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Alabama Shakes, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Lowen RIP, Titanoboa   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, April 02, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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REGINA SPEKTOR dropped a video for "All The Rowboats" ahead of What We Saw From The Cheap Seats.

ALABAMA SHAKES are advance streaming Boys and Girls.

BONNIE RAITT is advance streaming Slipstream.

DRIVE BY-TUCKERS: Mike Cooley does a five-song set for Paste.

WILLIS EARL BEAL is streaming Acousmatic Sorcery.I can't decide whether I love this or hate it.

THE DANDY WARHOLS drop "Sad Vacation" ahead of  This Machine.

DIRTY ROJECTORS drop a new single, "The Gun Has No Trigger."

MAXIMO PARK drops the title track from The National Health.

ERIC LOWEN, a singer and songwriter who was half of Lowen & Navarro, the duo that wrote “We Belong,” a pensive, urgent lover’s plea that became a hit for Pat Benatar in 1984, died on Friday in Los Angeles. He was 60. The cause was complications of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

PAUL McCARTNEY talks to Fresh Air about his latest album, Kisses on the Bottom.

LEE RENALDO talks to Pitchfork about the Grateful Dead, Minutemen, Cat Power, and more.

15 GREAT ALBUMS, 15 years old.

THE JUNO AWARDS went to Feist, Dan Mangan, Bruce Cockburn, The Sadies and more...

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Hunger Games retained the box office crown with 61.1 million dollars.  Its 60 percent drop seems steep, but this second weekend falls somewhere betweenThe Dark Knight and the original Spider-Man (unusually strong holds) and the Twilight franchise and th final Harry Potter films (strong upfront demand followed by huge drops). The Games already have a 251 million domestic haul, making 400 million an achievable target.  Wrath of the Titans placed with only 34.2 million domestic, but 112 million worldwide, suggesting the studio won't lose on a 150 million budget. Mirror Mirror shows with 19 million against an 85 million budget, but the foreign rights were reportedly sold off to reduce the risk here.  21 Jump Street takes in another 15 million, showing legs without competition in the comedy genre.  The Lorax rounds out the Top Five with another 8 million of pure profit.

WHITNEY HOUSTON: TMZ reports cocaine was present in the late singer's Beverly Hills hotel room.

KATE WINSLET: Titanic's "My Heart Will Go On" makes her want to vomit.

MINKA KELLY & WILMER VALDERRAMA: Not a couple.

CHEVY CHASE: On Community watch?

TRIPLETS: The Twins sequel would reteam Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito as brothers Julius and Vincent, conceived experimentally, who discover they have third sibling... played by... Eddie Murphy.

TERROR in THAILAND:In the deadliest attack in several years, coordinated bombings in the cities of Yala in Yala province and Hat Yai in Songkhla province killed 14 and wounded 341. The car bombs exploded near restaurants, shops, and a crowded hotel.

TERROR in FRANCE: Police arrested 19 suspected Islamic extremists during raids in Toulouse, Nantes, and Paris. Among those detained are the leader and several members of the banned group Forsane Alizza.

SYRIA said it would not be the first to withdraw its forces, and its army would remain in the cities until "peace and security" prevailed. A Syrian Foreign Ministry spokesman said: "The battle to topple the state is over." 

AFGHANISTAN: The US said a former governor is responsible for ordering a suicide attack that killed two soldiers and another attack that targeted diplomats.

TITANOBOA, a snake longer than a school bus, appears in Grand Central Station.

GUINNESS the DOG receives a hero's medal and a pint of stout.

MALE GATORS are partial to the key of B-Flat.

THE SLOTH stays in the picture.

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Byrds, Booker T, Mountain Goats, Cutout Bin, Pygmy Goats   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, March 30, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

... with THE BYRDS!  Pretty much because I dig them as we turn into Spring (or Fall).  Let's start with a rare 1965 clip of their breakthrough smash cover of "Mr. Tambourine Man."  There are screaming girls, plus go-go dancers when they hit Shivaree for "All I Really Want to Do" and "Feel A Whole Lot Better."  Next up is a rare sync of "I Knew I'd Want You." There are even more dancers when they cover Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away" for Shindig! on June 23, 1965, while I'm pretty sure that's Ed Wynn introducing "Chimes of Freedom."  You might recognize the voice introducing "Bells Of Rhymney" from poolside in August 1965 and "It Won't Be Wrong" from a corral in January 1966 on Where The Action Is.  BONUS:  Want a couple in color?  Here's "Turn, Turn, Turn!" and "Mr. Spaceman." DOUBLE BONUS: A rare 1967 sync of "Eight Miles High."

