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MLK Jr Day, Dum Dum Girls, Autumn Defense, Bald Dog Dance   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, January 20, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


U2: "Pride" and "MLK." Crushingly obvious. Have a dream.

DUM DUM GIRLS are advance streaming Too True.

THE AUTUMN DEFENSE is advance streaming Fifth.

LAURA CANTRELL is advance streaming No Way There From Here.

QUILT is advance streaming Held In Splendor.

DION: A vintage performance of "Abraham, Martin & John."

SHARON JONES talks to NPR about putting aside music to battle cancer, and come back. 

SKATERS are profiled as part of DIY's Class of 2014. 

THE BBC will be plunged into a major crisis with the publication of a damning review, expected next month, that will reveal its staff turned a blind eye to the rape and sexual assault of up to 1000 girls and boys by Jimmy Savile in the corporation's changing rooms and studios.

THE 10 BEST SONGS FROM THE KILLERS, according to Stereogum.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Ride Along dominates the chart with a 41.2 million breakout performance from Kevin Hart (and Ice Cube and director Tim Story, who both have solid box office track records). Lone Survivor places with 23.2 million, on a not-bad 39 percent drop; at 74 million total so far, this one now tops director Peter Berg's domestic total for BattleshipThe Nut Job shows with 20.6 million, whichis an open on the path to profit against a 42 million budget. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit has a disappointing debut of 17.2 million; it may do alright once overseas grosses are included, but seems unlikely toreboot the franchise. Frozen rounds out the Top 5 with 12 million, despite The Nut Job opening.Below the fold, awards buzz has propelled American Hustle ahead of The Wolf of Wall Street for now.

JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT probably deserved better than it got at the box office, as long as you're not a Tom Clancy purist and are willing to overlook some glaring plot holes of the sort typical to action pictures. Paramount seemed desperate enough to revive the Harrison Ford era for this franchise as to retain Steven Zaillian (who wrote Ford's dilaogue in Clear and Present danger after script doctoring Patriot Games) as screenwriter, which could not have been cheap.  Chris Pine stars as Jack Ryan, if Jack Ryan was a yong and vaguely smartass-y Chris Pine.  Keira Knightley, Kevin Kostner and Kenneth Branagh all turn in solid enough performances, as one might expect under Branagh's direction.  It was not the Bourne kncokoff I feared, and sufficiently suspenseful for a January release.

THE SAG AWARDS went to these folks. Relevant to the Oscars? Actors comprise 20 percent of the Oscars vote, and the SAG is usually a good indicator of the acting Oscars.

JOHNNY DEPP & AMBER HEARD engagement confirmed.

LAURA LINNEY and her husband welcomed a son.

GWEN STEFANI is having a third boy.

KANYE WEST: No witnesses have corroborated his claim that the 18-year-old he pummeled threaten to kill Kim Kardashian. Shocka.

MADONNA apologized for using the n-word on Instagram.

JUSTIN BIEBER is using drugs with alarming regularity, sources tell TMZ.

DENNIS RODMAN checked into an undisclosed alcohol rehabilitation center after bizarre behavior in North Korea.

DARREN SHARPER, a 5-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl champ, has been arrested in L.A. on suspicion of rape.

BATMAN vs SUPERMAN has been pushed back 10 months, which could put it in direct competition with a Marvel film.

UKRAINE: What started out as largely another Sunday of peaceful protests in Kiev turned violent later in the day, as protesters clashed with riot police. An estimated 100K protesters swarmed the streets after sweeping new anti-potest laws were enacted by the parliament.

EGYPT: After crushing the Muslim Brotherhood at home, Egypt's military rulers plan to undermine the Palestinian militant group Hamas, which runs the neighboring Gaza Strip, senior Egyptian security officials told Reuters.

A BALD DOG DANCES: Let's go to the video.

A DOG was blamed by two allegedly intoxicated men for driving into a ditch near Tulsa, OK.

CATS tend to think of humans as big, lazy, overgrown fellow cats.

