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The Pop Group, Screaming Females, Dan Deacon, Cat's Eyes, Sissy   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, February 16, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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LINE & CIRCLE drop a video for the jangly "Mesolithic."

THE POP GROUP advance streams Citizen Zombie.

SCREAMING FEMALES advance stream Rose Mountain.

DAN DEACON advance streams Gliss Riffer.

CAT'S EYES, ft Faris of The Horrors and multi-instrumentalist Rachel Zeffira stream the soundtrack to The Duke of Burgundy.

FATHER JOHN MISTY covers Nirvana's "Heart-Shaped Box."

THE SUBURBS dropped "Cupid" for St Valentines Day.

SAM ANDREW, who founded Big Brother and the Holding Company and recruited Janis Joplin  in 1966, has died at 73.There goes another piece of your heart.

STEVE STRANGE, lead singer of 1980s pop band Visage, has died aged 55 following a heart attack, his record label says. The Guardian essays his career.

BEATLES FOR SALE: A package of Star Club recordings is set to fetch six-figure sum at London auction.

BOB DYLAN says Steely Dan isn't rock & roll, praises Springsteen & downplays his Merle Haggard diss in a new interview.

BECK and the Incredible Shrinking Album of the Year.

WIN BUTLER scored a layup in the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Fifty Sades of Grey unsurprisingly dominates the chart with 81.7 million, a little less than some predicted, but still the second-biggest opening in February after The Passion of the Christ, another adaptation of a well-known book. And it has already made almost twice as much overseas, against a 40 million production budget.However, abysmal reviews and a C+ Cinemascore leaves open the question ofwhether it's a one-weekend wonder.  Kingsman: The Secret Service places with 35.6 million, right in line with most predictions.  That's against an 80 million budget, but this one may be leggier.  The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water shows with 30 million and blows past its production budget.  American Sniper takes the fourth slot with another 16.4 million; with a 304 million domestic total, it's likely to wind up the biggest grossing movie released in 2014.  Jupiter Ascending rounds out the Top 59.4 million and a 32.6 million domestic total against a 176 million budget; ouch.

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH tied the knot with theater director Sophie Hunter on Saturday.

GARY BUSEY is the latest celebrity to get in a car accident in Malibu.

LEONARDO DeCAPRIO & RHIANNA continue to fuel dating rumors.

BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN's organs are failing.

LENA HEADLEY is expecting her second child.

JIMMY FALLON & JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE rapped their way through the SNL40 opening, icymi.But Nick Ocean stole the show.

GARY OWENS, the droll, mellifluous-voiced announcer on "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" the voice of Space Ghost, and a familiar part of radio, TV and movies for more than six decades, has died. He was 80.

GEORGE WASHINGTON: Though now lumped in with everyone for Presidents' Day, tomorrow is the birthday of the "Father of his Country."  In 1776, David McCullough notes that when Washington took command in July 1775, he thought he would be home at Mount Vernon by Christmas. McCullough catalogs Washington's blunders -- many of them nearly fatal to the Cause -- but concludes: "He was not a brilliant strategist or tactician, nor a gifted orator, not an intellectual... He had made serious mistakes in judgment. But experience had been his great teacher from boyhood... and above all, Washington never forgot what was at stake, and he never gave up." That, as much as anything, is why Washington is usually ranked among the greatest of US presidents. not to mention the subject of a profane, animated rap cartoon.  

DENMARK: The Copenhagen police said on Sunday that they had shot and killed a man they believed carried out two attacks that left two people dead, one at a cafe and one outside a synagogue, and wounded at least five policemen.

CANADA: Two people were arrested at Halifax Stanfield International Airport and have been charged with conspiracy to commit murder after an alleged plot was foiled to kill a large number of people at the Halifax Shopping Centre in the city's west end on Valentine's Day.

FRANCE: As many as 400 Jewish graves were desecrated and marred with Nazi graffiti.

NIGERIA: A teenage female suicide bomber blew herself up at crowded bus station in northeast Nigeria on Sunday, killing at least 16 and wounding 30 others.

LIBYA: A new video released by ISIS on Sunday appears to show the militants beheading 21 Egyptian Christians kidnapped in Libya.

IRAQ: The Provincial Council of Anbar Province has announced that Iraqi security forces, tribal militants and local forces have freed the town of Baghdadi. OTOH, an Iraqi tribal leader said Saturday that ISIS militants are gaining ground in Anbar province, predicting a "collapse within hours" of Iraqi army forces there if tribal forces withdraw. Eight suicide bombers managed Friday to get onto a sprawling Iraqi military base where hundreds of U.S. Marines are training their Iraqi counterparts, but were killed by an ISF counter attack almost immediately.

