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New Releases, Florence + the Machine, Anna Calvi, Jack White, Beatles, TMBG   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - 08:00 AM
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FLORENCE & THE MACHINE and LYKKE LI play Austin City Limits.

NEW RELEASES from Leonard Cohen, Aretha Franklin, the Sound of Philadelphia, Karen Dalton and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

ANNA CALVI plays a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL: Live in Danielsville, GA, Sept. 14, 1997.

JACK WHITE drops "Love Interruption" in advance of his solo LP, although it seems to have problems playing in Internet Explorer. (Those with IE might try here.)

THE BOWERBIRDS are "In The Yard" before their next LP.

NEIL YOUNG & CRAZY HORSE are horsing around again.

THE BEATLES: Hear George Harrison's lost guitar solo on "Here Comes the Sun."

THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS brought the new "When Will You Die?" and an apocalyptic take on their classic "Ana Ng" to Conan in time for Twofer Tuesday.

MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle talks to Surf-Drift about touring new material, gelling as a band, and the theme of the next LP, and is profiled by Mountain Xpress. (Thx, LHB.)  He talks to the Charlotte Observer about songwriting and moving to NC. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

BEN KWELLER talks to the NYT/Texas Monthly about stating his own label and operating without a manager for his latest LP.

JESSIE BAYLIN talks to the San Francisco Examiner about the long road to Little Spark.

HAPPY MONDAYS are reuniting for a small UK Tour.

DEMI MOORE's kids are spending quality time with dad Bruce Willis while she undergoes "spiritual counselling" after her seizure.

HALLE BERRY & GABRIEL AUBRY: The L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services is recommending their 3-year-old daughter Nahla go into counseling.

JENNIFER LOPEZ is really, really unsure about marrying again.

ROONEY MARA is taking over for Blake Lively in Steven Soderbergh's upcoming psychopharmacology drama Side Effects.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON cozied up to a male friend in NYC over the weekend.

CYNTHIA NIXON, clarifying prior remarks, says her bixesuality is not a choice.

MATTHEW BRODERICK brings some Ferris flava to Honda's SuperBowl ad.

DRIVE hits home video today; you can watch the first seven minutes online.

TERROR in NORWAY: In the first convictions under Norwegian antiterror law, Mikael Davud, a Chinese Uighur, and Shawan Sadek Saeed Bujak, an Iraqi Kurd, were found guilty of plotting with al Qaeda to attack a Danish newspaper that had published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

YEMEN: Only days after Yemen's president left the country for medical treatment, military leaders organized massive protests calling for the ruling family of Ali Abdullah Saleh to end its control over the country's security forces.

IRAQ: The Iraqiya party has ended its boycott of parliament.

AFGHANISTAN: A plan by the Afghans to open a second front in peace talks with the Taliban in Saudi Arabia - separate from US-led negotiations in Qatar - is driven by fear of being sidelined, analysts say.

SMITTY: The target demo for the Marmaduke movie.

TURKISH SHEEPDOGS prized for their fierceness are raising concerns they may be a little too tough for the southwest Colorado communities where ranchers are using them.

A FLORIDA GATOR was bagged by a blind hunter from Fargo.

ANT vs PRAYING MANTIS: Who you got?

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Of Montreal, Sharon Van Etten, McCartney, Troggs, Cat vs Birthday Card   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, January 30, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD drops a video for "Bummer," but it's not one.

OF MONTREAL is advance streaming Paralytic Stalks, along with a track-by-track tour from Kevin Barnes.

SHARON VAN ETTEN is advance streaming Tramp.

HEARTLESS B^STARDS are advance streaming Arrow.

PAUL McCARTNEY is advance streaming Kisses on the Bottom.

THE TROGGS frontman Reg Presley retires after a lung cancer diagnosis, prompting "Wild Thing" and "Love Is All Around" as a Twofer Monday. 

CRAIG FINN talks Jesus with the Dallas Observer, plus other influences on his solo album with the Mpls Star-Tribune.

RICHARD THOMPSON talks to Billboard about his next album, which he describes as "sort of folk-rock power trio music, somewhere between the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Peter, Paul & Mary -- the two great trio blueprints."

THE TING TINGS recorded songs their label loved - so they ripped them up and started again. Are they tempting fate?

