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Cat Power, Stars, Animal Collective, Deerhoof, Jessi-Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, August 27, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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ARIEL PINK's HAUNTED GRAFFITI drops a video for the winsome "Only In My Deams."

CAT POWER is advance streaming Sun.

STARS are advance streaming The North.

ANIMAL COLLECTIVE is advance streaming Centipede Hz.

DEERHOOF is advance streaming Breakup Song.

MADNESS frontman Suggs learned his estranged father had died by looking up his own page on Wikipedia. Pretty much have to go "One Step Beyond" for that story.

STEVIE JACKSON (Belle & Sebastian) talks to PopMatters about his excellently-titled solo LP, (I Can't Get No) Stevie Jackson.

THE ENGLISH BEAT: Dave Wakeling talks to PopMatters about the Complete Beat box set, touring with The Clash and the possibilities of a “Three Tenors” type tour with Roger and Roland Gift.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle spins tunes with Stereogum in a Turntable interview.

THE 20 WORST HIPSTER BANDS, according to L.A. Weekly. Ouch.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Expendables 2 repeats at No.1 on your chart with 13.5 million; a 53 percent drop would seem ominous -- it may not clear 100 million stateside -- but for the worldwide appeal of these 80s action star.The Bourne Legacy places with 9.3 million on another sizeable 46 percent drop; this one may clear 100 million domestic, but that's positively anemic for a Bourne flick.  ParaNorman shows with 8.5 million -- but that 39 percent drop is much bigger than Coraline's 12 percent in a similar frame.  The Campaign holds at No.4 with 7.4 million; it's modest budget will make it a modest hit. The Dark Knight Rises to round out the Top 5 with 7.2 million, but dropped 34 percent as it lost 551 screen; it ccontinues to lag the Dark Knight significantly in the US, but has outgrossed TDK overseas. Below the fold, Premium Rush, Hit and Run, and The Apparition debuted in 7th, 10th, and 12th, respectively.

PRINCE HARRY: The shocking Vegas snapshots may just be the beginning.

KATIE HOLMES walked away with nothing other than rather modest child support in her divorce from Tom Cruise.

KRISTEN STEWART surfaced for the first time since her cheating scandal broke and RadarOnline reports that it was Jodie Foster who put her up to it.

TONY SCOTT did not explain why he decided to take his own life in the suicide note he left for loved ones ... but did offer a final emotional farewell.

KATY PERRY & JOHN MAYER have stopped dating. Apocalypse averted.

RANDY TRAVIS was "extremely intoxicated" in a church fight.

KIRSTEN DUNST's new comedy is so raunchy she won't let her dad see it.

NEIL ARMSTRONG, the first man to walk on the moon, died Saturday, weeks after heart surgery and days after his 82nd birthday. NASA promptly posted a feature on the pioneer.  And yes, there are kids on Twitter who didn't know who he was. Get. Off. My. Lawn. (In fairness to those kids, NBC News had some trouble with it at first.)

LEBANON: A Sunni cleric who reportedly led an Islamist militia was shot and killed by a sniper during clashes between Sunnis and Alawites in Tripoli. Seeking to prevent the Syrian conflict from spilling further into Lebanon, the government deployed hundreds of soldiers along with tanks to Tripoli to quell the fighting.

SYRIA: With one week left to go, August is already the deadliest month in Syria's 17-month crisis. Opposition activists report more than 3700 people killed -- mostly civilians -- in just the past few weeks.

AFGHANISTAN: A group of angry Afghan villagers have got the Taliban scrambling after they mounted an unlikely rebellion against the insurgents in eastern Afghanistan -- and won.  However, these sorts of uprising canbecome, shall we say, complicated.

JESSI-CAT helps a boy overcome selective mutism.

HELIUM-HUFFING GIBBONS sing like sopranos.

A MOUNTAIN LION ended up in downtown Reno by Harrah’s on Virginia Street.

