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Cheap Trick, The Avett Bros, Vaccines, Team Spirit, Cutout Bin, Excitable Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, August 31, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

THE LABOR DAY WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with CHEAP TRICK, live at ChicagoFest '81! Your set list includes: "Stop This Game," Hello There," "I Want You to Want Me," "On Top of the World," "Reach Out," "Baby Loves to Rock," "Gonna Raise Hell," "Dream Police," "Ain't That a Shame," "Surrender," "Just Got Back," "Day Tripper" and "Goodnight." You can access the individual songs from the link, or let the whole thing roll.

THE AVETT BROS are advance streaming The Carpenter.

THE VACCINES are advance streaming Come of Age.

TEAM SPIRIT: Ayad Al Adhamy (Passion Pit) drops the synth and picks up the guitar; power-pop ensues. Oh my. Check out four tracks at Bandcamp. I would say especially "Phenomenon"... but they're all good.

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

FIRST CLASS: "Beach Baby" falls into that category of summer song Oliver Wang once described "tinged with fragility and marked by melancholy."  It's even more true of the long version, with those French Horns and choral vocals in the c-section...

REGINA SPEKTOR talks to Fresh Air about growing up in the USSR and more... BTW, she is right about the Russian attitiude to WWII. When I visited in the 80s, cities were left with bullet damage, just as a reminder.

DIVINE FITS: Spoon's Britt Daniel talks to Consequence of Sound and ex-Wolf Parade/Handsome Furs man Dan Boeckner talks to Interview; both talk to Pitchfork about their new band.

LOS LOBOS: Steve Berlin talks to earache about the 20th anniversary of Kiko. (Thx, LHB.)

EDDIE VAN HALEN had emergency surgery for diverticulitis.

THE 10 GRITTIEST ROCK DOCS on Netflix, according to Seattle Weekly.

CUTOUT BIN: From Derek & the Dominos to Homer & Jethro, from CCR to KC & the Sunshine Band, from Aretha Franklin to Joy Division, from the Stooges to the Starland Vocal Band, plus Prince, Bob Dylan, Journey, Bryan Ferry and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include: The Possession, which is currently scoring 27 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Lawless, which opened Wednesday scoring 64 percent; and Oogieloves In The BIG Balloon Adventure, scoring 36 percent.

ROBER PATTINSON, broken-hearted, is considering moving back to the UK.

LINDSAY LOHAN may say the producers of "Liz and Dick" promised to pay her enormous bill at the Chateau Marmont hotel ... but it's simply not true, according to TMZ.

GIULIANA & BILL RANCIC welcomed their first child, son Edward Duke Rancic, via surrogate.

LeANN RIMES  entered a 30 day in-patient treatment facility to cope with anxiety and stress.

JOHN MAYER dumped KATY PERRY by email?

JENNIE GARTH & LUKE PERRY: Denying dating reports.

CHARLIE SHEEN's Anger Management has been granted a 90-episode order.

MICHAEL KEATON joins the Robocop reboot.

IRAN: The UN's nuclear watchdog agency said that Iran has more than doubled the nuclear enrichment capacity of its underground site at Fordow in the past four months. The IAEA also noted suspected recent "sanitisation efforts" at the Parchin military complex.

EGYPT: On his first trip to Iran, Pres Morsi called for Syrian President Assad to step down, and hinted that Egypt might take a more active role in the conflict. Morsi also warned Iranian President Ahmadinejad that Iran's continued support for the Assad regime raises the risk of of Western intervention.

EXCITABLE DOG: Bella is happy to see her owner.

A 500-LB DONKEY kills a South Texas mayor.

WHEN GRIZZLIES ATTACK: How a 20 year old student survived in Seattle.

PREDATORY BLUEGILLS play videogames for science.

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Eleni Mandell, Twin Shadow, Two Gallants, Ginger Kitten   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, August 30, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

YEASAYER drops a clip for "Longevity."

ELENI MANDELL graces the KEXP studio with a spare, heartfelt live set of songs from her newest album, "I Can See The Future."

TWIN SHADOW: The New Wave Revivalists wake up early for KEXP to play a highly charged set of woozy songs from their new album, "Confess."