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Grey tops the chart with 20 million, much better than the 12 million most pundits predicted.  However, mediocre word-of-mouth may prevent this from becoming another taken. Underworld: Awakening places with 12.5 million on a 50 percent drop, which is actually good for this franchise.  One For the Money shows with 11.8 million, avoiding disaster by Groupon deals.  However, everyone knows this, which means Katherine Heigl's career continues its downward slide.  Red Tails is in fourth with 10.4 million and will be lucky to recoup its budget domestically.  Man On a Ledge rounds out the Top Five with 8.3 million, a result made worse by the fact that it too benefitted from a Living Social coupon.  Below the fold, Oscar contender The Descendants saw the biggest percentage boost in biz as it opened wide, followed by Hugo.  The Artist, considered by some as an Oscar favorite (and rightly so) had a modest increase and stayed out of the Top 10, demonstrating the hurdle a silent film faces at the box office (possibly affecting its Oscar chances).

DEMI MOORE: Was she smoking K2 before her seizure? RadarOnline wants to know.

HEIDI KLUM & SEAL: The singer talks about breaking their split to their kids.

NICK SANTINO, a down-on-his-luck soap-opera actor, took his own life last week after he was forced to put his beloved dog to sleep under pressure from his Upper West Side condo and became wracked by grief.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON is so keen to avoid any encounters with ex-husband Ryan Reynolds and his new girlfriend Blake Lively in New York that she is considering buying a property in London.

HALLE BERRY's baby daddy Gabriel Aubry agrees to anger management sessions.

SIMON HELBERG (Big Bang Theory) and his wife, actress/writer/director Jocelyn Towne, announced they are expecting their first child in the spring.

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO won't be seeing an India release as the film's director David Fincher has refused to cut some scenes as specified by India's Central Board of Film Certification.

THE DIRECTORS GUILD AWARDS went to these folks. Congrats!

THE SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS went to these folks. Congrats!

YEMEN: President Saleh is traveling to the United States for medical treatment.

SYRIA: Escalating violence caused the Arab League to suspend its observer mission. Russia's defiance of international efforts to end Assad's crackdown on protests is rooted in a calculation that it can keep a Mideast presence by propping up its last ally in the region - and has nothing to lose if it fails.

AFGHANISTAN: President Sarkozy said France will withdraw from Afghanistan in 2013, one year early.

A CAT hates a singing birthday card.

PRINCESS the CAMEL, famous for her ability to correctly predict the winner of football games, picks the Giants to win the Super Bowl.  But she does live in New Jersey...

IT'S NOT A TOOMAH: A pet cat believed to have a giant tumour in her stomach was found to have a huge furball the weight of two iPhones.

A SANDWICH WOMAN surrendered 71 rats to the MSPCA-Angell Adoption Center in Boston.

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Minutemen, Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr, Dr. Dog, Nada Surf, Cat vs Gator   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, January 27, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE...

... with THE MINUTEMEN! San Pedro, California's greatest musical export took apart rock, jazz and funk and put the pieces back together in a jagged collage. They are caught here in an acoustic session for a cable-access show from Hollywood, circa 1985. Your setlist includes "The Meter Man," "Corona," "Themselves," "The Red And The Black" (Blue Öyster Cult), "Badges, "I Felt Like Gringo," "Time" (Richard Hell), "Green River" (Creedence Clearwater Revival), "Lost" (Meat Puppets), "Ack Ack Ack," "Ain't Talkin' Bout Love" "History Lesson Part II," "Tour Spiel" and "Little Man With A Gun In His Hand.

DALE EARNHARDT, JR., JR. stopped by the KEXP studios for a session.

DR. DOG preview their upcoming record of folk-inspired psychedelic rock at WNYC Soundcheck.

NADA SURF showcased new material at WNYC Soundcheck.

LAURA GIBSON had a chat and mini-set at Oregon Public Broadcasting.

TENNIS drops "My Better Self" in advance of Young & Old.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: Greetings from Asbuty Park, NJ Outtakes.

GUIDED BY VOICES: Nerve ranks every LP, with tracks.

BAY CITY ROLLERS: The immortal genius of "S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y... NIGHT!"

LESLIE FEIST talks to the New Zealand Herald about getting back together with her guitar.

PITCHFORK: Richard Beck delivers 9000 words on the site's history and impact.

PATTI SMITH gets the New York Review of Books treatment.

14 SURPRISING PLATINUM ALBUMS, courtesy of The A.V. Club. Oof!

BEATLES vs STONES, and other musical duels.

HOW 10 SONGWRITERS rake in the cash.

DISNEY'S JOY DIVISION T-SHIRT sells out and is discontinued.

CUTOUT BIN  From Big Country to Al Stewart, from the Crystals to Ten Years After, from Mary Wells to the Yardbirds, plus Bruce Springsteen, KC & the Sunshine Band, Tom Waits, the Hold Steady 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: The Grey, which is currently scoring 80 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; One For the Money, which was not screened for critics; and Man On a Ledge, scoring 21 percent.

