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Elton John, Superchunk, Ghost Wave, Cutout Bin, Pug   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, December 06, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with ELTON JOHN! Half of a live show captured by the OGWT on Christmas Eve, 1974.  Your setlist includes: "Grimsby" (incompete), "Rocket Man," "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," "Daniel," Grey Seal,"  "Bennie And The Jets," "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds," "I Saw Her Standing There," "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me," "Honky Cat," "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting," "Crocodile Rock," "The B^tch Is Back," "Your Song," and "White Christmas."

SUPERCHUNK stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set. 

GHOST WAVE brings their brand of shambling vintage rock to KEXP, live from Judson Memorial Church in NYC during CMJ 2013.

GARY CLARK, JR. performed a mini-set at the UBS Forum.

MIKE DOUGHTY stopped by Studio 1A at KUTX for a mini-set.

!!! drops "And Anyway, It's Christmas," featuring the Yule Log.

THE SPECIALS AKA: "Free Nelson Mandela." Obvsly. This appearance was also singer Stan Campbell's last appearance with the band. Played this one occasionally on the radio.

NICK LOWE talks to the Associated Press about his new Christmas album.

LOCAL NATIVES talk about long tours, cathartic recordings and more at Drowned In Sound.

THE BEST INDIE ROCK LPs of 2013, according to PopMatters.

THE BEST ALBUMS of 2013, according to SPIN.

CUTOUT BIN: From James Brown to Belle & Sebastian, from Supertramp to the Velvet Underground, from Billy Bragg to Smokey Robinson, plus Edwyn Collins, the Yardbirds, Matthew Sweet, Guided by Voices and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: Out of the Furnace is this weekend's sole wide release; it opened wednesday with 55 percent on the ol' Tomatometer. The real story of the weekend will likely be whether Frozen can top Catching Fire.

NELSON MANDELA, who led the emancipation of South Africa from white minority rule and served as his country's first black president, becoming an international emblem of dignity and forbearance, died Thursday.  He was 95.

AMANDA BYNES has completed inpatient treatment and is recovering at her parents' Los Angeles home.

MILEY CYRUS has an odd conception for her next boyfriend.

BRITNEY SPEARS is being shielded from negative reviews, reportedly.

KERI RUSSELL and Shane Deary, her husband of nearly seven years, have split.

DECEMBER 7, 1941: A "date which will live in infamy." I'll be watching Tora! Tora! Tora! tomorrow. BTW, the first nation invaded by the US after entering WWII was Morocco, then Algeria, iirc.

MEXICO: The day after a load of stolen radioactive material was found in a field, Mexican authorities had formed a perimeter around the area and were measuring for contamination as they planned the recovery process Thursday.

EGYPT: Al Qaeda emerges amid the nation's turmoil.

AFGHANISTAN: The US Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction said the Pentagon's Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan has not been able to track the flow of US funding for Afghan forces, which is handled by the Afghan finance ministry.

PUG in a MUG: Okay, a flowerpot. Let's go to the video.

HUMBUG the REINDEER fled a festive holiday market.

CATS are more than capable of recognizing their owner’s voice; they simply choose to ignore them.

CHEETAH CUBS were born at the National Zoo.

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Robert Pollard, Eleanor Friedberger, Bill Callahan, Kitten vs Dragon   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, December 05, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

THE KINKS, with the evergreen "Father Christmas."

ROBERT POLLARD is streaming Blazing Gentlemen.

ELEANOR FRIEDBERGER visited Judson Memorial Church in NYC to perform songs from her Personal Record live on KEXP as part of CMJ 2013.

BILL CALLAHAN stopped by KUTX for a mini-set.

ROBBIE ROBERTSON (The Band) stopped by World Cafe for a chat about his book, Legends, Icons & Rebels.

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND drops a 19-minute "Sister Ray" from the White Light/White Heat box.

ROY ORBISON passed away 25 years ago this week. The Guardian reprints his final interview. "It's Over," but only on this plane.

PHIL COLLINS: The Godfather of Pop Culture?

REM expresses a healthy contempt for what now passes for rock n' roll in a vintage interview.