PRINCESS, New Jersey's pigskin-prognosticating camel, has died just weeks before the state is set to host its first Super Bowl.

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Minutemen, Sharon Jones, James Vincent McMorrow, Big Star, Cutout Bin, Husky   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, January 17, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with THE MINUTEMEN! San Pedro, California's greatest musical export took apart rock, jazz and funk and put the pieces back together in a jagged collage. They are caught here in an acoustic session for a cable-access show from Hollywood, circa 1985. Your setlist includes "The Meter Man," "Corona," "Themselves," "The Red And The Black" (Blue Öyster Cult), "Badges, "I Felt Like Gringo," "Time" (Richard Hell), "Green River" (Creedence Clearwater Revival), "Lost" (Meat Puppets), "Ack Ack Ack," "Ain't Talkin' Bout Love" "History Lesson Part II," "Tour Spiel" and "Little Man With A Gun In His Hand."

SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

JAMES VINCENT McMORROW stopped by WFUV's Studio A for a mini-set.

MIDLAKE plays the mdday show at KEXP.

BIG STAR, Live in Cambridge, Mass., March 31, 1974.

ELEPHANT drops "Elusive Youth" as a single ahead of their next LP.

TROGGS: "With a Girl Like You," live.

CYNTHIA WEIL & BARRY MANN, who wrote the most-aired song of the 20th Century, talk to WNYC Soundcheck about the Brill Building Era and share the backstory about some of the most popular -- and some of the least known -- songs from their huge songwriting catalog. 

ANGEL OLSEN talks to The Line Of Best Fit about putting a band together and her latest LP.Check out "Hi-Five."

LONE JUSTICE: A lost album from the "Where Are They Now?" file.

THE 40 (OR 100) MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASES of 2014, according to Pitchfork and Stereogum.

CUTOUT BIN: From REM to The Contours, from Wilco to Scott Walker, from Warren Zevon to the Dum Dum Girls, plus the Flamingos, Yo La Tengo, Jagwar Ma, Robyn Hitchcock 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 Nut Job, which is currently scoring 14 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, which is currently scoring 67 percent; Ride Along, currently scoring 21 percent; and Devil's Due, scoring 30 percent.

THE OSCARS NOMINATIONS went to these folks.  But not to these folks. Nominees talked to Deadline about the unsung heroes of their films.


JUSTIN BIEBER is worried about what cops are going to find on his cell phone.

RUSSELL JOHNSON, an actor who made a living by often playing villains in westerns until he was cast as the Professor on the hit sitcom Gilligan’s Island, died on Thursday at his home in Bainbridge Island, Wash. He was 89.

DAVE MADDEN, who played the child-hating agent on the hit 1970s sitcom The Partridge Family, died in Florida on Thursday at age 82.

ZOE SALDANA & SAM  WORTHINGTON sign on for three Avatar sequels. Oy.

TRACE ADKINS checks into rehab.

STEVEN SPIELBERG tops the new Forbes list of Most Influential Celebrities.

TURKEY: Authorities referred 13 of 28 suspected al Qaeda members to court after their recent arrest; the remaining suspects are still being interrogated. Among those arrested are al Qaeda's alleged senior member in Turkey, Halis B., along with the terror group's second-in-command in the Middle East, İbrahim Şen.

LIBYA: The U.S. military cannot hunt down and kill people responsible for the deadly 2012 attack on an American compound in Benghazi, Libya, as long as the terrorists are not officially deemed members or affiliates of al Qaeda, newly declassified transcripts from congressional hearings show. The evidence of involvement by al Qaeda-affiliated groups has become a hot potato in domestic US politics.

BLAZE THE HUSKY does not want to visit the kennel.

A SPIDER MONKEY is expected to be placed in quarantine after biting an employee at a Vermilion, OH, car dealership.

A BULL on the lam for more than six months in Germany was captured by a farmer who fed it grain spiked with vodka.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: If you see something, say something.