THE JAPANESE SWALLOWTAIL BUTTERFLY has eyes in its butt.

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Urgh!, Block Party, JD McPherson, The Who, Cutout Bin, Deer + Lemur   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, August 24, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with URGH! A MUSIC WAR.  The increasingly rare 1982 British rock doc surfaces, with performances from The Police, The Go-Go's, The Fleshtones, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, XTC, Devo, The Cramps, Oingo Boingo, Dead Kennedys, Gary Numan, Klaus Nomi, Wall of Voodoo, Pere Ubu, X, Steel Pulse, Gang of Four, 999, UB40, Echo & the Bunnymen, and many more.

BLOC PARTY stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a rocking session. 

JD McPHERSON and his band recently performed a shredding WFUV Live set at Rockwood Music Hall.

LANGHORNE SLIM & THE LAW play a rousing set of alternative country tunes from their album The Way We Move at KEXP.

SONNY & THE SUNSETS drop into KEXP's studios to perform an energetic set of garage-influenced pop songs from the band's third album, Longtime Companion.

DAN DEACON guest DJs the latest edition of All Songs Considered.

GRAHAM PARKER & THE RUMOUR drop "Coathangers," from Three Chords Good, their first LP together in 30 years.

ELLIOT SMITH: Kill Rock Stars drops an alternate take on the "Ballad Of Big Nothing."

THE WHO: The Guardian readership picks 10 essential tracks, with video. "The Kids Are Alright" was a Pate staple.  But since Keith Moon would have celebrated a birthday this week, I give you the Cow Palace incident.

THE PEOPLE'S LIST: Speaking of which, Pitchfork readers pick the best 200 LPs of the past 15 years.  The demo that participated was only 12 percent female, which is raising eyebrows in various spots on the internet.

LUCINDA WILLIAMS talks to The Believer about her voice, childhood, Flannery O'Connor, and more...

PROG SPRING: Slate has posted a series on the history of prog music.

LESTER BANGS: What made the Creem scribe a seminal rock writer is essayed at The New Yorker. It's a thinkpiece.

CUTOUT BIN: From Husker Du to Wayne Newton, from the Young Fresh Fellows to Aretha Franklin, from World Party to Bob Deger, plus XTC, the Faces, the Neats, the Beatles 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: Hit and Run, which opened Wednesday with 49 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Premium Rush, which is scoring 72 percent; and The Apparition, which was not screened for critics.

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES is actually on pace to sell 10 million fewer tickets than Tim Burton's 1989 Batman.

REESE WITHERSPOON is in the hospital or not in the hospital with Schroedinger's pregnancy.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE has listed his NYC bachelor pad in favor of a more suitable marital home.

BRITNEY SPEARS and Jason Trawick are still planning to say, "I do." Sometime.

THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE, the sequel to last year's David Fincher-directed The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, will not be in theaters late next year as had originally been hoped.

THE US NAVY is cutting short home leave for the crew of one of its aircraft carriers and sending them back to the Middle East next week to counter any threat from Iran.

EGYPT's Islamist president will visit the United States next month, an aide said Wednesday.

PAKISTAN: Every weekend, fashion designers, photographers, medical students and businessmen gather at dozens of underground parties in Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore to push social boundaries in discreet surroundings that would horrify, and enrage, advocates of the stricter brand of Islam.

AFGHANISTAN: Mullah Omar's Eid message was read in many mosques in Nangarhar.

A DEER bathes A LEMUR...

THE OUTLAW MONKEY OF TAMPA: Will the Republican convention have a macaque moment?

A 14-FOOT GATOR was captured by a trapper around Lake Talquin, FL.  That's almost a record.

FARMER vs COBRA: Who you got?

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Dum Dum Girls, Fang Island, Mynabirds, Sea Pigs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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BOB MOULD drops a video for "The Descent."

DUM DUM GIRLS: Dee Dee plays solo versions of three songs from her band's catalog live from KEXP's studios.

