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Best Coast, Bon Iver, Emmy the Great, YACHT, Blue Penguin   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, June 13, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BEST COAST unveiled a new song, "Gone Again," over at Adult Swim.

BON IVER is advance streaming the semi-self-titled sophomore LP. Justin Vernon also gets a meaty profile at The Guardian and briefer one at the New Zealand Herald.

EMMY THE GREAT is advance streaming Virtue and gives The Guardian a track-bt-track tour.

YACHT is advance streaming Shangri-La.

SONS & DAUGHTERS are advance streaming Mirror Mirror.

SHE & HIM cover "Oh, Boy!" for the upcoming Buddy Holly tribute LP.

KIM & KELLEY DEAL turned 50 on Friday, so I'm going to check out "Cannonball" and feel old.

THE DECEMBERISTS: Colin Meloy clarifies that the band's hiatus is not a breakup.

THE JAYHAWKS talk to Rolling Stone about Mockingbird Time, the first LP recorded with the classic Gary Louris and Mark Olson-led line-up since 1995's Tomorrow The Green Grass.

MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle likes to frighten his listeners.

CLARENCE CLEMONS has suffered a stroke.

JACK WHITE & KAREN ELSON celebrated their sixth anniversary by throwing a divorce party.

SLY STONE has cocaine charges pending. Shocka!

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE:  Super 8 takes the top slot with 37 million, which looks like a potentially big payoff against a 37 million budget. The studio thought this would come in at 20-30 million.  A pause between blockbusters, but a healthy one.  X-Men: First Class drops a notch with 25 million.  The 55 percent drop is not unusual for a blockbuster (and less than the last to X-movies), but the studio likely hoped for better, given the good reviews and word-of-mouth for the 60s-era mutants. The Hangover Part II showed with 18.5 million onl a reasonable 41 percent drop.  Kung Fu Panda 2 was not far behind with 16.6 million on a 30 percent drop -- but there's still a big difference between making 216.5 million on an 80 million budget (Hangover Pt II) and making 127 million on a 150 million budget (Panda).  Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger tides rounds out the Top 5 with another 10.8 million. It's is a long shot to match its 250 million production budget in Norrth America, but the 615 million overseas haul guarantees more Capt. Jack Sparrow.

BRADGELINA contributed 500K to the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, to bolster the recovery effort in Joplin, MO.

LILY ALLEN is married... and pregnant.

BRITNEY SPEARS is getting married for the third time, according to the uber-reliable Sun. Gossip Cop notes that The Sun reported the same thing in October 2009.

SELENA GOMEZ has had health issues after appearing on the Tonight Show. Anyone surprised?

TRACY MORGAN apologized for an anti-gay rant during his weekend gig at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.

RUSSELL CROWE is now eating crow after ranting on Twitter about his views on circumcision. Director-actor Eli Roth defends Crowe against claims of anti-Semitism.

FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF was released 25 years ago this weekend, prompting a look at its 25 contributions to pop culture lore.

THE ARAB SPRING turns into summer's bloody turmoil.

IRAN's air force chief claimed that US-made F-14 fighters are still operational as engineers are "reverse engineering" parts for the warplanes.

SYRIAN troops have begun their assault on Jisr al Shoughour, where an army mutiny last week resulted in the deaths of 120 troops.

AFGHANISTAN: Afghan officials claimed Pakistan will target sanctuaries of Taliban leaders who refuse to engage in peace talks with the Afghan government. CIA Director Leon Panetta confronted Pakistani intelligence officials face to face with what the US believes is evidence of collusion between Pakistani security officials and militants staging attacks in Afghanistan.

A LITTLE BLUE PENGUIN is released back into the wild, to the strains of Dusty Springfield.

KENYAN BABOON adopts a Bush Baby...Mass hysteria!

COW tazed by police in Pelham, NH.

RARE TWIN GIBBONS born at the Omaha Zoo.