CHROMATICS are streaming the acclaimed Kill For Love, which starts with a song many of you may recognize.

BOOKER T. JONES hits the Mountain Stage with classics and songs from his collaboration with The Roots.

WHITE RABBITS stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle sits in with the vocal quartet Anonymous 4, with an Owen Pallett cameo, at the Ecstatic Music Festival.  It's music from a new project called Transcendental Youth.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED features new tracks from Father John Misty (ex-Fleet Foxes, Patrick Watson, Norah Jones (w/ Danger Mouse), Sigur Ros and more.

DENT MAY drops the ukelele and picks up the keys for "Best Friend" ahead of Do Things.

VAN SHE advance drops the bubbling title track to “Idea Of Happiness.”

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY: The DUI arrest video, icymi.

FEIST & M WARD cover the Jesus & Mary Chain's "Sometimes, Always."  Also, M talks to Prefix about his process, collaborators, and whether there will be any Zooey sightings on his upcoming tour.

ALABAMA SHAKES co-founder and drummer Steve Johnson talks to Spinner about buzz, influences and more.

THE 100 GREATEST SIXTIES SONGS, according to NME and select musicians.

THE 25 GREATEST SIXTIES BREAKUP SONGS, according to Nerve. Includes Love's fabulous "Alone Again Or."

CUTOUT BIN: From the Animals to Asia, from Cracker to Nilsson, from Flatt & Scruggs to Hamilton Joe Frank & Reynolds, from Dusty Spring field to the dB's, plus Fountains of Wayne, Patty Loveless, Dexy's Midnight Runners, 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 Wrath of the Titans, which is currently scoring 25 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and the year's first Snow Wite reboot, Mirror Mirror, which is scoring 50 percent.

LINDSAY LOHAN is a semi-free woman, after Judge Stephanie Sautner declared she successfully completed her probation requirements.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE moves from The Hunger Games to the cover of the Rolling Stone.

WHITNEY HOUSTON: As new details emerge about her death, loved ones are concerned about how her daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, is holding up.

GINNIFER GOODWIN has been secretly dating her Once Upon a Time costar Josh Dallas since last fall.

ANCHORMAN 2: Ron Burgundy announced a sequel on Conan.

THE TOP 10 QUENTIN TARANTINO FILMS, ranked at PopMatters.

YEMEN:  America has dramatically escalated its drone strikes war, with the tempo of attacks rising to parity with incidents in Pakistan since the installation of a new government this month.

SYRIA: Assad said he would cooperate with UN peace plan if rebels halted violence. The opposition said it would cooperate with the plan only if Assad's forces halted violence. Arab League leaders called for its immediate implementation. Iran also backed the plan.

AFGHANISTAN: Some parliamentarians on Thursday said the Taliban had suspended peace negotiations in a bid to mount to pressure on the United States to accept their demands. The chairman of Afghanistan's Senate accused Iranian president Ahmadinejad of "clear interference in Afghan affairs."

PYGMY GOATS, Hall & Oates.

WHEN A SWAN ATTACKS: A stretch of Britain's longest canal has been branded a no-go zone after a spate of attacks by Tyson.

BABY PYGMY HIPPO: Awww...some pics.

THE SNAIL FACIAL: Um, no thanks.

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Bowerbirds, Dr John, Dreams So Real, Earl Scruggs RIP, Decorah Eagles   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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MEMORYHOUSE plays The Police's "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" for The A.V. Club Undercover.

BOWERBIRDS stopped by WNYC Soundcheck to talk and play music from The Clearing.

DR. JOHN stopped by WNYC Soundcheck to pay tribute to Louis Armstrong and play new material.

VERONICA FALLS played in WBEZ's High Fidelity series.

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

DREAMS SO REAL are reuniting for a pair of rare concerts next month. Slicing Up Eyeballs has an unreleased demo and vintage video of the Athens combo.