FANG ISLAND came into KEXP's studios for a session of sharp tunes off their newest album Major.

MYNABIRDS tear through a set of politically charged songs from their album Generals at KEXP.

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

CRAIG FINN guest DJed Theft of the Dial on The Current.

HEY, MICKEY! Toni Basil talks to Vulture about the meaning of her signature hit. And Bette Midler.

M WARD talks to Rolling Stone about A Wasteland Companion, Ward's free mobile app (tied to his recent album of same name) that sorts and streams quality, non-commercial radio programming.

LYNYRD SKYNYRD: The A.V. Club essays the band's longevity.

LANGHORNE SLIM talks to PopMatters about his need for both a live and studio outlet, his lack of genre-jumping restraint, and the need for bands to have the right support coming up.

ELLIOT SMITH's 10 BEST SONGS, according to Stereogum.

PRINCE HARRY got nekkid playing strip billiards in Vegas. Dude, the slogan was just marketing.

TAYLOR SWIFT crashed the Kennedy wedding in Boston over the weekend and did not leave after being twice asked to do so, according to the mother of the bride.  Swift denies it.

AVRIL LAVIGNE & CHAD KROEGER (Nickelback) are engaged.  Check your survivalist rations.

KIM KARDASHIAN had a three-way romp with an adult film actor at a Los Angeles swingers' party in September of 2001, according to the ever-reliable Star magazine.

CHER is not engaged to a Hell's Angel.

MICHAEL STRAHAN was picked to partner with Kelly Ripa on her morning syndicated show.

LL COOJ took down an intruder in his home. Mama said knock him out.

KANYE WEST is negotiating with producers to become an "American Idol" judge.

CANADA: The father of 23-year-old Canadian William Plotnikov confirmed that his son was killed by Russian security forces in Dagestan on July 13. The Muslim convert had traveled from Canada to Dagestan in 2010 and joined an Islamist terror group in Utamysh near Makhachkala, the Dagestani capital.

SYRIA's deputy prime minister and Russia's foreign minister warned the US against military intervention in Syria.

AFGHANISTAN: Security has been the main focus in Afghanistan, but many say preparations for democratic elections are equally important if the country is to succeed after 2014.

SEA PIGS, in fast forward.

ROGUE PENGUINS break out of the Suzaka Zoo. Again.

NODDY the TORTOISE was discovered wandering through the streets of Stirling, Scotland, an astonishing 72 miles from his apparent home in Arbroath.

BACTERIA in your gut may be influencing your thoughts and moods.

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Dirty Projectors, Wye Oak, Springsteen, Boar Piglets   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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DINOSAUR JR dropped their video for "Watch the Corners" with Funnie Or Die, which explains the Tim Heidecker cameo.

DIRTY PROJECTORS played DC's 9:30 Club; you can stream the gig on demand.

WYE OAK was the opening act at the 9:30 Club; you can stream their set also.

MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: Durham, 1976.

THE JACKSON 5: "If the Shoe Don't Fit" is a rarity that coulda been a hit.

RARE EARTH: "I Just Want to Celebrate." Yeah, yeah.

CAT POWER talks about her upcoming Sun LP over tequila and cigs with The Guardian.

LUCERO is profiled by the Ithaca Times. (Thx, LHB.)

12 ESSENTIAL BLUR SONGS, according to PopMatters.

MAXIMUM AMES: Pate's birthplace plays host to Jeff Mangum, Wanda Jackson, Mount Eerie, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and many more in September. (Thx, Susan Jasper!)

LINDSAY LOHAN was interviewed by police regarding an apparent burglary at a Hollywood Hills home Monday night. She then left town.

AMANDA BYNES was involved in yet another car accident Monday night.

TOM CRUISE & KATIE HOLMES are officially divorced. That was quick.

AMERICAN IDOL: Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey battle for a judgeship. And Carey was thought to be a done deal. Ouch. Maybe they should have callers decide.