DEMI MOORE's 911 tape may be redacted, as gossip emerges that her partying contributed to her split from Ashton Kutcher, who is "deeply concerned" about her. RadarOnline claims Adderall played a role in her condition.

HEIDI KLUM & SEAL: The singer isn't sure he would like to reconcile, but he doesn't rule it out.

BRAD PITT talks to THR about his brutal fight to save Moneyball, fame, his depression in the '90s, President Obama, and plans to make partner Angelina Jolie his wife.

LINDSAY LOHAN is being sued by a woman who claims Li-Lo hit her while driving a Maserati through what used to be Lohan's West Hollywood neighborhood.

JOHNNY DEPP & VANESSA PARADIS are not splitiing, she says.

RUSSELL BRAND & KATY PERRY: He's reportedly trashing her to new conquests.

DREW BARRYMORE is converting to Judaism for a  traditional Jewish wedding ceremony later this year.

HEATHER LOCKLEAR is not going to rehab, no, no, no. Instead, the 50-year-old actress has resumed the ongoing sobriety program she began and maintained in 2011 until the difficult split with her fiance, actor Jack Wagner.

THE OFFICE may spin off Dwight Schrute.

MOONRISE KINGDOM: Wes Anderson's next movie has a trailer online.

SH_TF_C_D: Pat Sajak says he used to host Wheel Of Fortune while drunk -- and letter-turner Vanna White was three sheets to the wind, too.

ROBERT HEYGES, who played Jewish Puerto-Rican wheeler-dealer Juan Luis Pedro Phillipo de Huevos Epstein on the 1970s classic sitcom "Welcome Back Kotter," died after an apparent heart attack in his Metuchen home yesterday. He was 60. Authorities found no note from his mother.

IRAN: The escalating confrontation over Iran's nuclear arms program is having a telling effect on Iran's economy and prompting some to flee the country.

EGYPT: Hundreds of thousands thronged major squares across Egypt on Wednesday, marking the first anniversary of the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak with rallies that laid bare the divisions that have replaced the unity of last year's revolt.

AL QAEDA remains a real threat, according to US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

CAT vs ALLIGATOR: Who you got?

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: A lamb with six legs.

PET HOARDING: Here's what lurked in a Boca Raton apartment: A red-spitting cobra, a puff adder, a uracoan rattlesnake, two false cobras and a small alligator.

THE DUNG BEETLE DANCE, performed as the beetle moves away from the dung pile with his precious dung ball, is a mechanism to maintain the desired straight-line departure from the pile, according to a new study.

DOGS + SNOW = Awww...some pics.

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Fitz & the Tantrums, Jayhawks, Wilco & Popeye   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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SLEIGH BELLS premiere a video for "Comeback Kid."

FITZ & THE TANTRUMS stopped by the KEXP studios for a session.

THE JAYHAWKS played a mini-set for Sound Opinions.

MAKRETA IRGLOVA (The Frames, Swell Season) stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Thomas Patrick Maguire, Ceremony, and Sea of Bees highlight the latest edition of the long-running series.

TRAMPLED BY TURTLES drops "Alone" in advance of Stars and Satellites.

WILCO & POPEYE join up in the video for "Dawned On Me"... and in last Sunday's Popeye strip.

BOB MOULD & CRAIG FINN talk to Clash about growing up making rock music.  Finn also talks to Grantland about the Hold Steady, debauchery, and his evolving songwriting.

ALABAMA SHAKES are profiled at Rolling Stone.

FIONA APPLE looks set to return in 2012, following a long absence.

JOY DIVISION bassist Peter Hook said the Disney shirt was unauthorized, but found it interesting.

MICK JAGGER pulled out of an event due to be hosted by British Prime Minister David Cameron, after complaining that he was being used as a "political football."

DEMI MOORE had an seizure Monday night -- by one account caused by nitrous oxide -- before she was rushed to the hospital and is being treated for anorexia, among other issues, according to RadarOnline. Moore has dropped out of the Linda Lovelace biopic to enter treatment.

HEIDI KLUM & SEAL: "Friends" of the couple reveal that the couple took great pains to hide the cracks in what seemed to be a storybook romance.

KIRSTEN DUNST and new beau Garrett Hedlund were caught canoodling at the Sundance Film Festival.

MILEY CYRUS birthday gifted boyfriend Liam Hemsworth with a puppy and a x-rated cake. Classy.

