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Of Monsters & Men, Ben Kweller, Tommy Stinson. Elvis C, Guinea Pig   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, April 04, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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DALE EARNHARDT JR JR drop a video for "We Almost Lost Detroit" than may strike some as optimistic.

OF MONSTERS AND MEN stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

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

TOMMY STINSON played World Cafe Live; you can stream the gig on demand.

ELVIS COSTELLO: Hear three classic tunes from his live LP.

EDWARD SHARPE & THE MAGNETIC ZEROS drop "That's What's Up" ahead of Here.

SAD BABY WOLF (Ex-Shins) cover Neutral Milk Hotel's "Everything Is."

THE DOORS: An official, 3 1/2 minute video for "L.A. Woman."

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS: Patterson Hood talks to Weld about calling a timeout, the music biz and more. (Thx, LHB.)

KIM FOWLEY, rock impressario behind The Runaways, is profiled by the L.A. Times.

EXENE CERVENKA & JOHN DOE are formally releasing their first studio recordings together since 1993 next week.

THE SONS OF THE BEATLES are set to form a band together, according to reports.

KATE WINSLET, post Titanic: "Leo's fatter now, and I'm thinner."

JESSICA ALBA got several new tattoos.

MINKA KELLY & WILMER VALDERRAMA: Hmmm.

LARA FLYN BOYLE is melting... melting...

JASON BIGGS talks to the HuffPo about nude scenes, self-pleasuring and his insane Twitter account.

COMMUNITY showrunner Dan Harmon apologized for airing Chevy Chase's angry voicemail.

ROCK OF AGES has a trailer online.

TERROR in FRANCE: Investigations began of 13 members of the banned group Forsane Alizza on suspicion of terror activities that included plotting to kidnap a Jewish judge in Lyon.

EGYPT: In the poor provinces, Egyptians adhere to centuries-old rules of law and order, a system of honor killings and blood money.

IRAN: The United States would not be safe from retaliation if Iran is attacked by Washington, the Iran newspaper quoted a senior Revolutionary Guards commander on Tuesday as saying.

GUINEA PIG: Support animal, pet, or legal experiment?

BABY AARDVARK: Aawww...some pic.

ZINC NEUTERING will allow dogs to keep something extra.

A 220-LB CALF is not a good backseat driver. Especially in a Honda.

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New Releases, Delta Spirit, First Aid Kit, Kitten Wrestling   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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DUM DUM GIRLS are "Coming Down" in a mellow (for them) and Yoko-esque fashion.

NEW RELEASES from Robert Pollard, Paul Van Dyk, Ravens & Chimes, Lumineers, Ian Anderson and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

DELTA SPIRIT played World Cafe Live; you can stream the whole gig on demand.

FIRST AID KIT played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

GLEN HANSARD played a SXSW set for KUT, including Springsteen's "Drive All Night" with Jake Clemons.

SLOW CLUB unleashes "The Dog" and "Where I'm Walking" for a nin-vintage Twofer Tuesday, Plus, Rebecca Taylor yuks it up with the San Francisco Examiner. Bonus: "Two Cousins," because of the two.

PERFUME GENIUS: Mike Hadreas is interviewed by Michael Stipe for the East Village Boys. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND was crowned the quintessential NYC band in Sound of the City's version of March Madness.

ADELE told a French radio station she will have a new single out by the end of the year, but her next album will take “a good two years” to record.

PETER BLAKE updates his Sgt. Pepper's cover to mark his 80th birthday.

THE 17 BEST SONGS of 2012 (So Far), according to the Village Voice's Maura Johnson.

ALEC BALDWIN, 54, got engaged to Hilaria Thomas, 28, over the weekend.

BRUCE WILLIS and his wife Emma Hemming welcomed a baby girl, Mabel Ray Willis, Sunday in Los Angeles.

ASHTON KUTCHER will play Steve Jobs in an indie biopic.

THE KARDASHIANS: Kris Humphries is refusing to divorce Kim Kardashian unless she gives him a “public apology” and admits “the entire wedding was staged by her and her family.”

THE RAZZIES were swept by Jack & Jill and its cast, led by Adam Sandler.

SPARKLE, Whitney Houston's final film, has a trailer online.

TOTAL RECALL remake has a trailer online.

TERROR in the USA: Patrick Nayyar, an Indian citizen and illegal alien residing in Queens, NY, was convicted of attempting to provide material support to the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah.

PAKISTAN: Three of Osama bin Laden's widows and two of his daughters have been sentenced to 45 days in prison for illegally residing in Pakistan.

IRAQ:Vice President Tareq al Hashemi, who is wanted for terrorism charges, left Kurdistan for Qatar. The government said the March death toll was the lowest since the US invaded in 2003.

KITTEN WRESTLING: Let's go to the video.

ATTACKED BY A MOUNTAIN LION, saved by a bear.

SOMETIMES THE BEAR KILLS YOU, sometimes you kill the bear.

SHARK ATTACKS reach unprecedented levels in Western Australia. What say you, Police Chief Brody?

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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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