THE BEST ALBUMS of 2013, according to Paste.

PAUL WALKER and his friend Roger Rodas were apparently going over 90 mph when their special-edition Porsche crashed, killing both of them. The two died from the combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries.

KANYE WEST was accused of anti-Semitism by the Anti-Defmanation League. He and Kim Kardashian have set their sights on France's famed Palace of Versailles for their much-anticipated nuptials.

ORLANDO BLOOM and... Lord of the Rings co-star Liv Tyler?

CHRIS BROWN is getting sued for millions by Frank Ocean's cousin over that massive brawl outside a recording studio.

GAL GODOT has been cast as Wonder Woman in Batman vs. Superman.

EMILIA CLARKE & BRIE LARSON are in the running to play the role of Sarah Connor in a Terminator reboot.

LEBANON: A Hezbollah commander who fought in Syria and had a key role in the group's drone program, was shot dead in Beirut. The Ahrar al-Sunna Baalbek brigade claimed the attack, but Hezbollah blamed Israel and claimed it had targeted him in the past. Israeli officials denied involvement in the killing of a Hezbollah commander near Beirut.

EGYPT: The brother of the leader of Ansar Jerusalem said "it is possible" the group is tied to al Qaeda. US officials said AQAP is in regular contact with jihadist groups in the Sinai.

ISRAEL: Authorities completed the construction of the Israel-Egypt border fence.

LIBYA: A General National Congress vote made sharia law the basis for all legislation and all state institutions.

KITTEN vs BEARDED DRAGON: Who you got?

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: "This is the worst squirrel infestation I have ever seen."

A JACK RUSSELL TERRIER MIX learned a valuable lesson recently after getting his head stuck in a irrigation pipe while chasing a militant squirrel.

WOTTIES: A Westie and a Rottweiler, living together... mass hysteria!

 

 

 

 

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Of Montreal, Neil Finn, Laura Veirs, Au Revoir Simone, Piano Pachyderm   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, December 04, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

THE KILLERS celebrate "Christmas in L.A." with Dawes, Harry Dean Stanton and Owen Wilson.

OF MONTREAL stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

NEIL FINN stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

LAURA VEIRS recently stopped by WFUV's Studio A to share some of her new songs and chat about the making of the new album.

AU REVOIR SIMONE plays a set live on KEXP from Judson Memorial Church in NYC during CMJ 2013.

THE RAVEONETTES' 2011 video for 2001's "The Christmas Song."

THROWING MUSES: Kristin Hersh talks to Rolling Stone about the band's first new album in a decade.

PHOSPHORESCENT: Matthew Houck talks to The Guardian about turning his life around.

LEE HAZLEWOOD: The psychedelic cowboy's career is essayed by The Guardian.

THE BEST LPs OF 2013, according to MOJO

PAUL WALKER: TMZ has grisly video of the crash that ended the actor's life; a witness tells THR something was wrong with the car.

KATY PERRY & JOHN MAYER signaled that they had greenlit their romance again with the release of “Who You Love."

JESSICA HART won't get the ax from Victoria's Secret for snarking on Taylor Swift.

ZOOEY DESCHANEL has gone from new girl to mean girl on her sitcom set?

CHRISTIAN SLATER married Brittany Lopez, his girlfriend of a few years.

SOFIA VERGARA tops the new Forbes list of highest-paid TV actors.

GILLIAN ANDERSON wears a giant eel for charity.

THE UNITED KINGDOM: Prime Minister Cameron said the government plans to classify "Islamist extremism" as a distinct ideology that distorts and betrays the principles of Islam. In the wake of the savage murder of an unarmed British soldier by Islamists in Woolwich this summer, Home Secretary May will set out measures to deal with extremism, which may include means to ban groups that preach hatred.

SYRIA: Four rebel battalions in Idlib-- al-Ansar, al-Naser al-Qadem, al-Naser, and al-Muntaser Billah -- split from the Ahfad al-Rasoul brigade and declared they would proceed independently with "armed jihadist struggle" against the Assad regime.

