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Lloyd Cole, Phoenix, Dead Can Dance, GbV, Cutout Bin, Cubs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, April 26, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

... with LLOYD COLE & THE COMMOTIONS! Live in Munich circa 1985, which means it's almost all stuff from their brill debut LP.  Your setlist includes: “Are You Ready To Be A Heartbroken?”, “2cv”, “Patience”, “Brand New Friend”, “Four Flights Up”, “Rattlesnakes”, “Speedboat”, “Forest Fire”, “Sweetness” and  “Perfect Skin”.

PHOENIX stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

DEAD CAN DANCE stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

PICKWICK stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

GUIDED BY VOICES: The Bug House compilation.

THE POLICE want to get "Next To You."

THE NATIONAL: Matt and Tom Berninger talk to Spinner about their evolving relationship, how Tom got Bryan Devendorf to do an interview while taking a shower, and the new song "I Should Live in Salt," which Matt wrote about Tom during this process.

ANDY PARTRIDGE talks to Spinner about his two new experimental collaborations.

THE BOY LEAST LIKELY TO talks Drowned In Sound through the making of their fourth album, 'The Great Perhaps'.

ONAFUR ARNALDS talks to PopMatters about the long recording of For Now I Am Winter.

CUTOUT BIN: From U2 to Toni Basil, from the Replacements to the Specials, from Teenage Fanclub to ABC, plus Dexy's Midnight Runners, Guided By Voices, Nick Lowe and Darryl Hall, Echo & the Bunnymen  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: Michael Bay's Pain And Gain, which is currently scoring 45 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and The Big Wedding, scoring... zero.

JUSTIN BIEBER's tour bus was raided by Swedish police who allegedly found marijuana on board.

JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT on the X Factor?

JESSICA SIMPSON's parents are divorced.

ZOOEY DESCHANEL gets an apology for being named the Boston Marathon bomber.

CHLOE GRACE MORETZ seems to have her head on straight.

THE MEN FROM U.N.C.L.E.: Arnie Hammer and Tom Cruise.

SYRIA: US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said that the military has evidence that the Syrian government has used sarin twice "on a small scale." Young men from Kyrgyzstan are beginning to join rebel groups in Syria.

EGYPT: Authorities are questioning an 11-member jihadist cell that was apprehended last week. The cell, which is made up of Egyptian, Palestinian, and Lebanese citizens, was plotting to target an Egyptian military installation in Rafah. The Salafi Nour party said none of its members will take a post in the Egyptian cabinet, which is expected to be reshuffled next week.

AFGHANISTAN: ISAF commander General Dunford said there is "improved security across the country." Security forces captured eight Pakistani Taliban fighters in Panjwai district in Kandahar.

IRAQ: Thirty-one "militants" and 10 policemen were killed during clashes in Mosul; it is unclear if the militants are members of insurgent groups or Sunni protesters. Two policemen were killed in an attack at a checkpoint in Fallujah.

THE CUBS: Lions, Tigers and Hyenas.

IS IT OKAY TO TATTOO YOUR DOG? Um... no.

A BIG CAT was on the loose in the English countryside at the turn of the last century, scientists say.

A SHARP-NOSED POLICE DOG helped catch a suspect after sniffing him out from two miles away.

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Annuals, Joy Formidable, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, Terrier   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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TEGAN & SARA drop a video for "I Was A Fool," starring Mae Whitman (Parenthood, Arrested Development, Perks of Being A Wallflower).

ANNUALS stream Time Stamp

THE JOY FORMIDABLE play a quick live set consisting of acoustic renditions of their songs at KEXP.

LADY LAMB THE BEEKEPER stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

DEAD LEAF ECHO streams Thought and Language, inspired by the work of Vladmir Nabokov. (Thx, LHB.)

HEBRONIX, a new project from former Yuck-er Daniel Blumberg, drops "Unreal."

THE BEACH BOYS: "Wendy." Live, no sync. Really big show.

IRON & WINE: Sam Beam talks to the New York Times about songwriting and the new sounds on his new LP.

THE ZOMBIES: Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone talk to All Songs Considered about their early touring days, the making of their most revered work, Odessey and Oracle, breaking up before the album was released, and making music all these years later.

