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New Releases, Florence + Machine, Wild Flag, Paul Leka RIP, Mastiff vs Chihuahua   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND dropped a video for "We Added It Up."

NEW RELEASES from Surfer Blood, Hurricane Bells, Deer Tick, Gringo Star, Peggy Sue and more are streaming this week at Spinner.

FLORENCE + THE MACHINE is advance streaming Ceremonials, which Florence discusees with Newsweek and the ever-reliable Sun. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

SUMMER CAMP is advance streaming Welcome to Condale.

WILD FLAG played DC's Black Cat Thursday night; you can stream the whole gig on demand.

MAZZY STAR drops "Lay Myself Down," the B-side from the band's comeback single.

KING KHAN drops "Dr. Ruin-Yer-Life," from a new nine-song EP, Scion A/V Presents: The King Khan Experience.

PAUL LEKA, who wrote hits like "Green Tambourine" for the Lemon Pipers and "Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)" for Steam died on Oct. 12 in a hospice near his home in Sharon, CT, following a battle with Lung cancer. He was 68. And had his own outcue for this Twofer Tuesday observance.

WILCO and FEIST: The new adult contemporary music?

TITUS ANDRONICUS: Patrick Stckles says au revoir to Amy Klein.

LORETTA LYNN was hospitalized with pneumonia over the weekend.

SONIC YOUTH's domestic ideal.

SLY STONE is going to rehab.

ASHTON KUTCHER & DEMI MOORE appeared together for the first time since their marital problems became public.

JENNIFER LOPEZ is telling friends ... she didn't break down on stage Saturday night because of Marc Anthony - or any other ex for that matter - she choked up because she was thinking about her kids.

LINDSAY LOHAN is kicking her business manager to the curb.

DARRELL HAMMOND, famed for his spot-on SNL impressions of Bill Clinton, Al Gore and Dick Cheney - reveals in a new book how he drank and did cocaine while with the show and was once taken from NBC "in a straitjacket."

ROBIN WILLIAMS exchanged vows with graphic designer Susan Schneider on Sunday.

MADONNA was booed by fans at the BFI London Film Festival premiere of W.E., but managed to shrug off the response, saying that like Wallis Simpson, she too was "misunderstood."

ERIC BANA will star in Elvis & Nixon as the first guy.

EGYPT: A reformer argues the army is failing to build a consensus for democracy.

IRAQ: The speaker of Iraq's parliament accused neighboring nations *cough*Iran*cough* of meddling in Iraqi affairs and signaled it will only get worse if the country is seen as vulnerable after US troops leave at the end of the year. A US State Dept program to train Iraqi police lacks focus, could become a "bottomless pit" of American money and may not even be wanted by the Iraqi department it's supposed to help, reports released by a US government watchdog show.

MASTIFF vs CHIHUAHUA: Who you got?

THE SWARM: A truck hauling millions of bees overturned in southern Utah and authorities are trying to capture the swarming insects.

A BLIND DOG and her GUIDE DOG are looking for a new home.

A BULL TERRIER's life was spared - after attacking a small boy - because it was drunk on Stella Artois.

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Arcade Fire, Tom Waits, JC Brooks, Girl in a Coma, Dog Proposal   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, October 24, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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NEIL YOUNG joins ARCADE FIRE for Young's "Helpless" at this year's Bridge School benefit.

TOM WAITS is advance streaming Bad to Me (w/o needing an invite).  Mr. Waits talks to the L.A. Times about Bad to Me at a roadside diner, and to The Guardian at a roadhouse. Tom getting a lot of free meals promoting the album.

JC BROOKS & THE UPTOWN SOUND is advance streaming Want More. And you will.

GIRL IN A COMA is advance streaming Exits And All The Rest.

PINK FLOYD: The BBC Archives 1967-1969.

MATES OF STATE played "Palomino" at the Ed Sullivan Theater.

JOHN DOE talks to MAGNET about X, singing with women, zombies, etc.

MOONFACE: Spencer Krug (Sunset Rubdown, Wolf Parade, Frog Eyes, Swan Lake) talks to the Riverfront Times about the literal title for his most recent record, Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I'd Hoped, and the perils of working alone.

