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Frankie Rose, Islands, Royal Baths, Mountain Goats, Snoring Dormouse   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, February 09, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


CULTS drops a video for "You Know What I Mean."

FRANKIE ROSE advance streams Interstellar.

ISLANDS advance streams A Sleep & A Forgetting.

ROYAL BATHS streams the psych-garage Better Luck Next Life.

SHELBY LYNNE stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS cover Leonard Cohen's "The Smokey Life."

THE TING TINGS drop "Soul Killing" in advance of Sounds From Nowheresville.

LUSCIOUS JACKSON returns with "Are You Ready?"

ALABAMA SHAKES played "Hold On" and "I Ain't the Same" for Conan.

SHARON VAN ETTEN talks about a few of her favorite things for a Pitchfork Guest List.  She also talks to The A.V. Club about Tramp.

DAN MANGAN talks to PopMatters about being in a band called Dan Mangan and more...

THE JESUS & MARY CHAIN reunites for a US tour. There's also a Jim Reid solo track at the link.

THE JUNO AWARDS nominees are announced. Congrats?

RUSSELL BRAND to KATY PERRY: I don't want your money, even without a prenup.

LINDSAY LOHAN: How much has she spent on lawyers to handle her various dramas?

DANIEL RADCLIFFE expressed disappointment that the final Harry Potter movie failed to enchant the Academy, saying ‘snobbery' has prevented franchise from winning more accolades.

SIMON COWELL breaks his silence about the recent exit of judges Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul, and host Steve Jones.

GARY BUSEY files for bankruptcy.

VICTORIA'S SECRET model Kylie Bisutt has decided to leave the lingerie empire because it clashes with her Christian beliefs.

THE BOURNE LEGACY (ft. Jeremy Renner, not Matt. Damon.) has a trailer online.

TERROR in the USA: Ahmed Hussein Mahamud, a Somali-American from Westerville, Ohio, pled guilty to providing material support to Shabaab.

TERROR in the UK: Christian Emde and Robert Baum, Muslim converts from Solingen, Germany, admitted to terrorism charges and will be deported.

SYRIA: Following similar action by the US, Britain, and Belgium, Italy and France recalled their ambassadors to Syria. Six Gulf nations recalled their ambassadors and asked the Arab League to "take decisive action." Russia criticized the actions and sent a delegation to Syria. Turkey started a new initiative after the failure of the UN resolution.

EGYPT has said it will not be persuaded by the potential loss of US aid to end an ongoing investigation into foreign-funded non-governmental organisations.

IRAN: Amid deepening political infighting, Iran's parliament summoned President Ahmadinejad to discuss his handling of the economy. Iran and India reached a deal on oil payments. China reduced its purchases of Iranian oil, turning to Saudi Arabia and Russia instead.

AfPAK: NATO, Afghan and Pakistani military officials were to hold talks on improving border security and coordination on Wednesday, in a possible sign that tension is easing following a cross-border NATO air attack in November that infuriated Pakistan.

SNORING DORMOUSE: Let's go to the video.

A PIG and ten grenades were seized by Miami police.

A MOUNTAIN LION snatched a kid at Big Bend National Park. The child survived.


WHAT IF All the Cats in the World Suddenly Died?

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Black Keys, Tennis, Beth Jeans Houghton, Girls, Shepherding Rabbit   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, February 08, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE BLACK KEYS dropped "Gold On the Ceiling" on the MTV.

TENNIS is streaming Young & Old, produced by the Black Keys' Patrick Carney.

BETH JEANS HOUGHTON and the HOOVES OF DESTINY are streaming Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose.

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

BHI BHIMAN stopped by The Current studios for a session on the United States of Americana.

EFFED UP streams "Year of the Tiger," their latest Chinese Zodiac single.

BEN FOLDS FIVE: "Kate." Daisies in her footsteps.

XTC: Andy Partridge talks to The Quietus about the 30th anniversary of English Settlement. Audio embedded at the link.

HEARTLESS BAST^RDS: Erika Wennerstrom talks to Prefix about Arrow, Valentine's Day and other coincidences.

BAND OF SKULLS: Russell Marsden gives SPIN a track-by-track tour of Sweet Sour, along with the album stream.

CLOUD NOTHINGS: Dylan Baldi talks to Drowned In Sound about forming a band, going dark, and more.

ANGELINA JOLIE is a lady in the streets and a freak in the sheets, according to her partner Brad Pitt.

