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Arctic Monkeys, Wilco, Alabama Shakes, Husker Du, Glued Kitty   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, July 30, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

THE ARCTIC MONKEYS played "I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor," and covered The Beatles' "Come Together" at the Olympics' opening ceremonies, icymi.

WILCO played a career-spanning set at the 2012 Newport Folk Festival.

ALABAMA SHAKES are also streaming their Newport set.

SPIRIT FAMILY REUNION brought their sweetly ramshackle Americana to Newport as well.

HUSKER DU, Live at 1st Ave, August 28, 1985.  I might have attended this one.

RICHARD THOMPSON has the "Hots For the Smarts."

THE FLAMING LIPS: Wayne Coyne is profiled by The Observer.

DIRTY PROJECTORS: David Longstreth talks about his upcoming short film and more at L.A. Weekly. (Thx, LHB.)

CAT POWER: Chan Marshall talks to Interview about the upcoming Sun, which features synthesizers, programmed beats, looping guitars, and live drums—all of which Marshall played and recorded herself.

FATHER JOHN MISTY: Josh Tillman talks to Straight about finding his true voice and leaving Fleet Foxes.

IT'S THE SAME OLD SONG, just simpler and louder.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Dark Knight Rises again to top the chart with 64 million -- but that's a sixty percent drop from last weekend at the hands of the Olympics and one batcrap crazy bastid in Colorado. There aren't too many sad stories about a movie that has already made half a billion world wide, but this is close.  Ice Age: Continental Drift places with a fairly leggy 13.3 million.  The Watch shows with a 13 million debut, marginally below already low predictions of a 14-16 million opening.  Step Up Revolution debuts at No. 4 with 11.8 million, which seems bad against a 33 million budget, but this franchise generally does much better overseas.  Ted rounds out the Top 5 with a leggy 7.4 million.

KRISTEN STEWART & ROBERT PATTINSON are not on speaking terms... but he reportedly wants to know all the details directly from the man she cheated with, SWATH director Rupert Sanders. The cheating reportedly went on for months.

DANE COOK issued an apology for cracking a joke about the “Dark Knight Rises” massacre. Even I know comedy = tragedy + time.

THE JACKSONS: Katherine Jackson says she's had a change of heart and is now ready to split guardianship of Michael's 3 children with her grandson TJ.

KATY PERRY & JOHN MAYER were... wait for it... caught canoodling at Soho House in West Hollywood.

MILA KUNIS & ASHTON KUTCHER aren't hiding their relationshiop anymore.

JEERMY RENNER learns to not take Viagra before boarding a 10-hour flight.

MADONNA was booed and called a "slut" by some of her biggest fans in France.

MODERN FAMILY: The adult cast cuts a deal to end their contract standoff.

SYRIA: Heavy fighting continued in the city of Aleppo. Rebels repelled the first attacks, however the main government assault has yet to begin. Fighting ended in Damascus.

CYBER-WAR: The man in charge of America's cyber operations said that on a scale of one to 10, the nation's preparedness to deal with a major cyber attack on critical infrastructure sits at a dismal three.

HELLOO, IRAN: The US Air Force's massive 30000 lb bunker-buster bomb critical for striking heavily fortified Iranian nuclear facilities is "ready to go."

A KITTEN found covered in industrial-strength glue and unable to move is recovering after strangers teamed up to save him.

TEVA the SEA LION CUB is born at the Memphis Zoo.

A DEATH-CHEATING CAT is on his fifth life after surviving his second coyote attack in a series of near-death experiences.

MYSTERY MONSTER washes onshore in New York. Pretty much an annual event at this point.

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Stevie Wonder, Flaming Lips, Fitz & the Tantrums, Cutout Bin, Kitty Fight   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, July 27, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with STEVIE WONDER! His session at the Beat Club includes "Intro Jam," "Contusion," "Higher Ground," "Dont You Worry ‘Bout A Thing," "I Can See The Sun In Late December," "He's Misstra Know-It-All," "Living For The City" and "Superstition."

THE FLAMING LIPS & HEADY FWENDS is advance streaming via The Guardian.

FITZ & THE TANTRUMS get the party started at Capitol Hill Block Party 2012 via KEXP.