50 PHOTOS of Basset Hounds running.

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The dB's, Sebadoh, Ellie Goulding, Black Angels, Cutout Bin, Catfight   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, June 10, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE dB's!  The influential, but oh-so-unlucky modern pop combo performs "Happenstance," "Bad Reputation" and "Living A Lie" from Sweden circa 1982.  From the studio, we have the clip for "Neverland." Chris Stamey left the band (temporarily) after which we got the infamous, banned-from-MTV clip for "Amplifier," plus live takes of "She Got Soul" and "Not Cool" from the legendary Maxwell's in Hoboken, NJ circa 1986.  From the same time period, you can see the band help close down Folk City in NYC with a cover of Bob Dylan's "Positively 4th Street." 

SEBADOH is streaming the reissued Bakesale.

ELLIE GOULDING stopped by WFUV for an unpluggedy session, including a cover of "Your Song."

GIVERS stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

THE BLACK ANGELS play a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.


LEONARD COHEN, Live at Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC, Canada; December 2, 2010.

STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS drop "Senator" in advance of Mirror Traffic.

JOE JACKSON & THE ROOTS were "Steppin' Out" on Fallon.

SHARON VAN ETTEN talks to PopMatters about her newly found, brimming confidence; the advantages of working with collaborators as opposed to working solo; her expedited ascension in the world of indie rock; and, not least, her upcoming record.

DAVID BYRNE talks to Pitchfork about his early concert experiences, the legacy of Stop Making Sense, and his enduring, open-minded approach to the stage.

BRIAN WILSON talks to the Village Voice about Gershwin, Van Dyke Parks, and the issuing of SmiLE.

THE RAVEONETTES' Sharin Foo talks to Beatroute about the duo's collaborative methods.

FLOAT YOUR BOAT: Pop Culture Cruises Take Off.

CUTOUT BIN: From Frank Sinatra to Fatboy Slim, from Moby Grape to Cee-Lo Green, from the Jesus & Mary Chain to Frijid Pink, from the Vapors to the Chambers Bros, plus the Music Explosion, Elvis Costello, AC/DC, the Kinks and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are now streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are the JJ Abrams/Spielberg project Super 8, which is currently scoring 82 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer, scorng 15 percent.

CHARLIE SHEEN's fmr 2 1/2 men co-star Jon Cryer told Dave Letterman than no one saw the implosion coming.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON & SEAN PENN: Why they broke up. Allegedly.

JENNIFER ANISTON: How she stopped worrying and learned to love the paparazzi.

KATE MIDDLETON's cell phone and bank accounts were hacked on behalf of Rupert Murdoch's News International.

ESTELLA WARREN (Planet of the Apes) was charged with DUI, hit-and-run driving, battery on a cop, and resisting arrest ... after an alleged alcohol-fueled joyride last month.

SYRIA: The International Atomic Energy Agency will vote to require Syria to address the UNSC over its nuclear program. The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights called on Syria to stop killing civilians. I'm sure Assad is quaking in his boots on both counts.

EGYPT: The US is pressuring Egypt's security services to re-arrest members of terrorist groups who escaped or were released from prisons during the uprisings this spring.

AFGHANISTAN:  Pres Karzai has asked Pres Obama not to order a steep withdrawal of US troops this year because his own forces are unprepared to cope with the threat of the Taliban.

CATFIGHT, refereed by birds.

ELEPHANTS strayed from the Muttati forest and went on a rampage in Mysore, India.

"TROUBLE," one of the world's richest dogs, has died at age 12.

ONE BEAR takes out two cars.

DUCKLINGS FOLLOWING DOG: It's science... and

BUNNIES compete is show-jumping.

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BSS, Black Lips, Deerhunter, Fiona Apple, Doggeh Driver   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, June 09, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE's video for "The Sweetest Kill" features Bijou Phillips and extreme, gory violence.

BLACK LIPS did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

THE SAM ROBERTS BAND stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

DEERHUNTER, Live at Club DeVille (Austin, TX), March 18, 2011.