ROBERT DOWNEY, JR. and wife Susan welcomed a baby son Tuesday morning.

LAURA DERN & BEN HARPER reportedly reconcile.

ZSA ZSA GABOR was kept behind closed doors at her own 95th birthday party.

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN drops a trailer online. It might just work.

JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT will make his feature directing debut on an untitled comedy he'll star in with Scarlett Johansson.

THE TOP 50 MODERN LOW BUDGET FILMS, compiled by Den of Geek.

UGGIE, the scene-stealing Jack Russell terrier in the Oscar-friendly The Artist, is retiring from showbiz due to a neurological disorder.

BILLHINZMAN, the actor and director most famous as the very first zombie to shuffle into George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead, passed away over the weekend after a battle with cancer. He was 75.

TERROR in the USA: Raja Lahrasib Khan, 58, a Pakistani cab driver in Chicago and US citizen, admitted to giving funds to Ilyas Kashmiri, a top al Qaeda and Harkut-ul Jihad Islami commander.

OUR FRIENDS, THE SAUDIS will not allow the price of oil to rise to about 100 a barrel, bucks a barrel. Is that a green light for Israel to bomb Iran?

SYRIA: China and Russia defended their veto of the UN resolution on Syria. The US, France, Saudi Arabia, and Russia planned their next course of action. The US closed its embassy in Syria due to security concerns.

EGYPT's government will back down in a stand-off with Washington over US funding for civil society groups because allowing the dispute to drag on could jeopardize aid worth billions of dollars, two Egyptian officials said.

PAKISTAN: A senior American military commander is expected to travel to Pakistan this month in what Obama administration officials say is the first step toward thawing a strategic relationship that has been in effect frozen for more than two months.

AFGHANISTAN: A secret NATO report shows the Taliban are trying to regroup and are preparing to take over Afghanistan after complete withdrawal of foreign troops.


HYENA happy to get a hug.

FOUR BREEDS that have never won the Westminster Dog Show.

FIVE KILLER WHALES have been named as plaintiffs in a lawsuit which argues they deserve the same constitutional protection from slavery as humans.

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New Releases, Wilco, Alabama Shakes, Capt. Beefheart, Husky + Kitty   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, February 07, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


WILCO played a set at Austin City Limits, with Nick Lowe turning up at 46:30 to assist on his "Cruel to be Kind."

NEW RELEASES from Paul McCartney, Sharon Van Etten, Band of Skulls, Ben Kweller, Dr. Dog, Chuck Prophet and more are streaming this week at Spinner.

ALABAMA SHAKES stopped by KEXP for a session.

BETTY WRIGHT stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

CAPTAIN BEEFHEART: John Peel Top Gear sessions from 1968.

THE SHINS drop "September," the B-side to a single coming out today.

HERE WE GO MAGIC drops "Make Up Your Mind" ahead of A Different Ship.

ART BRUT: Forgot to mention yesterday that "Bang Bang Rock & Roll" soundtracked a Chevy Super Bowl ad.

THE MINDBENDERS bring Twofer Tuesday: "Game of Love" and "Groovy Kind of Love."

CRAIG FINN talks to the Twin Cities Pioneer Press about recording and touring his solo debut.

OF MONTREAL: Kevin Barnes talks to Drowned In Sound about the inspirations and influences behind Paralytic Stalks' new sound and darker mood, including, Sufjan Stevens, William Burroughs, modern classical music and the endurance (or lack thereof) of his Catholic upbringing.

THE BEST OF JANUARY, according to Drowned In Sound and Pretty Much Amazing.

AXL ROSE got a Twitter greeting from AARP.

GISELE BUNDCHEN was reportedly cussing as hubby Tom Brady was losing the Super Bowl. I would further goof on the spectacle of the gazillionaire lingerie model defending her gazillionaire QB hunk, but it's getting to the point where she's taking flack for consoling him after the game. Can't we all just get along?

ADAM LAMBERT, contra prior reports, will not be joining Queen.

OLIVIA WILDE is a good kisser, according to Twilight's Ashley Greene.

HARRISON FORD in the next Blade Runner?

RANDY TRAVIS was arrested Monday morning in Sanger on a charge of suspicion of public intoxication.

THE AVENGERS had plenty of new footage in the extended Super Bowl trailer.

NICOL WILLIAMSON, whose death of esophageal cancer at the age of 73 has been announced, was arguably the most electrifying actor of his generation, but one whose career flickered and faded like a faulty light fitting.