CRYSTAL STILTS also brought their neo-psychadelic, garage pop band to Capitol Hill Block Party 2012 via KEXP.

NEWPORT FOLK FEST PREVIEW, courtesy of All Songs Considered.

CHELSEA LIGHT MORNING, Thurston Moore's latest band, drops a new track called "Frank O'Hara Hit."

CEREMONY played the Violent Femmes' "Kiss Off" for The A.V. Club Undercover. That will go on their permanent record.

JENS LEKMAN talks to Drowned In Sound about his personal journey, yard shows, the new album, and more.

JAPANDROIDS drummer David Prowse talks to The A.V. Club abouthis musical firsts.

PASSION PIT: Michael Angelakos tells Morning Edition the new LP documents his recent struggle with what he calls self-medicating.

BETH ORTON names current pop culture faves for The Independent.

60 SUN-KISSED SUMMER SONGS, compiled by NME.

CUTOUT BIN: From Little Richard to Talking Heads, from the Cramps to Kenny Rogers, from War to the Posies, plus Flaming Lips, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Spoon, the Rolling Stones 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 Watch, which is currently scoring 14 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Step Up Revolution, scoring 26 percent.

KRISTEN STEWART is writing an apology letter asking for forgiveness from the wife of the director she cheated on Robert Pattinson with, according to RadarOnline. Pattinson is reportedly heartbroken and humiliated by the news of Stewart's cheating and has left the home they shared.

THE JACKSONS: Katherine Jackson has been temporarily stripped of her guardianship over Michael Jackson's 3 kids, and an L.A. judge just appointed Tito Jackson's son TJ to become the temporary guardian. Jackson's mother is "devastated" his children have been "taken away" from her while she was vacationing in Arizona and she planned to return to Los Angeles to be reunited with them.

LINDSAY LOHAN got in another fender-bender, lightly rear-ending a Mustang with her Porsche.

KOURTNEY KARDASHIAN's baby daddy Scott Disick is quite a catch, according to the ever-reliable Star magazine.

RUSSELL BRAND will be charged with a crime for throwing a paparazzi's iPhone through a glass window in New Orleans back in March.

CLOUD ATLAS: The latest from the Wachowskis has a six-minute trailer online.

THE TOP 25 MOVIE VILLAINS, according to Paste.

DREAMWORKS buys Classic Media, whose properties include Archie, Casper the Friendly Ghost, The Lone Ranger, Lassie, Speed Racer, Rocky & Bullwinkle, Gumby, Underdog, Fat Albert, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Godzilla, He-Man, Dick Tracy, Frosty the Snowman, and Mr. Peabody & Sherman. DreamWorks' animated Mr. Peabody & Sherman is already scheduled for Christmas Day 2013.

THE 100 MOST VALUABLE MOVIE STARS, ranked by Vulture, with help from my online acquaintance, Harry Enten.

AL QAEDA IN IRAQ threatens attacks in the United States.

AFGHANISTAN: The Afghan Ministry of Interior confirmed reports from US commanders that the Taliban is weaker in southern Afghanistan, pointing out that the Taliban rarely face Afghan security forces in the battlefield. The International Committee of the Red Cross warned in a new report that insecurity had greatly increased across more provinces of Afghanistan.

KITTEN vs KITTEN: Who you got?

LANCELOT ENCORE: A cloned dog fathers eight pups.

BEARS trash a family's home in Bearsville, NY. Porridge everywhere.

THE WELL OF SOULS: Thirty six venomous snakes seized from a west Omaha home last week at being held for the Nebraska Humane Society at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.

OLYMPIC GUINEA PIGS go for the photoshopped gold.

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Grace Potter, JC Brooks, Van Hunt, Bulldog Pups   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, July 26, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

GASLIGHT ANTHEM covers "The House of the Rising Sun."

GRACE POTTER talks to World Cafe; she and The Nocturnals play World Cafe Live.

JC BROOKS & THE UPTOWN SOUND played the Rockwood Music Hall; you can stream the whole gig on demand via WFUV.

CITIZEN COPE played a full set at Electric Lady Studios for WFUV.