BELINDA CARLISLE speaks with The Advocate about her new album, Icon; overcoming addiction; and why she’s head over heels for the LGBT community.

CORDELL "BOOGIE" MOSSON, whose rubbery bass guitar gave the classic albums by Parliament and Funkadelic much of their buoyant, elastic, bouncing-off-of-the-walls character, died on Thursday at 60. No cause of death was announced.

GWYNETH PALTROW: People's 2013 Most Beautiful Woman. Yes, really.

JENNIFER LOPEZ was approached by Fox execs to return to “American Idol” for the balance of the season ... to replace Mariah Carey.  But the plan was abandoned when Carey's team threatened legal action.

JUSTIN BIEBER is giving up his controversial monkey.

AMANDA BYNES has been hearing voices and talks to herself in unintelligible sentences, according to RadarOnline.

JENNIFER ANISTON & JUSTIN THEROUX delay their wedding.

ZACH BRAFF is crowd-funding his next movie.

WAYNE'S WORLD: Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, and director Penelope Spheeris buried -- or avoided -- the hatchet at an AMPAS screening of the 1992 comedy.

ISRAELI intelligence agencies remain divided over whether the Assad regime has used chemical weapons in Syria.

EGYPT: An adviser to President Morsi resigned over "the slowness of decision-making and monopolization by the Brotherhood."

IRAN is storing millions of barrels of oil on tankers in its territorial waters as Tehran struggles with tougher Western sanctions on its vital seaborne export trade, ship industry sources say.

A JACK RUSSELL TERRIER plays in the sand.

72000 LADYBUGS were released in the Mall of America in an effort to protect the large amounts of the mall's greenery, which are usually plagued by aphids.

SIX ANIMALS scientists say can dance.

A 40-YEAR-OLD CROC lives at an East German water treatment plant.

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!!!, Yo La Tengo, Foals, Steve Earle, Baby Rhino   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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MAC DeMARCO plays Weezer's "Undone -- The Sweter Song" for The A.V. Club Undercover.

!!! advance streams THR!!!ER.

YO LA TENGO played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

FOALS stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

STEVE EARLE stopped by the KEXP studios to perform live songs from his newest record "The Low Highway."

JENS LEKMAN has shared a new song, "Regarding a Package."

THE CONNELLS: " '74-'45. " Read more about this Raleigh, North Carolina quintet at Trouser Press.

THE RASCALS: Felix Cavaliere and Gene Cornish talk to the Village Voice about their Steven Van Zandt-enabled reunion.

JIM JAMES talks to The Current about demos, inspiration, Questlove and more.

BOB DYLAN is touring with Wilco and My Morning Jacket (and sometimes Richard Thompson).

THE ORIGINAL MTV VJs have written a collective memoir.

 

REESE WITHERSPOON ducks the media as police video of her disorderly conduct arrest gets published online.

KIM KARDASHIAN: Pregnancy isn't all sunshine and rainbows.

SHAKIRA: Motherhood is not all sunshine and rainbows.

BEYONCE has banned photogs from her shows, increasing the value of unflattering pics taken by attendees.

JANICE DICKINSON: The one-time supermodel has declared bankruptcy.

KRISTEN STEWART was seen getting into a car with man who appears to be her former lover, Rupert Sanders... on the same day beau Robert Pattinson jets out of L.A.

THOR: THE DARK WORLD has a UK trailer online.

ALLAN ARBUS,  who left the successful fashion photography business he and his wife, Diane, built to become an actor, most memorably playing the caustic psychiatrist Maj. Sidney Freedman on the hit television series “M*A*S*H,” died on Friday at his home in Los Angeles.

CANADA: The two suspects in an al Qaeda plot to bomb a passenger train, Chiheb Esseghaier and Raed Jaser, appeared in court in Montreal and Toronto, respectively. Iran's Foreign Minister called Canadian officials' claims linking the plotters to al Qaeda operatives in Iran "ridiculous" and "hilarious." The investigation began after a tip from a Toronto imam over a year ago.

LIBYA: A massive car bomb destroyed much of the French embassy in Tripoli and wounded two guards. The Foreign Ministry said a French-Libyan team would investigate the "terrorist act."

