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Killers, Mayer Hawthorne, Band of Horses, Raccoon Dentist   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

DAVID BYRNE & ST VINCENT play "Who" and "The Forest Awakes" on Fallon.

THE KILLERS are advance streaming Battle Born via iTunes.

MAYER HAWTHORNE played 1st Ave in Mpls; you can stream the whole gig on demand.

BAND OF HORSES is advance streaming Mirage Rock.

ANIMAL COLLECTIVE stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set, including a previously unreleased tune.

MENOMENA is advance streaming Moms.

ROBERT POLLARD is streaming new tracks from Jack Sells the Cow, daily.

THE CONTOURS: "Do You Love Me?"

GRIZZLY BEAR: Ed Droste swung by Turntable.fm (and Stereogum) to spin tunes and chat about the writing process, Beyoncé, why he wouldn't be on American Idol, and why fans should all be writing thank you notes to Santa Claus.

BAT FOR LASHES: Natasha Khan talks to The Observer about finding peace in a patch of dahlias, posing naked - and why Björk keeps her sane.

ROXY MUSIC: On their 40th anniversary, The Observer essays their career.

SONIC YOUTH, ranked by Stereogum.

12 EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTING FACTS About Popular Music. The sales facts much more depressing than the chart facts (charts in the Internet Age are no big achievement).

BRITNEY SPEARS struck a settlement with the former bodyguard who claimed the pop star was a genital-flashing sexual harasser during his time with the singer.

RYAN REYNOLDS & BLAKE LIVELY had an intimate wedding, courtesy of Martha Stewart. The music was provided by Florence Welch.

ANNA PAQUIN & STEPHEN MOYER recently welcomed their twins into the world.

RANDY JACKSON closes a last-minute deal to return to the judging table at American Idol.

TARA REID was a drunken mess in St. Tropez this weekend - sloppily stumbling into a parked motorcycle, sending the bike and herself crashing to the ground.

EMMA WATSON: The most dangerous celeb on the web.

SHERYL CROW suspects that her benign brain tumor may have been caused by her cell phone, but "there are no doctors that will confirm that."

KATIE COURIC: Not off to an auspicious start in daytime.

PROMETHEUS: 10 minutes of deleted footage leaks ahead of the DVD release.

YEMEN: "Now, the war against al-Qaeda is more dangerous than before."

EGYPT: Thousands of Egyptian demonstrators tore down the Stars and Stripes at the US embassy in Cairo on Tuesday and replaced it with an Islamic flag on the annniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States. Hardline Islamist supporters of the Salafist movement gathered at the embassy in protest over a film deemed offensive to the Prophet Mohammed which was produced by expatriate members of Egypt's Christian minority resident in the United States. And the US embassy sided against (admittedly crude) free speech and with the Islamists.  Hours and hours later, the White House disavowed the embassy statement...anonymously.  And Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke out by name.

LIBYA? Same thing. An armed mob protesting over a film they said offended Islam, attacked the US consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi on Tuesday and set fire to the building, witnesses reported. A US official has been killed and others wounded.  This is why the US was throwing free speech under the bus in Cairo; just trying to keep the daeth toll down. Maybe a smart short-term move, but medium-term...

IRAN: The UN atomic agency has received new and significant intelligence over the past month that Iran has advanced its work on calculating the destructive power of an atomic warhead through a series of computer models that it ran sometime within the past three years.

PAKISTAN: McDonald's is at the center of a row over Islamic values in Pakistan after a customer complained he was told not to sit beside his wife because managers feared it would damage the restaurant's family reputation.

OSCAR the RACCOON performs a dental exam on a patient patient.

THE SWARM: Honeybees hijacked three airplanes at India's Kolkata airport.

BATS are decreasing, but lunch prices are increasing. That's the word from last Tuesday's meeting of the Montezuma-Cortez School District Re-1 Board.

A SWEDISH WOMAN could face criminal charges after harbouring a hedgehog in her flat in violation of the country's hunting laws. Dinsdale!

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New Releases, Corin Tucker, Lumineers, Delta Rae, Hermit Crabs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

DID YOU HEAR THAT GO DADDY WAS DOWN FOR A CHUNK OF MONDAY? Well, we're back (and be sure to check anything you missed)...

DIVINE FITS ask Fallon "Would That Not Be Nice"?