TWO GALLANTS swing by KEXP for a dark, dynamic live set of songs from their eagerly-awaited upcoming LP "The Bloom and the Blight."

SARA WATKINS (Nickel Creek) stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

GLADYS KNIGHT is backed on "Midnight Train to Georgia" by Jack Black, Ben Stiller and Robert Downey Jr., through the magic of CGI, to promote Tropic Thunder back in 2008.

CAT POWER: I overlooked this profile of Chan Marshall in the New York Times. Rectified.

SWANS: Michael Gira takes Self-Titled on a track-by-track tour of The Seer (also streaming at the link).

DAMON ALBARN talks to The Guardian about his Africa Express, which features 80 musicians on one train as it makes a string of stops across the UK.

DAVID BOWIE: Movie directors discuss the Screen Oddity.

THE KILLERS are teaming up with director Werner Herzog for a live concert webcast in September. He's got ideas.

PRINCE HARRY: Cocaine was used in the hotel room where royalty romped naked during a now-infamous Las Vegas party, an eyewitness tells RadarOnline.

LINDSAY LOHAN stiffed the famous Chateau Marmont hotel to the tune of over 46K and she is now persona non grata. Lohan's telling friends she thought the producers behind her recent Liz Taylor movie were going to pay her bill.

JOSS WHEDON is developing a pilot of S.H.I.E.L.D. for television.

ADELE steps out for the first time since announcing her pregnancy - and she's wearing a ring.

JOHN TRAVOLTA's alleged former gay lover is opening up for the first time about their passionate six-year-relationship to the ever-reliable National Enquirer.

HEIDI KLUM & SEAL: Are the gloves coming off in their divorce? The ever-reliable Star says so...

SON OF SNOOKI was officially unleashed on Planet Earth.

IRAN: How does a security company study a strain of malware that systematically wipes a hard drive clean, including any traces of its own code? And is there any evidence that Wiper, one particular flavor of malware that hit computers in Iran's oil industry in the spring, is connected to nation-state tools such as Stuxnet?

PAKISTAN: The International Committee of the Red Cross said on Tuesday it was halting most of its aid programs in Pakistan due to deteriorating security and the beheading of a British staff doctor in April blamed on Taliban insurgents.

A GINGER KITTEN and a flock of chicks...Mass hysteria!

A RUNAWAY JACK RUSSELL travels 50 miles to London by train.

THE FARRINGTON MICE: Commuters on the London Underground were alarmed to spot a sign warning them of the danger of mouse attacks.

INCREDIBLE MOMENTS OF NATURE: Big Pics.

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Bob Mould, Jens Lekman, Fresh & Onlys, Diamond Rings, Talking Otter   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

BAND OF HORSES: "Knock Knock" has a vintage Wild Kingdom vibe.

BOB MOULD is advance streaming Silver Age.

JENS LEKMAN is advance streaming I Know What Love Isn't.

THE FRESH & ONLYS are advance streaming Long Slow Dance.

DIAMOND RINGS preview songs from their upcoming release on Morning Becomes Eclectic.

KATRINA & THE WAVES: I can't believe I haven't posted "Walking On Sunshine" this Summer.

CAT POWER gets a fancy cover story at Pitchfork.

THE XX talk to Pitchfork about their unexpectedly excitable fans, the eternally cool Sade, and how they arrived at their next-to-nothing aesthetic.

SHARON VAN ETTEN talks to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame about life on the road, why she loves playing in New York City and what people can expect of her live performances. (Thx, LHB.)

HALL & OATES killed a Super-PAC.

PRINCE HARRY's naked romp in Las Vegas was caught on video, according to RadarOnline.

LINDSAY LOHAN will not be prosecuted by the L.A. County District Attorney for stealing more than 100K worth of watches and sunglasses from a Hollywood Hills home; the D.A. has rejected the case.

ROBERT PATTINSON is reportedly selling the home he shared with Kristen Stewart, while agreeing to a face-to-face meeting with her.

KATIE HOLMES will be keeping "millions of dollars in jewelry, designer handbags and other gifts" given to her by Tom Cruise during the course of their marriage, according to RadarOnline.

