SPINNERS: "Rubberband Man." Guaranteed to blow your mind.

U2 dropped Songs of Innocence as a free download at iTunes (Apple footed the bill); it'll be available elsewhere on Oct. 13.

KAREN O talks to The Quietus about expressing more of her persona from a standpoint that’s outside the construct of Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

JEFF TWEEDY talks to MassLive about... Tweedy. (Thx, LHB.)

ARIEL PINK talks to Pitchfork about his colorfully bizarre forthcoming album -- -and explains why American culture is too politically correct for its own good.

ZOE SALDANA is having twins, according to...Britney Spears?

RAY RICE: The NFL never contacted the casino to request video of Ray Rice brutalizing his fiancee, Janay Rice, who posted a message on Instagram.

ROBERT DOWNEY JR talks to Vanity Fair about addiction, his and his son's.

SOFIA VERGARA's ex-bf Nick Loeb may have kinder words about her new bf than he does about her.

TOP GUN 2 moves forward, possibly with the screenwriter from The Jungle Book.

MINORITY REPORT is headed to TV, where it presumably won't be called Person of Interest.

UKRAINE: Eight weeks after a Malaysia Airlines plane disintegrated over eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people aboard and triggering a frenzy of East-West finger-pointing, investigators, in their first account of the calamity on Tuesday, released evidence consistent with an attack by a surface-to-air missile but shed no clear light on who was responsible.

THE UNITED KINGDOM is sending £1.6 worth of arms and ammunition to the Iraqi government and the Kurdish regional government in Iraq to help them in their battle against the Islamic State.

SYRIA: An explosion killed the leader of one of Syria's most powerful Islamist insurgent groups Ahrar al-Sham on Tuesday, the group said, and an organization that monitors violence in the civil war said at least 28 of its commanders had died.

IRAQ: The he head of Kurdish intelligence service, which is helping pick the targets for U.S. pilots in support of Kurdish forces on the ground, wants airstrikes in Syria also.

SMOTHERED on Rabbit Island!

SHARK ATTACK Victim identified in Byron Bay on the New South Wales coast. Right at the height of tourist season.

LEMON the DOG works the plow and the pump at a farm in Siberia.

SPENDING A WEEKEND with...a movie star vulture?

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Chumped, Adam Cohen, The Both, Chuck Prophet, Baby Elephant   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, September 09, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

CONOR OBERST drops a video for "Common Knowledge."

CHUMPED is advance streaming its That’s The Thing Is Like EP.

ADAM COHEN, son of Leonard, is advance streaming We Go Home.

THE BOTH played a mini-set at KUTX's Studio 1A

CHUCK PROPHET plays songs from 2014's Night Surfer live in the KEXP studio.

ARIEL PINK drops “Put Your Number In My Phone” ahead of pom pom,a double-LP.

GREASE is the word marking the start of the school year, with "Summer Nights" and "You're the One That I Want" marking Twofer Tuesday.

RYAN ADAMS gets a meaty profile at BuzzFeed about the making of his new LP and new studio. Adams has also dropped some quirky promos for the new LP, featuring Garry Shandling, Jeff Garlin, Don Was, and Bob Mould.

THE REPLACEMENTS are playing The Tonight Show tonight, decades after being banned by SNL. Keith Richards, Lord of the Undead, will also be there.

THE AFGHAN WHIGS' Greg Dulli talks to Billboard about Bob Dylan, the 21st anniversary of Gentlemen, and more. (Thx, Frank Yang.)

DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979: Jesse F. Keeler talks to Stereogum about how the new record came to be and just how much things have changed in the DFA universe since the last time they released an album.

THE DUKE & DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their second child.

RAY RICE was let go by the Ravens on Monday and suspended indefinitely by the NFL after a video was released that appears to show the running back striking his then-fiancée in February.  TMZ's Harvey Levin promised more news today about what the league knew, and when they knew it.

NEIL PATRICK HARRIS and David Burtka tied the knot Saturday in Italy.

FRAN DRESCHER married the inventor of email. Really.

GEORGE CLOONEY claims his wedding is in a couple of weeks. Subterfuge?

BEYONCE & JAY Z: Wedding Crashers.

BRITNEY SPEARS's ex-bf cheated with an adult film actress.

BILL MURRAY has heard the rumours about an all-female reboot of his Ghostbusters comedy classic — and not only is he in favour of it, he has casting suggestions.

ROBERT DOWNEY JR says there are no plans for a fourth Iron Man film.

ESTONIA: The Estonian intelligence official seized by Russia thought he was going to meet an informant in a secluded spot on the border as part of an organised crime investigation but instead walked into an FSB trap, according to Estonian security sources.

THE ISLAMIC STATE: More than 40 countries have indicated a willingness to help in the fight against ISIS militants, a State Department spokeswoman said Monday. (Pres. Bush's "Coalition of the Willing" went as high as 48 countries).

SYRIA: The U.S. military took a unilateral giant step toward bombing targets inside Syria over the weekend as it swung its crosshairs west and began bombing Islamic militants in the western Iraq province that borders Bashar al-Assad’s war-ravaged country.