VAN HUNT and his band stopped by Sound Opinions to perform songs from their latest album, What Were You Hoping For?

MOUNTAIN GOATS drop "Cry For Judas" ahead of Transcendental Youth.

DEE-LITE finds that "Groove Is In the Heart," with a little help from Bootsy Collins and Q-Tip.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN revealed he's been seeing a shrink since 1982, when depression made him suicidal while he was on the cusp of superstardom.

THE SMITHS: The Quietus excerpts the chapter of The Severed Alliance detailing the band's last few weeks.

KATHRYN CALDER talks to Straight about moving on to Vancouver Island.

JIMMY CLIFF talks to the Telegraph about "Many Rivers to Cross" and his latest recordings.

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND & NICO is set to be re-released as a six-disc package on October 1.

KRISTEN STEWART issued a public apology for hurting her boyfriend of three years, Robert Pattinson, by having a fling with her Snow White and the Huntsman director, Rupert Sanders.

CARLY RAE JEPSON has told police she's the latest victim of a hacker who stole XXX photos of the "Call Me Maybe" singer.

DEMI MOORE has been secretly dating New Zealand-born actor Martin Henderson, 12 years her junior, according to the ever-reliable Life & Style.

THE JACKSONS: It was all out war at Katherine Jackson's house in Calabasas Monday ... complete with slapping and punching.

SHARON OSBOURNE is quitting America's Got Talent.

CHAD EVERETT, best known as the star of the 70s TV drama Medical Center, died Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles after a year-and-a-half-long battle with lung cancer. He was 75.

THE HOBBIT may expand to a trilogy.

ROBOPOCALYPSE: Chris Hemsworth will be working with Steven Spielberg?

YEMEN: An al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula bomb maker and two of his sons were killed in a premature detonation at their home. Oops.

SYRIA: Al Qaeda and other Islamic extremists are doing their best to hijack the Syrian revolution, with a growing although still limited success that has American intelligence officials publicly concerned, and Iraqi officials next door openly alarmed.

IRAQ: Al Qaeda in Iraq's political front, the Islamic State of Iraq, claimed credit for the July 23 bombings and attacks that killed more than 100 people.

BULLDOG PUPS and a baby. Awww.

PEPPER THE PYTHON reappears in the trailer park where she went missing.

CHEETAH CUBS debut at the National Zoo.

MONKEY-WHISPERING: It's a growth business.

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Beach House, Liars, Lemon Pipers, Dog Show Rebel   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE RAVEONETTES' video for "She Owns the Streets" is pretty on the nose.

BEACH HOUSE shared songs from Bloom at WFUV's Studio A.

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

MY BEST FIEND bring their atmospheric psych-rock to the KEXP studio.

FIELD REPORT gets featured with a download twofer from World Cafe: Next.

LEMON PIPERS: "Green Tambourine." Actually heard this on the street the other day.

SOUL ASYLUM: Dan Murphy and Dave Pirner talk to the Mpls Star-Tribune about old haunts and new challenges as they drop their first disc in six years.

BLOC PARTY: Kele Okereke talks to Rolling Stone about readying the band's lo-fi album, Four, due in August.

ANDREW BIRD talks to Rolling Stone about hip-hop and his barn.

R.E.M., ranked by Stereogum.

KRISTEN STEWART reportedly had a fling with the married director of Snow White and the Huntsman.  That might explain why Robert Pattinson denies rumors he will be marrying Stewart soon.

MICHAEL JACKSON: Tito Joe Jackson, aka TJ, the 34-year-old son of Michael Jackson's brother Tito, is having his lawyer draft legal docs in a bid to become temporary guardian of MJ's 3 kids.  However, Tito is having none of it.

CHRISTIAN BALE was in Aurora, CO, Tuesday visiting victims of Friday's movie theater shooting. 

MIRANDA KERR denies rumors she and Orlando Bloom could be headed for divorce.

KATIE HOLMES got flustered in an interview the day before her plan to divorce Tom Cruise went public.

MODERN FAMILY cast members Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet and Sofia Vergara have filed suit today in Los Angeles Superior Court to void their contracts.

SHERMAN HEMSLEY, best known as George Jefferson on "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons," is movin' on up to that deluxe apartment in the sky. He was 74.