JUNIOR BOYS are advance streaming It's All True. Synth-pop not reallly my genre, but you may dig it.

FIONA APPLE & JON BRION cover "Everyday" for the upcoming Buddy Holly tribute album.

TEN CRAZY-GOOD COVERS you've probably never heard.

SHE & HIM are "In the Sun." Saw 'em just about a year ago. Time flies.

NEW ORDER: Bernanrd Sumner talks to BBC Breakfast about the band's genesis after Ian Curtis's death.

ELBOW: Guy Garvey talks to The Independent about playing larger stages, television and more...

GLASVEGAS: James Allan talks to the SF Examiner about his overdose, his mother, and the band's second LP.

GLEN CAMPBELL: Paul Westerberg, Robert Pollard and Jacob Dylan have written songs for the final album from country legend. Also turning up as guest musicians are Billy Corgan, The Dandy Warhols, Chris Isaak, Rick Nielsen, Brian Setzer and Dick Dale.

KIM KARDASHIAN denies cheating on her fiancee with NFL player Bret Lockett and threatens to sue. Lockett says he's unafraid of legal threats and claims to have concrete proof of the relationship.


JENNIFER ANISTON's new boyfriend has a girlfriend, according to the ever-reliable National Enquirer.

ALEC BALDWIN is mulling a run for mayor of New York City now that kinky Congressman Anthony Weiner appears to have sexted himself out of the 2013 race.

J-LO's first honeymoon video... where is it?

ZACK GALIFIANAKIS, reluctant superstar after The Hangover(s), is the cover of the Rolling Stone.

EMMA STONE, with three films out this summer and a starring role as Spidey's girlfriend, is profiled by Elle.

LEO DiCAPRIO is in early talks to play the role of villainous ranch owner Calvin Candie in Django Unchained, the Sergio Leone-style spaghetti Western that Quentin Tarantino wrote and will direct as his next film.

JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT & CHUCK NORRIS: Worst actress and actor since 1985.

AL QAEDA's Ayman al Zawahiri released a videotape that eulogized slain al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

YEMENI forces are fighting to retake control of the city of Zinjibar. Pres Saleh has suffered burns over 40 percent of his body and received a brain injury.

IRAN said it is producing and installing new, homemade nuclear centrifuges, and will triple production of nuclear fuel. The Iranian navy is said to have deployed submarines to the Red Sea.

PAKISTAN's army has sent home two-thirds of the US military personnel who were training its forces in counterinsurgency skills along the porous border with Afghanistan.

AFGHANISTAN: The hugely expensive US attempt at nation-building has had only limited success and may not survive an American withdrawal, according to the findings of a two-year congressional investigation.

DOGGEH behind the wheel.

A "SEA MONSTER" washed up at the foot of the famed Brooklyn Bridge in New York City.


A MOUNTAIN LION is prowling Greenwich, CT?

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Dawes, Tegan & Sara, Stars, Dananananackroyd, Bruno Plays Dead   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, June 08, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE MOUNTAIN GOATS play Jawbreaker's "Boxcar" for The A.V. Club Undercover.

DAWES did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, one previously unreleased, afaik.

TEGAN & SARA also did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

STARS are streaming The Bedroom Demos from the In Our Bedroom After the War sessions.

DANANANANACKROYD is advance streaming There Is A Way.

DAVID BYRNE & PAUL SIMON play "Road to Nowhere" and "You Can Cal Me Al" at Webster Hall.

53 THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT PRINCE: 54 if you didn't know it was his birthday yesterday.

OKKERVIL RIVER: Will Scheff talks to New York magazine about his new LP, his childhood illness and his academic fantasy.

EMMY THE GREAT offers her guide to virtue.

BRIAN WILSON will walk away from next week's NXNE festival in Toronto with a Lifetime Achievement award, the first to be so honored.