EGYPT: Authorities are reportedly probing whether former president Mohammed Morsi had conspired with jihadists in Egypt.

IRAQ: The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham killed 24 people in a series of bombings and attacks. Security forces captured the ISIS's governor for Basra and five fighters.

PETER THE ELEPHANT tickles the ivories.

A BRAZEN EAGLE snatched a video camera that was recording crocodiles in northwest Australia and captured fascinating footage of its 70-mile journey across the country's remote landscape.

THOUSANDS OF MICE parachute into Guam to fight snakes. Again.

LIONS halt traffic in Nairobi.

 

 

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Dick Dodd RIP, Neil Young, Brendan Benson, Goosnami   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, December 03, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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DICK DODD, drummer and singer for the Standells - and Mouseketeer! - has died at 68, apparently of late stage cancer. "Dirty Water/ Why Pick On Me", are  obligatory here for Twofer Tuesday.

NEIL YOUNG is advance streaming Live At The Cellar Door, circa late 1970.

BRENDAN BENSON is advance streaming You Were Right.

POLICA played a mini-set at the UBS Forum

THE DISMEMBERMENT PLAN joined KEXP at Judson Memorial Church in NYC during CMJ 2013 for a set featuring songs from their newest album Uncanny Valley, along with some old favorites. 

THE DARKNESS drop "The Horn."

GLAM XMAS:  Wizzard's awesome "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day" and Slade's "Merry Christmas Everybody" (1973's UK Xmas No. 1) are your Twofer Tuesday.

THE KINKS: Dave Davies talks about recovering from a stroke, and drops hints of a reunion.

THE BEATLES, ranked by Stereogum. Wrongly.

THE BEST BEATLES STORY may be Ringo's.

THE BEST ALBUMS OF 2013, according to Rolling Stone.

PAUL WALKER: Investigators have been unable to find evidence of a second car in the accident that killed popular Fast & Furious actor.  The area where the accident occurred has a history of street racing, while investigators have received tips that the high-performance red Porsche they perished in was seen racing beforehand. Aside from sheer speed, mechanical issues may have been involved.

THE KARDASHIANS drop a Christmas card of sorts. Oy.

JOE JONAS writes for New York magazine about losing his much-talked-about virginity at age 20, smoking weed with Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato, and feeling trapped by his life as a Disney superstar.

GEORGE CLOONEY says he hasn't met the love of his life yet. Not even in a mirror?

JOSH BROLIN & DIANE LANE are officially divorced; she dropped the "Brolin" off her name also.

CHARLIE SHEEN and yet another adult video actress.

AMY ADAMS is not getting married anytime soon to fiancé Darren Le Gallo, with whom she has been involved for 11 years.

BARBARA WATERS' most fascinating people for 2013.

SAUDI ARABIA seems to have few viable options for pursuing a more independent and forthright foreign policy, despite its deep unease about the West's tentative rapprochement with Iran. Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf, the Saudi ambassador to London, told The Times newspaper that "all options are available" to Riyadh, including seeking its own atomic weapon, if Iran managed to build the bomb.

EGYPT: Young Islamists seeking a way to confront the military-led state are turning to the ideas of a radical ideologue who waged the same struggle half a century ago and later became a source of inspiration for al Qaeda.

LIBYA: Deepening divisions among Libya’s myriad armed groups are increasingly stirring conflict in the North African state. Now the United States and its allies are prepared to add a new force to the toxic mix.

SYRIA: Saddam al-Jamal, the former leader of the Supreme Military Council of the Free Syrian Army's Eastern Front, recently joined the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, and detailed foreign involvement with the Syrian opposition.

GOOSNAMI: Not exactly a Sharknado, but capable of inducing High Anxiety.

THE ORCHID MANTIS: That's some camoflage.

A DOG was pulled from the rubble of an apartment after its ears were spotted sticking up from the debris, nine days after a tornado hit Washington, Illinois.

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: A Bear in a Lamborghini.

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Cut Copy, White Demin, The Replacements, Border Rabbit   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, December 02, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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TWIN SHADOW covers U2's classic "With Or Without You." Eightiestastic.