NEW RELEASES from Amanda Palmer, Raveonettes, Patterson Hood, Will Johnson and more are streaming this week at Spinner.

THE CORIN TUCKER BAND is advance streaming KIll My Blues.

THE LUMINEERS stopped by WFUV's Studio A to chat and perform live.

DELTA RAE recently squeezed into WFUV's Studio A for a lively chat and some powerful live songs.

THE SUPREMES perform "You Keep Me Hangin' On" and "Somewhere" from West Side Story in October 1966 for Twofer Tuesday.

PATTERSON HOOD talks to American Songwriter about how his latest solo album was an unplanned surprise, his friend Vic Chesnutt's legacy, and the band he would join if the opportunity arose.

THE RAVEONETTES spoke to Weekend Edition about the ups and downs of collaborating long distance (Foo lives in L.A., Wagner in New York), chatting up interesting strangers and the reasons for all the piano sounds in Observator.

PETER GABRIEL spoke to Rolling Stone spoke to Gabriel about the legacy of So, plans for the tour and when fans can finally expect to hear a follow-up to his 2002 disc Up.

DAN DEACON discusses the musical influences on America at eMusic.

KRISTEN STEWART told reporters that she and her estranged beau, Robert Pattinson, will be a-okay promoting their final turn as sparkly vampires.

AMANDA BYNES was pulled over in L.A. after her driver's license was suspended - but somehow, she didn't end up in jail.

BRITNEY SPEARS is quite mean on The X Factor, says Simon Cowell in a rare episode of self-promotion.

KATY PERRY & JOHN MAYER spent a night out at Spearmint Rhino, a Vegas a strip club. Classy.

KANYE WEST used to nail other chicks while watching Ray J nail his current galpal, Kim Kardashian, on that infamous videotape. Classy.

NICK CASSAVETTES compares incest to gay marriage at the Toronto Film Fest.

LINCOLN: The Spielberg - Daniel Day-Lewis biopic has a teaser trailer teaser trailer.

9/11: The first five minutes of CNN coverage. I came out of the shower, saw the second plane hit on NBC, and knew had had to contact my boss, whose daughter lived in NYC. There is still a lot of crazy stuff going on around the country and the world as a result, so consider taking a moment to watch and remember.

SAUDI ARABIA: Dozens of Saudis staged a rare protest on Monday against the detention of relatives held without trial for security offenses in a country that escaped last year's Arab Spring unrest but has faced criticism for its human rights record.

SYRIA: The Syrian government accused France of "schizophrenia" for pledging to support a peaceful resolution to the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad and simultaneously aiding the armed groups driving the insurrection. At the same time, a French doctor returning from a rebel-controlled hospital raised new alarms about the presence of foreign Islamist militants in Syria, stoking fears that have discouraged the West from more forceful support for the rebels.

AFGHANISTAN: The US military has handed control of a controversial prison housing more than 3000 Taliban fighters and terrorism suspects to the Afghan authorities.

HERMIT CRAB MIGRATION: Let's go to the video.

A RECSUED BABY MANATEE has awww... some pics.

SNAKE in A CAR ENGINE, this time a 16-foot python.

HEY, IS THAT A RARE PRIMATE IN YOUR PANTS, or are you just happy... oh, I see.

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Grizzly Bear, Dinosaur Jr, Aimee Mann, Screaming Lamb   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, September 10, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

BEST COAST asks Conan, "Do You Love Me Like You Used To?"

GRIZZLY BEAR is advance streaming Shields.

DINOSAUR JR is advance streaming I Bet On Sky.

AIMEE MANN is advance streaming Charmer.

AMERICANA MUSIC AWARDS: A mix of music by this year's AMA award nominees, presenters and showcase artists is streaming via NPR.

THE BEN FOLDS FIVE drops three tracks from their upcoming LP.

KISS: "Black Diamond." They got you under their thumb. More Cowbell.

FEIST talks to Spinner about being less exhausted at the end of the Metals tour than during The Reminder marathon.

ANIMAL COLLECTIVE talks to PopMatters about not being the Beach Boys and much more.

JOE PUG talks to PopMatters about the making of The Great Despiser, making life-changing decisions, palling around with some of rock and folk's elite, and how it all plays a part in his quest to carve out a life on his own terms.

AFGHAN WHIGS: Greg Dulli talks to Billboard about the future, or lack thereof.