CAMERON DIAZ: Her shiny face is reviewed by a plastic surgeon.

JASON SEGEL is to be awarded this year's Hasty Pudding man of the year prize.

JAMES FARENTINO, whose private life was sometimes as dramatic as the roles he played in theater and on television, died Tuesday at 73.

WARNING... WARNING!  Dick Tufeld, a longtime radio and TV announcer best known as the voice of the robot in the 1960s science-fiction TV series Lost in Space, died while watching the NFL playoffs. He was 85.

SEAL TEAM SIX rescued two foreign aid workers kidnapped in Somalia.

YEMEN: Fourty-six people were killed during fighting between Houthis and Salafists in Hajjah.

LIBYA: Gaddafi loyalists seized control of a Libyan mountain city in the most serious challenge to the central government since the strongman's fall, underlining the increasing weakness of Libya's Western-backed rulers as they try to unify the country under their authority.

PAKISTAN: Prime Minister Gilani has retracted his criticism of Pakistan's military. The Senate called on the military to shoot down US drones.

AFGHANISTAN: France said it is not planning on withdrawing its forces this year after six of its troops have been killed by Afghan security personnel. The US denied it planned to partition Afghanistan or modify the political system.

CAT IN THE CORNER: Let's go to the video.

A URINATING CAT brings the New Castle Fire department running.

A JACK RUSSELL TERRIER frightened intruders away from her owner's Warwickshire property.

A PENGUIN gets political in Kentucky.

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Wilco, Chairlift, Alabama Shakes, Loney Dear, Croc Attack   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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WILCO played "The Whole Love" and "Dawned On Me" for Conan and Twofer Wednesday.

CHAIRLIFT plays a full set at World Cafe Live.

ALABAMA SHAKES stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

LONEY DEAR has an interview and session at WFUV. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

JESSIE BAYLIN got an interview plus tracks on All Things Considered.

SAINT ETIENNE drops "Tonight," the band's first material since 2005.

BON JOVIVER: Inveitable.

NANCY SINATRA: "These Boots Are Made For Walking." Are you ready?

FLAMING LIPS frontman Wayne Coyne talks to PopMatters about everything from the Lips' most recent experiment, a 24-hour long song, what he thinks about the recent break-ups of Sonic Youth and R.E.M., a possible upcoming collaboration on a cover of "Strawberry Fields Forever" with Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon, and so much more ...

NEIL YOUNG complains to MTV about the quality of the sound of music today.

OF MONSTERS AND MEN: Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir talks to Interview about the art of storytelling, connecting with their listeners and making their own versions of fairytales.

JOY DIVISION meets Mickey Mouse.

DEMI MOORE is seeking professional assistance to treat her exhaustion, which might be code for something

HEIDI KLUM & SEAL: Their split shocks Seal and friends, but Heidi shopped for a divorce lawyer for weeks.

THE OSCAR NOMINATIONS went to these folks. Congrats!

JOHNNY DEPP & VANESSA PARADIS: She didn't exactly deny their rumored split.

HALLE BERRY asks a judge for an order prohibiting her baby daddy, Gabriel Aubry, from having any contact with their 3-year-old.

KRISTIN CAVALLARI & JAY CUTLER were surprised by her pregnancy. Oops.

JIM CARREY's 24-year-old daughter, who is heading to Hollywood on the hit show American Idol, was not treated just like any other hopeful, according to RadarOnline.

CYNTHIA NIXON is ruffling more than a few feathers in the LGBT community with her recent comment that she chooses to be gay.

JESSICA CHASTAIN talks to USA Today about he breakout year.

IRAN already has all the necessary elements to construct a nuclear weapon, the former head of Israel's military intelligence says.

PAKISTAN's fledgling democratic government, under increasing pressure from the military, appeased extremist groups, ignored army abuses, and failed to hold those responsible for serious abuses accountable in 2011, Human Rights Watch said in its World Report 2012.

AFGHANISTAN: The NATO-led coalition said there were no signs of organized infiltration of the Afghan security forces by insurgents, and it was too early to say if the Taliban were behind last week's killing of four French soldiers.

WHEN CROC ATTACKS: Dude had it coming.

PET HOARDING: Sheriff's deputies and officers from Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control had their hands full Friday night, evicting a woman and collecting the 66 cats she had accumulated in her home west of Delray Beach.

THE SWARM: Welsh Heritage park bosses could use bees to act as a deterrent to stop vandal attacks on historic buildings.

GRIEVING ELEPHANTS gathered 'round the lifeless body of a little calf after she died of a heart defect.

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