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Of Montreal, Tennis, The D-Plan, Sneaky Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


CASS McCOMBS gets "Brighter!" with help from the late Karen Black.

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

TENNIS stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session. 

THE DISMEMBERMENT PLAN stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

MUTUAL BENEFIT visits WNYC Soundcheck for a mini-set. 

LEONARD COHEN plays "So Long, Marianne," circa 1979.


WARPAINT: Theresa Wayman talks to the Irish Times about hour touring the debut LP informed the making of their sophomore album. (Thx, LHB.)

ROBBIE FULKS is interviewed by Steve Albini for the Chicago Reader.

15 SONGS ABOUT SWEATERS compiled by The A.V. Club

KRISTEN STEWART will star in a romantic version of 1984. Yes, really.

CHRIS HEMSWORTH and Elsa Pataky are expecting twins. By the hammer of Thor!

THE RAZZIES nominees are announced.

MILEY CYRUS is getting fashion inspiration from Moe Howard.

JENNIFER LOPEZ doesn't like being single, in case you hadn't noticed.


THOMAS KRETCHMAN (Van Helsing on NBCs Dracula) has signed on for a major villain role in The Avengers: Age of Ultron.

SYRIA: Radio silence reigns among Israel’s critics as Palestinians suffer brutality at the hands of pro-Assad forces in Syria.

LIBYA: Gunmen fired 20 rounds into the Congress chamber Tuesday. This week so far in Benghazi, a policeman and a special forces officer were assassinated in separate attacks, another special forces officer escaped an assassination attempt, and police station was targeted in a grenade attack.


IRAN: Key elements of a new nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers are contained in an informal, 30-page text not yet publicly acknowledged by Western officials.

IRAQ: The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham killed 52 people in a series of bombings and attacks in Baghdad and Baqubah.

SNEAKY STARTLED CAT: Let's go to the video.

WHY DID A CHICKEN CROSS THE ROAD? She was following the other 99.

THE TORTOISE & THE HARE take to a ski slope. With a surprise ending.

A PET OWL forces a woman to watch movies she hates.

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Mogwai, Girl Trouble, Rosanne Cash, Animal Sounds   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE ALLAH-LAS drop a video for their new single, "Had It All."

MOGWAI is advance streaming Rave Tapes.

GIRL TROUBLE is streaming the reissue of Hit It or Quit It.

JEREMY JAY is advance streaming Abandoned Apartments.

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

KEVIN DREW (of BSS) has "Good Sex" ahead of Darlings.

DEAN WAREHAM is in a "Holding Pattern" ahead of a self-titled LP.

FUZZ (ft Ty Segall) covers the Kinks' "Till the End of the Day."

THE DEL-LORDS: "How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live?" With a bonus promo.

PAUL McCARTNEY & RINGO STARR will perform together at the 2014 Grammy Awards.

ST VINCENT: Annie Clark talks to Drowned In Sound about her love for Pantera, leaving 4AD, and why horns have such a unique voice.

MOONFACE: Spencer Krug talks to Drowned In Sound about moving from the otherworldly to the grounded.

DONNY HATHAWAY: The soul man and scribe is essayed among Rock's Backpages


KIM KARDASHIAN now claims the guy who hurled a racial slur at her also threatened to kill her., which would be convenient to Kanye West, who assaulted the man. OTOH, the 18-year-old was acting bizarrely prior to the incident.

JUSTIN BIEBER's BFF Lil Za was arrested on drug charges, apparently Ecstacy and Xanax.

OLIVIA WILDE & JASON SUDEKIS' first child will be a boy.

CHARLIE SHEEN: Looking to oust Denise Richards from the neighborhood?

JOHNNY DEPP as Doctor Strange? So far, it's just rumors...

ASHLEE SIMPSON is engaged to actor Evan Ross.

LUKE, LEIA & HAN are headed for bigger roles in Star Wars Episode VII.