MARIAH CAREY will reportedly earn about 18 million to judge American Idol, even higher than initial reports.

SAUDI ARABIA: The government freed five women who are linked to al Qaeda leaders and operatives. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has demanded their release in exchange for a diplomat who was captured in Yemen; the Saudi government denied that the women's release is related.

IRAN: Alarmed by signs that Assad could well lose power, Iran is scrambling to retain influence in Syria, its staunchest Arab ally through three often turbulent decades. Also, Iran seems to have been hit again by a bizarre computer attack forcing nuclear plant workstations to pump the song Thunderstruck by heavy metal band AC/DC through the speakers at full volume.

SYRIA: Does the Syrian arsenal include a hoard of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction secretly smuggled out by Saddam Hussein in the days before the 2003 US-led invasion of his country?

JINX: Not quite down with the whole dog show.

JELLYRAT: US scientists have used rat cells and silicone to create an artificial jellyfish that swims and pulses just like the real thing.

A DOG births a CAT(?)...

MUTANT FOXES may be on the loose in the English countryside.

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New Releases, Hot Chip, Flavor Crystals, Otter   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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GUIDED BY VOICES "Keep It In Motion," which tends to be an understatement.

NEW RELEASES from Passion Pit, Alberta Cross, Fang Island, The Blakes, Shawn Lee and more are streaming this week at Spinner.

HOT CHIP played Celebrate Brooklyn; you can stream the whole gig on demand.

FLAVOR CRYSTALS return to The Current for a chat and psychedelic mini-set.

THE FAMILY BAND gets twofered on World Cafe Next.

QUESTION MARK & THE MYSTERIANS: "96 Tears" and " Girl (You Captivate Me)" for Twofer Tuesday.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN a long, meaty profile of the Boss runs at The New Yorker.

ANTONY HEGARTY struggles against an interview with The Independent.

PURITY RING talks to the New York Times about Edmonton, Soulja Boy, and more...

GIVE THE DRUMMER SOME: Who Are The Most Underrated Drummers In Rock?

MINKA KELLY is the latest actress to star in a sex tape that is now being peddled to the highest bidder, but it's possible she was a minor when it was shot.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: As estimated, The Dark Knight Rises tops the chart with 160.9 million -- the biggest 2-D opening ever, but less than anticipated before the Aurora, CO theater shooting.The impact of the shooting on the film may never be known, nor cared about, with the possible exception of Warner Bros. accountants. Ice Age: Continental Drift places with 20.4 million on a steep 56 percent drop, perhaps suggesting a wider effect of the shooting.  The Amazing Spider-Man shows with 10.9 million, but that's a 68.5 percent collapse in the face of TDKR.  Ted takes the fourth slot with 10 million on a 55 percent drop and a projected 220 million total by the time it leaves theaters.  Brave rounds out the Top5 with six million on a comparatively decent 46 percent drop.

TOM CRUISE intends to be spending a lot more time in New York to be near daughter Suri, and he's shopping for a bachelor pad for himself.

CYBILL SHEPHERD got engaged to a psychologist.

MARIAH CAREY is confirmed as a new American Idol judge.

ORLANDO BLOOM & MIRANDA KERR have been spotted without their wedding rings, sparking rumors their marriage is in trouble.

MAN OF STEEL has a teaser trailer online.

SALLY RIDE, the first American woman to fly in space, died peacefully Monday after a courageous 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 61.

YEMEN: Several Iranian diplomats were reportedly deported for spying and providing support to al Qaeda.

IRAN added a new batch of enriched uranium to a research reactor in Tehran.

SYRIA acknowledged for the first time on Monday that it had chemical and biological weapons, saying they could be used if the country faced foreign intervention.

AFGHAN military experts said that it was a lack of proper intelligence on the Taliban that allowed the insurgent militants to infiltrate the Afghan National Security Forces.

AN OTTER juggles a rock.

A 21-LB LOBSTER will be released back into the waters of Cape Cod.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Putting them on motorcycles will prove disastrous to manking in the long run.

A BABY SLOTH bonds with a two-year-old girl's teddy bear.

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