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The Heavy, Rufus Wainwright, Twin Shadow, Kitten + Puppy   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

OVER 14 MILLION SERVED. THANKS FOR COMING BACK.

JAPANDROIDS: "The House That Heaven Built."

THE HEAVY is advance streaming The Glorious Dead. How d'you like them now?

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

FAMILY OF THE YEAR stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

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

MY MORNING JACKET's Jim James guest-DJed Theft Of The Dial.

DUDES drop "Teenage Rebels" from Summer Vacation, a free EP through its Bandcamp site.

SIR MIX-A-LOT, Reimagined With the Movies.

MUMFORD & SONS: Ted Dwayne talks to Rolling Stone about the band's upcoming sophomore LP.

DEAD CAN DANCE: Lisa Gerrard talks to the Montreal Gazette about her first album with Brendan Perry in 16 years.

SPEKTOR frontman Fred Macpherson talks media hype at The Line Of Best Fit.

THE CURE: Ranked from worst to best by Stereogum.

KRISTEN STEWART: Still in a Snow White sequel? Or will it just be the Huntsman? Also Stewart gets a public defense from Jodie Foster.

ROBERT PATTINSON: Still not talking about Kristen Stewart.  But he is reportedly attached to play young Lawrence of Arabia opposite Naomi Watts.

JENNIFER ANISTON & JUSTIN THEROUX engagement details.

JIMMY KIMMEL popped the question to girlfriend Molly McNearney while vacationing in South Africa's Kruger National Forest.

MICHAEL J. FOX is readying a return to prime-time series television, and the broadcast networks are lining up to welcome him back.

LINDSAY LOHAN personally helped pr0n star James Deen reach new levels of prowess. In acting.

KIM KARDASHIAN going to jail could be a ratings bonanza. Her boyfriend, Kanye West, got served.

BOBBY BROWN enters rehab. Shocka!

RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK heads to IMAX screens in September.

SYRIA will likely dominate a two-day Organization of Islamic Cooperation meeting, hosted by Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah.  The al Qaeda presence among the rebels has been blindingly obvious for many months.

EGYPT: What will Islamist rule mean there... or Tunisia or Libya?

AFGHANISTAN: ISAF has suspended business with more than 100 national and international companies who have allegedly been involved in corruption since 2010.

KITTEN & PUPPY, cuddling in a tub... Mass hysteria!

A GIANT PREGNANT PYTHON was caught in the FL Everglades. Video at the link.

OPERATION FROZEN DUMBO is a success.

MUTANT BUTTERFLIES found after the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Can Mothra be far behind?

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Father John Misty, Alejandro Escovedo, Dum Dum Girls, Nazi Raccoons   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

MY TECH ISSUE IS RESOLVED:

...so why not a little AC/DC?

BLOC PARTY is advance streaming Four at their website.

FATHER JOHN MISTY stopped by Oregon Public Broadcasting for a chat and mini-set.

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

THENEWNO2 plays in front of a live audience at Apogee's Berkeley St Studios, via Morning Becomes Eclectic.

THE JOHN SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION drops "Black Mold" ahead of Meat and Bone.

BETH ORTON drops "Magpie" off her new LP Sugaring Season.

THE SEA & CAKE goes "On and On" ahead of Runner.

JENS LEKMAN: "I Know What Love Isn't." But how does that help Foreigner?

BEN FOLDS talks to SPIN about putting the Five back together.

BEACH HOUSE: Victoria Legrand talks to Rolling Stone about the band's not-so-meteoric rise, her qualms with the music press and why her band will "always be kind of scrappy and stubborn."

TIME takes a crack at The 13 Indie Songs of Summer.

NANCI GRIFFITH talks to PopMatters about her love of other artists, her dreams for the future, and her opinion on afternoon naps.

ROBERT PATTINSON took the high road in his first interview since Kristen Stewart 'fessed up to cheating on him.

MAD MEL UPDATE: Gibson does a rare interview with ComingSoon.

ZACH GALIFIANAKIS got hitched.

TAYLOR SWIFT, who is dating Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s son Conor, has bought a house in Hyannis Port, Mass., across the street from Conor's grandmother Ethel.

KENNY G has filed for divorce... after his wife filed for a legal separation. "Irreconcilable differnces" joke about his sax playing goes here.

JEAN-CLAUDE VAN DAMME claims he had an affair with Kylie Minogue in 1994.

RON PALILLO, a/k/a Horshack on "Welcome Back, Kotter," died Tuesday morning at his home near Palm Beach from an apparent heart attack. He was 63.

HELEN GURLEY BROWN, who as the author of "Sex and the Single Girl" shocked early-1960s America with the news that unmarried women not only had sex but thoroughly enjoyed it - and who as the editor of Cosmopolitan magazine spent the next three decades telling those women precisely how to enjoy it even more - died on Monday in Manhattan. She was 90, though parts of her were considerably younger.