GARBAGE drops "Battle In Me" ahead of Not Your Kind of People.

ANDREW BIRD played "Eyeoneye" for Fallon.

LEE RENALDO talks to PopMatters about Between the Times and the Tides.

DAMON ALBARN talks to The Quietus about Doctor Dee, the future of Blur, the Olympics, David Cameron and Alex James' cheese.

KILLING JOKE: Jaz Coleman picks his 13 favorite albums.

MADONNA: Still the Queen of Pop?

ROBIN GIBB, who recently declared he was in remission from liver cancer, was re-admitted to hospital to have surgery on a recurring twisted bowel.

EARL SCRUGGS, whose banjo-picking technique on hits such as “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” changed the way people play the instrument, has died of natural causes. He was 88.

ASHTON KUTCHER is close to a multi-million dollar deal for another season of Two and a Half Men.  Meanwhile Rhianna denies they're an item.

MICHELLE WILLIAMS and... Jason Segel?

BRADLEY COOPER & ZOE SALDANA are dunzo.

MEGAN FOX is pregnant, according to the ever-reliable Star.

JESSICA SIMPSON has rented out an entire hospital wing for the delivery of her daughter - just like Beyonce did in January, according to the ever-reliable InTouch mag..

PETER FACINELLI & JENNIE GARTH: He filed the divorce papers; she claimed she tried to save the marriage.

CHRISTIE BRINKLEY's ex-husband claims the supermodel's teary appearance on "Today" was nothing more than a "cunning and shameless" stunt.

DENNIS RODMAN is "extremely sick," "broke" and is in no position to pay hefty child and spousal support payments, according to court documents. Shocka.

LIBYA: A tribe in southern Libya threatened to form a separate state after bloody clashes with a rival tribe.

SYRIA: Violence continued in spite of Assad's acceptance of a peace plan on Monday. The UN secretary general and Arab foreign ministers urged Assad to implement the plan.

EGYPT: The Muslim Brotherhood is locked in a power struggle with ruling generals over how much influence the army will have after civilians take over in three months time, a dispute that could decide whether democracy thrives after Hosni Mubarak's ouster.

IRAN: Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan arrived in Tehran for talks over Syria and Iran's nuclear program. Iran's foreign minister announced a date, April 13, for renewed nuclear talks with the group of the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany.

THE DECORAH BALD EAGLES hatched an eaglet yesterday. Watch live.

GEORGE the BASSET HOUND saves his own life with an emergency call.

GREAT PU$SY PURGE puzzles French Town.

LION CUBS: Awww...some pics.

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Belle & Sebastian, Vetiver, Plants & Animals, The Cars, Squirrel Cannon   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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BELLE & SEBASTIAN cover The Primitives' "Crash" for the latest Late Night Tales comp.

VETIVER: The San Francisco band led by Andy Cabic brings it's laid-back, and slightly-psych folk-pop sounds to the KEXP studio.

PLANTS & ANIMALS: The Montreal indie-rockers play a set live from the KEXP Radio Day Stage at SXSW 2012.

THE BIG PINK play a live set of electro-pop from the KEXP Radio Day Stage at SXSW 2012.

COWBOY JUNKIES are streaming Wilderness.

THE CARS, Live at El Mocambo, Sept. 14, 1978.

REGINA SPEKTOR drops "Don't Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas)" and "All The Rowboats" as heard on Regina's forthcoming record, What We Saw from the Cheap Seats.

HOW THE TEMPTATIONS made "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)."

MAGNETIC FIELDS: Stephin Merritt talks to Kelly Hogan about pop, touring, dogs, White Castle and more...

OF MONSTERS AND MEN: Paste examines how they became the Next Big Thing.

KING CRIMSON: PopMatters essays Robert Fripp, his latest crew, and A Scarcity of Miracles.

THE WEDDING PRESENT: David Gedge talks to The A.V. Club about touring something old and something new.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON's cellphone hacker faces up to 60 years in prison and a 2.2 million dollar fine. Jobless Christopher Chaney, 35, also pleaded guilty to nine other counts - including the hacking into the email accounts of singer Christina Aguilera and actress Mila Kunis.

ALICIA SILVERSTONE feeds her 10-month-old son by chewing up food in her mouth then spitting it directly into his mouth like a bird.

