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St Vincent, Gomez, Cults, Bob Dylan, Turkey Stalk   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE VACCINES go nuts with Instagram for the "Wetsuit" video.

ST. VINCENT stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

GOMEZ also stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

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

IMELDA MAY also stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

LOS CAMPESINOS! drops "Hello, Sadness", the title track from the upcoming LP.

BJORK talks to Morning Edition about the Biophilia apps for iThings.

BOB DYLAN: Folk Rogue 1964-1965.

PRINCE: "Controversy," circa 1981.

NOTHING CAN HURT ME: The Big Star Story has a trailer online.

JON SPENCER talks to Rolling Stone about revisiting his body of work, his progress in putting together a brand new record with the Blues Explosion, and his rockabilly side project Heavy Trash.

STEPHEN MALKMUS talked to Chris Riemeneschneider about Pavement, Beck and Berlin. (Thx, LHB.)

THE VISIBLE TOM WAITS, by Jim Lockey.

JESSICA SIMPSON is preparing to announce to the world that she is pregnant.

ASHTON KUTCHER sent a friendly tweet to wife Demi Moore, which qualifies as hot gossip at the moment.

MINKA KELLY & DEREK JETER: Not quite over?

ALI LANDRY and her husband, director Alejandro Monteverde, welcomed their second child Saturday.

TORI SPELLING had her third child.

RHIANNA is Esquire's Sexiest Woman Alive. And there's video.

ZOOEY DESCHANEL will not be the New Girl again until November.

THE LONE RANGER: Disney has finally reached a meeting of the minds with director Gore Verbinski, Johnny Depp and producer Jerry Bruckheimer to trim the budget from 250-75 million down to 215 million.

THE AVENGERS has a trailer online.

OUR FRIENDS, THE SAUDIS will be expected to 'take measures' by its people after US authorities broke up a plot by two men linked to the Iranian government to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in the United States.

SYRIA: The most senior officer to defect from Syria's armed forces is plotting guerrilla attacks and assassinations from Turkey in an attempt to topple the regime. After a prominent leader was assassinated, Syrian Kurds begin to protest against President al Assad. Iraq's Maliki urged Syria to end one-party rule. Organization of Islamic Cooperation warned Syria over using force against protests.

IRAQ reportedly agreed to keep 5,000 US soldiers in country after 2011.

A TURKEY stalks a Cali news crew.

WHEN AN EEL GETS ILL: This is where an aquarium veterinarian earns his stripes.

A BIRD LOVER is so attached to his pair of prized parrots that he rarely goes anywhere without them, even to the shower.

A GREAT PUMPKIN weighs as much as a small car. It's that time of year.

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New Releases, Body Language, M83, Sloan, Killer Sharks   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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IGGY POP, with an especially destructive "Lust For Life" on Dutch TV, circa 1977.

NEW RELEASES from Ryan Adams, Ben Lee, Andrew Bird, Peter Gabriel, Ben Folds, Johnny Cash, B-52s, Erasure, John Wesley Harding and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

BODY LANGUAGE is advance streaming Social Studies.

M83 is advance streaming Hurry Up, We're Dreaming.

SLOAN was featured on Weekend Edition Saturday.

SHE & HIM drop "The Christmas Waltz" in advance of A Very She & Him Christmas.

KATE BUSH drops "Wild Man" from 50 Words For Snow.

MAGNOLIA ELECTRIC CO., Live at the Fire Escape, May 17, 2009.

JANES ADDICTION played "Irresistible Force" and "Stop!" for Kimmel in time for Twofer Tuesday.

RYAN ADAMS: Although the L.A. Times may correctly note his new LP is a personal triumph, Adams seems keen to separate the personal from the musical at Drowned In Sound. (Thx, LHB.)

BLITZEN TRAPPER: Eric Earley talks to USA Today about homelessness, honoring a dying wish, and more.

BRYAN FERRY talked to Bobby Conn about Roxy Music, John Lennon, and Lady Gaga.

A BLACK SABBATH REUNION is "a very, very strong possibility," according to Ozzy Osbourne.

DEMI MOORE has consulted a divorce lawyer after the failure of a last-ditch bid to save her marriage to Ashton Kutcher? RadarOnline reports the couple reunited at a campfire heart-to-heart in Santa Barbara.

DAVID BOREANAZ tells TV Week that coming clean about cheating on his wife Jaime Bergman with Rachel Uchitel has been "a bonding experience, in the long run."

JESSICA SIMPSON, looking kinda pregnant at LAX.

SAM SHEPARD talks to the L.A. Times abut his rare lead role in "Blackthorn," which imagines that Butch Cassidy did not die in that Bolivian shootout.