TERROR in the UK: The Special Immigration Appeals Commission ruled that radical Islamist preacher Abu Qatada must be freed on bail, after the UK's attempt to deport him to Jordan was barred by the European Court of Human Rights. The government considers him a high security risk.

SYRIA: Russia may be seeking a "controlled demolition" of Assad's rule to save its sole major foothold in the Arab world against Western rivals when its foreign minister and spy chief hold rare talks in Damascus this week.

IRAQ: Security forces captured al Qaeda in Iraq's finance minister in Mosul. A court sentenced two Islamic Army in Iraq members to death for the kidnapping and murder of two French journalists and an Iranian diplomat.

HUSKY adopts SIAMESE KITTEN...Mass hysteria!

LEMURS show off their mad kung fu skillz.

SALLY the ORANGUTAN: Saved by complex, perhaps unprecedented surgery.

THE 25 MOST AWKWARD Cat Sleeping Positions.

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Shearwater, Field Music, Kills, Jeff the Brotherhood, Receipt Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, February 06, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MAGNETIC FIELDS dropped a NSFW video for "Andrew In Drag."

SHEARWATER is advance steaming Animal Joy.

FIELD MUSIC is advance streaming Plumb.

THE KILLS played DC's 9:30 Club; you can stream the gig on demand via NPR.

JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD opened for the Kills and you can stream their set as well.

JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT covers "Hey Jude" at Sundance.

SHARON VAN ETTEN talks to the Washington Post and All Things Considered about recording Tramp, which drops tomorrow.

BEST COAST: Bethany Cosentino talks to the L.A. Times about the band's upcoming sophomore LP, inspiring 17-year-old girls, and more...

LIZ PHAIR writes about Lana Del Rey and feminism at the Wall Street Journal.

FIRST AID KIT talks influences and more at Dose. (Thx, LHB.)

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Chronicle tops the chart with 22 million, beating expectations and besting The Woman In Black, whose 21 million was in line with tracking predictions.  Chronicle's budget was a mere 12 million.  The Grey shows with 9.5 million.  Big Miracle debuted in fourth with 8.5 million against a 40 million budget. Underworld: Awakening rounds out the Top 5 with 5.6 million on a 55 percent drop.

CHRONICLE: According to Marvel comics, "With great power comes great responsibility."  But what if it doesn't?  This movie, with screenplay from Max Landis (son of John Landis) directed by Josh Trank (his first feature) succeeds by capturing how actual teenagers might react if suddenly granted a superpower, without great responsibility and with great acting out.  The found footage gimmick, which theoretically should enhance the realism of the inherently fantastical situation, may ultimately detract from it if the viewer stops to think about how it was compiled.  But by the time the film reaches the point where the question would become nagging, the action keeps attention focused on the story. 

SUPER BOWL ADS are here, incmi. Echo & the Bunnymen, The Cult and Yello provided a pretty Gen X soundtrack. Get off my lawn.

DEMI MOORE has checked into the ultra-posh Cirque Lodge addiction treatment center in Sundance, Utah.

KIM KARDASHIAN and... Jets QB Mark Sanchez?

ADAM LAMBERT is reportedly the new singer for Queen. Can they carry on with a gay frontman? Heh.

COURTNEY LOVE says she'll sue over leaked "confidential" deposition papers filed by her daughter, Francis Bean Cobain, which allege drug use and claims her reckless behavior caused the death of the family cat and dog.

DANIEL RADCLIFFE  admitted he was drunk while filming some scenes for the "Harry Potter" movies during a period in his life where he was drinking "nightly," the young star said in an interview.

BEN GAZZARA, an intense actor whose long career included playing Brick in the original "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" on Broadway, roles in influential films by John Cassavetes and work with several generations of top Hollywood directors, died on Friday in Manhattan of pancreatic cancer. He was 81.

SYRIA: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has described as a "travesty" Russia and China's veto of a UN resolution condemning Syria's crackdown against anti-government protesters.

EGYPT: Eith the country now at a critical stage in its transition toward democracy, US aid is in peril as lawmakers threaten to block assistance in response to Egypt's crackdown on pro-democracy groups, several of them well-connected nongovernmental organizations based in Washington.

IRAN: American and European officials said Friday that a mission by international nuclear inspectors to Tehran this week had failed to address their key concerns, indicating that Iran's leaders believe they can resist pressure to open up the nation's nuclear program.