LINDSAY LOHAN is in final negotiations to guest star in one of this season's final episodes of Glee. Meanwhile, if she doesn't screw up in the next 24 hours, she will be off formal probation for the first time in more than 4 years.

CHRISTIE BRINKEY breaks down talking about her messy divorce from husband Peter Cook.

JAMIE-LYNN SIGLER is dating Washington Nationals infielder Cutter Dykstra, son of former Mets star Lenny Dykstra.

JEREMY PIVEN: TMI.

CHLOE MORETZ has been offered the lead in the Carrie remake.

TERROR in NORWAY: The day after being sentenced to prison for making death threats, Ansar al Islam founder Mullah Krekar was arrested for issuing more threats.

TERROR in SPAIN: Police arrested "M.H.A.", a key al Qaeda operative, in Valencia.

EGYPTIAN liberals and leftists wary of Islamist dominance of an assembly drafting a new constitution said on Tuesday they would write their own, deepening a row overshadowing a major element of the transition from Pres. Mubarak's rule. Meanwhile, with presidential elections set to begin in May, the Muslim Brotherhood is sharply divided over whether the group should field a candidate.


FINALLY: The Squirrel-tracking water cannon.

A SEA MONSTER washes up on a South Carolina beach.

OBESE DOGS get their own stairlift.

THE KING OF WASPS has been discovered during an expedition to the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.

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New Releases, Bear In Heaven, Joy Formidable, Blind Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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LA SERA drops a Twofer Tuesday video for "Real Boy" and "Drive On" to mark the release of her album today.

NEW RELEASES from Paul Weller, Retribution Gospel Choir, Astra, THEESatisfaction and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

BEAR IN HEAVEN is advance streaming I Love You, It's Cool.

THE JOY FORMIDABLE stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

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

BEST COAST drops "The Only Place," the title track of their sophomore LP.

EDWARD SHARPE & THE MAGNETIC ZEROS drop "Man On Fire" in advance of Here.

SIGUR ROS drops "Ekki Múkk" ahead of Valtari.

RICHARD HAWLEY drops "Leave Your Body Behind You."

ARETHA FRANKLIN just turned 70, but her take on "Respect" and "(You Make Me Feel ike a) Natural Woman" are timeless.

THE SHINS: James Mercer faces a pad full of theories and questions from the Drowned In Sound community.

CULTS are profiled by the Santa Barbara Independent. (Thx, LHB.)

THE MORNING BENDERS are now Pop Etc.

25 ESSENTIAL PUNK ALBUMS, according to Yahoo Music. You could do worse.

MEGAN FOX & BRIAN AUSTIN GREEN are being sued by a paparazzo over alleged beach brutaility.

BOBBY BROWN was booked for driving under the influence and for driving with the blood alcohol content of .08 or higher.

MILEY CYRUS & LIAM HEMSWORTH: Not engaged.

SIMON COWELL had quite the scare over the weekend when he came face-to-face with a female intruder at his London home Saturday.

LINDSAY LOHAN: Chatted up by Gerard Butler at Chateau Marmont.

ANGELINA JOLIE talks Maleficent and more.

QUEEN ELIZABETH: Wedding Crasher?

TERROR in FRANCE: Footage of Mohamed Merah's killing spree was mailed to Al Jazeera the day police besieged his apartment.

SYRIA's opposition groups, meeting in Istanbul, tried to form a more united front. Turkey and the United States planned to provide "nonlethal" aid to Syrian rebel groups. Turkey closed its embassy, following similar closures by several other countries.

TURKEY's former military chief of staff went on trial for "terrorism."

EGYPT: The country's main Islamist party is asserting increasing authority over the political system and openly confronting the powerful military.

AFGHANISTAN: US negotiation efforts with the Taliban have failed and the United Nations should take the lead to optimize the chances of ending almost 11 years of war, a think tank said on Monday.

A BLIND DOG is rescued from a trash pile.

A BUSINESSMAN's SNAKE vomits cash. Sources said the snake was linked to a Sabanga suburb man who owns a mansion but was viciously attacked by residents who accused him of witchcraft.

GIANT GAMBIAN RATS on the Grassy Key.

POLAR BEAR CUBS: Awww...some pics.

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