IRAQ's parliament approved a new government headed by Haider al-Abadi as prime minister on Monday night, in a bid to rescue Iraq from collapse, with sectarianism and Arab-Kurdish tensions on the rise. The US targeted the Islamic State in five airstrikes in Irbil and near the Haditha Dam. The Iraqi military claimed it killed 22 Islamic State fighters in Jurf al Sakhar. The Islamic State killed 17 Iraqis in a suicide assault in the town of Dhuluiya, and launched a large-scale assault on the town of Ziwiya.

A BABY ELEPHANT plays with tires.

AT 1,011 POUNDS. the Stokes Gator may be the largest American alligator ever legally killed by a hunter.

TWO ALBINO LOBSTERS caught in a week? Maybe too unlikely to be true.

PIGS on a zip line.

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Karen O, My Brightest Diamond, Steelism, Lia Ices, Spider-Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, September 08, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE NEW PR0NOGRAPHERS (minus Dan Bejar) play "Brill Bruisers" on Letterman.

KAREN O advance streams Crush Songs.

MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND advance streams This Is My Hand.

STEELISM advance streams 615 to Fame, which is a little bit country, a little bit everything else.

LIA ICES advance streams Ices.

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

PATTERSON HOOD writes in American Songwriter about you-know-what.

THE FLAMING LIPS' Steven Drozd talks to PopMatters about the Electric Würms' Musik, Die Schwer Zu Twerk.

DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 talk about their acrimonious breakup and reunion at The Guardian.

RINGO STAR is disgusted that British jihadis for the Islamic State are being given nicknames based on The Beatles.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Guardians of the Galaxy again tops the chart with 10.2 million, as the traditionally slowNFL opening weekend brings just 52 million to the top 12 films. GotG should exceed 300 million this week, and has yet to addJapan and china to its 586.2 million take. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles places again with 6.5 million.  If I Stay shows again with 5.8 million and looks to turn a profit among these back-to-school doldrums. Let's Be Cops actually moves up to the fourth slot with 5.4 million and is likely decently profitable.  The November Man moves up to round out the Top 5 with 4.2 million; Fortunately for the studios, the budget was only 15 million and relativity picked up the domestic rights for 3 million.

JOAN RIVERS got a star-studded send-off; Howard Stern delivered the eulogy, Broadway singer-actress Audra McDonald sang “Smile” and bagpipers played “New York, New York”.

KIM KARDASHIAN denied the existence of a Kanye sex tape.

MILO KUNIS is nervous about the upcoming birth of her first child.

CEE-LO GREEN has been dropped from the lineup of two concerts, including one sponsored by the U.S. Navy, following recent controversial comments about rape that were reportedly posted on his Twitter page.

HACKED NUDE PHOTOS  of stars including Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton could still be coming to an art exhibit near you very soon.

JACK THE RIPPER: Unmasked through DNA evidence.

UKRAINE: Shelling hit areas near two key cities in eastern Ukraine on Sunday, intensifying fears that a ceasefire that took effect less than two days ago may be falling apart.

ISLAMIC STATE pamphlets and flags have appeared in parts of Pakistan and India, alongside signs that the ultra-radical group is inspiring militants even in the strongholds of the Taliban and al Qaeda.

SYRIA: The United States expressed concern that Syria's government might be harboring undeclared chemical weapons, hidden from the internationally led operation to purge them over the past year, and that Islamist militant extremists now ensconced in that country could possibly seize control of them.

IRAN has failed to address concerns about suspected atomic bomb research by an agreed deadline, the U.N. nuclear watchdog said on Friday, a setback to hopes for an end to an international stand-off over Tehran's atomic activity. Iran also accused the United States of not taking the threat from Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria seriously.

IRAQ: U.S. and Iraqi authorities have jointly ramped up their efforts to prevent terrorists from acquiring nuclear and radioactive materials as concerns mount that Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) is seeking to recover these sensitive materials and use them in a terror attack.

CHICA the SPIDER DOG terrifies Poland.

A ROGUE BEAVER attacked a snorkeller off the shores of Nova Scotia.

A COW attacked retired college basketball coach Bob Knight on a dark northern Wyoming highway.

THE SHRIMP that is anything but. It's the jumbo shrimp eleveting the term above non sequitur.

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B-52s, Jack White, Interpol, Esben & the Witch, Cutout Bin, Capybara   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, September 05, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with THE B-52s!  The quirky combo from Athens, GA, has had a long and storied career, but we'll stick to the early stuff this weekend.  So, from the self-titled debut, classics "Planet Claire," "Rock Lobster,"  "Lava," and "Dance This Mess Around." And from the sophomore LP, Wild Planet, "Party Out of Bounds," "Give Me Back My Man", "Private Idaho" and "Dirty Back Road."  BONUS: "Song For A Future Generation," because it's the first song I heard them play live. DOUBLE BONUS: "Deadbeat Club," because get off my lawn.

JACK WHITE does an acoustic Takeaway Show at Château de Fontainebleau.

INTERPOL stops by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

ESBEN & THE WITCH advance streams A New Nature.

TRAMPLED BY TURTLES plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS "Give Us A Kiss" ahead of the 20,000 Days On Earth documentary.

