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Damnwells, Elvis Perkins, Jenny Hval, Baby Dee, Jungle Beasts   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, June 04, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ETERNAL SUMMERS dropped a video for "Gold and Stone."

THE DAMNWELLS dropped by WFUV Live for a chat and mini-set.

ELVIS PERKINS plays live on KEXP's Midday Show.

JENNY HVAL advance streams Apocalypse, Girl.

BABY DEE streams I Am A Stick.

ALBERT HAMMOND JR drops "Losing Touch" ahead of Momentary Masters. Catchy!

THE MAIN INGREDIENT: "Everybody Plays the Fool." Sometimes.

BEIRUT: Zach Condon speaks to TLOBF about the dark times which led to new album No No No. (Thx, Frank Yang.)

MICHAEL STIPE talks to Grantland about the highs and lows of R.E.M. and his unknowable future in music.

JOAN JETT is profiled by Paste.

HEAVY METAL beats Pop on Spotify.

CAITLYN JENNER is cashing in with an eight-part, one-hour E! documentary series.

CAMERON CROWE issued a non-apology for casting Emma Stone in Aloha in the part of Allison Ng. (He politely suggests people missed the entire point.)

WILL FERRELL & KRISTIN WIIG will be doing a Lifetime movie after all.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE dropped the first photo from Mockingjay Part 2.

JANET JACKSON announced her first LP in seven years.

THE GOOD DINOSAUR, upcoming from Pixar, has a trailer online.

THE ISLAMIC STATE: More than 10000 Islamic State fighters have been killed since the international coalition started its campaign against the militant group nine months ago in Iraq and Syria, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday. I remember when folks used to be skeptical of body counts as a mertic of success.

IRAQ: Even the ‘moderate’ segment of Iraq’s political class are supporting Shiite militias that are directed by Qods Force.

JUNGLE BEASTS check out their reflections in a mirror.

CHIMPS have the cognitive ability to cook, according to new research, if only someone would give them ovens.

A STURGEON knocked a teen unconscious on the Suwannee River.

GODZILLA received Japanese citizenship. Then he destroyed Tokyo.

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Dawes, Lord Huron, Garland Jeffreys, Prinzhorn Dance Studio, Goats   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, June 03, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SCREAMING FEMALES take on Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" for The A.V. Club Undercover.

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

LORD HURON stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

GARLAND JEFFREYS revisits classic material for WNYC Soundcheck.

PRINZHORN DANCE SCHOOL advance streams Home Economics.

YO LA TENGO shares "Automatic Doom" and "Deeper Into Movies" ahead of Stuff Like That There, a new album made up of covers, reworkings of old songs, and a few new tracks.

THE ROLLING STONES drop an alternate version of "Brown Sugar" featuring one Eric Clapton.

BLACK MOUNTAIN shared the demo for "Black Mountain," from the deluxe reissue of their debut LP.

EDDIE & THE HOT RODS: "Do Anything You Wanna Do," circa '77.

RICHARD THOMPSON talks to Guitar World about recording Still with Jeff tweedy producing.

RIDE talks to the NY Observer about the reunion, the "shoegaze" label, and more.

CHARLI XCX shares some festival memories with The Guardian you won't want to miss.

BONO left a 150-dollar tip at Canters Deli, after he he was waited on by a 50-year veteran of the restaurant.

CAITLYN JENNER revealed how she picked her name.

KIM KARDASHIAN is reportedly suffering from “really bad” all-day pregnancy sickness.

EDDIE REDMAYNE  will play the lead in the first Harry Potter spinoff, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

IGGY AZALEA got engaged to her NBA boyfriend Nick Young.

LEO DiCAPRIO enjoyed a weekend in the Hamptons with Sports Illustrated “Rookie of the Year” model Kelly Rohrbach.

THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY will dissolve itself if a peace agreement with Israel resulting in two states is not reached by the end of this year, chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said on Tuesday.

UKRAINE: The U.N. has received “horrific accounts of torture and ill-treatment in detention” by both warring sides.

SYRIA: The US has accused the Assad regime of enabling the Islamic State's advance in the area with airstrikes. The Turkish president has said an opposition journalist who leaked video purporting to show Turkey supplying arms to Syrian rebels will "pay a high price." Iranian President Rouhani stated that his country will back the Assad regime "until the end of the road." Iranian Revolutionary Guards Quds Force chief Qassem Soleimani has vowed a forthcoming strategic surprise in the conflict.

BABY GOATS on a trampoline.


A SNAKE drops into a kitchen, helps itself to an egg, goes viral.

THE DUSTY ANTECHINUS, a marsupial, has annual suicidal sexcapades that make them more vulnerable to population extinctions.