WORLD WAR Z: On Monday, a SWAT team raided a Budapest warehouse holding weapons being used in Pitt's upcoming zombie movie, seizing 85 fully-functional weapons, most of which were automatic, military-style assault rifles.

AL QAEDA in the Arabian Peninsula confirmed that Anwar al Awlaki and Samir Khan were killed in a Predator airstrike in southern Yemen late last month.

SYRIA: The Syrian National Council agreed on a democratic framework for a future Syria and wants international observers. However, Syria's foreign minister warned other nations not to bestow international legitimacy on the opposition group.

IRAN rejected a US direct "military hotline" proposal. Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karoubi was briefly freed from house arrest, a move indicating that authorities might ease conditions for him.  The EU expanded sanctions against Iran. An Iranian opposition website says an Iranian actress has been sentenced to a year in prison and 90 lashes for appearing in a movie critical of the Islamic republic's hard-line policies.

IRAQ: As the US draws down its forces, fears abound that Iran will simply move into the vacuum and extend its already substantial political influence more deeply. But in Najaf, a center of Shiite Islam, some officials say that Iran wore out its welcome long ago.

KILLER SHARKS create a real water hazard on a Queensland golf course.

THE SWARM: Suspected smugglers set loose a swarm of bees on 15 Turkish police officers searching for contraband cigarettes hidden among a truckload of hives.

MOO: What's that you say, Bossie? A pregnant cow is trapped in a well?

AS GOD IS MY WITNESS, I thought turkeys could fly. A special report from Les Nessman.

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Jayhawks, Laura Marling, Real Estate, My Brightest Diamond, Grizzly Bear   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, October 10, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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LYKKE LI covers "Unchained Melody" on Triple-J, via P-Fork.

THE JAYHAWKS played the historic Fitzgerald Theater in Mpls; you can stream the whole gig on demand.

LAURA MARLING the 6th & I Historic Synagogue on Sept. 27; you can now stream the gig on demand.

REAL ESTATE is advance streaming Days.

MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND is advance streaming All Things Will Unwind.

ASOBI SEKSU covers the Jesus & Mary Chain's "Never Understand."

PARENTZ drops "Big," which sounds like an outtake to an 80s movie soundtrack, as a free track.

PINK FLOYD: The 68/69 Pre-FM Recordings.

STARSHIP's "We Built This City" was named the most horrifyingly bad song of the '80s by a landslide vote of Rolling Stone readers. Was it too politically incorrect to vote for "We Are the World"?

20 EIGHTIES VIDEOS that have aged well.

DUM DUM GIRLS frontwoman Kristen Gundred (a/k/a Dee Dee Penny) talks to Straight about the therapeutic value of the new LP.

MATES OF STATE talk to the NYDN about touring with kids, living in Connecticut and more...

SIR PAUL McCARTNEY and American heiress Nancy Shevell were married on Sunday.

MIKEY WELCH, former Weezer bassist who established a second career as a painter, died Saturday of a suspected drug overdose at 40.

THE 50 GREATEST BOOTLEGS, accoding to Uncut.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Real Steel tops the chart with 27.3 million.  That's a bit under studio projections of 30 million and potential trouble for a movie with a 110 million budget -- but Hugh Jackman sells more tickets overseas than in the US.  The Ides of March debuts at No. 2 with 10.4 million, again bleow expectations of 12-14 million. However, the studio should have little trouble profiting on an 18 million production budget.  Dolphin Tale drops to the third slot with 9.1 million, approaching a 49 million total on a 37 million budget.  Moneyball drops to fourth in the standings with 7.5 million, not bad considering the competition from Jackman and Clooney; the Pitt crew is close to breakeven domestically, ensuring a decent profit.  50/50 again rounds out the Top 5 with 5.5 million, with a 17.3 million total so far against an 8 million budget.  Below the fold, the 3-D rerelease of The Lion King plunges to seventh, gutted by the Blu-ray DVD release.

THE IDES OF MARCH was extremely well-acted. How could it not be with a cast that includes Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Marissa Tomei, and Ryan Gosling?  But the script was entirely predictable.  The unrelenting cyncism of director/co-producer/co-writer/ George Clooney, co-starring in a role that mashes up Barack Obama and John Edwards (a role not physically present in the play on which the film is based) may be most interesting as a historical document of Hollywood's mood heading into another presidential election cycle.

DEMI MOORE can't forgive Ashton Kutcher for cheating on her with Sara Leal and the marriage is over despite a last-ditch attempt at counseling.