SONDRE LERCHE drops "Sentimentalist" ahead of Please.

LED ZEPPELIN teases more deluxe re-releases with an unheard version of "Black Dog."

KISS: "Black Diamond." They got you under their thumb. More Cowbell

ZEN ARCADE turns 30 (Get Off My Lawn); The Quietus re-assesses the alt-rock milestone.

WILCO tuns 20 (GOML) with a best-of collection, a box set of rarities, and a tour.

OWEN PALLETT talks to the Georgia Straight about In Conflict, Brian Wilson, Arcade Fire and more. (Thx, LHB.)

THE MUSIC THAT CHANGED MY LIFE: The Guardian kicks off a new series with one writer's experience of Springsteen's "Born To Run."

CUTOUT BIN: It's a special back-to-school edition streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: The Identical is this weeken's sole wide release, currently scoring 03 percent on the ol' Tomatometer.

JOAN RIVERS: The raunchy, gravelly voiced and self-deprecating comedian, who rose from Greenwich Village standup to occasional host of "The Tonight Show" and star of TV's "Fashion Police," died Sept 4. She was 81.
New York health officials opened an investigation Thursday into the clinic where Rivers stopped breathing during surgery. Mashable compiled a "Best Of" reel.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON and fiancé Romain Dauriac have welcomed their first child.

ALYSSA MILANO and her husband David Bugliari welcomed a baby girl, their second child.

GEORGE CLOONEY and Amal Alamuddin are not expecting.

JUSTIN THEROUX is picking up where Jon Hamm left off.

THE ISLAMIC STATE: Three senior members of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham - including an aide to its leader - were killed in a U.S. airstrike in Iraq, a senior Iraqi security official told NBC News Thursday.

JOE-JOE THE CAPYBARA, hanging out with puppies.

A VENOMOUS ALBINO COBRA that has been on the loose after reportedly biting a dog in Thousand Oaks was finally caught on Thursday.  BTW, that story says, "Initially, the snake was described as 'poisonous,' " but doesn't explain the difference.

DREADKNOUGHTS:  Eighty-five feet long, 30 feet tall, 130,000 pounds and still growing when it died, a newly described dinosaur is among the largest land animals that ever lived.

A GREAT WHITE SHARK tried to take a chomp out of two Massachusetts kayakers. What say you, Police Chief Brody?

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Robert Plant, DFA1979, Felice Bros, benjamin Booker, Angry Ram   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, September 04, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE MUFFS drop a video for "Weird Boy Next Door."

ROBERT PLANT advance streams lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar.

DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 is advance streaming The Physical World via iTunes.

THE FELICE BROTHERS stopped by WFUV's Studio A to play some new songs, and James Felice also sat down to talk about the new record.

BENAJMIN BOOKER stopped by WFUV for a chat and mini-set.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Fresh tracks from Smashing Pumpkins, Gemma Ray, Ex Hex and more feature in the latest episode.

STARS drops "Turn It Up" ahead of  No One Is Lost.

THE BAY CITY ROLLERS: "Summerlove Sensation."

THE RENTALS: Matt Sharp talks to PopMatters about the making of the new album.

THE PSYCHO SISTERS list some of their guiltless pleasures.

IMOGEN HEAP talks to Drowned In Sound about the origins of her experimental inclinations, the influence of technology and collaboration on Sparks, and her plans for the future.

GENESIS: Ten of Their Best.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE's fight to get her hacked nude photos removed from the Internet might have hit a legal snag: She's not the photographer.

ANGELINA JOLIE stocked up on bridal mags months before wedding Brad Pitt.  Awww...she's just like us, except for the looks, fame and wealth.

JOAN RIVERS has been moved out of intensive care.

THE SIMPSONS MARATHON lifted FXX to the top ranks of the 105 cable networks measured by the Nielsen Company.

ROBERT PATTINSON is dating English singer FKA Twigs.

KATE HUDSON denies eating disorder rumors.

ROSIE PEREZ  and political commentator Nicolle Wallace are expected to take the vacant seats on The View. Insert vacant seats punchline here.

NIKKI FINKE, a pioneer in internet Hollywood reporting and founder of Deadline, is getting about 3.5 million in settlement for a 10-year non-compete with her last employer.

UKRAINE: President Vladimir Putin outlined plans for a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday but Ukraine's prime minister dismissed the proposal, while France expressed its disapproval of Moscow's support for separatist forces by halting delivery of a warship.

FRANCE: President Hollande issued a statement raising the possibility of French military action against the Islamic State.

DENMARK: Police arrested the president of the Copenhagen-based Islamic charity Humanitarian Hearts (De Humanitære Hjerter) for supporting the Islamic State, and also arrested two women involved in the organization's work.

THE ISLAMIC STATE's complex logistics.

IRAQ: How Shiite Turkmens in Amerli held the line, waging a desperate campaign against the Islamic State.

AN ANGRY RAM takes out a drone.

A BEAR with a bucket on its head is rescued outside the Hundred Acre Wood. 

BEDBUGS have infested the NYC Subway system.

A COW ON THE LAM gores a jogger, heads for Oktoberfest.

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