SISSY walked 20 blocks to see her owner in the hospital.

TIGGER: Killed in a zoo security drill.

OWL CAPONE attacking joggers in Salem, Oregon.

ALLIGATOR BLOOD could help fight infections.

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Valentine's Day Eve, Sonny & the Sunsets, Carl Barat, Horse Feathers, Piglet   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, February 13, 2015 - 08:00 AM
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THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with VALENTINE'S DAY: I've never been a big Valentine's Day guy, but I have always liked The Replacements' "Valentine" and Elvis Costello's cover of "My Funny Valentine."  Beyond that, my thoughts this year drift to the Velvet Underground's "I'll Be Your Mirror," The Beatles' "In My Life," and the Beach Boys' "God Only Knows." I think it's probably very difficult to write a straight-ahead, universal love song, and these three are great.

SONNY & THE SUNSETS advance stream Talent Night at the Ashram.

CARL BARAT & THE JACKALS advance stream Let It Reign.

HORSE FEATHERS stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

THE TOP 10 ROMANTIC SONGS picked by NPR listeners, who seem to be influenced by movies.

WIRE drops “Joust & Jostle” ahead of a self-titled LP, and it's terrific.

THE OPPOSING VIEW:  Ever Fallen In Love? Love Stinks. Love Hurts. Love Will Tear Us Apart. Only Love Can Break Your Heart. And don't forget to give me back my black t-shirt (nsfw)!

DAVID JOHANSEN talks to Brooklyn Vegan about his current run as Buster Poindecter, his own history growing up surrounded by music and when listeners can expect to see The New York Dolls again.

GRIZZLY BEAR is annotating their catalog at Genius. 

STEELY DAN & ELVIS COSTELLO are touring together. Yes, really.

THE FALL: Ranked by Stereogum.

DANNY McCULLOCH, bassis for Eric Burdon & The Animals (1966-68) has passed at 69 from heart failure. NME has a great tribute from his family.

NOW SHOWING:This weekend's wide releases include Fifty Shades of Grey, which is currently scoring 37 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Kingsman: The Secret Service, which is scoring 75 percent.  Look for the former to dominate (no pun intended), somewhere around 90-100 million.

BRUCE JENNER: Photos of the fatal car crash could create legal problems for him.

PIECE BROSNAN watched as part of his Malibu home burned in a fire.

BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN remains on life support, her breathing aided by a ventilator, and she has not regained consciousness since she was admitted to the hospital.

AMY PASCAL broke her silence on the Sony hack, The Interview, her firing, etc.

DAVID CARR, a writer who wriggled away from the demon of drug addiction to become an unlikely name-brand media columnist at The New York Times, and the star of a documentary about the newspaper, died on Thursday in Manhattan. He was 58.

BOB SIMON. the longtime “60 Minutes” correspondent and legendary CBS News foreign reporter died suddenly Thursday night in a car accident in New York City.

SPECTRE released some behind the scenes promo footage.

ALOHA: The latest from Cameron Crowe has a trailer online.

UKRAINE: The 13-point agreement to end the war in Ukraine reached after 16 hours of negotiations in Minsk, Belarus, is no less precarious than previous cease-fire deals.

YEMENI rebels seized U.S. Embassy vehicles in the capital of Sanaa on Wednesday as diplomats fled the country and several foreign embassies closed amid deteriorating security conditions.

NIGERIA: Thousands of civilians fled their homes in the southeastern Niger town of Diffa this week, officials said on Thursday, following waves of cross-border raids and suicide bombings by Nigerian militant group Boko Haram.

AFGHANISTAN: The Obama administration is considering slowing its planned withdrawal from Afghanistan for the second time, according to U.S. officials, a sign of the significant security challenges that remain despite an end to the U.S. and NATO combat mission there.

A BABY PIG and a Little Girl.

A RATTLESNAKE knocked out a National Weather Service radar site in North Central Texas.  I think we all know it was a squirrel plan.

A 100-YEAR-OLD CROCODILE has died of overeating after worshippers repeatedly threw it sacrificial goats and chickens.

SHEEP and BADGERS may become WiFi hotspots in rural Britain.

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North Highlands, Divers, Grooms, The Amazing, 173-lb Pitbull   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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ROOMRUNNER's video for "Karn" is Bill, Ted...and maybe the Power Rangers? With a dash of old skool Japanese monster movies.

