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Edward Sharpe, Art Brut, Paul McCartney, Marshmallow Pug   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, June 07, 2012 - 08:00 AM
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CALEXICO dropped a video for "Para," an advance track from Algiers.

EDWARD SHARPE & THE MAGNETIC ZEROS play Morning Becomes Eclectic in front of a live audience at Apogee's Berkeley Street Studios.

ART BRUT visited WNYC Soundcheck to play live and talk about putting the fun back in rock'n'roll in this "best of" segment.

MICACHU and the SHAPES preview new material at WNYC Soundcheck.

LANA DEL REY stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

FOUR TET drops "128 Harps" as a single.

PAUL McCARTNEY played "Magical Mystery Tour," "All My Loving," "Let It Be," "Live And Let Die" and "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da"  for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert. Rattle your jewelry!

R.E.M.: The A.V. Club posts the final installment of its epic survey of the band's career.

FEIST talks to CityPages about a Bon Iver softball rivalry, honoring Jim Henson, and Feistodon. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

ELVIS PRESLEY will be getting the hologram treatment.

THE TOP 10 OVERPLAYED SONGS You Hate by Artists You Love.

JOHN TRAVOLTA and his pilot were lovers in the 1980s, according to Travolta's former secretary and the pilot's ex boyfriend.

MILEY CYRUS & LIAM HEMSWORTH are engaged.

AMANDA BYNES has officially been charged with DUI after her arrest back in April - when she sideswiped a cop car and allegedly attempted to flee the scene.

CHARLIE SHEEN wants Denise Richards again.

GISELE BUNDCHEN & TOM BRADY: Expecting again?

JOHN MAYER feels humiliated by Taylor Swift.

JUSTICE LEAGUE: While Disney and Marvel were busy shooting "The Avengers" last year, Warner Brothers quietly began getting its own all-star superhero pic back on track, tapping "Gangster Squad" scribe Will Beall to write "Justice League," based on the WB-controlled stable of DC Comics superheroes.

THE BLACK PANTHER: The next Marvel movie?

RAY BRADBURY, a master of science fiction whose imaginative and lyrical evocations of the future reflected both the optimism and the anxieties of his own postwar America, died on Tuesday in Los Angeles. He was 91.

DRONE STRIKES: Just two days after a drone strike killed al-Qaida's second-in-command, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta made it clear Wednesday that such attacks will continue as long as the US needs to defend itself against terrorists that threaten America.

YEMEN: The military said 26 al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula fighters were killed during fighting in Zinjibar and Jaar. The military defeated an AQAP attempt to take the city of Attaq, the capital of Shabwa province.

MARSHMALLOW: A pug puppy. Let's go to the video.

A HUNGRY HEDGEHOG has been put on a diet after becoming so fat he was unable to roll into a ball.

MILLION-DOLLAR CROCODILE: The film tells the story of an eight-meter-long crocodile on the rampage in Beijing.

SCORPION STINGS are on the rise by a large margin in Tuscon, AZ.

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Metric, The dB's, Joachim Cooder, Blue Shark vs Giant Squid   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, June 06, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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EUGENE McGUINNESS covers Lana Del Rey's "Blue Jeans."

METRIC is advance streaming Synthetica.

THE dB's are advance streaming Falling Off the Sky. Woo Hoo! (Thx, Ken King!)

JOACHIM COODER: Ry's son also stopped by World Cafe to chat and play.

GILLIAN WELCH has started her own live archive.

GRIZZLY BEAR drops "Sleeping Ute" ahead of their unnamed fourth LP.

SHOCKING BLUE: She's your "Venus."

GARBAGE: Butch Vig and Shirley Manson talk to Rolling Stone about the band's career and new LP.

CHARLATANS' Tim Burgess does the classic Q & A with The Guardian.

60 YEARS OF NO. 1 SINGLES are being compiled by The Guardian.

HERB REED, the last surviving original member of the 1950s vocal group the Platters, has died. The group's hits like "Only You" propelled them to stardom.

KRISTEN STEWART continues to thumb her nose at critics in the latest Vanity Fair.

SHERYL CROW has a benign brain tumor, the singer revealed in a new interview. 

DEBRA MESSING has filed for divorce from her husband Daniel Zelman.

LINDSAY LOHAN suffered a wardrobe malfunction on the set of the Liz Taylor biopic.

SCOUT WILLIS: Bruce Willis and Demi Moore's 20-year-old daughter was arrested in NYC for allegedly drinking a beer in public - and then flashing a fake ID to cops.

