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Ben Gibbard, Cahirlift, Yo La Tengo, Driving Dogs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM plays their "Here Comes My Man" for Conan.

BEN GIBBARD stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

ATLAS GENIUS brought their Aussie pop to Morning Becomes Eclectic.

CHAIRLIFT is streaming some Something demos.

YO LA TENGO, Hanukkah Night 2 at Maxwellls, Dec. 9th, 2012.

THE XX performed a short acoustic set last week for Dermot O'Leary's BBC Radio 2 show, including a Bobby Womack cover.

TRACEY THORN drops a video for "Joy," from her solo Christmas LP, Tinsel and Lights.

TAME IMPALA talks to DIY about recording and touring Lonerism.

THE BBC SOUND OF 2013 poll longlist.

THE 75 BEST LPS OF 2013, according to Uncut.

RAVI SHANKAR, the Indian maestro who put the sitar on the musical map, died aged 92 in San Diego. Here's George Harrison taking a lesson.

LINDSAY LOHAN may have her probation revoked today and be sentenced to 245 days in jail (although in Cali time, perhaps that's nothing).

ANNE HATHAWAY flashed photogs at the Les Miserables premiere in New York City.

BROOKE MUELLER: Charlie Sheen's ex is back in rehab for the 19th time, leaving her kids with Sheen's other ex, Denise Richards.

CHARLIE SHEEN, meanwhile, wrote a 75K check to help a little girl fight cancer.

IAN McKELLEN does not have prostate cancer, according to his agent.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE is the world's most desirable woman, according to an international poll released on Tuesday by the website AskMen.

MAN OF STEEL has a new trailer online.

NORTH KOREA fired a long-range rocket Wednesday morning in its second launch under its new leader, defying warnings from the UN and Washington only days before South Korean presidential elections.

SYRIA: The US government added the Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant and two of its senior leaders to the list of global terrorists and entities. The US said Al Nusrah was formed and is commanded by al Qaeda in Iraq and its emir, Abu Du'a. Rebel groups across Syria rejected the US stance, pledging their allegiance to the group.

EGYPT: Pro-government and opposition protesters held rallies over Saturday's referendum on a draft constitution. Gunmen attacked opposition protesters. Most judges have refused to oversee the referendum. Due to the shortage, the referendum will be held in two stages.

AFGHANISTAN: The acting head of women's affairs in Laghman Province in eastern Afghanistan was shot to death in daylight on Monday as she was traveling to work. It was the second time in less than six months that the person holding that post has been assassinated.

RESCUE DOGS passed their driver's tests.

A COW was udderly frozen when she fell into an iced over swimming pool in Windeck, Germany, and couldn't get out.

SNAKE: Free with your next dishwasher.

MAGGOTS not only help remove necrotic flesh, but also that their excretions can reduce inflammation by suppressing the immune system.

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New Releases, World Party, Cyndi Lauper, Parrot Buggy   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

ST VINCENT & SLEIGH BELLS' Alison Krauss join CYNDI LAUPER on "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," with a cameo from Rosie O'Donnell.

NEW RELEASES from Bot'Ox, Electric Shepherd, PK and more are streaming via Spinner.

WORLD PARTY recently dropped by the KEXP studio for a spare, expressive acoustic set of a couple old favorites.

DELICATE STEVE brings his band over to KEXP for an ebullient live set of psych pop.

DEEP SEA DIVER visited the KEXP studios for a charged live set of songs from their new album, "History Speaks."

BOB GELDOF, by his own admission, is responsible for two of the worst songs in history: "'Do They Know It's Christmas?" and "We Are The World."

DJANGO DJANGO: David Maclean talks to DIY about the band's near-sudden success.

FLEETWOOD MAC: Buckingham and Nicks talk to Rolling Stone about the 40th anniversary of Buckingham/Nicks and their still fragile partnership -- separately.

AMANDA PALMER and her social network are profiled by WA Today. (Thx, LHB.)

THE ART OF MUSIC DISCOVERY as you age, aside from coming here.

DEMI MOORE: Dumped by boy-toy art dealer Vito Schnabel.

CHARLIE SHEEN claims LINDSAY LOHAN never thanked him for bailing her out. Shocka.

BROOKE MUELLER admits she was abusing prescription medication before she was rushed to the hospital last week.

KATE MIDDLETON: The company that owns the radio station responsible for the Kate Middleton radio prank says it has "terminated" the show.

MILEY CYRUS cavorted with a topless dancer in a shocking concert.

DON'T TOUCH ME ELMO: Kevin Clash has been sued by a 4th accuser claiming he had a sexual relationship with the former voice of Elmo while he was a minor.

HAYDEN PANETTIERRE & SCOTTY McKNIGHT are dunzo. She'll need a new tall guy to climb.

NORTH KOREA delayed the planned launch of a missile, due to a "technical deficiency." The launch is believed to be a test for an ICBM, although North Korea has said the goal was to orbit a weather satellite.