CULT OF THE iPOD: Ten years, man,,, Ten years!

THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS nominees include Bon Iver, Arcade Fire, Radiohead, and Florence & The Machine. Weird times, my friends.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Paranormal Activity 3 haunted the cineplex, scaring up 54 million bucks -- the biggest October debut ever and the biggest horror opening ever, with another 26 million overseas, all against a 5 million budget.  Real Steel is a distant second with 11.3 million and a 67.2 million total against a 150 million budget, hoping for breakeven overseas.  The Footloose remake is No. 3  with 10.9 million and a 30.8 million total against a 24 million budget.  The Three Musketeers dubuts in fourth place with 8.8 million against a 90 million budget (that sounds awful, but the overseas sales so far are about 64 million, so this won't be a total disaster financially).  The Ides of March rounds out the Top 5 with 4.9 million and 29 million so far against a 12.5 million budget.  Below the fold, Johnny English Reborn opened at No. 8 with 3.8 million against a 45 million budget -- but this one has already grossed over $100 million overseas.  The Mighty Macs opened in 12th place with a million, which would be considered awful, but it's also the studio's first picture.

LINDSAY LOHAN's mom is trying to expose her own daughter's dark secrets, blowing the lid off of Lindsay's alleged drug and alcohol use in a memoir that she's shopping around town.

KIM KARDASHIAN & KRIS HUMPHRIES: Breakup rumors debunked?

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE & JESSICA BIEL: Reunion rumors confirmed?

JENNIEFR LOPEZ broke down in tears onstage after singing a song about loves from her past.

RYAN REYNOLDS, BLAKE LIVELY & SANDRA BULLOCK shared a racy night out at a NYC burlesque hot spot.

DISNEY'S MUPPETS has purists rattled.

JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT is in talks to join Quentin Tarantino's new movie, Django Unchained.

OUR FRIENDS, THE SAUDIS will make an historic concession to the principle of the ballot in coming days as a special council votes for the first time on who should succeed King Abdullah as ruler.

TUNISIA: Voters poured into polling stations to vote in their country's first free election; the leader of an Islamist party predicted to win the biggest share of the vote was heckled outside a polling station by people shouting "terrorist."

LIBYA: Transitional government leader Mustafa Abdul-Jalil set out a vision for the post-Gaddafi future with an Islamist tint, saying that Islamic Sharia law would be the "basic source" of legislation in the country and that existing laws that contradict the teachings of Islam would be nullified.  Meanwhile Gaddafi may have stashed 200 billion in bank accounts, real estate and corporate investments around the world before he was killed.

AFGHANISTAN: Pres Karzai said he would side with Pakistan in the event of war with the US in a surprising political twist that is likely to disconcert his western allies.

IRAQ: Pres. Obama's speech formally declaring that the last US troops will leave Iraq by the end of the year was designed to mask an unpleasant truth: The troops aren't being withdrawn because the US wants them out. They're leaving because the Iraqi government refused to let them stay. Meanwhile, regular Iraqis fretted about the ability of their armed forces to protect them from violence after the US leaves.

A DOG and a proposal.

GENETICALLY MODIFIED PIGS could be suppying human transplant organs within two years. Are we not men?

VAMPIRE MOTHS discovered in Siberia. And in a twist worthy of a Halloween horror movie, entomologists say the bloodsuckers may have evolved from a purely fruit-eating species.

SURFING SNAILS: Scientists figure out where they get their boards.

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Faces, Vetiver, Surfer Blood, Frightened Rabbit, Cutout Bin, Cattle   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, October 21, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with THE FACES! Rod Stewart, Ron Wood, Ronnie Lane, Kenny Jones, and Ian McLagan, live on the Beeb circa 1972.  Your setlist includes: "Three Button Hand Me Down"; "Maybe I'm Amazed"; "Too Much Woman/Street Fighting Man"; "Miss Judy's Farm"; "Love In Vain"; "Stay With Me"; and "I'm Losing You."

VETIVER did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

SURFER BLOOD is advance streaming the Tarot Classics EP.

FRIGHTENED RABBIT is streaming A Frightened Rabbit EP.

GRINGO STAR is advance streaming Count Yer Lucky Stars.

TWERPS are streaming their self-titled debut.