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Sharon Van Etten, Sun Kil Moon, Citizen Fish, Eternal Summers, Opossums   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, June 02, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


TAME IMPALA drops a video for "'Cause I'm a Man."

SHARON VAN ETTEN advance streams her new EP, I Don't Want To Let You Down, andgives NPR a track-by-track tour.

SUN KIL MOON streams Universal Themes.

CITIZEN FISH streams their new ska-punk Manmade EP.

ETERNAL SUMMERS streams Gold and Stone.

BEIRUT drops "No No No," the title track to their first LP in four years.

LEON BRIDGES drops "Smooth Sailin'" ahead of Coming Home. For classic R&B fans.

THE VELVET TEEN drops "Eclipses" ahead of All Is Illusory, their first album in nearly ten years.

OFF BROADWAY: "Stay In Time" and "Full Moon Turn My Head Around," for Twofer Tuesday. More power pop for the summer.

DESTROYER: Dan Bejar talks to DIY about taking a more live approach to recording Poison Season.

CALEXICO talks to the Chicago Sun-Times about traveling to Mexico City for inspiration.

ROISIN MURPHY is profiled at Drowned In Sound.

STEREOLAB's TOP 10, according to Stereogum.

BRUCE JENNER is now Caitlin Jenner. But not Kaitlin, because Kardashians.  And Jessica Lange responded to folks thinking they look alike.

TINA FEY & AMY SCHUMER shared an awkward kiss at the Peabody Awards.

TRACY MORGAN broke his silence Monday on TODAY over the car crash that nearly claimed his life, and paid emotional tribute to his late friend and mentor, comic James McNair.

MILA KUNIS's stalker Stuart Lynn Dunn escaped Saturday night from a mental health facility in Pomona, California.

VINCE VAUGHN did a plain-speaking interview with British GQ ahead of True Detective Season 2.

WILLIAM SHATNER will boldly travel across the U.S. on a three-wheeled motorcycle.

DWAYNE JOHNSON is starring in a remake of John Carpenter‘s cult classic Big Trouble in Little China.

MICHAEL ENRIGHT (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest) has reportedly left the glitter of Hollywood to join the Kurdish People's Protection Units in the fight against the Islamic State in Syria.

UKRAINE: Donetsk,a once-booming industrial city of 1 million is now largely a lawless and lifeless center of eastern Ukraine's separatist movement, where residents live under constant threat from marauding militias.

THE ISLAMIC STATE was not merely exaggerating when it boasted of potentially acquiring nuclear weapons from Pakistan, India's defense minister has warned. Of course, India and Pakistan aren't buddies, either.

LIBYA: Government forces are facing an ammunition shortage as they continue to battle Islamist militias in Benghazi, according to a spokesman. As oil output plummets and its currency devalues, ""Libya is on the verge of economic and financial collapse," according to a UN envoy. The Islamic State has "effectively taken over" Sirte.

IRAN: With only one month left before a deadline to complete a nuclear deal with Iran, international inspectors have reported that Tehran’s stockpile of nuclear fuel increased about 20 percent over the last 18 months of negotiations, partially undercutting the Obama administration’s contention that the Iranian program had been “frozen” during that period.

A FAMILY OF OPOSSUMS was evicted from a woman's closet.

72000 LADYBUGS were released as part of a MD high school senior prank.

THE SWARM: A motorist was pulled over on Interstate 90 near Missoula, Montana, recently with thousands of bees in his car.

A PIG ON THE LAM caused havoc in the sleepy West Australian town of Denmark, disrupting traffic during a two-kilometre romp through the main streets.

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FFS, Arthur Russell, The Deslondes, Damaged Bug, Jellyfish Lake   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, June 01, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN joined THE WHO on "My Generation" at the MusiCares MAP Fund benefit.

FFS: The Franz Ferdinand/Sparks fusion advance streams their self-titled debut.

ARTHUR RUSSELL: first Listen streams the posthumous collection of unreleased recordings, Corn.

THE DESLONDES advance stream their self-titled debut.

DAMAGED BUG, a side project of Thee Oh Sees' John Dwyer, advance streams Cold Hot Plumbs.

DJANGO DJANGO drops the theme for Slow West, an indie Western with Michael Fassbender.

GIRLPOOL goes "Cherry Picking" ahead of Before The World Was Big.

THE FIVE STAIRSTEPS:  “O-o-h Child." Time for a dance-off?

THE REPLACEMENTS: Paul Westerberg sends a secret message.

JONI MITCHELL's  weeks-long hospitalization is coming into view as sources reveal to Billboard that the singer suffered a brain aneurysm. 