IRAN: The UN's nuclear agency said it had made no progress toward determining whether Iran was conducting research to build an atomic bomb.

SYRIA: Government forces adopted a new strategy, withdrawing troops from indefensible bases and concentrating them in Damascus and other cities deemed strategically important. After weeks of fighting, rebels captured a large army base in northern Syria.

EGYPT: President Morsi issued a decree giving the army authority to arrest civilians during a referendum for a new constitution. Opponents called for a boycott of the referendum and for more protests.

A PARROT drives a buggy.

ICYMI: Toronto's IKEA monkey. Don't worry, monkey's gonna be alright, Little Tommy.

FLATULENT COWS spur millions in tax-financed climate research.

CAT BURGLAR's secret weapon.

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Wang Chung, Django Django, Los Lobos, Catfish Hunters   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, December 10, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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DINOSAUR JR played with Johnny Marr, Frank Black, Tommy Stinson, Kim Gordon and more to mark the 25th anniversary of "You're Living All Over Me." 

WANG CHUNG (!) is advance streaming Tazer Up, their first new LP since 1989.

DJANGO DJANGO performs a few songs at World Cafe and talks about the process of putting its album together.

TRAIL OF DEAD plays a raucous set at WNYC Soundcheck.

LOS LOBOS Guest DJ's on Alt.Latino.

THE POGUES' perennial holiday hit, "Fairytale of New York" (ft Kristy MacColl) gets backstory fromThe Guardian and NME.

CHRISTOPER OWENS talks to Pitchfork about ending Girls and starting a solo career.

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE: The A.V. Club examines the band's improbable arc.

JESSIE WARE talks about her Mercury Prize nom with The Guardian.

EIGHT EPIC CHANUKAH SONGS, according to the Daily Beast.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Skyfall ascends to the top of the chart in its 5th week with 11 million, as fear of The Hobbit cleared the field of new releases (except Playing For Keeps, which opened in sixth).  Rise of the Guardians, rode the family market to place with 10.5 million. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 takes another 47 percent drop to show with 9.2 million, slighly better than Part 1 did a year ago in this frame.  Lincoln again holds the fourth slot with 9.1 million and is well in the black.  Life of Pi again rounds out the Top 5 with 8.3 million, and should be alright when overseas receipts are included.

BROOKE MUELLER: Charlie Sheen's ex was rushed to an L.A. hospital after OD'ing on drugs.

GISELE BUNCHEN & TOM BRADY welcomed their second child, a girl, on Dec. 5.

KATE MIDDLETON: The two Australian DJs behind the Kate Middleton hospital prank that led to the suicide of a nurse have decided to remove themselves from the airwaves.

ANDERSON COOPER wears the same jeans daily, but washes them every 4 months.

JENNIFER ANISTON's rep denies pregnancy rumors.

YEMEN: The Yemeni Air Force killed four al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula members, including Said bin Muaily, a senior commander, in an airstrike in Marib province.

SYRIA: Rebel leaders created a unified military command and elected an overall military leader. Syria's foreign minister warned that rebels may use chemical weapons; the Al Nusrah Front captured a chemical factory in Aleppo earlier this week.

EGYPT: President Morsi's cabinet approved a measure giving the Army authority to arrest civilians. However, the Army said only dialogue could resolve the current crisis and that the Army was not seeking a political role. A "national dialogue" meeting was held at the presidential palace, but opposition leaders did not participate.

PAKISTAN: Bodies are piling up in Pakistan’s largest city as it suffers one of its most violent years in history, and concern is growing that the chaos is giving greater cover for the Taliban to operate and undermining the country’s economic epicenter. However, drone strikes killed four mid-to-top level al Qaeda leaders in the past couple of weeks.

CATFISH have learned to hunt pigeon.

DOGGIE DOORBELL: And you thought innovation was dead.

A THIRSTY SNAKE gets stuck in a beer can.

A PYTHON HUNTING CONTEST is Florida's latest attampt to cull the population.

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Elton John, Mountain Goats, Springsteen, Cutout Bin, Cats and Dogs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, December 07, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with ELTON JOHN! Half of a live show captured by the OGWT on Christmas Eve, 1974.  Your setlist includes: "Bennie And The Jets," "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds," "I Saw Her Standing There," "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me," "Honky Cat," "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting," "Crocodile Rock," "The B^tch Is Back," "Your Song," and "White Christmas" (with Rod Stewart and pervert Gary Glitter).

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS stopoed by KUT's Studio 1a to record a live session.

GARY CLARK JR recently performed for a small audience at Apogee's Berkeley St. Studios on Morning Becomes Eclectic.

MATTHEW DEAR performed for WNYC Soundcheck.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND, Live at the Bottom Line, Aug. 15, 1975.

PATSY CLINE & FERLIN HUSKY: "Let It Snow!"

TRACEY THORN talks holiday tunes and drops a mixtape on The A.V. Club.