LED ZEPPELIN is counting down to something.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Possession repeats atop the chart with a mere 9.5 million on what is traditionally the slowest movie weekend of the year.  Lawless places with 6 million, a 40 percent drop from its lackluster debut.  The Words shows with a five million opening (thankfully against a 6 million budget).  The Expendables comes in fourth with 4.8 million and a 75.4 million total making Lionsgate thankful for a larger gross overseas.  The Bourne Legacy rounds out the Top 5 with 4 million as part of the ~40 percent drop club.  Below the fold, The Cold Light of Day debuted at No. 13 with 1.8 million. Ouch.

RYAN REYNOLDS & BLAKE LIVELY are likely married. The two co-starred in Green Lantern, when Reynolds was married to Scarlett Johansson, ikywimaittyd.

COBIE SMULDERS (How I Met Your Mother, The Avengers) tied the knot with Saturday Night Live actor Taran Killam.

KRISTEN STEWART and Jennifer Lawrence hung out during the Toronto Film Festival. Stewart reportedly bought a 4.8 million beach house with her Mom after getting tossed by Robert Pattinson for cheating.

HEIDI KLUM speaks out for the first time since her divorce from Seal turned nasty, denying any affair during the marriage.

MILEY CYRUS dodged an stalker/attacker, after a guy armed with scissors was arrested at the singer's L.A. home.

AL PACINO looks set to play Joe Paterno in a pic about the disgraced Penn State football coach.

PRINCE HARRY has been deployed to Afghanistan for four months following some naked partying in Vegas.

DANIEL CRAIG is confirmed for two more Bond films co-financed by Sony and MGM.

YEMEN: Security forces captured 28 al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula fighters during operations in Zinjibar and Jaar in Abyan province.

SYRIA: European Union foreign ministers agreed to additional sanctions on Syria. Russia rejected further sanctions.

IRAN: German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said on Sunday that a nuclear-armed Iran was "not an option" as he called on Tehran to hold "substantial negotiations" over its controversial atomic program.

IRAQ: Insurgents killed 58 Iraqis, including soldiers and policemen, inattacks in Amara, Basrah, Nassiriyah, Dujail, Baquba, Samarra, Kirkuk, and Tuz Khurmato.  A court sentenced fugitive Vice President Hashemi to death.

THE SCREAMING OF THE LAMB: You will tell me when he stops, won't you, Clarice?

A CONFUSED CAT birthed her litter 20 ft up an old oak tree in an abandoned owl box.

AN ILLEGAL MACAQUE kept as a pet and living on a diet that included Frosted Flakes and juice has been quarantined after it bit a Paso Robles woman multiple times on the hand and arm.

OBIE the DACHSHUND needs to lose 40 lbs. Where's the sqeezing room?

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B-52s, Raveonettes, Ryan Shaw, Cutout Bin, Koala   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, September 07, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with THE B-52s!  The quirky combo from Athens, GA, has had a long and storied career, but we'll stick to the early stuff this weekend.  So, from the self-titled debut, classics "Planet Claire," "Rock Lobster,"  "Lava," and "Dance This Mess Around." And from the sophomore LP, Wild Planet, "Party Out of Bounds," "Give Me Back My Man", "Private Idaho" and "Dirty Back Road."  BONUS: "Song For A Future Generation," because it's the first song I heard them play live. DOUBLE BONUS: "Deadbeat Club," because get off my lawn.

THE RAVEONETTES are advance streaming Observator.

HELVETIA is advance streaming Nothing In Rambling.

RYAN SHAW showcased songs from his new album at World Cafe Live. But he also sang my fave, "Do the 45."

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED considers the most important band of your college years, maybe.

CAT POWER dropped a Sun bonus track, "Fire."

EARTH WIND & FIRE: The fish, the barrel, the smoking gun.

LED ZEPPELIN: Barney Hoskyns, the author of a new oral history of the band, has a longread at The Guardian on how they became the biggest cult rock music has ever seen.

THE XX have kept their lives out of the spotlight. But for how much longer?

DIVINE FITS: Britt Daniel and Dan Boeckner talk to The Globe and Mail about collaboraion, influences and more.

DAVID BOWIE: PopMatters excerpts The Man Who Sold the World: David Bowie and the 1970s.