CUT COPY performed to a packed house at Le Poisson Rouge.

WHITE DEMIN stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

ANNA CALVI stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

THE REPLACEMENTS: Missing In Action.

U2 cover "Merry Christmas, Baby (Please Come Home)," ripped from the premiere, for extra retro goodness.

THE WALKMEN are taking an "extreme hiatus."

THE PIXIES lose their second bass-plaing Kim in a year.

BELLE & SEBASTIAN frontman Stuart Murdoch writes about All Tomorrow's Parties -- and its predecessor -- for The Guardian.

BOB DYLAN: A Croatian community association based in France is suing the rock icon over comments he made in a cover story in Rolling Stone.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire repeats atop the chart with 74.5 million. That's a 53 percent drop, but it's on a pace second only to The Avengers, and it's happening in November, which is just bananas.  Katniss & Co. have already racked up 296 million domestic and lamost as much again overseas (an amount equalling the overseas grosses of the original HG movie's entire run).  The only Thankgiving performance even close to this is the first Harry Potter movie, which Catching Fire beats in nominal terms by 34 percent. Disney's Frozen places with an impressive 66 million (93 million over the 5-day holiday) and would be the huge story but for the Games. Frozen beats World War Z as the biggest second-place debut in history (the crown remains held by The Day After Tomorrow).  Disney's last Thanksgiving release, Tangled, made 68.7 million over 5 days, not three.  Look for this to finish over 400 million.  Thor: The Dark World shows distantly with 11.1 million, but worldwide receipts totaling 591 million, well beyond the first Thor movie's entire run.  The Best Man Holiday takes fourth with 8.5 million on a bigger-than-expected 32 percent drop, perhaps reflecting the eighth-place opening of Black NativityHomefront rounds out the Top 5 with a meh 7 million debut against a 22 million budget.

PAUL WALKER, a star of the Fast and the Furious movie franchise, died Saturday in a fiery car crash. The wreckage was so horrific that the coroner cannot identify Walker's body. He was 40. Here's the NYT obit.

RON BURGUNDY read the news in Minot, ND. Yes, really. 

MICHAEL JORDAN is expecting his first child with wife Yvette Prieto.

MILA KUNIS & ASHTON KUTCHER: Ready to have kids and raise them Jewish, reportedly.

KIM KARDASHIAN's raunchy antics in fiancé Kanye West's new video have reportedly ‘appalled’ her mother, Kris Jenner.

CHARLIE SHEEN enjoys a passionate kiss with a mystery blonde as he marks Thanksgiving with a new romance.

GWYNETH PALTROW's mom, Blythe Danner says people don't like her daugther because she is "extraordinarily accomplished in every area." Certainly, Goop's success in acting had nothing to do with having a famous actress as a mother and a powerful director/producer as a father.

DAVID BECKHAM had to bend it as part of his Man U initiation ritual.

JANE KEAN,  best known for her role as Trixie, the long-suffering wife of Ed Norton on the 1960s TV revival of The Honeymooners with Jackie Gleason and Art Carney, has died. She was 90.

THE UNITED STATES continued to reject China's claim to disputed territory over the East China Sea, but urged US commercial airlines to comply with China's demands for notification of any flights through its newly declared air defense zone.

IRAN: Foreign Minister Zarif said Iran will never participate in talks with Israel. Iran's ambassador to Turkey noted that cooperation has improved between the Iranian intelligence and security services and Turkey's National Intelligence Organisation, and said Iran has offered to help Turkey mend ties with Syria.

SYRIA: Over 400 people have reportedly been killed during fighting in Syria since Nov. 28, many of them in Ghouta and Qalamoun. The US offered to destroy Syria's chemical weapons aboard a ship at sea; a US naval vessel is being readied for the purpose.

THE BORDER RABBIT works, while the dog watches.

"WORLD'S UGLIEST DOG" ELWOOD passed away on Thanksgiving.

AMAZING GOATS climb a near vertical dam in Italy.

A KIDNAPPED SQUIRREL rejected by its adopted family has returned home for the holidays.

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