ZOLA JESUS played NYC's (Le) Poisson Rouge Wednesday night; you can stream the whole gig on demand.

MICHAEL WINSLOW of Police Academy fame performs Led Zep's "Whole Lotta Love" as only he can.

TOM WAITS met the Wall Street Journal at a Chisese restaurant to discuss songwriting. Audio embeds at the link.

THE HEAD AND THE HEART is profiled by Straight.com.

THE BOTTLE ROCKETS lead singer and guitarist Brian Henneman talks to the Riverfront Times about learning the banjo and the band's new acoustic LP.

FRIENDLY FIRES' lead singer Ed Macfarlane tells Spinner about their trumpeter's death, his breakdown, and more...

DEAN WAREHAM talks to Stuff about returning to his birthplace with the Galaxie 500 catalog.

THE CHICAGO READER TURNS 40: Highlights of its music criticism include bits on Nirvana and the Sex Pistols.

CUTOUT BIN: From the Bangles to the Supremes, from Bob Mould to the Ramsey Lewis Trio, from the Decemberists to Shirley Bassey, plus Billy Bragg, Roy Orbison, Dum Dum Girls, the Bobby Fuller Four 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 The Three Musketeers, which is currently scoring 24 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Paranormal Activity 3, which is scoring 78 percent; Johnny English Reborn, scoring 38 percent; and The Mighty Macs, scoring 41 percent.

THE TOP 75 HORROR FILMS, according to Rotten Tomatoes.

LINDSAY LOHAN was turned away from the L.A. County Morgue, after showing up late.  Five mugshots...collect 'em all!

KIM KARDASHIAN & KRIS HUMPHRIES have been married just eight short weeks but their marriage is said to be crumbling.

JESSICA SIMPSON is pregnant, but she wouldn't confirm anything to anyone until she had a magazine deal - for a fee of up to a half-million dollars.

JENNIFER LOPEZ & BRADLEY COOPER: Following a hush-hush, super-luxe dinner date at NYC's Per Se in early September, Cooper hasn't stopped putting on the charm with newly single Lopez.

GIULIANA RANCIC is doing well after a double lumpectomy.

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA will take flight with director Bryan Singer.

THE WACHOWSKIS return to sci-fi with Jupiter Ascending.

THE TEN MOST SPECTACULAR SCREWUPS in Television History.

YEMEN: Tribesmen said they would attack US citizens and kill French hostages in retaliation for the drone strike that killed Anwar al Awlaki, his son, and other al Qaeda leaders.

GADDAFI? Dead! Marmalard? Dead! Niedermeyer...Dead!

SYRIA: Government troops mounted a large crackdown around the capital of Damascus. Libya's interim government became the first to recognize the Syrian opposition as the legitimate authority in Syria.

IRAN: The United States believes Iran's shadowy Quds Force is becoming increasingly aggressive overseas and may be working on other international plots beyond the alleged plan to kill Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Washington, three US officials told Reuters.

AND THERE WERE COWS all over the freeway. Click-through for the raw video.

A SUITCASE OF SMUGGLED SPIDERS, seized by the Swiss!

HERPES MONKEY still on the lam in Ohio?

EATING GARDEN SLUGS? Don't.

PIG RUSTLER awaits extradition to Iowa.

FREE OPOSSUM PICKUP service restored in Corpus Christi.

HEY, NICE BEAVER! Why, thank you... I just had it stuffed.

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Ting Tings, Summer Camp, Ministry, Aretha, Bear Cub   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE TING TINGS get a bit heavier on "Hang It Up."

SUMMER CAMP did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, including a building cover of Wreckless Eric's "Whole Wide World."

INTO IT. OVER IT. did five free songs for Daytrotter.

ACTIVE CHILD stopped by the KEXP studios for a session.

MINISTRY: Live in Sacramento, Feb. 27, 1990.

ARETHA FRANKLIN tackles "Respect" at the Otis Redding tempo on French TV, circa 1970.

THE STONE ROSES: The Quietus reports on the reunion presser, while the Sabotage Times has reservations. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

JARVIS COCKER talks to The Guardian about youth, fame and the changing face of pop.

TORI AMOS talks about tracks spanning her career with The A.V. Club.