FAITH NO MORE: Mike Patton talked to The Record about reuniting in a different era of the music biz.

SHIRLEY COLLINS, British folk legend, is profiled by The Guardian.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: San Andreas tops the chart with 53MM, better than expected, andd an A- Cinemascore that may give the disaster flick legs enough to profit in theaters.  Pitch Perfect 2 places with 14.4 MM on a non-leggy 53 percent drop, but it has grossed about 200MM worldwide against a 29MM budget.  Tomorrowland shows with 13.8MM on a 58 percent plunge that suggests the flop label.  Mad Max: Fury Road takes the fourth slot with 13.6MM and risks not making a profit in theaters, despite being one of the top films so far this summer.  Avengers: Age of Ultron rounds out the Top 5 with another 10.9MM.  Below the fold, Cameron Crowe's Aloha opened in the sixth slot with 10MM, and despite awful reviews, opened up about where Crowe's last two films did.

KIM KARDASHIAN & KANYE WEST are expecting their second child.

BRUCE JENNER has landed an upcoming cover of Vanity Fair.

FULLER HOUSE: Bob Saget and Lori Loughlin have signed up for Netflix's sequel to the 90s sitcom.

CRUEL INTENTIONS stars Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Selma Blair reunited to watch a musical parody of their classic teen movie.

KELLY RUTHERFORD's victory in her child custody battle with her ex has proven to be short-lived.

TRON 3 won't be coming to a theater near you.

THE END OF THE TOUR, ft. Jason Segel as author David Foster Wallace, has a trailer online.

NORTH KOREA: The United States tried to deploy a version of the Stuxnet computer virus to attack North Korea's nuclear weapons program five years ago but ultimately failed, according to people familiar with the covert campaign.

JELLYFISH LAKE: All of the beauty, none of the sting.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Flesh-craving rodents attack NYC transit workers.

A PIGEON was arrested as a spy near the Pakistani border.

YOU CAN ARREST A PIG, but expect retaliation.

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Friday, May 29, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with POWER POP! A few of these may be well-known generally, like Cheap Trick's  "Way of the World" and Nick Lowe's "Cruel to Be Kind"... and some well-known to fans of the genre, like Dwight Twilley's "I'm On Fire," Shoes "Too Late," The Records' "Starry Eyes," the Flamin' Groovies' "Shake Some Action" and the Plimsouls'  "A Million Miles Away" (seen here in a rare live slot).  Others are well-known to longtime Pate fans, like the Three O'Clock's "Her Head's Revolving" or Let's Active's "Waters Part."


MAC McCAUGHAN performs in the WNYC Soundcheck studio.

KOPECKY: The Family Band stops by World Cafe.

TRAILS & WAYS advance streams Pathology.

SLY & THE FAMILY STONE drop the previously unreleased "Color Me True" ahead of Live at the Fillmore East.

FFS: The Franz Ferdinand/Sparks collab drops "Call Girl" ahead of a self-titled debut.

BRAM TCHAIKOVSKY: "Girl Of My Dreams" and "Lady From the USA", live. Because it's Power Pop Friday, of course.

JOAN JETT:  "Everything rocks: Food rocks, clothes rock, everything rocks except rock."

FRANK BLACK talks songwriting with Paste.

THE RISE AND FALL of the Compact Disc.

RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES: 15 True Crime Songs, compiled by Paste.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include San Andreas, which is currently scoring 52 percent on the ol' Tomatometyer; and Cameron Crowe's Aloha, which is scoring a tragic 11 percent.

LINDSAY LOHAN is off prbation, after a mere eight years.


JESSICA ALBA: One of America's Richest Self-Made Women.

JUSTIN BIEBER & SELENA GOMEX, together again...on Snapchat.

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS boasts Andy Serkis as the man in charge of... something.

NETFLIX now uses more bandwidth than X-rated sites.

SYRIA: The leader of al-Nusra Front — the al Qaeda-affiliate group in Syria — insisted that he is under orders from the organization's central leadership not to attack Western interests in Syria, but rather focus on toppling President Bashar al-Assad.

IRAN: France announced it would not sign any nuclear deal which did not give inspectors access to military sites.

IRAQ:  With new waves of civilians fleeing ISIS violence in Anbar there are now more internally displaced Iraqis than there were at the height of the bloody sectarian fighting that followed the American invasion.

A BADGER raids a fridge in Midhurst, West Sussex.

PIP THE PUG, 4 inches tall, may be Britain's smallest dog.

THE SWARM: A Chinese man was covered in a million bees in an attempt to set a new record.

A COW that made a daring bid for freedom when it escaped from a slaughterhouse was tracked down and shot near a McDonald's.

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