NATASHA GREGSON WAGNER and her longtime boyfriend, actor Barry Watson, welcomed a daughter on Wednesday, May 30.

TEEN MOM star Amber Portwood has been sentenced to five long years in the big house.

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES for 2 hours, 45 minutes.

TERROR in the USA: Sabirhan Hasanoff, an accountant and former Brooklyn resident, pled guilty to charges of conspiring to provide material support to al Qaeda.

SYRIA: Rebels said they would no longer respect the terms of the UN peace plan. China and Russia agreed to oppose regime change or foreign intervention in Syria.

PAKISTAN: The US should apologize for an air raid that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers if it wants Pakistan to reopen key supply routes into Afghanistan, Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said.

BLUE SHARK Devours Giant Squid.

KITTEN sucked into a car exhaust system, survives.

CHARLIE the COUGAR eats a dog; "Gator Ron" blames the dog.

A BEAR which sneaked into a family's backyard to take a relaxing dip in theiir pool stars in a viral video.

A BLACK BEAR that ate the remains of a convicted murderer gets the death penalty.

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New Releases, Patrick Wilson, Brandi Carlile, Catcopter   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, June 05, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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JOHNNY DEPP joined THE BLACK KEYS for "Gold On The Ceiling" at the MTV Movie Awards.

NEW RELEASES from The Hives, Walkmen, Temper Trap, Beach Boys, Rhett Miller, Langhorne Slim, Alejandro Escovedo, Joe Walsh and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

PATRICK WILSON played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

BRANDI CARLILE has an interview + tracks at All Things Considered.

KATHY ACKER has posted a number of free LPs, including one with The Mekons, P*ssy, King of the Pirates.

THE REPLACEMENTS on network TV in 1986 for Twofer Tuesday. I remember it well.

JAPANDROIDS: Brian King talks to the Vancouver Sun about what fuels him. (Thx, LHB.)

REGINA SPEKTOR: Paste compiles a list of ten awesome things about the Moscow-born, Bronx-bred musician.

THE 100 BEST TRACKS OF THE NOUGHTIES, according to NME.

YEARBOOK PHOTOS of 50 Metal and Hard Rockers.

LINDSAY LOHAN: A first look at Li-Lo as Liz Taylor.

DREW BARRYMORE tied the knot Saturday with her fiancé of five months, art dealer Will Kopelman, at her Montecito, Calif., home. Third time's a charm?

GWYNETH PALTROW ignited a firestorm of criticism after blasting the N-word to her one million Twitter followers this weekend while describing a Jay-Z and Kanye West concert in Paris.

HALLE BERRY gets a favorable child custody evaluation.

THE WIRE: An oral history.

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES: New footage aired on the MTV Movie Awards.

IRON MAN 3: The first official set photo.

DENMARK: Four men have been found guilty by a Danish court of planning a terrorist attack on the offices of the Jyllands-Posten newspaper in Copenhagen. The court heard the men wanted to kill a large number of people in revenge for the paper's publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad in 2005.

SWEDEN: The Swedish military raised its assessed terrorist threat level from "low" to "elevated."

IRAN: Satellite images indicate that buildings are being demolished and soil removed at Parchin, an Iranian military site the UN nuclear watchdog wants to visit, its chief said on Monday.

PAKISTAN: US drones killed fifteen "militants" in a strike in Mir Ali. Abu Yahya al Libi, al Qaeda's second in command, is rumored to have been killed in the strike, but the report is unconfirmed.

ORVILLE the CAT becomes an Orvillecopter after death.

RAISED BY GOATS: The malnourished wild child, dubbed Sasha T, had been kept alongside the animals by his mother.

A BABY GIRAFFE was born at an Illinois zoo over the weekend. Awww...some pic.

A COW helped a man to propose marriage in Wiltshire, England.

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Tallest Man On Earth, Bobby Womack, Hot Chip, Monorail Squirrel   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, June 04, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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FLORENCE + THE MACHINE cover Talking Heads' "Wild Wild Life" to promote the UK's Bestival.

THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH is advance streaming There's No Leaving Now.

BOBBY WOMACK is advance streaming The Bravest Man In The Universe.

HOT CHIP is advance streaming In Our Heads.

dEUS is advance streaming Following Sea. Not bad for Belgian art-rock.

PRINCE's Purple Rain was among those recently inducted into the Library of Congress's National Recording registry. Let's go crazy.