PRINCE HARRY, RYAN LOCHTE, and a pool full of bikini-clad girls in Vegas.

MAD MEL UPDATE: Gibson has a new gal pal. Young, hot  and foreign, again.

HILARY SWANK and boyfriend John Campisi have ended their five-year relationship.

WYNONNA JUDD's husband had his left leg amputated following a horrific motorcyle crash in South Dakota.

SAUDI ARABIA: A quiet tide of reform.

LEBANON: In Tripoli, 33 people were wounded in clashes between pro- and anti-Assad supporters. The fighting erupted after a wave of kidnappings of Syrians across Lebanon.

SYRIA: Pres Obama warned Syria that if it started moving around its stocks of unconventional weapons, there was a risk of US military intervention.

ORPHAN BOAR PIGLETS, taken in by a German shelter.

SANDY the 20lb BUNNY gets a reprieve.

FLAMINGOS love Barry White and Marvin Gaye.

WIFE SWAP BEAVERS Shatter Illusions.

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Scott McKenzie RIP, New Releases, Animal Collective, Joy Division, Cockatiel   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

FEIST drops a chiaroscuro video for "Anti-Pioneer."

NEW RELEASES from The Heavy, Yeasayer, Bloc Party, The Darkness and more are streaming this week at Spinner.

ANIMAL COLLECTIVE is advance streaming Centipede Hz.

MATTHEW DEAR is advance streaming Beams.

JOY DIVISION: Amsterdam 1980.

AC NEWMAN dropped "I'm Not Talking" ahead of Shut Down The Streets.

SCOTT McKENZIE, best known for singing "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)" - which became a hit in 1967 during the city's "Summer of Love" - has died from an autoimmune disease at 73. McKenzie didn't write his hit -- "Papa" John Phillips did -- but he co-wrote "Kokomo," a No. 1 hit for The Beach Boys in 1988, which makes Twofer Tuesday not speaking ill of the dead.

THE XX take a track-by-track tour of Coexist with SPIN.

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT is getting hitched.

JENS LEKMAN talks to Exclaim about I Know What Love Isn't.

R.E.M. has been psoting things like their passport photos ahead of the reissue of Document.

TONY SCOTT, the Top Gun director who threw himself off a bridge Sunday, had inoperable brain cancer? No, according to the family.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE & JESSICA BIEL: Secretly married? No, according to family.

ROSIE O' DONNELL suffered a heart attack last week and is now recovering at home.

CHARLIE SHEEN & DENISE RICHARDS threw a birthday party for...wait for it... Sheen's other ex-wife, Brooke Mueller.

RHIANNA is calling Chris Brown the love of her life. Ugh.

MADONNA is sued in Russia for supporting gay rights.

CONDOLEEZA RICE: The former Secretary of State is one of the first female members of Augusta National Golf Club.

GREECE seems to be this summer's celeb vacation destination.

PHYLLIS DILLER, who paved the way for today's female comics, died in her sleep at her L.A. home, surrounded by family. She was 95.

SYRIA: UN observers ended their mission in Syria. Fighting stalemated between government and rebel forces in Aleppo. German and British intelligence services aided Syrian rebels.

EGYPT's government planned to cut the powers of the country's judicial system. Hamas said it would cooperate with Egypt to restore order in the Sinai peninsula.

IRAN: Female students have been barred from more than 70 university degree courses in an officially-approved act of sex-discrimination which critics say is aimed at defeating the fight for equal women's rights.

IRAQ: A senior Sunni cleric who sided with the government, denounced al Qaeda in Iraq, and sought to repair relations with the Shia community was badly wounded in an IED attack in Baghdad.

A COCKATIEL sings "The Addams Family" theme.

A RAGING BULL sent a North Las Vegas woman to the hospital.

SEA TURTLES hatch from a record number of nests in Virginia Beach.

SWEDISH BEAVERS are hunted by local authorities.

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