MELODY'S ECHO CHAMBER talks to The Line of Best Fit about the recording of her debut LP.

PATRICK WATSON talks to TLOBF about the blur of touring, his pard-back sond and more.

RA RA RIOT returned to Syracuse University to do a week-long residency, teaching classes and capping it off with a sold-out, student-promoted concert.

CUTOUT BIN:  From Husker Du to Barry Manilow, from Johnny Marr to the Isley Bros, from the Gun Club to the Rascals, plus GbV, Green On Eed, The Who, Eddie Kendricks and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's only wide release is the rom-com Playing For Keeps, which is currently getting a zero at Rotten Tomatoes.  This is called fearing The Hobbit.

LINDSAY LOHAN is pretty much a groupie for The Wanted.

DEMI MOORE was... wait for it... caught canoodling with her rumored young boy-toy in Miami.

KATE MIDDLETON left the hospital after four days of intense morning sickness.

JESSICA SIMPSON's Weight Watchers deal is in jeopardy.

FREAKS AND GEEKS: An Oral History.

BROOKE BURKE-CHARVET is doing well after undergoing thyroid surgery on Wednesday.

STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS has a teaser trailer online.

DECEMBER 7, 1941: A "date which will live in infamy." I'll be watching Tora! Tora! Tora! on tonight. BTW, the first nation invaded by the US after entering WWII was Morocco, then Algeria, iirc.

SYRIA: US officials reported that Syrian government forces were preparing to use chemical weapons. Top US, Russian, and UN diplomats held an emergency meeting to discuss the situation. The US and European nations rushed to fund the newly-formed Syrian opposition coalition. Fighting intensified around Damascus.

LIBYA: Judiciary police facilitated the escape of some 200 detainees at Sebha prison on Tuesday in Libya's volatile south.

EGYPT: A night of widespread street fighting between supporters and opponents of President Morsi left six dead and hundreds wounded. The Army was brought in to separate the groups. Morsi said he would stand by his decree.

AFGHANISTAN: A Taliban suicide bomber wounded the Afghan intelligence chief and two others in an assassination attempt in Kabul.

CATS & DOGS, the supercut...Mass hysteria!

THE LANSING TRAFFIC TURKEY that caused a series of road tie-ups in Michigan in recent weeks is off the streets.

A MEAN OLD GOAT threatened students and other pedestrians in Houston.

WOMAN rescued from corocodile's jaws in western Australia.

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Stars, Wanda Jackson, Pinback, Dog + Kangaroo   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, December 06, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE MARY ONE ETTES drop a video for "Evil Coast."

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

WANDA JACKSON stopped by KUT's Studio 1a before a set at Antoine's.

PINBACK discusses theivery and plays three songs from their latest album, Information Retrieved, live at WNYC Soundcheck.

MACLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS play a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR offices.

THE KINKS, with the evergreen "Father Christmas."

PAUL BANKS talks to City Pages about his new solo LP, why he's done away with the Julian Plenti moniker, and how he feels about the 10th Anniversary of Interpol's Turn On The Bright Lights.

GLASVEGAS talks to the Daily Record about their new album and why they chose to record it in their home town.

KELLY HOGAN talks to the Boston Globe about her solo LP, filled with songs gioven to her by writers like Robyn Hitchcock.

YO LA TENGO: Ira Kaplan talks to Eater about the band's "Elvis moments" eating on tour. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

DAVE BRUBECK: A giant of jazz passes away at 91, of heart failure, on his way to the cardiologist.

MEL GIBSON plans to reach out to LINDSAY LOHAN.  What could go wrong?

THE ROYAL PREGNANCY: Palace fury as Australian radio pranksters pretending to be the Queen dupe nurse at Kate's hospital into giving out intimate medical details.

KATE HUDSON is planning a surprise wedding.

GABRIEL AUBRY was clearly the instigator of the Thanksgiving Day brawl at Halle Berry's house, but won't be prosecuted.

JAY-Z took the subway to a concert, and chatted up this 67-year-old woman.

RHIANNA: Looking to get knocked up?

LEBANON: Fighting continued between pro-Assad Alawites and anti-Assad Sunni groups in Tripoli.

SYRIA: Rebel groups attempted to restructure their leadership across the country. US Secretary of State Clinton warned that the Assad regime might use chemical weapons.

EGYPT: Supporters and opponents of President Morsi fought each other outside the presidential palace. Three of Morsi's advisers resigned in protest.

AFGHANISTAN: The Afghan National Army assumed security responsibility for seven eastern provinces: Nangarhar, Laghman, Kunar, Nuristan, Kapisa, Parwan, and Panjshir.

DOG & KANGAROO, smooching... Mass hysteria!

PET HOARDING: An animal 'lover' keeps a grisly collection of 100 dead cats in her fridge.

LOBSTERS' CANNIBALISM Caught on Camera.

DEER SEASON in IOWA: Hunters 60K, Deer 5.

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