IRAQ: Al Qaeda killed five family members of an Awakening leader. Security forces captured an al Qaeda governor in Babil.

A BABY RHINO learns to walk.

HUCKLEBERRY was crowned this year's most ‘Beautiful Bulldog' at the annual Drake University competition in Des Moines, Iowa.

TIGER IN THE BATHROOM: I Just Can't Stop It.

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: Vending machines for dogs.

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New Releases, RIP Chrissy Amphlett and Richie Havens, Akron/Family, Roomba Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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CHRISSY AMPHLETT, the raunchy lead singer of the Australian rock band Divinyls whose hit "I Touch Myself" brought her international fame in the early 1990s, died at her home in NYC on Sunday, following battles with breast cancer and multiple sclerosis. She was 53 years old.

NEW RELEASES from Airborne Toxic Event, the Neighborhood, The Boy Least Likely To, Junip, Fort Frances and more are streaming via Spinner.

AKRON/FAMILY advance streams Sub Verses.

BEACON advance streams The Ways We Separate. (Not really my bag, but maybe yours.)

OS MUTANTES advance streams Fool Metal Jack

GUIDED BY VOICES drop "Flunky Minnow" ahead of English Little League, out next week. Sweet.

NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS dropped "Animal X" for Record Store Day.

BEST COAST dropped “Fear Of My Own Identity” for Record Store Day. My fave of theirs for a while.

RICHIE HAVENS, who opened the 1969 Woodstock music festival and energised the crowd with his version of "Motherless Child/Freedom", died of a heart attack on Monday at the age of 72, his talent agency said.

KIM GORDON details her breakup with Thurston Moore at Elle. Ouch.

KEVIN DREW (Broken Social Scene) talks to PopMatters about the 10th anniversary of his Arts & Crafts label.

THE FLAMING LIPS guitarist Steven Drozd talks to PopMatters about The Terror and more.

TALKING HEADS, ranked by Stereogum.

REESE WITHERSPOON apologized after being arrested for disorderly conduct, admitting she is 'deeply embarrassed' by the way she behaved.

LINDSAY LOHAN snorted cocaine off her wrist in a bathroom during a paid appearance at a nightclub in Miami on New Year's Eve 2009, according to a new tell-all memoir by controversial gossip blogger Nik Richie.

MILEY CYRUS & LIAM HEMSWORTH: Following reports they have postponed their wedding, issues between the couple continue to overshadow their romance.

TARA REID was seen demanding a discount at an LA store while picking out an outfit for Coachella, then getting thrown out.

BUSY PHILIPPS announced she's pregnant with her second child.

THOR: THE DARK WORLD gets a first look from USA Today. (Spoiler alert.)

THE UNITED STATES: Charges were filed in federal court in Massachusetts against Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

CANADIAN authorities broke up a major terrorist plot, arresting Raed Jaser, 35, in Toronto, and Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, in Montreal. The al Qaeda-linked terrorists planned to bomb a passenger train in the Toronto area and possibly other targets.

JORDAN is said to have opened two corridors of airspace to unmanned Israeli drones, allowing them to monitor the situation in Syria.

EGYPT announced plans to restart its nuclear program with the help of Russia.

A CAT. On a Roomba. Dressed as a shark. Chasing a duck.

53 KING COBRAS --   the world's most venemous snake -- were seized from a car in Hanoi.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: According to a new study, red squirrels born to mothers with high level of stress hormones are able to outcompete others for food and territories.

WHEN GATORS ATTACK: A father and son canoe trip took a terrifying turn on Friday when the 6-year-old fell into the water and into the jaws of an eight-foot gator at the Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge in Boynton Beach, FL.

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The Stooges, Deerhunter, Cave Singers, Lucius, Ginger Cats   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, April 22, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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PHOENIX plays “Entertainment,” “Trying To Be Cool,” “Drakkar Noir,” and “Chloroform” on Kimmel.

IGGY & THE STOOGES advance stream Ready To Die.

DEERHUNTER advance streams Monomania.  

LUCIUS stopped by WNYC Soundcheck for an in-studio session and interview.