RYAN REYNOLDS & BLAKE LIVELY were making out and "all over each other" before Lively boarded the train for her return trip to NYC after a weekend together.

NAOMI WATTS' longterm boyfriend and baby daddy, Liev Schreiber, has been accused of cheating with a swimsuit model named Phoebe Roberts, according to an Internet report.

JOHNNY DEPP is considering playing Dr. Seuss in an upcoming biopic about the literary giant.

KRISTIN DAVIS adopted a baby girl.

THE SIMPSONS' lead actors are ready to agree to a pay cut to keep the show going, however it won't be as steep as the 45 percent reduction asked for by execs.

TOM CRUISE: Don't call it a comeback?

EGYPT: At least 24 people have been killed and more than 200 wounded in the worst violence since fmr Pres. Mubarak was ousted in February. Clashes broke out after a protest in Cairo against an attack on a church in Aswan province last week which Coptic Christians blame on Muslim radicals.

SYRIA: Russian President Putin urged President al Assad, to reform or leave office - the first time the allies have publicly diverged during Syria's six-month uprising. The most senior officer to defect from Syria's armed forces said there is no option but to topple President al-Assad by force.

IRAN: Ahmadinejad, whose campaign pledge was to combat corruption, is facing a fresh political blow over the biggest financial scandal in Iran's history. Meanwhile, an Iranian student activist has been lashed 74 times for insulting Ahmadinejad.

AfPAK: Afghan president Hamid Karzai said the Taliban "can't move a finger" without Pakistani support. Gulbuddin Hekmatyar said the US is responsible for the security situation in Pakistan.

IRAQ is offering key moral and financial support to Syria's Assad, undermining a central US policy objective and raising fresh concerns that Iraq is drifting further into the orbit of an American arch rival - Iran.

COLUMBUS DAY:  I get it as a holiday, so I thought a few words might be in order. Over the course of my life, I have seen the image of Columbus swing from unvarnished hero to genocidal criminal. Columbus was certainly no sweetheart, but at the end of the 15th Century, it is fair to say that Europeans often did not treat each other all that well. Moreover, before the furriners showed up, Native North and South Americans engaged in tribal massacre, infanticide, scalping, human sacrifice, and the ritual skinning of slaves for their priests to wear. It was a far less civilized time all 'round. But the West is civilized today in part because of Columbus. Some four centuries-plus later, we all are still struggling to become more civilized, but focusing criticism o­n the more-civilized while giving the less civilized a pass is not particularly useful to that struggle.

WHEN A GRIZZLY steps on your face.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A militant squirrel ran onto the field during both games of the National League Division Series played at Busch Stadium week.

FIVE the ELEPHANT caused a traffic jam after snoozing in the middle of the road at a West Midlands safari park.

MOOSE vs WORM: Who you got?

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Blondie, Beirut, Battles, Tennis, FoW, Cutout Bin, Scaredy Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, October 07, 2011 - 08:00 AM
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THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

... with BLONDIE! "One Way or Another," they're gonna getcha.  Maybe with the new wavey material like that song or their cover of the Nerves' "Hanging On the Telephone."  Maybe with the Eurodisco sound of "Heart of Glass," "Call Me" or "Rapture."  But for me, it's the pop anthems like "Union City Blue" and "Dreaming," both propelled by the frenetic drumming of Clem Burke, who is clearly a fan of Keith Moon, right down to the pantomiming in that last TOTP clip.

JAMES BLAKE is advance streaming the Enough Thunder EP.

BEIRUT stopped by WFUV's Studio A for a chat and mini-set.

TENNIS did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

BATTLES played All Tomorrow's Parties; the entire gig is now streaming on demand.

THE HORRORS played All Tomorrow's Parties; the entire gig is now streaming on demand.

FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

THE AMERICANA MUSIC AWARDS nominees are a streaming mix at NPR.

FANFARLO drops "Deconstruction," the first track to surface from Fanfarlo's as-yet-untitled second record, due out in February.

COUSTEAU: "The Last Good Day of the Year." Or close to it.

RYAN ADAMS gave a wide-ranging interview to The Sun.

MATES OF STATE: Kori Gardner gave the Baltimore Sun her opinion on high-waisted pants, Justin Beiber and more. (Thx, LHB.)

MICK JONES talked to Sabotage Times about The Clash, Sid Vicious, the recent London riots and more...

BJORK has a five-part interview at Drowned In Sound.

THE BEATLES would have reunited, had tragedy not struck, according to Paul McCartney.

THE HIGHEST CHARTING TV THEMES since 1980.