INDIA: Notices were posted in mosques in Kashmir's Shopian district warning that women who failed to cover their faces would be doused with acid and women who used cellphones would be shot. The notices were signed by the al-Qaeda Mujahideen and mentioned another group, the Lashkar-e-al Qaeda.

ISRAEL's deputy foreign minister called for the international community to declare that the diplomatic effort to halt Iran's nuclear program was a failure. He also demanded an ultimatum be issued.

LEBANON: Officials said they had uncovered a Syrian plot to bomb political and religious leaders in order to incite sectarian violence.

SYRIA: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation suspended Syria's membership, further isolating the Assad regime.

EGYPT: "The Brothers officially in power," declared the independent Al-Watan daily, referring to the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist group which backs Pres. Morsi. BTW, Morsi is considering calls to amend the Camp David Accords in order to ensure his country's "full sovereignty" over the Sinai Peninsula, his legal adviser, Mohammed Gadallah told Al-Masry Al-Youm in a report published on Tuesday.

A DOG steals cabbage.

NAZI RACCOONS are marauding their way across Europe, ransacking rubbish bins, barging their way into people's homes, kicking owls out of their nests and devouring endangered species such as the pond turtle.

A KANGAROO is on the lam in Germany after breaking out of a wildlife park, with a fox and a wild boar his suspected accomplices.

PIT BULLS were once loved and revered in America. How did they become so maligned in today's society?

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New Releases, Yeasayer, Ariel Pink, Divine Fits, Kitten Rescue   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

HOPING MY TECH ISSUES GET RESOLVED TODAY. IN THE MEANTIME:

RAY DAVIES played "Waterloo Sunset" at the Closing Ceremonies, even if the peacock didn't show you.

NEW RELEASES from Antony & the Johnsons, Van She, Los Straitjackets and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

YEASAYER is advance streaming Fragrant World.

ARIEL PINK'S HAUNTED GRAFFITI is advance streaming Mature Themes.

DIVINE FITS is advance streaming A Thing Called Divine Fits.

TEENGIRL FANTASY is advance streaming Tracer.

AMANDA PALMER & Grand Theft Orchestra drop "The Killing Type" from the upcoming Theatre Is Evil.

BLUR: Stereogum compiles video from what may be the band's final show. It's more than Twofer Tuesday.

THE ZOMBIES: Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone talked about their reunion and Odessey and Oracle on Weekend Edition Sunday; the web version embeds video of their Tiny Desk Concert.

TAME IMPALA: Kevin Parker talks to SPIN about Lonerism and Supertramp.

BILL DOSS gets local love in remembrances at Flagpole. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

MOONFACE: Spencer Krug talks to The Quietus about alter-egos, freedom, Finland, and collaborating with Siinai for the new album, Heartbreaking Bravery.

JENNIFER ANISTON & JUSTIN THEROUX are engaged.

LINDSAY LOHAN has gone from almost broke to raking in almost two million this year.

KATY PERRY has reportedly instructed her lawyers to gag funnyman Russell Brand from making any more comments about their time together.

MILEY CYRUS has landed a recurring gig on Two And a Half Men.

IS ANDERSON COOPER'S BOYFRIEND canoodling with another man?

MOLLY RINGWALD talks to The Observer and the L.A. Times about her new novel-in-stories.

YEMEN: Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has freed a Swiss teacher who was kidnapped in Hodieda four months ago.

SYRIA: The deputy police commander in Homs defected to the rebels. Government troops attacked rebel-held areas across the country. The leader of Syria's main opposition group called for a no-fly zone.

EGYPT's newly elected president suspended a constitutional decree that had given the military authority to govern.

IRAQ has surpassed Iran to become the second largest OPEC oil producer.

SIX ADORABLE KITTENS, rescued form a backpack.

A RACE HORSE was ejected from a swimming pool Down Under.

THE SWARM: For the second time in two days, bees sent a man to the hospital near Austin.

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Beachwood Sparks, The Vaccines, Let It Be, Rescue Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, August 13, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

I AM EXPERIENCING TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES. IN THE MEANTIME, ENJOY:

BEACHWOOD SPARKS stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

THE VACCINES offer a free EP covering ABBA, Wire and Jonathan Richman.

DIGNAN PORCH is advance streaming Nothing Bad Will Ever Happen.

LET IT BE: A full MP3 LP via Cover Me.

THE BEASTIE BOYS: According to his will, filed in court this week, the late Adam Yauch's image, music and art are never to be licensed for advertising.

DEERHOOF talks to Stereogum about the making of Breakup Song.

THE LUMINEERS talk to the Boston Globe about Boston, songwriting and social media.

AC/DC Wines.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Bourne Legacy dethrones The Dark Knight Rises, topping your chart with 40.3 million.  That's a bit below projections and suggests this one will need those overseas receipts to make money.  The Campaign places with 27.4 million.  Batman shows with 19.5 million.  Hope Springs Debuts in the fourth slot with 15.6 million.  Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days rounds out the Top 5 with 8.2 million.  Below the fold, Total Recall is flopping bigtime.