AFGHANISTAN: The United States' plan to wind down its combat role relies on shifting responsibility to Special Operations forces that hunt insurgent leaders and train local troops, according to senior Pentagon officials and military officers. These forces could remain in the country well after the NATO mission ends in late 2014.

MAYBE THE DOG has your receipt.

ZOO MONKEYS booze up to ward off the cold in Kazakhstan.

SNAKE in a Swedish trouser press. That kind of thing is not my bag, baby.

MASS IGUANA KILLINGS planned in Puerto Rico.

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Nuggets, Mark Lanegan, Trailer Trash Tracys, Lana Del Rey, Sheep Cyclone   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, February 03, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with GARAGE ROCK! Recent sad news about the illness of Troggs singer Reg Presley and death of Music Machine singer Sean Bonniwell put me in the mood for a dozen Nuggets, like Music Machine - "Talk Talk"; Blues Magoos - "We Ain't Got Nothin' Yet"; The Knickerbockers - "Lies"; The Outsiders - "Time Won't Let Me"; Count Five - "Psychotic Reaction"; The Seeds - "Pushin' Too Hard"; 13th Floor Elevators - "You're Gonna Miss Me"; The Standells - "Dirty Water/ Why Pick On Me"; The Leaves - "Hey Joe"; Electric Prunes - "I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night," the Crazy World of Arthur Brown - "Fire" and The Nazz- "Open My Eyes."

THE MARK LANEGAN BAND is advance streaming Blues Funeral.

THE TRAILER TRASH TRACYS are advance streaming Ester, along with an interview.

LANA DEL REY is streaming Born To Die.

CENTRO-MATIC stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

DALE EARNHARDT JR JR played "Simple Girl" for Conan, backed by a string quartet.

LEONARD COHEN is profiled at Tablet.  His discography is surveyed by The A.V. Club.

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? 90s musician edition.

THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED: 53 years ago today.

RECORD LABELS: What do they do these days?

THE WORST SUPERBOWL HALFTIME SHOWS, according to Spinner. ALSO: NFL bosses have banned Gary Glitter songs from being playing at this Sunday's Super Bowl. The pedophile pop star created a stir when fans believed he stood to rake in thousands of dollars if his 1972 anthem 'Rock and Roll Part 2' was blasted at Indianapolis' Lucas Oil Stadium.

CUTOUT BIN:  From Diana Ross to the Gun Club, from Sandie Shaw to Neil Young & Crazy Horse, from the Beach Boys to Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, plus the Guess Who, Plimsouls, R. Dean Taylor, Rush 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: Chronicle, which is currently scoring 88 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; The Woman In Black, currently scoring 64 percent; and Big Miracle, scoring 69 percent. All pretty good scores for February, let alone SuperBowl weekend.

GISELE BUNDCHEN implored friends and family by email to pray hard for Tom Brady in the SuperBowl.

DEMI MOORE, now recovering at home, is getting special visits from the men in her life ... ex Bruce Willis and soon-to-be-ex Ashton Kutcher.

LINDSAY LOHAN is threatening to sue media outlets claiming she was drinking at a SAG awards afterparty.

LESLIE CARTER, the 25-year-old sister of Nick and Aaron Carter, suffered an apparent overdose and had been taking medication for depression, according to a police report released Thursday.

COURTNEY LOVE killed the family pets with her bizarre behavior, according to daughter Frances Bean Cobain.

SHOOKI denied preganancy rumors to a grateful nation.

SOMALIA:Kenyan troops seized Hosungow near the Kenyan border and took over the key southern town of Badhadhe, potentially cutting off Shabaab's supply line from its coastal stronghold of Kismayo.

EGYPT: Thousands demonstrated after 74 people were killed in rioting at a soccer match in the worst violence since Mubarak's overthrow. A famous Egyptian comedian was jailed for offending Islam.

AFGHANISTAN:The US and NATO want to end combat operations in Afghanistan next year.

IRAQ:Security forces detained al Qaeda's minister of information in Mosul and 16 members of Vice President Hashemi's bodyguard.

THE SHEEP CYCLONE: Let's go to the video.

A MAMMOTH PYTHON was caught by rangers in Florida before it could lay eggs containing the 59 super-predators inside her and unleash them on the Everglades.

MONKEY OWNERS hiding out in TX.

A SUPERGIANT crustacean has been found lurking 7km down in the waters off the coast of New Zealand.

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