JOHN LYDON talks to The A.V. Club about This Is PiL, the re-release of Sex Pistols' "God Save The Queen" single, the time he assaulted a Goofy at Disneyland, and what a "PiL zone" is.

FIONA APPLE is profiled at the New York Times.

ROSEANNE CASH talks to Smithsonian about love, science and the deep space between men and women. (Thx, LHB.)

THE 60 BEST ALBUMS OF THE SIXTIES, according to Paste (with embedded audio).

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Snow White and the Huntsman tops the chart with 56.3 million -- significantly better than the dismal 30 million tracking numbers; Universal heaves a huge sigh of relief in the face of a 170 million budget. But what happens when Charlize Theron turns up next Friday in Ridley Scott's Prometheus?  Hmmm.  Men In Black 3 places with 29.3 million on a 46 percent drop; it crosses the 100 million mark domestically and approached 400 million globally, easing fears on the rumored 350 million total cost.  The Avengers shows with 20 million -- and becomes the third biggest-grossing movie of all time; beating Titanic and Avatar will be a tough road, given the summer competition.  Battleship rusts in fourth with 4.8 million on a 57 perceent drop, but has made 220 million globally against a 209 million budget.  The Dictator rounds out the Top 5 with 4.7 million on a 49 percent drop, for a 50.8 million total against a 65 million budget.

SNOW WHITE & THE HUNTSMAN:  "Reimagining" these days increasingly lapses into marrying a familiar tale with the Lord Of the Rings saga.  SWATH is no exception, but this one works better as an LotRization than, say, Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland.  The direction from Rupert Sanders is not particularly strong, a bit tto much reminiscent of his background in commercials and music video.  But Charlize Theron does not chew the scenery too much as Queen Ravenna and Kristen Stewart does not play Bella from Twilight, and Chris Hemsworth does not embarass himself (though one would think more could have been done with the co-titular role).  The dwarves -- including Ian McShane, Toby Jones, Bob Hoskins and Ray Winstone -- all do well with their parts, and the script could have done more with them.  Not an outright bad film, but not especially compelling, either.

MOONRISE KINGDOM, the latest from director Wes Anderson, is another welcome step back from the disappointing of The Darjeeling Limited, a path Anderson began with his adaptation of The Fantastic Mr. Fox.  Like most of its predecessors, Moonrise Kingdom has a signature retro style, although here Anderson reaches back further, into the mid-Sixties to set his tale of runaway kids.  And this is a story about the kids, with Jared Gilman and Kara Swisher largely carrying the picture, with Ed Norton, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, and Frances McDormand in supporting roles (Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel and Anderson regular Jason Schwartzman have even smaller roles).  As such, while sweet and occasionally sad, it frequently risks crossing the line into full-blown twee.  It is no accident that the funniest moments of the film are also some of the most violaent, along with the dash of tartness Schwartzman's role lends in the third act.  Lacking the element of malice found in, say, Rushmore or The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom is a quieter film and likely to find quieter audiences.

CHARLIE SHEEN cryptically comments on his ex Brooke Mueller's return to rehab (ostensibly pre-scheduled).

BRITNEY SPEARS: Is ADHD the reason for her behavior as an X Factor judge?

MATTHEW FOX will not do jail time in his DUI case.

DREW BARRYMORE & WILL KOPPELMAN had a star-studded wedding rehearsal dinner.

THE MTV MOVIE AWARDS went to these people. Congrats?

ANCHORMAN 2: Is Christina Applegate on board?

THE AVENGERS teases a 10-disc video set.

RICHARD DAWSON, the wisecracking British entertainer who was among the schemers in the 1960s sitcom "Hogan's Heroes" and a decade later began kissing thousands of female contestants as host of the game show "Family Feud" has died of complications from esophageal cancer.  He was 79.

YEMEN and IRAQ signed an agreement to share intelligence on terrorists operating in the region.

SYRIA: UN envoy Kofi Annan warned that Syria was slipping into an "all-out, sectarian war." Defense Secretary Panetta said unilateral US action in Syria was unlikely and that international cooperation and pressure on the regime was imperative. Russia blocked efforts for tougher UN sanctions. The US published satellite images showing evidence of mass graves following the massacre in the town of Houla.

EGYPT: An Egyptian court sentenced former president Mubarak to life in prison for complicity in the deaths of more than 800 during protests that brought down his government. Protests erupted as many thought the sentence was too lenient.