THE BOURNE LEGACY is a decent action film, but easily the least of the Bourne franchise. While I apparently was a lot more comfortable than many with Jeremy Renner taking the reins from Matt Damon, the script enabling it requires so much exposition that the big action gets backloaded, making for an uneven pace.

ROBERT PATTINSON: Getting over his anger phase and contemplating a reconciliation with Kristen Stewart?

TOM CRUISE & KATIE HOLMES: Suri Holmes is reportedly happy and well adjusted since their shocking split.

JESSICA SIMPSON's dad got busted for DUI.

DARREN ARANOFSKY is tweeting a storm about Noah and the flood.

HEATHER GRAHAM is set to return for The Hangover, Part III.

THE 10 BEST SHARKS in Pop Culture.

YEMEN: As happened in Iraq, tribal militias have joined the campaign against the local franchise of al-Qaeda.

SYRIA: The US and Turkey discussed Syria, including a potential no-fly zone and the possibility of a Syrian chemical attack. The US said it would collaborate with Turkey to set up a "working group" to address the Syrian conflict. The Obama administration charged Friday that Lebanon-based Hezbollah is directly assisting Syria’s brutal domestic military crackdown and announced new sanctions against the group and the government of Pres. Assad.

IRAQ: Terrorists are resurgent, benefitting from the unrest in neighboring Syria.

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A MAMA DOG rescues her 10 pups from a burning building.

A COW corralled on the fifth floor of a Russian apartment building was apparently ditching an amorous bull in its pasture.

DEER HUNTS MAN, but ends predictably.

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Ramones, Real Estate, Brendan Benson, Cutout Bin, Jack Russell   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, August 10, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with THE RAMONES! Live at a festival in San Bernadino circa 1982.  Your setlist includes "Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio?", "Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment," "Rock 'n' Roll High School", "I Wanna Be Sedated," "Beat on the Brat," "The KKK Took My Baby Away" and "Here Today, Gone Tomorrow,." "Chinese Rocks" and "Teenage Lobotomy."

REAL ESTATE stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

LA SERA: Vivian Girls' Katy Goodman leads her bandmates through a set of fuzzed-out pop songs from La Sera's second album, See the Light, live for KEXP.

BRENDAN BENSON stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set of new material.

THE LUMINEERS play a set from Barboza as part of the KEXP VIP Concert Series.

LAVENDER DIAMOND drops "Everybody's Heart's Breaking Now" ahead of Incorruptible Heart.

THE MONKEES: Michael Nesmith returns to the fold for a tour honoring the late Davy Jones, so I'm rolling out the TV version of "You Just May Be the One," which differs from the LP version and has more cowbell.

YEASAYER talks to Metro about The Strokes, why they will never stick to a musical genre and being inspired by Bowie.

BILL DOSS of Olivia Tremor Control, remembered by PopMatters.

M WARD: The hardest working man in indie rock. (Thx, LHB.)

COUNTING CROWS" Adam Duritz talks to Consequence of Sound about the Soft Boys and more.

CUTOUT BIN: From Frankie Valli to Bob Mould, from Queen to The Clash, from Roy Orbison to the Bay City Rollers, plus Three Dog Night, the Jesus & Mary Chain, Otis Redding, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers 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 Bourne Legacy, which is currently scoring 52 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; The Campaign, which is scoring 66 percent; and Hope Springs, scoring 77 percent.

KRISTEN STEWART drops out of the London On The Road premiere and her role in Cali in the wake of her cheating incident. Meanwhile, the wife of director Rupert Sanders who cheated on her with Kristen Stewart has already seen a divorce lawyer... but her goal is reconciliation.

JOAN RIVERS handcuffed herself to a shopping cart during a one-woman protest against Costco, likening the store to Nazi Germany.

GILLIAN ANDERSON & DAVID DUCHOVNY Shacking Up? The truth is out there...

KATE BOSWORTH appears to have leaked the news that she's engaged.

BEN AFFLECK may direct the Justice League movie.

ALF is headed to the big screen in the live-action/CGI mode of The Smurfs.

THE BRADY BUNCH: Where Are They Now?

THE 10 MOST INVENTIVE SHOTS in Movie History., according to WhatCulture.

LIBYA: The Transitional National Council formally relinquished power to Libya's first elected assembly.

EGYPT: The military conducted air raids in the al Arish area of the Sinai peninsula against Islamic militants. Pres Mursi sacked several top security officials, including Egypt's intelligence chief, the governor of North Sinai province, and the head of the presidential guard.

IRAN's nuclear moves are becoming harder for Israeli and US intelligence to assess, making Teheran's suspected atomic weapons drive an even more urgent matter, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Thursday.

JESSE the JACK RUSSELL TERRIER does more useful tricks.

BOXING KANGAROO draws crowds and critics.

A MAMMOTH DONKEY arrives at a Lincolnshire animal sanctuary.

A CHEEKY FOX rides the London Underground.

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