CUTOUT BIN: From the Knack to Tom Waits, from Jackie Wilson to Fun Boy 3, from REM to Buddy Holly, plus the Lovin' Spoonful, Bob Geldof, Lindsey Buckingham, Dum Dum Girls and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are now streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are Real Steel, which is currently scoring 57 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and The Ides of March, which is scoring 80 percent.

ASHTON KUTCHER: The details of his wild night of boozing and hot-tubbing with 23-year-old Sara Leal, whose nsfw pics are gfloating around the 'net.

LEO DiCAPRIO & BLAKE LIVELY: What went wrong? And who is Alyce Crawford?

JENNIFER ANISTON tells Elle about the time she threw a chair at a director.

DREW BARRYMORE "is yearning to get married and have kids" with Will Kopelman.

THE SIMPSONS: The End draws nearer.

CHARLES NAPIER, longtime character actor you may have seen on Star Trek, Baretta, Kojak and the Rockford Files, or in the Blues Brothers, Rambo or Philadelphia, died Wednesday afternoon at 75.

IRAN: The families of BBC staff members in Iran say they have been subject to arrest, harassment and intimidation by Iranian officials since the broadcast of a documentary about Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on the British broadcaster's Persian-language service last month.

AfPAK: American officials recently held secret (and separate) meetings with Pakistan's top military official and leaders of the Haqqani network. The Abbottabad commission said that Osama bin Laden's wives and children are allowed to return to their home countires after being questioned.

SCARY WOMAN: A Husky is terrified of Julia Roberts.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT disrupted the Great British Bake-Off (possibly nsfw).

A BEAR broke into a Florida home and made off with a birthday cake. Apparently, there was no pic-a-nic basket.

A CAT goes uncharged in the shooting of a Spartanburg man.

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Thursday, October 06, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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MAYER HAWTHORNE drops a Mr & Mrs Smith-themed video for "The Walk."

CROOKED FINGERS is advance streaming Breaks in the Armor.

STILL CORNERS is advance streaming Creatures Of An Hour.

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

WILD FLAG also stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

ST. VINCENT completes The Current trifecta with a chat and mini-set.

THE CLASH: "London Calling," Live in Paris 1980.

FEIST: The Recovering Pop Artist.

MAGNETIC FIELDS: Stephin Merritt speaks to The Quietus about meditation, musicals and writing new music.

DAWES: Taylor Goldsmith talks to the Santa Barbara Independent about the band's long and winding year. (Thx, LHB.)

BON IVER does a playlist for iTunes.

BERT JANSCH, legendary folk guitarist and co-founder of Pentangle, has died at 67 after a battle with lung cancer.

ASHTON KUTCHER: Photos from inside the San Diego penthouse where he reportedly bedded 23-year-old Sara Leal -- are splashed across the cover of Star magazine.

JOHNNY DEPP issued an apology for comparing photo shoots to being raped.

EDDIE MURPHY may turn up on SNL this weekend for the first time in 25 years.

KRISTEN STEWART inadvertently confirmed she's dating Robert Pattinson in the GQ piece hitting newsstands today.

BLAKE LIVELY, fresh off Leo DiCaprio, has been spotted with her Green Lantern co-star, Ryan Reynolds.

MICHAEL JACKSON's slurred speech was heard at the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray.

JESSICA ALBA shows off her second daughter, Haven Garner.

10 LIFE-CHANGING ROLES Actors Turned Down.

MR. ED is trotting toward the big screen.

STEVE JOBS, the visionary in the black turtleneck who co-founded Apple in a Silicon Valley garage, built it into the world's leading tech company and led a mobile-computing revolution with wildly popular devices such as the iPhone, died Wednesday. He was 56. (And here's the official NYT obit.)

SYRIA: Assad can feel satisfied that Russia and China have stood by him and prevented international action that might just have given him pause for thought as he pursues his vicious crackdown on Syria's protest movement.

EGYPT: The United States' Gulf Arab allies no longer trust Washington since the White House yanked its support for Hosni Mubarak in February, former Obama adviser James Jones told a private meeting.

PAKISTAN: The United States has linked the resumption of military aid to Pakistan with the latter's cooperation in the war on terror.

AFGHANISTAN: Six people have been arrested after an alleged al-Qaeda plot to assassinate Pres. Karzai involving one of his bodyguards was foiled.

KITTENS and a vacuum cleaner.

A RARE ORANGE MONKEY was born at the London Zoo.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Aurora police said a man told them the crash that ended with his car plowing into a garage started when he swerved to miss some squirrels running across the road.

A HUNGRY BADGER could not stop an injured former soldier from breaking the world record for the longest distance travelled on a mobility scooter in 24 hours.

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