OPRAH returns to the top of the Forbes Highest-Paid Celebrities list.

RUSSELL BRAND dumped his girlfriend for fmr Spice Girl Geri Halliwell.

CARLY RAE JEPSEN split from the man who inspired her hit, “Call Me Maybe.” Aw.

THE UNITED STATES: Military officials disciplined four US Army officers and two enlisted soldiers for the burning of at least four Korans in Afghanistan, although the investigation found the burning had occurred without "malicious intent" or disrespect.

SAUDI ARABIA has gone on the offensive against Iran to protect its interests.

SYRIA: Western states worked with Turkey to establish buffer zones within Syria. French President Hollande warned Syria's use of chemical weapons would be a legitimate justification for military intervention. Heavy fighting shifted back to Damascus.

NELLIE, the Talking Otter.

A BABY BELUGA WHALE born at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium remains under 24-hour observation after already reaching several health milestones in its first day of life.

THE ESSEX LION: A couple who claimed to have seen an animal which looked like a lion in an Essex field have said they believe the creature is still at large.

A GIANT PANDA birthday parties at the Vienna Zoo.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

THE FLAMING LIPS & AMANDA PALMER drop a really NSFW clip for their cover of "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face."

NEW RELEASES: Albums from Minus the Bear, Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, Roxy Music, Art Garfunkel, King of Spain plus more are streaming this week at Spinner.

DAWES visted The Current at the MN State Fair for a chat and mini-set.

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

LITTLE DRAGON played Celebrate Brooklyn; you can stream the gig on demand.

THOSE DARLINS cover Iggy Pop's "Repo Man" for a tribute to the cult movie soundtrack.

GREASE is the word marking the start of another school year, with "Summer Nights" and "You're the One That I Want" marking Twofer Tuesday.

NICK CAVE talks to The Observer about writing the screenplay and soundtrack for Lawless.

BLOC PARTY: Kele Okereke talks to Interview about pet goats, the differences between Project Runway and Jersey Shore, Philip K. Dick, a Bohemian existence in New York, brownies, and banjos. The Observer observes the band's comeback from the brink of breakup.

SEAN ROWE talked to Weekend Edition about a self-concious journey to recording and playing in cities.

ALBUM SLEEVES, in their original locations.

PRINCE HARRY froze his pseudonymous Facebook account and prepares to meet with the Head of Army after nude photos of the 27-year-old British royal partying in Las Vegas took the web by storm. He has been dumped by his new girlfriend, as one gossip blogger claims "something pretty gigantic" is yet to drop.

LINDSAY LOHAN is now formally a suspect in the theft of 100K worth of watches and sunglasses.

AMANDA BYNES: The L.A. City Attorney is taking a new look at that an alleged hit-and-run back in April because of Amanda's other hit-and-run earlier this month.

ANNA FARIS and Chris Pratt welcome a baby boy. No word on whether the Bings are adopting.

ROSIE O'DONNELL, who recently suffered a heart attack, moved up her planned wedding to fianceé Michelle Rounds after Rounds was diagnosed with desmoid tumors, a rare disease that only affects three out of every million people.

MINKA KELLY & CHRIS EVANS: Together again?

SNOOKI gave birth to a baby guido.

EMMA STONE is interviewed by Cameron Crowe.

BEN AFFLECK is not working on the Justice League project.

SAUDI ARABIA: The Interior Ministry said it had broken up al Qaeda cells in Riyadh and Jeddah and arrested several cell members, including six Yemenis.

SYRIA: Rebels shot down a military helicopter over Damascus. Fighting in Aleppo has turned into a battle of attrition. France's president urged the Syrian rebels to create a provisional government and said France would extend official recognition once it was formed.

EGYPT reached a ceasefire agreement with radical Salafist organizations in the Sinai peninsula. President Morsi proposed a new peace initiative for Syria. Egypt's attorney general referred an anti-Islamist lawmaker for investigation.

AFGHANISTAN: ISAF troops will not reduce their interaction with their Afghan partners, but rather will look to boost the relationship in order to tackle the problem of insider attacks.

DOGGIE waits for the ice cream truck.