THE CAVE SINGERS perform for the first time in the KEXP studio as a four-piece, complimenting their expanded sound with bass and flute.

NEIL DIAMOND gave a live performance of "Sweet Caroline," in the eighth inningof the first Red Sox home game since the Boston Marathon bombing.

GAME THEORY: The Greatest Unknown 80s Band. (Thx, Charlie Vanek.)

STORM THORGERSON, the co-founder of the UK design firm Hipgnosis, known for designing cover art for Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Genesis and Peter Gabriel, 10cc, Alan Parsons, and many others, died at the age of 69.

WILLIE NELSON will play a concert on April 28 to benefit the West Volunteer Fire Department in the wake of the fertilizer plant explosions in West, Texas, near his hometown, which killed at least 13 people, including five volunteer firefighters, and injured 200.

THE 10 BEST YEAH YEAH YEAHS SONGS, according to Paste

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Oblivion tops the chart with 38.2 million -- and already has another 112 million in foreign markets, ensuring profit on a 120 million production budget, even after marketing costs are tacked on.  It's good news for Cruise, coming off flops like Rock of Ages and Jack Reacher.  But its a far cry from Cruise's peak performance in the 80s and 90s, and may not be particularly leggy as the summer blockbusters roll out earlier every year.  42, otoh, places with 18 million on a leggy 34 percent drop.  It's already turning a profit domestically, which is crucial, given the limited appeal of baseball elsewhere.  The Croods show again, with another 9.5 million and a sequel announcment.Scary Movie V drops 56 percent to the fourth slot with 6.3 million and 22.9 million against a 20 million budget.  G.I. Joe: Retaliation rounds out theTop 5 with 5.8 million and has a global total exceeding the original -- which ain't bad for a movie that required reshoots and a 3-D conversion to deem it marketable by the studio.  Below the fold, the expansion of The Place Beyond the Pines lands it at No. 6, with 4.7 million and 11.5 million total against a 15 million budget.

OBLIVION gets points in my book for not being a sequel or reboot -- but not that many points, given the frequency with which it borrows from earlier, better sci-fi flicks.  Tom Cruise is not called upon to play crazy stuntman here, for the most part (which may account for the film's lukewarm B- Cinemascore from audiences).  He's nicely flanked by Olga Kurylenko and Andrea Riseborough, who curiously get more characterization out of the screenplay than Cruise. It's not a bad film, but I was puzzled at what Joseph Kosinski and Co. were going for.  Oblivion is not a Spielbergian thrill ride or a Kubrickian thought-provoker.  As mysteries go, it's not very mysterious, either.  It looks great, and it has its moments... but it's easy to figure out why this got released in April instead of the Summer.

REESE WITHERSPOON was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge for her allegedly diva behavior when her husband was pulled over under suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

AL MICHAELS was arrested Friday night for suspicion of DUI.

JUSTIN BIEBER & SELENA GOMEZ were caught canoodling again in Norway.

KIM KARDASHIAN & KRIS HUMPHRIES are apparently divorced, on terms favorable to her.

BRADLEY COOPER visited a victim of the Boston Marathon bombing in the hospital.

NICOLE EGGERT was hospitalized after bungling a high-dive and brutally back-flopping into the pool during a taping of Splash.

JANET JACKSON has reportedly given up her music career to move to the Middle East with her billionaire husbandand convert to Islam.

CAMERON DIAZ to make Sex Tape with Jason Segel.

SAUDI ARABIA will soon open a luxury rehabilitation center in Riyadh for al Qaeda terrorists.

PAKISTANI police arrested former president Pervez Musharraf on Friday to face allegations he overstepped his powers while in office, marking a dramatic break with a political culture in which military rulers have remained untouchable.

AFGHANISTAN: Taliban attacks are up 47 percent the first quarter of this year as compared to last.

IRAQ: held its first election, for provincial councils, since the US withdrew at the end of 2011.

A GINGER CAT playing with a vacuum goes viral on the net.

ANOTHER GINGER CAT was rescued after spending two days marooned on top of a freeway sign in Elkhart, Indiana.

PENGUIN CHICK gets a webcam

PHIL THE PHEASANT: A real-life angry bird who has been terrorizing a family.

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