IRAQ: The US has requested that Iraq extradite Hezbollah commander Ali Mussa Daqduq, who is still in Iraqi custody. Daqduq trained Shia militias on behalf of Iran's Qods Force and was involved in the kidnapping and murder of US soldiers in Karbala in 2007.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A militant rodent blocked the monorail at Walt Disney World.

A LARGE SNAPPING TURTLE blocked a car in Portsmouth, NH.

A BULL & COW interrupted traffic in Rayburn, PA, by not allowing themselves to be interrupted.

A 650-LB BLACK ANGUS BULL was last spotted at the Burger King in Grove City, OH.

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Yardbirds, Best Coast, Beach Boys, Bowie, Cutout Bin   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, June 01, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with THE YARDBIRDS! Live circa 1967, featuring someone the announcer calls "Timmy Page."  Your setlist inlcudes "Shapes of Things," "Happenings Ten Years Time Ago," "Over Under Sideways Down," and "I'm a Man."

BEST COAST play a bouncing set drenched in jangling guitars and hooky melodies live from the KEXP studio.

REGINA SPEKTOR stopped by WNYC Soundcheck with her new material.

BAD VEINS squeeze a huge sound out of a small setup for KEXP.

THE BEACH BOYS stream five songs from That's Why God Made the Radio.

DAVID BOWIE is streaming the remastered Ziggy Stardust.

NEIL YOUNG & CRAZY HORSE: Live in Birmingham, England, June 2, 1987.

FRIENDS go "Home" ahead of Manifest!

BEACHWOOD SPARKS return with "Sparks Fly Again."

LOS CAMPESINOS! "Tiptoe Through The True Bits" in an outtake fro Hello Sadness.

BECK's new single is streaming at Third Man Records.

LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM: "Holiday Road."

JON PRATT, Pate's frontman and a "former punk rocker with a soul patch" is busy redefining the kilogram. (via Friend of Pate and fmr KUSR DJ Terry Nielsen. Thanks!)

JAPANDROIDS talk to Pitchfork about rock'n'roll myths, the tenuous balance of being a two-man band, and the difference between Jack White and the Replacements.

PAUL McCARTNEY talks to Drowned in Sound about the RAM reissue, "wooly" years, songwriting and more.

18 ANTI-BEATLES SONGS, compiled by The A.V. Club.

CUTOUT BIN: From John Travolta to Jimi Hendrix, from Little Richard to the Soft Boys, from the B-52s to Gladys Knight & the Pips, plus Cheap Trick, Glen Campbell, Fairport Convention, Rush and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: Snow White and the Huntsman is this weekend's wide release, scoring 50 percent on the ol' Tomatometer.  For Greater Glory opens near-wide on 700 screens, scoring 18 percent.

JESSICA SIMPSON will be shedding baby weight with a four million dollar sponsorship.

JUSTIN BIEBER: Oslo's mayor has launched an investigation into a near-catastrophic Justin Bieber concert in Norway - after 49 teenage girls were injured.

ZHANG ZIYI vehemently denies allegations she had been paid to have sex with a disgraced politician.

ASHTON KUTCHER & DEMI MOORE are not reuniting, sources tell People.

MARY-KATE OLSEN has found amour again with former French president Nicolas Sarkozy's younger brother, Olivier.

GEORGE LUCAS confirmed plans to retire from mainstream film-making in favour of "hobby" movies.

IRAN's enrichment of uranium to 20 percent "is our right" and "is not a step towards a bomb," Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in an interview. Meanwhile, a US security institute has published satellite images which it said increased concerns that Iran was trying to "destroy evidence" of suspected past research relevant for developing a nuclear weapons capability, hours after diplomats said the UN atomic watchdog showed what appeared to be similar imagery at a closed-door briefing in Vienna.

PAKISTAN:  The United States has sent a handful of military trainers back into Pakistan in a sign the two nations may be able to achieve some low-level cooperation against militants despite a string of confrontations that have left Washington's relations with Islamabad in crisis.

IRAQ moves closer to normality as responsibility for security in Baghdad is handed over from the Iraqi Army to the police.

PUG vs DUCK: Who you got?

A SHARP-DRESSED PIG ran loose on a highway just outside of Pittsburgh. They all go crazy.

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: A baby bird with two heads and three beaks.

PUNTUNG, a Sumatran rhinoceros missing a foot and a working uterus, undergoes "assisted reproduction" to try to save the species. Wang dang.

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