CUTOUT BIN: From Hall & Oates to the Jesus & Mary Chain, from the Bar-Kays to Marshall Crenshaw, from the Flamin' Groovies to Tears For Fears, plus REM, David Bowie, Sugar, Al Stewart 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 The Words, which is currently scoring 17 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and The Cold Light of Day, currently scoring 8 percent. Must be September!

TOM CRUISE: Scientologists reportedly turned Isabella and Connor Cruise against Nicole Kidman.

AMY POEHLER & WILL ARNETT are separating after nine years of marriage.

AMANDA BYNES can no longer drive the streets of Los Angeles because her driver's license has been suspended, according to records from the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

BRITNEY SPEARS scares NBC, according to Simon Cowell.

KELSEY GRAMMER will fork over roughly 30 million in his divorce.

ALEC BALDWIN 2.0?

JAMES FRANCO may have to shell out another arm and a leg following a lawsuit filed by his former NYU film instructor.

THE GULF: The rise of the Muslim Brotherhood and its ideological affiliates in the Arab Spring uprisings has stoked fears among Gulf Arab governments that the United States may one day abandon its traditional allies as it warms up to Islamists.

EGYPT: In his first foreign policy speech, Pres. Morsi called on Syrian president Assad to step down and warned Iran against interfering in Arab affairs.

AFGHANISTAN: After the formal transfer of Afghan detention operations on Sept. 9, the US military will continue to oversee detention of non-Afghan prisoners at Bagram Air Base, and will still be involved in the screening of newly captured Afghan detainees.

A KOALA hitches a boat ride.

TENS OF THOUSANDS OF RATS killed by Hurricane Isaac have washed up onto the beaches of Mississippi and created a foul-smelling mess that officials say will take days to clean up.

A NEWLY-ADOPTED DOBERMAN turned out to be pregnant. Very pregnant.

A FAT CAT became too demanding for kidnappers. Rename him Red Chief.

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Bob Dylan, Amanda Palmer, Animal Collective, Husky, Seal + Diver   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, September 06, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

BOB MOULD blasts through "The Descent" at the Ed Sullivan Theater.

BOB DYLAN is advance streaming Tempest via iTunes.

AMANDA PALMER is advance streaming Theater Is Evil.

ANIMAL COLLECTIVE stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

HUSKY swings by KEXP for a set of pastoral tunes from their most recent LP.

KNICKERBOCKERS: "Lies." Someday you're gonna be lonely.

PAUL SIMON talks to World Cafe about the making of Graceland.

CAT POWER: Chan Marshall briefly talks to Newsweek about the latest chapter in her life.

THE WORST MTV VMA MISTAKES, according to SPIN.

RORY & THE HURRICANES: Tapes from Ringo Starr's first band have been unearthed after more than 50 years.

BRITNEY SPEARS and her fiancé Jason Trawick have revealed how their relationship went from business to pleasure.

TOM CRUISE: Scientology calls the claim that they auditioned Nazanin Boniadi as Cruise's pre-Katie Holmes galpal "hogwash." Meanwhile, others claim the Cruise wifesearch included Scarlett Johansson and Lindsay Lohan.

AMANDA BYNES has been charged with two counts of hit-and-run, after allegedly smashing into some car and fleeing the scene ... twice.

JESSICA SIMPSON works on earning that Weight Watchers money.

JOHN MAYER & KATY PERRY left a romantic L.A. restaurant together Tuesday night.

ROBERT PATTINSON's sisters would kill him if he reunites with Kristen Stewart, according to RadarOnline.

KATE BOSWORTH confirmed her engagement on Twitter.

BAHRAIN: An appeals court upheld the convictions of 20 activists convicted of trying to overthrow the government. Leaders in the group were in "intelligence contact" with Iran and its ally Hezbollah.

EGYPT's Islamist leadership took a new move to put its stamp on the country's government, appointing members of the fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood as provincial governors and installing ultraconservatives and other Islamists in the state's top human rights body and a powerful media council. 

IRAN has resumed shipping military equipment to Syria over Iraqi airspace in a new effort to bolster the embattled government of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, according to senior American officials.

A SEAL & A DIVER, holding hands...Mass hysteria!

A STOWAWAY CAT that beat the odds by surviving a three-week ocean voyage from China to California has found a new home.

A GIANT EARTHWORM has been discovered in China, measuring half a meter in length.

FOUR BABY TIGERS and more than 100 endangered pangolins were found in a car travelling through Hanoi on Tuesday.

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