MARMOTS befriend an 8-year-old boy.

ROBO-DEER busts poachers in Florida.

GLOWING SOUTH AMERICAN ROACHES mimic a toxic beetle.

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Cat Power, Stars, Animal Collective, Deerhoof, Jessi-Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, August 27, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

ARIEL PINK's HAUNTED GRAFFITI drops a video for the winsome "Only In My Deams."

CAT POWER is advance streaming Sun.

STARS are advance streaming The North.

ANIMAL COLLECTIVE is advance streaming Centipede Hz.

DEERHOOF is advance streaming Breakup Song.

MADNESS frontman Suggs learned his estranged father had died by looking up his own page on Wikipedia. Pretty much have to go "One Step Beyond" for that story.

STEVIE JACKSON (Belle & Sebastian) talks to PopMatters about his excellently-titled solo LP, (I Can't Get No) Stevie Jackson.

THE ENGLISH BEAT: Dave Wakeling talks to PopMatters about the Complete Beat box set, touring with The Clash and the possibilities of a “Three Tenors” type tour with Roger and Roland Gift.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle spins tunes with Stereogum in a Turntable interview.

THE 20 WORST HIPSTER BANDS, according to L.A. Weekly. Ouch.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Expendables 2 repeats at No.1 on your chart with 13.5 million; a 53 percent drop would seem ominous -- it may not clear 100 million stateside -- but for the worldwide appeal of these 80s action star.The Bourne Legacy places with 9.3 million on another sizeable 46 percent drop; this one may clear 100 million domestic, but that's positively anemic for a Bourne flick.  ParaNorman shows with 8.5 million -- but that 39 percent drop is much bigger than Coraline's 12 percent in a similar frame.  The Campaign holds at No.4 with 7.4 million; it's modest budget will make it a modest hit. The Dark Knight Rises to round out the Top 5 with 7.2 million, but dropped 34 percent as it lost 551 screen; it ccontinues to lag the Dark Knight significantly in the US, but has outgrossed TDK overseas. Below the fold, Premium Rush, Hit and Run, and The Apparition debuted in 7th, 10th, and 12th, respectively.

PRINCE HARRY: The shocking Vegas snapshots may just be the beginning.

KATIE HOLMES walked away with nothing other than rather modest child support in her divorce from Tom Cruise.

KRISTEN STEWART surfaced for the first time since her cheating scandal broke and RadarOnline reports that it was Jodie Foster who put her up to it.

TONY SCOTT did not explain why he decided to take his own life in the suicide note he left for loved ones ... but did offer a final emotional farewell.

KATY PERRY & JOHN MAYER have stopped dating. Apocalypse averted.

RANDY TRAVIS was "extremely intoxicated" in a church fight.

KIRSTEN DUNST's new comedy is so raunchy she won't let her dad see it.

NEIL ARMSTRONG, the first man to walk on the moon, died Saturday, weeks after heart surgery and days after his 82nd birthday. NASA promptly posted a feature on the pioneer.  And yes, there are kids on Twitter who didn't know who he was. Get. Off. My. Lawn. (In fairness to those kids, NBC News had some trouble with it at first.)

LEBANON: A Sunni cleric who reportedly led an Islamist militia was shot and killed by a sniper during clashes between Sunnis and Alawites in Tripoli. Seeking to prevent the Syrian conflict from spilling further into Lebanon, the government deployed hundreds of soldiers along with tanks to Tripoli to quell the fighting.

SYRIA: With one week left to go, August is already the deadliest month in Syria's 17-month crisis. Opposition activists report more than 3700 people killed -- mostly civilians -- in just the past few weeks.

AFGHANISTAN: A group of angry Afghan villagers have got the Taliban scrambling after they mounted an unlikely rebellion against the insurgents in eastern Afghanistan -- and won.  However, these sorts of uprising canbecome, shall we say, complicated.

JESSI-CAT helps a boy overcome selective mutism.

HELIUM-HUFFING GIBBONS sing like sopranos.

A MOUNTAIN LION ended up in downtown Reno by Harrah’s on Virginia Street.

THE JAPANESE SWALLOWTAIL BUTTERFLY has eyes in its butt.

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