THE 20 MOST OVERRATED BASS GUITARISTS, according to Paste.

FIVE SUCCESSFUL SPRINGSTEEN COVERS, according to The A.V. Club.

LINDSAY LOHAN may be headed to jail yet again after a judge blasted her and revoked her probation for missing too many community service appointments.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON & JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT: Caught canoodling?

JESSICA SIMPSON: Still more preganancy rumors.

MARISKA HARGITAY adopts her second child in six months.

DANNY MASTERSON & BIJOU PHILLIPS got hitched.

KRISTIN CAVALLARI & JAY CUTLER (a/k/a Jerkface) are back together.

HEATHER MILLS is being sued for not paying for 5000-dollar harcuts. Allegedly.

THE REAL WORLD to Occupy Wall Street?

SHERLOCK HOLMES: GAME OF SHADOWS has another trailer online.

PAKISTAN's army chief has warned the US that it will have to think "10 times" before taking any unilateral action in North Waziristan.

AFGHANISTAN: Pres. Obama's plan to withdraw some US troops from Afghanistan this year will take soldiers out of the country's restive east, where battles between foreign troops and militants suspected in high-profile attacks increasingly make it the war's focus.

A BEAR CUB stops off for produce in Ketchikan, Alaska.

EXOTIC ANIMAL ESCAPE: The last wild creature thought to be missing after a night of mayhem on an exotic-animal farm was accounted for late Wednesday - a monkey carrying a potentially deadly virus apparently was eaten by one of the 49 carnivores shot by sheriff's deputies.

GRANDMA GOT RUN OVER BY A REINDEER, well ahead of Christmas Eve.

A BABY DOLPHIN, with its umbilical cord still attached, was found beached in Uruguay. It is now being nurtured back to health in a series of insanely cute pics.

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Stone Roses, Girls, Richard Buckner, Drums, MBV, Dubstep Parrot   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE STONE ROSES are in fact reuniting for two shows in Manchester and a world tour in 2012, thus the obligatory clip of "I Wanna Be Adored."

GIRLS stopped by the KEXP studios for a mini-set.

RICHARD BUCKNER did three free songs for Daytrotter.

THE DRUMS stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

MY BLOODY VALENTINE: Live in Osaka, Nov. 25, 1991.

RYAN ADAMS & JASON ISBELL cover Alabama's "Love In The First Degree."

MAZZY STAR preview two new singles due on Halloween, prompting the obligatory "Fade Into You" video.

ST VINCENT: Annie Clark talks to the Arizona Republic about Strange Mercies and her career generally.

ROY HARPER, on the verge of becoming a British institution, tells The Guardian it's been downhill since 9500 B.C.

WILLIAM SHATNER talks to All Things Considered about his spacey new album.

ROCK'S 10 MOST OVERRATED LYRICISTS, according to Flavorwire.

LINDSAY LOHAN will be backed by the probation department in court today.

SHIA LeBEOUF, punched on video by a shirtless, overweight dude speaking for film fans everywhere.

DEMI MOORE is still wearing her wedding ring, but it may fall off if she drops any more weight.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON was too sexy for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. And her shirt.

SOULJA BOY got busted for posssession of a "substantial amount" of marijuana and 70K in cash.

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES to occupy Wall Street?

TEN SPORTS FLICKS that transcended the game.

IRAN's nuclear program, which stumbled badly after a reported cyberattack last year, appears beset by poorly performing equipment, shortages of parts and other woes as global sanctions exert a mounting toll, Western diplomats and nuclear experts say.

PAKISTAN: Gen. Kayani said he is open to conducting peace talks with the Taliban. Prime Minister Gilani said the Taliban can keep their weapons but Interior Minister Malik said they must lay down their arms first.

AFGHANISTAN: The Taliban may be weakening in the south.

DUBSTEP PARROT: Let's go to the video.

EXOTIC ANIMALS ESCAPE: Ohio police said they have shot at least 25 of at least 48 escaped exotic animals on Tuesday night.

WILD PONIES in Dartmoor will be given a contraceptive injection to keep their population down.

HOUSE CAT stares down a mountain lion.

A "BEAR JAM" required continuous attention from the Montana Highway Patrol.

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