A REALLLLY SLOW DAY FOR GOSSIP, KIDS: Leonardo DiCaprio and Blake Lively went to Disneyland. Khloe Kardashian wore a really see-through top on morning TV. Dakota Fanning graduated high school. Emma Watson complained guys don't pursue her. Slim. Pickins.

EGYPT: The government has recognized the Muslim Brotherhood as a legal political party that is able to participate in upcoming parliamentary elections. The Muslim Brotherhood's party is being called the Freedom and Justice Party.

BRUNO really knows how to play dead.

SLEEPING WITH THE FISHES? Indian fish can dig it.

BEAR CUB, huggin' a doggeh...Mass hysteria!

PABLO the GIANT ANTEATER adjusts to his life at the National Zoo.

A GREAT WHITE SHARK was spotted Sunday in the waters off Island Beach State Park in Berkeley Township, NJ. What say you, Police Chief Brody?

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New Releases, J Mascis, Marissa Nadler, Martin Rushent RIP, Sleepy Rabbits   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, June 07, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


KAISER CHIEFS are back with "Little Shocks."

NEW RELEASES from Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Jr., Sondre Lerche, Dawes, Oneida, Wooden Birds, Vaccines and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

BATTLES is streaming Gloss Drop, which hits the US today.

J MASCIS does the four free songs thing for Daytrotter - two solo songs, a Dinosaur, Jr. nugget, and a cover of... Edie Brickell.

MARISSA NADLER is advance streaming her self-titled album.

BONNAROO: Get your free MP3s from festival artists via Spinner.

MARTIN RUSHENT, one of the most notable producers of the late '70s and early '80s, passed away this weekend at the age of 63. Cause of death has not been revealed. He will be most remembered for The Human League's Dare, but should be remembered for the first three Buzzcocks albums, along with The Stranglers, XTC, Generation X and the Go-Gos. I split the difference by offering the League's "Don't You Want Me" and the Buzzcocks' "What Do I Get?" for Twofer Tuesday.

RIOT GRRRL: The movement and its reassessment is essayed by the New York Times.

IRON & WINE: Sam Beam talks to the Mpls Star-Tribune about expanding his sound.

TOM VEK talks to Gigwise about his first album in 5 years. (Thx, LHB.)

ANDREW GOLD,  the singer-songwriter best known for 1977's "Lonely Boy" single and the theme from The Golden Girls, died Friday in his sleep from a heart attack. He was 59.

ARNOLD & MARIA: Schwarzenegger's mistress and love child hid out in a small Texas town as news of their secret life was exposed.

JENNIFER ANISTON and Paul Theroux went public after the MTV Movie Awards.

GERARD BUTLER & JESSICA BIEL appeared to be pretty close friends while shooting Playing the Field in Shreveport, La., last month.

NIKKI REED (Twilight) got engaged to American Idol alum Paul McDonald.

LAURYN HILL is pregnant for the sixth time.

HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2 becomes the 11th film completely banned in Britain.

THE BLUES BROTHERS are caught in New Jersey, according to Google Earth. More here.

OUR FRIENDS, THE SAUDIS are thinking about letting women vote in local elections someday.

YEMEN: Pres Saleh underwent two surgeries in Saudi Arabia.

SYRIA: Security forces killed 31 people during anti-regime protests in Jisr al Shughour. Israel said Syria is orchestrating violence in the Golan that resulted in IDF forces killing 23 people.

AFGHANISTAN: Pres Karzai's National Security Advisor has warned that al-Qaeda network still has "tremendous recruitment potential" after the death of Osama Bin Laden deep inside Pakistan.

SLEEPY RABBITS IN CUPS: Let's go to the video.

GANGSTER MONKEYS were ousted from a Phnom Penh temple as part of a crackdown on the unruly animals after a spate of attacks on visiting tourists.

SHADOW the RESCUE PUPPY survived being sucked out of the house by a tornado in Massachussetts unscathed.

MONSTER RATS as big as cats are believed to have killed two babies in South Africa's squalid townships.

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