THE UNITED STATES: Former Army intelligence specialist Craig Baxam, of Laurel, Md., was sentenced to seven years in prison yesterday for deliberately destroying records in a terrorism investigation. He was arrested in Kenya in December 2011 while trying to join Shabaab.

SYRIA: The Assad regime is poised to benefit from the disarray and shifting battle lines in northern Syria, where fighting between rebels and an al Qaeda-affiliated group has intensified in recent days.

IRAQ is struggling to tighten control of its border with Syria, alarmed by a resurgent al Qaeda force that seeks to build an Islamic state across a frontier drawn in colonial times.

IRAN: Pres. Hassan Rouhani has boasted to a cheering crowd that the United States and other world powers 'surrendered' to Tehran with the new nuclear agreement struck in Geneva. Also, the hard-line semi-official Fars News dropped one of its biggest bombshells yet: The United States government has been secretly run by a "shadow government" of space aliens since 1945.


FEMALE CAPUCHIN MONKEYS have been filmed throwing stones at potential mates as a form of flirtation.

A RAGING BULL ELEPHANT was filmed overturning a car in which a British teacher was travelling through South Africa's Kruger National Park.

GIANT SQUID caught by Japanese fisherman. Capt. Nemo unavailable for comment.


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Minor Alps, Jamestown Revival, Alcest, Russian Tabby   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS beat the "Retreat" on Fallon.

MINOR ALPS: Juliana Hatfield and Matthew Caws from Nada Surf stopped by WFUV's Studio A to share some of the new songs and talk about the new project.

JAMESTOWN REVIVAL stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

ALCEST is advance streaming Shelter.

THEE SILVER MT ZION MEMORIAL ORCHESTRA is advance streaming its NSFW-titled album.

JOHNNY CASH: "She Used To Love Me A Lot" was to be the lead single from a "lost" album which will see a March release.

DUM DUM GIRLS drop "Rimbaud Eyes" ahead of Too True, and it's like the 80s never left.

JENNY LEWIS: “Completely Not Me” was heard on HBO's Girls this week.

GUIDED BY VOICES: Technically, the clip for "Auditorium" and "Motor Away" is Twofer Tuesday, but since it runs just about 3 minutes, I'll toss in "My Valuable Hunting Knife" as a bonus.

STEPHEN MALKMUS talks to Rolling Stone about Wig Out at Jagbags, Debbie Downers and much more.

STEVIE NICKS talks to Rolling Stone about her new documentary and Christine McVie's return to Fleetwood Mac.

GUY CLARK, the Godfather of Nashville songriters, is a survivor.

40 MOVIE SOUNDTRACKS that changed alternative music

JENNIFER LAWRENCE photobombed TAYLOR SWIFT on the Golden Globes red carpet.

KANYE WEST allegedly assaulted an 18-year-old who allegedly hurled a racial slur at Kim Kardashian.

CHARLIZE THERON disarmed Sean Penn.

JUSTIN BIEBER's egg-throwing escapade Thursday night caused around 20000 in damage.

MICHAEL DOUGLAS will join director Edgar Wright and Paul Rudd in Marvel's Ant-Man.

MTV: The cure for teen pregnancy?

OCTOMOM was charged with 3 felony counts of welfare fraud.

24 IS RETURNING: Establish a perimeter.

RUSSIAN Foreign Minister Lavrov said there is "no clear front" between the Syrian opposition and the terrorists (that's news to the rebels), and claimed that terrorists in Syria, including the Islamic Front, the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, and the Al Nusrah Front, continue to grow in strength.

IRAN's secret al Qaeda prisoners amy be a function of the Syrian conflict.

EGYPT: Congress is preparing to allow the Obama administration to give more than a billion dollars to the Egyptian government and military, despite the fact the generals perpetrated a coup last summer and are suppressing opposition ahead of a nation-wide constitutional referendum.

A RUSSIAN TABBY knows how to cuddle.

BUBBA the EXOTIC RAM was on the lam for months in Durham, NC. 

MONKEYS use MILLIPEDES as mosquito repellant and a recreational drug.


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