NORTH HIGHLANDS posthumously streams their self-titled sophomore LP.

DIVERS advance stream Hello Hello.

GROOMS advance stream Comb The Feelings Through Your Hair.

THE AMAZING advance streams Picture You.

LED ZEPPELIN drops "Brandy & Coke," which you may know as "Trampled Under Foot."

KATHRYN CALDER drops “Take A Little Time” ahead of her self-titled third LP.

JOANNA GRUESOME drops "Last Year," ahead of Peanut Butter.

PAUL COLLINS & PETER CASE, formerly of The Nerves, play "Hanging On The Telephone" in-store

RICK NIELSEN shows of a few axes at his guitar shop on Reverb. (Thx, Juanito.)

PHOSPHORESCENT: Matthew Houck talks to Paste about playing with his band, the concept of a live album and the way ceremony played into these live performances.

ST VINCENT: Annie Clark celebrates her Grammy win at SPIN.

POWER POP: Ten of the Best.

KANYE WEST continues his backpedal from his Grammy interruption of Beck. Sort of.  Next thing you know, he'll announce he wants to work with Taylor Swift. Oh, wait...he just did.

BRUCE JENNER had a blood alcohol level of 0.00 at the time of the accident that left another dead.

ANNA FARIS talks to Redbook about being married to Chris Pratt, motherhood, etc.

SUGE KNIGHT now has a video of the entire parking lot altercation that resulted in a man's death — and sources connected to Suge tell us it shows someone holding a gun and pointing it ominously at Suge, and that person is Cle “Bone” Sloan.

UMA THURMAN's makeup artist says it's all paint, not surgery or Botox.  Either way, she could play Joni Mitchell.

THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. has a trailer online. Is it possible that Guy Ritchie hasn't screwed this up?

ABRAHAM LINCOLN: Happy 204th birthday to the 16th President of the United States. Even if you saw the Spielberg biopic, here are two things you may not have known about Honest Abe: (1) he was an early adopter of the telegraph; and (2) he once sported a punky haircut

AUSTRALIA:  Two men were charged on Wednesday with planning to launch an imminent terrorist attack in Australia, after police seized a homemade flag associated with the Islamic State, a machete and a hunting knife in a counterterrorism raid.

YEMEN: United States Special Forces personnel will continue to operate in Yemen conducting training missions with Yemeni forces, as well as retaining the ability to conduct counter-terrorism operations should they be needed, despite the suspension of U.S. embassy operations within the country.

SYRIA & IRAQ: Foreign fighters are streaming into Syria and Iraq in unprecedented numbers to join the Islamic State or other extremist groups, including at least 3400 from Western nations among 20000 from around the world, U.S. intelligence officials say in an updated estimate of a top terrorism concern.  The  new "immigrants" fighting the infidels end up as cannon fodder, while the more prestigious organizational jobs and less-risky defensive assignments go to Syrian and Iraqi Arabs.

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: A 173-lb Pitbull.

A CROATIAN DOG is legally forbidden to bark.

"JUDAS CAMELS" wearing tracking technology could help curb the number of feral camels in central Australia.

THE BULL whose semen is worth thousands.

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Father John Misty, Slutever, In Tall Buildings, Krill, Copy Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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CHARLI XCX reels off a new wave cover of Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off." 

FATHER JOHN MISTY streams I Love You, Honeybear.

SLUTEVER advance streams their Almost Famous EP.

IN TALL BUILDINGS advance streams Driver.

KRILL advance streams A Distant Fist Unclenching.

THE MINUS 5 drops “The History You Hate" --with Jeff Tweedy sitting in alongside Scott McCaughey and Peter Buck--ahead of Dungeon Golds.

THE GO! TEAM drops "Blowtorch" ahead of The Scene Between.

LORD HURON drops "Fool For Love" ahead of Strange Trails.

MORRIS DAY and the HAIM played "Jungle Love" for Kimmel.

BELLE & SEBASTIAN: Stuart Murdoch talks to Cool Hunting about the band's new record, the duplicity of naming influences and being a working musician in 2015. (Thx, Frank Yang.)

THE JESUS & MARY CHAIN will likely record a new album.

KATHLEEN HANNA talks to the A.V. Club about buffalo chicken, Destiny's Child, and the sketchy things she did to McDonald's apple pies.

THE REPLACEMENTS hit the road for the first time since 1991.

JON STEWART is leaving The Daily Show. Was Jimmy Fallon getting too close?

BRIAN WILLIAMS is leaving the NBC Nightly News for six months (at least).

BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN, despite rumors, will not be taken off life support on the third anniversary of her mother Whitney Houston's death.

SHIRLEY MANSON: Garbage's frontwoman turned Kanye West's post-Grammys rant against him.

JOHN LEGEND defended Kanye West's Grammy antics, then backpedalled.

LEONARDO DiCAPRIO was spotted making out with a model in front of ex-fling Rhianna.

JENNIFER CARPENTER & SETH AVETT are expecting.

JUSTIN BIEBER has been taking lots of anger management classes recently but he hasn't done a single hour of community service because of a soccer injury.

UKRAINE: Rockets killed more than 10 civilians and soldiers deep in Ukrainian government-held territory on Tuesday and rebels pushed on with an assault on an army-held rail junction, setbacks that showed Kiev's position worsening on the eve of peace talks.

THE ISLAMIC STATE: Kayla Jean Mueller, an American aid worker captured in northern Syria in 2013. is dead, according to the Islamic State.

YEMEN: The United States is closing its embassy in Yemen amid political deadlock and deteriorating security conditions after the takeover of the country by Shiite rebels, two U.S. officials said.

JORDAN has deployed "thousands" of troops at its border with Iraq as it ramps up a campaign against ISIS militants who set a pilot ablaze, two Jordanian government officials told NBC News on Tuesday.

SYRIA receives “information” about air strikes by the US-led coalition against the Islamic State, President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview published on Tuesday.

COPY CAT learns dog tricks.

BATS take their revenge on Ozzy Osbourne.

A CURIOUS LIZARD goes Peeping Tom on some frogs.

WASPS use facial recognition to identify intruders.

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The Mavericks, Phosphorescent, A Place to Bury Strangers, Owls   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 08:00 AM
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BOB MOULD reportedly shook the rafters of the Ed Sullivan Theater with “Tomorrow Morning” and “Kid With A Crooked Face.” Twofer Tuesday.

THE MAVERICKS advance stream Mono.

PHOSPHORESCENT advance streams Live At The Music Hall.

A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS advance streams Transfixiation.

GRUFF RHYS: The Aquarium Drunkard session.

PEZ BAND play "Baby It's Cold Outside" and "Close Your Eyes" at last year's Brooklyn Power Pop Fest.

ST. VINCENT's Grammy acceptance letter.

MARK EITZEL talked to Aquarium Drunkard about Everclear, the first in an ongoing series that will highlight a number of albums from his career.

WEEZER: Rivers Cuomo talks to Pitchfork about the soundtrack of his life.

JOHN PAUL YOUNG: The Guardian essays his hit, "Love Is in the Air."  I once put it on a Summer Mix, because the local roller rink used to play it when I was a kid. The original version is not widely available (by internet standards), as it turns out.

BECK took the high road on KANYE WEST's Grammys diss, as 'Ye found his backpedal in motion.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON is Nobody's Baby.

BRUCE JENNER has lawyered up in the wake of Saturday's fatal car crash, in an investigation that will make its way to the L.A. County District Attorney's Office.

JOHNNY DEPP & AMBER HEARD Wedding Photos.

BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN and Nick Gordon's violent relationship was well known among their friends ... and sources tell us it was fueled by jealousy — but not the kind you'd expect.

CHARLES MANSON's engagement to a woman 53 years his junior was part of a wild scheme of hers to profit by putting his body on public display after his death, says the author of an upcoming book.

SPIDER-MAN swings into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as Marvel Sudios shuffles its schedule to make way for the web-slinger.

ED SABOL, the founder of NFL Films and  instrumental in creating the mythology of the league, died at 98.

UKRAINE's economy is collapsing?

JORDAN announced it has carried out dozens of air strikes on the Islamic State group, as a top US envoy said Iraqi troops would begin a major ground offensive against the jihadists in the weeks ahead.

SYRIA: The US-led coalition conducted three airstrikes near near Kobani, Deir al-Zor and Raqqa in the past day. Kurdish forces have recaptured more than a third of villages ("128 of some 350") surrounding Kobane.

LIBYA: Pro-government forces launched a new offensive to take Benghazi from Islamist militias; more than 40 people have been killed and dozens injured. The country's warring parties will resume UN-sponsored peace talks today.

TWO OWLS have a dance-off? Nah, there's a clear winner.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A militant rodent intercepts a pine cone at the one-yard line.

TWO LOST DOGS rescued from a sheet of ice floating down a river have learned nothing from the experience.

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: A mutant pig with a penis on its forehead.

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